Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Pedro Colaco, chief executive, Great Hotels of the World

Well known among professional travel buyers, Great Hotels of the World is currently seeking to expand in the consumer space. Here Breaking Travel News speaks to chief executive, Pedro Colaco, about the roots of the company and its ambitious plans for the future



News: British Foreign Office urges against Hubei travel

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to advise against all travel to Hubei province in China due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.



Focus: Holidays in Norway - what impresses in Norway and why you should visit it

Norway is a country of contrasts: you can find frozen tundra and the most beautiful coastline as well as trendy cities presenting outstanding museums and shopping centers.  Trips to Norway are usually famous for visiting spectacular fjords, mountains, and islands. Norwegian tours guarantee fantastic experiences and unforgettable memories as Norway is one of the most dramatic countries in the world.



News: Port Royal welcomes first ship call in Jamaica

The introduction of cruise shipping to Port Royal, and by extension Kingston, has been planned for more than two decades. Port Royal joins Montego Bay, Falmouth, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio in the Jamaican market.



News: LOT Polish Airlines to acquire Condor

LOT Polish Airlines has agreed a deal to acquire former Thomas Cook subsidiary Condor. The flag-carrier hopes to combine with the leisure airline to create a leading European aviation group, with Germany and Poland as its core markets



News: Boeing 777X flies for first time in United States

In a rare piece of good news for the company, the new Boeing 777X has taken to the skies for first time as it enters the next phase of its test program.



News: Cheval Gloucester Park set to return to London hospitality market

Cheval Gloucester Park has celebrated its re-opening this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event follows a two year, full-scale multi-million-pound refurbishment at the Kensington, London, property.



News: Ramada by Wyndham Madrid Getafe takes brand into Spain

The property becomes the brand’s first hotel in Spain and will be operated through collaboration with management company Hotel Collection International.



News: Wex confirms US$1.7bn acquisition of eNett and Optal

Wex has entered into an agreement to purchase eNett, a provider of business-to-business payments solutions to the travel industry. In a separate deal, the financial technology service provider signed to acquire Optal, a company that specialises in optimising business-to-business transactions.



News: Dray takes up new e-commerce role with the Travel Corporation

The Travel Corporation has appointed Carol Dray to the newly created position of director of e-commerce and partner integration. The move is part of a wider ongoing focus on the development of its e-commerce proposition.



News: Cirque De Cuisine set to return to Atlantis, the Palm

Following up on the huge success of previous editions, this March the sell-out ‘dine- around’ of the year is back with exhilarating experiences, free flowing beverages and some of the most exciting cuisine in Dubai.



News: Three new Turkish hotels for Radisson this year

Radisson Hotel Group is preparing to open three more hotels in Turkey this year. Two of these hotels will be in Istanbul’s touristic and historic locations, and the third in Aliağa, Izmir.



News: Norwegian to increase hand-luggage charges

As a part of the new policy, Norwegian has also increased the size of the underseat bag, increased the weight of checked baggage from 20 to 23 kilos.



News: Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai opens ahead of Expo 2020

Located adjacent to Ibn Battuta Mall and Ibn Battuta Metro Link, close to Dubai Marina and the site for upcoming Dubai Expo 2020, the new 360-key hotel was constructed by master developer Nakheel and opened its doors late last year.



News: Iberostar Group sees revenue increase in 2019

Last year was key for the Iberostar Group, marked by major progress in its commitment to responsible tourism. Despite economic and political uncertainty, the company ended the year with a revenue of €2.35 billion, five per cent up on 2018.



News: Four Seasons Hotel Madrid preparing for May opening

After a seven-year redesign and the meticulous restoration of a collection of seven historic buildings, the new Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is confirming its first bookings. Arrivals will begin on May 15th.



News: Schutte handed senior online travel role with Amadeus

Eduardo Schutte has taken up the role of senior vice president, online travel, Americas, for Amadeus and is the newest member of the Travel Channels leadership team.



News: WTTC warns of long-term impact on tourism from coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak in China could have a damaging and lasting economic impact on the global tourism sector unless lessons are learned from previous viral epidemics.



News: Residence Inn Panama City takes brand into Central America

Marriott International has announced the opening of the first Residence Inn in Panama City. Located in the Pacific Centre Punta Paitilla, the Residence Inn Panama City was designed to capture the vibrant culture and history of Panama.



News: Rosewood Residences set for global expansion

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has unveiled details of the global expansion of its branded accommodation business, Rosewood Residences.