News: International Airlines Group narrows losses in second quarter

International Airlines Group has reported an operating loss of €967 million for the second quarter. The figure is an improvement on the loss of €2.2 billion seen in the same period last year.



News: Birmingham seeks to maximise tourism impact of Commonwealth Games

A programme to maximise the long-term economic impact made by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been unveiled. The plan will operate from early 2021 until the end of 2023.



News: Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau welcomes first guests

The new integrated resort by SJM Resorts in Cotai has opened its doors. The first phase will see the destination welcoming guests to the flagship Grand Lisboa Palace Macau, the largest of its three towers.



News: AITO pleads with government for further support

AITO has launched a highly critical attack on the UK government over what it claims are persistent failings to help the travel sector in the country.



News: Le Fez ready to welcome partygoers back in London

Le Fez nightclub in Putney has spent the enforced months of closure developing and refurbishing what was already a premium space for culture connoisseurs.



News: American Airlines to take stake in JetSmart

The proposed partnership would tie together the full-service, global presence of American with the complementary network of the ultra-low-cost carrier in South America.



News: P&O Cruises begins work on Arvia

Construction work on P&O Cruises second Excel class ship, Arvia, has started at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Warnemunde, Germany. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in December next year.



News: Condor selects Airbus A330neo for fleet overhaul

Condor has chosen the A330neo to renew its long-haul fleet. The plane is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and A350-inspired winglets.



News: Finnair offers affordable Covid-19 testing

To make travel more accessible to more people, Finnair is now a rapid antigen test that costs €65 and is available from August 4th. The test result is in English and is delivered within two hours.



News: Residence Inn by Marriott arrives in Colombia

Operated by oxoHotel, the property welcomes business and leisure travellers with upscale design and architecture that enhances the guest experience.



News: New leadership role for Virkus at Sofitel Dubai the Palm

Sofitel Dubai the Palm has announced the appointment of Bianca Virkus to the role of director of rooms. Virkus brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry.



News: Fox Communications wins Raffles contract

In support of Raffles, Fox Communications will focus on press engagement strategies to enhance brand awareness and understanding.



Focus: What are the most luxurious cities in the world?

It seems like finding the perfect vacation spot was already difficult but now, given we are looking for trips away after a pandemic that has had planes grounded for nearly a year, there is a special amount of pressure to ensure you are going to the right place.



News: Industry offers broad support to England reopening plans

The hospitality sector has given warm support to a loosening of travel restrictions in England announced by the government. The cruise sector is also set to rebound as international trips restart.



News: Commercial aircraft demand drives Airbus into black

Airbus has reported a net profit of €2.2 billion for the first-half of 2021 as demand for commercial aircraft rebounds. The figure is an improvement on the €1.9 billion loss during the first half of last year.



News: Boeing reports increasing profits in second quarter

Boeing has reported second-quarter revenue of $17 billion, driven by increased demand for commercial aircraft. The figure is up 44 per cent from the $11.8 billion recorded in the same period last year.



News: Naming ceremony held for Silver Moon in Greece

Held aboard the ship in the port of Piraeus, Silver Moon’s official naming ceremony was attended by many esteemed guests, including Royal Caribbean Group chief executive, Richard Fain.



News: Accor revenue slips in first half of financial 2021

Accor has reported consolidated revenue of €824 million for the first half of 2021. RevPAR fell by 60 per cent against the first six months of 2019.



News: United boosts London flights as restrictions loosen

In August, United will have six daily flights between the United States and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily.



News: MSC Group signs long-term Saudi partnership

The line said the deal was a sign of its long-term commitment to support the development of the local tourism sector by operating cruises in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.