News: Flybe reveals new name following Virgin takeover

Connect Airways chief executive, Mark Anderson, was today joined by over 200 Flybe leaders for the long-awaited unveiling of the airline’s new name. As it enters a new era, the carrier will now fly under the Virgin brand with the name, Virgin Connect.



News: AHIC 2020: Middle Eastern hospitality seeks to transform tomorrow

The 2020 Arabian Hotel Investment Conference is set to explore how the Middle East’s hospitality industry can harness the opportunities afforded by the fourth industrial revolution in its bid to “transform tomorrow”.



Focus: Mexican tourism experts launch MXConnect

A group of tourism marketing experts and the team behind the Mexican Summer Reception have launched MXConnect – an initiative that will bring Mexican suppliers and destinations closer to European travel contacts.



News: FCO warns against Ecuador travel as unrest continues

The decision comes following a period of sometimes violent unrest in the country, which has seen president, Lenín Moreno, decamp from capital Quito to the port city of Guayaquil.



News: Holland America Line celebrates latest Ryndam milestone

Holland America Line has reached a milestone in the building of Ryndam, its next Pinnacle-class ship, with the successful launch of the forward lower section. Also known as the “troncone,” the element was launched at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard in Italy.



News: Manchester Airport criticised for long security queues

All three of the northern hub’s terminals had worse waiting times than rival airports – averaging 16 minutes per passenger – while in the worst-case scenario one holidaymaker reported queuing for up to 90 minutes.



News: Generator eyes $400m United States expansion following Freehand deal

Queensgate Investments, owners of Generator, has acquired Freehand Hotels. Following completion of the $400 million deal, the budget hotel brand will operate all four Freehand properties and their respective food and beverage outlets.



News: NYC & Company launches largest ever global marketing campaign

NYC & Company has kicked off its most expansive global tourism marketing campaign to date. The refreshed ‘Famous Original New York City’ initiative is valued at approximately $20 million and will reach 22 global markets including, for the first time ever, Ireland and Singapore.



News: Saint Lucia continues record visitor arrivals streak

The latest performance report for Saint Lucia is in and the record-breaking streak in visitor arrivals to the acclaimed destination continues. According to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, the island can now boast that seven out of the eight months thus far this year have recorded unprecedented growth in arrivals.



News: Palm Jumeirah prepares for Dubai Fitness Challenge

Palm Jumeirah is warming up to host a multitude of sports events this winter, with a new collection of land and water activities – many free of charge – for beginners and seasoned athletes.



News: Air Austral becomes latest Airbus A220 customer

Air Austral has signed a firm order for three A220 aircraft. With the order, the Réunion Island-based airline becomes the first A220 customer based in the Indian Ocean region.



News: Bolt launches new vehicle type in London

Bolt has announced the launch of an XL category, giving customers access to larger vehicles via the app. XL is a bespoke category for bigger groups with a seating capacity of up to seven passengers.



News: First images of S.S. São Gabriel from Uniworld released

Set to be the newest ship on the Douro River, the S.S. São Gabriel was designed to embody the beautiful Douro River Valley region through its décor and delectable food and wine.



Focus: Understanding the rise of esports worldwide

Presently, esports is a booming industry across the world. Broadly explained, esports refers to a form of competition involving video games, typically among professionally trained players. The past decade has witnessed this phenomenon paving its way to the mainstream as an industry and a legitimate spectator sport.



News: Accor to open 13 ibis budget hotels in Singapore

Accor will unveil 13 new ibis budget hotels in Singapore after inking a deal with Global Premium Hotels. The hotels, rebranded from existing Fragrance hotels, will be progressively available for booking through the company’s distribution network commencing from this month.



Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Timothy Kelly, managing director, Atlantis Resorts & Residences

Breaking Travel News speaks with Timothy Kelly, executive vice president and managing director at Atlantis Resorts & Residence, about recent renovations in Dubai, expansion plans and the prevailing mood in the United Arab Emirates’ hospitality market



News: Savescu appointed operations director with Fairmont Dubai

Fairmont Dubai has appointed Matei Savescu to the role of director of operations. Savescu joins Fairmont Dubai following a stint as executive assistant manager at Fairmont Beijing.



News: Radisson Hotel Tunis pencilled in for late 2023

Radisson Hotel Group has signed Radisson Hotel Tunis in the capital city of Tunisia. It will be the first Radisson branded hotel in the city of Tunis and the group’s fourth hotel in the country.



News: Caledonian Sleeper completes rolling stock rollout

The introduction of the Highlander route this week follows the new carriages making their debut in April on the Lowlander between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh.



News: Six Senses Gangtey opens to luxury travellers in Bhutan

Following the successful launch of three lodges in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha earlier this year, Six Senses Gangtey has become the fourth property in the Six Senses Bhutan journey to open.