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News: Britain prepares for record breaking bank holiday weekend

VisitEngland’s August bank holiday trip-tracker survey has revealed that 8.6 million Brits are definitely planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this bank holiday weekend, bringing an estimated £2.1 billion boost to the economy.

News: German tourism sees continued growth in early 2019

According to provisional figures from the Federal Statistical Office, 39.8 million international overnights were registered across hotels and accommodation establishments with more than ten beds between January and June.

News: British Airways partners with Velocys for sustainable jet fuel project

British Airways is one step closer to powering its future fleet with sustainable jet fuel made from rubbish as plans have been submitted to develop Europe’s first household and commercial solid waste to sustainable fuels plant.

News: Embraer celebrates anniversary with São Paulo investment

Embraer has announced a US$ 30 million investment in the expansion of its Eugênio de Melo unit. The facility is based in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil.

News: Dusit International signs first dusitD2 property in Bangkok

Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Tian Teck Property Company to operate dusitD2 Samyan Bangkok – the first dusitD2 branded property in the city.

News: New spa facilities unveiled at Azerai La Residence, Hue

The redesign features a sophisticated minimalist aesthetic, with neutral colour tones and art deco flourishes, and was completed by the French-Canadian architect Pascal Trahan, who also designed the tropical bungalows at Azerai Resort Can Tho.

Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Puneet Chhatwal, chief executive, Indian Hotel Company Limited

Unveiling a new five-year strategy, Aspiration 2022, in February last year, the Indian Hotel Company Limited plans to transform itself into the most profitable hospitality organisation on the subcontinent. Here managing director and chief executive, Puneet Chhatwal, tells Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole about how the plan is unfolding to date

News: Luton Airport to get first express-style train service

London Luton Airport has announced a new partnership agreement with Abellio, which will operate the East Midlands Railway for the next eight years.

News: Flybe signs interline deal with Croatia Airlines

The deal gives the travel trade the benefit of connecting customers to and from the Zagreb-based airline’s European destinations via London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports.

News: SeaWorld San Diego unveils plans for latest rollercoaster

Construction has begun on SeaWorld San Diego’s new attraction for 2020 — the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California. The initial phase of construction involves preparing the site for the installation of the ride’s foundation and utilities. 

News: Korean Air cuts Japan routes as political tension grows

Korean Air has announced its plans to adjust the frequency of some routes to Japan as tensions between the two countries rise. At the same time, the airline will increase the frequency of routes in the south-east Asia, Oceania, and Chinese markets.

News: Port of Seattle explores new facilities as passenger numbers rise

This year, the Port of Seattle will host the three largest cruise vessels on the West Coast, leading with the arrival of the Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas - with 4,180 passengers.

News: Jamaica introduces online immigration declaration option

Jamaica now offers an online version of the Immigration & Customs Declaration form for arriving travellers at the island’s international airports. The online form will enable passengers to be processed more seamlessly through the arrival process on the island.

News: IAG launches Heathrow expansion broadside

International Airlines Group has attacked Heathrow airport’s plans to make passengers stump up £3.3 billion in advanced costs for a third runway before planning permission is guaranteed.

News: Gaehler to lead Six Senses Uluwatu

Michael Gaehler brings more than 33 years of experience within the high-end hospitality sector, having recently worked as general manager of the Oriental Residences Bangkok.

Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Kai Winkler, general manager, Fairmont The Palm

A luxury beachfront resort with unrivalled views over the Arabian Gulf and glittering Dubai Marina skyline, Fairmont the Palm takes pride of place on the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Here Breaking Travel News chats with Kai Winkler, recently appointed general manager of the hotel, to discover how it will evolve under his leadership

News: citizenM unveils plans for latest London property

citizenM has announced the acquisition of a Victoria property for its fourth London hotel, opening in 2021. The 226-room hotel will comprise basement and ground floor levels, with ten upper floors.

News: MSC Cruises to base two ships in South Africa for 2020 season

MSC Cruises has announced it will bring two ships to South Africa’s shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season. This will mark the first time that two different classes of MSC Cruises’ ships will be deployed in South Africa, MSC Opera (Lirica Class) and MSC Musica (Musica Class).

News: UK visitors drive arrivals upward in Chicago

Some 141,000 UK visitors came to Chicago last year, contributing to the total of 2.2 million international visitors in 2018. These visits contribute significantly to the city’s 33 million overnight visitors who came to Chicago last year.

News: Ruge appointed general manager at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko

Having worked in Germany, New York, Poland, Egypt, China, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Ruge brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his new position.

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