Oslo airport has officially opened its new 115,000 square metre extension, which is set to increase capacity at the facility to 32 million passengers. The extension features a new 300 metre-long pier, 11 new gates, 11 new retail outlets and 37 restaurants.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation is planning to expand Hyatt’s brand footprint in the Middle East with the signing of management agreements by a Hyatt affiliate for 14 Hyatt-branded hotels across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place, and HYATT house brands.
Lufthansa Group has reported adjusted EBIT of €25 million, up €78 million from last year, for the first quarter of 2017. The earnings improvement was driven by service companies Lufthansa Techno and Lufthansa Cargo.
Last night saw the inaugural Air Europa flight take off from Madrid’s Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport to San Pedro Sula – the first of its kind to connect Europe directly with Honduras. Air Europa UK managing director, Colin Stewart, commented: “We are thrilled about the launch of this new route – our first flight into Central America.”
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives. The planned 102-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll, providing a desirable sanctuary surrounded by pristine natural beauty in the undeveloped northern part of the Maldives.
Travellers can now book non-stop flights from Europe to Australia for the first time, with tickets for Qantas’ London-Perth route going on sale. Daily flights on the history-making route begin in March next year and form part of a new London-Perth-Melbourne return service.
Results from STR’s Host Almanac 2017 indicate that the Unites States hotel industry revenue and house profit reached all-time highs in 2016. Revenues topped an estimated US$199 billion in 2016, increasing nearly US$9 billion from 2015.
Heathrow has today confirmed that Beijing Capital Airlines will launch a new direct service from the UK’s hub airport to Qingdao, the home of Tsingtao beer and one of the fastest growing cities in China. The new route will connect passengers and cargo directly from Heathrow to Qingdao for the first time, providing three direct services every week starting this summer.
Royal Caribbean has made its inaugural visit to Cuba, with the newly revitalised Empress of the Seas calling as part of a five-night sailing from Miami. Adventure-seeking holidaymakers were among the first guests to explore the island country known for its legendary nightlife, iconic music and distinct culture.
Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with Dubai Tourism reporting a stellar 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016.
On the final day of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, Sheikh Mubarak Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, founder, Action Hotels, and Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive, flydubai, were announced winners of the prestigious annual AHIC Awards.
The economy and mid-market hotel segment was identified as presenting a significant opportunity for hotel owners and operators alike at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference. Expert speakers also identified a gap in the market for more experiential accommodation and entertainment attractions, especially in Dubai, as the market continues to diversify its hospitality offering.
Etihad Airways and strategic partner Jet Airways have signed an agreement with the government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western Indian state. The partnership will enable both airlines to capitalise on their strong links with Maharashtra and further propel domestic and international arrivals into the state capital Mumbai and beyond.
Tucked away on the peaceful northern tip of Ibiza is crystalline Cala Xarraca Bay. Located just 30 minutes from the airport, this is the inspiring setting for Six Senses Ibiza, the newest addition to the portfolio of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.
The Latvian airline airBaltic and Tez Tour Latvija have jointly launched the world’s first charter flights with Bombardier CS300 aircraft. For the summer season, charter flights will connect Riga with Antalya in Turkey, Heraklion in Greece, Burgas in Bulgaria and Rimini in Italy.
The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2017 examines the ongoing digital revolution, emerging internet of things and advent of the sharing economy are the profound effect these trends are having on the way people do business across the world. Breaking Travel News talks to the key players at the event in Dubai.