Scandinavia - a historic and cultural region of Northern Europe - is often dismissed as a tourist destination due to its climate. Which is a shame, as it has a selection of unique sights and landmarks to visit that are amazing enough to be unforgettable - and some of them are only available during the winter.
Situated half-way between the Finnish city of Turku and Swedish capital Stockholm, the Åland Islands are that rarest of travel curiosities - an undiscovered gem. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole calls in for a visit to see just what it is that makes them so special.
When it reopens fall 2017, Temptation Cancun Resort’s sensually anticipated redesign by Karim Rashid will redefine the destination’s skyline. Inspired by the human body, the resort’s smooth, multi-collared seven story façade will be a beautiful, sensuous highlight of the strip.
Few names carry more cachet than Bill Bensley’s when it comes to resort design in Asia. His latest project, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, continues to build on his already impressive legacy with a property that delivers enriching experiences and intuitive service that every JW Marriott guest comes to expect.
AccorHotels has reported consolidated first-quarter 2017 revenue of €425 million, up 35.4 per cent on last year, or 7.4 per cent on a like-for-like basis. Changes in the scope of the company made a positive contribution of €82 million, or 26 per cent.
Iberia has presented its first Airbus A340/600 fitted with its new Premium Economy seating section to travel agencies, major companies, and the media. Iberia Maintenance will install the new seats on the aircraft already in Iberia’s fleet at its Madrid hangars, while the A350s the airline has on order will come factory-equipped with the new seating section.
Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea has welcomed distinguished guests to Port Hercule in the heart of Monaco for an intimate ceremony marking the christening of the latest addition to the fleet, Silver Muse.
Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
England and Lancashire Cricket legend James Anderson has been named as a brand ambassador for Thomas Cook Sport. England’s all-time highest international wicket-taker will work with the sports travel specialists to promote their sporting experiences, which include the upcoming Ashes series in Australia.
Rudding Park has confirmed its new £9.5 million spa will include the UK’s very first roof top spa garden when it opens in May. Rudding Park Spa will introduce a world destination spa to Yorkshire, re-capturing Harrogate’s spa town heritage by drawing natural waters from the grounds of Rudding Park and creating a revolutionary new spa journey for all.
Qatar Tourism Authority and its partners will return to the Arabian Travel Market with the largest delegation to represent the country at the renowned travel industry event. The delegation comprises of 38 hotels, tour operators and other industry service providers; a 26 per cent increase in Qatar’s participants compared to last year.
Dubai-based airline Emirates will cut the number of flights it offers to United States following attempts to ban travellers from Muslim-majority countries by president Trump. Since taking office in November last year, Trump has signed two executive orders banning refugees and citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.
World Travel Awards has revealed the five-star Sun Aqua Vilu Reef will host its prestigious Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017 on the July 8th. The event will take place on Meedhuffushi Island in the Maldives’ South Nilandhe Atoll, with hospitality leaders from across the region expected to be in attendance.
Discover Los Angeles, the city’s official destination marketing organisation, has unveiled a global initiative aimed at reinforcing the message to visitors that #everyoneiswelcome. The video, released on Discover Los Angeles’ social channels, uses a visual metaphor of paper planes, embodying patterns emblematic of countries around the world, which “fly” into Los Angeles.
Norwegian will launch a new route from London Gatwick to Singapore this winter as the airline’s growing low-cost long-haul UK network expands into Asia for the first time. From September, Norwegian will operate four weekly flights, increasing to five in the winter, from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport.
Dusit International is set to expand its global footprint with the opening of DusitPrincess Dhaka, the company’s first property in Bangladesh, under a long-term arrangement with a subsidiary of Lakeshore Hotels.
Latvian transport minister Uldis Augulis and airBaltic chief executive Martin Gauss have congratulated the 60 millionth passengers to arrive at and Riga International Airport since the restoration of independence.
Continuing its international growth and offering a plethora of desirable destinations, Pierre & Vacances has introduced four stat premium residence Crvena Luka Hotel & Resort in Croatia to its portfolio.