Qatar Duty Free creates unique dining experience at HIA

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  197 views  |  

Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has unveiled a unique selection of food and beverage outlets to please the palates of every passenger travelling through Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s new state-of-the-art international hub. With more than 30 cafés and restaurants spread across 15,000 square metres, passengers can now enjoy a sumptuous selection of global and regional cuisine at a series of exclusive food and beverage outlets. “As QDF is part of a major international five-star airline, we understand the needs and expectations of our passengers, and so we have developed a unique and comprehensive food and beverage offering,” said Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice President Keith Hunter. “Starting... 

SIA launches ‘Krisflyer Spree’ online shopping mall

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  216 views  |  

KrisFlyer and PPS Club members now have more options to earn miles with the launch of KrisFlyer Spree, Singapore Airlines’ new online shopping mall. Members can purchase clothing, accessories, electronics, food and beverage items, toys, beauty and cosmetic products, and more, while also earning KrisFlyer miles. Miles earned can be used to redeem KrisFlyer award flights and upgrades on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, or can be mixed with cash to pay for commercial fares on KrisFlyer Spree boasts a wide range of over 2,000 global brands and merchants, such as Adidas, Apple, Bloomingdale’s, eBay, Gap and Marks & Spencer. Members can earn miles for every purchase made... 

Sancharaka Udawa 2014 becomes ultimate platform for industry

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  252 views  |  

Offers plenty for the traveller It’s too good to be missed so make sure the dates are free during the weekend when the most sought-after event of the tourism industry, Sancharaka Udawa, takes place at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre (SLECC) in Colombo. Sri Lankan holiday makers are in for a treat this year with plenty of options, both local and foreign, on offer at the fourth edition of Sancharaka Udawa 2014 organised by Sri Lanka Tourism and Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO). The Western Province Tourist Board together with Sri Lankan Airlines and Laksala adds value to the event by joining-in as co-sponsors of the event. “With over 250 stalls for... 

Jet Asia Airways selects abacus to fuel regional expansion

Published : 12:00 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  108 views  |  

Jet Asia Airways has today signed a two-year distribution agreement with Abacus International to build a share of bookings in the B2B channel across Asia Pacific. The move will support the Thai carrier’s expansion, with more scheduled services strengthening its network and complementing the current full service charter flights. Abacus is the first Global Distribution System to carry Jet Asia Airways content, giving travel agent users of the company’s innovative technology unique access to all the airline’s existing and planned services, fares and ancillary products.  The contract covers 29 key feeder markets generating bookings for the carrier. Speaking from a private signing at the Abacus... 

American Express promotes exotic holiday destinations with convenient payment plans

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  381 views  |  

Nations Trust Bank American Express has introduced an exclusive facility where card members may purchase their air tickets and packages to anywhere in the world- thorough any travel agent, any airline office or on-line site from 15 June to 31 July to travel on any date and enjoy up to a 12 month 0% interest instalment plan with no extra charge. To avail themselves of this facility card members simply need to use their Nations Trust Bank American Express Card to purchase their air tickets and call the American Express 24 hour call centre on (011)4414141 to convert it to an attractive 0% interest plan at no extra charge. Nations Trust Bank Senior Manger Cards Marketing Gian de Rose stated: “As... 

Tourism sector hit as ski slopes thaw, seas rise

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  400 views  |  

Reuters: Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday. Tourism’s greenhouse gas emissions, on current rising trends buoyed by ever more travel, are set to reach about 10% of the world total by 2025 from between 3.9 and 6% now, it said. “The tourism industry will be severely impacted by climate change,” according to the study by Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and its Judge Business School and the European Climate Foundation. Coral reefs, for instance, contributed $ 11.5 billion... 

Oneworld lounge opens at Los Angeles airport

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  325 views  |  

Qantas and British Airways have opened a new Business Lounge for passengers flying on oneworld member airlines from Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International Terminal. The new Business Lounge can accommodate 400 customers.  When its final phase is completed early next year, it will seat 600.  Combined with the new 200-seat First Class Lounge, this more than doubles the size of the previous facility. The new Business Lounge is available to passengers booked in First or Business Class on oneworld airlines departing from the terminal, or customers holding Emerald or Sapphire status in any oneworld member airline’s frequent flyer program booked in any cabin on a oneworld member airline flight... 

Bahraini, Kuwaiti tourists to Turkey on the rise

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  193 views  |  

The number of Kuwaiti and Bahraini tourists to Turkey saw a steep rise in the first four months of the year, according figures released by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in Dubai. The number of Kuwaitis visiting Turkey increased by 28% during the first four months of this year, while the number of Bahrainis visiting Turkey  increased by 40% during the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2013, added the report from the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office. “Turkey remains a popular destination, not only for the GCC but globally,” said Mustafa Ozdemir, cultural & information attaché, Cultural & Information Office Turkish Consulate General in Dubai. “The... 

Anantaya woos corporate events

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  376 views  |  

Anantaya Resorts & Spa, the newly opened hotel of LAUGFS Leisure in Chilaw, recently hosted another major event, showcasing the hotel as the ideal venue for corporate events, conferences and other large scale events. The function was the Corporate Residential Program of LAUGFS Holdings, the parent company of LAUGFS Leisure, and was part of the Group’s holistic approach to shaping a more vibrant corporate culture. The relaxed ambience, luxurious architecture, tranquil environment and panoramic views of Anantaya served to spark the inspiration and innovation of the participants, resulting in a highly productive exercise for the company. The hotel has since played host to a number of corporate... 

Roshan to step down from Chair of IH Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  211 views  |  

Roshan Perera, General Manager of The Blue Water, Wadduwa, who was the Chairman of the Institute of Hospitality, Sri Lanka International Group for the past three years, will step down from chairmanship making way for Sidath Kodikara, FIH, CEO, Cargills Food City Chain who is tipped to take over as Chairman for the current year at the AGM to be held today at 6:30 p.m. onwards at Ramada-Colombo.  Read More →

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