American Express promotes exotic holiday destinations with convenient payment plans

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  371 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  |  386 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  |  318 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  |  190 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  |  371 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  |  208 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 →


Amadeus partners SAP for cloud-based corporate travel solution

Published : 12:00 am  June 19, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  258 views  |  

Amadeus has signed a strategic technological agreement with SAP to deliver to the market a cloud-based corporate travel solution, including online booking, expense and mobile capabilities. Amadeus will integrate the SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense solution with Amadeus e-Travel Management, creating a unified user interface and a common workflow with a single end-to-end offering for corporate direct clients and resellers. The new offering, which is available to customers on a global scale, is sold under Amadeus’ brand. Amadeus has chosen to extend the capabilities of its cloud booking solution with SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense, which will enable it to offer an end-to-end service, from booking... 


World Cup boosts tourism in lesser-known cities in Brazil

Published : 12:00 am  June 19, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  184 views  |  

Cities often ignored by tourists in Brazil are now seeing plenty of visitors amid the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup. Curitiba, one of the World Cup host cities, is about 600 kilometers away from the country’s capital Brasilia. In the past, few tourists would pay any sort of visit to Curitiba. “Most of the people in the world only have one vision about Brazil. It is Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and now the people will have the opportunity to know Curitiba and all the places we have here,” said Leticia Tacla, a student in Curitiba. Now, Curitiba is becoming a tourist hot spot thanks to the World Cup, and many believe that visits to the city will continue to rise. “I am sure people will come... 


Bangkok hotels take a hit; ADR growth in resort markets

Published : 12:00 am  June 19, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  122 views  |  

It will come as no surprise that hotel performance in Bangkok has been negatively affected by the recent political turmoil, but the rest of the country seems relatively unscathed. This is just one of many key facts shown in the latest Asia Pacific hotel performance report produced by STR Global and Horwath HTL that has been released this week. Other key points in the report show that regardless of the unrest, all markets in Thailand managed to make year-on-year gains in average room rate for the first quarter, with the luxury sector making the biggest gains, although at the expense of occupancy. On the supply side, the upscale segment is expected to experience the most significant growth in the... 


Qatar Airways all set to launch direct flights to Tokyo Haneda

Published : 12:00 am  June 19, 2014  |  Category: Travel / Tourism  |  Leave a Comment  |  95 views  |  

Qatar Airways is set to continue its expansion into the Far East this week when it launches its newest destination, Tokyo Haneda International Airport. The addition of its newest destination will double the airline’s service to the exciting city of Tokyo up to two flights a day. The route, which will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will be Qatar Airways’ third into Japan, joining Osaka and Tokyo Narita International Airport. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is one of two major airports that serve the Greater Tokyo area, and in 2012 alone it handled more than 66 million passengers. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, said: “Qatar Airways is very excited to further... 


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