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 TUI signs deal                                                                                                                                                              Construction
 to update                                                                                                                                                                   finishes on
 reservations                              US visitors top                                                                                                                   Disney’s Hawaii
 system
                                           inbound travel for                                                                                                                resort
 T    UI has signed a deal with
      Anite to begin upgrading its
 reservations system.
                                           Royal Wedding                                                                                                                     B     uilding work on Disney’s new
                                                                                                                                                                                   resort in Hawaii has been
                                                                                                                                                                             completed.
    The tour operator said it would                                                                                                                                             The Aulani Resort & Spa is now
 implement the @comRes system                                                                                                                                                going through its finishing touches,
 across its mainstream business in
                                           Heathrow rolls out red carpet…                                                                                                    according to a report by Gadling.
 the UK and Ireland.                                                                                                                                                            It will have 359 rooms,
    “Having successfully                                                                                                                                                     481 two-bedroom villas and two
 implemented @comRes in the                                                                                                                                                  restaurants adjacent to a blue
 German Mainstream business, the                                                                                                                                             lagoon and beach in Ko Olina.
 signing of this contract represents a                                                                                                                                          A spa, water activities and a kids
 further step for the Group in moving                                                                                                                                        club will also be included on site,
 away from its reliance on legacy                                                                                                                                            although Disney said it promises
 systems to seamless integrated                                                                                                                                              to ‘help guests connect with
 reservation platforms,” it said in a                                                                                                                                        Hawaiian culture, traditions and
 statement released yesterday.                                                                                                                                               hospitality’.


 CWT launches                                                                                                                                                                Travel Republic
 new mobile                                                                                                                                                                  reveals new
 application                                                                                                                                                                 website
                                                                                                                                                                             O     TA Travel Republic has
                                                                                                                                                                                   launched a new version of its
                                                                                                                                                                             website. The new site has a modern

                                           B    ritish Airways will be carrying
                                                more than 250,000 people
                                           into London this week ahead of
                                                                                   France and Germany.
                                                                                      There is also high demand for
                                                                                   inbound flights from Paris, Nice,
                                                                                                                                                                             design that focuses on search tools
                                                                                                                                                                             for hotels and flights, as well as car
                                                                                                                                                                             hire, airport transfers and airport
                                           the Royal Wedding celebrations.         Munich and Berlin.                                                                        parking.
                                              According to the airline, the           Meanwhile, Heathrow Airport                                                               There is also increased social
                                           event is proving a huge draw for        is laying half a kilometre of                                                             media integration and a map view
                                           tourists from the USA, with the         red carpet in its arrival halls to                                                        through Google Street View.
                                           top six busiest routes into the UK      welcome passengers over the                                                                  “We are absolutely delighted
                                           capital being New York, Boston,         next two days.                                                                            with the extremely positive
                                           Washington DC, Los Angeles,                Passengers will be given the                                                           feedback we have already had
                                           Miami and San Francisco.                ‘royal treatment’ until Friday                                                            from our customer,” said Paul
                                              Scotland leads the way for           evening, which includes a cup of                                                          Furner, managing director of Travel
                                           short-haul travel, followed by          Twining’s Earl White tea on arrival.                                                      Republic.


                                           SAS signs codeshare deal with ANA

 C    arlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT)
      has launched a new free
 mobile application for business
 travellers.
    The CWT Market app, available
 on iPhone and Android phones, has
 around 25 applications for travellers
 to download depending on which
 services they require the most.
    A BlackBerry version is set to be
 launched soon.
    “We’ve designed CWT Market to
 help travellers keep up with relevant,
                                           S    candinavian Airlines (SAS)
                                                has signed a codeshare
                                           agreement with All Nippon
                                                                                      ANA will then add its NH code
                                                                                   to SAS’ Tokyo-Copenhagen
                                                                                   flights, which will be extended
                                                                                                                                                                             and this agreement with ANA
                                                                                                                                                                             signifies the importance of
                                                                                                                                                                             Japan in the SAS network and
 best-in-market services that can          Airways (ANA).                          to other flights, including the                                                           the possibility to transport our
 make their lives easier while on            The deal will place a SK              London-Copenhagen route, at a                                                             customers to other important
 the road,” said William El Kaim,          code on flights between Narita          later stage.                                                                              destinations in Japan," said
 technology marketing director at          International Airport and Sapporo,         "Tokyo is now one of our most                                                          Rickard Gustafson, President and
 CWT. Click here for full story.           Osaka and Fukoka.                       popular long-haul destinations,                                                           CEO of SAS.


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 Starwood spends US$100m renovating
 lounges
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                                                                                                                    ‫ ٭‬Golden Tulip to roll out budget brand
                                                                                                                    in Thailand
                                                                                                                       Golden Tulip Hospitality Group is planning to roll
                                                                                                                    out approximately 25 of its Premiere Classe budget
                                                                                                                    hotel brand in destinations across Thailand. Speaking
                                                                                                                    exclusively to Travel Daily earlier this week, Mark van
                                                                                                                    Ogtrop, managing director for Southeast Asia at Golden
                                                                                                                    Tulip revealed that the company had already agreed a
                                                                                                                    development plan for 25 Premiere Classe properties in
                                                                                                                    key cities in Indonesia, and is planning a similar roll-out
                                                                                                                    for not only Thailand, but also Malaysia and India.“The
                                                                                                                    budget hotel sector is very attractive for developers,”
                                                                                                                    explained van Ogtrop. “The set-up cost is low – about
                                                                                                                    US$4 million - and the risk can be spread over several
                                                                                                                    hotels. Developers can expect to see a 25 percent IRR
                                               Club Lounge at Sheraton Waikiki



 S    tarwood Hotels & Resorts
      has invested US$100 million
 (£60m) into renovating its Club
                                                                   in Waikiki, Denver, Toronto, Hong
                                                                   Kong, Buenos Aires and Edinburgh.
                                                                      Lounges across the whole
                                                                                                                    (internal rate of return) – far higher than luxury hotels. It
                                                                                                                    is much easier to find an investor for a large portfolio of
                                                                                                                    budget hotels than it is to find someone willing to develop
 Lounges at its Sheraton branded                                   portfolio are now open seven
 properties.                                                       days a week and are part of
                                                                                                                    a single high-end beach property,” he added.
   The hotel chain has upgraded
 120 lounges around the world,
                                                                   Sheraton’s £3.6 billion revitalisation
                                                                   programme.                                       ‫ ٭‬Green light for new Vietnamese air
 including its flagship properties                                  Click here for full story.                       hub
                                                                                                                       Vietnam’s PM, Nguyen Tan Dung has approvaed plans
                                                                                                                    to develop a major new southern airport, local media
                                                                   Sir Rocco Forte                                  has reported. Long Thanh International Airport, located
                                                                   to headline ILTM                                 in Dong Nai province, is planned to replace Ho Chi
                                                                                                                    Minh City’s existing Tan Son Nhat International Airport
                                                                   forum at ATM                                     as the major air hub for the south of the country. To be
                                                                                                                    developed in three phases, the new airport will eventually
                                                                                                                    be able to cater for in excess of 100 million passengers
                                                                                                                    a year, with runways large enough for the world’s largest
                                                                                                                    aircraft including the Airbus A380. Construction is
                                                                                                                    expected to commence in 2015.
    Contact                TDUK today:                                                                              ‫ ٭‬Finnair increases Hong Kong
                                                                                                                    frequency
    Gary Marshall - Managing Director & Editor
    gary@traveldailymedia.com                                                                                          Finnair has added five flights a week to Hong Kong.
    Amanda Greenwood – Managing Editor                                                                              The airline will operate 12 flights a week on the route
    info@traveldaily.co.uk ....................................
                                                                                                                    from 30 May to 9 October. “Our Asian strategy is working
    Guillaume Massey – Commercial Director
                                                                                                                    well – the addition of the flights and the new Singapore
                                                                                                                    route reflects the continual growth of via-travel directed
    guillaume@traveldaily.co.uk


                                                                                                                    towards Asia,”said Mika Perho, senior vice president,
     Subscribe to UK                                                                                                sales and marketing at Finnair.
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        Editorial                                                                                                   deal
                                                                                     Credit: Hugo Burnand
                                                                                                                       Easy Revenue Management Solutions (EasyRMS) has
                                                                                                                    announced a new technology partner in the Asia Pacific
                                                                   S
    Other TD Media publications:
                                                                        ir Rocco Forte has been
                                                                                                                    region - Taipei-based Fashion Information Technology Co
                                                                        named as the headline
                                                                                                                    Ltd. Fashion, which has been providing hotel solutions
    TDA..............................................
                                                                   speaker the the ILTM Ultratravel
                                                                                                                    to the Taiwanese market for more than 24 years, will now
    Mark Elliott – Editor-in-Chief
    info@traveldailymedia.com .............................
                                                                   Forum at Arabian Travel Market
    Paul Adams - Regional Director                                 (ATM).                                           market the EzRMS Internet Product Suite to new hotel
    advertising@traveldailymedia.com .................
                                                                     The exclusive forum aims to                    clients in the region.
                                                                   help delegates ‘understand the
    TD India ......................................                Middle East market and what if
    Tim France – Editor
                                                                   offers luxury travellers’.
                                                                                                                Wizz Air launches Doncaster Sheffield-
    info@traveldailyindia.com ...............................
                                                                     Forte will be interviewed on
                                                                   stage on Tuesday and will be
                                                                                                                Vilnius flights
    Paul Adams - Regional Director
    paul@traveldailyindia.com ..............................

    Jay Shah – Regional Manager
                                                                   followed by a discussion between
    advertising@traveldailyindia.com ...................           Emaar Hotels & Resorts,
                                                                   Emirates Holidays, Jumeirah,
    TD Middle East .........................                       Oman Air and Conde Nast
    Gemma Greenwood – Editor                                       Traveler.
    info@traveldailyme.com .....................

    Guillaume Massey – Commercial Director
    guillaume@traveldailyme.com ........................           Turkish Airlines
                                                                   launches Malaga
                                                                   service
    TD Singapore ............................
    Jane Thor – Editor
    jane@traveldailymedia.com............................



                                                                   T    urkish Airlines has launched
    Paul Adams – Regional Director
    info@traveldailymedia.com .............................
                                                                        flights from Istanbul to
                                                                   Malaga.

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    TD TRAVEL CHANNEL ............
    Matthew Broadhurst – Producer
                                                                     The thrice weekly service                        izz Air has launched a flight                  “We had sold over 40,000 tickets
    matthew@traveldailymedia.com.....................              will operate every Wednesday,                      schedule from Doncaster                    for our Lithuanian routes prior to
                                                                   Friday and Sunday with ongoing               Sheffield Airport to Vilnius,                      starting operations - indicating
                                                                   connections to Barcelona, Madrid             Lithuania. The route will operate                strong demand,” said Jozsef Varadi,
                                                                   and Valencia.                                twice a week on an A320.                         CEO of Wizz Air.


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   New ports welcome first cruise ships
      Two new cruise ports
   in Europe welcomed their
                                                                                                                          CRUISE
                                                                                                                           NEWS ROUND-UP
   first ship calls this week
   as passengers push
   cruise lines to embark                                                                                       Cunard appoints
   from and visit more ports.                                                                                   new Commodore
   Portsmouth’s cruise
   terminal opened last week                                                                                       Captain Christopher Rynd
   and is said to have helped                                                                                   has been announced as
   boost the already popular                                                                                    the new Commodore of the
   ex-UK cruise market.                                                                                         Cunard fleet. He assumes the
   “Portsmouth provides an                                                                                      title from Commodore Bernard
   excellent embarkation point                                                                                  Warner who retired from the
   for our summer cruises                                                                                       company on 19 April. Captain
   and we are already seeing                                                                                    Rynd has been with Cunard
   an increase in interest and                                                                                  since 2005when he took
   sales of our new summer                                                                                      command of Queen Elizabeth
   2012 itineraries travelling in and out of Portsmouth,” said Roger Allard, executive chairman                 2 and has also commanded
   of All Leisure Holidays. Meanwhile in Portugal, Leixoes will receive its first ship visit today by           the line’s other two ships. A
   Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca. The new cruise quay allows passengers to visit nearby Oporto and                     New Zealand national, Rynd
   there will be celebrations and souvenirs handed out in the dock during today.                                started his career onboard
   Click here for full story.                                                                                   P&O’s Oronsay and has since
                                                                                                                served on other P&O and
   US ports enjoy cruise passenger growth                                                                       Princess Cruises passenger
                                                                                                                ships.
      Cruise ports in Florida
   and Seattle have seen                                                                                        Hugh Bonneville
                                                                                                                to MC Adonia’s
   an increase in cruise
   passengers and activity
   following increased ship
   visits. Port Everglades
                                                                                                                naming ceremony
   in Fort Lauderdale has                                                                                         P&O Cruises has
   recorded an 18.4 percent                                                                                     announced that Downton
   increase in multi-day                                                                                        Abbey star Hugh Bonneville
   cruise activity during the                                                                                   will act as master of
   first six months of its fiscal                                                                               ceremonies at Adonia’s
   year, with more than 2.5                                                                                     naming ceremony next
   million passengers passing                                                                                   month. Bonneville will lead
   through the port. In Seattle,                                                                                the bottle-breaking event on
   the port is expecting 195                                                                                    21 May alongside the ship’s
   calls this year, bringing an                                                                                 godmother, Dame Shirley
   estimated 807,300 holidaymakers. The rise in figures has been attributed to their homeport                   Bassey.
   status to large ships, plus the continued popularity of Caribbean and Alaskan itineraries. For
   Everglades this includes its role as homeport for Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and
   its new long-term agreement with Carnival to renovate its terminals in the future. "These
                                                                                                                ADC reports high
   trends show the resilience of the Caribbean cruise market and the importance of the cruise                   2012 sales
   industry for South Florida," said Phil Allen, director of Port Everglades. "Interestingly, some
                                                                                                                   All Discovery Cruising has
   of the highest ship occupancy rates are on those ships that sail year-round from Port
                                                                                                                reported ‘soaring’ sales for
   Everglades." Meanwhile in Seattle, Disney Wonder’s base at the port during summer 2012
                                                                                                                its 2012 itineraries following
   will boost its passenger activity by 2,400 passengers a visit, further increasing its £147
                                                                                                                the brochure launch two
   million (approx.) revenue from cruise activity. Click here for full story.
                                                                                                                weeks ago. For Voyages of

   Silversea to rename Prince Albert II and hints at
                                                                                                                Discovery, popular cruises
                                                                                                                included its British cruises;
   expansion                                                                                                    its Spitsbergen and the
                                                                                                                North Cape itinerary and the
     Silversea Cruises has                                                                                      Black Sea Explorer fly-cruise.
   announced that it is to                                                                                      Meanwhile the Black Sea
   rename its expedition ship                                                                                   Odyssey, Treasures of British
   Prince Albert II to Silver                                                                                   Isles and St Petersberg and
   Explorer. The change                                                                                         the Baltic itineraries have
   in name will occur later                                                                                     accounted for nearly half of
   this year when the ship                                                                                      all first week sales for Swan
   enters dry dock before                                                                                       Hellenic.
   the summer season. "Our                                                                                      Click here for full story.
   expansion into adventure
   travel has turned out quite
   successful and we have to
   prepare for the possibility
   of adding more ships,"
   said Manfredi Lefebvre,
   chairman of Silversea.
   "To reinforce the Silversea luxury brand image for the expedition segment, we decided to
   change the name of our first expedition ship to Silver Explorer and anticipate any future
   expedition ships will bear similar names that evoke a sense of luxurious adventure."
   Click here for full story.



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 Gulf Air further                        Mercure launches
 suspends Beirut,                        newlook website
 Iran and Iraq
 flights                                  M      ercure has revamped its
                                                website to focus more on

 G     ulf Air has confirmed that
       its flight schedules to
 Beirut, Iran and Iraq will remain
                                         its hotel’s hospitality teams.
                                         The new site includes more
                                         editorial content and images
 temporarily suspended.                  for users to coincide with its
    The Bahraini carrier’s Beirut        brand commitments and loyalty
 flights have been cancelled             programme. It has also been
 up to and including 14 May,             split into business travel, leisure      offer sections. In addition, each            users will get a personalised area
 while its Iran and Iraqi services       travel, MICE, themed and special         property has its own mini-site and           to manage their reservations.
 have been cancelled until 30
 June, citing an on-going security
 situation.                              World Market Travel partners Kuoni
 Best Western
 offers double
 points in NZ

 B   est Western is offering guests
     staying at its properties in New
 Zealand the chance to earn double
 Rewards points.
   The deal is applicable for a
 guest’s second stay at any of the                                                                   Derek Jones, distribution director at Kuoni; Peter Giles, owner of World
 company’s properties in the country                                                                 Market Travel; Joanna Edmunds, UK managing director of Kuoni and
                                                                                                     Tim Giles, owner of World Market Travel.
 between now and 31 August 2011.
   Members can register for the
 offer by visiting:
 www.bestwestern.co.nz/rewardshero.
                                         I ndependent travel agency World Market Travel celebrated the launch of its partnership with Kuoni last week with
                                           an event at the Roman Baths. The tour operator has given the Bath store a makeover as part of the deal, including
                                         a new interior and relaxed environment.




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