Deciding exactly when to book your holiday can be one of the most challenging decisions of the entire getaway process. Do you leave it late to see if any last minute bargains come up, or is it best to book early to secure the best flights and hotels?
W Hotels Worldwide is debuting the W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, the brand’s first hotel in the Emirate. Owned by the Al Habtoor Group, the design-led lifestyle brand is set to shake up the destination with its rooftop W Lounge, pulsating WET pool deck and innovative fashion and music happenings. The opening marks the W brand’s second outpost in the Middle East, following the debut of W Doha in 2009.
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed Holiday Inn Dubai Science Park. The newly built hotel will operate under a management agreement with an affiliate of the Rolaco Group, who also own InterContinental Dallas, InterContinental Semiramis, InterContinental Geneva, Crowne Plaza Geneva, and Crowne Plaza Zurich.
Etihad Airways will add three weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney to operate a double-daily schedule from February 6th, 2017. The morning departure from Abu Dhabi – EY450 – and the afternoon departure from Sydney – EY451 – will increase from four to seven flights per week This enhancement to the airline’s Sydney schedule comes with the move by strategic partner Virgin Australia to shift its Australia to Abu Dhabi operation from Sydney to Perth from June 9th, 2017.
Travel consultants in the United States and Canada can now provide travellers with a world-class, all-inclusive experience booking with boutique cruise operator Uniworld via Sabre Corporation’s travel marketplace. The e-commerce GDS connectivity provides agents with the full inventory of Uniworld’s ships collection via Sabre Cruises, an intuitive booking capability within the Sabre Red platform.
easyJet has launched a new route from London Gatwick to Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. The new, year-round service commences December 5th and flights will operate four times per week Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Neil Slaven, easyJet commercial manager, commented: “We started flying to Ljubljana from London Stansted in April 2004 and since then it has proved to be a popular destinations for our passengers.”
Ryanair is extending its Aberdeen summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Faro. The new departure is in addition to the low-cost carrier’s two already announced new routes to Alicante and Malaga. Ryanair head of communications, Robin Kiely, said: “We are pleased to extend our Aberdeen summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Faro, which will operate twice weekly in addition to our other new routes to Alicante and Malaga.”
Hilton is opening the Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences, marking the debut of its full-service residences concept in China. Owned by Luneng Group Shandong Luneng Genfu Development and managed by Hilton, Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences is also the first international hotel in Jinan South and Hilton’s 37th hotel in China.
UK-based budget airline Monarch has moved to quell speculation over its financial health following a raft of stories over the weekend. Negative speculation about the carrier prompted the airline to release a statement this morning stating: “Our flights and holidays are operating as normal, carrying Monarch customers as scheduled.” Monarch employs nearly 3,000 staff and is based at Luton airport.
Carnival Corporation has announced that its cruise joint venture in China has signed a non-binding memorandum of agreement to order the industry’s first new cruise ships built in China for the Chinese market. The deal is subject to several conditions including closing of the joint venture, financing and other key terms.
Marriott International has opened Hawaii’s first Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea. Set against a contemporary Hawaiian motif, the all-suite hotel consists of studio, one and two bedroom offerings.
Ryanair is extending its Aberdeen summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Faro, in addition to its 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga already announced, which will deliver 75,000 customers per year at Aberdeen International Airport.
easyJet has launched a new route from London Gatwick to Ljubljana. The new year round service commences 5th December 2016 and flights will operate four times per week Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Travel consultants in the U.S. and Canada can now provide travelers with a world-class, all-inclusive experience booking with boutique cruise operator Uniworld via Sabre Corporation’s travel marketplace.
Etihad Airways is adding three weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney to operate a double-daily schedule from 6 February 2017. The morning departure from Abu Dhabi – EY450 – and the afternoon departure from Sydney – EY451 – will increase from four to seven flights per week.
Travelport and Sirena Travel have renewed their long-term agreement. It means that Sirena Travel’s significant network of travel agencies, spanning 7,000 locations across Russia and the CIS region, will continue to efficiently and effectively have access to Travelport’s comprehensive travel content.
The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown has opened in Tribeca. The hotel features 189 rooms and suites and 159 private residences, and is within walking distance of Wall Street, the World Trade Center, and the Oculus, and less than an hour from New York’s major airports.
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed Holiday Inn Dubai Science Park. The newly built 402-room hotel features five meeting rooms a conference hall seating four food and beverage outlets, an outdoor swimming pool, and a gym and is scheduled to open in 2019,