Τετάρτη, 13 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

IATA Airlines Financial Monitor - November 2017



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IATA is pleased to send you herewith the November report of the Airlines Financial Monitor.
Key points:   
  • The latest financial data show that the industry-wide profit margin remained broadly unchanged in Q3 compared to a year ago, at a robust 15.7% of revenues. All regions except North America posted annual increases in profitability.
  • Underlying industry-wide passenger yields have trended broadly sideways over the past 12 months or so. An increase in the US dollar, as well as weather-related disruption, have both influenced recent yield developments.
  • Global airline share prices increased by 4.6% in November – the biggest monthly gain since May – driven by a strong increase for North American airlines. Airline shares have outperformed the wider market over the past year.
  • Oil prices rose to a 17-month high of more than US$64/bbl during November, in anticipation of the recent agreement by OPEC and Russia to extend oil production cuts until the end of next year.
  • Once again, passenger and freight volumes both posted robust year-on-year growth in October, but the seasonally adjusted (SA) upward trends in each of the series have eased. The passenger load factor posted a record-high for the month of October (80.8%), while the SA freight load factor is maintaining levels last seen in late-2014.
  • Despite an ongoing spread in performance at a route level, stronger global trade conditions are continuing to support premium-class demand on markets to, from, and within the key manufacturing region of Asia.

Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area Opens







West Fargo, N.D. and MCLEAN, Va - Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area.  Designed for guests who want to travel on their own terms, Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area offers guests all the comforts of home, whether they are traveling for work or enjoying a well-earned getaway. With 107 new suites, the hotel caters to travelers visiting the vibrant and growing Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area.*
"With the newly opened location of Sanford Medical Center right in our backyard and the amount of business and leisure travelers that come through the city each day, this property will be the perfect addition to those looking for a 'home away from home' during their visit," said Keith Mantz, general manager.  "We aim to provide guests a unique experience that offers added value, such as complimentary breakfast and evening socials."     

Developed and owned by West Fargo Hospitality, LLC and managed by Sioux Falls, SD-based KAJ Hospitality, Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area offers a combination of studio and one-bedroom accommodations, featuring fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests are also provided all the essentials needed for a smart, reliable and convenient stay including complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and a grocery shopping service**. Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area also makes it easy for travelers to unwind with an outdoor kitchen and grill veranda, expansive fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool. The property joins sister hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton West Fargo to form the West Fargo Conference Center complex. The complex features over 11,000 square feet of flexible space in 12 separate rooms for meetings and social events and 210 guest rooms and suites between the two hotels. The 5,700 square foot Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 475 guests for banquet seating.   

Located at 805 E. Beaton Drive, Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area is only a few blocks from the region's premier healthcare facility and multiple corporate offices. The hotel also offers guests convenient access to Scheels Arena, Red River Zoo, West Acres Shopping Mall, Fargo City Center, and Fargo's main dining, shopping and entertainment district.  A complimentary shuttle service to the airport and Sanford Medical Center from the property is available.   

Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area participates in Hilton's award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app, where Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area or call +1 701 551 5800.   

Read more about Homewood Suites by Hilton at www.homewoodsuites.com and news.homewoodsuites.com.  

*Source: 
FargoND.gov

**Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.

Cruise contributes to New Zealand’s official tourism stats for first time




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For the very first time, cruise appears as a contributor to the official tourism statistics of New Zealand.

The 2017 Tourism Satellite Account includes cruise sector expenditure and it actually fills a long gap in tourism statistics, as mentioned by the New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA).

Kevin O’Sullivan, chief executive officer of NZCA.

He asserted that they are glad that the government has eventually recognized and incorporated cruise into its official statistics.

And, the results demonstrate the significance of cruise to the regions visited by cruise ships. The statistics were compiled from industry stakeholders data sources, together with an increased visitor spending model utilizing robust statistical processes.

In the absence of official statistics, the economic contribution of the cruise sector had been previously calculated by the consultants of NZCA.

Mr. O’ Sullivan states that NZCA would continue to work along with the government to add on these inaugural estimates and also to add in the areas that are yet to be accountable for.


Credit: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1712/S00430/cruise-arrives-in-official-tourism-statistics.htm 



Number of free days for US national parks drops down






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Raising the entrance cost at other times of the year has been a major concern so the National Parks in the U.S sharply dropped the number of days that allows the visitors to get in free.

The move was criticized by the opponents to raise entrance costs at other times of the year.

The National Park Service announced that there will have no-cost days next year namely Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 22) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

In 2016 they waived the fees for 16 days and 10 days in 2017.

Weekly entrance fees of $25 or $30 per vehicle at 118 of the 417 national parks were charged by the Park Service.

The Park Service proposes to raise the cost to $70 at 17 busy parks in the West that will include including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Zion.


An additional $70 million will be generated to support the backlogged maintenance and infrastructure projects.

However, the opponents mentioned that the higher costs might turn away the visitors without raising much money.

The Park Service did not specify why they were cutting the free days.



National Park Service Deputy Director Michael T. Reynolds said the days considered as free for the national parks will mark the opportunities for the public to take part in service projects, enjoy better programs  and spend time with families.


However,  a group opposed to raising fees criticized the change.

Jesse Prentice-Dunn with the Denver-based Center for Western Priorities in a release said that America’s parks must remain affordable for working families as not everyone can book a helicopter or charter a boat when they want to visit our national parks.


Fraport Greece unveils 10m euros remodelling and expansion plans at Kavala “Alexander the Great” Airport




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KAVALA – At the Kavala Chamber of Commerce Fraport Greece presented its €10m plans for the development of Kavala Airport, "Alexander The Great," during an event that took place on Thursday, 7th December. 
The open event was attended by representatives from local authorities, local stakeholders and the local community, who discussed with company representatives a range of issues related to the airport’s developmental plans and the region’s potential to attract tourist growth. 
Fraport Greece CEO Alexander Zinell stated: “It is a great pleasure being here today in the beautiful city of Kavala – an important crossroad of civilisations and gateway to some of Greece’s most important archaeological and holiday destinations. I am delighted to announce that the development and upgrade works at Kavala airport 'Alexander The Great' are about to start. Within just one year, Fraport Greece will completely overhaul the existing airport and significantly improve the passenger experience.
Our investment for the remodelling and expansion of the terminal building by 2.000 m2 will exceed €10m. By 2019, the airport will be able to offer modern amenities to passengers and provide ample capacity until the year 2026 and beyond.
Already the airport is fully staffed and fully operational, so that it can accommodate the increasing number of flights that are being diverted to “Alexander The Great” while the state works at Thessaloniki airport “Makedonia” are being undertaken.
Kavala airport has a great deal of development potential for Fraport Greece. I am pleased to have witnessed today the full support of our plans by the local community.”
The plans unveiled by Fraport Greece include the terminal expansion by 2.000 m2, remodeling of existing Terminal, the installation of a state-of-the-art baggage handling system, as well as a remodelled and expanded fire station.
In order to strengthen ties and to develop a relationship of trust and transparency with all regional stakeholders, Fraport Greece is hosting a series of events in all fourteen areas that its airports serve.

#VisitNordlys – the best place to experience the magical Aurora Borealis






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Northern Norway, perfectly placed within the Aurora Zone, is a magical world were the sun doesn’t rise during the months of the polar nights and where the chances of experiencing the mystical northern lights are some of the greatest in the world.

#VisitNordlys
Nordlys (Norwegian for northern lights) is a destination like no other, a magical place where husky drawn sleds transport you from one exciting encounter to the next; from urban city adventures to remote communities of Sami people, from historic fishing villages to wild Orca safaris, all whilst the mystical aurora illuminates the stunning wintry landscapes and dances across the sky.


To capture this magical world, three British influencers; George Turner (@georgetheexplorer); Joshua Adam Guyan (@wildlifejosh); and Joseph Anthony Mattos-Hall (@joe_shatter) have been handpicked to travel to northern Norway to share their experiences in Visit Norway’s new Social Media Campaign #VisitNordlys.

“Visiting Northern Norway in the wintertime is an absolute dream. Pastel coloured skies, glittering moonlight, powdery snow and of course, the aurora dancing above. Then, the wildlife. Oh the wildlife. White-tailed eagles soaring in the skies, orcas feasting in the ocean, reindeer scurrying across the landscape. Northern Norway proves that fairytales are real.” George Turner (@georgetheexplorer)

Northern Norway – The best place to experience the Northern Lights
Northern Norway is located within The Aurora Zone which stretches from the Lofoten Islands to the North Cape, the northernmost point of mainland Europe. Thanks to the Gulf Stream the coastal areas of Norway have a milder climate than other locations at the same latitude within the Aurora Zone, making Norway the ideal choice for travelers wishing the experience the magical Aurora.

SAS offers daily departures to Tromsø in northern Norway, via Oslo, from all major European cities, including London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen in the UK, with prices starting from £68 return.




Following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Declares Itself Open for Tourism




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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—Three months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is open for tourism, according to The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC).
While much of the island is still rebuilding, all airports are fully operational, with approximately 70 flights per day across 27 different major commercial airlines. Furthermore, more than 75% of hotels are operational and taking reservations. As first-responders staying at hotels in San Juan prepare to depart, this frees up rooms for travelers.
Close to 60 cruise shore excursions are available, and there are 107 operating tourist attractions across the island, including major sites like Old San Juan, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Cueva Ventana, among others. There are also 1,673 open restaurants in the San Juan area and thousands more across the island. Ground transportation is operating as usual, and 24 major car rental companies are open, according to PRTC.
“It’s been the continued collaboration with Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s team and tourism industry partners that has resulted in tremendous progress, and we’re thrilled to be officially open for tourism,” said José Izquierdo, executive director of the PRTC. “Tourism is a vital contributor to the island’s economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico, but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination.”