Παρασκευή, 21 Ιουλίου 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group to launch Hotel Indigo in Leicester Square

Later this year, the InterContinental Hotels Group is set to launch its first property in London’s Leicester Square with its boutique brand Hotel Indigo. The hotel will feature 95 rooms and a rooftop bar and restaurant with views across central London. Guests will also have access to a gym.
This new property will be the fourth Hotel Indigo in London and its design will follow the existing property’s art deco style, as well as Leicester Square’s history and surroundings.

Andrew Shaw, IHG’s associate vice president of development UK & Ireland said, “London is a core driver of demand within the UK. The increase in international inbound travel to London is driving a need for new hotels and giving us the opportunity to grow our portfolio. Hotel Indigo London – One Leicester Square will be a valuable addition to the brand, in a globally recognised London location. We are looking forward to working on the hotel with Criterion Capital.”

Hotel Indigo, launched in 2004, is going through a period of major expansion with 75 hotels currently open and another 76 properties in the pipeline. Other new properties include Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte, which is due to open in early 2018, and two hotels in Manchester – Piccadilly Gardens and Victoria Station, scheduled to open in late 2018 and early 2019, respectively.

Sky Express New routes: Athens Corfu & Athens Kos. Daily flights.

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Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για Sky Express New routes: Athens Corfu & Athens Kos. Daily flights.Sky Express have announced its winter timetable and have increased the flight frequencies as well as the destinations that are served.

All fares include one baggage and one hand bagagge as well as free access to the Lounges of Sky Express in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Sky Express, as from the 1st of November ads the routes from and to Athens to Kos and Corfu.

Book now on our daily service to Kos with fares from 25.62€.Book now  on our double daily service to Corfu with fares from 18,27€
Sky Express increases the frequency of the schedules to / from Athens and Heraklion to three daily flights from Monday to Friday and two daily flights on Saturday and Sunday.
Increased schedules apply in the routes from and to Athens and ZakynthosParosIkaria and Skiathos.

Cruise Baltic aims to deliver the greenest cruise experience in the world

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Cruise Baltic ports and destinations stand together in the aim to create a green and sustainable cruise experience in the Baltic Sea. That was one of the results of the Cruise Baltic summit recently held in Kalmar in Sweden.
Cruise Baltic recently held two fam trips as well as the second summit in the city of Kalmar in the Southern part of Sweden. Here a large number of representatives from cruise destinations, cruise ports as well as cruise lines participated and discussed a number of relevant subjects that concern the Baltic Sea area as a cruise destination. One of the subjects that were on the table was the new demands and regulations regarding sustainability set by HELCOM that are to come into force in 2019 and 2021.
In this regard the network decided to work with the new demands as a branding tool. This in order to strengthen the brand of the Baltic Sea area as a green destination for guests, both when it comes to social, economic and environmental sustainability.
“A lot of concrete initiatives have been taken in this field - among others in the port areas – and more things are to come. What we as a network can decide upon is to work with these initiatives together with the cruise lines and other stakeholders in a positive way and secure the Baltic Sea area a green profile. We would like to make the Baltic Sea known as the greenest cruise destination in the world,”Claus Bodker, Director, Cruise Baltic says.
The fam trips were held prior and after the Cruise Baltic summit in Kalmar. On the first fam trip the cruise line executives visited Klaipeda, Tallinn, Saaremaa, Arendal, Kristiansand and Oslo and the second fam trip went to destinations as Malmoe, Elsinore, Lubeck-Travemunde and Rostock- Warnemunde.

AKA Times Square reinvents the Hotel Penthouse with a new collection

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AKA, the leading hospitality brand that celebrities choose for their extended stays, with properties throughout the United States and London, has created an exclusive Penthouse Collection at its landmarked AKA Times Square, redesigning 12 penthouse suites to cater to today’s travelers who desire unique and elevated accommodations.

“Penthouse living is no longer about aspirational luxury,” said Larry Korman, president of AKA.  “It’s about having the authentic experience of being at home in a cool space that is representative of its location.”

Designer Nicholas Cardone drew inspiration for the collection from the landmarked building’s rich 1900 history and its meticulous restoration by award-winning historic preservationist and architect, Stephan Potts of Stanev Potts Architects. The penthouses pay homage to the building’s historic charm, while delivering modern elegance and a sense of sophistication. Original, turn-of-the-century architectural details in the form of exposed, cast-iron structural elements along the walls and ceilings, unusually shaped windows and unique layouts provide a textured and layered en-suite glimpse into history of the city, while delivering a one-of-a-kind experience.

“The pursuit of innovative design is integral to the travel experience,” continued Korman.

Known as the building’s crown jewel, the two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom duplex Penthouse Residence has wide-plank oak floors throughout the grand foyer, dining room and kitchen.  An elegant 1900s bay window fills the living room with space and light, while exotic woods, buttery leather and finely lacquered pieces bring an urbane sophistication to each room.  The interior, iron staircase leads to historic, original and uniquely sized windows that bring the story of the colorful past into the guest experience.

Nearly the size of a standard New York City hotel room, the master bathroom provides a 200-square-foot, ultimate, spa-like experience, featuring a sculptural, modern freestanding bathtub, oversized dual rain head shower behind a free-floating glass wall and double basin vanity. The bedrooms feature king-sized beds, Sferra Italian linens, bespoke window treatments and original photography.

Penthouse Residence guests enjoy the added treat of having an ultra-convenient entranceway to the penthouse-level a.lounge, located on the same floor, that was created by renowned international designer and architect Piero Lissoni and his U.S. design firm, BY Lissoni.  a.lounge, available only to guests of AKA Times Square, has lustrous Venetian plaster walls and rich interiors that adorn an intimate bar and ample lounge areas.  There is also a world-class Technogym fitness center.  A floating steel-and-glass staircase ascends to a.13, a floor-to-ceiling windowed retreat that opens up to a 1,000-square-foot rooftop lounge with sweeping views of Manhattan.

Recognized around the world for visionary design and innovative offerings, AKA currently operates 12 properties throughout some of the most well-traveled to cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and London. The brand continues to set new standards in luxury travel accommodations, elevating its offerings to meet the needs of today’s affluent business traveler.

The Ascend Hotel Collection welcomes The Garrison Hotel

DOVER, N.H. - The Garrison Hotel, a new boutique property in the city of Dover, N.H., is the latest independent hotel to join the Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International, Inc.
The 66-room upscale boutique hotel was inspired by the rich history of Dover, N.H. and takes its name from the city's historic garrison buildings. Throughout the hotel, the area's colorful history comes to life through design and decor. As soon as guests enter the lobby, they can learn more about Dover shipbuilding, mercantilism, and the colonial era through exhibits on display from The Woodman Institute, a Dover museum dedicated to preserving local history.
The Garrison offers travelers a range of guest room types, fitness center and indoor pool, business center, free wireless internet, free breakfast, pet-friendly accommodations, and local area recommendations to help make your stay more enjoyable. The hotel lobby features a communal table, comfortable sitting areas, a large fireplace, and an outdoor patio and lawn area with plans for a fire pit for year-round gathering.
The Garrison Hotel
The hotel is less than one mile from Dover's bustling downtown center and a short drive from the University of New Hampshire and downtown Portsmouth. The Garrison also serves as a pleasant stopping point along the way to the scenic White Mountains and Lakes Region. One hour from Boston, Portland, Maine, New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, and within 30 minutes from New Hampshire beaches, Dover offers activities year round and is an ideal destination for travelers.
Known for inspiring individuality, the Ascend Hotel Collection is the first and largest global soft brand, featuring best-in-class unique, boutique and historic hotels and resorts with more than 230 properties open or under development worldwide. The Port Hospitality Group also owns and operates two other Ascend Hotel Collection properties in Portsmouth, NH and Kennebunk, ME.
The Garrison Hotel participates in the award-winning Choice Privileges loyalty rewards program, rated no.1 in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards list. Membership is free, offers fast rewards, instant perks, and exclusive member rates when booking directly at choicehotels.com. Members can redeem points towards free nights, airline miles and more while staying at any of Choice's global hotel properties.

Transat signs an agreement to sell its interest in Ocean Hotels

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Transat A.T. Inc. has signed an agreement with H10 Hotels for the sale of its minority 35% interest in Ocean Hotels for an amount of US$150.5 million (Cdn$190 million). Transat remains fully committed to becoming a full-fledged hotel operator and is selling its minority interest in Ocean Hotels in order to accelerate the development of its own hotel chain in the South.
This interest sold had a book value of Cdn$109.1 million as at April 30, 2017. The agreement, signed today with H10, which already owns the other 65% of the co-venture created in 2007, is binding and subject to certain usual conditions. The sale price is subject to adjustments at the time of the closing of the transaction by November 2, 2017, and after if necessary.

"Owning a minority position in Ocean has been a valuable venture for Transat both economically and strategically, allowing us to develop an expertise and insight into the hotel business. Being a minority owner was no longer an interesting use of our capital as we embark on further investments in the sector," said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer, Transat. "We want to control our own destiny, and this transaction is the ideal springboard for building a hotel chain that reflects our style. Our hotel division will take shape in the near future, including with the hiring of a president to lead it. We are very excited at the idea of moving forward with this priority initiative for the company."

The sale of its minority interest in Ocean Hotels, as well as the proceeds from the sale of its tour operating activities in France and Greece last October, will support Transat's creation of its own hotel development project. In recent years, Transat has refocused its operations around three strategic areas: air transportation, hotel operation and travel distribution. Last week, the company announced the replacement of its nine Airbus A310s with 10 new Airbus A321neo LRs, starting in 2019. This is a major investment that will take its fleet to a higher level. The future investments in its hotel business will enable it to provide its customers with a travel experience that is perfectly tailored to their needs.

Duetto brings revenue strategy solutions to Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

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SAN FRANCISCO - Duetto, the market leader in hotel profit optimization technology, announced that it has partnered with Outrigger Enterprises Group to implement its cloud-based Revenue Strategy solutions at seven Outrigger hotels, totaling close to 2,800 rooms. The agreement will enable Outrigger hotels to fully optimize revenue and easily analyze company-wide performance with Duetto's GameChanger and ScoreBoard applications.
"We are very happy to announce this partnership with Outrigger Enterprises Group," said Duetto CEO Patrick Bosworth. "In today's fast-paced and complex marketplace, Duetto's cloud-based Revenue Strategy solutions provide the ability to manage distribution complexity, optimize business mix and ultimately increase revenue. We are excited to partner with a forward-thinking company like Outrigger."
By adopting Open Pricing, the core element of Duetto's GameChanger application, Outrigger will now be able yield rates more rapidly and with greater flexibility, drawing on web shopping regrets and denials data to better measure price sensitivity. ScoreBoard, the Revenue Intelligence application, will enable Outrigger to compile and centralize up-to-the-minute reports on performance and forecasts, display advanced data visualizations, and deliver actionable insights across the entire company with one click.
"We partnered with Duetto to optimize our revenue and business mix, allowing us to compete even more effectively in a highly competitive market," said Paul Richardson, Chief Operating Officer at Outrigger Enterprises Group. "It was important for us to partner with a company that has expansive hotel Revenue Strategy experience and one that positions us for the future. Open Pricing will allow us to get the optimal price to our customers, while ScoreBoard will provide big-picture insights across the entire portfolio."
Duetto partners with many of the leading hotels and casino brands around the world. Nearly 2,000 hotels and casinos in more than 60 countries have partnered to use Duetto's applications, including GameChanger and ScoreBoard.

South Florida hotels recovering from 2016 slump

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The hotels of South Florida finally seem to be recovering from the slump of last year. As per the hotel figures released on Thursday by STR, a reputed data and analytics firm, the room nights sold at the hotels of Miami-Dade were up by 6.7% over the same period last year. That is the highest year-on-year rise ever since March.

The revenue of the hotels rose by 5.6% over June 2016 since the hotel occupancy increased by nearly 2.1%.

As much as 73% of the hotel rooms were full in Miami-Dade in June. The average nightly rate was the only statistics that was down by 1% for an average rate of $146.87.

The overall bump in hotel sector’s performance is yet another indication of the fact that hotels are gradually recovering after a complicated 2016 that was impacted adversely by the Zika virus, an increase in new hotel rooms, construction at the Miami Beach Convention Center as well as the growth of the short-term rental sector.

The rise in demand is a good sign during the time of the year that is actually influenced significantly by international travel and has been confronting with a challenge posed by a struggling Latin American economy and a complex political scenario that had been responsible for repelling certain foreign visitors.

Scott Berman who is a hotel expert and a Miami-based industry leader for leisure and hospitality said that the demand for hotels is getting stronger at a time when most of the market have been under pressure.

Industry leaders have asserted that hotels this year have been coming out of the closet in terms of their revenue in 2016.

Qatar Airways increases frequency to Moscow with additional daily flight

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DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways announced that it has added additional flights to its Moscow route, bringing the total frequency to 21 flights per week between Doha and the Russian capital. Commencing 2 August, the award-winning airline will introduce an extra daily flight on the Doha-Moscow route to meet growing demand to Moscow, a destination popular with both business and leisure travellers. The additional frequency will be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft.
Moscow is renowned for its stunning architecture and iconic historical landmarks such as the Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Russian capital is a cultural treasure trove, famous for its symphonies, classical music, theatre and ballet, offering visitors a vast array of enriching activities to choose from.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “In celebration of going to Moscow together for 14 years, and as part of Qatar Airways’ ongoing efforts to expand our presence in Eastern Europe, we are very pleased to offer an additional frequency to this iconic city. Passengers from the Russian capital will have even more flexibility in travelling seamlessly through our Doha Hub, Hamad International Airport, to any of our destinations across our growing network, while travellers from all over the world will now have the opportunity to taste the delights of the Russian capital, as well as experience our renowned world-class service.”
The airline, which in August will celebrate 14 years of direct service to Moscow, first began flying to the Russian capital in 2003. The launch of the additional frequency to Moscow comes at a time when Qatar Airways is expediting its expansion plans in Eastern Europe, with service to Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; and Prague, Czech Republic  set to commence by the end of August.
The additional frequency will be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft offers individual seatback television screens providing all passengers with the next-generation, interactive on board entertainment system, Oryx One, featuring a choice of more than 3000 entertainment options.
The 2017 Airline of the Year, as awarded by Skytrax, has a host of exciting new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018 including; Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, U.S.; and Santiago, Chile, to name a few. A total of 25 new destination launches will take place throughout 2017-2018.
Qatar Airways has received a number of accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

S7 Airlines Takes Delivery Of Its First A320neo

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S7 Airlines, one of Russia’s leading carriers, member of Oneworld global airline alliance, has taken delivery of its’ first A320neo which is on lease from BOC Aviation. The aircraft is the first Airbus to feature the airline’s new livery and is also the first NEO to be operated in Russia.

Powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, S7’s aircraft features a comfortable two-class cabin layout, (eight business and 156 economy class seats). The airline will operate the aircraft on domestic and international routes. Since the first aircraft entered service in 2004, S7’s Airbus fleet has grown to 44 A320 Family aircraft.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver more than 15 percent fuel savings at entry into service and up to 20 percent by 2020. With more than 5,000 orders received from over 90 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent market share.

Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort introduces world-class Golf Academy for golf aficionados

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UAE, DUBAI - Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco, has introduced a Golf Academy for serious and amateur golfers – who love holding clubs and hitting balls from dawn to dusk.
Established as a leader in luxury golf resort communities across Africa, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort offers several packages including collective training, individual packages, junior golf school for 6-17 years old and a junior’s summer camp among many others. In addition, the luxurious resort also offers a team building platform that helps golf players extend their golf knowledge, get to know it's origins and its rules and practice team games combining challenge and learning.
“The Golf Academy at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort is the ideal learning environment for beginners and more advanced players alike to practise golf. With individual lessons or week-long courses for players of all skill levels, there is a good fit for everyone. The Academy is equipped with the ultimate in learning tools for lessons at every level. The video equipment is perfect for self-analysis and allows players to even play better,” said Khadija El Idrissi, Director of Communication and Public Relations at Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort.
Termed to be one of Africa’s best equipped Academies with the latest technologies, Mazagan Golf Academy professionals can practise and play instant shootings with Gasp Systems and a Flightscope. The players can also analyse the flight of the golf ball in the smallest details, which helps them customise their training sessions. In addition, Mazagan Golf Academy has also invested in high-quality equipment to meet every need and offer the golfers the best possible playing conditions.
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The Mazagan Golf Academy is equipped with a world-class Golf Course, featuring unparalleled panoramic views of the area. Designed by Gary Player, the Mazagan Golf Academy is one of the biggest golf courses in Morocco. It offers personalised attention in a professional environment and follows a simple, pleasant and performance-oriented philosophy. It also has adequate equipment and facilities for beginners and professional golfers. While the members of the Mazagan Golf Academy have access to quality training, the framework has been carefully designed and positioned to preserve the challenges of each hole, making them as enjoyable as the long tees.
“Whether it's for recreation, socialising, learning a new skill or executive business, Mazagan Golf Academy is a perfect layout that thrills every golfer. Amateurs and professionals alike are constantly amazed by its challenging layout that has been designed to delight golf lovers,” added Khadija El Idrissi.
Whether playing the extraordinary course, discovering the many splendours of the Morocco or simply taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort offers vacations to savour forever.

San Diego International Airport Seeking Third-Party Operator for Unique Innovation Lab

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The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is seeking a third-party individual or firm to help refine, build out and operate the Innovation Lab.
Located in a 3,500-square-foot space in the former Commuter Terminal, the Lab is a functional terminal space with ticketing counters, flight information display boards, and a baggage belt. The space enables innovators to conceive, develop and test emerging technologies to drive airport innovation and enhance the passenger experience. Successful ideas can be rolled out at San Diego International Airport (SAN), other airports and even related industries such as shopping malls, hotels and convention centers, to name a few.

Because there is no other innovation lab in the U.S within a working airport space, this Lab lowers the barriers to entry to doing business within airports domestically and even internationally.

“Our airport provided proof of concept with FuelRod, a reusable and portable charging product now in 26 airports nationwide,” said Rick Belliotti, SAN’s Director of Innovation and Small Business Development. “Now we’re excited to pilot an e-commerce and delivery platform with AtYourGate and GRAB, which is set to launch this summer.”

“With a third-party operator in place by fall, we will take the Lab to the next level of pioneering business innovations and disruptive technologies,” he added.

The prevailing party will be paid a maximum of $150,000 per year for two years, with options for three one-year extensions. The scope of work includes providing project management, advising on build-out of the Lab, refinement of the website, reviewing proposal submittals and facilitating selection, and overseeing day-to-day operations.
The RFP is available for download here through PlanetBids.

United Airlines Reports Second-Quarter 2017 Performance

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Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines

United Airlines (UAL) today announced its second-quarter 2017 financial results.  
  • UAL reported second-quarter net income of $818 million, diluted earnings per share of $2.66, pre-tax earnings of $1.3 billion and pre-tax margin of 12.7 percent.
  • Excluding special charges, UAL reported second-quarter net income of $846 million, diluted earnings per share of $2.75, pre-tax earnings of $1.3 billion and pre-tax margin of 13.2 percent.
  • Second-quarter diluted earnings per share increased nearly 50 percent year-over-year; excluding special charges, second-quarter diluted earnings per share increased over 5 percent year-over-year.
  • Delivered the top airline operation among major competitors, including the best completion, on-time arrival and departure performance in the second quarter.
Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines, said, "The positive financial and operational performance this past quarter demonstrates that United is firmly on the right path. From investing in our products and our people, redoubling our focus on the customer experience, closing the margin gap with our peers and delivering strong returns to our investors, we have made important progress and moved United decisively forward. No single quarter constitutes a trend and we still have much further to go before we fully realize the potential of this airline and exceed the expectations of our customers. But, we also know that one success begets another and the strong financial and operating performance we posted this quarter adds to the momentum that all of us here at United are determined to build upon."
Second-Quarter Revenue
For the second quarter of 2017, revenue was $10.0 billion, an increase of $604 million or 6.4 percent year-over-year. Second-quarter 2017 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) was up 2.1 percent and consolidated yield increased 2.0 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016. Cargo revenue was $254 million in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 22.1 percent year-over-year due primarily to higher volumes across the system.
Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines, said, "Second quarter performance was outstanding both financially and operationally. We are incredibly proud that the United team delivered the best operational performance among major competitors during one of our busiest quarters. This impressive quarterly performance was a strong finish to the first half of the year."
Second-Quarter Costs
Operating expense was $8.6 billion in the second quarter, up 3.2 percent year-over-year. Excluding special charges, operating expense was $8.6 billion, an 8.3 percent increase year-over-year. Consolidated unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 1.0 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016 due largely to lower special charges in 2017, partially offset by higher labor and fuel expense. Second-quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 3.1 percent year-over-year, driven mainly by higher labor expense. 
Liquidity and Capital Allocation
UAL generated $1.6 billion in operating cash flow and ended the quarter with $6.6 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $2.0 billion of undrawn commitments under its revolving credit facility. The company's capital expenditures were $1.1 billion in the second quarter. Including assets acquired through the issuance of debt and airport construction financing and excluding fully reimbursable projects, the company invested $1.2 billion during the second quarter in adjusted capital expenditures. Free cash flow, measured as operating cash flow less adjusted capital expenditures, was $314 million for the second quarter. The company contributed $160 million to its pension plans and made debt and capital lease principal payments of $238 million in the second quarter. In the quarter, UAL purchased $0.4 billion of its common shares at an average price of $74.39 per share. As of June 30, 2017, the company had approximately $1.1 billion remaining to purchase shares under its existing share repurchase authority.
For the 12 months ended June 30, 2017, the company's pre-tax income was $3.8 billion and return on invested capital (ROIC) was 17.0 percent. 
Andrew Levy, executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Airlines, said, "We are delivering on our commitments to our shareholders. Our margin performance and growth in earnings per share in the quarter demonstrate we are moving in the right direction. We expect our pre-tax margin in the third quarter to be between 12.5 and 14.5 percent." 
Fleet Updates
In the second quarter, UAL took delivery of six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, one used Airbus A319 aircraft and ten Embraer E175 aircraft. UAL announced it will take delivery of four additional Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in 2018. The 777-300ER aircraft feature the company's all-new United Polaris business class, with custom-designed, exclusive-to-United seats and new amenity kits. In addition, the company purchased four Airbus A320 aircraft and three Boeing 757-200 aircraft that it currently operates off lease in the second quarter. With regards to future deliveries, UAL deferred four Airbus A350 aircraft out of 2018 and accelerated 12 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into 2019 and two 787-10 aircraft within 2019. The company also converted 100 of its current Boeing 737 MAX aircraft orders into Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft and expects to take delivery of the aircraft starting in late 2020.

Philippine Airlines: Electronic Devices to be subjected to additional screening

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Effective July 19, 2017, all portable electronic devices (PED) - larger than a cellphone or smartphone - of passengers bound for the United States will be subjected to additional airport screening.

This move is in line with the new set of security directives issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security requiring airlines flying from last point of departure to the US.

The new US security directive, which will be in effect until 30 June 2018, aims to ensure the integrity of all portable devices brought inside the aircraft.

Electronic devices that exceed the size limit must be surrendered by passengers to the airline for additional screening at the Redundancy Screening Checkpoint. Necessary medical devices are exempted from additional screening.

The approximate size of a commonly available smartphone is considered to be a guideline for passengers.

Examples of large electronic devices that will be subjected to additional screening are, but not limited to: laptops, tablets, E-Readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic game units larger than a smartphone and travel printers/scanners

Passengers must:
  • Ensure that their large PEDs have sufficient battery charge enough to power up the PED during the additional screening process
  • Remove their electronic protective casing during inspection

PAL urges its passengers bound for the US from Manila and Vancouver to yield to these inspection requirements, in compliance with security regulations. Passengers' PED will be allowed onboard after it is cleared at the screening checkpoint.

CEIR publishes fourth report in series focusing on attendee floor engagement tactics

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DALLAS - The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of Part Four: Exhibitor In-booth Tactics - Looking to the Future – Areas to Improve and Interest in New Models, the fourth report in its newest series on attendee floor engagement.
This report documents that most exhibitors are engaged and committed to using the business-to-business (B2B) exhibition channel and intend to invest in improvements to augment the positive outcomes for exhibiting. Over three quarters have plans to ramp up their exhibit program and many exhibitors are reaching out to organizers to help them maximize their attendee engagement efforts.
In addition to enhancing their exhibit programs, exhibitors express interest in considering new models, floor layouts or other options, if made available by exhibition organizers; while a third are content with the trade show model as it is. Options generating the most interest include in-person, face-to-face engagement options, thus signaling the essential importance of retaining in-person attendee engagement.
“This particular report affirms the health of the B2B exhibition channel,” said CEIR CEO Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE. “Exhibitors are clearly committed to continuous quality improvement and evolving their exhibit programs to align with how attendees are looking to engage with them at events. Exhibitors and organizers would both benefit from reading this report.”
This 12-page report provides a full list of the range of additions and improvements exhibitors are considering adding to their exhibit program with a goal of enhancing their attendee engagement efforts. It also quantifies the percentage of exhibitors open to new models, floor layouts and other options made available by exhibition organizers in the next several years and reports on level of interest in each option.
In addition to total results, this report identifies unique differences by exhibitor by industry sector, the extent of exhibition activity and other key demographics.

Ryanair Calls On Attorney General’s Office To Expedite (Noise) Statutory Instrument To Allow Dublin’s Second Runway To Proceed

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Ryanair today called for an end to the repeated delays in the delivery of a second runway at Dublin Airport and urged the Attorney General’s Department to expedite the simple piece of primary legislation (the statutory instrument) to make the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) the competent authority to monitor noise regulation, as a matter of urgency.
At a time when runway capacity at Dublin is full at peak times, leading to repeated slot delays, Ryanair reiterated its support for the development of a €240m second runway at Dublin. This vital and urgent piece of national infrastructure is critical to the continued growth of air travel to and from Ireland especially in the run up to – and after – Brexit, where multinationals are looking at Ireland’s air transport links as an alternative to London or other EU cities.
Repeated delays by the Attorney General’s Department to expedite this simple piece of primary legislation, which is necessary to allow the second runway to proceed, are totally unacceptable. The Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, and his predecessor (Paschal Donohoe) have already confirmed that the IAA are the competent authority in this (noise monitoring) area, and it is totally unacceptable that the delays are being prolonged because of the failure of the Attorney General’s office to expedite this statutory instrument.
Ryanair called for an end to these delays and the prioritisation of the second runway at Dublin Airport, but only at a cost of €240m.

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said:
“The present runway infrastructure at Dublin Airport is already full at peak times. The development of the second runway is a critical piece of national infrastructure which needs to be expedited, especially when Ireland is trying to attract overseas investment that may be leaving the UK in the run up to Brexit in March 2019.
Ryanair is unable to base additional aircraft at Dublin because there are no spare slots in the early morning for additional departures. The fact that this statutory instrument has been repeatedly delayed in the Attorney General’s office for over 12 months is unacceptable.
We call on the Government, the Department of Transport, and the Attorney General’s office to explain these repeated delays and confirm when this necessary noise legislation will be implemented by statutory instrument to allow Dublin’s second runway to proceed. The time for delay is over; we need urgent action to deliver runway 2 to prevent Ireland’s airport infrastructure falling further behind its international competitors.”

Tourists rush for London as low pound beats terror fear

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Of late the recent terror attacks in London are surpassed surprisingly by the lowering valuation of the pound while foreign tourists have been pouring into the capital.

Bookings for international arrivals in London remain robust and are about 14% ahead of where they were, during the start of July 2017. Currently, the city is 9% better value on account of the strength of foreign currencies, as per a study by ForwardKeys that predicts future travel patterns made by the analysis of 16 million booking transactions per day.

US bookings are 21% ahead year-on-year.

On the other hand, Asia Pacific have been observing 14% rise in London arrivals between 1st July and 31st October. Only the region in the Middle East is quite behind, about 20% as compared to the same period in 2016. The lag is caused mainly owing to a decline in oil price adversely impacting Gulf economies and the timings of Ramadan that became low this year.

Compared with the other cities of Europe, London witnessed the highest market share of long-period bookings for arrivals in the period between July and October at 12% against 9% for Paris and 7% for Rome.

And, tourism from the BRICS nations like Brazil, Russia, India and China is soaring.

All of them reveal double-digit growth in forward bookings for London. Except India, their citizens have been displaying greater interest in London as tourist destination than the remaining portion of Europe.

Chile is portraying the greatest growth in forward bookings, 67% ahead that is followed by Brazil at 48%, Taiwan at 43% and China that us 35% ahead.

The total long-haul international tourist arrivals to London had risen by 16% in the first half of 2016 as compared to the same period last year. ForwardKeys research said that great boost had been sourced from the Americas with a 52% share of long-haul arrivals, that registered a growth by 19% and Asia Pacific with a share of 34% marking a rise of 14%.

This phenomenal growth was triggered by the falling of the sterling exchange rate representing its lowest levels in 30 years against the dollar in the middle of October 2016.

Olivier Jager who is the co-founder and CEO of ForwardKeys said that this trend is a clear indication of how currency fluctuations impact the travel industry even amidst the scenario of other critical influencers. He went on to add that at present London stands at a lucrative rank as people are struggling to leverage the weakening pound for relishing some really memorable vacations.

Wyndham Hotel Group strengthens its midscale bench with acquisition of AmericInn

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Further cementing its long-standing position as a leader in the midscale hotel segment, Wyndham Hotel Group – the hospitality giant with an unparalleled portfolio of more than 8,000 hotels globally – announced plans to acquire the Minnesota-based AmericInn hotel brand and its management company, Three Rivers Hospitality, from Northcott Hospitality for $170 million.
AmericInn's portfolio consists of 200 primarily franchised hotels with approximately 11,600 rooms in 21 states, predominately in the Midwestern U.S., Ohio Valley, and Mountain states including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and North Dakota. The brand's U.S. pipeline consists of 23 hotels. Committed to its asset-light strategy, Wyndham Hotel Group will explore options to divest the owned portfolio, which consists of 10 hotels.
The deal, subject to regulatory and government approval and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, will bolster Wyndham Hotel Group's existing collection of more than 1,500 midscale hotels while also significantly increasing its footprint in the Midwest. Upon closing, Wyndham's family of brands will expand to 20 iconic names.
"AmericInn's unwavering dedication to first-rate quality and service, proven by its consistently high ratings and guest satisfaction scores, grows our North American system in the heartland where we see great opportunity for continued growth," said Geoff Ballotti, Wyndham Hotel Group's president and chief executive officer. "AmericInn's guest-centric culture aligns perfectly with our values, making it a fantastic tuck-in brand for us. And with the global middle class expected to more than double in the next 10 years, we know investing in the midscale segment allows us to offer great experiences and value at price points that travelers need and where they want to be."
"By joining a renowned company with more hotels globally than any other, our AmericInn brand and our owners have the unique opportunity to leverage Wyndham's tremendous distribution and sales and marketing capabilities, taking the brand to the next level," said Paul Kirwin, president and chief executive officer for Northcott Hospitality. "For our guests, this move gives them access to some of the most amazing and attainable travel experiences around the world through Wyndham's unrivaled loyalty program, Wyndham Rewards."
AmericInn is the latest addition to Wyndham Hotel Group's growing portfolio of brands following last month's launch of The Trademark Hotel Collection, a new concept for upper-midscale-and-above independent hotels. Late last year, the company acquired Fen Hotels and its Dazzler Hotels and Esplendor Boutique lifestyle brands, significantly expanding its presence and management business in Latin America.

Aeroflot signs firm contract for 20 Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in addition to 30 already delivered

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PJSC Aeroflot, VEB Leasing and JSC United Aircraft Corporation have entered into a contract for the delivery to Aeroflot of twenty Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft. The contract was signed today by Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev, Vnesheconombank Chairman Sergey Gorkov and President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slyusar. The signing ceremony took place on the opening day of the MAKS-2017 International Air Show in the presence of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was reached as a follow-up to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Aeroflot and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft in January 2015. The first firm contract for the delivery of 30 SSJ100 aircraft was completed last year. The new agreement will bring the number of SSJ100s in Aeroflot’s fleet to 50, as the airline continues to operate one of the youngest fleets among the 20 largest global airlines by available seat kilometers.

The contracted aircraft have two-class configuration: 12 seats in the business class compartment and 75 seats in economy class. Aeroflot currently operates SSJ100 aircraft with the same cabin configuration accommodating a total of 87 passengers, meaning the servicing facility for the new aircraft will not require significant changes.

Vitaly Saveliev, Chief Executive Officer of PJSC Aeroflot, said:
“Aeroflot understands the importance of supporting domestic production, which the Russian President has spoken about on many occasions. Throughout its history Aeroflot has played a unique role as the main consumer of Russian-made aviation technology. We are putting Russian aircraft into the skies, helping to fine-tune them, and deploying them widely on commercial routes. I am confident in the further development of our cooperation in the interest of Russian aviation and our country as a whole.”

Sergey Gorkov, Chairman of Vnesheconombank, said: 
“Under VEB’s new strategy, aviation is one of our priority areas for investment in high-tech industries. The contracts signed today will contribute to the development of aircraft production in Russia, the renewal of the fleet of aircraft, the expansion of domestic and international flight networks and improvements in service quality. VEB plays an important role in promoting the SSJ100 on domestic and international markets. We have created a number of support tools: credit lines for buyers, credit-leasing schemes and risk insurance through EXIAR.”

Yury Slyusar, President of UAC, said:
“We are happy to continue our cooperation with Russia’s leading airline. Expanding the number of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in Aeroflot’s fleet demonstrates that the airline believes in our product. UAC will continue to make every effort to ensure the operation of our aircraft complies with leading global standards.”

The new planes will be used on domestic flights throughout Russia, on routes to CIS countries, and will also fly to a number of European destinations. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered this summer. Delivery is expected to be completed exactly one year later, in July 2018.

Global business travel poised for strong advance but uncertainty lingers in the US


ALEXANDRIA, VA. – Global business travel spend approached $1.3 trillion USD in 2016, advancing only 3.5 percent over 2015 levels, according to the GBTA BTI Outlook – Annual Global Report & Forecast, a new report released at GBTA Convention 2017 by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of GBTA. Pending many global uncertainties, business travel spending is expected to accelerate significantly in 2018, advancing 6.1 percent, followed by roughly 7.0 percent growth in both 2019 and 2020. Business travel spending gains have not reached this level since 2011.
“Global business travel remains a critical driver of the success of organizations around the globe,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “Stronger footing in emerging markets and continued economic stimulus in the developed world has supported global stability leading to a positive forecast that is unfortunately clouded with more uncertainty than we have seen in decades.”
Business Travel Looks Solid, But Uncertainty is Unusually High
Many signs show the global economy is improving. Consumers are spending, trade and investment are finally on the rise, corporate profits and management sentiment are strong, commodity prices have stabilized, recessions in Brazil, Russia and Argentina have ended, and China’s soft landing continues. Taking these factors into account, business travel growth looks solid over the coming years, however, uncertainty abounds. Political polices, geopolitical tensions and financial concerns have intensified. The Global Economic Policy Uncertainty Index, which began in 1997, has hit an all-time, 20-year high.
Some sources of uncertainty could ultimately have a positive impact on business travel as lower corporate tax rates are pushed forward and business regulations are rolled back as infrastructure investment increases around the globe. Other factors will have a decidedly more negative impact on business travel including trade policy renegotiation, terrorism, travel and immigration bans, sanctions, electronics bans and geopolitical tensions.
The Annual Rankings
For the second straight year in 2016, China topped the charts, surpassing the United States as the largest business travel market in the world. The top 15 remained unchanged from last year with the exception of India rising two spots.