Τρίτη, 22 Αυγούστου 2017

Technologies Driving CLIA Cruise Line Members’ Environmental Protection Efforts

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Cruise lines are transforming the modern fleet with new technologies and designs to protect the oceans, air and destinations that millions of cruise passengers enjoy each year. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) showcases cruise lines’ technologies that sustainably reduce the industry’s environmental footprint.

“The cruise industry recognizes the importance of investing in innovative ship technology to preserve our environment and provide an eco-friendly travel experience,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “And, with each new build, CLIA Cruise Line Members raise the bar for developing environmentally friendly ships.”

CLIA Cruise Line Members are investing $1 billion in environmental technology, including technologies pioneered by the cruise industry, examples include:

Air Emissions Reduction: Cruise lines continually innovate to reduce air emissions. One example is exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), which offer an innovative alternative to the use of low sulfur fuels to satisfy emissions requirements and reduce the level of sulfur oxides in a ship’s exhaust by as much as 98 percent. Cruise lines pioneered the use of this technology, and others, in the marine environment.
Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems: In keeping with cruise lines’ continual focus on best practices that often exceed regulatory requirements, CLIA oceangoing Cruise Line Members have committed to not discharging untreated sewage anywhere in the world. Many cruise lines operate Advanced Wastewater Treatment Systems (AWTS) to treat wastewater beyond the requirements of most waste treatment facilities of coastal cities.
Solar Panels: To improve fuel efficiency and keep cruising eco-friendly, some cruise lines use solar energy to power certain ship’s equipment. Since cruise ships spend significant time under the sun, solar panels are a logical source of supplementary energy for ships, as practical with a vessel’s design. Installation of solar panels can generate clean energy power and decrease dependence on fuel-generated electricity to help run ship systems including lighting.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems require significant amounts of energy. Since most CLIA Cruise Lines Members’ itineraries involve warmer environments, the energy consumption of air conditioning systems is an important target of ship-board efficiency efforts. Newer ship systems are designed to pump only the amount of chilled water required for the cooling demand, which results in significant energy savings.
Technologies for Use of LNG as an Alternative Fuel: Cruise lines are launching ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), eliminating soot particles and sulfur oxides, to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. For newly launched vessels, new dual-fuel engines allow for the efficient and effective use of multiple fuels, such as LNG and traditional fuel oils. Innovations in tank design and placement has also allowed for safe storage of LNG onboard. To date, seven cruise lines have announced plans to build up to 16 LNG-propelled cruise ships, with the first one expected in service in 2019.

Meetingselect’s 7 trends for the industry

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Meetingselect, the partner of choice for connecting meeting and event planners with inspirational meeting venues and conference hotels all over the world, announced 7 trends in the meeting industry that you should not miss.
The 7 trends are:
1. The loft
Don’t be surprised if you find the marketing manager presenting his or her spread sheets, sitting back completely relaxed in a bean bag while sipping a smoothie. Hotels and meeting venues play a huge role in making meeting rooms more enjoyable, focusing on Feng Shui and other philosophies from the Far East. The long table and artificial light is replaced by natural furnishing, with high wooden tables, cozy seats, softly lit lounge areas and business deals being closed around the fire place. Just as you would have in a modern, elegant loft.
2. The great outdoors
Who ever said that meetings by definition should take place indoors anyway? Any venue that is up to speed with the increasing demand for ecological and sustainable facilities, offers its customers meetings or at least break outs in the great outdoors. And why not? A fresh breeze, a shot of vitamin D, a lovely biological lunch in the garden: a guarantee for sharpening the senses of your attendees instantly. The sky is literally the limit: why not take your guests to a mountain hut in the Alps? In Singapore, organize a morning session on a rooftop terrace, poolside ofcourse. Just make sure you have your Mifi's in place (portable Wifi routers that make it possible to connect to the internet, thus creating a personal hotspot any place, anywhere).
3. Bleisure
Top hotels and tourism boards all over the world have known for quite a while now that their business guests will not always be just business guests. Most have a partner, a family, friends. So why make the strict distinction between business people and those visitors who want to spend a relaxing holiday? If you showcase what kind of leisure options you have to offer during, say, a conference, next summer they might come back with the whole family. Successful meeting planners know: it’s not just about an efficiently organized meeting or conference, it’s all about the fun and experiences a venue or destination has to offer after – or even during – business hours. Offer yoga sessions before breakfast, organize a city walk or a wine tasting session in the bar. Blending business with pleasure, or bleisure, is a trend not to be missed: because the line between work and play is increasingly blurred. We like to call it a win-win situation.
4. Unplug and be mindfull
There's nothing more annoying than going into a brainstorm or meeting while your mind is stressed about those emails you still have to answer and reports you have to hand in the next day. Being online all the time – or having the feeling that you’re missing out when your not (hello social media!) - is a killer for efficiency, because you lack focus and your creativity and energy will simply not be flowing the way they should be. That’s why more and more companies have entered the concept of mindfulness into the meeting room. Mindfulness is all about the ‘now’, the present moment. Focus and attention are key here. It will help participants see things more clearly and make better decisions. Unplug. Tomorrow is another day, the present is now.
5. Splurge!
As we all know, the MICE industry suffered a real blow during the crisis. Costs were cut back drastically, budgets were limited. Now, almost ten years later, a certain form of luxury is back. Perhaps not that decadent, over-the-top luxury from before the crisis, but companies are willing to pay for quality and content again. There’s nothing wrong with splurging every now and then – all being it in a somewhat more profound matter. It’s up to the meeting industry to facilitate that with state-of-the-art equipment, professional guidance, fun experiences and outstanding hospitality.
6. Sharing is caring
Hundreds of books have been written about the meeting industry, numerous lectures given. But at the end of the day, best practices from your peer-to-peer network have proven to be just as educational. Your colleagues in the field often experience the same challenges you face, or have brilliant tips about that one, unique venue or destination. Why not share that knowledge? At Meetingselect, we do it all the time: because we’re constantly looking for new meeting venues to enlarge our database and make new contacts.
So make connections! This can be done in various ways: through a Linkedin group, during a networking event, through blogs, vlogs, apps and newsletters. It’ll safe you a lot of time and money, and the energy you experience by learning from each other is priceless. The person sitting next to you at a conference might be just as inspiring as the one who is on stage.
7. Technology as a basic need
As much as we all have the need for a digital detox every now and then: a venue that has poor technical facilities will not be booked a second time, period. In the top 5 of biggest irritations during a meeting or conference is a slow internet connection, having to pay for WiFi, and technical equipment that does not deliver what it promised. Beamers that malfunction minutes before your presentation, incompatible software: we’ve all been there. Having that covered, as a meeting venue you will add serious value by taking care of technical gadgets like smart boards, social media walls, live streams, audience responsive systems and 3D presentation capabilities.

Auckland welcomes PATA Global Insights Conference

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With the support of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and BBC World News, PATA Global Insights Conference (PGIC) takes place once again at the SKYCITY Grand Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand on September 29, 2017.
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This year’s event programme is boosted by the addition of a PATA/ATEED Tourism Leaders Forum on September 28 when the leading travel industry figures will discuss opportunities and challenges in a session moderated by BBC World News correspondent Hywel Griffith. Opening the batting at the Forum is former Test cricketer Martin Snedden who, in his capacity as TIA Chief Executive, masterminded the nation’s Tourism 2025 Plan.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for New Zealand’s tourism community to share their views, ideas and perhaps their concerns with senior executives now shaping long-term strategy,” says PATA Regional Director - Pacific Chris Flynn.
Those participating in the Tourism Leaders Forum include Chris Roberts, Chief Executive - Tourism Industry Aotearoa; Nick Hill, Chief Executive – ATEED; Stephen England-Hall, Chief Executive - Tourism New Zealand; Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO - PATA, and Cam Wallace, Chief Revenue Officer - Air New Zealand.
With the theme ‘R U Future Ready’, the PGIC conference programme on September 29 includes presentations from Boeing, TripAdvisor and Microsoft. The conference also features, for the first time, a panel discussion with ‘tomorrow’s tourism leaders’. Richard Aquino, Sarath Munasinghe, Sabrina Seeler and Xuan Bach Tran (Alex) from the newly-established PATA New Zealand Auckland University of Technology Student Chapter will share their views on how tourism will likely develop by 2025 and beyond.
“I am very excited about the programme we have developed for this year’s event. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that delegates will be wowed by the depth of knowledge, insights and global reputation of our guest speakers and the sectors and disciplines that they represent,” adds Chris Flynn. “The Tourism Leaders Forum brings together an important and influential group to address issues, threats, challenges and opportunities for New Zealand’s tourism sector in line with the Tourism 2025 Plan and beyond. I’m sure that the views expressed at this Forum will influence the direction of our Global Insights Conference taking place during the following day.”
Guest speakers include Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO - Pacific Asia Travel Association; Russell Craig, National Technology Officer - Microsoft, New Zealand; John Schubert, Managing Director - Marketing Asia Pacific and India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Jameson Wong, Director for Business Development APAC - ForwardKeys.com; Chris Monk, Head of Region (APAC) - Decoded; Sandra Chipchase, CEO - Destination NSW; Stu Stacy, Commercial Director - ADARA; Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC - TripAdvisor and Maggie Wu, a well-known international travel Vlogger. They will be sharing insights on topics such as artificial intelligence, the future of airline capacity, cyber security and digital marketing.
Hywel Griffith is also moderating all panel sessions at PGIC.
* Delegates attending PGIC on September 29 enjoy complimentary admission to the Tourism Leaders Forum on September 28. Registration for the Forum alone is US$100.
** Entrance is free to accredited media representatives but prior registration is essential. Please contact Chris Flynn: chris@pata.org for more details

Raleigh-Durham Airport taps Proterra to deliver North Carolina's first electric airport passenger bus fleet

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BURLINGAME, CALIF. - Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced that the Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) Authority has approved the purchase of four Proterra Catalyst E2 zero-emissions battery-electric transit buses and related charging infrastructure.  RDU selected Proterra as its battery-electric bus provider citing the company's sustainability, performance and operational cost-savings excellence. This purchase marks Proterra's first airport customer and the first airport electric bus deployment in the Carolinas.
"Bringing zero-emission buses to airports throughout North America is an integral part of Proterra's next stage of growth, and we couldn't be happier to announce RDU as our first airport customer," said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra.
Currently, RDU shuttle buses transport on average 112,166 passengers and luggage per month between the airport's two ParkRDU Economy lots and terminals with a diesel-powered fleet consisting of 14, 40-foot transit buses that are replaced every 7-10 years. Funded in part by a $1.6 million zero-emissions vehicle grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the new Proterra battery-electric buses will replace four older diesel buses, resulting in the elimination 16.9 million pounds of greenhouse gases over the lifetime of these vehicles. 
"The purchase of these four buses demonstrates our commitment to a world-class airport experience," said Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth. "We are excited about both the sustainable benefits as well as the improved passenger experience these new buses will provide."
Since the Proterra buses have no combustion engine, riders will enjoy a smoother, exhaust-free ride, experiencing less noise as the bus travels between the terminal and parking lot shuttle stops. In addition to traveler benefits, the operational cost of electricity, at $.19/mile, is substantially lower than diesel, at $.84/mile. Combining this with greatly improved vehicle efficiency, at 21 MPG equivalent, and reduced vehicle maintenance costs will result in a savings of about $1.8 million during the 12-year lifetime of these new Proterra buses. Scheduled to be placed in service in early 2019, the buses will be designed and built at Proterra's Greenville, S.C. manufacturing facility.
"As a top innovation-driven community in the U.S., the Raleigh-Durham region is home to one of the nation's largest and most successful research parks, a major center for high-tech and biotech research, and world-class universities. RDU's pioneering vision to transition from dirty diesel to a zero-emission fleet further fuels the area's spirit of innovation and demonstrates how Proterra is able to scale our technology, serve this new market and further our goal of providing clean, quiet transportation to all,"said Popple.

Philippine Airlines offers Free Wi-Fi inflight

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Philippine Airlines enables more passengers to surf the internet or browse social media for 30 minutes or 15 MB for FREE and surf longer for the rest of the journey at 50 percent off on myPALWiFi upgrade plans.
“The free Wi-Fi offer was very well received when we first launched it for a limited period. We are very proud to be the first airline in Asia to offer free wi-fi onboard for all passengers traveling on international flights that are equipped with the service”, PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista said.
“We continuously work towards addressing our passengers' needs and have also come up with more affordable renewal price plans, and soon, access to hi-speed internet even while flying at 30,000 feet. This latest offering, which enables customers to stay connected inflight, is the airline's way of demonstrating its 'heartfelt' service philosophy,” he added.
Each subscription plan is tailored to suit different usage needs of the passengers, beginning with the basic US$ 5 for 35MB. The US$ 20 plan for 150MB is suited for those who need more usage.
The service offering forms part of the airline's customer-centric initiatives in line with its goal of becoming a five-star full service national carrier of the Philippines, the airline of choice in all markets it serves and a source of pride for Filipinos everywhere.

Hilton Opens Urban Retreat On South Korea Coastline

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Hilton today opened doors to the new Hilton Busan, marking its debut in South Korea’s second largest city. With its prime location on a pristine coastline in the East Busan Tourism Complex, Hilton Busan is set to be a hub for business and leisure travel to this dynamic region. The hotel will offer two innovative dining concepts, a rooftop swimming pool and versatile meeting space unparalleled for both function and style.

“Busan is a key tourism destination and we’re delighted to be introducing Hilton’s trademark hospitality and flagship brand to the city, complementing the five hotels we currently operate in South Korea,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “Guests visiting Hilton Busan will enjoy a unique urban retreat with thoughtful amenities and offerings as captivating as its seafront location.”

Hilton Busan provides a convenient base for guests looking to explore major attractions including the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, BEXCO Convention Center and The Lotte Premium Outlet, which is only 1.6km away from the hotel and houses more than 150 local and international shopping outlets.

“As Korea’s largest port city, Busan has always been a popular destination for both business and leisure guests, including fans of the annual Busan International Film Festival,” said Tim Soper, vice president, operations, Japan, Korea and Micronesia. “Thanks to Busan’s eclectic mix of leisure attractions including nature parks, museums and temples, it is also a popular destination for major meetings and events, which Hilton Busan will be well placed to accommodate. Having operated in Korea for decades, we are pleased to add another Hilton-branded property in this dynamic country and in an energetic city such as Busan.”
Boasting a blend of nature and modern design, each of the hotel’s 310 spacious guest rooms feature stunning land and sea scape views, 49-inch LED televisions, high-speed internet access, private balconies, large work spaces and four-point bathrooms. All rooms span at least 60 square meters, while the suites are at least 120 square meters. Those staying in executive rooms have access to the Executive Lounge, which offers breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails.

Guests looking to relax will find extensive recreational facilities at Hilton Busan including a wellness center, 24-hour fitness center, kids activities, and range of all-weather swimming options, including an infinity pool with panoramic ocean views, adults-only pool, children’s pool, jacuzzi and indoor pool.

Guests and locals alike can enjoy a variety of dining options on-property, including:

  • DA MOIM: an all-day dining restaurant with a remarkable view featuring delectable Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine with an interactive live cooking station and open kitchen.
  • MCQUEEN BAR: poised to become a destination in its own right in Busan, guests can enjoy a stylish drink menu and relaxed ambience.
  • MCQUEEN LOUNGE: located on the top floor, framed by a panoramic view, this lounge offers a French/Korean-fusion-inspired afternoon tea with freshly baked pastries and treats.
  • SWEET CORNER: guests can enjoy French pastries, macaroons, handmade chocolates, cakes, cookies and other desserts and beverages.

Hilton Busan offers flexible meeting and event space, including seven function rooms, a 1,417-square-meter Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,500 people, and a 977-square-meter ballroom featuring beautiful ocean views. Hilton Busan offers a business center and a dedicated hotel team to provide comprehensive support for seamless events and meetings. The hotel also has two outdoor event venues ranging from 350 square meters to 670 square meters. Unique to hotels in the area, Hilton Busan also houses a wedding chapel, allowing couples to celebrate their special day overlooking the sea.

Hilton Busan is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands.  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 that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in and choose their room. To mark the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members who stay at Hilton Busan through September 30, 2017 will earn up to 3,000 Bonus Points.

Visitors to Hilton Busan can access the property from Gimhae International Airport or Busan KTX Train Station. The hotel’s address is 268-32, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan 46083, Korea.

Aeroflot Group Passenger Traffic Up 20.3% In July 2017

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Aeroflot PJSC (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) today announces operating results for Aeroflot Group (“the Group”) and Aeroflot – Russian Airlines (“the Company”) for July and the first seven months of 2017[1].

January-July 2017 Operating Highlights

In the first seven months of 2017, Aeroflot Group carried 28.3 million passengers, up 17.3% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 18.5 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 14.3%.

Group and Company RPKs increased by 19.0% and 12.0% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs rose by 16.4% year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 10.3% for Aeroflot airline.

The passenger load factor increased by 1.7 p.p. year-on-year to 82.3% for the Group and by 1.2 p.p. year-on-year to 81.7% for the company.

July 2017 Operating Highlights

In July 2017, Aeroflot Group carried 5.3 million passengers, up 20.3% year-on-year. Aeroflot airline carried 3.3 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 18.7%.

Group and Company RPKs increased by 19.9% and 13.7% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs rose by 19.0% year-on-year for Aeroflot Group and by 14.0% for Aeroflot airline.

On domestic routes, Group passengers carried and RPKs grew by 13.5% and 11.6% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs grew by 12.4% year-on-year. Company passengers carried and RPKs on domestic routes were up 19.5% and 11.1% year-on-year, respectively. ASKs grew by 13.2%.

In July 2017, the number of passengers carried on the Group’s international routes increased by 29.8% year-on-year. RPKs increased by 26.9%, while capacity grew by 24.2%. The number of passengers carried by Aeroflot airline on international routes increased by 17.9%. RPKs increased by 15.1% and ASKs by 14.5%. Growth in the international segment was driven by stable demand in the context of a strengthening ruble, increased flight frequencies and the launch of flights to new international destinations, as well as the development of Rossiya’s partnerships with tour operators and of Pobeda’s international route network.

The passenger load factor increased by 0.7 p.p. year-on-year to 90.9% for the Group. For the Company the passenger load factor decreased by 0.3 p.p. year-on-year to 89.2% as a result of a decrease in the passenger load factor on domestic routes by 1.8 p.p. year-on-year to 92.1%. The decrease in passenger load factor on domestic routes was a result of the high base effect – in July 2016, this indicator reached a peak of 93.9% following an increase of 4.4 p.p. year-on-year.

Fleet Update

In July 2017, the Group added two aircraft: one Airbus A321 and one Boeing 737-800. At the same time one Airbus A320, one Airbus A321 and one Boeing 737-800 were phased out of the Aeroflot Group fleet. Since the start of the year Aeroflot Group added eight aircraft. As of 31 July 2017, the Group had 297 aircraft (excluding one An-24 which was leased out and five An-148 which were subleased).

In July 2017, Aeroflot airline added one Airbus A321. At the same time one Airbus A320 and one Airbus A321 were phased out of the Company fleet. Overall, since the start of the year the fleet of Aeroflot airline increased by nine aircraft, bringing the total fleet to 198 aircraft as of 31 July 2017.

Aeroflot Group Operating Results
Passengers carried, thousand PAX5,326.64,426.5     20.3%28,288.624,121.2     17.3%
– international2,409.41,856.8     29.8%12,654.89,949.0     27.2%
– domestic2,917.22,569.7     13.5%15,633.814,172.2     10.3%
Revenue Passenger Kilometres, mln13,796.211,508.319.9%73,187.861,519.319.0%
– international7,870.56,200.0     26.9%43,393.834,476.5     25.9%
– domestic5,925.75,308.3     11.6%29,794.027,042.8     10.2%
Available Seat Kilometres, mln15,174.812,755.7     19.0%88,893.776,372.6     16.4%
– international8,781.47,068.8     24.2%52,522.943,898.8     19.6%
– domestic6,393.45,686.9     12.4%36,370.832,473.8     12.0%
Passenger load factor, %90.9%90.2%    0.p.p.82.3%80.6%     1.p.p.
– international89.6%87.7%     1.9 p.p.82.6%78.5%    4.1 p.p.
– domestic92.7%93.3%   (0.6 p.p.)81.9%83.3%   (1.4 p.p.)
Cargo and mail carried, tonnes22,227.515,906.9     39.7%144,585.9100,704.7     43.6%
– international11,920.96,648.9     79.3%80,822.345,862.3     76.2%
– domestic10,306.69,258.0     11.3%63,763.654,842.4     16.3%
Revenue Cargo Tonne Kilometres, mln101.871.2     43.0%656.0440.7     48

Source:- Aeroflot Airlines