Πέμπτη, 20 Ιουνίου 2013

Κρουαζιερόπλοιο της Disney στον Πειραιά και τα ελληνικά νησιά

Το κρουαζιερόπλοιο της Disney στη Μεσόγειο με 2380 επιβάτες, κυρίως παιδιά, θα καλωσορίσει ο ΟΛΠ Α.Ε. την Παρασκευή 21.06.2013 κατά την πρώτη επίσκεψη του στον Πειραιά. (Το “Disney Magic” 83.338 gt, έχει μήκος 264 μέτρα, πλάτος 32 μέτρα και φιλοξενεί 2700 επιβάτες και 1005 μέλη πληρώματος).
Τον πλοίαρχο Robert Olmer θα υποδεχτούν στελέχη του ΟΛΠ Α.Ε. ενώ ο πρόεδρος και δ/νων σύμβουλος του Οργανισμού Γιώργος Ανωμερίτης θα του επιδώσει αναμνηστική πλακέτα και βιβλία για τη βιβλιοθήκη του πλοίου.
Η απόφαση της Disney Cruise Line να εντάξει στο πρόγραμμα της από το 2013 τον Πειραιά και τα ελληνικά νησιά επιβεβαιώνει τη σταθερή ανοδική πορεία της κρουαζιέρας στη Μεσόγειο και την Ελλάδα ως μοναδικό τόπο προορισμού που παρέχει ποιότητα, ασφάλεια και διαθέτει φυσικές ομορφιές και διαχρονικό πολιτισμό.

Με αφορμή την πρώτη προσέγγιση του πλοίου της Disney στον ΟΛΠ, η εταιρία Disney θα πραγματοποιήσει μια παράσταση από θίασο του πλοίου με τον captain Mickey Mouse και τη Minnie Mouse στις 12:15 στην αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων του ΟΛΠ Α.Ε. με καλεσμένους μαθητές από ορισμένα σχολεία, σύμφωνα με την επιθυμία της εταιρίας. 

Ρεκόρ αφίξεων κρουαζιερόπλοιων στον Πειραιά

Ρεκόρ αφίξεων κρουαζιερόπλοιων σημειώθηκε χθες 19 Ιουνίου στο λιμάνι κρουαζιέρας του ΟΛΠ Α.Ε., αφού κατέπλευσαν ταυτοχρόνως 8 κρουαζιερόπλοια, εκ των οποίων 5 “νέας γενιάς”. Τα πλοία μετέφεραν 15.000 επιβάτες, οι οποίοι εξυπηρετήθηκαν από τους 2 διεθνείς σταθμούς επιβατών, χωρίς κανένα πρόβλημα. Το δείγμα αυτό έρχεται να προστεθεί στα αισιόδοξα μηνύματα για την αύξηση της φετινής τουριστικής διακίνησης στον χώρο της κρουαζιέρας.
Το χθεσινό νέο “ιστορικό υψηλό” διακίνησης πλοίων και επιβατών στο πρώτο λιμάνι της χώρας, δικαιώνει τις προσπάθειες της διοίκησης του ΟΛΠ Α.Ε. για νέες επενδύσεις, ποιοτική εξυπηρέτηση (ISO), ασφάλεια (νέο ISPS) και υποδομές (νέος Σταθμός “Θεμιστοκλέους”). 

Second Carnival Cruise Ship Heads to Australia



Carnival Cruise Lines will deploy a second ship in Australia to operate a seasonal program beginning September 24, 2014.  Carnival Legend will be based in Sydney and will operate eight to 12 days cruises visiting Pacific destinations including New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.
Carnival Legend will join sister ship Carnival Spirit, which is based in Australia year-round.  Carnival Legend will operate in the northern hemisphere during the northern summer period.
A formal announcement including specific information on the ship’s itineraries for 2014-15 is planned for late May.  Reservations are expected to open in June.
Source: Carnival Cruise Lines



Carnival Splendor Staying Put in New York City for 2014




By: Sarah Phillips
Starting in 2104, Carnival Splendor will offer new itinerary options for the New York based ship, adding four- and five- day Canada cruises, seven-day Canada/New England departures, and the only program of eight-day eastern Caribbean voyages operating one-way between New York and San Juan.
Carnival Splendor is already offering eight-day departures to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Central Florida and these new destinations will give her a total of 10 different itineraries with more than 12 destinations throughout the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
Canada/New England. From June to October 2014, Carnival Splendor will offer four-, five- and seven-day cruises to Canada/New England. Destinations along this awe-inspiring route and historic route include Saint John, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine.
One Way Sailings from New York to San Juan. For the first time ever, Carnival Splendor will offer one-way voyages between New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico. These eight-day routes include stops at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Antigua, and St. Maarten and are available in Winter 2014/2015.
Eight-day Round-Trip Sailings. Carnival Splendor’s existing voyages offer year round, eight-day cruises calling at Port Canaveral, Florida, Freeport and Nassau, The Bahamas, San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk, and Half Moon Cay.

There is no word when Carnival Splendor is scheduled for her Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements.

Source:Cruise Radio News

Royal Caribbean Ship Doubles Dining Venues


Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas has reemerged from a $30 million drydock.  The 2,100 guest ship will now offer vacationers signature Royal Caribbean amenities first introduced aboard Oasis-class ships including five new dining concepts, an exhilarating aerial entertainment experience and technology advancements allowing guests to stay more connected than ever before. 
Doubling her dining options, Brilliance of the Seas now offers guests a wide variety of culinary experiences from family-style festivity at the Italian trattoria, Giovanni’s Table, to the intimate and exclusive multi-course Chef’s Table. Guests can expand their palettes at a multitude of other dining venues including Royal Caribbean’s signature Izumi Asian Cuisine, Park Café and Rita’s Cantina.
In addition, the five-story Centrum – which is the focal point of the ship – has been transformed into a spectacular new space featuring the Centrum experience, which includes the addition of the 60’s-inspired R Bar as well as a multitude of entertainment experiences including enriching daytime activities, nighttime entertainment and a new high-flying entertainment experience where aerialists glide through the vertical space of the atrium.
The ship also features a new locatin for the Concierge Club for suite guests, a Diamond Club for Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members, a new English pub and the popular Royal Babies and Tots Nursery giving parents more opportunities to enjoy the ship’s amenities with peace of mind that their babies are being tended to by qualified care givers. Guests also will find that staying connected at sea will be easier with Wi-Fi access throughout the ship and enjoy a host of technology enhancements that include flat-panel televisions in all staterooms, an outdoor LED movie screen on the pool deck, as well as an interactive digital way-finding system. Old favorites such as the self-leveling pool tables, the adults-only Solarium and the Vitality Spa and Fitness Center can still be found onboard and are sure to delight guests of all ages.
The ship will spend a few weeks in Northern Europe before heading to Boston.

Source: RCI

ΙΑΤΑ:E-Cargo Conference Calls for Industry Partnerships to Drive Cargo Competitiveness


Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for strong partnerships to promote air cargo competitiveness through e-commerce technology at the IATA e-cargo conference held in Geneva 18-19 June.
An electronic revolution is transforming logistics and transport, creating a fundamental change in the security, safety, efficiency and reliability of air freight. This conference has undoubtedly put e-cargo at the forefront of industry thinking. Now we need to drive action through strong partnerships across issues such as e-customs, advanced electronic information, the digitization of transport documents, e-cargo security, and e-Air Waybill (e-AWB) implementation. In that regard the presence of FIATA’s Director General Marco Sorgetti to chair the opening plenary was most welcome. Air cargo demand has been stagnant for several years and the cooperation of the entire air cargo value chain to push forward key objectives such as e-freight is essential for the future health of this industry,” said Des Vertannes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.
Total annual freight tonnes carried have grown by just 1.4 million tonnes since 2010, and IATA’s forecast for the air transport industry estimates cargo growth of only 1.5% in 2013. Yields are expected to fall 2.0% and total cargo revenues will be $62 billion – $4 billion down on 2010.
Air cargo remains in a tough trading environment as load factors fall and costs, especially fuel, stay high. So it is vital that the industry work together to facilitate the introduction of new processes and technology such as e-cargo, in order to improve competitiveness and boost demand,” said Vertannes.
The centerpiece of IATA’s e-cargo program is the e-freight initiative. E-freight offers the opportunity to improve shipment times by up to 24 hours, and remove 7,800 tonnes of paper documents annually. The efficiency and reliability of shipments will increase as multiple data entry is removed. And regulatory authorities seeking greater security oversight of air freight will also benefit from swifter and more accurate access to electronic information on shipments.

The key enabler of e-freight is the e-AWB. E-AWB penetration stands at 9% against IATA’s year-end target of 20%. In March IATA and FIATA announced the multilateral e-AWB which enables freight forwarders and airlines to sign a single e-AWB agreement, leading to e-AWB shipments across multiple routes and providers. This is expected to greatly accelerate e-AWB uptake in the second half of 2013.

ETOA :Tourism Industry Dismay at Prospect of Funding Cut

Inbound tour operators have reacted with dismay at rumours that VisitBritain, the government agency responsible for promoting the UK as a tourist destination is to suffer further cuts to its funding.
ETOA understands that the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has agreed to an 8% cut to its budget but tourism promotion, in the form of VisitBritain and VisitEngland, will suffer a 12% cut.
According to a study by Deloitte in 2010, Travel & Tourism represents 9% of UK GDP - £115 billion in value and 2.6 million jobs distributed over 200,000 companies. It is thus a very significant part of the economy.  However, when it comes to government support, tourism receives just 3% of the DCMS budget.  (Please see chart below.)
       
 
           
The coalition government has previously recognised the economic potential of tourism. In August 2010, at a speech at the Serpentine Gallery, the Prime Minister pledged to lift the UK higher up the UNWTO rankings of tourism destinations (by number of arrivals) from 6th to 5th. But since that declaration of intention by David Cameron, the UK has fallen to 7th behind Turkey.

“The UK’s position as a tourism exporter is in a critical state,” said ETOA Chief Executive Tom Jenkins. “In our main markets, the UK has been losing share against other destinations in Europe. In the USA, according to the Department of Commerce, the UK attracted over 4 million Americans in 2000; by 2011, these had fallen to 2.4 million. Our market share has dropped from one in four US travellers coming here to less than one in five. The cost of this failure can be measured in billions of pounds and tens of thousands of lost jobs. The USA is just one market; there are similar falls in other origin countries“
            
“We recognise that savings have to be made, and that expenditure has to be paid for. But tourism is a cash-generating, export industry. As an industry, we are handicapped by Air Passenger Duty, a border that is perceived as hostile, the UK’s own visa process and a flawed VAT regime that punishes operators for selling Britain abroad. In this context, it seems desperate to cut funding to the one agency charged with helping British exports in this area. 

           

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (2012)


Mario Bodini, President, JacTravel said: “Actions speak louder than words and when it comes to this government’s actions, I’d sum them up as “legacy schmegacy”.  Money that should have been spent on sensible tourism promotion was diverted to funding the Olympic Games, which we all know now, was not good for tourism.  Promises were made about investing in promoting the UK after the Games but abracadabra the tourism promotion budget has evaporated!”

Η Amadeus υπέγραψε μακρόχρονη συμφωνία περιεχομένου με την China Airlines Group

Η Amadeus, ο κορυφαίος τεχνολογικός συνεργάτης της παγκόσμιας ταξιδιωτικής βιομηχανίας, υπέγραψε μια εκτεταμένη μακρόχρονη συμφωνία περιεχομένου με την China Airlines Group
Στην Ασία, η νέα συμφωνία προσφέρει τους χρήστες της Amadeus πρόσβαση στο ίδιο επίπεδο τιμών, διαθεσιμότητας και λειτουργικότητας, όπως και οποιοδήποτε άλλο κανάλι περιεχομένου ταξιδιωτικών γραφείων. Εκτός Ασίας, οι China Airlines και Mandarin Airlines αύξησαν την εγγύηση περιεχομένου στην Amadeus στις ίδιες τιμές, διαθεσιμότητα και λειτουργικότητα, καθώς και οι δύο αεροπορικές εταιρείες διανέμουν περιεχόμενο μέσα από τις ιστοσελίδες, τα τηλεφωνικά τους κέντρα και άλλα κανάλια πρόσβασης περιεχομένου ταξιδιωτικών γραφείων. 
Τα ταξιδιωτικά γραφεία είναι το κυριότερο στοιχείο της στρατηγικής πωλήσεών μας”, σχολίασε ο κ. Mr James Yu, Ανώτατος Αντιπρόεδρος της China Airlines Group. “Είναι εξαιρετικά σημαντικό για εμάς να παρέχουμε στα ταξιδιωτικά γραφεία πρόσβαση στην πλήρη σειρά τιμών, δρομολογίων και inventory για τις China Airlines καιMandarin Airlines. Αυτή η συμφωνία αντανακλά τη δέσμευσή μας σε αυτό το πολύ σημαντικό κανάλι διανομής.”
Είμαστε ενθουσιασμένοι που καταφέραμε να καταλήξουμε σε συμφωνία με την ChinaAirlines Group, για να διασφαλίσουμε ότι οι χρήστες μας θα μπορούν να έχουν πρόσβαση στην πιο ολοκληρωμένη σειρά επιλογών πτήσεων από τις China Airlines και Mandarin Airlines,” δήλωσε σχετικά ο κ. Holger Taubmann, Ανώτατος αντιπρόεδρος του Τμήματος Διανομής της Amadeus. “Αυτή η συμφωνία αποτελεί επίσης και ένα σημαντικό βήμα στην στρατηγική της Amadeus να εξασφαλίζει μακρόχρονες συμφωνίες περιεχομένου με κορυφαίες εταιρείες στην Ασία.”

Οι προβλέψεις για τον όγκο των επιβατών και για τις δύο αεροπορικές εταιρείες για το 2012 είναι 13,3 εκατομμύρια, εκ των οποίων τα 11,2 εκατομμύρια αντιστοιχούν στην China Airlines.

H Amadeus διαδραματίζει έναν σημαντικό ρόλο στον τομέα της διανομής διασφαλίζοντας πραγματική παγκόσμια κάλυψη με μερίδιο αγοράς αεροπορικών πωλήσεων μέσω ταξιδιωτικών γραφείων που φτάνει το 38,6%. Σήμερα, το 80% των κρατήσεων της Amadeus παγκοσμίως πραγματοποιούνται σε αεροπορικές εταιρείες που διαθέτουν συμφωνίες με την εταιρεία. Επιπλέον, αυτή η συμφωνία θα ενδυναμώσει την προσφορά της Amadeus  στα ταξιδιωτικά γραφεία που συνεργάζονται με την Amadeus στην Ασία, προσφέροντας τους έναν αποτελεσματικό και τεχνολογικά προηγμένο συνεργάτη διανομής.



Τετάρτη, 19 Ιουνίου 2013

Σε συνεργασία με: AEGEAN - Νέα δρομολόγια από Ηράκλειο προς Κωνσταντινούπολη και από Αθήνα προς Κάιρ

Η AEGEAN αποδεικνύει για άλλη μια φόρα τη δέσμευσή της στη στήριξη της ελληνικής περιφέρειας αλλά και γενικότερα στην τόνωση του τουρισμού με δύο νέα δρομολόγια που συνδέουν το Ηράκλειο Κρήτης με την Κωνσταντινούπολη και την Αθήνα με το Κάιρο.
Η AEGEAN από τις 13 Ιουνίου 2013 συνδέει τον Διεθνή Aερολιμένα Ηρακλείου «Ν.Καζαντζάκης» με το Διεθνές Αεροδρόμιο Κωνσταντινούπολης «Ataturk» με πτήσεις δύο φορές την εβδομάδα, κάθε Πέμπτη και Κυριακή. Παράλληλα, από τις 3 Οκτωβρίου 2013 κάθε Δευτέρα, Πέμπτη και Σάββατο ξεκινούν πτήσεις από τον Διεθνή Αερολιμένα Αθηνών «Ελ. Βενιζέλος» προς το Διεθνές Αεροδρόμιο Καΐρου, και αντίστροφα.
Οι πτήσεις στα παραπάνω δρομολόγια εκτελούνται με αεροσκάφη AIRBUS A320, 168 θέσεων, η καμπίνα των οποίων είναι άνετα διαμορφωμένη σε Οικονομική και Διακεκριμένη Θέση.
Η AEGEAN εγκαινιάζει το νέο απευθείας δρομολόγιο Ηράκλειο – Κωνσταντινούπολη που ξεκινά σε μόλις 1 εβδομάδα, προσφέροντας τις επόμενες ημέρες 3.000 εισιτήρια με 59 ευρώ συμπεριλαμβανομένων των φόρων.
Συνολικά στο δίκτυο της AEGEAN το 2013, προστίθενται περισσότερα από 30 νέα δρομολόγια εξωτερικού, φτάνοντας τα 158 δρομολόγια τακτικών και ναυλωμένων πτήσεων εξωτερικού. Τα δρομολόγια αυτά πραγματοποιούνται από τις 8 βάσεις αεροσκαφών της εταιρείας (Αθήνα, Θεσσαλονίκη, Ηράκλειο, Ρόδος, Κέρκυρα, Κως, Καλαμάτα, Λάρνακα).
Ο Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος της AEGEAN, κ. Δ. Γερογιάννης, τόνισε χαρακτηριστικά: «Συνεχίζουμε να επενδύουμε στην εξωστρέφεια αναλαμβάνοντας πρωτοβουλίες για την ανάπτυξη του τουρισμού και της ελληνικής περιφέρειας. Σήμερα ανακοινώνουμε δύο νέες σημαντικές προσθήκες στα δρομολόγιά μας. Η εποχική σύνδεση Ηρακλείου-Κωνσταντινούπολης αποτελεί μία ιδιαίτερα θετική εξέλιξη αφού θα συμβάλει αποτελεσματικά στη ενίσχυση των τουριστικών αλλά και εμπορικών σχέσεων μεταξύ του μεγαλύτερου τουριστικού προορισμού της Ελλάδας, της Κρήτης και μίας σημαντικής και αναπτυσσόμενης αγοράς, αυτή της Τουρκίας. Παράλληλα επιστρέφουμε στην αγορά της Αιγύπτου συνδέοντας και πάλι την Αθήνα με το Κάιρο μετά από δυο χρόνια απουσίας».

Μνημόνιο Συνεργασίας μεταξύ ΟΛΠ Α.Ε και του Λιμένος Αλεξάνδρειας Αιγύπτου

Μνημόνιο Συνεργασίας (MOU) μεταξύ του Οργανισμού Λιμένος Πειραιώς (ΟΛΠ Α.Ε) και της Αρχής Λιμένος Αλεξάνδρειας Αιγύπτου, υπογράφτηκε στο Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών κατά τη διάρκεια της επίσημης επίσκεψης του Υπουργού Εξωτερικών της Αιγύπτου στην Ελλάδα.
Με το Μνημόνιο αυτό, το οποίο υπέγραψαν εκ μέρους του ΟΛΠ Α.Ε, ο κ. Γιώργος Ανωμερίτης και εκ μέρους της Αρχής Λιμένος Αλεξάνδρειας ο ναύαρχος κ. Adel Yassin, συγκροτήθηκε Επιτροπή Εμπειρογνωμόνων, η οποία θα συνέρχεται ετησίως και θα παρακολουθεί την εξέλιξη επί των θεμάτων που συμφωνήθηκαν.
Όπως τόνισε και ο υπουργός Εξωτερικών της Ελλάδας κ. Δημήτρης Αβραμόπουλος προσφωνώντας τον Υπουργό Εξωτερικών της Αιγύπτου κ. Kamel Amr “οι διμερείς σχέσεις των χωρών μας μπορούν να αναπτυχθούν μέσω των θαλάσσιων μεταφορών και της ναυτιλίας και η σημερινή υπογραφή Μνημονίου Συνεργασίας μεταξύ των Λιμένων Πειραιώς και Αλεξάνδρειας επιβεβαιώνει τους κοινούς μας στόχους”.
ο κ. Δ. Αβραμόπουλος πρόσθεσε “η Ελλάδα είναι η 5η χώρα σε επενδύσεις στην Αίγυπτο” και αυτό δείχνει μια δυναμική οικονομικών σχέσεων.

Σημειώνεται ότι το 60% του εξωτερικού εμπορίου της Αιγύπτου διεξάγεται μέσω του Λιμένα της Αλεξάνδρειας.

Μια ακόμα περιβαλλοντική διάκριση απονεμήθηκε στον ΟΛΠ Α.Ε.

Μια ακόμα περιβαλλοντική διάκριση απονεμήθηκε στον ΟΛΠ Α.Ε. και σε άλλα 5 Μεσογειακά Λιμάνια (Βαλέντσια, Αλγκεσίρας, Μασσαλία, Κόπερ και Λιβόρνο) για την ενεργή συμμετοχή του στο Πρόγραμμα CLIMEPORT PROJECT, για τη συνεργασία στη Μεσόγειο για την αντιμετώπιση των συνεπειών της Κλιματικής Αλλαγής.
Το Πρόγραμμα αυτό βραβεύθηκε με περιβαλλοντικό μετάλλιο στο Παγκόσμιο Συνέδριο της Διεθνούς Ένωσης Λιμένων (ΙΑPH) που έγινε στο Λος Άντζελες των ΗΠΑ.
Στα πλαίσια του Προγράμματος αυτού διερευνήθηκαν δράσεις όπως:
  • Αξιολόγηση των περιβαλλοντικών επιπτώσεων των λιμένων της Μεσογείου στην κλιματική αλλαγή.
  • Καθορισμός των δυνατοτήτων εναρμόνισης των Ευρωπαϊκών και Εθνικών πολιτικών και μέτρων σχετικά με τις λιμενικές στρατηγικές για την καταπολέμηση της κλιματικής αλλαγής.
  • Σχέδια δράσης επικεντρωμένα στις κρίσιμες δραστηριότητες οι οποίες επηρεάζουν το περιβάλλον και την κοινωνία.
  • Μελέτη κόστους –οφέλους των εφαρμοσμένων σχεδίων δράσης
  • Μελέτη καινοτόμων τεχνολογιών αιχμής και ανάπτυξη πιλοτικών πρωτοβουλιών βασισμένων σε συστήματα ενεργειακής απόδοσης.
Ο ΟΛΠ από την συμμετοχή του στο συγκεκριμένο βραβευμένο Ευρωπαϊκό Πρόγραμμα αποκόμισε πολύτιμη τεχνογνωσία για την ανάπτυξη καινοτόμων περιβαλλοντικών δράσεων προσαρμοσμένων στην περιβαλλοντική του διαχείριση στα πλαίσια του ECOPORTS Status που εφαρμόζει.
Όπως είναι γνωστό ήδη η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση Λιμένων (ESPO) με πιστοποίηση των Lloyds Register έχει απονείμει στο Λιμάνι του Πειραιά τον τίτλο του Οικολογικού Λιμένα (ΕCOPORT). Ο OΛΠ Α.Ε λειτουργεί σε καθημερινή βάση Σταθμό Ελέγχου Περιβαλλοντικών Μετρήσεων, ενώ σε συνεργασία με Ινστιτούτα και Πανεπιστήμια ελέγχει την ποιότητα του θαλάσσιου νερού στην ευρύτερη περιοχή του Λιμένος.
Όπως έχει δηλώσει και ο πρόεδρος και δ/νων σύμβουλος του ΟΛΠ Α.Ε κ. Γιώργος Ανωμερίτης: «Ο ΟΛΠ Α.Ε εφαρμόζει όλες τις αρχές της ESPO για ανταγωνιστικότητα, αποδοτικότητα, διαφάνεια και προστασία του περιβάλλοντος. Το λιμάνι του Πειραιά, όπως αποδέχθηκαν και οι εκπρόσωποι των εταιριών κρουαζιέρας στο πρόσφατο Forum των Ποσειδωνίων, είναι πρότυπο περιβαλλοντικής λειτουργίας, του οποίου τα γαλάζια νερά ακόμη και εντός του λιμένα προκαλούν τα θετικά σχόλια όλων των τουριστών των πλοίων τους».


World Cup travelers will be shocked with prices in Brazil


12 host cities across the five regions of Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup between 12 June and 13 July 2014. 
The cities and stadiums that will host the 2014 World Cup are: Belo Horizonte (Estadio Mineirao), Brasilia (Estadio Nacional), Cuiaba (Arena Pantanal), Curitiba (Arena da Baixada), Fortaleza (Estadio Castelao), Manaus (Arena Amazonia), Natal (Estadio das Dunas), Porto Alegre (Estadio Beira-Rio), Recife (Arena Pernambuco), Rio de Janeiro (Estadio do Maracana), Salvador (Arena Fonte Nova) and Sao Paulo (Arena de Sao Paulo).


Football fans are already started to prepare their travel plans for the cup. Booking inquiries for hotels have more than doubled in some Brazillian cities this year.

Figures from the hotel comparison website Hotels.com suggested that searches for accommodation in Salvador have more than doubled in the first half of 2013, increasing by 126 per cent on the same period last year.

Searches for hotels in the northern city of Fortaleza have also risen sharply - by 108 per cent - while travellers looking for accommodation in the already popular destinations of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro increased by 32 per cent and 36 per cent, respectively.

On the other hand, according to a recent Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur) study, Rio is now the world's third most expensive city when it comes to hotels. The study says that a hotel room in the city on average costs $246.71, compared with $245.82 in New York and $196.17 in Paris.

Embratur announced that the government would monitor hotel prices to prevent abuses in World Cup host cities.

Moreover, not only hotels are pricey but also restaurants as well. Over the past 10 years, restaurant prices have soared 140 percent, according to the national statistics agency IBGE.

500 Global Thinkers to attend First TEDxSummit in Europe


In summer 2014, the most innovative conference organisers in the technology and entertainment industries will be coming to Berlin for their next TEDxSummit. 
This has just been announced at the annual TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh. From 23–27 June 2014, more than 500 TEDx organisers and creatives from over 100 countries will gather at the TEDxSummit in the German capital. The TEDxSummit is the first summit to take place in Europe and only the second TEDxSummit ever, following up on the 2012 gathering in Doha, Qatar.


"Located in the heart of Europe, Berlin poses a unique geographical advantage and is proud to host the first TEDxSummit in the region," said Cornelia Yzer, Senator for Economics, Technology and Research. "As a start-up melting pot with new ideas and innovation budding daily, Berlin is the perfect location for an event that gathers brain from across the globe."

Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin, remarks: "Berlin and TED are a perfect match. visitBerlin is pleased that we could bring the next TEDxSummit to our city. Berlin serves as a central hub of Europe and exemplifies excellence research and leadership in innovation.” 

"TEDxSummit is an important opportunity to gather our incredible community of TEDx organizers who bring TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to their local communities every day," said Lara Stein, Director of TEDx and TED Prize. "We are looking forward to hosting our second summit in a culturally rich place like Berlin and we hope to make this a biennial event in different cities around the world“ 

The acronym of the American-based ideas conference TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. The objective of this summit is to work together to promote the concept of the TEDx conferences. The programme will include TEDx talks, workshops and seminars on various topics. As a prelude to the summit, the TED opening night will bring a half-day sample of the TED Conference to Berlin for the first time. Participation in the TEDxSummit is exclusively by invitation, but the videos of the best lectures can be viewed online.

Berlin – an Innovative Location for an Innovative Conference 

The TEDxSummit 2014 is receiving financial supported by the City of Berlin: visitBerlin, be Berlin, the Senate Ministry for Economics, Technology and Research, Berlin Partner, the TSB Technology Foundation, the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, the Media Board of Berlin-Brandenburg and the Berlin-Brandenburg Media Authority. 

Berlin gets high-profile exposure as the location of the conference. International visitors who come to Berlin for events such as these will also get the chance to experience the capital through offerings such as guided tours. 

Berlin is the ideal location for the TEDxSummit: With businesses being founded on an almost daily basis and leading events re:publica and NEXT during Berlin Web Week, the hy!Berlin and TechCrunchDisrupt, Berlin is one of the start-up capitals of Europe. From 2015, the terminal of the former Tegel Airport will become the "Urban Tech Republic".

San Diego to host Travel & Adventure Show

Unicomm, producer of the nation's largest series of travel shows announced the addition of the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show to its event calendar. 
The inaugural event will take place on March 29-30, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center. 

"San Diego along with Los Angeles and the Bay Area will round out our West Coast offering by giving exhibitors a tremendous marketing opportunity to reach a new audience of high-income travelers," states John Golicz, CEO of Unicomm. "It is a market we've been watching for a number of years and, now, the timing is right for us with U.S. consumer travel confidence at a historic high and travel bookings on the rise." In fact, Golicz added, "San Diego is one of the fastest-growing Designated Market Areas in the country - ranked in the top 10 DMAs by population growth both nationally and regionally."

In preparation for its entry into the San Diego market, Unicomm is creating an aggressive marketing campaign, targeting partnerships with leading regional broadcast TV, newspaper, radio, local print media and online outlets. 

The event has already received significant exhibitor commitments prior to its official launch. And, it anticipates California and the southwest states, Pac-Rim, Oceania, Alaska, Hawaii and Latin America regions will all find San Diego an attractive add-on to their current consumer show plans.

U.S. Travel Association Selects Washington DC as Host City for IPW

U.S. Travel Association today to announce that Washington, DC has been selected as the host city for International Pow Wow (IPW), the travel industry’s premier international event, in 2017.
The four-day global marketplace for buyers and suppliers of travel products and services is expected to attract more than 5,500 delegates to Washington, DC, June 3-7, 2017.

“I’m delighted that International Pow Wow, the top international travel industry event in the United States, has selected the District as its home for 2017. This is an unmatched opportunity to showcase our nation’s capital, and it will help generate more than $13.3 million in revenue for the District,” said DC Mayor Vincent Gray. “Given the economic impact experienced by other host cities and the fact that this will be the first time hosting IPW in the District, it is an important opportunity for us to highlight our international visitor market.”

More than $3.5 billion in future travel to the U.S. is generated each year as a result of IPW, according to data supplied by the U.S. Travel Association, which owns and operates the annual event.

“We are honored to be selected as the host city for IPW 2017 and to have the extraordinary opportunity to engage with more than 1,200 international and domestic buyers from more than 70 countries,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. “In addition to generating 15,000 total hotel room nights during those four days, Washington, DC is estimated to benefit from more than $350 million in future bookings.”

IPW is the largest generator of travel to the U.S. During one-on-one appointments, travel supplier organizations from every U.S. region conduct business negotiations with buyers from around the world.

“The U.S. Travel Association is proud to bring IPW to the nation’s capital in 2017 for the first time in its 40-plus year history,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel. “Washington, DC is a remarkable destination with a strong identity worldwide. Serving as host site to IPW will only further DC’s efforts to attract more visitors from abroad and showcase the developments that have truly transformed the capital city in recent years.”

At IPW, buyers and sellers are able to conduct business – through more than 80,000 appointments - that would otherwise be generated only through an exhaustive number of around-the-world trips. All of these pre-scheduled appointments, and IPW’s Media Marketplace which allows destinations to meet with more than 500 domestic and international journalists, will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in 2017.

“Events DC is pleased to welcome IPW 2017’s thousands of travel and tourism professionals from around the globe to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC, the official convention and sports authority of the District of Columbia. “Hospitality is the lifeblood of our city, and we look forward to working with Destination DC and our industry partners to provide a truly world-class experience against the backdrop of our nation’s historic capital city.”

In addition to its unparalleled convention facility, Washington, DC will showcase more than $8.5 billion in new development projects currently underway. Delegates will experience new hotel facilities such as the 1,175-room Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel, mixed-use development CityCenterDC, electric streetcars along the trendy H Street NE corridor, the new Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and an expanded Metrorail line connecting DC visitors to Washington Dulles International Airport.

“IPW delegates will be astounded at the significant development and revitalization taking place in Washington, DC’s neighborhoods and on its National Mall,” said Anthony Williams, former DC Mayor and Chief Executive of the Federal City Council. “We look forward to showcasing the very best of our city in 2017 and engaging strategic partners to ensure IPW in Washington, DC is a success.”

The economic impact of IPW will be felt throughout the city by all sectors of the hospitality industry from hotels and attractions to transportation services and restaurants.

“Hosting IPW in 2017 makes economic sense for our city, especially in terms of exposing new visitors to all of the attractions and amenities we have to offer,” said Paul Cohn, Destination DC board chairman. “Over the last few years, Washington, DC has become the number one-ranked museum destination in the world, as well as a leading culinary city attracting an impressive roster of celebrity chefs and restaurateurs.”

In fiscal year 2013, Destination DC received an additional $3 million allocation from the city council to market the city around the world and increase DC’s presence as a leisure and convention destination.

“The DC City Council appropriated funds for a marketing effort, so Destination DC can compete with other cities to attract both domestic and international travelers. The Council understands the nature of our competition and returns to the city in terms of tax revenue and jobs,” said Gregory McCarthy, vice president of the Washington Nationals and former Destination DC board chairman. ”IPW will be a wonderful platform to capitalize on the benefits of this funding and elevate the District into the top tier of destinations for foreign visitors.”

For more information about Washington, DC, please visit 
www.washington.org. For more information about International Pow Wow, please visit www.ustravel.org.

Hand Picked Hotels acquired St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort in Guernsey


Hand Picked Hotels, the award-winning collection of country house hotels, has agreed terms for the acquisition of St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort in Guernsey.
The 4 star resort hotel is to be purchased from SandpiperCI for an undisclosed amount. St Pierre Park Hotel has 131 bedrooms, and major conference and banqueting facilities for up to 360 people, a leisure spa and a range of dining options.

The proposed acquisition is part of a strategic expansion by Hand Picked Hotels, created by former lawyer turned hotelier Julia Hands, to extend its presence in the Channel Islands, where it will complement Hand Picked’s L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa, St Brelade’s Bay, in Jersey. The hotel will be operated and managed by Hand Picked Hotels and will become part of the award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection immediately upon completion. This will expand to 19 hotels in September when Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath, acquired last year, also joins the collection following a £10 million restoration.

Set in 35 acres of parkland, with woods and lakes, St Pierre Park Hotel has a 9 hole par 3 golf course designed by Tony Jacklin, a spa, and gym, an indoor swimming pool, steam room, whirlpool, sauna and solarium. Outdoor hotel leisure facilities include three all weather tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a trim trail, crazy golf and a children's play area.

The hotel is just outside the island’s capital, St Peter Port. Guernsey is served by many UK airports including Manchester, Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Southampton and Birmingham. There are regular ferry crossings from Poole, Portsmouth, Weymouth, St. Malo and Cherbourg.

Julia Hands, who formed Hand Picked Hotels in 2001 from a collection of hotels purchased with her husband, financier Guy Hands, said: “St Pierre Park will be our second resort hotel alongside L’Horizon in Jersey. The hotel is a great family destination and an excellent place for leisure breaks, weddings and business meetings and conferences. Guernsey is a beautiful island with good beaches, watersports, and excellent local produce. We look forward to attracting guests from the UK and elsewhere in Europe and further afield.”

The acquisition is subject to regulatory and legal clearances.

ACI World-Europe Conference held in Istanbul

Despite anti-government protests that have rocked the city, the general assembly of ACI World, the global platform of airport operators and ACI Europe, held in Istanbul without any problem. 
ACI World-Europe Conference held in Istanbul under the TAV Airports sponsorship.

More than 800 senior executives who govern 95% of the global air traffic met in Istanbul. Airport Council International, the main organization of the airport operators and ACI Europe have decided to hold their general assembly meetings in Istanbul this year. The opening ceremony of the two-day conference at Istanbul Congress center was attended by many executives including State Airport Authority (DHMI) General Manager Orhan Birdal, ACI World General Director Angela Gittens, ACI Europe General Director Olivier Jankovec and TAV Group CEO and ACI Europe Board Member Sani Sener.

Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication Minister Binali Yildirim sent a video message to the opening ceremony and emphasized that Turkey has achieved a significant success in the aviation sector for the past 10 years. He said that despite the global standstill, Turkey has achieved double digit growth rates which created the need for more investment in infrastructure.

ACI World General Director Angela Gittens said that airports are facing new obstacles and opportunities due to increasing global competition. Showing the double digit growth rates achieved by Istanbul Ataturk Airport as an example, Gittens underlined the importance of this achievement. Stating that airports were inclining mainly towards passenger based revenues in line with airlines and airline associations getting strong, Gittens also said "The view that airports operate in monopoly is a myth."

TAV Group CEO and ACI Europe Board Member Sani Sener said that Istanbul is an historical city dating back 3000 years and they are very happy to be hosting such a major event. 

We provided service to 10 million passengers during our first year of operation at Ataturk Airport. Last year we welcomed 45 million passengers and the total number of passengers we provide service to across all airports we operate reached 72 million. The coalition of TAV Airports and Aéroports de Paris created one of the world's largest platforms in the airport operation sector. In this sector, knowing the behaviour and demands of the passengers is very important; together with AdP, we have data for 200 million passengers and I am confident that we will move both our industry and company forward. I would like to thank you all and wish everyone a pleasant meeting.”
Airport Service Quality Award Winners

Airports Council International (ACI) honoured recipients of its annual 2012 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards and inductees to ACI’s Director General’s Roll of Excellence during the ACI Europe and World Annual Congress & Exhibition 2013 Gala Dinner and ASQ Awards Ceremony at Ciragan Palace Kempinski.

Four new airports were inducted into the Director General’s Roll of Excellence which recognizes airports that have ranked among the top five in Airport Service Quality (ASQ) for five years.

Inductees Include:

·         Cancún International Airport

·         Juan Santamaria International Airport

·         Malta International Airport

·         Shanghai Pudong International Airport

 
ASQ Awards

ASQ Awards were presented in four categories that included: Best Airport by Region, Best Airport by Region (Fewer than 2 million Passengers per Year), Best Airport by Size, and Best Improvement. At its 2012 World Annual General Assembly in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, ACI announced that it would discontinue the Best Airport Worldwide award category to focus more attention on categories that facilitate comparison, particularly airport size and region.
ASQ Award Recipients 
Best Airport by Size: Millions of Passengers Per year(first place)
Hohhot (2-5m), Nagoya (5-15m), Seoul Gimpo (15-25m), Seoul Incheon (25-40m),
Singapore (over 40m).
Best Airport by Region(first place)
Cape Town (Africa), Seoul Incheon (Asia-Pacific), Moscow Sheremetyevo (Europe), Cancun (Latin-America-Caribbean), Abu Dhabi (Middle East), Indianapolis (North America).
Best Airport by Region: airports with fewer than 2 million passengers per year
Upington (Africa), Skopje (Europe), Victoria (North America).
Best Improvement
Mombasa (Africa), Sanya (Asia-Pacific), Faro (Europe), Santo Domingo (Latin-America-Caribbean), Abu Dhabi (Middle East), Winnipeg (North America).



American Airlines and Marriott partnership gives travelers new earning choices


FORT WORTH, TEXAS and BETHESDA, MD. - Marriott and American Airlines have teamed up to give joint Marriott Rewards and AAdvantage members new ways to earn AAdvantage miles. Marriott Rewards will award AAdvantage miles to joint members on qualifying transactions at 3,700 hotels worldwide. Joint members can also choose to convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles.
"Our customers spoke, and we listened," said Suzanne Rubin, President – AAdvantage Loyalty Program at American Airlines. "We designed this partnership based on feedback from our AAdvantage members to deliver the benefits they want. Like our other partnerships, this will help better serve our valued AAdvantage members by giving them even more ways to earn miles."

With this partnership, joint members can choose to receive AAdvantage miles on qualifying transactions at 14 participating Marriott brands, including JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Renaissance and Courtyard by Marriott. Depending on the property, Marriott Rewards and AAdvantage members can earn one to two miles per dollar spent on the room rate and two miles per dollar spent on all qualifying transactions.
"Choice and flexibility are extremely important to our members," said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards. "This partnership gives our members who fly American the ability to earn AAdvantage miles when staying at the Marriott family of brands worldwide or to redeem their Marriott Reward points for airline miles on American."

Additionally, joint members can convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles at the following transfer rate:

  • 10,000 points = 2,000 miles
  • 20,000 points = 5,000 miles
  • 30,000 points = 10,000 miles
  • 70,000 points = 25,000 miles
  • 140,000 points = 50,000 miles

Tanzania rated the best safari country of Africa

THE NETHERLANDS - SafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safari tours, published a comprehensive analysis of 3,061 reviews on safari destinations in the continent. The reviews, completed by safari tourists and experts from all over the globe, voted Tanzania as the top destination for safaris, giving the country a total rating of 4.8 out of five stars.   
Besides more than 2,300 reviews from safari-clients, the study included 756 expert reviews from reputable guidebook authors working for Lonely PlanetRough GuidesFrommer'sBradt and Footprint. Each of the experts visited more than an average of 40 safari parks and over half of the safari tourists have been on multiple safaris. This is further proof of the conclusion that Tanzania deserves this top position. Rounding out the top five were Botswana, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa.
Tanzania scored highly, in part, to its excellent wildlife viewing, the possibility to extend a safari holiday with beach-time on tropical Zanzibar Island, the easy access from abroad, the political stability and relative safety.
Tanzania's premier park is Serengeti National Park. It is home to the annual "Wildebeest Migration" where over 2.5 million wildebeest and zebra migrate between Tanzania and Kenya. The migration has been featured in many wildlife documentaries and especially the scenes where vast herds of wildebeest cross the crocodile infested rivers are world-famous. With a remarkable score of 4.91 out of 5 stars the Serengeti was ranked as the top safari park of Africa.
The analysis also broke down the average user rating by month. The general consensus is that Tanzania is best visited during the dry season from June to October. Therefore it was quite surprising to see that all months received consistent high ratings. Most parks in the north offer great wildlife viewing year-round, but the southern and western parks are best visited during the dry season. The fact the northern parks receive most visitors by far probably played a big role in the consistent high ratings.
For the full report, including the ratings of the other safari countries and Tanzania's major parks, please visit http://www.safaribookings.com/blog/2/ 


June tHPI: Hotel prices in summer destinations increase by up to 91% month on month


Hotels directly surrounding Wimbledon have raised their prices by an average of 70 per cent for the Tennis Championships, according to the trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI) reported monthly by hotel comparison website trivago.co.uk. One night during the Championships (Monday 24th June to Sunday 7th July), will cost an average of £322 in the area directly surrounding Wimbledon. This is a 70 per cent increase from the preceding week, when one night will cost an average of £190. The most expensive day to book is Tuesday 25th June, when hotel prices are up by 190 per cent to an average of £550 for one night.

These dramatic increases only apply to the area directly surrounding Wimbledon. Hotel prices in the entirety of London are up by just 9 per cent during Wimbledon, from an average of £200 per night in the week preceding the Championships to an average of £217 during the Championships. The most expensive days to book are Saturday 29th June (average of £269 for one night), Saturday 6th July (£255 for one night), Wednesday 26th June (£240 for one night) and Tuesday 25th June (£239 for one night).
UK Hotel Prices Increase by up to 19% Year on Year
Across the UK, hotel prices have increased by up to 19 per cent in comparison to this time last year. Compared to June 2012, the most significant increases can be found in Sheffield (up 19 per cent to an average of £80 per night), Manchester (up 16 per cent to £113 per night), Birmingham (up 14 per cent to £75 per night), Cardiff (up 13 per cent to £96 per night) and Glasgow (up 10 per cent to £88 per night). Hotel prices in many of these locations have also increased in comparison to last month, suggesting hoteliers are trying to profit from the summer season earlier than usual. This could be attributed to unseasonably good weather during May.
Hotel Prices in Summer Destinations Increase by up to 91% Month on Month
European summer destinations popular amongst British holidaymakers have increased their hotel prices in anticipation of the summer season. Out of the 100 most popular summer destinations on trivago.co.uk, hotels in Spain’s Magaluf are showing the largest price increase in comparison to last month. One night in June will cost an average of £111 per night, which is a 91 per cent increase from £58 per night in May. This is a 33 per cent increase from this time last year (one night in June 2012 cost an average of £83 per night), suggesting hotel prices are abnormally high for June. Other resorts showing similar price increases in comparison to May are the Spanish destinations of Santa Ponsa (up 77 per cent to £94 per night), Playa d’en Bossa (up 75 per cent to £114 per night) and Palmanova (up 47 per cent to £97 per night).
Although Spanish hoteliers appear to be raising their hotel prices, some Spanish holiday destinations still present the best value for money this month. Out of the 100 most popular summer destinations on trivago, Puerto del Carmen has the cheapest hotel prices (average of £45 per night), followed by San Antonio (£50 per night), Alicante (£61 per night) and Malaga (£66 per night). In comparison, Italian holiday destinations are amongst the most expensive this month. One night in Florence will cost an average of £143 in June and one night in Sorrento will cost an average of £139. Marbella in Spain is also one of the most expensive holiday destinations this month (up 26 per cent from May to an average of £135 per night), perhaps due to recent television coverage in The Only Way Is Essex.
Hotel Prices Increase by up to 70% for the British Lions in Australia
Hotel prices have increased in the Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for the British Lions over the next few weeks. The rugby match will take place on Saturday 22nd June in Brisbane, where hotel prices have increased by 70 per cent compared to the preceding week, to an average of £197 for one night. Melbourne will welcome the Lions the following Saturday 29th June, where hotel prices have increased by 21 per cent to an average of £135. On Saturday 6th July, Sydney will host the final match and hotel prices will increase by 37 per cent to £151 for one night.

Winners of World Airport Awards 2013

The most prestigious accolades for the world airport industry. Travellers from over 160 countries take part in the world’s largest, annual airport passenger satisfaction survey, to decide award winners. The World Airport Awards are the global benchmark of airport excellence and Quality ranking.

Mr Tim Clark, President of Emirates, receives the Airline of the Year Award at the Paris Air Show. Richard Quest of CNN was a guest presenter for many of the Awards.

  • World's Best Economy Class - Garuda Indonesia
  • World's Best Premium Economy Class - Air New Zealand
  • World's Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Class - AirAsia X
  • World's Best Business Class - Qatar Airways
  • World's Best First Class - Etihad Airways
  • World's Best Inflight Entertainment - Emirates
  • World's Best Airline Alliance - Oneworld Alliance
  • World's Best Airport Services - ANA All Nippon Airways
  • World's Best Leisure Airline - Thomson Airways
  • World's Best Regional Airline - Dragonair
  • World's Most Improved Airline - Transaero Airlines
  • World's Best Low-Cost Airline - AirAsia
  • World's Best Cabin Staff - Cathay Pacific Airways



  • Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia - AirAsia
  • Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia & Pacific - Jetstar Airways
  • Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia & India - Indigo
  • Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe - Norwegian
  • Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East - Air Arabia
  • Best Low-Cost Airline in North America - Virgin America
  • Best Low-Cost Airline in South America - Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras



  • Best Regional Airline in Asia - Dragonair
  • Best Regional Airline in China - Shenzhen Airlines
  • Best Regional Airline in Europe - Aegean Airlines
  • Best Regional Airline in North America - jetBlue Airways
  • Best Regional Airline in South America - Austral



  • Best Economy Class Onboard Catering - Asiana Airlines
  • Best Premium Economy Onboard Catering - Air New Zealand
  • Best Business Class Onboard Catering - Turkish Airlines
  • Best First Class Onboard Catering - Etihad Airways
  • Best Airline Signature Dish - Malaysia Airlines

  • Best Airline Staff Service in Australia & Pacific - Virgin Australia
  • Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia & India - Air Astana
  • Best Airline Staff Service in Africa - Ethiopian Airlines
  • Best Airline Staff Service in China - Hainan Airlines
  • Best Airline Staff Service in Asia - Asiana Airlines
  • Best Airline Staff Service in Europe - KLM
  • Best Airline Staff Service in Middle East - Qatar Airways
  • Best Airline Staff Service in Central America & Caribbean - Copa Airlines
  • Best Airline Staff Service in North America - Virgin America
  • Best Airline Staff Service in South America - Avianca
  • Best Airline in Northern Europe - Finnair
  • Best Airline in Southern Europe - Turkish Airlines
  • Best Airline in Eastern Europe - Aeroflot Russian Airlines
  • Best Airline in Western Europe - Lufthansa
  • Best Airline in Africa - South African Airways
  • Best Airline in Australia & Pacific - Qantas Airways
  • Best Airline in Central Asia & India - Air Astana
  • Best Airline in China - Hainan Airlines
  • Best Airline in Asia - Singapore Airlines
  • Best Airline in the Middle East - Emirates
  • Best Airline in Central America & Caribbean - Copa Airlines
  • Best Airline in North America - Air Canada
  • Best Airline in South America - LAN Airlines
  • Best Airline in Europe - Turkish Airlines
  • Best Airline Transatlantic - Lufthansa
  • Best Airline Transpacific - Cathay Pacific Airways

  • Best Economy Class Airline Seat - Garuda Indonesia
  • Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat - Air New Zealand
  • Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Class Seat - AirAsia X
  • Best Business Class Airline Seat - Japan Airlines
  • Best First Class Airline Seat - Etihad Airways

Also, Special 5-Star Airline Certification:
  1. Special 5-Star Airline Certification - Malaysia Airlines
  2. Special 5-Star Airline Certification - ANA All Nippon Airways