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

The 86th Izmir International Fair kicked off

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Izmir International Fair (IEF) opened its doors for the 86th time on August 18, 2017. The Izmir International Fair is the oldest tradeshow in Turkey, considered the cradle of Turkey's fairs and expositions industry, and is also notable for hosting a series of simultaneous festival activities.
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Russia is the partner country of the fair in 2017. Izmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu stated that the Russian Federation has prepared for a wide participation with the ministers and CEOs of large corporations, "This cooperation should not be considered only in economic terms. The meeting in İzmir will strengthen the political and social relations between the two countries as well as friendship ties."
The main theme of the İzmir International Fair, which is organized for the 86th time by the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality’s event company İZFAŞ, is energy this year.
During the fair, many meetings will be held with the Russian Federation to establish new cooperations developing economic-commercial, social-cultural relations. In the field of energy, common grounds for new cooperation between the two countries will be sought. Presentations for both country will be made at the meetings along with bilateral business talks at business forums. Local and foreign fair participants will be able to meet with top foreign delegations and national commercial representatives and international declarations and protocols will be signed.
The fair will continue until August 27, 2017.

Legacy Suites opens new hotel in South Carolina

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ST. LOUIS, MO. - Legacy Suites recently opened at 1835 Canterbury Glen Lane in Rock Hill, S.C. The $11 million 64,000-square-foot hotel is four stories and includes 115 all-suite rooms with fully-equipped kitchens. This is the second Legacy Suites hotel in the country. The first one is located in Donaldsonville, La. A third Legacy Suites, which will have 107 all-suite rooms and cost $11.5 million, will open in the summer of 2018 at 1011 Woodruff Rd. in Greenville, S.C.
General Manager Michael Williams said Rock Hill was selected for Legacy Suites’ second hotel location because “our company wants to support and be a part of the area’s continuous business growth.” 
Legacy Suites, which offers modern and spacious studio suites, features an all-inclusive extended stay experience complete with kitchen and full size appliances. Additional amenities include a gathering room, fitness center, laundry facilities, and a backyard seating area with barbecue grills and a picnic area. 
“Legacy Suites are an excellent option for extended stay travelers who are looking for comfort and a wide array of amenities,” said Williams. “We look forward to joining this community with our newest property, which is perfectly situated in order to accommodate the growing area.” 
Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group, is managing the hotel. Sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations, built the hotel. 
Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 40 hotels in 14 states. The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood. Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo.
MC Hotel Construction, which is also located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr., specializes in hotel construction and renovations with projects currently underway in six states. MC Hotel Construction builds for leading brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Starwood and Legacy Suites.

City Chic Travel introduces one-of-a-kind luxury tours curated by locals

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NEW YORK - City Chic Travel announced the launch of their luxury tours. Carefully curated by locals, their itineraries are designed to give visitors access to the very best the city has to offer. Aligned with one of the hottest fall events of the year, their New York Spring Fashion Week tour will bring together a team of personal stylists, make-up artists, celebrity hairstylists, photographers and fashionistas to guide their clients through an exclusive week of excitement. Clients will receive fashion consultations, make-overs, and, most importantly, access to coveted avant-garde fashion shows and after parties, a nearly impossible feat for tourists.
"We are thrilled to offer bespoke luxury experiences to visitors who would otherwise not have access to some of those hidden New York staples," says Elisabeth Riedl, Co-founder of City Chic Travel. "It's all in the details," adds Betsie Hidalgo, Partner and Co-Founder of City Chic Travel, "unique insider experiences designed from a local's perspective are what set our tours apart."
City Chic Travel's luxury tour experiences appeal to discerning travelers' taste. Tours are limited to a small capacity, and the company's 360-degree approach assures that clients are taken care of every step of the way; ensuring a high quality, intimate experience. All tours include luxe accommodations, chauffeured black car transportation, 3-course meals, photography sessions and access to one-of-a-kind New York experiences.
Over the course of the next few months, City Chic Travel will offer additional themed tours of New York City which center around culinary, shopping and holiday themes. In addition, the company plans to roll out their Signature Tours designed to enable visitors to experience the city like a local, while visiting city highlights and trace the footsteps of their favorite pop culture icons.  For those looking for a more custom experience, City Chic Travel also offers personalized tours for private groups.
While these tours are currently only offered in New York City, next year, the company will expand to cover other top U.S. destinations, including Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Tourico Expands Car Inventory with new partnerships

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Tourico Holidays, one of the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage companies, today announced new supplier partnerships with Advantage Rent A Car, the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S., and E-Z Rent-A-Car, a leader in value-priced car rental services.
As a result of these new partnerships, Tourico greatly expands its access to rental car inventory at 85 locations around the United States, including 22 of the nation’s 25 busiest airports. Tourico will sell this new inventory across its network of 2,500 clients located in 95 countries through XML connectivity
Over the last year Tourico has seen a 72 percent year-over-year increase in overall car rental bookings and a 53 percent increase in car rental revenue. The rapid growth is being fueled by an 87 percent year-over-year increase in North American bookings and an 86 percent year-over-year increase in European bookings. Meanwhile, other key markets – including Canada, Germany, and Argentina – have all more than quadrupled their car rental bookings over the last year.
“Tourico is best known for its massive impact on the global hotel industry, but our well-established distribution network and continuously growing inventory of car rental partners puts us in a unique position to become leading players in the car rental sector, as well,” said Konni Marshall, the Director of Business Development for Car Rentals at Tourico Holidays. “After a very strong first half of 2017, adding Advantage and E-Z Rent-A-Car allows us to build on the momentum, while offering our clients new low-cost, high-quality options.”
Additionally, Fox Rent A Car, Dollar and Thrifty, which had all previously partnered with Tourico through web-based connection only, established XML connectivity to Tourico’s inventory system this summer. Dollar and Thrifty, part of the Hertz family of rental brands, which both went live with Tourico’s XML connection in May, have already seen a combined 530 percent increase in car booking activity.
Lastly, Tourico is also unveiling enhanced car rental functionality for its distribution clients, allowing them to book cars with an airport pick up and city drop off – and vice versa. Prior to the upgrade, the system only allowed for airport-to-airport and city-to-city pick ups and drop offs.
For more information about Tourico Holidays, or to inquire about its global network of car rental partners and inventory, please visit www.TouricoHolidays.com.

Parkroyal Penang Resort Unveils Newly transformed Guestrooms and Food and Beverage Outlets

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PARKROYAL Penang Resort is delighted to announce that the transformation project across all our guestrooms, reception, lobby lounge and all day dining outlet will be unveiled by early September 2017.
After a MYR50 million makeover, the resort now offers 309 refreshed guestrooms comprising 263 rooms and 46 suites fitted out with brand new soft furnishings, contemporary bathroom amenities and stylish lighting to provide modern comfort to all business and leisure travellers. The reception has been remodelled into a stylish space to bring a seamless arrival experience for our guests.
Our all day dining outlet, previously known as Tamarind Brasserie, will be rebranded to Cinnamon Asian Kitchen featuring a bright and fresh interior. Besides offering authentic local dishes like Penang Char Koay Teow and Penang Assam Laksa, Cinnamon Asian Kitchen’s selection of Asian delights ranging from Thai, Middle Eastern, Chinese to Indian means there’s something to suit everyone’s palate.
Guests can enjoy the distinctive cuisine selections in air-conditioned comfort at Cinnamon Asian Kitchen, which also comes with a private room and outdoor seating with views of our expansive gardens and breathtaking sea views. The centrepiece of the restaurant is a communal dining table made out of a real fallen tree to encourage socialising with other guests or to accommodate a big group. For an added touch of local culture, the flooring for the outdoor dining area has been completely remodelled with vibrant tiles that are reminiscent of the town’s Peranakan heritage. The transformation extends to Javana Lounge, which has been redesigned with new fittings and fixtures to deliver a relaxing ambience complete with picturesque views of the resort’s pool and gardens.
With the completion of the transformation of the guestrooms, Cinnamon Asian Kitchen and lobby area, the next transformation project that is in the pipeline will involve the resort’s porte cochere, gymnasium, two swimming pools, tennis court, Cool Bananas, Sunset Bar and Towel Hut. This project is expected to be completed by early December 2017. During this time, the affected areas will be completely closed off to ensure our guests’ safety and comfort.

Quito’s MICE offerings contribute tourist arrivals increase in 2017

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Quito, Ecuador attracts more travelers from around the globe this year. According to the most recent official data released, international tourist arrivals to the destination increased by 2.3% in the first semester of the year when compared to the same period in 2016.
Industry officials confirm that this continued growth can be attributed to the city's diverse cultural and gastronomic offering in the summer, as well as to Quito’s new Metropolitan Convention Center set to open in 2018.
According to Ecuador’s Ministry of Internal Affairs Department of Migration (Dirección de Migración del Ministerio del Interio), Quito welcomed 314,183 international visitors between January and June of 2017, which represents a 2.3% increase or 7,069 more travelers as compared to the same period the previous year.
According to these statistics, Quito continues to be the preferred destination in Ecuador by international travelers, a position the city held last year according to total numbers. In 2016 alone, Ecuador welcomed 1´509 108 tourists of which 627 617 (or 41.5%) visited Quito.
Veronica Sevilla, General Manager of the Quito Tourism Board, highlights several factors that explain Quito’s exemplary positioning on a global scale, “our efforts to promote Quito around the world are providing positive results. We have new campaigns that help showcase the experiences in Quito, including its flavors, aromas and textures that have allowed it to captivate travelers.”
If Quito’s tourism growth continues to accelerate throughout the remainder of the year, officials estimate that the city will receive a total of 630 087 visitors in 2017. In order to reach this expectation, the local tourism sector will continue to promote the city as a unique destination with a wide offering including cultural, historical, natural and gastronomic experiences that please even the most demanding travelers. Moreover, Quito will continue consolidating its offering as a MICE (Meetings, Incentive, Conventions and Events) destination.
An effective strategy to increase the number of international travelers is promoting new places to discover in Quito and its surroundings as well as the city’s newest activities. Some of the most popular activities this year include:
- Traditional Trades at El Quinde Visitors Center: Local artisans will host live demonstrations and workshops that showcase historic crafts and trades of Ecuador including: hat production (August 5th and September 9th), wood craftmanship and inlay design (August 12th and September 16th), wooden toys (August 19th and September 23rd), products made of honey (September 2nd and 30th) and tin/iron products (August 26th). These activities also take place at La Ronda neighborhood, where local artists strive to maintain the original techniques from the famous Escuela Quiteña, or Quito’s School of artistic tradition. These activities will allow visitors to immerse in Quito’s cultural heritage and patrimony.
- Nature and adventure in Quito’s Cloud Forest: For those who enjoy nature and birdwatching, Quito and its surrounding areas are a paradise of biodiversity, making it the perfect habitat for 525 bird species. Orchids are the main attraction of the beautiful Reserva Orquideológica Pahuma where visitors can also rappel and trek.
Another reason for the increase in tourist arrivals is Quito’s position as an international meetings and conventions destination. The new Metropolitan Convention Center of Quito is an ambitious and strategic development and key component of this positioning. It is currently under construction and slated to open in August 2018.
International data indicates that, over the last ten years, MICE events have tripled in Latin America. Therefore, the new Metropolitan Convention Center of Quito, with facilities that meet international standards and has a capacity for 13 702 people, allows the city to position itself as one of the most important MICE destinations both on a regional level and globally.
As one of the most important projects in Quito, the new Metropolitan Convention Center is projected to have a great impact on local tourism figures. Additionally, it will contribute to one of the Quito Visitor´s Bureau goals, which is to double the numbers of international congresses and conventions by 2020 and increase the amount of Latin-American events by 5%.
With these initiatives, Quito aims to continue attracting more tourists and reaffirm its position as South America’s leading destination.

Twenty Four Seven Hotels expands into LA market

LOS ANGELES, CA – Twenty Four Seven Hotels, West Coast leaders in hotel management, investment and development, has announced the addition of DoubleTree by Hilton LAX – El Segundo to its management portfolio. The LAX hotel is the first of four new management contracts in the LA area in 2017.
Twenty Four Seven Hotels played a pivotal role in the highly complex transaction providing guidance to the buyer on the transactional side with sourcing, underwriting and acquiring the hotel, and on the capitalization side by assisting in the structuring of new mezzanine financing in conjunction with assumption of a senior CMBS loan. The real estate transaction and loan were both successfully brokered by Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF), on behalf of the new owner Umbrella Hotel Group, an emerging owner and developer of hotels in the Western U.S.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel LAX is a 216-room property and the only full-service hotel within El Segundo, just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Recognized as the aerospace capital of the world, the community of El Segundo is home to many of the world’s most influential Fortune 500 companies. Twenty Four Seven Hotels is based in Newport Beach and has also assumed management of the hotel. 
Twenty Four Seven Hotels consistently plays a critical advisory role in financial transactions and asset management strategies in addition to its management services, leveraging the company’s extensive network of brokers and investment institutions that align with their vision. This unique contract marks their first DoubleTree hotel operation, and fuels the brand’s current momentum as they continue to build their portfolio, which includes 19 managed hotels through the Western U.S. with six more currently under construction, including a second DoubleTree set to open in Los Angeles County in the 4th quarter.
"Joining forces with both Umbrella Hotel Group and the HFF capital markets team generated the synergy required to pull off such a complex transaction. We would not have been able to navigate the various milestones without a tremendous amount of deal savvy from all stakeholders involved,” said Drew Hardy, President of Twenty Four Seven Hotels.
“With their expertise and strong relationships, we were fortunate to align with Twenty Four Seven Hotels on this significant investment opportunity, and we know their management platform will take the property to the next level in meeting our investment objectives,” said Charu Goyal, founder and president of Umbrella Hotel Group, a family-owned, California-based hospitality company with a diverse inventory of retail and hotel properties.
Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the seven-story DoubleTree by Hilton LAX is ideally situated in El Segundo, a hotbed for industry and innovation with the famed Silicon Beach next door. The hotel underwent renovations in 2016 that consisted of a complete reconfiguration and enhancement of first-floor public areas and guestroom upgrades. The design refresh of the remaining six floors of guestrooms and a brand-new pool deck will complete the transformation in early 2018, along with tech upgrades including Whistle, a guest-oriented text messaging system. The hotel features a junior Olympic-sized, heated, outdoor pool; 3,238 square feet of indoor meeting space and 625 square feet of poolside outdoor space; new fitness center; 24-hour business center; snack shop; airport shuttle; printing service and East Grand Bar & Grille restaurant. Situated on 2.33 acres at 1985 East Grand Avenue, the hotel, which is in the South Bay office submarket, is surrounded by more than 33 million square feet of office space.