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Paris Highest Rated City in 2015

January 19, 2016 by Lori Smith

Paris is the highest rated city in the world, according to the latest Anholt-GfK City Brands IndexSM (CBISM), a biannual study that was conducted in September 2015. “Our survey was conducted before the November attacks in Paris—but, if past experience

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Aeromexico and WestJet Sign Code-share Agreement

January 15, 2016 by Lori Smith

A new code-share agreement between Aeromexico and WestJet makes getting to and from Mexico City from Canada easier. The new agreement will give Aeromexico’s customers enhanced connecting service via Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to more than 10 Canadian destinations including

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WestJet Announces Year-round Service to Europe

January 12, 2016 by Lori Smith

WestJet is extending two of its new non-stop transatlantic services to London (Gatwick) from seasonal to year-round. Flights from Calgary and Toronto to London will now operate on a year-round basis, three times weekly and daily respectively through the winter,

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Air Canada Boosts Service to Oz

January 6, 2016 by Lori Smith

Air Canada is increasing its new non-stop service from Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia on June 17, 2016. The service, which currently operates three times a week aboard a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, will start flying daily at that time. “Customer response to our

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Palaces Join ALHI Portfolio

December 16, 2015 by Lori Smith
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden - (exterior) -- Associated Luxury Hotels International

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) now features six authentic palaces converted to hotels in its global portfolio of luxury-level hotels and resorts around the world. Planners can offer clients the royal treatment at the following properties: ♦ Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

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WestJet Ups Service from Calgary to Sun Destinations

December 16, 2015 by Lori Smith

WestJet has launched new non-stop service from Calgary to Huatulco, Mexico, and is adding new non-stop flights from Calgary to Liberia, Costa Rica, which begins this Saturday. With these new services, WestJet will operate 109 daily departures to 47 destinations

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AccorHotels Acquiring FRHI brands

December 10, 2015 by Lori Smith

AccorHotels has signed an agreement with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) of Saudi Arabia and Oxford Properties, an Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) company for the acquisition of FRHI Holdings Ltd., parent of the Fairmont,

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Panama Property Added to ALHI Portfolio

November 26, 2015 by Lori Smith
The Westin Playa Bonita Panama -- exterior -- Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

In response to growing demand for meetings and incentives programs in Central America particularly Panama, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has added The Westin Playa Bonita Panama in Panama City, Panama to its portfolio. “Panama is a key hub between

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AMEX Predicts Moderate Business Travel Increases

November 26, 2015 by Lori Smith

Air, hotel and ground transportation prices will increase moderately in 2016 as a result of a slowly improving global economy, lower gas prices and stronger demand, according to the just-released American Express Global Business Travel Forecast. “While we expect modest

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Four Seasons Debuts in Seoul

November 18, 2015 by Lori Smith

The Four Seasons Hotel Seoul is now open. Located in the city’s Central Business District, the 317-room new build property has approximately 27,000 square feet of meeting space. “Seoul has emerged as one of the most exciting, inventive and inspiring cities

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Marriott and Starwood Announce Merger Agreement

November 18, 2015 by Lori Smith
Marriott and Starwood Merge

The boards of directors of Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will create the world’s largest hotel company. News of the agreement was made public on

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JW Marriott Opens in Los Cabos

November 18, 2015 by Lori Smith
Pool, JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa opened its doors last week. The five-star beachfront property has 299 guestrooms and suites and more than 37,000 square feet of event space. The resort is located in the upscale Puerto Los Cabos