Few British visitors are selecting EU countries for holidays, travel firm explains

Travel and Tour World | May 01, 2019

The travel firm explains around half 48% of the holidays it sold up until the end of February were to non-EU destinations, up 10% on 2018.In spite of this, the firm says Spain is still a well-liked destination for many.Its findings chime with separate Post Office statistics showing currency sales for long-haul destinations have risen.So far this year, sales of the Japanese yen increased 12% compared to the last year, as sales of the Indonesian rupiah have risen by 9%, Post Office Travel Money said.“Brexit has made us as a family think and for the first time we are going to Turkey,” said Kevin Coles from Northamptonshire.“The value of the pound there (against the lira), versus the euro (in eurozone countries) makes it a much better value holiday.” He adds: “We will holiday in the UK in the summer and maybe look at Cyprus, Turkey or Dubai for autumn half term.”

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Vietravel Airlines Named Asia's Leading New Airline at the World Travel Awards Asia and Oceania 2022

Vietravel Airlines | September 12, 2022

Vietnamese Vietravel Airlines has been accoladed with Asia's Leading New Airline award at the recent World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia and Oceania Gala Ceremony 2022 held in Vietnam on September 7. Vietravel Airlines's product and service excellence within the first year of operation led to the airline's success at the award while surpassing two other nominees from Asia in the same category. "This is the first award for Vietravel Airlines and a milestone in our history, marking the recognition and trust of customers and partners of our offerings and dedication. This is also an important premise for us to continue carrying out our mission in connecting and conquering farther and higher destinations across the globe" -Vu Duc Bien, President and CEO of Vietravel Airlines. Graham Cooke, Founder WTA, at the award ceremony while congratulating Vietravel Airlines added, This will be the driving force for the youngest airline making new strides in the journey of realizing its mission of connecting, bringing international friends to the beauty of Vietnam, and conquering new lands with the people of Vietnam. The award, dubbed "the Oscar of the travel industry", is a prestigious organization that acknowledges, rewards, and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. As the fifth commercial airline in Vietnam and the first travel airline in Southeast Asia, the company promotes Vietnamese culture, people, history, and regions through unique experiences on board a modern fleet of A321 aircrafts. Aside to in-flight experiences, including exclusive guides, local flavor inspired snacks and beverages equivalent to 4-star airlines, personalized wireless entertainment system, and a nearly 100% flight safety index, Vietravel Airlines is among the top three on time performance (OTP) in the Vietnamese aviation industry. Vietravel Airlines in Numbers Over 8000 flight-hours made 100% safe 1,500,000 passengers with >92% load factor (flight occupancy rate) 94.2% average OTP take-off rate in the first seven months of 2022 Connecting two major hubs, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, to popular tourist destinations throughout Vietnam: Phu Quoc, Quy Nhon, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hue, and Da Lat in 2021. After focusing on promoting Vietnam's key tourist destinations in the first year, Vietravel Airlines is expanding its flight routes from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Bangkok (Thailand), Busan & Incheon (Korea), Singapore, Taipei (Taiwan) at the end of 2022. About Vietravel Airlines Vietravel Airlines (IATA code: VU) offers a multi-dimensional tourism ecosystem with a multimodal transport combining aviation and tourism. Backed by the largest travel group in Asia, Vietravel Corporation (UPCOM stock market: VTR), the airline operated its first commercial flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi in January 2021. Vietravel Airlines flies on domestic and international routes in Asia mainly Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore while doubling its A321 fleet in the next year.

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Grand Hyatt Kuwait Celebrates Official Opening

Grand Hyatt Kuwait | September 17, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Kuwait – the first Grand Hyatt hotel in the country. The 302-room luxury hotel is situated at 360 Mall – one of the nation’s most immersive luxury, leisure and lifestyle complexes. Grand Hyatt Kuwait is the second Hyatt branded hotel in Kuwait, the sixth hotel under the Grand Hyatt brand in the Middle East, and the twenty-ninth Hyatt branded hotel in the region, all of which participate in the World of Hyatt loyalty program. Infusing regionally inspired art with modern interior design, the iconic hotel is the ideal destination for guests to discover the country's cultural, entertainment, and artistic offerings.Grand Hyatt Kuwait offers global travelers superior hospitality services against a backdrop of majestic architectural design coupled with world-class culinary, leisure and entertainment experiences under one roof; a truly distinctive proposition, said Federico Mantoani, general manager at Grand Hyatt Kuwait. “We are thrilled to open the first Grand Hyatt hotel in Kuwait, and we look forward to welcoming guests seeking a memorable experience from this magnificent destination. Grand Hyatt Kuwait represents a new era of progression and innovation in luxury tied to the government’s Vision 2035, which aims to boost tourism through innovative and sustained investment in hospitality infrastructure. Offering business travelers, leisure guests and locals a superlative selection of world-class culinary and leisure experiences the hotel features four unique restaurants, a fitness center, a premium spa and a variety of elegant event spaces. Prime Location In addition to being centrally situated in the heart of the 360 Mall extension, the hotel also conveniently connects to one of the country’s premier event venues, The Arena Kuwait, which features 38,750 square feet (3,600 square meters) of state-of-the-art indoor multifunctional spaces. Situated adjacent to the Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait, owned by the Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah International Tennis Complex, the hotel welcomes guests to a world of entertainment in a one-of-a-kind setting. Guestrooms The property features 302 contemporary guestrooms and suites, including 192 Grand Rooms, 47 Grand Club Rooms, 34 Grand Club Suites with breathtaking views, 23 guestrooms and suites uniquely designed with private landscaped garden terraces, and eight Junior Suites. Grand Hyatt Kuwait’s elegantly designed rooms feature signature wooden parquet flooring, large-scale contemporary artwork, marble in the restrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and thoughtfully planned dressing spaces. The luxurious and expansive 2,798-square-foot (260-square-meter) Presidential Suite, with private elevator access, provides guests with an exclusive arrival experience. Located on the highest floor, the lavish suite offers extraordinary views of the Kuwait skyline with two bedrooms and three ultra-spacious living areas. Design Inspired by the country’s legacy of sailing, dhow building and pearl diving, Grand Hyatt Kuwait pays homage to the country’s iconic location and traditions, while presenting contemporary aesthetics to create a captivating setting for guests. The hotel seeks to set itself apart through its meticulously designed touchpoints and immersive spaces, such as the lobby which invites guests into a captivating space upon arrival. The perimeter of the lobby is swathed in weightless white drapery, while the center of the lobby is anchored by a serene marble water-like feature holding a majestic equine sculpture at the center. The plush interior of the lobby lounge is accentuated by wall panels clad in white geometric patterns, while orbital shapes in the form of an oversized mobile sculpture rounds off the double volume aesthetics. Through a bespoke collection of luxury furnishings, a distinguished feeling of grandeur is established across every touchpoint of the guest experience. Dining Grand Hyatt Kuwait is well positioned as a culinary destination in itself, housing an eclectic array of gastronomic concepts and featuring a selection of contemporary Arabian, European and Asian-infused cuisines. Liberté, a modern brasserie rooted in classicism, but reimagined through innovation; where the food is ingeniously brought to life through culinary creativity and conveyed with a sense of fresh and spirited feminine energy. ’Stambul, a Turkish lifestyle-dining venue celebrating the famed influences of Ottoman cuisine, where classic dishes are reinterpreted and delivered spontaneously and theatrically.MEI LI, a fine dining Pan-Asian restaurant where the food provides the narrative for an explorative journey through the Imperial Palaces of old Beijing, serving Far Eastern recipes inspired by the most popular dishes served over centuries. Saheel Lounge, a distinctive lobby lounge ideal for socializing in a casual yet refined setting. A tone-setting experience enriched with breathtaking works of art. Meetings Grand Hyatt Kuwait encapsulates several elegant and timeless multi-faceted event venues, each dynamically configured to make every occasion an unforgettable one – as exceptional as the location itself. The hotel boasts 30,000 square feet (2,800 square meters) of meeting space across eight venues, including a striking Grand Ballroom designed for weddings, conferences, grand galas and cocktail receptions, with a hosting capacity of up to 1,560 guests. A team of talented event planners and banqueting services are available to assist with every bespoke occasion. Wellbeing The tranquil Noor Spa is curated as a journey of rejuvenating therapies and treatments that embody a sense of mindfulness and self-awareness. Offering a luxurious and relaxed setting with six treatment rooms, Noor Spa treats guests to indulgent skincare and body treatments, with well-known revitalizing products from Barcelona and Paris. For more information about the property, please visit https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/kuwait/grand-hyatt-kuwait/ Grand Hyatt Kuwait is participating in the World of Hyatt’s new hotel bonus offer, giving members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at the property until November 15, 2022. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers, including the World of Hyatt Bonus Journeys. With the global World of Hyatt Bonus Journeys promotion, members can earn double points on qualifying stays of two (2) or more nights at over 1,100 participating Hyatt hotels around the world. World of Hyatt members can register for Bonus Journeys before November 15, 2022, and earn double points on stays completed between September 15 and December 20, 2022. Terms & Conditions apply. About Grand Hyatt Around the world, Grand Hyatt hotels bring travel dreams to life by celebrating the iconic in small details and magnificent moments. Located at the crossroads of local culture and global business within major gateway cities and resort destinations, each Grand Hyatt hotel is uniquely designed to be a captivating destination within a destination. Grand Hyatt hotels deliver welcoming and elevated service, first-class accommodations and an abundance of options within a multicultural backdrop of dramatic architecture and bold and vibrant design. Grand Hyatt hotels boast inventive restaurants, luxury spas, fitness centers, and business and meeting facilities. For additional information or to make a reservation, please visit grandhyatt.com. Follow @GrandHyatt on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #GrandHyatt. About Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of June 30, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,150 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 72 countries across six continents. The Company's offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Residence Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, and JdV by Hyatt™; and the Inclusive Collection, including Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com. About World of Hyatt World of Hyatt is Hyatt’s award-winning guest loyalty program uniting participating locations in the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brands as well as resort and hotel brands under the AMR™ Collection, which are joining World of Hyatt in phases and include Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Members who book directly through Hyatt channels can enjoy personalized care and access to distinct benefits including Guest of Honor, confirmed suite upgrades at time of booking, diverse wellbeing offerings, mobile key, and exclusive member rates. With more than 30 million members, World of Hyatt offers a variety of ways to earn and redeem points for hotel stays, dining and spa services; as well as the benefits of Hyatt’s strategic loyalty collaborations with American Airlines AAdvantage®, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, Lindblad Expeditions and MGM Resorts International. Travelers can enroll for free at hyatt.com, download the World of Hyatt app for android and IOS devices and connect with Hyatt on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown Adds Private Wireless from Comcast Business to its List of Amenities

Comcast Business | December 01, 2022

Comcast Business announced its customer, The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, is providing guests with a bespoke, of-the-moment experience with private wireless network technology thanks to a collaboration by Comcast Business and Ballast Networks.Situated in one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, The Sound Hotel features 142 exquisitely designed rooms and provides guests easy access to the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions for a truly unforgettable experience. To improve their guests’ experience, the property recognized the need to upgrade its network to better meet the needs of its guests and align with its mission to serve, inspire, and deliver its spirit of hospitality greatness. Comcast continues to evolve its wireless platform and to target new wireless business opportunities by leveraging its more than 34M customer relationships, deep fiber network, licensed wireless spectrum and over 20M WiFi hotspots, said Filip Liharik, Vice President of Wireless Strategy and Product Planning at Comcast. “We are excited to develop and offer new wireless products and services to our existing and future customers. Working with Comcast Business, The Sound Hotel and Ballast Networks deployed a private wireless network primarily to support cellular voice and data connectivity throughout the property. In addition to the enhanced wireless experience, the private network also enables The Sound Hotel to deploy several new services that enhance the guest and employee experience, including: Wireless sensors that allow the hotel to monitor temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors Single network for staff communications, freeing up capacity for guest communications and entertainment Efficient deployment of new video surveillance solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning “The Sound Hotel blends Seattle’s creative bedrock with its innovation boom. We strive to provide our guests with a truly unforgettable experience – and connectivity is central to that, Now, by upgrading our technology backbone to a next-generation 5G private wireless network, we can provide our guests a great, modern experience that matches the essence of Seattle.” -Barry Baxter, General Manager, The Sound Hotel. Private wireless networks offer wireless broadband speed and capacity with reliability and low latency, enabling businesses like The Sound Hotel to support their rapidly expanding ecosystem of connected devices. Comcast Business’s private wireless solution adds to its robust networking capabilities while giving clients more wireless options, including DeepBlue for advanced, large-scale WiFi deployments and MachineQ for long-range, low-power, and large-scale IoT solutions. Ballast is excited to partner with Comcast and the Sound Hotel to deliver a brand new, connected experience for the guests and employees of this beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Seattle, said Jon Morris, CEO, Ballast Networks. At the Sound Hotel, Comcast Business and Ballast Networks are using both General Authorized Access (GAA) unlicensed spectrum and Comcast’s Priority Access Licenses (PALs) spectrum to create a private network enabled with a multi-operator core network (MOCN) gateway. This new technology enables the private network to serve as a neutral host network capable of extending wireless coverage for all mobile service providers through a single system. “A solid technology infrastructure and strong network are critical to supporting the features and functions that enable a better experience throughout a guest’s hotel stay, from booking to the memories they carry with them from their trip after checking out, Comcast Business is proud to work with The Sound Hotel to propel a first-class wireless – and hospitality – experience.” -Brian Epstein, head of strategic wireless solutions, Comcast Business. About Comcast Business Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information

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JetBlue Travel Products Launches New Travel App ‘Troupe’

Businesswire | September 22, 2022

JetBlue Travel Products, a subsidiary of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU), announced the formation of Troupe, a free and collaborative group trip planning app. Whether organizing a family reunion, a bachelorette trip, or just gathering to reconnect with friends, Troupe relieves the stress that coordinating a group getaway can create. "Anyone who has organized a vacation with a group of friends or family knows that getting everyone to agree on details can take the fun out of travel planning, As we continue to look for fresh solutions to ease friction in travel and expand JetBlue’s reputation for great service, the Troupe app aims to simplify group travel planning and perfectly aligns with our goal to build new travel offerings that transform how people travel.” -Andres Barry, President, JetBlue Travel Products. A collection of ventures, JetBlue Travel Products continues to invest in new ideas and products in service of bringing humanity to all aspects of the travel journey. Following the successful relaunch of JetBlue Vacations in 2020 and the launch of Paisly in 2021, Troupe is the next step in creating unique and differentiated travel experiences for customers. Aligned with JetBlue’s efforts to make travel seamless for its customers, Troupe is a convenient app dedicated to taking as much work off planners’ plates as possible. With Troupe, travelers can suggest, vote, and comment on dates, destinations, activities and stays, so everyone gets a say in the trip planning process. The easy-to-use app allows travelers to seamlessly keep track of everything in one place. Users can manage RSVPs, create polls, share notes, add suggestions, and vote as a group to build consensus and lock in a plan before they book. Troupe brings groups together to decide on all the important details, so one person doesn’t have to do it alone, presenting travelers with a stress-free experience from start to finish: Make suggestions: Explore different destinations, stays, and activities, then add them to your group's shared trip and keep track of everything in one easy-to-use app. Vote and comment: Vote on which suggestions best suit the group, build consensus, and then finalize the details before booking. Collaborate and plan: Share links, videos, and notes with your group, so you can visit everything you want to see once you make it to your destination. One shared space: Whether you’re gearing up for a friends trip to Miami, or going out of office with coworkers, Troupe brings your group together to decide on all the important details, so you don’t have to do it alone. Less back-and-forth: Centralize your decision making as a group, so everyone gets a say without the long email threads. Then set deadlines, broadcast updates, and lock in a plan before you go. Getting everyone to agree has never been this easy. There's no denying that planning a vacation for a large group can be overwhelming, especially when everyone's requirements are different,” said Alexandra Zubko, CEO, Troupe. “Troupe was designed to make group trip planning fun, not stressful, and working with JetBlue Travel Products to bring this product to life was a no brainer. We are proud to be the newest product to come out of JetBlue Travel Products and are thrilled to have the support of such a strong travel company whose mission aligns with our own: solving major pain points that travelers face. About Troupe Troupe is a collaborative trip planning app that takes the stress out of group travel. Suggest, vote and comment on important details like where and when to go, where to stay, and what to do. Share notes, send messages, and answer polls all in one place. Now that's group travel untangled.To plan your next group trip, download Troupe on the App Store or visit Troupe.com. About JetBlue Travel Products JetBlue Travel Products is a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways Corporation, which consists of the JetBlue Vacations brand (offering flight + hotel and flight + cruise packages) and other non-air travel products including Paisly, JetBlue’s homegrown travel website that helps customers who have purchased a JetBlue flight easily find deals relevant to their trip. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a fully dedicated team of more than 300 crewmembers, JetBlue Travel Products builds on the JetBlue brand and brings to market innovative, quality products for customers, while infusing humanity into every step of the travel experience. For more information, visit jetbluevacations.com or paisly.com. About JetBlue JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers to more than 100 destinations throughout the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Canada and United Kingdom. For more information and the best fares, visit jetblue.com.

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The mobile device is overhauling the travel industry to the extent that within two years the passenger experience at airports will be almost totally digitized. Airport and airline IT company SITA says in its latest report (The Future Is Connected) that by 2018 some 60% of passengers will use a mobile device self-service check-in, with 90% of airports offering assisted bag drop services. The mobile evolution will also begin to shift into other elements of the passenger journey as an estimated 52% of carriers will use self-service tools to solve disruption and other problems with a trip.

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