Month: November 2015

Growth in tourism for religious purposes segment plays key role in bolstering Saudi Arabia’s ‘post oil’ plan

Saudi Arabia’s new ‘post-oil’ economy plan as outlined in ‘Vision 2030,’ which was announced recently, is receiving a huge boost from the tourism sector with the influx of tourists visiting the Kingdom for their Hajj pilgrimage, starting this week. According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, more than 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive…

Finnair expands connectivity in the UK with Flybe codeshares

Finnair is extending its network throughout the United Kingdom with new codeshare services on Flybe flights between several European cities and the UK. Finnair’s codes will be added to the below Flybe services when a Finnair flight is also included in the booking. Paris – Cardiff/Doncaster-Sheffield/Birmingham/Southampton Dusseldorf – Birmingham Dusseldorf – Birmingham/Southampton Amsterdam – Birmingham/Southampton/Doncaster-Sheffield…

Princess Cruises presents Majestic Princess

SANTA CLARITA, CALIF. – Princess Cruises unveiled designs and announced key features of Majestic Princess, the newest and most luxurious ship in the global fleet. Departing April 4, Majestic Princess will sail on her inaugural voyage, a five-day Adriatic Sea cruise roundtrip from Rome with stops in Kotor and Corfu. Following her maiden cruise, Majestic…

Royal Jordanian signs global agreement with AccesRail allowing passengers to connect to 100+ destinations

AMMAN – Royal Jordanian announced that it signed a partnership agreement with AccesRail, an IATA travel partner with its own carrier code (9B), that allows passengers to reach AccesRail’s destinations that connect to some of RJ’s major gateway cities.  RJ’s President/CEO Captain Sulaiman Obaidat and AccesRail VP business Development Denis Grenier signed the agreement. Following…

Expedia.com Airplane Etiquette Study shows seat-kicking edges bad parenting as most aggravating behavior

BELLEVUE, WASH. – Expedia.com released the results of the Airplane Etiquette Study, an examination of American conduct in mid-air. In particular, Airplane Etiquette identifies passenger behaviors that most infuriate fellow travelers. Out of all behaviors, including boozing, excessive chatting, undressing and inattentive parenting, one earns the most fury: rear-seat kicking. The study solicited feedback from…

Holland America Line launches redesigned GoHAL.com PartnerSHIPS portal for travel professionals

SEATTLE, WASH. – Travel professionals will now have an easier time becoming Holland America Line experts with the launch of the company’s redesigned PartnerSHIPS travel professional portal at GoHAL.com. Exclusively for the use of travel professionals, the new GoHAL.com is more user-friendly so agents can book, plan, promote and learn everything they need to know…

Norwegian Dawn sets sail for Bermuda as a new ship

Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship returns to Boston for the summer season after an extensive month-long renovation that virtually rebuilt the vessel, adding new restaurants, bars and lounges, including the popular O’Sheehans Bar & Grill, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, Bliss Lounge and The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, along with new upscale Mexican dining venue…