Jennifer Atkinson, CEO of ITC Luxury Travel, the UKs leading independent luxury tour operator, today announced that she has completed a management buy-out of ITC, backed by Paul Pindar, with banking provided by Santander.
European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE today released its traffic report for the first half of 2014. The report is the only air transport report which includes the full range of civil aviation passenger flights: network, low cost, charter and others.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and German business travel buyer association VDR today announced their planned CEO panel, Technology Horizons Beyond the Firewall on Centre Stage at the GBTA Conference on 12th 14th November in Berlin, which this year incorporates VDRs autumn symposium.
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the French Minister of State in charge of Tourism, Fleur Pellerin, met to discuss the new tourism strategy of France as well as how to further strengthen the collaboration with UNWTO. Issues on the agenda included visa facilitation, taxation and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics.
Data for the pre-summer period confirm handsome growth for European tourism in 2014 and there is growing optimism that the upcoming peak-summer season will consolidate preliminary positive expectations. As competition in the global tourism market heats up, European destinations can win a new edge by challenging traditionally-held perceptions by travellers in distant markets.
During German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel's state visit to China, Song Zhiyong, President & Executive Director of Air China Limited and Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing to expand the scope of the strategic partnership between their companies.
European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE today released its traffic results for the month of May across the European airport network, revealing a robust year-on-year increase of +4.8% in passenger traffic compared to May 2013.