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Hertz Commitment To Car Hire Safety


The Hertz Corporation has declared that its U.S. car hire fleet does not contain any of the Toyota vehicles recently the subject of a safety recall in relation to power-window switches.

The company said its corporate hire fleet vehicles are currently from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Model Years. All of the recalled vehicles are from model years prior to 2010.

“The vehicles in the Hertz car rental fleet are from the current and most recent model years, and typically avoid the maintenance and repair issues consumers may encounter with older cars,” commented Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark P. Frissora. “Our emphasis on clean, safe and newer cars results in higher levels of customer confidence that their rental experience will be trouble-free. Whenever a vehicle in our fleet is subject to a safety recall, it is taken out of the fleet immediately not rented again until it has been repaired.”

It is Hertz’s policy not to hire or sell a recalled vehicle until it is fixed. In January, Hertz was the first hire car company to reach an agreement with Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) that mirrors the planned federal legislation announced on September 27, 2012. The legislation, which is consistent with current Hertz policy, prohibits recalled rental vehicles from being hired until they’ve been fixed, and also allows hire companies to continue managing the recall and repair procedure.

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World Travel Awards recognises Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow


The prestigious World Travel Awards has recognised the achievements of the Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow at a Gala Ceremony hosted by Conrad Algarve in Portugal. Each and every World Travel Awards pays tribute to the most prominent international travel brands from around the world.

On 6th October, the crème-de-la-crème of the European tourism industry joined the World Travel Awards for a stunning outdoor cocktail reception, a programme of entertainment and an exquisite banquet at the newly opened Conrad hotel.Compare Car Hire Moscow

Travel experts from across the region heaped praise on the winners for their commitment and high level of professionalism.

Journalists from leading media outlets caught on camera thankful speeches from the owners, directors, and managers of the very best international ski resorts, new fine leisure and business destinations, outstanding wild nature retreats and tour operators.

The strict jury revealed the winners to loud applause and the unhidden excitement of guests, underlining their continuous efforts to strive for perfection.

The Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow claimed three ‘travel Oscars’, marking a real breakthrough for the Moscow hospitality industry. The property claimed the prizes for Russia’s Leading Luxury Hotel, Europe’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel and Europe’s Leading Landmark Hotel.

The hotel will celebrate its 55th anniversary in November.

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Posted by on 09/10/2012 in Hotels

 

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Crown Plaza Opens New Jordan Dead Sea Resorts & Spa


InterContinental Hotels Group has reported the opening of Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa, nestled at the lowest point on earth on the banks of the Dead Sea.

Visitors in need of rest and relaxation will not be let down with the resort’s huge 5,500m3 swimming pool, called ‘The Lake’ and the beach side pool with infinity vistas.

The 6,000m2 Thalgo Spa is the place to unwind with 30 treatment rooms, three indoor heated hydrotherapy pools, a Dead Sea salt water pool and gym. Guests can also take pleasure in Jordan’s longest stretch of private beach at 408 metres below sea level.

Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa, with its 420 rooms, including a Presidential Suite and Royal Suite, is just 30 minutes away from the capital Amman and 45 minutes from Queen Alia International Airport.

“Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa is a very special place,” said IHG’s Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa.

“The leisure and spa facilities have to be seen to be believed and it won’t be long before the resort becomes one of Jordan’s most popular places to escape to.”

The resort’s 8 bars and restaurants cater for all preferences, including Burj Al Hamam which serves traditional Lebanese dishes, a Latin American restaurant and the Aqua Pool Bar. Guests can also stroll down The Promenade where they will find an amphitheatre, Kid’s Club and café.

With uninterrupted views of the sea, the hotel’s meeting and event facilities include the Obadas ballroom, which can support up to 600 people, as well as two more compact meeting rooms which cater for up to 50 people.

The resort is the 3rd Crowne Plaza to open in Jordan, joining Crowne Plaza Petra and Crowne Plaza Amman. IHG now have 7 hotels in the country including Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort and the renowned InterContinental Jordan.

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Mexico experiences strong growth in Tourism


Mexican secretary of tourism, Gloria Guevara, has released the 6th government report on tourism, showing the destination has seen a 53% increase in investment in the market over the past 6 years.

This has been a crucial factor in Mexico experiencing the best year of tourism at any time in 2011, with 23.4 million international air arrivals documented.

The record chronicles a period of solid growth in tourism arrivals – both domestic and international – in addition to public and private sector investment in tourism over the past 6 years. Tourism, which makes up more than 9% of Mexico’s GDP, is a top priority.

The report details 5 key priorities, domestic tourism growth; international tourism growth; public tourism investment; private tourism investment and market diversification. Mexico has seen a 53.7% increase in private sector investment, from $12,833,000,000 pesos in 2001 to $20,200,000,000 pesos in 2012. Public sector investment has also seen a substantial improvement.

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of domestic and foreign tourists increased from 162 million to 191.5 million an increase of 18.2% and a record. The primary focus has been on diversification, focusing on consumers beyond the US and Canada in an effort to develop tourism to the region.

In terms of North American tourists, Mexico improved from 6,157,505 visitors in 2006 to 7,291,136 in 2011.

Guevara said that tourism, a corner stone of the Mexican economy, is truly a national priority.

The Government has forged a strategic alliance between legislators, bureaucrats, business, unions and academics, and thus established a solid basis to ensure the continued development of the industry.

Mexico aggressively pursued a market diversification strategy to reduce dependence on the United States market, attracting tourists from a wide range of other countries, including Brazil, China, Russia, Canada and Korea.

 
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Posted by on 08/10/2012 in Tourism News

 

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Prague Ruzyne Renamed Vaclav Havel Airport Prague


The international airport in the Czech capital (formerly known as Prague Ruzyne Airport) has been renamed in honour of the late President Vaclav Havel. The airport will now be known as Vaclav Havel Airport Prague

More than 82,000 Czechs signed a petition demanding the change, which was approved by the government.

Vaclav Havel was the dissident playwright who led the 1989 revolution that toppled four decades of communist rule before becoming the country’s president.

The name change took place on the 76th anniversary of Havel’s Birthday. Havel’s widow, Dagmar, was present Friday at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Malaysia Airlines to increase its capacity on flights between Kuala Lumpur and London


Malaysia Airlines is increasing its capacity on flights that utilise the Airbus A380 on the Kuala Lumpur-London return route effective 24th November 2012. The increase will be equivalent to 16%. The increased capacity will be introduced once the national carrier receives another two of the six A380s at the end of this month.

The group chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines Encik Ahmad Jauhari said, “Ever since our A380 operations on the Kuala Lumpur-London route from 1 July this year, the customer response has been overwhelming.

“The introduction of our latest 5-Star product standards on the A380 was also complemented by Skytrax, UK renewing our 5-Star Airline status.

“This momentum of 5-Star quality service delivery across all our customer touch points has been well received and comes at a time of great change as we embark on a series of improvements to repositioning ourselves as a premium carrier.

“Encouraged by the success of our current daily A380 operations on this route, we have decided to replace the existing B747 daily flights with the A380 to make it double daily on the superjumbo.

“This initiative is also our efforts to standardize our product offering on this popular route for oneworld customers when we join the alliance by early next year,” he added.

The national carrier will also begin daily A380 operations for Kuala Lumpur-Paris-Kuala Lumpur from the 1st March 2013 which will replace the current B777 daily services on this route.

With the deployment of the A380 on two of the popular European routes, the national carrier will be able offer the latest premium products and services to travellers and this customer proposition is also certain to increase tourist arrivals into Malaysia next year, which coincides with Visit Malaysia year 2013.

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Wizz Air to introduce charges for cabin bags


Wizz Air is introducing cabin bag charges across all its flights following the claimed success of a one month trial. The Hungarian budget airline boldly claims the new policy has reduced overcrowding in the aircraft cabins.

From 4 October, passengers can travel with a free small cabin bag measuring up to 42x3x25cm or pay £9 to bring a large cabin bag – up to 56x45x25cm.

However, goods purchased after security will still be allowed on board without incurring additional charges.

The new policy will apply to flights leaving after 24 October and the airline has stated that all current air fares will be discounted by £4 to share the savings made by the scheme. Wizz Air claims to be the first airline to introduce such a scheme in Europe.

 
 

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