Redizor Group to open new Raddision hotel at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest developing hotel firms worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has announced their latest addition, the Radisson Blu Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel, Moscow. The hotel features 379 rooms and is planned to open in the second quarter of 2014. It will be Rezidor’s 2nd hotel at Sheremetyevo. The group already operates a mid-market Park Inn hotel at the Sheremetyevo airport.

The new First Class hotel is held by Norwegian company Wenaasgruppen In Russia alone, Wenaasgruppen is the owner of 9 hotels with a total of 4,000 rooms operated by Rezidor.

“This agreement further strengthens our position as one of the leading airport hotel operators in Europe. It also confirms our commitment to the Russian market where we are the leading international hotel operator” said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor. The group has 45 hotels with 11,600 rooms in Russia the CIS & Baltics, and further 29 hotels with a total of 6,700 rooms under development. In and around Russia’s Capital City Moscow Rezidor’s portfolio consists of 6 properties with more than 1,700 rooms.

The Radisson Blu Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel will be the only hotel featuring a direct walkway link to the international terminals. Apart from 379 rooms with Radisson Blu signature services such as free high speed internet access, the property will provide 2 restaurants and 2 bars including a 600m² bar on the 11th floor with a breathtaking view over the airport terminal. Supplemental services will include more than 43 meeting rooms which includes a 200m² multifunctional hall, a crew lounge, gym and sauna.

The recently refurbished Sheremetyevo Airport is the principle hub of Russia’s national carrier Aeroflot delivering the perfect transit point for international, regional and domestic travellers. The new AeroExpress train connects the terminals and downtown Moscow in just 35 minutes. Sheremetyevo serves more than 22 million passengers annually, and is set to increase further as it now has the biggest volume of any airport in Moscow or Russia.

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Dubai International sets new passenger number record

Dubai International has started 2013 in top gear, setting yet a further monthly record by welcoming, for the first time, in excess of 5.5 million passengers in one month.

Based on traffic reports issued by Dubai Airports, passenger numbers went up 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 in the same month in 2012. The majority of markets were boosted in January by holiday traffic as well as visitors to the Dubai Shopping Festival.

Air links continue to be extended between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012. During the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh whilst flydubai broadened its network to encompass Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk.

Saudi Arabian Airlines, in the meantime, added flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair launched flighta between Riyadh and Dubai.

“January’s record passenger numbers confirm that the growth trajectory recorded last year has continued into 2013 and Dubai Airports has taken another steady stride towards the 98 million passengers a year we expect to pass through our airport by the end of the decade,” said chief executive Paul Griffiths.

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Budget UK introduces new luxury car hire service

Budget UK has confirmed the launch of its new luxury car hire service called Budget Premier.

With Budget Premier, customers can select from one of three different luxury categories to suit their personal needs and requirements. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and come with automatic transmission and the option to add an additional driver at no extra cost.

Once a customer selects a vehicle, they will receive their chosen model or a similar alternative upon collection, enabling them to hire a premium product without the premium price tag. These vehicles are available to hire at Central London, Heathrow Airport, Central Manchester, Manchester Airport and Scotland.

Kaye Ceille, managing director, Budget UK commented: “At Budget, we’re committed to providing our customers with a great choice of vehicles at even better prices.

“Budget Premier is a brilliant new service for those wanting to drive away in style without paying a premium, offering the very best in affordable luxury.”

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UK drivers need an International Drivers Permit in Florida

Confusion reigns over a change in legislation in Florida requiring all drivers to possess an International Drivers Permit. Whilst the legislation was initially passed to deal with the influx of travellers with non-English licenses, the legislation drafted includes all drivers, including those with an English licence such as those with Irish, British, South African and Australian licenses.

Whilst the DHSMV has indicated that it will defer enforcement, the fact remains that all non-US drivers are still required to carry an IDP and, there is some confusion as to whether a driver not in possession of an IDP will be insured in the event of an accident.

Even some car hire companies are reported to be unsure or unaware of the new legislation. Whilst others are simply refusing to hire cars to travellers without an IDP.


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Emirates Expands Glasgow Flights

Emirates will upgrade its 2nd daily Dubai flight from Glasgow Airport by introducing the 364 seat Boeing 777 aircraft on the route from 1st January 2013.

The inclusion of the 2nd daily Boeing 777-300ER, which replaces the Airbus A340-300, will result in a weekly increase in passenger capacity of more than 650 seats, as well as an extra 70 tonnes of cargo capacity in both directions every week. The second Boeing 777-300ER will also result in a constant product across the 2 daily flights to Glasgow with First Class Private Suites and lie-flat Business Class seats now offered on both flights.

Emirates was recently unveiled as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay. They have also secured naming rights to the Emirates Arena, Glasgow’s latest world-class sporting facility.Car Hire Dubai

Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ UK VP, said: “As a result of the popularity and success of the second daily flight to Dubai, the upgraded service will be bigger and better. It is not only great news for all our customers in Glasgow, but also for the Scottish economy.

“It highlights Emirates’ continued investment and support for the area since we launched the route in 2004, and comes hot on the heels of Emirates being unveiled as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

“No-one can be in any doubt that growth remains a key objective for Emirates here in Scotland. We can now seamlessly connect even more Scottish passengers to our extensive route network, without them having to travel via London or other European airports – and we are doing so in style with our Boeing 777-300ER.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Emirates’ twice daily service to Dubai is of huge economic importance to Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, and it is no surprise that the second service has proved extremely popular since its launch earlier this year.

All types of the new aircraft are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system which provides 1400 channels of on-demand entertainment, including movies, TV programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world. Passengers travelling in Economy Class are provided with a generous baggage allowance of 30 kg, First Class and Business Class passengers baggage allowances are 50 kg and 40 kg respectively.

Since 2004 the Glasgow service has carried almost two million passengers and over 46 million kg of cargo to and from the Middle East and beyond, helping companies across the region to export their goods across the globe.

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Ryanair announces 2% credit card fee

Ryanair has announced that in order to comply with the UK Office of Fair Trading’s recent ruling on credit card fees it will bring in a 2% credit card processing fee on all new credit card bookings made from 30 November, to cover credit card payment costs.

Ryanair’s 2% credit card fee can be avoided by using debit cards (including Ryanair Cash Passport cards) or German ELV transfer.

In addition, Ryanair’s €6/£6 admin fee will apply to all new bookings made from 30 November, except those bookings made using a Ryanair Cash Passport in Ireland, Germany and Spain, where administrative fees can be avoided until 1 February, 15 February and 21 March 2013, respectively. This will bring all of Ryanair’s European operations in line with its UK procedures, following the OFT’s ruling.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara, said:

“Ryanair continues to deliver the lowest fares and a no fuel surcharges guarantee to all our passengers. However, to cover our credit card processing costs and to comply with the UK OFT’s recent ruling, we are introducing a 2% credit card handling fee from 30 November 2012. Passengers can avoid credit card fees by paying for their ultra-low fares with a debit card or a German ELV transfer.

From 30th November, admin fees (€6/£6) will apply to all new bookings, except bookings made with a Ryanair Cash Passport card in Ireland, Germany and Spain where Cash Passport cardholders can continue to avoid admin fees until 1st February, 15th February and 21st March respectively.”

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Europcar extends van rental range to major UK airport

Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe, is making van hire more accessible with the inclusion of 5 major UK airports to its van rental network. The decision to add airport locations to the Europcar Van network has been motivated by an growing demand from both businesses and leisure customers for vans at these key commercial locations. It also demonstrates the growth in logistics business originating from airports.

“In the last year we have seen significant growth in van rental by logistics companies”, explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “We believe this is largely due to the huge upturn in online and home shopping over the last year or so. But we think it’s also attributable to the fact that logistics companies want the flexibility of van rental – rather than ownership – so that costs are matched to demand. In addition, these new airport locations increase accessibility of vans for our leisure customers.”

Europcar Vans are now available at the company’s Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham and Newcastle locations.

“This is all about choice”, added Ken McCall. “We know that there a number of businesses operating in and around these airport locations. Therefore, by adding vans to our fleet at those branches, we are simply giving these businesses the same range of choice as organisations operating down-town.

“We also understand that consumers want easy access to hire vans, which is why opening at these airport locations, with their extended opening hours and easy transport links, is a perfect fit for our customers”

All Europcar vehicles are less than 12 months old, making it the most youthful van fleet in the country. The vans are also fully maintained to manufacturer standards, ensuring they run efficiently and Europcar’s corporate customers benefit from a fleet they can rely on.

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