Emirates will have new service to Vienna operated by A380

Emirates will have a new special service to Vienna operated by A380, from the 26th of May. This new flight celebrates 10 years of operation to the Austrian capital and the double-decker aircraft, capable of carrying over 500 passengers, will make history as the first A380 to operate at Vienna International Airport.

The flight operated by the A380 will replace the flights EK 125 and EK 8126, departing from Dubai by 17:15 and arriving in Vienna by 21h10.O return flight will depart from Vienna by 00.20 coming to Dubai at 08:00 the next day.

“Celebrating a decade of successful operations in Vienna represents a milestone for us and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Austria, which has become a key target of the Emirates, with regard to business and leisure, assuming It is also as a strategic entry point for the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe. “said Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates.

Business Hotels Collection, the select club of business tourism

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In just over a year old, this Spanish company has brought together a select club to the top hotels, offices and specialized in business tourism cities.

Business Hotels Collection, Places & Cities is a Spanish company with global reach that area has focused only and exclusively in the performance segment BUSINESS as its name suggests, the segment covering meetings, conventions and incentive travel (JRC its Spanish acronym MICE and its acronym in English), and in the particular segment CORPORATE, taking action marketing, promotion, distribution, marketing and communication, as well as membership of the Specialist Associations and assistance to relevant special events in countries where they will have a presence, all at international level, with the sole mission of posicionarles and generate them into a real business highly profitable market segment.

Experience, talent, personal commitment and dedication to service that, coupled with his knowledge of the market and current developments in the tourism destinations in international business, make Business Hotels Collection, Places & Cities a single brand, a partner essential when extracting the maximum performance of MICE and CORPORATE strategic segment internationally.

And, the best hotels in the world are already betting on Business Hotels Collection, Places & Cities, which can boast of having in your collection to such illustrious names as the Hotel Gran Melia Fenix ​​in Madrid, the Hotel Juan Carlos I of Barcelona The Hotel Balneario Las Arenas Valencia Hotel La Rabida Seville, Hotel Vincci Posada del Patio Malaga and the Langham Hotel London, Hotel Vidago Palace of Porto, the Hotel President Park Hotel in Brussels and the Palace dos Arcos nearby Lisbon, among many others.

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The Loire Valley

A few miles from Paris, in the heart of France, a beautiful region extends. Is the Loire Valley, a place dotted with splendid palaces and castles proud formerly inhabited by kings and queens.

I think we all agree: traveling by train, with its speed and comfort, seems an increasingly serious threat to air travel alternative. Especially when one undertakes the journey at night and wake up, for example, in Orleans, in the heart of the Loire Valley. The traveler fail night for dinner at the restaurant of the train and sleep in the cabin. The next morning, he’s in Orléans. It is therefore a pleasant journey that also involves some cost savings, since it is not necessary for additional hotel nights or Taxi from airport to city center.

FIRST DAY

Wednesday September 28 is the day chosen for the “Fam Trip and Press MICE sector”, which translated into colloquial language, no longer a meeting of familiarization trips and press for the sector “Event Facilities” or ” business tourism. “

At 19:30 I stand in França Station in Room Customer, to meet Alfons Berruezo, the Head of Onboard Services and Communication Elipsos. I was a little nervous but see the face of Alfons reassured me it conveyed the assurance of one who knows he has a good product to offer.Elipsos with the Regional Tourism Committee of the Central Region of Orléans had organized four wonderful days in the beautiful region of the Loire Valley. An excellent choice, was to travel comfortably in Trenhotel Elipsos, transport faithful to the philosophy of TS Eliot, who said that “it is the journey, not the destination, that matters.”

Slowly reaching others. We are a party of seven. Four we jumped in Trenhotel Joan Miró Barcelona-Paris route realizala leaving at 8pm and arrives at Les Aubrais-Orléans at 07.37. The other three are based on Madrid’s Francisco de Goya Trenhotel performs Madrid-Paris route and arriving at 7.34 pm at the same station Les Aubrais-Orléans.

Whether on the train, I present to classmates: Xavier Ricomà, product manager of the company Boxde Ideas; Xavier Vila, CEO dela Kivicom company; Pilar and Prat, Department of convention and incentive Transglobal. After a while we decided to dine at the hotel restaurant and enjoyed a la carte dinner with two courses, dessert, wine and spirits. At four we were pleasantly surprised and instantly prepared varies depending on the season Mediterranean cuisine, a treat worthy of any good restaurant, which made four strangers talk distendidamente late.

SECOND DAY

On Thursday, we arrived at our destination point. There we waited Stéphanie Ledonne our guide and interpreter, and co-Madrid: Diana Yanez, events consultant American Express Barceló Viajes; Gonzalo del Pino production Awa and Monica Aunión Daba Broker Solutions.Representing Elipsos Alexis Darne.

Made the introductions, we will have a coffee at Les Musardises a bakery where we expected praline-Pierre-Elise, in charge of Media Relations Department of the Loire.Besides the classic French pastries advantage to taste a selection of handmade macarons: some strawberry and vinegar, lemon, rose petals and cinnamon, hazelnut and pear, ginger and cinnamon … Delicious!

After breakfast played a walk around town to enjoy some of the most important monuments, the statue of Joan of Arc, the cathedral … Our guide explained everything he knew about these and other monuments of the city of Orléans. The nicknamed “Stéphanie of Arc” instead of Joan of Arc, military hero and patron of the Guidelines because like the character was swayed by passion when recounting every detail of the history of the city.

Just 33 km from Orleans, in the middle of the “granary of France”, in a strategic location as Chilleux aux Bois, Castle Chamerolles began as a fortress in the twelfth century but was transformed into a castle in the stands XV century inspired by the Italian Renaissance palaces.Following an extensive refurbishment by the Department of Loire, has become the Perfume Museum. Anecdotally I will explain that in the twelfth century, French was bathed and in principle could take up to 3 hours in water with perfume because it was considered better to throw it directly on the skin. Then some researchers recommended to royalty not bathe because the pores are closed on contact with water and recommended them cleaning, ie, rubbing and leaning fragrances to hide the smells, changing clothes several times a day for no smell … it was in the eighteenth century when they returned to bathe and perfume not put aside creating different scents that have been maintained until today.

The valley is famous for its vineyards, fruit production and their peoples, wonders of architecture, but his greatest legacy are the chateaux.

Among the 300 existing, it is essential not to miss the de Chenonceau, Villandry and d’Amboise. Ideally, you come to know yourselves this small part of the neighboring country, commonly known as the garden of France, where among green meadows watered by wide streams you breathe pure air.

We got to know the two magic valley forms: bicycle and balloon. Indeed, traveling by bike is always a pleasure, but do so in the Loire Valley is an incentive. His evocative and nostalgic romanticism landscapes to transport you to ancient times. Its cultural, scenic and natural value is such that it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in the category of natural landscapes, specifically the 280 kilometers that separate the Loire River Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Anjou). Currently driving on 650 miles of bike lanes that run next to the river is possible, but is working to get to 800. Visit the Loire Valley is also delve into the world of good food and good drink. The region also has many high quality products recognized through its designation of origin or Controlled Appellation of Origin (AOC). Indeed, in the Loire eating well is a whole way of life. Here there are many fresh and top quality ingredients: fruits and vegetables, fresh fish of the Loire, mushrooms, goat cheese … the list goes on.

THIRD DAY

Get up early on Friday. We have to cross the valley balloon. We deployed against a castle huge painted with the colors of the rainbow balloon. Huge fans fill with air fabric gradually begins to swell and rise. We get in the basket next to the pilot. The giant balloon is inflated with hot air and completely straightens. Then, gently and with little sense of movement, began to rise.

The valley grows less quickly at our feet, and this is the only indication of how quickly climbed. Definitely an unforgettable experience as was the food in the hotel restaurant “L’Oree des Chenes”. In it, after a heavy meal, we enjoyed the delicious Tarte Tatin, a native of the valley.

After such a busy day, you say goodbye to some friends with whom you’ve shared meals, laughter … and you realize how lucky you had to visit a culturally rich region and that has certainly been much more enjoyable by the company of each.

With that thought at 21 pm we catch the train. The next morning I wake up in Barcelona, ​​glad I visited the Loire Valley and willing to recommend it to everyone.

 

Finnair celebrates the 50th anniversary of the flight between Helsinki and Barcelona

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On 4 April, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first regular flights ofFinnair communicating Finland and Spain, at that time scales involved in different European and long hours of flight points. Therefore an unprecedented celebration dinner was held in one of the airplanes in the fleet for the press in the same Barcelona’s El Prat Airport.

The March 20, 1924 a seaplane Junkers F13 335 D-off from the city of Helsinki Tallinn bound transporting 162 kilos of mail. It was the first flight of an airline pioneer in his time, then known as Aero, and that is the current Finnair. Today, 90 years later, still maintains that initial Finnair route on its network, reaching more than 60 destinations worldwide, and carrying over 9 million passengers a year.

Finnair is the sixth oldest airline in the world and its active route network was gradually expanded. In 1964 Finnair became the first aircraft type SudSE.210 Caravelle 10B3 advanced for its time, and that the airline called Supercaravelle. In Supercaravelle came new European conquests, including Milan, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Frankurt, Copenhagen and April 4, 1964, Barcelona.

Currently, Finnair Barcelona to Helsinki daily in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes. In addition, the company also flies daily from Helsinki to Madrid, and five times per week from Malaga. Starting this week and throughout the summer season also increase frequencies from Barcelona, ​​so there are eleven weekly flights between Barcelona and Finnish. The new frequencies will not only improve communications between Finland and Spain; also significantly aumentaránn connections via Helsinki to Finnair operates thirteen destinations in Asia: Beijing, Shanghai, Chonqing, Xi’an, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Delhi, Seoul, Bangkok, Hanoi and Singapore.

Between 2012 and 2013 the total number of passengers on Finnair route in Barcelona has increased 44%. In the same period the number of passengers departing Barcelona Finnair has grown 54%, of which 34% has had as one of 13 source where Finnair flies almost daily Asian airports. Conversely, in 2013 Finnair carried 13% more passengers departing Barcelona; 39% of which is in connection with Finnair to Asia via Helsinki. The numbers confirm Finnair’s Asian strategy, aiming to achieve double its revenues in Asia until 2020.

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Javier Roig , Finnair director for Southern Europe; Katja Parviainen , Finnair surcharge; andJoan Creixell responsible for Finnair in Spain for areas of Catalonia and Levante; Pastel with commemorative 50th anniversary of the first flight from Barcelona to Helsinki Finnair.

Lufthansa starts flying between Valencia and Frankfurt

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Lufthansa bets on the city of Turia, contributing to the current situation Airport Valencia – Manises. The German airline has expanded its services to and from Spain with a new daily nonstop flight between the cities of Valencia and Frankfurt, which began operations coinciding with the start of daylight saving time on March 30, 2014. Thus, the airline promote passenger traffic in and out of the eastern city, thus improving connections with other German, European and overseas destinations.

The company increased nearly 30% the number of passengers carried to and from Valencia in 2013.

The flight LH1160 off every day at 09:15 h from Frankfurt, arriving at Valencia at 11:40 h. The return flight, with number LH1161, leaves at 12:30 h in the city of Turia and lands in the German city at 15:00 h. These optimal schedules allow connections to overseas destinations such as Shanghai, New York, Boston or Chicago. Lufthansa operates the new route with modern Airbus A320 with a capacity for 162 passengers distributed in Business and Economy Class.

Valencia scored positive results within the Lufthansa network. Last year, Europe’s leading airline carried to and from Valencia about 90,000 passengers, almost 30% more than the same period last year (2012: 69,370 passengers).

The Lufthansa (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Lufthansa, SWISS International Air Lines) and Group strengthens its presence in Manises, also where Germanwings will operate two weekly flights to Berlin with the new DST. Previously, Lufthansa already had four weekly flights to Düsseldorf and SWISS with two daily flights to Zurich. The number of passengers carried jointly by both airlines, with Valencia as a point of origin or destination, increased 13% in 2013.

In the words of Stefan Kreuzpaintner, CEO of Lufthansa for Spain and Portugal: “We are proud to give Valencia the possibility of being connected to hundreds of destinations in the world.” “I can say that Spaniards like to fly with Lufthansa and our Frankfurt hub makes travel easy, comfortable and relaxed,” he added.

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Despite the challenging economic situation in Spain, the airline reported a positive activity. In 2013, Lufthansa transported to and from Spain about 3.6 million passengers, up 11% over the same period last year. The airline plans to increase capacity by 10% by 2014.
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Benelux: The Netherland’s Best Business Hotel

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The four star Royal Tulip Bel Air in The Hague won the Business Destinations Award for Best Business Hotel in the Netherlands.

It’s the second time it was Awarded With This prize. Worldhotel Bel Air The Hague is located in the city center, in close proximity to well-known sites like the Catshuis, the Gemeentemuseum and the World Forum. It houses 300 rooms and suites and no less than 20 modern meeting and conference rooms for 8 to 500 guests. It comes with a hip restaurant, a brasserie, a jazz bar, a lounge, a center and a private parking lot fitness.

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The Business Destinations Travel Awards are Organised by the British publication MICE Business Destinations, to showcase products and services companies Whose honor the business travel market. The winners are not selected by a jury, but by a large selection of important primary users and bookers of business travel facilities. Service, quality and range of products, services and sustainability are all taken into account.

Finnair, British Airways and Japan Airlines launch joint venture

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Starting on April 1, 2014, British Airways, Japan Airlines and Finnair will begin their joint activity on flights operated between Europe and Japan.The joint venture established means that the three airlines will share revenue and cooperate in the planning and establishment of rates between Japan and Europe, providing customers an attractive price range and offering wider options and flexible routes.

Last October the Japanese authorities approved the plan to include in the Finnair joint venture established in 2012 between British Airways and Japan Airlines. In February 2014, the three airlines started selling joint fares for certain routes effective from April 1.

The “joint venture” increased cooperation and the presence of the three airlines in the European and Japanese markets, and strengthen oneworld airline alliance to which they belong, to compete more effectively with other global alliances. Thanks to the agreement, passengers will benefit from better prices, connections and schedules for flights from the three companies, a service client and facilities at the time of the online booking of flights and check-in.

Currently, Finnair flies daily from Helsinki to Tokyo and every day in summer (five times a week in winter) to Osaka and Nagoya, Japan connecting over 50 destinations in Europe Finnair. Japan Airlines also operates daily from Tokyo to Helsinki, Frankfurt, Paris and London, while British Airways operates daily flights from London to Tokyo’s two airports, Narita and Haneda.

“Since the authorities gave the green light to enter into this joint venture, we have worked very hard with our new partners to establish effective cooperation,” says Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair. “Together we can offer a competitive EXTREMELY proposed in this key market,” he continues. Yoshiharu Ueki, president of JAL, said “cooperation between Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair will provide more consistent services and better travel options for all our passengers.” For his part, Keith Williams, CEO of British Airways, said that “the inclusion of Finnair in the joint venture with British Airways and Japan Airlines opens a new world of opportunities for passengers traveling between Japan and Europe. We can offer a wider range of routes, special rates and more benefits for frequent travelers. There has never been a better time to plan a trip between East and West. “

Air Europa and Saudia begin codeshare agreement

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Air Europa, the airline Globalia Group and its partner in SkyTeam, Saudia, have reached a codeshare agreement to strengthen the connection between Saudi Arabia and Spain starting today for flights from April 1 code.

Thus, all customers who wish to fly from Saudi Arabia to Europe will now have the ability to connect with five Spanish destinations operated by Air Europa: Malaga, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Oviedo and La Coruna.

Also, customers can travel by Air Europa from any of these points Jeda and Riyadh, both connections operated by Saudia. From there they can connect, in turn, with countless destinations offered by the airline not only in Saudi Arabia but also in the Middle East and Asia.

Mr Abdul Mohsen Jonaid, Saudia Commercial Director said: “We are delighted to launch this new line of cooperation with Air Europa. This new agreement makes clear our main goal to connect Saudi Arabia with the rest of the world with strategic partners such as the Spanish airline. With this new codeshare we will get to strengthen our presence in Spain, also from April customers will experience a new direct connection to the week. “

For his part, Juan Jose Hidalgo, President of Globalia Group added: “This agreement means for Air Europa a major step in its strategy of opening to the East. Once implanted as a benchmark in the connections between Spain, Europe, America, we are able to offer our customers an extension of his journey through the network of destinations in Saudia. It is excellent news. “

About Saudia
Since its inception in 1945, Saudia has grown considerably so that currently has a network of 26 domestic and 52 international destinations distributed in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. It transports 24 million passengers. It is in the process of modernizing its fleet with the acquisition of 90 new aircraft: 35 Airbus A320s, 15 A321s, 12 A330s, 20 Boeing 777s and eight Boeing Dreamliners.
On Air Europa
Air Europa is the airline Globalia, the country’s largest tourism group with an annual turnover of four billion euros. Air Europa’s fleet is one of the most modern in the continent. It consists of 44 last generation aircraft with an average age of less than 4 years. Thirteen Airbus 330-200, Boeing 737-800 and 11 twenty Embraer 195′s strong presence in America is becoming remarkable through its Flight Cuba, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Argentina, New York, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and soon San Juan de Puerto Rico, Santiago and Miami. A report by the German environmental organization Atmosfair, Air Europa qualified as the most efficient in the world in short-haul and medium-haul airline.

ALGARVE BEACHES WORLD’S END

We tend to overestimate what is far away, exotic. And actually we have at our hand a world with much more to offer. If we talk of MICE, is exactly what happens with Portugal. And that has undeniable advantages: geographic proximity, its large hotel infrastructure, quality of service … We spent a few days visiting the most beautiful places in the Algarve. And so have we seen.

Welcome to the beaches of the end of the world , he says Luis Coelho, Algarve Promotion Bureau. And indeed it is. But in addition to its beaches and delightful climate, this area at the southern tip of Portugal is varied and picturesque: the western part is a land of sailors, fishing villages; Eastern hosts historic small towns between sand dunes and the National Park of Ria Formosa.
What they do not doubt is that The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal and a tourist destination of great natural beauty. It has sweeping beaches and a rugged coastline with coves, caves and grottoes, some accessible only by sea. It is a paradise for outdoor activities , with the landscape as an element of enjoyment. In Albufeira and Praia da Rocha can be seen towering rock formations, Lagos has a deepwater port and a large bay, whereas the valleys near Sagres, Silves or Monchique fans walking gait’d never stop. And with persistence and everywhere, the beaches. The Algarve has 160 km of coastline, with some of the best  beaches in the country . This land has always been visited. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians, all sought something here. Today, the Arab remember, when the region was called Al-Gharb, ermanece living in many places. In other cases, the breeze of the Atlantic or the excavators of the resorts have erased forever. Since the early 60s of last century the changing environment has been drastically and has performed in some cases, unceremoniously, with large earth moving and ambitious irrigation plans, though, transformed a rough spot in a fluffy green carpet with 18 holes conveniently distributed. Between Sagres, in the Atlantic, to Vila Real de Santo António, on the border with Spain shore, the coast is an encyclopedia of landforms, with headlands and coves here and there, estuaries, lakes and plains, animated by a world represented by fruity lemon and orange, almond, pomegranate and fig.

In the Western Algarve, is Sagres , the former “World’s End”, today only 280 km from Lisbon.Here, Henry the Navigator founded an academy dedicated to the teaching and study of navigation and cartography, which hosted a great navigators of the Age of Discovery and formed prominent geographers, sailors and shipowners. Near a trip to Cabo de São Vicente , to the highest lighthouse in Europe (75 m) to enjoy a panoramic and sublime noise that gun when the ocean is shattered against the cliffs. Further east is Lagos , a port city with the Igreja de Santo António , the eighteenth century, with notable Baroque sculptures, and Antigo Mercado de Escravos , the largest in Portugal and one in Europe. Then comes Portimão, holiday center and canning, to Praia da Rocha , golden sand, the most popular of Algarve; and, further, Albufeira, shows the explosion of tourism development in the region, with the ever popular beaches of Falesia, Olhos d’Agua and Praia da Oura. Finally, Faro , the provincial capital, with international and interesting buildings in the old town, as the airport Capela dos  Bones (Chapel of Bones), the nineteenth century, with 1,245 human skulls, located in the rear of the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo do Faro , the seventeenth century, a Baroque altar; besides the old Sé (Cathedral), Gothic and Renaissance. And more to the east of Faro, the border town of Vila Real de Santo António , another example of eighteenth century urban planning, carried out by the architects of the Marquis of Pombal, the rebuilder of Lisbon Baixa two decades earlier.Near the mouth of the Guadiana, and on the other side, Ayamonte, Huelva and in Spanish. The two cities are connected by road and ferry.

Business tourism in Catalonia grew 15.7%

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On Tuesday February 11 TravelManager had the opportunity to cover the ‘ Tourism Forum 1st Meeting of Catalonia ‘as media partner of the event in Barcelona Disseny Hub. This is a new initiative of the Catalunya Convention Bureau with the intention of enhancing Catalonia as an attractive destination for business tourism sector. The event provided about 300 registered attendees and 550 finally succeeded.

The opening ceremony was conducted by Pere Torres, Secretary of Business and Competitiveness, where he stressed the importance of betting on quality tourism i how business tourism is key in this regard. A total of 1.6 million foreign tourists visited Catalonia in 213 for meetings, fairs and conferences. This represents an increase of 15.7% over 2012. Tourists These businesses generated an expense of 1,800 million euros, 27% more than the previous year.

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The main objectives of the Forum are training through theoretical sessions on different concerns, tools and industry trends, the opportunity to create networking, connecting and creating synergies authorities all professionals attending the event and group reflections contribute to the product creation and identification of breeding lines of business tourism in Catalonia. Moreover, during the coffee breaks, the Elevator Pitch companies that were selected by the organization, which in 45 seconds synthesized their business objectives and functions were performed.