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A pilot who has a flourishing Mile High Club tourism business in Australia said his enterprise started as a joke.
American Chuck McElwee said he was loading a mattress onto his light aircraft to transport a patient to a country hospital when he jokingly told a curious onlooker that he was starting a mile high club.
LONDON—Hotel performance in Japan understandably has suffered following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, but the country’s hotel industry is making a comeback, according to data from STR Global’s Japan Hotel Review.
The launch of the STR Global Japan Hotel Review coincides with the expansion of the sample of participating hotels in Japan to 316 as of November 2011. This is an increase of 66 hotels or 26.4 percent since December 2010.
International tourist arrivals grew by over 4 percent in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach the milestone one billion mark later this year.
That growth came despite a year characterized by a stalled global economic recovery, major political changes in the Middle East and North Africa, and natural disasters in Japan, said the Barometer.
Two new reports from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration are aimed at helping hospitality managers improve their sales and revenue. One report focuses on restaurant distribution strategies, and the other compares the financial outcomes for hotels that have various corporate cultures and strategic approaches. Both reports are available at no charge from the CHR. CHR also invites hotel practitioners to participate in a new interactive blog on the CHR site, with a goal of sharing ideas and improving success in addressing issues created by social media.
LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe Certification today announced the accreditation of Ms. Cecilia Valdes Canales, member of Deloitte France. This accreditation means that Deloitte France is authorized to conduct verification assessments for Green Globe worldwide.
Green Globe Certification CEO Mr. Guido Bauer said: “We welcome Ms. Valdes Canales to our global team of sustainable travel and tourism auditors. Ms. Valdes Canales has professional experience in the hotel sector, and has had first-hand experience completing Green Globe audits from the client side.
PictureSlovenia.com, in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board and partners, continues the global photography competition, through which it wants to increase the visibility of Slovenia in the world and encourage visitors, fans, and friends of Slovenia to get involved in the presentation of Slovenia. The contest ends May 22, 2012. Publication of winners: June 4, 2012.
A former Qantas group chief economist says people who weigh more should pay more to fly on planes.
Writing for Business Day in Fairfax newspapers, Tony Webber, now managing director of Webber Quantitative Consulting and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Business School, claims fuel burnt by planes depends on many things 'but the most important is the weight of the aircraft. The more a plane weighs, the more fuel it must burn'.
In the last days of December, the Finnish Turku symbolically handed over the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) title to Maribor and Guimarães during a solemn event. Maribor will solemnly open the European Capital of Culture on January 14 at Leon Štukelj square, followed by Guimarães a week later on January 21.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Chairman of World Travel Market (WTM), Fiona Jeffery, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in Queen Elizabeth’s II New Year’s Honors list.
Jeffery’s award of the OBE is for her services to the travel and tourism industry during her 26 years at WTM, the leading global event for the travel industry.
She joined the marketing department of Reed Exhibitions in 1986 and became Group Marketing Manager in 1988, before being promoted to Marketing Director in 1991.