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  • Title: Lufthansa mobile boarding pass
    Descriptive info: Lufthansa mobile boarding pass.. Written by Administrator.. Lufthansa mobile boarding pass via Passbook app now available at any time.. By the end of this year, in the second phase of development, Lufthansa aims to integrate the update functionality.. If, for example, the departure gate changes, information in boarding passes stored in Passbook is automatically updated and the user is notified of the change.. No further action is required.. Following the launch of the new Passbook app for the iPhone iOS 6 operating system, Lufthansa passengers can have their boarding pass issued  ...   Passbook function on their iPhone.. Once passengers have successfully completed the mobile check- in procedure, their boarding pass will be sent to their iPhone and saved to the new Passbook app.. The mobile boarding pass can then be called up at any time, even without Internet access.. As Passbook is time and location aware, the boarding pass will appear on the passenger’s lock screen in time for the flight.. Lufthansa is thus one of the first airlines worldwide to make the Passbook functionality available to its customers.. Facebook Comments (.. )..

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  • Title: Online airline fee information
    Descriptive info: Online airline fee information.. 94% of summer travelers using online travel sites want airline fee information available.. Survey results show need for DOT action to protect travelers ability to see, compare and buy the full all-in cost of air travel.. WASHINGTON - Open Allies for Airfare Transparency released the results of a summer 2012 travel experiences survey, conducted online by leading market research firm Harris Interactive among 2,310 U.. S.. adults ages 18 and older, which found that 94% of Americans who recently used an online travel company (OTC) to book their travel this summer agreed that, "All airline fee information should be available to travel agents and online travel websites.. ".. In addition, 95% of Americans who used an OTC to book their summer travel agreed that, "It would be easier to comparison shop if all airline fee information was available on online travel websites and to travel agents.. "These results should be a wake-up call for the Department of Transportation," said David Kelly, executive director of Open Allies.. "Consumers do not like to be held captive by the airline industry, whether stuck on the runway or shopping for a summer vacation.. The survey data demonstrates that consumers expect airlines to share fees in a transparent and purchasable format in all the channels where they sell their fares, and if the airlines will not do this on their own, then the Department of Transportation should exercise its authority to require it.. While online travel sites are required to disclose a list of baggage fees charged by airlines, the airlines are not required to fully disclose various charges such as checked baggage or preferred seat assignment fees in a way that allows consumers  ...   the frustration of unexpected fees because the airlines refuse to share this information with online travel sites and travel agents," said Kelly.. There is also good news for the airlines in the survey s results: not only do Americans want airline fee information to be available to online travel sites and travel agents, they also indicated they would likely purchase these services if they were available through those channels.. In fact, 57% of Americans who used an OTC to book their summer travel agreed that they would "purchase additional services (e.. g.. , extra leg room, early boarding, checked bags) if the airline fees for these services were available through online travel websites and travel agents.. Finally, when asked an open ended question why they supported having airline fee information available to online travel sites and travel agents, Americans gave a number of common sense responses including:.. To know the total cost up frontNo unexpected expensesDislike hidden fees/chargesAbility to compare airlines/feesSo consumers can know exactly what they re paying forTo get the best dealTo make informed decisions.. "These survey results clearly show that consumers are being harmed because the airlines are refusing to share fee information with popular online travel sites and travel agents which account for more than 50% of all travel booked in the U.. ," said Charles Leocha, founder of the Consumer Travel Alliance.. "There s simply no excuse for the airlines to keep consumers in the dark about the total cost of their travel.. That s why it s time for the DOT to step in and restore the ability for true comparison shopping by requiring the airlines to share fee information with online travel sites and travel agents..

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  • Title: London visitors descend for Notting Hill Carnival
    Descriptive info: London visitors descend for Notting Hill Carnival.. Visitors descend upon London for Notting Hill Carnival.. Record numbers of visitors are expected to descend upon West London for the Notting Hill Carnival this bank holiday weekend, thanks to the start of the Paralympic Games.. Thousands of officers will be deployed for the event, including specialist officers and technology, as Europe’s biggest carnival, celebrates Caribbean culture and the UK’s close ties with the islands.. The colourful carnival will pass along Westbourne Grove, Chepstow Avenue,  ...   traditional and contemporary sounds filling the air for miles around.. Historically steel bands, Soca & Calypso Music have been at the heart of Carnival but in recent years these have been overtaken by the static sound systems playing anything from Reggae to R&B, Funk, House, and Dub.. Live stages also feature local bands, top international artists and sounds from around the world – Eddie Grant, Jamiroquai, Wyclef Jean, Courtney Pine and Burning Spear have been among the eclectic line up in previous years..

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  • Title: Berlin Brandenburg Airport opening still on hold
    Descriptive info: Berlin Brandenburg Airport opening still on hold.. The supervisory board of Berlin Brandenburg Airport GmbH recently discussed the next steps with regard to the completion of the new airport Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt.. Key topics included a decision concerning noise protection for local residents as well as the time and cost management for the airport.. Horst Amann, the new COO is currently evaluating the planned opening date of 17 March 2013.. Contrary to media reports of recent days, there have been no new developments on this matter.. Mr Amann said: “I am currently evaluating the feasibility of the opening date with internal  ...   evaluation.. We expect to have clarity with regard to the opening date by the next supervisory board meeting in mid-September.. ”.. Furthermore, Mr Amann asked all interested parties to understand that “constant updates and speculation are not helpful for the time being.. We will get on with our work, and as soon as we have any results we will inform the supervisory board and the public.. ”.. Mr Amann and his team are currently compiling status reports and implementation plans for the remainder of the work.. Mr Amann added that a reliable timetable could only put forward once this work was completed..

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  • Title: Passengers Miss Flights - Busy Shopping
    Descriptive info: Passengers Miss Flights - Busy Shopping.. Passengers Miss Flights As They re Too Busy Shopping, Says NCR Corporation Study.. Passengers are missing flights because they are too busy shopping or eating at airports, according to a survey.. More than three in five passengers buy duty-free items at airports, the poll by services company NCR Corporation found.. And around 2% admitted they have missed flights as they were shopping or eating, with 15%  ...   survey showed that of those who shop at airports, 21% buy luxury goods or clothing, with 65% opting for books, newspapers or magazines, and 60% buying food and drink.. Despite the need to arrive up to two hours before their flight, consumers think retail feels rushed in the airport.. As many as 34% think they do not have enough time to find and visit all the stores and restaurants they are interested in..

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  • Title: Tourists pay for extras on All Inclusive holidays
    Descriptive info: Tourists pay for extras on All Inclusive holidays.. 14 million tourists pay for extras on All Inclusive holidays.. More than three-quarters of UK holidaymakers who chose to go All Inclusive ended up paying for extras they expected to be covered within the package price, according to the latest research by Post Office Travel Money.. The Post Office All Inclusive Holiday Report revealed that over 14 millionholidaymakers paid extra for items that included international alcoholic and soft drink brands, bottles of wine, bottled water, cocktails, internet access and a la carte meals.. And, although 88 per cent of holidaymakers expected all meals to be included, a Post Office survey of 40 hotels in 20 destinations worldwide5 found that only a third included a la carte dining, some because they only offered buffet meals, others because they charged guests extra to eat in a la carte restaurants.. As a result, one in six of the All Inclusive holidaymakers who took part in the study – three million people – collectively paid £76.. 8 million (based on an average of £25.. 72 each) for meal choice.. While meals were the biggest expense, the study revealed that extra charges for a range of drinks also cost millions more pounds.. Internet access was  ...   two-thirds of All Inclusive trips by UK holidaymakers.. “However, as the numbers rise, so do expectations and in almost every cost category that we looked at the All Inclusive offer made by hotels fell short of what holidaymakers expected.. This may explain why although it is possible not to spend any extra on an All Inclusive holiday, we found that less than a quarter of holidaymakers did so.. “Quality is an issue for many people.. When we asked for comments about AllInclusive experiences – particularly food, the quality ratings were much higher for long haul resorts than for European ones.. Brown went on to offer advice for holidaymakers planning to take the All Inclusive option.. He said: “Since most people pay for extras, the important thing is to carry enough foreign currency to cover items that are excluded from All Inclusive packages as this will save paying bank transfer charges on card transactions.. Before booking an All Inclusive holiday, check carefully to see what is included and plan expenditure accordingly.. Change money before leaving home to avoid poor airport rates and hidden charges for using ATMs abroad, particularly for debit cards.. Instead load cash for unforeseen costs onto a pre-paid card like the Post Office Travel Money Card Plus..

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  • Title: Air France-KLM Halves Operating Loss
    Descriptive info: Air France-KLM beat expectations by halving its operating loss in the second quarter as cost-cutting begins to bear fruit, and told unions there was no alternative to restructuring plans now hinging on the support of French pilots.. The Franco-Dutch group, which last week failed to win a key ballot of cabin unions, said operating losses fell in the second quarter to 66 million euros from 145 million a year earlier as it managed to squeeze non-fuel costs.. Revenues grew 4.. 5 percent to 6.. 5 billion euros.. Shares in the airline, formed from a merger of French and Dutch carriers in 2004, shot up 13 percent to 4.. 40 euros as management stuck to its guns on restructuring and issued forecasts implying smaller then expected losses for the year.. Analysts said the tough stand on restructuring after the cabin crew vote lifted shares alongside forecasts of an improved operating profit of at least 195 million euros in the second half.. Some Air France unions say the measures are excessive.. "The on-going union discussions are critical to a successful turnaround and Air France-KLM, but see value at current levels based on these better than expected result," analysts at Goodbody said.. "These results demonstrate how crucial the success of the Transform 2015 plan is to the turnaround of the group," Chairman and Chief Executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta said in a statement.. Net losses widened to 895 million euros from 197 million, hit by  ...   that we don t have a choice: the measures we proposed are meant to ensure the survival of the company and its recovery in coming years," Finance Director Philippe Calavia told reporters.. "The majority of our colleagues have understood this.. Air France-KLM, 15 percent owned by the French government, faces a delicate task pushing through its proposals as the country s new Socialist government wades into a series of industrial disputes to try to prevent redundancies.. Air France-KLM kept investors guessing over a possible codeshare arrangement with Abu Dhabi s Etihad, which announced a similar deal with Irish airline Aer Lingus on Monday.. "We are looking at how we can co-operate with Etihad," Spinetta said.. He declined to comment in detail on the talks but told Reuters any deal would not involve exchanging stakes.. Ryanair, Europe s largest budget carrier which is bidding for Aer Lingus, disappointed its investors with a slide in second-quarter profits, highlighting the fragile economic backdrop as traditional carriers try to stem losses.. In Dublin, Ryanair shares fell 2 percent.. Passenger business has improved and summer bookings are "positively oriented" but cargo suffered from the weak global economy, Air France-KLM said.. Its unit costs declined 1.. 3 percent after stripping out currency and fuel prices.. Analysts were on average expecting operating losses of 216 million and a net loss of 211 million on revenues of 6.. 45 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S consensus data.. Source: Reuters..

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  • Title: Malaysia: Increase in Tourist Arrivals in 2012
    Descriptive info: Malaysia: Increase in Tourist Arrivals in 2012.. Malaysia recorded an overall growth of +1.. 2% tourist arrivals with 9,438,592 tourists for the first five months of 2012 as compared to 9,323,827 for the same period last year, according to the Tourism Minister, Dato’ Sri Dr.. Ng Yen Yen.. ASEAN region still contributed the largest number of tourists to Malaysia with 73.. 4% of the total arrivals.. The positive growth come from Indonesia (+19.. 3%), Philippines (+41.. 7%), Vietnam (+35.. 2%), Myanmar (+6.. 9%) and Laos (+19.. 9%).. Other notable progressive medium and long haul markets include Saudi Arabia (+50.. 7%), China (+34.. 1%), Japan (30.. 6%), Russia (25.. 8%), Kazakhstan (25.. 2%), Denmark (14.. 4%) and India (+7.. 8%).. Total receipts by tourists from January to May 2012 rose by +1.. 9%, generating RM21.. 8 billion to the country’s revenue as compared to RM21.. 4 billion in 2011.. The tourists’ per capita expenditure for that period is estimated at RM 2,309 an increase of 0.. 7% as compared to RM 2,294 in 2011.. The minister added that in line with the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan 2020 towards achieving 36 million tourist and 168billion in receipts by 2020, it is important for Malaysia to shift its focus on growing yield per tourist rather than to rely heavily on growth in tourist arrivals.. “To attract the higher yield segment, we will need to enhance connectivity to key priority markets.. ” For a start, Tourism Malaysia works to increase flight frequencies to 6 priority countries namely China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Taiwan besides developing an air-rights allocation framework to facilitate efficient development of these key routes and others.. One of the most successful programmes that have been identified by the Ministry to develop rural based tourism is the Homestay Programme.. The tourism programme recorded a significant increase with 38.. 4% of occupancy rate compared to 24.. 9% for the same period last year.. A total of 133,689 tourists visited our homestay from January to May 2012 of which 110,322 were domestic tourists and the rest 23,367 were foreigners.. This is a 70.. 7% increase  ...   and increasing the supply of 4 & 5 star hotel rooms, etc.. The percentage on tourist shopping recorded from January to May 2012 shows 32.. 3% (RM7.. 04 billion) of the total tourist receipts.. This is an increase compared to 30% last year.. The covered walkway connecting Bukit Bintang and KLCC completed early this year to facilitate shopping has shown a positive impact.. To attract high yield tourists, there is need quality four & five star hotel rooms.. Currently there are 59,804 four & five star hotel rooms available in Malaysia.. By 2020, 37,000 additional four & five star hotel rooms are required.. The Ministry of Tourism targets to increase 3000 four & five star hotel rooms in Malaysia as at end 2012.. Currently 71% of the target is achieved with 2,123 rooms completed.. The government’s liberalisation policies and lucrative tax incentives have resulted in domestic and foreign investments on hospitality assets across Malaysia.. Malaysia has premised itself as a world class destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE).. The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) successfully secured 33 major events throughout January to May 2012, attracting total delegates of 50,770 and generating an estimated economic impact of RM499.. 9 mil.. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Rankings 2011 ranked Kuala Lumpur number 21 in the world and number 5 in Asia Pacific.. Malaysia ranked number 29 in the world and number 7 in Asia Pacific.. Domestic tourism is also another important part of Malaysia s tourism industry.. The number of domestic tourists in 2011 increased 15.. 7% (45,731,000 as compared with 39,539,000 in 2010).. In 2011, the spending by domestic tourists was RM27.. 0 billion, registering a 13.. 9% increase as against RM23.. 7 billion spent in 2010.. This is the success of the “Cuti Cuti 1Malaysia” Campaign.. In order to grow the tourism industry, efforts have been intensified towards enhancing existing tourism products and developing new, creative and innovative tourism products.. This included the “Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2012”, “Malaysia International Tourism Exchange 2012”, “Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism 2012” and the recently concluded “Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade 2012”..

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  • Title: Obituary Notice - Mr. Boyan MANEV
    Descriptive info: Boyan MANEV.. It is with great sadness that we were informed of the sad demise of our friend.. from Sunshine Tours (Bulgaria).. He will be missed by all his colleagues and friends.. Our sincerest condolences to his beloved wife Maria and children Rouzha and Ivan.. left us on May 9th, 2012..

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  • Title: Obituary Notice - Mr. Yasar Sobutay
    Descriptive info: Yasar Sobutay.. It is with great sadness that we were informed of the demise of Mr.. Yasar SOBUTAY,.. founder of PAMFILYA TOURISM Inc.. in Antalya (Turkey) on June 30.. th.. last.. Yasar was a long standing UFTAA friend and affiliate and he will be greatly missed.. by the tourism community..

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  • Title: Message From MATTA President
    Descriptive info: Message From MATTA President.. On behalf of MATTA - Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents, we are indeed very happy to host the UFTAA Congress on 18 – 20 November 2012 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and we warmly welcome you to Malaysia and to participate in the Congress.. MATTA has a successful track record of organising major international events like the MATTA Fairs, Asia International Tourism Expo (AITE), Malaysia Tourism Exchange (MTEX), many tourism related Conferences, to name just a few.. Our trade and consumer exhibitions (B2C) have drawn over 90,000 visitors while over 350 international and local delegates have participated in the Conferences MATTA had organised in the past years.. The UFTAA Congress 2012 is an event that you should not miss as we want the Congress to seriously  ...   a half day B2B networking between International delegates and Malaysian delegates with the aim of establishing business partnerships for mutual benefits.. We believe that tourism is a two-way traffic, and the Congress will provide a platform for this opportunity to bring the world closer through travel and tourism.. We take great pride to invite you to participate in the UFTAA Congress 2012 for all of us to learn from each other experiences as we move forward in the travel and tourism industry worldwide into the year 2012 and beyond.. We also welcome you to our beautiful country Malaysia and to explore and experience what Malaysia have to offer to you.. We look forward to seeing you at the UFTAA Congress 18 – 20 November 2012.. Thank you.. Yours sincerely,.. DATO’ MOHD KHALID HARUN.. PRESIDENT OF MATTA..

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