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Weekly Roundup of News: August 22, 2021

Hyatt announces acquisition of Apple Leisure Group for $2.7 billion

Hyatt has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquireApple Leisure Group (ALG), a leading luxury resort-management services, travel and hospitality group, from affiliates of each of KKR and KSL Capital Partners, LLC for $2.7 billion in cash.

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Indigo adds Gwalior to its network

Indian low-cost carrier Indigo has announced the addition of Gwalior, a city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, to its network. Gwalior will be its 70th domestic destination.

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Blue Air announces flights between Nice and London

Romanian low-cost carrier Blue Air has announced nonstop flights between Nice and London.

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Air France unveils a fully redesigned lounge at Montreal Trudeau Airport

On 11th August 2021, Air France officially opened its fully redesigned lounge at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, in association with the Plaza Premium Group.

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IHG announces the opening of Holiday Inn Goa Candolim

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Holiday Inn Goa Candolim.

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Emirates and South Africa’s Airlink expands partnership

Emirates has announced that it has expanded its partnership with South Africa’s Airlink into a unilateral codeshare agreement, giving travellers to and from South Africa easy access to more than 40 domestic and regional destinations across 12 African countries.

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British Airways boosts flights between India and the United Kingdom

British Airways has announced that it has increased flights between India and the United Kingdom from 10 to 20-flights-a-week. The announcement comes as the Indian government allowed UK carriers to operate 34 flights per week.

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Ryanair to launch 11 new routes from the United Kingdom for Winter 2021

Ryanair has announced that it will launch 11 new routes from various cities in the United Kingdom for the Winter 2021/22 season.

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Marriott announces the debut of JW Marriott Charlotte in North America

Marriott today announced the opening of JW Marriott Charlotte, marking the debut of JW Marriott in the American state of North Carolina. The property is located in the bustling Southern city’s dynamic Uptown neighborhood.

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Austria eases entry restrictions for travellers from the United Kingdom and India

Austria has relaxed the entry requirements for travellers arriving from the United Kingdom and India.

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SpiceJet to launch five new flights from Guwahati

SpiceJet today announced that it will launch five new flights from Guwahati to cities across India.

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Aeroflot unveils New Business Class seats on the Boeing B777

Russian airline Aeroflot has unveiled its first long-range Boeing B777 aircraft with retrofitted cabin.

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British Airways resumes flights to Dubai

British Airways has resumed its flights to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the first time since it suspended flights to the city in January. The announcement comes after the government of United Kingdom moved UAE to its Amber list.

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Radisson announces the opening of Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort Santorini

Radisson has announced the opening of Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort, Santorini.

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Now Open: Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans

Four Seasons has announced the opening of the highly-anticipated Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans. The hotel rises above the mighty Mississippi River in the heart of one of America’s most beloved cities, that is New Orleans.

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Marriott to open 10 new hotels and resorts in Turkey by the end of 2022

American hospitality group Marriott has announced plans to to expand its portfolio in Turkey with the expected opening of 10 properties by the end of 2022. With the anticipated openings, the company’s portfolio in Turkey is expected to encompass 43 properties with over 7,000 rooms across eight markets by the end of 2022.

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SpiceJet to start trials of IATA Travel Pass

SpiceJet has announced that it will conduct trials of the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Travel Pass.

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ITC Hotels opens WelcomHotel Katra

ITC Hotels today announced the opening of WelcomHotel Katra, the brand’s second hotel in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Emirates announces codeshare with Azul

Emirates has announced that it has signed a codeshare agreement with Brazil’s Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras S.A (Azul) which will allow passengers to easily connect to and from eight cities in Brazil to Emirates’ network via São Paulo.

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Avelo Airlines sets its sight on East Coast with four new routes from New Haven to Florida

Avelo Airlines today officially announced its entry in the East Coast of the United States with initial routes from its base in Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport. Using a Boeing B737, the low-cost carrier plans to operate flights to four cities in Florida starting in November 2021. Let’s see what Avelo Airlines is up to.

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GoFirst announces partnership with World Ticket and Discover the World

GoFirst (formerly known as GoAir) has announced a new sales and content distribution partnership with World Ticket as its global distribution system (GDS) sub hosting partner and Discover the World (DTW) as its sales distribution partner.

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IHG to open Holiday Inn Halong Bay in Vietnam in 2022

IHG has announced that it has partnered with Ha Long Bay Hotel Joint Stock Company to bring its Holiday Inn brand to Halong Bay, Vietnam, in 2023.

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Lemon Tree Hotels announces the opening of its third hotel in Dehradun

Lemon Tree Hotels has announced the opening of its third hotel in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

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Singapore Airlines rolls out Enhanced HighFlyer Business Travel Programme

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will integrate its corporate travel programmes under the HighFlyer brand from 1st September 2021.

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Emirates to increase frequency of flights to Dublin to Daily

Emirates has announced that it will be increasing frequency of flights to Dublin to Daily in October. The UAE carrier says that it is looking forward to connecting more passengers to and from the capital of Ireland via its Dubai hub.

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Ryanair to start flights between Dublin and Cardiff

Cardiff Airport has confirmed plans of Ryanair to start flights between Dublin and Cardiff in October 2021.

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United Airlines announces partnership with Walmart and Albertson Companies for easier COVID-19 testing

Passengers flying on United Airlines can now access even more COVID-19 testing locations, thanks to its partnership with Walmart and Albertson Companies.

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British Airways to resume flights to Phoenix, Arizona

British Airways has announced plans to resume flights between London and Phoenix, Arizona at the end of this month.

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Singapore Airlines to launch quarantine-free flights between Singapore and Germany

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will launch quarantine-free flights between Singapore and Germany as part of the new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme. The decision comes after the Singapore government announced that it is looking to open its borders to international travellers in September 2021.

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Flair Airlines expands US Network with flights from New Edmonton base

Flair Airlines has announced that it will create a new base at Edmonton International Airport and an expansion of service that will bring 4 new non-stop destinations in the United States.

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Hilton opens Hilton Vallarta Riviera All Inclusive Resort in Mexico

Hilton has announced the opening Hilton Vallarta Riviera All Inclusive Resort in Mexico, the latest addition to Hilton’s expanding All-Inclusive portfolio. Managed by Hilton, the hotel was developed by Parks Hospitality and is owned by Fibra UNO.

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Qantas to require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Qantas has announced that it will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The carrier says that this is a part of its commitment to safety.

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Emirates reveals special A380 and B777 liveries to mark the UAE’s special anniversary

Emirates has revealed special liveries on its Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs to mark the UAE’s 50th anniversary.

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Indigo adds second daily flight between Mumbai and Rajkot

Indian low-cost carrier Indigo will add a second daily flight between Mumbai and Rajkot next month. The expansion comes just 5 months after it started serving Rajkot.

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Porter Airlines to mandate COVID-19 testing or vaccination for all of its employees

Porter Airlines has announced a new COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for all of its Employees. The airline says that this will support a safe and healthy workplace for employees and passengers.

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IHG announces the opening of voco St. Augustine-Historic Area

IHG has announced the opening of voco St. Augustine – Historic Area, its first premium hotel in United States’ oldest city.

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Air France unveils New Lounge in Terminal 2F at Paris Charles de Gaulle

Air France has unveiled its brand new iconic lounge located in terminal 2F at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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WestJet resumes flights to Paris

WestJet has announced that it has resumed flights to Paris, France, restating its position as the only airline to operate a non-stop route between Calgary and Paris.

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