• Air Transat launches booking portal to UK-based agents | News

    Air Transat has launched a trade booking portal that offers a host of benefits to UK travel agents. The Canadian carrier said users would gain fare parity with existing web only fares, access and ability to book all ancillary items seamlessly and an increased booking window. Agents have the ability to book 18 months in advance. Adrian Keating, commercial director UK & Ireland of Air Transat, said: “The launch of our new trade portal diversifies our distribution, enabling us to offer the travel trade more choice in how they want to work with us. “The portal will also deliver cost savings that we can then reinvest into our commercial agreements.”…

  • Atlantis, the Palm honoured by World Travel Awards | News

    Atlantis, the Palm, the iconic destination on the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai, has been recognised with a trio of top titles at the World Travel Awards. The one-of-a-kind property was honoured with the trophy for World’s Leading Landmark Resort, while voters also recognised Atlantis, the Palm as offering the World’s Leading Hotel Suite and World’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience. While Atlantis, the Palm has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, along with hospitality across the Middle East, the property has returned to market in recent months, stronger than ever. A recent EarthCheck Silver accreditation is a case in point, with the property bolstering its green credentials. Two elements…

  • BTN interview: Thoyyib Mohamed, managing director, Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation | Focus

    With the Maldives having claimed a number of top titles at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here catches up with tourism chief, Thoyyib Mohamed, to discover how the trophies will help the recovery from Covid-19 Breaking Travel News: Maldives has been recognised with the top prize of World’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards this year, alongside trophies for Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination and Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination. How does it feel to have won? Thoyyib Mohamed: We are extremely proud and happy to have won these awards! It feels like our marketing efforts and teamwork have paid off tremendously.…

  • Is Journey Insurance coverage Essential When Touring Overseas?

    Journey insurance coverage is one thing you’ll need to have traveling. Occupying an 1880 Neo-Renaissance building that first served as town’s opera house, the Mandarin Oriental, Munich, attracts guests who recognize a bit of ritual. Service is flawless, as T+L readers have come to expect from any of the resort group’s properties; the flagship restaurant, Matsuhisa, serves Peruvian-Japanese cuisine in a sleekly up to date space. Test if the journey insurance presents a complete policy. Visitors to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi feel pampered before they even get there, arriving by yacht from the worldwide airport. Once on property, the 121 villas offer everything you need in a remote island…

  • Breaking Travel News interview: Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, minister of tourism, the Philippines | Focus

    Voters at the World Travel Awards have recognised the Philippines with a duo of top titles. Here Breaking Travel News chats with minister of tourism, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, to find out how the trophies will aid the recovery of the sector Breaking Travel News: Congratulations, the Philippines has been honoured as the best in the business by voters at the World Travel Awards – honoured with the title of World’s Leading Dive Destination. How does it feel to have won? Bernadette Romulo-Puyat: We are incredibly grateful for the recognition given to the Philippines’ dive sites and the beautifully-restored heritage sites of Intramuros. These accolades further inspire and push us to bring…

  • What If You Take Your Dream Vacation Without Travel Cancellation Insurance?

    Protecting the environment is now one of the most talked-about and hotly-debated matters across the globe. Even if you’re covered for primary emergency care abroad (again, a giant IF), your present health insurance supplier will almost actually NOT pay to evacuate you and repatriate you back to the U.S. So, until you are that uncommon sailor who likes the smallest of lodging, you’ll want to reserve crusing dinghies for day sailing journeys. Day sailors go out for the day and return in the late afternoon or early evening. Plan you sailing so that you’ve got plenty of time to make it back earlier than darkness (unless you want crusing after…