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Glasgow Airport launches noise consultation, and boosts community funding


Residents urged to voice views as airport unveils action plan

•New noise insulation scheme, in line with London airports
•Increased funding for good causes
•Greater community involvement
Glasgow Airport is proposing a new noise insulation scheme, and increased support for community regeneration, as part of its commitment to operate the airport in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Details of the proposed noise insulation scheme are outlined in a public consultation which is being launched today across communities close to the airport flightpath.

There are two elements to the proposed package.

First, a new Noise Insulation Scheme for residential properties within the 66 decibel contour area, set by the UK air regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority. This proposal brings Glasgow Airport into line with similar schemes already in place at Gatwick and Stansted airports, and soon to be introduced at Edinburgh Airport.

An award winning year for Yemen



Yemen’s Minister of Tourism wins the illustrious Golden Rudder Award as the country’s leaders and partners prepare to implement its tourism strategy for 2010

Following an outstanding promotional campaign in Europe, which included road shows in the UK, France, Germany and Italy, as well as hugely successful participation at the annual World Travel Market in London, the Yemeni delegation, comprising the Minister of Tourism, the Director of the Yemen Tourism Promotion Board, Yemenia, Yemen’s leading tour operators and the ever popular Henna lady, have returned home. The Minister however was soon on the road again, as he was invited to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to receive the Golden Rudder Award from the International Tourism Award Board (Aldafah Althahabia) of the Arab Tourism Organization (ATO) in recognition of his “unfettered efforts to promote tourism to Yemen and his continuous and loyal cooperation with the ATO”. Among those commending the efforts of the Minister H E Nabil Hassan al-Fakih were Osama Dabbas, President of the Arab Council for Environmental Tourism, and Ibrahim Ohlil of the World Tourism Organization, who passed on the greetings and congratulations of Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai.

Las Vegas Destination Talking Points


MGM MIRAGE’s highly anticipated CityCenter development will celebrate openings this month, culminating with a grand opening on 16 December 2009
Vdara Hotel & Spa, an all-suite boutique hotel with a non-gaming, smoke-free environment, opened 1 December with a gala event attended by award-winning actors Orlando Bloom and Rosario Dawson
Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district featuring high-end designer stores and restaurants including BESO by Eva Longoria Parker, will open 3 December
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, a 47-storey, non-gaming hotel and residences featuring an unparalleled spa and unique Sky Lobby, will open 4 December
ARIA Resort & Casino, featuring Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil, dining experiences by world-renowned chefs and a luxurious spa, will open 16 December 2009
CityCenter has earned its sixth LEED Gold rating from the US Green Building Council, marking the highest LEED achievement by any hotel, retail district or residential development in Las Vegas
LEED certified components include Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Veer Towers, Vdara Hotel & Spa, Crystals, ARIA Resort’s hotel tower and ARIA’s convention centre and theatre
Tickets for the first five weekends of concerts have sold out. Future Garth Brooks’ concert dates will be announced soon

Outstanding customber service comes as standard at Thistle


Jeffrey Bishop, senior conference and events porter at Thistle Middlesbrough, has been awarded an Outstanding Customer Service Award at the 2009 North East England Tourism Awards, demonstrating the calibre of Thistle’s staff, dedicated to offering a high standard of service.

Under the group’s £100million refurbishment of the hotels across the UK, Thistle is continuing to place a strong focus on its staff as it believes that they are at the very heart of the guest experience.

Jeffrey, who has worked at the Middlesbrough hotel for 34 years and has won Employee of the Month several times, is in charge of the day to day operation of the hotel’s 17 meeting rooms including setting up and resetting the rooms, meeting the conference hosts and delegates and ensuring the smooth running of events.

It was Jeffrey’s friendly and helpful character along with his dedication to implementing a high standard of service that led the judges to find him a worthy candidate for this award.

The Launch of Costa Deliziosa Plays Host to the “Champions of the Sea 2009”



From 1 to 5 February 2010, Costa Deliziosa will host the world’s best Travel Agents at Costa’s annual ceremony

On its launch, Costa Deliziosa will also play host to the 17th annual “Champions of the Sea 2009”, held between the 1 and 5 February 2010. Costa Cruises, Italy’s largest tourism group and Europe’s number one cruise company, will create a unique setting for the Champions of the Sea aboard its fifteenth ship as it leaves the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera.

Held during the five-day cruise from Venice to Savona, with calls in Naples and Livorno, this traditional annual event is dedicated to the best travel agents, Costa’s partners, and at least 1,500 travel professionals from Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Oceania expected to attend.

Soneva Kiri by Six Senses – Revealed Through The Lens of Hip Hotel Founder ILTM, Cannes


Soneva Kiri by Six Senses – Revealed Through The Lens of Hip Hotel Founder ILTM, Cannes

Six Senses’ HUB, Bangkok – December 4, 2009: More than five years in the making, Soneva Kiri is set to impress even the most loyal fan of the first two Soneva properties in the Maldives.

Just one hour south-east of Bangkok, accessed by the resort’s private plane, Soneva Kiri will be unveiled on the December 8, 2009 as the new global benchmark for Intelligent Luxury and will attract discerning guests who enjoy a touch of hedonism with their sustainability.

To launch this latest and most extraordinary Soneva, a stunning portfolio of images through the lens of Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma will be revealed during ILTM 2009 in Cannes. “We have known Herbert for over 15 years and commissioned him for this project as he is the most recognised cutting-edge photographer in the hospitality field”, said Six Senses founder Sonu Shivdasani. “Herbert has the skill to capture the unique visual aspects of the resort, as well as its soul, and we look forward to sharing the unveiling of his work with our guests at ILTM”.

Hotel Tax Study Reveals Economic Value of Visitors to Local Community and Government Coffers


Hotel Tax Study Reveals Economic Value of Visitors to

Local Community and Government Coffers

WASHINGTION, DC- The Destination & Travel Foundation has made available a case study demonstrating how hotel tax contributions in Phoenix impact city, county and state government operations, and infuses the local economy with US$166 million annually.

The document shares how the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau (GPCVB) captured hotel tax information to illustrate the economic impact of visitors in its community.

With the help of the Greater Phoenix CVB, the Foundation posted this case study online for the use of other destination marketing organizations (DMOs) and their hotel partners as part of its focus on advocacy through theDestination Excellence campaign.

Roving Exhibition Demonstrates Green Innovations at HKIA


Roving Exhibition Demonstrates Green Innovations at HKIA

(HONG KONG, 2 December 2009) – You probably know Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is one of the busiest aviation hubs in the world. But did you know it’s also a place where environmental concerns are fully considered in its daily operations and before launching new business plans? Have you ever noticed the airport has a green outdoor area as big as 18 Victoria Parks? Have you heard that HKIA runs its own water treatment plant to produce irrigation water? Did you know that some of the apron cars at the airport are driven by electricity – and even cooking-oil-turned-biodiesel? And how about the fact that the entire passenger terminal is actually cooled by seawater?

These are only some of the airport community’s innovative environmental solutions highlighted in a roving exhibition that will be on display at high-traffic areas in Hong Kong between now and early next year.