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DALLAS, TX – Southwest Airlines’ Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $.06 per share to Shareholders of record at the close of business on August 21, 2014 on all shares then issued and outstanding.

The 152nd consecutive dividend will be paid on September 12, 2014.

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CRUISE CRITIC REVEALED|Budget Rwanda safaris

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Cruise Critic revealed that 27% of cruisers are last-minute planners, booking within weeks of their cruise, while 33% book a few months out. Over a third of respondents (40%) like to be more organized and make reservations at least a year (or more) in advance, according to a recent poll.

Adam Coulter, UK editor, Cruise Critic, commented: “Those who can be flexible can find some excellent last minute deals, which could get you to your dream destination for a lot less. If you are a planner and like to book much earlier, you should look for added value promotions. You may not find the very cheapest fares when a cruise first goes on sale, but you will often find incentives, such as upgrades, or kids-sail-free offers, that save you money overall.”

Whether you’re planning for next year, looking for a last minute summer deal, or a winter break, Cruise Critic gives tips on how to catch the perfect deal:

– For first-sailing announcements, book in advance
For those who are able to plan a year (or more) ahead, which accounts for 33% of cruisers polled in Cruise Critic’s survey, savings can be found as and when the cruise first goes on sale. Cruise lines tend to offer a number of added-value promotions, which includes anything from drink packages to gratuity or airfare – all added costs that cruisers will usually end up paying anyway, and could save hundreds of pounds.
Ideal for: Advanced planners

– Book anytime for off-season savings – but be flexible!
Destinations have high and low seasons – with cruise fares following suit. By booking a cruise during a destination’s low season, cruisers may have the option to visit their destination of choice at a much lower cost – and without the crowds. Examples include Alaska in May and September, the Caribbean in late spring or winter (holiday weeks, excluded) or the Mediterranean in the autumn.

Repositioning cruises also offer money-saving opportunities. From September to November numerous ships cross from Britain to the US to follow the sun, while during the Spring many ships travel back to Britain via the Azores and the Iberian Peninsula after spending winter months in the Caribbean and South America. These one-way voyages are often sold at a discount, as they’re not part of regular sailing schedules.
Ideal for: All types of planner – but only if you’re flexible

– Look for industry-wide sales in late September and January – March
Two of the biggest industry-wide cruise sales are held in late September and January – March. The cruise industry’s national cruise week will be held September 27th – October 5th, 2014 in the UK, with cruise lines and agents offering a wide range of promotions. “Wave Season,” beginning in January, is an annual period of three months where cruise lines offer special promotions during one of the more popular times for cruise

– Book a few months or weeks out for last minute deals
For those who like to be spontaneous, good bargains can be found on a sailings leaving within 90 days. This is the deadline for those who book in advance to cancel without penalties so cabins often open up at the last minute. However, don’t forget to factor in last minute airfare, which may cancel out any savings, plus you may have the limited selection of cabin locations and dinner seatings. But, if you’re flexible and can sail from a UK cruise port, it’s a great way to save.
Ideal for: Last minute/spontaneous planners

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Why should you book Simerjeet to speak at your next event?

IBTM India, which is set to take place from 3 – 5 September 2014 at the 5-star ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai, India, will open the 2.5 days table-top event with the IBTM India Forum on 3 September, where Simerjeet Singh, Founder and Director of Cutting Edge Learning Systems, will deliver his keynote session, ‘Accelerating Growth’.

In his interactive session, Singh will share strategic tools, which will enable the audience to accelerate their personal and organisational growth. Participants will learn to understand what has changed in the current business scenario, how to remain competitive and the mindset adaptation required to succeed in the ever-changing environment.

Singh is a global business and motivational speaker, certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Personal Performance Coach. He has over eight years of global business management experience with FT 500 companies in Asia, Middle East, America, Europe and Australia. His ability to energise and invigorate the audience with his eloquent communication style distinguishes him.

Following a Q&A from the keynote session and a networking break, the second half of the IBTM India Forum will feature the launch of the India Meetings and Events Industry Report, carried out and presented by M&IT.

Finally, the educational IBTM India Forum will conclude with a Welcome Reception at the luxurious ITC Grand Chola Hotel from 19:00 – 21:00.

Shinu Pillai, Exhibition Director of IBTM India and IBTM Africa, Reed Travel Exhibitions, commented, “We are very excited to have Simerjeet at the second edition of IBTM India. It’s the perfect way to start 2.5 days of education, networking and business, which will provide all attendees with invaluable insights of the Indian meetings, events and incentives industry.”

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Korean Air (Seoul) is planning to introduce the Airbus A380 on the ...


Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, will add a tenth A380 aircraft to its fleet on 29 July. The latest A380 will go through the required tests in Korea before making its debut flight to Atlanta on August 3.

Korean Air operates fourteen A380 flights a week between both Incheon-Los Angeles and Incheon-New York and also seven flights a week between Incheon-Paris. The carrier also operates the A380 on the Incheon-Atlanta route, strengthening competitiveness on long haul business routes.

Configured in a three-class layout with just 407 seats in total, Korean Air provides the ultimate comfort to passengers onboard its ‘hotel in the sky’.

Korean Air’s A380 has 301 seats in economy class, the lowest configuration of any A380 operator so far, providing the most spacious pitch of 34 inches. The ergonomically designed ‘New Economy’ seats provide the utmost comfort to passengers on long haul flights.

Korean Air took the bold step of being the first global carrier to devote an entire upper deck of the large aircraft to a single class. 94 fully flat ‘Prestige Sleeper’ seats are located on the upper deck of the A380 in Prestige Class (business class).

And for the ultimate experience twelve ultra-luxurious First Class Kosmo Suites are located at the front of the lower deck and provide passengers with independent space, whilst also ensuring total privacy.

Korean Air’s ‘Duty Free Showcase’ is located at the back of the lower deck and features a variety of duty-free products with a dedicated cabin crew member on hand to assist and advise passengers with all their shopping needs.

The very relaxing ‘Celestial Bar’ is a dedicated area of the A380 aircraft where passengers can sample Korean Air’s exclusive cocktails during their flight. Six exceptional cocktails feature at the bar, chosen following a special cocktail tasting event carried out by the airline for VIP customers.

Korean Air’s first A380 was delivered in June 2011 and the delivery of the tenth finalizes the order. The A380 aircraft will be deployed on long-haul routes to the US and Europe providing the ultimate in passenger comfort.

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... and chair of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and Jean Laflamme, General Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO), are proud to announce that their organizations will be working together to develop a new method for underwater surveying (also known as bathymetric surveying) using floatplanes.

In the coming weeks, testing under actual conditions will be conducted at sea in Rimouski to determine whether the seabed can be charted using technology that is not ship-based.

The new floatplane survey method could be used in Canada’s North to produce seabed charts that are more comprehensive and would allow planners and specialists to make better decisions concerning Canada’s northern transportation system.

Transport Canada provided funding of $50,000 grant for this project under the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative.
The project consists of installing instruments on a floatplane, in order to verify whether bathymetric surveys conducted with a plane meet the same standards as those done with ships.
CIDCO is a non-profit organization that supports economic development in Quebec’s maritime areas by meeting the innovation, transfer and consulting needs of the marine resources, science and technology sectors in relation to ocean mapping.

“Improving the reliability of nautical charts will reduce the risks associated with commercial and recreational navigation in Canada’s North. Detailed charts will also help commercial shipping companies to save money by transporting goods more efficiently. That’s why we are proud to be participating in this research and development project.”

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Delta Air Lines today announced it will begin offering free entertainment options on all of its domestic aircraft and two-cabin regional jets beginning on Aug. 1.

The move is the most far-reaching effort by an airline to provide hit movies, popular television shows, music and video games for free. With the introduction of Delta Studio and the airline’s investments to update the interiors of its aircraft, Delta is setting the standard for customers when it comes to free entertainment across more than 1,000 aircraft.

All Delta customers, in every class of service on flights longer than one and a half hours, will have access to a selection of free entertainment options, either at their seat or through their laptops, mobile and tablet devices. Free entertainment options are available on flights with seat-back entertainment systems or on demand video streaming onboard Delta’s Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft.

Delta customers seated in Business Elite, First Class and Economy Comfort will have free, unrestricted access to in-flight entertainment on all international flights worldwide. Customers traveling in economy on all international flights will also have access to free content. Delta completed installation of seat-back entertainment systems on its international fleet in 2013.

Customers traveling on domestic flights in Business Elite, First Class and Economy Comfort will have free access to all in-flight entertainment. Domestic economy customers will have access to free content which includes all of Delta’s live satellite TV channels, music selections and game options through seat-back entertainment systems as well as movie or TV selections such as ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ or ‘Frozen’ on seat-back systems in August as well as streaming content through in-flight Wi-Fi.

Additional premium content will be available for purchase in economy including the latest movie titles such as ‘Need for Speed’ or ‘Rio 2,’ HBO and SHOWTIME programming as well as on-demand TV shows like ‘About a Boy’ or ‘The Middle.’ Delta’s full entertainment line-up for the month of August is available in Sky magazine.

Seat-back In-flight Entertainment
Delta offers 18 channels of live satellite TV on select aircraft and up to 250 movies, hundreds of TV shows, 2,300 songs and a selection of games on aircraft with seat-back entertainment systems. Delta is the only U.S. carrier to offer personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat on all long-haul international flights.

Delta has 140 domestic aircraft with seat-back entertainment systems installed and recently announced that it will be updating more of its domestic narrowbody aircraft through 2016. These fleet interior modifications will add seat-back entertainment to 56 Boeing 757-200, 43 Boeing 737-800s and 57 Airbus A319 aircraft. Additionally, more than 100 new Airbus and Boeing aircraft are already scheduled to be delivered with seat-back entertainment through 2018.

In-flight streaming through onboard Wi-Fi
Customers traveling on any domestic Delta or Delta Connection two-cabin aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi will be able to stream free movies and TV options directly to their mobile devices while in flight by using Gogo’s video player app. The Fly Delta app will include an integrated player for iOS devices. Customers who have downloaded the app before their flight can easily access streamed content from Delta aircraft for playback while in-flight.

With more than 900 domestic and international aircraft equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, Delta operates the world’s largest fleet of internet connected aircraft available to more than 400,000 customers on more than 4,000 flights daily. Delta’s in-flight connectivity continues to expand with the installation of the service on its international fleet. All Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus A330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 aircraft are scheduled for completion by the end of 2015, bringing the total number of Wi-Fi connected aircraft in Delta’s fleet to more than 1,000.

Artist Spotlight and Billboard Partnership
In June, Delta also launched its new music discovery platform for popular and emerging artists called Delta Artist Spotlight. The monthly program kicked off with newcomer Sam Smith and his debut album, ‘In The Lonely Hour’ by introducing his music to millions of passengers through overhead music during boarding and deplaning as well as offering custom content selections for aircraft equipped with seat-back entertainment systems. July featured Scottish electronic band Chvrches and Canadian-born songstress Kiezsa will be highlighted in the month of August.

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The amount of money spent by foreign tourists in Spain from January to June rose by 7.8 percent year-on-year to 26.3 billion euros (35.4 billion U.S. dollars) according to a report published on Monday by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

Tourists from Britain spent the largest quantity of money in the first six months of 2014 with a total of 5.212 billion euros and a rise of 10.2 percent year-on-year.

The British were followed by tourists arriving from Germany, who spent 4.393 billion euros meaning a 9.4 percent increase in comparison with the first six months of 2013.

Meanwhile, the amount of money spent by tourists from the Nordic countries reached 2.798 billion euros, meaning a 7.1 percent increase when compared with the same period in 2013.

Foreign tourists spent the largest amount of money in the Canary Islands in the first six months of the year, a total of 6.069 billion euros, which meant a 13.9 percent increase in comparison with the first months in 2013.

The archipelago of the Canary Islands was followed by the northeastern region of Catalonia and the southern region of Andalusia which received 5.986 billion euros and 4.032 billion euros respectively. (1 euro = 1.34 U.S. dollars)

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Passenger group urges boycott of Spirit Airlines over carry-on fee, the largest US based airline passenger organization, in light of the shoot down of the MH 17 flight over eastern Ukraine, has called on all airlines to provide passengers on international flights with detailed route maps on their web sites, so passengers can decide whether to take such flights for themselves.

“Airlines should no longer be able hide behind weak and ambiguous international regulation and confidential warnings that are not shared with passengers. After the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, it came to light that governments and airlines had received specific warnings of a likely bombing, but chose to hide this knowledge from passengers and flight crews, those actually at risk. Now it has been revealed that some airlines were flying over eastern Ukraine despite danger warnings that were not shared with passengers.”

“Today despite known dangers and the MH 17 shoot down, passengers are not being informed of dangerous flights over or near numerous conflict zones with missile systems capable of shooting down commercial airliners at over 30,000 feet. Such areas in addition to Ukraine and Russia, include Syria, Iraq, Egypt-Sinai, Israel-Gaza, the China Sea, North Korea, Pakistan-Afghanistan. Other conflict areas are known to have anti aircraft weapons capable of downing low flying aircraft including Libya, Yemen, and Mali.”

“This week an emergency meeting of the UN International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO) is being held to discuss the situation, but passenger representatives have unfortunately again been excluded from meetings between airlines and regulators, as they were previously after the mysterious disappearance of another Malaysian airliner over the Indian Ocean.

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 Choice Hotels Launches Hands-Free Hotel Reservations for Ford Vehicles ...

Choice Hotels International, Inc, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, announced today that it has launched hands-free hotel reservations for Ford vehicles. Drivers of Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC AppLink can download Choice Hotels’ Android app, which will enable them to use voice commands to search for available rooms at nearby Choice Hotels, hands-free. The same functionality for iPhone users will be made available in the near future.

More than 1.5 million Ford vehicles in North America are equipped with SYNC AppLink. By 2015, Ford will have more than 7 million SYNC AppLink-enabled vehicles on the road globally.

“In todays rapidly evolving market, it is important to stay ahead of the latest ways guests search and make reservations. We see an explosive growth in the connected car market, which is why we are thrilled to provide our Choice Hotels guests with this new mobile capability,” said Robert McDowell, senior vice president, global distribution and marketing, Choice Hotels International. “Now that the Choice Hotels apps support Ford SYNC AppLink, drivers can make quick and easy reservations, while staying safe on the road using the hands-free technology.”

“Choice Hotels continues to be a driving force behind innovative mobile technology developments within the hotel industry,” continued McDowell. “We have launched several initiatives for our guests and franchisees, such as Verified Reviews, RapidBook, and a partnership with TripAdvisor.”

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... business confidence levels", said IATA chief Tony Tyler. Photo

Airline profit expectations for the year ahead are positive even though recent improvements in financial performance have paused, according to IATA’s quarterly survey of airline CFOs and heads of cargo in July.

Recent past financial performance is now in line with a year ago, after having shown improvement in previous quarters, but the outlook remains positive and suggests there will be further growth in profitability.

Respondents reported declines in yields during Q2, but there is confidence about a rise in yields over the next 12 months, which is consistent with the positive outlook for profitability.

There is confidence that air transport volumes will continue to expand over the next 12 months and support growth in yields, and that cost pressures will remain broadly stable.

Yields are expected to increase during the year ahead, supported by the outlook for growth in air transport demand and potentially also by capacity management with views of a solid rebound in passenger yields ahead.

Prior declines in input costs have reversed, with respondents now expecting costs to be stable during the year ahead, largely reflecting increases in oil prices over recent months due to conflict-related supply concerns.

Airline employment activity is reported to have declined during Q2 compared to a year ago, and no growth is expected for the year ahead.

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