ETurboNews (eTN) announced it will support the East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel (EMITT) exhibition as a media partner. The event is scheduled to be held from January 22-25, 2015, at the Tuyap Exhibition Centre – Beylikduzu in Istanbul, Turkey. This is the 19th annual EMITT event.

Said eTN publisher Juergen T. Steinmetz, “EMITT is the largest travel and tourism exhibition in Turkey, and we are proud to support its media efforts. ETurboNews has a global subscriber base of 230,000 and the potential reach of 1.3 million, including 17,000 journalists. Our publications are produced as soon as the news comes out, and is the perfect media distribution network for EMITT.”

EMITT is supported by the Turkish Republic’s Culture and Tourism Department, in partnership with TUROFED (Turkey Hoteliers Federation) and TYD (Tourism Investment Association). In 2014, the exhibition attracted 2,489 exhibitors from 71 countries, and was attended by 25,367 tourism representatives. Participants included Turkey’s eminent travel agencies, tour operators, and hotels.

“EMITT is the central meeting place for international tour operators to meet with the Eurasian travel trade, and eTN feels it is important to lend our services to support events such as these,” said Steinmetz.

The East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel exhibition is presented by ITE, one of the world’s leading organizers of international trade exhibitions and conferences that specialize in organizing events in growing and developing markets. ITE organizes over 230 exhibitions and conferences each year worldwide.

ITE was established in 1991 when its founders launched a series of trade exhibitions in Russia and the CIS with the primary objective of promoting trade opportunities these new market economies. Today, these markets remain an area of considerable strength for the group, and ITE has a comprehensive office network and event portfolio in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.

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COLDER WEATHER MAY DEPLETE UK | Budget gorilla trekking

The UK gas supply came far closer to crisis point than had previously ...

Despite above-normal temperatures to start the winter, concerns are rising about the natural gas supply in the United Kingdom.

Natural gas in storage in the U.K. is at its lowest level since 2011, according to Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). The gas inventory was at 3.34 billion cubic meters, as of Jan. 16. Some fear a repeat of the winter of 2012-13 when frigid air and the subsequent higher demand for heating nearly drained the entire storage reserve.

The combination of events helped to drive up natural gas prices in the U.K., according to

The price of the February U.K. natural gas contract was 45.75 pence a therm, or $7.13 per million British thermal units, on Jan. 16, ICE Futures Europe reported.

Analyst Rebecca Hermolle of Inenco Group Ltd., told Bloomberg that below-normal temperatures in the first quarter of 2015 may lead to the supply being depleted by April.

The 2012-13 winter was colder than this winter thus far, but there is one difference this year, Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.

“There have been a couple of significant cold shots into eastern Europe in December and January. Cold has been fairly limited farther west,” Nicholls said.

“In fact, outside of a cold period to end December in London, temperatures have been mostly above or near normal since November, with temperatures 1.5 C (2.7 F) above normal from Nov. 1 to Jan. 15. During this period in 2012-13, London averaged +0.3 C (+0.6 F),” he added.

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ROUTES AMERICAS 2016 | affordable Uganda trip

Sunset at Playa San Juan

Puerto Rico, a US Commonwealth, was today announced as the Host destination for the 9th Routes Americas which will take place February 7-9, 2016 in San Juan. The event, which is the route development forum for the entire Americas region, will be hosted by Puerto Rico Tourism Company with the support of their partners Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC and Meet Puerto Rico.

“We are confident that the Island will serve as the perfect backdrop to a very productive Routes Americas. The Island may be known for its white sand beaches, spectacular scenery and vibrant culture, but it is also a great place to do business”, said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Katie Bland, Director Routes for UBM EMEA, organizers of the event, commented: “We are thrilled to be taking Routes Americas to Puerto Rico in 2016. Its geographical and cultural position as the bridge between the Americas makes it an ideal host for the event and it will offer the added convenience for delegates that are US citizens who have the advantage of entering Puerto Rico – a Commonwealth of the United States – with no passport. Puerto Rico is home to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport – the largest and busiest airport in the Caribbean – providing excellent connectivity to both North and South America and whose complete remodeling will be ready for showcasing in 2016.

Located just above the Equator, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is part of the Greater Antilles right at the heart of the Western Hemisphere. This strategic and uniquely centralized location makes it the perfect connection between north and south and continues to benefit from having the ‘best of both worlds’. Combining breathtaking natural beauty with a solid modern infrastructure Puerto Rico is a world-class tourist and business destination attracting many industries which have established operations there.

The island is home to the largest airport and cruise homeport in the Caribbean and 2016 will mark the inauguration of the newly remodeled Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. A premier convention destination, Puerto Rico offers a unique positioning within the Caribbean, reachable via over 1,600 nonstop weekly flights from 43 destinations around the world. The strategic location of Puerto Rico coupled with outstanding connectivity makes it the best connected destination in the Caribbean.

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES | Budget Rwanda trips

Airline Spotlight: Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is getting into the football spirit by adding more nonstop flights and connections between Seattle and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston and Manchester and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for one of the biggest sports-filled weekends of the year. The additional flights will only be offered between January 29 and February 2 to handle the anticipated increase in travelers.

“These extra flights give us more opportunities to connect our Customers to sporting events that are important in their lives,” said Andy Allmann, Southwest Airlines’ Director of Customer Engagement. “We’re bringing in more sports fans than ever before in Phoenix when everything from basketball, a golf tournament, and the biggest football game of the year is taking place. ”

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THE QUEEN MARY IN NEW YORK | Budget Rwanda vacations

The Queen Mary In New York: An Historic Maritime Vision, Still ...

Designed over 80 years ago to link Europe by way of Southampton to New York, the Queen Mary completed over 1,100 voyages along that route and became New York’s favorite ocean liner. She touched millions of lives and became an economic, political and cultural tour-de-force. Retired from service in 1967, now permanently berthed in Long Beach, California the Queen Mary is more than a curiosity of times past. The ship has attracted over 50 million visitors since opening to the public – approximately 1.5 million each year. By every standard, the Queen Mary has met the vision her builders and original owners courageously brought forth at a time when the world’s economies were in disarray.

NEW YORK YACHT CLUB, January 20: With equal vision for her continuing future, Queen Mary General Manager, John Jenkins will host a reception at the NYYC to review plans for a new 65,000 SF museum and learning center, slated to begin first phase operations in 2016.

QUEEN MARY SCALE MODEL: To highlight the museum initiative, the Queen Mary will soon dedicate a new Ship Model Gallery. The centerpiece will be the original Bassett-Lowke model, a spectacular 1/45th scale version of the Queen Mary. Graciously loaned by the South Street Seaport Museum, the model was crafted from a 200-year-old single white mahogany log. It presents hundreds of hand crafted individual deck fittings, from rigging to lifeboat hoists, masts and hull details – it measures over 20 feet in length. Of particular note is the tiny figure of Sir Winston Churchill standing guard on the afterdeck. Churchill learned of the D-Day invasion plan when sailing on the Queen Mary under the pseudonym, Colonel Warden. South Street Seaport Museum interim president, Jonathan Boulware will present model background during the NYYC reception.

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Regal Hotels International is delighted to announce a new partnership agreement with Garuda Indonesia, the national air carrier of Indonesia, offering frequent flyer mile rewards to hotel guests.

Starting from now onwards, members of GarudaMiles, Garuda Indonesia’s frequent flyer programme, are entitled to earn 500 and 250 miles respectively for every eligible stay at any Regal Hotels and iclub Hotels* with specified qualifying room rates.

Garuda Indonesia offers a fleet of around 160 aircraft providing approximately 600 daily flights with award-winning services. By aligning with the airline mileage program, Regal Hotels now provides guests with more options to earn miles while enjoying their stay.

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QATAR Airways Cargo is launching a new twice-weekly direct freighter ...

Qatar Airways Cargo is continuing its expansion program in India with the launch of the seventh freighter destination in the country. Starting February 3, 2015, Qatar Airways Cargo will commence freighter services to Ahmedabad, the largest city in the state of Gujarat.

The twice weekly Airbus A330 freighter service will depart Doha on Tuesdays and Fridays with a stop in Mumbai before heading to Ahmedabad. Departure from Ahmedabad to Doha is scheduled on the same day.

Qatar Airways Cargo will operate the twice weekly freighter service alongside the daily passenger flights that the airline operates to Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad has emerged as an important economic and industrial hub in India, and textiles, chemicals, automobiles and pharmaceuticals are some of the city’s major industries. Ahmedabad also has a growing biotechnology industry with the presence of more than 50 biotechnology companies and around 66 support organisations. The city is renowned as the largest supplier of denim and one of the largest exporters of gemstones and jewellery in India.

Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann said: “We are looking forward to commencing operations to Ahmedabad – our seventh freighter destination in India. We already carry cargo on the lower deck of daily passenger flights to this city and being the only international carrier to provide freighter services to Ahmedabad, we will be able to provide even more capacity into and out of this important industrial city and to the state of Gujarat.”
The year 2014 was a highly productive one for Qatar Airways Cargo with the launch of QR Pharma for pharmaceuticals and healthcare products and QR Fresh for perishable products; and the migration to the fully automated, state-of-the-art cargo facility at Hamad International Airport.

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More rains, more deaths as floods across southern Africa set to worsen

Aid agencies raced on Monday to reach tens of thousands of people displaced by catastrophic floods across southern Africa, as more heavy rain was forecast in the coming days.

More than 200 people have died in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar in one of the worst disasters to hit the region in years. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding vast areas and destroying homes, bridges and crops.

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Airline Business Confidence Index April 2014 Survey

IATA released its latest business confidence survey of airlines CFOs and heads of cargo.

Key points:

Airline profit expectations for the year ahead have become more positive, consistent with improvements in recent performance, according to IATA’s quarterly survey of airline CFOs and heads of cargo in January.

Financial performance started to improve in H2, after no gains in Q2, and the outlook remains positive which suggests there will be further growth in profitability.

The survey indicates that falling input costs and growth in volumes are responsible for better recent financial performance as well as the positive outlook.

Respondents reported seeing a decline in input costs in Q4, largely due to a fall in crude oil prices over recent months, and expect the trend to continue during the year ahead.

Both passenger and cargo volumes were reported to have expanded during Q4, which is consistent with latest air traffic statistics;
There is also confidence that air transport volumes will continue to expand over the next 12 months, despite rising concerns about the health of the global economy.

Respondents continue to report declines in yields in both business, for the recent past and the coming year, potentially reflecting the expected decline in fuel-related costs.

Airline employment activity is reported to have been stable in Q4 compared to a year ago, and no growth is expected for the year ahead.

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... Richard (right) has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry

Aircraft cabin lighting specialists, STG Aerospace, is delighted to announce that Richard Ilett has joined the company in the new role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Since undertaking a mechanical engineering graduate apprenticeship with British Aircraft Corporation and Leicester University, Richard has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry. During his 17 years with British Aerospace, he worked initially in Plant Engineering and Site Development and, as Sub Contract Manager, was responsible for the sourcing and delivery of £25m p.a. worth of aircraft components in the international supply chain. This was followed by a period of three years in charge of the Fitting and Hydraulic Operating Centre, managing 230 operators and 50 indirect staff involved in manufacturing engineering, production control and quality inspection.

In 1997, Richard joined Labinal as General Manager of the electrical wiring harness plant in Nottinghamshire. Customers included Rolls Royce (Trent Engines), Airbus (A320) and GEC Alstom (Virgin West Coast mainline trains). In 2003 he started the Labinal (later Safran) Engineering Services subsidiary in Bristol, where he was General Manager until 2012.

In the last two years, he has undertaken projects with Fokker Elmo in The Netherlands, responsible for the transition of the wiring harnesses to China, and with Jaguar Land Rover, working on the Jaguar XJ model Year Update for 2015/16.

Nigel Duncan, CEO of STG Aerospace, commented: “We are delighted Richard has joined STG Aerospace. With his aerospace background and operational experience, we believe his qualifications are ideal for the new COO position. Richard has joined us at an exciting time as we continue to drive and deliver as a key player in the aircraft lighting market.”

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