Month: February 2017

US travel giant acquires UK’s Colletts Travel

US-based Travel Leaders Group has acquired UK-based Colletts Travel, including its prestigious Colletts Collection. The acquisition is a concerted move by the company, formerly known as Carlson Leisure Group, to further enhance its expertise in counselling and serving affluent travellers globally. Colletts Travel will maintain its distinct brand identity within Travel Leaders UK, Travel Leaders Group’s United Kingdom operations. Established in 1983 by Roy Collett to focus on luxury vacations in worldwide destinations, Colletts Travel has grown into one of the UK’s most respected luxury travel agencies. With annual sales of approximately $57 million, Colletts Travel is headquartered in...

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Thailand harnesses Etihad network to boost tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has penned a major agreement with Etihad Airways to boost the country’s international visitor arrivals. The new US$1 million agreement will see the Abu Dhabi-based airline team up with the TAT to jointly promote travel to Thailand from several key markets, including the UAE, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt and Kuwait. The agreement was signed by Etihad’s vice president of marketing, Tim Burnell, and the TAT’s deputy governor, Tanes Petsuwan, at an event in Bangkok. A holidaymaker photographs an Etihad flight landing at Phuket Airport “Etihad Airways has a long and proud association...

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ME airlines forced to adapt to Trump’s Muslim ban

Middle East airlines and airports have been forced to adapt to US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. Donald Trump Emirates has amended pilot and cabin crew rosters for its services to US destinations following the ban while Etihad said it had offered refunds or re-bookings to affected passengers. Emirates also said a “small number” of passengers had been affected by the changes to US immigration rules enforced by Trump on Saturday, while Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said a “handful of people” had been stopped from flying to the United States from Dubai International Airport....

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