Archive | February, 2012

IATA: Use Aviation Strategically

13 Feb

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged policy-makers to use aviation as a strategic asset. “When the relationship between industry and government works, the results are brilliant. Policies that support aviation’s competitiveness deliver wide-ranging benefits across economies by connecting business to markets,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Aviation is a key economic contributor. In Singapore, for example, where the government has supported aviation as a strategic industry, it contributes 119,000 quality jobs and 5.4% of GDP. This is according to Oxford Economics studies commissioned by IATA to demonstrate to governments the catalytic impact of a healthy aviation sector on national economies. “The connectivity that aviation provides to Singapore has enabled it to develop as a successful regional hub for sectors as diverse as finance, healthcare, culture and education,” said Tyler in a keynote address to the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit.

 

Source:- travelandtourworld.com

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London & Partners: Latin America wants to talk business with London

13 Feb

The Latin American Forum, the first private sector led initiative of this type in the UK seeks to boost business opportunities between the UK and Latin America.

Latin America was at London City Hall on February 6th 2012 in an event including the presence of the mayor of London Boris Johnson as keynote speaker, along with officials and senior professionals from local and national agencies and corporations.

 

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Boeing to Begin Final Phase of 737 MAX Wind Tunnel Testing

13 Feb

Boeing announced that the final phase of wind tunnel testing, a major milestone in airplane development, will begin on the 737 MAX program next week.

“Wind tunnel testing is on the critical design path of the program,” said Michael Teal, chief project engineer and deputy program manager, 737 MAX program. “Based on previous work in the wind tunnel, we are confident this final phase of testing will substantiate our predictions of the aerodynamic performance of the airplane.”

 

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ATTA Unveils Regionalization Strategy, Promotes Internal Veterans to New Posts

13 Feb

Responding to its diverse and growing base of nearly 800 businesses and tourism organization members representing 82 countries – up from approximately 100 members and a dozen countries in 2005, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) today unveiled the first-phase of a multi-year regionalization strategy designed to better address the destination-specific needs, challenges and opportunities of leaders pursuing responsible adventure tourism development worldwide.

 

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Macau Launches Incentive Travel Stimulation Programme

13 Feb

The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) introduced an Incentive Travel Stimulation Programme. The new programme is an extension of MGTO’s Strategic MICE Market Stimulation Programme that was launched in May 2009.

 

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BAA's airports presents January 2012 traffic figures

13 Feb

BAA’s airports served a total of 7.5 million passengers in January, an increase of 0.5% on the previous year.

Heathrow handled 5.2 million passengers last month, a record for January and up 2.3% on the same month last year. Compared with a year earlier there were above average increases in European scheduled passengers (up 4.6%) and North Atlantic passengers (up 5.4%). Load factors were up 2.2%, and the size of aircraft operated increased by 0.8% compared with January last year.

 

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ASTA's Margie Jordan is back at 'The Balancing Act' on Lifetime Television

13 Feb

ASTA will again be featured in 2012 on the popular morning show, “The Balancing Act” on Lifetime Television.The first two segments will feature ASTA member Margie Jordan, who will provide viewers with insightful tips and helpful advice when planning their next vacation.

“Through this tremendous partnership, ASTA is continuing with its pledge to promote the value of working with a professional travel agent to consumers across the country who tune in to ‘The Balancing Act’ each day,” said ASTA President and Chair Nina Meyer, CTC, MCC, DS. “Thanks to the tips afnd advice provided by ASTA’s own experts, viewers will be better educated on the benefits of using a travel agent to plan their next vacation, and the knowledge that ASTA agents are backed by a professional code of conduct.”

 

Source:- travelandtourworld.com