China deal for Starwood
Starwood signed a deal with a Chinese
development firm to manage a 400-room hotel in Guangzhous central
business district opening in 2007 as the Westin
The deal marks
the fifth hotel agreement Starwood has signed in China this
local office opens in Beijing
Abercrombie & Kent opened a
destination management office in Beijing, its
first in mainland China and its 47th globally.
delay for the big Airbus
A380, the new double-decker Airbus, wont be taking
its first commercial flight as soon as expected:
Airbus told Singapore Airlines it
wont be able to deliver the aircraft until fourth-quarter 2006,
six months late, Singapore CEO Choon Seng Chew
Chew said much of
the delay stems from the difficulty of customizing the electrical
system and other elements to meet his airlines specific
requirements, but he said he still expects Singapore to launch its
first flight in 2006, albeit late in the year. Chew also said hell
be seeking some form of compensation from Airbus for the
Manager XE adds Amtrak
of Worldspans Trip Manager XE can now view
real-time availability and book Amtrak tickets to
39 destinations in the Northeast Corridor.
introduced language enhancements to the online booking tool, adding
Brazilian Portuguese, Mexican Spanish and French Canadian
Star tie the knot
Alliance board voted June 2 to accept Swiss
Internationals application to become a member -- a
widely expected move following the March
agreement for long-time Star member Lufthansa to acquire
Switzerlands national airline and
integrate it into the Lufthansa Group.
previously approved the application of South African Airways, which
means the 16-member alliance should grow to 18 airlines within the
next 12 months.
The alliance also
is counting on an expanded U.S. network from the proposed merger of
Star member US Airways with America West.
Qantas koala is silenced
The man behind
the voice of the famous Qantas koala,
actor-comedian Howard Morris, died last month at
Among his many
credits, Morris was Weasel to Sid Caesars Sid Caesar and Ernest T.
Bass on The Andy Griffith Show.
But his most
lasting engagement turned out to be the longest continuous ad
campaign in the U.S., the Qantas campaign that featured a koala who
muttered I hate Qantas! for bringing so many visitors to Australia
and disturbing his peace.
The Qantas TV
campaign ran from 1967 to 1992.
taps Galileo in global pact
giant Kuoni Travel signed a five-year deal with
Cendant Travel Distribution, making
Galileo the primary GDS for all Kuoni businesses
The deal extends
an existing preferred relationship to additional Kuoni operations
in Europe and in India.
Julius was promoted to vice president of sales, central
region, for Carnival Cruise Lines. Julius, who is based in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, oversees 20 business development managers and sales
territories in 15 central states ... Presidente InterContinental
Hotels and Resorts appointed new general managers at three Mexico
properties: Michael Oney at the Presidente
InterContinental All-Inclusive Los Cabos Resort, Javier
Rosenberg at the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel
Resort and Spa, and Sandra Rangel at the
Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort ... Vacation.com Canada
named Elvis Fernandes its business development
manager to eastern Canada. He is replacing Christine
James, who was promoted to senior director, Canadian
preferred-supplier relationships for Vacation.com Canada ...
Helping to reintroduce and reposition Montserrat in the
international travel marketplace is Ishwar Persad,
new marketing manager of the Montserrat Tourist Board. Persad was
the product development manager for the Cayman Islands Department
of Tourism ... Steven Sear, Northwest Airlines
managing director of reservations services, has been tapped to
succeed Fay Beauchine, the carriers vice president
of sales and customer care. Beauchine is retiring after 27 years in
the industry ... The St. Regis Hotel, Shanghai promoted
David Katemopoulos to hotel manager and
Mercedes Yao to director of sales. Katemopoulos
was director of sales and marketing/executive assistant manager,
and Yao was director of sales for Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide in Shanghai ... Londons Maybourne Hotel Group named
Paul Reynolds, a former executive with
InterContinental and Hilton, its vice president of sales and marketing. Reynolds was most recently
InterContinentals vice president of sales for Europe ... Ad
Rutten will succeed Marike van Lier Lels
as COO of the Schiphol Group, operator of Amsterdams Schiphol
Airport, as of Sept. 1, and in that capacity will serve on the
groups board. Rutten is currently executive vice president of
engineering and maintenance at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.