AccorHotels have announced the rebranding of a prominent landmark hotel in Jordan to Le Grand Amman – managed by AccorHotels. The property consisting of 298-rooms and 67 well-appointed serviced apartments was launched in partnership with Iskan Co. for Touristic & Hotel Investments.
The Africa Hotel Investment Forum will return to Nairobi on October 2nd-4th. The event is considered premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers.
Low-cost airline Norwegian has set a new record time for the fastest ever transatlantic flight by a subsonic passenger aircraft using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Norwegian flight DY7014 from New York JFK to London Gatwick on Monday January 15th completed the full duration of the flight in five hours and 13 minutes – the fastest transatlantic flight recorded on a subsonic commercial aircraft.
United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz has said the company will introduce a premium economy product this year on international routes. Branded United Premium Plus, the new cabin will give passengers more space, comfort and amenities.
In an unprecedented moment, pope Francis delivered the sacrament of marriage to two cabin crew members onboard LATAM flight LA1250 from Santiago to Iquique in Chile earlier. The ceremony was witnessed by Ignacio Cueto, chairman of LATAM Airlines Group’s board of directors, and Monsignor Mauricio Rueda, both of whom are part of the delegation accompanying pope Francis on his visit to Chile and Peru.
Wyndham Worldwide will acquire La Quinta’s hotel franchise and hotel management businesses for $1.95 billion in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, stockholders of La Quinta will receive $8.40 per share in cash (approximately $1 billion in aggregate), and Wyndham Worldwide will repay approximately $715 million of La Quinta debt.
Pilots at all 15 Ryanair UK pilot bases – including London Stansted which had previously rejected an improved pay deal – have voted to accept pay increases of up to 20 per cent. Following the decision, increases will be paid next week in the January payroll.