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Hotelbeds Group and Singapore Airlines announce holiday packaging partnership

Hotelbeds Group and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have come together to form a holiday packaging partnership, offering bundled flights and hotel accommodation solutions to SIA’s customers.

This new collaboration enables SIA to take a step further by utilising Hotelbeds Group’s proprietary dynamic packaging platform to enable customers to curate their own holiday packages, with real- time selection of flights from SIA’s extensive network plus more than 170,000 hotels. More than 24,000 transfer routes and 18,000 activities such as theme parks and museums from Hotelbeds will be made available progressively.

Singapore Airlines’ customers will be able to book these customisable packages online in an easy and convenient manner. Customers will also be able to earn KrisFlyer miles on the total package value purchased. These packages will be progressively made available on SIA’s website across Singapore and other parts of Asia Pacific, as well as Europe, India and North America. Packages will first be introduced in Australia.

Hotelbeds Group will also provide a dedicated team – primarily based in Singapore – responsible not only for promoting the wide range of hotels available for the ‘Singapore Airlines Holidays’ product but also for customer service, pricing and product optimisation. Mr Sam Turner, Wholesales Sales & Sourcing Director at Hotelbeds Group, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be entering into a partnership with such a world leading airline as Singapore Airlines and look forward to providing its customers with an unbeatable accommodation portfolio alongside a seamless booking experience. We have spent a lot of time working with various teams at Singapore Airlines to understand how best to design the solution and operate the business.”

SIA’s Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Mr Campbell Wilson, said: “We are glad to partner with Hotelbeds Group to launch ‘Singapore Airlines Holidays’. Leveraging on the dynamic packaging platform, this provides our customers with the added option of combining our flights with land content of their choice through a package with the best value. With this collaboration, we hope to offer our customers a platform to purchase their next dream holiday, by combining SIA’s quality in-flight services with a curated list of hotels.”

TUI Magic Life Fuerteventura convinces with a new design

TUI Magic Life, TUI Group’s all-inclusive club brand is setting a clear focus on growth and quality. The TUI Magic Life Club Fuerteventura has now made comprehensive investments. Following two-and-a-half months of reconstruction, the Club re-opened last weekend with a new design. Not only the club on Fuerteventura is part of the quality and growth offensive, also the future TUI Magic Life Calabria in Italy will be redesigned before the start of the summer season 2019. In addition, one club each in Tunisia and on the island of Kos/Greece will be redesigned in the coming winter season.

“With our TUI Magic Life Clubs, we are keeping up with the latest trends. This not only applies to our wide range of trend sports and activities, but also to the redesign and modern further development of our facilities “, says TUI Magic Life Managing Director Andreas Pospiech, on the occasion of the reopening of the popular Canary Islands Club.

In recent weeks, the main restaurant and sports areas of the TUI Magic Life Fuerteventura have been redesigned. Guests will find two newly-laid tennis courts, a new archery facility, a modernized gym with ocean view, as well as a new biking centre. In addition, a second beach volleyball court has been added. All of the rooms at the club have been equipped with new, modern bathrooms and walk-in showers. The club’s lobby and plaza bar area have been redesigned, as have the resort’s pools. Families can look forward to the new water play area for babies and toddlers.

The quality offensive will be continued in the winter of 2018/19: the TUI Magic Life Africana in Tunisia will be extensively rebuilt. All rooms, restaurants, bars and pools will be given a new, fresh look. At the same time, modernisation work will continue at the TUI Magic Life Marmari Palace on the island of Kos. There, right on time for the summer season 2019, all rooms will shine with a new radiance.

The hallmarks of the TUI Magic Life club brand are its numerous all-inclusive services and comprehensive sports and entertainment programme. Its portfolio includes 13 other clubs in Spain, Greece, North Africa and Turkey. As of summer 2019, there will also be TUI Magic Life Calabria in Italy.

RIU presents the Riu Tequila in Mexico after a spectacular renovation

RIU Hotels & Resorts, after several months of renovations, is reopening one of its most emblematic hotels in Mexico, the Riu Tequila, first opened in Playa del Carmen in 1998. The Mallorcan chain presents the changes of this 24-hour all-inclusive hotel, which has completely renovated its common areas, gardens and rooms, and expanded its gastronomic selection with two new restaurants and a barbecue station with grilled dishes.

The renovation of the Riu Tequila included refurbishment of its 630 rooms. The décor, now fresher and more modern, is dominated by white with touches of red, and it maintains the warmth of wood in its furniture. The floors of all the rooms have been replaced with ceramic parquet, in keeping with the new style that RIU is introducing in its hotel offer. The bathrooms in all the rooms, with the same flooring, now provide shower stalls.

Maintaining the essence of the Mexican Caribbean in the buildings that surround it, the outdoor area of the Riu Tequila has gone from having two large organically shaped swimming pools and one for children to offering a total of five rectangular and more modern pools, or albercas as they’re called in Mexico. One of them is just for kids and has slides, while another has a swim-up bar.

Following the renovation, the Riu Tequila offers the new Italian restaurant, ‘Rinascita’, and a new steakhouse called ‘Black Cow’. Both are in addition to the existing ‘Rosa Roja’ main buffet, ‘Bamboo’, serving Asian cuisine, and the ‘Beach Club’ restaurant that at night turns in to a Mexican-themed restaurant. Plus, the hotel now offers the aforementioned barbecue station, which prepares grilled dishes at lunchtime.

With the complete renovation of the main building, the lobby bar, ‘La Veranda’, the cocktail lounge, ‘La Fiesta’, and ‘Sports Bar 24’ have been redone and renamed, as has ‘Coco’s Bar’, the swim-up bar in the garden area.

Next to the children’s pool, there is also a RiuLand club and a playground, and the new gym and the Riu Fit zone are also found in this area. These new amenities and the new free WiFi service now available throughout the hotel complement the entertainment offer of the animation team and of the ‘Pacha’ discotheque, also renovated.

Up by 1 million passengers to 16.6 million in first half of 2018

KLM welcomed 3.6% more passengers in June this year, with capacity up 2.2% in available seat kilometres. Consequently, load factor for June rose to a record 90.5%.

Looking at the first six months of 2018, we see that our revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) are up 5.4%, with capacity up 4.2% compared to the first half of last year. This resulted in a 1% increase in load factor during the first half of the year, in which KLM welcomed 16.6 million passengers, up from 15.6 million in the first half of 2017.

KLM Cargo kept its traffic virtually stable during the first half of the year, while reducing capacity by 1.9%, which led to a 1.2% increase in load factor to 66.3%. Transavia saw its load factor rise by 2.9% in the first half of 2018, with traffic up 3.3% and capacity down slightly. “The traffic figures confirm that all our hard work has paid off. During the first half of 2018, we achieved record growth of 1 million passengers, compared to the same period last year. If we compare our figures to those achieved four years ago, in the first six months of 2014, we see that we welcomed 3.3 million more passengers than we did back then. That’s an impressive difference and an achievement everyone at KLM may be proud of”, Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO.