InterContinental Singapore Receives Prestigious EarthCheck Gold Certification

InterContinental-Berlin-300x130InterContinental Singapore has secured the prestigious EarthCheck Gold level of certification through the world’s leading certifier of travel and tourism organisations. In doing so, the Hotel joins an elite group of industry leaders who, over a period of five years or more, have consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to host communities and practiced high standards of environmental management.
 
To gain EarthCheck Gold Certification, InterContinental Singapore had to report their environmental footprint and adhere to an internationally recognised standard of best practice. The annual submission includes environmental footprint reports with 12 months of operational data, to be benchmarked against industry best practice and measured against key indicators such as energy and water consumption, total waste production, and community commitment.

 

By taking a scientific approach to measuring the effectiveness of sustainability practices, InterContinental Singapore was also able to identify areas for improvement.
For economies reliant on travel and tourism, EarthCheck’s benchmarking data provides the only historical record of the global environmental impacts of the industry over the past 12 years. More importantly, it rates the effectiveness of industry efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) and conserve natural resources at a project-by-project level.

 

The EarthCheck logo is globally recognised as a credible benchmarking organisation by travellers and represents travel and tourism’s efforts to come together and take meaningful steps to address the serious challenges faced by the planet.
 
“We are honoured to have been recognised with an EarthCheck Gold Certification for our environmental practices. Corporate responsibility is amongst our key priority as a responsible business and this achievement will motivate the team as we continue our efforts to bring about positive environmental changes whilst providing guests with enriching travel experiences,” says Hotel Manager, Michael Shin.

 

Source:-InterContinental

Hotel industry in U.S. showed enterprising results for the week ending on Sept.13

STRThe U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 7-13 September 2014, according to data from STR.

In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy rate rose 4.5 percent to 68.0 percent. Average daily rate increased 6.9 percent to finish the week at US$117.73. Revenue per available room for the week was up 11.8 percent to finish at US$80.04.

Of the Top 25 Markets, 17 reported double-digit RevPAR increases. Seven markets reported RevPAR growth of more than 20.0 percent: Chicago, Illinois (+36.2 percent to US$154.88); Seattle, Washington (+31.2 percent to US$143.22); Detroit, Michigan (+29.2 percent to US$74.53); Denver, Colorado (+28.1 percent to US$115.14); Washington, D.C. (+26.7 percent to US$127.73); Atlanta, Georgia (+23.1 percent to US$64.58); and New Orleans, Louisiana (+22.1 percent to US$75.73). St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois, reported the only RevPAR decrease, falling 2.3 percent to US$68.35.

 

Detroit rose 16.4 percent to 78.2 percent in occupancy, reporting the largest increase in that metric, followed by Washington, D.C. (+14.0 percent to 77.0 percent), and Atlanta (+12.4 percent to 67.5 percent). St. Louis fell 4.6 percent to 68.3 percent in occupancy, posting the largest decrease in that metric.
 

Chicago (+21.3 percent to US$175.37) and Seattle (+19.1 percent to US$157.21) achieved the largest ADR growth for the week. None of the top markets posted a decrease in ADR.

 
Source: STR.

 

 

Southwest Airlines Proudly Celebrates Hispanic Heritage In The Community

Southwest-Airlines-logo-300x225Southwest Airlines  recognizes Hispanic heritage and culture this month as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Southwest partners with the Latino community to show its passion for diversity and inclusion; to highlight those efforts, the Company proudly sponsors events throughout the year geared toward the Hispanic community.

 
“Southwest is proud to support the Hispanic community and to celebrate its heritage,” said Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.  “At Southwest Airlines, we’ve always believed in putting People first and as a part of that belief, we proudly recognize the unique backgrounds and cultures of our Customers and Employees.”

 
Source:-Southwest Airlines

Travel Advisory for Customers in Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos

download22Southwest Airlines/AirTran Airways continues to cooperate with Mexican Officials in SJD to transport U.S. Citizens to the United States. Customers should remember to bring U.S. passports and travel itineraries to the airport.

 
Customers holding a reservation for travel to/from SJD beginning Sunday, September 14 through Tuesday, September 30 may request a refund of unused air fare or reschedule their flights in accordance with our accommodation procedures.

A320 Family delivers the best operating costs and passenger comfort

airbuseasyJet has placed an order for 27 additional current engine option A320s, taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aircraft. With an all Airbus fleet, easyJet selected the A320 Family aircraft as it delivers the best operating economics and the roomiest cabin for unequalled passenger comfort in the single aisle category.

“We are bringing new aircraft into the fleet as we continue to see a significant number of new profitable opportunities in our core markets in the near term and in order to maintain our cost advantage,” said Carolyn McCall, easyJet Chief Executive.“easyJet is a demanding customer and this repeat order is as solid an endorsement as you can get for the A320’s proven productivity, reliability and comfort. The A320 Family has the widest cabin which also helps with faster airport turnaround times,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

 

The A320 Family aircraft already offer the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft and the Sharklet wing tip devices help to reduce fuel burn by a further four per cent and to increase range by 100nm. Currently easyJet operates a fleet of some 225 A320 Family aircraft. In June 2013, EasyJet became a customer for the A320neo, with an order for 100 aircraft. Altogether, with this latest order, easyJet’s combined total order for all members of the A320 Family rises to 415 aircraft.

 

easyJet is the largest A320 Family customer and operator in Europe and operates one of Europe’s most extensive route networks. The airline is the UK’s largest by numbers of passengers carried. The A320 Family is the world’s most successful with nearly 11,000 ordered and over 6,200 delivered to over 400 customers and operators.

 

Source:-Airbus

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