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News: Finn Partners acquires UK-based Brighter Group

Global marketing and communications firm, Finn Partners, has acquired The Brighter Group, a London-based PR and marketing firm focused on the travel and tourism sector.  Debbie Flynn, founder of the Brighter Group, will serve as managing partner, while Steve Dunne, current chairman of the Brighter Group, will become senior partner, strategy. At the same time, Fiona Jeffery, non-executive director at Brighter Group, will take on the role of global tourism advisor for Finn Partners. The firm will be known as The Brighter Group, a Finn Partners Company, with a staff…

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News: Norwegian acquires 28 Gatwick slots to aid 2018 expansion

Norwegian has acquired an additional 28 weekly slots at London Gatwick Airport from summer 2018. The take-off and landing slots, purchased from Small Planet Airlines, will allow Norwegian to plan for continued growth at Gatwick as the airline heads into its busiest ever year in the UK in 2018. London Gatwick is at the heart of Norwegian’s fast-growing UK operation, where the airline already flies more than 4.6 million passengers each year to over 30 global destinations. Norwegian’s route network at Gatwick includes affordable long-haul flights to nine US cities…

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Dow Jones: 'Google acquires Apple' news was 'error'

A bombshell appeared on the Dow Jones financial newswire on Tuesday: “Google to buy Apple for $ 9bn”. But the story, that the acquisition had been suggested in the will of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was bogus. It was removed after two minutes, though Apple’s shares did briefly rise in value. Dow Jones said the news appeared as the result of a “technical error” and should be ignored. The unintentionally published fake news described the acquisition as “a surprise move to everyone who is alive” and quoted Google employees as…

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News: AccorHotels acquires Gekko in €100 million deal

AccorHotels has signed an agreement to acquire Gekko, a major player in the business travel hotel reservation segment. This transaction is in line with the strategy aimed at strengthening AccorHotels’ leadership across the entire customer experience by enhancing the range of services offered to business travellers, the group’s key customer segment. Thanks to its expertise and cutting-edge technology, Gekko offers search and reservation solutions via an interface connected to more than 500,000 hotels worldwide, ranging from budget to luxury. Its turnkey management tools allow business travellers to manage their online…

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News: fastjet acquires branding rights from easyGroup as recovery continues

fastjet has made “steady progress” in implementing stabilisation efforts, according to an update from the carrier. Ahead of its annual general meeting, the low-cost African airline said a re-fleeting process, relocation of its headquarters from London to Johannesburg and a right-sizing of its operations in Zimbabwe and Tanzania had all played a role in stabilising operations. These steps are having the desired effect and accordingly fastjet aims to achieve a cash flow break-even position for the final quarter of 2017, explained a statement. The company also announced that it has…

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