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Fernando Alonso: McLaren driver signs new contract for 2018 season

Fernando Alonso will continue to drive for McLaren in 2018. The 36-year-old Spaniard has signed a new deal which is believed to be for one year with options to extend. The two-time world champion believes McLaren’s new engine deal with Renault will return the team to competitiveness next year after three difficult seasons with Honda. Alonso had spent some time exploring his options both inside and outside F1 but said he “feels at home” at McLaren. He added: “It was always where my heart was telling me to stay. “Although…

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News: Carlson Wagonlit Travel signs multi-year distribution agreement with IAG

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced a multi-year distribution agreement with British Airways and Iberia Airlines, enabling CWT customers to avoid the airlines’ proposed surcharge on bookings created within participating global distribution systems that agree to these terms with IAG. The agreement, effective from November, applies to CWT business travel and leisure clients. CWT continues to work with all key parties, to provide further surcharge-free BA and IB content for its customers. “This agreement further strengthens our long-standing partnership with BA and IB and highlights our mutual commitment to the concept…

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News: Vietjet signs codeshare partnership with Qatar Airways

Vietjet has announced its interline partnership with Doha-based Qatar Airways, an agreement which will allow Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel to and from points in Vietnam and in Taiwan served directly by Vietjet. The first phase came into effect this September with Qatar Airways commencing two non-stop flight operations connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Doha with frequencies of double daily flights and ten weekly flights, respectively. Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to welcome Vietjet to our growing roster of interline partners…

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News: Vietnam Airlines signs comprehensive strategic partnership with Air France

Vietnam Airlines and Air France have announced the signing of a comprehensive strategic partnership allowing the two airlines to optimise their services between France, Europe and Vietnam and to strengthen their positions in a buoyant but highly competitive market. This new joint venture starts in November and is expected to bring additional benefits to customers. Through this agreement Vietnam Airlines and Air France are committed to offering more flight options and convenience to passengers through a collaboration in their flight schedules. Via three hubs Hanoi-Noi Bai, Ho Chi Minh City-Tan…

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News: AHIF 2017: Mantis Collection signs Akagera Game Lodge management contract

The Rwanda Social Security Board has signed a hotel management and marketing agreement with one of Africa’s leading hotel management firms, Mantis Collection, headquartered in Queen Elizabeth Park, South Africa. The purpose of the ten-year management and marketing agreement is to boost revenue performance of the facility while attracting and retaining global clientele. Mantis has a highly demonstrated capacity and systems for management and marketing of such facilities. The Akagera Game Lodge itself, located in one of the Rwandan most attractive and strategic tourist sites, Akagera National Park, provides high…

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News: Singapore Tourism Board signs partnership with Thomas Cook Group

Singapore Tourism Board and Thomas Cook Group have signed a memorandum of understanding to cover cooperative marketing campaigns, trade engagements and public relations activities. This is the first deal between the two organisations and it will be effective from October for a period of three years until 2020. Under the deal, STB and Thomas Cook will collaborate to promote Singapore as a tourism destination, position it as a must-visit destination in Asia, and encourage tourists to stay longer in the city-state. It will cover a series of joint activities including…

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North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

US President Donald Trump has signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the North. The president also said China’s Central Bank had instructed other Chinese banks to stop doing business with Pyongyang. It comes less than two weeks after the UN approved new sanctions against the country over its latest nuclear test. Tensions have risen in recent weeks over the North’s continued nuclear and ballistic missile tests,…

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