ZURICH GLATTBRUGG – Gate Gourmet has further strengthened its long-term relationship with Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. (SWISS), the national carrier of Switzerland, with the signing of a new contract that extends to 2022. Gate Gourmet and SWISS have been close partners at the airline and caterer’s home base at Kloten Airport in Zurich for many years and this new contract extension further underscores the excellent quality track record created through the years. Among the recent successes of the partnership was the introduction of the award-winning SWISS Taste of Switzerland concept where top chefs create seasonal dishes from across the Swiss regions for First and Business Class guests. Menus change every three months when the creations of selected guest chefs feature seasonal ingredients with a distinct Swiss heritage.
Gate Gourmet has worked closely with SWISS and the guest chefs to create dishes to their recipes so that they taste just as sophisticated above the clouds as they do in a gourmet restaurant. As a result, the “International Travel Catering Association” has awarded the SWISS Taste of Switzerland concept its Mercury Award.
Operating from both Zurich and Geneva, Gate Gourmet will continue to design and develop fresh and varied meals across the airline’s first, business and economy classes on all its 100+ international routes from Switzerland.
Gate Gourmet will continue to invest in resources and people to deliver ongoing innovation across all areas of the airlines’ inflight catering.
“We are very proud of our long-term relationship with the national carrier of our home country and we are delighted they have put their trust in us until 2022,” says gategroup’s CEO Xavier Rossinyol. “Delivering a top-quality product across all classes, consistently, and showcasing the work of the country’s talented chefs enables us maintain Swiss’ reputation for delivering a top-notch customer experience.”
Corporate Travel Management announces acquisition of Travel and Transport
Corporate Travel Management Limited (CTM) has agreed to acquire Travel and Transport, Inc. (T&T) including its Radius Travel business for US$200.4 million, creating one of the world’s leading global mid-market corporate travel managers, with combined CY19 global TTV of US$7.6 billion.Founded in 1946, T&T is a leading US travel management company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska…
Corporate Travel Management Limited (CTM) has agreed to acquire Travel and Transport, Inc. (T&T) including its Radius Travel business for US$200.4 million, creating one of the world’s leading global mid-market corporate travel managers, with combined CY19 global TTV of US$7.6 billion.Founded in 1946, T&T is a leading US travel management company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska with large scale operations across the globe. Its geographical footprint and sector exposure are highly complementary, adding US$2.5 billion to CTM’s North America CY19 TTV, as well as expanded operations in the UK, Germany and France.Radius Travel is a global network of corporate travel agencies in more than 100 countries and has a highly successful hotel program, offering highly competitive corporate rates across 44,000 hotels in 160 countries, to enhance CTM’s global hotel offering.Strong cultural alignment is a strategic driver of the acquisition alongside adding significant presence to CTM’s North American operations. For North American customers, the enlarged business offers an expanded and highly experienced team and technology suite, bolstered by CTM’s strengths in Europe and Asia Pacific. CTM comes into this in a very strong liquidity position with no debt, US$88 million of net cash and an undrawn committed facility of approximately US$127 million.T&T will be rebranded to CTM and the combined company will represent a common value proposition of personalized client service excellence and innovative client-facing technology delivering unparalleled return on investment for clients.T&T’s high-quality leadership team will combine with CTM in a seamless structure that will see Kevin O’Malley as CEO North America, Maureen Brady as COO alongside Josh Weiss as CFO and Tim Fleming as President and Integration lead.Integration is underway and will happen quickly due to the current reduced customer activity, allowing the combined business to emerge from COVID-19 in a strong competitive position.CTM founder and Managing Director, Jamie Pherous said, “We are excited to bring our two companies together under the CTM umbrella. Travel and Transport has an incredible reputation and a long history of success within the global travel industry, and we have shared views about delivering personalized service and proprietary technology to generate strong returns for clients on their travel investments.”Maureen Brady commented, “The acquisition will give CTM optimal scale in North America to create revenue synergies and new client benefits by leveraging increased buying power and the best of our technology, analytics and customer insights across the wider business. We very much look forward to working as a combined team to ensure our customers and employees receive the best benefits and greatest opportunities.”T&T CEO, Kevin O’Malley said, “Travel and Transport has been in business for 74 years, growing from a one-person operation in Omaha, Nebraska, to one of the largest corporate TMCs in the US.“We are excited about the opportunities for our people and our clients by becoming part of a growing, world-class TMC. We were very impressed with CTM’s technology, in particular the Lightning online booking tool, and CTM’s strength in the Asia pacific region. CTM will be a great place for our employees to call home.”
New Celestyal Experience ship to debut March 2021
Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, announces its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience. The ship’s first sailing of the 2021 season will be on March 06, with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary calling on Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt…
Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, announces its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience. The ship’s first sailing of the 2021 season will be on March 06, with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary calling on Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt (Port Said) and Cyprus (Limassol).Beginning on April 03, 2021 the Celestyal Experience will set sail on the seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary visiting Athens, Rhodes, Crete (Agios Nikolaos), Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Kusadasi (Ephesus).Later in the season, the Celestyal Experience will operate the “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary, a seven-night voyage which introduces the historical city of Thessaloniki, the gateway to the land of Alexander the Great, as a new embarkation port. In addition to the highlights of an overnight stay in Istanbul and the breathtaking ‘hanging monasteries’ of Meteora this exclusive itinerary also includes a visit to the site of Ancient Troy.The Celestyal Experience has a capacity of up to 1,800-guests in 789 staterooms, 166 of which feature balconies, sea terraces and bridge-view verandas. The Celestyal Experience which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment will offer an intimate onboard guest experience with all the warmth of traditional Greek hospitality. The ship is also well-suited for visiting smaller ports, a key differentiator for Celestyal, with destinations that remain off-limits to larger vessels.“This has been a challenging year for everyone. However, we are extremely optimistic about the future of travel and, especially of cruising. We are delighted with the addition of the Celestyal Experience to our fleet. This ship will be a game-changer for us, and we can’t wait to introduce her to our guests. The Celestyal Experience embodies Celestyal Cruises’ ’commitment to an intimate, authentically Greek experience onboard a contemporary, well-appointed, mid-sized cruise vessel. She will undoubtedly be instrumental in driving our continued growth,” said Celestyal Cruises’ CEO, Chris Theophilides.The Celestyal Experience features a range of experiences for guests of all ages including four restaurants, seven bars and lounges, two pools, two Jacuzzis, a beach club, sundeck and jogging track. Rounding out the Celestyal Experience will be nightly entertainment, a casino, library, meeting rooms, and onboard boutiques, all topped off with a unique, specialty wine and cheese bar that will serve as a tribute to Mediterranean wines and cheeses.Outstanding Panoramic Thalassotherapy SpaOne of the outstanding features of the Celestyal Experience is its expansive 47,300 square-foot panoramic spa spread across two decks, complete with a fully-equipped gym offering ocean views, thalassotherapy baths, massage rooms, saunas and a range of thermal suites. The impressive spa also includes a Japanese style tea parlor, which will feature a wide variety of rare teas including local remedial herb and mountain teas.A Suite ExperienceWith more suites onboard than the line’s other ships, the Celestyal Experience provides even the most discerning guests with a range of premium accommodation options. The ship features 166 suite category staterooms, 132 of which are junior suites, all with balconies, and 34 Suites, including 22 with balconies; six with bridge-view verandas and six Grand Suites boasting large sea terraces. Guests booking suites higher than junior suite categories on the Celestyal Experience will have access to the Celestyal Cruises Suite Concierge service, which features a dedicated priority check-in counter, expedited embarkation, an exclusive dining area onboard, and express luggage delivery service including assistance with unpacking. A dedicated Celestyal Cruises Suite Concierge is also available to assist guests with specific tailored service requests.Introducing A New Class of ‘Wellness’ StateroomsA Celestyal first, is the introduction of four new ’Wellness Spa’ stateroom categories with a variety of spacious balcony, sea terrace and veranda suite accommodation. Exclusive use of Deck 14 ensures the most serene and tranquil area of the ship. Complimentary and unlimited access to the wellness and spa area is included featuring relaxation options, most notably the thalassotherapy baths and thermal suites. The Wellness staterooms will also ensure priority access to specialty dining experiences and a new, exclusive Beach Club concept.New Island-Inspired Beach ClubThis adults-only outdoor area, dedicated to ’Suite’ and ‘Wellness’ class guests offers a tranquil atmosphere which can only be found at the best Greek island chill-out beach clubs. The Beach Club boasts attentive guest service all in the comfort of premium sunbeds and cabanas. It features a Jacuzzi perched on the stern with endless views across the ocean.The Mediterranean DietCelestyal is known for its locally-inspired and sourced cuisine created according to the Mediterranean Diet, acclaimed by global chefs, leading nutritionists and scientists alike. This will be a special highlight onboard the Celestyal Experience. Among the new dining venues will be a Greek grill & deli, featuring local favorites. Casual food featuring traditional recipes and locally-inspired pizzas prepared in an authentic wood-burning oven will also be on the ship’s menu. Premium tasting experiences featuring acclaimed Mediterranean wines, olive oils, cheeses and other featured specialties will be just one of the new concepts.Further innovative ‘experiential concepts’ on board, as well as special Launch Offers will be announced shortly, along with more insight behind the branding evolution and how the “Celestyal Experience” comes alive for guests both onboard and onshore.
Austin Adventures adds lineup of top Western guest ranch vacations
BILLINGS, MT – Challenging times call for creative solutions. Looking to expand its award-winning portfolio of naturally self-distancing, nature-based, small group vacations for adults and families, Austin Adventures only needed to look to its own backyard for the perfect solution – the Western guest ranch vacation.In partnership with Best Ranches in the West, Austin Adventures…
BILLINGS, MT – Challenging times call for creative solutions. Looking to expand its award-winning portfolio of naturally self-distancing, nature-based, small group vacations for adults and families, Austin Adventures only needed to look to its own backyard for the perfect solution – the Western guest ranch vacation.In partnership with Best Ranches in the West, Austin Adventures has added 14 first- class guest ranches to their lineup of offerings. Founder and President Dan Austin and his Montana-based team drew from their personal knowledge and regional experience having hosted and operated adventures throughout the West for the past 40 years. With careful vetting and personal experience, they have bestowed their highest mark of approval on each property in this exclusive group of all-inclusive guest ranches situated in some of the most spectacular settings in the West.In 2020, many North American guest ranches saw a surge of bookings from families needing to come up with safe alternatives to their cancelled cruise and international vacation plans. Austin recognized this trend early and in January began the steps to include ranch vacations in its 2021 line-up. It was, “a long overdue addition” in Austin’s words.Knowing safety will be top priority to today’s traveler, Austin emphasizes the natural and healthy style of this type of vacation alternative that also embraces carefully planned and recently enacted COVID-19 mitigation protocols:All are in wilderness-adjacent locations that are isolated and remoteChef-prepared, fresh and locally sourced foods and wines of the regionOpportunities to indulge in a variety of outdoor recreational activitiesThe natural social-distancing that horseback riding providesAdhering to the highest standards of housekeeping, service and maintenanceA rare feeling of exclusivity with VIP pampering, service and experiencesThe ability to combine a ranch stay with a road-trip to avoid flying Austin Adventures’ Guest Ranch Collection for 2021 will include these highly coveted ranch properties across the West: Tanque Verde Ranch – Tucson, AZWhite Stallion Ranch – Tucson, AZTombstone Monument Ranch – Tombstone, AZ Rancho de la Osa – Sasabe, AZKay El Bar Ranch – Wickenburg, AZLatigo Guest Ranch – Kremmling, COSylvan Dale Guest Ranch – Loveland COWestern Pleasure Guest Ranch – Sandpoint, IDRunning Y Ranch Resort – Klamath Falls, ORZion Mountain Ranch – Zion National Park, UTSpring Creek Ranch – Jackson, WYBrush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection – Saratoga, WYThe Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch – Shell, WYParadise Guest Ranch – Buffalo, WY “We look forward in the months ahead to welcoming to our portfolio other outstanding properties that meet our criteria,” Austin adds. The Guest Ranch Collection is expected to grow with the addition of one or two new offerings a year.