Archive for March, 2011

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Rüdiger Grube: 'Business success creates prerequisites for an even more customer-friendly Deutsche Bahn' – Passenger figure rises – Number of BahnCard holders sets new record – Net capital expenditures up 14.3 percent – All divisions profitable

Berlin – Deutsche Bahn AG recorded a strong recovery from the financial and economic crisis and was back on track for growth in 2010. Revenues and profits posted double-digit gains while the volume of net capital expenditures rose substantially, and the number of persons traveling via rail surged by 42 million. During the annual results press conference held on Thursday in Berlin Dr. Rüdiger Grube, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of DB AG, said: 'Our goal for the coming years is to make DB AG even more customer-friendly. DB's business success creates prerequisites for greater service and quality.' Employees will also benefit from the recovery as DB will repeat the profit-sharing payments it made last year and pay 300 euros to each of the 155,000 entitled employees in Germany.

DB Group's revenues in 2010 rose over the same year-ago figure by € 5.1 billion (+17.3 percent) to € 34.4 billion. Comparable revenues (excluding changes to the scope of consolidation and currency exchange rate effects) increased by € 3.1 billion, or 10.6 percent, to € 32.5 billion. Adjusted results from operations (adjusted EBIT) totaled nearly € 1.9 billion, or € 181 million (+10.7 percent) over the same 2009 figure. At the same time, DB increased its net capital expenditures by 14.3 percent or € 259 million to € 2.07 billion. DB was able to once again record substantially higher volumes in all of its relevant markets in 2010. This was especially visible in DB's rail freight transport and its global transport and logistics activities, which had posted significant declines in some areas in the previous year.

Excluding the acquisition of Arriva, DB Group was able to further reduce its net debt by about € 1 billion in 2010. However, as expected, net debt did rise due to the acquisition of Arriva and at December 31, 2010 amounted to € 16.9 million, or € 1.9 billion more than the same year-ago figure. CFO Dr. Richard Lutz: 'All of our business divisions are back in the black. Even though our profits have not yet reached their pre-crisis level, we can see that the upwards trend is sustained and that we're on the right track.'

Higher numbers of passengers transported

Despite problems experienced with vehicle availability, the number of passengers traveling via DB trains in 2010 rose substantially over the previous year by 42 million, or 2.2 percent more passengers, to 1.95 billion. This figure even exceeded the record set in 2008. With a gain of 2.4 percent, the increase posted for the long-distance transport segment was even greater than DB Regional's where the number of passengers transported via rail rose by 2.2 percent. Arriva's passenger figures are not included in these results. Volumes sold in the rail passenger transport segment expanded by 2.4 percent to 78.6 billion passenger kilometers. The number of BahnCards in circulation grew by 5.2 percent over the previous year's figure and was 4.3 million at the end of 2010.

Transport and Logistics: Sharp gains noted after slump

The DB Schenker Rail business unit posted significantly higher business volumes as volumes sold surged by 12.6 percent to 105.8 billion ton kilometers. The volume of goods shipped jumped by 21.8 percent to 415.4 million tons. Furthermore, the train capacity utilization rate also climbed by 3.8 percent. Total revenues grew by 13.0 percent.

The DB Schenker Logistics business unit posted favorable development in all of its segments and regions. The substantially higher revenues and profits were mainly driven by strong economic growth in Germany and the Asian markets. The number of shipments noted in European land transport increased by 15.4 percent. Air freight volumes rose by 18.7 percent, ocean freight volumes by 15.7 percent, and the contract logistics business grew by 13.7 percent. Total revenues posted for the business unit increased by 26.7 percent.

Infrastructure: more traffic on the rails once again

The economic recovery seen in 2010 led a revival of traffic on the rail network. Volumes produced by DB Netze Track rose by 3.1 percent over the previous year, or 31 million train-path kilometers (Trkm), to 1,032 million Trkm. Non-Group railways hold a share of about 19 percent, which rose by 14.6 percent in 2010. The number of station stops grew by 0.3 percent.

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Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced the soft opening of its first five-star luxury hotel in China at the Himalayas Centre in Pudong, Shanghai.

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai features 401 contemporary Chinese-style guestrooms, including 62 suites and residences, four restaurants and lounges, a 24-hour fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. The hotel also offers extensive meeting, conference and event facilities, including two grand ballrooms and a 5000m2 rooftop Infinity Garden, perfect for weddings and outdoor events. The interior of the hotel was designed by KCA International, whose portfolio includes the Burj al Arab in Dubai, which is also run by Jumeirah.

Jumeirah Himalayas luxury hotel in Shanghai is part of the landmark Himalayas Centre, a spacious new arts and cultural hub including the 1,100-seat DaGuan Theatre, Himalayas Art Museum, a luxury brand mall and impressive outdoor event venues, such as the Infinity Garden and Wuji Plaza. Designed by world-renowned architect Arata Isozaki, who also created the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Stadium and Los Angeles MoMA, the landmark Himalayas Centre was honoured with the CCTV "Designing for China" Award in 2008, alongside Herzog & de Meuron's National Stadium in Beijing.

Located in the heart of Pudong, Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai hotel is directly opposite the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and close to the lush green expanse of Century Park. The nearby Maglev train station offers swift transfers to Pudong International Airport.

Capitalising on its position next to SNIEC, Shanghai's largest exhibitions venue, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel features 1939m2 of premium meeting and conference venues. The 864m2 column-free Grand Ballroom with 12-metre-high ceilings, the highest ballroom ceiling in Shanghai hosts Shanghai's premier banquets, cocktail parties and conferences for up to 800 guests. A second ballroom and seven multi-functional meeting rooms cater for up to 350 guests and are equipped with high-tech audiovisual equipment, high-speed Internet and abundant natural light.

In addition to Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai, Jumeirah Group has five other luxury hotels in China currently under development: Jumeirah Hangzhou, Jumeirah Guangzhou, Jumeirah Qing Shui Bay Resort Sanya, Jumeirah Macau and Jumeirah Thousand Islands Lake Resort in Qiandaohu.


About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London; and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.

PR Contact:
Genevieve Picard
Director of Corporate Communications
PO Box 214159
United Arab Emirates
+971 4 4068505

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International authority on travel safety and security releases information video, outlining the 6 main business travel threats for 2011. While many focus on the tactile issues, Tony Ridley shares the strategy for effective travel risk management in 2011.

A must for those with international business travellers. The video seminar reveals more than any other of its kind and targets what is not commonly known by business travellers or travel managers.

The information in the recording will turn what anyone thinks about the major travel threats for 2011 on its head. Most people need to watch the video if they have international travellers or are concerned about the travel health, safety and security of their travellers. The webinar is not focused on the tactile, lesser issues that affect travellers but the major strategic threats and concerns that will impact all business travellers in 2011. 

Tony Ridley discusses the business travel threats posed by airlines, airports, technology, management and information aimed at supporting business travellers and reducing the risk of delay, disruption and life safety and security.

Just by watching the video, companies and managers will be able to prevent wastage, reduce the risks, contain costs and significantly improve the performance of their valuable traveling human capital.

The threats and issues discussed account for nearly 90% of the overall travel threat likely in 2011.

The 6 Main Business Travel Threats for 2011

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British Airways flights to the popular Spanish city of Malaga have returned to Gatwick Airport.

The flights have now moved back from Heathrow and have doubled in frequency, with up to four daily flights on selected days. This will increase to 27 flights a week from June 2011.

Malaga is the gateway to the southern Spanish sun resorts and the daily flights are timed to give customers maximum flexibility when making their travel plans.

As well as its title of golf capital of Spain the region is also renowned for its wine and olive oil, beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, nature reserves and landmarks and museums.

The Malaga flights last operated from Gatwick in summer 2009.

Colm Lacy, British Airways head of commercial Gatwick, said: "We are delighted to be increasing the number of flights to Malaga from 14 services a week and moving the flight back from Heathrow to Gatwick. Malaga is an important route for our customers and we are delighted to add it to the excellent shorthaul network we have at Gatwick.

"With 29 destinations across Europe, British Airways Gatwick provides our customers with choice of destinations from sea and sand holidays in Thessaloniki to romantic breaks in Venice, wine tasting in Bordeaux or take in some comedy and culture at the Edinburgh festival."

British Airways offers a wide range of hotels suitable for all types of city breaks in Malaga. Alternatively, Malaga is the perfect gateway to Spain's beautiful Andalucia region.

Avis car rental in Malaga is available with British Airways and offers customers the flexibility of a fly-drive holiday to suit their holiday tastes.

British Airways operates to a total of 47 domestic, shorthaul and worldwide destinations perfect for Florida and holidays in the Caribbean from Gatwick and carries over four and a half million customers a year through the airport. British Airways is increasing frequency on some of its Caribbean routes this summer and is also increasing flights to Pisa from seven to 14 a week. In November this year, the airline is also planning to move its flights to Mauritius from Heathrow to Gatwick.

About British Airways:
British Airways offers a wide range of holiday experiences around the world to complement its flight network – with European city breaks, beach holidays in Mauritius, hotels from value two star hotels through to luxury five star resorts, Avis car hire and as well as a wide range of experiences in-resort from city tours through to transfers. Customers can save time and money with when booking ATOL protected holiday packages utilising flight+hotel or flight+car (ATOL number is 5985). Passengers are offered added peace of mind to their holiday plans and the security of travelling with British Airways. British Airways plc constantly seeks to exceed customers' expectations, both in terms of the value for money and quality of the service provided.

For further British Airways / British Airways Holidays Ltd media information please contact:
Katja Cooper
Astral Towers
Betts Way
London Road
RH10 9XA
01293 722513

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Left Baggage, the UK's storage expert, is proud to announce the opening of its new Gatwick concourse baggage centre.

The new centre will offer customers travelling through one of the UK's busiest airports a secure place to leave their suitcases, valuables and any other belongings that they do not wish to take with them on their travels.

As with all other Left Baggage offices, this new centre contains secure lockers and in the interests of security, all bags are screened or X-rayed before being accepted, meaning all customers can leave their bags in complete confidence that they will be safe. The left luggage London office at Gatwick airport is open around the clock and items can be left at the affordable price of £8 per item, per 24 hours.

The new luggage storage facility on the Gatwick concourse also offers a bag wrap service for those who want to ensure their suitcases arrive undamaged, and baggage shipping for multiple or heavy items that exceed travelling limits set by airlines. Customers can also buy good quality luggage and travel accessories for low prices.

Left Baggage offices have been operating across the UK's major airports and train stations since 1991 and already handle more than three million pieces of luggage each year.


About Excess Baggage:
Excess Baggage who are Europe's pre-eminent airport luggage company, operate a range of services at major airports including London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester. The company which was established by an Edinburgh University Graduate in 1983 has provided Left Luggage, Luggage Shipping, Luggage Wrapping, Retail Luggage and Travel Goods services at London Heathrow since 1991. Excess Baggage Company expanded to London Gatwick Airport in 1994 and to Manchester Airport in 2000. The Company also provides a full range of baggage services to Network Rail, including Left Baggage, Baggage Shipping, Baggage Courier, Retail Travel Baggage and Travel Goods and Accessories. Excess Baggage Company also provide Lost Property and Lost and Found services to many blue chip clients, including British Airways, BAA, Network Rail, Manchester Airport Group, Virgin Atlantic, London Gatwick Airport, Austrian, Virgin Atlantic, Finnair, Icelandair, TAP, Swissair, Arik, SAS, Blue One, and also Train Operating Companies (TOCs) including Southern Rail, Virgin Trains, East Coast Mainline, Scotrail, First Great Western, Chiltern, and Virgin Cross Country.

For further information contact: David Elliott on 020 3286 5100

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The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world, has opened Hotel Missoni Kuwait in collaboration with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni. The unique property featuring 169 rooms is Rezidor's second Hotel Missoni – the very first member of this young and fashionable lifestyle brand opened in June 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hotel Missoni Kuwait is part of the Symphony Centre, a boutique emporium located in the shopping district of Kuwait City. Inspired by the Arabian Gulf and the culture of Kuwait, creative director Rosita Missoni combined her signature use of vibrant patterns and of bold colour, with the local look and culture.

Rosita commented: "Hotel Missoni offers a surprising experience of style, glamour and hospitality. The interiors are intended to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable. The brilliant golds, turquoises and sand colours take their inspiration from the land and sea of Kuwait. I am especially pleased with the creation of a palm and cacti terrace garden reflecting the precious local nature."

The property offers 169 sea-facing rooms. The room rates come all-inclusive of world-class services including breakfast, laundry, high-speed wireless internet, free local calls, movies on demand, and the minibar. The hotel also features extensive meeting space, a modern high- performance aiming gym, a steam room, a sauna and a pool deck overlooking the city.

"Hotel Missoni Kuwait is a fantastic addition to the Rezidor's growing portfolio across the Middle East. Opening a Hotel Missoni here is a true celebration for our company, as it was in Kuwait where we once opened our first international hotel outside Scandinavia. Hotel Missoni Kuwait will further strengthen our presence in the region and reinforce our position as one of the leading international hotel operators. A combination of design, lifestyle and technology will bring a unique lifestyle experience – as soon as you walk through the doors, you'll know it's Missoni," said Kurt Ritter, president and CEO of Rezidor.

Hotel Missoni Kuwait offers food and beverage concepts: The Italian restaurant Cucina lies at the heart of the hotel and offers authentic Italian cuisine while the Luna restaurant, located on the 18th floor, serves a fusion of Arabic-oriental and Mediterranean cuisine. For lighter meals, Choco Café offers pastries, chocolates and a selection of savoury dishes, and the Pool Bar serves continental cuisine.

State-of-the-art technological design elements ensure that every guest's stay is seamless, using iPads for check-in, the latest Bang & Olufsen TVs in guest rooms, and Magic Mirrors, present in the suite bathrooms which enable guests to convert their bathroom mirror into a television, at will.

Carefully crafted with well-travelled individuals in mind – particularly those with a strong interest in design, an understanding of food, and a craving for an authentic experience – Hotel Missoni Kuwait will be staffed by over 17 nationalities, speaking more than 14 languages.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group:
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and under development with 86,300 rooms in over 60 countries, including a wide range of hotels in Berlin, hotels in Amsterdam and hotels in London.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

PR Contact:
Christiane Reiter
Director Corporate Communication
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
B-1130 Brüssel
+32 2 702 9331

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British Airways unveiled their new First class seat to the Hong Kong market at an event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the airline flying London to Hong Kong.

At the same event the company launched a competition for residents offering a grand prize of a First Class holiday to London, during the Royal Wedding Weekend this April.

The lucky winner and their chosen companion will enjoy flights to London and back in First class on British Airways on Wednesday 27 April 2011, just in time to experience all the excitement of the Royal Wedding on Friday 29 April 2011.

"We are delighted to announce this competition to celebrate 75 years of flying between London and Hong Kong. The winner will be lucky enough to experience British Airways' First class, enjoy springtime in the city staying in one of top hotels in London, and possibly catch a glimpse of the Royal Bride – it will undoubtedly be one of Britain's most exciting weekends this year," said Kevin McQuillan, British Airways Regional General Manager, East Asia.

The dream trip includes staying in a Grand Junior Suite for 3 nights in Europe's first "Grand Hotel". The Langham, London opened in 1865. Located in the heart of the West End, The Langham has one of London's most enviable addresses commanding a position at the top of the elegant boulevard of Regent Street. The guests will also be able to enjoy Tea Royale in the Palm Court, a celebratory afternoon tea to commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton.

After enjoying a long weekend of dining, shopping and culture, taking in the sights of one of the best cities in the world, the winners will enjoy their flights to Hong Kong in First class luxury on Sunday 1 May 2011.

Jamie Cassidy, British Airways Area General Manager, Asia and the Pacific, said: "This milestone anniversary recognises the importance of this route for British Airways. We have worked together with Hong Kong, growing businesses and building relationships since 1936, and we are proud to be connected to such an incredibly energetic city."

The competition launched on Friday 18 March 2011, and is open for three weeks until Friday 8 April 2011, when it will close at 11:59 p.m.

Jamie Cassidy also unveiled the new First class seat at the event to celebrate the 75th anniversary. He commented: "The new First class cabin will create an exclusive experience based on classic design and understated luxury. It echoes our commitment and confidence in global premium travel." The airline has just invested £100 million in its new First class cabin.

British Airways is pleased to continue the tradition of flying between Hong Kong and London in its 75th anniversary year, and remains committed to providing superior service to leisure, business and luxury customers travelling between Europe and Asia.

About British Airways:
British Airways offers a wide range of holiday experiences around the world to complement its flight network, which offers travel to a number of worldwide destinations including holidays to Thailand. BA also offers city breaks, beach holidays, hotels from value two star hotels through to luxury five star resorts, Avis car hire and as well as a wide range of experiences in-resort from city tours through to transfers. Customers can save time and money with when booking ATOL protected holiday packages utilising flight+hotel or flight+car (ATOL number is 5985). Passengers are offered added peace of mind to their holiday plans and the security of travelling with British Airways. British Airways plc constantly seeks to exceed customers' expectations, both in terms of the value for money and quality of the service provided.

For further British Airways / British Airways Holidays Ltd media information please contact:
Katja Cooper
Astral Towers
Betts Way
London Road
RH10 9XA
01293 722513

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