Justin Beiber swaps bad influence for cookbooks

first_imgAccording to sources, the wild-child Baby hitmaker, now 20, has grown up and swapped getting drunk for cooking recipes, reports mirror.co.uk. Bieber has also ditched ‘bad influence’ friends in favour of quiet nights in with girlfriend Selena Gomez. Sources say he is so settled they wouldn’t be surprised if the couple were to wed soon. ‘Justin has moved on to the next chapter of his life. He wanted to put all the bratty child and bad boy stuff behind him. So, he took the decision a few weeks ago to grow up.’last_img read more

Transat launches latest agent contest on April 4 but only until midnight

center_img Tags: Transat MONTREAL — As part of its ongoing 30th anniversary celebrations, Transat is once again launching a one-day travel agent contest across Canada.Every booking of a Transat product made today by midnight automatically earns agents a chance to win one of three trips for two people: one in Quebec, one in the Ontario-Atlantic region, and one in Western Canada. Winners will be drawn at random.Each trip includes Air Transat flight in Economy and a one-week, all-inclusive stay in one of the following hotels: Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic); Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa (Lucea, Jamaica); and Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa (Riviera Nayarit, Mexico).There is no need to register or fill out an entry ballot; contest entry is automatic as soon as a flight, package, tour or cruise package is booked during the day.In addition, the names of two other travel agents per region who books a Transat product today will be drawn at random for $30 in Bonbon rewards. Winners’ names will be announced in the coming days.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyApril 4 holds extra significance for the tour operator. On this day six years ago, Air Transat won the Family Friendly Airline Award for the first time, a prize awarded to an air carrier for the quality of its services offered to children and their parents. Air Transat’s Kids Club recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, plus its Famili collection, launched a few years ago, helps families find the best package for their needs and interests.Transat will draw a total of 30 trips this year among eligible travel agents in Canada. On one day each month, on a milestone date in Transat’s history, every booking agents make will earn them one chance to win. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

British Airways Iberia follow Lufthansa with surcharge for GDS bookings

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> LONDON — British Airways and Iberia bookings made through indirect channels including GDSs will be hit with a £8 (approx. Cdn$14) surcharge effective Nov. 1. British Airways’ New York office has confirmed that the surcharge is effective worldwide.The announcement from BA’s parent company IAG comes two years after the Lufthansa Group implemented a 16 euro surcharge on GDS bookings, a move that was widely criticized by travel agent groups.In March 2017 Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said he would be “very surprised” if other airlines didn’t bring in surcharges similar to Lufthansa’s. Spohr added that the surcharge, a direct hit to the bottom line for GDS parent companies including Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport, had been a major win for the Lufthansa Group since it was introduced in 2015.Lufthansa has since negotiated direct booking arrangements with major travel agency chains. The share of direct bookings at Lufthansa’s network airlines “has continually increased” while direct booking negotiations with travel agencies and other customers “are delivering a steady stream of success.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTIt’s the GDSs that have taken the hit with Lufthansa’s surcharge, and share prices for all three dropped when the British Airways and Iberia announcement was made.Both British Airways and Iberia have made big investments in IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) and both airlines say they will not levy the surcharge on GDS bookings that have NDC-approved connections. IATA’s NDC, in the works now for several years, aims to standardize how airfares are sold through travel agencies worldwide, taking into account all the ancillaries airlines now break out from their base fares and sell as add-ons, from seat selection fees to baggage fees.The BA and Iberia surcharges will apply to bookings not made through the airlines’ own websites or direct sales channels.“We will continue to work with the GDS providers to distribute our content to valued agency partners via existing solutions. However these systems and their traditional technology solutions currently carry significantly greater costs to BA and IB,” said the airlines.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesGDSs including Sabre and Amadeus say they have been in discussions with IAG. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Posted by British Airways, Iberia follow Lufthansa with surcharge for GDS bookingscenter_img Tags: British Airways, GDS, Iberia, Lufthansa Share Travelweek Group last_img read more