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Best Western Hotel dei Mille is the Bwh Group's new property in Naples. 

The hotel is perfect for business and leisure clients

All rooms in the 45-key hotel in the Piazza Garibaldi railway station area, have undergone a radical renovation, and the final touches to the public areas are now being completed. Ideal for the business and MICE target group, the Best Western Hotel dei Mille is also popular with leisure customers. With this new entry, the group's presence in the city of Naples rises to five, and it has a total of twelve hotels in the Campania region.

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“The global resonance that comes with the brand” 

“Thanks to our experience with the Best Western JFK, which is close to the football stadium, and the great support and excellent business relations with the Bwh Group, there is also the global resonance that comes with the brand,- says Cosimo Ilardo, owner of the Best Western Hotel dei Mille.  - With this new hotel we have moved into a central and strategic area of Naples.” 

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Rome’s Fiumicino and Ciampino airports are poised to set a new record in 2024, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. 

Remarkable end-of-year numbers

This optimistic forecast is baes on 2023 figures which saw the combined passenger traffic at Rome’s two airports reach 44.4 million passengers. Fiumicino, with 40.5 million passengers, scored a remarkable 38% increase over 2022, while Ciampino handled 3.9 million passengers. The positive momentum is expected to continue "with a further leap forward in 2024 compared to 2019.”. Fiumicino's success is thanks to non-European and European traffic, which posted growth rates of "+76% and +30%" respectively.

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The fastest growth in flights

The recovery of air travel, especially thanks to Asia and mainland China, has played a significant role. As has the North American market with up to 34 daily flights, of which 11 to New York. Rome Fiumicino positioned itself as the third European airport, following London and Paris on New York routes, and is among the airports with the fastest growth to North America. In February 2024 the airport is expected to have up to 73 flights a week, a 70% increase over February 2019.

Many new destinations

ITA Airways will add new destinations in summer 2024 (Chicago, Toronto, Riyadh, Accra, Dakar, Jeddah, and Kuwait City), and point-to-point airlines like Ryanair and Wizz Air, will launch new routes on short and medium-haul markets. The growth will also be thanks to SunExpress with flights to Izmir, Eurowings to Hanover and Nuremberg, Volotea to Brest, and Jet2.com to Edinburgh.

Published in Transportation

Ryanair has designated Trieste as its new base in Italy, and added five new routes. 

Trieste set for 750,000 passengers

Adding a Boeing 737 8-200 in April, the choice of the new base means a substantial investment of €100 million and a network expansion to 16 routes. With five new destinations: Berlin, Brindisi, Krakow, Paris, and Seville, Ryanair forecasts a 50% growth in traffic and approximately 750,000 passengers.

“Trieste is one of the most strategic airports for Ryanair”

“For the first time in Italy we say goodbye to the municipal surcharge: Friuli Venezia Giulia is the first region to do this and allows us to open a new gamechanger base in Trieste starting in April 2024. Trieste is now one of the most strategic airports for Ryanair, and will be one of the most competitive in Italy and Europe,” said CEO Eddie Wilson.

“The choice to remove the tax is a winning one”

“We will be able to launchmore competitive pricing policies because we will be more flexible. The innovative choice of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and its choice to remove the tax is a winning one.  We hope it opens a path that other regions will follow,” added Wilson.

Published in Transportation

easyJet is to connect the city of Geneva with Bari thanks to the introduction of a new summer flight, which will operate from 4 May. 

Two weekly flights, and three from June to August 

With two weekly frequencies (Tuesdays and Saturdays) the flights will be operated in May, June, September and October, while three weekly frequencies (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) will be scheduled between 26 June and 30 August.

“The Swiss market is among the first for the Apulian airport network,- said the president of Aeroporti di Puglia, Antonio Maria Vasile. - The announcement of the new route comes in response to the strong demand for connections not only from the tourist sector, but also increasingly from business travellers.  We are confident of a positive response from customers, thanks to the fast and efficient connections these flights bring to our communities". 

“The new route comes in response to the strong demand” 

“The Geneva flights which complete and enriche the network of Swiss cities directly connected to our airports, will represent a great opportunity for the large Apulian community residing in Switzerland, but also - Vasile concluded - for Apulians who decide to visit this beautiful city.”

The new flights, which are already on sale, confirm Puglia's great vitality and growing appeal, and not only in terms of tourism, on markets that are affirming themselves both in terms of arrivals and overnights.

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Portrait Milano, one of the most recent and exciting additions to luxury hospitality in Milan, will soon be unveiling its brand-new wellness centre, the Longevity Spa.

An enlightened spa brand

The Longevity Spa is powered by one of the most advanced European biohacking and anti-age city clinics, The Longevity Suite.  This enlightened brand, born from the work of more than 20 years of research by the team of Dr. Massimo Gualerz, promotes integrated, high-performance, high-tech protocols that guide clients towards personal wellbeing through a perfect balance of health, conscious beauty, and mental energy. 

In the heart of Milan’s fashion district

Portrait Milano, part of the Ferragamo-owned Lungarno Collection, is located in one of Milan’s most fascinating secret spaces, the former Archiepiscopal Seminary, Europe’s oldest, and the world’s second largest, seminary. Accessed through an ornate Baroque gateway, the 5-star overlooks the city’s Piazza del Quadrilatero, which, at 32,000 square feet,  is the largest public square in Milan’s famous fashion district. 

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Trapani and its province, which has luxury properties like Hotel Baglio Oneto dei Principi di San Lorenzo, could become one of Italy’s next UNESCO heritage sites. 

Making Trapani and its province a year-round destination

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The local Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Unioncamere Sicilia and Logos, has put forward the idea of the UNESCO candidacy, which is certainly ambitious, although the area has much to offer.  In recent years, in particular in 2023, the tourist season for the town and the province of Trapani was an extraordinarily long one, lasting right up to November. The theory therefore is that it is possible to offer visitors a year-round welcome, creating experiences, organizing exhibitions and programmes that would showcase Trapani in all four seasons. 

“Our resort is for the conscious traveller”

"We are absolutely in tune with this proposal,-  says Anna Palmeri, owner of Baglio Oneto dei Principi di San Lorenzo, the 5-star luxury wine resort. - We have always gone beyond the idea of a simple seaside holiday in Sicily. Our resort is for the conscious traveller seeking authentic experiences, who wants to discover the area by savoring it in detail. The Trapani area is of extraordinary historical, artistic and archaeological interest, even though it is not as well-known as other parts of Sicily. The test will be 2025, with two events: Sicily as a European destination for food and wine, and Agrigento as the Italian capital of culture.” 

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed the commencement of direct flights between Tokyo Haneda and Milan Malpensa in winter 2024-2025.

Boosting European routes and frequencies

In the fiscal year 2024-2025 ANA plans to introduce three new routes connecting Tokyo with three European cities (Milan, Stockholm, and Istanbul) and will also reinstate or expand services on existing routes. This strategic move aligns with the renewed demand for travel in Japan following the pandemic. With the resumption of services between Tokyo Haneda and Vienna in August, the total count of ANA's European routes will increase to nine from the current five, and additional flights to Munich and Paris will be introduced in July.

Committed to resuming international routes

“In the next financial year, the focus of our growth will be on international flights,- said president and CEO Koji Shibata. - We are committed to resuming international routes that were temporarily halted during the pandemic and launching flights to new destinations. With the inclusion of AirJapan, we now boast three distinct brands, providing passengers with diverse options to meet their travel requirements.”

Published in Transportation

The new sales & marketing manager for the Tuscan Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is Angelo Vignola. 

A brilliant career with leading hotel groups

Having graduated in business administration from the Bocconi University in Milan, Angelo Vignola began his managerial career at the Chia Laguna Resort in Sardinia, going on to work with Eleganzia Hotels & Spas at the Forte Village Resort in Sardinia and Castel Monastero in Tuscany. More recently, he led the sales & marketing team in the role of director at the J W Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, then opening the Lungarno Collection's Portrait Milano. 

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“Castiglion del Bosco best expresses the Rosewood philosophy”

"After many years in the wonderful world of hospitality, I have found a new family at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco,- comments Vignola. -I am extremely proud to represent the resort on this fascinating estate with a history stretching back thousands of years. Castiglion del Bosco is a destination where culture, nature and elegance meet with authenticity, to and best express the philosophy around which the Rosewood brand revolves."

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After two years under the management of Egnazia Ospitalità Italiana, the Santavenere Hotel in Maratea, owned by the Arsenale Group, enters The Leading Hotels of the World. 

Eight of the rooms have been restyled

Due to open in April with a new look, the result of renovations aimed at making some of the rooms even more elegant and comfortable, the Santavenere Hotel’s main innovations include the restyling of eight rooms in the large garden area, as well as the creation of a padel court.

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“Maratea will be one of the most sought-after destinations this summer”

"Seeing the Santavenere become part of such a prestigious circuit is a source of great satisfaction for all of us,- says Egnazia's managing director, Aldo Melpignano. -We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Arsenale, and to reach together this important milestone that will carve the hotel's future path. We are certain that Maratea will be one of the most sought-after destinations this summer, as it is bound to conquer a prominent position in the panorama of Italian leisure tourism."

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Expo Tuscia, a Destination Management Organisation (DMO) that brings together the territorial and entrepreneurial marketing of Southern Etruria in northern Lazio, involves public and private players in actions aimed at promoting an area with an appealing range of natural, cultural, archaeological and food and wine attractions.  A series of strategic objectives are being developed to attract new tourist flows, stretch the season and the length of stay by offering a diversified range of services and products.

vincenzo peparellovincenzo peparello"Ours is a constantly growing consortium," emphasized President Vincenzo Peparello. "We are expanding our base with new members ranging from hotels to non-hotels and from agritourism properties to the agri-food sector. We are the only DMO in the province that embraces the entire provincial territory of Southern Etruria,” he said.

For 2024, Peparello continued, there are plans to participate in various trade fairs such as the BIT in Milan and the BMT in Naples, while a press tour with workshops for Italian and global tourism professionals will be organized in Spring, presenting a series of themed tourist packages by product lines. "In addition, we are about to launch a bilingual sales promotion platform in English and Italian, targeting both individual Italian and international tourists. There will be a reserved area for professional operators, and while not offering intermediation we will offer a full range of services. It will be connected with other networks and platforms aimed at both individual and professional demand."

Expo Tuscia is one of the few DMOs in Lazio that covers different types of clusters with alternative and complementary products, as well as niche offers related to its culture and traditions, food and wine, says director Francesco Comolli. "For us, foreign markets are complementary to Italian demand. Northern European markets in particular are showing great interest in what we have to offer. Our product meets their needs for authentic and genuine experiences, food and wine, and hospitality."

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