April 13, 2021

News in brief: VistaJet, Travelodge and more

VistaJet has received delivery of the first two of its Global 7500 aircraft. Up to 12 of the aircraft are planned to join its fleet over the next two years, the majority of which are expected to be delivered through 2022. VistaJet has also announced the order of 10 new Challenger 350 planes from longstanding partner Bombardier. The orders come after “growing and urgent” demand from corporates in the supermid segment, with a surge of nearly 50% in corporate interest globally since July 2020.

Travelodge has appointed industry veteran Martin Robinson as its new Chairman. Robinson spent 17 years at Center Parcs as CEO of its European business and Chairman of the UK and also spent 10 years on the Boards of Disneyland Paris and Regus Plc and has chaired various other businesses, including Holmes Place Health Clubs and wagamama. Martin currently chairs the UK business for Burger King.

Ireland’s Carton House will reopen this summer as a Fairmont Hotels and Resorts property following an extensive two-year, multimillion-euro refurbishment. It will join more than 80 Fairmont hotels around the globe as the oldest property in a collection famed for its grande dame hotels and iconic properties including The Savoy in London and The Plaza in New York.

TapTrip has launched a new partnership with British Speedway to help its team travel safely and securely to sporting fixtures during and after Covid and has signed World Speedway Champion Tai Woffinden as a brand ambassador. Born in Scunthorpe, Woffinden is the UK’s first ever triple World Champion.

The BTA has signed a partnership with transport and accommodation solutions provider CMAC Group. The two organisations will work together to improve client services by introducing one cohesive platform for TMCs to make integrated travel arrangements for their customers and leverage CMAC’s managed coach, taxi and hotel booking services.

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