Tropical Storm Warning Canceled for All Hawaiian Islands

Visitors in Hawaii can relax. The National Weather Service this afternoon canceled the tropical storm warning for all of the Hawaiian Islands, as Tropical Storm Olivia moved steadily away from the state.
As of 5:00 p.m., the center of Olivia was 110 miles southwest of Honolulu and moving away from Oahu in a west-southwest direction at a speed of 20 miles per hour. The storm progressively weakened throughout today and was last reported to have maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.
Portions of the state may continue to experience high winds and heavy rainfall through Thursday due to Olivia’s impact on surrounding weather conditions. The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for Oahu and Kauai.
In addition, all of the Hawaiian Islands continue to be under a flash flood watch through Friday at
6:00 a.m., meaning conditions are favorable for flash flooding in flood-prone areas.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, with support from state and county emergency workers, is currently assessing damages resulting from Olivia. There were isolated reports of power outages, fallen trees and landslides today on Maui and Oahu, all of which have been addressed.
Visitors currently in Hawaii or with confirmed trips to the Hawaiian Islands and concerned about Olivia’s impact on their travel plans are advised to contact their airlines, accommodations and activity providers to see if adjustments are needed.
HTA has a special Alert page about Olivia on its website. Included are links to resources for weather information, alerts posted by the State of Hawaii and four island counties, closures of parks, airline travel waivers, and news releases pertinent to Olivia. HTA’s Alert page for Olivia can be accessed from its home page or by clicking on the following link.
HTA’s Alert page for Olivia can be accessed from its home page or by clicking on the link below.
Following are links to information resources with the latest updates about Olivia and its effect on the Hawaiian Islands.
Weather Information
National Weather Service Forecast:
Central Pacific Hurricane Center:
County Alerts
County of Hawaii:
County of Honolulu:
County of Kauai:
County of Maui:
Media Updates
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Hawaii News Now:

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World Travel Awards: Hilton Kuala Lumpur wins big in Malaysia

Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s upper upscale 5-star hotel has once again been honored the winning title of ‘Malaysia’s Leading Business Hotel’ and ‘Malaysia’s Leading Hotel Suite’ category at the recent World Travel AwardsTM held at Hong Kong.

The awards programme; acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

These awards showcase Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s continued winning streak as becoming the most awarded hotel in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, becoming repeat winners and taking the title of ‘Malaysia’s Leading Business Hotel’ for its fourth year and ‘Malaysia’s Leading Hotel Suite Award’ for a consecutive second year.

Jamie Mead, regional general manager, Malaysia said, “Even being nominated for these awards is an incredible honor, particularly given the extraordinary strength of the field this year. No words can describe how honored we are to have won these reputable awards. We at Hilton Kuala Lumpur will continue to go the extra mile to deliver outstanding performances with sheer determination and hard work. Our guests have placed us at the top of the market as the leading business hotel, and we intend to continue delivering great experiences to each and every guest who walks through our doors.”

The ultimate lifestyle hotel, Hilton Kuala Lumpur houses 510 stylish guest rooms and suites, gastronomical excellence, an elegant spa, and magnificent event space in the heart of the vibrant KL Sentral area.

Mead further commented, “This recognition is the best honor we can ask for and our team is genuinely invested in making sure our guests have a memorable and enjoyable stay, whether they are on vacation or business.”

To date Hilton Kuala Lumpur has received the following awards:

  • World Travel Awards 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015
  • Malaysia’s Leading Business Hotel — Hilton Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysia’s Leading Hotel Suite — Presidential Suite at Hilton Kuala Lumpu
  • Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards 2018 and 2017
  • Best Business Hotel in Malaysia
  • Best Lifestyle Hotel in Malaysia
  • Best City Hotel in Malaysia
  • Best Restaurant Hotel in Malaysia
  • Going Places Magazine Award 2017 and 2016
  • Best 5 Star Hotel
  • World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 and 2016
  • Luxury Business Hotel
  • Luxury City Hotel
  • Business Traveler Awards 2017
  • Best Business Hotel
  • Malaysia Tatler’s Best Dining Restaurants 2017
  • Chambers Bar & Grill
  • Vasco’s
  • Chynna
  • Iketeru


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Fraport Traffic Figures – August 2018: Frankfurt Airport Records Passenger Growth

In August 2018, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 6.8 million passengers – an increase of 8.1 percent year-on-year. Since the beginning of 2018, FRA has achieved growth of 8.7 percent, with European routes continuing to drive passenger traffic.  In the reporting month, aircraft movements climbed by 8.0 percent to 46,389 take-offs and landings, while accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOWs) rose by 5.5 percent to about 2.9 million metric tons.  With 182,589 metric tons (up 0.8 percent), cargo (airfreight + airmail) almost reached the same level as last year.

The airports in Fraport’s international portfolio continued their growth path in August 2018.  Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in Slovenia recorded an increase of 3.1 percent to 202,423 passengers.  Fraport’s two Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) reported combined traffic growth of 4.6 percent to about 1.2 million passengers.  The Group’s 14 Greek airports achieved overall positive growth of 6.6 percent to some 5.4 million passengers in August 2018.  Fraport Greece’s fastest growing airports included Corfu (CFO) with 704,741 passengers and Kos (KGS) with 538,382 passengers – both recording a 12.2 percent gain – while traffic at Mytilene Airport (MJT) on the island of Lesbos jumped by 11.6 percent to 71,636 passengers.

Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru saw traffic increase by 6.6 percent to about 2.1 million passengers.  Bulgaria’s Twin Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) registered combined growth of 5.8 percent to nearly 1.4 million passengers.  Traffic at Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera surged by 14.7 percent to about 4.9 million passengers.  Hanover Airport (HAJ) closed the reporting period with 667,084 passengers (up 8.1 percent).  Traffic also advanced at Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China – where almost 2.1 million travelers (up 11.6 percent) and some 4.2 million passengers (up 8.8 percent) were served, respectively.

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Jamaica Tourism Minister endorses Mobay Marlin Tournament

Jamaica Tourism

Jamaica Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett (second right in photo) engages in an animated discussion with (from left) Director of Montego Bay Yacht Club’s International Marlin Tournament, Londie Murray; Chief Executive Officer of Stocks and Securities Limited Lamar Harris, and Chief Executive Officer of Dolla Financial Services, Kadeen Mairs.

The occasion was the launch of the tournament, at CRU Bar and Kitchen in St. Andrew on September 10, 2018.

During the event, the Minister shared that the Jamaica Tourist Board will play an integral role in the staging of this year’s tournament, and he looks forward to the positive impact the event will have on the industry.

Tourism Minister Bartlett also paused for a photo-op with Director of Montego Bay Yacht Club’s International Marlin Tournament, Londie Murray.

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Top brass welcomes delegates to PATA Travel Mart 2018

PATA Travel Mart

PATA Travel Mart 2018 in Langkawi, the beautiful island in Malaysia, got off to a glittering and colorful start with the inaugural dinner reception dinner at the plush Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC). The event started on September 12 and ends on the 14th.

The top brass of the host country, led by the Deputy Prime Minister, was there to welcome the delegates and dignitaries, who heard the speakers laud PATA for its role and also the role Malaysia has played over the years in hosting PATA events – marts, conferences, and other activities.

There are 67 sellers from Malaysia itself, and 260 buyers from 53 source markets.

It was revealed that the host country added 250 new hotels in 2017 and that 130 hotels with 26,000 rooms are now coming up.

Langkwai and other parts of Kedah have many attractions which need to be promoted.

Meanwhile, there is much expectation from the mart which opens on September 13, with buyer-seller meetings and interaction.

Nandakumar, Director of Madras Travel and Tours which is based in Chennai, said he was looking forward to quality buyers. His experience in Macau last year was good, and he hoped that he will meet with new and old sellers in the next 2 days.

Sanjay Mehta was keen to network and make new contacts but regretted that there were no buyers from the USA. He has some good meetings from Australia, and he hoped but added that suppliers this year seemed to be less than Macau, the Rajkot-based agent said on the eve of the mart.

He suggested that the hotels of the buyers and sellers should be near the venue of the mart in order to save time and make it more convenient.

Jaswinder Singh, executive director of AAyan Journeys, is looking for potential buyers and hopes the new ones will be productive.

Vijay Kumar from IRCTC is looking at Sabah, China, New Zealand, and Canada for luxury trains.

Neha, from Singapore said that her Mastercard company was keen to see technology developments. Where the tourism industry is going in terms of technology, is her concern.

The Turkish Airline reps will boost awareness of the country and airline and make new contacts.

The position on the trends in tourism destinations and products will be clear tomorrow and the day after.

But what is clear now is that PATA and Tourism Malaysia have left no stone unturned to see that it is a memorable event. Delegates were spellbound to see the cable car, mangrove forest, and the crocodile farm.

The Youth Symposium attracted much attention, with several youth coming from far and near and other organizations also joining the PATA endeavor, which has become an annual event at the marts.

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