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Brand USA kicked off IPW 2019 on June 03 by outlining innovative marketing plans all aimed at promoting the US as a premier travel destination.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that Hyatt has selected Jim Tierney to serve as senior vice president of development and owner relations for the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands in North America, effective immediately.

This year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, May 05-11, again celebrated the role of one of the most significant and vibrant industries in our country.

Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the US, launched United Stories. United Stories is a mobile content creation lab that will travel the US capturing warm and welcoming stories told from local perspectives.

Delta Air Lines, in partnership with the US Customs and Border Protection, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is launching the first biometric terminal in the US at Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal (Terminal F) in Atlanta.

On the heels of its first US opening in Springfield, Missouri, Best Western’s upscale urban-hip hotel brand - Vīb - is on the move, with a robust pipeline of upcoming hotels in destination hotspots such as Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando, Calgary and soon, Bangkok.

Alaska Airlines announced it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio.

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, together with the Resort Collection on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail announced the rebranding of the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, an iconic Southern resort in Point Clear, Alabama.

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, and Trinity Logistics USA announced the renewal of their partnership that will see the airline continuing to operate three weekly Boeing B777 Freighter services into Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, on behalf of the New York based global logistics provider in a multi-year agreement.

Statistics SA’s latest tourism and migration report, reflecting arrival numbers for June, reveals that South Africa saw marginal growth of 2.8 percent from June 2017.