Asia’s top travel planners

July 20, 2017 by  

SINGAPORE, 20 July 2017: Hong Kongers are the most organised travel planners booking travel on average just short of 50 days in advance, according to the latest research.

Its holiday booking trends covered 20 countries offering insights on who likes to stay close to home, who tends to book at the last minute, and who are the most serious forward planners.

From the millions of bookings made on the agoda site in 2016, there are some clear distinctions from market to market in terms of booking habits. Read more

Tourism lacks recognition

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 18 July 2017: A United Nations-backed report released last week, stresses the need for greater recognition of tourism as a key service export in order to attract technical assistance to the sector in least developed countries.

Although tourism represents 7% of all international trade and 30% of the world’s services trade, it is often difficult to direct trade-related technical assistance towards the sector because tourism and trade tend to fall under different line ministries, the report points out.

Produced by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), the report, titled Tourism for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries, was launched on the occasion of the Aid for Trade Review held in Geneva. Read more

Astana’s expo gauges response

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN, 14 July 2017: One month after EXPO 2017 “Future Energy” opened in Astana the event welcomed 921,293 visitors, according to a report by the organisers.

The expo has attracted participation from 115 countries and 22 international organisations.

Of the 921,293 people who visited the expo, about 14% were foreigners. Exhibition tickets had been sold on online in 55 countries. Read more

Princess travels to Shanghai

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under China, News

SHANGHAI, 14 July 2017: Princess Cruises announced, Thursday, the arrival of its first new international luxury cruise liner tailor-made for China.

Majestic Princess arrived in Shanghai to begin her maiden season.

Yao Ming and Ye Li served as the ‘Naming Ambassadors’ and officially named Majestic Princess during an inaugural ceremony. Read more

Aeroflot leads Europe-Asia capacity

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

MOSCOW, 12 July 2017: Aeroflot’s capacity on Europe-Asia flights grew 12% when compared with summer 2016, according to data from OAG Schedules Analyser.

Data showed that the Russian flag carrier has overtaken Lufthansa,  last year’s top airline offering Europe-Asia seat capacity for the summer months.

“Growing transit capacity on routes between Europe and Asia is one of our highest strategic priorities, and this data clearly illustrates the success of our efforts,” said Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev. Read more

Europe’s tourism conquers security fears

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 12 July 2017: Europe continues to lure millions[1] of international travellers confirming the tourism sector’s resilience to geopolitical uncertainty and perceptions of safety and security.

According to the latest European Travel Commission’s “European Tourism 2017-Trends & Prospects”, 28 out of 30 reporting destinations recorded growth so far in 2017.

Almost one in two posted double-digit increases led by Iceland (+56%) the fastest growing destination. Read more

El AL buys Israir stake

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

LOD, ISRAEL, 12 July 2017: EL AL gained board’ approval to acquire Israir Aviation and Tourism Ltd from IDB Tourism, through its subsidiary Sun D’or.

IDB Tourism will transfer to Sun D’or 100% of Israir shares in return for the allotment of 25% of Sun D’or shares, and in cash, equal to the value of the equity on the transaction’s closing date, for a total amount of up to USD24 million.

After completion of the transaction, Israir will become a fully-owned subsidiary of Sun D’or, and Sun D’or will be jointly owned by the majority shareholder, EL AL, along with IDB Tourism. Read more

Hilton opens in Shangri-La

July 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGRI-LA, YUNNAN, CHINA, 5 July 2017: Hilton Garden Inn Shangri-La, the first Hilton and the third internationally-branded hotel in Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, opened its doors for guests earlier this week.

Previously referred to as Zhongdian, or Jiang Tang, Shangri-La is a county-level city in Yunnan province that was renamed after the famous James Hilton novel “Shangri-La,” 17 December 2001, in a bid to promote tourism.

The largest city in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Shangri-La stands at an elevation of 3,000 metres. It requires a four-hour bus ride from Lijiang. Read more

Singapore welcomes Hilton Garden Inn

July 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 July 2017: Hilton Garden Inn announced it has entered the Singapore hotel market with the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon.

The 328-room hotel is located in Singapore’s Little India district, a 400-metre walk from Little India’s MRT station.

“The opening of Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon furthers our mission to be the most hospitable company in the world, especially as we continue to tap the burgeoning potential of the mid-market sector in this region,” said Hilton southeast Asia and India vice president of operations William Costley. Read more

Air Canada inaugurates Mumbai service

July 5, 2017 by  
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MONTREAL,  5 July 2017: Air Canada inaugurated a new, nonstop Toronto-Mumbai service, Monday, the only nonstop flight from Canada to India’s largest city. The four-times weekly service uses a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

“This flight is the third route we have started to India in less than two years, demonstrating our commitment to this vibrant market as well to our continuing international expansion strategy. This is the only nonstop service between Canada and Mumbai,” said Air Canada president Benjamin Smith. Read more

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