Airbus extends China footprint

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TIANJIN, 21 September 2017: Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.

China is one of the Western manufacturers’ key battlegrounds, with its travellers taking to the skies in ever-growing numbers.

In Tianjin, a port city 150 km (93 miles) from Beijing, Airbus already has an assembly line for the single-aisle aircraft A319 and A320, the first of its kind outside Europe. Read more

SpiceJet stuck in the mud

September 21, 2017 by  
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MUMBAI, 21 September 2017: Dozens of flights were diverted from Mumbai after a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway and became stuck in the mud as heavy rain lashed India’s financial capital and caused travel chaos Wednesday.

Schools and colleges also closed for the day as a precaution after severe monsoon rain late Tuesday and overnight led to fears of widespread flooding.

The storms came three weeks after ten people were killed when torrential rain deluged Mumbai, flooding homes and railway lines and shutting down the city for two days. Read more

Chinese tap lucrative Halal market

September 21, 2017 by  
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DUBAI, 21 September 2017: Standing behind her stall at a Dubai exhibition centre, Dai Dong He offered expo visitors what looked like carefully wrapped biscuits or chocolates.

“This is dry beef, beef snacks,” said Dai, general manager of Anhui Central Asia Food Co., one of eight Chinese firms from Anhui Province displaying products at Halal Expo Dubai 2017.

Dubai is hosting the show for the ninth year running, with the Gulf emirate positioning itself as a major hub for the halal industry, a booming USD3 trillion market for goods and services that are permissible under Islamic law. Read more

Wharf appoints group director

September 20, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG,  20 September 2017:  Wharf Hotels has appointed James Bevans as its new group director of rooms.

Reporting to the group’s vice president operations, Bevans is responsible for room operations at the group’s 15 hotels under the Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels brands.

The group has hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Read more

Wyndham franchise for Busan hotel

September 20, 2017 by  
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BUSAN, South Korea 20 September 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group introduced its first Ramada Encore hotel in Busan with the opening of Ramada Encore Busan Haeundae.

Located in the heart of South Korea’s second largest city, the newly built 402-room hotel, will operate under a franchise agreement with Korea Development Group that has hired Styleloft Global Corporation to manage the hotel in a separate deal to the Wyndham franchise

Wyndham Hotel Group signed deals on Howard Johnson Jeju Seogwipo Harbor, Ramada Jeju City Hall, and Howard Johnson Jeju Hotel Yeondong earlier this year. Read more

Egypt’s tourism revives

September 20, 2017 by  
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LUXOR, Egypt, 20 September 2017: Pummelled by political unrest and jihadist attacks, Egypt’s tourism industry is slowly growing again, but too slowly for thousands of bazaar workers who fondly recall when tourists thronged their stores.

Abu Aya owns a souvenir shop in the southern city of Luxor which is home to ancient pharaonic monuments, and he fondly remembers the days when the front pocket of his traditional Arabic robe sagged with cash.

“Before 2011 it was filled with dollars and euros. Today the sellers just sit in front of their stores reading the papers because there are so few customers,” the 47-year-old said. Read more

Summit opens with Robot dance steps

September 19, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 19 September 2017: The Hotel Management Asia Summit and Hotel Technology Conference 2017, presented by Hotel Management and Questex Hospitality Group, welcomed 25 international speakers and over 100 delegates at The Mira Hong Kong earlier this month.

Themed, “Convergence of Hotel Management and Technology in This Disruptive Era,” the closed-door forum provided delegates and speakers a platform to discuss future trends and what senior management were thinking about because of today’s competition.

Sanbot Robot, an intelligent, humanoid service robot developed by QIHAN Technology, kicked off the Summit with a dance group. Read more

PATA Gold goes to C&K

September 19, 2017 by  
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MUMBAI, 19 September 2017:  Cox & Kings (C&K), tagged the world’s oldest travel company, has won the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award for its ‘Forever Young’ campaign in the Marketing  Social Media category.

The award ceremony held at The Parisian Macao recognised 31 outstanding entries that were selected by an international panel of experts.

Cox & King’s winning entry featured a promotion selling solo women travel to Thailand. Read more

Russia and Iraq restore air link

September 19, 2017 by  
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MOSCOW, 19 September 2017: Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline services on Sunday for the first time since 2004, in what officials hailed as a sign of stability returning to the war-torn country.

An Iraqi Airways plane left Baghdad at 1031 (0731 GMT) and was expected to arrive at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport at 1419 (1119 GMT), according to the Russian airport’s online departure and arrival timetables.

“The first commercial flight arrives today,” Sergei Izvolsky, spokesman for Russia’s civil aviation authority, told AFP. Read more

Pavilions embarks on expansion

September 15, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 15 September 2017: Leading luxury hospitality brand, Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, has unveiled The Ginto Residences in Niseko, Japan, as the company introduces hotel and residential projects in destinations across Asia and Europe.

The first phase of the global project is a land release on which a collection of luxury villas will be built in Niseko, the exclusive mountain destination on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Nestled in pinewood forests at Ginto Hirafu, with access to premium ski lifts and snow slopes, the Ginto Residences is a USD100 million development comprising a total of 31 private villas, with no single plot measuring less than 1,000 sqm. Read more

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