Carlson Wagonlit traces travel hikes

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

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Air fares in the Asia Pacific are forecast to rise 2.8% in 2018 with domestic demand increasing, particularly in China and India according to the 4th annual Global Travel Forecast.

As many of the region’s economies strengthen, the downside is the ability of airports to keep up with demand.

Released Wednesday by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and GBTA Foundation, the research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, the 4th annual 2018 Global Travel Forecast shows global airfares could rise 3.5% in 2018. Read more

Dusit names regional VP

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News, People

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Thailand-based Dusit International has appointed Prateek Kumar as regional vice president – EMEA region.

He will be responsible for strengthening Dusit’s operations and supporting development efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

For the past two years Kumar was area general manager in charge of Dusit’s operations in Dubai. Read more

Colombo’s runway is back

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

DUBAI, UAE, 21 July 2017: Emirates will deploy an A380 aircraft to make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, 14 August, to mark the completion of runway improvements.

The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 commercial flight to land in Sri Lanka.

The one-off flight will allow airport executives, VIPs, trade partners and media to enjoy a guided tour of the double-decker aircraft. Read more

Amari arrives in Galle

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: ONYX Hospitality Group has launched a brand-new Amari property in Sri Lanka’s historic southwest coastal city of Galle.

The 172-room Amari Galle, located a short distance from the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort, is ONYX Hospitality Group’s third hotel in Sri Lanka.

This hotel is also the group’s third Amari opening this year, following Amari Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Amari Yangshuo in China. Read more

Qatar increases flights to Moscow

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 20 July 2017: Qatar Airways will add flights from Doha to Moscow raising frequencies to 21 flights per week between Qatar and Russian.

Commencing 2 August, the airline will introduce an extra daily flight on the Doha-Moscow route to meet growing demand to a destination popular with both business and leisure travellers.

The additional flight will be served by an 132-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. Read more

North Korea beaches and a jail?

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 20 July 2017: North Korea’s tourism agency has launched a website offering holiday options ranging from surfing to rice planting, despite strong US warnings to avoid travel to a nation where several trips have ended in jail.

Sixteen Americans have been detained in the past decade in North Korea, including 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier who was given a long prison term for stealing a hotel propaganda poster. He was sent home in a coma in June but died several days later.

The “DPR Korea Tour” website, run by the North’s National Tourism Administration, depicts the country — which is subject to stiff sanctions over its weapons programmes — as just another tourist destination. Read more

Chinese investments under scrutiny

July 19, 2017 by  
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SHANGHAI, 19 July 2017: China plans to squeeze high-flying billionaire Wang Jianlin’s conglomerate Wanda by cutting off new loans and regulatory approvals for deals, reports said Monday, punishing it for breaching Chinese restrictions on overseas investments.

The regulatory retaliation marks a major setback for a formerly fast-expanding company that was among the most aggressive players in a flood of acquisitions around the world by Chinese companies but is now scrambling to slash debt.

Chinese regulators last year began rolling out tough restrictions to stanch the flow of money overseas, warning of “irrational” investments. Read more

Middle East airlines slam AA

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 19 July 2017: Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad said late last week they were disappointed with an American Airlines decision to end its codeshare relationships with them as part of its push against government subsidies of Middle East carriers.

Earlier in the week, American notified both carriers of its decision to no longer share flights with them over what it described as “illegal subsidies”.

“We are disappointed,” Akbar al-Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways, said in response to the announcement. Read more

Dusit signs hotel in Bahrain

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 18 July 2017: Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Al Manzil Hospitality Group to operate the dusitD2 Seef Bahrain, a hotel, scheduled to open in Manama, the country’s capital, next year.

Dusit International has embarked on a strategy to balance its portfolio to have half of its operations outside of Thailand by 2022.

The new hotel will be the company’s first hotel in Bahrain. The opening will help to position Dusit for further expansion within the GCC region, where it already operates five hotels, with another five confirmed in the pipeline. Read more

Nepal attracts China airlines

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Asia, Aviation, News

NEPAL, 18 July 2017: Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has given the green light for China’s Tibet Airlines to fly a four weekly service from Chengdu to Kathmandu.

Once the new service starts Kathmandu will be served by five Chinese airlines.

Tourism officials told news channel,, that direct flights from China had resulted in a significant increase in tours from China. Read more

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