HONG KONG, 19 January 2017: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed off 2017 with the opening of its first golf resort in China, located on Hainan Island.
The property is located on the world-class golf resort of Mission Hills, which boasts 10 18-hole championship courses.
“Hainan Island is one of the most exciting emerging destinations in Asia-Pacific today. With our partners, Mission Hills Group, we have created one of the most immersive golf and leisure travel experiences anywhere in the world,” said Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company president and chief operating officer, Hervé Humler. Read more
MACAU, 19 January 2017: Two members of an Indian family were found dead and two others unconscious in a luxury Macau hotel room Wednesday in what police said was a suspected suicide case.
The father and eldest son, aged about 52 and 24 were found dead, while the mother and the younger son, aged around 45 and 20, were injured.
“Today at 1408, the [police] department received notification that in a certain casino hotel in the Taipa area, three men and one woman were unconscious in a room,” Macau police said in statement late Wednesday. Read more
TOKYO, 19 January 2017: Japan’s toilet chiefs say they have come up with a plan to stop tourists getting their knickers in a twist over the country’s mind-bogglingly high-tech loos.
Under new guidelines, manufacturers will use the same eight pictograms to tell users which button flushes, which one fires a frighteningly accurate jet of water at the backside and what to press to close the lid.
Japan has been drawing record numbers of tourists in recent years and Tokyo is expecting millions of visitors when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2020. Read more
RIYADH, 17 January 2017: Low-cost Saudi carrier flynas on Monday signed an USD8.6-billion deal with European plane manufacturer Airbus to purchase 80 A320neo single-aisle jets.
Flynas chairman Ayed al-Jeaid said at a ceremony in Riyadh that the deal includes an option for 40 more of the short to medium-haul planes, to cater for what airline executives described as a growing domestic market.
Bander al-Mohanna, the chief executive of NAS Holding, of which flynas is a division, signed the agreement with Fouad Attar, Middle East director for France-based Airbus. Read more
KUWAIT CITY, 16 January 2017: A German plane carrying 299 passengers made an emergency landing in Kuwait on Sunday over a hoax bomb threat, authorities in the Gulf emirate said.
The aircraft was operated by Eurowings, a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, that competes head-on with Ryanair and Easyjet.
The aircraft was travelling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany when the captain requested an emergency landing. Read more
BEIJING, 16 January 2017: China’s conglomerate Wanda, owned by the country’s richest man, said its turnover fell by 14% in 2016 despite a surge in receipts in the entertainment sector where it has multiplied its investments.
Wanda, which is owned by Wang Jianlin and has been on a high-profile overseas acquisition spree in recent years, said it had recorded a decline in revenue for the first time in at least 11 years.
In contrast, revenues generated by the conglomerate’s culture and tourism activities jumped 25% to 64.1 billion yuan (8.7 billion euros), with a rise of 31.4% in the film sector. Read more
NEW DELHI, 16 January 2017: India has the world’s fastest growing passenger airline industry, expanding at an annual rate of around 20%. Here are some facts and figures:
How many Indians fly
Nearly 90 million people in the financial year that ended in 31 March 2016, according to industry analysts CAPA — up from fewer than 20 million in 2004, when the sector first opened up. But the country of 1.2 billion remains one of the world’s most under-penetrated markets with huge potential for growth. Read more
NEW DELHI, 16 January 2017: A major acquisition by Indian budget airline SpiceJet, this week, underscored the vast potential of the world’s fastest-growing aviation market.
But there is another side to the story. Experts say woefully inadequate infrastructure and high operating costs could threaten the industry’s rapid expansion.
India’s burgeoning middle classes are taking to the skies in ever greater numbers, with passenger growth of 20% in 2015 according to industry body IATA — nearly double China’s 11% increase over the same period. Read more
BANGKOK, 13 January 2017: Low-cost airline, NokScoot, will increase flights from four to five weekly on the Bangkok – Taipei Taoyuan route for travel February and March this year.
According to the airline, the additional flight will operate on Saturdays during 18 February to 25 March, using a Boeing 777.
The service is expected to offer more convenience for passengers and meet travel demand between Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) and Taipei in the holiday season. Read more
JEJU, SOUTH KOREA, 12 January 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group has opened its newest Ramada hotel on the South Korean island of Jeju.
The 273-room Ramada Encore Jeju Seongsan — owned and operated by Sean PMC Seongsan — joins the company’s portfolio of more than 100 hotels across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Currently, 20 hotels are open and operating across South Korea including seven hotels in Jeju Island. Further boosting its presence, the hospitality giant has 10 hotels in the pipeline, which are expected to open across the country within the next two years. Read more