SHANGHAI, 24 February 2017: Ctrip’s net revenue for its fiscal year 2016 reached RMB19.2 billion (USD2.8 billion) a massive 76% increase over 2015.
Ctrip.com International, a leading travel provider headquartered in China announced, Thursday, its unaudited financial results for the full year ending 31 December 2016.
Despite the massive increases in net revenue, the company reported a full year a loss from operations of RMB1.6 billion (USD226 million), compared to income from operations of RMB381 million in 2015. Read more
TOKYO, 24 February 2017: The Japan National Tourism Organisation reports visitors to Japan reached 24.04 million during 2016.
This represents the largest on record since JNTO started to keep statistics in 1964.
Over the last three years, visits have grown 2.4 times. Read more
MUMBAI, 24 February 2017: An official delegation from the UAE participated in OTM – India’s largest travel trade show that wrapped up Thursday evening in Mumbai, India.
Led by UAE’s Ministry of Economy, the delegation was made up of representatives of various tourism departments and agencies.
The UAE participated in the annual exhibition for the second year in a row. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, will launch a direct flight between Delhi and Bangkok effective 15 April.
According to the airline’s website, the Delhi-Bangkok route will be served by six weekly flights.
Flights will increase to daily, effective 9 May. Read more
HONG KONG, 22 February 2017: HK Express recorded expansion and a healthy performance during 2016 as it builds traffic on eight new routes in Asia including three in the Mekong Region – Nha Trang, Vietnam, Yangon in Myanmar and Chiang Rai in Thailand.
Flights were also launched to Ishigaki, Takamatsu, Kagoshima, Hualien and Guam.
The airline reported it also introduced its first Airbus 320neo aircraft in late 2016 and launched a new U-Biz corporate programme, as well as becoming a founding-member of the U-FLY Alliance. Read more
HONG KONG, 21 February 2017: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort reported, Monday, it welcomed more than 6.1 million visitors and a record high per capita spend at the park during 2016.
Gate performance details emerged as part of its financial report for 2016 that saw the theme park’s earnings reach HKD4.8 billion, but with a net loss of HKD171 million. Earnings before deductions, taxes, depreciation and amortization reached HKD715 million.
Since it opened in 2005, the park has welcomed 64 million guests. Spend during 2016 recorded the seventh consecutive year of growth. Read more
DUBAI, 20 February 2017: The American president’s sons opened the Trump International Golf Club Saturday as Dubai hosted the first foreign launch of a venue bearing Donald Trump’s name since he took office.
The Trump International Golf Club, developed in the glitzy Gulf city state by luxury real estate firm DAMAC Properties, was inaugurated by the billionaire’s sons Eric and Donald Jr.
The event marks the Trump Organisation’s first public overseas launch since the president’s 20 January inauguration. Read more
CHANGSHA, CHINA, 17 February 2017: St Regis Hotels & Resorts opened St Regis Changsha, Thursday, its eighth hotel in Greater China.
The St Regis brand also confirmed it will debut St Regis Shanghai Jing’an later this year, as well as four additional hotels in Greater China’s gateway cities and leisure destinations over the next five years.
“The St Regis Changsha represents yet another compelling milestone for the brand as we grow our portfolio of luxury hotels in the Greater China region,” said Marriott International Greater China chief executive officer, Stephen Ho. Read more
BEIJING, 17 February 2017: China is experiencing its deadliest outbreak of the H7N9 bird-flu strain since it first appeared in humans in 2013, killing 79 people in January alone and spurring several cities to suspend live poultry trade.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Wednesday that by the end of January a total of 100 people had died in the current bird flu season, which commonly emerges in winter and continues into the spring.
The 79 deaths in China last month compared to just five in January 2016, according to the commission. Read more
TOKYO, 16 February 2017: The operator of a Japanese hotel chain already in hot water for denying a Japanese World War II atrocity has come under fire for reported anti-Semitic remarks.
Toshio Motoya is CEO of APA Group, which calls itself Japan’s largest hotel chain, and has drawn China criticism for writing a book denying the 1937 Nanjing massacre happened and placing the book in hundreds of APA hotel rooms.
The group also runs 40 hotels in North America and its February edition of an in-house magazine for guests staying at its Canada properties contained the anti-Semitic remarks. Read more