BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives.
The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll in the northern part of the Maldives. It is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2018.
The contemporary tropical resort will have 33 beach villas and 72 over water villas. Read more
DUBAI, 28 April 2017: Qatar Airways plans to introduce a fifth daily nonstop service from Doha to Bangkok effective 1June.
The increased frequency, along with its double-daily Phuket flights and the five-month-old Krabi operations (four flights a week), will take the number of weekly Qatar Airways departures from Thailand to Doha to 53.
In related news Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Read more
BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: Good news for Thai travellers as Taiwan decides to extend visa-free visits for Thai passport holders for another year until the end of July 2018.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China (Taiwan), the visa exemption that was offered to nationals of Thailand and Brunei will now be extended to 31 July, 2018.
It was due to expire 31 July this year. Read more
NEW DELHI, 27 April 2017: Indian carrier Jet Airways said Wednesday it had suspended a foreign pilot from flying duty over allegations that he assaulted a woman and hurled racist abuse at another passenger on a domestic flight.
The Mumbai-based airline confirmed the incident took place 3 April on a Chandigarh-Mumbai flight, adding the pilot in question had been taken off the flying roster soon after and an apology had been extended to the victim.
“As regards the said incident, Jet Airways has noted guest feedback with concern and regrets the incident,” Jet Airways said in a statement Wednesday. Read more
BRASILIA, 26 April 2017: Chinese conglomerate HNA has agreed to buy a stake in Rio de Janeiro’s airport from the corruption-tainted Brazilian firm Odebrecht, a government official said Tuesday.
HNA will take over from Odebrecht as the joint holder of a controlling stake in Tom Jobim airport, Brazil’s second busiest air hub with some 17 million passengers a year.
“The Odebrecht-HNA deal is closed. Only the paperwork remains,” a senior economy official in the government, Tarcisio de Freitas, told AFP. Read more
BEIJING, 26 April 2017: Air China will resume services to North Korea, 5 May after suspending flights for around two weeks.
At the time media reports said the cancellation was a response to political and military tension in the region.
However, the airline insisted it was a commercial decision due to low traffic response. Read more
MASIKRYONG, NORTH KOREA, 26 April 2017: Outside a large stone tablet acclaims “the work of Dear Leader Kim Jong-Un who devoted hard work and heart and soul to make our people the happiest and most civilised people”.
On the ski fields of Mount Taehwa, groomed pistes snake down wooded hillsides to a luxurious hotel and a giant screen showing a North Korean army choir. But the runs are empty.
Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. Read more
BAHRAIN, 26 April 2017: Strengthening its foothold in Bahrain, Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) will triple its inventory of rooms in the Kingdom this year with the opening of two new hotels.
Grand Swiss-Belresort Seef, a 189-key five-star resort, will open in the last quarter of this year, with a new residential property due to open in Juffair in December 2017 after it has been re-branded Swiss-Belresidences. These two new properties will be joining the existing Swiss-Belhotel Seef.
Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president, Gavin M Faull, said: “The new developments are in line with our multi-brand growth strategy and reinforce our commitment to Bahrain where we continue to see a strong demand.” Read more
DOHA, 25 April 2017: Qatar Airways will add a third daily nonstop flight to Denpasar, Bali, 7 May increasing weekly seat capacity by 35%.
Qatar Airways introduced services to Bali in 2014 shortly afterwards increased frequency to twice daily based on the island’s popularity.
Prior to the 2014 launch, Qatar Airways served the destination via Singapore. Read more
DUBAI, 25 April 2017: Tourico Holidays reports inbound hotel room nights to the Middle East have increased by 112% year-over-year in 2017.
Outbound travel from the market is on the rise, as well. Hotel room nights sold from the Middle East are pacing at an increase of 138% through to the end of 2017 – meaning future hotel reservations through the end of the year have more than doubled compared to the same time in 2016.
Travel from China is a driving force in the market’s inbound hotel industry success. Tourico reports a sharp increase in Chinese travel to the Middle East, marked by a 60% surge in hotel room nights booked so far in 2017. Additionally, The US has increased its hotel room nights to the Middle East by 12% year-over-year, while Germany (+21% YOY), Canada (+8% YOY), and South American countries (+9% YOY) have also been key contributors to the growth. Read more