Marco Polo and Niccolo under one Wharf

June 23, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 23 June 2017: Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels are now officially grouped together under Wharf Hotels Management Limited.

This marks a new chapter in the company’s evolution, with Wharf Hotels now becoming the trading name for Wharf Hotels Management Limited, which in turn manages the two hotel brands.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, and a subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, Wharf Hotels currently manages 14 hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines under its legacy brand of Marco Polo Hotels and the new luxury brand, Niccolo Hotels. Read more

Student’s death stalls tours

June 21, 2017 by  
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BEIJING, 21 June 2017: The death of US student, Otto Warmbier, following his incarceration in North Korea has shaken tour operators catering to thrill seekers, with several reconsidering whether to take Americans to the reclusive state.

Warmbier, 22, died Monday after being medically evacuated to the United States, last week, suffering from severe brain damage, with US President Donald Trump blaming Pyongyang’s “brutal regime” for his plight.

Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel agency that took Warmbier to North Korea, said in a Facebook post that it would no longer allow US citizens on its trips. Read more

Ctrip honours Marco Polo

June 6, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 6 June 2017: Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel have been recognised with a Ctrip Award 2016.

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel was named the Best Business Hotel, Gateway Hotel won Best Popular Hotel, and Prince Hotel received the Best Family-friendly Hotel accolade from Ctrip, signifying that the three hotels have consistently earned outstanding feedback from Ctrip guests on its global platform.

As China’s top online travel agency offering domestic and international hotel and flight bookings, Ctrip has over 90 million online members, as well as 50,000 hotel memberships. Read more

Best Western in triple win

June 5, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 5 June 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has secured licence agreements for three hotels in key destinations across the Japan.

These three new hotels reinforce Japan’s position as one of Best Western’s largest and most important Asian markets.

“We are excited to have signed another three outstanding hotels in Japan, which demonstrate Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ continued commitment to this wonderful and dynamic country,” said Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ managing director of international Operations – Asia, Olivier Berrivin. Read more

Sukhothai in Shanghai

June 5, 2017 by  
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SHANGHAI, 5 June 2017: HKR International Limited will open its second hotel under the Sukhothai Hotels & Resorts portfolio in Shanghai, China, late this year.

The other Sukhothai is the group’s flagship hotel, The Sukhothai Bangkok.

The Sukhothai Shanghai, located on Shanghai’s Nanjing Road (West) the central district business, will open with 168 rooms and 33 suites. Read more

Hong Kong hosts boat races

May 30, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 30 May 2017: Hong Kong’s annual Dragon Boat Festival gets underway 2 June for three days of boat races on the famous harbour as well as carnival celebrations along the Central Habourfront.

Traditionally known as Tuen Ng Festival, it pays tribute to Qu Yuan, a great poet in the Zhou Dynasty on the 5th day of the fifth month on Lunar calendar. Read more

Dusit and Dossen in China partnership

May 24, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 24 May 2017: Thailand-based Dusit International has entered a partnership with China’s Dossen International Group to operate and develop DusitPrincess resorts and residences in China.

In line with Dusit’s expansion plans for China, Dossen aims to sign at least 40 DusitPrincess properties in major leisure destinations within the next five years. Twenty-seven of these properties are expected to open before 2022, with the rest to follow in subsequent years. To date, Dossen operates more than 1,200 hotels under eight brands in over 200 cities worldwide. Read more

Chinese stay away from Korea

May 24, 2017 by  
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SEOUL, 24 May 2017: Chinese tourist arrivals to South Korea plunged by two-thirds in April after Beijing banned tour groups over Seoul’s deployment of a US missile defence system, official statistics showed.

Beijing imposed a boycott from 15 March on Chinese tour groups visiting the South in a spat over the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Washington and Seoul say it is purely to defend against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, but Beijing fears it could undermine its own nuclear deterrent and has reacted with fury, imposing a series of measures seen as economic retaliation. Read more

Hainan Airlines buys jets

May 23, 2017 by  
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SHANGHAI, 23 May 2017: China’s Hainan Airlines, which has poured billions of dollars into overseas acquisitions, announced plans Monday to buy 19 Boeing aircraft for USD4.2 billion to help meet skyrocketing travel demand by Chinese consumers.

The company said in a statement to Shanghai’s stock exchange that it would buy 13 Boeing 787-9 passenger jets and six 737-8s, citing the continued “rapid growth” in China’s travel market as incomes rise.

It plans to issue 15 billion yuan (USD2.18 billion) in bonds to help fund the deal. Read more

Cathay sacks staff

May 23, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 23 May 2017: Hong Kong’s flagship airline Cathay Pacific said, Monday, it would cut 600 staff including a quarter of its management, as part of its biggest shakeup in two decades to repair its bottom line.

In March the company posted its first annual net loss in eight years, citing intense competition as lower cost airlines, particularly from mainland China, eat into its market share.

It pledged at the time to slash costs by 30% after its USD74 million net loss in 2016 reversed a USD773 million profit in the previous year. Read more

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