Hong Kong hotels enjoy revenue growth

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

LONDON, 12 October 2017: Despite a supply growth of 3.1% in rooms, Hong Kong hotels enjoyed their first  RevPAR increase for the month of September since 2013.

RevPAR, or revenue per available room, grew 4.5% to HKD1,84.03  for Hong Kong’s hotels.

STR issued what it calls  preliminary data for September, Wednesday,  that showed hotels in Hong Kong have seen rate-driven performance growth. Read more

Dragons banish the stars

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 5 October, 2017: If tourism and hotel operators want to capture the attention of China’s traveller they should think dragons rather than stars, or so a new website portal, Feel Like Home, would have us believe.

The brand new website is promoting its “Five Dragons” rating system that is supposed to help Chinese travellers identify their preferred restaurants or hotels when overseas.

Its core message runs along the lines of we need to have our dragons stacked up if we want to be China friendly. Read more

No holding Ho back

October 5, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 5 October 2017: Casino magnate Lawrence Ho –  son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho –  is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family’s reach beyond the world’s biggest gambling hub.

His father was credited with transforming Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost to a gaming boomtown boasting revenues surpassing Las Vegas.

With its myriad shimmering palaces to fortune and fantasy, the city is the only part of China where casino gambling is legal and has become a favourite haunt of mainland high rollers. Read more

Golden Week travel stays close to home

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 2 October 2017: China’s Golden Week’s holiday season got underway at the weekend, promising a major boost for destinations in Asia that are now almost totally reliant on the Chinese holiday makers to keep their tourist industries afloat.

But a report by Reuters, Sunday, noted that a cooling economy is keeping more Chinese tourists closer to home than in previous holiday seasons.

Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand are likely to be the losers when the Golden Week’s tourists data comes under review. Read more

UnionPay: Must-have card for China’s travellers

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 2 October 201: China’s outbound tourism reaches its peak during this National Day and mid-Autumn festival, China’s National Tourism Administration reported on Sunday.

Of the long-haul destinations where Chinese are heading the USA, Canada, Australia, France and Egypt were identified as top attractions for UnionPay cards holders.

More than 21 million merchants and 1.5 million ATMs outside the Chinese Mainland accept UnionPay cards. Read more

Guangzhou to host World Routes 2018

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

BARCELONA, 2 October 2017: The annual World Routes forum was officially handed over to next year’s host city, Guangzhou, at the closing ceremony in Barcelona late last week.

World Routes brings together airlines, airports and destinations to plan and negotiate future air services.

Guangzhou, an economic hub on the Pearl River in Guangdong Province, South China, often promoted alongside Hong Kong and Macau will host the event in 2018. Read more

China’s holiday week 1 to 6 Oct

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 26 September 2017: China’s annual national holiday gets underway ,1 to 6 October, promising a boom in domestic and international travel.

Known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, this is one of the main holidays in China when residents and citizens take one week off to spend time with family and friends, or travel overseas, Asian Trails China office advised its travel partners and customers.

Celebrated annually, the Mid-Autumn Festival dates are set according to the 8th month of the China Lunar calendar and this year the start of the holiday coincides with China’s National Day 1 October. Read more

Airbus extends China footprint

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

TIANJIN, 21 September 2017: Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.

China is one of the Western manufacturers’ key battlegrounds, with its travellers taking to the skies in ever-growing numbers.

In Tianjin, a port city 150 km (93 miles) from Beijing, Airbus already has an assembly line for the single-aisle aircraft A319 and A320, the first of its kind outside Europe. Read more

Chinese tap lucrative Halal market

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

DUBAI, 21 September 2017: Standing behind her stall at a Dubai exhibition centre, Dai Dong He offered expo visitors what looked like carefully wrapped biscuits or chocolates.

“This is dry beef, beef snacks,” said Dai, general manager of Anhui Central Asia Food Co., one of eight Chinese firms from Anhui Province displaying products at Halal Expo Dubai 2017.

Dubai is hosting the show for the ninth year running, with the Gulf emirate positioning itself as a major hub for the halal industry, a booming USD3 trillion market for goods and services that are permissible under Islamic law. Read more

Wharf appoints group director

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia, People

HONG KONG,  20 September 2017:  Wharf Hotels has appointed James Bevans as its new group director of rooms.

Reporting to the group’s vice president operations, Bevans is responsible for room operations at the group’s 15 hotels under the Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels brands.

The group has hotels in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Read more

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