China frees Casino sales team

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under China, News, North Asia

SYDNEY, 15 August 2017: Australia’s Crown Resorts said Monday that China had released all of the casino group’s employees who were detained as part of a gambling crackdown last year.

Mogul James Packer’s gaming company said the last of the 19 current and former Crown employees had been set free after being held for 10 months.

“Crown is pleased that all of our employees have now been released and reunited with their families and loved ones,” executive chairman John Alexander said. Read more

AccorHotels in Seoul hotel plex

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SEOUL, 15 August 2017: Korea’s first ‘lifestyle hotel-plex’ Seoul Dragon City will open, 1 October, featuring four AccorHotels brands and attractive travel deals to mark the opening.

The complex will have 1,700 rooms across various properties, 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms and two multi-function grand ballrooms.

Described as a world first, the project will have four floors of entertainment in a Sky Bridge suspended between two of the towers. Read more

Typhoon hits Japan

August 8, 2017 by  
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TOKYO, 8 August 2017: Strong typhoon Noru made landfall in western Japan, Monday, after killing two people on outlying islands, as authorities warned against landslides and floods.

Noru forced airlines to cancel some 400 flights, mainly in western Japan according to the news channel NHK.

The typhoon with gusts up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour hit the northern part of Wakayama prefecture at around 1530 (0630 GMT) after whipping up waves and winds off southern Japanese islands at the weekend, the meteorological agency said. Read more

North Korea: Tourists welcome

August 8, 2017 by  
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SEOUL, 8 August 2017: North Korea’s doors are still open to US tourists, Pyongyang said at the weekend, despite Washington banning its citizens from travelling there following the death of a US student who had been jailed in the country.

The US prohibition, which comes into effect 1 September was introduced after officials said the “serious risk” of arrest by Pyongyang authorities during tourist travel presented an “imminent danger to the physical safety” of its nationals.

The move was triggered by the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, who was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in the North for trying to steal a propaganda poster during a tourist visit, but was released in a mysterious coma in June and died soon afterwards. Read more

ANA profits rise

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 3 August 2017: The parent company of Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) said, Wednesday, its quarterly net profit skyrocketed after it raised its stake in a budget carrier, confirming it is on course for a new record full-year profit.

ANA Holdings has soared in recent years, booking an all-time high net profit for the last fiscal year on gains in its international business.

It said Wednesday that net profit came to 51.1 billion yen (USD462 million) for April to June, up from 6.6 billion yen from a year earlier. Read more

Chinese travellers more demanding

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 2 August 2017: Chinese travellers prefer overseas travel and are interested in more diversified itineraries, according the sixth edition of the Hotels.com Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) 2017.

Hotels.com engaged Ipsos, a world leader in market research, to conduct interviews during May 2017 with 3,000 Chinese residents, aged 18 to 54 years, who had travelled overseas in the past 12 months.

The travellers were asked about their spending patterns, travel preferences, booking methods, accommodation choices and future plans, along with many other aspects of their travel. Read more

JAL declares quarterly profit

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 1 August 2017: Japan Airlines (JAL) on Monday reported a jump in quarterly net profit thanks to brisk sales at home and overseas, and revised its full-year forecast upward.

JAL, once a symbol of Japan’s rise from the ashes of defeat in World War II as it ferried the country’s newly rich tourists around the world, received a government bailout after a high-profile bankruptcy restructuring in 2010.

After slashing routes and cutting costs, the carrier relisted on the Tokyo bourse two years later and has continued a steady ascent. Read more

Plaza Premium opens lounge in Italy

July 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 24 July 2017: Plaza Premium Group  has been awarded the contract by Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) to operate a brand new Plaza Premium Lounge for Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome, Italy

The international airport lounge operator has a contract for five years.

Slated to open in October, Plaza Premium Lounge will offer hospitality, bar, catering, front-of-house and housekeeping services. Read more

Carlson Wagonlit traces travel hikes

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

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Air fares in the Asia Pacific are forecast to rise 2.8% in 2018 with domestic demand increasing, particularly in China and India according to the 4th annual Global Travel Forecast.

As many of the region’s economies strengthen, the downside is the ability of airports to keep up with demand.

Released Wednesday by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and GBTA Foundation, the research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, the 4th annual 2018 Global Travel Forecast shows global airfares could rise 3.5% in 2018. Read more

North Korea beaches and a jail?

July 20, 2017 by  
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SEOUL, 20 July 2017: North Korea’s tourism agency has launched a website offering holiday options ranging from surfing to rice planting, despite strong US warnings to avoid travel to a nation where several trips have ended in jail.

Sixteen Americans have been detained in the past decade in North Korea, including 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier who was given a long prison term for stealing a hotel propaganda poster. He was sent home in a coma in June but died several days later.

The “DPR Korea Tour” website, run by the North’s National Tourism Administration, depicts the country — which is subject to stiff sanctions over its weapons programmes — as just another tourist destination. Read more

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