Ritz-Carlton swings into Hainan

January 19, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 19 January 2017: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed off 2017 with the opening of its first golf resort in China, located on Hainan Island.

The property is located on the world-class golf resort of Mission Hills, which boasts 10 18-hole championship courses.

“Hainan Island is one of the most exciting emerging destinations in Asia-Pacific today. With our partners, Mission Hills Group, we have created one of the most immersive golf and leisure travel experiences anywhere in the world,” said Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company president and chief operating officer, Hervé Humler. Read more

Family suicide in Macau hotel

January 19, 2017 by  
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MACAU, 19 January 2017: Two members of an Indian family were found dead and two others unconscious in a luxury Macau hotel room Wednesday in what police said was a suspected suicide case.

The father and eldest son, aged about 52 and 24 were found dead, while the mother and the younger son, aged around 45 and 20, were injured.

“Today at 1408, the [police] department received notification that in a certain casino hotel in the Taipa area, three men and one woman were unconscious in a room,” Macau police said in statement late Wednesday. Read more

Demystifying the Japanese loo

January 19, 2017 by  
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TOKYO, 19 January 2017: Japan’s toilet chiefs say they have come up with a plan to stop tourists getting their knickers in a twist over the country’s mind-bogglingly high-tech loos.

Under new guidelines, manufacturers will use the same eight pictograms to tell users which button flushes, which one fires a frighteningly accurate jet of water at the backside and what to press to close the lid.

Japan has been drawing record numbers of tourists in recent years and Tokyo is expecting millions of visitors when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2020. Read more

Wanda sees revenue wobble

January 16, 2017 by  
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BEIJING, 16 January 2017: China’s conglomerate Wanda, owned by the country’s richest man, said its turnover fell by 14% in 2016 despite a surge in receipts in the entertainment sector where it has multiplied its investments.

Wanda, which is owned by Wang Jianlin and has been on a high-profile overseas acquisition spree in recent years, said it had recorded a decline in revenue for the first time in at least 11 years.

In contrast, revenues generated by the conglomerate’s culture and tourism activities jumped 25% to 64.1 billion yuan (8.7 billion euros), with a rise of 31.4% in the film sector. Read more

NokScoot increases Taipei flights

January 13, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 13 January 2017: Low-cost airline, NokScoot, will increase flights from four to five weekly on the Bangkok – Taipei Taoyuan route for travel February and March this year.

According to the airline, the additional flight will operate on Saturdays during 18 February to 25 March, using a Boeing 777.

The service is expected to offer more convenience for passengers and meet  travel demand between Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) and Taipei in the holiday season. Read more

Wyndham’s fourth hotel in Jeju opens

January 12, 2017 by  
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JEJU, SOUTH KOREA, 12 January 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group has opened its newest Ramada hotel on the South Korean island of Jeju.

The 273-room Ramada Encore Jeju Seongsan — owned and operated by Sean PMC Seongsan — joins the company’s portfolio of more than 100 hotels across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Currently, 20 hotels are open and operating across South Korea including seven hotels in Jeju Island. Further boosting its presence, the hospitality giant has 10 hotels in the pipeline, which are expected to open across the country within the next two years. Read more

Songbei Shangri-La opens in Harbin

January 12, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 12 January 2017: The 344-room Songbei Shangri-La opened last week in the fabled city of ice, Harbin.

It marks Shangri-La’s second debut in this northeast city 18 years after the group opened the Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin in 1999.

The new property anchors Shangri-La in the heart of Songbei’s business district and in a historic city. Read more

Taoyuan breaks passenger record

January 12, 2017 by  
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TAIPEI, 12 January 2017: Annual passenger traffic at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport topped 42 million in 2016 improving 9.09%.

According to government-owned Taoyuan International Airport Corp, which manages the facility, annual passenger traffic has been growing steadily for the past five years.

The 2016 performance was a record for the 37-year old airport. Read more

HK Express flies U-FLY flag

January 10, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 10 January 2017: HK Express rolled out is first aircraft sporting the livery and logo of the U-FLY Alliance, that claims to be the world’s first alliance of low-cost carriers.

As one of the founding members, HK Express is the second airline to paint an aircraft in the alliance colours, following West Air.

The HK Express aircraft sporting the alliance colours came into service in Hong Kong 24 December. Read more

Aloft rises in Taipei

January 6, 2017 by  
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TAIPEI, 6 January 2017: Marriott announced Thursday the opening of design-led Aloft Taipei Beitou Hotel, the second Aloft property in Taipei.

The 292-room hotel is just a short walk from the century-old Beitou hot springs on the outskirts of the capital.

Downtown Taipei is accessible via the Metro with the nearest station just a five-minute walk away. Read more

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