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

Flying with the RAF’s Red Arrows

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Middle east

DOHA, 2 October 2017:  – Qatar Airways celebrated its 20th anniversary at the weekend as thousands of people watched a Qatar Airways aircraft fly over Doha escorted by the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team.

The event was hosted by the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Ajay Sharma, and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.

The thrilling display took place in the skies above Doha as the Qatar Airways Airbus A350, for which the airline was the global launch customer, flew in formation with the British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) iconic Red Arrows. 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

Etihad former airport chief as CEO

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 2 October 2017:  Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad late last week appointed a senior British defence official who once ran the emirate’s airports as its next chief executive, as it looks to staunch heavy losses.

Tony Douglas will join Etihad, which lost USD1.87 billion last year, in January from the British defence ministry where he oversees equipment procurement and training for the army.

He has previously held senior positions in the UAE, most notably as CEO of both Abu Dhabi Airports and Abu Dhabi Ports. Read more

India’s Kerala taps adventure

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia, tour operators

KUMARAKOM, India, 29 September  2017: India’s Kerala State has been rebranded a “land of adventure in a bid to attract young international travellers, according to, the Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran.

He made the comments at the opening of the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Wednesday.

Adopting the theme  ‘Emerging Pathways’, the annual convention aims to position India as the adventure capital of the world. Read more

Qatar places Boeing order

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

QATAR, 28 September 2017: Qatar Airways announced Tuesday it has placed an order worth more than USD2 billion for six Boeing planes, which it said reflected the airline’s continued expansion in the United States.

A statement on the Gulf carrier’s website said it had placed an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs.

It added that the order was valued at USD2.16 billion (1.8 billion euros) “at list prices”. 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

Trip 360˚’s war on plastic

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, tour company

MUMBAI, 26 September 2017: PATA Gold Award winner, Cox & Kings, declares war on the plastic bottle, this week, as the travel firm’s franchisee and stores are turned into drop points to discard plastic bottles.

In a bid to preserve the environment and create awareness among people, Trip 360˚, an adventure specialist in India launched its second sustainability campaign, ‘Drop the Bottle’, with an ambitious target of collecting 10,000 plastic bottles across the Mumbai-Thane region.

Powered by Cox & Kings, the adventure travel specialist is fronting the campaign to tackle the plastic bottle scourge in tourism. Read more

Hertz names GSAs for India and Vietnam

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Transport, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 26 September 2017:  Hertz Global Holdings Inc announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Hertz Corporation, has appointed Discover the World and InterGlobe Air Transport Limited (IGAT) as general sales agents (GSAs) for Vietnam and selected markets in India.

Both GSAs will promote Hertz’s products and services  worldwide to domestic travel trade partners, corporate customers and leisure travellers.

Both GSA partners were selected for their extensive expertise in travel and strong local networks. In India, Hertz’s outbound sales efforts in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumba continue to come under Discover the World, an international GSA partner of Hertz since 1995. 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

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