Qatar’s lucky draw on Facebook

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, Travel Deals

DOHA, 30 November 2017: Qatar Airways has launched a social media competition with a top prize of two  business class tickets to any destination in its network, to help celebrate the final draw for the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The draw takes place 1 December, at the State Kremlin Palace in the heart of Moscow, Russia.

The competition kicks off a series of activities planned by the airline over the coming months in the run-up to the start of next summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup across Russia. Read more

Japan and China top for nosh

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

PARIS, 30 November 2017: Japan and China have more of the world’s best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week.

Although the French-based list will declare Guy Savoy’s flagship Paris riverside restaurant the best in the world for the second year running — and French cooking dominates the top 100 — the big trend is the climb of Chinese haute cuisine.

“The rise and rise of China is the big story,” said Jorg Zipprick, who crunched the numbers for the “guide of guides”, which was set up as a “more scientific and reliable” rival three years ago to the British-based 50 Best Restaurants. Read more

China tours resume to Korea

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 30 November 2017: China is resuming limited tour group travel to South Korea, a sign of warming relations which were strained by Seoul’s installation of a US missile defence system.

Tour group operators in Beijing said Tuesday the city’s tourism bureau had told them they could resume booking group visits to South Korea.

China halted group travel to the South in March after the country began deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which Seoul and Washington say is intended to combat missile threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. Read more

Hong Kong refreshes light show

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 29 November 2017: Travel agents should remind their clients, who are heading to Hong Kong, not to miss the refreshed new version of the Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights show.

Credited with being the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, according to Guinness World Records, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will introduce an overhauled version for a premiere, 1 December, performance.

The revamped Symphony of Lights will include a new set up with dynamic lighting and a new musical score. Read more

JIN Air opens market sale

November 28, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, Travel Deals

HONG KONG, 28 November 2017: South Korea’s low-cost carrier, Jin Air, is selling fares discounted by up to 88%  through to 1 December.

The quick sale ‘JIN MARKET’ is described as the biggest flight discount promotion that the airline has ever offered inspired by Korea’s department store seasonal super sales.

The JIN MARKET online special discount promotion is offered every six months during Korea’s autumn and spring. Read more

Ani Villas names GM

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People, South Asia

ANGUILLA, 27 November 2017: John Vasatka will take over as CEO this month for the Ani Villas’ collection of private resorts in Anguilla, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

He will also head the management of a fourth property due to open later this month in the Dominican Republic.

Vasatka has worked with upscale hotels for nearly two decades, including 12 years as general manager at various Aman Resorts’ in the Caribbean, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Read more

Okay Air thumbs up for Dreamliner

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 27 November 2017: Boeing and China’s first privately owned airline, Okay Airways, have finalised a USD1.4-billion order for five Dreamliner jets, the two companies said on Thursday.

The purchase of the five 787-9 long-haul aircraft by the Beijing-based airline was signed off in the United States on Wednesday and announced on Thursday via the companies’ official accounts on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo.

Okay Airways currently has a fleet of 26 single-corridor Boeing 737 planes, which fly to 70 destinations in China and elsewhere in Asia. Read more

Egypt mourns victims of massacre

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

CAIRO, 27 November 2017: Egypt mourned at the weekend as the death toll from a gun and bomb assault on a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula soared above 300, including children, in the deadliest attack the country has witnessed.

The army said warplanes had struck militant hideouts in the insurgency-wracked North Sinai in retaliation.

According to the state prosecution, up to 30 militants in camouflage flying the Islamic State group’s black banner had surrounded the mosque and massacred the worshippers during weekly Friday prayers. Read more

Cox & Kings wins award

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, tour company

MUMBAI, 23 November 2017: Cox & Kings, India, won the “Best Luxury Travel Curator, at the Travel + Leisure India’s Best Awards 2017 held at ITC Maurya, New Delhi, Monday.

Considered one of the world’s oldest tour operators  with offices in 22 countries, was recognised for its best in class travel destinations, based on readers’ feedback and experiences

The annual award ceremony is organised and hosted by the widely read consumer travel publication, Travel + Leisure India. Read more

Air China ends North Korea flight

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 23 November 2017: Air China has suspended flights to North Korea, further limiting the secretive state’s links with the outside world, but the company said Wednesday it was a business decision.

The suspension comes shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Beijing and pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme.

China sent a special envoy, Song Tao, to the North last week but his four-day trip ended with no direct statement on the crisis, after Pyongyang’s series of nuclear and missile tests triggered global alarm. Read more

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