Mövenpick signs first hotel in Maldives

April 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives.

The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll in the northern part of the Maldives. It is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2018.

The contemporary tropical resort will have 33 beach villas and 72 over water villas. Read more

Pilot accused of racist abuse

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 27 April 2017: Indian carrier Jet Airways said Wednesday it had suspended a foreign pilot from flying duty over allegations that he assaulted a woman and hurled racist abuse at another passenger on a domestic flight.

The Mumbai-based airline confirmed the incident took place 3 April on a Chandigarh-Mumbai flight, adding the pilot in question had been taken off the flying roster soon after and an apology had been extended to the victim.

“As regards the said incident, Jet Airways has noted guest feedback with concern and regrets the incident,” Jet Airways said in a statement Wednesday. Read more

Dusit expands footprint

April 21, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: Dusit International is set to expand its footprint with the opening of a property in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

The opening of DusitPrincesess Dhaka will mark the company’s first property in Bangladesh, under a long-term arrangement with a subsidiary of Lakeshore Hotels Limited.

Located in the north of the city, a five-minute car drive from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the upper-midscale business hotel will open under Dusit’s newly developed franchising model. Read more

Sun Resorts takes a shine to Maldives luxury

April 12, 2017 by  
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LHAVIYANI ATOLL, MALDIVES, 12 April 2017: Sun Resorts owned and managed, Kanuhura Maldives, has undergone a USD42 million  overhaul that includes the purchase of Masleggihura island.

Consisting of three islands in the northern quadrant of the Lhaviyani Atoll the original property opened almost two decades ago.

A reimagining of the resort positions it for the latest trending, travellers identified as Gypset; part gypsy in their drive for freedom and  jetset, reflected in their wealth and craving for luxury living. Read more

India: Pubs with no beer

April 11, 2017 by  
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GURGAON, INDIA, 11 April 2017: When Shailja Singh headed to her favourite bar for a post-work beer this week she found it shut, victim of a Supreme Court ruling that has stopped India’s burgeoning alcohol and leisure industries in their tracks.

Thousands of liquor outlets were forced to close, 1 April, after the order, which barred the sale of alcohol within a 500-metre (500-yard) range of a highway.

The ruling was meant to curb drink driving on India’s roads, the world’s deadliest, but has also shut down many bars, restaurants and hotels that serve tourists and office workers like Singh. Read more

SilkAir adds Sri Lanka to network

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 10 April 2017: SilkAir launched its inaugural flight to Colombo, 7 April, joining its parent carrier Singapore Airlines serving  the popular route.

With the launch of the three-weekly service, SilkAir’s route network extends to 53 destinations across 15 countries.

The inaugural MI428 flight departed at 0850 from Singapore Changi Airport and arrived at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport at 1005, last Friday. The return flight according to the schedule is at 1105, arriving in Singapore at 1810 (all times local). Read more

Centara inks Maldives contract

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 7 April 2017: Centara Hotels & Resorts signed   a new hotel management agreement for its fourth beach resort under the Centara umbrella in the Maldives – Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives.

The signing ceremony took place between Centara Hotels & Resorts and Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited, and Well Land Investment PVT LTD.

Under the agreement, Centara Hotels & Resorts will manage and operate Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives, a new five-star resort in the Southwest portion of Baa Atoll. Read more

MP forced to take the train

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 7 April 2017: An Indian politician who attacked a flight steward after being refused a business class seat caused uproar in parliament Thursday by demanding his ban on air travel be overturned.

Ravindra Gaikwad made national headlines after footage emerged in March of the Shiv Sena politician repeatedly striking a steward with his sandal aboard an Air India flight.

He has admitted whacking the 60-year-old steward roughly two dozen times during the altercation over seating on a flight from Pune to New Delhi. Read more

India extends eVisa role

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Trade Talk

NEW DELHI, 5 April 2017: India has liberalised and extended the scope of its eVisa scheme effective 1 April in a move to boost tourism to the country.

The popular eVisa, is now available in three distinct categories specifically for leisure, business and medical travel, India’s Press Information Bureau announced last week.

The e-Tourist, e-Business visa and e-Medical visas have also been extended to 161 countries for entry through 24 gateway airports, up from 16 airports earlier and three Indian sea ports; Cochin, Goa and Mangalore to tap cruise tourism potential. Read more

Nepal moves rhinos to new home

April 5, 2017 by  
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CHITIWAN, 5 April 2017: Conservationists captured a rare one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal, Monday, as part of an attempt to increase the number of the vulnerable animals, which are prized by wildlife poachers.

Five rhinos — one male and four female — will be released into a national park in Nepal’s far west over the coming week in the hope of establishing a new breeding group.

The first, a large male estimated to be around 12 years old, was located by rangers in Chitwan National Park after a four-hour search on elephant-back. Read more

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