Midscale Mercure on Maldives

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 23 August 2017: Mercure Maldives Kooddoo welcomed its first guests, 20 August, at its Gaafu Alifu Atoll island location.

Situated adjacent to Kooddoo domestic airport, the hotel is the first beachfront property that is directly accessible via a 55-minute flight from Male without the need for a speedboat transfer.

AccorHotels upper Southeast and northeast Asia chief operating officer, Patrick Basset said: “We are delighted to offer one of the best value, full-service hotels in the south of Maldives at a time when airlift and inbound markets are diversifying for properties outside of the luxury segment.”  Read more

Accor resort to be a Raffles

August 22, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 22 August 2017: AccorHotels announced its first management contract for a resort in the Maldives, effective 1 September.

The group will take over Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort that occupies the private island of Meradhoo.

The resort will be repositioned following improvements to be completed by late 2018. It will then join the iconic collection of Raffles hotels and resorts. Read more

Crew averts mid-air fire

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

COLOMBO, 2 August 2017: Crew on a Sri Lankan Airlines plane carrying 202 passengers extinguished a mid-flight fire triggered by a mobile phone battery in an overhead locker, the carrier said Monday.

The airline said a “major” incident was averted by the quick-thinking attendants on the flight that departed, Sunday, from Kochi in India to Colombo.

Smoke was detected shortly after a meal service on the 70-minute flight, it said. Read more

AirAsia adds two Indian cities

August 1, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 1 August 2017: Thai AirAsia introduces two new Thailand-India flights one to Rajasthan and the other to Tiruchirappalli effective late September.

The four weekly flights to Jaipur, the closest airport to Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal, will depart from Don Mueang International Airport every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 29 September.

The other service links Bangkok and Tiruchirappalli in South India offering four weekly flights from Don Mueang International Airport will depart every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) starting September 28. Read more

What we need is shorter flights

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 31 July 2017: Carlson Wagonlit’s latest global forecasts warns Thai travellers that the cost of flying may rise by 6.6% in 2018, the second largest increase in Southeast Asia.

Lucky Vietnamese and Japanese travellers may see fares fall by 6.3%. Good news for the destinations that welcome them. Philippines is the only country in the region where citizens could face bigger fare increases, up 7.1%, and higher than fare hikes in Thailand.

Of course, the figures are part of the trending game made possibly by big data analytics supplied by online bookings sites and other sources that can tap millions of bookings and shifts in fares and travel costs almost by the minute. Read more

India’s Yatra buys out ATB

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Tour Companies

GURGAON, INDIA, 27 July 2017: Yatra Online has entered into a definitive agreement, through its subsidiary, Yatra Online Private Limited to acquire Air Travel Bureau Ltd.

The Boards of Directors of both companies have approved the transaction according to the announcement last Tuesday.

ATB is India’s largest independent corporate travel services provider with gross bookings of INR15 billion mainly through 400 large and medium sized businesses across India. Read more

Colombo’s runway is back

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

DUBAI, UAE, 21 July 2017: Emirates will deploy an A380 aircraft to make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, 14 August, to mark the completion of runway improvements.

The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 commercial flight to land in Sri Lanka.

The one-off flight will allow airport executives, VIPs, trade partners and media to enjoy a guided tour of the double-decker aircraft. Read more

Amari arrives in Galle

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: ONYX Hospitality Group has launched a brand-new Amari property in Sri Lanka’s historic southwest coastal city of Galle.

The 172-room Amari Galle, located a short distance from the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort, is ONYX Hospitality Group’s third hotel in Sri Lanka.

This hotel is also the group’s third Amari opening this year, following Amari Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Amari Yangshuo in China. Read more

Himalaya taps travel agency channel

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 13 July 2017: Sabre Corporation announced, Tuesday, a new global distribution partnership with Himalaya Airlines.

The partnership will support the airline’s long-term goal to connect Nepal to major cities in Asia and the Middle East.

Currently the airline’s homepage (Where we Fly) identifies daily services to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Doha, Qatar. http://www.himalaya-airlines.com/home. Read more

AirAsia India’s footprint grows

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

BENGALURU, 12 July 2017: AirAsia India is embarking on network expansion that will improve regional connectivity and increase the airline’s footprint in the country.

AirAsia India has added Bhubaneshwar to its list of destinations, while adding six new routes connecting New Delhi, Jaipur & Bagdogra to Kolkata.

To keep pace with the expansion the low-cost airline has brought in its 11th Airbus A320 aircraft registered VT-MOD. Read more

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