Pain points of business travel

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 12 October, 2017: Time spent in transit is the most challenging aspect of business travel in Asia-Pacific, says a new report released today by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association.

Before anyone says so what, or “tell us something new”,  the Asia-Pacific study identifies other serious gripes dished out by airlines and hotels.

They included complaints that focused on hassles related to the away-from-home work environment,  layovers and  the task of rebooking flights and hotels. Read more

Cruises start closer to home

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 11 October, 2017: Princess Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Majestic Princess, will board guests at close-to-home departure ports in Asia to experience destinations in the region and Australasia, starting February 2018.

The third ship in the Royal class of ships, the 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess was launched last March.

It is tailored specifically for the Asian market, representing the newest and largest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet.  The fourth Royal-class ship is scheduled for delivery in 2019. Read more

Sanchava introduces festive agenda

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Travel Logs

BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia, 11 October  2017: Sanchaya is lining up festivities for travel planners looking for new venues to  celebrate Christmas and New Year.

Sanchaya is a a short ferry ride from Singapore and a popular venue 20 December to 1 January for exclusive corporate and family celebrations.

It will stage end-of-the festivities including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve gala dinners, as well as caviar and Champagne evenings, a private philharmonic performance, a croquet afternoon by the ocean with rosé, strawberries and live music. Read more

Tips on how to save on luxury travel

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 October 2017: TripAdvisor’s latest ‘Luxury for Less Guide’ reveals when travellers can save up to 51% on luxury hotels and travel destinations that many travellers believe are beyond their  reach.

Based on reviews and price checks the guide offers tips on when the best prices are available.

This the stuff travel agencies should be telling us, but the tips are coming from TripAdvisor based on reviews, price comparisons and feedback from its social media community.* Read more

Bawah shortlisted for HICAP award

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 October 2017: A USD30 million luxury resort, Bawah Island, has been shortlisted for the Reggie Shiu Development of the Year Award by Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP).

Considered one of Asia-Pacific’s most established and recognised conferences for the hotel investment and development community, the award recognises a single development of the year that represents “accomplishments in hospitality.”

Developed as an ecologically sound destination, Bawah Island, is part of Indonesia’s Anambas archipelago, a cluster of five islands surrounded by 3 lagoons and 13 white beaches. Read more

Silk Air upgrades with new 737

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 October 2017: SilkAir, took delivery, Wednesday of  its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 that will be used to expand routes and present an improved inflight service level that is closer to what its parent company, Singapore Airlines offers.

The first of 37 MAX 8s ordered, marks a significant milestone in SilkAir’s journey towards expanding its network in the region and increasing frequencies.

Commenting on the MAX 8 arrival, SilkAir chief executive Foo Chai Woo said: “The new MAX 8 enables us to offer customers new destinations and paves the way for a new phase of growth.” Read more

October tennis mania in Singapore

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 4 October 2017:With the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global less than a month away, October is packed with tennis and lifestyle-related activities for both sports and non-sports fans.

In conjunction with the WTA Finals, ActiveSG launched last Sunday the inaugural Singapore Tennis Festival – a month-long event offering opportunities to participate in tennis-themed carnivals, competitions, clinics and try-outs.

Formerly known as WTA Championships, the Women’s Tennis Association tour was established in 1972. Read more

Grab a ride and fly

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 4 October 2017: Singapore Airlines  and Grab announced a partnership, Tuesday, that integrates their mobile apps to offer  a pre booking service for a ride to an airport in six countries across Southeast Asia.

The SQ mobile app offers the Grab taxi service in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Starting Tuesday, SIA customers can book Grab rides through the SingaporeAir mobile app. Customers using the app will see an option to book a Grab ride to the airport seven days before their scheduled departure. Read more

Singapore reports robust event bookings

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 4 October 2017: Singapore has successfully secured hosting for eight large congresses and tradeshows this year.

The events will draw an estimated additional 20,000 visitors to the city. The first one, Tea and Coffee World Cup, was hosted at the end of September, while the remaining seven events will be hosted through to 2024.

From world congresses to regional exhibitions and conferences, most of the events will take place for the first time in Southeast Asia or Asia. Read more

Traveltek opens Singapore office

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 4 October, 2017: Traveltek Group has made its debut in Southeast Asia, introducing booking solutions to the region’s travel industry.

The UK-based firm opened an office in Singapore, targeting OTAs, retail agents, cruise bookers and tour operators, who are seeking technology to help them keep pace with customer demand for leisure travel, particularly cruises,

Asian cruise passenger volumes are growing at double-digit rates annually. Read more

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