Emirates cuts business fares

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 13 December 2017: Emirates is offering deals on business class fares for bookings made by 25 December.

The special business class fares are valid for for travel between 1 January and 30 June 2018.

All-inclusive business class fares from Singapore to select destinations start at SGD2,859 to Dubai. Read more

Singapore cracks down on Airbnb

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 8 December 2017: Two men have been charged in Singapore with illegally renting out apartments on Airbnb, the first such prosecutions in the city-state under new rules, local media reported Wednesday.

Regulations introduced in May ban homeowners from leasing property for less than three months without approval from authorities, meaning many short-term rentals on Airbnb should be illegal.

Housing policy is tightly controlled in space-starved Singapore, where 80% of the population lives in public housing which is subsidised by the government. Read more

SQ and MI codeshare with Scoot

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 6 December 2017: SIA and SilkAir customers will gain booking access to over 30  destinations as a codeshare deal with Scoot progressively rolls out.

The deal opens up more travel options for Singapore Airlines  and SilkAir customers who  can now book flights to more than 130 destinations across the SIA Group network, which includes the low-cost airline Scoot.

Under the agreement, SIA will progressively add its ‘SQ’ designator code, while SilkAir will add its ‘MI’ code to Scoot-operated flights between Singapore and more than 30 destinations served by Scoot. Read more

Traveltek upgrades cruise bookings

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, News, Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 1 December 2017: Traveltek Group Ltd, which recently opened offices in Singapore and Hong Kong, unveiled its next-generation cruise booking platform to the Asian market at this week’s CruiseWorld Asia.

Traveltek CruiseNX offers travel and cruise specialists a raft of improved features that promise to drive productivity for travel agency users.

The next-generation platform, available for desktop and as a new B2C website, has been developed in partnership with some of Traveltek’s major clients in key markets worldwide. Read more

IATA ready to roll out NewGen pay channel

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINAGAPORE, 30 November 2017: A core channel used by travel agents to transfer ticket sales payments to airlines since the 1970s is about to undergo a major remake.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), that represents the majority of airlines operating worldwide, manages what is known as the Bank Settlement Plan, but a recent resolution by member airlines will now herald the full adoption of the so-called New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS).

Roll out of NewGen ISS will start in March 2018, although some of the core pillars are already functioning in specific markets. Read more

ITB Asia to beef up buyers list in 2018

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 29 November 2017: ITB Asia has recruited the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) to boost the show’s corporate travel buyer attendance in 2018.

The deal makes ACTE, which has representation in 100 countries, the corporate travel association partner for ITB Asia 2018.

ACTE joins ITB Asia’s other buyers programme partners to assist in attracting  quality buyers and corporate travel managers to attend the show. Read more

Holiday sales for Bali on hold

November 28, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 28 November 2017: Travel agents in Singapore are diverting clients booked on tours to Bali to other island destinations in the region.

Bali’s international airport remains closed for the second day after fresh eruptions blasted clouds of ash and rock thousands of metres into the sky from the Mount Agung crater.

Channel NewsAsia quoted travel firm executives who said selling trips to Bali, one of the most popular island destinations for Singaporeans was now on hold. Read more

Lot Polish to fly to Singapore

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 23 November 2017: Changi Airport Group reported earlier this week LOT Polish Airlines will launch services between Singapore and Warsaw (Poland) 15 May 2018.

LOT Polish Airlines will fly to Changi Airport, three times weekly, when it launches the new service in May, but will increase to four weekly services from July 2018.

It will use a 252-seat Dreamliner B787-8 aircraft in a three-class configuration offering economy, premium economy and business cabins. Read more

Accor makes it 15 in Singapore

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Singapore, Travel Deals

SINGAPORE 23 November 2017: AccorHotels is managing two more hotels, Novotel Singapore and Mercure Singapore on Stevens, giving it 15 properties in the city state.

Owned and developed by Oxley Holdings Limited, the overall complex features 772 rooms  and 14 dining outlets, two outdoor pools, a tennis court and a function space for up to 500 guests.

A special opening rate of SGD 208++ with breakfast for two is on sale at the 254-room Novotel Singapore on Stevens, or from SGD 155++ per night with breakfast for two at the 518-room Mercure Singapore on Stevens. Read more

Business travellers stay in touch

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 22 November 2017: Just 31% of travellers from Asia-Pacific contact their families when on a business trip according to the CWT Connected Traveller Study.

That compares with half of business travellers from the Americas and around a quarter (27%) of Europeans.

The survey of more than 1,900 business travellers revealed that travellers from the Americas are also more likely to check-in more than once a day (47%), whether by phone, text, email, or other methods, compared with travellers from Europe (37%) and APAC (32%). Read more

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