Steady results for Asia Pacific hotels

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, PACIFIC

LONDON, 23 November 2017: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported positive results for occupancy, average daily rate and PevPAR during October, according to data from STR.

Asia-Pacific’s hotel trends saw occupancy increase by 0.7% to 71.7%, average daily rate improved 2.3% to USD104.15 and revenue per available room (RevPAR) improved 2.9% to USD74.68

Spotlighting Hong Kong’s performance, STR reported hotel occupancy during October improved 1.3% to 91.8%, ADR increased 2.6% to HKD1,395.12 and RevPAR  improved 3.9% to HKD1,281.33. Read more

India’s tourism dollars up 20%

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under India, News

NEW DELHI, 20 November 2017:  India’s Ministry of Tourism estimates foreign exchange earnings (FEEs) through tourism, January to October, reached USD220.89 billion representing an improvement of 20.2% over year-on-year.

During January-October 2016, the FEEs registered USD 18.37 billion and a growth of 7.9% over January- October 2015.

Highlights of the estimates indicate FEEs for just October identified FEEs of USD2.205 billion, compared with FEEs of USD1.812 billion during the month of October 2016. Read more

Thai Lion delays Kochi launch

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under India, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 13 November 2017: Thai Lion Air, home-based in Bangkok, has delayed the launch of its planned service to Kochi, a popular tourist destination in India.

The new service from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) was supposed to start 1 December, according to its provisional timetable as stated by Airlineroute.

The latest information suggest the airline will now start the service, 1 February. Read more

What freaks out business travellers?

November 6, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, PACIFIC, South Asia, TRENDING

AMSTERDAM, 6 November 2017: Asia Pacific travellers are likely to worry more about safety and security than their counterparts from other regions recent research by Carlson Wagonlit Travel concludes.

Findings showed Asia Pacific 56% of travellers worry about their safety and security compared with 37% of European travellers and 47% American travellers.

There were considerable geographical differences when it comes to identifying what scares travellers the most.  For example only 19% of Australians surveyed said they worried about terrorist attacks. In contrast, 59% of Singaporeans said they worried most about terror attacks. Indians shared the same concern with 46% claiming terror attacks were their main worry. Read more

Uluru off limits to climbers

November 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 2 November 2017: Climbing the world’s largest monolith Uluru was banned Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a “theme park”, undermining the giant red rock’s deep cultural significance.

Scrambling up the symbol of the Outback, also known as Ayers Rock, for many tourists is a must-do activity when they visit Australia.

But they do so against the wishes of the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu, to whom the site is sacred. Read more

Accor bids for Mantra

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 10 October 2017: France’s AccorHotels has made a AUD1.17 billion (USD910 million) bid for one of Australia’s biggest hotel operators, the Mantra Group, the local company said Monday in a move that sent its share price soaring.

Mantra, which operates more than 20,000 rooms in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, said it had received an offer of AUD3.96 cash per share, valuing the firm at Aus$1.17 billion.

“Mantra has granted Accor access to due diligence to determine if a transaction can be agreed and recommended unanimously by the Mantra board,” the Australian-listed company said in a statement. Read more

Asia Pacific travel gears up

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SINGAPORE, 27 September 2017: Travel in Asia Pacific is not showing any signs of slowing down, with the region dominating visitor arrivals once again, according to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, released Tuesday.

The proof is also in the travel spend with Asia Pacific destinations tracking the highest amount of international overnight visitor spend among its top 10 cities. Bringing in USD91.16 billion in travel expenditure in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD74.74 billion), and North America (USD55.02 billion).

Ranking the world’s 132 top destination cities, the Index studied visitor volume and spend for the 2016 calendar year and provided a forecast for annual growth, insights on the fastest growing destination cities, and a deeper understanding of why people travel and how they spend around the world. Read more

Rugby boosts NZ tourism

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

WELLINGTON, 22 September 2017: New Zealand’s economy grew 0.8% in the April-June quarter partly due to a tourism boost from the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, official data showed Thursday.

Statistics New Zealand said the quarterly figure, which was in line with market expectations and released just days ahead of national elections on Saturday, took annual growth to 2.7%.

It said exports rose 5.2%, the best quarterly performance in almost 20 years, amid high demand for New Zealand dairy and forestry products. Read more

GoAir readies for Phuket flights

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, India, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 August 2017: Mumbai-based budget carrier GoAir is ready to start its first international services to Male, in the Maldives and Phuket, Thailand, this October.

However, schedules for the airline’s first international services have not been finalised and bookings are not possible for either destination on the airline’s website.

It is understood the airline is waiting confirmation that two Airbus A320s will be delivered in time to launch the flights during October. Read more

Qantas flags ultra long-haul flights

August 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 28 August 2017: Australia’s Qantas unveiled plans for the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight, last Friday, calling it the “last frontier of global aviation”, as it posted healthy annual net profits on the back of a strong domestic market.

The firm, which hopes to fly non-stop from Australia to London and New York by 2022, announced a 17.2% slip in annual net profit to AUD852 million (USD673 million) after record results last year.

The airline’s underlying profit before tax — its preferred measure — was the second-highest in its history at AUD1.4 billion for the year to June 30, matching forecasts. Read more

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