Airbnb changes name in China

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 23 March 2017: Airbnb, the home rentals website, said on Wednesday it would double its investment in China, triple its workforce there and change its name to “Aibiying” in Chinese.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the name, which translates to “Welcome each other with love”, reflected the company’s commitment to succeeding in the country.

“There’s a whole new generation of Chinese travellers who want to see the world in a different way,” Chesky said at a launch event in Shanghai. Read more

Hebei Airlines flies to Bangkok

March 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 March 2017: Hebei Airlines, a Chinese airline, will commence flights between Shijiazhuang and Bangkok 27 March.

According to the airline’s website, the new route will operate with three weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Bangkok is the airline’s first international destination. It plans to inaugurate flights to other parts of Southeast Asia such as Incheon, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taipei. Read more

China’s Nuke bunker a tourist draw

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

FULING, CHINA, 20 March 2017: It was a top-secret Chinese nuclear facility with a deadly Cold War mission — to make plutonium for an atomic bomb — but these days its doors are wide open as a tourist attraction.

The cavernous “816 Nuclear Military Engineering” installation was burrowed into lush green mountains in southwest China over a 17-year span by 60,000 soldiers toiling day and night in dangerous conditions.

Construction on the vast site began in 1967, three years after China successfully tested its first atomic weapon, as China hurried to catch its nuclear programme up with that of Cold War rivals the United States and Soviet Union. Read more

Carlson Rezidor expansion on track

March 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 16 March 2017: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announced, Wednesday, strong 2016 results with 77 hotel openings worldwide and 122 new properties signed, marking its fourth consecutive year of signing increases.

The global portfolio now includes 1,143 hotels and a inventory of  180,250 rooms as well as a global pipeline of 303 hotels and 50,000 rooms currently under development.

The group reported system-wide revenues of USD7.2 billion which were flat year-over-year. Read more

Lion launches third route to China

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Thai Lion Air will start flights from Bangkok to Nanchang in China 1 April.

According to the airline’s website, the new service will offer four weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province in southeast China.

Nanchang is famous for its Lushan Mountain and Wuyuan Village and the Star of Nanchang the second largest Ferris wheel in the world. Read more

Hainan discounts Beijing flights

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Hainan Airlines offers a promotional fare for travel to Beijing until the end of April this year.

Departing Bangkok or Phuket, The promotion sells a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes, fees and fuel surcharges, at THB10,170 to Beijing.

Booking and travel period for the ex-Phuket flights are open until 29 April, this year, while ex-Bangkok the fare is valid through to 30 April. Read more

China hosts adventure travel mart

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Adventure travel worldwide is forecast to grow at a rate of 46% between 2016 and 2020, according to the Global Adventure Tourism Market Report 2016 to 2020.

It is just one of many insights into the lucrative adventure travel market that delegates will glean at this year’s PATA Adventure Conference and Travel Mart, hosted in Luoyang, China, 1 to 4 April.

Organised and sponsored by the China National Tourism Administration and Henan Provincial People’s Government, the PATA event will run side-by-side with the Luoyang Adventure Tourism and Equipment Expo. Read more

ITB China on launch pad

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under China, ITB, News

SHANGHAI, 7 March 2017: With just eight weeks to go before ITB China opens its doors at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre the organisers claim exhibition space is completely sold out.

The trade show, jointly organised by Messe Berlin and a local Chinese partner, will open 10 May with 600 companies, destinations, organisations and travel service providers signed up for China’s new three-day B2B travel trade show.

Trade visitors can registering for ITB China 2017 online at Trade Visitor Registration in order to meet with exhibitors covering leisure, mice and corporate travel, worldwide. Read more

China trims GDP growth

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 6 March 2017: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned Sunday the world’s second-largest economy faces severe challenges, signalling a further deceleration as he announced a trimmed 2017 GDP growth target of “around 6.5%”.

The economy is already growing at its slowest rate in more than a quarter of a century and the latest target unveiled at the opening of China’s rubber-stamp parliament is lower than a 6.5% to 7.0% range he set last year.

Full-year growth in 2016 came in at 6.7%, the weakest since 1990. Read more

Lion lifts off for China

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 1 March 2017: Thai Lion Air will commence two new routes connecting Bangkok to Chengdu and Chongqing in China effective today, 1 March.

According to the airline’s website, the new services will operate with a daily flight each departing Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport  Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

China is a key market for Thailand’s low-cost airlines. Read more

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