China buys Brazil airport

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BRASILIA, 26 April 2017: Chinese conglomerate HNA has agreed to buy a stake in Rio de Janeiro’s airport from the corruption-tainted Brazilian firm Odebrecht, a government official said Tuesday.

HNA will take over from Odebrecht as the joint holder of a controlling stake in Tom Jobim airport, Brazil’s second busiest air hub with some 17 million passengers a year.

“The Odebrecht-HNA deal is closed. Only the paperwork remains,” a senior economy official in the government, Tarcisio de Freitas, told AFP. Read more

NokScoot bumps up flights

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 20 April 2017: NokScoot, a joint venture between Thailand’s Nok Air and Singapore Airline’s low- cost subsidiary, Scoot, will increase flights to China.

Flying out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, the low-cost airline’s latest timetable updates, monitored by Airlineroute, confirm it will increase flights to Shenyang and Tianjin.

Effective 13 July, the airline will increase flights to Shenyang from three to four weekly, except for 29 July to 9 August, when it reverts to three services weekly. Read more

Dusit activates WeChat Pay

April 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK1, 19 April 2017: Dusit Hotels & Resorts has signed a partnership agreement with Ksher (WeChat Pay Thailand) and Asset Bright Public Company Limited to accept WeChat Pay at Dusit Hotels and Resorts.

WeChat Pay is part of China’s largest mobile instant messaging app, WeChat, which to date has over 800 million active users.

It allows users to pay bills, order goods, transfer money to other users, and pay in selected stores directly via smartphone using credit from their personal WeChat Pay accounts. Read more

No politics behind flight suspension

April 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 19 April 2017: China Monday denied any political motive in the cancellation of flights by its flag carrier to North Korea, as pressure mounts on Beijing to help curb Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.

State broadcaster CCTV reported last Friday that Air China had suspended its Beijing-Pyongyang route, leading to speculation the move was intended to pressure the North.

But foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang distanced his government from the decision and said it was purely “market-based”. Read more

Hilton Garden opens in Shanghai

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 10 April 2017: Hilton announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao, Friday, which marks the debut of the Hilton Garden Inn brand in Shanghai.

Hilton currently manages Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, Hilton Shanghai, Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Shanghai – Pudong in this top tier city.

“The addition of Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao enables us to address the growing demand in the city’s mid-market segment,” said Hilton senior vice president, operations, Greater China & Mongolia, Bruce McKenzie. “This is our 12 Hilton Garden Inn hotel in China… With a pipeline of over 230 hotels, including more than 30 Hilton Garden Inn hotels, we will continue to provide our guests with more choice in this key market.” Read more

Wyndham hits a million members

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 5 April 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group’s loyalty programme announced, Tuesday, that it has surpassed 50 million members worldwide.

Wyndham Rewards’ milestone member enrolled, last week, at the newly opened Wyndham Grand Xiame.

Wyndham is currently the largest US-based hotel company in China with more than 1,300 hotels and expects to hit more than 2,000 hotels in country by the end of 2019. Read more

Air China online fares 30% off

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 5 April 2017: Air China is offering promotional fares for travel to selected destinations until the end of this year.

The promotion offers a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, ex-Bangkok at THB12,555 to Beijing.

A THB24,385 fare sells to Zurich in Switzerland. Read more

China Southern profits climb

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 3 April 2017: Asia’s biggest carrier China Southern Airlines, reported at the weekend, a 35% leap in profit in 2016, but the slumping Chinese currency dented earnings for the rest of the country’s “big three” carriers.

Increasing demand is expected to propel China to overtake the United States within a few years as the world’s biggest market for air travel in coming years.

China Southern turned a profit of 5.04 billion yuan (USD731 million) in the year, up 35%, capitalising on a continued boom in both domestic and overseas trips by Chinese travellers as the country’s middle class swells. Read more

Phongsali optimistic about tourism

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

PHONGSALI, 31 March 2017: Phongsali tourism authorities count visits and conclude tourism is moving forward, although the province is located in a remote part of Laos with limited airline access.

Vientiane Times in a tourism report noted that tourist arrivals to the province have risen from around 82,000 visits in 2015 to 103,583 in 2016.

The province’s tourism section official, Khamphanh Soudaphone, was quoted saying the province was not on a popular tourist route, but still managed to attract European visitors looking for soft adventure. Read more

Virtual race along the Silk Road

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Technology

HANGZHOU, CHINA, 30 March 2017: Hangzhou Tourism Commission in partnership with Expedia Media Solutions, has launched a virtual space  “Silk Road Race, Explore the Living Hangzhou” tourism campaign.

Virtual explorers from England, France, and Germany will compete against each other to reach a virtual Hangzhou, by accumulating 5,500 tweets.

Revisiting the Silk Road’s, more than 1,000 years of cultural exchange  that spanned 5,500 miles from Europe to China is measured by tweet posts not miles in this virtual race. Read more

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