ANA profits fly high

November 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 2 November 2017: Japan’s top airline by passenger numbers, All Nippon Airlines, upgraded its full-year forecasts on Wednesday as profits soared to new records due to solid demand.

Parent company ANA Holdings said net profits for the first-half period from April to September had more than doubled from a year earlier to a record 118.4 billion yen (USD1.0 billion).

However, this rise was mainly due to income gained from integrating budget carrier Peach Aviation onto its books as well as a strong performance in international passenger and cargo services. Read more

JAL makes profit upgrade

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, East Asia, News

TOKYO, 1 November 2017: Japan Airlines  on Tuesday upgraded its full-year forecast as it booked a modest gain in half-year net profit thanks to solid domestic and international sales.

JAL said net profit rose 9.2% year-on-year to 78.0 billion yen (USD690 million) for the six months to September.

Revenue for the period increased 6.2% to 692.3 billion yen, as the airline said it enjoyed robust inbound demand from overseas and buoyant outbound demand. Read more

SilkAir starts Hiroshima service

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 31 October 2017: SilkAir launched Monday it’s a three weekly service to Hiroshima, Japan.

This marks the first Japanese destination for SilkAir and the only nonstop service between Hiroshima and Singapore.

With this launch, SilkAir’s route network now spans 53 destinations in 16 countries. If Singapore Airlines is included the two carriers serve six Japanese cities. Read more

AirAsia makes comeback in Japan

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, East Asia, News

SEPANG, Malaysia, 16 October 2017 – AirAsia Japan will be back in business, 29 October when it launches its maiden service from Nagoya to Sapporo.

The twice-daily service will commence will connecy Nagoya – AirAsia Japan’s main hub – to the capital of northern Hokkaido prefecture.

To mark the launch, AirAsia is selling a special promotional fare starting t JPY5* from 17 October  (0001h GMT +9) to 22 October 2017 (2359h GMT +9) for travel between 29 October and 24 March 2018. Read more

Pavilions embarks on expansion

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 15 September 2017: Leading luxury hospitality brand, Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, has unveiled The Ginto Residences in Niseko, Japan, as the company introduces hotel and residential projects in destinations across Asia and Europe.

The first phase of the global project is a land release on which a collection of luxury villas will be built in Niseko, the exclusive mountain destination on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Nestled in pinewood forests at Ginto Hirafu, with access to premium ski lifts and snow slopes, the Ginto Residences is a USD100 million development comprising a total of 31 private villas, with no single plot measuring less than 1,000 sqm. Read more

TripAdvisor tells Japan’s Untold Stories

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 12 September 2017: Japan Airlines and TripAdvisor, announced, Monday, a strategic partnership supporting the country’s efforts to better capture and disperse inbound tourism across Japan.

According to TripAdvisor data, global inbound travel interest in Japan has been growing at an average rate of 30% year-on-year over the past four years, with majority of interest focused on the Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto prefectures.

The joint initiative will take the form of a multi-media portal named “Untold Stories of Japan”, highlighting the very best that locals love beyond the obvious, driving sustainable tourism and increasing the likelihood of repeat visits. Read more

JNTO backs Japan Tour show

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour company

BANGKOK, 30 August 2017: Japan Tourism Organization (JNTO) will host the  Japan Tour 2017,  22 to 24 September in a downtown Bangkok shopping mall hall.

The event’s venue is Royal Paragon Hall 3, Siam Paragon, 5th Floor.

JNTO is assembling travel content from tour and hotel operators in Japan along with tour companies from various provinces in Japan and with supporting air fare deals from airlines. Read more

BW opens hotel in Osaka

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 29 August 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts continues its expansion in Asia’s key gateway cities with the launch of a new-built hotel in Osaka.

Opening 1 September, Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto will provide business and leisure travelers with a brand new midscale accommodation option in the heart of Japan’s second largest city.

Located in downtown Osaka, the hotel is just two-minute transfer away from JR Tsukamoto Station, which provides direct links to the Japanese cultural capital Kyoto, and is only two stops away from Shin Osaka Station, where guests can catch the Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo. Read more

Thailand’s outbound travel grows

BANGKOK, 15 August 2017: Thai Travel Agents Association estimates Thais travel overseas will reach 8.5 million visits by this the end of this year.

TTAA’s president, Suparerk Soorangura, told TTR Weekly that the number of Thais make overseas trips this year will continue to grow from 7.9 million visits last year.

TTAA’s members are made up of tour companies that sell holiday packages to overseas destinations. Read more

Typhoon hits Japan

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 8 August 2017: Strong typhoon Noru made landfall in western Japan, Monday, after killing two people on outlying islands, as authorities warned against landslides and floods.

Noru forced airlines to cancel some 400 flights, mainly in western Japan according to the news channel NHK.

The typhoon with gusts up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour hit the northern part of Wakayama prefecture at around 1530 (0630 GMT) after whipping up waves and winds off southern Japanese islands at the weekend, the meteorological agency said. Read more

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