Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 01 Feb 2017

For week ending 27 January 2017

It has been a big news week for the travel industry with some major announcements regarding USA entry requirements plus more from our airline and hotel partners. Read on to find out more about Hilton's new 'Tapestry' brand, Qantas’ new service to Beijing and the Novotel Hong Kong’s revamped rooms.

All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions

Qantas adds Beijing

Qantas has now commenced services on its new daily Sydney-Beijing Capital International Airport route. Flights operate on A330- 200 aircraft.

Japan Airlines Dreamliners to Sydney

Japan Airlines is planning an aircraft switch on its Tokyo Narita-Sydney route. From 26 March, B787-9 Dreamliner’s will replace the B777-300ER aircraft currently operating between the two cities. The change means that the carrier will no longer be offering a first class service on the route.

Hilton Tapestry debut

Hilton Worldwide has launched another new hotel brand. The Tapestry Collection by Hilton will be positioned as an upscale option with seven US properties set to join the collection. There include one property in Chicago, Nashville, Warren, Hampton and Syracuse, and two in Indianapolis.

JAL offering free, unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi to passengers on domestic routes.

Starting 1 February 2017 JAL will offer wifi as a completely free service. The initial promotional period will run until 31 August 2017.

Four Seasons opens in Tianjin

The Four Seasons Hotel Tianjin is now open. This luxury hotels has 259 rooms and offers five food and beverage outlets including Cantonese, Japanese and Italian restaurants. There is a 24hr fitness centre, indoor swimming pool as well as meeting space with two ballrooms and eight function rooms.

Novotel revamps rooms in Hong Kong

All 510 rooms & suites at Novotel Century Hong Kong  have been upgraded in time for the hotel’s for 25th anniversary. Rooms enjoy artistic feature walls and paintings depicting Hong Kong’s history, new curtains, bedding, carpets and lighting.

All feature Sony flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and the two higher category rooms also feature Nespresso machines.