Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 25 Jul 2016

For week ending 22 July 2016.

In travel news last week, China Airline announces increased baggage allowance for travellers, and Hong Kong Airlines launches daily direct services to Osaka. In hotel news, Pan Pacific Hotels have a new Beijing property, set to open in 2017.

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

China Southern Adelaide-bound

China Southern Airlines plans to launch flights to Adelaide. The new thrice-weekly service from Guangzhou will commence on 12 December on A330-200 aircraft.

China Airlines ups baggage allowance

China Airlines has amended the free checked baggage allowances on its Australia/New Zealand, Asia and Europe routes. Business class travellers are now entitled to 40kg per person and 30kg per person for economy travellers. Meanwhile, the carrier has also added another Friday night flight on its Sydney-Taipei route and plans to launch another Brisbane-Taipei service on Mondays from 19 September.

Pan Pacific Beijing

Pan Pacific Hotel Group has plans to make its Beijing debut. Opening in the first half of 2017, the 223-room Pan Pacific Beijing will be located in the Xicheng district and feature a choice of dining venues, a swimming pool, spa, steam and sauna facilities and a state-of-the-art fitness centre as well as comprehensive conference and meeting space.

Singapore Airlines boost Sydney route

Singapore Airlines will operate a second daily A380 service on its Singapore-Sydney route from over the Northern winter. The carrier will substitute the B777-300ERs currently used on flight SQ231/222 with the superjumbo from 30 October.

Hilton Ho Chi Minh City

Hilton Worldwide will manage a brand new hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The 350-room Hilton Saigon features a choice of restaurants, a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as a range of flexible meeting spaces and a ballroom for functions. The property is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Second Le Meridien for Qingdao

Starwood Hotel & Resorts has opened a second Le Meridien property in Qingdao, China. The 218-room Le Meridien Qingdao West Coast Resort is located in the Huangdao District with views of the Yellow Sea. It offers a choice of restaurants and bars, a pool and fitness centre as well as a range of meeting and event spaces, with the largest being 880sqm.

New Hyatt opens in Shanghai

This new Hyatt Regency Shanghai Wujiaochang is located in the Hopson International Plaza and offers a total of 306 rooms and suites. Facilities include the Market Café restaurant, and a lounge in the sixth floor 'Sky Lobby'. There is also a 24-hour gym, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, and a whirlpool with underwater massage loungers. There is a large meeting and event space, which features a 774m² Regency Ballroom.

Hong Kong Airlines flies to Osaka

Hong Kong Airlines has commenced flying a new daily direct service to Osaka, Kansia International Airport. This new service forms part of broader expansion plan to Hong Kong Airlines route network in Japan and Asia.

Virgin in-flight wi-fi

Virgin Australia has confirmed it will roll out in-flight wi-fi from next year. The service will be available on the carrier's B737-800, B777 and A330 aircraft.

Emirates boosts Kuala Lumpur

Emirates plans to add a second daily A380 service on its Dubai-Kuala Lumpur route. The change comes into effect from 1 September.