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Travel News 19 Sep 2016

For week ending 16Sep 2016

There is plenty of activity happening in the travel industry around the world as we move through September. In airline news, China Southern has confirmed a new flight connecting Shenzhen to Brisbane and Hainan Airlines will connect Mainland China with Las Vegas for the first time. In hotel news, we’ve got a list of five new hotels for price-conscious travellers.

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

Shenzhen to connect to second Australian city

China Southern Airlines will launch a new scheduled service from Shenzhen to Brisbane later this year. Brisbane will be the second Australian destination from Shenzhen, following Sydney.

China’s high-speed railway network, the longest high-speed rail network in the world

With the launch of the line linking Zhengzhou with Xuzhou, China’s rail network has now doubled in length in the last three years. This line will link Lanzhou and Urumuqi eventually, creating a complete east-west link.

Hainan Airlines to launch non-stop flights between Beijing and Las Vegas

Commencing on 2 December 2016, Hainan Airlines will launch a new direct flight connecting Beijing and Las Vegas, and will depart three times a week. The Airline will deploy its Boeing 787-8 with a two-class configuration. This will be the first direct flights from mainland China to Las Vegas.

Melbourne to welcome Cathay’s new A350 aircraft

Cathay Pacific will deploy its A350 and B777-300 on the Hong Kong- Melbourne route. The A350 is equipped with a three-class configuration includes 38 seats in business class, 28 in premium economy and 214 in economy. Meanwhile, B777-300 features 40 seats in business, 32 in premium economy and 268 in economy. This is the move to use fuel-efficient aircraft to replace the old one that is currently serving the routes.

China Southern Airlines will close its international check-in counters earlier at Shanghai Pudong Airport

China Southern Airlines has advised it’s international check-in counters running at Shanghai Pudong International Airport will be closed 50 minutes prior to departure. The new timing will be effective from 30Oct, 2016.

Emirates to implement a charge for advance seat selection

Emirates will introduce extra fees for seat selection before check-in on Economy Class Special and Saver fares, effective on 3Oct 2016. According to Emirates website, seat selection will continue to be complimentary when check-in opens 48 hours prior to departure.

Airlines are calling the ban against the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Some airlines have noticed passengers not to use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard, after a battery fault in the device caused dozens of phones to explode in the US.

These airlines include Hainan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Singapore airlines, Emirates, Qantas Airways, etc. Samsung has started recalling the smartphone from retailers.

The InterContinental Shanghai NECC now is open

Located in the Hongqiao area of the city, the hotel sits within the new National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC), a huge MICE venue offers 536 rooms and suites and more than 2,200m2 of function space. It is the only hotel located within the NECC.

Four new hotels introduced for price-conscious travelers in Asia

The four hotels are as follows:

Amba Taipei Songshan, opened in Aug 2016 in Taipei, with prices starting from US$86. A 5-minute walk from the popular Taipei 101 tower.

Best Western Premier Genting Ion Delemen opens in Sep 2016 in Malaysia, prices start from US$86. It is located in Malaysia’s popular mountainous resort area.

Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel opens in Sep 2016 in Bangkok, price start from US$158. It is located along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya riverside.

Hotel Vagabond will open in Oct 2016 in Singapore, price start from US$168. A boutique property along Syed Alwi Road, just outside Singapore’s CBD.