Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 16 Jan 2017

For week ending 13Jan 2017

The calendar year has begun with lots of activity around the world in the travel industry. Check out the latest in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.

Taipei’s new airport rail and in-town check in to kick off

Passengers travelling on China Airlines, EVA Air, Mandarin Airlines and UNI Air will be able to check-in and leave their baggage at the Taipei downtown railway station and then take the new airport rail to Taoyuan International Airport. The new service will take 35 minutes, stopping at 20 stations.

Cathay JFK switch

Cathay Pacific will shift its New York JFK operations from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8 effective from 15 Jan. The move aims improve the travel experience through better amenities and more seamless connectivity.

New Air China Melbourne route

Air China has launched direct flights between Melbourne and Shenzhen. The four-times weekly service will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on A330-200 aircraft with 28 lie-flat bed business class seats as well as 199 economy class seats. The service complements the carrier’s existing daily direct service from Melbourne to Beijing and four-times weekly service between Melbourne and Shanghai.

Qatar introduces new sleepwear and new amenity kits

Qatar Airways have partnered with The White Company to provide new luxury sleepwear for its First and Business class travellers. The 100% cotton men’s and women’s pyjamas come with matching cotton slippers. Already available in first class on board A380 flights to London, Bangkok, Paris, Sydney and Guangzhou, the new sleepwear will be offered in business class early this year.

Qatar has also announced plans to introduce a range of amenity kits for its economy Class travellers this month. The kits will include earplugs, an eye mask, socks, a dental kit and Karite Paris lip balm.

Cathay/Air Canada codeshare expansion

Cathay Pacific and Air Canada have expanded their codeshare partnership. Effective from 19 January, Cathay Pacific flights from Hong Kong to Vancouver and Toronto will connect with Air Canada services to Winnipeg, Victoria, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and more. Meanwhile, Air Canada services from Vancouver and Toronto to Hong Kong will connect with Cathay Pacific’s Asia network including Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Travellers will also be eligible for reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.

Important notice of Colombo Bandaranaike Airport

Due to extensive runway resurfacing, all passengers are required to arrive at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport 5 hours prior to their departure. Airlines will close check-in,ninety minutes before departure.

Haikou International Airport to adjust check-in counters closing time of China domestic flights

Starting from 13Jan 2016, all check-in counters of China domestic flights departing from Haikou Meilan International Airport will be closed 45minutes prior to departure.

Hyatt Regency Sydney unveils new Club Lounge

Hyatt Regency Sydney has unveiled a new and exclusive Regency Club Lounge. The executive lounge is open to guests staying in Regency Club Lounge rooms, who will enjoy a range of privileges including private check-in, concierge and complimentary continental breakfast, all day refreshments, evening canapés and beverages. The lounge, inspired by the luxurious ocean liners that frequent Darling Harbour, features individual and spacious 'cabins' for guests to relax in. The Regency Club boardroom is also available for business guests to use for onsite meetings.

Kerry Hong Kong

The Kerry Hotel Hong Kong is set to open in April this year. Located on the waterfront of Hung Hom Bay, the 546-room hotel and features a choice of dining venues, a bar, 24-hour gym and 25-metre swimming pool as well as meeting and event spaces for up to 640 guests.

Hilton Hanoi on the cards

Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement for a new hotel in Vietnam. Scheduled to open in 2020, the 610-room property in Hanoi will be dual-branded. The Hilton Hanoi West Lake will offer 240 rooms/suites and 50 serviced residences, while the remaining 320-rooms will make up the DoubleTree by Hilton Hanoi West Lake. Together the properties will feature 3,000sqm of meeting and event space.

Hilton introduces its Garden Inn brand to China Southwest province

Hilton Garden Inn Guiyang Yunyan has now opened. The property will offer free Wi-Fi, two function rooms, a 24-hour ‘grab and go’ F&B area, etc. This is the latest step in a major roll-out of the Hilton Garden Inn brand in China.

Hilton opens in Ningbo, China

The 264-room Hilton Garden Inn Ningbo is now open. Located in China’s Zhejiang province, the property features a restaurant, fitness centre, 24-hour business centre and a range of meeting and event spaces catering for up to 220 people.