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HNA Group joins with NetEase for new online travel venture

HNA Group joins with NetEase for new online travel venture

NetEase, one of China's leading Internet and online game services providers, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Lede Technology has signed a partnership agreement with HNA Group to form a joint venture company. The new venture will establish an all-new internet travel company. In December 2014, the two companies had signed a strategic framework cooperation agreement to become partners in the sectors of Internet travel and travel finance. → Read More

Air France boosts Cuba connections as tourism soars

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Air France boosts Cuba connections as tourism soars

Air France has confirmed it will operate an additional weekly flight to Havana in Cuba from October 2015, increasing its offer to 11 weekly departures during winter 2015. Air France has offered flights to Cuba for the past 17 years, operating daily services from the UK to Havana via Paris-Charles de Gaulle throughout the summer season. → Read More

Abu Dhabi makes play for golf tourism market with new portal

Abu Dhabi makes play for golf tourism market with new portal

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is teeing up an ambitious golf tourism drive to strengthen the UAE capital’s standing as a world-class golfing destination. The plan will target expanding golf markets in Europe, China, India and across the GCC as well as across the United Arab Emirates. → Read More

Celebrity Cruises sees new website go live in Middle East

Celebrity Cruises sees new website go live in Middle East

Celebrity Cruises Middle East representative, Travel Matrix has announced the launch of their new website dedicated to the Middle East market. This new site will provide an online brand presence for Celebrity Cruises and its impactful content and images give great insight into its plethora of amenities, entertainment options, food and beverage outlets, range of kids and family activities, meeting facilities and more. → Read More

Holland America Line appoints ms Koningsdam captain

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Holland America Line appoints ms Koningsdam captain

When Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam sets sail in April 2016, captain Emiel de Vries will be in command. Having been with the company since 1997, de Vries rose through the ranks from fourth officer to captain and has been master of ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Rotterdam and ms Zuiderdam. → Read More

Mueller moves to allay Malaysia Airlines fears following administrator appointment

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Mueller moves to allay Malaysia Airlines fears following administrator appointment

Christoph Mueller, chief executive of Malaysian Airline System Berhad and CEO-designate of the new airline, Malaysia Airlines Berhad, has assured customers MAS operations will continue as normal with the appointment of the administrator. Malaysia Airlines remains continues to implement a restructuring plan which will see it cut upward of a third of its workforce in an effort to recover after two plane tragedies last year. → Read More

Ryanair sees profits rise as customer service overhaul pays dividend

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Ryanair sees profits rise as customer service overhaul pays dividend

Low-cost carrier Ryanair has seen profits rise 66 per cent for the year to the end of March, reporting net full-year profits of €867 million. The ‘Always Getting Better’ customer experience programme launched by Ryanair had attracted “millions of new customers to Ryanair” chief executive Michael O'Leary said, leaving figures slightly ahead of analysts’ expectations. → Read More

International Air Transport Association workshop visits Abu Dhabi

International Air Transport Association workshop visits Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has played host to the International Air Transport Association workshop aiming to play its part in improving all aspects of air travel for passengers with some blue-sky thinking. The two-day workshop, held at the Rotana Hotel on the emirate’s Yas Island, was organised by IATA and welcomed airline professionals from across the Middle East and North Africa region in a bid to discuss and create innovative solutions to make the industry easier to do business with for both customers and partners, to improve the customer experience as well as to reduce industry costs. → Read More

Shangri-La headed for Saudi Arabia following Assila deal

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Shangri-La headed for Saudi Arabia following Assila deal

Assila Investments and Shangri-La International Hotel Management have signed a memorandum of understanding in relation to the management and operation of a luxury hotel and residences development in Jeddah, the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia and the principle gateway to Mecca. Slated to open in early 2018, it will be the first Shangri-La in Saudi Arabia. The 242-room hotel will be in a prominent 65-storey development located on Jeddah Corniche Road facing the Red Sea. → Read More

Mövenpick makes Bangkok debut

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Mövenpick makes Bangkok debut

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is making its Bangkok debut. The five-star Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok represents the Swiss hospitality firm's first city hotel in Thailand, but its fourth countrywide. → Read More

Etihad appoints general manager for Kazakhstan

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Etihad appoints general manager for Kazakhstan

Etihad Airways has appointed Robert “Dougie” Douglas as its General Manager for Kazakhstan. → Read More

Etihad Airways adds new departures on Bangkok route

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Etihad Airways adds new departures on Bangkok route

Etihad Airways will add a fourth daily service between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok from July 1st 2015. Operated by a B777-300ER aircraft, the new service will increase the number of round-trip flights which Etihad Airways operates between the two cities to 28 per week, and add approximately 5,000 weekly seats to the route. → Read More

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