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Mövenpick Hotels accelerates south-east Asia expansion plans

Mövenpick Hotels accelerates south-east Asia expansion plans

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is consolidating its expansion campaign in south-east Asia with two new properties announced for Malaysia and Vietnam, both of which will open in 2018. Strengthening its development plans in Malaysia, the Swiss hospitality firm has signed a deal to manage the 30-storey Mövenpick Hotel Kota Bharu, a 453-key five-star resort in Kelantan, a state on the country’s east coast undergoing a rapid transformation.

Qatar Airways launches new Durban flights

Qatar Airways launches new Durban flights

Qatar Airways has launched new services between Doha and Durban, offering passengers the opportunity to experience another idyllic subtropical destination. The four-times-weekly service to Durban further complements the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double daily flights to Johannesburg, and is an expansion of the airline’s operations in South Africa.

Norwegian reaches crew deal with OSM Aviation

Norwegian reaches crew deal with OSM Aviation

Norwegian Air Resources Holding and OSM Aviation have signed an agreement to form a stronger global partnership in employment and management of aviation crew. The new partnership – where NARH acquires 50 per cent of OSM Aviation – will build on the experiences of Norwegian’s and OSM Aviation’s established relationship offering professional employment and good career opportunities.

Royal Caribbean to bring Empress of the Seas to Miami

Royal Caribbean to bring Empress of the Seas to Miami

Royal Caribbean International is bringing short Caribbean getaways to a whole new level with the newly-enhanced Empress of the Seas returning to the fleet in March 2016. Following a stint with sister brand Pullmantur, Empress will be back in Miami giving guests the chance to enjoy a lively, casual, laid-back atmosphere while visiting some of the Caribbean’s most popular islands.

First look at Belmond Grand Hibernian’s luxury carriages

First look at Belmond Grand Hibernian’s luxury carriages

The first images of Belmond Grand Hibernian’s carriages are released as the transformation into 20 luxury en-suite cabins, two dining cars and an observation car gets under way in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A team of 40 multi-skilled craftsman at specialist outfitters Mivan Marine, will undertake 35,000 hours of work at the world-class production facility in County Antrim preparing the train for its inaugural journey from Dublin in August 2016.

Starwood expands footprint in Thailand

Starwood expands footprint in Thailand

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Grand Bay Hotel, to unveil the Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay Resort. Slated to open in January 2019 on Thailand’s largest island, the hotel will support the brand’s Sheraton 2020 goal of adding 150 hotels in the next five years.

Aloft brand debuts in Taipei

Aloft brand debuts in Taipei

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts is debuting of its Aloft brand in Taipei with the opening of Aloft Taipei Zhongshan. Located in the city’s northeast downtown area, Aloft Taipei Zhongshan marks the first Aloft Hotel in Taiwan, and the 10th Aloft Hotel in Greater China.

New appointment for Hyatt

New appointment for Hyatt

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Philippe Roux-Dessarps has been appointed vice president of global brands in support of Hyatt’s brand priorities and growth strategies. In this role, Roux-Dessarps will oversee the Park Hyatt brand, reporting to Sandra Cordova Micek, senior vice president of global brands.

Hyatt hit by payment system hack

Hyatt hit by payment system hack

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has identified malware on computers that operate the payment processing systems for Hyatt-managed locations. The company launched an investigation and has engaged leading third-party cyber security experts. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be posted online.

St Regis debuts in Macau

St Regis debuts in Macau

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St Regis Hotels and Resorts is opening its first property in Macau. The St Regis Macao, Cotai Central will be the brand’s seventh hotel in Greater China, and precedes the unveiling of five new St Regis properties in 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, the Maldives, Changsha and Cairo.

Dusit Devarana Hot Springs set to open in Zhuzhou

Dusit Devarana Hot Springs set to open in Zhuzhou

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Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Zhuzhou Nature Real Estate Development Company Limited to manage the first upscale, internationally branded lifestyle resort in Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province.

Emirates adds new flights to Istanbul, Turkey

Emirates adds new flights to Istanbul, Turkey

With the launch of daily flights to Sabiha Gökçen Emirates has increased its overall capacity to Istanbul by 35 per cent, offering a total of 18 flights per week to this popular business and tourism destination. Located on the Asian side of the bi-continental city of Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport offers travellers convenient access to the city’s impressive cultural and historical sites.