Korean Air has celebrated its inaugural Delhi-Incheon direct flight with a welcome ceremony at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport. Korean Air’s maiden flight from Incheon to Delhi, KE481, touched down at Indira Gandhi Airport and was welcomed with a water canon event prepared by the airport.
Macao is getting ready to host its first ever International Film Festival, which will take place between December 8th-13th. Spanning six consecutive days, the event will showcase the best of Asian and international cinema with a programme of film premieres and screenings for both Asian and Western film, red-carpet presentations, industry events, master classes and an awards ceremony.
Following a competitive pitch process, Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority has appointed leading travel and tourism consultancy Hills Balfour to manage its UK trade relations, consumer marketing and PR strategy. Located in the Persian Gulf, the Kingdom of Bahrain is an island country in the Middle East.
International Airlines Group has criticised a year’s delay in introducing a ten year visa for Chinese visitors that would drive business and create jobs. The plan was announced in October 2015 during the Chinese state visit to the UK. Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said: “China is the world’s second largest economy and we need to do all we can to encourage these trade links.
Norwegian has outlined the next steps in its plans to launch transatlantic routes from Cork and Shannon Airport. The announcement comes as the airline’s Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International was awarded a foreign carrier permit by the US authorities this weekend. Norwegian plans to operate daily transatlantic flights between Ireland and the US East Coast.
LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will operate a new, non-stop service between Santiago and Melbourne, Australia, from October 2017. The westbound Santiago-Melbourne leg – measuring more than 11,000 kilometres in distance with a flight time of approximately 15 hours – will become the longest non-stop flight in LATAM´s history.
The Hyatt Regency brand has marked its return to Sydney with the debut of Hyatt Regency Sydney. Having operated in Australia for over 30 years, Hyatt hotels have developed a strong reputation in the country, and the opening of the new Hyatt Regency Sydney provides an opportunity for Hyatt to build on its MICE position in Asia Pacific.
World Travel Awards has recognised St Petersburg’s potential for tourism growth, arguing the Russian destination has a bright future on the international hospitality stage. The city earlier claimed the title of the World’s Leading Cultural City Destination at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016.
Katara Hospitality has taken the title of World’s Leading Hospitality Company at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016. The Middle Eastern hospitality giant was crowned during a glittering event at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in the Maldives in front of an audience of over 250 hospitality leaders from around the world.
Oman Air will start operating flights from its hub in Muscat to Guangzhou, China, from December 9th. Guangzhou is Oman Air’s first destination in China. The launch of the new route is in response to significant customer demand also demonstrates Oman Air’s commitment to continuing it ambitious network expansion programme, first unveiled in 2014.
Minister of tourism Jose Napoleon Duarte Duran has announced that El Salvador will host the 11th Central America Travel Market in October 2017, with the aim of further cementing the positioning of Central America as a tourist destination as well as encouraging the development of new business relationships. The event will be organised and promoted by the National Tourism Authorities, the Federation of Central American Tourism Chambers and the Central America Tourism Agency.
SriLankan Airlines has consolidated its positioning as the largest airline operation in the Maldives by commencing services to Gan Island. The move makes the carrier the only airline to operate international flights to Gan International Airport, with four flights per week.