The Ascott races ahead by securing contracts to manage six properties with more than 1,200 apartment units in China, on the back of record growth last year. The new properties entrench Ascott’s presence in Changsha, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Wuhan, while extending its footprint to two more cities – Handan and Xuzhou.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed off 2017 with the opening of its first golf resort in China, ideally located in the golfer’s paradise of Hainan Island. The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou ushers in a new era of luxury leisure experiences, situated on the world-class golf resort of Mission Hills which boasts ten 18-hole championship courses designed by golf’s greatest architects.
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts will open the Sheraton Huangdao Hotel, located within the Qingdao Economic and Technological Development Zone. The opening of Sheraton Huangdao Hotel marks the third property in Qingdao, underscoring the popularity and demand for Marriott’s most global brand in the region.
The Sanya EDITION celebrated its official launch earlier with a glamorous opening party. Over 200 socialites, celebrities and international media attended the grand opening of the beachfront property, the latest addition to EDITION hotels, the brand conceived by legendary hotel visionary Ian Schrager in a partnership with Marriott International.
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.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Shiyan is opening its doors, marking the debut of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand in Shiyan. DoubleTree by Hilton Shiyan is the only international branded hotel in Shiyan. Situated in the heart of the new Central Business District, the hotel is convenient to government and business offices and shopping districts as well as local attractions such as Si Fang Mountain National Park and the World Heritage Site of Wudang Mountain. DoubleTree by Hilton Shiyan is the only international branded hotel in Shiyan.
Malaysia Airlines has launched rapid expansion into China. Malaysia Airlines’ chief executive Peter Bellew explained: “Malaysia Airlines plans to triple our Chinese business over the next five years. I see potential for direct flights to 20 Chinese cities from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching by 2019.”
Gatwick Airport has welcomed a new agreement between the UK and Chinese governments to more than double the number of permitted flights between China and the UK, paving the way for further opportunities to increase flights between Gatwick and China. Under the new deal passenger flights can now increase from the current maximum of 40 per week for each nation to up to 100, helping to boost tourism and trade opportunities for the UK.
MSC Cruises revealed today that it will deploy its MSC Splendida to China as of May 2018. In connection with this, following in the footsteps of the announcement of the opening of the new MSC Cruises own office in Shanghai and a new management and operations team based there, the company is taking another key step to further improve its ability to serve the Chinese home market.
Emirates has announced that it will operate its flagship A380 on services between Dubai and Guangzhou from October 1st, the 67th National Day of People’s Republic of China. This follows the airline’s recent announcements of A380 deployment on its Milan and Johannesburg routes.
China’s stunning city of Hangzhou has already welcomed 1.3 million visitors between the months of January and May this year and expects to see many more travellers enter the city before the end of 2016 as a result of hosting the G20 Summit this September. According to the China National Tourism Administration, approximately 625,000 UK tourists visit China annually and, with this autumn’s high-profile event further raising awareness of the city, Hangzhou Tourism Commission is expecting this figure to grow significantly from October onwards.
The number of overseas tourists visiting south China’s tropical island of Hainan grew 12 percent year-on-year to 383,800 from January to June, the province’s tourism commission said Wednesday.