Meliá Hotels International has announced the signing of Gran Meliá Chengdu in partnership with Chengdu Renju Tourism & Hospitality. Gran Meliá Chengdu will become the third Gran Meliá property in China and Meliá Hotel International’s eleventh property in the Chinese market.
Luneng Group and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts have announced plans to open a luxury hotel in Dalian, located in the Liaodong Peninsula in north-eastern China. Situated within the Donggang (East Harbour), Four Seasons Hotel Dalian will open in the redeveloped financial and commercial hub of the city.
Hard Rock Hotels has announced the launch of its first hotel in China, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen. Slated to open in summer 2017, the new Hard Rock property will offer a luxury stay for modern travellers who are seeking a reprieve from traditional accommodations.
Air China has announced direct service between Melbourne and Shenzhen, to begin on January 10th next year. The service CA767/768 will operate four times per week with evening departures on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
China is one of the most successful examples of where prioritisation of tourism in government policy leads to higher income and more jobs, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. Speaking at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, WTTC president David Scowsill emphasised the power of tourism to drive economic growth and create jobs and highlighted the government of the People’s Republic of China’s recognition of this.
Centara Hotels & Resorts’ latest venture is two new properties in China, with the group’s management signing two new agreements for what will become the new ‘Centara Grand Beach Resort Jin Tai Hainan’ in Hainan Province and the ‘Centara Villas Zhaoqing’ in Guangdong Province. Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive of Centara Hotels & Resorts, commented that the addition of new properties, in these strategic Eastern locations, is an excellent opportunity to expand the company’s portfolio.
Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in Mainland China and the sixth worldwide, celebrated its historic grand opening, culminating one of Disney’s most ambitious projects ever. The wonder and imagination of Disney greeted the people of China in magical new ways as the gates opened to Shanghai Disneyland, a theme park like no other with the biggest, tallest castle in any Disney park, the first pirate-themed land and Disney’s most technologically advanced park to date.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has warned of possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, on or around Christmas Day. The moves comes after the British Embassy Beijing received information of a possible incident.
British Airways has announced that its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First cabin, will start flying to Shanghai from summer 2016. The airline also announced an additional three flights a week between Heathrow and Shanghai from February 20th, 2016. The new flights have been conveniently timed to fly overnight so offers a well-timed service for business travellers wanting to arrive in back in London in time for meetings.
Wyndham Hotel Group has marked a new milestone, becoming the first global hospitality company to reach the 1,000 hotel mark in Greater China. A key region of focus for more than a decade, this landmark achievement comes after years of accelerated growth and the strategic roll-out of six of the company’s 15 brands throughout more than 260 cities and 30 provinces.
Caissa Touristic Group, China’s leading outbound tourism service provider, and Geneva, Switzerland-based MSC Cruises have entered into a strategic partnership. As part of the agreement, from May 2016, MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai to serve the Chinese home market. The strategic cooperation agreement between the two companies will be the longest-running and financially most significant between a cruise line and a tour operator in the history of cruising in China.
Travel Weekly China has revealed the launch of CruiseWorld China on October 12th, 2015, in Shanghai, China. The one-day event, held at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, will bring hundreds of travel agents and cruise industry leaders together in a day filled with insight from top cruise executives and distribution partners, and networking among attendees. “We are so pleased to launch CruiseWorld China,” said Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Media.