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Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia outline first steps of alliance

14 December 2011 Airline News

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia have announced the first two milestones of their recently approved alliance: new international and domestic routes to Darwin and the launch of frequent flyer programme co-operation. As part of a joint plan to increase services to northern Australia, Singapore Airlines’ regional full service airline, SilkAir, will begin a four-times-weekly service between Singapore and Darwin from March 26th 2012, and Virgin Australia will complement these services with a daily service between Sydney and Darwin from April 2nd 2012 .

Breaking Travel News Interview: Yas Viceroy general manager Heiner Werdeling

Breaking Travel News Interview: Yas Viceroy general manager Heiner Werdeling

14 December 2011 Focus

In many senses it has been a year of change at Yas, with Viceroy Hotels & Resorts taking over the management of the property and a host of enhancements coming on stream. New general manager Heiner Werdeling joined in June, taking over the leadership of what is already considered the World’s Leading New Hotel by the World Travel Awards. Here he joins Breaking Travel News to discuss what the future holds for this iconic property.

Qatar Airways celebrates new flights to Chongqing, Beijing and Hong Kong

Qatar Airways celebrates new flights to Chongqing, Beijing and Hong Kong

13 December 2011 Airline News

Qatar Airways has rounded off its 2011 route expansion in China, celebrating new flights to Chongqing and additional frequency to both Beijing and Hong Kong. The launch of thrice-weekly services to Chongqing – the fifth Chinese destination for the Middle Eastern carrier – together with three new flights to Beijing and four extra frequencies to Hong Kong have significantly boosted operations in the country.

Dreamliner makes African debut in Addis Ababa

Dreamliner makes African debut in Addis Ababa

13 December 2011 Airline News

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has touched down in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to kick off the Africa portion of Boeing’s 787 Dream Tour – a six-month worldwide tour featuring the new aircraft. This is the first time the Dreamliner has visited the African continent.

Abu Dhabi cruise sector boosted by maiden arrivals

Abu Dhabi cruise sector boosted by maiden arrivals

13 December 2011 Cruise News

Two major cruise liners have made their maiden voyages to Abu Dhabi boosting hopes the emirate will achieve its target of receiving 77 calls from ships in the current 2011/2012 season. Arriving in Mina Zayed earlier was the AIDABlu, which belongs to the German cruise line AIDA Cruises, while the Costa Favalosa is expected later today.

Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa opens for business

Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa opens for business

8 December 2011 Hotel News Spa News

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has launched The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa. Owned by the Tourism Development & Investment Company – the leading developer of cultural, residential and tourism destinations in Abu Dhabi – the property is the first in the emirate.

Immaculate conception at Burj al Arab brings early Christmas gift

Immaculate conception at Burj al Arab brings early Christmas gift

The aquarium team of Burj Al Arab has announced the zebra shark inhabiting the aquarium at its underwater restaurant is the first shark of its species to reproduce without the presence of a male – a process known as parthenogenesis. The mother shark currently lives with her daughter, Nimr, who is one of 21 surviving zebra sharks to have been reproduced through the process of parthenogenesis since 2007. 

Emirates Palace appoints The Communication Group

Emirates Palace appoints The Communication Group

Abu Dhabi’s award-winning and iconic Emirates Palace has appointed The Communication Group as its retained UK public relations consultancy. The Communication Group will promote this world-class luxury destination – recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel by the World Travel Awards - across trade and consumer press and maximise opportunities with brands in the luxury sector.

Marriott expands into Serbia with Courtyard property

8 December 2011 Hotel News

Marriott International has announced plans to open the 107-room Courtyard by Marriott Belgrade City Centre in early 2014 under a management agreement with PFB Properties. The Courtyard by Marriott Belgrade City Centre, Marriott International’s first hotel in Serbia, will be conveniently situated in the heart of Old Belgrade, steps from the Republic Square, National Museum and National Theatre.