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 .
Grand Hyatt Beijing has announced the appointment of Jade Woon as director of sales and marketing. Woon brings more than ten years of hospitality, sales and marketing experience in the south-east Asia and China region.
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.
Orbitz today unveiled a faster, more powerful version of its mobile website http://m.orbitz.com that makes it easy for travelers to search for and book hotel rooms, airline tickets and car rentals from any web-enabled mobile phone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The leading film festival in the Middle East, Africa and South and Central Asia – the Dubai International Film Festival is underway. Now in its eighth year, the event has established itself as a major festival showcasing the best of world cinema.