Cathay Pacific joins forces with Swire Hotels

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 11:37 AM

Cathay Pacific joins forces with Swire Hotels

Cathay Pacific has enlisted Hong Kong-based Swire hotels to join in its ‘FLY Greener’ carbon offsetting programme.


Through this programme, Marco Polo Club members on a Cathay Pacific or Dragonair flight and stays at a Swire Hotels property will be able to offset the carbon emissions from their inbound journey, starting June 1. It will be initially implemented at The Opposite House in Beijing and The Upper House in Hong Kong. Swire Hotels will acquire carbon offsets from Fly Greener as a means to support environmental projects in China.


Cathay Pacific’s Head of Environmental Affairs, Mark Watson, was quoted in Travel Daily Asia as having said that they recognise the vital contribution made by their loyal customers in supporting not only their business, but also their ongoing sustainability efforts.

Royal Caribbean sails back to Japan

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 10:08 AM

Royal Caribbean sails back to Japan

Royal Caribbean International unveiled plans of deploying its cruise ship, Legend of the Seas, back to Japanese ports-of-call starting with Okinawa on August 1, 2011.


Kelvin Tan, regional director for Asia Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, was quoted in as having said that Japan has always been an attractive tourist destination and its show of great resilience in the face of the recent crisis has given travellers the confidence to visit the country again. The Legend of Seas will be operating on 11 sailings from late July to early October, including charters to Japanese ports-of-call such as Okinawa, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Beppu, Nagasaki and Hokkaido, out from Hong Kong, Tianjin and Shanghai.

Accor expands its Indonesian network

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 9:46 AM

Accor expands its Indonesian network

Accor has revealed plans of expanding its network in Indonesia with 21 new hotels, increasing its Indonesian portfolio to 74 hotels.


Michael Issenberg, chairman and COO, Accor Asia Pacific, was quoted in Travel Daily Asia as having said that with Accor’s extensive and diversified Indonesian network, they are capitalising on their strong brand recognition and significant resources that they have in the country in leveraging their expansion. This year, Accor will develop seven additional hotels, and 10 more will open in 2012.


The 21 new hotels include 316-room Pullman Jakarta Central Park, 230-room Novotel Jakarta Gajah Mada, 151-room Kuta Beach Heritage, 604-room ibis Bandung Supermal, 200-room All Seasons Bali Nusa Dua, 183-room All Seasons Bali Benoa, 180-room Novotel Banjarmasin Airport, 240-room Mercure Palu, 169-room Mercure Serpong Alam Sutera, 200-room ibis Makassar Losari, 198-room ibis Jakarta Senen, 150-room Formule 1 Semarang,136-room Formule 1 Bali Kuta Sunset Road, 200-room Formule 1 Jakarta Daan Mogot, 186-room Formule 1 Yogyakarta Jend Sudirman, 120-room All Seasons Bali Kuta Dewi Sri, 189-room All Seasons Bali Kuta Circle, 196-room All Seasons Jakarta Thamrin, 230-room Mercure Pekanbaru, 208-room Novotel Sentul, and the 240-room ibis Jakarta Cawang.

Air India answers the demand for air connectivity

Posted: Mon 30 May, 2011 10:40 AM

Air India answers the demand for air connectivity

Air India revealed plans of offering flights to non-metro cities to meet demand for air connectivity in these destinations.


According to a report in, Air India plans to add more aircraft to its fleet and introduce flights to non-metro destinations, offering flights on the existing routes during non-peak hours connecting tier-II and tier-III cities with the metro. Air India recently launched Delhi-Gwalior-Mumbai-Gwalior-Delhi, Delhi-Ranchi-Delhi and Delhi-Kanpur-Kolkata-Kanpur-Delhi flights, and is planning to launch Delhi-Vizag-Chennai-Vizag-Delhi, Delhi-Coimbatore, Delhi-Vadodara-Surat, Delhi-Port Blair flights.


A senior Air India official has confirmed that the airline is currently doing a feasibility study about the possible load and ways to connect small towns such as Bhagalpur in Bihar, Deogarh in Jharkhand, Agra and Gorkhapur in Uttar Pradesh to the major cities in the country.

Japan lures Chinese tourists

Posted: Mon 30 May, 2011 10:04 AM

Japan lures Chinese tourists

The Japanese Government announced its decision to issue multiply-entry visas to individual Chinese tourists to Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan, starting July 1.


This new development is part of the initiative to attract medium to high income Chinese tourists. According to a report in Japan Today, Japan eased the requirements to issue individual tourist visas to those Chinese tourists with annual incomes from CNY250,000 to CNY60,000 and for those who own gold credit cards. This will enable Chinese tourists to enter Japan as many times as they want during the period of validity of their visa.


As part of its new growth strategy, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan aims to draw 25-million foreign tourists by early 2020.

Courtyard by Marriott appoints new cluster director

Posted: Mon 30 May, 2011 9:49 AM

Courtyard by Marriott appoints new cluster director

Christian Lueke has been assigned as the new cluster director of the four Courtyard by Marriott resorts in Thailand.


Prior to joining Courtyard by Marriott, Lueke worked as group director of Sales and Marketing for the Thai-owned Onyx Hospitality Group for five years. He also served as director of Sales and Marketing for HMS International Hotel. He has valuable experience in negotiating with tour operators and working with leading corporate clients across Europe.


According to a report in, Lueke will be responsible for increasing the profile of the Courtyard by Marriott resorts in Phuket and Hua Hin and lead all sales efforts, as well as oversee all advertising and public relations campaigns related to Courtyard by Marriott.

IHG teams up with Poly Real Estate

Posted: Mon 30 May, 2011 9:27 AM

IHG teams up with Poly Real Estate

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) partnered up with Poly Real Estate, one of China’s state-owned real estate companies, for a strategic cooperation and three-brand, six-hotel management contract deal.


The strategic cooperation deal will add a total of 1,773 hotel rooms to IHG’s properties in China. The new six hotels are located in Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces and will consist of three InterContinental hotels, two Crowne Plaza hotels and one Holiday Inn hotel. Song Guangju, chairwoman of Board of Directors, Poly Real Estate, (Group) Co Ltd, was quoted in as having said that they are glad to have joined with IHG to develop hotels in China’s emerging markets. Guangju added that they have great confidence in IHG’s competitive advantages, and values their brands and management expertise to consistently deliver the best service.


IHG is the first and only international hotel group to manage Poly Real Estate’s hotels.

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