ANA and Lufthansa Secures Approval for Joint Venture

Posted: Thu 2 Jun, 2011 2:06 PM

ANA and Lufthansa Secures Approval for Joint Venture

The Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure & Transport has given All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Lufthansa the anti-trust immunity (ATI) for their proposed joint venture on routes between Japan and Europe.


With the official approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure & Transport, the two Star Alliance partners can coordinate their schedules and sales as well as lounge access and frequent flyer programmes to provide passengers smoother transfers and better connections. ANA President and CEO Shinichiro Ito was quoted in Travel Daily UK as having said that this agreement will further improve the level of service they offer to passengers and boost their company’s international competitiveness.


The new joint venture is set to be introduced within the 2011 winter timetable.

Marco Polo Hotels to Open Property in Guiyang, China

Posted: Thu 2 Jun, 2011 1:36 PM

Marco Polo Hotels to Open Property in Guiyang, China

Marco Polo Hotels signed a management contract for the new property in Guizhou Province, China, the Marco Polo Guiyang.


The Marco Polo Guiyang is set to open in 2014, and will feature 300 rooms and suites as well as the Marco Polo’s signature Continental Club Floor. Marco Polo Hotels President Steve Kleinschimdt was quoted in as having said that they are pleased to be expanding Marco Polo’s portfolio with the addition of the Marco Polo Guiyang, which will further strengthen their presence in China and bringing the number of hotels in operations and under development in China to 13 hotels. Kleinschimdt added that the Marco Polo brand will create a major impact in Guiyang and greater awareness in the Guizhou province.

Sri Lanka Unveils Tourism Master Plan

Posted: Thu 2 Jun, 2011 11:51 AM

Sri Lanka Unveils Tourism Master Plan

Sri Lanka Tourism is set to launch a five-year master plan to reach its goal of 2.5-million visitors by 2016.


The five-year master plan will outline the next development stage of the Sri Lankan travel industry. Sri Lankan Tourism Chairman Nalaka Godahewa was quoted in TTG Asia as having said that the plan will be a collective set of ideas, visions and goals put forward by industry members, academics and other parties who share an interest in the local tourism industry. Godahewa stressed that it is important for Sri Lanka to develop its service standards and quality of products on offer to become one of the most popular destinations in the world.


In 2010, arrivals to Sri Lanka totaled to 650,000. Sri Lanka aims to achieve 800,000 arrivals for 2011.

IHG Academies Expand in China

Posted: Thu 2 Jun, 2011 11:31 AM

IHG Academies Expand in China

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signed three new Academies in China, namely Tianjin Vocational Institute, Guangzhou City Construction College and the Shenzhen Polytechnic.


The three colleges all have strong tourism and hospitality management programmes. IHG Greater China’s Human Resources Vice President, Winnie Ng, was quoted in as having said that as an industry leader, IHG is responsible and committed to investing in and nurturing local talents. Ng added that this is not just for IHG but for the sustained and greater prosperity of the hospitality industry as a whole.


The first IHG Academy was established in 2006 in Shanghai, and has since them expanded across China. The Academies address the growing demand for talents in the hospitality industry. Each IHG Academy works with a local tourism college or vocational institution to offer theoretical session by university faculty members, industry lectures by senior IHG executives and hands-on internships. Over 5,000 graduates are produced by IHG Academies every year.

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