Travelport Takes on Heywood


Posted: Fri 24 Jun, 2011 11:46 AM

Travelport Takes on Heywood

Ian Heywood has been appointed as Travelport’s new Head of Strategic Planning for Global Supplier Services.

 

The former British Airways Manager will be reporting to Travelport’s Global Head of Commercial Operations and Supplier Services Bryan Conway, and will be responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global vision and strategy for its air, rail and cruise supplier customers. Conway was quoted as having said that he is confident that Mr Heywood will contribute significantly to enhancing their value proposition and nurturing positive partnerships with existing and future airline, rail and cruise customers.

 

Heywood comes with a background in international travel in senior manager roles for carrier companies such as British Airways, Qantas, and Qatar Airways. Prior to taking this post, Heywood ran a consultancy business servicing JAL and Etihad Airways.

Starwood Brings Luxury to China


Posted: Fri 24 Jun, 2011 10:32 AM

Starwood Brings Luxury to China

Starwood Hotels & Resorts launched its premium Luxury Collection brand to China, The Astor Hotel Tianjin.

 

Designer Alexandra Champalimaud revamped the 148-year old landmark over the course of 18 months. It was reopened in August 2010. According to a report in TTG Asia, The Astor Hotel Tianjin is the only luxury hotel in China classified by the National Important Historical Relics Protection Unit. It features 152 rooms and suites in Victorian style and contemporary design. Other facilities include the 1,000-square metre Buckingham Ballroom, Windsor multi-function rooms, five private dining rooms, five F&B venues, a business centre, a fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool, a private museum, and a pier for river cruises.

Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND Come to Tokyo


Posted: Fri 24 Jun, 2011 10:19 AM

Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND Come to Tokyo

Merlin Entertainments has announced plans of bringing Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND concepts to Tokyo, Japan.

 

Madame Tussauds Tokyo, which will initially be a temporary exhibition, is set to open in Tokyo in October this year and will be located in Decks Tokyo Beach Mall in Odaiba, Tokyo bay. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre (LDC) will be a permanent attraction that is scheduled to open in June 2012 and will be located in the same mall. Construction of these attractions is set to begin in September 2011 and is estimated to cost JPY1.2-billion or US414.9-million. Merlin Midway Attractions Operating Group Managing Director Glenn Earlam was quoted in Travel Daily Asia as having said that they have chosen two of their best attractions to start – unique attraction in a very special and unique city.

Agoda.com Team Up with Cathay Holidays


Posted: Fri 24 Jun, 2011 10:02 AM

Agoda.com Team Up with Cathay Holidays

Agoda.com has forged a partnership with Cathay Pacific Airways’ travel agency arm, Cathay Holidays. The new partnership allows for Cathay Holidays to provide up-to-the-minute rates and promotions in over 100 countries.

 

The partnership will provide more benefits for customers of both companies as travellers can enjoy great deals in the top destinations around the world and instant confirmation on hotel accommodations. Agoda.com Managing Director for North Asia Wilfred Fan was quoted in eTurbo News as having said that the partnership is a natural fit for both companies. Fan added that Agoda.com’s wide footprint of global hotels overlaps with Cathay’s extensive international routes, and both companies can service customers in many languages.

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