Jet boosts Dubai route

Jet Airways will increase the number of flights it operates to Dubai next month. Effective 14 October 2014, the Indian carrier will launch a fifth daily service between Mumbai and…

Sixt visits Bangalore agents

Sixt Rent-a-Car recently held a roadshow in Bangalore exclusively for the travel trade. The event marked the opening of a representative office in Mumbai for the car rental firm,…

flydubai connects Iran

flydubai has launched flights to Tehran and Mashhad in Iran. Flights to Tehran will begin on 11 August and Mashhad on 10 August. The airline will serve Iran with four flights a week.…

RJ adopts structuring plan

Royal Jordanian recently announced plans to stop its services to Delhi, Mumbai and Lagos, in light of the airline's restructuring plan, including its route network. The airline will stop…

UK eases Chinese visa process

Visa processes for the Chinese visiting the UK will be streamlined in new measures announced today by the Home Office. The government urged to reduce paperwork and red tape to make it…

印度捷特航空发布孟买至巴黎航线

印度捷特航空发布了从孟买至巴黎航线,这一全新的服务昨天第一次由法国戴高乐机场起飞,一周飞四次(周四、周五、周六和周日)使用A330空中巴士飞行器。 从2014年6月26号起增加飞行频率,捷特同法国航空将会在代码共享的合作关系下运营航线。

Etihad lands in Jaipur

Etihad Airways commenced its daily service between Jaipur and Abu Dhabi yesterday (o2 April). The airline will operate this service with an Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class…

Hilton enters Jaipur

Hilton Worldwide has announced its entry to Jaipur under its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand. The group has signed a management agreement with Fruitful Buildcon Private…

India lifts A380 ban

India has lifted a ban on international airlines operating the Airbus A380 to the country. The country imposed the ban on the world's largest passenger jet amid concerns that it would…

Indian visitors to UK up 9%

Indian travellers holidaying in United Kingdom has increased in 2013, despite the depreciating Rupee.  According to the data released by VisitBritan, visits from India to the UK were…

Monaco taps India market

Monaco is looking at tapping the luxury and MICE segment from India.  The tourism board has recently launched their new MICE campaign stating “Your event needs Monaco” keeping in view…

Simone Broekhaar

How has the year panned out for The Chedi Muscat? The year has been amazing. The Oman Tourism Board has done a fantastic job promoting the destination. We are just 10 years young but…

MoT launches Walking Tours

The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) in India will introduce ‘Walking Tours’ for visiting tourists.  The ministry has partnered with Genesys International to create a ‘Walking Tours’…

SIA boosts India network

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its subsidiary SilkAir have announced that it will boost its India network from 27 October 2013. The airline will boost India-Singapore services from…

PIA cuts India flights

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has reduced the number of flights to and from India. The airline has cut 66% of its flights due to low passenger traffic and shortage of…

SIA boosts Delhi flights

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will boost its flights to New Delhi this winter.  Starting 27 October 2013, the airline will commence a third daily flight to the capital, running till 29 March…

SIA adds Delhi flights

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will boost its service to New Delhi this winter. From the onset of the winter schedules on 27 October 2013, the airline will commence a third daily flight to…

Oman goes the Bollywood way

Oman Tourism will promote the destination to Indian travellers through Bollywood.  The destination will feature in the upcoming move, Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara. To promote…

Manila sees hotel development surge

Manila has seen the strongest increase in new hotel development of any city in the Asia Pacific region in the past 12 months. According to the latest regional hotel pipeline report…

Tune Hotels enters India

Tune Hotels has opened a new hotel in Ahmedabad, marking the budget accommodation brand's Indian debut. The Tune Hotel Ahmedabad launched this month at the new 4D Square Mall in the…

Asian aviation briefs

Garuda profits surge Garuda Indonesia achieved a strong set of financial results in 2012, with a sharp rise in net profits compared with the previous year. The national carrier…

FACE-TO-FACE: Mbuvi Ngunze, Kenya Airways

Today, Travel Daily chats with Mbuvi Ngunze, Chief Operating Officer of Kenya Airways about China, Dreamliners and Africa’s ‘peace dividend’…  Q)     Kenya is currently expanding in…

Asian hotel rates take a dive

Hotels in the Asia Pacific region have seen a dramatic decline in room rates in 2013. According to the latest data from STR Global, provided exclusively to Travel Daily, average daily…

Starwood to double W Hotels in Asia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to double its portfolio of W Hotels in Asia Pacific, expanding to 20 properties by the end of 2018. The brand was recently launched…

Kingfisher loses international slots

Kingfisher Airlines has lost all its international traffic rights, with immediate effect. India's Minister of Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh, confirmed the decision this week, saying that…

Indian carriers receive new A320s

Two Indian low-cost carriers, GoAir and IndiGo, have taken delivery of new Airbus A320 aircraft. Mumbai-based GoAir received the 14th of an order for 20 A320s this week, but the latest…

Asian hotels make small gains in 2012

The Asia Pacific hotel sector experienced limited growth in terms of rates and occupancy in 2012, according to full-year data provided by STR Global. Last year, the region's occupancy…

Swissôtel to launch Goa resort

Swissôtel Hotels & Resort will soon launch its first resort in the Indian coastal state of Goa. Scheduled to welcome its first guests in the first quarter 2013, the Swissôtel Goa is…

SIA to refit B777 cabins

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will invest nearly SG$95 million (US$78m) to refit the cabins of 10 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. The airline said the upgrade programme was intended to provide…

On The Deck: Kevin Griffin

You have been in the industry for a long time. How did you get interested in the cruise sector? I was born in the UK and emigrated to Canada as a young boy, something that started my…

Asian aviation briefs

VietJet adds Vinh flights VietJet Air has commenced flight to Vinh, in north-central Vietnam. The new direct route from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) will be operated daily using VietJet's…

VoA up 18% in October

India registered 18.1% increase in Visa on Arrival (VoA) scheme for October 2012 as compared to the previous year. The country issued a total of 1,457 VoAs last month as compared to…

ANA launches Delhi-Tokyo

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has launched its Delhi-Tokyo flights. The first daily flight NH917 left Tokyo on 28 October with the Boeing 767 aircraft. The Delhi-Tokyo route is airline…

Accor to boost Sofitel brand in Asia

Accor is planning a major expansion of its luxury Sofitel brand in Asia Pacific over the next few years. According to the Sofitel's Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific, Markland…

Howard Johnson to launch in Indonesia

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced plans to launch its upscale Howard Johnson brand in Indonesia. The US hotel company will roll-out three Howard Johnson properties in the country, across…

SeaDream Yacht Club to debut in Asia

SeaDream Yacht Club has released details of its first ever season sailing in Asia and northern Australia. Following the completion of its 2013 Mediterranean season, the company's SeaDream…

Asian hotel sector stagnates

The hotel sector in Asia Pacific remained flat in August, with a small rise in average rates offsetting a marginal drop in occupancy levels. According to the latest data from STR Global,…

India’s VoA up 90%

For the month of August 2012, India issued 1,750 visa under its Visa on Arrival (VoA) scheme. The country registered 90.2% growth as compared to 920 visas issued in August 2011. During the…

IndiGo adds more flights

IndiGo Airlines has announced four new additional flights from Mumbai. Starting 10 September, the airline will operate its third direct daily on Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai –Goa route.…

Kingfisher pilots strike indefinitely

A decision taken by Mumbai-based pilots to strike indefinitely from today could spell the end for Kingfisher Airlines. "Mumbai-based pilots have decided to go on a strike from Wednesday…

Cathay to launch Hyderabad flights

Cathay Pacific Airways will expand its presence in India later this year with the launch of a new service to Hyderabad. Commencing on 1 December 2012, flights will operate four times a week…

Indian hotels continue to struggle

India's hotels continued to struggle through July according to the latest statistics released by STR Global. Average daily rates (ADR) in Delhi (-27.3% to US$112) and Mumbai (-22.1% to…

Asian hotel market slows

The hotel market in Asia Pacific showed signs of slowing in July, as revenue per available room (revPAR) declined for the first time since October 2009. According to the latest monthly data…

Jet Airways enhances Gulf connections

Jet Airways will radically enhance connectivity to the Gulf region with the introduction of additional services in October. From 18 October, the carrier will launch its new Mumbai-Sharjah…

Re:gen:ta One opens in Hyderabad

Royal Orchid Hotels has opened its upscale brand Re:gen:ta One hotel in Hyderabad. The five-star hotel, located in the IT cluster at Gacchibowli, has 158 rooms, and a banquet hall which is…

Further cancelations for Kingfisher

Seven Kingfisher flights from Mumbai were cancelled on Saturday due to a pilots strike over unpaid salaries. "A section of Mumbai-based pilots have gone on strike due to repeated failure…

Louvre Hotels eyes half century

Louvre Hotels on Monday announced the opening of its 'Royal Tulip' in Navi Mumbai, and aims to double its portfolio to 50 within three years. "At present we have 1,000 rooms spread across…

MAS adds frequency as demand rises

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is increasing flight frequencies from Kuala Lumpur to three Indian cities, in response to growing passenger demand. Form 1 September, the carrier will introduce…

Key Hotels signs six new properties

Mid-market hotel chain, Keys Hotels, last week signed six new properties as it actively pursues more opportunities across the country. The six new hotels include the Keys Hotel Rosewood in…

Virgin Atlantic taps New York demand

Virgin Atlantic will adjust its flight schedule from 28 October, offering streamlined connections on flights from Delhi to New York’s John F Kennedy airport via London Heathrow. The new…

346 hike threatens Delhi hub status

Lufthansa boss in South Asia has warned authorities that the 346% hike in airport charges at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport will threaten its status as an aviation hub.…

Airline briefs 06Aug12

Some headlines from the airline industry Virgin Atlantic posts £80m loss Virgin Atlantic has posted a pre-tax group operating loss of £80.2 million in its annual results ending 29…

Wego.com signs with Etihad

Wego.com has signed a global partnership agreement with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. The deal gives Wego's users full access with last seat availability…

MAS adds India daytime flights

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has unveiled plans to launch new daytime flights to India. From 1 September 2012, the carrier will complement its current daily evening flights between Kuala Lumpur…

SATTE to grow 15% in 2013

South Asian trade show SATTE will be 15% larger next year, organisers have announced. The show will extend to three days of exhibiting and two days of setup in Delhi, before moving to the…

Asian hotel rates cool

The rise of hotel room rates in the Asia Pacific region saw a marked slowdown in May 2012. According to the latest data from STR Global, the region's average occupancy level increased 2.3%…

AirAsia X touches down in Beijing

AirAsia X has launched its inaugural flight to Beijing. The low-cost carrier touched down in the Chinese capital on Saturday (23 June), following a flight from Kuala Lumpur. The airline…

Airline briefs 05/06/12

bmi Regional completes sale bmi Regional is to continue operating flights from Manchester and East Midlands after its sale to Sector Aviation Holdings was completed last week. Forty jobs…

Africa news round-up

Airline and hotel news from Africa's tourism product. Kempinski signs Nairobi hotel Kempinski Hotels has announced it will expand its Africa portfolio with a new property in…

Jet to boost Kolkata-Bangkok flights

Jet Airways will double the frequency of its Kolkata-Bangkok route. The Indian carrier will boost the service from daily to twice daily from 10 May 2012, with the new flight departing…

Jet fuel prices hiked

Oil companies yesterday hiked jet fuel prices for the second time this month, raising rates by a steep 2% with effect from midnight yesterday. "The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) or…

Maharashtra cans ferry plan

Maharashtra government's plan to transport vehicles and passengers using boats from Ferry Wharf to Mandwa has run into rough weather. The Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) has asked for a underpass or…

Visa delay deter travel to UK

The popular destination of UK seems to have lost its sheen, with many travellers fed up with the delays involved in getting a visa, Times of India reported.According to travel agents,…

Deccan Odyssey re-opens

After an extensive makeover, the luxury train Deccan Odyssey witnessed a full house for its first trip this season. The train left Mumbai on Wednesday evening for its week-long trip to Delhi…

THAI boosts Asian routes

Thai Airways International (THAI) will boost frequencies on a series of Asian routes for its forthcoming winter schedules, commencing 30 October. The emerging markets of India and China…

Utell garners new members in June

Utell Hotels & Resorts added more than 10,000 hotel rooms to its global inventory in June. Over 40% of its new inventory is in the Asia Pacific region and half of those are five star…

USTA team for India

The United States Travel Association is sending a record 32-member trade team to India from 11-15 September to promote tourism from India to the US.The team will have destination and…

Hilton to expand

Hilton plans to add five more properties in India this year. Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, said that 'India is critically important growth market for us".The chain…

SIA boosts Asian schedules

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is increasing the frequency of services to several points in Southeast Asia, North Asia, the Indian subcontinent during the Northern Winter operating season (30…

Dreamliner visits India

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its India debut landing at New Delhi International Airport yesterday, arriving from Tokyo. "Indian air carriers have recognised the tremendous value the Boeing…

JetLite suffers bird hit

A JetLite flight, with 94 passengers and six crew members onboard from Mumbai to Patna via Ranchi suffered a bird hit, but landed safely at the airport, airline sources were quoted saying in…

Jet plans to add new planes

With air traffic growing at a healthy pace, Indian carriers are once again looking to add capacities, a report said.Jet Airways, India's biggest airline, plans to acquire 6-7 new narrow body…

India’s first cruise ship

India has joined the global cruise line club with the country's first cruise ship, AMET Majesty, registered in Chennai with an Indian flag. The Hindu said the ship would make her maiden…

Ahmedabad gets new links

Private airlines will be adding up to 10 new flights to existing and new destinations in the monsoon and winter schedule in Ahmedabad.Times of India new flights from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel…

Petrol prices go up

In a move which is sure to impact travel and tourism, petrol prices have been hiked in India by over INR 5 a litre, taking it to INR 63.37 per litre in Delhi and INR 68.33 in Mumbai. In a…

More tourists using VOA

Over 4,000 foreigners from 11 countries used the tourist visa on arrival facility in the first four months of this year, with the maximum numbers coming from New Zealand, Japan and the…

W Hotels to debut in Malaysia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced plans to launch its W Hotels brand in Malaysia, with the signing of a deal with the Dijaya Corporation Bhd to manage the W Kuala…

TDA APPOINTMENTS

MICHAEL WISBRUN has been appointed Managing Director of SkyTeam, based in the Amsterdam. Wisbrun joins SkyTeam from Air France-KLM, where he is currently Executive Vice President KLM Cargo…

New Hilton opens in Chennai

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Chennai, its first hotel in Chennai. Featuring 204 guest rooms and more than 7,000 square feet of event space, the upscale,…