It's been the week where British Airways became the latest airline to suffer technical woes, protesters disrupted flights at London City Airport and Tropical Storms made their presence felt around the world. Here’s a roundup of other travel news for the week ending 9th September.
Hilton to open 200 room facility at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre
Hilton Worldwide has agreed a franchise licence agreement with Aberdeen City Council to open a 200 room Hilton Hotels & Resorts at the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). The hotel, which will be built in to the new AECC, will include an executive lounge and up to 10 meeting rooms of variable sizes along with a cocktail bar, speciality restaurant, fitness centre and wet leisure and spa facilities.
Shangri-La Hotels has announced it will open a Hotel Jen-branded property early next year.
The hotel will be part of the China World Trade Centre development in Beijing’s central business district (CBD) in Chaoyang. It will be the third Hotel Jen to open in China since Shangri-La launched the brand two years ago. The 450-room property will offer 13 meeting spaces and one multi-function venue for up to 300 people and a 3,500 sqm fitness centre with swimming pool. There will also be free wifi throughout. It is situated near the Guomao Subway Station and will be located in the first 22 floors of the ‘China World’, Tower B.
Marriott partners with TED
Marriott Hotels announced a partnership with TED, the non-profit devoted to ideas worth spreading. This relationship brings creatively curated TED Talks, blogs and original quotes to hotel guests worldwide. Travellers staying at Marriott Hotels will now have access to thought-provoking and inspirational content to help jumpstart their own original, inventive thinking. The content is expertly curated by TED, according to selected themes that are topical and relevant to guests, including curiosity, innovation, travel and entrepreneurship. The themes change every quarter. In addition, through this partnership, Marriott Hotels will also host a series of five global TED Talks Fellows salons in Seattle, London, Dubai, Bangkok and Santiago throughout this year and into 2017. Themes and speakers for the salons will coincide with the content themes during that period.
IHG expands their Eastern European footprint
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), has announced it is set to open four new hotels across Eastern Europe in the next few months, with a further 46 confirmed as being in the pipeline1. The figures are a reflection of the hotel group’s expansion strategy in the region at work. The new openings are Hotel Indigo, in Krakow, Poland; Holiday Inn Dbrowa Gornicza, Poland; Staybridge Suites, Baku Azerbaijan and Holiday Inn, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Grand opening of IHG Shanghai NECC
IHG announced the grand opening of InterContinental Shanghai NECC today in the vibrant new Hongqiao CBD. It is the 38th hotel under the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand in China. InterContinental Shanghai NECC is the only luxury hotel located within Shanghai’s new National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC), the largest single building and exhibition complex in the world. A new landmark of Shanghai, InterContinental Shanghai NECC hotel is just five kilometres from Hongqiao International Airport and Hongqiao Railway Station. It is only a three-minute walk to Metro Line 2 on the Shanghai subway network. Adhering to stringent sustainable principles, InterContinental Shanghai NECC offers 536elegantly designed rooms and suites featuring the finest modern comforts for discerning guests.
The Delta One suite to debut in 2017
Delta’s new A350s are to feature all-suite seating in business class. The planes will be configured with a business class made up of 32 of the suites. Each suite will feature a sliding door. A sliding privacy divider will separate centre suites. In addition to lie-flat seats with memory foam, the suites will have customisable ambient lighting; dedicated stowage compartments for headphones, shoes and laptops; USB ports and universal power outlets; and 18-inch television screens, which Delta says are the largest among U.S. carriers.
Conde Nast readers rate Qatar ‘Best for Business’
Qatar Airways has once again been recognised as one of the leading airlines in the world in the recent Condé Nast Traveller ‘Readers Travel Awards’ held in London, United Kingdom. The airline was awarded the coveted ‘Best for Business’ accolade with readers highlighting Qatar Airways’ industry leading on-board experience and premium lounges. Over the last year Qatar Airways announced an unprecedented expansion of its network with new destinations launching in 2016 including the recent addition of Adelaide; Atlanta; Birmingham; Boston; Los Angeles; Marrakech; Pisa; Ras Al Khaimah; Sydney; and Yerevan, and services soon to be launched to Windhoek; Helsinki; Krabi; and Seychelles. The airline is set to expand further in 2017, and will commence services to Auckland, which will be the world’s longest commercial flight; Lusaka; Skopje and Nice.
Emirates to offer first A380 Christchurch services
From 30th October, Emirates will fly between Dubai and New Zealand five times daily, with the introduction of the airline’s double decker flagship aircraft on Christchurch services. Emirates will be the first airline to offer regular scheduled A380 services to and from Christchurch with the upgrade of the current daily Christchurch service from Boeing 777-300ERs, along with the removal of the en-route stop in Bangkok which will enable passengers to travel all the way between Christchurch and Dubai, with just one stop in Sydney. The launch of the Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the A380 on Emirates’ daily non-stop route between Dubai and Auckland. Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane).
Non-stop London Gatwick to Hong Kong with Cathay
On 2nd September Cathay Pacific launched the only non-stop flights between London Gatwick and Hong Kong. Operated by the airline’s brand new A350 aircraft, this will be a four-times-weekly service. The service operates from Gatwick’s South Terminal at 12.40pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Hong Kong at 7.05am the following day. The airline’s A350-900 is configured with 38 “refreshed and enhanced” business class seats, 28 of the airline’s new premium economy seats and 214 seats in an improved economy cabin.