Τετάρτη, 24 Αυγούστου 2016
Asia Pacific’s Best Low Cost carrier launches flights to Europe. Low cost flights to Europe onboard 787 Dreamliner will be the carrier's longest non-stop flight - from Singapore to Athens– transforming the guest experience in low-cost, long-haul travel.
Asia Pacific’s Best Low Cost Airline Scoot commences flights between Singapore and Athens, Greece on 20 June 2017. The new service between Singapore and Athens marks Scoot’s first long-haul flight between Asia Pacific and Europe, as well as the longest flight operated by a low-cost carrier (LCC) with flight distance exceeding 10,000km.
The commencement of Scoot’s services to Europe is part of the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group’s strategic move to stimulate passenger traffic between Asia Pacific and Europe, as well as to boost connectivity through the Singapore hub.
Budget-conscious travellers will soon be able to Scoot to Greece at pocket-friendly airfares, immersing in the rich history and culture Athens has to offer. Take a trip back to ancient Greece with visits to the famed Acropolis of Athens and the legendary Temple of Apollo in Delphi, before hopping over to the many picturesque Greek islands including Mykonos and Santorini for a dose of idyllic romance. Travellers can also connect onward from Greece to other alluring cities in Europe for an extended pan-Europe vacation.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has launched its new IHG® Business Rewards promotion, offering members the opportunity to earn 50% extra bonus points at participating IHG hotels worldwide.
Corporate travel is considered an investment to grow an organization’s business. Corporate travel grows with, and indeed fuels, economic growth. Business related travel in India is estimated to grow at over 10% in 2016 and further 10% in 2017, and could account for USD 36.1 billion (approximately Rs 2,42,000 crore) in spending in 2017 according to Global Business Travel Association, GBTA. With IHG® Business Rewards programme, corporates stand to save significantly on their expenses related to accommodation, events and meetings.
As a way of thanking those who book on behalf of others, IHG Business Rewards is rewarding members with 50% extra IHG® Rewards Club points on Qualifying Spend* up to the value of USD 20,000 (approximately Rs 13,50,000) when booking accommodation, meetings and events for others from 1 September 2016 to 30 November 2016 (for events and stays until 31 August 2017).
Once a member has a qualifying spend of USD 20,000 (approximately Rs 13,50,000), they will revert to earning three points for every USD 1 (approximately Rs 67) of additional spend as per the programme’s general terms and conditions.
In addition to the promotional bonus points earned, members can also capture more value by earning an extra 10,000 and 20,000 additional points for one-off individual bookings of USD 10,000 (approximately Rs 6,70,000), and USD 20,000 (approximately Rs 13,50,000) respectively. There is no limit on the number of high value bookings that may be made, and additional points will be received for each individual, one-off high value booking.
Members can register for the promotion by visiting: http://businessrewardsbookerbonus.ihg.com/. Guests can sign up for IHG Business Rewards by visiting: http://www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/businessrewards/home
DUBAI, UAE - There are 541 new hotels in the pipeline across the Middle East – bringing an additional 158,950 hotel rooms to the region, an industry report has revealed.
The Middle East Hotel Construction Overview report prepared by TOPHOTELPROJECTS exclusively for The Hotel Show Dubai 2016 forecasts that the majority of new hotel rooms will open before 2020. The UAE (180 projects) and Saudi Arabia (134 projects) remain the most active hotel construction hotspots in the region.
The busiest year for hotel openings leading up to 2020 is forecast to be 2017 with 189 projects and 58,527 rooms. Notable hotel openings scheduled for 2017 include: the world’s largest hotel in Makkah, Saudi Arabia with 10,000 rooms, and the world’s first Paramount Hotels & Resorts property; the Paramount Hotel in Dubai.
“That is a lot of bedrooms, bathrooms, windows, doors, terraces, restaurants, pools, spas, gyms, and much more to be fit out and equipped over the next five years,” said Gary Williams, Event Director of The Hotel Show Dubai, taking place 17-19 September 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). “This year the 17th edition of The Hotel Show, the largest hospitality supply event in the region, will run at the same time as Windows, Doors & Facades Event and Intersolar Middle East at the DWTC, as the need for all aspects of hotel construction – including its external or facade design and sustainable footprint, increases. We are providing the ultimate selection of sourcing, networking and educational forums for professionals interested in hotel construction in the Middle East.”
The brand-new Windows, Doors & Facade Event (18-20 September 2016) is a dedicated platform for global consultants, manufacturers and distributors of window, door and facade products, and will compliment the interiors, lighting and design showcase at The Hotel Show. The event will host The Middle East Facades Summit on 18 September, focused on innovation, efficiency, security, fire safety, and quality control in facade design and engineering.
“A well-designed facade in a sustainable hotel will bring energy costs down considerably, and add to the building lifespan,” said Muhammed Kazi, Exhibition Director of Windows, Doors & Facades Event.
Meanwhile, Intersolar Middle East (19-21 September 2016) is focused on solar energy and sustainability, an important trend in hospitality. In 2017, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is forecast to open Dubai’s first 100% solar powered hotel.
Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA, IHG said: “Hotel Indigo Dubai The Sustainable City is a unique project designed to be integrated into an entirely sustainable community, and to meet the highest environmental, social and commercial sustainability standards. As a brand, Hotel Indigo is a direct reflection of its surroundings and in this case, the hotel’s first commitment to its neighborhood was a net zero energy building where solar power will meet 100 per cent of the hotel’s energy needs. We see this project as a potential future trend, perhaps encouraging more hotels of its kind and more usage of solar energy.”
Intersolar Middle East will also host the Global Solar Leaders' Summit (GSLS), expected to attract more than 300 regional leaders and policy makers and prestigious speakers from Tesla, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, IRENA, Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and many more.
Etihad Airways will expand its services to Italy with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport. Starting from 30 October 2016, the carrier will operate with an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in Business and 90 in Economy. Together with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double daily services to Rome and Milan.
Etihad’s Venice flight will offer convenient travel times for guests travelling between the UAE and the Italian city. In addition, the new service will offer seamless connections through Abu Dhabi’s hub to the popular key destinations in the GCC, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, and Australia.
Venice, renowned for its picturesque bridges and canals, is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, while Italy is the world’s 5th most visited country - with over 50 million international arrivals in 2015, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Etihad Airways started flights to Milan in 2007 before Rome was added to the network in 2014, contributing to a strong trade relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Italy. Bilateral trade was valued at USD 6.14 billion in 2015 and the UAE Ministry of Economy has registered more than 90 Italian companies.
Etihad Airways’ schedule for Venice Marco Polo flights, effective 30 October 2016:
|EY79||Abu Dhabi (AUH)||0230||Venice Marco Polo (VCE)||0640||Daily||A319|
|EY80||Venice Marco Polo (VCE)||1055||Abu Dhabi (AUH)||1955||Daily||A319|
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.
DUBAI, UAE - Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has recently stepped up its CSR initiatives to ensure that its hotels across the globe are committed to sustainability and actively engaged in social responsibility.
The latest example of the hotel group's adoption of an environmental ethos can be seen at Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai, which recently installed an electric car charging station - free of charge for electric vehicle drivers with a green card charger - in an effort to reduce the Emirate's carbon footprint and to encourage the use of renewable energy alternatives.
Movenpick's global sustainability partner Green Globe provides certification to Movenpick Hotels and Resorts that follow established best practices and fundamental principles towards sustainability.
Accredited hotels in Asia include Movenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket and Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, both of which conduct regular beach and ocean cleaning activities. While at Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, electric "tuk tuks" are used to transport guests around the resort.
More Movenpick hotels and resorts are implementing trackable initiatives every year that contribute to the protection of natural resources and support long-term sustainability.
"As one of the largest hotel groups to commit to Green Globe Certification for all our properties worldwide, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts is setting a benchmark for the industry for environmental, employer, and social sustainability," says Andrew Langdon, Senior Vice President Asia for Movenpick Hotels & Resorts.
The partnership follows Movenpick's company-wide commitment to the conservation of energy and water resources through the implementation of new technology and adoption of renewable energy sources whenever possible, reducing its properties' carbon footprint, as well as making meaningful contributions to the local communities and their environment.
"We want to conduct business that is not only good for the company, but also positively contributes to the environment, for our employees, and for our communities," adds Mr. Langdon.
In the latest Green Globe report, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts was highlighted as the most "Green Globe certified hotel company in the world," scoring 2.5 higher than the average of all Green Globe certified members worldwide and with some 76% of its properties worldwide now Green Globe certified.