• Australia’s Aurora Expeditions has announced the delivery of its first purpose-built expedition vessel, which will make its debut during the 2019/2020 Antarctic season (November to March). The 104-metre ship will be the first to use X-BOW technology...
       
  • Hong Kong Airlines, which recently achieved a Gold certificate from International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Fast Travel Programme, is set to make its North American debut with a non-stop daily service between Vancouver and Hong Kong on 30 June. Business class passengers aboard...
       
  • A classic Omani dhow recently made its maiden voyage from Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman. A private cruiser that hosts up to six guests, this handcrafted vessel recalls the golden age of Arabian voyages, cruising the Musandam fjords at a leisurely 10 knots. The boat can...
       
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  • Clocking in at 1,188 feet long and with 18 decks, Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas, will be the largest cruise ship in the world. Ready to set sail next April, Symphony will spend her inaugural summer season sailing...
       
  • Amilla Fushi has firmly anchored the resort’s place on the international superyacht circuit with the opening of the Amilla Yacht Club (AYC). The AYC marina has three berths and can accommodate yachts up to a maximum of 20 metres with a two metre draft. Larger yachts (over 20m) can...
       
  • Princess Cruises has announced plans for another around-the-world voyage in 2019. The Pacific Princess will set off to circumnavigate the globe on 5 January 2019 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and stop in 41 ports in 27 countries. Pacific Princess is already scheduled to...
       
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  • Capable of accommodating 5,714 passengers and the biggest ship to launch this year, MSC Cruises newest ship, the Meraviglia, was christened by movie icon Sophia Loren this May. The glamorous event in Le Havre featured entertainment from top international...
       
  • Cunard’s Queen Victoria recently received a partial refit including an increased choice of staterooms, new Britannia Club dining, a broader and more distinct bar offering and a revamped sun deck. Her service...
       
  • The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has discovered that a growing number of millennials and Generation Y travellers are taking to the seas for their holidays in its recent Cruise Travel Report. Indeed, cruising has become the most popular travel preference among younger gener...
       
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  • ILTM Asia, the acclaimed luxury travel show held each June in Shanghai, will split into two dynamic new events – ILTM China, which will remain in Shanghai, and ILTM Asia-Pacific, which will debut in Singapore May 21-24, 2018. While the new ILTM China...
       
  • Luxurious island hideaway The Datai Langkawi will embark on an extensive renovation project commencing September and finishing in June 2018. The facelift will be the most substantial beautification project since the resort’s inception over 23 years ago, when it was created by the visiona...
       
  • Marriott International used ILTM Asia as the perfect platform at which to discuss its plans to double its luxury presence in Asia Pacific by adding more than 100 luxury hotels to its current footprint of 113 luxury properties. With the introduction of 11 new hotels to its...
       
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  • At this year’s ILTM Asia in Shanghai, Capella Hotels & Resorts announced several key stone openings planned for 2017 and 2018, while also giving a lucky few a sneak peak of the new Capella Shanghai, set to open next month. The new property, Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li, is the only all-v...
       
  • Also exhibiting at this year’s ILTM Asia event was the Oetker Collection, which owns and manages some of the world’s finest hotels. The hotel group announced the opening of the new Palácio Tangará in Sao Paolo. Located in the heart of Brazil’s commercial capital, in the city’s re...
       
  • During a champagne-laced soiree at Shanghai’s flagship Louis Vuitton boutique at this year’s ILTM Asia, Cheval Blanc management discussed the growth and evolution of the group’s three properties, including the recent awarding of a third Michelin star for Le 1947 restaurant at Cheval ...
       
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  • Urban Resort Concepts, operators of Shanghai’s acclaimed Puli hotel, will open a series of captivating new hotels, commencing with the unveiling of the 116-room Puxuan Beijing Hotel & Spa in Q4 2017, the group announced at ILTM Asia. Housed above the new China Guardian auction house, the...
       
  • Niccolo Hotels, in addition to announcing the renaming of its parent company to Wharf Hotels, used ILTM Asia to give exhibitors and media a sneak peak of the anticipated The Murray, the brand’s first hotel in Hong Kong. Housed in an iconic building on Cotton Tree Drive, in the centre of ...
       
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resortsand Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, a renowned lifestyle company owned by Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild, have announced plans for the first Four Seasons mountain destination in Europe, opening in time for the 2017-2018 winter ski season...
       
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  • One of the world’s fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, Qatar Airways is set for some serious expansion over 2017 and 2018, with flights to 26 new destinations planned. The expansion has already begun, with flights to Yanbu in Saudi Arabia launched ...
       
  • Following the successful debut of its craft beer Betsy in March on flights between Hong Kong and destinations in the UK, Cathay Pacific has extended the promotion between other destinations in Europe as well as Canada, the US, Japan, New Zealand and Tel Aviv...
       
  • Singapore Airlines has started operating a series of 12 ‘green package’ flights over a three-month period on its non-stop San Francisco-Singapore route. Featuring SIA’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 - the ‘green package’ flights are the first...
       
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  • Emirates has confirmed that its new First Class product will be showcased at the Dubai Air Show in November. Making its debut onboard a Boeing 777-300ER, the airline’s new First class cabin will feature six private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the existing eight private...
       
  • United Airlines will introduce daily nonstop flights between its Los Angeles International Airport hub and Singapore’s Changi Airport on 27 October. The longest scheduled nonstop flight to or from the US, the flight between LA and Singapore will set...
       
  • Qantas has announced plans to offer its own platinum credit card, offering a high rate of points earn and exclusive travel benefits. Powered by Mastercard and issued by Citi, the card will be launched by the end of this financial year along with full details of features. CEO of Qantas Loya...
       
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  • American Airlines debuted its newly-renovated Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport this May. It is expanding access for Flagship Lounges to include Business Class customers travelling on qualifying...
       
  • Finnair and Helsinki airport operator Finavia have piloted the use of face recognition technology for the check-in process of Finnair flights in the Finnish capital. During the test period this May involving a group of 1,000 frequent flyers, it gathered information on the applicability of ...
       
  • Constance Hotels has rolled out a new brand signature, “True by Nature”, which highlights its key brand values and the spectacular locations of its hotels. The emphasis is on relationships with its natural surroundings, the relationship with the hotel team and the relationship with whi...
       





   
 

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