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Industry news 11 October

TFE Hotels debut in Austria and Switzerland

TFE hotels has plans to open Adina properties in Austria and Switzerland in 2020 and 2022 respectively. The Adina Apartment Hotel Vienna Belvedere and Adina Apartment Hotel Geneva are two of eight Adina Hotels due to open in Europe by 2022. Other cities set to welcome Adina properties include Cologne, Dusseldorf, Freiburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden.

FV by Peppers complete

FV by Peppers has opened its third and final tower. Named No. 1, the latest tower features a range of accommodation options including one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as Fortitude Suites. The tower boasts a choice of dining venues, a bar, BBQ area and skyline pool as well as a yoga studio and gym.

Industry news 10 October

TFE brings Manhattan style to Sydney

TFE Hotels has opened a new Vibe Hotel in Sydney. Located on Sussex Street, the 145-room Vibe Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour features new Manhattan-style design touches that offer a New York loft feel. Guests will love the rooftop bar and restaurant, which boasts sunset views over Darling Harbour. The same views are offered from the hotel’s heated rooftop pool and the property also features a fitness centre.

Accor Singapore expansions

Accor is debuting its ibis budget brand in Singapore. The hotel group will rebrand 13 Fragrance hotels to the ibis budget brand in the coming months. Accor is also renovating and rebranding two Parc Sovereign hotels in the city state, with one to become a Mercure property and the other an ibis Styles hotel. Both are expected to open by mid-2020.

Industry news 9 October

LAX-it launching soon

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is introducing a new dedicated pick-up area for taxi and rideshare services. Dubbed LAX-it, accessing the area will take 3-19 minutes on foot (depending on arrival terminal), with a shuttle to the area also on offer. The change comes into effect from 29 October.

Grand Hyatt SFO

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened a new hotel at San Francisco Airport. The 351-room Grand Hyatt at SFO offers travellers easy access thanks to an AirTrain connection direct to the hotel lobby. The property features day use and well as overnight guestrooms, a choice of dining venues, a fitness centre and 1340sqm of flexible meeting and event space.

Myanmar visa changes

Those travelling to Myanmar can now take advantage of a new visa on arrival (VOA) scheme. Since 1 October, Australian passport holders can purchase a US$50 vis on arrival at Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon airports.

Industry news 4 October 

MH BA Codeshare

Malaysia Airlines and British Airways have announced a new codeshare deal. The oneworld alliance partners will see the BA code added to Malaysia Airlines services from Australia to London via Kuala Lumpur. While the Malaysia Airlines code will be placed on British Airways services from London to Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Subject to regulatory approval, the MH code will also appear on a range of BA routes to European cities including Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Vienna, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Hamburg, Lyon, Toulouse and Paris. The deal come into effect for travel from 9 October.

Industry news 3 October 

New MGallery opening in Melbourne

The Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel is set to open on 1 November. Located 17km from the city’s CBD, the property boasts 250 rooms and suites, two penthouses, a rooftop bar and swimming pool, a choice of dining venues, a wellness retreat and day spa as well as a wide range of meeting and event spaces catering for up to 360 guests. 

Industry news 2 October 

Melbourne upgrades screening tech

Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 4 has upgraded its security screening. The terminal is now using new CT x-ray machines that mean travellers no longer need to remove laptops and liquids from their carry-on luggage. The new system uses 3D imaging that proved effective during trials. Four new security lanes use these scanners, with two more being added in the coming months. The roll-out will then move to Terminal 2 which will have seven of the new scanners.

Industry news 1 October 

Virgin Australia axes short-haul business class snacks

Effective from 9 October, Virgin Australia is rolling out a new ‘buy on board’ business class menu on its domestic and short-haul routes (including New Zealand). While the carrier will still offer a standard meal service and pantry items to its business class guests, travellers will no longer be able to request additional free snacks and drinks from the economy ‘for purchase’ menu. Instead they will have to purchase them from the new business class snack menu. 

Industry news 27 September 

Hilton Garden Inn Bundoora

Hilton Worldwide has plans for a new property in Victoria. The Hilton Garden Inn Bundoora will be located in Melbourne’s inner-north as part of the Polaris 3083 development. When it opens in the first quarter of 2021, the hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a bar, fitness centre and 127sqm of meeting and event space.

Industry news 26 September 

Virgin links Brisbane with Haneda

More details have emerged on Virgin Australia’s application for one of the daily frequencies to Tokyo’s Haneda airport. According to their submission their planned route will fly from Brisbane Airport, utilising joint services with All Nippon Airways.

China Eastern trials Perth-Shanghai 

China Eastern Airlines plans to trial a new direct route between Perth and Shanghai’s Pudong Airport. From 12 January to 17 February, the carrier will operate A330-200 aircraft on three weekly non-stop flights between the two cities. If the five-week trial is successful it could result in the launch of year-round services.

IHG Africa expansion 

InterContinental Hotels Group has plans for 10 new hotels across Africa. The move will see the group expand its presence across key African countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria and Ghana.

Industry news 25 September 

Marriott opens Midnight

Midnight Hotel is the first Marriott International property to open in the Australian capital. Located in Canberra, Australia's capital city. Situated in Braddon, one of Canberra's emerging inner-city suburbs, and less than a kilometre from the CBD, the 199-room property is part of the group’s Autograph Collection but will be independently owned and operated by Iconic Hotels. It features a restaurant and bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna and shared and private gym spaces, as well as private boardrooms and a business lounge.

ibis Styles East Perth

Accor has opened a new hotel in Perth. The 252-room ibis Styles East Perth, located in the heart of the city’s CBD, boasts a restaurant and bar, a 24-hour fitness centre, a co-working space for business travellers and two meeting rooms with capacity for up to 40 people.

Industry news 24 September 

Qantas rolls out refurbed A380

The first of Qantas' newly refurbished A380s is set to fly the Sydney-Singapore-London route on select flights until 9 October. The overhauled superjumbo includes a modernised first-class cabin and the introduction of the carrier’s latest business class seats. Other changes include two new upper deck lounges. After 9 October, the aircraft will switch to fly the Sydney-Los Angeles route.

United Polaris business class coming to Sydney

United Airlines is switching aircraft on its Sydney-San Francisco service. The move will see a B777-300ER operate flight UA683 from 3 December and the return flight, UA870, from 5 December until 27 March. This signals an upgrade for travellers on the route as the B777-300ER is equipped with United’s latest Polaris business class seating as well as a more spacious 1-2-1 configuration, which guarantees direct aisle access for all. Travellers will also benefit from additional storage and work space as well as a larger 16-inch screen. 

Industry news 19 September 

New Sebel for Melbourne

Accor is set to open a new Melbourne hotel. The Sebel Melbourne Moonee Ponds, located in the Mason Square Precinct of Moonee Ponds, will make its debut on 1 November. It will feature 97 one- and two-bedroom apartments complete with full kitchen facilities and balconies. The property also boasts a restaurant, fitness centre and meeting spaces as well as underground parking.

SQ adds signature ramen to its premium menu

Singapore Airlines will serve Ramen Keisuke’s signature Japanese ramen dishes on select flights from October. Business class guests traveling to Tokyo Haneda or Narita airports as well as Osaka’s Kansai International Airport between October to March will have the choice of tonkotsu, lobster, miso and niboshi ramen. Meanwhile tonkotsu and miso ramen will also be appear periodically on First and Business class menus on select flights departing Singapore during the same period.

Industry news 18 September 

Virgin and Qantas both eye Tokyo

Qantas and Virgin Australia are both seeking to add new flights between Australia and Tokyo. An expanded Australia-Japan Air Services Agreement has opened up two new daily slots to Haneda Airport and Qantas was quick to apply for a new service from Melbourne and a second daily service from Sydney. Meanwhile Virgin Australia has also applied for one of the two services to offer travellers a choice of carrier. If awarded it will mark the carrier’s first direct service to Tokyo.¬ Regardless of who is awarded the slots, travellers can expect daytime flights into Haneda from next year. Haneda Airport is located close to the Tokyo CBD, with monorail access from the airport. If Qantas is awarded the Melbourne route it will likely replace its existing daily service to Tokyo’s ¬¬Narita Airport.

Emirates adding Champagne Lounge to First Class 

Emirates is set to expand on the success of its Moet & Chandon Champagne Lounge. Currently only available as part of the Business Class Lounge experience at Dubai Airport, the carrier plans to offer an elevated version of the experience in its First Class Lounge. While the Business Class version serves one vintage and three non-vintage options, the First Class Champagne Lounge will feature more bespoke vintages.

New Zealand introduces electronic travel authorisation

Effective from 1 October, entry to New Zealand will require an 'electronic travel authorisation' (NZeTA). Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport will be exempt. However, Australian permanent residents travelling on another country's passport and visitors from visa-waiver countries will require an NZeTA for short stays, tourism or business visits. You can apply for NZeTAs online for a cost of NZ$12 or via the NZeTA app for NZ$9. It must be issued at least 72 hours prior to travel is valid for multiple entries over a period of two years or until your passport expires, depending on which happens sooner. Passengers transiting through New Zealand also require an NZeTA, even if they do not plan to enter the country. 

Industry news 17 September 

Qatar Airways is opening a new lounge at Singapore

Qatar Airways is opening a new Premium Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport in early 2020. The carrier’s fifth Premium Lounge, outside of its Doha hub, will be located on the upper lounge level of Terminal 1, at the start of the C Gates wing. Currently under construction, the lounge is likely to feature an a la carte dining room, a self-serve buffet and a tended bar as well as several shower suites. The sole domain of business and first class guests of Qatar Airways and its Oneworld partner airlines, high tier frequent flyers travelling in premium economy or economy will not be eligible for access. 

United MEL-SFO taking off soon

United Airlines’ new non-stop service between Melbourne and San Francisco takes off on 31 October. The three times weekly service will operate on B787-9 aircraft. Meanwhile, the carrier will replace the B777-300ERs operating its daily Auckland and San Francisco service with new B787-10 Dreamliner aircraft for the upcoming northern winter season.

SQ reinstates Busan route

Singapore Airlines plans to resume flights between Singapore and South Korea. The carrier will operate four weekly A330 services to Busan from 28 October. 

Industry news 13 September 

Qatar economy Quisine

Qatar Airways has expanded its Quisine menu to economy class travellers on its Australia routes. Guests can expect larger food portions and meals created with premium local and seasonal produce. The Quisine roll-out also marks a greater focus on sustainability, with greater use of recyclable and biodegradable products and less use of single-use plastics.

New Luxury Collection property opens in Chin

China Southern Airlines plans to operate its new A350-900XWB aircraft on its Guangzhou-Brisbane route. Effective from 29 December, the aircraft will operate daily flights between the two cities, rising to 10 flights weekly during peak season.

Delta to open Tokyo lounge

Delta Air Lines plans to open a new Delta Sky Club at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in 2020. The move comes as the carrier is set to launch a range of new non-stop US routes to Japan, including Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Portland and Honolulu, all of which are launching next year. The Sky Club will feature dining options and a full-service bar as well as wi-fi and power outlets at every seat. 

Industry news 12 September

Qantas BNE-LAX seasonal boost

Qantas plans to up the frequency of its Brisbane-Los Angeles route. The seasonal upgauge will see the carrier operate 13 weekly B787-9 flights on the route between 2 January and 8 February, before dropping back to the usual 10 flights per week.

Park Inn Manila

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has opened a new hotel in metro Manila. The Park Inn by Radison North EDSA is located in the commercial hub of Quezon City a short walk from SM City North EDSA. The property features 238 rooms, a restaurant and bar, fitness centre and swimming pool as well as meeting and event spaces including a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 660 guests.

CZ MEL A380 plan

China Southern plans to operate an A380 on one of its three daily Melbourne-Guangzhou flights. The temporary increase in capacity on the route will see flights CZ321/322 operate on the superjumbo over the peak period from 10 January to 13 February 2020.

Industry news 9 September

New premium lounge for Perth

Perth Airport will soon be home to a new premium departure lounge. The pay-per-use facility will be located on level three of the international terminal (T1) and is set to open in mid-2020. Travellers will be able to pre-book access online for $55+GST for a three-hour stay. 

Accor adds two in Melbourne

Accor plans to open two new properties in Melbourne in the coming years. Opening next year, the Sebel Melbourne Ringwood will feature offer 103 serviced studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, a restaurant and bar, fitness centre and event spaces. Opening in 2021, the 83-room Peppers Melbourne Richmond will offer a restaurant, bar and fitness centre.

Industry news 6 September 

Sebel for Sydney’s Rocks district 

Accor’s Sebel brand has returned to Sydney following the rebranding of the Quay West Suites Sydney. The newly rebranded Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney offers spacious apartment-style suites in The Rocks district with views over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Circular Quay. It is also just minutes from the ferry terminal and CBD.

New Luxury Collection property opens in China

Marriott International has opened its eighth Luxury Collection-branded hotel in China. The 290-room Na Lotus Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanning is located in the capital of Guangxi Province. The CBD hotel boasts four dining venues, a lounge bar, fitness centre and indoor swimming pool as well as a 1721 sqm of meeting and event space catering for groups of up to 1000 guests.

Industry news 5 September

New Virgin Australia Brisbane lounge opens

Located adjacent to Gate 77 in the International Terminal, Virgin Australia’s new My Lounge features seating for up to 108 guests, a dining area, barista station and a self-pour bar as well as a a small work zone, unlimited wi-fi and shower facilities. The lounge will be open to Virgin Australia business class travellers, Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyers as well as members of the Virgin Australia Lounge program. In addition, paid entry will be available to other travellers at a cost of $60 if pre-booked online or $70 on site. Opening hours are 5am to 10pm.

Industry news 6 September 

Sebel for Sydney’s Rocks district 

Accor’s Sebel brand has returned to Sydney following the rebranding of the Quay West Suites Sydney. The newly rebranded Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney offers spacious apartment-style suites in The Rocks district with views over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Circular Quay. It is also just minutes from the ferry terminal and CBD.

New Luxury Collection property opens in China

Marriott International has opened its eighth Luxury Collection-branded hotel in China. The 290-room Na Lotus Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanning is located in the capital of Guangxi Province. The CBD hotel boasts four dining venues, a lounge bar, fitness centre and indoor swimming pool as well as a 1721 sqm of meeting and event space catering for groups of up to 1000 guests.

Industry news 5 September

New Virgin Australia Brisbane lounge opens

Located adjacent to Gate 77 in the International Terminal, Virgin Australia’s new My Lounge features seating for up to 108 guests, a dining area, barista station and a self-pour bar as well as a a small work zone, unlimited wi-fi and shower facilities. The lounge will be open to Virgin Australia business class travellers, Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyers as well as members of the Virgin Australia Lounge program. In addition, paid entry will be available to other travellers at a cost of $60 if pre-booked online or $70 on site. Opening hours are 5am to 10pm.

Industry news 4 September

Qantas BP Link-up

Qantas has announced a new loyalty partnership with BP Australia. The move will see Qantas Frequent Flyer become the key partner for BP's new customer loyalty program, BP Rewards. Launching in early 2020, the BP Rewards program will allow customers to earn Qantas Points on fuel and eligible in-store purchases across participating BP retail sites. In addition, BP Plus fuel card will become the exclusive fuel partner of Qantas Business Rewards. BP Rewards launches in early 2020, with more detail on points earned per dollar spent available closer to the time. The partnership arrangement is subject to approval by the ACCC and will also signal the end of the relationship between BP and Virgin Australia’s Velocity loyalty program.

Shangri-la goes greener

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney has undertaken a range of environmental initiatives. It is the first hotel in the city to introduce wooden key cards and Just Water to its offerings. Wooden key cards will replace 52,000 plastic key cards that are thrown away each year. Meanwhile, Just Water, which come comes in cartons that are 100% recyclable, will reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles by 360,000 per year. The property has also launched paperless check-in and check-out to save paper and introduced clean food waste recycling technology to reduce food waste destined for landfill.
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Industry news 3 September

Qantas ups premium carry-on

Qantas guests travelling internationally in first, business or premium economy cabins now have a more flexible carry-on allowance. While the overall weight is still a maximum of 14kg spread across two items. The maximum weight for a single piece has risen from 7kg to 10kg to match domestic carry-on limits.

Dual-Branded Melbourne Airport Hotel on its way

Construction is underway on Accor’s new dual-branded hotel near Melbourne Airport. The 464-room property will operate under the Novotel and ibis Styles brands and will feature a cafe, bar, restaurant, gym and swimming pool as well as meeting room facilities. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2021 in the airport's new Hive precinct.

Industry news 2 September 

THAI boosts Brussels 

Thai Airways International is adding a sixth weekly flight between Bangkok and Brussels. The service will operate on A350-900XWB aircraft.

Industry news 29 Aug

United air miles rejig

United Airlines is the changing the longevity of air miles earned through its MileagePlus loyalty program. Where previously air miles expired after 18 months, effective immediately, air miles will no longer expire. 

New Autograph Collection for ACT

Marriott International is set to welcome its first hotel in Canberra. The Midnight Hotel will join the hotel group’s Autograph Collection when it opens in September. The 199-room property will feature a restaurant and bar, an indoor lap pool, a sauna and gym as well as meeting and event spaces.

Marriott axes single-use plastic

Mariott International is continuing to phase out single-use plastic toiletry bottles. The majority of the group’s hotels will switch to larger pump-top bottles of shower amenities by December next year. 

PARKROYAL Dalian

Pan Pacific Hotels Group has plans for its first PARKROYAL-branded hotel in China. The 216-room PARKROYAL Dalian is set to open in 2020. Located within walking distance of the Dalian World Expo Centre and Dalian Xinghai Convention & Exhibition Centre, it will also be a short 10-minute drive from the Xinghai Bay Financial Business Area. The hotel will feature a rooftop bar, a choice of dining venues, an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and fitness room as well as a spa. It will also boast a range of meeting and event spaces and, for long-stay guests, 112 serviced suites will open within the same building at a later date. 
 

Industry news 28 Aug

New LATAM Business class

LATAM Airlines Group has upgraded its Business class offering. The carrier’s new Premium Business class will feature new Thompson Aero seating with fully-flat beds that boast temperature-regulating and pressure-point technology. Sleep amenities will include new pillows, pyjamas and mattresses, while a mix of individual and couple configurations ensures direct aisle access for all. In-flight entertainment will be provided on larger 18-inch screens and guests will also enjoy a new culinary concept and updated wine selection. The updated cabin offering will feature on B777 aircraft operating international flights from this month.

MacBook flight ban

Qantas has banned 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros from checked baggage until further notice, while Virgin Australia has banned all Apple laptops from checked baggage. The moves follow a global recall of the devices based on fire-risk concerns over their lithium-ion batteries. The US Federal Aviation Administration has gone one step further and banned the devices from flying at all, a move followed by Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines. Affected models were sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

Industry news 27 Aug

UK adds 3D scanners

Major UK airports will soon be fitted with 3D scanners. The move aims to save time at security checkpoints. The technology provides a clearer picture of bag contents, which could result in the lifting of liquid restrictions. Already in use at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport, they are currently being trialled at London Heathrow, with other major hubs to follow by 2022. 

Industry news 26 Aug

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites for Hanoi 

Pan Pacific Hotels Group is bringing its serviced suites to Vietnam in 2020. The 126-unit PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Hanoi will be located adjacent to West Lake, less than a 15-minute drive from key business and commercial areas. It will feature a rooftop restaurant and bar, a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as a range of multi-function spaces. 

Industry news 23 Aug

Conrad Tianjin

Hilton Worldwide has opened a new property in China. The 375-room Conrad Tianjin is located in the city’s Nankai District. The property features a choice of dining venues, an Executive Lounge, a 24-hour fitness centre and swimming pool as well as a range of meeting and event spaces catering for up to 950 guests.

Industry news 22 Aug

Qantas revamping its A380 fleet

Qantas is in the process of an extensive revamp of its A380 fleet. The first aircraft featuring the newly refurbished interior will take flight at the end of September, with the roll-out set to continue at roughly one updated aircraft per month. While both first class suites and economy seats will see some improvements, the most significant changes will be to business and premium economy seating, which will be upgraded to the same design as those featured on its B787 Dreamliner aircraft. Revamped superjumbos will also boast an all-premium upper deck and two business lounge nooks at the front of the upper deck. Upgraded superjumbos will be shared across the carrier’s A380 network, including services to Singapore, London, Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth, on a “surprise and delight” basis. 

Qantas Sydney lounge revamp delayed 

The revamp of the Qantas Sydney International Business Lounge has been delayed. Construction was set to commence late last year for a late 2019 re-opening, but the launch date has now moved to 2020 at the earliest, with renovation work yet to start.

Qantas tests new ultra-long-haul routes

Qantas is preparing to operate test flights on new ultra-long-haul routes. “Project Sunrise” will see new B787-9s fly direct from New York City and London to Australia’s east coast from October to December. With a flight time of around 19 hours, these services would shave 3-4 hours off the standard travel time on these routes. Each test flight will have a maximum of 40 people aboard, with tests conducted on ways to improve wellbeing for passengers and crew on ultra-long-haul routes. Designed in conjunction with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre and Monash University, as well as the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, the research will enable Qantas to make a “yes-no” decision on these routes by the end of the year.

Industry news 21 Aug

SQ sends A350-900s to Melbourne

Effective from 1 November, Singapore Airlines will operate an A350-900 on flights SQ247/8 to Melbourne. The aircraft switch means travellers will now enjoy lie-flat business class seats on all SQ services to and from Australia and a premium economy option on all 36 SQ Melbourne services. Singapore Airline’s A350-900 features 42 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Lie-flat seats convert to a 78-inch fully-flat bed with a cushioned headboard. The aircraft’s 24 premium economy seats have a 38-inch pitch and recline by eight inches. 

Industry news 19 Aug

Emirates reduces capacity of Australian routes

Emirates is rejigging a number of its Australian services during November. Dubai-Adelaide services will drop from daily to five times weekly between 11 and 20 November, while non-stop Dubai-Brisbane flights will fall from twice daily to daily from 6 to 22 November. The carrier will also switch the aircraft operating flights EK414/415 between Dubai and Sydney from an A380 to a B777-300ER from 6 to 20 November.

Industry news 16 Aug

Mercure Rouse Hill

Sydney’s Hills District has welcomed a new Mercure Hotel. The 78-room Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill is located in The Fiddler Hotel precinct, a major dining and entertainment hub. It features a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as conference and event spaces.

Industry news 15 Aug

Virgin Australia's new Brisbane lounge opening soon

Located adjacent to Gate 77, My Lounge is set to open on 3 September. Operated by UK-based No1 Lounges it will offer a casual, relaxed contemporary ambience. Lounge facilities will include seating for up to 108 guests, a dining area with a grazing menu featuring both healthy and indulgent options, a barista station and a self-pour bar. There will also be a small work zone and showers. The lounge will be open to Virgin Australia business class travellers, Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyers as well as members of the Virgin Australia Lounge program. In addition, paid entry will be available to other travellers at a cost of $60 if pre-booked online or $70 on site. Opening hours are 6am to 2pm and 3pm to 10pm.

Industry news 13 Aug

Qantas expands business lounge at Singapore

Qantas has unveiled a newly expanded business lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport. The new larger space has seating for up to 574 guests spread over 2200sqm. Guests can expect new banquette seating, dining chairs and tables, and greater availability of power and data outlets. Meanwhile, a new First Lounge is set to open at Changi in November, with more details to follow closer to the date. 

Industry news 12 Aug

JW Marriott Marquis debuts in Shanghai

Marriott international has opened a new property in China. The 515-room JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Shanghai Pudong is located near the Lujiazui CBD. It features a range of dining options, a 24-hour fitness centre, a swimming pool, rooftop bar and almost 3150sqm of meeting and event space. The opening marks the debut for the Marquis brand in the country. 

Industry news 9 Aug

Ritz Perth opening

The Ritz-Carlton Perth is set to open on 15 November. The 205-room hotel will feature a choice of dining venues, a rooftop bar, a fitness centre and spa, a swimming pool and 2,000sqm of meeting and event space including a junior and main ballroom.

Industry news 8 Aug

Qantas boosts Santiago

Qantas is planning to boost the frequency of its Sydney-Santiago route. Effective from June 2020, the carrier will begin a daily operation, with the addition of three weekly return services. New flights will operate on B787-9 Dreamliners, which feature the latest version of the Business Suite and next-gen Premium Economy seating as well as improved Economy seats.

Cairns Convention Centre revamp

Cairns Convention Centre is set for a $176 million revamp. Plans for the centre include three meeting rooms, floor space catering for up to 450 people, a rooftop banqueting space catering for up to 410 guests and a “Sky Terrace”.

Industry news 7 Aug

SQ Perth aircraft switch

Singapore Airlines is switching aircraft on its Perth-Singapore route. Effective from 1 October, the carrier will fly two A350-900 and two B787-10 services each day. This move will see the A330-300 currently operating the SQ224/225 service replaced with the larger B787-10, adding 38,000 seats annually to the route.

Industry news 6 Aug

United reduces Melbourne

United Airlines is reducing the frequencies of its Melbourne-Los Angeles route. The daily operation will drop to a five times weekly service between 26 October and 1 November before dropping further to a four times weekly operation from 2 November and 6 December as well as 1 February to 27 March.

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Industry news 5 Aug

New Hyatt for Adelaide

Adelaide will soon see the return of the Hyatt brand to the city. Construction of a newbuild hotel is expected to commence in 2020 with an expected completion date of 2023. Located on Pirie Street, the 295-room hotel will feature a café and rooftop bar, a Hyatt Regency Club, a fitness centre and swimming pool, as well as more than 750sqm of meeting and event space.­­

Industry news 2 Aug

Virgin ups baggage fees

Virgin Australia is upping its prepaid additional baggage fees, effectively immediately. Additional bags requested at time of booking will cost $45 each for domestic flights and $70 each for short-haul international services. If requested via the contact centre after booking has been made, fees will be slightly higher at $55 and $80 for domestic and short-haul international travel respectively.

Industry news 1 Aug

Qatar expands Quisine

Qatar Airways has extended its Quisine catering concept to its economy class cabin. Travellers can expect 25% larger appetisers and main courses and 50% larger desserts.