Friday 29 July 2016

China fines Ritz-Carlton, others for raising prices after VAT rollout

China slapped fines of more than $300,000 on the Ritz Carlton and Crowne Plaza hotels in Beijing, along with four other companies for using recent tax reforms to justify price increases. The country's top economic regulator, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDR


New pastry chef for Hévéa Café

Hévéa Café, a culinary haven in Bahrain, has welcomed Anton Vijith as its new pastry chef. A master in the art of moulding exquisite popular culinary delights from everyday ingredients to creating innovative masterpieces that satisfy even the most finicky con


Four Seasons appoints new EMEA head

Leading luxury hospitality company Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has welcomed Simon Casson as the group's new president, hotel operations - Europe, Middle East and Africa. Casson is currently regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeir


Flight bookings for Nice, France drop again after July attack

Demand for air travel to France and Nice, the country's second most popular destination after Paris, has dropped again after an attacker killed 84 people in the city on the French Riviera on July 14, according to travel data analysis company ForwardKeys. France's tourism


MH370 pilot’s flight simulator used to plot course

A home flight simulator owned by the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was used to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft is believed to have gone missing, the Australian agency in charge of the search said on Thursday. But the Joint Agency Co


Air travel a pivotal part of my life, says TV star Nayyar

Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar has opened up about his incredible life in an exclusive video interview for British Airways – and told how he left home at 18 to fly to America where his acting dreams came true.   The 35-year-old is famed for making people laugh but sp


Marriott to open new hotel in Abu Dhabi

A new five-star Marriott hotel is set to open in Abu Dhabi, UAE, later this year following an agreement signed between Saif Mohammed Al Hajeri, chairman, Al Forsan Holding, and  Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director of Marriott International. The Marriott Al Forsa


Emirates aircraft cover 432m km in six months

Emirates aircraft have travelled over 432 million km since January 2016, the equivalent of traversing the globe more than 10,700 times.   A typical week sees the airline operating more than 3,600 flights, with over 96,000 flights operated in the first half of 2016.


Sabre developing new integrated mobile platform

Sabre Corporation is developing an integrated product  platform to power itinerary management,  policy compliant booking mid-trip, and  payment and expense management, all on the traveler’s mobile device. Sabre is integrating several best-in-class products in


Indigo Dubai flight diverted to Mumbai after passenger ruckus

An Indigo flight enroute to Dubai from Kozhikode made an emergency landing in Mumbai Thursday morning after a passenger's "unruly behaviour", said a report. According to a report in The Indian Express, a passenger seated in 5D started misbehaving with crew.

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