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Hainan to Begin Beijing-Oslo Flights

Hainan to Begin Beijing-Oslo Flights

Hainan Airlines announced that it plans to launch new service between Beijing and Oslo, Norway on May 15. The route will be the carrier’s first non-stop to Norway, as well as the first non-stop service between China and Norway.
Hainan will operate the route three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The carrier will use Airbus A330-300 aircraft that are equipped with 32 lie-flat seats in business class and 262 …

Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike Opens in China

Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike Opens in China

Marriott International announced the opening of a new Aloft hotel in Shanghai. The Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike is the first of the brand’s property in the city.
The hotel is located near the New International Expo and Shanghai Disney Resort.
The property has 191 guest rooms, each with a 43” LCD TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a walk-in shower.
Dining options include Nook, the hotel’s signature restaurant, which offers a breakfast buffet and à …

Marriott Opens Milestone 7,000th Property, the St. Regis Hong Kong

Marriott Opens Milestone 7,000th Property, the St. Regis Hong Kong

Marriott International announced the opening of its 7,000th property, the St. Regis Hong Kong.
The hotelier’s first property, the Twin Bridges Marriott, a motel in Arlington, Virginia, opened in 1957, and the first property opened by Sheraton, which was part of Starwood when it merged with Marriott, was purchased by Sheraton founders Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore purchased the Continental Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Marriott began as a nine-stool root …

Marriott to Hit 1,000-Property Milestone in Asia by End of 2020

Marriott to Hit 1,000-Property Milestone in Asia by End of 2020

Marriott International said it will open 100 hotels in Asia in 2019 and have a total of 1,000 properties in the region by the end of 2020, a 40% increase in its footprint there.
The move – part of the company’s 40×2020 Vision plan – includes several brand debuts in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, and the Philippines. Currently Marriott has 710 properties in 23 countries and territories in the region.
The …

Cathay Pacific to Acquire Hong Kong Express

Cathay Pacific to Acquire Hong Kong Express

Cathay Pacific Airways said it had agreed to pay HK$2.25 billion ($286.6 billion) in cash for Hong Kong Express Airways.
Hong Kong Express is Hong Kong’s only low-cost carrier and gives Cathay entrée into the budget market.
The deal “represents an attractive and practical way for the Cathay Group to support the long-term development and growth of our aviation business and to enhance the competitiveness of the Hong Kong hub during a …

And The World’s Most Expensive Cities Are…

If you think New York and San Francisco are expensive, try Singapore. Southeast Asia’s island city-state is no longer the world’s most expensive city. It’s been joined at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey by Hong Kong and Paris in a tie for first place.
“For the first time three cities share the title of the world’s most expensive city,” the EIU said in a …

First Mandarin Oriental in Beijing Opens Doors to Guests

First Mandarin Oriental in Beijing Opens Doors to Guests

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced the opening on Monday of the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing.
The new property is the hotelier’s first in Beijing.
The 73-key hotel features large, modern rooms with traditional Chinese elements, many with views towards the Forbidden City.  Dining options for guests include the Mandarin Grill + Bar as well as the more casual Café Z.  Wellness facilities include The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, which offers a …