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United to Launch Four New Routes this Month

United to Launch Four New Routes this Month

United Airlines announced it will begin four new routes next week.
On October 26, the carrier will begin new service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.  The flights will operate six times a week, using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft configured with 48 seats in first class, and 204 in economy, including 88 in United Economy Plus, the airline’s premium economy lite section.  The new Los Angeles-Melbourne route will be the carrier’s …

New Kempinski Hotel to Open in Beijing

New Kempinski Hotel to Open in Beijing

Kempinski Hotels announced it will open a new propety in Beijing on November 17. The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing and Yanqi Island will be situated on the site of the former Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel Beijing.
The hotel will be located by Yanqi Lake and will have 306 guestrooms and suites.
The surrounding 5-square-mile (14-square kilometer) area has 14 restaurants and bars, 151,437 square feet (14,069 square meters) of meeting and event …

Hilton Opens its 50th Chinese Hotel

Hilton Opens its 50th Chinese Hotel

Hilton announced the opening of the Hilton Changzhou hotel in China.  The property is the 50th Hilton hotel to be located in the country.
The new property has 299 guestrooms and suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows.  The hotel also has a 24-hour business center, and 24,756 square feet (2,300 square meters) of meeting and event space.
The hotel has five dining options, including Open, an all-day restaurant featuring cooking stations; Yuxi, which …

MiniMax Hotel To Open in Shanghai in December

MiniMax Hotel To Open in Shanghai in December

Shimao Group announced it will open a new property in China in December 2014. The MiniMax Hotel Shanghai Songjiang is said to target fashionable young travelers and is the first hotel to open up under the company’s MiniMax and MiniMax Premier brands..
The MiniMax brand is a mid-tier hotel concept, while the MiniMax Premier is more high end.
The Shanghai hotel will incorporate eco-friendly innovations such as in-room air quality that is …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2014

The Old Botanical Gardens in Munich, as seen from the Charles Hotel

The original Palmer House hotel, the first of three, burned to the ground on October 9 during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, just 13 days after its opening. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1875, and again in 1925. Today, it operates as the Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel.
William E. Boeing was born on October 1, 1888, in Detroit, Michigan.  He later went on to found the Boeing …

Boeing Delivers Air China’s First 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing Delivers Air China’s First 747-8 Intercontinental

Air China announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.  The plane is the first of seven that the aircraft has on order.
The airline said that the 747-8 Intercontinental will offer “double-digit improvements” in fuel consumption over the Boeing 747-400, the aircraft’s predecessor, as well as emit 30% less noise.  The interior of the plane also has more room for carry-ons, as well as significantly more personal …

New Luxury Collection Hotel Opens in Dalian, China

New Luxury Collection Hotel Opens in Dalian, China

Starwood announced the opening of the Castle Hotel, Dalian, in China.  The property is situated on Wanxia Mountain, overlooking Xinghai Bay and the Yellow Sea in the northeastern part of the country.
The property has 292 guestrooms, 29 of which are suites, as well as 67 residences.  Rooms have 47” LCD TVs and glass-top desks, while bathrooms have standalone tubs, glass-enclosed showers, and dual rainforest showerheads.
The hotel has three dining venues, …