China

Cachet Hotels to Debut New Hotel Brand in Chengdu

Cachet Hotels to Debut New Hotel Brand in Chengdu

Cachet Hotel Group announced it will debut its Cachet brand of hotels in Chengdu, China, in 2016.  The Cachet Hotel will be located in Jinbao Plaza, a mixed-use development that will also include office and commercial space, a financial center, and a shopping mall.
The hotel will have a glass façade and 191 guestrooms, and what the company calls a “West meets East” theme.  Rooms will be furnished with Chinese motifs, …

Hilton Haikou Meilan Opens in Hainan, China

Hilton Haikou Meilan Opens in Hainan, China

Hilton announced the opening of a new property in Haikou, China.  The Hilton Haikou Meilan has a beachfront location in the Meilian District of east Haikou in China’s Hainan Province.
The hotel has 453 guestrooms, 29 of which are suites.  Each room has 42” LCD TVs and complimentary mineral water, while the bathrooms have freestanding bathtubs and separate rain showers.
The property has six dining options, including Plantation, an all-day restaurant serving …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: November 15, 2014

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The weekend is finally here. Once again, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may not have had time to read over the past week. Here are five stories that might be of interest to you.
1.) Jesse Sokolow reviews the 2015 Lexus RC 350 that develops 306 peak horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle offers vibrant color schemes, a luxurious …

Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing Opens in China

Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing Opens in China

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of a new hotel in Nanjing, China.  The Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing is situated on Xuanwu Lake in the center of the city’s Gulou District.
The property has 424 guestrooms and 26 suites, as well as 21 serviced apartments.  Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows, 40” LED TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet.
Guests who stay in the a suite will have access to the Horizon Club Lounge, …

New China and U.S. Visa Policy Extends Validity of Visas

New China and U.S.  Visa Policy Extends Validity of Visas

The United States and China reached an agreement on Monday that will extend the validity of short-term business and tourist visas as well as student and exchange visas issued to citizens of both countries.  The new policy will go into effect on November 12.
Under the new agreement, Chinese applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa will be able to receive multiple-entry visas for up to ten years for business …

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 …