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Hong Kong Airlines Begins Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines Begins Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines announced the launch of service between Hong Kong and Sapporo, Japan on Friday.  The carrier will operate the service five times a week.
Flights depart Hong Kong at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and at 12:00 p.m. on Fridays, and arrive in Sapporo at 2:55 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.  From Sapporo, flights depart at 3:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and at …

St. Regis Chengdu Opens in Sichuan Province

St. Regis Chengdu Opens in Sichuan Province

Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the St. Regis Chengdu in the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China on Friday.
The new hotel is within walking distance of Tianfu Square and the Chun Xi Road retail district of the city.
The hotel has 279 guestrooms and suites, all with St. Regis Butler Service. Amenities include high-speed Internet access, 46” LCD televisions, Bose sound systems, and Simmons mattresses, and the …

United Announces Seasonal Frequency Increase for Chengdu, Shanghai Flights

United Announces Seasonal Frequency Increase for Chengdu, Shanghai Flights

United Airlines, which launched the first-ever non-stop service between North America and Chengdu, China earlier this year, announced that it would operate that flight on a daily basis next year from June for three months.  The Chicago-based airline also said it will add a second daily non-stop flight from San Francisco to Shanghai.
Daily non-stop service to Chengdu will operate from June 4 through September 1, 2015.  Currently, United offers the …

New Aloft Hotel Opens in Guangzhou, China

New Aloft Hotel Opens in Guangzhou, China

Starwood announced the opening the Aloft Guangzhou University Park in China.  The property is located in the center of Xiaoguwei Island on the Pearl River in southeast Guangzhou.
The hotel has 272 loft-like rooms, each with 42” LCD TV’s, oversized showerheads, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet.
Four dining establishments are located on the premises, including Nook, which features a buffet and international cuisine; Yunshan Poetry Chinese Restaurant, which offers traditional Cantonese and Chinese …

Air China, Air New Zealand Ink Partnership

Air China, Air New Zealand Ink Partnership

Air China announced that it signed a statement of intent with Air New Zealand to begin a partnership.  The proposed alliance is still subject to regulatory approval.
Under the partnership, Air China would begin new, non-stop service between Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, which would complement Air New Zealand’s existing Shanghai-Auckland service.
The carriers will be in talks over the proposed alliance, and hope to reach an agreement by early next year.
Air …

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 …