For week ending 22 April 2016.
There was a lot of activity in the travel industry last week – you can catch up on the top stories below and search our news hub for more detailed updates. This weekly round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.
Qantas seasonal capacity increase
Qantas is upping capacity on its Sydney-San Francisco route over the peak Christmas period. Between 12 December and 25 January, the carrier will operate a larger A380 on the route rather than the usual B747.
New Cathay Pacific amenities
Cathay Pacific has unveiled new Business class amenity kits. The new box-shaped toiletry bag, designed in partnership with bag manufacturer Seventy Eight Percent, contains Jurlique-branded lip balm, day cream and hand cream, anti-skid socks, an eyeshade, toothbrush and toothpaste as well as new mouthwash.
New Hilton for Bali
Hilton Worldwide has opened its first Hilton Garden Inn property in Indonesia. Located just 500 metres from Bali’s international airport, the 291-room Hilton Garden Inn Ngurah Rai Airport features a restaurant, fitness centre business centre and around 1000sqm of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting space as well as a complimentary shuttle service to nearby Kuta.
New Russian Doubletree
Hilton Worldwide has opened a new property in Russia. The 195-room Doubletree by Hilton Tyumen features an executive floor with a private lounge, a restaurant, 24-hour fitness centre with indoor swimming pool and sauna and a selection of meeting rooms.
AccorHotels has opened a new Mercure property in India. Located at the heart of the city’s business district, the 128-room Mercure Hyderabad KCP hotel features a choice of dining venues, a fitness centre and a range of meeting rooms catering for up to 150 people.
Le Meridien Fort Lauderdale
Starwood Hotels has plans to open its first Le Meridien-branded property in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The hotel group will spend $30 million on renovations prior to opening the 245-room Le Meridien Fort Lauderdale Airport in 2017.The property will feature restaurants as well as a range of flexible meeting spaces.
Malaysia Airlines changes
Malaysia Airlines plans to replace A380 aircraft with B747-400s on two of its 14 weekly return services between Kuala Lumpur and London Heathrow route. The carrier has also expanded its codeshare partnership with Emirates, to include its code on Emirates flights from Dubai to Kuwait and from 25 April, on services from Dubai to Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna.
Hilton Garden Inn US expansion
Hilton Worldwide has opened two new Garden Inn properties. The 150-room Hilton Garden Inn Greensboro Airport in North Carolina features a restaurant, 24-hour business centre, free wi-fi and a choice of meeting venues and is located less than 5km from Piedmont Triad International Airport. Meanwhile, the 141-room Hilton Garden Inn Key West/The Keys Collection has opened in New Town, Florida offering a restaurant, bar and 24-hour snack shop.
United US route expands
United Airlines has plans to launch several new US domestic routes. Services to Bangor, Flint, Lexington, Fort Wayne, Chattanooga, Omaha and Salt Lake City are expected to commence later this year.