For week ending 25 November 2016.
In the week that was, China Eastern Airlines boosted services in Australia, Mantra Group and Marriott International added numerous hotels to their portfolio and the Park Hyatt Hangzhou opened in Eastern China.
All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.
Marriott Mexico expansion
Marriott International has added four new hotels in Mexico to its portfolio. They include The Westin Puebla and Aloft Puebla, both set to open in the second half of 2018, the AC Hotel by Marriott Monterrey and the new-build Renaissance Cancun.
Mantra Group has added five new hotels in Australia and New Zealand. New-build additions include the 164-room Peppers Southbank in Melbourne, the 250-room Mantra 900 Hay Street in Perth’s CBD and 260-room Peppers Queenstown Resort, all due to open in 2018. Existing properties added to the group’s portfolio include The Observatory in Port Macquarie on the New South Wales coast, which will be rebranded as the Mantra Observatory and Club Crocodile in Airlie Beach, which will be rebranded as Mantra Club Crocodile following a major revamp.
The 209-room Fairmont Quasar Istanbul is due to open on 16 January next year. Located in the heart of the city’s main business district, the hotel will feature a choice of restaurants, cafes and bars, a day spa with a hammam (Turkish bath), an indoor pool and 2000sqm of meeting and event space.
China Eastern Australia boost
China Eastern Airlines plans to launch a four-times weekly service between Brisbane and Shanghai in December this year, with the route upgrading to a daily service in January and February. Meanwhile, the carrier, which already added direct services from Sydney to Kunming and Hangzhou in November 2016, will also launch a Sydney-Beijing service (codeshare with Qantas) and a Sydney-Wuhan route in January 2017. Other changes include seasonal frequency increases to double daily services on its Melbourne-Shanghai and Sydney-Shanghai routes over the December to February period.
Four Points Dallas/Fort Worth
Starwood Hotels and Resorts has opened a new Four Points-branded hotel at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The 156-room Four Points By Sheraton Dallas Fort Worth Airport North is located just 8km from Dallas Fort Worth Airport and features a restaurant, 24-hour fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool as well as meeting and event space for up 950 guests.
Crowne Plaza into Alice Springs
InterContinental Hotels Group’s Crowne Plaza brand is returning to the Northern Territory. The iconic Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs will be rebranded the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters in December and will undergo a $5m revamp.
NZ Queenstown lounge closed
Air New Zealand’s lounge at Queenstown Airport is now closed as it undergoes phase two of its refurbishment. The works are scheduled for completion in March 2017
SQ Jakarta changes
Singapore Airlines is reducing frequency on its Singapore-Jakarta route by five flights weekly. The temporary reduction brings the total number of flights on the route down to 58 weekly services. The change comes into effect from 1 December due to runway upgrade works being carried out at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
Park Hyatt Hangzhou
The Park Hyatt Hangzhou is now open. The 242-room property in Eastern China features two restaurants, a bar, fitness centre and swimming pool as well as meeting and event space for up to 500 guests.
Qatar boosts Cape Town
Qatar Airways has upped capacity on its daily Doha-Cape Town route. The carrier has switched the previous B787 aircraft used on the route with a larger B777 aircraft.