Week in Review: Travel Industry News

Travel News 08 Jan 2018

For week ending 5 January 2018

REX boosts Orange services

Regional Express plans to increase the frequency of its Sydney-Orange route. Effective from 29 January, the carrier will add a fifth return service per weekday, bringing the total to 58 services per week.

New Marriott for Shanghai

Marriott International has announced opened another new property in China. The 195-key Fairfield by Marriott Shanghai Jing’an is located close to the city’s commercial and business hub and just a five minute walk from the Metro line 1. Property features include a restaurant, 24-hour fitness centre and meeting and event space for up to 100 guests.

Hilton China expansion

Hilton Worldwide has opened a new property in China. The Hilton Fuzhou features 331 guestrooms, a choice of dining venues, a 24-hour gym and infinity swimming pool as well as a range of meeting and event spaces.

Hyatt Place into Frankfurt

The Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport is now open. The 312-room hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the airport, with an airport shuttle service available, and a 10-minute rail journey from the city centre. It features a 24/7 gym, five flexible meeting spaces catering for up to 136 guests and free wi-fi throughout the building.

Hotel Indigo Belgium debut

InterContinental Hotels Group has expanded it boutique Hotel Indigo-brand into Belgium. The 82-room Hotel Indigo Antwerp – City Centre is located in the heart of the city and features a restaurant and business centre.

Etihad axes more routes

Etihad is suspending services to Entebbe in Uganda and Tehran in Iran. The carrier has previously announced that it will also drop services to Dallas Fort Worth in the US and Jaipur in India this year.

Smart luggage ban broadens

It has been announced that Smart luggage that operate with lithium batteries will be banned across all 275 IATA airlines worldwide from 15 January. The move comes as a result of concerns they may be a potential fire hazard. The bags can only be used if the lithium batteries can be removed prior to check-in. Qantas and Virgin Australia have had a ban in place since last month.

Hyatt Centric Spain debut

Hyatt Hotels has debuted its Hyatt Centric in Spain. The 159-room Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid is located in the country’s capital just steps from the Madrid Metro Station. The property features a choice of dining venues including a rooftop bar and a 24-hour Fitness Centre as well as meeting and event space for up to 132 guests.

Beijing transits visa-free

The municipal government in Beijing has introduced visa-free transit arrangements for travellers passing through the city’s six major gateways, including Beijing Capital, Tianjin Binhai and Shijiazhuang International airports. Passengers from 53 countries, including Australia and New Zealand, can now transit through Beijing visa-free for a period of up to four days provided they have a valid onward flight ticket.

Hyatt cancellation policy changes

Hyatt Corp has introduced a new cancellation policy requiring at least 48 hours’ notice for cancelled bookings. World of Hyatt Explorist, Globalist and Lifetime Globalist loyalty members will only be required to give 24 hours’ notice. The move mirrors policy changes introduced by Hilton and Marriott International last year.