For week ending 16 June
EU roaming charges
The European Union has scrapped roaming charges within the EU. The move means that travellers can purchase a local pre-paid SIM card in any EU country and use it to call, text and connect throughout the EU for the same price.
China Airlines Brisbane boost
China Airlines is upping the frequency of its Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland route. From December, the carrier will add three new weekly services, raising frequency to a daily operation.
AccorHotels is expanding in regional New South Wales. The hotel group plans to rebrand the Templers Mill Hotel in Orange, to the Mercure Orange in August. The 77-room hotel is located within the Orange Ex-Services Club complex, which includes a choice of dining venues, a gym, sauna and heated swimming pool as well as meeting rooms and a function centre.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has plans to open its first property in Melbourne. Located at on Exhibition Street in the city’s CBD, the new-build hotel will feature around 500 guest rooms, a sky lobby, restaurants, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and a state of the art ballroom. It is slated for opening in 2022.
Etihad A380s London bound
Etihad’s Abu Dhabi-London Heathrow services will soon switch to an all-A380 operation. Currently operating on either an A340 or B777 aircraft, the carrier will switch to superjumbos from 12 July. The carrier has already upgraded its New York JFK route to an all-A380 operation, with Sydney set to follow from October.
Hilton Yas Island
Hilton Worlwide has plans for a new property in Abu Dhabi. The 641-room Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island resort will be located close to Yas Arena and will feature a multi-purpose conference centre and seven food and beverage outlets when it opens in 2019.
Adina Melbourne Southbank
TFE hotels is opening a new Adina Apartment Hotel in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct. Construction of the 220-key Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank will commence in 2018, with the property scheduled to open the following year.
Pullman Tokyo debut
AccorHotels has plans to open its first Pullman-branded property in Tokyo. The 143-room Pullman Tokyo Tamachi will be directly connected to the JR Tamachi Station and a three-minute walk from the Toei Subway Mita. It will offer a range of meeting facilities as well as unique dining concepts when it opens in late 2018 as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-use project.
SQ Paris changes
Singapore Airlines is planning a seasonal frequency boost to its Singapore-Paris route. From 29 October to 24 March, the carrier will increase frequency add three more flights, raising the total to 10 flights weekly, with double daily services on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The change will also see all services operate on B777- 300ER aircraft, instead of the current A380s.
SkyTeam Vancouver lounge
The SkyTeam airline alliance plans to open a lounge at Vancouver International Airport. Once open it will be seventh SkyTeam’s branded lounge globally and its first in North America, joining facilities in Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London Heathrow and Sydney. The lounge is due to open before the end of the year and will welcome eligible guests travelling on SkyTeam member airlines.