Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 18 Sep 2017

For week ending 15 September

Qantas year-round to Osaka

Qantas has announced that its planned seasonal service between Sydney and Osaka will now operate year-round. The route will operate three times weekly from December on two-class A330 aircraft.

Emirates boosts Sydney

Emirates plans to add a fourth daily A380 service between Sydney and Dubai. The new service will commence from 25 March, boosting capacity on the route and providing a late afternoon departure from Sydney that connects for early morning arrivals in Europe. Flight EK417, will depart Sydney at 17:05.

New Melbourne pay-as-you-go airport lounge

Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 2 now boasts a new premium airport lounge open to all airline passengers. The Marhaba Lounge accommodates up to 200 guests and features a comfortable seating, shower facilities, buffet dining, Hudson coffee and a selection of Australia’s finest wines. Open seven days a week from 6am until midnight, a visit of up to four hours costs from $65 per adult. Mahraba is also available to Priorty Pass members.

Ritz-Carlton Geneva

Marriott International has debuted its Ritz-Carlton brand in Switzerland. The 74-room Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix Geneva sits on the lakeshore and features a choice of dining options and meeting and event spaces for up to 100 guests.

Fairmont Seoul

AccorHotels plans to open a new Fairmont property in South Korea. Located in the financial district, Yeouido, the Fairmont Ambassador Seoul will feature 326 rooms, four restaurants, a fitness centre, rooftop terrace and pool plus a conference centre. It is set to open in 2020.


Sofitel Wellington

The Sofitel Wellington plans to reopen in October. The hotel has been closed since last December, following a fire in the restaurant that necessitated a revamp due to smoke damage.