Week in Review: Travel Industry News

Travel News 26 Sep 2017

For week ending 22 September

Air China Brisbane bound

Air China plans to introduce a new route between Beijing to Brisbane. The carrier will launch a four times weekly service between the two cities beginning in early December.

Singapore Airlines’ Book the Cook Service

The roll out of Singapore Airlines’ Book the Cook service continues, with the airline announcing it will be available on its four daily flights between Brisbane and Singapore and also Perth and Singapore . Business class travellers will have the option to pre-select their main meal up to 24 hours prior to departure from 1 October. The service will be extended to include Premium Economy passengers later in the month.

New Mercure Bangkok

AccorHotels has opened a new property in Thailand. The 232-room Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 features two restaurants and bars, a rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre and spa as well as a club lounge with business centre. The hotel is conveniently located a few minutes from Nana BTS station.

Qatar chauffeur transfers

Qatar Airways has launched a new chauffeur-driven transfer service. Offering door-to-door transfers to travellers in all cabin classes, the paid service is available at more than 85 destinations worldwide. Prices in Sydney and Melbourne vary, starting from around US$100 in business class or US$162 in first class.


Pan Pacific Yangon

Pan Pacific Hotels Group is opening its first Myanmar property in November. The Pan Pacific Yangon features 336 guest rooms, a swimming pool, St Gregory spa and fitness centre, as well as numerous dining outlets. It also boasts a range of meeting and event spaces including a spacious ballroom.


Travelodge launches silent check-out

Travelodge has introduced a silent check-out service at its Sydney Airport hotel. Guests catching an early flight have the option to finalise their stay without having to utter a word. Instead, guests can simply check out by pointing to a poster for their reception requests, with options including ‘I need coffee’, ‘I need to settle my bill’, or ‘I missed my flight, can I stay another night?’. In addition, they also have the option of a special olfactory alarm clock that can be programmed to produce the smell of bacon or coffee for them to wake up to.


New Four Points by Sheraton for China

Marriott International has opened a new property in China. Located in Hefei Baohe Industrial District, the Four Points by Sheraton Hefei, Baohe offers 271 guest rooms, three restaurants and bars, a fully-equipped fitness centre, heated indoor swimming pool and a spa as well as more than 2,400sqm of flexible meeting spaces including a 780sqm grand ballroom.