Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 16 Jan 2017

For week ending 13 January 2017

Last week in travel, Emirates announced Dubai to Zagreb services, the Hyatt Regency Sydney unveiled their new Club Lounge and Air China launched services between Melbourne and Shenzhen.
All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.

Emirates adds Zagreb

Emirates plans to launch daily non-stop flights between Dubai and the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Services on three-class B777-300 aircraft will commence on 1 June, making Emirates the only carrier offering a first class cabin option between the Middle East and Zagreb.

Cathay JFK switch

Cathay Pacific will shift its New York JFK operations from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8 effective from 15 Jan. The move aims improve the travel experience through better amenities and more seamless connectivity.

Saudi business visas within a day

Travellers requiring a business visa for Saudi Arabia will now have their applications turned around more quickly. New measures adopted by the Saudi government will enable overseas investors to obtain business visas electronically within 24 hours.

Hyatt Regency Sydney unveils new Club Lounge

Hyatt Regency Sydney has unveiled a new and exclusive Regency Club Lounge. The executive lounge is open to guests staying in Regency Club Lounge rooms, who will enjoy a range of privileges including private check-in, concierge and complimentary continental breakfast, all day refreshments, evening canapés and beverages. The lounge, inspired by the luxurious ocean liners that frequent Darling Harbour, features individual and spacious 'cabins' for guests to relax in. The Regency Club boardroom is also available for business guests to use for onsite meetings.

Hyatt Centric Hobart

The first Hyatt Centric-branded hotel in Australia is to be built in Hobart. The 221-room hotel will be located close to the Hobart waterfront and feature a restaurant, bar and meeting facilities. Construction is due to commence in mid-2017 with the property set to in early 2019. 

Curio Middle East debut

Hilton Worldwide’s Curio brand has made its Middle East debut. The 201-room Alrayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton is directly connected to the Mall of Qatar, with the Qatar National Convention Centre just minutes away. Guests can expect a range of dining options including a rooftop restaurant, three outdoor pools, a fitness centre and meeting and event space for up to 300 guests.

New economy amenities on Qatar 

Qatar Airways plans to introduce a range of amenity kits for its economy Class travellers this month. The kits will include earplugs, an eye mask, socks, a dental kit and Karite Paris lip balm. 

Sheraton Annaba

The Sheraton Annaba in Algeria has officially opened. The 201-room hotel features choice of dining venues, a gym, spa, business centre and flexible meeting spaces.

New Air China Melbourne route

Air China has launched direct flights between Melbourne and Shenzhen. The four-times weekly service will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on A330-200 aircraft with 28 lie-flat bed business class seats as well as 199 economy class seats. The service complements the carrier’s existing daily direct service from Melbourne to Beijing and four-times weekly service between Melbourne and Shanghai.