New Partnership from Hertz and TomTom in Europe

Hertz and Tomtom

Hertz, the world’s leading vehicle renting organization and
the most trusted name in the car rental industry has created partnership with
TomTom, a leading provider of in-car location and navigation products, to cater
to the needs of customers’ vehicle rental across Europe as they create Hertz
latest edition of the NeverLost satnav system.

 

The design of NeverLost 4’s structure is firmly based on the
TomTom Via 120 EU with its unique dynamic routing. This aims at providing
customers the fastest route to their destination based on the latest traffic
situation.

 

Over 700 major airports and cities across the following 17
countries in Europe namely: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland;
France; Germany; Ireland; Italy; Luxemburg, the Netherlands; Norway; Portugal;
Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; UK will benefit in the product of this
technological advancement in navigation devices which is branded as Hertz –
NeverLost is being made available to the stated Hertz customers.

 

Customer’s navigation will be made smoothly as an easy to
use touchscreen technology with turn-by-turn directions projected in 45
languages and a large database of pre-programmed locations are featured and
made available with this modern portable system. The units incorporate TomTom’s
LIVE Services such as HD Traffic, which guides drivers through traffic jams,
information via Local Search with Google, and weather reports.

 

 “… By partnering with TomTom for our next generation of NeverLost, we
are able to provide customers with real-time traffic information, up-to-date
maps and weather reports, so that wherever they’re going they arrive in a swift
and stress-free way
, Michel
Taride, President Hertz International and Executive Vice President, Hertz
Corporation said.

Taiwan’s UNI Air signs deal for 10 ATR 72-600s

Uni Air

Orders have been made by the Taiwan-based UNI Air,a subsidiary of EVA Air with a European regional turboprop manufacturer after signing a contract for a purchase of 10 ATR 72-600s.

 

It is expected that the orders will be ready
for delivery by July – September 2012

 

This procurement is aimed at updating the
Dash-8-300 aircraft that are now used in its operating fleet after the
successful replacement of the new ATR-600s.

 

The regional carrier’s new ATRs come in fully equipped features with
advancements in technology such as a glass cockpit avionics suite and cabin
interiors that are restructured.

 

Also notable feature is the aircraft’s Armonia cabin especially crafted
for ATR by Italy’s Giugiaro Design that are tailor fit for passengers’ enhanced
comforts for its light weight slim line seats and overhead bins that will
accommodate a maximum number of carry-on bags.

 

We are pleased to update our regional fleet with the most modern
aircraft on the market. The new ATR -600 series will enable us to give our
passengers the highest standards of comfort and, at the same time, optimize our
fuel and operating costs
,UNI Air Chairman Tony Su said. We are
looking forward to introducing our new ATR aircraft and operating them in Asia
,”
he added.

 

As of today, 50 Asia Pacific operators are flying 250 aircraft in the
burgeoning air travel market. ATR’s delivery schedule currently includes
approximately 100 aircraft on order for Asia Pacific carriers.

 

ATR Chief Executive Officer Filippo Bagnato said, “In the last several years, Asia and the Pacific region have represented
some 50% of our total order intakes
.”

Hilton to Open 636 Room Conrad Hotel in Macau

Hilton Worldwide and Sands China announced their franchise agreement in opening a Conrad Hotel at Cotai Central, Macau.

Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012, the Conrad Macau will have 636 rooms and joins the other Conrad hotels that are under construction in Guangzhou, Dalian, Beijing, Tianjin, Suzhou, Qingdao, and Xiamen. There are a total of 18 Conrad Hotels & Resorts scheduled to open within the next four years.

Hilton Worldwide Senior VP for Development in Middle East and Asia Pacific Andrew Clough said,

“This is a key project for us as it marks the entry of the Conrad brand, one of Hilton Worldwide’s luxury segment brands, into an exciting new market like Macau. To be able to do this on this with a well-respected hospitality company such as Sands China Ltd. which has a deep understanding of the luxury segment, is indeed beneficial to the brand and we believe the partnership will deliver mutual benefits to both corporations.”

Edward Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China, also expressed their excitement at this partnership and on bringing the very first Conrad hotel to Macau. Tracy believes the partnership will further cement Macau’s reputation as a premier tourist destination in the region.

Hilton Opens Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort

Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened their 18th hotel operating in mainland China: the Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort. The Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort has 7 towers and 349 rooms, and is located in Chun’an county of the Hangzhou province. The resort hotel is situated on the shore of the beautiful lake, with rooms offering mountain or lakefront views.

Most of the rooms have private balconies offering a lakefront view, with high-speed internet access, luxury bathrooms and a minimum floor area of 48 square meters. Hotel guests have the following dining options: Eatzi Cafe for all-day dining, Spices Bistro for Southeast Asian food, Taste for regional cuisines and specialty Ningo and Hangzhou food, and of course, the lobby bar and lounge.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts global head Dave Horton said,

“The opening of Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort further strengthens our portfolio in South China and we look forward to showcasing the best of our leisure offerings in Chun’an County of Hangzhou Province.”

Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort is a two-hour drive from the Hangzhou Xiaoshan airport, and is only eight minutes away from the Qiandao Lake bus station. Aside from Qiandao lake, guests can also enjoy nearby sights and attractions like Mei Peak, and the Moonlight and Dragon Hill Islands.

Ho Chi Minh City Taxi Guide Vinasun and Mai Linh Taxis

With a large number of different taxis on
the streets (many of them fake taxis) of Ho Chi Minh City, for someone new to
the country and city it’s hard to spot the fakes from the real deal.

 

The team here at Asia Travel Magazine
recommend only two taxi companies in Ho Chi Minh City the first being Mai Linh
Taxi’s and the second being Vinasun Taxis. In our opinion both are as good as
each other however on our last trip we noticed one of the many Vinasun taxis we
travelled in was looking a little old. But this was one out of the thousands of
Vinasun taxis on the street of Ho Chi Minh City, and I have the say the driver
was excellent.

 

 Mai Linh Taxi Ho Chi Minh City

Picture 1: A Mai Linh Taxi in Ho Chi Minh City

Vinasun Taxi Ho Chi Minh City

 Picture 2: A Vinasun Taxi in Ho Chi Minh City Saigon

 

Tips for catching a taxi in Vietnam and Ho
Chi Minh City:

  • Ensure the driver turns the meter on and does
    not try to negotiate the fare with you.
  • Only catch a quality taxi such as Vinasun or Mai Linh Taxis.
  • As you get into the Taxi take note or write down the Taxi number as well as
    details of the driver, in case you leave something behind or need to make a complaint
    or compliment.
  • Passengers need to pay for tolls (Airport, Road, Bridge, Ferry Tolls) these tolls can vary from 5,000 Dong for the Aiport toll to 10,000 for most bridge and road tolls.




We have heard reports of fake Mai Linh and
Vinasun taxis, that have extremely dark tint windows and the driver taking you
to somewhere other than your destination and demanding more money (Several
hundred thousand dong ) our tip is ensure the taxi does not have dark tinted
windows (we have never seen either of the above taxi companies with tinted
windows) also the telephone number on the side of the taxi was different from
the original number

 

The phone number of VinaSun and Mai Linh Taxis
in Ho Chi Minh City are:

 

Vinasun Taxis Ho Chi Minh City – Ph 38 27 27 27
Mai Linh Taxis Ho Chi Minh City – Ph 38 38 38 38

 

Note Mai Linh Taxis also operate in Vinh
Long, Can Tho:

 

Mai Linh Taxis Vinh Long – Ph (07) 03 92 92 92

Mai Linh Taxis Can Tho
– Ph 38 28 28 2



 

Mai Linh also operate taxis in other Vietnamese
Cities and towns so keep a look out for them

 

If you have any comments good/bad or tips about Vietnam taxis please add them below.

Japans Skymark to be First Low Cost Carrier and Japanese Airline to Fly the Airbus A380

 

Japanese LCC Skymark Airlines
places Japans first Airbus A380 order, the deal for four Airbus A380 aircraft was
sign on Thursday 17 February 2011 at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse France.

 

At the
signing ceremony Shinichi Nishikubo said,
“We believe that the A380, the world’s
most cost-efficient, modern and environmentally friendly aircraft with
cutting-edge technologies, will provide us with a strong competitive advantage
and safe operation. We will become the very first Japanese airline to offer our
passengers a unique and new experience of flying – more space, more comfort and
a quieter cabin. With the four-engined A380, we are free from ETOPS constraints
and can provide flexible operations.”

 

“We are pleased to welcome Skymark as our newest
and first Japanese A380 customer,”
said Tom Enders, Airbus
President and CEO.
 “The A380 is
the most eco-efficient solution to allow Japan’s air traffic to grow in a capacity
constrained environment.”

 

At present only Singapore
Airlines, Air France and Lufthansa fly the Airbus A380 to/from Japan
Narita International Airport. From 1 June Korean
Air will also be flying to Japan’s Narita International Airport. In addition
Singpaore Airlines will be further expanding its Japanese operations with
flights from Japan to Los Angeles starting from March 2011.

 

Pullman Launches First Bali Hotel

The Pullman has announced that its first Bali hotel opened
today (24 February 2011) opening an initial 140 out of 353 with the remaining
expected to be opened over the next few months.

The Pullman Bali is located between Legian Beach and
Kuta Bali’s two entertainment and shopping districts.

The Pullman Bali services and rooms feature:

  • Traditional Bali Spa and Massage facilities
  • Pullman’s famous bedding
  • iPod dock
  • LCD flat screen TVs
  • WiFi hotspot
  • Broadband internet connection

The Pullman Bali Pool

Pullman Bali Room

 

 

The full media release from Pullman can be read below:

PULLMAN
LAUNCHES IN BALI

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana has this week launched as the only five
star, resort style hotel, linking the prime entertainment and shopping areas of
Kuta and Legian.

Pullman today announced its entry into the Indonesian market with
Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana opening the doors to guests for its first 140 of
353 rooms on February 24, 2011. The balance will open over the next few months.

It is strategically located opposite the white sands of Legian Beach,
and within easy access to many of the area’s retail, dining and entertainment
options. Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana offers numerous guest rooms overlooking
both Kuta and Legian beaches, or lush courtyard gardens and pool views.

The design of Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana is inspired by the frangipani
flower which is native to the island, invoking a sense of urban living with
exotic accents and a design-form that will have guests wanting to explore all
corners of the hotel’s confines and resort’s facilities.

Discover
the meaning of hospitality

Spreading
its iconic message of ‘Check in – Chill out’, this full service resort style
hotel offers 353 well appointed rooms and suites, restaurants and bars, premium
conference spaces, full fitness facilities and the latest mobile technologies
enabling guests to stay connected.

All
accommodation is designed with attention to detail, from the deluxe Pullman
bedding, iPod dock, LCD flat screen, WiFi hotspot and broadband internet
connection, right through to a personal yoga mat in every room. The guest rooms
at the Pullman Hotel are a genuine oasis of comfort, with connectivity, where
travelers can relax and recharge their batteries. 

Ultimate
Relaxation at Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana will open its spa in late February 2011 and
offers traditional spa services including Balinese massage, Tjakra art
movement, warm stone massage, purifying Swedish massage, reflexology, and foot
massage. Starting on April 1st, 2011, the spa services will be extended to a
wellbeing concept, where – among other innovative offer based on bio energy –
there will be a vitality pool and hydrothermal therapies, and non-invasive
holistic treatments.

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana has both a garden swimming pool with a
spacious sun deck as well as a roof top infinity pool, and sun deck, providing
an ideal spot to take in breath-taking sunsets.

Philippe Battle, General Manager, Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana comments
on the hotel. “We are delighted to be opening the Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana
and bringing a new generation of hotel for visitors to Bali.  The Pullman
Bali Legian Nirwana like hotels of the brand around the world, is designed with
today’s modern traveler in mind with smart use of technologies, reinvented
services that focus on indulgent yet efficient stays, and facilities that will
appeal to leisure travelers from all parts of the globe as well as events
participants and their organisers. 

Creativity
and contemporary dining at its finest

Step
within, for a privileged moment in “Deli @ Pullman”, where the guests will be
embraced by the charm of a paradise smile, a dedicated instant – from the heart
of a spiritual influence. It is a distinguished Brasserie style restaurant,
offering a delightful “a la carte” menu, reflecting French culinary heritage,
inspiration from centuries of fine cuisine made for today’s delivery. Hotel
guests can also enjoy a large selection of fine wines, antipasti and tapas at
IP, the trendy roof top bar.

Impeccable facilities for meetings and events

The hotel offers a perfect setting for high impact, medium sized,
meetings and events. The hotel has facilities to cater for up to 350 guests in
facilities and services specifically designed for incentive and retreat style meetings.
The complimentary ‘Chill-out’ space is designed cleverly for such opportunities
– to relax and socialise before, after, or during events. A dedicated Pullman
Event Manager is ready to handle every detail with creativity and precision,
while the IT Solutions Manager is on hand to deliver all the multimedia and
technology requirements needed.

Gerard
Guillouet, Vice President for Accor in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, said,
“Tourism in Indonesia and in Bali in particular, is enjoying a period of
extraordinary demand, driven by strong growth from the domestic market as well
as short haul destinations in Asia Pacific.  This strong demand factor
when combined with opportunities in the affordable five star segment in the
central tourist areas, made a compelling reason to launch the Pullman brand
first in Bali. Accor is the largest international operator of hotels in
Indonesia and now has comprehensive brand presence on the island of Bali with
hotels covering all segments, and with six hotels operating.”

Bali has continued to become a primary destination for foreign and
domestic tourists. Data from Statistics of Bali Province (BPS Bali) revealed
that the number of foreign tourists coming to Bali during January to December
2010 has reached around 2,600,000 foreign visitors, increasing by around 8
percent compared to the same period in 2009.  Meanwhile, an estimated 3
million domestic tourists came to Bali in 2009 (data from Bali Tourism
Authority, 2010). The increase shows that the Balinese tourism sector
development has an impact on hotel establishment in the province of Bali. To
accommodate visitors – business travellers and tourists – developments of
hotels are continuously taking place.

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana is located only 20 minutes from the Ngurah
Rai airport. It is set in a natural, green, tranquil and tropical oasis across
from the Legian beach-front and close to the heart-beat of Bali’s shopping and
night life areas. Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana room rates start from USD116++
per night.

Accor Announce Opening of ibis Mumbai Airport

Accor and Interglobe
hotels has today announced the opening of ibis Mumbai Airport, which is focused
at the business and leisure traveller.

 

The hotel offers comfortable, well-designed, fully
equipped guest rooms with en suite modular bathrooms, contemporary fit-out
including flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi and broadband internet access to suit the needs
of business travellers. 24 hour a day services, quality well priced food and
beverage including 8-hours non-stop breakfast concept starting from 4 am,
unique in the economy hotel industry with competitive, consistent and simple
accommodation rates are the key highlights of ibis Mumbai Airport.

 

The full media release
from Accor can be read below:

 

Accor and Interglobe Hotels announce the opening of
ibis Mumbai Airport

Debut of the international economy
hotel brand in Mumbai, marks a significant development for ibis Hotels in India

  

Mumbai, 16 February 2011 – Accor, the fastest growing
international hotel operator in India, reaffirmed its commitment and confidence
in the growing Indian tourism sector by announcing the debut of the ibis hotel
brand in Mumbai with the launch of ibis Mumbai Airport. Strategically
located at the Domestic Terminal and less than 3kms from Chhatrapati Shivaji
International Airport, ibis Mumbai Airport, will welcome guests from
today onwards
. This is the third ibis to open in India and the first for
Mumbai and follows hotels in Gurgaon and Pune.

 

Mr. Nitin Bhatia has been appointed as the General
Manager to spearhead the operations of the hotel. Mr. Bhatia has over a decade
of experience in the hospitality industry and was most recently the General
Manager of Ibis Cardiff City Centre, UK.

 

Uttam Davé, President & CEO of InterGlobe
Hotels
said,
“We are pleased with the growth of the
ibis network in India, where committed developments have kept pace with our
expectations and where we have 17 ibis hotels committed to development.
Following the opening of this strategic ibis at Mumbai Domestic Airport, we
will add an additional five ibis in 2011 taking the network to network to eight
hotels by year.”
The hotel is located in the vicinity of the Mumbai Airport
and features 146 guest rooms. ibis Mumbai Airport is the only international
economy hotel at the airport and will re-define the hospitality space in the
financial capital of India by providing quality, value accommodation to
travellers.

 

Speaking about the hotel’s opening, Jean-Michel Casse, Senior Vice-President –
Accor India
, said
,
“We are particularly delighted with the
opening of an ibis hotel within the Mumbai Airport Precinct. The ibis Mumbai
Airport like all ibis hotels in India will provide guests with the reassurance
of one of the world’s largest and most respected economy hotel brands. Quality
and consistent accommodation at affordable pricing and guaranteed with a “15
minute satisfaction contract” is exactly what is required in the Indian economy
hotel environment.”

 

ibis Mumbai Airport will specifically cater to the
discerning needs of business and leisure travellers. The hotel offers
comfortable, well-designed, fully equipped guest rooms with en suite modular
bathrooms, contemporary fit-out including flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi and broadband
internet access to suit the needs of business travellers. 24 hour a day
services, quality well priced food and beverage including 8-hours non-stop
breakfast concept starting from 4 am, unique in the economy hotel industry with
competitive, consistent and simple accommodation rates are the key highlights
of ibis Mumbai Airport.

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Such value for consumers is made possible by a
highly efficient design and operational processes that have been perfected in
nearly 900 hotels and 100,000 rooms in almost 45 countries globally.

For quality well priced food ibis Mumbai Airport
has developed Spice it – a spirited and casual dining space that
offers the best of world cuisine: “any flavour, any time” in an interactive
kitchen environment with a choice of buffet and a la carte. The Hub,
with its energetic ambience, refreshing beverages and free Wi-Fi will serve as
a gathering place throughout the day. The first ibis launched in India in 2008,
ibis Gurgaon and is already a market leader in its segment, and was judged the
best Economy / Midscale hotel in India in 2009.

 

Ibis Mumbai Airport has released a promotional rate
of Rs. 3999/- plus taxes including breakfast for first 20 rooms. For
reservations or enquiries visit
www.ibishotel.com.

Jetstar Asia Valuair Announce Codeshare Partnership with Qantas

Jetstar Asia Valuair have announced a codeshare agreement with Qantas, which
will over the following routes out of Jetstar Asia’s Singapore hub:

 

Destination

Singapore-Jakarta (operated by Valuair)

Singapore-Auckland* (A330 from 17 March 2011)

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur

Singapore-Bangkok

Singapore-Osaka (via Taipei)

Singapore-Denpasar (Bali)

Singapore-Penang

Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City

Singapore-Phuket

Singapore-Hong Kong

Singapore-Taipei

 

The full media release from Jetstar Asia can be read below:

 

 

 

Jetstar Asia / Valuair commence codeshare partnership with Qantas*

 

Jetstar Asia
(3K) and Valuair (VF) are to launch a codeshare partnership with Qantas* (QF)
on major Asia Pacific routes, strengthening the Jetstar Group’s fast-growing
hub at Singapore Changi Airport. (*Subject to regulatory approval).

 

Since 2004,
Qantas has codeshared with Jetstar across most of its Australia, New Zealand
and Asia Pacific services.

 

This
arrangement, subject to final regulatory approval, will now be expanded to
include Jetstar operations from Singapore – Qantas’ primary hub and Jetstar’s
major flying base in Asia.

 

QF flight
numbers will initially be applied to eleven* Asian destinations served from
Singapore Changi International Airport by Jetstar Asia and Valuair, including
Jetstar Asia’s daily Singapore-Auckland* A330 service, set to commence
from 17 March 2011*.

 

Beginning 1
March 2011 and effective for travel from 1 April 2011, the Qantas and Jetstar
Asia/Valuair codeshare partnership will cover the following routes operated
from Singapore.

 

Destination

Singapore-Jakarta (operated by Valuair)

Singapore-Auckland* (A330 from 17 March 2011)

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur

Singapore-Bangkok

Singapore-Osaka (via Taipei)

Singapore-Denpasar (Bali)

Singapore-Penang

Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City

Singapore-Phuket

Singapore-Hong Kong

Singapore-Taipei

 

Jetstar Group CEO Bruce Buchanan heralded the
partnership saying,
“This commercial arrangement strengthens our
existing market leadership position for value based flying in Singapore. It
also provides greater consumer traction and access to future Jetstar and Qantas
services.”

 

Jetstar Asia CEO Ms Chong Phit Lian said Jetstar’s
extended codeshare partnership with Qantas was an important advancement and
next step in Jetstar’s evolving Singapore flying hub, a cornerstone to its Pan
Asian network expansion and overall large presence in Asia.

 

“Jetstar’s ongoing strategic development and
evolution of our major Singapore flying hub we predict will be greatly enabled
over time by this new commercial arrangement with Qantas,”
Ms Chong
said.

 

“This is a common sense and practical next step to
further develop both our Singaporean and broader Pan Asian business.

 

“This agreement, enhanced by Jetstar’s current
strong competitive market position, will no doubt incentivize future travel
from Qantas customers, such as those in the United Kingdom and Europe, on the
growing Qantas Group network throughout the Asia Pacific region,”
she said.

 

Ms Chong
said the new agreement included for Qantas customers a seamless booking and
ticketing experience, with full baggage connectivity, standard Qantas baggage
allowance, as well as complimentary onboard offerings such as meals and comfort
packs# (#on Singapore-Auckland*).

 

Group
Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Rob Gurney, said the codeshare agreement
with Jetstar would expand Qantas’ network of destinations in Asia, providing
greater choice and convenience for passengers.

 

“Singapore is Qantas’ major hub in
Asia and we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a wider range of
travel options from Changi Airport, in partnership with Jetstar Asia and
Valuair,”

Mr Gurney said. “Today’s announcement underlines the growing strength of the Qantas
Group’s two complementary airline brands in the Asia Pacific.” 

 

Jetstar Bali Services Update Following Volcanic Ash Cloud Indonesia

Jetstar have released an additional update
in-relation to its flights that have been affected by the volcanic ash cloud
following the eruption of the Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia.

 

As per yesterdays update services have resumed and
additional services have been scheduled to transfer the backlog of stranded
passengers to their planned destination.

 

The full media release from Jetstar can be read
below:

 

 

 

Update on
Jetstar Bali services

 

Jetstar
wishes to provide an update on its international services into Denpasar (Bali)
from Australia and Singapore as a result of a volcanic ash cloud caused by
Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia.

 

We are
pleased to confirm that scheduled Jetstar services between Australia and
Singapore to Denpasar International Airport (Bali) successfully recommenced
from late yesterday – and this situation continues.

 

With the
operation of both of our scheduled and planned* additional services, the
majority of affected passengers in Bali will have returned to Australia within
the next 24-hours. *Subject to regulatory approval.

 

Jetstar
cares for its customers, especially those impacted by previous cancellations on
27 & 28 January and planning is well advanced for up to four more
additional recovery services* between Australia and Bali using both our
aircraft fleets of two-class A330 and A320/A321s. These planned services will
return our customers, previously unable to leave Bali, with direct flights from
Bali to Melbourne (confirmed), Perth*, Darwin* and Sydney*.

 

Jetstar
Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall said its decision to resume safe
flying to and from Bali was based on information provided from the Darwin
Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, which is indicating that the volcanic cloud has
dissipated.

 

Jetstar is pleased, having
achieved the right safety outcome to commence reintroducing all our low fare
flights to Bali from Australia and Singapore,”
Mr Hall said.

 

“The safety
of our customers, our people and our modern fleet had to come first as safety
is our number one priority. We know the travelling public have supported this
stance.

 

“Now of
equal priority is to get holidaying Australians home – for families in time for
the new school year – and for holidaying workers to recommence. We have and
will enable this through offering additional flights – reworking our operations
to get people home – with up to five additional flights* within a 24-hour
period.

 

“We
appreciate the importance and urgency to return our Bali services to normal
operations – for our existing and future customers. As the largest Australian
airline flying to Bali we remain heavily committed to the destination and our
customers who visit it.”

 

In
addition to regular scheduled services, Jetstar last night scheduled an
additional Denpasar-Sydney service, and has today scheduled an
additional flight from Denpasar-Melbourne as follows:

 

JQ7803
Denpasar-Melbourne (departing 1200/ arriving Melbourne 2035)

 

All
passengers travelling on this flight have been advised.

 

Jetstar
is also planning further additional services from Bali to Sydney*, Perth* and
Darwin* to assist passengers affected by cancellations on 27 & 28 January
2011, however, these flights are subject to regulatory approval and final
confirmation (*subject to regulatory approval).

 

The
additional recovery flights* are planned for departure from Bali tonight after
10pm and passengers will be advised of their confirmation once approval has
been received (*subject to regulatory approval).

 

Jetstar
will liaise with all passengers in regards to which flights they have been
placed on via SMS text message and if they are in Bali, through their hotels.

 

Passengers
awaiting travel will be contacted by Jetstar in regards to their revised travel
itinerary based on the above options or they can contact the Jetstar Contact
Centre direct:

 

From
Australia: 131 538

 

From
Indonesia: 001 803 61 691 If you have difficulty with this number,
alternatively call (+61 131 538).

 

From
Singapore: 800 6161 977.

 

We thank
our customers for their patience during this challenging period and will be
providing an update in regards to the additional flights from Bali once they
are confirmed and approval has been received.

 

Affected
passengers by previous cancellations are being offered the following options by
Jetstar:

 

Delay of
travel:
Customers may delay their travel to or from Bali. Travel must be
completed by 31 March 2011.

Full
refund

Free
moves to an alternative Jetstar destination or re-routing to get passengers to
their end destination
. Travel must be completed by 31 March 2011.

Jetstar Bali Flight Update Indonesia Volcanic Ash Cloud

Jetstar has sent
another update in relation to its flights into and out of Bali Indonesia
following the Indonesian Volcanic Ash Cloud from the Tengger Caldera volcano.

 

In short Jetstar has
decided to resume all services into and out of Denpasar (DSP) Bali, also as
there are a large number of passengers stuck in Bali Jetstar will be adding
additional services to assist with the backlog.

 

The full media release from Jetstar can be read below:

 

 

Update on Jetstar Bali services

 

Jetstar wishes to provide an update on its
international services into Denpasar (Bali) from Australia and Singapore as a
result of a volcanic ash cloud caused by Tengger Caldera volcano in Indonesia.

 

We are pleased to confirm that all scheduled
services to and from Denpasar (Bali) will operate today, apart from one
outbound cancellation (listed below). To assist with customer recovery we will
be operating additional services from Bali commencing tomorrow morning (Sunday,
30 January 2011).

 

Our decision to resume safe flying to and
from Bali is based on information provided from the Darwin Volcanic Ash
Advisory Centre, which is indicating that the volcanic cloud is dissipating.

 

Safety of our passengers and crew remains our
first priority and we will be regularly monitoring conditions and communicating
with affected customers on their updated flight itineraries.

 

Cancellations

 

JQ37 Sydney-Denpasar (departing 1735).

 

Flights operating today:

 

JQ116 Perth-Denpasar (scheduled departure 1005 now departing at 1235) /
JQ117 Denpasar-Perth (scheduled departure 2245 now departing at 0015).

 

JQ35 Melbourne-Denpasar (departing 1845) / JQ36 Denpasar-Melbourne
(departing 2300)

 

JQ38 Denpasar-Sydney (scheduled 2210)

 

JQ83 Darwin-Denpasar (departing 1610) / JQ84 Denpasar-Darwin (departing
1815)

 

JQ81 Darwin-Denpasar (scheduled departure 1930, brought forward to 1640)
/ JQ82 Denpasar-Darwin (scheduled departure 2250, brought forward to 1845)

 

JQ116 Denpasar-Singapore (scheduled departure 1445 now departing at
1715) / JQ117 Singapore-Denpasar (scheduled departure 1835 now departing at
2035)

 

Jetstar is providing affected customers with
regular updates via Jetstar.com, the Jetstar Call Centre, SMS text messages to
customers and other communication channels such as letters to hotels in Bali.

 

Passengers not in their home port, such as
Bali, are being provided with accommodation, meal reimbursements and phone
credits.

 

Affected passengers with cancellations are
being offered the following options by Jetstar:

 

Delay of travel: Customers may delay their
travel to or from Bali. Travel must be completed by 31 March 2011.

Full refund

Free moves to an alternative Jetstar
destination or re-routing to get passengers to their end destination
. Travel
must be completed by 31 March 2011.

 

Jetstar customers (in Australia) with
near travel requirements to and from Bali should check Jetstar.com,
which will be updated regularly or contact 131 538.

 

Our customers currently overseas can reach
the Jetstar Contact Centre on

 

Bali: + 001 803 61 691 (+61 3 9347 0153).

Singapore: 800 616 1977

 

Extra Services from Bali

 

In addition to the resumption of services, Jetstar will be operating an
additional ad hoc service from Denpasar to assist in the recovery of
passengers.

 

Now that services have resumed, Jetstar will also be using available
seats to accommodate passengers on previously cancelled services. This process
may take several days, however we are committed to helping our customers
complete their journey as soon as possible.

 

Jetstar will be liaising with passengers in
regards to their revised travel itineraries.

 

We are currently using available seat
capacity of scheduled flights to recover passengers outbound from Australia.

 

A further
update
will be provided at or before 1030 Sunday 20 January 2011 AEDT.

Jetstar Bali Flight Cancellations Due to Volcanic Ash

Jetstar
has cancelled all services into and out of Bali (Denpasar) due to a volcanic ash
cloud caused by the Tengger Caldera Volcano eruption in Indonesia.

 

Jetstar
are providing the following options for passengers affected by these
cancellations:

 

  • Delay of
    travel:
    Customers may delay their travel to or from Bali. Travel must be
    completed by 31 March 2011.
  • Full
    refund
  • Free moves
    to an alternative Jetstar destination or re-routing to get passengers to their
    end destination
    . Travel must be completed by 31 March 2011.

 

Jetstar
have released the below media release detailing the extent of these
cancellations:  

 

 

 

Update on Jetstar Bali
services
 

 

Jetstar wishes to provide
an update on its international services into Denpasar (Bali) from Australia and
Singapore as a result of a volcanic ash cloud caused by Tengger Caldera volcano
in Indonesia.

 

Safety of our
passengers and crew is Jetstar’s number one priority.

 

Based on the latest
advice from the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, Jetstar has cancelled all
of today’s scheduled return services from Australia and Singapore to Denpasar
(Bali). These are listed:

 

 JQ83 Darwin-Denpasar
(departing 1610) / JQ84 Denpasar-Darwin (departing 1815)

 JQ35 Melbourne-Denpasar
(departing 1845) / JQ36 Denpasar-Melbourne (departing 2300)

 JQ37 Sydney-Denpasar
(departing 1735)/ JQ38 Denpasar-Sydney (departing 2210)

 JQ81 Darwin-Denpasar
(departing 1930) / JQ82 Denpasar-Darwin (departing 2250)

 JQ116 Perth-Denpasar
(departing 1005) / JQ 117 Denpasar-Perth (departing 22:45)

 JQ116 Denpasar-Singapore
(departing 1445) / JQ117 Singapore-Denpasar (departing 1835)

 VF541 Singapore-Denpasar
(departing 1335) / VF542 Denpasar-Singapore (departing 1650)

 

Affected Jetstar passengers
on services bound to or departing from Bali will be informed of their revised
travel itineraries and re-accommodation options once determined, based on the
flying conditions and the latest advice from the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory
Centre.

 

Affected passengers, and
also those travelling tomorrow, Saturday 29 January, and Sunday 30
January 2011
, are being offered the following options by Jetstar:

 

  • Delay of
    travel:
    Customers may delay their travel to or from Bali. Travel must be
    completed by 31 March 2011.
  • Full
    refund
  • Free moves
    to an alternative Jetstar destination or re-routing to get passengers to their
    end destination
    . Travel must be completed by 31 March 2011.

 

Jetstar continues to
closely monitor the situation. Jetstar customers with near travel requirements
to and from Bali should check Jetstar.com, which will be updated
regularly or contact 131 538.

 

A further update
will be provided on Saturday 29 January at 12 noon AEDT.

 

Pullman Hotel Asia Pacific Expansion Continues

Pullman Hotels have announced that its hotel brand will further expand
into the Asia Pacific making it one of the fastest growing 5 star hotel brands
in the Asia Pacific region with 50 Hotels to open by 2014.

 

This year new Pullman Hotels will be seen in Vietnam Indonesia and
India.

 

The full media release from Pullman and Accor can be read below:

 

 

 

 

PULLMAN FLEXES ITS MUSCLES
WITH CONTINUED EXPANSION IN ASIA PACIFIC

 

The Pullman brand is one of the Asia Pacific’s fastest growing 5 star
hotel brands with 18 hotels in operation and commitments for a network of
around 50 hotels by 2014

 

Pullman hotels and resorts recent announcement that the Hyatt Regency
Hotel Auckland has now become Pullman Auckland marks the entry of the one of
the regions fastest growing brands to the New Zealand market and will be one of
four new countries that the brand will enter in Asia Pacific this year. Beyond
New Zealand, the Pullman brand will debut in Vietnam, Indonesia and India in
2011.

 

The Pullman Asia Pacific
network today

 

The Pullman Hotels and Resorts brand was launched in Asia in January 2008,
and has since grown its network of 18 operating hotels. Additionally nine
Pullman hotels are committed to open in 2011, which will take the Asia Pacific
operating network to around 30 hotels by year end.

 

Michael Issenberg, Chairman
and Chief Operating Officer for Accor Asia Pacific says that
“Expansion of the Pullman brand continues
apace with significant growth in major markets and led by growth in China where
we have nine hotels operating today and a further 16 committed.  The
brand’s expansion has found traction around the world but nowhere more so than
here in Asia Pacific where the response from hotel owners and developers has
been very positive.”

 

2011 Pullman openings include

 

Earlier this month, Pullman Ocean Bay Sanya Resort and Spa opened and
marked Accor’s 100th hotel in China. This 413 room hotel is adjacent Sanya Bay
and provides guests access to a private beach and surrounding tropical
rainforest. All Asian inspired rooms and suites have ocean views.

 

Opening in April 2011 and also in China is Pullman Lijiang Resort and
Spa.  Located next to ShuHe Ancient Town and only ten minutes from the
Unesco World Heritage Site DaYan Ancient Town, the hotel experience connects
the old with the new with the design a fusion of contemporary architecture and
traditional NaXi inspired designs and motifs throughout the public spaces and
129 guest rooms.

 

Vietnam’s first Pullman hotel is to be Pullman Danang Beach. Located on
the white sandy beach, the hotel will feature 207 guest rooms, extensive dining
options and event facilities.  With the leisure and incentive guest in
mind, the hotel will also have 3 swimming pools.

 

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana is located adjacent the beach in central
Legian. With 351 rooms and suites, Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana is extensively
equipped with ballrooms, meeting rooms, swimming pools, fitness centre, tennis
courts, and many other recreational activity facilities. The hotel is scheduled
to open in mid 2011.

 

Ideally located by the new metro link in Gurgaon, the corporate
satellite city of New Delhi, Pullman Gurgaon Central Park presents a fresh
approach to upscale accommodation as the first Pullman hotel in India.
Featuring 285 stunning rooms and suites, Pullman Gurgaon Central Park offers an
extensive range of food and beverage outlets, a large gymnasium, a designer spa
with beauty salon and the state of the art technology, personal IT service and
conferencing facilities Pullman is renowned for. This hotel is also schedule to
open by second quarter of this year.

 

Beyond this, during 2011 Pullman hotels and resorts will also open in;
Dongguan, Gurgaon, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket.

 

Innovative services make all the difference

 

All Pullman Hotels and Resorts have identifiable elements helping
Pullman stand out from the crowd.  These identifiers include:

 

‘Pullman Welcomer’ easily
identifiable moving throughout the hotel and fully dedicated to fulfilling the
requests of guests – a signature role to ensure a guests stay is both efficient
and pleasurable.

 

Co-Meetings combining quality
meeting venues with innovative services including online visual booking
solutions, dedicated extranet for event organisors, innovative breaks enabling
guests to recharge and restore.

 

‘Pullman Event Manager’ providing a
single contact to event organisors and is involved from the beginning of the
event planning til the end and is on hand to make suggestions, help create
innovative elements and ensure the smooth running of each event at a Pullman

 

‘IT Solutions Manager’ designed to
ease the inconvenience of guest technology issues, the role is on hand to help
guests stay connected during their stay.

 

Pullman Bedroom, designed
to be a haven of calm. Accommodating travelers who hop between time zones,
everything from the bed to the room service menu, connectivity and docking
stations help keep guests in touch, recharged and relaxed.

 

Paresa Phuket Named One of the Best 101 Hotels in the World

The Paresa Resort in Phuket has been named
one of the Best 101 Hotels in the world by UK’s Tatler Magazine
World’ in their Travel Guide 2011. Paresa
is one of only two hotels in Thailand, and the only place in Phuket (a
destination with no shortage of world-class hotels) to appear in the list,
beating countless competitors from prominent international luxury brands.

 Paresa Resort Villa Bedroom

 Paresa Resort Swimming Pool

 

 

The full media release by Paresa can be read
below:

 

 

 

PARESA NAMED ONE OF THE ‘BEST 101 HOTELS IN
THE WORLD’

BY UK’S TATLER MAGAZINE

 

Following its success at the Thailand Boutique Awards 2010, editors of
the UK’s influential society magazine, Tatler, have named Paresa in Phuket,
Thailand, as one of the ‘101 Best Hotels In The World’ in their Travel Guide
2011. Paresa is one of only two hotels in Thailand, and the only place in
Phuket (a destination with no shortage of world-class hotels) to appear in the
list, beating countless competitors from prominent international luxury brands.

 

The new ‘101 Best Hotels In The World’ list, published in the January
2011 issue of Tatler, is compiled by a team of expert travel writers who spent
many months visiting, comparing and exhaustively researching hundreds of hotels
across the world. In the Travel Guide 2011, Paresa appears in the ‘Hey Good
Looking’ section and is described as “pure, clean-lined and contemporary” and “stunning”.
The editors highlighted some of the hotel’s unique features including its sleek
design, fantastic modern Thai food; location on the exclusive Millionaire’s
Mile and breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore Voted Best MICE Hotel by CEI Asia

Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore has been
voted Asia’s Best MICE Hotel by the region’s leading MICE magazine CEI Asia. In
addition to this major achievement Marina Bay Sands came second in the category
for the of Asia’s Best Convention and Exhibition Center.  Marina Bay Sands Singapore Sister Hotel the
Venetian Macau also came third in the category best MICE Hotel Asia.

 

This is an amazing feat considering Marina Bay
Sands has been open for barely a year and the award being decided by the magazine’s
readers.

 

The full media release from Marina Bay Sands Singapore
can be read below:

 

Marina Bay Sands voted Asia’s Best MICE Hotel

Double honor from CEI Asia Industry Awards 2011

 

Singapore
(January 26, 2011)
Marina Bay Sands has started the New Year on a high note, as it receives a
double honor from CEI Asia Industrial Awards for its MICE and hotel facilities.

 

Marina Bay Sands has been named as “Asia’s Best MICE Hotel” by
CEI Asia, the leading MICE magazine,
in an award voted directly by its
regional readers. Readership is made up of leading planners and buyers of
conferences, exhibitions and incentives across Asia. This heavily contested
category also places our sister property Venetian Macau in third place. 
In addition, Marina Bay Sands has nabbed the second spot for “Asia’s Best Convention and Exhibition
Center”
under the CEI annual awards. This is a significant accolade for an
operation that will only cross its first year mark in April.

 

“Marina Bay Sands is thrilled with this
award. This prestigious win from the region’s leading MICE magazine based on
votes cast by its regional readers is especially encouraging in our first year.
From the beginning of our bid, we pledged to elevate Singapore’s MICE industry
to the next level with our extensive industry knowledge and depth of experience.
This regional award bears testament to the work we’re doing so far, and the
promise that we represent,”
said Marina
Bay Sands President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas Arasi.

 

“We are encouraged by this win to
continue to improve and to give our delegates once in a lifetime experiences
everyday when they choose to do business at Marina Bay Sands. We thank all our
customers for placing their trust in us, and we look forward to their continued
support,”

said Mr Arasi.

 

Over 1,000 deals have been sealed so far, bringing over
600,000 participants to Sands Expo and Convention Center, the biggest meetings,
incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) facility in Singapore.

 

Offering the
most flexible and unique venues in the region, Sands Expo and Convention Center
is an ideal venue for many corporate planners. October and November 2010 are
two record months for Marina Bay Sands, where the conference space on Level 4
and Level 5 was sold out for several weeks in a row. Its performance continued
to be strong through this month, with large conference groups taking up space
in the meeting rooms and extending their business conversations over cocktail
receptions at the Sands SkyPark.

 

Marina
Bay Sands has also demonstrated its ability to host new and prestigious shows.
Recent examples include Art Stage Singapore, which has been described as
having an exceptional start with its stellar cast of several top artists and
art collectors. One of the most dazzling entertainment events of the year – the
Zee Cine Awards 2011 – also brought the best and brightest stars from
Bollywood to converge here for a star-studded celebration on 14 January.

 

Other
shows include UFI, the Global Association of Exhibition Industry that promotes
the trade fair industry worldwide, returned to Singapore after 16 years aboard.
77th UFI Congress, which was held at Marina Bay Sands Convention Center
from 10-13 November 2010, drew a record breaking attendance. 

 

To meet the
needs of our business clients, Marina Bay Sands has recently introduced new
services such as concierge desks at Sands Expo and Convention Center. The first
one has been launched at Level 4, and three more will be added this year. The
concierge desk allows MICE delegates to purchase parking tickets that allow
them to enjoy the lowest parking rate for a MICE facility in Singapore (i.e.
flat rate of $6 from 7am – 7pm, weekdays). More of such value-added services
will be rolled out for MICE delegates in the coming months as Marina Bay Sands
continues to build on the accolades that it has won this year.

 

Other
upcoming exciting events to be held at Marina Bay Sands include: 

 

Offshore
Asia 2011 (29 – 31 March 2011)

 

For the very
first time, Offshore Asia, Asia’s premier conference for offshore technology,
will be holding its 6th conference in Singapore. Offshore Asia 2011 will be
held at Marina Bay Sands on 29 – 31 March 2011. The comprehensive exhibition
covers all aspects of offshore technology and subsea applications,
demonstrating the latest technology and foremost business ideas shaping the
future of the industry.

 

Hospitality
Architecture + Design Expo (31 May – 2 June 2011)

 

The
Hospitality Architecture + Design Expo (HA+D Expo) is comprised of a quality
trade show, exhibition and conference that focus specifically on the needs of
hospitality project designers and developers in Asia-Pacific.

 

CommunicAsia
(21 June – 24 June 2011)

 

CommunicAsia,
Asia’s top business event for the global Infocomm and digital media industries
will return to Singapore at Marina Bay Sands from 21 to 24 June this
year.  A focal venue for business leaders, government officials and trade
professionals from around the world to congregate for networking, exchange
ideas and grow their business, CommunicAsia2011 will showcase a wide range of
prevalent and emerging products and technologies, and impart the latest
industry insights and updates through interactive, in-depth sessions with
industry luminaries. 

 

Other trade
shows that Marina Bay Sands brought or is bringing to Singapore for the first
time include:

 

  • Art Stage
    Singapore 2011
  • IFAI Expo
    Asia 2011
  • Cruise
    Shipping Asia 2011
  • PAIA 2011
  • Art Stage
    Singapore 2012

 

 Repeating
shows at Marina Bay Sands include:

  • Hospital
    Build 2011
  • Franchising
    and Licensing Asia 2011
  • Singapore
    International Jewellery Show 2011
  • Singapore
    International Jewellery Show 2012
  • Singapore
    Gift & Stationery Show 2011
  • Singapore
    Gift & Stationery Show 2012 
  • Aesthetics
    Asia 2011
  • iProperty.com
    International Expo March 2011; iProperty.com International Expo October 2011
  • Dye+Chem
    Asia 2012 International Expo