ITB Asia Asks Delegates to Make a Difference


In visiting different countries, the delegates of ITB Asia will be able to provide a great hand.

Operation Smile Singapore, a special social media project has been receiving aids from Messe Berlin who is theorganizer of ITB Asia.

ITB Asia Stickman’, an orange figurine with ITB initials on it, is the main character of this undertaking. This will be available along with 499 other custom-made figurines at the annual show and its earnings will be donated to Operation Smile Singapore.

Taking pictures of the orange figurines are highly recommended. It is also encourage uploading them to ‘ITB Asia Stickman’ photoblog or email.

For every 250 photos uploaded, ITB Asia assures US$10 to Operation Smile which provides reconstructive facial surgery to homeless children and young adult. This will be funding more or less seven operations.

The idea is a product of the creative mind ofNino Gruettke, the Executive Director of ITB Asia who said, “Social media has significantly enhanced the way we share our travel experiences, stories and photos. Our travel photos not only capture memorable moments, but also celebrate local cultures, communities and inspire future generations of globetrotters,” He even added, “The success of this fund-raiser hinges on the concerted efforts of everyone who owns an ‘ITB Asia Stickman’. With close to 7,000 delegates from 60 countries expected to attend the show this year, we want to tap on their experiences and take advantage of the viral nature of social media outlets to contribute as an industry towards the fantastic work done by Operation Smile Singapore.

This special project is ongoing, and will either end after 250 photographs has been accomplished or until ITB Asia 2012.

Korean Air Moves from XP to Windows 7 Enterprise



Korean Air has moved up from using Windows XP to Windows 7 Enterprise companywide and soon to achieve 100 per cent before 2012.  The airline company has almost 19,000 employees with flight destination to 115 cities in the globe and has 400 flights daily.

Korean Air’s Information System Department has been working on enterprise resource planning solution to connect all of the offices information into the main system. The company is also exerting efforts in setting all of its financial reporting internationally recognizable.   

According to Chung Pilmoon, who is the general manager of Korean Air Information System Department, “Executives at Korean Air laid out a path for growth that will keep us in a position of leadership throughout the Asia Pacific region and points beyond. But meeting our objectives required an overhaul of our IT systems. Moving to Windows 7 provides us with the ability to deliver consistent IT standards and tools across the company without compromising our desire for greater efficiency.

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance, software which is available to customers who has Microsoft Software Assurance, is one and even the most vital part of Information System Department’s (ISD) focus.  MDOP will assist the airlines’ ISD to gain benefits in various areas including:  remote installation access in installing and updating system across the globe, strict compliance IT system, less hassle IT support, and easy and user friendly software.

Pilmoon added, “Korean Air’s deployment of Windows 7 Enterprise and MDOP is a great example of how technology can streamline internal processes and free up time for employess to focus on what’s ahead. With these technologies in place, the company will be on a trajectory toward market expansion and greater operational excellence.

Tajikistan’s Somon Air Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737-900ER


Somon Air, a Tajikistan based airline has took off its first Next Generation Boeing 737-900ER with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

Among the other Central Asian carriers, Somon Air is the first airline that has Boeing’s new interior. It is also the airlines first direct purchase of a 737.

The Chief Executive Officer of Somon Capital and also the owner of Somon Air, JamshedRahmonberdiev said that the new interior will definitely bring a new unrivaled aviation experience to their customers. He added,  “Reliability and fuel efficiency are key considerations and the 737-900ER will contribute to our financial performance as well as help us maintain out high standard s of safety in accordance with international air transportation standards.

On the other hand, Boeing teamed up with Somon Air, the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Program and Project HOPE to carry medical supplies to Dushanbe, capital city of Tajikistan, as part of Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flight program.  

In addition, Liz Warman who is the directis of GCC for the Northwest Region said, “Boeing, through its Global Corporate Citizenship (GCC) organization, supports humanitarian efforts around the world in partnership with non-governmental agencies and non-profits like Project HOPE. Our Humanitarian Delivery Flights program is another way we can continue leveraging our resources to help those in need.

Air Berlin Launches Europe Pass



A pass is launched by Air Berlin for Europe which will give access to the travelers to move from Berlin and in 4 cities of Europe they can visit thirteen countries. This pass for Europe can be availed only till October 15th and the charges for this will be total US $249. These charges will also comprise the tax charges, other charges and the passengers will also be credited with a one off that would be a top bonus of 2490 miles.

This Europe pass has its validity only for flights going till October 31st, 2011. This Europe pass is a very big chance for those who fond of traveling and Europe consists of the most beautiful places that a number of tourists visit every year. For people who love shopping can visit this city Königsallee as it is the centre head for shopping. Also there are other places like Düsseldorf. Places like Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne-Bonn can be visited through city routes in Germany.

From Berlin with these Europe passes one can take other flights also like to Vienna, Stockholm, Paris and Helsinki. This airline Air Berlin is the 2nd largest airline in Germany with more than 8500 employees and also has 168 aircraft.

PAL Passenger on Route to San Francisco Gives Birth In flight

On September 19th a passenger of Philippine Airlines delivered a healthy baby during the flight 747 on a route from Manila to San Francisco. With the help of three on board nurses a passenger named Aida Alamillo on a seat number of 83J. The flight was led by Francis Lloyd Lobo. Before the birth of her baby the passenger followed a proper routine of doing relaxation and deep breathing exercises.

On checking the baby’ pulses were seen normal as the boy gave a loud cry after coming out and started feeding on mother’ milk after the delivery. Also the mother stated to have minimum pain during the time of delivery. After the delivery a flight incident report was made by a flight purser describing the first responses of the baby.

Such kind of things occurs rarely on a flight but the crew is already trained to handle such immediate birth situations. As the plane landed the mother with the baby was taken to Burlingame in Mills Peninsula Hospital. The time when the flight reached San Francisco was 15:25 according to U.S. time. This is just one of the ways the Philippines Airlines take full responsibility for their every passenger in any situation.

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


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







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


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







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.

Ibis Bangkok Riverside Opens in Bangkok Thailand

The Accor Hotel group has announced the opening (1 November
2010) of the 3 star Ibis Bangkok Riverside, located on the Chaopraya River and
will feature 266 rooms with Wi-Fi internet access, International Satellite TV channels,
fridge, safe box and other standard amenities.


 Ibis Bangkok Riverside


The Ibis Bangkok Riverside is set to change the face and
re-define quality affordable business accommodation in the Chaopraya River
area, with rates starting from only AUD$37 per night.


Erwann Mahe,
Executive General Manager of ibis Erawan Thailand, commented
“ibis Bangkok Riverside offers an affordable
option for everyone who wants to enjoy Bangkok riverside’s tranquil
atmosphere.  It is particularly important
to highlight the excellent value for money of this 3-star hotel set in an
outstanding location with easy access to city’s most popular tourist spots. We
are confident that the location, the international standards and team’s
friendliness will fit both the needs of leisure and business travellers.”


 Ibis Bangkok Riverside Standard Room



The hotel facilities include the standard ibis-specific
offer of 4am to noon breakfast to suit early birds and late risers, a relaxing
lobby bar and round-the-clock reception where hot and cold snacks as well as
drinks can be enjoyed anytime. The hotel offers a swimming pool, day-lit
meetings rooms with state-of–the-art equipment and a designated internet area.


The Ibis Bangkok Riverside’s Signature restaurant “TASTE”
features the very best in Thai and International dishes  Including International Buffet dinner on
Friday and Saturday evenings.


The Ibis Bangkok Riverside is only 5 minutes from the Thon
Buri BTS Skytrain station and a 10-minute drive from Sathorn Road.


>> To check rates and find additional information about this property check here: Ibis Bangkok Riverside Rates and Room


Pullman Hotels Vietnam Expansion Grows with an Additional Two Hotels Signed

Pullman Hotels have further added to their
expansion plans in Vietnam with the announcement of an additional two hotels signed
up for Danang and Haiphong.


The two new 5 Star Pullman hotels  to be added to the growning list of hotels for
the Accor group and Pullman hotels will be the Pullman Danang Beach and Pullman
Hai Phong Flamboyant Island Resort.


The first Pullman Hotels are expected to open
in Vietnam from 2011 with the
Pullman Vung Tau, Pullman Danang Beach and Pullman
Hanoi Horison and then the Pullman Saigon Centre and Pullman Hai Phong
Flamboyant Island Resort set to open in 2013.


The full media
release from Accor Group – Pullman Hotels can be read below:


Two new Pullman
hotels signed for Danang and Haiphong in Vietnam


Announcing two newly signed projects – Pullman Danang Beach and Pullman
Hai Phong Flamboyant Island Resort


A total of five Pullman hotels will be operating in the country by 2013


Bangkok, September 23, 2010 Accor, the largest international hotel operator in
Vietnam, announced today two new developments for its 5-star Pullman hotel
brand – Pullman Danang Beach and
Pullman Hai Phong Flamboyant Island


“With sustained economic growth and significant
investment in infrastructure leading to increased volumes for business travel
and continued international and domestic leisure travel strength, opportunities
continue for quality upscale hotel developments in Vietnam.”
says Patrick Basset, Vice President of
Operations for Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea.
  “We are delighted to announce these two new
hotels in Danang and Hai Phong and excited about the prospects for the Pullman
brand in Vietnam.”
added Mr. Basset.


Accor has
commitments to develop five Pullman hotels in Vietnam: Pullman Vung Tau,
Pullman Danang Beach and Pullman Hanoi Horison are scheduled to open in 2011;
and Pullman Saigon Centre and Pullman Hai Phong Flamboyant Island Resort are
due to open in 2013.


Pullman Danang Beach


Due to open in mid 2011 and
located on the beach front.  The hotel will feature 207 guest rooms, 4
restaurants and extensive leisure facilities including three swimming
pools.  The city of Danang attracts tourists from Vietnam and abroad and
is renowned for having one of the worlds top ten beaches. This hotel will be
the debut of the Pullman brand in Vietnam.




Pullman Hai
Phong Flamboyant Island Resort


Located in the
Do Son district of Hai Phong, Vietnam’s most important northern seaport. It was
the entertainment and recreation centre for the country’s elite in the past and
with the new development is set to regain its former image. Flamboyant Island
lies in Van Huong Bay, which has been a famous port for ships to shelter in
during storms. The 300-room hotel will have three restaurants, two bars, a
ballroom, meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an entertainment
centre, spa and an amphitheatre.


Island is aptly named as the integrated resort and residential project is made
up of areas such as Apollo, Poseidon, Helios, Eros and Zeus, making the project
reminiscent of some of Dubai’s more adventurous projects.





Pullman Vung Tau


Will have 360 guest rooms, a
ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 guests, several smaller meeting rooms
with “Chill-out” zones, a business centre, gym, spa and a swimming pool. The
hotel will also provide an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant
and a lobby bar and lounge. Pullman Vung Tau is located adjacent the international
convention centre and a 5-minute walk to the beach.





Pullman Hanoi Horison


Located in the city centre and is
currently undergoing and extensive renovation and upgrade.  Once completed
this 250-room hotel will have significant event space accommodating up to 1,000
guests, whilst providing facilities such as outdoor swimming pool, a fitness
centre, restaurant, lobby and pool side bars. With an extensive range of
tailored services to accommodate meetings and seminars, Pullman Hanoi Horison will
entice business travelers and events visiting the nation’s capital.





Pullman Saigon


A 290-room newly
constructed upscale hotel with contemporary architecture and chic interiors
will be located in District One of Ho Chi Minh City. Once completed, Pullman
Saigon Centre will comprise of 1,500 sqm of ballroom and meeting facilities,
two restaurants, a bar, an outdoor swimming pool, business centre and fitness



Air France A380 Japan First Flight Touches Down

The first ever Air France
A380 Flight into Tokyo Japan touched down for the first time today, operating
under flight number AF 276 the flight touched left CDG terminal 2E at 13:30 and
touched down at Tokyo Narita at 08:10 local time.


The return flight back to
Paris will operate under flight number AF 276 and is scheduled to leave at
11:50 hrs with arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle terminal 2E at 17:15 hrs


Narita Japan is the third
port which Air France has introduced the A380 into, Air France has a total of order
12 Airbus A380 aircraft with another 8 to be delivered.


The Air France A380 is a 538 seats three classes (La Première (First), with
9 seats on the main deck, Affaires (Business), with 80 seats on the upper deck,
and Voyageur (Economy), with 449 seats) Aircraft.







The full media release from Air France can be read below:




Wednesday 1
September 2010


Wednesday 1 September 2010, Air France’s Airbus A380 served the Paris-Tokyo
route for the very first time, making Tokyo the first destination in Asia to be
served by the airline’s Super jumbo. The aircraft with registration number
F-HPJD, Air France’s fourth A380, took off early in the afternoon from
Paris-CDG north runway eastbound, and will land at Tokyo-Narita at 08:10 local
time, tomorrow morning.


The A380
flight schedule on the Paris – Tokyo route:

– Paris-Tokyo:

AF 276, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; flights will be daily starting 4
October 2010.
Flight departs from terminal 2E at 13:30, and arrives at 08:10 the following


– Tokyo-Paris:

AF 275, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; flights will be daily starting 5
October 2010
Flight departs at 11:50 and arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2E at 17:15


is Air France’s 3rd route served by A380, following Paris-New York in 2009 and
Paris-Johannesburg in February 2010. Thanks to the A380, Air France is
rationalizing frequencies on these busy routes by combining two flights leaving
at close departure times, while still offering the same number of seats and
reducing costs by 20%. The A380’s main deck is the same size as a Boeing
777-200 and the upper deck is the same size as an Airbus A340-300.


Air France’s
A380 is equipped with 538 seats in three cabin classes – La Première (First),
with 9 seats on the main deck, Affaires (Business), with 80 seats on the upper
deck, and Voyageur (Economy), with 449 seats divided between the two decks.


The A380 is
the world’s most environmentally-friendly aircraft – with less than 75 grams of
CO2 produced per passenger per kilometre –
and the quietest in its category. Its spacious cabin offers passengers
additional comfort. On board this aircraft, Air France has introduced changing
lighting moods adapted to the various stages of the flight, meeting points and
relaxation areas, as well as a completely new in-flight entertainment system
with wider screens.


Air France
has ordered twelve A380s, four of which have already been delivered.


In winter
2010, Air France and KLM will operate 52 weekly return flights between Paris,
Amsterdam and Japan:

– to and
from Tokyo-Narita : 31 flights, including 21 AF flights (of which 7 operated by
JAL on a code-share basis) and 10 KLM flights;

– to and
from Tokyo-Haneda: 7 AF flights operated by JAL on a code-share basis, starting
31 October 2010 ;

– to and
from Osaka-Kansai : 14 flights, including 7 AF flights and 7 KLM flights.


With this
large number of flights, Air France and KLM offer passengers a wide choice of
departure times both ways with daily flights leaving both in the morning,
afternoon and evening.