Harbour Grand Kowloon introduces F&B offers

Harbour Grand Kowloon

Harbour Grand Kowloon has introduced an Oyster Fiesta Dinner Buffet at their western restaurant – The Promenade. The restaurant is offering five kinds of freshly shucked premium oysters from communes in France such as Bouzigues, Brittany and Normandy. The festival offers different variations of oyster preparations including oyster shooters as well as baked oysters. It is being held at the restaurant until the end of the month.

The hotel has also introduced Australian Tajima Wagyu beef to their menu at the Harbour Grill restaurant with three different cuts namely striploin, tenderloin and shorted ribs. The offer lasts until October 31.

Kowloon.harbourgrand.com

Bhavya Aggarwal

Harbour Grand Kowloon has introduced an Oyster Fiesta Dinner Buffet at their western restaurant – The Promenade. The restaurant is offering five kinds of freshly shucked premium oysters from communes in France such as Bouzigues, Brittany and Normandy. The festival offers different variations of oyster preparations including oyster shooters as well as baked oysters. It is being held at the restaurant until the end of the month.

The hotel has also introduced Australian Tajima Wagyu beef to their menu at the Harbour Grill restaurant with three different cuts namely striploin, tenderloin and shorted ribs. The offer lasts until October 31.

Kowloon.harbourgrand.com

Bhavya Aggarwal

Harbour Grand Hotel, Kowloon marks 22nd anniversary with dining offer

Harbour Grand Hotel, Kowloon is celebrating 22 years of being in business with a dining special for its guests in the month of July. The hotel has put forward a selection of dining offers namely:

  • Buy 3 Get 1 Sumo’s Choice Japanese Brunch — the all-you-can-eat menu comprises of grilled delicacies, fresh sashimi, sushi, tempura and desserts such as Hokkaido Pudding. For every three paying diners, one additional diner eats free.
  • 22 per cent off on an eight-course set dinner — includes the yellow tail, salmon and sweet shrimp sashimi, Japanese blow fish, Australian Wagyu beef rib eye and ice cream.
  • Buy 3 Get 1 Free set lunch — the fourth diner of the set lunch is not charged. Available from Monday to Friday.
  • 1 Complimentary Bottle of Sake for a group of eight and above.

The offers are valid until July 31, and prices are subject to ten per cent service charge.

harbourgrand.com 

Bhavya Aggarwal 

Harbour Grand Hotel, Kowloon is celebrating 22 years of being in business with a dining special for its guests in the month of July. The hotel has put forward a selection of dining offers namely

  • Buy 3 Get 1 Sumo’s Choice Japanese Brunch — the all-you-can-eat menu comprises of grilled delicacies, fresh sashimi, sushi, tempura and desserts such as Hokkaido Pudding. For every three paying diners, one additional diners eats for free.
  • 22 per cent off on an eight course set dinner — includes the yellow tail, salmon and sweet shrimp sashimi, Japanese blow fish, Australian Wagyu beef rib eye and ice cream.
  • Buy 3 Get 1 Free set lunch — the fourth diner of the set-menu lunch is not charged. Available from Monday to Friday.
  • 1 Complimentary Bottle of Sake for a group of eight and above.

The offers are valid until July 31, and prices are subject to ten per cent service charge.

harbourgrand.com 

Bhavya Aggarwal 

  • Buy 3 Get 1 Free set lunch — the fourth diner of the set-menu lunch is not charged. Available from Monday to Friday.
  • 1 Complimentary Bottle of Sake for a group of eight and above.

The offers are valid until July 31, and prices are subject to ten per cent service charge.

harbourgrand.com 

Hong Kong Airlines and Bangkok Airways codesharing to Koh Samui

Holidaymakers looking to head to Koh Samui in Thailand with Hong Kong Airlines can now make use of two Bangkok Airways flights to the island, either by flying non-stop or via Bangkok.

The codeshare allows Hong Kong Airlines passengers to travel either non-stop from Hong Kong on board Bangkok Airways’ flight, or to connect with the Thai carrier’s domestic Bangkok-Koh Samui services following a connection from one of Hong Kong Airlines’ 37 weekly flights to the Thai capital.

Speaking about the codeshare, Bangkok Airways president, Puttipong Prasartthong-Osoth said: “[The codeshare] allows us to give passengers a convenient and seamless access to and from Samui, either on our non-stop twice daily service from Hong Kong to Samui or on multiple daily domestic flights between Bangkok and Samui.

“Moreover, Hong Kong Airlines’ passengers travelling on Bangkok Airways will enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services such as lounge access and in-flight meal.”

Tickets for the codeshare flights are now available for travel effective immediately.

hongkongairlines.com; bangkokair.com

12 new and upcoming hotels in Shanghai

Pudong, Shanghai

Wanda Reign on the Bund
Opened: June, 2016

While the past 12 months have seen a number of international hotel brands make their entry or bolster their number in Shanghai, domestic brands also have been making their mark, as Wanda Hotels and Resorts’ Wanda Reign on the Bund illustrates. The Chinese company describes the property as “ultra luxury”, though even if you didn’t know this in advance, its abundant use of gold in its colour scheme along with extravagant crystal chandeliers would likely be a pretty clear clue. Nearby attractions include the ancient Yu Garden and the City God Temple.
wandahotels.com

Hyatt Regency Shanghai, Wujiaochang
Opened: July, 2016

Situated north of Shanghai’s famous Bund area in Wujiaochang, the first of Hyatt’s two planned Hyatt Regency hotels in the city forms part of the business zone’s Hopson International Center mixed-use development. While the property is a little further from the action than some of the other hotels in the city closer to Pudong or Jingan districts, the hotel is located next to Metro Line 10 Wujiaochang Station providing straightforward connectivity downtown.
hyatt.com

Intercontinental Shanghai NECC
Opened: September, 2016

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) opened its fifth Intercontinental-brand hotel in Shanghai in September 2016, and arguably one of its most notable. The Intercontinental Shanghai NECC is located in Section D of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) – claimed to be the “largest single building and exhibition complex in the world”. It’s little surprise, then, that the 536-room hotel itself has more than its fair share of events space also, offering some 2,200sqm of events space including a nine-metre-high pillarless grand ballroom.
ihg.com

Pullman Shanghai Jing An
Opened: December, 2016

Pullman Hotels and Resorts’ latest foray into the Shanghai market used to be the Grand Mercure Shanghai Central, before the property was selected for a year-long renovation and rebrand. Now the property – which has 288 rooms in total – offers a number of Pullman-specific offerings. Among the most notable is the Pullman Artist Playground, an initiative recently launched by the hotel group, in which properties collaborate with artists. In this case, Chinese artist Qin Ming created a series of bespoke artworks for the hotel.
accorhotels.com 

Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang
Opened: December, 2016

Shanghai’s third Le Meridien hotel in the city, Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang is another property that’s sprung up in the city’s Hongqiao district. Some 240 rooms are available here, though perhaps the hotel’s key focus is on its lobby area, which it positions as a social gathering space as part of its “Le Meridien Hub” concept. Key offerings as part of this concept are light bites, coffees created by the hotel’s master barista, signature éclairs, and many others.
marriott.com

Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao
Opened: March, 2017

While many hotel brands have recently made their debut in the city, Sofitel is not among them. The recently opened Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao is Sofitel’s third hotel in the city after the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland and Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental. Offering the brand’s signature French-inspired stylings, the 354-room property also features a Cantonese restaurant called Le Chinois. Those looking for something different, though, can head to the Japanese restaurant Takara or the Spanish tapas and wine bar, Ocho.
accorhotels.com

Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao
Opened: April, 2017

The 226-room Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao was the first property under the Hilton Garden Inn brand in the city when it opened its doors in April 2017. The hotel’s location in the Hongqiao CBD places it in close proximity to the city’s second airport, Hongqiao, which is about a ten-minute drive away, while the National Exhibition and Convention Centre and Shanghai Yintao Golf Club are also nearby.
hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com

Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor
Opened: April, 2017

The second of Hyatt’s two new Hyatt Regency hotels in Shanghai, the Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor is located in the Putuo district, north of Jingan. The hotel forms part of the Global Harbor shopping and entertainment hub, though a number of event spaces and F&B options will also be available. As for the hotel itself, some 2,600sqm of indoor and outdoor events space is on the cards, along with outdoor terraces on the 47th floor and a rooftop bar. As of May 2017, not all of the facilities are open to the public, however.
hyatt.com 

St Regis Shanghai Jingan
Opened: May, 2017

The ninth property in Greater China from St Regis Hotels and Resorts, the St Regis Shanghai Jingan is – rather surprisingly – its only one in China’s major eastern city (Hainan Island alone has four). The property is located in one of the major business and cultural districts in the city, Jingan, in walking distance of the Shanghai Natural History Museum and near to the 400-year-old Yu Garden. This also places it closer to Shanghai’s less-prominent Hongqiao Airport (about 30 minutes away) than the major international airport, Pudong (one hour away).
starwoodhotes.com/stregis

Melia Shanghai Hongqiao
Opened: May, 2017

The most recently opened hotel on this list, the Melia Shanghai Hongqiao ended up delaying its launch by close to a year, having originally been slated for a July 2016 opening when it was announced in 2015. While it is located about five minutes from the NECC, the hotel markets itself as more of a mixed business and leisure (or “bleisure”, to some) hotel than an entirely MICE-focused one. Perhaps most noteworthy about the hotel are its more traditionally styled Garden Villas, measuring around 400sqm and featuring, as their name suggests, a 200sqm garden terrace.
melia.com

Aloft Shanghai Nanxiang
Opening: January, 2018

Starwood Hotels and Resorts originally signed the Aloft Shanghai Nanxiang back in 2015, prior to its merger with Marriott International. The city’s debut Aloft property, however, still looks set for its January 1 opening next year, bringing with it all the brand’s usual highlights including loft-inspired rooms and an abundance of social spaces. Aloft Shanghai Nanxiang is located in the Jiading district in the city’s north-east.
starwoodhotels.com

Shama Caojiadu Shanghai
Opening: 2018

Announced back in May 2015, Onyx Hospitality Group’s fifth serviced residence in Shanghai, the Shama Caojiadu Shanghai, was originally slated for a 2017 opening. This has since been pushed back to 2018. Located in the city’s Jingan district, the hotel was originally planned to have 168 units, however as of May 2017 this now appears to have been adjusted to just 159, according to the hotel’s online portfolio.
onyx-hospitality.com

[Get a more in-depth look at developments in Shanghai’s Hongqiao district with Business Traveller‘s May 2017 feature, “Spotlight on Shanghai: Room for growth]

Hong Kong MTR proposes Airport Express price increase

Hong Kong Airport Express MTR

The cost of a ticket on Hong Kong’s Airport Express rail link may be set to increase by 10.3 per cent as early as June, the South China Morning Post reports. The price hike would be the line’s first since it first began operations 19 years ago.

According to the proposed increase submitted to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong by The MTR Corporation on Tuesday, the cost of an adult Octopus travel card fare between in-town stations and Hong Kong International Airport and the nearby AsiaWorld-Expo would increase by HK$5-10 (US$0.6-1.3), while adult single journey tickets would rise by HK$10-15 (US$1.3-1.9).

Meanwhile adult fares of long validity round-trip tickets would increase by HK$15-30 (US$1.9-3.9).

Currently a single fare ticket from Hong Kong Station in Central district to the airport is HK$100 (US$14.1), while the fare from Kowloon Station is HK$90 (US$11.6). Under the proposed increase, these would increase to HK$110 (US$14.1) and HK$100, respectively.

However, promotional items including the Airport Express Group Tickets and Airport Travel Pass will remain unchanged.

According to the proposal, a significant increase in the operating cost of the Airport Express has necessitated the fare revision.

mtr.com.hk

Can you be denied boarding on a confirmed airline ticket?

Denied

The Untited Airlines incident that forcibly dragged a passenger, Dr David Dao, from its aircraft in Chicago has enraged most part of the world. His only fault was refusing the airline’s last minute request to give up his seat to make room for a crew member. The request came after he had buckled himself in United Airlines’ Kentucky-bound flight.

What are your rights in this case?

Unlike the United Airlines case, in India, passengers are denied boarding before they get on the plane.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s aviation regulator states: “Airlines overbook their scheduled flights to a limited extent in order to reduce the possibility of flights departing with unoccupied or empty seats because of ‘No Shows’ by booked passengers i.e. passengers who do not report for travel despite firm bookings before the time limit stipulated by the airline. Under the provisions of this CAR (Civil Aviation Requirements), airlines shall be liable to pay compensation to passengers who are denied boarding. Hence, in order to minimise ‘No Shows’, the airlines will be allowed to levy appropriate ‘No Show’ penalties in relation to the Fare as defined under rule 135 of the Aircraft Rules 1937. This penalty will be deducted from the Fare paid by the passenger.”

DGCA’s passenger rights report goes on to state that in case a flight is overbooked, the airline must first ask for volunteers to give up their seats for other booked passengers. In exchange, airlines may offer benefits/facilities at their discretion to the volunteers as mutually agreed upon by the passenger and airline.

If a passenger is denied boarding against her/his will, despite a confirmed ticket and checking in well within the specified timeframe, s/he must be compensated by the airline, in addition to full refund of the air ticket.

Compensation in accordance with the provisions of Para 3.5 by DGCA: 3.5.1 The financial compensation indicated below shall be given only if the amount of tickets costs is higher than the compensation amount:

a) Rs. 2,000/- or the value of the ticket whichever is less for flights having a block time* of up to and including one hour.

b) Rs. 3.000/- or the value of the ticket whichever is less for flights having block time of more than one hour and upto and including two hours.

c) Rs. 4,000/- or the value of the ticket whichever is less for flights having a block time of more than two hours.

If the cost of the ticket is less than the amount of compensation indicated above, the airline will be liable to compensate an amount equivalent to the ticket cost in addition to refund of air ticket.

3.5.2 The compensation referred to in Para 3.5.1 shall be paid in cash, by bank transfer or with the signed agreement of the passenger in the form of travel vouchers, in accordance with CAR Section 3, Series M, Part II.

3.5.3 Additionally, the passenger shall be offered the choice between the following:

a) Refund of air ticket at the price it was purchased.

b) A flight to the first point of departure.

c) Alternate transportation under comparable/alternate mode of transport (whenever applicable), to the final destination.

d) Alternate transportation under comparable/alternate mode of transport (whenever applicable), to their final destination at a later date at the passengers’ convenience, subject to availability of seats.

3.5.4 The affected passenger shall be offered compensation alternatives listed in Para 3.5.1 and Para 3.5.3 above and once the option has been selected the affected passenger will not have the option to switch to another form of compensation.

3.5.5 In case of foreign carriers, the amount of compensation paid to the passengers shall be as contained in the regulations of their country of origin or as given in para 3.5.1 of this CAR, whichever is higher.

3.6 Facilities to be offered to Passengers

3.6.1 Passengers shall be offered free of charge the following:

a) Meals and refreshments in relation to waiting time.

b) Hotel Accommodation when necessary (including transfers).

3.6.2 Airlines shall pay particular attention to the needs of persons with reduced mobility and any other person(s) accompanying them.

*Block time: the time calculated from the moment the aircraft pushes back from the departure gate until the moment it pulls into the arrival gate.

dgca.nic.in/Pass_Rights/pass-ind.htm 

Validity of Indian e-visas increased to two months

Indian aviation

E-visas issued to tourists travelling to India will have a 60-day validity period. Earlier, the e-visa permitted a stay of only up to 30 days at a time in the country. This extension has been effective from April 1.

The e-visa is sub dived into three categories: e-tourist, e-business and e-medical.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says, “Duration of stay on e-visa has increased from 30 days to 60 days with double-entry on tourist and business e-visas and triple entry on medical visas.”

The e-medical visa allows triple entry into the country within 60 days, whereas the e-business and e-tourist visas allow double entry. Both e-business and e-medical visas can be granted within 48 hours of submitting the application. This however, is at the discretion of the Consulate General of India.

Further, two new visa categories that have been recently released by the Indian government: film (F) visa, which grants a one year multiple entry facility, and intern (I) visa that allows foreigners to pursue internships in India.

indianvisaonline.gov.in  

E-visas issued to tourists travelling to India will have a 60-day validity period. Earlier, the e-visa permitted a stay of only up to 30 days at a time in the country. This extension has been effective from April 1.

The e-visa is sub dived into three categories: e-tourist, e-business and e-medical.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says, “Duration of stay on e-visa has increased from 30 days to 60 days with double-entry on tourist and business e-visas and triple entry on medical visas.”

The e-medical visa allows triple entry into the country within 60 days, whereas the e-business and e-tourist visas allow double entry. Both e-business and e-medical visas can be granted within 48 hours of submitting the application. This however, is at the discretion of the Consulate General of India.

Further, two new visa categories that have been recently released by the Indian government: film (F) visa, which grants a one year multiple entry facility, and intern (I) visa that allows foreigners to pursue internships in India.

indianvisaonline.gov.in 

Netra Venkateshwaran

Detroit tops list of best US cities for business travel

Detroit

Detroit tops list of best US cities for business travel

A high percentage of on-time flights and reasonably priced hotel rooms helped Detroit to take the top spot in a new ranking of business travel-friendly cities in the US.

Travel risk management firm On Call International ranked the top 20 US business travel destinations based on five factors: number of on-time flights, cost of lodging, reliability of mobile network coverage, traffic congestion, and hospital emergency room efficiency.

Detroit topped the rankings by placing in the top five in each category without finishing first in any one area. The other business travel-friendly cities identified by On Call included Phoenix, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Denver and Dallas. New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Miami and Boston placed at the bottom of the rankings.

Atlanta performed best in terms of on-time flights, while Orlando had the best prices on hotel rooms and Cleveland travellers faced the least traffic congestion. Atlanta and Chicago had the most reliable 4G LTE mobile coverage, and Denver hospitals had the best emergency-room response time and triage efficiency.

To read our recent feature on Detroit click here. https://www.businesstraveller.com/features/pumping-new-life/

oncallinternational.com