InterContinental Hotels Group to launch InterContinental Colombo in Sri Lanka

InterContinental Hotels Group to launch InterContinental Colombo in Sri Lanka

The InterContinental brand will be returning to Sri Lanka with the launch of InterContinental Colombo.InterContinental Hotels Group(IHG) has collaborated with Pearl Grand Tower Hotel (Private) Limited for this property, which is set to open in 2019.

Located centrally along Galle Road, InterContinental Colombo is expected to be the tallest hotel tower in Colombo 3, the commercial hub of the city. It will feature 307 rooms including 47 suites, most of which will open to an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean.

InterContinental Colombo will offer six dining options including an all-day dining restaurant and three specialty restaurants. A fitness centre, a spa and an outdoor pool are some of the recreational facilities available at this hotel.

Sudeep Jain, vice president, development, South West Asia, IHG said, “We are excited to introduce our global luxury brand InterContinental Hotels and Resorts to the beautiful island country, Sri Lanka, in partnership with the esteemed Pearl Grand Tower Hotel (Private) Limited. This move is in line with our strategy to grow IHG’s footprint across South West Asia and expand the presence of the InterContinental brand in key cities and resort destinations in the region.” ihgplc.com

The InterContinental brand will be returning to Sri Lanka with the launch of InterContinental Colombo.InterContinental Hotels Group(IHG) has collaborated with Pearl Grand Tower Hotel (Private) Limited for this property, which is set to open in 2019.

Located centrally along Galle Road, InterContinental Colombo is expected to be the tallest hotel tower in Colombo 3, the commercial hub of the city. It will feature 307 rooms including 47 suites, most of which will open to an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean.

InterContinental Colombo will offer six dining options including an all-day dining restaurant and three specialty restaurants. A fitness centre, a spa and an outdoor pool are some of the recreational facilities available at this hotel.

Sudeep Jain, vice president, development, South West Asia, IHG said, “We are excited to introduce our global luxury brand InterContinental Hotels and Resorts to the beautiful island country, Sri Lanka, in partnership with the esteemed Pearl Grand Tower Hotel (Private) Limited. This move is in line with our strategy to grow IHG’s footprint across South West Asia and expand the presence of the InterContinental brand in key cities and resort destinations in the region.” ihgplc.com

Oman introduces new short-term tourist visa

Oman introduces new short-term tourist visa

The Royal Oman Police has announced a new short-term tourist visa for Indians holding a valid visa to any of these countries- United States of America, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan and Schengen States. Indian tourists can avail this short-term visa through an online process.

The visa will be valid for a period of ten days and will cost 5 Omani Riyal (₹889).

Lubaina Sheerazi, India representative for Ministry of Tourism, Oman said, “Oman being a short-haul destination from India, with excellent air connectivity from major Indian cities, world-class hotels and easy availability of Indian food, is also becoming a preferred wedding destination. The reduced visa fees, the new e-visa system, along with the newly opened Muscat International Airport will definitely be a boon for Oman’s tourism. With the visa policy, we see more travellers adding Oman to their long-weekend bucket list.”

Currently, the tourist visa for Oman is available for three durations- Ten days, one month and one year. evisa.rop.gov.om

The Royal Oman Police has announced a new short-term tourist visa for Indians holding a valid visa to any of these countries- United States of America, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan and Schengen States. Indian tourists can avail this short-term visa through an online process.

The visa will be valid for a period of ten days and will cost 5 Omani Riyal (₹889).

Lubaina Sheerazi, India representative for Ministry of Tourism, Oman said, “Oman being a short-haul destination from India, with excellent air connectivity from major Indian cities, world-class hotels and easy availability of Indian food, is also becoming a preferred wedding destination. The reduced visa fees, the new e-visa system, along with the newly opened Muscat International Airport will definitely be a boon for Oman’s tourism. With the visa policy, we see more travellers adding Oman to their long-weekend bucket list.”

Currently, the tourist visa for Oman is available for three durations- Ten days, one month and one year. evisa.rop.gov.om

Emirates opens Cairo lounge

Emirates lounge at Cairo International airport

Emirates has opened its 42nd lounge worldwide, with the unveiling of a facility at Cairo International airport.

The 880sqm space offers seating for up to 152 guests, with facilities including shower rooms with Voya products, a business centre, free wifi, a hot and cold buffet, leather armchair seating, and separate male and female prayer rooms.

The US$3.6 million facility is located on level 2 of the airport’s Terminal 2 departures area, and is available for business and first class passengers, as well as Gold and Platinum members of Emirates’ Skywards loyalty programme.

The airline currently operates three daily B777 services between Dubai and Cairo, having added four weekly frequencies in October last year.

Emirates says that its seven Dubai lounges, along with dedicated facilities in locations including Birmingham, Frankfurt, Gatwick, Heathrow, LA, Manchester, New York JFK, Paris CDG and Sydney, represent a total investment of just over US$380 million.

Commenting on the opening Mohammed Mattar – Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates Airport Services, said:

“Cairo is our first destination in North Africa with an Emirates Lounge – and it underscores our relentless efforts to enhance the travel experience that we offer to customers not online in the air, but on the ground. We are committed to the highest standards of quality in every aspect of our business and the new Emirates Lounge is a testament to that.

“We hope to contribute to the country’s tourism industry in a meaningful way and attract both international customers as well as discerning Egyptian travellers with our premium service. Egypt is a very important market for Emirates, and this dedicated lounge demonstrates our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible airport experience.”

Subscribers to Business Traveller can access our recent compilation of the top 100 airport lounges worldwide.

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A. Lange & Söhne launches a special edition of the 1815 Tourbillon watch

A. Lange & Söhne launches 1815 Tourbillon’s special edition

A. Lange & Söhne has unveiled a special edition of its 1815 Tourbillon watch. Limited to just 100 pieces, this luxury chronometer is now introduced with a white enamel dial.

The special edition comes with a 39.5 mm diameter platinum case, time display in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds, stop-seconds mechanism and the patented Zero-Reset mechanism.

A blend of traditional design and high-end technology, the 1815 Tourbillon with enamel dial features a 72-hour power reserve, a hand-stitched alligator leather strap, and platinum deployant buckle. alange-soehne.com

A. Lange & Söhne has unveiled a special edition of its 1815 Tourbillon watch. Limited to just 100 pieces, this luxury chronometer is now introduced with a white enamel dial.

The special edition comes with a 39.5 mm diameter platinum case, time display in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds, stop-seconds mechanism and the patented Zero-Reset mechanism.

A blend of traditional design and high-end technology, the 1815 Tourbillon with enamel dial features a 72-hour power reserve, a hand-stitched alligator leather strap, and platinum deployant buckle. alange-soehne.com

ITC Hotels to launch its luxury property in Goa

ITC hotels to open a luxury property in Goa

In September, ITC Hotels will be taking over Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, thereby introducing the hospitality chain’s first luxury property in Goa. Following this, the 252-key sea-facing resort located in South Goa will be operated under the ITC Grand brand.

ITC brought the Hyatt property from Blue Coast Hotels through an auction held by IFCI (the erstwhile Industrial Finance Corporation of India Ltd) in 2015.

“We regret to inform you that we anticipate a change in the ownership and management of the hotel on September 19, 2018. From and after this date, the hotel is expected to no longer be affiliated with Hyatt,” Hyatt said in an advisory.

Meanwhile, ITC operates a mid-market hotel property in Goa which goes by the brand name ‘Fortune’. itchotels.in   hyatt.com

In September, ITC Hotels will be taking over Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, thereby introducing the hospitality chain’s first luxury property in Goa. Following this, the 252-key sea-facing resort located in South Goa will be operated under the ITC Grand brand.

ITC brought the Hyatt property from Blue Coast Hotels through an auction held by IFCI (the erstwhile Industrial Finance Corporation of India Ltd) in 2015.

“We regret to inform you that we anticipate a change in the ownership and management of the hotel on September 19, 2018. From and after this date, the hotel is expected to no longer be affiliated with Hyatt,” Hyatt said in an advisory.

Meanwhile, ITC operates a mid-market hotel property in Goa which goes by the brand name ‘Fortune’. itchotels.in   hyatt.com

Air France introduces Bastille Day special offers

Air France introduces Bastille Day special offers

Air France has introduced special offers to celebrate the French National Day, commonly known as the Bastille Day. The airline is offering all-inclusive return fares starting from ₹35,800. These are available for flight departures from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.

The offer is valid for bookings until July 17, and for a travel period valid until April 30, 2019.

Additionally, for the Flying Blue members, Air France is giving 5000 extra Flying Blue miles for travel from Delhi and Bengaluru. It is valid for tickets purchased between June 15 and August 15, and for travel between June 15 and September 15, 2018. Air France is also offering double miles on the Mumbai – Paris – Mumbai route. It is only applicable for travel between June 19 and August 31, 2018. airfrance.in  

Air France has introduced special offers to celebrate the French National Day, commonly known as the Bastille Day. The airline is offering all-inclusive return fares starting from ₹35,800. These are available for flight departures from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.

The offer is valid for bookings until July 17, and for a travel period valid until April 30, 2019.

Additionally, for the Flying Blue members, Air France is giving 5000 extra Flying Blue miles for travel from Delhi and Bengaluru. It is valid for tickets purchased between June 15 and August 15, and for travel between June 15 and September 15, 2018. Air France is also offering double miles on the Mumbai – Paris – Mumbai route. It is only applicable for travel between June 19 and August 31, 2018. airfrance.in  

Hyatt Hotels to open Hyatt Regency hotel in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Hyatt Hotels to open Hyatt Regency property in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Hyatt Hotels will be opening Hyatt Regency hotel in Nha Trang, thereby introducing the brand’s first property in Vietnam. The hospitality group has collaborated with an affiliate of A&B Group for this project, which is set to launch in 2019.

Hyatt Regency Nha Trang will feature 434 guestrooms, majority of which open to an uninterrupted view of the sea. Located along Tran Phu street, the luxury hotel will include multiple bars and restaurants for guests to choose from. Additionally, the hotel will also have a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a 1,130 sqm of meeting space.

David Udell, Asia Pacific group president, Hyatt Hotels Corporation said, “With its pristine beaches, night markets, and abundant dining options, Nha Trang provides business and leisure travellers countless opportunities to explore the city throughout their stay. We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with A&B Group to build on our commitment to expanding Hyatt’s brand footprint in Vietnam, a destination that continues to attract our World of Hyatt community and guests.” hyatt.com

Hyatt Hotels will be opening Hyatt Regency hotel in Nha Trang, thereby introducing the brand’s first property in Vietnam. The hospitality group has collaborated with an affiliate of A&B Group for this project, which is set to launch in 2019.

Hyatt Regency Nha Trang will feature 434 guestrooms, majority of which open to an uninterrupted view of the sea. Located along Tran Phu street, the luxury hotel will include multiple bars and restaurants for guests to choose from. Additionally, the hotel will also have a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a 1,130 sqm of meeting space.

David Udell, Asia Pacific group president, Hyatt Hotels Corporation said, “With its pristine beaches, night markets, and abundant dining options, Nha Trang provides business and leisure travellers countless opportunities to explore the city throughout their stay. We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with A&B Group to build on our commitment to expanding Hyatt’s brand footprint in Vietnam, a destination that continues to attract our World of Hyatt community and guests.” hyatt.com

Finnair partners with Airportr luggage service at Heathrow

Airportr

Finnair has launched a trial service with Airportr, allowing customers to check in luggage at any central London address, ahead of departures from Heathrow.

The service costs from £30 for collection and check-in of one piece of baggage with a one-hour slot, and from £40 for four pieces with a three-hour slot.

Airportr launched with fellow Oneworld carrier British Airways in 2016, and is available to all BA customers flying from Gatwick and Heathrow. It was extended to American Airlines flights from Heathrow to the US late last year.

A driver collects and weighs the luggage, scans passengers’ passports and boarding passes, and seals the luggage in coded, tamper-proof cases. Customers are sent IATA bag receipts after airport screening, around 90 minutes before take-off.

There is also the option on flights arriving into Heathrow from Helsinki, for customers to have their luggage picked up from the airport and delivered to their London home or hotel.

Commenting on the news Sari Nevanlinna, Head of Ancillary Business at Finnair, said:

“As an airline committed to innovation, we believe this trial with AirPortr will offer customers a smoother and easier journey, without having to personally take their baggage to the airport and spend time queuing at both check-in and security.

“Based on the upcoming feedback we receive on this initiative, we’ll also look into expanding the service to other markets in the future.”

finnair.com, airportr.com

Vistara to order planes worth US$ 3.1 billion from Airbus and Boeing

Vistara to order planes worth US$ 3.1 billion from Airbus and Boeing

Vistara has decided to order aircraft worth US$ 3.1 billion from Airbus and Boeing. The full-service carrier plans to buy 13 A320neo-family aircraft from Airbus and six 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing. Additionally, the airline will also lease 37 new A320neo-family aircraft from leasing companies.

Vistara will receive the A320neo and A321neo aircraft between 2019 and 2023. These aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s domestic and international routes (expected to start later this year).  The 787-9 Dreamliner will be delivered between 2020-2021 and will be used on Vistara’s medium-haul and long-haul international routes.

Leslie Thng, chief executive officer, Vistara said, “India’s position as the world’s fastest-growing domestic aviation market and its impressive growth in air passenger traffic that has more than doubled over the last decade, makes us confident of our aggressive plans for domestic expansion and international foray. These orders are a landmark step in Vistara’s journey and demonstrate our deep-rooted commitment to contributing to the rise of the Indian aviation industry and to offering more choices to our customers. We are delighted to further deepen our relationship with Airbus and to join hands with Boeing to strengthen our modern and fuel-efficient fleet that will help achieve our thought-through ambitions.” airvistara.com

Vistara has decided to order aircraft worth US$ 3.1 billion from Airbus and Boeing. The full-service carrier plans to buy 13 A320neo-family aircraft from Airbus and six 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing. Additionally, the airline will also lease 37 new A320neo-family aircraft from leasing companies.

Vistara will receive the A320neo and A321neo aircraft between 2019 and 2023. These aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s domestic and international routes (expected to start later this year).  The 787-9 Dreamliner will be delivered between 2020-2021 and will be used on Vistara’s medium-haul and long-haul international routes.

Leslie Thng, chief executive officer, Vistara said, “India’s position as the world’s fastest-growing domestic aviation market and its impressive growth in air passenger traffic that has more than doubled over the last decade, makes us confident of our aggressive plans for domestic expansion and international foray. These orders are a landmark step in Vistara’s journey and demonstrate our deep-rooted commitment to contributing to the rise of the Indian aviation industry and to offering more choices to our customers. We are delighted to further deepen our relationship with Airbus and to join hands with Boeing to strengthen our modern and fuel-efficient fleet that will help achieve our thought-through ambitions.” airvistara.com

Jumeirah to open a new property in Dubai

Jumeirah to open a new property in Dubai

This September, Jumeirah Group will be opening Al Seef Hotel in Dubai. Located on the banks of the Dubai Creek, this luxury property is inspired from the UAE’s culture and heritage.

The 200-key hotel is spread across 22 traditionally designed Arabian Bayt (homes). The rooms are decorated with antique light switches, old-fashioned radios, carpets, wooden beams, lamps and rustic ceilings with fans. Organic amenities including fragrances and exfoliating soap (made of sand from each of the UAE’s seven emirates) will also be available in the rooms.

Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah is in close proximity to the restaurants, cafes, shops and plazas, situated on a 2km promenade on the south bank of Dubai Creek.

Alessandro Cabella, area general manager at Jumeirah Group said, “In days gone by, traders travelled across the deserts and seas of Arabia, bringing artefacts, delicacies and spices to the small collection of homes that stood on the shores of Dubai Creek. The villagers opened their doors, inviting travellers into their homes to share meals and stories of their journeys and to trade their goods. The village grew with houses of traders, the shops and alleyways of the souk; and was alive with the sights and sounds of merchants, fishermen and pearl divers – and so Dubai’s story began. Today, these homes have been replicated at Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah, offering our guests the opportunity to glimpse into the past and create new stories of their own journeys.”

Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah will be the hospitality brand’s 12th hotel to open in Dubai and the 23rd in its global portfolio. jumeirah.com

This September, Jumeirah Group will be opening Al Seef Hotel in Dubai. Located on the banks of the Dubai Creek, this luxury property is inspired from the UAE’s culture and heritage.

The 200-key hotel is spread across 22 traditionally designed Arabian Bayt (homes). The rooms are decorated with antique light switches, old-fashioned radios, carpets, wooden beams, lamps and rustic ceilings with fans. Organic amenities including fragrances and exfoliating soap (made of sand from each of the UAE’s seven emirates) will also be available in the rooms.

Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah is in close proximity to the restaurants, cafes, shops and plazas, situated on a 2km promenade on the south bank of Dubai Creek.

Alessandro Cabella, area general manager at Jumeirah Group said, “In days gone by, traders travelled across the deserts and seas of Arabia, bringing artefacts, delicacies and spices to the small collection of homes that stood on the shores of Dubai Creek. The villagers opened their doors, inviting travellers into their homes to share meals and stories of their journeys and to trade their goods. The village grew with houses of traders, the shops and alleyways of the souk; and was alive with the sights and sounds of merchants, fishermen and pearl divers – and so Dubai’s story began. Today, these homes have been replicated at Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah, offering our guests the opportunity to glimpse into the past and create new stories of their own journeys.”

Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah will be the hospitality brand’s 12th hotel to open in Dubai and the 23rd in its global portfolio. jumeirah.com