For week ending 9 June 2017
Emirates wi-fi price hike
Emirates plans to increase its onboard wi-fi charges from 14 June. All travellers will receive 20MB of free access, double the current allowance, after which a US$9.99 for 150MB or US$15.99 for 500MB charge will apply. Skywards members travelling in first or business will continue to receive free wi-fi for the duration of their flight.
Qantas boosts Kalgoorlie
Qantas is operating four additional flights to Kalgoorlie for the upcoming Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum taking place 7-9 August. The carrier will operate a direct Sydney-Kalgoorlie service as well as an additional Perth-Kalgoorlie flight the day prior to the event. Additional Kalgoorlie-Perth flights will also operate on 9-10 Aug after the event concludes.
Hilton’s Curio China debut
Hilton Worldwide has debuted its Curio Collection in Greater China. The Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton features 267 rooms and a range of food and beverage options including a rooftop bar as well as a jogging track, fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis court. The property also boasts a range of meeting and event spaces, catering for up to 550 guests.
Le Meridien Rome
Marriott International’s Le Meridien brand has re-entered Italy, with a new property in the country’s capital. The 240-room Le Meridien Visconti Rome is centrally located between the Spanish Steps and the Vatican City. As well as a bistro/bar, it also boasts a range of meeting rooms.
ibis Styles - Nairobi Westlands
AccorHotels has signed a management agreement for a new ibis Styles property in Nairobi. The move will see the Tune Hotel Westlands, Nairobi rebranded as the ibis Styles - Nairobi Westlands later this year. The 280-room hotel is located close to the city’s central business district and local business parks. It features a restaurant, Grab & Go coffee shop, bar and rooftop lounge.
Marriott Nepal debut
Marriott International has made its debut in Nepal with the opening of the Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu. Located in the commercial neighbourhood of Thamel, the property features 115 rooms, a 24-hour restaurant, a fitness centre and two meeting rooms, each large enough for 10 guests.
Etihad boosts JFK
Etihad Airways has upped capacity on its Abu Dhabi-New York JFK route. The carrier has switched aircraft on its second daily flight between the two cities from a B777-300ER aircraft to an A380.
Art Series Melbourne
A new Art Series Hotel will open in Melbourne later this year. Art Series Hotel, The Chen, inspired by Chinese Australian artist Zhong Chen, is part of the Whitehorse Towers project in Box Hill. When it opens in November, the property will feature 100 rooms, four food and beverage options, a rooftop swimming pool and gym as well as a range of meeting and event spaces.
Marriott International has opened a new upmarket hotel in Kazakhstan. Located in the country’s capital, the 157-key Ritz-Carlton Astana features a choice of three dining venues, a spa, dry and steam saunas, a swimming pool and fitness centre as well as three meeting rooms, two boardrooms and a 1,000 sqm ballroom.