SAS to begin daily flights to Chicago and Shanghai

Jul 1, 2015

To meet increased demand for flights to USA and Asia, SAS is to begin daily flights from Stockholm to Chicago and a daily service from Copenhagen to Shanghai. The new departures are part of the SAS plan to expand its long haul fleet network that also includes opening all-new routes.

Earlier this year, SAS announced additional departures from Oslo and Stockholm to New York and from Copenhagen to San Francisco.

SAS now announces three additional weekly departures – two extra flights to Shanghai and one more to Chicago. This means a daily service is now available on both routes. The improved services will coincide with the opening of the winter traffic program in late October and means that in winter 2015/16, SAS will offer 108 weekly departures between Scandinavia and the USA and 50 weekly departures between Scandinavia and Asia.

“The Scandinavian market is demanding flexible travels with good schedules and frequent departures. These new daily flights together with our upgraded long haul fleet and extensive network mean we have an incredibly strong service offer to both the USA and Asia that we intend to further strengthen in the near future. We look forward to offering our customers new travel opportunities and giving them a warm welcome aboard both our new aircraft and aircraft with our new cabins,” says SAS President and CEO Rickard Gustafson, SAS.

In June, SAS announced plans to expand its long haul fleet. The first phase of expansion will enable daily flights to Shanghai and Chicago, and the full expansion plan will be announced in the near future.

The new departures from Copenhagen to Shanghai will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. The new departures from Shanghai to Copenhagen will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new departure from Stockholm to Chicago and return will be on Sunday.

Daily Flights

Daily flights will begin at the start of the winter traffic program, on 26th October 2015, the five routes below will all be upgraded to a daily year-round service:

Copenhagen – Shanghai
Copenhagen – San Francisco
Stockholm – Chicago
Stockholm – New York
Oslo – New York

SAS also offers long haul flights from Scandinavia to New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. In September 2015, SAS will open a new route from Stockholm to Hong Kong.

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Bangkok remains 2nd top global city destination – 1st in Asia-Pacific

Jun 4, 2015

For the second year in a row, Bangkok is predicted to be the world’s second top destination, and the number one in Asia-Pacific, with 18.24 million visitors expected to spend time in the Thai capital in 2015, according to the newly-released MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index. London ranked top city for the world with 18.82 million visitors. (You can visit both cities on the A380 from 1st July with Thai Airways).

Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Acting Governor and Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “This is absolutely great news, which could not come at any better time than now that Thailand is seeing a strong recovery in all tourist markets. I’d like to thank all concerned parties and stakeholders for their tireless efforts in building and reiterating the image of Bangkok, Thailand’s main gateway, as one of the world’s most popular tourist cities that is complete with both modern conveniences and old charms.”

The MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities from around the world in terms of international overnight visitor arrivals and spending. On the global scale for 2015, Paris ranked third with 16.06 million visitors, Dubai came fourth with 14.26 million visitors, and Istanbul was in fifth place with 12.56 million visitors.

Bangkok – Top Destination

When comparing among destination cities in the Asia-Pacific, Bangkok retained its position at number one, followed by Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, and Hong Kong. This ranking has remained unchanged since 2013 when the Thai capital became the first Asian city to top the global list.

In terms of spending, Bangkok ranked seventh in the world and third in the Asia-Pacific, with US$12.36 billion projected in international visitor expenditure for 2015.

Mrs. Juthaporn said, “This ranking as well as a number of awards and honours that Thailand and various Thai destinations, including Bangkok, have received so far this year will certainly motivate us to work harder to welcome tourists. Under our 2015 Discover Thainess campaign, we hope to share with all our international guests the Thai way of happiness through the various aspects of Thainess; such as, Thai food, Thai arts, Thai wellness, and Thai festivities.”

Thailand expects to welcome a total of 28 million visitors generating an estimated US$ 42 billion (1.4 trillion Baht) in 2015.

 

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Virgin Atlantic offer low fares to Caribbean but you better be quick

Jun 2, 2015

Virgin Atlantic are offering low fares for flights to the Caribbean but you need to book before the 9th June 2015. The airline is offering discounted fares on its direct flights to various Caribbean destinations from Gatwick and Manchester.

These low fares are available for passengers travelling in Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class. There are restrictions and specific dates when you can take advantage of these prices, we’ve included the prices and dates below.

The low fare prices start from £423 in Economy and flights need to be booked before the 9th June.

To check availability and prices just visit the Virgin Atlantic website.

Low Fares To Caribbean

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Economy Low Fares

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£55531 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£76524 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£76501 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£55504 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
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£48327 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£69318 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
£42327 Aug 15 – 22 Oct 15
£48323 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
£55401 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£55431 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£76424 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£76401 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£55404 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
ManchesterBarbados£47307 Sep 15 – 28 Sep 15
£46906 Nov 16 – 27 Nov 16
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£55427 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£76418 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
£49427 Aug 15 – 22 Oct 15
£55423 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
£55401 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£55431 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£76424 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£76401 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£55404 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
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£74119 Jun 15 – 10 Jul 15
£89112 Aug 15 – 22 Aug 15
£62123 Aug 15 – 31 Oct 15
£62101 Nov 15 – 03 Dec 15
£59130 Dec 15 – 31 Mar 16
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£55527 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£76518 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
£49527 Aug 15 – 22 Oct 15
£55523 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
£55501 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£55531 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£76524 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£76501 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£55504 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
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£55327 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
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£55301 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£55331 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£76324 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
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Premium Economy

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£94627 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
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£94601 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£94631 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
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£1,15601 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£94604 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
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£80327 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£1,01318 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
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£80323 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
£94501 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£94531 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£1,15524 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£1,15501 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£94504 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
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£94527 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£1,15518 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
£88527 Aug 15 – 22 Oct 15
£94523 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
£94501 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£94531 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
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£1,15501 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£94504 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
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£90123 Aug 15 – 31 Oct 15
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£97130 Dec 15 – 31 Mar 16
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£94627 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£1,15618 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
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£94623 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
£94601 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
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£80327 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
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£74327 Aug 15 – 22 Oct 15
£80323 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
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£1,15524 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£1,15501 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£94504 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
London GatwickGrenada£91504 May 15 – 26 Jun 15
£94527 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£1,15518 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
£88527 Aug 15 – 22 Oct 15
£94523 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
£94501 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£94531 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£1,15524 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£1,15501 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£94504 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
London GatwickJamaica£85101 May 15 – 18 Jun 15
£1,12119 Jun 15 – 10 Jul 15
£1,27112 Aug 15 – 22 Aug 15
£90123 Aug 15 – 31 Oct 15
£90101 Nov 15 – 03 Dec 15
£97130 Dec 15 – 31 Mar 16
London GatwickSt. Lucia£91604 May 15 – 26 Jun 15
£94627 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£1,15618 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
£88627 Aug 15 – 22 Oct 15
£94623 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
£94601 Nov 15 – 15 Dec 15
£94631 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£1,15624 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£1,15601 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
£94604 Apr 16 – 15 Apr 16
London GatwickTobago£91404 May 15 – 26 Jun 15
£94427 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15
£1,13418 Jul 15 – 26 Aug 15
£88427 Aug 15 – 22 Oct 15
£94423 Oct 15 – 31 Oct 15
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£94431 Dec 15 – 23 Mar 16
£1,13424 Mar 16 – 31 Mar 16
£1,13401 Apr 16 – 03 Apr 16
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Thailand Strengthens Bilatetal MICE Industry Ties With Germany

May 19, 2015

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization), or TCEB, has today unveiled the next step in its strategy to boost confidence among German and EU business events stakeholders in its Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions industry (MICE). This will have the aim of positioning the country as a gateway to success in ASEAN. The bureau is spearheading both global initiatives including the Thailand CONNECT The World, its MICE United II campaigns, and targeted initiatives for Germany. These initiatives include special financial subsidies of up to €25,000 for large corporate meeting groups and per head incentives for groups who engage in business matching activities, among others.

Promoting Thailand

The bureau reported that during the 2014 fiscal year – from October 2013 to September 2014 – a total of 919,164 business events visitors were attracted by Thailand’s endless choice of business destinations, global standards of service, and diverse business opportunities, generating revenue of €2.116 billion. As a top 10 source market contributing to the vibrancy of Thailand’s business events industry, European markets continue to show significant growth both in terms of visitor numbers and revenue.

The momentum continued to grow in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year – October 2014 to March 2015 – when Thailand welcomed 70,316 high quality visitors from Europe, who generated €172.4 million for the Thai economy. Germany ranked second in Europe by number of business event visitors to the country in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year with 7,860 visitors.

Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB’s President, commented on the close collaboration between the Thai and German business events sectors, stating that, “As the Thai government’s official flagship body for the business events sector, we are proud to build on the strong and long-standing relationship the between Thai and German MICE sectors, and showcase the country as a gateway to ASEAN success for German businesses.”

A core part of TCEB’s outreach to German business events stakeholders is Thailand CONNECT The World, an integrated campaign highlighting its unrivaled destinations, business prospects, and people. Under ‘Destinations’, the five top tier business event cities are showcased, offering limitless options both inside and outside the event venue. ‘Business’ highlights how, as a world leader in a range of industries, Thailand can harnesses regional integration to offer global prospects and opportunities to businesses seeking a springboard for AEC success. ‘People’ emphasises the proficient professionals who serve with effortless simplicity, gracious smiles and signature Thai service, as well as benchmark-setting industry standards.it

“Thailand CONNECT the World highlights how the diversity of destinations are enriched by world-class infrastructure and seamless connectivity, and it is a core part of our strategy to strengthen confidence in our MICE industry among German stakeholders. This is especially relevant after the recent official lifting of martial law, given the vastly improved political environment” Mr. Nopparat added.

The second key initiative is Thailand’s MICE United II, a strategic campaign with collaboration from nine public and private organisations, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It also includes Thai Airways International PLC, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association, the Bangkok Riverside Marketing Partnership, the Thai Exhibition Association, True Corporation PLC, the Bangkok Mass Transit System PLC and the TICA (Thai Incentive and Convention Association).

TCEB recently kicked off the first activity of its MICE United II by joining forces with TrueMove H and BTS Skytrain to introduce the Thailand CONNECT Welcome Package, designed to attract international MICE visitors to experience the Thai MICE industry, and strengthen the country’s position as a preferred MICE destination in Asia. The package comprises a special Thailand CONNECT edition BTS Connect SmartPass, and one-hour Free WiFi Trial by TrueMove H, with more than 100,000 True WiFi hotspots around the country.

Promoting Thailand MICE industry

To bring both of these core campaigns to life, TCEB has also launched a series of targeted, local promotions for German stakeholders.

The first is a special Meetings Bonus, which offers organizers generous financial subsidies for groups of 100 or more delegates who visit Thailand for three nights or longer to attend corporate meetings and incentives. Applications are open from now until 30 June, and travel needs to take place before 30 September. For groups of 200 or more, organisers will receive a subsidy of THB100,000 (€2,500), while larger groups of 500 or more will receive THB300,000 (€7,500), and organisers facilitating Mega Incentive Events with groups of 1,000 people or more are eligible for THB1,000,000 (€25,000).

TCEB is also reaching out to meeting and incentive organisers with the Thailand: Inspiring Destination campaign showcasing how they can add value to their business event in the country by elevating it to the next level with a range of fulfilling CSR activities. Whether at the beach – releasing turtles, cultivating coral, or renewing mangroves – in the city, volunteering at schools or reading for the blind, or in the mountains – building check dams, or aerial reforestation – delegates will conclude their visit feeling both personally and professionally fulfilled.

TCEB is also offering special incentives for conventions organisers and delegates, through the Convene and CONNECT in Thailand campaign, which features three key elements: CONNECT People, which encourages networking by enhancing organisers’ social events, with cultural support to the value of 50,000-100,000 baht (€1,250-€2,500) for between 100 and 300 people, and financial support for a cultural performance for 300 people or more. CONNECT Business helps organisers of events with at least 300 international delegates gain more attendees from ASEAN+6 countries, through support for up to three marketing activities per event, with maximum support of 200,000 baht (€5,000) per activity. Finally, CONNECT Destination offers delegates to all TCEB-supported conventions held in Bangkok in 2015 a welcome package that includes a BTS pass and Wi-Fi connection.

Lastly, TCEB has prepared special incentives for the exhibitions sector. As part of its role as a ‘one stop shop’ exhibition partner in ASEAN, TCEB is offering the ‘One to Goal’ package for organisers. With a mission to seamlessly coordinate the efforts of government and private sector partners to ensure successful exhibitions, support covers business matching through TCEB’s extensive database, in-depth industry research, networking, lead generation, marketing expertise across ASEAN, India and China, and more.

TCEB also revealed its confirmed lineup of corporate meetings and incentive travel groups from Europe, including groups from the UK, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Portugal and Spain, alongside upcoming exhibitions by German organiser Messe Düsseldorf, such as Bevtec Asia from 6-8 May, T-Plas from 26-29 August, Pack Print International from 26-29 August, Medical Fair Thailand from 10-12 September, and Wire & Tube Southeast Asia from 16-18 September. The country will also host THAIFEX, with collaboration between Koelnmesse & the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), from 20-24 May.

“We are confident that through a combination of our global initiatives including CONNECT The World and Thailand’s MICE United II, as well as targeted local initiatives such as those we’re presenting to German stakeholders, the Thai business events sector will continue to grow strongly in 2015. The country expects to welcome 1,036,300 business events visitors in 2015, generating revenue of approximately THB106.78 billion or €2.67 billion,” Mr. Nopparat concluded.

To enhance Thailand’s MICE industry in 2015 among German and EU business events stakeholders, TCEB organised the Ambassador Meeting at the Royal Thai Embassy in Berlin from 16-17 May to discuss the development of its MICE promotion in Europe.

Today, TCEB connects more than 100 European and German industry experts and media together in a series of simultaneous events during the “Thailand CONNECT the World: Germany Business Events Road Show 2015” in Berlin. From 19-21 May, TCEB is hosting the Thai Pavilion at IMEX Frankfurt 2015 in collaboration with 15 of the leading Thai business event entrepreneurs.

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Qatar Airways begin daily B787 flights from Doha to Edinburgh from 1st May

Apr 30, 2015

Qatar Airways will begin to operate daily direct scheduled flights from Edinburgh Airport to Doha’s Hamad International Airport from 1st May 2015, marking and celebrating a year since the successful launch of the original five services per week, with the additional frequencies reinforcing Qatar Airways’ commitment to Scotland.

The daily QR028 outbound service and QR027 inbound service, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will give passengers even greater access to more than 140 worldwide destinations served by Qatar Airways through its state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport.

The Dreamliner has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. All seats include individual television screens, with Economy Class customers benefitting from a screen 10.6-inches wide, offering the latest inflight entertainment comprised of up to  2,000 channels while experiencing the airline’s award-winning five-star service.

Qatar Airways Business Class on B787 flights from Doha to Edinburgh

Qatar Airways Business Class on B787 flights from Doha to Edinburgh

Travelling from Edinburgh, the route has this year allowed enhanced travel times from the Scottish capital to destinations around the world with just one smooth international transfer through Doha’s Hamad International Airport, without the need for any domestic transfers within the UK.

UK and Ireland Country Manager, Richard Oliver, said: “Offering a daily service to Edinburgh is a clear reflection of the popularity of this route since its launch in May last year. The new daily service will allow Qatar Airways to further support and promote Scotland’s leisure and business opportunities to different markets on our airline’s global network.”

Qatar Airways begin flights from Edinburgh to Doha

Mike Cantlay OBE, Chairman of VisitScotland said: “One of our main strategies is to partner with key global airlines and continue to further develop Scotland’s air connectivity. Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance and this exciting new daily service will make it even easier for millions of members from across Africa, Australia, Asia and the Middle East to come and visit Scotland.”

The most popular destinations for those using the flights from Edinburgh to Doha are predominantly in Asia, and Australasia, with journey times to Melbourne reduced from approximately 26 hours with two transfers, to just 20 hours with one quick international transfer at Hamad International Airport.

Hamad International Airport offers 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the airport as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, high street fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, the airport caters to passengers every taste. The terminal also features a unique airside swimming pool, gym, two squash courts and a hotel, all within a moments reach of the departure gates.

Flights from Edinburgh to/from Doha:

Daily Flights:

QR 028 departs Edinburgh (EDI) at 14:30; arrives Doha (DOH) at 23:30

QR 027 departs Doha (DOH) at 07:45; arrives Edinburgh (EDI) at 13:00

Edinburgh is Qatar Airways’ third destination in the UK, preceded by flights from London in 1997 and Manchester in 2003.

 

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Air New Zealand to use 787-9 Dreamliner for Fiji flights from November

Apr 21, 2015

Air New Zealand has announced it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland – Nadi route this summer (November – March) adding 8,000 more seats to their Fiji flights than last year.

When Air New Zealand’s revolutionary new Boeing 787-9 lands at Nadi International Airport on 27 November 2015 it will be the first time this aircraft has operated to the Pacific Islands.

8000 More Seats For Fiji Flights

Air New Zealand Chief Sales and Commercial Officer Cam Wallace says, “Fiji continues to be a hugely popular destination for Kiwis with the number of Kiwis travelling there growing steadily over the past three years.  We’re thrilled to be able to meet growing demand for Fiji as a destination with more seats and the exceptional Dreamliner experience.”

The Boeing 787-9 will initially operate two new services per week building to five during the peak mid-December to late January period.  In addition to this, there will also be an extra weekly A320 service added to the summer schedule to meet passenger demand.

The Boeing 787-9 services will initially operate on Saturdays and Sundays, with Fiji flights extending to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the peak. The additional A320 service will operate on Sundays.

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Air New Zealand to begin direct flights to Houston

Apr 16, 2015

Air New Zealand has today announced it will start flying to Houston, Texas from December this year, opening up a direct connection between New Zealand and America’s South for the first time.

The airline will fly its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week opening up the state of Texas as well as popular nearby tourist states such as Louisiana and Florida.

The new route is set to become the fastest way for Kiwis to get to popular East Coast and Midwest destinations, such as New York and Chicago.

Air New Zealand to open up North America

Today’s announcement means Air New Zealand will soon be offering direct services to five popular North American destinations – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hawaii and Houston.

Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said the airline is hugely excited to be adding Houston to its list of international destinations, particularly as the move comes hard on the heels of the airline’s recent announcement that it will also begin flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December.

“We are absolutely committed to expanding our Pacific Rim network.  Houston offers our customers direct access into the heart of the American South and a world of new tourism experiences.  Not only is Houston home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Mission Control and one of the world’s largest livestock shows and rodeos, it’s a great jumping off point for the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee; the jazz capital of New Orleans; and the resorts, theme parks and beaches of Florida.  Houston is also a key gateway for Mexico and the rest of Central America and the Caribbean.”

 “The great American road trip features on many bucket lists. The addition of Houston to our network will mean our customers can fly direct to Texas and then set out to explore one of the most vibrant and fascinating parts of American culture and experience down home southern hospitality through the food, music and sights of Texas and the American South.  It’s a great part of the USA for visitors to immerse themselves in and I know it’s going to have tremendous appeal for our customers.”

“We also look forward to welcoming more visitors to New Zealand from the southern and Midwest states and major East Coast cities where the option to connect through Houston will effectively make New Zealand’s tourism proposition more accessible than ever before.”

Air New Zealand will code share from Houston to other key USA domestic destinations as well as Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean with Star Alliance partner United Airlines, which has a large Houston based hub. United will code share on the Air New Zealand flight from Houston to Auckland and points beyond

Tickets are expected to go on sale next month, with flights commencing mid December.

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Spiceroads Launches Multi-Country Cycling #Tour from Saigon to Siem Reap

Mar 18, 2015

SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has been a leading cycling tour operator in Asia for more than a decade and now has launched a customisable private 9-day adventure from Saigon to Siem Reap. This cross-country tour gives a great insight into Southeast Asia, it’s culture, its scenery and its wonderfully friendly people.

So where does this cycling tour go?

The route
Commencing in Saigon the tour heads into Vietnam’s rice bowl and the Mekong Delta. The landscape is flat and lush and has many interesting Hindu and Buddhist temples and shrines to see on route.

It’s a little different for a cycling tour as you enter into Cambodia as it is by boat! You travel along one of Asia’s great rivers, the Mekong, to Phnom Penh. After enjoying the French colonial charms of the city, the tour then cycles towards Cambodia’s former capital, Oudong, and on to Kampong Thom. This part of the ride provides a look into rural Cambodia life – stilted houses, rice paddies, ox carts and the friendly Khmer people.

SpiceRoads Cycle Tours in Asia Saigon to Siem Reap

 Highlights of the tour

• Cycling through the heart of the Mekong Delta, down narrow roads and lanes, past banana plantations, fields of sugarcane, and hamlets, across rivers and through verdant vegetation
• Biking back in time through 1,000 years of Khmer history in its current and former capitals
• Learning how to identify the wares of boats by sighting samples hanging poles at the Cai Rang floating market
• Paying respect at the Killing Fields of Vietnam at Ba Chuc, where Pol Pot’s regime massacred over 3,000 Vietnamese and ethnic Khmers in 1978
• Cruising up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh from Chau Doc, relaxing while admiring the local daily life along one of Asia’s great rivers

SpiceRoads Cycling Tours Saigon to Siem Reap in Asia
• Enjoying views of rural Cambodia, with its stilted houses, rice paddies, ox carts and playing children, after a 400-step climb to the top of the former capital, Oudong
• Visiting the ancient pre-Angkorian temple site of Sambor Prey Kuk, built in the 7th century and one of the oldest temple sites in Cambodia
• Enjoying a local picnic lunch prepared by the local community in small wooden huts along the Stung Sen River
• Venturing through the entrance of the Angkor Wat complex to Ta Prohm, famous from the film Tomb Raider, overgrown by strangler fig and silk-cotton trees
• Imagining life in the 14th century Khmer empire while feasting on views of Angkor Thom, Bayon temple and the Terrace of the Elephants.
• Exploring the biggest religious Hindu edifice in the world – Angkor Wat, considered the masterpiece of Khmer architecture, and marvel at the carvings and bas-reliefs along its walls depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign

The tour ends at one of the great wonders of the world – Angkor Wat. Touring around the UNESCO World Heritage cultural site by bicycle is the perfect way to explore the splendid complexes and soak in the ambiance.

What you can see on the SpiceRoads Cycling Tour from Saigon to Siem Reap #Asia

But how hard is the cycling you may be asking yourself?

The Trip profile

There are 4 full and 2 half days in the saddle on this cycling tour travelling around 338km. The road surfaces on this tour are mixed with a combination of good quality tarmac, wide dirt tracks and broken roads that are sometimes badly potholed but easily navigable by bike. The terrain is predominantly flat. There are some long stretches of riding, up to 92km, but there will be a support vehicle following the group throughout the tour.

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Changi Transit Programme Partnership Extended For SIA SilkAir Passengers

Mar 16, 2015

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers transiting in Singapore can continue to look forward to a rewarding transit experience with the extension of the Changi Transit Programme in partnership with Changi Airport Group (CAG).

Changi Transit Programme

Under the extension of the Transit Programme (until the 31st March 2016) Singapore Airlines or SilkAir passengers who transit through Changi Airport, on either carrier, can redeem a Changi Dollar Voucher (CDV) of $20 or $40 value, depending on their point of origin. Singapore Airlines or SilkAir customers who are connecting on select Air New Zealand-operated flights to or from Auckland can also redeem the CDV.

Singapore Airlines’ Divisional Vice President Sales & Marketing, Mr Foo Chai Woo, said, “The Changi Transit Programme has been very well received by our customers since it was launched in October 2012. We are pleased to extend our successful partnership with Changi Airport Group as we work together to attract more customers to transit through Changi Airport and experience more of what it has to offer.”

Changi Transit Programme Partnership Extended For SIA SilkAir Passengers

Mr Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s Senior Vice President for Market Development, said: “Transfer traffic is a vital component of our air traffic which helps bolster Changi Airport’s position as a premier air hub in Asia. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to grow the Changi air hub through the extension of the Changi Transit Programme. With the range of different activities and facilities for transit passengers offered at Changi Airport, we would like to encourage more passengers to explore the airport and enjoy the Changi Experience during their layover.”

The CDVs are valid for one-time use at more than 510 retail, food and service outlets in the transit and public areas of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. They can also be redeemed for one-time access to the Ambassador Transit Lounge at Terminals 2 and 3 for up to four hours. Services at the lounge include showers, light refreshments and a wide range of reading materials.

Changi Transit Programme passengers can also look forward to amenities such as airport-wide complimentary WiFi, movie theatres and themed gardens while transiting at Changi Airport, where a convenient Skytrain transport system in both the transit and public areas provides easy access to all three terminals.

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BA Flight Offers and Discounted Holidays in Flash #Sale #BeQuick #Flights

Mar 13, 2015

If you are looking for more flight offers or special offers on holidays then you need to check out the BA Flash Sale that is on right now.

Book your trip travelling this spring to the USA, the palm-fringed shores of the Caribbean or stay closer to home on a beach break to Europe. and benefit from fantastic offers  These great offers only last until Tuesday 17th March 2015 so take advantage while you can.

Flight Offers: British Airways Flights and Holidays Flash Sale

British Airways Flights and Holidays Flash Sale

The World is on Sale

All the British Airways flights offered in the sale include free online check-in and seat selection 24 hours prior to departure. A selection of  special offers flights and holiday prices are shown below or to check  availability and prices just visit the BA World is on sale website page here.

Top Flight Offers:

– Tel-Aviv from £314 return

– Miami from £489 return

– Barbados from £515 return

– Singapore from £539 return

– Mumbai from £550 return

– Cape Town from £680 return

 

More Flight and Holiday Deals:

Barcelona Flights + 2 Nights at 2* Lami Hotel from £129pp

For travel between 13th April 2015 – 31st May 2015.

 

Mallorca Flights + 7 Nights at 4* Club Marthas from £189pp

For travel between 9th April 2015 – 17th May 2015.

 

Dubai Flights + 3 Nights at 4* Doubletree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah from £379pp

For travel between 13th April 2015 – 14th July 2015.

 

Kuala Lumpur Flights + 3 Nights at 3* Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpa Hotel from £419pp

For travel between 27th May 2015 – 30th Jun 2015.

 

Punta Cana Flights + 7 Nights at 4* Occidental Grand Punta Cana from £709pp

For travel between 1st May 2015 – 28th Jun 2015.

 

Mauritius Flights + 7 Nights at 3* Coin De Mire Attitude from £829pp

For travel between 1st Jun 2015 – 26th Jun 2015.

More flight and holiday special offers are available here – Be quick because these flight offers wont be around for long!

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