KUALA LUMPUR – Ritz-Carlton has entered an agreement with AJ Resorts Sdn Bhd to open an oceanfront Ritz-Carlton luxury resort on the island of Langkawi in 2015. It will offer 132 rooms, including 42 villas, with restaurants offering Malay, Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisine. www.ritzcarlton.com (ATI).
BANGKOK – The Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit is offering full-day meeting packages at Bt1,100 net per person through to October 31. The package includes meeting room use from 8.am to 5.pm, AV equipment, internet access, stationery and meeting kit, lunch at The SQUARE, morning and afternoon coffee breaks and a 45-minute cocktail reception at Dee Lounge. Half-day packages are available at Bt800 net per person. www.novotelbangkokploenchit.com/meeteing-events/ (ATI).
SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines is to code-share on Asiana-operated flights beyond Seoul to Honolulu, Seattle and Los Angeles. The two airlines have been code-sharing since 2005 on flights between Singapore and Seoul-Incheon. Asiana also code-shares on SIA-operated flights beyond Singapore to Jakarta, Perth, Auckland and Cape Town. www.singaporeair.com (ATI).
TIANJIN – The 304-room Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin, is now taking guest and event bookings as it prepares to open on August 8. Introductory rates are RMB888 single and RMB988 double (plus 15% service tax) per night in a Deluxe River View Room with breakfast, 20% savings on laundry, and a treatment at CHI, The Spa.
DOHA - China Southern is now the third largest airline in the world for passengers carried, according to ratings released at the 70th IATA Annual General Meeting. First and second are the US carriers, Delta and Southwest Airlines, with 120.6 million and 115.3 million passengers respectively. China Southern is third on 91.5 million passengers, moving from fifth place in 2012.
BANGKOK – Thai International says all THAI flights will continue to operate as scheduled despite a curfew between 10 pm and 5 am across Thailand It says travellers are recommended to arrive at the airport three hours before scheduled departure time, and be prepared to offer travel documents for inspection if required during transit to the airport.