BEIJING - Air China will launch a new non-stop route between Beijing and Jakarta on September 26. The current service transits in Xiamen, with a total flight time of 9.5 hours. The new non-stop route, operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, will reduce the journey time to seven hours.
BEIJING - The cities of Beijing and Tianjin, along with Hebei province, will allow 144-hour visa-free entry for nationals from certain countries and regions by the end of 2017.
SINGAPORE - To celebrate ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Singapore Airlines have partnered to launch a regional travel campaign, “ASEAN Is More – First Stop Singapore.” The campaign will showcase Southeast Asia’s diverse destinations with specially curated leisure travel offers, which can be reserved until October 31 at http://www.rediscovernew.shangri-la.com/asean-50/about/, for stays until December 31, 2017. For flight offers, visit www.infinitejourneys.com
SYDNEY - Hilton today announced the signing of its first Hilton Hotels & Resorts branded hotel in Timor-Leste. Under a management agreement with The Lay Group, Hilton will manage Hilton Dili Palm Springs in the capital city of Dili. Construction of the 150-room hotel is due for completion by late 2018.
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines will increase its flight frequency to Paris to 10 weekly from seven during the Northern Winter operating season (October 29 - March 24). The three additional flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, starting October 30.
SIA has also entered a new codeshare agreement with Eurowings, the Dusseldorf-based subsidiary of Star Alliance partner, Lufthansa. The new codeshare partnership provides access to 15 routes on Eurowings-operated flights -
SYDNEY - According to the fourth annual 2018 Global Travel Forecast released by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association,, travel prices are expected to rise sharply in the coming year, reaching nearly 4% increase in some sectors.