Executive Travel in Asia This Week

SYDNEY, Australia, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ — The following weekly summary of news for business travellers in Asia and the Pacific was prepared by Asia Pulse (http://www.asiapulse.com/) the real-time, Asia-based wire With exclusive news, market intelligence and business opportunities.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES ADDS MORE FLIGHTS FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR

SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines is boosting flights to certain Asian destinations to meet higher demand over the Lunar New Year period between January 21st and February 6th. There will be five more flights between Singapore and Taipei while more than 3,000 extra seats will be available between Singapore and Penang with 10 additional services from January 24th to February 7th. The carrier will operate a supplementary flight to Kuala Lumpur on the 26th and 27th of January, if there is enough demand.

www.singaporeair.com.sg

AIRASIA TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO IPOH, TAWAU, KOTA BHARU AND SANDAKAN FROM JOHOR BAHRU HUB

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia will from February 6th commence flights to Ipoh, Tawau, Kota Bharu and Sandakan from its hub at Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru. The airline will operate 4 services per week to Ipoh and Tawau (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) and 3 flights per week to Kota Bharu and Sandakan (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday). AirAsia is also increasing flights to some present destinations; from Johor to Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Penang. The carrier will operate 10 flights per week to Kuching, 11 flights per week to Kota Kinabalu, and 10 flights per week to Penang.

www.airasia.com
AIR ARABIA TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO TEHRAN

SHARJAH – Sharjah-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia is launching flights from Sharjah to the Iranian capital Tehran, from February the 1st. The services will operate three times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays departing Sharjah at 10:50 to arrive in Tehran at 12:20 and departing Tehran at 13:05 to arrive in Sharjah at 15:45 local time.

www.airarabia.com

NEW ACCOR MANAGED INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE OPENS IN HYDERABAD

HYDERABAD – Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) has officially opened under Accor management. HICC offers convention and event organisers 291,000 square feet of primary meeting space with a capacity to seat 5,000 delegates. The purpose-built convention facility also offers 250,000 square feet of pre-function areas supported by 32 break out rooms. This can be raised to 6,500 delegates for special events. The adjoining Novotel Hyderabad, slated to open in March 2006, is the first new-built Novotel for Accor in India.

www.accorhotels.com
JW MARRIOTT SEOUL COMPLETES 5TH ANNIVERSARY RENOVATIONS

SEOUL – As part of the hotel’s fifth anniversary activities in 2006, the JW Marriott Seoul’s meeting and banquet spaces have undergone extensive renovations, to meet the needs of business travelers and meeting event planners. High speed internet, wireless access have been installed in event room floors and at all reception areas, with LCD projectors and screens standard features in all event rooms, including the Ballroom. All event rooms and the Grand Ballroom foyer now have video and audio links. Sound systems and acoustics have been improved with extra soundproofing.

http://marriott.com/
HILTON SANYA RESORT & SPA OPENS FOR BUSINESS

SANYA – The Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa has soft opened on Hainan Island, off the coast of mainland China. The grand opening of the hotel has been slated for 31 March 2006. It is the first Hilton Worldwide Resort in China and houses 501 rooms, suites and villas. To celebrate its opening the hotel is offering a rate of 940 yuan + (US$116.5) per room per night, which includes breakfast and room upgrade, valid until March 31st.

www.hilton.com

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