Executive Travel in Asia This Week

SYDNEY, Australia, Jan. 12 /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.

PARK PLAZA BEIJING WANGFUJING SOFT OPENS

BEIJING – The Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing has soft opened, becoming Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts’ first hotel in China. Situated in the capital city’s Wangfujing commercial and shopping district, the hotel is close to famous tourist sites such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. With 216 rooms, Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing offers business guests private dining facilities, wireless internet access in public areas and the Park Plaza Club lounge. The hotel also boasts a business centre with full business services, audio visual equipment and three meeting rooms.

www.parkplaza.com/beijingcn
SHERATON DONGGUAN HOTEL ADDS 100 MORE ROOMS

DONGGUAN – Sheraton Dongguan Hotel in China’s Guangdong province has added 100 rooms, boosting its total number of rooms to 500. The new rooms come with the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, high speed internet access, satellite channels, in-room laptop-size safe and Star Service. Located in Dongguan’s busy ??? District, the hotel is within an hour from Guangzhou International Airport, 35 minutes from Shenzhen Baoan International Airport and a 90 minute ferry ride from Hong Kong and Macau.

www.sheraton.com/dongguan
AIR CANADA TO BEGIN TORONTO-SHANGHAI NON-STOP FLIGHTS

TORONTO – From June 16th, Air Canada will launch a non-stop flight between Toronto and Shanghai. The carrier will operate three non-stop services per week between Toronto and China’s financial hub. With an elapsed time of 14 hours 45 minutes westbound and 13 hours 40 minutes eastbound, the airline’s new flight will save travellers over 3 hours in each direction compared to the Vancouver routing. The service will depart Toronto on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays arriving in Shanghai the following day.

www.aircanada.com/

QANTAS TO OPERATE EXTRA LA-SYDNEY FLIGHTS, BEGINS FLIGHTS TO BEIJING

SYDNEY – Starting from March 31st, Qantas will add additional non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Sydney. The Friday flights feature the Skybed business class sleeper seat and add over 1,200 seats monthly to the airline’s present schedule. Meanwhile, the Australian carrier has started three non-stop flights per week from Sydney to Beijing to add to its four weekly services to Shanghai. The Australian airline expects to offer daily flights to both Chinese cities within two years.

www.qantas.com.au/

INDIA’S AIR SAHARA LAUNCHES LONDON HEATHROW-NEW DELHI FLIGHT

NEW DELHI – Air Sahara on January 6th commenced direct flights from London Heathrow to New Delhi. The flight is operated with a Boeing 767 aircraft, which has 10 Business Class Premium seats and 32 Business Class seats.

www.airsahara.net/
SINGAPORE AIRLINES TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO ABU DHABI

SINGAPORE – From March 1st, Singapore Airlines will begin a three times per week flight service to the United Arab Emirates destination of Abu Dhabi. The services will depart Singapore on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays arriving at Abu Dhabi on the same day. From there, they will continue on to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

www.singaporeair.com.sg/

QANTAS LAUNCHES SPECIAL FARES FOR TRAVEL BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND AUSTRALIA

SINGAPORE – Qantas is offering reduced rates for flights between Singapore and Australia. Fares are available with up to 40 per cent off published rates. They include the Good Vibrations Festival (February to March), Romance Under the Stars (26 February), Raw. Creative. Colourful. Its Mardi Gras! (3 February to 4 March), Street Arts Galore in Adelaide Fringe (24 February to 19 March), A Wining and Dining Winter Wonderland (June), Whale Watching and Other Sea Activities (January through June). The sale finishes on January 23rd, with airfares valid for travel from February 6th to June 20th.

www.qantas.com.au/
ASIA DOMINATES LONELY PLANET LIST OF 2006 TRAVEL HOTSPOTS

SYDNEY – Asia has entered the Lonely Planet’s inaugural Bluelist with a bang, with China topping the `Countries on the Rise’ category and Shanghai taking out the number one spot for `Cities on the Rise’. The independent travel information company’s new annual book `Lonely Planet Bluelist 06-07′, compiles information on the world’s most popular travel destinations and gadgets. Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, made a strong debut on the list, taking out third place for cities on the rise. In other categories, Thailand ranks as the world’s best destination for food, India has the best beach to swing a hammock, Japan has the world’s best drink, while Australia has the world’s best road-trip.

www.lonelyplanet.com/

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