Executive Travel in Asia This Week

SYDNEY, Australia, Feb. 2 /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.

THE ORIENTAL, BANGKOK LAUNCHES 130TH ANNIVERSARY PROMOTION

BANGKOK – To mark its 130th anniversary this year, The Oriental, Bangkok has launched a special 130 Reasons Anniversary Package. It includes, among other things, three night accommodation, daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, a dinner for two, afternoon tea set for two, chauffeured limousine, and a BBQ Dinner buffet for two. The package is priced at: for two persons sharing room US$1,800++, for one person US$1,500 ++, up to March 31st and October 16th-December 15th. For April 1st to October 15th the package is priced at: for two persons sharing room US$1,600++, for one person US$1,300++

www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/
JW MARRIOTT PHUKET RESORT & SPA LAUNCHES PROMOTION

PHUKET – The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has launched a special promotion, valid until October 31st. Guests checking in on a Sunday for 3 nights or more will receive complimentary breakfast for two and private limousine round trip airport transfers valued at over US$100. Rates begin from US$175 per night.

www.phuket.com/marriott/

PHILIPPINE HOTEL PERSONNEL NAMED #1 IN WORLDWIDE SURVEY ON SERVICE

MANILA – In terms of contentment of guests at hotels around the world, the Philippines is achieving the highest levels of service, according to the Market Metrix Hospitality Index survey for the third-quarter of 2005. Philippine hotels and resorts ranked number one in delivering a premier level of satisfaction, with a mark of 89.9 per cent. The results, noted Philippine Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano, underscores “the high premium and value we place on all our visitors. There is an unwavering commitment to give leisure and business travelers a superior overseas experience when visiting our islands.”

www.wowphilippines.com.ph
QATAR AIRWAYS BOOSTS FREQUENCY ON DOHA-SHANGHAI ROUTE

DOHA – Qatar Airways has increased frequency on its Doha-Shanghai route with the introduction of a fourth weekly scheduled flight. It flies from Doha to Shanghai on Thursday nights, returning to the Qatar capital on Saturday morning. The carrier is also set to begin daily services to Hong Kong on March 26th.

www.qatarairways.com/

AIR NEW ZEALAND TO LAUNCH DAILY SAN FRANCISCO SERVICE IN JUNE

SYDNEY – Air New Zealand will increase its Auckland-San Francisco flight to a daily service from June. First introduced with a frequency of three non-stop services a week in June 2004, the route’s popularity saw services being doubled to six times weekly less than six months later, the airline said.

www.airnewzealand.com/
PACIFIC BLUE SLASHES AIRFARES IN FIJI

SUVA – Pacific Blue, the sister of low cost carrier Virgin Blue, has announced special fares out of Fiji. Fares bought from January 22nd to February 28th to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne from Nadi have been reduced to as low as FJD$210 (US$122) plus taxes one way. Travel must occur between January 24th to June 30th.

www.virginblue.com.au/
AIR CANADA FILES TO FLY LOS ANGELES-SYDNEY NON-STOP

TORONTO – Air Canada will seek regulatory approval to begin daily Toronto-Los Angeles-Sydney flights. Services would start in the first half of 2007. With an elapsed westbound time of 21 hours and 15 minutes, the airlines’s Toronto-Sydney flights via Los Angeles would offer the fastest elapsed time of any airline from eastern Canada to Australia.

www.aircanada.ca/

VALUAIR LAUNCHES FLIGHTS BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND BALI FROM JUST SIN$88

SINGAPORE – Singapore-based low-cost carrier Valuair, sister company of Jetstar Asia, has begun a three-times per week service to the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Flights leave on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday, with fares to Bali from S$88 (US$54). Return flights are on either Sunday or Tuesday.

www.jetstarasia.com/valuair/

NOK AIR TO LAUNCH DAILY FLIGHTS BETWEEN BANGKOK AND TRANG IN SOUTHERN THAILAND

BANGKOK – Thai carrier Nok Air has commenced a daily flight from Bangkok to Trang. For passengers flying between February 1st and March 31st, prices range from THB1,550 (US$39) to THB2,450 net one way.

www.nokair.co.th/
AIR ARABIA TO INCREASE FLIGHTS TO ALEXANDRIA

SHARJAH – Sharjah-based Budget airline Air Arabia has boosted services to Alexandria to two flights per day over the summer period. The carrier has also added the Afghan capital of Kabul as a destination, with four services per week starting this summer.

www.airarabia.com/
JET AIRWAYS LAUNCHES DIRECT FLIGHTS TO TRIVANDRUM

NEW DELHI – India’s Jet Airways has launched direct flights on its Bangalore-Trivandrum-Bangalore and Chennai-Trivandrum-Chennai sectors. The services will provide connections to Delhi and Mumbai passengers to reach Trivandrum in the morning either via Chennai or Bangalore. There will also be an early morning Pune-Bangalore flight and an evening Bangalore-Pune flight.

www.jetairways.com/

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