DOT, TIEZA, and CCP collaborate to build first Manila Cruise Port

The Department of Tourism (DOT),  the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) formally signed this October 10, 2017 the Memorandum of Agreement for the formulation of a feasibility study and master plan for the development and operation of a Cruise Port, a 5-hectare site owned bymore

Dream Cruises’ newest luxury ship World Dream to debut in China

HONG KONG – Genting Cruise Lines is set to launch World Dream, Asia’s newest luxury cruise ship from Dream Cruises, this November at her dual homeports in Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Nansha) to continue to grow the Pearl River Delta cruise industry and provide fly/cruise options for the region with new itineraries to Vietnam and themore

Plaza Premium and SATS to build lounge at Changi’s new T4

SINGAPORE – Plaza Premium Group has been awarded an airport lounge contract in partnership with SATS Airport Services by Changi Airport Group. Both partners are to jointly design, build, operate and manage a brand new lounge named Blossom – SATS & Plaza Premium Lounge (Blossom Lounge) as the only independent airport lounge in the new Terminal 4 (T4)more

Royal Caribbean to make 5 port calls into the Philippines in 2018

MANILA – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) continues to expand in Asia enjoying unprecedented growth. In an exclusive interview, Sean Treacy, managing director for Asia Pacific of Royal Caribbean International (RCI) said, ”It’s been a remarkable growth having started in Asia in 2007 with just 6 sailings out of Singapore aboard Rhapsody of the Seas, a 2,000-passengermore

Batik Air to drive new growth with Sabre as its first-ever GDS partner

INDONESIA – Batik Air, Indonesia’s full serviced expands reach and global network through its first GDS partner, Sabre. Indonesia has one of the world’s largest travel markets with a growing economy and affluence, creating an increasingly competitive landscape among local airlines. Batik Air is one of the two full-service airlines based in Indonesia which fliesmore

SuperStar Virgo debuts homeporting in Shanghai from July to November; ports of call to include Tokyo and Mt. Fuji

Shanghai, China  – Due to popular demand, Star Cruises  has enhanced its itineraries from Shanghai to meet International standards of 8-Day/7-Night voyages, now taking in the capital city of Tokyo and the iconic Mt. Fuji, two “must see” destinations in Japan, in addition to Osaka and Kagoshima. The new cruise season will begin on Julymore

Plaza Premium Lounge named best independent airport lounge

  Hong Kong – Plaza Premium Lounge, the world largest independent airport lounge network, is proud to receive the “World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge” accolade from Skytrax at 2017 World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show. Plaza Premium Lounge reaps a harvest of hard work in 2017 as their London Heathrow Terminal 2 (#1), Hongmore

Puregold unveils plane livery partnership with AirAsia

  Clark, Pampanga – Philippine retailer, Puregold Price Club Inc., is going full swing and taking its retail marketing from the ground to the skies with the forma launching of its new plane livery. In partnership with AirAsia, voted the world’s best low cost carrier for eight consecutive years and a proudly ASEAN airline, Puregoldmore

FlySafair enters global distribution with Hahn Air

Dreieich, 18th April 2017 – FlySafair, the South African low-cost carrier, entered into an agreement with Hahn Air to distribute its flights via travel agents worldwide. The airline’s inventory will be available for ticketing on the Hahn Air HR-169 document in all major Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) worldwide. Hahn Air is a German scheduled airlinemore

More air routes open courtesy of the DOT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) declared it to be a development that more air routes are being launched to improve air connectivity and boost domestic tourism, as well as international visitor arrivals in emerging tourist attractions. DOT Undersecretary Katherine De Castro made the assertion during the inauguration of two new Cebu Pacific flight routes, themore

Superstar Virgo is home

By Annlinh Alcid   Superstar Virgo (SSV), a flagship vessel of the star cruises embarked in Manila for the first time for March 19 til May 23 this year. Being the first cruise ship to homeport in our country, a welcome arrival ceremony was held in the South Harbor attended by government and private keymore

ITB China partners with China Eastern

 ITB China recently signed a corresponding partnership agreement with China Eastern as the first partner carrier. ITB China will take place from 10 to 12 May 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. This 3-day B2B trade show is an international offshoot of one of Messe Berlin’s most successful trade fairs. The event will take place annually and focusmore

Superstar Virgo to embark on March 19

The beginning of 2017 has been an exciting whirlwind of a time, as the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, Star Cruises, has kept the Philippines in joyful anticipation since the announcement of the first-ever homeport deployment of SuperStar Virgo to Manila this March 19 to May 23, 2017. With the Star Cruises promisemore

Vanilla Air inaugurates Tokyo-Cebu flights on Christmas Day

Budget carrier Vanilla Air celebrates the Christmas Day with the launch of its regular flights from Narita airport to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The unit of ANA holdings Inc. is the first domestic carrier to offer a regular daily round trip between Narita and Cebu. As more and more Japanese are going to Cebu to sightseemore

Sabre empowers PAL

  Sabre Corporation announced today that Philippine Airlines (PAL) will use AirVision Commercial Analytics in order to see daily revenue performance more consistently and accurately. This new solution simplifies and enables consistent decision making across several commercial planning divisions by bringing all the data to one place and in real-time. When airlines collect data, theymore

PAL sets to operate flights between Manila and Saipan

Philippine Airlines (PAL) formally announced yesterday to travel trade and media its 44th international destination – Saipan. Starting June 15, PAL will start its Manila-Saipan-Manila service to serve the needs of Filipino ‘kababayans’ who have long considered the flag carrier their ‘airline of choice’. “The service is much awaited by our countrymen working in the islandmore

Air New Zealand announces direct flights Manila-Auckland in December

Air New Zealand will further expand its Pacific Rim network with the launch of direct flights between Manila and Auckland, New Zealand from December. The new year round service will operate three times a week using Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a flight time of around 10 and a half hours in each direction. Air Newmore

Thai Airways mulls adding frequency in Manila

Thai Airways is looking at increasing its business in the Philippines to capture the growing outbound market, with the airline’s president saying to “at least maybe start off by increasing frequency” in Manila where it flies to Bangkok 10 times weekly. “It’s [the Philippines] one of the focus areas for sure because of the growth,”more

NAIA’s new transit lounge features capsule rooms

NAIA management and the group behind Networld Hotel formally opened the airport’s first-ever transit lounge at the fourth level of Terminal 3. The Wings Transit Lounge is operated by the Jipang Group of Companies, which is the concessionaire of three restaurants in NAIA, namely Le Amoretto, Let’s Chow Rice and Noodle Haus, and Kaishu Express,more

World’s first ‘resort’ airport up by 2018

President Benigno Aquino III led the ground breaking of the administration’s first airport public-private partnership project, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which will be transformed into the world’s first “resort” airport with triple its current capacity. Winning the auction for the 25-year PPP contract in 2014, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) will construct a new internationalmore


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