Emaar appointed hospitality partner to Expo 2020

Organisers of Expo 2020 today unveiled Dubai-based Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of global developer Emaar Properties, as its newest partner. One of the most successful homegrown hospitality groups in the Middle East, Emaar Hospitality Group will provide authentic experiences with a strong local flavour at various locations across the Expo 2020 site, including VIP clubs and […]


Qantas releases more reward seats to Hawaii

Qantas Frequent Flyers now have more opportunities to use their Qantas Points on redemption seats for flights between Sydney and Hawaii (Honolulu).  From August, Qantas has put the larger Boeing 747 aircraft on the route, replacing the Airbus A330 aircraft which currently flies between the two cities.  This means there are additional redemption seats available for booking.  […]

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Tourism Authority of Thailand names new Director in Mumbai

Ms Cholada Siddhivarn has been appointed as director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai. She and her team in Mumbai will cover western and southern India as well as Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The announcement was made at a recently held Open to the New Shades networking dinner in Mumbai. Ms. Cholada Siddhivarn was previously the director […]


How Charley’s Taxi in Honolulu made Uber speechless

Charley’s made Uber utterly speechless, and this is how. First of all, not all taxi companies are created equal. This becomes very clear when looking at the transportation industry on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. With almost 80% of ride shares falling under the likes of Uber and Lyft, and just a little more than 20% falling under taxis, […]

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Oman Air announces new codeshare with Lufthansa

Oman Air is extending its codeshare agreement with Lufthansa. Under the expanded codeshare agreement, passengers can now travel on Oman Air flights from Muscat International Airport and connect to Madrid, Brussels, Vienna and Prague from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs. The agreement offers travellers even better connectivity and an extended range of services between Muscat and Europe. Lufthansa will continue […]


All Nippon Airways launches new We Are Japan campaign

All Nippon Airways is airing a new communications platform in Europe – ‘We Are Japan’ – in a bid to capitalise on the growing spotlight shining on the country as it continues to prepare for the Olympic Games in 2020. The campaign reflects ANA’s ambition to use its Japanese spirit and growing network to create treasured memories for all its […]


Emirates welcomes flydubai passengers to loyalty programme

Emirates Skywards today replaced flydubai’s frequent flyer programme, Open, officially becoming the loyalty programme of both carriers. The alignment of the loyalty programme now allows Emirates Skywards members to also earn Skywards Miles and Tier Miles when travelling on both airlines. Former Open members can enrol into Emirates Skywards to continue earning Miles on flydubai. The alignment of the loyalty […]

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Dubai arrivals trajectory continues upward trend in early 2018

Dubai welcomed a record 8.1 million international overnight tourists during the first six months of 2018, representing a consistent increase on the same period last year. Figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing have confirmed the continued success of the emirate’s tourism sector, which at the end of 2017 was worth AED109 billion a year. A destination […]


Japan Airlines and China Eastern seek joint venture approval

Japan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue a joint business agreement. It is hoped the deal will improve customer convenience and enhance the quality of services provided by both carriers. In 2002, the two airlines began offering codeshare flight operations between Japan and China. To strengthen the partnership, JAL and China Eastern have […]


NTO and Japan Airlines offer Aussies the chance to

JNTO and Japan Airlines offer Aussies the chance to develop their ‘ikigai’ with a Canon Master in Japan Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has launched its latest digital campaign, ‘The Master’s Apprentice’ in partnership with Japan Airlines and Canon Australia. The exciting campaign gives aspiring Australian photographers the chance to pursue their ‘ikigai’ with a once-in-a-lifetime photography expedition through Hokkaido […]