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Weekly Roundup of News: July 18, 2021

IHG announces signing of Intercontinental Riyadh King Fahed Road

Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts (IHG) has announced the signing of InterContinental Riyadh King Fahed Road, as part of a Master Development Agreement (MDA) with RIVA Development Company via its wholly owned subsidiary RIVA Hospitality for Hotel Services Company.

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Lebanon relaxes travel restrictions on passengers coming from several countries including India

Lebanon has announced that it has relaxed travel restrictions on passengers coming from several countries including India.

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Hyatt announces the opening of Hyatt Regency Tokyo Bay

Hyatt Hotels Corporation today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Tokyo Bay.

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Marriott’s Fairfield brand debuts in Vietnam with the opening of Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong

American hospitality chain Marriott has announced the debut of one of its 30 brands, Fairfield by Marriott, in Vietnam with the opening of Fairfield by Marriott South Binh Duong.

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Porter Airlines orders up to 80 Embraer E195-E2s for expanding across North America

Canada-based Porter Airlines has announced that it will add up to 80 Embraer E195-E2s to its fleet to expand across North America. According to the airline, these aircraft will enter into service starting in the second half of 2022. The announcement comes after the airline announced that it will resume flight services across Canada from 8th September 2021, after a year of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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flydubai announces flights to Salzburg and Naples

Dubai-based carrier flydubai has announced flights to Salzburg in Austria and resumption of flights to Naples in Italy. The carrier had announced flights to Naples from 1st July 2021 but has since decided to postpone the route.

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India: Negative COVID-19 report and prior registration required to enter Uttarakhand

In order to control the influx of tourists visiting the Indian state of Uttarakhand, the state government has decided to impose certain restrictions in popular hill stations like Mussoorie and Nainital.

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United Airlines eyes flying electric aircraft by 2026

United Airlines has announced that it has signed agreement to acquire 100 of Heart Aerospace’s ES-19 aircraft, a 19-seat electric airliner that has the potential to decarbonize regional air travel.

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Indian airlines schedule flights to Maldives as the country reopens

Various Indian airlines have scheduled flights to the Maldives as the country is reopening once again to tourists from South Asian countries including India.

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Hilton to open its largest hotel in Asia-Pacific in Singapore in January 2022

Hilton has announced that it is set to launch its largest hotel in Asia Pacific with the opening of the 1,080-room Hilton Singapore Orchard in January 2022. Let’s see what will Hilton’s largest property in Asia-Pacific have.

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Buy Onboard returns to British Airways’ short-haul flights

British Airways (BA) has today announced that it will bring back Buy Onboard feature to its short-haul flights from London Heathrow.

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MakeMyTrip launches ‘Trip Guaranteefeature

Online travel platform MakeMyTrip Las launched ‘Trip Guarantee’ feature to help passengers discover and book last-minute alternate travel and financing options in case the train ticket remains unconfirmed before chart preparation, during these uncertain times.

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Delta Airlines to buy 36 used aircraft amid travel demand recovery

Delta Airlines has announced that it is purchasing 36 used aircraft as it ‘continues to streamline and modernize its fleet’. 29 of these 36 aircrafts are Boeing B737-900ERs while the remaining seven are Airbus A350-900s.

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United Kingdom adds Bulgaria and Hong Kong to green list; Balearic Islands back on Amber list

The government of United Kingdom has published the latest update to its traffic light travel lists, published one day before its usual slot for the week.

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IHG’s voco-brand debuts in the Netherlands with the opening of a property in The Hague

Intercontinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) premium collection brand, voco Hotels, has opened its first property in The Netherlands. voco The Hague sees quintessential Dutch design and voco’s unstuffy style come together in the royal and administrative capital of Den Haag (as it’s known in Dutch).

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Accor announces the signing of SO/ Maldives

Accor has announced the signing of a hotel management agreement with S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited and Wai Eco World Developer Pte. Ltd. (WEWD) to introduce SO/ Hotels & Resorts to Maldives.

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Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala is now welcoming guests

Radisson Blu’s newest property in India, the Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is now welcoming guests. Let’s find out more about the hotel.

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SpiceJet’s inaugural Rajkot-Goa flight takes off

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has today operated its first flight on the Rajkot-Goa-Rajkot route. With this, Rajkot has now become the 3rd city in the Indian state of Gujarat to be connected to Goa with a nonstop flight.

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Avelo Airlines announces nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Santa Rosa

Avelo Airlines is expanding its Bay Area service with the addition of only nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Santa Rosa.

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Cathay Pacific unveils Airbus A321neo with new Regional Business Class seats

Hong-Kong based Cathay Pacific has unveiled its first Airbus A321neo with all-new Regional Business Class seats.

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Sky Express to launch flights to London Heathrow

Greek airline Sky Express has announced flights between Athens and London.

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easyJet to resume flights between Aberdeen and Manchester

easyJet has announced the resumption of flights between Aberdeen and Manchester. The announcement comes after the removal of Scottish Government restrictions. The service was due to take off on 9th July but was withdrawn from sale following the announcement of the non-essential travel ban between Scotland and Manchester. But now that the government of Scotland has removed restrictions, easyJet will once again fly between the two cities starting in August.

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IHCL opens Pilibhit House, an IHCL SeleQtions hotel in Haridwar

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has today announced the opening of Pilibhit House, an IHCL SeleQtions hotel in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

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Scoot Airlines to operate fifth-freedom flights between Athens and Berlin

Singapore airlines’ subsidiary Scoot Airlines is set to operate fifth-freedom flights between Athens and Berlin. What’s interesting is that the airline is offering prices cheaper than European low-cost carriers (LCCs).

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Flair Airlines announces low-cost flights to the United States (Update)

Flair Airlines has now put its all-new flights to the United States on sale, for anyone interested in booking a flight. Below you can find the original post from 9th July 2021.

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Virgin Atlantic to reopen Clubhouse lounge at New York JFK airport

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it is reopening its Clubhouse lounge at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport from 19th July 2021.

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Hilton opens Doubletree by Hilton Gurugram Baani Square

Hilton has opened its newest hotel in India, the DoubleTree by Hilton Gurugram Baani Square. The hotel is a conversion of the former Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon Baani Square. With this opening, Hilton now has nine DoubleTree by Hilton properties in India.

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WizzAir postpones the launch of Cardiff base until Summer 2021

WizzAir has postponed the launch of its new base at Cardiff Airport until Summer of 2022. The European low-cost carrier announced plans for the new base in December 2020, with nine routes to destinations including Alicante, Faro, Larnaca and Tenerife having been set to launch in March this year.

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LXR Hotels and Resorts debuts in Seychelles with the opening of Mango House

LXR Hotels and Resorts, Hilton’s collection of independent luxury properties, has announced the opening of Mango House, Seychelles, which the group describes as ‘an intimate and exclusive island oasis promising a captivating, yet refined Seychellois experience on southern Mahé’s unspoiled beachfront’.

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Etihad Airways launches flights to Vienna

Flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, has launched flights to Vienna, Austria which is widely known as the City of Music.

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