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Weekly Roundup of News: October 17, 2021

United Airlines becomes first airline to introduce PayPal as inflight payment option

United Airlines has announced that it has introduced PayPal as inflight payment option becoming the first airline to do so.

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All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy welcomes first Autograph Collection Resorts

Marriott has announced that All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy has welcomed first Autograph Collection Resorts with 20 properties across Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, and Costa Rica.

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SWISS to launch flights to Beirut, Lebanon this winter

SWISS is expanding its network with new services to Beirut, Lebanon this winter.

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Hyatt announces plans for Hyatt Place Düsseldorf Mercedesstrasse at Tadao Ando Campus Tower

American hospitality chain Hyatt has announced plans for Hyatt Place Düsseldorf Mercedesstrasse at Tadao Ando Campus & Tower. This will be a franchise agreement with EuroAtlantic Group and will be the second Hyatt Place hotel in Germany, joining Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport.

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Qantas confirms plans to operate London flights via Darwin

Australian flag carrier Qantas has confirmed plans to operate London flights via Darwin. The confirmation comes after the airline brought forward the resumption dates of London and Los Angeles flights.

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Singapore Airlines to launch seasonal flights to Seattle and Vancouver

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will launch seasonal flights to Seattle and Vancouver. This marks the airline’s return to Canada after it suspended its Singapore-Seoul-Vancouver flights in 2009.

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Hyatt to rebrand Grand Hyatt New York under the Hyatt brand and reopen it in November 2021

Hyatt has announced plans to rebrand Grand Hyatt New York under the Hyatt brand and reopen it in November 2021.

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Mumbai Airport resumes operations from Terminal 1

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has announced that it has resumed operations from Terminal 1.


India removes cap on domestic flight capacity for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began

The government of India has announced that all of the domestic airlines in India will be allowed to operate flights at full-capacity from next week.

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Virgin Australia to resume flights to Fiji in December

Virgin Australia has announced plans to resume flights to Fiji in December.

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St. Regis Hotels and Resorts to double its Resort portfolio over the next 5 years

St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, solidifying its position as a leader in luxury, expects to “expand its existing portfolio of 15 curated resorts with plans to debut 11 new enchanted escapes by 2025 in some of the world’s most coveted leisure destinations, including locales most desired by the next generation of luxury travelers within the Caribbean, North America, North Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific”.

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Virgin Australia to launch 3 new routes to Gold Coast

Virgin Australia is continuing to expand its domestic network by launching 3 new services to Gold Coast in time for summer holidays.

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Air Canada announces highly-anticipated Montreal-Delhi flights, to increase Toronto frequency

Air Canada is expanding its India services. This includes the launch of highly anticipated Montreal-Delhi flights to cater to the growing Indian community in Montreal and increase in frequency of Toronto-Delhi flights. The announcement comes after the airline recently resumed flights to India following Canadian government’s decision to lift flight ban on India.

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Accor to debut its Pullman brand in Singapore in 2022

Accor, in partnership New Park Property Pte Ltd, has announced that it will open its first Pullman-branded hotel in Singapore in 2022.

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WizzAir to open a new base at Venice with 2 Based aircraft and 16 new routes

Low cost carrier WizzAir has announced that it is continuing its expansion in Italy by opening up a new base in Venice with 2 Based Aircraft and 16 new routes.

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United goes big: Announces 10 new international routes including 5 new destinations

United Airlines, in a very interesting way, has announced 10 new International Routes including 5 new destinations.

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Avelo Airlines announces a new route to Northern Colorado from Las Vegas

Avelo Airlines is on an expansion spree. Just a few days after the airline announced a new route between Los Angeles and Tucson, it has announced yet another new route, this time from Las Vegas.

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Marriott announces the signing of Westin São Paulo, the brand’s debut property in Brazil

Marriott has announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with Hotéis Deville to introduce the first Westin Hotels & Resorts in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Six Senses debuts in India with the opening of Six Senses Fort Barwara, Rajasthan

Six Senses, after a long delay, has finally opened its first property in India, Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan.

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Accor announces the opening of 20th ibis hotel in India, ibis Mumbai Vikhroli

Accor today announced the opening of 20th ibis hotel in India, ibis Mumbai Vikhroli. This is the first ibis hotel in India that will be part of ibis’ New Generation Design hotels.

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United States to reopen to international travellers from most countries on 8th November

The government of United States has announced that it will finally lift its travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travellers on 8th November 2021, opening land borders and air travel for millions of people.

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COMO Hotels to open its first property in France next year

COMO Hotels has announced that it will open its first hotel in France next year.

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Air Canada eyes resumption of flights to South America

Air Canada has announced that it will resume its flights to various destinations in South America in addition to increase in frequency of flights.

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Qantas to launch 2 new routes from Darwin to Far North Queensland

In a major boost to connectivity across Northern Australia, Qantas has announced that it will launch 2 new routes from Darwin to Far North Queensland next year.

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IHG to open a Holiday Inn Express hotel in Jaipur in 2023

IHG has announced that it has signed a management agreement with notable real estate developer, Dinesh Kumar Choudhary (HUF) for a new Holiday Inn Express hotel.

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