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Weekly Roundup of News: November 28, 2021

Qantas to add new flight between Melbourne and Delhi

Qantas has announced that it will launch new flights between Melbourne and Delhi. The announcement comes after the airline recently announced a comeback in India after nearly a decade with flights from Sydney to Delhi.

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Marriott announces the opening of The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail

Marriott has announced the opening of The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail in the Rocky Mountains. The resort marks Marriott International’s only Luxury Collection alpine resort in North America.

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Now Open: Hotel Indigo Belgrade, Serbia

IHG has announced the opening of Hotel Indigo Belgrade, Serbia.

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Lufthansa to offer additional paid snacks in Economy Class on long-haul flights

Lufthansa has announced that it will offer additional paid snacks in Economy Class on long-haul flights starting in December 2021.

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Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines expand codeshare agreement

Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines have announced that they will expand codeshare agreement.

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Singapore Airlines announces Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from India

Singapore Airlines has announced Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights to 3 destinations in India. The announcement comes after the signing of an agreement between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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IHG announces the signing of Kimpton Khao Yai in Thailand

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Kimpton Khao Yai in Thailand. This is the third Kimpton signed by IHG following the brand’s debut in 2020. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants is one of the 6 brands in IHG’s Luxury and Lifestyle Collection.

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Indigo to operate VTL flights in Chennai-Singapore route

Indigo has announced that it will operate Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights on Chennai-Singapore route. The announcement comes after Singapore reached an agreement with India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation on the resumption of scheduled commercial passenger flights and India announced an air bubble agreement with Singapore.

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Accor announces the launch of its newest brand, Emblems Collection

Accor has announced the launch of its newest brand, Emblems Collection, with the signing of the brand’s flagship hotel in Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection, in Guizhou province.

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Emirates signs codeshare agreement with airBaltic

Emirates has signed a codeshare agreement with airBaltic to offer passengers enhanced connectivity to/from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Finland.

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Ryanair to open a new base at Madeira Airport

Low cost carrier Ryanair has announced that it will open a new base at Madeira Airport in Portugal. Madeira will be the airline’s fifth base in Portugal.

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New Zealand to reopen to international travellers in April 2022

The government of New Zealand has announced that it will reopen the country’s borders to fully vaccinated international travellers in April 2022, after almost 2 years of strict border restrictions.

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Anantara Hotels announces the addition of Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel to its portfolio

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas has announced the opening of Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel. This is the brand’s debut property in Hungary and continues its expansion in Europe.

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India to resume regular international flights from 15th December 2021

The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation has today announced that India will resume regular international flights from 15th December 2021, barring 14 countries.

Note: The government of India has announced that it is once again reviewing the situation amid concerns of new Omicron variant of COVID-19 and will announce whether or not it will resume international flights in the near future.

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Finnair boosts flights to London Heathrow

Finnair has announced plans to boost frequency of flights and increase capacity to United Kingdom and Ireland from Helsinki, Finland.

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UK reintroduced Red List with 6 African countries present in it

The government of United Kingdom has reintroduced ‘Red List’ with 6 African countries present in it as added by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). This comes amid concerns over new COVID-19 variant – B.1.1.529.

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Hilton announces the signing of Waldorf Astoria Osaka and Conrad Chongqing

Hilton has announced the signing of Waldorf Astoria Osaka in Japan and Conrad Chongqing in China. The two management agreements, inked with Orix Real Estate Corporation and Chongqing Jiafa Industrial Co., Ltd. respectively, add two properties to the company’s storied portfolio of luxury hotels in Asia Pacific.

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Singapore Airlines launches ‘Flight Pass’

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced the launch of ‘Flight Pass’, a new product that will allow passengers to make advance purchases of discounted bundles of flight tickets that can be used against future bookings.

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IHG announces the opening of Hotel Indigo Springs-Woodlands Area

IHG has announced the opening of Hotel Indigo Spring-Woodlands Area in Texas, United States, thus expanding its boutique lifestyle offering in the southern U.S..

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United Kingdom to require all arriving passengers to self-quarantine

Countries around the world are tightening their border restrictions amid concerns of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 and United Kingdom is no different. The United Kingdom has announced that it will require all arriving passengers to self-quarantine. The announcement comes after the UK added 6 African countries to its Red List.

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Singapore Airlines signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Garuda Indonesia

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Garuda Indonesia. This will allow the ‘carriers to explore a wide-ranging commercial partnership that provides their customers with additional options and an enhanced travel experience’.

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Hilton Garden Inn debuts in Australia with a Albany hotel

Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Albany, the brand’s debut hotel in Australasia. The 5-storey hotel, overlooking the Albany Waterfront Marina, is owned by Foreshore Management.

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