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April 2014 Travel News & Alerts

01 April 2014

Embassy Closures for April

The following embassy's will be closed during the month of April:

1) Vietnam Embassy – 9 April 2014

                                18 April 2014

                                30 April 2014

2) India Embassy - 14 April 2014

3) Indonesian Embassy – 9 April 2014

Delta introduces Sleep Kits in Economy Class

Delta Air Lines introduced new sleep kits and several updated amenities for passengers seated in the Economy cabin on long-haul international flights. Sleep kits will be offered to each customer by flight attendants and will include individual eyeshades plus earplugs to help customers get better rest when travelling between continents. 

This summer, customers flying in domestic First Class as well as the Economy cabin on domestic and international flights will be offered newly upgraded earbuds that will be theirs to keep for use with Delta's seatback entertainment systems. Delta is the only U.S. carrier to offer personal, on demand entertainment at every seat on all long-haul, international flights. 

"Delta continues to focus on making travel better by introducing amenities that our customers find both helpful and comforting when they travel," said Joanne Smith, Delta's senior vice president – In-flight Service. "Adding new items in Economy on international flights improves the quality of the product and helps our customers arrive at their destination rested, entertained and refreshed."

IHG Signs Two New Hotels in London

InterContinental Hotels Group has expanded its portfolio of hotels in London with the signing of the Hotel Indigo London - Barbican and Holiday Inn - Watford Junction.  

As a result, over the last nine months IHG signed all six of its current European brands into its Greater London pipeline, further reinforcing IHG’s presence in the UK’s capital. 

The two new signings join the InterContinental London - The O2, Crowne Plaza London - Albert Embankment, Staybridge Suites London - Vauxhall and Holiday Inn Express London – Ealing. 

Angela Brav, CEO Europe, IHG said, “IHG already has a significant presence in Europe. Signing all six of our current European brands in Greater London is just fantastic and demonstrates the continued momentum in the market. We see plenty of room to grow here and these signings demonstrate the ability of our brands to penetrate markets across Europe both old and new. IHG’s relationship with our owners is absolutely key in maintaining long-term sustainable development and I’m thrilled to see us all growing together.”  

Due to open this summer, Holiday Inn Watford Junction will be a 92 -room property operating under a franchise agreement with Nine Hospitality Ltd. Featuring the Holiday Inn Open Lobby, the hotel’s location is anticipated to attract a healthy mix of leisure and corporate guests. 

Pan Pacific Opens Second Parkroyal Hotel in Myanmar

Pan Pacific today opened its second hotel in Myanmar, the Parkroyal Nay Pyi Taw.

The opening makes Parkroyal the first international hotel brand in Myanmar to have a presence in two major cities – the commercial centre, Yangon, and the administrative seat of the government, Nay Pyi Taw. 

Set within spacious landscaped gardens, the 180-room Parkroyal Nay Pyi Taw opens with 90 rooms, with the remainder expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. 

The hotel offers an all-day dining restaurant, spa, gym, swimming pool and a range of meeting facilities. 

Nay Pyi Taw is the third largest city in Myanmar and, as the capital, is expected to host a prestigious line-up of international events, starting with the ASEAN Leadership Forum in May.

Korean Air Opens New Lounge at Los Angeles Airport

Korean Air opened a new lounge for Prestige and First class passengers and the twenty SkyTeam customers at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), one of the biggest gateways in the west coast of USA. 

Located on the fifth floor in the Tom Bradley International Terminal of the Los Angeles Airport, the new lounge was designed by Gensler, a global integrated architecture and design firm which has contributed many innovative design projects for airport facilities around the world. 

The new 305 seat, 1,320 square-meter lounge is 68% larger and can accommodate 135 more passengers. Furthermore, the lounge offers exclusive services for passengers, including four private lounge rooms and shower booths, a lounge balcony offering panoramic views of the entire Terminal, and a luggage depository area.

Singapore Airlines to fly A380 to India from May

Singapore Airlines Monday became the first airline to announce A380 flights to India, more than two months after the country's aviation regulator allowed operations of the world's biggest passenger plane into the country.  

Starting May 30, the airline will operate two daily flights each or a total of 28 weekly flights to the airports of Mumbai and Delhi--the two busiest in India--on the jumbo jet.  

The flights will replace those currently operated by Boeing 777 planes to the two planes to the two cities.  

Bringing the A380--which usually has the most luxurious interiors among planes--to India will mean Singapore will manage to derive a premium on its services. The airline is however limited by bilateral agreements from getting as big a chunk of the market as the jet usually offers.

Revision of Airfares for Singapore Airlines

Please be informed that Singapore Airlines will be revising airfares on selected destinations from 1st May 2014.

To ensure current rates still apply, all tickets must be issued by 6pm on 30th April 2014.

For further information please contact your travel manager

Runway Maintenance at Dubai International Airport

To continue in its efforts to increase safety and efficiency, Dubai International Airport (DIA) will be carrying out runway and taxiway maintenance from 01 May to 20 July 2014. Some airlines will split their operations between DIA and Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International (DWC). Disruption to travel times and transits will be kept to a minimum where possible.