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By: E-travel Blackboard Asia  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Tourism, Airlines

With Asia-Pacific travellers in sight, Jetstar and Tourism New Zealand have committed to a three year marketing agreement to target visitors from Australia, Singapore, Japan and across the Asia region.

The high price of fuel is costing Singapore Airlines (SIA) millions, with the carrier reporting a 62 percent drop in net profits for the first half of the 2011-12 financial year compared to the corresponding period during the prior year.

Marriott International has just signed on for their 100th hotel in China, and set to open one hotel every month for at least the next 3 years.

Taking on board entertainment to the next level, Jetstar has commenced the roll-out of tailored iPads on board its aircraft.

AirAsia Japan, the first low-cost carrier out of the capital's Narita International Airport will add long-distance flights in 2013 in an attempt to attract budget travellers with inexpensive flights.

The European Union (EU) has called the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) pitch against a proposed emission trading system "disappointing", stating that the organisation should encourage States to work towards curbing aviation emissions.

Up to 2,000 tourists have been left stranded at the Lukla Airport in Nepal for over a week after thick fog caused airlift visibility issues from the mountain late last month.

Hotels in Abu Dhabi reported a 14 per cent year on year growth in guest numbers for the first nine months, expecting to hit 2 million by January.

Strategic Airlines has unveiled its new look and feel under the Air Australia brand, entering its first gold and green jet into service today.

Strengthening Changi's position as a major Asian gateway, this week the airport will make available an additional 280 weekly flights and 30,000 weekly one-way seats to Southern and Northern Asia.

Jetstar is appearing in a Federal court this week, in a matter concerning passenger Sheila King who is seeking a declaration that the airlines two's wheelchair policy is discriminatory.

Emirates has suggested it may be reconsidering its sponsorship with FIFA World Cup after commissioning research to find out if the 2018 and 2020 bidding process scandal affected the sporting organisation's brand.

Proposed amendments to the Qantas Sales Act would not only restrict the carrier’s leap into outside markets but also put the airline “in jeopardy”, according to chief executive Alan Joyce.

Asia, Gold Coast and US holidays are proving to be most popular amongst Aussie travellers, with Biggest Travel Deals seeing offers into the regions selling well.

More travellers took to the sky in September this year compared to the corresponding months last year with up to 5.6 percent more air passengers.

Agents and travellers can now book Qantas "with complete confidence", according to the carrier's group executive Rob Gurney.

The Rugby World Cup will not be the only reason visitors will be flocking to New Zealand after the Southern Lakes region was selected as one of the Top Ten Region to visit next year.

Expanding its presence in Japan, Accor is planning to open its first ever Japan based ibis property in Tokyo's Shinjuku centre.

Expending its Asia presence, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has released plans to open five more Sheraton hotels in China before the end of this year.

Tapping into growing demand between New Zealand and Asia, China Southern has increased its service into between Auckland and Guangzhou from three times weekly to daily.

It is second phase a-go for Etihad Airways, after launching step two in its consumer advertising campaign designed to boost the carrier’s market share down under.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has given the world a sneak-peek of its new low-cost subsidiary, revealing the "down-to-earth" airline's name, website, Facebook page and ad agency.

Travellers today have a whole new set of demands and expectations that the tourism industry needs to be aware of and keep up with, according to Tourism Malaysia.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has advised that the devastating floods have damaged the tourism industry including the Mice sector and if continues revenue losses could reach THB17 billion.

Keywords: Airlines, Tourism

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