For week ending 10 February 2017
Cathay fine dining
Cathay Pacific has added fine dining to its in-flight offering. Launched in collaboration with Michelin-starred Restaurant Tosca, the menu is available to first and business class travellers on select flights from Hong Kong to Australia, the US, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and South Africa.
W Hotels Prague
W Hotels plans to open its first property in the Czech Republic. The 154-room W Prague will be located in Wenceslas Square in the heart of the city. Housed within an extended version of the former Grand Europa Hotel, the property is set to open in 2020. It will feature a gym, pool and spa as well as a rooftop bar, a choice of restaurants and 350sqm of event space.
Taj Hotels rejigs brand potfolio
Taj hotels plans to ditch its Vivanta and Gateway brands. Instead, the hotel group is bringing all of its properties into its Taj Hotels, Taj Palaces, Taj Resorts and Taj Safaris portfolios. Rebranding should be completed by December this year.
Peppers to make its Brisbane debut
Mantra Group will debut its Peppers brand in Brisbane later this year. It will feature as part of the $600m ‘FV’ project in Fortitude Valley. Peppers will manage 970 apartments in three towers as well as some commercial space and leisure facilities. The managed apartments will be known as ‘FV by Peppers’ and will be Mantra’s largest property in Australia. The first two towers are due for completion in the third quarter of this year, with a third tower opening in 2019.
Another airline axes services to Abuja
South African Airways has suspended flights to the Nigerian capital of Abuja. The temporary removal of service is for a period of six weeks while works are undertaken on the airport’s runways. Other carriers who have suspended services include British Airways, KLM, Air France and Lufthansa.
New Hyatt in Xiamen
Hyatt Hotels newest Chinese property is now open. Located in Xiamen’s new CBD, the 301-room Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan is just 10 minutes drive from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. It offers a choice of dining venues and 2500sqm of meeting and event space as well as a fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool.
Grand Mercure Apartments Docklands rebranded
The Grand Mercure Apartments Docklands in Melbourne has been rebranded the Sebel Residences, Melbourne Docklands. The 80-apartment property features a gym, swimming pool and rooftop tennis court as well as fully equipped kitchens and laundries in every apartment and undercover parking.