CONTINENTAL Airlines launched a nonstop
service between Beijing and Newark. The route will be operated with
a 283-seat Boeing 777 aircraft with 48 first-class seats and 235 in
economy. According to Continental, its the only nonstop service
between a New York-area airport and Beijing operated by an American
HILTON International is opening two properties in
Beijing. The Conrad Beijing will be the first Conrad hotel in
China, and the Scandic by Hilton will be the first of its kind
outside of Europe. The Conrad Beijing will have 200 guest rooms and
100 serviced apartments, as well as restaurants, meeting
facilities, a spa and a health club. The Scandic by Hilton Beijing
will house 400 guest rooms and 100 serviced apartments, as well as
two restaurants, a lounge, meeting rooms, a ballroom, a health club
and a swimming pool.
MALAYSIAS minister of tourism, Leo Michael Toyad,
is leading a mission to the U.S. and Canada June 14 to 22 to
promote tourism to Malaysia. The ministers tour will visit
Vancouver, New York and Los Angeles. Toyad intends to increase
awareness of Malaysia and to inform the U.S. tourism industry about
recent tourism developments in his country. The presentation will
include a fashion show that will feature batik (a method of dyeing
fabric by covering parts of the cloth with a wax design) by
Malaysian designer Nazleen Noor. For information, call Abd Talib
Long at (213) 689-9702 or e-mail [email protected].
GATE 1 TRAVEL offers a five-night tour of Beijing
during Thanksgiving week that starts at $749 per person, double.
The trip includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles to Beijing, a
five-night hotel stay, arrival transfer and daily breakfast.
Optional land tours are offered to fill out the itinerary or the
trip can be independent. See www.gate1travel.com or call (800) 682-3333.
CHINA SOUTHERN took delivery on its fourth Airbus
A330 aircraft, which will be used on domestic routes between
Guangzhou and both Beijing and Shanghai. The major commercial
aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, are riding a boom in
orders from Asian airlines, including Indias Kingfisher Airlines,
which ordered 15 Airbus planes; Indias Jet Airways, which ordered
20 Boeing planes, and Qatar Airways, which ordered ordered 60
Airbus A350s and 20 Boeing 777s at the recent Paris Air Show.
Industry insiders predict that the growth of the middle class in
India and China will fuel a boom in air travel for several years.
Indias economy grew at a rate of 6.9% in the first quarter over the
previous years first quarter. Chinas economy grew by 9.4%.