Week in Review: Travel Industry News

Travel News 19 Feb 2018

For week ending 16 February 2018

Virgin boosts business class dining

Virgin Australia has added new items to its in-flight business class menus. A number of new Luke Mangan-designed dishes will be offered on both international and domestic flights, such as beef soup with Sichuan pepper and bok choy or falafel with roasted mushrooms, bacon and labne as well as snacks from local produce suppliers, including Pana chocolate, Gundowring ice cream and Molives hand-stuffed olives. The onboard wine offering has also been updated to include new Hardys and Grant Burge wines.


Hilton adds to in Cairo

Hilton Worldwide has plans to manage two new properties in Egypt. The 593-room Hilton Cairo Heliopolis is already operating, with the 247-room Waldorf Astoria Cairo opening later in the year.


InterContinental Sydney event focus

InterContinental Sydney has revamped its meeting and event spaces. All have been refurbished and fitted out with the latest, audio/visual technology. The property is offering bespoke dining experiences, from tailored menus to grazing tables and health-focused options.


Frasers into Japan

Frasers Hospitality has plans for two new serviced residences in Tokyo. Located in the Ginza and Akasaka districts, the Capri by Fraser, Ginza and Fraser Suites Akasaka are scheduled to open in 2020.


Qatar touches down in Canberra

Qatar Airways has commenced services on its new Doha-Canberra route. The new service will operate daily via Sydney in both directions and is the capital’s second international service.


Marriott into Java

The first Marriott-branded hotel has opened in Indonesia. The 347-room Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel is located 20 minutes from Adisutjipto International Airport and features three restaurants, a gym, spa and outdoor swimming pool as well as more than 2600sqm of meeting and event space.


Le Meridien Melbourne

Marriott International plans to open a new Le Meridien-branded property in Melbourne. Located in the city centre, near Parliament House, the 235-room hotel is scheduled to open in 2020, featuring a choice of dining venues, a swimming pool and function rooms.