While Brits are facing a sharp cold snap that swept across the country and held the UK in an icy grip, the business travel industry keeps moving fast with lot of updates and new stories from the rest of the world: Hilton Worldwide launched its 14th brand and Finnair announces long-haul expansion for winter 2017. All this and much more in our weekly travel round-up!
Glasgow airport introduces drop-off fee
After Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Glasgow airport will introduce a drop-off fee for travellers arriving by car from the end of April. The new charge will be set at £2 for a stay of up to ten minutes. The drop-off zone will be moved to a new location opposite the airport terminal.
Carlson Rezidor to open 17 Middle East hotels this year
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is to open a total of 17 properties across the Middle East this year. The new hotels will add over 3,000 rooms to the group’s portfolio across the region, and will be located in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Among the openings in the UAE include the 432-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront (exterior pictured above), the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Dubai Motor City, and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ajman.
Air India re-locates at Heathrow T2
Air India has moved its Heathrow operations from T4 to T2, joining its fellow Star Alliance member carriers at the Queen’s Terminal. The airline operates up to eight departing and arriving flights per day at Heathrow. The move means that all 24 Star Alliance carriers serving Heathrow now operate from one terminal, with facilities including 81 multi-airline check-in kiosks, shared baggage drop counters, and four lounges operated by Star Alliance members Air Canada, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and United.
Manchester airport opens adult-only lounge
Manchester airport has unveiled plans to launch a new luxury lounge at Terminal 3. Set to open in April, the 1903 lounge is named after the year the Wright Brothers first took flight, and will offer guests a free Fast Track security pass included in their booking. Guests must be 18 years-old to enter. With a capacity for 71 people, the lounge will offer complimentary hot and cold buffets, self-service soft drinks, tea and coffee and free alcoholic drinks. It will also have scanning, printing and fax facilities.
Hilton launches 14th brand – Tapestry Collection
Hilton has launched its 14th hotel brand called Tapestry Collection. It is the second “collection” brand after Curio – a Collection by Hilton, which launched in 2014. Curio operates more than 30 upper upscale hotels in seven countries with another 45 in development. The new Tapestry Collection by Hilton will be in the upscale segment just below Curio, according to Hilton, and seven hotels have signed letters of intent in the US. “Tapestry Collection by Hilton will enable us to provide the best of both worlds to travelers who are looking for an independent hotel experience but also want the consistency and reassurance they expect from Hilton” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton.
Hilton to open new Bogota property
Hilton has announced a new property under its Hilton Hotels and Resorts brand for the Colombian capital Bogota. Scheduled to open in 2018, the 414-room Hilton Bogota Corferias will be located next to the city’s existing Corferias convention and exhibition centre, as well as the forthcoming Agora Bogota International Convention Centre. The property will also be situated around ten minutes from Bogota’s main El Dorado International Airport
Marriott opens first Renaissance property in Lagos
Marriott International has debuted its Renaissance Hotels brand in sub-Saharan Africa, with opening of the Renaissance Lagos Ikeja. The 155-room hotel is located 5km from the city’s international airport, and features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, eight meeting rooms, the Cut steakhouse restaurant, all-day dining restaurant Iyeru Okin, Choco-Latte coffeehouse, and the 24-hour RBar for cocktails and light bites.
Finnair announces long-haul expansion for winter 2017
Finnair has announced plans for new long-haul routes and increased frequencies for the winter 2017 season. The carrier will operate a twice-weekly service to the Indian coastal city of Goa between November 2017 and March 2018, as well as increasing the frequency of its Delhi service to six flights per week during the winter season. In addition Finnair will fly twice weekly to Havana between December and March, weekly to Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) between November 19 and March 18, and weekly to Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) between November 30 and March 22.
Main source: Business Traveller