|Virgin Blue, the Australian low-cost airline, plans
to invest over US$816 million to equip and launch a new international airline
for Australia from 2008. Virgin Blue has not announced exact plans for the
fleet and destinations until later in 2007, but it has already said that
it is interested in routes to Asia and the USA. Virgin Blue entered Australia's
domestic market in 2001 with just two aircrafts. Today, it serves over 30%
of the Australian domestic market, operating 315 flights daily to 22 Australian
destinations, New Zealand and the Pacific.
|Beachcomber Hotels has announced that construction
will commence on its second resort in the Seychelles in July 2007. The work
on the 130 suite beachfront resort on Praslin is due to be completed by
December 2008. The new resort hotel will be located on the north coast of
Praslin in Cote D'Or, a 20-minute drive from the airport. The 130 bungalows
and villas will be spread throughout the hotel's tropical gardens and some
of the villas will have their own pools.
|Projections from Vietnam's National Administration
of Tourism (VNAT) indicate that the country is expecting five to six million
foreign visitors and 26 million domestic visitors annually from 2010 onwards.
This translates into the need for 1.4 million tourism skilled workers, including
about 300,000 direct jobs and 1.1 million indirect jobs for the industry
by 2010. VNAT has indicated that more has to be done in terms of tourism
related training and education to keep pace with this demand, particularly
in language training. The tourism authority plans to set up ten more tourism
training centres in addition to the current four to meet the future needs
and demand of the industry.
|Located in the city's commercial and residential
complex, the Tokyo Midtown Development in Roppongi, the 248-room Ritz-Carlton
features a presidential suite, rooms of at least 52 square metres, an authentic
200 year old Japanese teahouse and a selection of food and beverage outlets.
Owned by Mr. Mitsu Fudosan, the hotel sits on the top of Roppongi's tallest
skyscraper providing guests with cityscape views and views of Mount Fuji.
|The Indonesian government has invited Kingdom Holdings
to build property projects in a number of small and remote islands in Indonesia
to transform them into resort islands. In a meeting between Saudi's Prince
Al Waleed and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the option
of developing small islands privately or under a public private partnership
was offered. The Prince indicated interest in investing only in the property
sector such as hotels or other recreational facilities and potential islands
for development include Bintan Island in the Riau Province, near Singapore.
Date: 18-20 April 2007
Venue: Grand Hyatt Shanghai
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