Plain sailing

Cruise ships used to be the preserve of the elderly. However, lower fares, more flexibility and enhanced facilities are attracting a new and younger generation of cruise enthusiasts. Nowhere is this truer than in Asia.

Friday, 26 August, 2011, 12:00am

career tracker

Geev Andre Bahrampoori, director of food & beverage, Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Room glut to worsen post-expo hotel woes

Shanghai's hotel industry, already suffering from a post-World Expo hangover, will face even more competition over the next two years as big international brands fuel a 30 per cent increase to the local room supply, according to a new study.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland airlines plan court action over EU emissions trading scheme

Mainland airlines plan to file a lawsuit to challenge the EU's emissions trading scheme that fines airlines for exceeding emission quotas on all European flights from next year.

Flag carrier Air China and the China Air Transport Association (CATA) will file the lawsuit in a European court.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

HK airlines struggle to fill their cockpits

Airlines are giving the thumbs up to the proposed third runway in Hong Kong, but they have been less enthusiastic in dealing with an issue that is equally important in maintaining the city as an international aviation hub - training local pilots.

8 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Memories of Singapore

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Eating on the wing

Hongkongers spent more than HK$2.1 billion on airline tickets last month alone, while on a monthly basis nearly HK$8 billion is spent in Hong Kong's restaurants.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Convenience more important than comfort: survey

Forget after-dinner mints on the pillow and chilled champagne: Asian business travellers want convenience - not cosseting.

According to research released yesterday by hotel operator Accor Asia Pacific, Asia-Pacific's hard-working business travellers don't expect to take it easy when they are away from the office.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

HNA takes 49pc stake in Turkish airline ACT

The Hainan-based HNA Group, the fourth-largest airline group in mainland China, has acquired a 49 per cent stake in a Turkish cargo airline as part of its efforts to strengthen its foothold in Europe.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Airlines face soaring claims over fuel fix

Top Asian and western airlines, including Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines Cargo and Korean Airlines, will face further pressure from global criminal and civil action over allegations they colluded to fix fuel surcharges on air cargo shipments between 2000 and 2006.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Pets' hopes of flying Cathay have taken a nosedive

Some of the most popular pets in Hong Kong have been banned from flying Cathay Pacific.

From Monday flat-faced or snub-nosed dogs and cats - or, to give them their scientific name, brachycephalic animals - will not be allowed on board by the city's flagship airline amid fears for their health.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Long-haul career for recruits

There is a lot more demand placed on flight attendants than meets the eye, as they are not only in charge of serving our meals but also of our security up in the air.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hainan air targets 8b yuan in share sale

Hainan Airlines, the mainland's fourth-largest carrier, will raise 8 billion yuan (HK$9.64 billion) through a private share placement to help pay for a fleet expansion.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

New connections

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Visitor visa accommodates gay couples

Gay professionals whose partners have been granted so-called prolonged visitor visas to stay in Hong Kong - a city which officially only recognises heterosexual unions - report that obtaining the document is usually straightforward.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am