Bangkok-based Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas, the owner and operator of high-end luxury boutique resorts and city hotels in Asia, through its Soneva and Evason brands, has signed a buy and sale agreement for Phuket Island Resort. A partnership between Six Senses, Deutsche Bank and Finansa Thai, a Thai investment bank, will acquire the 285-room property, located on Rawai Beach, from owners, Orchid Assets. Six Senses had already completed a deal to manage, refurbish and rebrand the property, which will reopen as The Evason Phuket next month. The resort will be expanded to 301 rooms, each of which will have a sea or bay view, and a further 60 private pool villas will be added next year. A unique feature of The Evason Phuket is that it has its own private island. A short 15-minute ride by complimentary hotel shuttle boat brings guests to Bon Island. Flights cut Air New Zealand has cut flight numbers this month and next month between Sydney and Los Angeles and Auckland and Sydney/ Melbourne. Some flights have been cancelled and passengers have been booked by the airline onto other flights on other dates. Check with the airline to see which flights are affected. Some changes the carrier is accepting may require reimbursement for spoiled accommodation bookings. www.airnewzealand.com.au Dalian opener A new Ramada hotel has started operating in Dalian, China. The Holiday Inn Dalian has been converted to the Ramada Dalian in a franchise agreement with Dalian Jiu Zhou Hotel. The Ramada Dalian is 11 kilometres from the Dalian International Airport and close to Dalian Harbour, a gateway for northeast China and Inner Mongolia. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, sauna, billiard room, massage service, gift shop, two restaurants, a coffee shop and two lounges. For conferences, it has two meeting rooms, which seat 350 and 60 people. www.ramada.com Fresh routes The new Philippine Airlines service to Shanghai will operate five times a week with departures every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12.15pm. Arrival at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport is at 3.50pm while the return service leaves Shanghai at 4.50pm. www.philippineair.com Double offer Marriott International and Visa International will offer double points and double night credit towards special elite status and benefits. These offers are valid for Visa cardholders and Marriott Rewards members until March next year. Starting with the second hotel stay paid for with a Visa card, Marriott Rewards members will earn double points towards free vacations or any of more than 300 reward options. Members also will achieve elite recognition and privileges twice as fast when using Visa for their second and each subsequent night at any of the 200 participating hotels. In addition Marriott Rewards members can receive a free weekend night for every three paid weekend nights spent with Marriott. This offer is valid until December 23 under the Marriott's Rewarding Weekends offer. Tel: 1 801 468 4000 (Canada) Tel: 44 0 20 7584 5500 (Europe and Britain) Tel: 61 2 8298 5250 (Australia/Asia-Pacific) Tel: 81 3 5405 1513 (Japan) www.marriott.com www.visa.com Cathay suspension Cathay Pacific Airways will temporarily suspend the frequency of flights to five destinations as part of a network review forced by present industry pressures. About 4 per cent of flights will be suspended. Flight numbers have been cut between Hong Kong and Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Some flights to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila will be suspended for the foreseeable future but reinstated during holiday periods. Some flights to Los Angeles and Vancouver are being suspended for October and November.