Tourism, Travel & Holidays

'We're just happy to be alive': Qantas grounds its entire superjumbo fleet after engine on London to Sydney jet 'explodes' in mid-air with 459 on board

Passengers today described their terror as an engine of their superjumbo burst into flames just minutes after take-off. Witnesses reported a blast that sent debris from the Qantas Airbus - flying from London to Sydney via Singapore - hurtling to t...

5 peaceful long weekend retreats for the dispirited Hong Konger

Finding peace in Hong Kong is about as likely as seeing to the bottom of Big Wave Bay. Traffic, pollution, neon buzz and late nights lead to groggy mornings and cranky afternoons, which make for one uptight Betty. Yet everyone here needs intense r...

Cathay Pacific willing to increase Haneda-Hong Kong flight numbers

Cathay Pacific Airways Chief Executive Tony Tyler said Tuesday the airline would like to increase flights between Hong Kong and Tokyo's Haneda airport, which has just resumed full-fledged international operations.

European Airlines Say US Security Goes Overboard

European air officials accused the United States of imposing useless and overly intrusive travel security measures, calling Wednesday for the Obama administration to reexamine policies ranging from online security checks to X-raying shoes.

9 Hong Kong tourist traps -- for better or worse

Christopher DeWolf 27.10.2010
9 Hong Kong tourist traps -- for better or worse

We’ve all been there, squeezing through crowds to see something every guidebook says we're supposed to see. We arrive to find an expensive and underwhelming downer. It’s a tourist trap. There are plenty of Hong Kong tourist traps. They're bland, i...

JW Marriott Hotel -- First Hotel in Hong Kong to Open Public TelePresence Studio

The JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong celebrated the opening of its Virtual Meetings by Marriott studio with a four-city TelePresence event today along with AT&T and Cisco.

Aircraft crashes after crocodile on board escapes and sparks panic

A small airliner crashed into a house, killing a British pilot and 19 others after a crocodile smuggled into the aircraft in a sports bag escaped and started a panic.

Pilot refuses full-body scan, pat down

Marnie Hunter CNN 21.10.2010
Pilot refuses full-body scan, pat down

A pilot who refused to submit to a full-body scan or the alternative pat down going through airport security said the procedures violate his rights.

American Airlines May Fly to Hong Kong, Guangzhou on China Growth

American Airlines, which won approval for a new route to Shanghai this month, is considering adding flights to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, because of increasing travel in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

Turkish Airlines Launches Flying Chef on Flights Between Hong Kong and Istanbul

Turkish Airlines has launched a Flying Chef service on flights between Hong Kong and Istanbul.

Cathay Pacific Further Expands Code-Share Arrangement with Japan Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced a further expansion of its code-share arrangement with oneworld alliance partner Japan Airlines to cover more destinations within Japan.

Hong Kong tourism cracks down on tour guides

Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong yesterday unveiled 10 measures to crack down on tour guide malpractices following a spate of scandals in which mainland tourists were forced to shop.

Jeju Air to launch Seoul - Hong Kong Flights 13.10.2010
Jeju Air to launch Seoul - Hong Kong Flights

Korea’s Jeju Air is to launch flights between Seoul and Hong Kong on 27 October 2010. To celebrate the launch, the low cost airline is offering an inaugural round-trip fare from HK$900++ (exclusive of tax and fuel surcharges).

Metropark Hotel Wanchai Hong Kong Opens Ladies Only Floor

The Metropark Hotel Wanchai Hong Kong has joined the growing number of forward-thinking hotels in the region to offer a Ladies Only Floor.

The best airport lounges

The Sydney Morning Herald 11.10.2010
The best airport lounges

Last month, Hong Kong-flag carrier Cathay Pacific unveiled its new lounge at Hong Kong International airport, promising a "new level of comfort and convenience."

HK International Airport named best - again

Hong Kong International Airport has been named the Best Airport in the TTG Travel Awards for the eighth time in a row.

Film-inspired holidays: The Hong Kong Kung Fu Holiday

Richard Vine The Guardian 09.10.2010
Film-inspired holidays: The Hong Kong Kung Fu Holiday

If you've watched a lot of Hong Kong films but haven't visited the territory, you may be disappointed to find that there aren't gangs of nunchuck-wielding triads on every corner. Or cops bouncing up walls. Or goalies in yellow tracksuits flying 50...

Secret life of Hong Kong's island hideaways

George Webster CNN 09.10.2010
Secret life of Hong Kong's island hideaways

Hong Kong is often thought of as the ultimate in "Chinois chic" -- an ultramodern east-Asian metropolis crammed with skyscrapers and upmarket retail palaces. But a short boat ride away from the electric glow of the financial center exposes a clust...

Airline hopes Lady Gaga safety demo will take off

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry's music have featured in an airline safety demonstration with a difference.

Kenya Airways goes daily with B777 to Hong Kong and Lagos

Wolfgang H. Thome eTurboNews 02.10.2010
Kenya Airways goes daily with B777 to Hong Kong and Lagos

The Kenyan flag carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has just announced that they will go daily by the end of September from Nairobi to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, using a B777 aircraft, a substantial boost for passenger and cargo capacity and a sign that de...

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