Thailand’s Minor Group takes over Spain’s NH Hotels from China’s HNA

The hospitality industry has seen a lot of mergers & acquisitions lately and speculation had been rife that debt-laden Chinese group HNA would have to sell their stake in NH Hotels, after fire-sales of several other hotel holdings! Now, Minor International, a Thai hospitality business, has purchased HNA’s stake of 25.2% in NH Hotels, in addition to their previous purchase … Continue reading

Singapore Airlines relaunches non-stop 19h flights to New York

Singapore Airlines is relaunching non-stop flights between Singapore and Newark, NJ, starting October 11, 2018. They will be the longest flights in the world at almost 19 hours, utilizing Airbus new A350 Ultra Long Range (ULR) planes. The new A350 will be configured in a two-class layout with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy seats. Tickets are on … Continue reading

New Singapore Changi Terminal 4 in 10 Photos

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been rated the world’s best airport year after year and is determined to stay on top. It recently unveiled the new Terminal 4, the most modern terminal on the planet, designed to enable a fully automatic, self-service for passengers. I had a chance to fly out of Terminal 4, so follow me along through the stunning … Continue reading

Allegiant Air still not save to fly!

Last year I reported that Allegiant had almost 4 times as many incidents as the average for US airlines, with frequent mechanical issues due to the age of their planes and the poor maintenance. I recommended to avoid flying Allegiant, hoping for improvements as they retired their old planes. Now, CBS 60 Minutes has looked into the issues and found … Continue reading

Club Carlson is dead, long live Radisson Rewards

Radisson Hotel Group has announced that Club Carlson will become Radisson Rewards. In the process, they are making it easier to earn elite levels, harder to earn points and made some slight improvements to the affiliated credit card. Most of the changes are cosmetic, but it’s a start in resurrecting a loyalty program that went from darling to widely ignored … Continue reading

Welcome Radisson Hotels Group

After the acquisition of 100% of Carlson and 70% of Rezidor by Chinese Investors HNA in 2016/2017, changes have been in the air and they now seem to come to fruition. They are planning to re-brand the hotel group to Radisson Hotel Group, leveraging their best known brand. The are also going to re-brand the loyalty program from Club Carlson … Continue reading

A new (old) airline launches in Europe – Air Italy

After the bankruptcy of airberlin, Alitalia and Monarch in 2017, the new year 2018 is off to a better start with the (re-)launch of Air Italy, bringing new planes, new livery and new destinations for travelers to, from and through Italy. It also comes with the great ambition to replace bankrupt Alitalia as the Italian flag carrier, supported by a … Continue reading

Kimpton Hotels now part of IHG Rewards Club – book, earn & redeem points!

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) acquired Kimpton Hotels in 2014, planning to integrate the small group of boutique hotels into one of the largest hotel companies in the world. Now, that integration is complete and Kimpton hotels Karma loyalty program has been folded into IHG Rewards Club, making it possible to book hotels through IHG’s website, earn and redeem points at … Continue reading