This week’s Travel News brings you updates on new airline routes to and around Asia, giving you more choices to explore the region; service upgrades to improve the travel experience and new hotel plans and openings for more hotel choices as well. Continue past the break for what’s new!
Ever since the Iran Nuclear deal and the end of related sanctions , businesses have been visiting Tehran, Iran’s capital to scout out new opportunities in the country. AirAsia X just launched service to Tehran from its hubs in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. You will be able to travel 3 times a week non-stop on their Airbus A330. It will be interesting to see how the low-cost carrier does on this route, with low fares for visitors. While I have no travel plans right now myself, the long history of Persia, beautiful monuments and hospitable people have earned many positive reviews and are intriguing. Read the full press review here!
Skytrax has awarded EVA Airlines its prestigious 5 star rating for airline quality, making it the eight airline worldwide. EVA is joining premium carriers like Singapore Airline, and ANA in this small club. You can find additional information at Skytrax. To celebrate the occasion, EVA is also rolling out improved services for premium cabins, including an improved boarding experience, a “sommelier style” wine service and a full turn-down service for business class passengers! Check out the details here!
As I’ve written previously, I’m looking more closely at the three big US budget hotel chains and their reward programs. Best Western is one of them and they are continuing their expansion in Asia, adding new hotels to the group. Best Western just launched the new Rembrandt Machida in Tokyo, and it certainly does not look like the motels you might be used to from the US! It’s a large, modern property and I’m looking forward to trying out some of those new Best Western sometime soon!
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