Moscow-China airfares soar after terror attack; Singapore halts some Chinese flights | Daily Brief
03/25/2024|6:28:14 PM|ChinaTravelNews

Moscow-China airfares soar after concert hall terror attack

Fares for outbound flights from Moscow to China surged after the deadly terrorist attack, especially for direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai operated by Chinese carriers. For the flight from Moscow to Shanghai Pudong International Airport operated by China Eastern Airlines on Monday, the airfare surpassed 18,000 yuan ($2,520). Airfares from Moscow to various Chinese cities were about 4,000 yuan before the incident.

Singapore Airlines to suspend flights to Chengdu, Chongqing

Singapore Airlines will halt its flights to and from Chengdu and Chongqing in mainland China starting from March 31 due to the lack of approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the upcoming summer and autumn seasons. This decision coincides with an advisory from China's embassy in Singapore warning its citizens against gambling in Singapore.

Shangri-La Group's 2023 revenue recovers to 95% of 2019

Shangri-La Group said its revenue has rebounded to 95% of 2019 level. Hotel business recovery was led by mainland China and Hong Kong. Operational Cash Flow was USD364 million, recovered to 102% of FY2019.

Tongcheng Travel ends 2023 on a high

Tongcheng Travel has been working on plans to target different scenarios for selling accommodation in the domestic market. The online travel company capitalized on the increased demand for accommodation services to fully recover its international room nights sold year-on-year growth, as compared to 2019.

China simplifies visitor entry to boost travel

China’s recent initiatives to boost international tourism by relaxing visa requirements and encouraging visa-free entries signify a welcome shift towards reopening its doors to the world. However, despite these efforts, several obstacles remain, presenting a complex tableau for potential tourists from Europe, the US, and beyond.

Beijing launches tourism train to HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

A special tourism train for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge departed from Beijing Fengtai Station at 11:41 am on Wednesday, offering tourists a visit to the mega sea-crossing bridge up close. Tourists will take this special train to the city stations where the scenic spot is located, and transfer to the tour bus or cruise ship to continue sightseeing. The whole trip will last 12 days, allowing travelers to enjoy the beauty of many regions of the country. In addition to the famous tourist attractions along the way, the trip also includes an arrangement for tourists to take a cruise to view the HKZM Bridge.

Cathay Pacific insists on prudent spending as lawmakers grill airline over holiday flight cancellations

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways has said it must adhere to prudent spending despite last year’s hefty profits, declining to offer passengers perks such as discounts on tickets amid growing calls for the company to give back to the community.

Cathay to reinstate service to Riyadh

Cathay Pacific has pledged to reinstate a strategic route between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh in advance of a meeting with lawmakers on Friday and amid mounting pressure to offer perks such as ticket discounts to give back to the public after it posted a hefty profit last year.

Creative young China fliers dodge airline luggage fees by wearing layers of clothes

Young adults in China are dodging airline luggage fees by wearing all their clothes instead of packing them, much to the amusement of people on mainland social media. Their success comes from stringent cost-cutting measures, such as no complimentary meals, narrower seating, and strict carry-on luggage limitations – typically allowing a small 16-inch suitcase with 7kg maximum weight.

Maldives surpasses 500,000 tourists in 2024, China leads in visitor arrivals

The Maldives has achieved a significant milestone in its tourism industry, recording over half a million tourist arrivals just by the first quarter of 2024. China, known for its burgeoning travel appetite, has topped the list of source markets with 60,699 arrivals.