Monday, October 22, 2012

New Stopover Packages from Changi Airport, SIA and SilkAir

 
Aiming to provide better services to the people, Changi Airport Group (CAG) has renewed its ties with two top airline companies in Singapore, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir. This rekindling of partnerships paves way to the introduction of new stopover packages.
 

Until March 28, 2013, people can avail exciting packages for cheap promotional rates which starts from S$54 (US$44). Promos are applicable only to flights scheduled from October 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
 

Known as the Singapore Stopover Holiday packages, these offers cover good accommodations, and complimentary transfers. Making it more exciting, there are also packages which offer unlimited SIA Hop-on Bus rides and free admission to 14 top Singapore attractions like the Singapore Flyer, MINT Museum of Toys, HiPPO Rivercruise, Singapore Zoo and National Orchid Garden.
 

Basically, this move from CAG, SIA and SilkAir will contribute immensely to the tourism industry of Singapore. According to Peh Ke-Wei, VP for Passenger Development of CAG, these packages will surely encourage travelers to experience Singapore and Changi Airport at its best.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

70 New Airports for China by 2015


Within the next three years, China will be establishing 70 new airports as part of the large-scale plan to expand the aviation industry despite the economy slow-down.

As pointed out by Li Jianxiang, the head of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), this idea to build more airports in the country is based on its significant increase in fleet – after settling a plan to buy more than 300 carriers in a span of five years.

Li added during the annual general meeting of IATA that aside from the plan to construct new airports, the old ones will be expanded and improved. This arrangement would give China more than 230 flight hubs by 2015, to cater to the 4,700 planes which are expected to be owned by the nation by then.

This ambitious move was set after IATA head Tony Tyler revealed that the global profits from airlines would most likely decrease due to the skyrocketing oil prices and various crises. Although the industry in Asia Pacific is expected to receive a total of US$2 billion gains, it is still less than half of the income received on 2011.

The group did not provide any prognosis to the Chinese market, especially that it has been a constant favorite of travelers and the Chinese people love travelling. However, the slowing economic growth of China (along with India) can be partly blamed.

In the first quarter of 2012, China’s economy raised only to 8.1%. It is the slowest pace in three years.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More Filipinos Travel to Hong Kong and Singapore on 2012

According to recent surveys, many Filipino tourists still prefer to travel to Hong Kong and Singapore for vacation and leisure. Thanks to the frequency of flights to the city offered by different airline companies, said Tim Tio, sales and outbound marketing manager of Travelite Travel and Tours Philippines.

Hong Kong has received a 15.6-percent increase on arrival from the Philippines from January to July 2012. On 2011, it has received 659,829 visitors. Singapore, on the other hand, has been visited by 677,681 Filipinos that year; and had served 154 flights, compared to the 148 which landed on Hong Kong.

It is the boosting tourism industries of Singapore and Hong Kong that are held responsible for the statistics. Hong Kong is very much known for its shopping culture which the Filipino travelers truly take pleasure on. On the other hand, it is the Singapore attractions - Resorts World Sentosa and the Universal Studios Singapore - which immensely contribute to the strong number of arrivals from the Philippines.

This kind of set-up is expected to continue especially with the opening of the Legoland in Johor Bahru (Malaysia), which is easily accessed from Singapore. Some travel agencies in the Philippines have begun to offer tours to the amusement park, which will cover transfers from a hotel in Singapore to Legoland, and back.

But if Singapore and Hong Kong are enjoying a great reception from the Philippine tourists, Malaysia seemed to have experienced a drop in 2011. That is why Malaysia has prompted a more aggressive tourism program which includes product seminars in Manila, Clark, Cebu and Davao. Positive results have been noted in June 2012 though.

Furthermore, new air links have been established by different airline companies originating from the Philippines to Malaysia. Airphil Express, Zest Air and SEAir has offered flights to the country earlier this year; while Cebu Pacific Air is set to launch flights from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur, come December.