Weekly Travel Updates (04–08 August 2014)

If you’re a travel fanatic you will surely want to know what’s happening in the world of travel and stay updated. So here’s a glimpse of what happened in the travel scene during the past week (04-08 August).

Royal Jordanian Airlines pull out of India

Royal Jordanian Airlines has confirmed that it will suspend all services in India towards the second half of 2014, as part of its restructuring plan. Currently flying on two routes, the Mumbai route will cease operating from 10 September 2014 and the Delhi service will be suspended from 31 October 2014.

Royal Jordanian Airlines (by Arpingstone)


The world’s highest rail track reaches Everest gateway

China recently inaugurates a stretch of track connecting the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Shigatse, bringing the railway track closer to the Mt. Everest. The track is an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet line–and is named the “closest stretch of railway to the sky” after it first carried passengers above 5,000 meters in 2006.

Qinghai-Tibet line (by Jan Reurink)


Marriott Rewards join hands with Etihad Airways for loyalty scheme

By joining hands with Etihad Airways’ loyalty programme, Etihad Guest, customers can now redeem their Marriott Rewards Points for Etihad Guest Miles, as well as choosing to earn Etihad Guest Miles for all stays at Marriott properties worldwide. The partnership is a great way for travellers to enjoy immediate awards when booking a hotel stay or flight resulting in a free vacation.

Etihad Airways (by Sergey Kustov)


China soon to be the world’s top business travel market

China is among the world’s hottest markets for business travellers, and spending in the country could surpass the US as soon as 2015. Business travel spending in China hit USD 225 billion in 2013. That’s second only to the US. The pace of business travel growth in China is remarkable. Since 2000, spending has expanded by about 16 % each year on average, compared to 1 % in the US.

Tourists in China (by Daniel Case)


Swiss Airlines wins in business category at the World Travel Awards

At the 2014 World Travel Awards, Swiss was selected as winner of Europe’s Leading Airline –Business Class accolade for the fourth consecutive time. The award is voted for by travel and tourism industry experts from all over the globe. Swiss has now claimed top spot in this category six times since 2005.

Swiss Airlines (by Mark Tang)