Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kejriwal says Kingfisher did not let him fly,IAC protests - Indian Express

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal on Friday alleged that he was not allowed to board a Kingfisher flight from Delhi to Dharamsala, despite having a boarding pass.

The flight with 77 passengers was later cancelled because of inclement weather in and around Dharamsala.

Kejriwal claimed that he was prevented from entering the plane at the boarding gate, though he arrived an hour and 15 minutes before the flight was to take off.

?I was carrying a valid boarding pass. After I cleared the security check, I was told that my ticket has been sold to another person,? he said.

?When I asked how that was possible, they told me that 15 minutes before the flight they called me to check whether I would be travelling or not. I apparently replied that I would not, they said. This is bunkum because I didn?t get any such call. Why would I say no when I have been waiting at the airport for more than an hour,? the RTI activist alleged.

Soon after, volunteers from Kejriwal?s India Against Corruption held a demonstration in front of the Kingfisher office at Terminal 3 of the IGIA. Kejriwal demanded that the airline should give it in writing that he had been offloaded.

?They said all they can write is that I missed the flight. That?s wrong. They claimed they gave me a call and the number they referred to was displayed on my phone as a missed call,? he alleged.

Kingfisher has yet to give an official statement. Sources said Kejriwal was to board Kingfisher?s IT 4355 to Dharamshala at 3 pm, but the flight was delayed by an hour when he was cleared to board the plane.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rain is 26 pc deficient so far this season - Deccan Herald

Scanty rainfall in the first four weeks of monsoon has resulted in a deficiency of 26 per cent rainfall but the weather off?ice has forecast a normal mo?nsoon albeit with less heavier rain.

“Monsoon set in over Kerala on June 5 (delayed by four days). The cumulative seasonal rainfall over the country as a whole during June 1-21 is 76 per cent of total average rainfall. Till now, monsoon rain is 26 per cent deficient. But we are not worried as such delays are usual. It is ok if monsoon is delayed by a week,” Laxman Singh Rathore, director general, India Meteorological Department (IMD), disclosed at a press meet here on Friday.

However, in what would bring relief to the farmers and policy makers alike, the IMD estimated that the country will receive normal monsoon this year. There will be 96 per cent of the long period average (LPA - 50 years) rainfall as against the earlier predicted 99 per cent. A normal monsoon means rainfall between 96-104 per cent of a 50-year average rain during the four-month season from June to September.

As per the latest monsoon update, rainfall over the country as a whole for July 2012 is likely to be 98 per cent of its LPA and that for August is likely to be 96.

Over the four broad geographical regions of the country, rainfall for the 2012 southwest monsoon season is likely to be 93 per cent of its LPA over North-West India, 96 over Central India, 95 over South peninsula and 99 per cent over North-East India.

The IMD announcement came at a time when various sectors of the economy and the government were grappling with low economic growth and industrial output. A less than normal monsoon would have further pushed the growth into negative, putting a heavy burden on the already strained economy.

During the current week, southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of central Maharashtra, interior Karnataka, most parts of Tamil Nadu, remaining parts of south Bay of Bengal and some more parts of Central and North Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, some more parts of east Madhya Pradesh and east Uttar Pradesh.

On the monsoon pattern so far, the Met office said: “On June 6, it rapidly advanced mainly along the west coast and over northeastern states and covered entire Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Goa, southern parts of Konkan, central Maharashtra, entire Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.

“After a hiatus in the advance of monsoon for a period of about one week, on? 13, the monsoon further advanced into some more parts of central Maharashtra, interior Karnataka, most parts of Tamil Nadu, remaining parts of south Bay of Bengal and some more parts of central and north Bay of Bengal. By June 21, monsoon covered most parts of Arabian Sea, extreme south Gujarat, most parts of Maharashtra, entire Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Sikkim, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Bay of Bengal and some parts of east Madhya Pradesh and east Uttar Pradesh.”

Sounding a word of caution, the weather office said: “ There is also substantial probability (about 36 per cent) for emergence of weak El Nino conditions during later part of the monsoon season. However, the probability of reemergence of La Nina conditions during the monsoon season is very less.

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* Cumulative seasonal rainfall over the country as a whole during June 1-21 is 76 pc
* A week’s delay in monsoon onset is ok, says Met office
* Weatherman says monsoon will be normal, but with less heavier rain
* Southwest monsoon has covered some more areas of the country this week
* Substantial probability of weak El Nino conditions, says the forecast

AirAsia earmarks Jakarta as regional base

AIRASIA is establishing a strategic planning centre in Jakarta, called AirAsia Asean, and restructuring its management to focus on regional growth as the budget carrier enters its second decade.

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, said the AirAsia Asean office in Jakarta would serve as the “nerve centre” of the company’s regional expansion.

A Jakarta base would enable the company to engage more closely with the ASEAN Secretariat headquartered in the Indonesian capital, as well as to raise the profile and branding of AirAsia Indonesia, which was scheduled for listing on the Jakarta Stock Exchange by end-2012, Fernandes explained.

“AirAsia Asean will also help us to ensure that our voice, concerns and appeals are heard much more clearly in the corridors of power within ASEAN.” 

“While others focus largely on trying to gain market share in domestic markets, we seek to expand our footprint throughout the region. After all, no single domestic market in ASEAN, not even Indonesia, can match the potential of a regional market of 600 million people and a combined East Asian market of two billion,” he added.

The group headquarters will remain in Malaysia.

Starwood pursues aggressive expansion strategy in China

STARWOOD Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is expanding its portfolio in China, fuelled by increasing affluence in the country, as well as growing demand in second- and third-tier cities.

After surpassing its 100th hotel milestone in China earlier this year (TTG Asia e-Daily, April 25, 2012), Starwood has another 100 hotels in the pipeline. Greater China is the group’s second largest market outside the US.

Qian Jin, president, Greater China, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, said: “Our portfolio of distinct brands and brand recognition across China and around the world allow us to enter multiple resort destinations like Hainan, leveraging collective local scale without cannibalizing business, so we get more than our share of new business.”

Sheraton, which is leading Starwood’s expansion in China, is on track to reach 90 hotels in Greater China by 2016. Other brands with openings in the works include W Hotels, The Westin, Le Méridien, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and St. Regis.

The group's inaugural W Hotel in China will debut in Guangzhou in early 2013. Another four W Hotels are scheduled to open in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai and Changsha by 2017.

The Hongta Hotel, Twelve at Hengshan in Shanghai, and The Royal Begonia on Hainan Island, China’s first Luxury Collection resort, will open this year under Starwood’s Luxury Collection brand. Five more Luxury Collection hotels will be launched in Dalian, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Xiamen and Nanning by 2016.

Meanwhile, Starwood’s first dual-branded ski resort, The Westin and Sheraton Changbaishan, will open in July.

Thomas Cook appoints new chief executive to steer the ship

THOMAS Cook Group has appointed Harriet Green, current boss of Premier Farnell, a British distributor of electronic components, as its new chief executive.

Green is the long-term successor to Manny Fontenla-Novoa, who resigned from Thomas Cook last August (TTG Asia e-Daily, August 3, 2011), after spending more than 15 years with Europe's second-largest travel firm after TUI Travel.

She will join Thomas Cook on July 20, replacing interim CEO, Sam Weihagen, who will step down but remain with the company until September 30 to ensure a smooth transition.

In a statement, Thomas Cook said Green had overseen a period of strategic transformation at Premier Farnell, "driving industry leading returns and creating a cost-effective multi-channel operation where the majority of business is now transacted through ecommerce channels".

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hilton launches regional campaign mice

Hilton launches regional campaign mice n. Nithiyananthan, TTGmice, Kuala Lumpur, January 30, 2012

Hilton's 14 properties around the world, Southeast Asia joined hands to boost their business promotional campaign mice, and offer awards event planners who book the most meetings.

& Sea campaign million mice Awards million HHonors points to planning an event with the highest cumulative income books among the participants to the properties of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

In addition, the top event planning each of the five countries will win stay of one week two adults and children, including daily breakfast, each of the participating hotels.

This reservation, you will need to challenge the participants invite new minimum 30 nights event at participating hotels and resorts. All recent event must be approved by 15 March.

Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur General Manager of BARROW, Ian, said: "we had great results last year with 73 orders secured between participating hotels package."

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Changi Airport posts busiest year ever

Changi Airport posts busiest year ever

Singapore-Changi Airport handled over 45 million passengers for the first time ever last year.

Airport egistered 46.5 million passengers, aircraft movements 302,000 until 2011, an increase of 10.7 per cent and 14.5 per cent the year before, respectively.

December 2011 also airport was the busiest ever month with 4.53 million passengers, 11.4 percent more in 2010. There were 27,700 aircraft movements during the month of 9.9 percent compared to the December jump.

A strong demand in Asia-Pacific tour was a key growth driver for Changi Airport in 2011. South-East Asia, South-East Asia were the two best performing registry areas, while the digit growth traffic to South Asia, South West Pacific also enjoyed positive growth.

Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila was occupied the positions of the top five among the top 10 tracks in Changi Airport. Between sectors at least half a million people, Taipei, Manila, New Delhi, Melbourne, Hong Kong registered the strongest percentage increase.

In 2011, seven new carriers including Air Macau, Hong Kong airlines, TransAsia Airways, Finnair, Indigo Lao airlines joined the portfolio of the airline's airport.


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