Air Canada To Boost Brazilian Presence

Air Canada has announced a boost to its South American presence with the addition of a new route to Brazil. From 11 December 2014, the Star Alliance member will launch a non-stop service between Toronto and Rio de Janeiro, complementing its existing daily Toronto – Sao Paolo flight.   Operating thrice weekly, flight AC 098 … Continue reading

Now Open: Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian

French hospitality group Accor has brought its Sofitel Legend brand to China, with the opening of a property in Xian steeped in history.   The Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an occupies a grandiose heritage building that was originally a state-run hotel for visiting Chinese leaders and foreign dignitaries, with former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, … Continue reading

W Hotels Opens First Ski Resort In Verbier

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ trendy W Hotels brand entered a new frontier this week with the opening of its first ski retreat. As the 45th hotel globally, the new W Verbier Hotels & Residences marks the brand’s entrance into Switzerland. Part of a multi-component luxury development complex owned by Les Trois Rocs, the property is located … Continue reading

TAM To Leave Star Alliance And Join Oneworld

Brazilian carrier TAM has announced it will leave Star Alliance and join its sister carrier LAN in the rival Oneworld alliance. Both airlines were merged under the LATAM Airlines Group last summer and were consolidating its operations including membership in one alliance network.   In selecting Oneworld, LATAM cited benefits and connectivity for passengers, airline … Continue reading

Paul Gauguin Cruises Unveils 2013 Itineraries

South Pacific’s largest cruise operator Paul Gauguin Cruises has unveiled its 2013 voyages, featuring 19 itineraries visiting 22 countries by the line’s luxury ships, ms Paul Gauguin and mv Tere Moana. The former, recently revamped at a cost of USD 7 million, will continue sailing year-round in French Polynesia, while her new fleetmate launching in … Continue reading