Intelligence – June, 13 2014

Intelligence – June, 13 2014

Hyatt has plans to open a Hyatt Regency hotel in Kazakhstan in 2017. Hyatt Regency Almaty will be located in the heart of the city near the business district, Almaty International Airport and the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange. … Qantas Frequent Flyer is the largest FFP in Australia with 9.9 million members. Virgin Australia Velocity had four million members and wishes to increase the number to five million in 2015. … PremierMiles Credit Card customers can now transfer their Citi Miles directly into Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles. … Qatar Airways and Worldhotels are now partners and members of Qatar Privilege Club can now earn 500 miles for qualifying stays at any of Worldhotels’ almost 500 hotels worldwide. Qatar Airways is Worldhotels’ first Middle Eastern partner and brings the group’s total number of frequent flyer program partners to 26. … Choice Hotels spent the last year studying business and leisure travelers, focusing on Millennials entering the workforce to determine how the brand should evolve, including the Choice Privileges program. … Cambria Hotels & Suites, a Choice Hotels brand, currently has 20 properties open with seven under construction. The goal for 2014, is to have at least 23 opened and another 30 under construction. … American Airlines and US Airways will add eight domestic routes this fall, including service to Bismarck, N.D., a new destination for the combined carrier. New routes will launch Oct. 2, 2014 between Charlotte and Evansville or Fort Wayne, Ind.; Bismarck and Chicago or Dallas/Ft. Worth; Fort Wayne and Philadelphia and between Phoenix and Cleveland. … Starwood Hotels will expand its Canadian portfolio to 70 hotels within the next 12 months. Starwood currently has seven brands represented in Canada. … Virgin Australia Velocity now partners with the Kerzner hotel group, including One&Only Resorts as the first of these resorts opens in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Members will get double points at One&Only Hayman Island through July 31, 2014. … VOILA Hotel Rewards has new hotel partners including Swiss International Hotels and Resorts, Grand Beach Hotels in Miami, Mangalis Management Group Hotels and KC Hotels and Resorts. … China Southern will begin flights from New York (JFK) to Guangzhou from Aug. 6, 2014. … Delta will add new service from Seattle-Tacoma to Spokane, Maui, Bozeman, Calgary, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta this fall. Through Dec. 31, 2014, SkyMiles members can earn double miles as well as Medallion Qualification Miles on the nonstop segment departing from or arriving into Seattle. … Qantas has secured a 21 percent lead over Virgin Australia according to the latest Roy Morgan Air Travel Survey of business travelers. The poll showed that 74 percent of domestic business travelers said they would consider Qantas for their next trip, while 53 percent would choose Virgin Australia. … Delta has expanded its SkyWish mileage donation program to customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. SkyWish uses donated Delta miles to fly families to destinations where they can undergo medical treatment. Delta is now also able to offer travel assistance in Spanish and Portuguese through Twitter channels @DeltaAssist_ES with the help of Delta’s partnership with GOL.

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