Turkish Airlines added new service to mainland China last week with a new route to Xi’an (XIY). Travelers flying into Istanbul (IST) now enjoy the opportunity to fly on to the historic starting point of the Silk Road and Turkish Airlines’ fourth destination in mainland China. The route is offered three times weekly, with an Airbus A330 aircraft serving the route.
“We concluded the year by adding a very special city to our flight network after numerous innovations in various areas and the move to our new home that took place during 2019. We will carry our guests to 126 countries from Xi’an, one of the most significant historical capitals while transferring the historical Silk Road to above clouds with our cargo operations. Our new flights will also contribute to the tourist numbers coming to our country with the increasing attention from Chinese tourists to tourism centers of Turkey,” said Bilal Ekşi, general manager, Turkish Airlines.
Flights depart Istanbul Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:55 a.m., arriving in Xi’an at 4:10 p.m. Return flights depart China Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 12:35 a.m., arriving in Istanbul at 6:10 a.m.
Canadian airline WestJet will now offer free COVID-19 travel insurance on eligible bookings to Mexico, the Caribbean and European destinations, including the United Kingdom, made on or after Sept. 18.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Creating a wellness environment in the workplace is a terrific idea, and many companies acknowledge the benefits of providing health and wellness programs to employees. However, the concept is anything but new. More than a century ago, Johnson & Johnson offered its New Jersey-based employees access to an on-site health center and a fitness center with a swimming pool and basketball court. In the 1970s, the company followed with the launch of Live for Life, an on-site wellness program with “access to behavior modification tools and education on topics like nutrition, stress management and more.”
United Airlines is the first U.S. airline to launch a rapid COVID-19 testing program for travelers. Beginning Oct. 15, United customers traveling from San Francisco International Airport to will be able to take a rapid test at the airport or a self-collected, mail-in test before their trip.
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
Conrad Punta de Mita opened earlier this month as Hilton’s first-ever Conrad-branded resort in Mexico. In celebration, the Hola Conrad offer is available when booking four nights or more. Starting at $349 per night, the offer includes round-trip airport transfers; a $100 resort credit; and complimentary access to Conrad SPA’s wet areas.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
The Inn on Fifth in Naples, Florida, has a new Peace & Quiet offer for remote workers who need a break from their work-from-home settings. Through Oct. 29, the offer includes a standard room equipped with a six-foot worktable featuring four ports for charging electronics; a mini fridge stocked with bottled waters and fresh fruit; a pool-side food and beverage credit; one smoothie daily; full use of rooftop pool, courtyard and fitness center; complimentary valet parking and WiFi; 24-hour concierge service; and room service 11 a.m.–8 p.m.