News and Deals: March 26, 2012 – Luxury hotel exec in Libya beaten by militia, Qantas in Hong Kong budget airline deal‎, Director James Cameron travels to the depths of the ocean and Luxury Hotels Lay Out Welcome Mats in India

Luxury hotel exec in Libya beaten by militia
USA Today

CNN on Sunday filed a disturbing report about a luxury hotel in Libya. A summary:

CNN says that armed members of a Libyan militia burst into the luxury Rixos Hotel in the capital Tripoli and opened fire after hotel officials told one of their members to pay six months’ worth of outstanding bill – or leave the property.

The shocking scene unfolded at the Rixos Hotel, which is owned by a Turkish company, CNN says. Rixos is described as the first international company that returned to Libya in September after the revolution.

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Qantas in Hong Kong budget airline deal‎
CNN International

Qantas of Australia and China Eastern Airlines are to launch Hong Kong’s first budget airline in a landmark deal for foreign participation in the Chinese aviation industry.

Jetstar Hong Kong will be a $198m joint venture in which Qantas and China Eastern hold equal stakes. It plans to start flying next year.

It will be the first time that major Chinese and foreign airlines have together established a passenger airline, with previous partnerships limited to cargo joint ventures or codeshare agreements.

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Director James Cameron travels to the depths of the ocean
‎ABC2 News

Director James Cameron has returned to the surface of the Pacific Ocean after traveling to Earth’s deepest point.

The director of “Titanic” and other films used a specially designed submarine called “Deepsea Challenger” to dive nearly seven miles.

He spent time exploring and filming the Mariana Trench, about 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam.

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Luxury Hotels Lay Out Welcome Mats in India
‎New York Times

Luxury hotels like the Oberoi and the Taj Mahal have long been part of the fabric of the Indian hospitality industry, but several high-end hoteliers are starting new outposts in the country.

The French hospitality brand Sofitel recently opened its first hotel in India in Mumbai’s business district: the Sofitel Mumbai BKC, named for its location in the Bandra Kurla Complex. The Franco-Spanish designer Isabelle Miaja is the creative mind behind the 302-room property, with contemporary design infused with Indian touches like the metal elephant adorning the North Indian restaurant Jyran. Other restaurants and bars include a French-Indian spot and a Paris-style cafe.

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