Travel News: February 6, 2019

Cathay Pacific

Indian hotel startup OYO is planning to be bigger than Marriott

India’s biggest hotel chain is targeting global domination.

OYO, which launched just five years ago as a platform to book budget hotels in India, says it’s adding rooms faster than the world’s top three hotel chains combined.

“By 2023 we want to be the largest and most preferred hotel chain in the world,” an OYO spokesperson told CNN.


Chicago O’Hare Bumps Atlanta as Busiest Airport in United States
Travel Pulse

Atlanta’s reign as the country’s busiest airport has come to an end.

O’Hare International Airport in Chicago took the top slot in 2018, according to new data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


New Zealand may soon join the more-tourists-than-residents club

An English family that recently visited New Zealand made international news for behaving badly. They reportedly littered on the beach, scammed restaurants out of payment, and threatened violence against locals who asked them to change their ways. Their misbehavior struck a chord with New Zealanders, many of whom are wary of a recent influx of tourists.

Tourism to New Zealand is exploding. The number of visitors jumped from less than 2.5 million in 2012 to over 3.5 million in 2017, according to the most recently available data from the World Bank. This makes it among the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world.


Cathay Pacific opens yoga and meditation space at The Pier lounge
Business Traveller

Visitors to Cathay Pacific’s The Pier business class lounge at Hong Kong International Airport can now treat themselves to a spot of yoga or meditation at The Sanctuary, a new dedicated space within the lounge.

The 700 sq ft space has been developed in partnership with fitness company The Pure Group, which operates multiple gym and yoga studios across Hong Kong. Guests can head to one of two areas within the space: The Body Sanctuary, for yoga; or The Mind Sanctuary, for meditation.

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