July 25, 2024

News in brief: EasyHotel, Cycas, Finnair, easyJet and Amex GBT

EasyHotel, the low-carbon, affordable hotel chain, has acquired its first site in the Spanish city of Valencia, at 7-8th Rojas Clemente sq. Expected to open in 2024, the plot is licensed for the development of a 95-room hotel with a breakfast area and parking. It is in a prime city centre location with a metro station just a few minutes’ walk away, the AVE train station a 15-minute walk away and a 25-minute drive to Valencia airport.

Cycas has partnered with InterGlobe to manage its portfolio of European hotels, including 10 properties in the K+K Hotel portfolio across various European cities. The partnership also includes management of the Hotel Reichshof in Hamburg, a luxury 278-room with Art Deco style facilities. Cycas is expanding its team to support the InterGlobe portfolio, with new leaders in Operations, People & Culture, Finance, Commercial and Property Management.

Finnair is set to resume passenger flights to Hong Kong this week (July 7) after a hiatus of five months. Flights will initially operate once a week, departing Helsinki each Thursday at 00:05, arriving into Hong Kong at 17:15 local time. On the return, flights will leave Hong Kong at 20:45 each Friday, arriving back at 05:55 the following morning. Return fares from London to Hong Kong start at £484.

Easyjet has launched flights to Liverpool from George Best Belfast City Airport. With daily departures on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the flights expand easyJet’s portfolio at Belfast City Airport and will offer passengers additional choice when flying to the UK. Flights start from £22.99.

American Express Global Business Travel has introduced a virtual assistant capability on the Amex GBT Mobile app. The new scheme includes natural language and free text input for requests, so it doesn’t limit the user to specific speech patterns or key words. Since it launched its first chat service in 2017, Amex GBT has expanded its digital channels to include apps such as WhatsApp and Apple Business Chat, with plans to soon expand to more platforms and countries.