10 July, Shanghai – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, in cooperation with Ctrip's top travel brand, HHtravel, and Private Jet Journeys, announced the launch of the "Shangri-La Private Jet Journey" programme providing a personalised, high-quality luxury travel experience to China's high-end leisure travellers. In so doing, Shangri-La aims to create a new stage for strategic cooperation with high-end travel brands.
The first flight of the "Shangri-La Private Jet Journey" series is set for the Maldives—the most favoured destination of China's affluent. The "Maldives Double Villa Luxury Journey" will take off on Golden Week in October 2013. It will be China's first upscale travel group to enjoy a direct flight to a high-end island by private jet and the only group trip of its kind this year. In the future, the program will introduce private jet journeys to Europe, the Americas and Australasia with travellers staying at Shangri-La's global luxury hotels and savouring local cuisines and exploring the culture and heritage of the destinations. Among Chinese luxury travellers, Shangri-La was named the most preferred hotel brand for the second consecutive year in the 2013 Hurun Report – The Chinese Luxury Traveler.
"Shangri-La has had years of strong partnership with the industry's leader, Ctrip," said Kent Zhu, chief marketing officer of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. "This time, we have teamed up with HHtravel, Ctrip's subsidiary specialising in luxury travel services, to expand our cooperation to the field of high-end travel. We wish to provide our guests with more exclusive luxury experiences featuring meticulous, distinguished hotel services; high-end, customised itineraries, and a private jet experience. The Maldives trip is only the start of the 'Shangri-La Private Jet Journey' series. In the future, leveraging on the close cooperation with HHtravel and Private Jet Journeys, we will continue to launch more exciting private jet trips."
Throughout the "Maldives Double Villa Luxury Journey," guests will stay at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives. Boasting a six-kilometre coastline and two kilometres of fine white sand beach, it is the only hotel located in the southern part of the Maldives, nearest to the equator, and the only hotel in the entire country that has its own private executive airport terminal with an exclusive VIP lounge handling entry-exit and check-in procedures for guests. Guests will stay a few nights each in a Water Villa and Tree House Villa while at the resort.
The Water Villas are built on top of the resort's lagoon. Offering panoramic views and fresh sea air, this private haven is connected to the island by a timber walkway, with azure waters in close proximity. In contrast, the hidden Tree House Villas are built on top of trees, over waters teeming with marine life, where guest can enjoy both the privacy and beautiful scenery with sweeping sea views unfolding like a canvas.
Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives is also the country's first hotel to have a nine-hole golf course, as well as the first to offer bike tours of the surrounding islands. Located in the southern part of Villingili Island, the golf course occupies an area of 7.5 hectares and offers breathtaking views.
A BBJ Boeing Business Jet is slated to be chartered for the Maldives trip. The jet aircraft is a high-performing derivative of a Boeing 737 and specifically designed for VIP customers; the 150 seats of a Boeing 737 are transformed into 26 seats allowing each customer a comfortable seating experience. Moreover, with no overhead luggage rack, BBJ Boeing Business Jet is more spacious both horizontally and vertically.
For the Maldives trip, the private jet will land directly on Shangri-La's exclusive airport strip, where the hotel's attentive staff will immediately help guests check in, saving them from the hassles of waiting in the terminal.
The "Shangri-La Private Jet Journey—Maldives Double Villa Luxury Journey" will take off during the National Day Holidays. The seven-day excursions, priced at Rmb195,000 per person, will depart from both Beijing and Shanghai, with 24 customers from each location. Official reservations will be accepted from 29 July 2013 at midnight. The booking hotline is 400 690 2323.
"The launch of the Maldives trip, the first private jet travel series product, jointly with Shangri-La, is another major innovation by HHtravel in China's high-end tourism market," HHtravel CEO Jack You commented. "With the experience of the Maldives private jet trip, HHtravel will launch more routes in the future. On this occasion, cooperation with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts can be termed as a 'perfect match'—both sides have harmoniously identified proper interconnection to satisfy respective brand needs, while providing optimal services and products to our guests. This is also an important part of HHtravel's branding strategy."
HHtravel is China's leading luxury travel brand, offering unique around-the-world travel experiences to affluent consumers. Co-founded by Ctrip, China's largest online travel agency (OTA); leading luxury travel club, Trip TM; Hong Kong's leading travel company, Wing On, and Taiwan's largest OTA, ezTravel, HHtravel combines the brand influence, products, services, expertise and market share of each company.
About Private Jet Journeys
Founded in the U.S. in 1985, Private Jet Journeys is the first company to provide air charter services. Since then the company has successfully tapped global businesses. Its customers include multinational corporations, the world's top incentive travel planning companies, successful entrepreneurs, famous movie stars and sports celebrities.