2017 Articles Archive

2017 Articles Archive

New hotels: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, Waldorf Astoria Chengdu and more

The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week. Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson The hibiscus-shaped property in Malaysia boasts 639 sea-facing pool villas, each with its...

Hotel Riu Sri Lanka, Ahungalla

The Spanish chain forayed into Sri Lanka with its debut in August 2016, captivating locals with its all-inclusive offer. Feizal Samath dives in for...

A bigger Hotelbeds eyes stronger clout, value in fragmented space

A better value proposition that leverages technology and the synergies from its recent acquisitions is what Hotelbeds expects to offer to its clients in...

Days away from implementation, Malaysian tourism tax plan still unclear

With days to go until the new tourism tax supposedly comes into force on August 1, the Malaysian trade is still none the wiser...

Fears of billions in lost revenue especially for Barcelona from Catalonia...

As Catalonia's separatist drive wages on, Spain's tourism industry as a whole faces losing revenues of 1.2 billion euros (US$1.4 billion) this quarter, a...

Princess Cruises cooks up challenge for Jakarta agents

Princess Cruises recently held a cooking challenge for over 50 travel agents in Jakarta as part of its relationship building programme with the local...

Meliá Makassar cosies up to inbound agents

While OTA bookings make up a sizeable portion of Meliá Makassar’s business, the one-year-old hotel is stepping up cooperation with local inbound operators to...

Virgin flies HK agents to Melbourne

Tourism Australia partnered Virgin Australia and Visit Victoria to host a trade fam trip last week to introduce the airline’s new Melbourne-Hong Kong route. A total...

Flight Centre lays out global DMC ambitions

The Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has outlined plans to create a new global business that will provide in-destination services to travellers, including transfers,...

Tokyo bar hopping made easier for solo travellers

A new Japanese company, Libra Inc, has launched the Tokyo Bar Hopping Tour, taking solo travellers around alleys in Shinjuku and Shibuya where locals...

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