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Indian luxe market on ascent in Philippines Rosa Ocampo, Manila, April 27, 2017
For a market that has traditionally been dominated by group tours, India is starting to show signs of maturing with more luxury travellers opting for the Philippines.
 

Sri Lanka TPB still saddled with debt Feizal Samath, Colombo, April 27, 2017
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) still has millions of rupees owed to companies from transactions made under the 2010-2015 (up to January) administration, the payment of which had been delayed due to audits, said tourism ministry secretary Janaka Sugathadasa.
 

Booking engine for business travellers now live Bangkok, April 27, 2017
A new membership-based booking engine, BudgetBusinessTravel.com, was launched on April 27, hoping to "fill a gap in the world of OTAs" by catering to independent business travellers.
 

Taiwan startup launches tour guide platform Taipei, April 27, 2017
Observing growing demand for private guides especially in the business travel sector, new Taiwanese travel startup Wogogo has launched a platform that allows travellers to search and match with local professional tourist guides.
 

Maldives' first Movenpick resort slated for 2018 launch Bangkok, April 27, 2017
When the 105-unit Movenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives opens in 2Q2018, it will mark the first resort in the Maldives for Swiss hospitality company.
 

AirAsia connects Bangkok-Danang with daily flights Bangkok, April 27, 2017
AirAsia will soon begin daily direct flights from Bangkok-Don Mueang to Danang from June 9.
 

Photo of the Day: David Cameron speaks at WTTC Global Summit Bangkok, April 27, 2017
WTTC 17th Global Summit kicked off in Bangkok yesterday, making the Thai capital the first country in South-east Asia to host the event. Following opening speeches by WTTC chairman Gerald Lawless and UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai, WTTC president & CEO David Scowsill called for a more sustainable world in his opening speech, titled 'Is It Too Much To Ask?', followed by former UK prime minister David Cameron's (pictured) keynote address on 'Altered States - Has Globalisation Had Its Day?'
 

What happens to tourism coalition when Scowsill, Rifai leave? Raini Hamdi, reporting live from WTTC Summit, Bangkok, April 26, 2017
World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) president & CEO of six years, David Scowsill, is leaving this June after six years at the helm of the organisation. With Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of UNWTO, also ending his term this year, it is uncertain if the Global Travel Association Coalition which they founded will be able to remain as cohesive.
 

MITA nudges Malaysian agents towards Chinese market S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, April 26, 2017
Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) is encouraging more inbound agents to cater to the China market to ensure there are enough suppliers to support the expected influx of Chinese tourists this year, according to the association's president Uzaidi Udanis.
 

Global travel defies numerous crises Valencia, April 26, 2017
Passengers from Europe, the Americas and the Far East are making more bookings and taking more flights despite recent terrorist attacks and ongoing geo-political wrangles, according to ForwardKeys.
 



 
 
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