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Trump's travel ban a bigger blow to US image than arrivals Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, February 20, 2017
President Trump's travel ban has had no observable impact on tourist demand to the US, according to a US delegation to India last week as part of the 2017 US-India Tourism Partnership Year, but work has to be done to uphold the country's image as an aspirational destination.
 

Philippine travel agencies allowed to continue passport processing Rosa Ocampo, Manila, February 20, 2017
In response to strong resistance from the trade, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is unlikely to push through with plans to bar travel agencies from assisting first-time passport applicants.
 

Virgin Australia enters alliance with HNA Aviation, has Hong Kong on radar Brisbane, February 20, 2017
Virgin Australia has announced an alliance agreement with HNA Aviation, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express, which will see the Australian carrier launching flights to Hong Kong and China, as well as codeshare with these Chinese carriers on international and domestic flights.
 

Airbnb gets into luxury vacation home business San Francisco, February 20, 2017
Airbnb has acquired Montreal-based luxury vacation rental company Luxury Retreats, a move that is expected to bolster the use of the sharing-economy giant among wealthy globetrotters.
 

Direct flights launched between Pattaya, Phuket Bangkok, February 20, 2017
Thailand's two major beach destinations, Pattaya and Phuket, will boast direct air connections when Thai AirAsia begins daily services between the two cities on March 30.
 

New Meliá resort to rise in Vietnam's Cam Ranh Palma de Mallorca, Spain, February 20, 2017
Meliá Hotels International has entered into an agreement with Saigon - Cam Ranh Joint Stock Company to launch the 300-room Meliá Cam Ranh Bay in 2018.
 

Dusit International appoints sales, marketing VPs Bangkok, February 20, 2017
Dusit International has named Prachoom Tantiprasertsuk vice president of sales and Michael Leong vice president of marketing.
 

India's tourism image on the mend Rohit Kaul, reporting from SATTE, New Delhi, February 17, 2017
Safety concerns that marred India's tourism image in 2015 may now be a thing of the past for the country's tour operators.
 

Philippine Airlines' Manila-KL route relaunch brings cheer to trade S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, February 17, 2017
Inbound and outbound agents in Malaysia are elated after Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced that it would reinstate its Manila-Kuala Lumpur services on June 8, three years after the suspension of this route due to poor performance.
 

Global marketing plans to promote Sri Lanka unveiled Rohit Kaul, reporting from SATTE, New Delhi, February 17, 2017
Sri Lanka Tourism has drawn up a series of initiatives to boost international tourist arrivals, including intensifying marketing efforts through digital platforms and travel programmes on global TV channels like CNN.
 



 
 
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