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International tourism hits one billion mark Spain, December 13, 2012
ONE billion tourists travelled the world in 2012, setting a new record for international tourism, according to UNWTO.

Suntec signs Penang deal as AEG goes over the moon with Darling Raini Hamdi, Singapore, December 13, 2012
SUNTEC International on Tuesday inked the deal to design, market and operate the Penang Waterfront Convention Centre (PWCC), about the same time AEG Ogden went over the moon for winning the bid to operate the new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney at Darling Harbour.

Economy boom fuels Manila's luxury hospitality market: report Manila, December 12, 2012
THE combination of being in the second fastest growing economy in Asia and having a stable political environment is benefiting the luxury hospitality sector in the Philippines' capital city, according to a C9 Hotelworks report.

Fraser Place Melbourne opens to strong occupancy Singapore, December 12, 2012
THE 112-unit Fraser Place Melbourne, which soft opened in July and celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday, has reported a robust occupancy of more than 82 per cent.

JacTravel expands into Hong Kong London, December 13, 2012
UK-BASED wholesale tour operator, JacTravel, has appointed Abba Lee to lead its new office in Hong Kong.

Indian tribunal rules out cartelisation among foreign airlines Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, December 12, 2012
IN A SETBACK to Indian travel consultants fighting foreign airlines' zero commission regime, the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) has maintained a February 2011 decision by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) that there was no evidence of cartelisation among the carriers.

SIA divests Virgin stake for US$360 million Singapore, December 12, 2012
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) will sell its 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic to Delta Air Lines for US$360 million in cash, a transaction which is expected to be completed in 4Q2013.

Minor Hotel Group expands, strengthens corporate focus Gracia Chiang, Singapore, December 12, 2012
AS PART of its plans to double in size over five years, Thailand-based Minor Hotel Group is making a strong push for its Anantara, Avani and Oaks brands in Asia as well as beefing up its focus on corporate and MICE business.

Apple launches charters to Hokkaido and Taipei S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, December 12, 2012
APPLE Vacations & Conventions will operate six direct charter flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hokkaido this month, with the first service launched last Sunday from the Malaysian capital to the Japanese city and onwards to Taipei.

Langham to add Shanxi to its map Hong Kong, December 12, 2012
LANGHAM Hospitality Group has inked an agreement with Huatang Grand Hotel Company to manage a new luxury hotel in Datong, Shanxi, China.

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