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Direct flights from Indonesia to India on the way to getting nod Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, January 29, 2013
THE absence of direct air connectivity between India and Indonesia may soon become history as the Indonesian government is now working to remove the deadlock that has impeded Indian outbound traffic to the archipelago.

Hong Kong readies for cruise boom Prudence Lui, Hong Kong, January 29, 2013
CRUISING interest is gathering steam in Hong Kong, with Kai Tak Cruise Terminal's first berth set to open in June and the recent announcement by Carnival Corporation for a Hong Kong office to support its Asian expansion.

Amadeus traces big four travel trends: the Me, Red Tape, Leapfrog, Barbell Effects Hannah Koh, Singapore, January 29, 2013
AMADEUS today released the findings of a commissioned study of travel within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, highlighting four major travel trends for the period until 2030.

MATTA builds interest for Muslim tours in Japan S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, January 29, 2013
JAPAN National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) will sign a MoU in Yokohama tomorrow to promote cooperation and exchange of tourism ideas between the two countries.

Le Méridien's 2013 expansion centres on Asia New York, January 29, 2013
LE Méridien Hotels & Resorts is expected to launch nine new hotels over the next 12 months, with the majority located in Asia-Pacific. Two openings are planned for China, and one each for Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh.

New DMO aims to plant central Vietnam on tourism map Hong Kong, January 29, 2013
HOTELIERS, resort and golf course owners, and travel operators have come together to establish the Central Coast Vietnam Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO), in a push to promote the region as a competitor to established beach destinations such as Bali, Phuket and Koh Samui.

Indian travel trade decries ban on airline transaction fee Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, January 28, 2013
BASED on a Supreme Court order issued on January 23, India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has banned all airlines from charging passengers any transaction fees, a move that has been lambasted by airline ticketing companies in the country.

Control of air and ground expenses a priority for travel managers Singapore, January 28, 2013
DRIVING air and ground savings continues to be the most important consideration for travel buyers in 2013, according to Carlson Wagonlit Travel's (CWT) Travel Management Priorities report based on an international survey of nearly 800 travel managers. Their other top concerns were improving traveller compliance and optimising hotel spend.

Park Hotel Group gets its first private label chain code on GDS Singapore, January 28, 2013
PARK Hotel Group has launched its private label chain code - PG - allowing travel consultants to conveniently locate and book the group's properties across all GDSs.

Capri by Fraser for Vietnam and Malaysia following Singapore debut Singapore, January 28, 2013
FOLLOWING the launch of its first hotel residence, the 313-key Capri by Fraser, Changi City/Singapore, Frasers Hospitality will take the brand to Vietnam and Malaysia.

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