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GTA to be sold to Hotelbeds Raini Hamdi, Bangkok, April 21, 2017
Hotelbeds Group has swooped in on its rival, Kuoni GTA, for an undisclosed price.

Urbane Nomads creates game-based adventure travel with charity goals Karen Yue, Singapore, April 21, 2017
Singapore-based luxury travel agency Urbane Nomads has rejuvenated its business approach with a new website, fresh itineraries, courtship of high-end corporate retreats and an unusual travel game that benefits humanitarian organisations supporting various causes in 18 strickened destinations.

Montano cries foul in face of corruption, competence allegations Rosa Ocampo, Manila, April 21, 2017
The Philippine Tour Operators Association (Philtoa) has called for the resignation of Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano, who was accused by his staff of 24 alleged irregularities, all of which he denied.

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Long-delayed MAPS theme park starts sales drive ahead of opening S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, April 21, 2017
The Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) theme park in Perak, opening this June, is ramping up sales efforts in Singapore by offering discounts to visitors who drop by its booth during the Travel Malaysia Fair 2017, held at the Singapore Expo Convention & Exhibition Centre from today to April 23.

ITB China Conference line-up unveiled Shanghai and Berlin, April 21, 2017
With the inaugural ITB China event round the corner, programme and speaker details for the key conference component have been released, covering themes of ‘destination', ‘online travel & travel tech' and ‘corporate travel & MICE'.

New Mövenpick hotel coming to Lahore's Johar Town Dubai, April 21, 2017
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed a deal with the Orient Group of Companies to manage the 310-key Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore, scheduled for opening in 2021 as part of the Finance and Trade Centre in Johar Town, a mixed-used development earmarked as the city's new commercial hub.

New hotel openings: April 15-21, 2017 April 21, 2017
The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week.

Cambodia to finally get a tourism marketing body Marissa Carruthers, Phnom Penh, April 20, 2017
A central tourism marketing and advertising council is set to launch by end-April to help Cambodia achieve its target of seven million visitors by 2020.

Malaysia's hotels shoulder 'unfair' tourism tax burden, say association heads S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, April 20, 2017
Malaysia's hotel associations are voicing their concerns about having to bear additional costs of the tourism tax bill recently passed in parliament, and are banding together to suggest alternatives means of sustainable funding for tourism development.

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