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Data to power travel industry's future development Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Bangkok, May 26, 2017
As the rapid advancement in digital technology transforms the travel landscape, the immense amount of data generated will play an increasingly important role in unlocking realms of possibilities for the travel industry to power its growth, said speakers at Hotelbeds' first MarketHub Asia event in Bangkok earlier this week.

Philippines' image needs mending from martial law, advisories: trade Rosa Ocampo, Manila, May 26, 2017
The Philippine trade is calling on the government to take the lead in counteracting the spate of travel advisories affecting parts of Mindanao and the Visayas, as well as the whole of Mindanao coming under martial law on Wednesday.

Bali's first Mumbai flight lifts prospects for Indian market Ade Siregar, Jakarta, May 26, 2017
Indonesian trade players are sanguine about AirAsia X Indonesia's new Mumbai-Bali service launched on May 19, which marked the first LCC service between both countries.

India's hospitality sector in shock over GST rate Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, May 26, 2017
India's decision that hotel rooms charging above Rs5,000 (US$77.11) would be subject to the highest Goods and Services Tax (GST) bracket of 28 per cent has caught flak from the trade, who believes this will compromise the destination's price competitiveness.

Muslim millennial travellers report to launch at ITB Asia 2017 Singapore, May 26, 2017
ITB Asia has extended its partnership with CrescentRating to offer market insights on halal tourism at the Singapore show this year.

New hotel openings: Hotel Jen Beijing, Novotel Phuket Phokeethra and more May 26, 2017
The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week

A bigger Hotelbeds eyes stronger clout, value in fragmented space Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Bangkok, May 25, 2017
A better value proposition that leverages technology and the synergies from its recent acquisitions is what Hotelbeds expects to offer to its clients in a "competitive" and "fragmented" market, said managing director Carlos Muñoz.

Norwegian Joy readies for Chinese entry with Singapore stop Yixin Ng, Singapore, May 25, 2017
As the 3,883-guest Norwegian Joy last weekend pulled into Singapore, a month ahead of its first sailings in China, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) shared that it is pursuing more than just an numbers game in China, with market understanding and brand loyalty also key to its strategy.

Indonesian millennial travellers chase discovery: Agoda survey Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, May 25, 2017
Indonesian millennials are showing a greater thirst for discovery and spontaneity during their travels, according to an Agoda survey.

UK threat level raised to critical after Manchester attack London, May 25, 2017
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has raised the UK's terror threat level from ‘severe' to ‘critical', the highest the nation has seen in a decade, following an attack in Manchester that left 22 dead and more injured.

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