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MH370 disappearance declared an accident by MAS Kuala Lumpur, January 30, 2015
MORE than 10 months since the ill-fated incident took place, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) yesterday officially declared the disappearance of flight MH370 an accident with no survivors.

Japan lures repeat visitors beyond 'golden route' Julian Ryall, Tokyo, January 30, 2015
AS Japan attracted a record 13.4 million foreign travellers in 2014, up an impressive 30 per cent from the previous year, return visitors are increasingly showing a preference for new experiences outside the traditional destinations of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto - a trend the Japanese travel trade is keen to encourage.

Philippines boosts marketing in India to reverse fortunes Rohit Kaul, reporting from SATTE, New Delhi, January 30, 2015
AFTER witnessing a decline in visitor numbers from India in 2014, the Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT) will step up marketing efforts in the India this year to arrest the arrivals slide.

South African buyers see potential in Myanmar for luxury travel Greg Lowe, Nay Pyi Taw, January 30, 2015
MYANMAR'S relative novelty in the South African market is providing luxury travel buyers an opportunity to gain first-mover status in selling the South-east Asian destination to more adventurous travellers.

Louvre Hotels Group to bring budget brands to India Rohit Kaul, reporting from SATTE, New Delhi, January 30, 2015
LOUVRE Hotels Group (LHG) is looking to introduce two new budget brands, Premiere Classe and Campanile, in India this year.

Fate of Japan's Skymark Airlines up in the air as debt drags it down Julian Ryall, Tokyo, January 30, 2015
JAPAN'S third-largest carrier, Skymark Airlines, has filed for court protection from its creditors with estimated liabilities of 71.1 billion yen (US$603 million).

Growing air links pave for more creative ASEAN packages Mimi Hudoyo, S Puvaneswary and Paige Lee Pei Qi, reporting from ASEAN Tourism Forum, Nay Pyi Taw, January 29, 2015
THE recent addition of new airlines and services into the ASEAN aviation landscape has greatly increased regional connectivity by linking up secondary destinations.

Philippines readies to play ATF host next year Hannah Koh, reporting from ASEAN Tourism Forum, Nay Pyi Taw, January 29, 2015
GIVEN that 99.2 per cent of total foreign arrivals last year travelled to the Philippines by plane, airlines and infrastructure development are therefore a priority for the destination, said Benito Benzon, undersecretary of tourism development, Philippine Department of Tourism.

Competitive hotel prices make Spain a bargain London, January 29, 2015
THE weak euro and fierce competition may be keeping hoteliers in Spain worried, but the low room rates also make the country an attractive destination for buyers, according to UK-based wholesaler JacTravel.

Myanmar's Apex Airlines poised for takeoff in March Sid Dhartha, Nay Pyi Taw, January 29, 2015
MYANMAR'S newest carrier Apex Airlines will begin operations in March, making it the 10th airline to add to the country's small but rapidly growing aviation sector.

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