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'Fun' slogan in the Philippines here to stay Rosa Ocampo, Manila, December 9, 2016
After much deliberation and pressure from the trade, the Philippines' Department of Tourism (DoT) has confirmed that it will retain the It's more fun in the Philippines campaign slogan.

New luxury train in Japan on track for high demand Julian Ryall, Tokyo, December 9, 2016
Despite the high ticket prices ranging from 250,000 (US$2,187) to 1.3 million yen, the trade is expecting West Japan Railway's upcoming Twilight Express Mizukaze to attract significant interest from domestic and foreign travellers alike when the ultra-luxurious sleeper train debuts on June 17 next year.

Silversea partners Plateno Group for marketing in China Monaco, December 9, 2016
Silversea Cruises has appointed Guangzhou-based hotel company Plateno Group to market and sell its cruises throughout China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Visitor boom spurs Hilton's ambitions in Sri Lanka Feizal Samath, Colombo, December 9, 2016
Hilton Hotels & Resorts is exploring opportunities in Sri Lanka while stepping up efforts to cater to a growing Chinese clientele, according to a senior Hilton official.

Luxury agents, OTAs wanted for The Edison George Town Karen Yue, Penang, December 9, 2016
Penang's luxury heritage hotel, The Edison George Town, has begun partnering OTAs to move its 35-key inventory and is looking to work with travel agencies specialising in high-end markets to broaden its clientele.

New hotel openings: December 5 to 9, 2016 December 9, 2016
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Photo of the Day: Water salute for Qatar Airways' first Krabi flight Doha, December 9, 2016
Qatar Airways' first Doha-Krabi flight was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute when the Airbus A330-200 aircraft touched down in the southern Thai province earlier this week.

The South Beach Singapore gets new life under JW Marriott Paige Lee Pei Qi, Singapore, December 8, 2016
The new JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach will officially open its doors on December 15, following its refurbishment since South Beach Consortium appointed Marriott International to operate the design hotel earlier this year.

Banyan Tree strikes strategic alliance with AccorHotels Singapore, December 8, 2016
Barely a week after Taj Hotels and Palaces unveiled its strategic alliance with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the hospitality sector is now abuzz with the announcement of a S$24 million (US$16.9 million) partnership between Banyan Tree Holdings and AccorHotels to jointly develop and manage Banyan Tree branded hotels around the world.

Indian tourism begins to feel the pinch from cash crunch Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, December 8, 2016
The inbound trade in India is beginning to observe fallout from the government's demonetisation drive and fear that business will be considerably affected if the cash crunch is not resolved soon.

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