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Planned Asian travel expenditure on the upswing Singapore, April 23, 2014
ASIAN travellers are committing greater amounts of money to travel in the coming year with plans to increase expenditure by seven per cent from US$4,331 last year to US$4,633 this year.

Maori cultural centre Te Puia expands into ecotourism Caroline Boey, Rotorua, April 23, 2014
ROTORUA'S Te Puia, New Zealand's living Maori culture centre, is developing a site masterplan to add new facilities and expand its offering beyond culture.

Marriott launches Courtyard hotel in Bilaspur Bilaspur, April 23, 2014
MARRIOTT International has opened the 11th Courtyard by Marriott hotel in India with the introduction of the Courtyard by Marriott, Bilaspur.

MICE travel consultants discover Switzerland in Asia Trophy tour Singapore, April 23, 2014
FORTY-FIVE incentive and meeting travel consultants from 12 Asian countries will 'Discover Switzerland' on a tour led by Kuoni Group Travel Experts and hosted by Switzerland Tourism from April 24 to 27 this week.

Choice Hotels International brings new brands to China New York, April 23, 2014
US-LISTED Choice Hotels International has confirmed further expansion into China with the signing of a development agreement with Boli Hotel Management Company for Choice's Quality Hotel and Clarion Hotel brands.

South Korea recommends 10 walking trails Singapore, April 23, 2014
THE Korea Tourism Organization has selected 10 scenic walking trails in the country for hiking enthusiasts.

Bangkok hotels dissuaded from dropping rates Greg Lowe, reporting from Thailand Tourism Forum 2014, Bangkok, April 22, 2014
BANGKOK'S hotels, which have suffered low occupancies in recent months, will not be able to fully recover until a peaceful resolution is found to the country's political crisis. In the meantime, traveller confidence in the destination must be restored, said industry leaders at the Thailand Tourism Forum yesterday.

Panorama Malaysia grows Muslim market share with 100% halal tours S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, April 22, 2014
PANORAMA Tours Malaysia is guaranteeing 100 per cent halal tours under its series of new outbound tour packages named Marhaba, or 'welcome' in Arabic.

Accor to rebrand The Sentosa Beaufort as Sofitel Kathy Neo, Singapore, April 22, 2014
SINGAPORE will welcome a second Sofitel hotel next year, the result of yet another partnership between Accor and Royal Group after the soon-to-open Sofitel So Singapore.

Tide of development sweeps into Lombok Singapore, April 22, 2014
LOMBOK'S star is on the ascent with new airlines launching flights to the island and a slew of hotel and commercial developments to spring up over the coming years.

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