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Malaysia surpasses Singapore in arrivals to Japan S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, August 22, 2014
MALAYSIA has overtaken neighbouring Singapore as Japan's second largest South-east Asian source market since visa exemptions were introduced for its nationals in July last year.

Taipei promotes 'BMW' travel Prudence Lui, Hong Kong, August 22, 2014
SINGAPOREAN and Malaysian travellers are being told to Travel by 'BMW' in Taipei, a campaign encouraging tourists to get around the Taiwanese city by bus or bicycle, metro, or walking.

Suvarnabhumi might get a new terminal Bangkok, August 22, 2014
AIRPORTS of Thailand (AoT) is preparing to scale up Suvarnabhumi Airport in the coming years, with a new terminal and monorail system on the table even as it juggles with plans to expand the existing facility.

Philippine hotels move closer to regional rating standard Marianne Carandang, Manila, August 22, 2014
THE Department of Tourism's (DoT) programme to eventually convert all hotel ratings to a five-star system has been rolled out at 694 of the country's 6,873 accommodations so far.

Fairmont Suzhou to debut in 2018 Suzhou, August 22, 2014
A DEAL between Golden Land Real Estate and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will see the latter launch Fairmont Suzhou in China's Jiangsu province in 2018.

Mega 970-key Hotel Gracery Shinjuku open for bookings Tokyo, August 22, 2104
FUJITA Kanko's new flagship for its Hotel Gracery brand is said to give the hospitality company the largest share of Shinjuku's room inventory, being the only hotel of its kind in Tokyo's Kabukicho.

Macau teases Hong Kong market with new developments Yvonne Chang, Macau, August 21, 2014
MACAU Government Tourist Office (MGTO) is shoring up Hong Kong arrivals with its Surprise Macau campaign, launched last week.

Cruise lines unveil more South-east Asian offerings Singapore, August 21, 2014
ROYAL Caribbean International and Princess Cruises have announced itineraries for their ships' upcoming Singapore homeport seasons.

Travel businesses can now plant flag on Google Maps Sydney, August 21, 2014
GOOGLE is now allowing anyone to add pins and markers to Google Maps, an opportunity for industry members to highlight local attractions, businesses and places of interest, pointed out tourism research company

Uber rides on TripAdvisor app Singapore, August 21, 2014
TRIPADVISOR has integrated Uber functionality into its app and mobile site, giving travellers a transport option to reach their desired locations.

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