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Singapore gets a Dream ship Raini Hamdi, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 20, 2017
With the delivery of its second ship World Dream this fall, Dream Cruises will be redeploying its first ship Genting Dream from its current base in Guangzhou to Singapore for year-round homeporting from December 3, reaffirming its positioning as Asia's first luxury cruise line not just for the China market but Asia and international markets.
 

It's Chiang Mai for ATF 2018 Xinyi Liang-Pholensa and Yixin Ng, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 20, 2017
Come 2018, Chiang Mai will be an ATF host city for the first time, as part of a strategic decision in host country Thailand's ongoing push to develop the northern city as a MICE destination.
 

ASEAN's a ‘raft' amid uncertainty: Singapore PM Raini Hamdi, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 20, 2017
Beyond jointly marketing ASEAN through campaigns and promotions, Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has underscored the need to do "the less glamorous behind-the-scenes hard work" and proposed three ways towards a vibrant ASEAN tourism industry, namely through strengthening air links, building up cruise tourism and developing tourism talent.
 

Growing trans-Pacific routes lift North American demand to SE Asia Yixin Ng, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 20, 2017
North American travel into South-east Asia is looking set to grow as Asian carriers open up more routes linking the regions.
 

Trade unfazed by Tourism Malaysia's shrinking presence in longhaul markets S Puvaneswary, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 20, 2017
Tourism Malaysia is in the midst of closing its offices in Los Angeles, New York, Stockholm and Johannesburg to consolidate its marketing activities into more effective markets where there are direct flights.
 

Indonesia all out to woo Xinjiang's Muslims Paige Lee Pei Qi, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 20, 2017
Eager to court the Muslim segment from the burgeoning Chinese outbound market, Indonesia is stepping up its promotion as a halal destination to China's Xinjiang, which is home to the Muslim Uigher minority.
 

Brunei unveils next moves on tourism chessboard Rachel AJ Lee, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 20, 2017
With oil prices on a decline, the oil-rich country of Brunei is tackling tourism business with renewed fervour to support its GDP.
 

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Tours shaken up by trips sharing economy Raini Hamdi, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 19, 2017
Asian tour operators are reinventing tours and strengthening capabilities as bigger players like Airbnb foray into their territory.
 

Mono itineraries in SE Asia on the rise among longhaul travellers S Puvaneswary and Rachel AJ Lee, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 19, 2017
Longhaul buyers interviewed at the ATF TRAVEX are reporting growing demand for mono destinations in South-east Asia, which has long been perceived as a bloc. From wanting to visit numerous countries at one go, travellers are now focusing on one country for the entirety of their trip.
 



 
 
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