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Dream Cruises assesses agents for premium shore excursions Raini Hamdi, Singapore, May 27, 2016
EVERYTHING must be ‘premium' on Asia's first luxury cruise line, Dream Cruises, which is evaluating ground agents for land excursions as the first ship, Genting Dream, arrives in Singapore on November 4.

No pay, but agents can't afford not to sell ancillaries Dannon Har, reporting from Travelport LIVE APAC Customer Conference 2016, Macau, May 27, 2016
EVEN though the sale of airline ancillaries do not directly translate into commission dollars for agents, selling these products remains crucial for them, according to Travelport.

Chinese agents unsure as destination Cuba opens up Prudence Lui, Beijing, May 27, 2016
CUBA made its debut at the Beijing International Travel Expo last week, in light of Air China's thrice-weekly Beijing-Montreal-Havana flight launched last December.

Japan to fund new cruise facilities in Okinawa Julian Ryall, Tokyo, May 27, 2016
OKINAWA'S tourism players have welcomed news that the Japanese government is to fund the construction of new cruise docking facilities in the town of Motobu.

Qatar to fly to Chiang Mai from December Doha, May 27, 2016
QATAR Airways will fly five times weekly to Chiang Mai, Thailand, via Yangon, beginning December 16, 2016.

New hotel openings: May 23 to 27, 2016 May 27, 2016
The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week

Photo of the day: PATA elects new executive board Bangkok, May 27, 2016
The Pacific Asia Travel Association's (PATA) new executive board was elected during the recent PATA Annual Summit 2016 in Guam, US.

Trade throws support behind IATA's NDC Dannon Har, reporting from Travelport LIVE APAC Customer Conference 2016, Macau, May 26, 2016
TRAVEL industry players are backing the implementation of IATA's New Distribution Capability (NDC), with technology providers, agents and airlines alike saying that the standard protocol will be a boon for all parties in the distribution chain.

STB to court Korean travellers with new mobile platform Singapore, May 26, 2016
THE Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and South-Korean Internet company Kakao will be collaborating on a dedicated mobile platform, Traveline Singapore, to bring customised Singapore destination content to Koreans.

SE Asia sees explosion of Beijing visitors in Q1 Prudence Lui, Beijing, May 26, 2016
SOME destinations in South-east Asia saw arrivals from Beijing shoot through the roof in 1Q2016 amid heightened efforts to tap the Chinese market.

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