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HNA it is for Carlson Hotels Raini Hamdi, Bangkok, April 28, 2016
ENDING months of speculation, Beijing-based HNA Tourism Group has entered into an agreement with Carlson Hospitality Group to buy Carlson Hotels, with an eye to accelerate growth "in areas such as digital, owned assets in major gateway cities, the building of Radisson RED and other new brands", said a statement.

Airbnb to surpass Uber by 2019 Hampshire, April 28, 2016
SHARED space providers including Airbnb and WeWork will surpass ride-sharing providers Uber and Lyft by 2019 in terms of revenue, according to new data from UK-based Juniper Research.

First WTM Connect Asia plugs the gap for Malaysia S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, April 28, 2016
THE inaugural edition of WTM Connect Asia in Penang next month aims to connect South-east Asian sellers to international buyers, and plugs the gap for Malaysia in having a branded travel trade show at last.

GBTA expands into India, teams up with ProKonsul Alexandria, Gurgaon, April 28, 2016
THE Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has launched GBTA India, and is looking to establish a broad-based membership among the Indian business travel community and develop quality educational content and events.

Website to demystify Japanese love hotels for foreigners Tokyo, April 28, 2016
LOVEINN Japan, said to be the first English-language website dedicated to Japanese love hotels, has been launched. Its hotel booking function is expected to only be made available in 2017.

Halong Bay gets first five-star hotel Singapore, April 28, 2016
HALONG Bay's first-five star hotel, Wyndham Legend Halong Bay, is slated for a June opening in Vietnam's Quang Ninh Province.

Mercedes-Benz Living@Fraser launched in Singapore Singapore, April 28, 2016
MERCEDES-Benz Living@Fraser has been launched at the Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore.

Genting Hong Kong acquires three shipyards, expands building capabilities Hong Kong, Bremerhaven, April 27, 2016
GENTING Hong Kong has acquired Nordic Yards' three shipyards in Wismar, Warnemunde and Stralsund, Germany for 230.6 million euros (US$260.6 million) and is now better equipped to fulfil ship orders for its growing global cruise fleet.

Amway China to boost New Zealand's tourism fortunes with 2018 event Shanghai, April 27, 2016
NEW Zealand has bagged hosting rights to Amway China's 2018 Leadership Seminar, its biggest incentive business to-date since entering the MICE market three years ago.

Plaza Premium scores contract to manage Cathay Pacific lounges in HKIA Hong Kong, April, 27, 2016
PLAZA Premium Group has been appointed to operate and manage three additional Cathay Pacific lounges for First and Business Class passengers at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with effect from May 1, 2016.

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