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SIA net profit plummets 71% as industry outlook darkens Singapore, July 31, 2014
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) put on a poor showing for the first quarter of financial year 2014/2015, reporting a 71 per cent year-on-year depression in net profit on the back of intensified competition, "unforeseen events" and the performance of associated companies.

Myanmar's tourist influx continues into 1H2014 Sid Dhartha, Yangon, July 31, 2014
TOURIST arrivals to Myanmar have increased again the first-half of this year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Philippines expands offerings to Muslim travellers Rosa Ocampo, Manila, July 31, 2014
PREDOMINANTLY Catholic Philippines is gradually expanding its limited inventory of halal travel products to capture more of the small yet steadily growing Muslim market.

Middle East airlines adjust flights to India Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, July 31, 2014
FLYDUBAI will commence flights to India this year, at the same time Royal Jordanian Airlines has announced their withdrawal of India flights.

Uniworld rolls out more European river cruises for 2015 Paige Lee Pei Qi, Singapore, July 31, 2014
UNIWORLD Boutique River Cruise Collection will offer more European itineraries in 2015 than any other cruise line, having opened bookings for its 33 all-inclusive European itineraries with six new programmes and 45 more departures on the Rhine and Danube River cruise.

Hilton launches hot spring resort on Hainan Island Baoting, July 31, 2014
HILTON Worldwide this week opened the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hainan ­- Qixianling Hot Spring within the Qixianling Hot Spring National Rainforest Park on Hainan Island, China.

ICAO tackles lack of comprehensive threat information in aviation Montreal, July 30, 2014
GLOBAL aviation authorities have condemned the gunning down of Malaysia Airlines MH17, and pledged to cooperate on building stronger information frameworks and tackling the issue of arms manufacture, in order to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that claimed 298 lives.

Low medical costs make Asia top for medical tourists Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, July 30, 2014
ASIA is claiming top spots as medical tourism destinations, according to the PHD Chamber's Medical and Wellness Tourism Report for 2013 with the first five places going to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India and South Korea respectively.

Israel tourists embroiled in anti-Israel row in the Maldives Feizal Samath, Colombo, July 30, 2014
THIRTY Israeli tourists and four other foreigners were evacuated from Kaafu Thulusdhoo Island in the Maldives on Monday in a row over anti-Israel placards.

Cavalia gallops into Singapore Singapore, July 30, 2014
MARINA Bay Sands (MBS) is gearing up for the start of theatrical production Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Man and Horse, in a merging of traditional equestrian art and modern production technology.

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