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TAT launches Thailand Travel Shield insurance for tourists Greg Lowe, Bangkok, July 25, 2014
THE Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and four local insurance companies have teamed up to provide foreign visitors with instant online coverage in a bid to rebuild traveller confidence after May's military coup.

Travel consortium in the Philippines targets pink market Marianne Carandang, Manila, July 25, 2014
THREE travel companies have formed a new consortium, Outings, to offer gay-friendly tours to and from the Philippines that are free of discrimination.

Lost Air Algerie flight discovered in Mali Algiers, July 25, 2014
IN THE latest incident in what could be one of the worst weeks for the aviation industry, an Air Algerie flight that had lost contact with authorities has now been found crashed in Mali.

Terror looms larger at USS' Halloween Horror Nights 2014 Singapore, July 25, 2014
UNIVERSAL Studios Singapore is scaling up the screams for its fourth edition of Halloween Horror Nights in October with one more scare zone and haunted house, including Singapore's first 3D haunted house.

Sri Lanka taps inter-island travel by joining VIO Shekhar Niyogi, Kolkata, July 25, 2014
SRI Lanka will join the Vanilla Islands Organization (VIO) by end-2014 to leverage the consortium's inter-island packages to drive tourism, in an announcement made last week.

Tune Hotels property opens in Malaysia's Cyberjaya Kuala Lumpur, July 25, 2014
TUNE Hotels is offering business travellers another accommodation option with the opening of a property in Cyberjaya, dubbed Malaysia's Silicon Valley.

Over 40 killed in TransAsia plane crash Taipei, July 24, 2014
TRANSASIA Airways flight GE222 crash landed in a residential area near Magong airport on the Penghu island chain in Taiwan yesterday, claiming the lives of at least 40 travellers.

Israel opens alternative airport to commercial flights, US lifts ban Tel Aviv, July 24, 2014
RESPONDING to a ban on commercial airline operations at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport issued earlier this week by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Israel has opened Ovda Airport to international commercial flights instead.

Less congestion expected at NAIA as T3 opens fully Marianne Carandang, Manila, July 24, 2014
MANILA'S Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will be "fully operational" by July 31, with five international carriers transferring operations to the new facility, said the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Jet Airways will increase international ops as part of turnaround Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, July 24, 2014
JET Airways has announced a three-year turnaround plan to return to profitability through fleet consolidation by selling or leasing surplus aircraft, debt restructuring and expansion of profitable international operations.

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