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More to Laos than meets the eye, says tourism chief Paige Lee Pei Qi, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 19, 2017
Cities beyond Vientiane will be in the spotlight when the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of Laos kicks off its Visit Laos Year 2018 marketing blitz.
 

Park Hotel Group unveils its third Destination brand Barathi Narayan, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 19, 2017
Park Hotel Group has launched Destination, a select, midscale brand that provides quality and affordable accommodation in prime, central locations.
 

Malaysia's Panorama Holidays enters the Philippines S Puvaneswary, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 19, 2017
Panorama Holidays has taken steps to grow its presence beyond its home base in Malaysia, with its first full-fledged overseas office launched in Manila earlier this month.
 

Myanmar seeks avoidance of tourism pitfalls in sustainable development Marissa Carruthers, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, Jaunuary 19, 2017
As Myanmar's Ministry of Hotels and Tourism gears up to launch a campaign to promote its southern "virgin" archipelago, union minister Ohn Maung said responsible and sustainable tourism practices are essential to preserve the country's beauty and culture.
 

New gateway in Maldives a gamechanger for southern atolls Konotta, Maldives, January 19, 2017
Gan, in the south of the Maldives, recently opened up to international airlines, a development that could translate to an estimated three hours in time saving for travel to resorts in the south.
 

Viking explores Asia with new cruise itineraries Los Angeles, January 19, 2017
Viking Ocean Cruises will launch 13 new itineraries from 2017 to 2019, with the bulk sailing to destinations in Asia.
 

Tour East unfazed by resignations Raini Hamdi, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 18, 2017
Tour East Holdings does not see the departure of three of its senior management team as a blow, even though it risks losing accounts in the future as two of these leaders have joined competitor Diethelm Travel Group.
 

Fears of UK sales slump ‘deeply unfounded' Raini Hamdi, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 18, 2017
Despite the pound sterling taking a beating against major currencies, forward bookings from the UK market to South-east Asia are ahead of figures at the same time last year, allaying fears of a UK sales slump post-Brexit.
 

MICE, a new darling for ASEAN Xinyi Liang-Pholsena and Marissa Carruthers, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 18, 2017
The MICE industry is finally getting its attention at the regional level, with ASEAN member states placing increasing attention and rolling out concerted efforts to develop the sector further.
 

India's cash crunch casts long shadow on outbound travel S Puvaneswary, reporting from ATF 2017, Singapore, January 18, 2017
India's surprise demonetisation of its Rs500 (US$7.35) and Rs1,000 bills in November 2016 has rattled the travel trade, as inbound and outbound travellers grapple with a cash crisis that sees no respite in sight.
 



 
 
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