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Malaysia targets luxe shoppers as retail spend soars S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, June 20, 2017
With shopping now a bigger driver of tourist spend than ever before in Malaysia, a luxury-dedicated component of the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival was last week inaugurated by luxury retailer The Melium Group, in partnership with Tourism Malaysia and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

Upgraded A380 in the works to add seats, cut costs Toulouse, June 20, 2017
Airbus has unveiled an enhanced version of the superjumbo, the A380plus, featuring aerodynamic and capacity improvements that could result in an overall 13 per cent cost per seat reduction versus today's A380.

Archipelago International to open 12 new hotels in 2017 Jakarta, June 20, 2017
Indonesia's largest hotel management chain Archipelago International has unveiled plans to open at least 12 more hotels in Indonesia in 2017, which will add to its current portfolio of over 125 properties across South-east Asia.

Sabre Airline Solutions slices up APAC business, welcomes regional heads Singapore, June 20, 2017
Sabre Airline Solutions has restructured its business in Asia-Pacific into three separate regions - South Asia, North Asia and South-east Asia; the Pacific and Japan; as well as mainland China.

Photo of the Day: Shanghai Disney Resort celebrates first birthday Shanghai, June 20, 2017
On June 16, Shanghai Disney Resort celebrated its first anniversary with fireworks and floating lanterns at its Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Malaysian tour operators perplexed over which tax to apply S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, June 19, 2017
Conflicting statements by the federal and state governments and the lack of official documentation over the charging of the controversial tourism tax - supposed to come into effect on July 1 - is making it difficult for Malaysian operators to inform their overseas counterparts.

ASITA's Bali, South Sulawesi chapters link up for tourism promotion Mimi Hudoyo, Bali, June 19, 2017
The Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies' (ASITA) Bali and South Sulawesi chapters have signed an MoU at the recent Bali & Beyond Travel Fair 2017 to boost traffic between the destinations.

Campaign push first priority for new Sri Lankan tourism chief Feizal Samath, Colombo, June 19, 2017
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau's new chairman has come into office intent on speeding up a long-delayed destination marketing campaign, with a roll-out targeted in the next few weeks.

Indonesian e-commerce leader buys local OTA Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, June 19, 2017, a major e-commerce player in Indonesia, has acquired Iocal OTA as it seeks growth in its travel business.

TTM+ 2018 heads to Pattaya Chiang Mai, June 19, 2017
Following the latest two editions in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) will move to Pattaya in 2018, it was announced at the 16th TTM+ last week.

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