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With PlacePass, Marriott now forays into tours and activities Bethesda, Maryland, March 22, 2017
No longer content with selling just hotel rooms, Marriott International yesterday announced its investment in PlacePass, an online tours and activities metasearch platform based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Philippines gets a hand from Genting for cruise infrastructure development Manila and Ilocos Norte, March 22, 2017
Hot on the heels of Royal Caribbean Cruises' announcement last week to build a purpose-built cruise ship terminal in the Western Visayas' Caticlan or Boracay, Genting Cruise Lines has also signed an MoU with Philippine stakeholders to develop cruise infrastructure in the country.

Trade applauds Cambodia's tougher enforcement of tourism standards Marissa Carruthers, Phnom Penh, March 22, 2017
The authorities' plans to raise tourism standards significantly across Cambodia have been met with approval by agents in the country.

Virgin Australia to commence Hong Kong-Melbourne service Melbourne, March 22, 2017
After announcing plans to introduce its first flights to Hong Kong, Virgin Australia has now confirmed Melbourne will be the Australian city to enjoy the connections starting July 5.

Tourism remains a global driving force for jobs, economy: WTTC London, March 22, 2017
Growth in the travel and tourism industry outpaced the global economy for the sixth consecutive year in 2016, according to WTTC.

US, UK ban large devices for some Middle East flights Singapore, March 22, 2017
In a similar move to the US' ban on carry-on electronic gadgets on planes coming from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, the British government has also announced a cabin luggage ban on laptops for direct passenger flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Lufthansa cosies up to agents, corporates through direct channels Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Bangkok, March 21, 2017
Digitalisation and greater personalisation of products and services will play key roles in the Lufthansa Group's push in developing a "multi-channel landscape" as the European airline seeks to reduce its reliance on traditional distribution channels.

China spat puts chill on South Korea cruise sector Julian Ryall, Tokyo, March 21, 2017
Cruise operators are rewriting their operations to South Korean ports as the diplomatic row between Beijing and Seoul increasingly spills over into the travel sector.

Amadeus offers agencies Productivity Tracker tool Bangkok, March 21, 2017
Productivity Tracker has become the latest addition to the Amadeus Agency Insight suite.

Jetstar Asia codeshare gives Jet Airways three new destinations Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong, March 21, 2017
Jet Airways will begin codesharing on Jetstar Asia flights from Singapore to 11 destinations, extending its footprint to three new destinations: Darwin, Phuket and Penang. Sales lines open tomorrow for travel commencing from March 26.

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