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Sails unfurled for aqua luna II on HK Harbour Hong Kong, April 26, 2017
A new traditional Chinese wooden junk boat, aqua luna II, has joined the aqua luna family to offer harbour cruises of Hong Kong's iconic skyline.

Rove launches Vietnam adventure tours Bangkok, April 26, 2017
Specialist adventure tour operator Rove has now expanded into Vietnam, bringing its countries of operation up to a total of eight, in addition to Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

Chinese travelling more in Japan but spending less Julian Ryall, Tokyo, April 25, 2017
The number of foreign tourists arriving in Japan continued its upward trajectory in 1Q2017, although a sharp decline in per capita spending is attributed to Chinese visitors exercising more prudence with their cash.

Michelin Guide's coming to Bangkok in late 2017 Bangkok, April 25, 2017
Following Singapore, Thailand will be the second country in South-east Asia to boast a Michelin guide, announced the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in a press conference last week.

Greater transparency for Muslim travellers with new hotel standard Kuala Lumpur, April 25, 2017
Salam Standard has launched the Premium Hotel Classification scheme which rates hotels based on their number and standard of Muslim-friendly facilities and services, with an emphasis on rigorous hotel checks and audits.

World's busiest airports revealed: ACI Montréal, April 25, 2017
The Airports Council International (ACI) has revealed its study of the world's busiest airports in 2016, with Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) retaining its top spot with over 104 million passengers and 2.6 per cent growth from 2015.

North America, Europe higher up on APAC travellers' radar: Sojern Singapore, April 25, 2017
Travellers from Asia-Pacific are venturing to North American and European destinations in 2Q2017 compared to local and regional ones in 1Q2017, bucking the global trend of fewer travellers planning to visit major US cities this spring, revealed performance marketing engine Sojern in its Q2 Global Travel Insights report.

Oakwood's 11th property in Tokyo set for launch Singapore, April 25, 2017
Come May, Oakwood Asia Pacific will open its 11th property in Tokyo, its first in the region since Oakwood Worldwide was acquired by Mapletree in February.

Photo of the Day: Thai Airways takes delivery of third Airbus A350 XWB Toulouse, April 25, 2017
Thai Airways International (THAI) last Friday took delivery of its third Airbus A350-900XWB named Uthumphon. This new twin-engine widebody aircraft will enter into service on May 1 on the Bangkok-Frankfurt route. The Thai national carrier has ordered 12 A350s, with the first two already delivered last year.

How buying GTA will strengthen Hotelbeds Raini Hamdi, Bangkok, April 24, 2017
With GTA under its belt, subject to regulatory approvals, and its acquisition announcement last February of Tourico Holidays, Hotelbeds will be by far the dominant, global B2B bedbanks player.

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