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Yogya governor guarantees safety Mimi Hudoyo
THE Governor and Sultan of Yogyakarta, Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, has issued a letter of guarantee there will be no sweeping of international visitors staying in the city. The letter was issued last weekend, after the Sultan had met several Muslim organisations and reiterated there would be no anti-American action in Yogyakarta. In the letter of guarantee, the Sultan criticised the sweeping action...

Crossair to take over Swissairs operations Wrisney Tan
ZURICH The SAirGroup has been forced to sell its 70 per cent stake in Crossair to UBS and the Credit Suisse Group.Crossair will be assuming responsibility of Swissairs flight operations no later than October 28, taking over segments amounting in total to two-thirds of Swissairs worldwide flight operations.The trimming of route network and fleet is expected to result in the loss of 2,560 jobs ...

French travel confidence fair Pauline Tan
MUNICH A new barometer to monitor travellers confidence shows the French are equally mixed about travelling.France was the first country surveyed on: Will the present international events, in your opinion, change your travel plans between now and the end of 2001?, launched by IPK International, The World Travel Monitor company and its French Travel Monitor partner research institute, BVA. Ha...

WTOs 2002 forecasts out in November Caroline Boey
OSAKA The World Tourism Organization (WTO) says it will be ready to announce the 2002 world tourism forecast by mid-November when the industry meets in London for World Travel Market.WTO secretary-general, Mr Francesco Frangialli, earlier said tourism growth in 2001 would be halved from three per cent to 1.5 per cent because of the terrorist attacks in the US last month, but added it would be m...

Six candidates vie for PATA CEO job TTG Asia, Taipei
TAIPEI The PATA Board Meeting in Taipei last September 22-23 heard from PATA 2001/2002 chairman Mr John Sandford that six candidates were going through two rounds of interviews and shortlisted ones would undergo a third round this month. The Executive Search Committee and the PATA Executive Committee will present their recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval in mid to late-...

Le Mans postponed N Nithiyananthan
KUALA LUMPUR The Le Mans Series Race of Champions, scheduled to be held in Malaysia for the first time on November 9 to 11, has been postponed to early next year. The specific date will be announced on October 6 after the Le Mans Series race at Atlanta, Georgia....

Indonesia reviews arrivals target Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta
Indonesias Ministry of Culture and Tourism is to review arrivals target to Indonesia following the recent tragedy in the US.

The country was expecting arrivals to reach 5.4 million this year, with revenues of US$5.3 billion. The target for arrivals next year is 5.8 million.

The ministrys director of marketing, Mr Thamrin Bachri, said: The terror must have given some sort of p...


Illegal Korean agents a pain for Philippines Germaine de Peralta, Manila
Top industry officials said that many Korean tour operators and tour guides were operating in the Philippines illegally under tourist visas or without the proper licences.

However, they blamed the local government units for giving Korean tourists business licences without first checking if they were permanent residents of the Philippines.

Industry officials accused illegal Korean...


Aerowisata builds a new Jakarta hotel Mimi Hudoyo, Bali
Aerowisata, the hotel and travel agency subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, is building a new 168-room four star hotel in Jakarta. Tentatively named Aerogat Hotel (taken from Aerowisata-Garuda Aviation Training), it is located in front of the Garuda Aviation Training Centre in Duri Kosambi, Tangerang.

Aerowisata vice president marketing, Mr Toto Sugiarto, said: We are building the hotel ...


Information centre for Laguna Phuket opens Jeremy Colson
BANGKOK The Laguna Phuket has opened a dedicated information and customer service centre at Phuket International Airport. Called the Laguna Phuket Hospitality Centre, it is located within the international arrivals hall, is the first such service to be offered at Phuket Airport and is open seven-days a week from 7am until 9pm.Laguna Phuket is home to: Banyan Tree Phuket; Dusit Laguna Resort; La...

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