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Sydney tipped to be world"s favourite meeting place Joyce Wong, Hong Kong
Sydney is tipped to become the top city in the world for conventions, according to a forecast compiled by the International Congress and Convention Association for 2002.

It is now at the number five spot behind London, Paris, Madrid and Vienna. But early indications for 2002 make Sydney the most popular destination, with 40 meetings proposed and 16 confirmed.

The Sydney Convention ...


Scholarship for young MICE professionals IMA, Hong Kong
The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and EIBTM 2002 are looking for 20 industry executives under the age of 30 to take part in this year"s sixth hosted Forum for Young Professionals in Geneva.

Those chosen for the initiative will be offered a four-day visit to attend the world"s leading business to business event for the incentive, business travel and meetings i...


Hertz makes China breakthrough Caroline Boey, Singapore
Hertz has become the first global car rental company to operate in China.

It opened several locations in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou late last month.

Hertz signed an agreement with China National Automobile Anhua (Tianjin) International Trade Company (CNAA) which will be its licensee in China, and will operate under the trade name Hertz China.

Hertz China will have rental...


Easier entry for Taiwanese from March Prudence Lui, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong government has announced the launch of the iPermit Scheme for Taiwanese travellers, beginning March 18.

This follows reciprocal offers for repeat Hong Kong travellers last year.

Taiwan residents can go to authorised airlines (or authorised representatives) in Taiwan for the application. By proving they can return to Taiwan, personal data will be sent via the Internet ...


Charters deliver big "red packet" to Bangkok Jeremy Colson, Bangkok
More than 400 charter flights from mainland China and Taiwan will deliver an estimated 120,000 visitors to Thailand for Chinese New Year celebrations in Bangkok"s Chinatown next week.

The charters, plus one million local visitors, will generate revenue of more than 4.5 billion baht (US$100 million) for local traders in what is expected to be the biggest Chinatown celebration ever, Touri...


AirAsia relaunched as discount carrier N Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur
Tune Air, which bought Malaysia"s second largest airline, AirAsia, in September last year, has relaunched the airline as a no-frills carrier, offering heavily discounted fares.

Penang and Kota Bharu has been added to its existing network of Langkawi, Labuan, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching and state tourism organisations, inbound operators and properties at these destinations are already anti...


Drivers threaten to disrupt cross-border service TTG Asia, Hong Kong
About 20 drivers of Trans-Island Limousine Service, subsidiary of Ananda Wing On Travel, called in sick on Monday in protest against a 20 per cent pay cut.

The action has affected cross-border bus services.

The Hong Kong company employs 500 staff, about 80 of them drivers. It focuses on bus services linking Hong Kong to Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Jiangmen and another dozen cities in Guan...


Jetfoil links Busan and Fukuoka TTG Asia, Hong Kong
Macau magnate Stanley Ho"s high-speed ferry joint venture with China Travel Service wants to expand its jetfoils business between South Korea and Japan.

It has just sold a large jetfoil to a South Korean company.

Turbojet deputy general manager, Ms Anna Hong, said the 268-passenger jetfoil, one of several vessels built in Shanghai, left Hong Kong last week. It is trying to sell an...


Airlines stand by agents in the wake of Ken-Air demise Caroline Boey, Singapore
MAJOR airlines, responding to the closure of the Ken-Air Leisure Group, say they will not pull the plug on travel agents unless the contract is breached.

Reports quoting Ken-Air Leisure Group founder and managing director, Mr Kenny Goh, said the company was affected by Singapore Airlines" (SIA) termination of its corporate travel arm Ken-Air Travel Management Systems, as an appointed ag...


KNT and NTA back out of merger Kaoru Sakurada, Tokyo
TWO of Japan"s giant agencies, Kinki Nippon Tourist (KNT) and Nippon Travel Agency (NTA), announced on February 4 that they had decided to withdraw from their plan to merge.

The two were to have merged by January 2003, but at a joint press conference said the worsening business environment reflected in both their bottomlines had made the integration "impossible".

They had...


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