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SIA pulls out of Kathmandu TTG Asia, Singapore

Singapore Airlines has suspended it three-times a week service to Kathmandu. A statement issued by the airline said the decision was part of its on-going review of its network and capacity in an uncertain operating environment.


OAD pools out of Terengganu N Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur
PAN-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) ruling on separate swimming pools for men and women in Terengganu, and no bikinis or revealing dresses for tourists, may have caused derision among some but it is no laughing matter for travel agents.

According to DeSinyo Travel Agency, complaints about the east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu, such as lack of entertainment and difficulty in getti...


Preussag to be renamed TUI AG Raini Hamdi, Hanover
GERMANY's Preussag Group will be renamed TUI AG, following the recent implementation of the "World of TUI", which the group executive board chairman Dr Michael Frenzel deemed successful.

Announcing the group's 2001 results, Dr Frenzel said last year was the most successful financial year in Preussag's history, with the core tourism business recording the strongest growth in t...


Private sector to take over Sri Lanka promotions Caroline Boey, New Delhi
THE negotiated settlement for a ceasefire and peace in Sri Lanka has expedited the formation of a tourism promotion bureau, which will be private sector led.

Announcing this at a Sri Lanka press conference during the recent PATA conference, Jetwing Hotels managing director, Mr Hiran Cooray, said the bureau would take over the tourism promotion and marketing functions from the Sri Lanka T...


NATAS wants to manage events Wrisney Tan, Singapore
THE National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) has formed an events management arm, NAVITAS, which will take on both industry-related and non-industry related events but, it is quick to stress, not its members, with whom it has no intention of competing.

Mr Jason Ng, NATAS manager-marketing services, has been appointed chief operating officer of NAVITAS.NATAS president Mr L...


Hotels remain firm on Internet rates Germaine de Peralta, Manila
HOTELs remain firm on the issue of publishing Internet rates which are as low or even lower than contract rates (TTG Asia, April 26, 2002).

Hotels said tour operators were just one of several reservations channels and would have to find other ways of being competitive.

Hotel Restaurant Association of the Philippines president and Hotel Inter-Continental Manila general manager, Mr M...


Bookings open for Australian Kevin Sinclair, Cairns
AUSTRALIAN Airlines (AO) will start taking bookings on May 8 although the first service will not lift off the runway at Cairns, bound for Nagoya and Osaka, until October 27.

The company"s general manager commercial, Ms Andrea Staines, said customers could book on toll-free 1300 799 798 and through travel agents.

Ms Staines said bookings would go on-line later this year via Austral...


Raffles GM quits Wrisney Tan, Singapore

RAFFLES Hotel general manager Mr Michael Luible has quit, making him the shortest-serving general manager of the venerable hotel. Mr Luible, whose stint lasted barely a year, is replaced by Mr Javier Rosenberg, formerly manager of Swissotel Atlanta.


Sim promoted to COO TTG Asia, Singapore
P&O Travel's executive directgor, Mr Jimmy Sim, will assume the position of chief operating officer, responsible for all incoming, shore excursion, events and incentive activities, which account for some 20,000 passengers a year.

P&O Travel has also appointed Ms Lydia Chow head of business travel. She was previously a partner of global travel company, Radius.


Cebu gains from "holiday economics" TTG Asia, Manila
"HOLIDAY economics", ie, creating long weekends during the summer months of April and May to boost tourism, has worked for Cebu, according to Central Visayas Tourism 7 regional director Ms Patria Aurora Roa.

She said a resort inspection last April 8 and 9 showed occupancy in resorts, including those in Bantayan, was even better than during the traditionally tourist-heavy Holy Week.


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