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Ninoy Aquino offers hope Germaine de Peralta, Manila
The tourism industry is looking forward to a banner year in 2003, with the opening of the new Ninoy Aquino International Airport Passenger Terminal III (NAIA-PT3), in December 2, 2002.

Built by the Philippine Air Terminals Co Inc (PIATCO) at US$550 million, the new terminal will be designed to serve at least 13 million international passengers annually, replacing the existing internatio...


Cancellation of UN meet blow to NY hotels Jeremy Colson, Bangkok
THE cancellation of the United Nations (UN) meeting which was to have been held in New York yesterday (27 September) through October 3 has dealt a severe blow to leading hotels, a hotelier said in Bangkok.

"The top hotels in the city would have been full for that period but the UN decision to postpone the meeting because of security fears has knocked about 20 per cent off occupancies...


Korea still has tickets TTG Asia, Seoul
WHILE tickets for the 2002 FIFA World Cup matches in Japan have been sold out, Korea still hassome 100,000 tickets for sale to international visitors. The price of the cheapest ticket is about 60,000 won (US$50).

Also available are Sky Box and Prestige Gold and Prestige Silver corporate tickets. for details.


Four vie to host WTO 2003 Caroline Boey, Seoul
China, Panama, Greece and Paraguay are vying to host the next World Tourism Organization (WTO) General Assembly in 2003.

The winner will be named on September 29 in Osaka, which is the second leg of the general assembly, being held for the first time in two cities back to back.

Some 700 delegates from 118 of the 133 WTO member countries are attending the event.

The general a...


WTO halves 2001 tourism forecasts Caroline Boey, Seoul
World Tourism Organization (WTO) secretary-general, Mr Francesco Frangialli, says there will stillbe tourism growth this year despite the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, but forecasts for 2001 havebeen halved..

Mr Frangialli told TTG Asia at the WTO General Assembly in Seoul last week, there would be overall growth of about 1.5 per cent for the year, down from the original 2001...


Van der Hoeven resigns TTG Asia, Singapore

General manager of The Gallery Evason, Mr Michel van der Hoeven, has announced his resignation from the hotel. Mr Van der Hoeven has been with Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas, the management company of the hotel, for three years. Mr Van der Hoeven is understood to be evaluating new opportunities.


Hendrick joins East West TTG Asia, Singapore

East West Executive Travellers has appointed Mr Gerald Hendrick group director of sales and marketing. Mr Hendrick was director of MICE at Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore.


Still counting on US market Jeremy Colson, Bangkok
THE recent approval by the US House of Representatives to normalise trade relations with Vietnam has boosted expectations of the Vietnamese that tourism will boom, despite the tragedy in New York last week.

Visa entry requirements into Vietnam are quite strict compared with some countries in the region so we believe that a lot of people will see us as a safe and secure destination fo...


PATA picks Philippines for 2002 meeting Germaine de Peralta, Manila
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has chosen the Philippines to host its annual meeting in 2002, despite recent peace and order problems in Mindanao Island.

Department of Tourism secretary, Mr Richard Gordon, said: PATA is the Asia-Pacifics leader and authority in tourism and travel. A PATA meeting conveys to the world that the Philippines still means business despite rece...


PAL loses US$3.9 million from attacks TTG Asia, Manila
Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it lost up to US$3.9 million from the deadly terrorist attacks in the US after the Federal Aviation Administration shut down US airspace. PAL president, Mr Avelino Zapanta, said due to what happened, PAL would have to forego planned acquisition of additional jets for its longhaul or trans-Pacific operations.

PAL planned to acquire two Boeing 747 jets for a...


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