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ABACUS adds Hahn Airlines to AnswerBack TTG Asia, Singapore
German domestic carrier, Hahn Airlines, has cutover to AnswerBack in ABACUS.

AnswerBack allows participating airlines to directly acknowledge receipt of all ABACUS subscribers" bookings by returning a record locator in the passenger name record and travel agents are guaranteed their bookings have been received by the airline concerned.

To date, 123 airlines have been cutover to An...


CITS Amex joint venture to target China corporates Kevin Sinclair, Hong Kong
American Express (Amex) and China International Travel Service have joined hands to form CITS American Express Travel Services, the first Sino-US business travel joint venture in China.

The joint venture based in Beijing will start operating in April.

American Express Head of Corporate Services, Japan/Asia/Pacific/Australia, senior vice-president, Mr Tim Johnson, described the move...


Critics lash out at infrastructure delay Kevin Sinclair, Hong Kong
A furious row has broken out in Hong Kong over an eight-year delay to complete a major item of tourism infrastructure.

Tourism Board chairman, Ms Selina Chow, demanded to know from Tourism Commissioner, Ms Rebecca Lai, if the government had done everything possible to speed up completion of an ambitious cable car to Lantau island"s mountaintop Ngong Ping monastery.

The proposal ...


Dos Palmas to reopen in March Germaine de Peralta, Manila
Dos Palmas Resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, which shut down last year after the Abu Sayyaf kidnapping, has announced plans to reopen in March under stricter security.

The four-star island resort was forced to close last October after the bad publicity and a travel ban on Japanese tourists going to the Philippines after September 11 caused the resort massive losses.

Dos Palmas is...


Century enters Shanghai TTG Asia, Hong Kong
Century International Hotels has raised its flag in Shanghai, and will manage the 192-unit Panorama Century Court Shanghai, on Huang Pu Road near the Waibaidu Bridge.

It is within easy access to the airport, railway station and busy shopping streets such as Nanjing Road, and the Bund is two minutes" walk away.

The luxury apartment units are available in one to three bedrooms forma...


Cathay offers free tickets to Hong Kong TTG Asia, Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific will give away 10,000 return air tickets to Hong Kong residents to invite friends and relatives to the city.

Cathay chairman, Mr James Hughes-Hallett, said the week-long offer was aimed at boosting tourism.

CX executives refused to reveal the cost of the generous giveaway lucky draw.

"Bringing these people in to see our exciting city will help spread the wo...


Double miles on Air France TTG Asia, Hong Kong
Air France is offering passengers double frequent flyer miles benefits for all one-way and roundtrip flights from Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing to Paris.

The airline will award 35,000 miles in l"Espace Affaires (business class) and and over 45,000 miles in l"Espace Premire (First).

This will give sufficient benefits to redeem rewards under the Frequence Plus programme.


Confidence returns By TTG Asia reporters
Seize the day by doing more marketing, buyers urge ASEAN destinations

A SENSE of optimism now prevails among buyers and sellers, who are seeing business picking up steadily this month, with some even venturing to predict it will be back to normal by March/ April provided there are no catastrophes.

Travex was humming with business negotiations yesterday a marked contrast from a de...


Abdulgani resigns By Mimi Hudoyo
GARUDA Indonesia president director, Mr Abdulgani, has submitted his letter of resignation to the state minister for supervision of state enterprises.

Over the past few weeks, the Indonesian travel industry has been speculating a major reshuffle is on the cards for the national carriers management. The state ministry is rumoured to be desirous of changes in some top positions within the...


Middle East eyes Malaysia By N Nithiyananthan
Massive air capacity growth will have positive spillover for region

MIDDLE East buyers at ATF 2002 are hot with Malaysian sellers anticipating an explosion in arrivals from the region, and Indonesia, Brunei and off-the-beaten-track Malaysian destinations are already slated to benefit from the spillover effect.

Their optimism is based on two Middle Eastern airlines commencing...


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