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Bali puts marketing on high gear Wrisney Tan, Bali
EFFORTS to push Bali via direct marketing will reach an all time high in the coming months to bring recovery to the island by the second quarter, even as visitor arrivals have fallen terribly low.

For the month of October, visitors to Bali decreased by 25.09 per cent compared to the same month last year. But for the period January to October 2001, there were 1,195,315 visitors, only 0.4...


NATAS releases IT usage results TTG Asia, Singapore
The National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) yesterday released results of its travel industry IT survey on the level of usage and the state of readiness for e-commerce in the industry.

The survey conducted from June to August 2001 examined website presence, e-commerce capabilities, the usage of computers and reservation systems, the industry's attitudes towards the use o...


Hong Kong puts on spectacular light show Kevin Sinclair, Hong Kong
HONG Kong Tourism Board chairman, Ms Selina Chow, is happy with the stunning launch of City of Life: Hong Kong is it! campaign. The two-year drive to boost the city as Asia's premier tourism destination burst into life amid a fountain show of water and fire, watched by 200 invited travel professionals and 100 media guests from around the globe.

A blizzard of searchlights, lasers and fir...


First World Plaza opens in Genting N Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur
RESORTS World has opened the First World Plaza at the Genting Highlands resort. The plaza's main attractions are its six theme areas - Times Square, Universal Walk, London, Venice, Champs lyse and Genting Walk - complete with islands, canals and gondolas.

Resorts World assistant vice-president marketing, Mr Chow Wei Heng, said European and US themes had been chosen because most visito...


ASTA picks Hong Kong for 2004 meet TTG Asia, Hong Kong

HONG Kong tourism officials are jubilant about playing host to the 2004 World Travel Congress. The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is expected to bring 5,000 delegates to Hong Kong for the show.


Star pulls ship from Keelung TTG Asia, Kuala Lumpur
STAR cruises will discontinue its cruise operations in Taiwan. The company is withdrawing SuperStar Taurus, which has been homeported in Keelung since October last year.

SuperStar Taurus replaced the Norwegian Star 1.A statement cited the deteriorating business environment caused by the global economic slowdown, the impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US and the adverse c...


Banyan Tree offers special Bangkok launch rate TTG Asia, Bangkok
TO celebrate the launch of Banyan Tree Bangkok on January 1, 2002, the all-suite city hotel is offering a Sanctuary in the City promotional rate, valid to April 30.

The hotel, which has undergone a US$4 million refurbishment, is offering a deluxe suite for US$155 and a Banyan Tree Club Suite for US$195.

The price includes daily buffet breakfast, free use of the fitness centre, dail...


SIA adds to Tokyo TTG Asia, Singapore

SINGAPORE Airlines will increase its services to Japan with an additional flight to its three times weekly Singapore-Tokyo service from mid-April 2002.


Bahrain"s turn to host Arabian show TTG Asia, London

BAHRAIN will host the seventh Arabian Travel Market Conference at the Gulf Hotel Conference Centre in Manama from May 4 to 6, 2002.


Ascott opens Beijing residence TTG Asia, Singapore

THE Ascott Group, Asia-Pacific's largest serviced residence company has soft-opened Somerset Fortune Garden in Beijing, making it the largest serviced residence chain in the capital city.


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