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Philippines mobilises local government for tourism Germaine de Peralta, Manila
THE Department of Tourism (DoT) and the private sector held the 2nd Tourism Related Industries Congress (TRICON) last week focusing on the vital role of local government units all over the country in tourism development.

This came about due to a blatant lack of participation by local governments in tourism development, which until this point rested primarily on the DoT and the private se...


THAI drawn East and West by China, US magnets Jeremy Colson, Bangkok
THAI Airways International (THAI) is planning to increase flight frequencies to destinations in China and is in negotiation to fly to new destinations next year. The carrier also plans to start a non-stop service from Bangkok to the USA.

A spokesman for the office of the carrier's vice-president commercial told TTG Asia today (Wednesday) that the Bangkok-Beijing service would be boosted...


Philippines carrier makes pal of Middle Kingdom TTG Asia, Manila
PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) hopes to rapidly expand its agent partners in China, targeting up to 100 Chinese agent partners this year, with PAL's direct flights from Manila to Xiamen and its recently opened Manila-Shanghai route.

PAL vice-president for sales, Mr David Lim, said: "We are expanding our pipeline, now that China's bank settlement plan is in place. We just became a membe...


Bollywood stars shoot into Malaysia TTG Asia, Kuala Lumpur
GENTING Highlands resort is the venue for the third International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards on April 6, a Bollywood Oscars-type event.

Legions of ardent fans of Indian film stars are expected to drive demand for tickets to IIFA, which was first held in London's Millennium Dome then in South Africa"s Sun City.

The awards ceremony, to be held in Asia for the first time, is ...


SriLankan adds to summer schedule TTG Asia, Colombo
SRILANKAN Airlines has added several new flights to existing destinations in its Summer 2002 timetable valid from March 31 to October 26.

Trivandrum will have a daily service. The airline currently flies five times a week to Trivandrum.

Dubai will have a daily service except on Saturdays, and services between Dubai and Kuwait go from four to five a week. The new service will be on ...


Snow World plans melting away Kevin Sinclair, Hong Kong
DEVELOPMENT of a clutch of futuristic theme parks on Ma Wan Island - between Kowloon and the planned Disneyworld on Lantao - may be delayed because the huge property conglomerate Sun Hung Kai (SHK) has slowed building plans.

At risk is the future of SnowWorld, a US$100 million winter wonderland featuring an Olympics scale indoor downhill ski run, a beginners run and ice skating rinks and...


Hotemart heats up offerings N Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur
HOTEMART.COM, provider of a hotel reservation and global distribution system for the travel trade worldwide, has introduced new booking features offering real-time availability of rooms and real-time instant response.

An up-front commission system has also been introduced where an agent can deduct its commission before making payment to Another service provided includes a s...


Underwater link to Hong Kong island wanted Kevin Sinclair, Hong Kong
TRAVEL industry professionals are keen on proposals for a tunnel under Hong Kong Harbour that would link the hotel-rich precinct of Tsim Sha Tsui to the convention center on Hong Kong Island.

With speedy two-way travelators in each side of the divided tunnel, a tourist would be able to stroll from one shore to another in five minutes. The two men behind the plan are both experienced engi...


Aussie government issues negative advisory on Laos Jeremy Colson, Bangkok
THE Australian government has warned travellers not to fly with the national flag carrier of Laos and, in particular, to avoid flying on their Chinese-made aircraft.

A travel advisory issued at recently states: "There are serious concerns about Lao Aviation's safety standards. In particular, travel by the airline's Yuen-7 and Yuen-12 aircraft should be avoided when possible."<...


Indonesia says it values ICCA membership Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta
INDONESIA'S Ministry of Culture and Tourism is making an effort to keep its government membership at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

State Minister for Culture and Tourism, Mr I Gede Ardika, was quoted by Bisnis Indonesia daily as saying: "Indonesia's membership at World Tourism Organisation, Pacific Asia Travel Association and ICCA will remain. These ...


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