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Asiatravelmart buys Hotelplatform Solutions N Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur
ASIATRAVELMART has acquired Hong Kong-based Hotelplatform Solutions (HS) which owns web-based computerised reservation systems for hotels, and e-business solutions for hotels and resorts.

HS has now become a key travel technology in Asiatravelmart"s business to business division and is expected to lead to a greater variety of travel products at competitive prices.



Garuda signs code-share with China Southern Mimi Hudoyo, Bali
GARUDA Indonesia has signed a code-share agreement with China Southern Airlines (CSA) for the Jakarta-Guangzhou service.

Both airlines have agreed to allot 30 economy class seats each on every Jakarta-Guangzhou flight for its counterpart to sell.

CSA currently serves Jakarta-Guangzhou flight twice weekly, using a Boeing 757 with 178 seatsGaruda will start flying the route on Decemb...


Westin shifts sales office to Jakarta TTG Asia, Jakarta
THE Westin Surabaya has moved its sales head office from Surabaya to Jakarta to "get closer to the business sources".

Announcing the move, Westin Surabaya director of marketing, Mr Andrikus, said: "The decision was made based on the fact that the majority of our hotel"s business comes from Jakarta, followed by Surabaya and overseas."By opening a Jakarta sales head office, ...


Higher fuel bills and weaker baht hit THAIs profits Jeremy Colson, Bangkok
A US$125-MILLION rise in fuel bills, coupled with the depreciation of the baht, has been blamed for a 58.11 per cent fall in Thai Airways Internationals (THAI) net profit for the year ending September 30, according to the airline.

Announcing a net profit of US$42.86 million THAI chairman, Mr Virabongsa Ramangkura, said total revenue was US$2.87 billion, but the lower profit meant there ...


Better access between Jakarta and Guangzhou Mimi Hudoyo, Bali
GARUDA Indonesia signed a codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines for the Jakarta-Guangzhou service in Bali yesterday.

In the agreement, Garuda executive vice-president commercial, Mr Bachrul Hakim, and China Southern vice-president, Mr Li Kun, agreed to allot 30 economy-class seats each on every Jakarta-Guangzhou flight for its counterpart to sell.

China Southern now serv...


MAS enhances call centre N Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) last week launched a single nationwide toll-free reservations number, 1-300-88-3000, as the latest enhancement to its 24-hour call centre.Passengers in Malaysia can call this number to contact the airline any time.

The toll-free number is the latest in a series of enhancements, valued at RM9.9 million (US$2.6 million), made to the Malaysia Airlines Call Centre sin...


China props up Hong Kong October figures TTG Asia, Hong Kong
STRONG visitor growth from China is helping Hong Kong soften the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US.

In October, arrivals were down 3.3 per cent, according to figures released by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB).But mainland arrivals soared 25.5 per cent to 397,809, making it the only market which did not decline.

The Americas were down 24.7 per cent, Nor...


Summit sees recovery signs TTG Asia, London
SUMMIT Hotels & Resorts has announced that hotel booking levels have risen to 75 per cent of its projected levels for the October/November period.

In a press statement it said rate levels continued to be affected but were starting to improve as cancellations were rebooked and business travellers returned.

Managing director, Mr Geoff Andrew, said: It is very encouraging to see s...


SPY upgrades booking engine TTG Asia, Singapore
SPY Travel Network ( has launched the S Class 2.5 version. This has improved the speed to book, the look and feel, the quick search features, the management reports requested and adding to the e-mail and fax report, an SMS feature of booking confirmation features....

Thais woo Japan with a vengeance Jeremy Colson, Bangkok
WITH the Japan market performing poorly following September 11 attacks, Thais are out in full force at the JATA Congress which started yesterday (November 28) at Le Meridien Grand Pacific and the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre.

The delegation of 11 leading tourism-related companies is headed by TAT board member Mr Vichaya Vitheetham and TAT deputy governor for marketing Ms Juthamas Si...


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