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Park Hotel Farrer Park picks GM, DOS ahead of May opening Singapore, March 21, 2017
Sharmini Moganasundram has been named general manager of Park Hotel Farrer Park and Anasri Onn its director of sales, among the 11 appointments made ahead of the 300-room hotel's launch in Singapore come mid-May.

Event: Vivid Sydney 2017 Sydney, March 21, 2017
The annual Vivid Sydney festival will happen at Sydney's new harbourside CBD precinct of Barangaroo for the first time this year, bringing back its iconic light displays and featuring a robust music lineup including UK electronic dance outfit Goldfrapp.

RCL steps up port investment, this time in Penang Raini Hamdi, Bangkok, March 20, 2017
Penang Port will collaborate with Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) in a joint venture to upgrade and improve Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in Georgetown, Penang, to accommodate berthing of larger cruise ships at its facilities. The 60/40 joint venture will be jointly managed by both parties, with the majority stake held by Penang Port.

Park Hyatt Bangkok to open at long last in May Raini Hamdi, Bangkok, March 20, 2017
Park Hyatt Bangkok is opening on May 12 and this time, the date is likely to stick after several missed deadlines over a construction delay of more than two years.

JNTO sets up office in Kuala Lumpur Singapore, March 20, 2017
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has on March 8 established a new office in Kuala Lumpur to intensify overseas promotion of Japan and work towards the country's target of 40 million annual overseas visitors by 2020.

Taiwan-based KKday wants to corner Thailand's FIT marketplace Bangkok, March 20, 2017
As part of its expansion plans in Asia, Taiwan-based e-commerce travel platform KKday has launched in Thailand last week after recently going live in Singapore.

Brugger named Rosewood Hong Kong managing director Hong Kong, March 20, 2017
Marc Brugger has been appointed managing director for Rosewood Hong Kong to assemble an opening team for the property's launch in 2018.

Photo of the Day: Dream Cruises gets in the mood for cheongsam Hong Kong, March 20, 2017
Dream Cruises hosted its first-ever Cheongsam Fashion Show at sea, transforming the Genting Dream into a runway to showcase 21 distinctive cheongsams (also known as qipao) handcrafted by Linva Tailor's Leung Ching Wah, who designed some of the costumes for Maggie Cheung in In The Mood for Love.

Airbnb takes Trips to Singapore, Bangkok Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Bangkok, March 17, 2017
Following its global debut last November, Airbnb's tours and activities platform Trips has now made its way into South-east Asia, officially launching in Singapore earlier this week followed by Bangkok yesterday.

Trump's new travel ban blocked Singapore, March 17, 2017
Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have ruled against US president Trump's latest ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries from going into effect, questioning the legality of the executive order.

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