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Resistance to new tourism leader eases in the Philippines Rosa Ocampo, Manila, January 16, 2017
Following Cesar Montano's appointment to COO of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), marketing arm of the Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT), the private sector's initial opposition over his lack of qualifications seems to have quietened to a pensive acceptance.

Sarovar deal catapults Louvre to among India's largest hotel groups Rohit Kaul, Delhi, January 16, 2017
French hotel company Louvre Hotels Group's acquisition of a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels has propelled it to become one of India's largest hospitality groups.

Get more ROI from overseas trade shows, local events, M'sian agents urged S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, January 16, 2017
In the current weak economic climate, it is becoming more vital than ever for Malaysian inbound operators to maximise their returns at overseas B2B travel trade shows and undertake creative measures to milk major events taking place on homegrounds, highlighted the half-day seminar organised by Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) last week.

Peach Aviation paints rosy growth picture in SE Asia Chadamas Chinmaneevong, Bangkok, January 16, 2017
Japanese LCC Peach Aviation will commence its Bangkok-Okinawa service from February 19, making Thailand its first South-east Asian destination in its expanding network.

Costa Cruises sails to Gulf of Thailand for the first time Thailand, January 16, 2017
Costa Cruises has deployed Costa Victoria to Laem Chabang (Bangkok) on January 11, officially marking the cruise line's expansion into the Gulf of Thailand.

NATAS' Ohri named ASEANTA president ahead of ATF 2017 Singapore, January 16, 2017
Devinder Ohri, president of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), has assumed presidency of ASEANTA, taking the baton from Aileen C Clemente of the Philippines, who helmed the Association since 2015.

Tokyo, Sydney and Singapore charge highest hotel rates: HRS Singapore, January 16, 2017
Tokyo continues to be Asia-Pacific's most expensive city for hotel room rates, with Sydney and Singapore following closely behind, according to HRS Hotel Price Radar: 2016 Year in Review.

Trouble in Bali for Tigerair Australia Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, January 13, 2017
The Indonesia Civil Aviation Authority has suspended chartered services operated by Tigerair Australia between Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide to Bali as of January 10.

Diethelm Travel Singapore welcomes power duo from Tour East Bangkok, January 13, 2017
Diethelm Travel Group has appointed two industry veterans to key senior management positions for Diethelm Travel Singapore, as the Bangkok-based DMC charts its future growth in Singapore, said group managing director Lisa Fitzell.

Singapore agents crow about robust Chinese New Year outbound demand Paige Lee Pei Qi, Singapore, January 13, 2017
With the 2017 Chinese New Year celebrating the year of the rooster just around the corner, Singapore outbound agents are reporting healthy travel demand despite a dismal economy.

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