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Tigerair Australia's Bali exit not a big deal, says trade Mimi Hudoyo and Barathi Narayan, Jakarta and Singapore, February 9, 2017
Tigerair Australia last Friday announced it would pull the plug on services to Bali after failing to get approval from the Indonesian authorities, but industry players are confident that despite an immediate impact from the reduced seat capacity other flight options are available to soften the blow.

Travel to US hit by Trump slump Valencia, February 9, 2017
As American president Trump seeks to reinstate his executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Forwardkeys releases findings that the initial ban has deterred travel from other countries as well.

Priceline Group snaps up Momondo for US$550 million Norwalk, Connecticut, February 9, 2017
The Priceline Group has announced the acquisition of the Momondo Group in a cash deal worth US$550 million.

Japan, Australia triumph over Europe for Asian travellers amid safety concerns Shanghai, February 9, 2017
Asian tourists plan to travel abroad more frequently and explore "safer" destinations like Japan and Australia this year, according to the 2017 Travelzoo Travel Trends Report.

Thailand extends visa incentives for another six months Bangkok, February 9, 2017
The Thai cabinet on Tuesday approved the extension of visa concessions for another six months to August, in a bid to attract more tourists to the country, reported the Bangkok Post.

Millennials targeted for PATA's new membership category Bangkok, February 9, 2017
PATA has launched the Young Tourism Professionals (YTP) membership category along with a suite of benefits to support and develop students, an initiative that was earlier disclosed during PATA Travel Mart 2016.

Chinese fortunes on the ascent for Australian tourism Adelaine Ng, Melbourne, February 8, 2017
The Lunar New Year may be coming to a close but for tour operators specialising in the Chinese market, the goodies are expected to keep coming through the year as Australia is set to welcome about 1.2 million tourists from China in 2017.

AirAsia X's new Hawaii flights link up Malaysia to the US S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, February 8, 2017
Having received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority to fly to the US last month, AirAsia X has confirmed that it will begin four-times-weekly flights to Honolulu, via Kansai International Airport, from June 28, 2017.

Tourico Holidays to merge with HotelBeds Orlando, February 8, 2017
Global bedbank and B2B service provider HotelBeds Group has announced plans to merge its business unit with US-based Tourico Holidays.

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