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Interest in Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry high, but safety unknown Chadamas Chinmaneevong, Bangkok, January 13, 2017
With the ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin - the first on the Gulf of Thailand - scheduled for launch in February, tour operators see potential for it to do well for certain segments, but express reservations about its safety and mass appeal.

Genting Hong Kong's ready to build World Dream Hong Kong and Papenburg, Germany, January 13, 2017
Genting Hong Kong and Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard earlier this week celebrated the keel laying of World Dream, the second new-build ship for Asian luxury cruise line Dream Cruises.

A new head for AccorHotels' new lifestyle division Paris, January 13, 2017
AccorHotels has appointed Cédric Gobilliard to head the creation of a new lifestyle division comprising the Jo and Joe, Mama Shelter and 25h Hotels brands, effective February 1, 2017.

New hotel openings: January 9-13, 2017 January 13, 2017
The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week

Event: Ananda Festival, Bagan Yangon, January 13, 2017
The Ananda Temple in Myanmar's Old Bagan comes to life as villagers and monks flood into its grounds to celebrate its namesake festival, taking place from January 12-27.

Undersea-themed resort planned for Palawan riles masses, developer responds Rosa Ocampo, Manila, January 12, 2017
Plans to develop the Nickelodeon Resort and Attraction in Coron, Palawan was met with strong opposition from the travel trade, environmentalists and the general public, thousands of whom made their displeasure known in online petitions in just two days.

Thai beaches still hot for Chinese New Year despite floods in south Chadamas Chinmaneevong, Bangkok, January 12, 2017
Although much of southern Thailand is facing its worst flooding problem in three decades, forward bookings for Phuket and Koh Samui are still looking strong for the upcoming Chinese New Year.

Agents sold on standardised sales periods in Malaysia S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, January 12, 2017
Inbound agents are hopeful that the government's recent decision, which limits the number of sales periods to four times annually, will maintain the uniqueness of the events and enhance Malaysia's appeal as a shopping destination.

CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group leaves Singapore, January 12, 2017
Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) has announced the resignation of CEO Bernold Schroeder, with effect from January 1, 2017.

Multi-generational travel on the rise for Chinese families Singapore, January 12, 2017
Travel search engine has highlighted the growing trend of Chinese adult children travelling with elderly family members, especially as many of these young professionals have either relocated to first-tier cities such as Beijing or Shanghai, or have moved to other countries for their careers.

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