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Taipei tantalises Singaporean travellers with food tours Pamela Chow, Singapore, August 11, 2017
In its latest effort to lure Singaporean travellers and highlight newly rejuvenated districts, the Taipei City Government has launched a 3D2N free-and-easy foodie tour package to be sold at the Taipei booth at the 2017 NATAS Fair, which is taking place this weekend.

SATS rolls out airport travel concierge app Pamela Chow, Singapore, August 11, 2017
Changi Airport's ground-handling and in-flight catering service provider SATS has launched a mobile app, Ready To Travel, that helps travellers plan their trips and navigate airports around the world.

Qatar waives visa for 80 nationalities Doha, August 11, 2017
Qatar is allowing visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries with immediate effect, according to a joint statement from the Ministry of Interior, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways.

Subtle indulgence, no-frills chic on the rise among luxury travellers Singapore, August 11, 2017
High-end travellers are increasingly choosing subtle indulgence and travel forms that relate to their personal values, as opposed to flashy, conspicuous consumption, according to recent research by Sabre in collaboration with TrendWatching.

Banyan Tree, Vanke seals partnership for China growth Singapore, August 11, 2017
Banyan Tree Holdings has executed and completed the definitive agreements with China Vanke to create Banyan Tree Assets (China) (BTAC), a 50:50 joint venture inked between both companies to consolidate the ownership of its Banyan Tree-branded hotels and assets in China.

China's Wanda enters new Realm with Langkawi signing Beijing, August 11, 2017
China-based Wanda Hotels & Resorts will bring its Wanda Realm brand overseas for the first time with the management of a property within Langkawi's Tropicana Cenang, a RM1.9 billion (US$451.9 million) integrated resort development by Cenang Resort.

SuperStar Libra unveils triple SE Asia homeports Hong Kong, August 11, 2017
Starting September 3, Star Cruises will deploy the SuperStar Libra from Kuala Lumpur (via Port Klang), Penang and Phuket to leverage the Malaysian capital's role as a regional air hub and afford more fly-cruise options.

New hotels: Pan Pacific Beijing, Element Chongli and more August 11, 2017
The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week.

Interest in new Indonesian destinations take off on charter flights Ade Siregar, Jakarta, August 10, 2017
With the greater availability of charter flights, more Chinese and Indian tourists heading to Indonesia are choosing destinations beyond the traditional hotspot of Bali.

Malaysia tourism tax will go into effect September 1 Kuala Lumpur, August 10, 2017
Following unclear details and much controversy, Malaysia tourism tax is set to be implemented in Malaysia on September 1.

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