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India's impending GST raises concerns about tourism fallouts Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, April 19, 2017
Already reeling under pressure post-demonetisation and the recent service tax hike, Indian travel agents are worried that the implementation of the Goods & Sales Tax (GST) from July 1 to replace all other taxes will cause further setbacks to the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Easier visa rules underway for Asians into Taiwan Taipei, April 19, 2017
Starting June 1, Taiwan's (ROC) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will further relax visa rules for nationals from South and South-east Asia, under its New Southbound Policy, to attract more visitors for tourism and business.

Norwegian Joy to boast Ferrari-branded racetrack Miami, Apr 19, 2017
Norwegian Cruise Line has partnered Scuderia Ferrari Watches on the first racetrack at sea, which will debut on the cruise line's newest ship designed for China, Norwegian Joy, in summer 2017.

World gets closer with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Air France-KLM codeshare Singapore, April 18, 2017
Singapore Airlines and regional subsidiary SilkAir have signed an MoU with Air France-KLM to codeshare on each other's flights with effect from April 27, 2017.

Gen Z rules the roost for family travel, seeks offbeat destinations New York, April 19, 2017
While millennials previously held court as the leading force in the travel industry, global luxury travel network Virtuoso says Gen Z is the new influencer in tourism, driving travel decisions in their family with an interest in unconventional locales and thrills.

Overheard: Tourist deposits crab in resort's safe Feizal Samath, Colombo, April 19, 2017
A tourist from China has been fined US$300 for hiding a crab in his room safe at a resort in the Maldives' Ari Atoll.

Events: Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017 Singapore, April 19, 2017
Travel agents may entice theatre and arts-loving audiences to Singapore with a four-month stretch of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) from June 28 to September 9. This will comprise the pre-festival of ideas called The OPEN (Open, Participate, Enrich, Negotiate) and the main festival. Unlike previous years, there will be no gap between these two festivals.

STB, SIA and Changi Airport in tripartite push for Singapore tourism Singapore, April 18, 2017
The Changi Airport Group (CAG), Singapore Airlines and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will invest S$33.8 million (US$24.2 million) to renew a three-year partnership to promote Singapore as an inbound travel destination.

A larger Marriott Asia-Pacific to meet for the first time Raini Hamdi, Macau, April 18, 2017
A larger Marriott Asia-Pacific will meet for the first time since Marriott International bought Starwood Hotels & Resorts, with CEO Arne Sorenson joining the gathering in Macau in April to chart ‘The Road Ahead', theme of the meeting.

Macau steps up campaign to arrest Malaysian visitor decline S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, April 18, 2017
The Macao Government Tourist Office (MGTO) last week rolled out a major consumer campaign at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur to bolster interest in the destination, as Malaysia has posted a continuous year-on-year decline in arrivals since 2011.

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