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Associated Luxury Hotels buys Worldhotels Frankfurt, February 8, 2017
US-based hospitality sales and marketing consortium Associated Luxury Hotels, which owns and operates Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), has acquired Frankfurt-based rival Worldhotels for an undisclosed sum.

Wallace takes helm as Dream Hotel Group Asia managing director New York, February 8, 2017
Kevin Wallace has been appointed the managing director of Dream Hotel Group Asia to lead the company's growth in Asia-Pacific.

GHA chooses Sabre as technology partner Dubai; Southlake, Texas; and Singapore, February 8, 2017
Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), which represents more than 550 hotels across 35 brands, has selected Sabre Hospitality Solutions as an alternative distribution provider for its members.

South Korea agencies turn to SE Asia amid Chinese booking slump Julian Ryall, Tokyo, February 7, 2017
South Korea's missile-shield spat with China is casting a pall over inbound tourism, causing a sharp plunge in Chinese group tour arrivals and prompting travel firms to seek out alternative inbound markets like South-east Asia.

Russian comeback props up Phuket's arrival growth in 2016 Phuket, February 7, 2017
Demand indicators continue to be strong in Phuket with Russian arrivals rebounding and curbing a growth decline in Chinese arrivals, according to key findings in a C9 Hotelworks' Phuket Hotel Market Update for February 2017.

ILTM Arabia debut to co-locate with Arabian Travel Mart London, February 7, 2017
To tap the increasingly affluent Arabian outbound market, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) will debut ILTM Arabia, which will take place on April 24 and 25 and will be co-located with the Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai.

AccorHotels, Qatar Airways team up on loyalty programmes Paris, February 7, 2017
AccorHotels and Qatar Airways have linked arms to allow points conversion between their respective Le Club AccorHotels (LCAH) and Privilege Club loyalty programmes.

BHMAsia opening eight new hotels in Thailand, Vietnam this year Bangkok, February 7, 2017
Having signed 15 deals across Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia in 2016 that added around 1,200 new keys and doubled its inventory, Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia (BHMA) will be opening eight new properties this year in the region.

After Brisbane, Melbourne poised to get a W hotel too New York, February 7, 2017
W Hotels Worldwide, now a subsidiary of Marriott International, is slated to open W Melbourne in 2020, developed in partnership with Daisho Development Melbourne and Cbus Property.

Event: King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament Bangkok, February 7, 2017
The 15th edition of the King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, organised by Anantara Hotels and Resorts, will take place on March 9-12 this year by Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.

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