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Photo of the Day: Joining hands to promote Visit ASEAN@50 Berlin, March 16, 2017
ASEAN tourism ministers and leaders came together to promote Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration 2017 among international media and the travel trade in longhaul markets at last week's ITB Berlin.
 

Expedia CEO says commissions have come down Raini Hamdi, Berlin, March 15, 2017
Expedia Group CEO Dara Khosrowshahi expects commissions to come down as the OTA looks to pass on lower fixed costs achieved through growth not only to shareholders but hotel partners.
 

Bintan Resorts, Sriwijaya Air sign tourism cooperation agreement Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, March 15, 2017
Bintan Resorts and Sriwijaya Air yesterday signed an MoU in Jakarta to promote Bintan as a tourist destination, as well as to develop a multi-destination concept by connecting the integrated resort with Yogyakarta, Bali and Manado.
 

Europeans' quest for meaningful holidays in Malaysia S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, March 15, 2017
Inbound agents in Malaysia are seeing a niche but potential market in catering to European tourists' rising interest in participating in wildlife conservation and charitable causes during their holidays in South-east Asia.
 

Singapore, Japan most powerful passports in Asia Singapore, March 15, 2017
Singapore has retained its top spot as the South-east Asia country with the highest visa-free access, revealed the 2017 Visa Restrictions Index, an annual travel freedom ranking published by the global residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners in partnership with IATA.
 

New Celebrity Edge will have its own Magic Carpet, infinite verandas Miami, March 15, 2017
Celebrity Cruises has revealed details of the 2,918-guest Celebrity Edge, which has been dubbed a "innovative and transformational" ship that will feature expanded staterooms, new suite categories and the ship-climbing Magic Carpet platform.
 

Vietjet Thailand to link Phuket, Chiang Rai with daily flights Bangkok, March 15, 2017
Vietjet Thailand will introduce daily flights from Phuket to Chiang Rai and increase flight frequency from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to thrice daily from March 26, 2017.
 

Wholesale, tour operators still king for Thailand hotels Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Berlin, March 14, 2017
Contrary to the belief that OTAs have now dominated hotel bookings, European wholesale/travel agency distribution still is the largest share of business for hotels in Thailand.
 

Silver lining for Malaysia despite fewer European links Yixin Ng, Berlin, March 14, 2017
After Malaysia lost some key European connections last year when national carrier Malaysia Airlines cut these routes, agents in the country are finding a silver lining in niche products and secondary source markets from Europe.
 

Pattaya picked for BW Premier Collection's Asian debut Bangkok, March 14, 2017
Best Western has signed an agreement with Thai real estate company Habitat Group to bring its new upscale hotel concept BW Premier Collection to Asia.
 



 
 
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