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Japan may not hit tourism jackpot with casinos, say agents Julian Ryall, Tokyo, January 10, 2017
Travel operators have given a guarded welcome to Japan's legalisation of casinos as part of the government's raft of new measures to promote tourism, warning that gambling alone is unlikely to prove a strong drawcard for visitors to a country hitherto known for its cultural offerings.

Nickelodeon dives into Philippines for undersea resort The Philippines and Singapore, January 10, 2017
Viacom International Media Networks has revealed plans to partner with Coral World Park Undersea Resorts to build its first undersea attraction in Coron, a municipality in the western Philippine province of Palawan.

To lure Singaporeans, Perak needs to serve up more than just food S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, January 10, 2017
Inbound agents want the Perak Plate Programme to be sustained and evolved into a lasting platform to better promote the north-western state in Peninsular Malaysia.

SuperStar Virgo calls three Asian ports home Singapore, January 10, 2017
Star Cruises has announced the triple homeport deployment of its flagship SuperStar Virgo in Hong Kong, Manila and Kaohsiung with the launch of the Golden Triangle Journey package.

Muskat named chief executive of SkySea Shanghai, January 10, 2017
Come mid-January, cruise industry veteran Ken Muskat will assume the role of CEO at SkySea, a new cruise line focused on the emerging Chinese cruise market.

Singapore basks in Visit Sunshine Coast's new Asia glow Paige Lee Pei Qi, Singapore, January 9, 2016
Australia's Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) is setting foot in Asia with the establishment of an office in Singapore, from where the new director of international marketing will be based to shore up awareness of the coastal region located one hour north of Brisbane in Queensland.

Europe tops Chinese travel pecking order in Rooster Year Valencia, January 9, 2016
Chinese travellers are returning to Europe to usher in the Year of the Rooster, after numbers declined in 2016 likely over terror threat concerns, according to travel intelligence company ForwardKeys.

Princess Cruises brings wearable tech to the high seas Santa Clarita, California, January 9, 2016
Princess Cruises will debut the Ocean Medallion Class - comprising a wearable technology device (Ocean Medallion) paired with digital concierge services (Ocean Compass) - that is touted to enhance guest experience with new levels of personalisation.

It's Bintan over Bali for Chinese charter groups Caroline Boey, Singapore, January 9, 2017
Bintan Lagoon Resort (BLR) has found itself the beneficiary of a new joint venture between Indonesia charter specialist Bintan Cendrawasih Abadi and Chinese travel conglomerate Wanda Tourism, in a partnership that aims to position Bintan as an alternative to Bali for families, golfers, incentive trips and weddings seeking a resort holiday.

Bailey joins Royal Phuket Marina as CEO Phuket, January 9, 2017
Veteran hotelier Chris Bailey has taken a new role as CEO of Royal Phuket Marina to spearhead its hospitality offerings and destination status.

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