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AccorHotels to acquire villa rental platform Travel Keys Paris, February 6, 2017
AccorHotels has announced that it has begun exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of 100 per cent of Travel Keys, a leading player in the private vacation rental market. The transaction is expected to close in 2Q2017 after customary due diligence.

The Travel Corporation launches e-learning platform for agents Singapore, February 6, 2017
The Travel Corporation (TTC) has launched the TTC Agent Academy, a new training initiative for travel consultants.

Tokyo turns on charm offensive in India ahead of 2020 Olympics Rohit Kaul, New Delhi, February 6, 2017
As part of its strategy to double tourist arrivals from India in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government last week organised its maiden tourism promotional event in India.

Hilton rebrands, enhances loyalty programme McLean, Virginia, February 6, 2017
As part of a streamlining strategy, Hilton has rebranded its loyalty programme to introduce several industry-first benefits, alongside a refreshing of its corporate identity.

Soaring air travel demand in 2016, says IATA Geneva, February 6, 2017
In another strong annual showing, the world's airlines saw demand in terms of revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) rise 6.3 per cent in 2016 compared to the previous year - and ahead of the ten-year average of 5.5 per cent - while average load factor reached a record high of 80.5 per cent, according to IATA.

Pay any price you want at Carousel's 10th anniversary lunch Singapore, February 6, 2017
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Royal Plaza on Scotts' Carousel is hosting a Pay-As-You-Wish buffet lunch on on February 18 from 12.00 to 13.30.

Photo of the Day: Sydney turns red for Lunar New Year Sydney, February 6, 2017
The iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge were lit red to celebrate the year of the Rooster, in a city that hosts one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside Asia with 80 events scheduled until February 12.

Thai trade upbeat as key markets surpass expectations Chadamas Chinmaneevong, Bangkok, February 3, 2017
Thailand's tourism is expected to keep its growth momentum in 1Q2017, which industry players have attributed to the quick recovery of Chinese and Russian markets.

New Clark hub brings fresh destination pairings in the Philippines Rosa Ocampo, Manila, February 3, 2017
The emergence of Clark International Airport as a secondary air hub in the Philippines is opening up new business opportunities for travel suppliers in pairing destinations in the country.

India fastest-growing business travel market in 2016: GBTA Delhi and Mumbai, February 3, 2017
India recorded double-digit business travel spending growth last year, making it the world's fastest-growing major business travel market in 2016, according to The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation's latest BTI Outlook - India report.

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