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Webjet swoops in on JacTravel to birth B2B travel heavyweight London, August 2, 2017
It's been a year of acquisitions in the global B2B bedbanks space. Following Hotelbeds' purchase of GTA and Tourico Holidays earlier this year, Webjet has just announced its acquisition for an undisclosed portion of London-based B2B hotel supplier JacTravel from private equity firm Vitruvian Partners.

Travel leaders optimistic for growth after Thailand's strong first half Siriarpa Kamjan, Bangkok, August 3, 2017
Industry players are hopeful that Thailand is on track to welcome over 35 million tourists in 2017, exceeding Tourism Authority of Thailand's targeted 34 million.

Mobile to drive APAC's undertapped online travel market Bellevue, Washington, August 3, 2017
Asia-Pacific is one of the fastest-growing online travel markets in 2017, with China a significant growth contributor particularly on mobile, according to Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) and Phocuswright's 2017 Phocus Forward: The Year Ahead in Digital Travel report.

Myanmar's Indawgyi Lake named UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Yangon, August 3, 2017
Indawgyi Lake in Myanmar's Kachin State - the largest freshwater lake in the country and the third largest in South-east Asia - has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the second in the country to get the recognition after Inle Lake in 2015.

Okura signs Taichung hotel amid ambitious expansion plans Tokyo, August 3, 2017
Okura Nikko Hotel Management, subsidiary of Japan's Hotel Okura, will add a third Taiwan property to its portfolio come 2021, in addition to The Okura Prestige Taipei and the Hotel Royal Nikko Taipei.

Shangri-La, SIA link arms for ASEAN 50 promotion Hong Kong, August 3, 2017
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Singapore Airlines have partnered to launch a regional travel campaign, ASEAN Is More - First Stop Singapore, in celebration of ASEAN's 50th founding anniversary this year.

Aviation roundup: Jetstar Asia, Hong Kong Airlines and more August 3, 2017
Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes.

Photo of the Day: PATA Singapore, Malaysia chapters meet in Langkawi Langkawi, August 3, 2017
Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) for the first time hosted the PATA Malaysia and Singapore Inter Chapter Meeting and Networking, held at Berjaya Langkawi Resort from July 28-31.

Faster immigration for Singapore, HK visitors at Bangkok airports Bangkok, August 2, 2017
Visitors from Singapore and Hong Kong can soon enjoy speedier immigration clearance at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang international airports as authorities roll out a new scheme to allow them to use automatic passport scanners currently reserved for Thai nationals, The Nation reported.

Flight Centre snaps up two NZ travel firms South Brisbane, August 2, 2017
The Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has fully acquired two travel businesses in New Zealand - the leisure-focused Travel Managers Group (TMG) and corporate travel management company Executive Travel Group (ETG) - for an undisclosed sum. The deals are expected to formally settle during 1Q2018.

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