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Singaporean demand for Phu Quoc short-lived with lack of access Yixin Ng, Singapore, December 15, 2016
As Vietnam looks to capitalise on the rising visibility of its beaches in recent years, efforts to market the southern island of Phu Quoc have been met with limited success in Singapore, according to agent feedback at a Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) roadshow last week.

New wellness concept blooms for Rosewood Hong Kong, December 15, 2016
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is launching a new integrative wellness concept, Asaya, for debut at Rosewood Phuket in April 2017.

New partnership with PATA to advance South Pacific tourism Bangkok, December 15, 2016
PATA has signed a MoU with the Fiji-based South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) to promote and develop sustainable tourism across the Pacific island destinations.

SilkAir takes over two of SIA's Colombo services Singapore, December 15, 2016
Regional carrier SilkAir will take over two of parent Singapore Airlines' (SIA) services in April, as part of the SIA Group's route optimisation drive.

Travellanda names Maing Fong as Myanmar GSA London, December 15, 2016
London-based B2B accommodation wholesaler Travellanda has appointed Maing Fong as its GSA in Myanmar, in a strategic move to expand its distribution in a key emerging market.

Still space for growth in Asia for Nida Rooms, says CEO Chadamas Chinmaneevong, Bangkok, December 14, 2016
Budget hotel network operator Nida Rooms is seeking funding of US$30-40 million to accelerate its expansion plans from the current 4,200 to more than 10,000 hotels in 2017, according to CEO Kaneswaran Avili.

Subsidies offered for tours to post-quake Tottori Julian Ryall, Tokyo, December 14, 2016
The Japanese government will provide a subsidy of up to 10,000 yen (US$87) per person for tourists who visit Tottori Prefecture in southern Honshu, in an attempt to lure visitors back after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the coastal city in October.

Second Artyzen in China's 'architecture wonderland' Singapore, December 14, 2016
Artyzen Hospitality Group (AHG) has signed a second Artyzen Hotel in China in the Sifang Collective, 30 minutes from Nanjing, a site known as an ‘architecture wonderland'.

Vietjet inks MoU with Air India; commences Hai Phong-Seoul flights Singapore, December 14, 2016
Vietjet and Air India have entered into a MoU to cooperate on air services between Vietnam and India, which will see both airlines joining forces to commence direct flights between the two countries, with the first planned route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and New Delhi.

Chinese visitors lead record tourism surge in Gold Coast Gold Coast, December 14, 2016
Australia's Gold Coast welcomed a record one million-plus tourists in the 12 months to September 2016, increasing 16.2 per cent from the previous 12-month period, according to the Tourism Research Australia's International Visitor Survey.

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