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New flight paths: United Airlines, Air Canada and Delta Air Lines June 8, 2017
Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes.

Surge pricing worries Asian agents amid Gulf blockade TTG Asia reporters, Singapore, June 7, 2017
Qatar Airways' ban by several Arab countries from their airspace amid the ongoing diplomatic row has led Asian agents to seek alternatives for their affected clients, sparking concerns of price hikes for changes in travel plans at the last minute.

Marriott to double luxury footprint in APAC Yixin Ng, reporting from ILTM Asia, Shanghai, June 7, 2017
Marriott International yesterday announced it will add over 100 luxury hotels to Asia-Pacific in the near future, nearly doubling its regional portfolio of 113 hotels across eight luxury brands and accounting for half of the company's global growth in this sector.

More to Nepal than mountains or trekking adventures Marissa Carruthers, Kathmandu, June 7, 2017
For a country that is strongly associated as a trekking destination, more efforts are needed to cultivate Nepal's positioning beyond that of mountains and peaks if it is to reach its full tourism potential, said international buyers at last week's Himalayan Travel Mart (HTM).

New identity for Niccolo, Marco Polo Hotels as Wharf Hotels Hong Kong, June 7, 2017
Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels are now officially grouped together as Wharf Hotels under Wharf Hotels Management, the management company name for the Hong Kong-based hotel group.

Wyndham launches new Trademark as independent lifestyle brand Parsippany, New Jersey, June 7, 2017
Wyndham Hotel Group has launched its newest and 19th hotel brand, The Trademark Hotel Collection, targeting hoteliers operating upper-midscale and above properties.

Mandarin Oriental explores sale of The Excelsior in HK Hong Kong, June 7, 2017
Mandarin Oriental International is reviewing long-term strategic options for its iconic Excelsior hotel in Hong Kong.

SIA chief to chair IATA board, Finnair CEO named as oneworld chairman Cancun, June 7, 2017
Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong will become chairman of the IATA board of governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cancun, Mexico.

Summer trade deal at Banyan Tree Phuket Phuket, June 7, 2017
Banyan Tree Phuket is currently offering an industry accommodation rate for members of the travel and hospitality industry worldwide from June through September.

As ILTM China debuts in 2018, ITLM Asia shifts to Singapore Yixin Ng, reporting from ILTM Asia, Shanghai, June 6, 2017
Next year will see the debut of ILTM China in Shanghai while ILTM Asia - rebranded into ITLM Asia Pacific - moves from Shanghai to Singapore, as organiser Reed Exhibitions seeks to better reflect sub-regional differences between the two shows.

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