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Rudi Koppen passes away Raini Hamdi, Singapore, February 2, 2017
One of Asia-Pacific's most memorable hoteliers, Rudiger Robert Köppen, 80, passed away on Sunday (January 29) after a brief battle following oesophageal cancer surgery.

Tried & Tested: amba Taipei Songshan Prudence Lui, Taipei, February 2, 2017
Unveiled in July 2016, the hotel did justice to amba's homegrown, new-gen brand identity, with a great location and functionality to boot, finds Prudence Lui

JTB buys stake in Panorama Tours Indonesia Tokyo, February 1, 2017
Having embarked on an aggressive expansion strategy in recent years, JTB Corp has just announced an agreement to acquire 40 per cent shares of Panorama Tours Indonesia (PTI) to grow its Indonesian outbound business and inbound business into Japan.

Baba Beach Club hotels coming to Phuket, Hua Hin Chadamas Chinmaneevong, Bangkok, February 1, 2017
Thailand's Charn Issara Group will launch two new luxury hotels with a combined value of 2.5 billion baht (US$70.8 million) in Phuket and Cha-am this July, after its first hotel, Sri Panwa Phuket, gained renown as a place frequented by local celebrities.

Halting of HK Airlines' Kuching services catches trade by surprise S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, February 1, 2017
Hong Kong Airlines' abrupt suspension of its twice-weekly services between Hong Kong and Kuching effective February 25 has taken the Sarawak trade by surprise.

Hotel distribution player SHR seeks stronger Asian foothold Yixin Ng, Singapore, February 1, 2017
Hotel distribution and services provider SHR, which has established its foothold in America's hospitality sector, has set its sights on expanding into Asia-Pacific with the launch of a new Singapore office in October last year.

Genting Dream to cruise Okinawa's waters in April Hong Kong, February 1, 2017
From April 2, 2017, Genting Dream will sail from her dual homeports of Hong Kong and Nansha, Guangzhou, on six-day, five-night voyages to Okinawa (Naha and Miyakojima) in Japan.

Lara Hernandez named IHG's new CCO in AMEA Singapore, February 1, 2017
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Lara Hernandez to the role of chief commercial officer in the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.

Trio of promotions at Destination Asia Bangkok, February 1, 2017
Destination Asia has announced promotions in Thailand and China, with Philip Wigglesworth promoted to general manager Thailand, Kaci McAllister to general manager for China and Karen Cheng to deputy general manager of the Shanghai office.

Los Angeles icon to rebirth as Fairmont Century Plaza Los Angeles, February 1, 2017
Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles is slated to reopen in 2018 as the massive mixed-use Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles, after Fairmont Hotels & Resorts signed an agreement with Next Century Associates for the revitalisation and management of the historic property.

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