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Photo of the Day: Maldives' new multi-island resort breaks ground Malé, August 1, 2017
A groundbreaking ceremony has marked the start of construction of Emboodhoo Lagoon, conceived as "a multi-island integrated leisure and recreation destination resort" in the Maldives.

Intimate size, roving nature to remain cornerstones of PATA Travel Mart Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Bangkok, July 31, 2017
As PATA Travel Mart (PTM) marks its 40th edition this year since its 1978 inception in Manila, PATA CEO Mario Hardy concedes that change is imminent to this annual core event, especially in the face of growing competition from the rising number of travel tradeshows in Asia-Pacifc.

Expedia pumps US$350m into Indonesian OTA Traveloka Bellevue and Jakarta, July 31, 2017
Expedia has made a US$350 million primary minority investment in Indonesia-based OTA Traveloka, an investment that is expected to deepen both parties' cooperation on global hotel supply.

Ctrip, Osaka CVB advance partnership with new deal Beijing, July 31, 2017
Ctrip and the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau have entered into a strategic partnership to cooperate on areas including product development and promotion, big data as well as marketing innovation.

IHG breaks Even in New Zealand, first outside N America Singapore, July 31, 2017
A deal for 10-15 Even properties in Australia and New Zealand, inked between The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Pro-Invest Group last year, has kicked off with the signing of an Auckland hotel.

Myanmar's first Okura hotel to rise in Yangon Tokyo, July 31, 2017
Myanmar will welcome its first property under Okura Hotels & Resorts come 2020.

Expectations rise for Sunway as it names Japan GSA Tokyo, July 31, 2017
Sunway Hotels & Resorts has appointed Mac Marketing Service as its GSA in Toyko, a move that it expects would boost room nights by about 40 per cent in 2018.

Smaller SriLankan agents may not survive end of commission era Feizal Samath, Colombo, July 28, 2017
Smaller travel agencies in Sri Lanka are beginning to feel the pinch after SriLankan Airlines scrapped agent commissions since July 1.

France speeds up visa delivery for 6 SE Asia nations Paris, July 28, 2017
In a bid to boost tourism, French prime minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday said the country will cut visa delivery time to 48 hours for citizens of Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, India and Russia, according to a Reuters report.

Accor houses vacation rental purchases under onefinestay Paris, July 28, 2017
Having closed a deal to acquire all remaining shares in Squarebreak, one of three of its vacation rental purchases along with onefinestay and Travel Keys, AccorHotels will integrate the trio under the onefinestay brand by year-end.

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