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Pandaw deploys new ship to Borneo London, December 14, 2016
Luxury river cruise expedition Pandaw has recently acquired a new ship, the Kapuas Pandaw, which will be deployed on its new West Kalimantan, Borneo itinerary starting in February 2017.

Cambodia in prime position for luxury tourism growth Marissa Carruthers, Phnom Penh, December 13, 2016
The swelling ranks of high-end hospitality offerings, alongside improved infrastructure and expanding flight connections into the country, have made the Cambodian luxury tourism market ripe for growth.

Qantas hops straight to Europe with new Perth-London service Perth, December 13, 2016
Qantas Airways will commence non-stop services between Perth and London in March 2018, becoming the first flight to directly connect Australia and Europe.

South Korea tourism spared impacts from ongoing protests Julian Ryall, Tokyo, December 13, 2016
South Korea's travel industry is largely unscathed by the political unrest that has gripped the country for the last two months, with some travel players even observing the spawn of a new tourist group keen to visit the rallies to mingle with the demonstrators.

New tourism plans shine light on Mindanao's overlooked sites Rosa Ocampo, Zamboanga City, December 13, 2016
Mindanao will finally see greater attention given to its tourism development, after years of being sidelined by the more prominent Visayas and Luzon in the Philippines amid security concerns.

HCMC to welcome Okura Prestige in 2020 Tokyo, December 13, 2016
Hotel Okura has joined hands with the Saigon Trading Group (SATRA) to roll out The Okura Prestige Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City in 2020, its first Okura Prestige property in Vietnam and third in the country managed by subsidiary Okura Nikko Hotel Management.

Airline profitability faces stronger headwinds in 2017: IATA Montreal, December 13, 2016
Owing to higher fuel costs and a slowing global economy, IATA is forecasting the global airline industry to post a net profit of US$29.8 billion in 2017, lower than the cyclical peak of US$35.6 million expected for 2016.

HK suppliers roiled by Chinese B2B travel site's partial closure Prudence Lui, Hong Kong, December 12, 2016
The temporary suspension of some operations at China's travel e-commerce aggregator Shijie99, which ran into financial troubles recently, had affected many suppliers in Hong Kong and dented their confidence in working with Chinese online platforms.

US$4billion mega resort coming to Hoi An in 2019 Hong Kong, December 12, 2016
Vietnam's real estate firm VinaCapital, together with Hong Kong's Gold Yield Enterprises and the Suncity Group of Macau, have entered into a joint venture to develop Hoiana, a new resort destination located south of Hoi An in central Vietnam.

E-visa facility for Vietnam in the pipeline Yixin Ng, Singapore, December 12, 2016
An electronic tourist visa facility will be made available to select nationalities visiting Vietnam from February 1 next year as part of a two-year trial scheme, the latest announcement in a series of visa relaxation initiatives to facilitate travel into the country.

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