Event Calendar

PATA Adventure Travel Market
1-4 April 2017, Lee Royal Hotel Mudu, Luoyang, China
Visit PATA Adventure Travel Market

World Travel Market (WTM) Latin America
4-6 April 2017. Expo Center Norte, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Visit World Travel Market (WTM) Latin America

International Hotel Technology Forum (IHTF) 2017
5-7 April 2017, Disneyland Paris, France
Visit International Hotel Technology Forum (IHTF) 2017

Madrid Fusion Manila
6-8 April 2017, SMX Convention Centre, Pasay Philippines
Visit Madrid Fusion Manila

21st Global Lodging Forum
10-11 April 2017, Pullman Paris Montparnasse, France
Visit 21st Global Lodging Forum

CLIA Cruise360 2017
18-24 April 2017, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Visit CLIA Cruise360 2017

World Travel Market Africa
19-21 April 2017, Cape Town Int’l Convention Center, South Africa
Visit World Travel Market Africa

Incentive Travel Exchange
23-26 April 2017, Delano Las Vegas, Nevada
Visit Incentive Travel Exchange

Routes Europe 2017
23-26 April 2017, Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland
Visit Routes Europe 2017

World Travel Fair
20-23 April 2017, China
Visit World Travel Fair

ITB China
10-12 May 2017, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center, Shanghai China
Visit ITB China

World Routes 2017
23-26 September 2017, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain
Visit World Routes 2017

Arabian Travel Mart (ATM)
24-27 April 2017, Dubai Int’l Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE
Visit Arabian Travel Mart (ATM)

IT&CM Asia & CTW
26-28 September 2017, Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Thailand
Visit IT&CM Asia & CTW

ITB Asia
27-29 October 2017, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Visit ITB Asia

Top Stories

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    PHL aims to get sizeable share from projected 121-M ASEAN arrivals

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    Scoot Takes Delivery of New 787 Dreamliners with Crew Bunks

  • Radisson Blu launches Blu Planet for Meetings

    Radisson Blu launches Blu Planet for Meetings

  • AirAsia hosts first ever Santan festival

    AirAsia hosts first ever Santan festival

  • Disney Explorers Lodge celebrates its grand opening

    Disney Explorers Lodge celebrates its grand opening

  • DOT unveils “new” Fort Santiago

    DOT unveils “new” Fort Santiago

Travel Trade

TPB creates Dive Fiesta to promote scuba diving to the Philippines

In an effort to promote the Philippines as a premiere scuba diving destination, the Tourism Board of the Philippines (TPB) conceptualized Dive Fiesta Philippines (DF17), a hard-line venture to directly attract international buyers of dive travel packages into business engagements with Philippine dive resorts and outfitters. DF 17’s principal component is the business exchange whereinmore

Philippines grants Chinese tourists VOA, India on the radar

  MANILA – Finally, the hard work of the Department of Tourism has paid off with the issuance of Department of Justice Circular no.51 granting Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) to mainland Chinese tourists. The VOA status for PROC nationals will apply to all arrivals at Philippine international airports in Manila—Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Subic, Bacolod-Silay—andmore

Sabre released The Future of Luxury Travel report

  A newly-released report, The Future of Luxury Travel, by Sabre Hospitality Solutions in collaboration with TrendWatching reveals five key areas impacting how customers will choose luxury accommodations and experiences in the years ahead.  Some key trends from the report include customization, no-frills chic, luxury on demand and travel that promotes personal and social values. “The evolution of high-end travel is creating a marketplace where ‘luxury’ ismore

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Marvel 10K Weekend returns

  Hong Kong Disneyland is proud to announce that the Marvel 10K Weekend will be held on September 16 and 17. The event continues the excitement of the park’s latest Marvel-themed attraction, Iron Man Experience, and the current Marvel Super Hero Summer event. Marvel Super Heroes will show up to cheer for runners, making it amore

Transportation

DOT, TIEZA, and CCP collaborate to build first Manila Cruise Port

The Department of Tourism (DOT),  the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) formally signed this October 10, 2017 the Memorandum of Agreement for the formulation of a feasibility study and master plan for the development and operation of a Cruise Port, a 5-hectare site owned bymore

Dream Cruises’ newest luxury ship World Dream to debut in China

HONG KONG – Genting Cruise Lines is set to launch World Dream, Asia’s newest luxury cruise ship from Dream Cruises, this November at her dual homeports in Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Nansha) to continue to grow the Pearl River Delta cruise industry and provide fly/cruise options for the region with new itineraries to Vietnam and themore

Plaza Premium and SATS to build lounge at Changi’s new T4

SINGAPORE – Plaza Premium Group has been awarded an airport lounge contract in partnership with SATS Airport Services by Changi Airport Group. Both partners are to jointly design, build, operate and manage a brand new lounge named Blossom – SATS & Plaza Premium Lounge (Blossom Lounge) as the only independent airport lounge in the new Terminal 4 (T4)more

Royal Caribbean to make 5 port calls into the Philippines in 2018

MANILA – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) continues to expand in Asia enjoying unprecedented growth. In an exclusive interview, Sean Treacy, managing director for Asia Pacific of Royal Caribbean International (RCI) said, ”It’s been a remarkable growth having started in Asia in 2007 with just 6 sailings out of Singapore aboard Rhapsody of the Seas, a 2,000-passengermore

Destination

Enchanted Kingdom celebrates 22 years

The country ‘s most loved theme park, Enchanted Kingdom (EK), will reach a milestone 22 years this October 22 and its management has already come up with a month-long celebration for its visitors to enjoy while in the park grounds. After the media launch and Kapuso day last October 7 where teleserye fans of GMA Channel 7more

Vietnam remains key focus for hotel investors and operators – JLL

  Attracted by a rapidly growing tourism sector, rapid economic development and infrastructure investments, according to real estate consultancy JLL SINGAPORE, 6 July 2017 – Vietnam’s rapid growth as a tourism destination has placed it on the investor radar as a key hospitality investment destination. The country has boosted its infrastructure to lure more foreign investors frommore

Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars at Changi Airport for “Nordic Adventures”

Singapore – Changi Airport is hosting a programme of Nordic-themed experience and activities from May 26 to June 25. Even if you are travelling to Singapore or passing through, take some time to say hello to Sanrio characters—Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars,  Pompompurin, Gudetama, and Cinnamoroll. The characters will be roaming around Terminal 3more

DOT unveils “new” Fort Santiago

In line with the “Intramuros Revival Project” initiated by the Department of Tourism (DOT) last year, Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo on Monday led the opening of the newly renovated Paseo Soledad and Plaza Moriones in Fort Santiago.   Plaza Moriones, the area leading to the iconic Fort Santiago, has been smoothed with flowering trees and amore

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Radisson Blu launches Blu Planet for Meetings

  Radisson Blu, is launching Blu Planet for Meetings, making meetings carbon-free at Radisson Blu hotels worldwide by the end of the year. The selected First Climate carbon offsetting projects contribute to fighting global warming and support the UN Sustainable Development goals. “Since the COP21 climate accord, an increasing number of corporations are concerned about

People

New chief executive appointed to Tourism New Zealand

TOURISM NEW ZEALAND Chair Kerry Pendergast says she is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen England-Hall to the position of Chief Executive at Tourism New Zealand (TNZ). Stephen will commence in the role in early April 2017, based in Auckland. “Stephen will join Tourism New Zealnd after three-years as Chief Executive at Loyalty New Zealand

Insight Vacations introduces new president for Asia

Insight Vacations announced the appointment of Evon Ler as Insight Vacations’ president for Asia. Ler comes with a wealth of knowledge about the local regional markets and travel industry. She recently relocated back to Singapore from Hong Kong, where she was director of sales, South East Asia for Travelzoo. She has worked extensively across B2B

Roshan Mendis: New senior VP, Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific

Sabre Corporation announced the appointment of Roshan Mendis as senior vice president for Sabre Travel Network, Asia Pacific, following the completion of its acquisition of Abacus International on July 1. In his new role, Mendis will be responsible for the overall Sabre Travel Network business in the Asia Pacific region which will include the newly

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