Event Calendar

ITB Asia 2017
25-27 October 2017
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Visit: ITB Asia 2017

World MICE Day – China
25-27 October 2017
Shangri-La Hotel Qingdao
Visit: Word MICE Day – China

Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality
01-03 November 2017
Park Central San Francisco,  CA
Visit: Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality

World Travel Mart 2017
06-08 November 2017
ExCel London
Visit: World Travel Mart 2017
Beijing International Travel Mart
16-18 November 2017
China Nat’l Convention Center, Beijing
Visit: Beijing International Travel Mart

Travel Tour Expo 2018
9-11 February 2018
SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
(No available website)

ITB Berlin
07-11 March 2018
ITB Berlin Convention
Visit: ITB Berlin

20-22 March 2018
Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center
Visit: ITCMA & CTW China

ITB China
16-18 May 2017
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Conference Center
Visit: ITB China

ILTM Asia-Pacific 2018
21-24 May 2018
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Visit: ILTM Asia-Pacific 2018

Top Stories

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

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

  • Scoot Takes Delivery of New 787 Dreamliners with Crew Bunks

    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

Top 100 City Destinations Ranking revealed by Euromonitor

Euromonitor International unveiled recently the Top 100 City Destinations Ranking 2017 Edition1 at World Travel Market (WTM) London, the leading travel and tourism event worldwide. This year’s report highlights how future travel trends are borne out of the opportunities and challenges cities face. According to the report, Asian cities dominate the global destination rankings thanks tomore

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort launches revamped Travel Professional Website

(HONG KONG, October 25, 2017) Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) launched its upgraded Travel Professional Website, www.HKDLTA.com, complete with brand-new functionalities available in English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Through the dedicated travel trade portal, industry professionals can stay informed on the latest resort happenings and sales and marketing tools, strengthen their product knowledge of HKDL through the one-stop online trainingmore

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


PAL is set to fly non-stop Manila-Auckland this December

A major product upgrade for Philippine Airlines is set beginning December 6 with the non-stop flights to Auckland, New Zealand. PAL’s entry to New Zealand marks the first direct connection between the two countries  and is expected to boost tourism traffic and trade to add to the number of Filipinos going to New Zealand that hasmore

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

Emirates’ newly revamped A380 Onboard Lounge launches

Emirates’ newly revamped A380 Onboard Lounge has made its operational debut on a flight to Kuala Lumpur, marking the 9th anniversary of the airline’s award-winning A380 service. The Onboard Lounge was first introduced on 1 August, 2008 and has since become a mainstay of Emirates’ double decker aircraft. Now in its 9th year, the Emiratesmore

Emirates plans to add more flights

Emirates is hopeful for a new round of bilateral air talks between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates by adding more flights to the country, Satish Sethi, Emirates country manager said in a press briefing recently. “It is unfortunate we could not reach a decision at the end of the talks. But it ismore


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


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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