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9 Oct, 2017

Islamic University, Bank launch credit card

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) — AmBank Islamic Berhad (AmBank Islamic) and International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) yesterday launched the AmBank Islamic – IIUM Credit Card at the IIUM campus in Gombak. Under this programme, AmBank Islamic cardholders can convert their AmBonus Points into cash contribution towards the IIUM Endowment Fund from a minimum […]

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13 Sep, 2017

Hotel chains rated highly in America’s Most Trustworthy Brands Survey

SANTA ANA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 12, 2017 — Amazon is America’s most trustworthy brand following by Marriott, Microsoft, Hilton and Southwest Airlines. Hotels and electronics are the country’s most trusted brand categories while auto insurers and mobile communications rank lowest on the public trust spectrum. Those are the findings of a first-ever national survey and peer […]

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2 Sep, 2017

First Command survey: Financial concerns prompting U.S. military families to rein in vacations

FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 30, 2017 – Anxiety over the future of defense spending and the economy are prompting many of America’s career military families to rein in their summer vacation plans. First Command’s annual survey on summer vacation spending reveals that 84 percent of middle-class military families (commissioned officers and senior NCOs in pay […]

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1 Sep, 2017

Shanghai to host Asia’s leading musical instruments fair, Oct 11-14

SHANGHAI, Sept. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Music China, known as one of the most reputable musical instruments fairs in the world, will be held on October 11-14, 2017 in Shanghai New International Expo Center. Launched in 2002, jointly organized by China Music Instrument Association (CMIA), Shanghai Intex Exhibition, and Messe Frankfurt, Music China now is […]

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31 Aug, 2017

Africa visitor arrivals projected at 18 mln in 2017, driven by digitalisation, niche tourism

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug 30 (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — Market Research Company Euromonitor International revealed today the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa are projected to grow by 6.5 percent in 2017, to […]

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31 Aug, 2017

Business jet company launches app to promote one-way and empty leg flights

LONDON, Aug 30 (Bernama-GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VistaJet, global aviation company, has launched VistaJet Direct, an app-based digital membership offering priority access to VistaJet’s one-way and empty leg flights at preferential rates. VistaJet sets another milestone of what the future of private travel will look like, becoming the only company in its sector to offer a […]

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31 Aug, 2017

New Atlanta Stadium installs waterless urinals, saving annual water bill by $230,000

VISTA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 29, 2017— The new home for the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes Benz Stadium, has just opened in Atlanta and has already been called the most environmentally responsible sports venue ever built. The stadium was first planned in 2007. Since then, there has been much more focus on green and sustainability issues. As a […]

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29 Aug, 2017

Grants help Australian researchers and SMEs go global

Canberra, 17 August 2017, (Ministry of Industry News) –Eighteen Australian researchers and 11 small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) will share in $1.4 million in government grants to meet and collaborate with global partners to progress their ideas.  The grants, under the Global Connections Fund,  will provide seed funding to help viable Australian projects to grow in scope and […]

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29 Aug, 2017

Malaysia wins bid to host World Congress of Surgery 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 August 2017,  (Bernama) — The International Society of Surgery (ISS) has announced that Malaysia will play host to the 49th World Congress of Surgery (WCS) in 2021. The announcement was made by ISS at the 47th WCS General Assembly, which is currently being held in Basel, Switzerland. The Malaysian delegations to this […]

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29 Aug, 2017

Anzac Portal brings Australia’s war history to life

Australia, 17 August 2017, (DVA News) — Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mr Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to visit the Anzac Portal website after a recent renovation. The Anzac Portal website at http://www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au/ aims to promote awareness of Australia’s wartime history. Mr Tehan said the portal now contained information and educational resources spanning campaigns from […]

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29 Aug, 2017

Malaysian E-sports academy kicks off with a Dota 2 Training Bootcamp

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 August 2017, (Bernama) — The Academy of Esports (AOES), Iskandar Malaysia’s first Esports education institute, was officially opened for registration from aspiring gamers and game enthusiasts; taking the future of Esports in Malaysia a step higher. During at an event at Makespace, Kuala Lumpur, AOES offers certification-level education and is powered by […]

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29 Aug, 2017

12 global cities slated to participate in Asia’s biggest Smart City event

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia Aug 28 (Bernama) — Barcelona and Selangor have come together to collaborate on the Selangor Smart City & Future Commerce Convention 2017. The convention from 7 – 9 September at Setia City Convention Centre is set to be the first of its kind in the region to explore how smart, digital & […]

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26 Aug, 2017

Chinese tourists can now use Alipay in all 242 Starbucks across Malaysia

HANGZHOU, China, Aug 25 (Bernama-GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Alipay, the world’s largest online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group (“Ant Financial”, “Ant”), is now available for Mainland Chinese tourists at all 242 Starbucks branches across Malaysia. Chinese tourists can find a nearest Starbucks through the in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their […]

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26 Aug, 2017

New platform launched in Malaysia as a “One Stop Centre” for holistic tourism services

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Bernama) — TW Global Connections Sdn Bhd, also known as “Tours Wealth”, a uniquely positioned entity in the Tourism Industry, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 22 Associate companies along with a Distributorship Agreement with Forest City, Johor; confirming collaboration of joint related Tourism activities benefitting Malaysia and ASEAN. […]

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24 Aug, 2017

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Uncovers U.S. Passport Holders More Likely to Be Content with Their Lives

MCLEAN, Va., 17 August 2017, (BUSINESS WIRE)–Approximately 41 percent of Americans have a valid U.S. passport,1 and it turns out, that’s a good thing. Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton (NYSE: HLT), has uncovered that Americans with passports are more likely to be content with their lives than those who do not […]

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17 Aug, 2017

New Analytics Product Helps Airbnb Hosts Compete with Hotels

DENVER, 16 August 2017, (PRNewswire) — Leading provider of vacation rental data AirDNA has released a cutting-edge market intelligence product to help professionalize the Airbnb host community. Market Minder displays key hospitality metrics for every Airbnb rental worldwide, enabling hosts to compete on the same level as hotel executives. In a simple, interactive dashboard complete […]

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10 Aug, 2017

JetBlue Partners with Gladly to “put Humanity back into Air Travel”

SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK, 8 August 2017, (BUSINESS WIRE)–JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) and Gladly, a modern customer service platform, today announced a partnership that will enable travelers to have one continuous conversation with JetBlue’s customer support team across multiple communication channels. Gladly’s people-centered approach empowers companies like JetBlue to humanize the customer service experience by treating […]

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10 Aug, 2017

U.S. News & World Report Reveals 2017-18 Best Travel Rewards Programs

WASHINGTON, 9 August 2017, (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hotels, Best Cruise Lines and Best Vacations, today announced the 2017-18 Best Travel Rewards Programs. The annual rankings identify 26 hotel and airline loyalty programs with the most rewarding perks for everyday travelers. Marriott Rewards ranks No. 1 in Best Hotel […]

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10 Aug, 2017

XE.com Global Payments Report: Top Reasons People Transfer the US$ around the World

SAN FRANCISCO, 8 August 2017, (BUSINESS WIRE)–XE.com, part of Euronet Worldwide, Inc., (NASDAQ: EEFT) one of the world’s largest global payments companies, today announced findings from its global payments report based on U.S. dollar transactions that shows when, where, and for what reasons U.S. residents transfer money around the world. “Now is a great time […]

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10 Aug, 2017

ComPsych Wellness Report 2017: High Rate of Employees Taking Medication for Chronic Conditions

CHICAGO, 7 August 2017, (BUSINESS WIRE)–ComPsych today released its yearly aggregate report of health assessments across its book of business, including data from hundreds of thousands of employees of all ages, occupations, regions and industries. The report provides a snapshot of employee physical and emotional health as well as guidance for employers on how to […]

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10 Aug, 2017

Last chance to enroll for unique Farm Tourism Course in the Philippines

Manila — Farm tourism is a fast-growing branch of sustainable tourism that offers additional and significant income for farmers and local communities. It offers tourists a respite from the city by going back to the simple, healthy and down-to-earth lifestyle of the countryside. This course aims to provide the basics of setting up your own […]

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9 Aug, 2017

Entries for 21st Japan Media Arts Festival Now Open

Japan, Tokyo, 1 August 2017, (Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet) –The Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee is now accepting entries for the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival. All artists around the world, without distinction as to professional, amateur, independent, or commercial, are invited to submit their works to the four divisions — Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. […]

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9 Aug, 2017

Interbrand Releases First-Ever Best Asia Brands Study: Engage to Grow

SINGAPORE, 1 Aug 2017, (Bernama-Business Wire)–For the first time, Interbrand has carried out a comprehensive analysis of the best brands in Asia. The 2017 study compiles insights from Best Japan Brands, Best China Brands, Best Korea Brands and Best India Brands, while delving into how brands are growing within Australia and the markets of Southeast […]

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5 Aug, 2017

The “Cooler Lumpur” Festival of Ideas returns for its fifth instalment 17-20 August

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) — Southeast Asia’s first and only festival of ideas, The Cooler Lumpur Festival, will be returning with its fifth edition – Notes from the Future – at its home ground Publika, Solaris Dutamas from 17 to 20 August 2017. The KL-centric festival that adopts specific themes each year, aims to […]

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3 Aug, 2017

Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa Brings Luxury Stays to Thailand’s Nostalgic Seaside Destination

Thailand, Bangkok, 1 August 2017 — Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa is fast becoming a favoured family vacation choice for domestic and international travellers looking to combine a modern luxury escape with engaging multigenerational activities and in a classic beachside setting. The 196-key resort offers luxury, quality and convenience in abundance with a fresh, […]

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1 Aug, 2017

Thai conglomerate to invest US$311 million in Maldives’ first multi-island resort

Republic of Maldives, Male, 31 July 2017, (PRNewswire) — Mr. Moosa Zameer, Minister of Tourism, joined Chairman of Singha Estate Public Company Limited, Mr. Chutinant Bhirombhakdi; Director, Chairman of Executive Committee, Mr. Chayanin Debhakam, D.B.A; Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Naris Cheyklin; and the company’s Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Thiti Thongbenjamas, at an official groundbreaking ceremony […]

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1 Aug, 2017

Traveloka raises nearly US$500 million to tap potential of Southeast Asia travel market

JAKARTA, Indonesia, 31 July 2017,(PRNewswire) — Traveloka announced today that the company has raised approximately $500 million through investments from global online travel leader Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), East Ventures, Hillhouse Capital Group, JD.com and Sequoia Capital within the last year. The investment by Expedia, Inc. will deepen the existing partnership in hotel supply, allowing Traveloka to provide even greater selection […]

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27 Jul, 2017

UK 20-something fashion designer details harsh reality of modern dating in chatty, real-life memoir

LONDON, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Remember the story about the girl kissing a frog and how the frog turned into a charming Prince? Well, this is it, except for the turning into a charming Prince part. In her hilarious debut novel, Katie Miller writes candidly about the dating life of a twentysomething single girl and […]

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27 Jul, 2017

Welk Resorts Files Suit Against Timeshare Exit Team For Alleged “Racketeering Scheme”

SAN DIEGO, 26 July 2017, BUSINESS WIRE –Welk Resorts, developer of family-friendly vacation resorts, has filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Reid Hein & Associates, operating as “Timeshare Exit Team,” and law firms in two states for allegedly operating a nationwide racketeering scheme to induce vacation owners to […]

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27 Jul, 2017

87% of Retailers to Increase Use of AI in Customer Engagement During Next 24 Months – Research study

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 26 July 2017, BUSINESS WIRE —Linc, the customer care automation platform that powers digital experiences to strengthen brand/shopper relationships, today announced the release of its new research study, How AI Technology Will Transform Customer Engagement. In partnership with BrandGarage, this study highlights the overwhelming emphasis retail executives are placing on automated platforms to improve […]

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21 Jul, 2017

U.S. Retailers Say Border Tax Would Shift Corporate Tax Burden to Consumers

WASHINGTON, 19 July 2017, BUSINESS WIRE–The National Retail Federation today urged Congress to reject a proposed border adjustment tax that would drive up the price of imported merchandise, saying the measure would force consumers to pay the cost of lowering taxes for large corporations. “The solution for reducing the corporate tax rate should not be […]

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21 Jul, 2017

Wisconsin Tourism Flushes Competition for First-Ever International Toilet Awards

MADISON, Wis., 19 July 2017, BUSINESS WIRE–The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s award case is so clogged with trophies – nearly 100 amassed in the last six years alone – it may need to call in a plumber to make room for this latest award. Wisconsin was the only destination in North America to be honored […]

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17 Jul, 2017

Egencia survey – Business Travelers Expect to Manage Travel on All Devices

BELLEVUE, Washington, July 11, 2017, PRNewswire — Egencia®, the business travel arm of the Expedia group, announces results from its 4th edition Egencia Business Travel and Technology Survey* today, highlighting the increasing desire by business travelers for technology access and cross-device integration, along with greater productivity offerings, on the road. Instead of incentives such as […]

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15 May, 2017

Taiwan’s Startup Wogogo Launches Tour Guide Platform

TAIPEI, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 12, 2017 – Taiwanese travel startup Wogogo has recently launched a tour guide platform, aiming to coordinate with local tourist guides to develop tours for travelers and serving them in a nice and simple way with exclusive and professional experiences, the company said on 12 May. Wogogo COO Muse Fang said the […]

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12 May, 2017

Volvo Group Innovation Summit May 16 to Focus on Transport in Smart Cities of the Future

GÖTEBORG, Sweden, May 9, 2017, (PRNewswire) – With a focus on ‘Smart cities – infrastructure and transport of the future’, Volvo Group will host its inaugural Innovation Summit in London on May 16, 2017. Moderated by Richard Westcott, the BBC’s transport correspondent, the event will gather leading people from government, major transport systems, industry bodies […]

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12 Apr, 2017

Applications open for Transparency Summer School on Integrity 2017, scholarships available

Calling all university students, graduates and young professionals under the age of 35 who are eager to learn how to make a stand against corruption: apply now for the Transparency School on Integrity (TISI) 2017, taking place during 10-16 July, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since 2010, the School on Integrity has welcomed over 700 students, […]

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23 Jan, 2017

Arabian Travel Mart launches 2017 exhibitor awards 

Dubai, 18 January 2017, (ATM Press Release) – Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017 exhibitors will be pulling out all the stops to showcase their creative and business flair at this year’s event as organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions, reprises its popular Best Stand Awards initiative for a third year running. Launched in 2015, the awards recognise […]

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23 Jan, 2017

2017 Metro Manila Tourism Forum to be held Feb 9-10

Manila — The 2017 Metro Manila Tourism Forum will be held on February 09-10, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City. This year, it commemorates the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in celebrating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As such, the theme will be “ASEAN: Enhancing City Tourism […]

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18 Jan, 2017

Emirates introduces sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles

Dubai, UAE, 17 January 2017 – Emirates has introduced new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The soft and warm blankets are made using ecoTHREAD™ patented technology and is now available in Economy Class on all long-haul Emirates flights. Each Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. With the latest […]

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5 Jan, 2017

Panasonic Demonstrates “Companion” Robot at CES 2017

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 04, 2017 – Panasonic Corporation of North America announced it has developed a “companion” robot with human-like movements and communication skills. The robot, developed as a proof of concept, debuts at the Panasonic booth (#12908) at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. “This test project builds on Panasonic’s innovations in robotics including battery […]

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16 Dec, 2016

Pattaya Welcomes First KLY Hotel Designed For The Mobile Millennial Traveller

Pattaya, 16 December 2016 (Delivering Asia Communications media release) – KLY Unique Pattaya, the flagship property for the new KLY Hotels brand, opened recently in the heart of Thailand’s popular resort city. The hotel is positioned to challenge Pattaya’s established hospitality scene with a new property specifically designed for today’s millennial travellers. Meaning “chill out” […]

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10 Oct, 2016

Herbalife survey: Millennials find physical activities difficult in the modern workplace

HONG KONG, Oct 6 (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) — Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company, has released findings from its Asia Pacific Millennials At Work Survey(1), showing that younger workers in Asia want to do more physical exercise while working, but they are finding it difficult to achieve this in the modern workplace. With the millennial generation […]

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29 Sep, 2016

New Study Reveals The Role of Job Control In Burnout

Montreal, Canada, 24 September 2016, PRWEB –Some employees thrive on structure and routine, and prefer to have the details of their roles and tasks clearly outlined. However, preferring to follow rather than lead doesn’t necessarily imply a lack of desire for autonomy. In fact, according to research from PsychTests, employees who lack job control at work […]

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29 Sep, 2016

Thomas Exchange Global Benefits from Post-Brexit Tourism Surge in London

London, UK, 26 September 2016, PRWEB UK –The situation is not entirely dire for the United Kingdom, following the monumental Brexit decision. While the decline in the value of the pound has made it more expensive for British citizens to leave, tourist arrivals in the UK have surged dramatically. Over 3 million additional tourists have […]

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21 Sep, 2016

Wake Up! One in Three Meeting Attendees are Falling Asleep

MCLEAN, Va. 07 September 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–With one in three attendees falling asleep or feeling drowsy during a meeting, and productivity for the average meeting dropping around 2 p.m., it’s clear that corporate meetings need a new agenda. Attendees around the world are desperate for a change – and meeting professionals are taking notice. According […]

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3 Sep, 2016

Survey: U.S. Businesses Overwhelmingly Concerned About Active Shooters, But Unprepared for Them

BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 31, 2016 – Everbridge, a global enterprise software company that provides applications which automate the delivery of critical information to help keep people safe and businesses running, and Emergency Management and Safety (EMS) Solutions, a provider of professional consulting services in the area of incident management, business continuity planning and exercise design, […]

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27 Jun, 2016

AHF: New Meningitis Outbreak Hits Gay Men in Los Angeles & OC

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 24, 2016 – Three years after a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis killed two Los Angeles gay men and a San Diego student, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials today issued a Department of Public Health (DPH) ‘Health Alert’ warning that a new outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease is once […]

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24 Jun, 2016

London Offers Greatest Opportunities for UK Women in Tech, New Study Reveals

LONDON, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ –London’s tech community offers the greatest opportunities for British women in tech with 40 per cent of the entire country’s female tech workforce employed in the capital, according to research released during London Technology Week, and coinciding with Computer Weekly’s top 50 UK Women in Technology awards. The survey of […]

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22 Jun, 2016

HealthSparq’s First Health Care Shopping Trends Report Explores the People Behind the Data

PORTLAND, Ore., 21 June 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–HealthSparq, a company dedicated to empowering people to comparison shop for their health care, today released a first-of-its-kind 2015 Health Care Shopping Trends Report that explores what matters most to health care shoppers. The report used data from 237,000 people who pulled 523,000 cost estimates using HealthSparq’s cost estimator tools in […]

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22 Jun, 2016

Samsung Unveils Plan to spend $1.2 Billion on Research and Development of Internet of Things

WASHINGTON, 21 June 2016, Business Wire – Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman & CEO Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon unveiled today Samsung’s vision for ‘Human-Centered IoT,’ including a strategy to spend $1.2 billion over 4 years for U.S.-based Internet of Things (IoT) R&D and investments. This will be led by the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, Global Innovation Center […]

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15 Jun, 2016

Father’s Day Survey Reveals What U.S. Dads Want Most: A Vacation

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American dads have spoken, and what they most want for Father’s Day this year is: a vacation. According to new research from Ebates, the online cash back shopping and subsidiary of the global internet services company Rakuten, loving children and spouses should be browsing for vacations and getaways, because Dad is hoping to get […]

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14 Jun, 2016

Tourico Holidays Sees Strong Growth in U.S. Hotel Bookings from Europe, Asia

NEW ORLEANS, 9 June 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–Tourico Holidays, a leading wholesale travel brokerage, today shared data revealing a significant increase in year-over-year hotel bookings into the United States from Europe and Asia – with 20 percent growth and 19 percent growth respectively. The jump in inbound hotel activity was due, in large part, to a […]

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4 May, 2016

Taiwan honoured at ATM for show of strength following recent earthquake

Dubai, 28 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the region’s leading travel industry showcase, has named Taiwan as the recipient of the New Frontiers Recovery Award 2016 at a special presentation that was also broadcast on ARN radio on the final day of the annual event. “We wanted to recognise Taiwan not […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: BSI lays down guidelines for tapping into eco tourism

Dubai, 26 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – BSI, the world-leading business standards company and respected international certification body, provided a compelling case for organisations in the region to adopt international best practice standards and certifications during an interactive seminar session on day one of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, as Dubai Corporation for Tourism and […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: Mid-Market Hotel Debate set to rage on through 2020

Dubai, 28 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – The influence of Millennials and their preference for quality over luxury, as well as the rise of a new breed of trendy and tech-friendly mid-market hotel brands, was the focus of a dedicated PwC-hosted panel session today (27 April 2016), with a line-up of international hoteliers stressing the […]

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4 May, 2016

Empower women in hospitality, says DUKES boss

Dubai, 27 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Women in the workforce have been in the spotlight in the UAE recently with three companies launched in recent weeks designed to help women find career roles – Hopscotch, Mums@Work and Making Mumpreneurs added to the recent announcement that eight women had been handed ministerial roles in the […]

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4 May, 2016

Middle East traveller mobile transactions hit double digits

Dubai, 27 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Newly released data from travel industry research authority, Phocuswright, has revealed that mobile transactions from Middle East travellers are set to hit double digits for the first time ever in 2016 as consumers become increasingly comfortable using their handheld devices for travel purchases. Addressing a full house […]

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4 May, 2016

YouGov travel trends report released at ATM 2016

Dubai, 26 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – YouGov has unveiled the results of its latest Travel Booking Trends study for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region today (26 April), day two of ATM 2016, with one of the key findings highlighting that 51% of respondents claim the concept of virtual […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: Industry leaders map out sustainable future of UAE tourism

Dubai, 26 April 2016 , (ATM Press Release) – The Future of the UAE as a Global Tourism Hub was the headline session opener for the all-new Global Stage at ATM 2016 yesterday (Monday, 25 April 2016), as eight of the Emirate’s leading tourism and hospitality minds shared their experience and insight into opportunities for sustained […]

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4 May, 2016

Five ATM 2016 exhibitors come out on top in Best Stand Awards

Dubai, 28 April 2016,  (ATM Press Release) – The winners of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 Best Stand Awards were announced at a photo-call on the show floor on 27th April. The four-strong panel of judges had toured more than 423 main stand holders across 10 exhibition halls covering the full spectrum of the […]

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5 Apr, 2016

Scandic Hotels Group Recognised as One of Sweden’s Most Gender Equal Listed Companies

STOCKHOLM, 29 March 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE) – Scandic is one of Sweden’s most equal opportunity employers. This was highlighted in AllBright’s recently published White List that also shows that every fifth business leader is a woman. In this respect, Scandic has three female leaders on its Executive Management team and two on its Board of Directors. […]

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1 Apr, 2016

FedEx Releases 2016 Global Citizenship Report

MEMPHIS, Tenn, 29 March 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE) -FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today the online release of its 2016 Global Citizenship Report (GCR), which details the company’s commitment to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways. The report includes annual updates on the company’s environmental, community and economic development initiatives. Among the highlights of this […]

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19 Feb, 2016

The Philippines accelerates plans to develop Halal tourism

Manila, February 17, 2016, CrescentRating media release – The Philippines is accelerating its plans to position itself as one of the world’s preferred destinations for Muslim tourists. The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) has unveiled a series of initiatives as part of a major drive to create a long-term infrastructure across the country to diversify […]

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19 Feb, 2016

Conference to offer insights on reaching Chinese and Russian consumers via online marketing and social media

Bangkok – February 18, 2016: In partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and in collaboration with Travel Media Applications, PATA Thailand Chapter and Digital Innovation Asia (DIA), the Digi.travel Thailand International Conference as well as the Digital Innovation Asia Awards Party will be hosted at the Four Points Hotel Bangkok on February 24th, […]

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10 Nov, 2015

Want to Understand Female Mood Swings? There Is An App For That

(PRWEB) October 23, 2015 — FDThinking.com has released Twenty8Watch app for iPhone® and Apple Watch®. This daring new app gives men a witty and insightful day-to-day guide to better respond to the mysterious moods of women’s monthly cycles. Through its sleek and a smart countdown, Twenty8Watch notifies the user of the best approach to the […]

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10 Nov, 2015

New Security Module Launched to Mitigate Risks to the Female Business Traveler

TREVOSE, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 03, 2015 – International SOS and Control Risks launched the latest module in its travel preparedness suite for business travelers, risk managers and expatriates. Women’s Security eLearning provides practical tips and actionable advice for the female traveler. Fely Bowen, Regional Security Manager for International SOS and Control Risks, explained: “Female travelers have different risk […]

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29 Oct, 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Releases 2014 Global Citizenship Report

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 27, 2015 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) released its 2014 Global Reporting Index (GRI G4), outlining the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, community involvement, opportunities for associate development, and best practices in corporate governance. The Index follows previous publication of a full Global Citizenship report in 2014 […]

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1 Sep, 2015

Air Astana launches tool to help passengers “bid” for upgrades

Almaty, 1st September 2015 – Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, has launched MyUpgrade; an innovative online tool that enables existing economy class customers to bid for an upgrade to Business Class before their flight. The tool gives passengers the chance to name their own price, within a minimum and maximum range, to be […]

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4 Aug, 2015

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao Launches Exclusive ‘Meditation on the Mekong’ Experience

Hong Kong, 3rd August 2015 – Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, Laos has launched an exclusive ‘Meditation on the Mekong’ experience, immersing guests in an integral cornerstone of Buddhism during an intimate tour of the country’s spiritual capital. Arranged in partnership with local meditation company Your Mind Retreat, this one-of-a-kind tour takes […]

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4 Aug, 2015

Etihad Airways Deploys Luxury Travel B787-9 Dreamliner on Singapore Route

Singapore – Etihad Airways has set a new benchmark for luxury travel on the UAE-Singapore route with the start of daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner services on 1 August. Flight EY470 departed Abu Dhabi at 10pm on Saturday 1 August and touched down at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 10.15am the following day. The return flight EY473 […]

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2 Jul, 2015

Silversea Cruises projects arrival of new ultra-luxury flagship in April 2017

Hong Kong– July 2, 2015)– Silversea Cruises has announced that their new flagship, the “Silver Muse”, is to be delivered in April 2017. The ultra-luxury ship is being built by Fincantieri and at 40,000 grt accommodates 596 guests, representing an exciting evolution of the Silver Spirit that will redefine ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy […]

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2 Jul, 2015

125 CEOs, Business Leaders Call for Accurate Labelling to Identify Food Containing GMOs

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 01, 2015 – One hundred twenty-five (125) U.S. CEOs and business leaders from across the country called on President Barack Obama to keep his 2007 campaign pledge to give Americans the right to know what is in their food by directing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require food companies to label […]

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1 Jul, 2015

Vietnam Airlines becomes world’s second operator of the A350 XWB

Ho Chi Minh City, 30 June 2015, (Vietnam Airlines media release) – Vietnam Airlines has become the second airline in the world to operate the all-new A350 XWB, following a special ceremony in Toulouse yesterday. The A350-900 aircraft was delivered to global lessor AerCap on lease to the airline for operation on long haul routes […]

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1 Jul, 2015

DOCOMO launches Free Wi-Fi Service for Overseas Climbers to Use on Mt. Fuji

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 30, 2015 — NTT DOCOMO, INC. (TOKYO:9437) (NYSE:DCM), the Japanese mobile operator that provides each customer with innovative, convenient and secure mobile services, announced today the launch of a free Wi-Fi® service in collaboration with Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures to encourage overseas climbers to make use of DOCOMO’s Wi-Fi network on the slopes […]

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30 Jun, 2015

Lux* Maldives rolls out project to conserve coral reefs

26 June 2015 (Media Release) — The LUX* Maldives Marine Biologist Center is to start implementing a coral reef monitoring project as part of continuing efforts to safeguard the biodiversity and resilience of coral reefs throughout the South Ari Atoll. The project aims to preserve and protect the marine ecosystems around Dhidhoofinolhu island and increase […]

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30 Jun, 2015

European Cities Marketing opens membership to national and regional organisations

Dijon, France, 26 June 2015 (ECM media release) – While keeping its focus on city tourism, European Cities Marketing, the leading association of cities in Europe, opens the door to regional or national tourist offices, convention bureaux and multi-functional urban marketing agencies established by regions or nations in Europe. During its last General Assembly in […]

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30 Jun, 2015

Mandarin Oriental to manage second luxury property in Beijing

Hong Kong, 29 June 2015 (Mandarin Oriental media release) – Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage its second luxury property in the heart of Beijing, scheduled to open in 2017, in the Wangfujing district of the capital city. Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing will be located in the new premier mixed use […]

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30 Jun, 2015

Unicorn Hospitality Signs Sales & Marketing Pact With Maekok River Village Resort

BANGKOK, 29 June, 2015 – Hotel management consultancy Unicorn Hospitality has signed an agreement to manage Maekok River Village Resort in Chiang Mai for global sales and marketing, as the company continues its growth by focusing on representing small and medium-sized boutique hotels and resorts in Thailand. Maekok River Village Resort in Chiang Mai is […]

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27 Jun, 2015

Healthier Lifestyles Pumping Up Global Sports and Energy Drinks Markets, mainly in Asia-Pacific

Wellesley, Mass. (PRWEB), June 25, 2015 – Rapidly growing economies in China and India have significantly increased demand for sports foods in the past 10 years. BCC Research predicts in its new report that these emerging markets will approach and even surpass double-digit growth rates from 2015 to 2020. The global market for sports nutrition […]

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27 Jun, 2015

UnionPay cards now accepted for Turkey’s E-Visa application

2015-06-17, UnionPay media release – Tourists who have recent plans to travel to Turkey will find that they can pay the visa fee by UnionPay cards as they apply for an E-Visa. UnionPay International announced today Turkey’s electronic visa application page is now accepting UnionPay cards (card number starting with 62), providing more convenient and […]

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27 Jun, 2015

New assessment system to test if Malaysian graduates are ready for work

Selangor, Malaysia, Jun, 24 2015 – (ACN Newswire) – Researchers in Malaysia are recommending an assessment tool for measuring whether university graduates have the practical skills required to enter the work force. Called the Graduate Employability Model (GEM), this tool would aim to address employability issues that currently plague Malaysian higher education. According to the […]

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26 Jun, 2015

Six Senses Enters China with the opening of Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

QING CHENG MOUNTAIN, China – June 25, 2015 (Six Senses media release) – One of the world’s most anticipated new resorts and Six Senses entrée into China, Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain will have its preview opening on August 1, 2015. Located at the picturesque gateway to the country’s majestic Qing Cheng mountains, Six Senses […]

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26 Jun, 2015

Hanging Gardens Ubud unveils new spa collection

Ubud, Bali (Hanging Gardens Ubud media release), June 24, 2015 — Due to high demand to share the magic of its gardens, this unique resort, home of the ‘world’s best pool’, has created ‘30° – a Spa Collection at Hanging Gardens Ubud’. The name is inspired by the steep slopes of the expansive resort gardens, […]

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25 Jun, 2015

2015 SITE Global Conference set for Oct 23-35 in India

New Delhi, India is the host for this year’s SITE Global Conference, 23-25 October. It is the one time of the year when the global incentive travel community comes together to network and celebrate the incentive travel industry, while also learning how to conduct business with the destination. The conference promises to be a trip […]

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25 Jun, 2015

EQ Travel Launch Online Service for SMEs with Standard Transaction Fee

MITCHAM, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 24, 2015 — Scottish based EQ Travel Management has launched a bespoke travel service for SME’s called EQ Online. EQ Online means that users can book rail travel, flights, car hire and hotels via an online booking tool with a standard transaction fee per online booking.  The service is perfect for business […]

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24 Jun, 2015

New report identifies challenges faced by women journalists in Asia-Pacific media

BANGKOK, June 23, 2015 UNESCO BANGKOK PRESS RELEASE – There are more women media professionals than ever in many countries across Asia-Pacific, but they still represent only three out of 10 newsroom staff, often earn less than their male counterparts and are subject to sexual harassment, while struggling to reach decision-making positions. These are some […]

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24 Jun, 2015

Pentahotels opens second Hong Kong property

Hong Kong – June 23, 2015: (Pentahotels media release) — Pentahotels continues its regional growth with the opening of a second Hong Kong hotel, introducing the brand’s “neighbourhood lifestyle” concept to a new Hong Kong home. Luks Industrial Company Ltd., the Hong Kong-based owners of the property, has appointed pentahotels to manage the 298-room pentahotel […]

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24 Jun, 2015

Carlson Wagonlit report charts Five Major Trends Impacting Travel Programs

SINGAPORE, 24 June 2015 (CWT media release) – Business travelers are continuing to adopt new tools and apps inspired by the leisure travel and retail sectors, while catching on to widespread trends such as the sharing economy. Key innovations such as Big Data, virtual credit cards and social media are all paving the way for […]

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24 Jun, 2015

Myanmar National Airlines Gets First B-737 to expand Asian routes, effective August

YANGON, Myanmar – 15 June 2015 – (MNA media release) – Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) has unveiled the first in a series of Boeing Next-Generation 737s that will be joining its fleet. The new fleet will link MNA’s 26 domestic destinations with an expanded international network starting with the launch of its Yangon-Singapore route this […]

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24 Jun, 2015

Hong Kong Jewellery Fair helps trade visitors save time, quickly find suppliers

HONG KONG, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The organizers of the June Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2015, UBM Asia, announced today the launch of its mobile TradeBoard, a free interactive service helping visitors to locate products and suppliers at the fair. The mobile TradeBoard has been created for specifically for visitors of the […]

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23 Jun, 2015

Tourism Australia – Etihad Airways seal A$30M marketing deal

Melbourne, Tourism Australia media release, 22 June 2015 – Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways have deepened their commercial partnership by signing a five-year, A$30 million marketing deal to promote Australia to leisure and business travellers in key overseas markets. The Memorandum of Understanding – signed on  22 June at the Australian Tourism Exchange in Melbourne – extends […]

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22 Jun, 2015

Airbus wins $57 billion of aircraft orders at Paris Air Show 2015

Paris, 22 June 2015, Airbus media release — During the 2015 Paris Air Show, Airbus won $57 billion worth of business for a total of 421 aircraft. The deals comprise firm orders for 124 aircraft worth $16.3 billion and commitments for 297 aircraft worth $40.7 billion. In the widebody market, Airbus kicked-off the show with […]

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22 Jun, 2015

All Silversea Cruises guests to get free WiFi, effective Jan 2016

HONG KONG – June 22, 2015 – Starting with voyages departing in January 2016, Silversea guests will enjoy the most comprehensive Wi-Fi package ever offered by an ultra-luxury cruise line: free Wi-Fi to all guests, throughout the ship, including all suites and public spaces, on all cruises, including expedition cruises. “For over 20 years, Silversea […]

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22 Jun, 2015

Chic new boutique hotel, akyra Manor Chiang Mai, offers launch rates

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Luxury akyra Manor Chiang Mai, a hip urban concept hotel and new style beacon in the northern capital’s art precinct and ‘coffee street’ Nimman Haemin, has announced a special introductory rate for its opening. From August 1 to October 31, 2015, the starting rate for a Deluxe Suite is only THB4,200++ […]

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20 Jun, 2015

SilverNeedle Hospitality revamps loyalty programme

Singapore, (SilverNeedle Hospitality media release) – SilverNeedle Select is a new eco-friendly frequent guest rewards programme that focuses on the professional and leisure lifestyles of business travellers. The programme, developed by SilverNeedle Hospitality, was launched on 1 June 2015 across all SilverNeedle Hotel Brands including SilverNeedle Collection, NEXT Hotels, Sage Hotels, Chifley Hotels, Country Comfort […]

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19 Jun, 2015

Caribbean to refresh its tourism product along “The Singapore Model”

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), in partnership with the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, will be hosting a four-day workshop showcasing Singapore’s model for tourism product development.  This workshop takes place from 13-16 July 2015 at the Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados, Barbados. The overall quality of the visitor experience is very much influenced by the […]

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19 Jun, 2015

Royal Phuket Marina to invest US$150 million in major expansion

Phuket, June 18, (Royal Phuket Marina media release) – The Royal Phuket Marina has announced a five-year five billion baht (approx. USD150 million) investment plan under the new campaign #DestinationRPM, which includes two hotels, a low-rise condominium development, a first-of-its kind water facility, marina expansion and the addition of a state-of-the-art RPM Children’s Zone, with […]

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19 Jun, 2015

Six Senses Samui reopens on July 1 with refreshed interiors

SAMUI, Thailand – June 18, 2015 (Six Senses media release) – After an extensive upgrade and revitalization of guest accommodations and public areas, Six Senses Samui reopens with refreshed interiors on July 1, 2015. The addition of floor to ceiling glass walls in the bathrooms make the accommodations feel brighter, airy and more spacious as […]

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17 Jun, 2015

10th Sanur Village Festival set for 26-30 August in Bali

DENPASAR, June 2015… Sanur Village Festival is a success as an independent tourism promotion effort that preserves and improves Sanur community ecology, economy, social cultural and creativity. Chairman of Yayasan Pembangunan Sanur (YPS) Ida Bagus Gede Sidharta Putra claims the three parties that have worked closely together during the decade of festival are Sanur community, […]

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17 Jun, 2015

Thanyapura Sets US$10 Million Investment To Boost “Sports Hub Of Asia” Status

PHUKET, THAILAND – Asia’s leading world-class sports training and coaching facility, Thanyapura Phuket, is to invest an additional 300 million baht (about US$10 million) in an expansion plan that will significantly further strengthen its status as the leading “Sports Hub of Asia”. To be scaled over five years, the investment will see the spectacular 23-hectare […]

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