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                ≪ UNREST HITS AVIATION                                              ≪ GREEN                                                                     ≪ EYE ON AFRICA
                The ongoing unrest in the                                           TDA's weekly environmental                                                  A new luxury eco-lodge to open
                Middle East and North Africa                                        news round-up, including a hotel                                            in Uganda, British Airways
                slowed air traffic growth to 6% in                                    in Shanghai cutting its water                                               launched new Morocco flights,
                February… READ MORE                                                 useage by 70%… READ MORE                                                    and more… READ MORE

                                              AirAsia forms joint
                                              venture with Expedia
                                              New company to have exclusive online third-
                                              party distribution rights for AirAsia flights...

                                                Pictured (from left): Capt. Dharmadi, CEO, Indonesia AirAsia; Kathleen Tan, Regional Head
                                                of Commercial, AirAsia; Dr Tony Fernandes, Group CEO, AirAsia; Scott Durchslag, President,
                                                Expedia Worldwide; Barry Diller, Chairman, Expedia Worldwide; Dan Lynn, Vice President &
                                                Managing Director, Expedia Asia Pacific; with AirAsia flight attendants.

                                              A     irAsia and Expedia Inc have
                                                    announced the launch of a
                                              new joint venture company intended
                                                                                                  Executive of Expedia Inc, said; “By
                                                                                                  partnering with AirAsia, Expedia
                                                                                                  is taking an important step in
                                              to offer a range of flights, hotels,                  developing our global position.
                                              and holiday packages in the Asia                    This is particularly exciting, given
                                              Pacific region. The deal, which                      Asia’s influence in the online travel
                                              marks the first partnership of its                   marketplace… Combined with
                         TM                   kind between a low-cost carrier                     Expedia’s impressive selection of
                                              (LCC) and an online travel agent                    global travel offerings and package
                         WebStart             (OTA), will see the formation of a                  technology, we think this partnership
                                              new company to operate Expedia-                     enables both companies to offer
                                              branded businesses in Japan,                        travellers world-class travel products
                                              India, Southeast Asia and other                     at an unparalleled value.”
                                              East Asian markets, as well as                          AirAsia’s branded websites                       KLM launches new
                                              AirAsia’s AirAsiaGo and GoRooms
                                                                                                  and Expedia’s existing branded                       China route
                                                  The new venture will have                       businesses in Japan, India and
 Thousands remain
                                                                                                                                                           KLM will serve Xiamen
                                              exclusive online third-party                        Singapore, along with new markets                        using a Boeing 777

 stranded on Samui                            distribution rights in the region
                                              for AirAsia and AirAsiaX flights
                                                                                                  launched in Malaysia and Thailand,
                                                                                                  will all be operated by the joint

 S     amui International Airport is
       expected to reopen today after
                                              and travel packages, meaning
                                              that Expedia will be virtually the
                                                                                                  venture. Click here for full story.

 heavy rains and floods forced the hub         only place customers will be able
                                                                                                  China Southern
 to close on Monday and Tuesday,
 leading thousands of passengers
                                              to book AirAsia and AirAsia X
                                              products in the region, other than                  profits surged                                        K     LM Royal Dutch Airlines has
                                                                                                                                                             marked the start of its summer
 stranded. Bangkok Airways told Travel
 Daily this morning that conditions
                                              the LCC’s own websites. It will
                                              also enable AirAsia flights to be                    1,400% in 2010                                       schedules with the launch of its
                                                                                                                                                       first flight between Amsterdam and
 on the island were still unsuitable for
 flight departures, but it is expecting
 to fly some services into Samui this
                                              combined with Expedia’s 130,000+
                                              hotels worldwide, to create a set of
                                              packages for Asian customers on
                                                                                                  C     hina Southern Airlines posted
                                                                                                        a massive increase in profits
                                                                                                  in 2010. Filing its annual report
                                                                                                                                                       Xiamen, in China’s Fujian province.
                                                                                                                                                       In doing so, KLM becomes the first
                                                                                                                                                       airline to operate a direct service
 morning. The airline was forced to           both the AirAsiaGo and Expedia                      with the Shanghai Stock Exchange                     between Xiamen and Europe.
 cancel some 60 flights yesterday,             sites.                                              yesterday, the airline said its net                  The new flights will be operated
 while more than 2,000 people remain              In addition, AirAsia and Expedia                profit increased 1,424% year-on-                      three times a week (departing
 stranded on the flood-hit island.             are partnering to make Expedia the                  year to CNY5.8 billion (US$883                       Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on
 One passenger stuck at Samui airport         exclusive third party travel provider               million). The figure represents a                     Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)
 said on Facebook this morning that           for the LCC’s inventory, allowing                   resurgence for the Guangzhou-                        using a Boeing 777-200ER with
 there was no change in conditions            travellers to book AirAsia inventory                based airline, however it does                       capacity for 318 passengers - 35 in
 today, with “heavy winds and no              on any of Expedia’s travel sites                    compare with a poor 2009, which                      World Business Class and 283 in
 visibility”. Thai Airways and Firefly also    worldwide.                                          saw China Southern register profits                   Economy Class. Click here for full
 cancelled flights yesterday.                      Barry Diller, Chairman & Senior                 of just CNY381 million.                              story.

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                                                                                    Qantas to cut capacity and jobs
 Unrest slows global                                                                                                                                      Q
                                                                                                                                                      antas has
                                                                                                                                                      announced a

 aviation growth – IATA
                                                                                                                                                range of measures
                                                                                                                                                to combat high
                                                                                                                                                jet fuel prices
                                                                                                                                                and the impact
 Middle East & North Africa unrest cuts 1% of                                                                                                   of recent natural
 growth, slowing year-on-year rise to 6%...                                                                                                     disasters in Japan,
                                                                                                                                                New Zealand and
                                                                                                                                                Australia. The
                                                                                                                                                airline’s CEO, Alan
                                                                                                                                                Joyce, said the
                                                                                                                                                measures included
                                                                                    reductions in capacity, retirement of aircraft, reduction of management
                                                                                    positions and ongoing implementation of fuel surcharges.
                                                                                        “There has never been a time when the world faced so many natural
                                                                                    disasters, all of which have come at a significant financial cost to the Qantas
                                                                                    Group. We need to act decisively to respond to rising fuel costs and natural
                                                                                    disasters,” said Joyce.
                                                                                        Qantas said it will reduce domestic capacity growth in the second half of
                                                                                    2011 from 14% to 8%, while international capacity growth will be cut from
                                                                                    10% to 7%. Both Jetstar and Qantas will cut Japan services, while Jetstar
                                                                                    will reduce its New Zealand domestic flights. The group will also retire two
                                                                                    Boeing 767s earlier than previously intended. A review of manpower costs
                                                                                    will also be undertaken, which will include the reduction of management
                                                                                    positions. Click here for full story.

 T     he International Air Transport
       Association (IATA) has reported
 the international air traffic figures
                                           Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director
                                           General & CEO.
                                               Asia Pacific airlines reported a
                                                                                                                            Director, Hotels,
 for February 2011, with passenger         major slowdown to 3.0% growth in
 demand increasing 6.0% compared           February 2011 – less than half the
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 was down significantly however,            A capacity increase of 6.6%                    APAC Leadership and Strategic Role
 from the revised 8.4% expansion           pushed the load factors down
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 IHG to develop Chinese hotel brand AirAsia to maintain no fuel
                                                                                       surcharge policy
                                                                                       A   irAsia has no plans to impose fuel surcharges, despite the rising cost of
                                                                                           jet fuel, the company’s founder, Dr Tony Fernandes has said. Malaysia
                                                                                       news agency Bernama, reported Fernandes as saying yesterday that he
                                                                                       won’t be following other carriers in raising fuel surcharges, as he believes it
                                                                                       would have a negative impact on demand.
                                                                                         “We don’t want to deter travel and putting up cost, so our fares can stay
                                                                                       where there are,” Fernandes told reporters yesterday.

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 I  nterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced plans to develop a
    new upscale hotel brand designed specifically for the Chinese market.
 The company, which currently has a portfolio of 150 hotels operating in the
                                                                                            URBN Hotels to cut water usage by 70%
                                                                                                                                            URBN Hotel
 country and a further 150 under development, said that the new China-                                                                      Shanghai has
 centric hotel brand would operate alongside IHG’s existing high-end brands                                                                 announced
 in the country, such as InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo.                                                                   the launch of
     In Shanghai this week for IHG’s Board and Executive Committee                                                                          a new water
 meetings, Chairman of the IHG Board, David Webster (pictured), said the                                                                    recycling and
 new brand would be “one for Chinese travellers to grow up with, nurturing                                                                  purification
 the same trust and comfort as experienced by foreigners discovering a                                                                      system,
 familiar brand like InterContinental upon their arrival in the China”.                                                                     which will
     “China is the fastest growing travel and tourism economy in the world and                                                              bring clean
 we aim to build on our leadership position by developing this new upscale                                                                  tap water
 brand, while continuing the fast growth of our existing brands,” said Webster.                                                             to its three
 Travel Daily will provide further updates about the new brand as soon as                                                                   F&B outlets,
 they become available. Click here for full story.                                                                                          helping
                                                                                                                                            to reduce
 Chengdu to host                            Tourico Holidays                               URBN’s overall water usage by 70%. According to the

 Routes Asia 2012                           launches THE
                                                                                           company, its drinking water will be purer and better-tasting
                                                                                           than any other restaurant or bar in Shanghai. It also means
 T    he Routes Asia aviation forum                                                        that food will be washed and cooked in pure water and free of

      will return to China in 2012.                                                        heavy metals and bacteria. This new water recycling system
                                                  ourico Holidays has launched
 Taking place from 15-17 April next                                                        has already been deployed in the first URBN Green Hotel in
                                                  its Tourico Holidays Exclusive
 year, the air service development                                                         Shanghai and will be installed in other URBN establishments
                                            Pass (THE Pass), offering discounts
 event will be hosted by Chengdu                                                           in 2011. Click here for full story.
                                            at more than 50 destinations
 International Airport (CDIA), in
                                            worldwide. The new initiative
 western China’s Sichuan province.
 CDIA handled 25.8 million
                                            allows travellers to make savings              Shanghai to roll-out roof gardens
                                            on a range of attractions in cities            More roof gardens will be added to buildings in Shanghai
 passengers in 2010, making it the
                                            including Bangkok, Hong Kong                   over the next five years, authorities in the city have said. The
 sixth busiest airport in China. Its new
                                            and Sydney. In Bangkok, THE                    Shanghai Daily reported the municipal Afforestation & City
 Terminal 2 is scheduled to open at
                                            Pass offers three attractions for               Appearance Administration as saying that it was necessary
 the beginning of 2012. The formal
                                            the price of one, with access to               to create the new roof gardens as there were fewer areas
 handover of Routes Asia to CDIA
                                            the new Madame Tussauds, and                   available for tree planting at ground level. The so-called
 marked the end of the 9th Routes
                                            two city tours. In Hong Kong the               ‘multiple layers of greenery project’ will see more than 80% of
 Asia in Incheon, South Korea,
                                            pass includes three tours, including           new buildings in the Hongqiao and Lingang New City areas
 which saw more than 400 aviation
                                            a double-decker bus tour, while                feature roof gardens, while ‘green walls’ will also be created
 professionals gather to discuss
                                            in Sydney the pass includes a                  on the sides of buildings. A total of 1.5 million square metres
 route development opportunities.
                                            double-decker bus tour, as well                of such green space will be created by 2015, officials were
 Click here for full story.
                                            as admission to Sydney Aquarium                reported saying.
                                            and the Sydney Tower OzTrek - the
 Royal Brunei                               tallest building in the city.
                                                                                            Bangkok Marriott achieves green certificate
 launches flights to                             “Travellers obviously want to
                                            have the best vacation experience
 Melbourne                                  possible… Tourico Holidays have

                                            selected the top ‘to-dos’ in the top
       oyal Brunei Airlines launched
                                            destinations and placed them in one
       a new service to Melbourne
                                            easy-to-book attraction package
 yesterday. The services will operate
                                            per city,” explained Tony Marshall,
 four times a week (Tuesdays,
                                            Tourico’s Vice President - Asia
 Wednesdays, Fridays and
                                            Pacific. Click here for full story.
 Saturdays) using the airline’s Boeing
 777 aircraft. The maiden flight
 departed Bandar Seri Begawan               China starts huge
 at 10pm last night and arrived at
 Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at         relocation project
 7.55am this morning.
    Royal Brunei Airline’s Deputy
 Chairman, Dermot Mannion,
                                            A     uthorities in China’s northern
                                                  Shaanxi province have
                                            launched a huge project to
 said; “The launching direct flight          relocate 392,000 people from
 to Melbourne will strengthen the           mountainous areas. The China
 relationship between Australia             Daily has reported that the CNY14                Pictured (from left): Sunan Kamchanachai, Director of Engineer; Orapin Musiknavabutr,
                                                                                             Director of Human Resources; Francis Zimmerman, General Manager; Christian Zunk;
 and Brunei Darussalam – not just           billion (US$2.1 billion) project                 Director of Operations; and Sahapol Ladda, Director of Rooms.
 within tourism and trade but also in       was prompted by concerns for
 hopefully, the education sector…           people living in the remote rural              Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa has received a ‘Global
 this direct flight to Melbourne             communities of northern Shaanxi,               Green Certificate’ from Kimberly Clark Thailand Co Ltd,
 aims to make it easier for students        who don’t have access to clean                 showing that the hotel now uses all environmentally-
 and their families to travel. For          water supplies. It will take up to 10          friendly products as approved by the Thailand Environment
 passengers bound for London                years to complete the relocation               Institute. These products have helped to reduce the
 from Melbourne, we provide transit         project, which will see residents              pollution, as well as cutting water, electricity and petroleum
 options in Brunei and Dubai.” Click        of up to 90 communities moved to               consumption at the hotel.
 here for full story.                       nearby villages or cities.

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                                      HKIA, Chicago O’Hare become                                                                              Aston boosts
                                                                                                                                               online presence
                                      sister airports                                                                                          with SiteMinder
                                                                                                                                               A     ston International has signed a
                                                                                                                                                     new deal with accommodation
                                                                                                                                               aggregator, SiteMinder, to help
                                                                                                                                               manage its direct website bookings
                                                                                                                                               and reservations from third
                                                                                                                                               party accommodation sites. The
          “The industry                                                                                                                        Indonesian hotel company, which
                                                                                                                                               currently manages 36 hotels, has
     fundamentals are good,                                                                                                                    installed SiteMinder’s website
                                                                                                                                               booking engine, ‘TheBookingButton’
        but extraordinary                                                                                                                      on to its own hotel websites to
                                                                                                                                               manage direct online reservations.
       circumstances have                Pictured (from left): Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation;            Aston has also selected SiteMinder’s
      made the first quarter
                                         Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago; and Stanley Hui Hon-chung, Chief Executive Officer, AA;
                                         sign the MoU.                                                                                         channel management technology to
                                                                                                                                               increase its online reach.
     of 2011 very difficult.”
                                      A     irport Authority Hong Kong (AA) yesterday signed a Memorandum of
                                            Understanding (MoU) with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)
                                      establishing Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Chicago O’Hare
                                                                                                                                                  SiteMinder’s Business
                                                                                                                                               Development Manager for Asia, Kevin
                                                                                                                                               Tatem, explained; “Aston’s online
         Giovanni Bisignani,          International Airport as ‘sister airports’. The agreement, which is the second                           distribution strategy will allow them to
       IATA’s Director General        of its kind signed by HKIA, outlines various areas of cooperation intended                               control their own inventory including
                                      to build a mutually beneficial relationship between two hubs. These include                               dynamic rates and availability straight
      & CEO comments on the           exchanging expertise in customer service and sharing information on new                                  from their PMS while receiving
     impact of the Middle East        technologies. HKIA’s first sister airport agreement was signed with Beijing                               instant delivery of online reservations
                                      Capital International Airport in 2010.                                                                   directly back into their PMS. Aston’s
        unrest and Japanese
                                          Between them, HKIA and Chicago O’Hare handled more than 118                                          new streamlined interface generates
      disasters on the aviation       million passengers in 2010. Currently there are 14 weekly passenger flights                               significant time and cost benefits for
              industry.               operating between HKIA and Chicago O’Hare, and Cathay Pacific has                                         them, with no more need for staff
                                      indicated that it will commence a direct daily passenger flight to the Illinois                           to manually re-key online booking
                                      hub in September this year. Click here for full story.                                                   reservation emails.”

                                                                                         COMO to open                                          Xiamen Airlines
                                                                                         Phuket resort                                         launches
                                                                                         C     OMO Hotels & Resorts has

                      EYEON                                                                    announced plans to debut
                                                                                         in Phuket in 2012. The luxury
                                                                                         hospitality company will manage
                                                                                         a new property on the Yamu
                                                                                                                                               Singapore flights
                                                                                                                                                   Xiamen Airlines will serve the route

   ‫٭‬ALuxury eco-lodge openshas opened for bookings
                                                                                                                                                   using its new B737-800
                                                                                         peninsula, in the north of the Thai
                                        in Uganda                                        resort island, overlooking Phang
      new luxury lodge-style eco-resort                                                  Nga Bay. Opening in September
   in Bwindi, southwest Uganda. Mahogany Springs offers a                                 2012, the new property will feature
                                                                                         129 rooms, 100-metre swimming
   series of thatched lodges, including a two-bedroom Presidential                       pool, a COMO Shambhala Retreat
   Lodge, all with views of the surrounding forested hills. A river
   also flows through the resort, which is expected to be popular
                                                                                         with yoga studio, two restaurants
                                                                                         and a private beach.
                                                                                             “This new COMO resort will be
                                                                                                                                               X     iamen Airlines has launched
                                                                                                                                                     flights connecting Zhengzhou,
                                                                                                                                               in China’s Henan province,
   with nature lovers. Key activities in the area include gorilla treks
                                                                                         our second Thai property, after the                   with Singapore. The carrier will
   and bird-watching safaris. The lodge will officially open its doors                     Metropolitan in Bangkok. These                        operate the Zhengzhou-Xiamen-
   on 1 May 2011.                                                                        two properties will, in concert,                      Singapore route daily using its

   ‫٭‬Britishlauncheslaunched a new route connecting the
                                                                                         showcase both the vibrancy and                        169-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft
     BA                 new Marrakech service                                            serenity of Thailand. Phuket is one                   in a two-class configuration. The
                                                                                         of the top tourist destinations in the                carrier already operates two daily
            Airways has
                                                                                         region, and we have focused on its                    services to Singapore – from Tianjin
   Moroccan city of Marrakech with London’s Gatwick Airport. The                         east coast - an area of outstanding                   (via Xiamen) and Hangzhou (via
   new flights, which commenced on 27 March, will be operated                             natural beauty and great                              Fuzhou). Henan, in central China,
   three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)                                  biodiversity. The location perfectly                  is home to more than 94 million
   using a mix of Boeing 737s and Airbus A319s. BA last flew                              frames the COMO experience,” said                     people, making it the country’s
                                                                                         Harry Apostolides, COMO’s Vice                        second most populous province
   to Marrakech as GB Airways, but discontinued the service in                           President of Business Development.                    after Guangdong. Click here for full
   March 2008 following GB’s takeover by easyJet.                                        Click here for full story.                            story.

   ‫ ٭‬Voting opens for Good Safari Guide
   Awards                                                                                Sydney Harbour Marriott to get
     Voting has started for the fourth Good Safari Club Awards.
   The event, taking place in Durban, South Africa, on 6 May - the
                                                                                         US$20 million revamp
   eve of the Indaba 2011 travel trade event - will see more than
   300 of the safari world’s top brass attend the gala ceremony
                                                                                                                                                             he Sydney
                                                                                                                                                        Marriott Hotel in
   presented by award-winning eco-journalist Michelle Garforth-                                                                                         Circular Quay
   Venter. Also on 6 May, the African Travel & Tourism Association’s                                                                                    is set complete
                                                                                                                                                        the first stage of
   (ATTA) AGM will be held at the Southern Sun Marine Parade                                                                                            a US$20 million
   hotel in Durban.                                                                                                                                     refurbishment

   ‫٭‬Finnair will participateMadagascar reforestation
                                                                                                                                                        in April 2011.
     Finnair helps                                                                                                                                      The first stage
                             in a new reforestation project in                                                                                          of the project
                                                                                                                                                        includes the
   Madagascar. Finnair Plus FFP members are now able to                                                                                                 revamp of all
   donate points to support the project, which aims to create                                                                                           550 rooms and
   an effective reforestation programme for a 1,500-inhabitant                                                                                           suites, while the
   village community in the island nation. The project area suffers                       second stage will see the overhaul of the Icons Brasserie, the Macquarie
                                                                                         Lounge and a full facelift of all public areas. The second phase is scheduled
   from severe deforestation, which in turn has severely affected
                                                                                         for completion in September 2011. New accommodation features include
   the local ecosystem. By donating 1,000 points, Finnair Plus                           42-inch flat screen LCD TVs in every room, as well as high speed wireless
   members can fund the planting three tree seedlings.                                   internet and iPod docking stations. Click here for full story.

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                                                                                       to embark on
                                                                                       Chinese panda trip
                                                                                                                                             THE DAY
                                                                                                                                            IN NUMBERS
                                                                                                                                              COMO Hotels &
                                                                                                                                            Resorts announces
 Hyatt’s Queensland resort unveils new
                                                                                                                                           plans for its first resort
 beach club
                                                                                                                                                  in Phuket

                                                        H  yatt Regency
                                                     Queensland, has
                                                                                                                                            Royal Brunei Airlines
                                                     unveiled of its new
                                                     Dune Beach Club.                                                                        has launched four
                                                     The new club provides                                                                    weekly flights to
                                                     an outdoor space of
                                                     more than 450m² for
                                                     dinners, cocktail parties
                                                                                       A    delaide Zoo’s senior keepers
                                                                                            will be leaving for China on
                                                                                       4 April to learn more about the
                                                     and other corporate
                                                     events. Its centrepiece
                                                                                       panda mating process, as the zoo’s
                                                                                       panda pair, Wang Wang and Funi,
                                                     is a 190m² swimming               near their first potential breeding                   The number of New
 pool, surrounded by café-style tables. Lawns provide 360m² of space for               season. Senior Keeper Simone
 event organisers. The Dune Beach Club itself can host up to 270 people
                                                                                                                                              Zealand cruise
                                                                                       Davey, and Assistant Curator Jason
 for banquets or 500 for cocktail parties, served by its own kitchen and bar           Hakof, will spend two weeks at the                    passengers has
 service area. Hyatt Regency Coolum now offers indoor and outdoor events                Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan                     jumped 62% over the
 venues able to cater for up to 1,200 people. Click here for full story.               province, learning ways to maximise
                                                                                       the chances of successful panda                        last five years
 Princess Cruises scores AFL broadcast                                                    “This is a really exciting
 P     rincess Cruises has signed a contract to broadcast the 2011 season              opportunity to be in China during
       of the Australian Football League (AFL) on its local fleet. Passengers           the northern hemisphere mating                         The year-on-year
 will now have the opportunity to view 33 AFL games, including the play-               season and to witness first hand
                                                                                       some of the techniques the Chinese                    percentage rise of
 offs and finals while aboard Sun Princess and Dawn Princess. Matches
 will be broadcast on the Sun and Dawn Princess’ 28m² ‘Movies under                    use to encourage panda mating,”                         China Southern
 the Stars’ LED screens above the ships’ main pools, as well as inside                 Ms Davey said. Wang Wang and
                                                                                       Funi are the only giant pandas in the
                                                                                                                                           Airliners profits in 2010
 passengers’ rooms and on various other screens around the ships. Click
                                                                                       southern hemisphere.
 here for full story.

 Rains hit tourism in Malaysian state                                                                                                         Sydney Harbour
 T   he heavy rains that have inundated the Malaysian state of Terengganu this month have hit the local tourism
     industry, authorities have said. The New Straits Times reported the State Tourism, Culture, Arts & Heritage
 Committee Chairman, Abdul Rahin Mohd Said, as saying that strange weather patterns, linked to the La Nina
                                                                                                                                             Marriott is near to
                                                                                                                                           completing phase one
 phenomenon, have had a major impact on the fortunes of its resort destinations.                                                            of its US$20 million
   “The island resorts, such as Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian and others, always start their operations in March.
 Nobody will ignore the weather when making travel plans,” Mohd said, adding that high waves had forced the                                         refurb
 cancellation of some boat services to the east coast islands.
   Terengganu’s has been deluged by 713mm of rainfall this month - more than six times the state’s average for March.

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                                     Record numbers of Kiwis take
                                     cruise holiday
     Aussie dollar
                                                       Three percent of Kiwi passengers
                                                              sailed in NZ waters in 2010     T
                                                                                         he numbers of New
                                                                                         Zealanders taking a
                                                                                    cruise holiday has reached
     hits 29-year high                                                              a record high, with 42,886
     The Australian dollar
                                                                                    Kiwis taking to the seas in
                                                                                    2010, according to figures
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     has risen to a 29-                                                             released today. The latest                             Gary Marshall - Managing Director & Editor
     year high against the                                                          International Cruise Council                           Mark Elliott – Editor-in-Chief
                                                                                    (ICC) Australasia statistics
     US dollar. It rose as                                                          show that New Zealand cruise
                                                                                                                                           Paul Adams - Regional Director
     high as US$1.0318                                                              passenger numbers rose 36%                   

     in trading on                   last year compared to 2009. Over the past five years, Kiwi cruise numbers
                                     have surged 62%. ICC statistics reveal that 54% of Kiwi passengers cruised
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                                     in local waters last year, with 42% (18,153 passengers) opting for a South
     highest since the               Pacific holiday, 9% (3,862) sailing in Australian waters and 3% in New
     currency was freely             Zealand. Further afield, Europe was the most popular destination, attracting
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     floated in 1983.                20% of Kiwi passengers (8,390) while 5% (2,281) chose a cruise in Alaska.                                  Editorial
                                     Six percent (2,372) of Kiwi passengers chose a river cruise in 2010. Click
     Growing demand                  here for full story.
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                                     X2 Hua Hin adds salas to pool villas
     China and India
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                                                                                                         he Centara
     has helped the rise.                                                                                                         ....................................
     Source: BBC.                                                                                   Collection
                                                                                                                                           Guillaume Massey – Commercial Director
                                                                                                    property, X2
     Korean                                                                                         Hua Hin Kui                            TD India .......................................
     economy grew                                                                                   Buri Villas, is                        Tim France – Editor
                                                                                                    upgrading its 19
     6.2% in 2010                                                                                   Pool Villas with

     South Korea’s                                                                                  the addition of                        Paul Adams - Regional Director

     economy expanded                                                                               a new private                 ..............................
                                                                                                    sala for each
     6.2% in 2010 - its                                                                             unit. The salas,
                                                                                                                                           Jay Shah – Regional Manager

     fastest expansion                                                                              each of which

     for eight years. The                                                                           represents an                          TD Middle East ............................
                                                                                                    investment of
     country’s central               about THB150,000 (US$4,875), will provide extra outdoor space for guests
                                                                                                                                           Gemma Greenwood – Editor

     bank upgraded its               alongside their own private pool. The first six salas will be completed in April,

     previous estimate of            with all 19 due to be completed by July this year. Click here for full story.                         Guillaume Massey – Commercial Director

     a 6.1% expansion.                                                                                                            ........................

     The growth in
                                     Hangzhou to sign travel deals                                                                         TD Singapore ..............................

                                     in London
     Asia’s fourth largest                                                                                                                 Jane Thor – Editor

     economy was the                                                                                                             

     fastest since 2002,
                                     U     K-based luxury tour operator, Complete India & Asia, has announced                              Paul Adams – Regional Director

                                           that it will sign a cooperation agreement with Hangzhou Blue Ocean
     when the economy                International Travel Service on 7 April 2011. A delegation from Hangzhou,

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                                     operators from Hangzhou with travel agencies and travel operators in UK,
                                     including Complete India & Asia.

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The Peninsula Hong Kong
  By Gary Marshall
             ong Kong provides        here support the heritage          to various contemporary,                     In a city where every

  H          a wonderfully
             modern visual
  landscape, and yet still
                                      feel, with luxurious modern
                                      touches included to make
                                      you feel connected to the real
                                                                         sophisticated, culinary
                                                                         experiences, the essence of
                                                                         modern dining has never been
                                                                                                                   square inch screams for
                                                                                                                   development, The Peninsula
                                                                                                                   provides unrestricted harbour
  manages to embrace the              world. Each room is perfectly      clearer.                                  views, which are arguably
  charm of its colonial roots, its    appointed with timeless               The experience continues               the best in town. Couple
  age old heritage eloquently         simplicity and adorned with        further still with the Peninsula          this with such exclusive
  complimented by exciting            elegant colours and textures       Spa, designed by Henry                    experiences available as Rolls
  current architecture. And while     inspired by the building itself.   Leung using textured granite,             Royce airport transfers and
  a number of hotels in the city      The finishing is exceptional,      marble and aged wood.                     a helicopter service, and you
  embrace the new, there a few        and reminds you of how             Offering rejuvenation for the             know you are dealing with
  pristine examples that exude        precise things used to, and        mind, body and soul, it’s an              one of the world’s best. The
  the old. One such example is        should, be. The historic           experience like no other. With            Peninsula perfectly integrates
  The Peninsula, a marvelous          décor is also complimented         a range of pampering options              the best of the old with the
  throw back to the origins of        by seamlessly integrated           in an exclusive and private               best of the new, ensuring the
  Hong Kong, with an opulent          technology, including touch        environment, your every desire            experience, the sensations
  ambiance that commands              climate control and plasma         can be met. Light, scent and              and the memories stay with
  attention. And while the design     televisions, as well as            sound are exploited to perfect            you forever.
  embraces a time gone by, the        tastefully applied marble in       effect, offering you much more
  levels of service and style are     the bathrooms. Couple this         than the average hotel spa.
  tastefully executed to meet         with a range of rooms catering
  today’s ultra high standards.       for all tastes and budgets,
     The Peninsula sits               and you are left with one well                 Retreat & Relax package
  gracefully in the heart of Tsim     equipped hotel.                     The Peninsula Hong Kong is offering a new package designed to
                                                                          rejuvenate guests. Benefits of the Retreat & Relax package include:
  Sha Tsui on Salisbury Road,            Staying at length here is
  as if time stood still while the    certainly no challenge, with        ●     Complimentary weekday spa escape package at The Peninsula Spa
                                                                                by ESPA for up to two staying guests per room per stay, including:
  city was developed around it.       an abundance of very special
                                                                                ›  Salt and Oil Full-Body Exfoliation (30 minutes)
  This location places it in the      ways to dine and indulge the              ›  Aromatherapy Body Massage (1 hour 20 minutes)
  heart of the required business,     senses. With iconic and award             ›  Poolside Lunch featuring ‘Naturally Peninsula’ light and healthy
  shopping and entertainment          winning restaurants such as                  cuisine
  precincts. And with                 Gaddi’s, Felix and Spring           ●     Complimentary use of the heat facilities at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA
                                                                                throughout stay
  uninterrupted views of Victoria     Moon, The Peninsula has             ●     Complimentary use of the Fitness Centre and Roman-style swimming
  Harbour at its disposal, it’s       long been established in the              pool
  easy to see why this site was       hearts of not just its guests,      ●     Complimentary Traditional Peninsula Breakfast for up to two people
  selected back in 1928.              but the citizens of Hong Kong.      ●     Complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access in
     Accommodation options            From fine trendy cocktail bars            guestrooms and suites
                                                                          ●     Complimentary local calls
                                                                          ●     Daily fruit basket
                                                                          ●     Daily newspaper
                                                                          The package is valid at HK$6,200 for a Grand Deluxe Kowloon View Room
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