Worldhotels has established a foothold in the Philippines through a 10-year deal to provide sales, marketing and reservations support to the Worldhotel and Residences Makati, which is scheduled to open in metro Manila next year.
Garuda Airlines is planning to begin direct flights to Auckland, a move which will expand the Kiwi market for Indonesia and boost arrivals to New Zealand. There are currently no direct services between the two countries.
TOHOKU Tourism Promotion Organization has launched a new buzzword, 'reconstruction tourism', launching tours to areas that are being rebuilt after the tsunami over a year ago and cajoling world travel leaders to use tourism's potential to help rebuild crisis-hit destinations.
IN A move to draw more Indian travellers, Atout France-France Tourism Development Agency has rolled out the France Celebrates India campaign, which offers a myriad travel offers on accommodation, attractions and entertainment.
THE LAUNCH of two new India visa application centres (VACs) in Singapore, managed by VFS Global, received mixed responses from travel consultants, who welcomed the move but deemed it insignificant in boosting travel to India.
New Zealand’s boost from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy comes to mind, as does the increase in travel to the Greek islands showcased in “Mamma Mia.” But can a movie aimed at children have the same impact?