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Ministers to launch ASEAN tourism skills standards at Jakarta conference

The standardisation of skills required in ASEAN’s tourism industry will take a big step forward at a unique conference in August.

Government ministers from around ASEAN will join with tourism industry stakeholders to launch the Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) at the international conference on MRA-TP in Jakarta, 8-9 August.

The standardisation and benchmarking of skills affects 32 job profiles in tourism and hospitality among the 10 ASEAN member states. The adoption of the agreement at the conference will boost […]

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Hanoi best value destination in the world for a city break (Bali #7)

Hanoi is the best value destination in the world for a city break, according to TripIndex Cities, an annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study.

TripIndex Cities, conducted by independent research firm TNS, compares the cost of a three-night break during the summer travel period of June to September in 20 key tourist cities around the world, taking into account typical in-destination costs for two people. These include; a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, a […]

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our New Vietnam Office Contest!!!

124 people left a comment on our website and shared the # line on their Social Media.

There were 23 participants for Vietnam, 91 participants for Indonesia and 10 entries were invalid (different country).


In order to […]

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Current Indonesian tourism policies may prove ultimately self-destructive for Bali

There is an old Chinese saying that warns: Be careful what you wish for, it may come true!

Ironically, this saying is sadly apropos of the situation that currently confronts Bali tourism with Mainland Chinese (PRC) tourists now the second largest source of foreign visitors after Australians, and for the period January-May 2016 claiming a 20.69% market share.

Aided by a liberalized visa-free policy that includes Chinese travelers, plans for more air charters connecting the PRC with Bali and a national tourism […]

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Vasanti Seminyak Resort rebrands into Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Seminyak

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., along with PT. Dewi Tirta Sejahtera today jointly announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Seminyak.

Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Seminyak marks the second Four Points hotel on the island of Bali after Four Points by Sheraton Kuta and the fifth in Indonesia.

The property is a conversion from Vasanti Seminyak Resort and is set to provide travelers with essentials that matter most and a timeless design ambiance coupled with thoughtful local touches.

“The […]

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Ritz-Carlton Nanyan Bay, China scheduled to open in 2017

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has acquired its second resort hotel in Hainan, China.

Scheduled to open in 2017, the Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay will be located on the east coast, near the city of Wanning. The resort will also see the debut of the first Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in China – consisting of an 18-hole course designed by golf legend, Jack Nicklaus.

The Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay will feature 244 guestrooms and suites, along with 14 private villas. Dining options will include a Chinese restaurant, […]

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