After the successful BITM in Beijing, CEMS organizes the CITE in Chengdu in November / December. Some 100 European tour operators, selected by the European Commission, would be taking part in the upcoming 6th Chengdu International Tourism Expo (CITE) 2018 for the first time. CITE 2018, which takes place in Chengdu from 29 November to 1 December, is also an official partner event of the current EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY).

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W Brings Its Vibrant Style to Malaysia, Adding A Modern Marvel to the Southeast Asian Jungle City.W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the opening of W Kuala Lumpur, marking the iconic brand’s first-ever hotel in Malaysia. Owned by Tropicana Corporation Berhad, W Kuala Lumpur opens its doors in the heart of the capital, steps from the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers. Through bold, innovative design, W Kuala Lumpur immerses guests in the city’s wildly lush greenery, globally renowned cuisine, centuries-old history and growing appetite for playful luxury.

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CITE 2018

TripAdvisor heralds landmark legal ruling in the fight against paid review fraud
Welcomes collaboration with enforcement authorities.TripAdvisor®, the global leader in online review fraud prevention, today commended the result of a pivotal legal ruling in Italy which saw a persistent online review fraudster sentenced to jail.
In one of the first legal cases of its kind, the Criminal Court of Lecce ruled that writing fake reviews using a false identity is criminal conduct under Italian criminal law. The owner of PromoSalento, which sold fake review packages to hospitality businesses in Italy, was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay approximately 8,000 Euros in costs and damages.

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Dusit Thani Public Company Limited (DTC), one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, has expanded into the high-end vacation rental market through the full acquisition of Elite Havens, the leading provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia. DTC made the acquisition through its wholly owned Hong Kong-incorporated subsidiary, Dusit Overseas Company Limited, which has bought all shares in LVM Holdings Pte Ltd. (LVMH), a Singapore-incorporated company and the ultimate holding company of Elite Havens, for approximately USD 15,000,000 (THB 495,000,000).

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WTC Hotel & City Lounge Antwerp as permanent location in Antwerp
The World Trade Center Association (HQ New York) has opted to assign its service provision to the Lindner WTC Hotel & City Lounge Antwerp near the Central Station in Antwerp.Because of the collaboration and the co-branding with this global brand, the name of the hotel will officially be altered to: Lindner WTC Hotel & City Lounge Antwerp.

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According to World Posts Qatar’s hospitality sector has shown record weak performance after diplomatic crisis has continued to worsen after four months. The diplomatic crisis has not only affected travel schedules but also has impacted visitor arrivals from near by Arab states at almost nine percent by officials.
Qatar has recorded a drop of 18 % in visitors from neighboring countries as opposed to the numbers of last ear where 804,875 people visited in 2017 but only 656,681 people have visited this year.

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