Visitor arrivals to Thailand totalled 12.4 million between January-May 2015, up 25% over the same period of 2014, and are on track to cross the estimated 28-million projection for the entire year. According to the latest figures released by the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the top five source markets in January-May 2015 were China (3,273,695), Malaysia (1,397,241), Japan (575,186) Korea (546,520), and Lao PDR. (459,225).

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Over 90% Returning Destinations Cited The Effectiveness Of Business Generation As Motivation For Return. Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH and Dubai Business Events have taken their first foray into the Asia-Pacific MICE market with their participation at IT&CMA 2015, the leading MICE event centered in Asia-Pacific.

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airberlin has made two important new appointments as part of the company’s
restructuring, gaining two leading internationally experienced airline industry executives on its management team: Desi Barkhuizen (48) and Ole Orvér (49) will take the positions of Senior Vice President Revenue Management & Pricing and Senior Vice President Network Strategy Planning.

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Dusit is set to enter Shanghai with not one but two properties in the latest move by its joint venture hotel management company Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts, created to roll out its portfolio of brands in China.

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The French hotel chain Accor announced that it will invest approximately $100 million in the construction of ten new Ibis hotels in Ecuador. An official presentation of the Project was held by the French chain, Ecuadorian authorities and entrepreneurs. Ecuaresorts will be the representative of the franchise in Ecuador.

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UNWTO has opened the call for applications for the 12th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Tourism initiatives from around the world are encouraged to apply before 30 October 2015.

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