The minister of tourism Robert Tonge sent this update in the early hours of this morning. It’s a running commentary of affected communities, most of which may be unfamiliar to you.

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Free Mekong Trends Seminar on Aviation in the Greater Mekong Subregion, hosted by Amadeus in Bangkok on October 10th, 2017. Amadeus and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is jointly organising the first Mekong Trends Aviation Seminar, which is scheduled to take place in Bangkok on the 10th of October.

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The 13th ITE HCMC closed with a record number of exhibitors, visitors and buyerseller meetings in 2017, bridging more international and local travel businesses together, further boosting the tourism potential of the Mekong sub-region. ITE HCMC (the International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City), the Greater Mekong subregion’s largest and most established international travel event, concluded its 13th annual event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 9 September. A total of 5,282 meetings were conducted between the buyers and sellers during the three-day event, a 45 percent increase from last year, reaffirming the importance of the event as the key bridge in the tourism industry for both inbound and outbound markets in Vietnam and the region.

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Dubai’s hotel construction pipeline has hit new heights in 2017 – surpassing more than 100,000 rooms. A new report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS reveals that 164 hotels and 108,581 hotel rooms are currently in the vision, planning, construction, and pre-opening stages across the emirate, maintaining its long-standing position as the busiest city for hotel construction in the Middle East. The majority of new properties are forecast to open before 2020, with 2018 scheduled to be a particularly busy year.
According to Dubai Tourism, Dubai’s existing hotel inventory reached 100,000 rooms in 2016.

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Most conventions in Berlin take place in the autumn. World Congress of Psychiatry brings 12,000 participants to Berlin. Scientists and forward thinkers meet to discuss global issues. Autumn is high season for conventions and other meetings in Berlin, with above-average demand for accommodation. Almost twice as many events take place in autumn than the average for the year as a whole, according to an analysis prepared by the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office for 2016.

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The 4.3 million members in the “topbonus” frequent flyer programme continue to be able to collect miles on flights with Etihad Airways and with topbonus partners on the ground. The miles collected will be credited to their miles account again. Redeeming miles is also possible again in the new “topbonus pop-up shop”, starting immediately.

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