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The World Travel & Tourism Council’s annual Economic Impact Report (EIR) recently revealed the dramatic impact COVID-19 had on South Korea’s travel and tourism sector, wiping out USD33,3 billion from the nation’s economy.

Marriott International recently announced the launch of Marriott Bonvoy The BEST Shinhan Card, offered exclusively by Visa, enabling cardholders to accelerate the number of Marriott Bonvoy points they earn, which can be redeemed for free nights at more than 7,600 hotels across 30 extraordinary brands around the world. 

Avani Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the brand new 289-room Avani Central Busan Hotel in the Republic of Korea.

Delta has acquired a 4,3 percent equity stake in Hanjin-KAL, the largest shareholder of Korean Air.

Almost 300 qualified Aussie Specialist travel agents from Greater China, Japan, Korea, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore have been exploring Australia on famils hosted by each State and Territory as part of Corroboree Asia 2018.

Thailand welcomed visitor arrivals of 22,657,730 from January – July this year, up by 11 percent over the same period of 2017, according to preliminary figures tabulated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

Delta is adding nonstop service to Osaka-Kansai, Japan in partnership with Korean Air, starting in 2019.

Delta customers will in 2019 have more access to Seoul, Korea and Asia via a new service from the US airline’s Minneapolis/St. Paul hub to Seoul-Incheon.

Hong Kong-based airline HK Express plans to introduce extra flights during the busy summer season, specifically on Taichung (Taiwan), Da Nang (Vietnam) and Osaka-Kansai (Japan) services.

The latest Kiwi Link Korea and Japan trade events have helped Kiwi operators connect with buyers to promote their products and the broader New Zealand experience.