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Making a Difference 17 Oc tober 2019 PUBLISHED BY NORTHSTAR TRAVEL MEDIA SINGAPORE PTE LTD ISSN 2382-6061 MCI (P) 019/07/2019 PPS 1849/09/2014 (025581) I T B A S I A S H O W D A I L I E S Day2 I N S I D E Have you heard? Global players want a slice of the Asia pie By Stanley Ho and Naomi Neoh T here are several new faces at this year's ITB Asia and they are all eyeing the same thing: A piece of the lucrative Asian tourism pie that boasts more than 335 million international tourists spending a massive US$502 billion on their travels abroad. Destination Sri Lanka: It's 'business as usual': SLTB managing director. P6 Destination Malaysia: Good tidings for Visit Malaysia 2020. P14 Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit: New WorldHotels- affiliated hotel to offer 'non- cookie-cutter experience' in 2020. P17 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2. Taking part for the first time in Singapore are the Balkan states of Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, along with Czech Republic, Estonia and Azerbaijan. "Asia is a very interesting market for our country," said Nikola Gjoshev, an official from Tourism Macedonia's Department for Promotion, Marketing and International Cooperation. "The Balkan states are getting more and more attention among Asian tourists. Lots of agencies and buyers are offering Balkan destinations to customers in Asia. That's why we are here to support our tour agents and link them to the private sector here, A DREAM THROUGH TIME AND SPACE: Genting Cruise Lines unveiled the spectacular hull artwork of their new 208,000-gross tonne ship Global Dream, which is set to make her maiden voyage in early 2021. "The new hull artwork captures the adventurous spirit and sense of modernity that will be the hallmarks of Global Dream's essence," said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines, of the artwork titled "A dream through time and space" by Chinese illustrator Shan Jiang. CREDIT: GENTING CRUISE LINES

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