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Adults-only tourism grows in Asia

child eating in the airplane

Hoping to target honeymooners and romance vacationers, the tourism industry in Asia is implementing more adults-only features.

The Akyra Chura Samui luxury hotel will ban children under the age of 12 from Nov 1 due to increasing demand by vacationers for more private, couples-oriented holidays. The hotel is the second resort in Thailand to accept bookings only for adults.
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Singapore Airlines get in-flight wifi access

Singapore Airlines A380

Passengers flying with Singapore Airlines (SIA) can now access the internet for a fee, announced the airline Thursday.

SIA passengers will not only be able to send and receive emails on smartphones and other electronic devices during their flight but also send and receive SMS text messages with GSM-compatible mobile phones.
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Qantas Airways teams up with Emirates

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce Emirates President Tim Clark

Qantas Airways announced on Thursday that it was teaming up with Emirates of Dubai after ending a long-term partnership with British Airways.

Australian airline Qantas announced on Thursday that it would be teaming up with Dubai-based Emirates from April 2013. Qantas is ending a long-term relationship with British Airways and abandoning Singapore as a Qantas hub.
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Virgin Australia crews signed up for etiquette lessons

Virgin Blue Uniforms

Virgin Australia’s cabin staff will be taking part in an etiquette program branded Elevate to improve their posture, language, and knowledge of wine and food.

The crew have also been asked to stop calling passengers “mate” unless the individual customer has specifically requested it in documented form as a member of the airline’s frequent flyers program.
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Airline to sell in-flight real estate

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Latvian flag-carrier airBaltic on Monday announced plans to offer castles in the air by selling real estate to passengers as they fly.

Interested travellers can buy a voucher for 30 euros ($36), which the airline says will save them up to 9,500 euros when they sign on the dotted line for a real estate purchase with a partner broker.
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Qantas ditches BlackBerries for iPhones

Qantas A380 Airbus

Flagship Australian airline Qantas is ditching BlackBerry for Apple’s iPhone and rolling out in-flight iPad entertainment streaming, dealing a blow to the US firm’s rivals.

Qantas said it was switching 1,300 employee phones from Canada-based Research in Motion’s BlackBerry to the popular Apple device after a “large majority” of workers expressed a preference for the iPhone.

“Transition from the BlackBerry to the iPhone is part of Qantas’ broader mobility strategy and, once complete, will result in significant cost savings,” Qantas said.
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