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Letter from Berlin: Same, Same Conversations but Different.
By Yeoh Siew Hoon
Sunday, 9th March 2014
 

Arrived in Berlin yesterday, my annual pilgrimage to this city to attend the world’s largest travel trade fair and thinking, it’s amazing how everything’s changed yet nothing has.
 
As usual, I meet fellow travel colleagues on the flight. And as usual, the same conversations are struck up.
 
“How are you?” (The answer is obvious from the red eyes and crumpled look after a long flight but no, we hardened road warriors say, “I am good. You?”)
 
“How’s business?” (I asked that of a hotelier from Bangkok and he, the hardened general manager that he is, replies, “It’s okay, considering …”)
 
I am always proud of my Bangkok hotelier friends – they have had to go through such ups

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