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Asean poised for beach boom

New destinations will challenge old standbys

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The Asean Economic Community, scheduled to kick off three years from now, is creating new business potential for beach destinations such as Palawan in the Philippines, Lombok in Indonesia and Desaru in Malaysia, as well as Thailand's Krabi and Phangnga provinces. 

C9 Hotelworks, the Phuket-based international consulting firm, predicts Asean will become very much a growth area for beach holidays.

Hopes are the Philippines' island province of Palawan, strategically located and offering natural beauty, will become another Maldives and prove especially popular with Chinese tourists.

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