Jan - All England moved to beginning of year with Swiss and German Opens. Wilson is sponsoring the Swiss Open. German Open upgraded to 3* March - Phillipine Open . Graded 4* Dutch Open downgraded to 'A' event (hey, the name is Dutch Open International) There are two dates for Indonesian Open. i) 31 May-4 June is a 6* (upgraded) ii) and again in Aug Aug - Thai and Taipei Opens linked but Asia MVP cup is on same dates as TaiPei Open. Aug - HK and China Opens moved to July. Probably something to do with the Asian games Aug - Macau gets a 1* tournament. Not sure if it was held this year. It's only been a satellite before. Sept - World Champs!! Oct - Japan (prev in April) and Korea (prev in Jan) Opens Nov - Danish and Dutch Open (Dutch again but the name is slightly different from the Feb tournament) Dec - India Open 1* and Greece Open 2* When was the last time there was a Greece Open? Summary - big changes in the calender. We also see a number of tournaments being upgraded (though a a fair number of other are yet to be confirmed). With some of the upgraded tournaments, it seems that this year and next year sees sponsorship money is coming back strongly after the dark days of the Asian crisis. Maybe it's a part of corporate strategy. Badminton may be a cheaper option to increase brand awareness, especially in Asia where more people play. Governments maybe trying to increase their profile and certainly, the 1* tournaments of India, Macau and the Greece Open might be examples. Phillipine Open I guess it's mostly private money. Badminton has got really popular after the Asian games were held there. MVP cup and now this Open can only stimulate more interest. Disapppointing is the lack of Canadian Open. North American badminton really needs it to support the US Open. This year, strangely, US Open got cancelled whereas the OCBC tournament went ahead.