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SINGAPORE – Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has announced a variety of hotel deals in the leadup to the Great Singapore Sale, one of the island nation’s biggest yearly events.
Celebrating its 20th year and taking place from May 31 to July 28, the sale – often abbreviated simply as GSS – is an annual event centered on the one thing that Singapore is known best for – shopping. Sales, specials, and super-saver deals by some of the country’s best-known retail names are spread out across the city offering shoppers a great way to stock up on their favorite brands while seeing some of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods.
Of course, most people familiar with Singapore have heard of Orchard Road, the central shopping district of the city and one of the most iconic commercial destinations in Asia. With endless stores, huge shopping malls, and below- and above-ground connections linking them all together, the biggest crowds will undoubtedly be here seeking out deals. This includes the massive ION Orchard mall and the Mandarin Gallery.
Other areas heaving with shoppers will be favorite commercial neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Holland Village, or Little India, where shoppers can find unique objects, novelties, and handcrafted items that reflect the unique personality of the neighborhood they’re sold in. Many of these neighborhoods also offer eclectic restaurants, live music, and funky coffee shops to help shoppers recharge during their long day.
Shoppers can also check out the inaugural Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2013 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center from July 4-7, which will showcase displays from leading designers, brands, and gemstone suppliers from around the world across 8,000 square meters of floor space.
The best part of the festival is that in order to accommodate the crowds of deal seekers, many of the stores and malls will be staying open late to maximize the shopping opportunities. No more rushing to get everything done before the stores close!
To top it all off, the grand prize of the event is the MasterCard Biggest Spender Reward, in which the biggest spender of the festival can win S$20,000 [US$15,771]. Details are available on the GSS website, but if that’s not an incentive to stock up on new supplies, nothing is! Check out the festival’s official website here: http://www.greatsingaporesale.com.sg
Don’t miss this great opportunity to see some of Singapore’s best sights, and to take advantage of some of the lowest prices the retail hub of Asia can offer. Browse the fantastic hotel deals below and get a comfortable pair of shoes ready for action!
To connect with Agoda.com for special deals on hotels worldwide, please visit www.agoda.com. Like Agoda.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/agoda or follow Agoda.com on Google+ at http://plus.google.com/+agoda
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Flash Deal – enjoy 60% off! Expires December 31, 2013.
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Early bird special – book 2 days in advance and enjoy 20% off! Expires December 31, 2013.
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Limited time rate – 25% off! Expires July 31, 2013.
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Stay a minimum of 3 nights and enjoy 20% off! Expires July 31, 2013.
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Early bird special! Book 14 days in advance and enjoy 20% off! Expires December 31, 2013.
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Limited time rate – 30% off! Expires December 31, 2013.
HONG KONG – Tiger Airways brings in valued travel options to Indonesia with its launch of direct service between Hong Kong and Jakarta.
From 25 July 2013, Tiger Airways will fly to the capital of Indonesia four times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with an increase to daily flights from September onwards.
“We are excited that Tiger Airways is the first low cost carrier flying direct from Hong Kong to Jakarta, one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. Our new service aims to offer best value in travel to both business travellers and Indonesian workers in Hong Kong. The competitive pricing, frequent schedule and value-added services on demand makes Tiger Airways’ flight offerings unique and certainly more cost effective,” says Kaneswaran Avili, Commercial Director, Tiger Airways Singapore.
Recognized as one of Singapore’s most punctual airlines, Tiger Airways has been rapidly expanding its network in Indonesia this year. Domestically within Indonesia, the airline flies between Jakarta and key cities including Bali (Denpasar), Medan, Surabaya, Padang, Pekanbaru and Yogyakarta.
“Popular destinations like Bali are now more accessible via Jakarta to Hong Kong holidaymakers,” added Mr Avili.
To celebrate the new service, the Airline is offering an introductory “Hong Kong – Jakarta Return for Free” promotion from 22 May to 29 May 2013. The promotion offers complimentary return (Jakarta to Hong Kong) airfare, excluding taxes, on round trips booked for travel between 25 July 2013 to 29 March 2014. The offer is available on www.tigerairways.com and subject to seat availability.
Flight Information between Hong Kong and Jakarta
Flight Start date Days of week Depart Dep Time Arrive Arr Time
RI840 24 Jul 13 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun CGK 20:10 HKG 01:50
RI841 25 Jul 13 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat HKG 02:30 CGK 06:30
RI840 1 Sep 13 Daily CGK 20:10 HKG 01:50
RI841 2 Sep 13 Daily HKG 02:30 CGK 06:30
Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok has a special package for its Club accommodations, with rates starting at Baht 3,560 per night for a Club Deluxe Room if they stay for 2 nights or more, along with 15 percent discount on regular a la carte treatments at Spa Cenvaree and 25 percent discount on all spa packages.
The package is available from now until October 31, 2013, and rates are subject to service charge and government tax.
Guests also receive all Club benefits, including a 10 percent discount at all hotel outlets, a welcome drink at Blue Sky rooftop restaurant and bar; access to the exclusive Club Lounge which serves 5 complimentary collations per day including breakfast, tea, and coffee throughout the day, and cocktails with canapes in the evening; plus free 24-hour Internet use; laundry service for 2 items per stay; and 2 hours daily use of the Club meeting rooms.
Guests also receive all Club benefits, including access to the exclusive Club Lounge, with complimentary breakfast, beverages throughout the day, and cocktails with canapes in the evening.
The package is available for online booking only at http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/cglb/promotion.asp
The newly-renovated, five-star Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok is located near the elevated highway system, the underground Mass Rapid Transit, and the BTS Skytrain, thereby ensuring that any district within the city is very easily accessible.
Shopping here is a pleasure, with a covered walkway providing a direct link to the adjacent Central Plaza shopping complex – one of the biggest of its kind in Bangkok with 300 shops, boutiques, restaurants, and multiplex cinema.
For more information and reservations, please contact tel. 02 541 1234 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
HANOI, Vietnam – The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has been asked by its department in Ha Noi to establish a tourism police force dedicated to protecting visitors who are increasingly suffering from tourist scams in the capital.
Cases are reported daily of foreign tourists being overcharged by taxi drivers and cheated by hotel employees. This has negatively affected the image of both the city and the country in the eyes of international visitors, said the department’s deputy director Mai Tien Dung.
A crackdown on security management has been conducted in hotels, hostels and resorts, Dung said, adding that despite this, inspections could only go so far to solve the problems in the absence of specific regulations.
His department has proposed that as well as forming a special police force, other measures should be implemented. They suggested that crimes against tourists, such as overcharging, stealing and harassment from peddlers should be met with heavy fines.
Colonel Dao Duy Ngoc, deputy director of the city’s police department, agreed with the proposal for the creation of a tourism police force. “This is a good idea. We will set up the force as soon as it is approved by a higher authority”.
While the establishment of the force is considered an effective measure to tackle crime in the tourism sector, some people have argued that it has limitations.
Such issues arouse partly due to the lack of authorities’ sufficient management in tourism. Major-General Le Van Cuong, former director of the Institute of Strategy and Science under the Ministry of Public Service, said that the force alone would not solve all the problems.
“The tourism industry should firstly analyse its strength and weakness. Only then will it know if co-operation from other authorities is necessary,” he said.
“Another important measure is to raise people’s awareness so that tourist businesses are fully conscious of the risks that their customers face and potential scammers know that their behaviour is unacceptable,” he pointed out.
“However, if the police are needed whenever a problem occurs, then we will definitely set up a specific police force in the future,” he added.
International tourist arrivals to Thailand posted a growth of 19.04% during January to April this year, according to Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ data.
Released late last week, the ministry’s research registered 8,841,730 trips to the country during the first 4 months, up from 7,427,772 visits during the same period last year.
In April alone, there were 2,013,012 trips, up 19.38% compared to 1,686,268 visits during the same month in 2012. The Songkran Festival in mid-April was identified as the key driver that drew tourists in a month when temperatures soar to almost unbearable levels in the Thai capital.
China delivered a substantial growth of 91.05%, supplying 410,173 visits from 214,689.
Considering markets by regions, East Asia, Europe, and the Americas reported gains.
East Asia continues to be the top supplier, (ASEAN included), with a growth of 29.39% from 931,286 to 1,204,996 visits. All identified source markets in the region posted growth except for Cambodia (-23.86%), Laos (-14.58%), and the Philippines (-0.11%).
Trips from Myanmar grew 42.58%, Taiwan +37.73%, followed by Indonesia (+31.31%), Vietnam (+23.13%), Malaysia (+20.86%), Brunei (+20.83%), Japan (+9.65%), South Korea (+9.36%), Hong Kong (+5.44%), and Singapore (+4.13%).
Europe posted a growth of 19.44%, although some markets posted declines:
Ireland (-2.69%), Spain (-5.24%), Switzerland (-8.26%), and the United Kingdom (-5.42%).
The top 5 key markets that grew were: Finland (+72.87%), Sweden (+70.85%), Russia (+47.98%), East Europe (+33.16%), and Denmark (+24.55%).
The Americas recorded a slight growth of 0.19% to 91,268 from 91,097 visits. The main markets, USA and Brazil, posted an increase of 4.11% and 1.49%, respectively.
However, arrivals from Oceania, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East reported a decline of 19.61%, 5.98%, 5.88% and 5.45%, correspondingly.
TTR reported the tourism ministry recorded international tourists to Thailand at the country’s gateway: Suvarnabhumi Airport reached 1,354,673 visits in April increasing 21.81% from 1,112,081 visits during the same month last year.