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Amazing Macao Travel Deals for a Holiday of a Lifetime at the ‘Macao Super Sale’ Roadshow

Amazing Macao Travel Deals for a Holiday of a Lifetime at the ‘Macao Super Sale’ Roadshow

Kuala Lumpur, 29 June 2018 – Get ready travel lovers; the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) is back again with amazing travel deals that you must not miss! This 5 to 8 July 2018, come to the exclusive ‘Macao Super Sale’ roadshow at the LG2 Blue Concourse, Sunway Pyramid, and indulge in various Macao delicacies as well as exciting Macao-themed activities that are sure to ignite the travel bug in you!

The travel agencies that will be participating in this roadshow include ABC Holiday, Airlink Travel & Tour, YL Travel & Tours, Prestige Vacation Network, MJT World Vacations, and Triba-East Travel. Don’t miss your chance to book a trip at the roadshow as you will be entitled to exclusive gift and voucher that are limited in stock! (Terms and conditions apply.)

To entice you with the sweet and authentic flavours of Macao, the MGTO has also prepared a gourmet food-tasting activity on-site so that you will be able to taste and enjoy the must-try Macao snacks right here in Malaysia! Besides that, there will also be stalls selling delectable almond cookies, delicious phoenix rolls, candied ginger, as well as various other Macao delights that are sure to satisfy your appetite.

In addition to the mouth-watering tasting activities, the MGTO has also invited famous bloggers and DJs to share their exciting Macao travel experiences as well as memorable highlights during their holiday. That’s not all! In conjunction with the 65th Macao Grand Prix happening from 15 to 18 November 2018, the MGTO has also prepared a Grand Prix simulator at the roadshow for those of you who love some fast and furious action! Feel free to channel your inner professional racer as you fasten yourself to the realistic racing seat and step away at the pedal to ignite your racing passion! In addition to that, there will also be “Experience Macao Racing Style” Contest where visitors can win 3D2N flight + accommodation package to Macao! All visitors have to do is prove themselves eligible for the lucky draw by presenting their IC number – as long as they have 3 digits of 5 or 6 in the first 6 digits of their IC number, they can participate! Who will be the lucky winner?

There’s also a little surprise at the roadshow! Macao’s official tourism mascot, ‘Mak Mak’, will be there to greet you! It is a black-faced spoonbill whose meaningful design is inspired by the Guia Lighthouse. Its hues of red, yellow, and blue intricately bring out Macao’s European influence. As a pathfinder, ‘Mak Mak’ guides travellers to explore Macao – a city prized for its unique blend of Chinese and European cultures – while searching for its own meaning and bringing back all valuable experiences to its most beloved home – Macao. To make the beloved ‘Mak Mak’ more memorable, a special “‘Mak Mak’ Selfie” contest will also be held! All you have to do is snap a selfie with ‘Mak Mak’ and then upload the photo to your Facebook or Instagram account and you will stand to win a 3D2N trip to Macao!

In 2018, Macao is as she is – vibrant, full of exciting cultural and urban activities, and definitely a must-go holiday destination for first-time and returning visitors! Come and marvel at the various year-round activities and events such as the Wushu Masters Challenge from 2 to 5 August, the 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest on 1, 8, 15, 24 September and 1 October, World Tourism Day on 27 September, the 32nd Macao International Music Festival and the 21st Lusofonia Festival in October, the 18th Macau Food Festival from 9 to 25 November, the 65th Macau Grand Prix from 15 to 18 November, the Macao International Marathon on 2 December, as well as the Macao Light Festival, Macao International Parade, 3rd International Film Festival & Awards Macao, Macao Shopping Festival 2018 and many more in December!

Feeling tempted already? Come to Sunway Pyramid from 5 to 8 July 2018 and make your holiday dreams come true! Feel free to also take photos at the photo booths featuring various backdrops of Macao festivals and let the true spirit of Macao engulf you in holiday wonder!

Don’t wait anymore! Let’s explore Macao together with ‘Mak Mak’ and experience this gem of a city with its infinite cultural delights – it will definitely be the holiday that makes your whole 2018!

For more event details, visit Macao Tourism Malaysia’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MacaoTourismMalaysia/.

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Aeroflot named Best Global Airline in Europe by US passenger association APEX

Aeroflot named Best Global Airline in Europe by US passenger association APEX

Moscow, 20 June 2018 – Aeroflot has been recognized as Best Global Airline in Europe at the 2018 APEX Passenger Choice Awards. The Russian flag carrier has also took the award for Best Seat Comfort in Europe. The awards ceremony to honor top airlines from around the globe was held on 19 June at the APEX TECH conference in Los Angeles.

APEX (the Airline Passenger Experience Association) is a US-based non-profit membership organization comprised of the world's leading airlines, industry suppliers, major media groups and related aviation industry leaders that is dedicated to elevating the passenger experience.

The APEX Passenger Choice Awards are considered one of the highest accolades in the global airline industry. Awards are made based on passenger feedback from verified travel itineraries.

The APEX awards recognize the best airlines from key regions around the globe in three categories: Global, Major Regional, and Low Cost Carriers. Airlines are assessed for excellence in seat comfort, cabin service, food and beverage, entertainment and Wi-Fi. Aeroflot was named Best Global Airline in Europe based on its overall score across these categories.

APEX also uses verified passenger feedback to rate airlines as part of APEX’s Official Airline Ratings™. Aeroflot holds a top Five Star Global Airline ranking.

Earlier this year users of TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, named Aeroflot one of Europe’s leading airlines for a second year. TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards also recognised Aeroflot in the categories Best Business Class in Europe, Travellers’ Choice Award Premium Economy – Europe, Best Airline in Russia.

The latest accolades from APEX awarded despite the challenging geopolitical environment, are another confirmation of Aeroflot’s superior service quality and strong positions in the global airline industry.

Source : www.aeroflot.com

Rail Europe: Express Door-to-Door Flight Luggage Service to Switzerland

Rail Europe: Express Door-to-Door Flight Luggage Service to Switzerland

Make your journey more enjoyable without you having the stress of carrying your luggage.

Express Door-to-Door Flight Luggage to Switzerland is a service that allows the customer to travel lite to Switzerland on any airline. Fly from any airport to Zurich or Geneva where your luggage will be transferred to your hotel at the destination designated on your tag.

Conditions

  • Express Door-to-Door Flight Luggage can be purchased up to 12 months in advance with a minimum of 4 days inadvance.
  • The registered luggage is precisely defined by number of items and weight. Depending on the flight class booked, itranges from 23 to 32 kg.
  • The flight to Switzerland must arrive by 11:30am local time for the passenger to use this service.
  • Luggage is sent directly from Geneva or Zurich airport to one of the participating destinations
  • Before checking-in at the airport customer must insert destination label and customs label into green plastic tag andattach to their suitcase(s)
  • Luggage should not contain items such as alcohol, tobacco goods (including duty free quantities), new clothes, drugsand firearms, bulky items (bicycles, alphorns, etc.) – Ski’s are ok. Random checks are being made
  • Available with all airline carriers.

VALIDITIES

  • 1 to 99 Items of Luggage Including Delivery Fee

Any enquiry please provides us details as below:

  • Number of luggage
  • Departure Station
  • Destination Station
  • Date
  • If available, estimated luggage drop off and pickup time.

Terms & Conditions

  • 15% cancellation penalty applies to Express Door-to-Door Flight Luggage to Switzerland if cancelled 4 business daysor more in advance of departure to Europe. Cancellations made within 4 business days of departure to Europe arenon-refundable.
  • Product is non-exchangeable.

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South African Airways caters for Eastern Cape business travellers

South African Airways caters for Eastern Cape business travellers

South African Airways (SAA) has added capacity to the Eastern Cape for business travellers between East London and Johannesburg.

SAA currently operates 24 flights per week between Johannesburg and East London, with a double daily service (except on Mondays and Saturdays). Effective Sunday, 10 June 2018, the airline has added additional flights on three days of the week, increasing the service to 30 flights per week.

SAA has scheduled the additional flights to cater specifically for the business traveller wanting to travel in time for meetings and who require additional flexibility for return flights.

“Adding these early departures out of East London and late returns from Johannesburg is an ideal way for business travellers from the coastal city to be in Johannesburg early morning to conclude their business and return the same day,” says Tlali Tlali, SAA spokesperson.

The additional flights are:

  • SA472 departs on Mondays, and Thursdays, from East London at 06h30 to arrive in Johannesburg at 07h55 and at 08h00 on Saturdays to arrive at 09h25.
  • SA477 returns on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from Johannesburg at 18h55 to arrive in East London at 20h20.

SAA operates East London flights with Airbus A319 or A320 aircraft, offering SAA’s premium service in Business class.

Business travellers will enjoy SAA’s premium service. Voyager Elite members enjoy a number of benefits which include, priority check-in and boarding, excess baggage, as well as lounge access.

Early morning departures out of East London offer seamless connections at Johannesburg with SAA flights departing for other destinations in SAA’s regional route network. Flights arriving late afternoon in Johannesburg offer easy connections with SAA’s international flights.

SAA Cargo will use the added capacity to move fresh seafood and other freight on the early morning flights out of East London in time for the departure on SAA’s Hong Kong flight, primarily destined for international markets in Asia.

The introduction of the three additional flights between Johannesburg and East London means the SAA Group, with its partner airlines, now offer an extensive service to the Eastern Cape.

“We remain committed to ensuring that we respond to and meet the requirements of the market we serve. This means, SAA will continue to monitor performance and demand and will make appropriate commercial decisions with requisite agility in support of its customers,” concludes Tlali.

SAA and its partner airlines provide comprehensive service to the Eastern Cape with flights between Johannesburg and East London, George and Port Elizabeth. They also operate between Durban and East London, Cape Town and East London, and Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Revised East London schedule:

Flight  Day of the Week Depart Arrive
SA 471 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday Johannesburg 10h10 East London 11h35
 
SA 475 Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday Johannesburg 15h25 East London 16h50
 
SA 480 Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday East London 17h20 Johannesburg 18h45
 
SA 476 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday East London 12h05 Johannesburg 13h30
 
SA 472 Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday East London 06h30 Johannesburg 07h55
 
SA 472  Saturday East London 08h00 Johannesburg 09h25
 
SA 477 Daily Johannesburg 18h55 East London 20h20
       

The schedule above was update on 24 January 2019

Emerald Waterways: 10 Photographs That Will Make You Want to Explore the Mekong

Emerald Waterways: 10 Photographs That Will Make You Want to Explore the Mekong

The beautiful and mystical Mekong winds through some of the most awe-inspiring stretches of Southeast Asia, through the cultural heart of Indochina. The vast waterway has shaped lives, cultures and traditions along its banks, with tiny villages and large cities similarly reliant on its peaceful ebb.

Many of Cambodia and Vietnam’s most inspiring and vibrant sites are dotted along the Mekong, interspersed with vast swathes of incredible beauty. From grand colonial-era architecture in Ho Chi Minh City to the symbols of the Khmer Empire, the backdrop along the Mekong is as varied as the cultures of the different villages it passes through.

Time seems to have stood charmingly still along much of the Mekong, with ancient ways of life still observed, passed down from generation to generation. And many of these ancient traditions can still be viewed as you navigate the Mekong today, providing an insight into the culture of this amazing region.

To whet your appetite for a journey down the Mekong, we have compiled 10 delightful photographs taken from the river or within touching distance of the banks.

Fishing supports so many villages and settlements along the Mekong, and get up early enough and you should be able to watch the skilled fishermen in action. Using ancient techniques, the locals are highly skilled in scouring the water for some of the 1,300 different species of fish said to live in the river to sell at local markets. The river is home to some of the largest freshwater fish species in the world, including the Mekong catfish, Chaophraya catfish and giant freshwater stingray – testing the skills of even the most experienced of local fishermen.

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a southern Vietnamese city, characterised by its delightful mix of French Colonial and Khmer regime architecture. The largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the nation’s great cultural hubs, and home to many iconic buildings – including the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee. This extravagant yet elegant French Colonial style building, erected in the early 20th century, may not be open to the public but still draws crowds thanks to its captivating façade. In 1990, a bronze statue of the revolutionary Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh, was erected outside the building to commemorate what would have been his 100th birthday.

The Buu Long Pagoda is less than an hour from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, but offers a peaceful sanctuary, surrounded by beautiful river and country views. An array of charming walking areas, complete with fountains and gardens, surround the ornate Buddhist pagoda. Monks still inhabit this beautiful old religious complex, and can often be seen meditating, strolling and mingling with visitors, all the while adding to the serenity of the area. The pagoda itself is a delightful piece of Khmer Empire architecture, with three serene towers reflected in the peaceful pool laid out in front.

Ta Prohm is the modern name for the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap in Cambodia. Instantly recognisable for the trees which have grown wild out of the structure of the temple, Ta Prohm offers a uniquely haunting beauty. Creating a wonderful atmosphere, the marriage of natural life and historical extravagance have made Ta Prohm one of Cambodia’s most popular sites amongst visitors. Over 800 years old, Ta Prohm is still structurally very similar to its original design. The temple was abandoned and forgotten following the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century, only to be discovered again in the early 21st century – when careful restoration work commenced.

Few stretches of water can match Halong Bay for sheer beauty. Located in northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is a small natural bay, known for its emerald waters, and towering limestone islands topped with lush rainforests. Navigate around these delightful little islands at dusk or dawn for some of the most breath-taking views Southeast Asia has to offer. The area is particularly popular with scuba divers, rock climbers and hikers, keen to explore the unique flora and wildlife this captivating part of the world possesses.

No trip to Vietnam is complete without paying homage to the floating markets of Cai Be. Sustaining life for generations, the river-top marketplace is made up of dozens of small boats selling everything from locally-sourced ingredients to arts and crafts. Bartering is more than welcome if you’re looking to secure a bargain on some of the local produce, or want to secure an authentic souvenir for loved ones back home. The large Catholic cathedral protectively looking over the floating markets provides a delightful background to a truly unique scene.

A walled palace within the citadel city of Huế, the Huế Imperial Palace took 200 years to build between the 14th and 16th centuries, and was a glorious symbol of Vietnamese wealth and power. Boars helped complete the building of this incredible citadel, carrying materials from distant Hoi An. The Imperial City is awash with opulent palaces and shrines, many dedicated to the ruling Nguyen Dynasty whose emperors lived in Huế for close to 150 years. Today, the entire Imperial City is listed as a World Heritage Site, and is a popular attraction for Vietnamese and international travellers alike.

An undoubted highlight of any trip to beautiful Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat is one of the world’s greatest historical monuments, and perhaps the finest legacy left by the Khmer Empire. A huge complex of temples in Cambodia and the largest religious structure in the world, Angkor Wat was originally constructed as a Hindu temple to worship the god, Vishnu.

Located just north of the modern town of Siem Reap, legend has it that Angkor Wat was built in a single night by a divine architect. Remarkably well preserved, Angkor Wat provides a beautiful setting for a spiritual stroll and a journey through the stunning history of Cambodia.

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh demonstrates two of Cambodia’s most arresting periods, combining elements of Khmer Empire and French Colonial architecture. The French flourishes complement the striking design of the palace throughout its many halls, pavilions and pagodas. The current royal residence of the king of Cambodia, the Royal Palace sits on the crossing of the rivers Tonle Sap and Mekong, a position of historic power.

Today, visitors are permitted to wander around many of the palace’s compounds, and even into the throne room.

The Mekong River is hugely symbolic to the Southeast Asian countries, giving life to the cities and communities which sit on their banks. Many settlements stretch from the banks and onto the waters of the Mekong with the river supporting almost every aspect of life. As you navigate the river, you’ll be given a front row seat, delving into what makes local life tick.

Source: Emerald Waterways News