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Growing trend among Asean tourists to use Rail Europe

Growing trend among Asean tourists to use Rail Europe

The Germany Intercity Express connects all major German cities. — RailEurope

DENPASAR: There is a growing trend among Asean tourists to use Rail Europe to tour France and its neighbouring countries, with Thais and Indonesians topping the list.

Rail Europe, South East Asia area representative Juliana Gan said the company had been making about €15 million (RM73.6 million) in sales yearly from Asean tourists, with the figure expecting to grow with the increasing number of tourists from Asean, especially Thailand and Indonesia.

Rail Europe, with major train stations located in the heart of the cities in France had been a convenient mode of transport for tourists to travel from one destination to another, and recorded five million travellers per year, she said.

She said this to Bernama on the sideline of the three-day Douce France or Sweet France 2017 programme organised by Atout France, French Tourism Development Agency at Club Med Bali here recently.

The Douce France launched last year, was to showcase French attractions to Asean travel agents and media.

This year, Atout France brought along representatives from Club Med which is well known for its mountain resorts in France, Air France-KLM Group, Rail Europe, designer outlet La Vallee Village, and cabaret and burlesque show Lido de Paris.

Others were department store Printemps, cosmetics and pharmacy stores Group Monge, McArthurGlen designer outlet, Evian Tourisme and Congres, destination management company MGTC and also the Monaco Tourism and Convention Bureau.

According to Atout France Asean regional director Morad Tayebi, the growing number of repeat visitors to the country since late last year had been overwhelming.

"For this year, France recorded 88 million visitors and is on the right track to fulfill its target of 100 million visitors a year by 2020," he told Asean media in a briefing about the programme.

He said visitor arrival to France decreased by 2.2% in 2016 to 82.6 million from 84.5 million in 2015, with the biggest drop of 3.8% comprising tourists from Europe; on the other hand, the number of visitors from outside Europe recorded a 3.8% increase.

The decrease of visitors to France in 2016 was attributed to the waves of terrorist attacks, strikes over labour reforms, and floods.

However, the number increased following aggressive campaigns carried out by the French government, particularly Atout France last year.

Tayebi said tourism had been an essential industry in France, contributing to 7.4% of France's gross domestic product, with the number of visitors higher than the country's population of 66.8 million.
"Nevertheless, we have not been resting on our laurels and are looking at new products and promoting our provinces to maintain the positive note," he said.

To this end, he said France would among others, be hosting various international games such as the 2018 Ryder Cup Golf Tournament in Sept, Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the 2024 Olympics.

Meanwhile, Atout France, Asean marketing and event coordinator Winnalia Lim said the agency was also looking at new products to draw more Malaysian and Singaporean tourists.

France recorded a decline by 20% of Malaysian visitors last year to 120,000, from 150,000 in 2015.

Despite the dwindling number, Malaysian and Singaporean tourists were still the biggest spenders among Asean since France is a shopping paradise, she told Bernama.

She said France was also anticipating more visitors from Asean following its move on Nov 1 to approve issuance of visas within 48 hours. — Bernama

Source : The Sun Daily

Jet Airways: More frequency from Singapore to Delhi & Mumbai 3x Daily !

Jet Airways: More frequency from Singapore to Delhi & Mumbai 3x Daily !

Jet Airways, India's premier, full-service international airline, will commence its 3rd daily frequency from Singapore to Mumbai & Delhi in view of the overwhelming response to its existing services, this third service complements the airline's existing services on this route. Singapore to Delhi will operate from 1st Dec 2018 whilst Singapore to Mumbai commence from  5th December 2018. 

Route Flight No. Departure Arrival
Singapore to Mumbai 9W   9 1205 1520
9W   7 1550 1905
9W  11 1950 2305
Mumbai to Singapore 9W  12 0200 1010
9W   8 0635 1450
9W  10 0945 1800
Route Flight No. Departure Arrival
Singapore to Delhi 9W  19 1115 1505
9W  15 1415 1805
9W  17 1940 2320
Delhi to Singapore  9W  20 0100 0925
 9W  18 0920 1800
 9W  16 1135 2015

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Rail Europe: Swiss Transfer Ticket – the perfect winter ticket

Rail Europe: Swiss Transfer Ticket – the perfect winter ticket

Sparkling snow, superb skiing, and spectacular scenery: In Winter, Switzerland turns into a magical snowy wonderland! The best method to avoid icy roads and traffic congestions along the way is by train with the Swiss Transfer ticket. Thus, an all-around wonderful vacation already starts on the way to the skiing destination!

To your winter vacation – safe, relaxed, and at an attractive rate.

All guests benefit from the world’s densest public transport network. Traveling by train, bus, boat or mountain railway, visitors experience a piece of true Swiss quality and reach even the most remote valleys and most scenic summits reliably and punctually. Closed mountain passes and congested streets are comfortably bypassed. Passengers can lean back and relax while the snowy winter wonderland passes by outside the window.

Das Swiss Transfer Ticket.

The Swiss Transfer Ticket can be used to travel from any Swiss airport or border railway station to any holiday destination and back again. Thus, the journeys there and back are covered by one single ticket, whether for city trips or skiing holidays. The Swiss Transfer Ticket costs CHF 154 in 2nd class and CHF 247 in 1st class. It is valid for one month. By comparison: the regular return fare from Zurich Airport to Zermatt is CHF 246 in 2nd class and CHF 432 in 1st class.

Luggage service SBB: Easy traveling with ski & snowboard.

For all-around trouble-free winter holidays, Swiss Federal Railways offer luggage transport services. Apart from cases and bags, skies and snowboards can also be transported. With the service “Express Luggage”, passengers hand over their luggage at one of 30 selected stations in the morning and can pick them up at the destination station the very same day. Ideal for air-travelers is the service “Express Flight Luggage”: From an international airport, the luggage is sent directly to the desired Swiss railway station.

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Singapore to Pune Daily Non-stop with Jet Airways

Singapore to Pune Daily Non-stop with Jet Airways

Your first stop in Pune should be the majestic Aga Khan Palace that has been declared a monument of national importance. The palace’s historical significance stems from having once served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi. The other popular monuments include Shanivar Wada, Shivneri Fort and Shinde Chhatri. Pune also has a number of beautiful temples like the Ganpati Temple, the Chaturshringi Temple and the Pataleshwar Cave Temple. You can also visit the Empress Garden or Saras Baug.

Route Class Fare
 (starting from)
Singapore to Pune Economy MYR 1143

Terms & Conditions :

  • Fares are applicable on return journeys in Economy on direct flights from Singapore to Pune operated by Jet Airways.
  • Fares are excluded airport taxes.
  • Sales validity : Now until 25 Nov 2018.
  • Travel validity  : On or after 1 Dec 2018.
  • Tickets are valid for 1 month from the date of commencement of journey.
  • Tickets must be purchased a minimum of 3 days prior departure.
  • Free Baggage Allowance up to 30 kgs for International and 25 kgs for Domestic stand alone.
  • Child/infant discount, date change, flight change, refund charges, weekend surcharge, black out period, travel restriction and / or flight restriction will be applicable as mentioned in the fare rule.
  • Jet Airways reserves the right at any time, without prior notice to add, alter, modify, change or vary all or any of these terms and conditions or to replace wholly or in part, the above offer by another offer, whether similar to above offer or not, or to withdraw it altogether.

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T: +603 2148 9020 | F: +603 2148 1357

Penang
Unit 118, 1st Floor, Penang Plaza, 126 Jalan Burmah, 10050 Penang
T: +604 229 3754 | F: +604 226 9654

Kota Kinabalu
Suite M1-03A,Mezzanine Floor, Menara MAA, 6 Lorong Api-Api Satu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu
T: +6088 484 730 | F: +6088 484 740

3rd International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao poised to unfold a New Avenue to the World of Films in early December

3rd International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao poised to unfold a New Avenue to the World of Films in early December

 

Kuala Lumpur, 16 November 2018 – The 3rd International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao (IFFAM) will take place in Macao Cultural Centre from 8th to 14th December, 2018, poised to
uncover new dimensions and boundless potential of the cinema under the theme “A New Avenue to the World of Films” once again.

The IFFAM Organizing Committee has invited preeminent international film stars and rising stars to dazzle the Film Festival this year, bringing Macao further onto the global stage. Talent Ambassadors of the year include winner of the Oscar for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Nicolas Cage, award-winning best actor in Asia, Aaron Kwok and rising Korean star Lim Yoon A. Aaron Kwok and Nicolas Cage are celebrated as prestigious film actors in the Chinese and Western worlds of films respectively, while Lim Yoon-A starred in several television dramas in Mainland China before her recent portrayal in films, her stellar performance winning wide recognition.

The Jury of IFFAM consists of leading filmmakers including internationally-renowned film director Chen Kaige, who assumes the role of Jury President. Chen Kaige directed his first film “Yellow Earth” in 1984, which garnered a number of awards and ushered in the new era for Chinese cinema. Recognized as one of the Chinese film classics, his acclaimed masterpiece “Farewell My Concubine” (1993) won the Palme d'Or at the 46th Cannes Film Festival in the same year, making Chen the only Chinese director who has received this top accolade to this day. Other Jury members include Hong Kong film director and producer Mabel Cheung with the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director under her belt, Australian film producer and director Paul Currie, Indian film actress Tillotama Shome, and Oscar-winning Bosnian film director Danis Tanović, with among other figures.

Yao Chen will be this year’s Actress In Focus at the IFFAM. The three films starring Yao Chen within the IFFAM programme are Lost, Found (2018, Lü Yue), Caught In The Web (2012, Chen Kaige (IFFAM Competition Jury President)) & Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back (2017, Tsui Hark).

The Opening Film “Green Book” will lift the curtain on this edition of IFFAM. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film unfolds the story of an African pianist and his white driver on a concert tour across the United States in the early 1960s. Rising above conflicts sparked by racial prejudice, the two build an unusual friendship beyond their differences in ethnicity and social status.

Over 50 Chinese and Western films will be screened through various sections in IFFAM including Competition, Gala, Flying Daggers, Best of Fest Panorama, New Chinese Cinema, Director’s Choice, Special Presentations, Family Gala and so forth. 14 outstanding film entries of Macao Local View Power will also be presented to the audience.

This year, the IFFAM Organizing Committee joins hands with Screen International, one of UK’s prestigious film magazines, to present “New Chinese Cinema” as a new competition section which pits six films against each other for the Best New Chinese-language Film of the Year. Hong Kong film director Shu Kei, British film critic Nick James as well as Australian film critic and editor Stephanie Bunbury will be jury members for this new Competition section.

The 3rd IFFAM will present movies filmed in Macao, including “Nobody Nose” starring Gordon Lam and “Empire Hotel” starring Rhydian Vaughan, Talent Ambassador of the 1st IFFAM. The session “Gala” will feature a gastronomy-themed film named “Aruna & Her Palate” in line with the 2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy.

The films featured in the IFFAM programme will be screened at Macao Cultural Centre, Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre, and Cinematheque・Passion. Visitors can purchase film tickets on www.macauticket.com or at the abovementioned screening venues during the Film Festival.

For more information about the 3rd International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao, please visit: http://www.iffamacao.com/

(Source: Organizing Committee of International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao)

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