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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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Progressive Singapore

DaimlerChrysler Maybach 62 tests potholes of Chiang Mai

Phuket Air crisis escalates

Progressive Singapore

Marion Vogt

The weekend destination — merely a two hour flight for people in the North and offering a range of culture and tradition plus a shopping paradise — is undoubtedly Singapore. While other destinations still try to market themselves either as a shopping paradise or a place of culture, Singapore promotes it all.

No Singapore experience is complete without taking a boat ride at Clarke Quay where modern skyscrapers and Chinese lanterns blend naturally together.

By realizing the huge potential of the city state, the Singapore Tourism Board can claim to have exceeded expectations by supporting what once was laughed at as the marketing campaign of a bunch of dreamers. When the four decade casino ban in Singapore ended and the announcement came that two multibillion dollar integrated resorts were to be built, another boom was in sight for one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world.

For the young, hip and fearless, the ‘G-Max-Ultimate Bungy’ at Clarke Quay catapults the rider 60 m into the sky at 200 kmh.

TTR Daily reported on April 29, that the Las Vegas Sands Corp had confirmed it has been short-listed by the Singapore government to participate in the Request for Proposal process, which will lead to the building of an integrated casino resort in the city-state. The company’s president, William Weidner, said, “Our proposal to the Singapore government, The Garden City Resort, features plans for a Guggenheim Heritage Museum, botanical gardens and theme ride attractions, world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, and expansive corporate meeting and convention space.”

That definitely is the music of the future but at the moment Singapore combines fashion, art, class, style, an excellent infrastructure and lifestyle, while still not forgetting its multi-cultural heritage.

The wine bar at the ‘Gallery Hotel, Singapore’s first Hip-Art Design Hotel, in the Robertson Quay area and Mohammad Sultan entertainment district.


DaimlerChrysler Maybach 62 tests potholes of Chiang Mai

(From left) Thanat Rattivanich, sales & marketing manager, Jarern Motor Benz Limited, Chiang Mai; Grisnagorn Sawettanan, senior manager, DaimlerChrysler (Thailand) Limited; Sun Suebsaeng, managing director, Dhara Dhevi Hotel Co., Ltd and Patrick-Denis Finet, general manager, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort, Chiang Mai.

Daimler Chrysler Thailand in cooperation with Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort, Chiang Mai, has launched a new promotional package to introduce DaimlerChrysler’s Maybach 62 luxury automobile as exclusive transportation for resort’s guests until June 10


Phuket Air crisis escalates

Jeremy Colson,
TTG Asia

British and Dutch authorities have officially banned Phuket Air from flying into the UK or the Netherlands, and other European aviation authorities are expected to follow suit as fears escalate about the carrier’s ability to meet international standards.

The bans mean Phuket Air becomes the first Thai-registered carrier to be excluded from European skies and indicate that British and Dutch aviation authorities are not satisfied with the aircraft worthiness certification of Thailand’s Department of Aviation, an aviation consultant told TTG Daily News this morning.

Seven other carriers are on the UK’s Department for Transport blacklist. All but one are based in Africa. The other is registered in Tajikistan.

Meanwhile, as the carrier’s debts begin to mount, one of its ageing Boeing 747 jets has been impounded by the British Airports Authority for non-payment of landing fees, believed to be in the region of US$262,000. Other suppliers, including GDSs, have also confirmed they are owed “large sums” of money.

Despite everything, Phuket Air is still listing flights to London and Amsterdam on its website, and is still flying passengers to Denpasar in Bali as well as on domestic routes within Thailand.

A source close to the carrier said the bulk of its passengers were factory workers on incentive trips.

Repeated attempts to obtain comments from Phuket Air failed to get a response today.



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