First Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens in Bandung, Indonesia

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza® Bandung, the first Crowne Plaza in Bandung, Indonesia. Located in the heart of the city and near major transport links, the new 270-room hotel offers a comprehensive range of meetings facilities close to Bandung’s city centre and Central Business District – making it the ideal choice for ambitious business travellers.

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Crowne Plaza Bandung is offering a special opening rate from USD85.00++ per night, inclusive of breakfast for two.

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Indulge in @HotelRe ’s Exclusive Selection of #Mooncakes to Celebrate #MidAutumn2015

Singapore, September 2015 – Celebrate this mid-autumn festival with Hotel Re! @ Pearl’s Hill’s exclusive selection of four detectable mooncake flavours. Now available for purchase till 27 September 2015, this year’s exciting line-up consists of White Lotus Single Yolk, Green Tea Mochi, Pure White Cranberry Lotus and Bamboo Charcoal.

Hotel Re! Assorted Mooncakes
Hotel Re! Assorted Mooncakes

The White Lotus Single Yolk mooncake is made with traditional white lotus paste, mixed nuts and single yolk. Baked to a golden brown, this classic flavor promises a smooth blend of natural sweetness, savory and crunch.

For green tea lovers, don’t miss the Green Tea Mochi mooncake, featuring a pampering mix of rich green tea lotus paste with chewy mochi filling and sunflower seeds.

Want to taste something extraordinary? Have a go at the Bamboo Charcoal mooncake, a delicious combination of dried scallop lotus paste with salted egg filling.

Last but not least on the spotlight is the Pure White Cranberry Lotus mooncake. Using premium cranberry lotus paste mixed with tangy flavours of dried apricot and sunflower seeds, you can anticipate a delightful and refreshing twist to your taste buds.

Each set of the four irresistible mooncakes is presented in a specially designed premium gift box with papercut vase printing and auspicious wishing in Chinese characters, perfect for gifting to families, friends and business associates.

Guests may purchase Hotel Re! @ Pearl’s Hill’s mooncakes at Re!Fill Restaurant. Each box is priced at $58.85 nett. Re!Fill Restaurant diners and hotel room guests get to enjoy a special discounted rate of $47 nett per box while Re!Members are entitled to the members-only price of $40 nett.

In addition, the mooncakes will go on sale at Compasspoint Mall and Sun Plaza Mall from 14 September to 27 September.

 

Create and Communicate on Any Device with @Logitech’s New Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse #M337 #K380

Singapore — September 3, 2015 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduced the Logitech® K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth® Keyboard and the Logitech® M337 Bluetooth® Mouse, giving you the freedom to work, create and express yourself on any device, anywhere.

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Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard brings the comfort and convenience of desktop typing to your computer, smartphone and tablet. Express yourself on any computing platform anywhere in your home, and connect with up to three devices, instantly switching among them with the Easy-Switch™ buttons. The keyboard will recognize your connected device and automatically map keys to supported functions and shortcuts – making your typing experience familiar and comfortable. The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard provides up to two years of battery life from the two AAA batteries included, and will be available in blue or black for a suggested retail price of $54.00.

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Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse

The Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse lets you create on virtually any computing device, whenever and wherever you choose. Its programmable navigation button puts control in the palm of your hand, allowing you to switch between applications, change between desktops, drag-and-drop files and images, replicate the three-finger swipe gesture that brings up mission control on a Mac computer, and bring up Task View on Windows 10. The mouse tracks reliably on just about any surface – from metal café tables to tile countertops to your favorite study desk – thanks to a laser-grade optical sensor. It is portable, includes a tilt wheel, has a curved shape and textured rubber grips that provide lasting comfort, and it can keep going for up to 10 months on one AA battery. Offered in three colors – Black, Blue and Red, the Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse will be available for a suggested retail price of $49.00.

By downloading Logitech Options Software, you can customize both the keyboard and mouse to enhance your experience and unlock a world of possibilities. Although they aren’t dependent on each other to work, the new keyboard and mouse look great together, featuring matching colors and a distinctive design.

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Availability

The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the Logitech M337 Bluetooth Mouse are expected to be available in Singapore in September. Each device is sold separately.

IHG Rewards Club Announces ‘Accelerate’ Promotion

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces the upcoming launch of ‘Accelerate‘, a promotion which offers IHG Rewards Club members the opportunity to earn bonus points faster than ever. This promotion follows a series of recent enhancements, including the introduction of a new top membership level, Spire Elite.

Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (exterior)
Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (exterior)

IHG Rewards Club members who register for the ‘Accelerate’ promotion will receive personalised and tailored offers that would enable them to receive bonus points with each achieved offer.

Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (Swimming Pool)
Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road (Swimming Pool)

Non-members will also enjoy special rewards when they join IHG Rewards Club and enrol in the promotion. These new members will be awarded one free night at any IHG hotel in the world, when they book and complete 2 separate stays at any IHG property. New members can earn up to 2 free nights

To read the full press release, see here

@GorillazSoundSystem debuts in @ZoukSingapore on 17 Sep 2015

Join the ‘Feel Good Inc.’ as Gorillaz Sound System (GSS) takes over Zouk Singapore for one night only, on Thursday, 17 September 2015. Debuting in Singapore, GSS is a state-of-the-art audio-visual show that incorporates all the hugely successful Gorillaz hits, along with larger-than-life projections of their award-winning animation.

Tickets for the Gorillaz Sound System show is now on sale at Pelago at http://pelago.co/gorillazsg, priced at S$55 for pre-sale tickets, and S$75 at the door. The show is brought to you by Lumina Live! and JUICE is the official media partner.

GORILLAZ SOUND SYSTEM

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2015

Venue: Zouk Singapore 17 Jiak Kim Street Singapore 169420

Time: Doors open at 9.30pm

Tickets: S$55 / S$75 via http://pelago.co/gorillazsg


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To read the full press releases, visit here

@TwitterSG and @MediaCorp Bring Exclusive Video Highlights of #SG50 #NDP2015 via #Twitter

Twitter Collaborates with MediaCorp for first-ever TV Partnership in Southeast Asia

Singapore, 6 August 2015 – In its first-ever TV partnership in Southeast Asia, Twitter announced a collaboration with MediaCorp to showcase premium video highlights of Singapore’s 50th National Day Parade (NDP) exclusively on the new @MediaCorp Twitter account (https://twitter.com/mediacorp). MediaCorp will tweet the high-quality video clips throughout the event and during the live TV broadcast on 9th August to enhance the TV watching experience with the live, public conversations about #NDP2015 on Twitter.

 

One of the best ways to follow live events is through real-time videos on Twitter. MediaCorp will use Twitter’s SnappyTV platform for live clipping, editing and distribution to share video clips in Tweets, straight from the TV to a mobile device. Millions of people in Singapore and around the world will be able to view video highlights of the amazing performances, breath-taking action and proudest moments of the NDP directly via MediaCorp’s Tweets.

 

This morning, Joakim Gomez (https://twitter.com/JoakimGomez), one of the hosts of NDP2015, launched the TV partnership with this Tweet encouraging people to follow @MediaCorp’s account to watch the NDP 2015 video highlights in their Twitter timeline:

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MediaCorp channels and artistes will be live-tweeting the National Day Parade to bring the action straight to Twitter. Follow these Twitter accounts to get real-time messages, photos and videos of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations at the Padang.

 

“Since pioneering broadcasting in Singapore in 1936, MediaCorp has been embracing innovation – first in radio, then television, print and online. We are proud to continue this tradition of innovation, right at the cutting edge of digital and social media,” said Shane Mitchell Chief Digital Officer, Mediacorp. “Social media will be one of the first places where many of us share our excitement and the emotion of National Day. MediaCorp’s partnership with Twitter, together with our brand new @mediacorp Twitter account, is a great way for us to connect and share the live experience of NDP, the centrepiece of our Golden Jubilee celebrations.”

 

“Twitter is the definitive companion to television and we have invested considerable time and effort in partnerships with TV broadcasters worldwide to ensure they are able to amplify the live, public conversation about their shows and events on our platform,” said Rishi Jaitly Vice President of Media, Asia Pacific & Middle East, Twitter. “Our partnership with MediaCorp, which is anchored in premium video, will extend the broadcast of Singapore’s 50th National Day Parade onto Twitter, so Singaporeans can experience and share the unforgettable moments of the nation’s Golden Jubilee celebrations through high-quality video clips in Tweets.”

 

#SG50 ’s Biggest Fan Wins an Exclusive #Airbnb Staycation at #Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

24-year old student-teacher and family to experience a magical night at the transformed Esplanade Theatre stage this Jubilee Weekend

 

6 August 2015, Singapore — Following a week-long search, SG50 has finally found its biggest fan. The lucky winner, Tay Zhi Wen, 24, impressed the judges with a 15-second musical mashup of “Happy Birthday” and this year’s National Day Song, “Our Singapore” with a violin and er hu. Her creative video has earned her and her family a one-night staycation on the Esplanade Theatre stage, and four tickets to the National Day Parade.

Zhi Wen’s video was chosen over 168 other participants who took part in the 10-day contest. The 24-year-old and her family have a deep love of the arts and Esplanade, where she has performed at several times before with the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra and Chung Cheng High School (Main) Chinese Orchestra. Her brother, who plays the suona, and her boyfriend, a music composer, will be joining her for the exciting night’s stay at Esplanade. She will also be accompanied by her mother, whose support for her children’s musical interests has allowed her to play audience to many of their performances at Esplanade, but who has never had the chance to experience the stage on such an intimate level before.

“When I received a call from the SG50 organising committee, I just couldn’t believe my ears. I’m happy that I won. Having performed at Esplanade many times before, this will be a really great chance for my family and I to experience Esplanade like never before, in a more intimate and personal way. We are very grateful and feel privileged that we have been offered this special opportunity to celebrate SG50 in Singapore, at what we sometimes call our second home this coming Jubilee weekend, and to create more memories in this beloved Theatre,” said Zhi Wen.

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Themed “A Night through Time“, the party of four’s home at the Esplanade Theatre stage will be refurbished in a style reminiscent of 1960s Singapore. Unique features of the room include old and authentic pieces of furniture that have stood the test of time since the 1960s and have been lovingly restored. The performances, sound effects and stage lighting have also been specially designed to make the entire sensory experience at the Theatre as authentically 1960s as possible.

As part of the experience, Singaporean actress Oon Shu An will play host to the party of four, and take them on a journey back to 1960s Singapore. There, they will have an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled programme of arts performances, a behind-the-scenes tour of Esplanade, a dinner at Esplanade’s rooftop restaurant, and end their stay with coveted seats at the 2015 National Day Parade.

“The Singapore story is one that resonates deeply with me in my heart. Theatre is my first love and it is a privilege for me to welcome the upcoming winners in a staycation that will literally take them on “A Night Through Time”. This one-of-a-kind event would not have been possible without the collaboration among SG50, Airbnb and Esplanade, and I look forward to bringing them through this once in a lifetime experience” said Oon Shu An, Singaporean actress.

“We are excited to host Zhi Wen and her family at Esplanade. Her birthday wish for Singapore was not only creative but heartwarming, and we hope they enjoy the experience of staying at a venue that some of the very best artists from Singapore and around the world have performed before. We would also like to welcome all Singaporeans to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee with us at Esplanade, where there will be arts performances and activities by our very talented Singapore artists,” said Racel Yee, Head, Service Delivery & Standards, The Esplanade Co Ltd.

“Airbnb is thrilled to be able to provide a magical hospitality experience for Singapore’s biggest fan and loved ones at Esplanade this Jubilee Weekend. As our guests experience “A Night through Time” at this iconic location, they will be immersed in the richness and nostalgia of Singapore’s exceptional history and culture, and be inspired about the exciting future ahead. This is what Airbnb is all about – creating unforgettable moments in unique accommodations. We couldn’t be happier to make Zhi Wen’s staycation an unforgettable one,” said Chai Jia Jih, Managing Director, Southeast Asia and India, Airbnb.

To watch all the video contest entries that were submitted for this contest, go to apps.facebook.com/sgfiftybiggestfan. Information on the Esplanade Airbnb listing and the programme for the evening can be found at www.airbnb.com/SG50biggestfan.

About Singapore50

Singapore is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence in 2015. To commemorate and celebrate this major milestone in our nation’s history, Singaporeans will not only have a say in how the nation celebrates its Golden Jubilee, they will also be invited to plan and organise activities. To guide and coordinate the plans for the 50th anniversary celebrations, a Steering Committee chaired by Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat has been formed. Named the Singapore50 (SG50) Steering Committee, it comprises representatives from the public, private and people sectors. For more information on SG50, please visit www.singapore50.sg.

For more information on SG50, please visit the follow digital platforms:

SG50 Official Website: www.singapore50.sg

SG50 Facebook: www.facebook.com/sg2015

SG50 Instagram:
www.instagram.com/singapore50

The Who, What, Where and Whys of Souvenir Buying – a #HolidayInn Survey for July 2015

Following up from the previous survey conducted last year, the second set of findings from the Holiday Inn® Souvenir Study shows 70 per cent of respondents feel that souvenirs are an important part of the holiday experience, and only 20 per cent of travellers return home empty handed.  


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Some interesting highlights of the survey:

  • ​70% of travellers see buying souvenirs as an important part of their holiday
  • The younger travellers are, the more importance they place on souvenirs. 76% of 25 year olds and below think souvenirs are important, compared to 68% who are above 65.
  • 4 in 5 travellers from South East Asia are more than happy to accommodate souvenir requests from friends and family.
  • The least preferred souvenirs are novelty items, decorative trinklets and educational items. Most people prefer local keepsakes, handmade art and food.

To read the full article, link http://1drv.ms/1Mh9vDJ

The infographic on value of souvenir link http://1drv.ms/1g1Lbtz