Singapore Airlines to boost flights

Singapore Airlines has marked 2017 by boosting several key routes.

The group has announced increased flight frequency to points in Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia and West Asia in the Northern Summer operating season (26 March 2017 to 28 October 2017) to meet growing travel demand.

Australia

From 4 June 2017, Sydney will be served 33 times per week, up from 31 times per week. To cater to peak period demand, flight frequency to Sydney will be further increased to 35 weekly flights from 18 June to 30 September 2017.

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Melbourne will be served with 31 weekly flights, up from 28 – from 17 July 2017.

Flight frequency to Brisbane will increase to 28 per week, up from 24 – starting on 22 August 2017.

Europe

Rome will be served four times per week from July 2017, up from the current two weekly flights.

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As announced earlier, Moscow will be served five times per week, up from four times – from 30 May 2017, when services beyond Moscow to the new destination of Stockholm are introduced.

Southeast Asia

Bangkok flight frequency will increase to six per day from five – from 26 March 2017.

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Ho Chi Minh City will be served 19 times per week from the same day, up from the current 17 per week.

West Asia

The Indian city of Ahmedabad will be served four times per week, up from the current three – from 26 March 2017.

Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka will be served 10 times per week with effect from 19 July 2017 – up from the current seven flights per week.

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Singapore Airlines says the additional services are subject to regulatory approvals. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively through the various distribution channels.

 

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Famous Singapore hotel part of international deal

The legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore, has been acquired by Accor, as part of a deal worth A$4billion.

The acquisition – of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands – will also give Accor  other high profile luxury hotels such as the Savoy in London, the Plaza in New York City and Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel.

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In all, the mega-merger will add an additional 115 hotels – of which 40 are under development – and more than 56,000 rooms to the Accor network.

Accor says the integration of Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel will enable it to “optimize its luxury and upscale brands in order to adapt its offering to the expectations of an increasingly demanding clientele”.

Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel in Singapore, established in 1887.

The hotel was named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.

It’s said that during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in the Second World War, the hotel’s famous silverware was buried in the courtyard.

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Singapore gets better with every passing day

With its Golden Jubilee behind it, Singapore continues to emerge as a bold and vibrant player on the world stage, with an impressive list of charms, achievements and potential.
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The island city is also continuing to cement itself as one of the world’s most popular visitor destinations.

According to the World Tourism Organisation, Singapore is now the fifth most visited city on the globe for international tourists.

The growth of tourism to the island city in recent years has gone hand in hand with a building boom and the opening of many new attractions.

However, it’s largely the blending of the new with Singapore’s past – obviously a deliberate strategy – that caught our eye.

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The backdrop of building work on projects such as Sentosa Cove and ‘Gardens by the Bay’, the new seaside botanical gardens in the CBD, in no way overshadow the wonderful heritage buildings that are the Singapore of old.

Sue and I visited the city’s traditional Chinatown; Kampong Glam; and Little India, while equally enjoying Sentosa and the clean, green and vibrant cosmopolitan heart of the island city.

This blend of old customs and new urban lifestyles is on show everywhere you look. Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian cultures seem to exist harmoniously side by side in a city that goes out of its way to be as business-friendly and visitor-friendly as possible.

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For example, Changi Airport is an ultra-modern hub, which claims to provide connections with more than 100 airlines flying to more than 200 cities.

And, or course, the airport is becoming well known for its free day tours that cater for the booming trend in long flight layovers. The free wi-fi is great and I’m told there are even free foot massages in the airport precinct for weary travellers.

We were well aware of Singapore’s fast-growing reputation as a foodies paradise, but the number and variety of restaurants and food stalls catering for all budgets, is still surprising. This is an island city for serious diners.

We developed a taste for Singapore’s traditional Chinese food, although I must admit to steering clear of the “Pigs Organ Soup’.

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There’s certainly plenty to see and do at Singapore.

As well as evergreen attractions like the city’s zoo and Raffles Hotel, the Botanic Gardens with its remarkable trees of light, Changi Museum, the Marina Bay casino, Skylark resort, Universal Studios on Sentosa and giant ferris wheel at Marina Bay all attract big crowds.

And, of course, Singapore’s Orchard Road still retains its reputation for shopping.

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