Archive | January, 2008

Pan Pacific Singapore installs Wi-Fi Automated Mini-Bar System in Rooms

Pan Pacific Singapore has become one of the first hotels in Singapore to install Bartech’s automated mini-bar in all its 778 newly-renovated rooms and suites.

The system uses Wi-Fi for communication between the automated mini-bars in guest rooms and the Bartech server. The Bartech software enables mini-bar charges to be noted automatically and immediately on the guest folio through an interface between the Bartech computer and Pan Pacific Singapore’s Property Management System. The accurate billing of mini-bar consumptions has a direct and positive impact on the service provided to guests as it should streamline the billing process and reduce check-out time.

A Bartech refill report automatically provides a detailed per-room listing of items requiring refill. This minimizes checks by hotel associates to ascertain if mini-bar replenishment is required. As part of the numerous and powerful features, the Bartech system provides an automatic tracking system to control expiration dates thus guaranteeing the freshness of mini-bar items.

A further system enhancement that assists in the reduction of operational costs and provides substantial energy savings is the use of Bartech’s C.E.S.S (Computerized Energy Saving System) option. This standard feature automatically monitors the inside temperature level of each mini-bar according to time and room occupancy status. All Bartech automatic mini-bars comply with WEEE, RoHS, ISO, CSA, FCC, and UL requirements.

Mr Scott Swank, General Manager at Pan Pacific Singapore said, “Pan Pacific Singapore continually strives to be a hospitality leader. In line with the hotel’s commitment to providing the most up-to-date facilities for guests and in contributing to environmental efforts, the hotel’s investment in Bartech is a result of both consumer and hotel management demand, providing operational and control advantages for associates and guests. A 778-room hotel will benefit from introducing the latest technology capabilities to serve our increasingly tech-savvy travellers thereby enhancing their stays with us. The installation of the Bartech system completes the hotel’s Sin$14 million renovation to the rooms and suites since March 2007.”

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Cocoa Island in the Maldives launches New Holistic Health Packages for 2008

Cocoa Island is COMO Hotels and Resorts’ private island property in the Maldives. With everything designed to maximise a guest’s sense of escape – empty horizon views, a still lagoon and powder-white beach – it’s a perfect place to address issues of well-being, supported by spacious, meditative accommodation in calming whites, healthful cuisine and quietly efficient service. The resort has a foot-in-the-sand Retreat offering a carefully edited selection of meaningful treatments, for mind and body.

Taking this health-giving purpose further for 2008, the resort has introduced four ‘paths’ comprising a day’s suggested treatments to purify, rejuvenate, relax and restore.

The Purification Path (US$600 per couple; 150 minutes) focuses on Ayurvedic healthcare – a 5,000 year-old holistic system that hails from India – and is made up of Abhyanga, Shirodhara and an Ayurvedic Facial. All three elements work together to purify and detoxify by releasing stress while bringing stability to your particular constitution (or Dosha). The Purification Path starts with a 45-minute rhythmic Abhyanga massage using warm herbal oils.

This is followed by a 15-minute application of exfoliating herbal powder. Guests sink into a deeper state of relaxation with Shirodhara whereby a steady stream of warm herbal oil is gently poured over the forehead, feeding the scalp and turning thoughts inward to induce clarity of mind. The session concludes with an Ayurvedic facial – a herbal-infused beautifying treatment involving a nourishing facial massage.

The Relaxation Path (US$900 per couple; four hours) is ideal for honeymooners who want to zone out completely. The four-hour session begins with a Javanese Royal Lulur Bath involving an Indonesian Massage, a body scrub with aromatic mixed spices, the application of cooling yoghurt, a relaxing flower-filled bath and a soothing application of body lotion. What follows is an Aromatic Facial utilising aromatherapy preparations and botanicals from Guinot. The path concludes with a 60-minute reflexology treatment to stimulate your body’s own healing processes.

The Rejuvenation Path (US$960 per couple; 5 hrs and 15 minutes, including lunch) incorporates Yoga into the day’s programme – 60 minutes at the start of the day with Pramod Kumar, our resident Yoga teacher. This takes place in Cocoa’s open-air pavilion overlooking the mirror-flat sea. Pramod teaches a gentle yet dynamic private session based on Hatha Yoga working on Asanas (postures) that are suited to a guest’s ability (those new to Yoga can learn basic elements). Following this, enjoy a Cocoa Island Bath – a cleansing treatment that exfoliates and softens the skin with dry brushing, a COMO Shambhala salt scrub, an Invigorating soak and relaxing hour-long COMO Shambhala Massage. Let the body rest over lunch, which comprises a healthy main course and energizing juice. To loosen the muscles more completely, The Rejuvenation Path concludes with a Deep Tissue full body massage that releases deeply held patterns of tension.

The fourth, most pampering option is called the Restoration Path – a six-hour, head-to-toe pampering extravaganza costing US$1,250 per couple (5 hours 45 minutes), incorporating an Indian head massage, COMO Shambhala massage, reflexology, an aromatic facial using Guinot botanicals, manicure and luxury pedicure.

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Air Philippines to buy six new aircraft

air philippinesManila, Philippines – Budget airline Air Philippines will buy six new Bombardier Dash aircraft for $120 million as part of a fleet upgrade, a report said Monday.

The domestic carrier owned by local magnate Lucio Tan, who also controls international carrier Philippine Airlines, will purchase the 76-seater 8-Q400 aircraft from Toronto-based Bombardier Aerospace, the Philippine Star said.

The acquisition during the fourth quarter of 2008 will be financed either through an operating lease, finance lease, or export credit, the newspaper said quoting unnamed airline officials.

The airline recently bought six Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft for $56 million to serve its expanded domestic route network, including new services to the tourist island of Boracay.

Air Philippines currently operates eight Boeing 737-200 jet aircraft serving 12 destinations in the Philippines from hubs in Manila and Cebu.

The paper said the airline will be phasing out its Boeing 737-200s and have its future fleet comprising Airbus A320s, newer 737 ‘Classics’ and Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s in addition to Q300s.

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Island Rose Revolutionizes the Philippine Flower Industry and Sets a Benchmark in Philippine E-commerce

The Philippine flower industry will never be the same again. Island Rose has long been a benchmark for Philippine flower businesses. In 1980, it was the first to commercially produce flowers under greenhouses earning pioneer status as the very first company to be classified under the then new cut flower industry. Prior to this, all cut flower production was classified under the rather broad agriculture sector. It has since won many entrepreneurship and business awards in the Philippines.

Today, the company continues to introduce revolutionary ideas. In the year 2000, Island Rose launched the first nationwide Internet based Philippine flower delivery service. Through www.islandrose.net, three notable achievements where accomplished.

First, it changed the way Filipinos perceived flower delivery. Before the advent of islandrose.net, a visit to a Philippine flower shop involved a lot of questions and answers. Where is your shop? What arrangements are available? How much will it cost? Can you deliver flowers in this area? How much does it cost? Where do the flowers come from? The islandrose.net website changed all of this. The company is accessible anywhere in the world through a regular Internet connection. The products and prices are organized in a way that is convenient for the customer. And to further simplify matters, it offers free nationwide flower delivery. By eliminating the clutter that came with Philippine flower delivery, Island Rose made the service accessible to thousands of customers.

Second, it gave Filipinos the chance to order fresh flowers straight from the farm. No more middlemen here. Island Rose customers order their flowers straight from the source. Island Rose has long been a leading wholesaler of flowers in the Philippines through its network of flowers shops. But now, it is possible to order first class flowers freshly harvested from their farm. Flowers are delivered fresh, fast, and fair priced. According to Arnold Andaya, vice president for operations “Our straight from the farm concept is the most reliable way to send fresh flowers in the Philippines”

Third, it proved that the Internet is a viable medium for e-commerce business in the Philippines. In the year 2000, there where hardly any Philippine e-commerce sites. Retailing over the Internet was almost non-existent. Today, a search through the Internet shows dozens of Philippine e-commerce retailers. While in other countries, books, software, clothes and travel lead the on-line retailing scene, in the Philippines, flowers dominate the marketplace. This is partly due to Island Rose and its long reaching network of affiliates and distribution partners. It is estimated that 80% of on-line Philippine flower delivery services are connected to the Island Rose network in some way. As the very first Internet retailer to offer nationwide delivery, it paved the way for many Philippine e-commerce business retailers as well. If you look closely, influences of islandrose.net can be found on dozens of Philippine e-commerce businesses in different industries.

With hundreds of thousands of deliveries under its belt, Island Rose is considered the leading Philippine flower delivery service and a benchmark in e-commerce retailing. With its outstanding products, excellent customer service, and reliable ordering system, there is simply no other place to go for fresh flowers. When you rely on a company to send gifts to your loved ones, trust is of utmost importance. In this regard, Island Rose stands above the rest.

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AirAsia X to launch Flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hangzhou

AirAsia X, the Malaysian-based long-haul low-cost airline is to launch direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hangzhou, China, with five return flights per week beginning 4th February 2008. The latest service is the airline’s second long-haul destination after Gold Coast, Australia which was launched in November last year.

Famed for its natural beauty and considered by many to be the most beautiful city in China, Hangzhou – the capital of the Zhejiang province is situated just 180 km outside of Shanghai. It is one of South East China’s main economic and transportation hubs and one of China’s most important tourist destinations, which is evident from the 1.5 million foreign visitor arrivals recorded in 2007.

AirAsia X will offer fares starting from RM99.99 or CNY199.99 for one way travel to Hangzhou from Kuala Lumpur. This special promotional fare is available until 20 January 2008 for the travel period between 4 February 2008 and 28 March 2008. The fare quoted excludes airport taxes, surcharges and fees etc.

Azran Osman-Rani, CEO AirAsia X, said “As one of China’s most prosperous and economically significant cities, it is a strategic addition to the AirAsia X network. Given its popularity among customers from our existing AirAsia and AirAsia X destinations, we are confident that there will be solid demand for the Hangzhou route, which serves the Zhejiang province and the neighbouring Greater Shanghai metropolitan …. Hangzhou is the gateway to major cities like Shanghai and Suzhou. It is also as an ideal destination for a scenic holiday, a place for tea and nature lovers and also a metropolitan city at the same time. We also look forward to welcoming people from Hangzhou to visit Kuala Lumpur, home to one of the tallest skyscrapers in the word, the Petronas Twin Towers, premier shopping complexes, magnificent outdoor parks and varied entertainment outlets. Our country is also well-known for its beautiful beaches, delectable cuisine and unique cultural heritage.”

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AirAsia launches Daily Flights to Guangzhou

AirAsia has launched direct daily flights to Guangzhou via Baiyun International airport from the LCC Terminal, Kuala Lumpur. This will be the airline’s fourth destination to mainland China after Shenzhen, Xiamen and Macau.

With an approximate population of 9.5 million, Guangzhou is known as one of mainland China’s leading commercial and manufacturing regions and serves as a entryway to Pearl River Delta; an ideal gateway to more than 100 major cities in China.

Ms Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial, AirAsia, said, “Our strategic move to expand into Guangzhou has been a long waited route by many Malaysians. With globalization and the rising economy in China, our low fares will now encourage the Malaysian business community to strengthen their investments in China and vice versa. With the Olympic fever building up in China for 2008, there is no better time to launch this route than today. We believe our low fares will grant more Chinese and Malaysians the freedom to fly and further compliment tourism and economic growth of both countries to greater heights.”

The Malaysian Consul General to Guangzhou, Mr. Roslan Abdul Rahman added, “We hope the opening of this new route will accelerate tourism, attracting more visitors to our country with its diversified culture, unique heritage, wide rainforest, beautiful beaches, busy metropolitan, and an array of shopping and good food as Malaysia has some entertaining and modern cities. Malaysia has also encouraged more business investors from abroad and the economic stability in the country would definitely foster great business ties between the two countries. We believe that AirAsia will expand their network in Southern China to meet the growing demand here. AirAsia’s decision to open this new route also meets the Malaysia Government’s efforts to make Malaysia the low cost carrier hub for Asia.”

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Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin is the largest city and the capital of Germany. Due to the division of the western and eastern part of Berlin from 1949 until 1989, Berlin became one of the most diverse city in the European Union. Currently Berlin has a population of approximately Three and a half million people.

Berlin became an important part of the expansion of the European Union and it is also the center of culture and politics of Germany. The city of Berlin popular for its universities, as well as its museums and research facilities.

Berlin is a great tourist destination to visit any times of the year. The city is a busy tourist destination during the summer because they offer great tours in berlin. When it comes to attractions, Berlin is a city which has something for everyone.

Berlin’s urban landscape and historical legacy has made it a popular setting for international film productions. Recognized for its festivals, contemporary architecture, nightlife and avant-garde arts, Berlin has evolved into a focal point for individuals attracted by liberal lifestyle, modern zeitgeist and low cost of living.

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Hawaiian Airlines to launch Flights to Manila

Hawaiian Airlines is to launch new nonstop services between Honolulu and Manila on April 14 with the return leg to launch from Manila on April 17, 2008. The airline will initially offer four flights per week. Ticket sales have already begun on the airline’s website and through its reservations call center, as well as through travel agents in the U.S. and the Philippines.

Hawaiian’s Flight 455 will depart Honolulu International Airport on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila the following day at 5:15 p.m. Return Flight 456 will depart Manila on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu the same day at 11:15 a.m. (Manila is 18 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said, “We have been energized by the community’s enthusiastic response to the announcement of our new Manila service and now that we can take reservations for travel starting in April, the excitement is building. We look forward to bringing our industry-leading service to the Philippines and expanding travel choices and opportunities for families and businesses on both ends of the route.”

Hawaiian will operate the new nonstop route using its, wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that seat up to 264 passengers. The flight time is approximately 10 hours.

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GoWheelchair.com – One stop Medical Supply Superstore

Do you want to join your injured family member on one of your travels? Need a new power wheelchair?

GoWheelchair.com is your one stop shop for rollator walkers and standard walkers. They offer a massive selection of all walker types and sizes. From Junior and Hemi size rollators to Tall Adult Walkers, we have the products you need at a price you can afford. They also have suction grab bars and tub rails that are a must for bathroom safety. A Bathmat is also a good idea for everyone, not just the elderly. Shower Chairs and Transfer Benches can assist those with limited mobility. They offer free shipping, even on bulky electric scooters and wheelchairs.

GoWheelchair also offers a complete line of medical supply products from industry leader EZ Access as well as other brands. Whether you need a threshold ramp, a Portable Ramp to traverse a couple steps, or a Folding Ramp for your vehicle (SUV, Van or Minivan) they surely have a ramp for you.

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Where to Eat in San Diego?

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CaféSanDiego.com is a powerful search engine that helps you find exactly the right eating or drinking establishment. They offer a convenient and intuitive way for you to find what you’re looking for based on Cuisine Type, Neighborhood, Atmosphere, and Special Features. They can also help you save a little money with our coupons! Explore our coupons section to find out which San Diego dining establishments are offering great discounts through this site.

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