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Saturday, October 3, 2015

‘Diamond of Dubai’: Burj 2020 Tower Design Unveiled

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) on Tuesday unveiled Burj 2020, a super-tall tower that could even go over 700 metres in height with the top two floors being observation deck.

“The demand that will be registering will dictate the exact height of the tower but at the highest it might go 700 plus. We are looking at a super tall tower and we are looking at having one of the world’s highest viewing decks which will offer 360 degree experience,” Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said after launching the Burj 2020 District at Cityscape Global.

The pure commercial tower is slated to claim the title of the world’s tallest residential tower in 2020, the year when it will be completed.

“We have seen lot of success and lot of mistakes as well but we are not going to repeat it in this initiative,” Bin Sulayem said.

The master planned Burj2020 District will comprise seven towers and over one million square metres built up area (BUA), which is equivalent size of approximately one-third of the existing Jumeirah Lakes Towers (housing 66 towers) and nearly twice the size of New York’s Rockefeller Center. In addition, there will be retail offering totaling over 100,000 square metres.

The district has been designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill (AS+GG).

“Inspired by faceted gemstones, the Burj2020’s design is rooted in the principles of perpetual value, enduring strength and everlasting beauty. Symbolising the next stage of growth for the city, the design of the tower is also inspired by the facets of a diamond – elegant, bold and timeless,” said Smith.

Meydan, a Dubai-based developer, has also announced plans for the world’s highest 360° observation deck at 655 metres, while other developers have announced plans to build the second tallest tower in the emirate after Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Malindo Air Expands International Operations

Malindo Air has filed a number of operational schedule for proposed new routes it intends to launch, based on latest update in Sabre GDS timetable listing. Based on the listing, the airline intends to launch following service from 11NOV15.

Kuala Lumpur – Hong Kong
OD605 KUL1015 – 1410HKG 738 D
OD606 HKG1510 – 1905KUL 738 D

Kuala Lumpur – Perth
OD151 KUL0825 – 1410PER 739 D
OD152 PER1500 – 2055KUL 739 D

Reservations for these service are currently not available, further changes to planned launch dates remain highly possible.

Elsewhere, Malindo from 25OCT15 plans to adjust operations on following routes:
Kuala Lumpur – Delhi eff 10OCT15 Increase from 7 to 10 weekly
Kuala Lumpur – Denpasar Increase from 1 to 2 daily
Kuala Lumpur – Dhaka Reduce from 2 to 1 daily
Kuala Lumpur – Jakarta Increase from 1 to 2 daily
Kuala Lumpur – Kathmandu eff 01OCT15 Increase from 3 to 7 weekly.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

2015 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards

The winners of the region’s most prestigious travel awards were announced today at an exclusive presentation luncheon at the Conrad Hong Kong Hotel.

The Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards is now in its 24th year and still growing, with the addition of two new categories for 2015: Best Hotel Loyalty Progamme; and Best Luxury Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific.

One of the reasons why the awards are so revered, and so popular, is that they are chosen by people who travel for a living, frequently using airports, airlines and hotel services, and visiting regional destinations. These people are the readers of and subscribers to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific. A good proportion of them travel particularly frequently, racking up tons of miles along the way!

This year a number of brands have held their award winning positions from 2014, reflecting their popularity and pursuit of excellence. But there were some significant new winners, particular among the hotels, perhaps reflecting the growth in new properties springing up in the region.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Singapore Airlines again reigned supreme, winning the overall award for Best Airline in the world and for Best Asia-Pacific Airline for the 15th year running. The airline also managed to scoop the awards for: Best Airline First Class; Best Airline Business Class; Best Airline Economy Class; and Best In-flight Catering.

Lufthansa won the award for Best European Airline, while awards for Best North American Airline, Best Middle Eastern/African Airline and Best China Airlinewere won by United Airlines, Qatar Airways and Air China, respectively. All four airlines also won the same awards last year. British Airways won the Best Premium Economy Class award.

Cathay Pacific also enjoyed some prestige at the event, winning the Best Frequent Flyer Programme award, and also the Best Airline Lounge in Asia-Pacific.

The Grand Hyatt won the award for Best Business Hotel Brand in the World, marking its third consecutive year in the top spot, while the Shangri-La won the award for Best Business Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific.

Island Shangri-La Hong Kong and The Peninsula Hong Kong won Best Business Hotel in the World and Best Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific, respectively. The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore won the Best Boutique Hotel in Asia-Pacific for the second year running, while The Westin Singapore won theBest New Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific.

Mandarin Oriental took out the inaugural award for Best Luxury Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific, while the new award for Best Hotel Loyalty Programme was won byStarwood Preferred Guest.

In the awards for serviced residences, Ascott remain undefeated in the category ofBest Serviced Residence Brand in Asia-Pacific since 2004, when the award was introduced. Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai won the award for Best Serviced Residence in Asia-Pacific.

For work and play destinations, Hong Kong and Bangkok once again won awards for Best Business City in the World and Best Leisure Destination in Asia-Pacific, respectively.

2015 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards

Best Airline

Best Airline1. Singapore Airlines
2. Emirates
3. Cathay Pacific

Best Asia-Pacific Airline

Best Airline1. Singapore Airlines
2. Cathay Pacific
3. Thai Airways

Best China Airline

Air China1. Air China
2. China Eastern
3. China Southern
Best European Airline

Lufthansa 1. Lufthansa
2. British Airways
3. Swiss

Best North American Airline

United Airlines1. United Airlines
2. Delta Air Lines
3. American Airlines

Best Middle-East/African Airline

Qatar Airways1. Qatar Airways
2. Emirates
3. Etihad Airways

Best Low Cost Airline

AirAsia1. Air Asia
2. Jetstar Asia
3. Scoot
Best First Class

Best Airline1. Singapore Airlines
2. Etihad Airways
3. Emirates

Best Business Class

Best Airline1. Singapore Airlines
2. Cathay Pacific
3. Qatar Airways
Best Premium Economy Class

British Airways1. British Airways
2. Qantas Airways
3. Cathay Pacific


Best Economy Class

Best Airline1. Singapore Airlines
2. Thai Airways
3. Emirates
Best Frequent-Flyer Programme

Cathay Pacific1. Cathay Pacific – Marco Polo Club
2. Singapore Airlines - Krisflyer
3. Thai Airways – Royal Orchid

Best Airline Lounge in Asia-Pacific

Cathay Pacific1. Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong International Airport
2. Singapore Airlines – Changi Airport
3. Thai Airways - Suvarnabhumi Airport
Best Airline Inflight Catering

Best Airline1. Singapore Airlines
2. Qantas Airways
3. Cathay Pacific


Best Airport in the World

Changi Airport1. Changi Airport
2. Hong Kong International Airport
3. Incheon Airport

Best Airport in Asia-Pacific

Changi Airport1. Changi Airport
2. Hong Kong International Airport
3. Incheon Airport

Best Duty-Free in the World

Incheon Airport1. Incheon Airport
2. Changi Airport
3. Hong Kong International Airport

Best Business City in Northeast Asia

Hong Kong1. Hong Kong
2. Shanghai
3. Seoul

Best Business City in Southeast Asia

Singapore1. Singapore
2. Bangkok
3. Kuala Lumpur

Best Business City in the World

Hong Kong1. Hong Kong
2. London
3. New York

Best Leisure Destination in Asia-Pacific

Bangkok1. Bangkok
2. Singapore
3. Tokyo

Best Business Hotel Brand in the World

Grand Hyatt 1. Grand Hyatt
2. Shangri-La
3. Intercontinental

Best Business Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific

Shangri-la1. Shangri-La
2. Grand Hyatt
3. Intercontinental
Best Business Hotel Brand in Europe

InterContinental 1. Intercontinental
2. Sofitel
3. Hilton

Best Business Hotel Brand in North America

Marriott1. Marriott
2. Sheraton
3. Hilton

Best Business Hotel Brand in Middle East/Africa

Jumeirah 1. Jumeirah
2. Intercontinental
3. Sheraton
Best Mid-Market Hotel Brand in the World

Holiday Inn 1. Holiday Inn
2. Novotel
3. Courtyard by Marriott

Best Mid-Market Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific

Holiday Inn 1. Holiday Inn
2. Novotel
3. Four Points by Sheraton
Best Luxury Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific

2. Four Seasons
3. The Ritz-Carlton
Best Hotel Loyalty Programme

2. Hyatt Gold Passport
3. Marriott Rewards
Best Business Hotel in the World

Island Shangr-La Hong Kong1. Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong
2. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
3. Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Best Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific

Peninsula Hong Kong1. The Peninsula, Hong Kong
2. Shangri-La, Singapore
3. Conrad Hong Kong
Best Airport Hotel in Asia-Pacific

Regal Airport, Hong Kong1. Regal Airport, Hong Kong
2. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Singapore
3. Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand

Best New Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific

The Westin Singapore1. The Westin, Singapore
2. Rosewood Beijing
3. JW Marrriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

Best Resort Hotel in Asia-Pacific

W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak1. W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak
2. Anantara Phuket Villas
3. Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Best Boutique Hotel in Asia-Pacific

The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore1. The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore
2. Hotel Quote Taipei
3. Keraton at the Plaza Jakarta


Best Business Hotel in Bangkok

Grand Hyatt Erawan1. Grand Hyatt Erawan
2. Sofitel So
3. W Bangkok
Best Business Hotel in Beijing

China World Summit Wing1. China World Summit Wing, Beijing
2. Grand Hyatt
3. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang

Best Business Hotel in Guangzhou

Four Seasons1. Four Seasons 
2. Garden Hotel
3. The Westin

Best Business Hotel in Hanoi

Sofitel Legend Metropole1. Sofitel Legend Metropole
2. Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake
3. Sheraton
Best Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Park Hyatt1. Park Hyatt
2. The Caravelle
3. Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers

Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong

Island Shangri-La1. Island Shangri-La
2. Grand Hyatt
3. Conrad

Best Business Hotel in Jakarta

Grand Hyatt Jakarta 1. Grand Hyatt
2. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski
3. Pullman Jakarta Indonesia Thamrin CBD
Best Business Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

Grand Hyatt1. Grand Hyatt
2. Shangri-La
3. Hilton

Best Business Hotel in Macau

Grand Hyatt Macau1. Grand Hyatt
2. The Venetian
3. Mandarin Oriental

Best Business Hotel in Manila

Makati Shangri-La1. Makati Shangri-La
2. Fairmont Makati
3. New World Manila Bay

Best Business Hotel in Melbourne

Grand Hyatt Melbourne 1. Grand Hyatt
2. Park Hyatt
3. The Westin

Best Business Hotel in Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower1. The Taj Mahal Palace
2. Grand Hyatt
3. Four Seasons
Best Business Hotel in New Delhi

1. The Taj Mahal Hotel
2. The Oberoi
3. The Imperial

Best Business Hotel in Osaka

1. The St. Regis
2. The Westin
3. Hilton

Best Business Hotel in Seoul

Lotte Hotel1. Lotte Hotel
2. Grand Hyatt
3. Conrad

Best Business Hotel in Shanghai

1. Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai
2. The Langham Shanghai, Xintiandi
3. Grand Hyatt

Best Business Hotel in Shenzhen   

1. The Ritz-Carlton
2. Futian Shangri-La
3. Grand Hyatt

Best Business Hotel in Singapore

1. Grand Hyatt
2. Shangri-La Hotel
3. The Fullerton

Best Business Hotel in Sydney

Park Hyatt1. Park Hyatt
2. Intercontinental
3. Shangri-La

Best Business Hotel in Taipei

W Taipei1. W Taipei
2. The Regent
3. The Okura Prestige

Best Business Hotel in Tokyo

Park Hyatt1. Park Hyatt
2. Conrad
3. The Imperial

Best Serviced Residence in Asia-Pacific

1. Fraser Suites Top Glory, Shanghai
2. Ascott Raffles Place Singapore
3. Gloria Residence Taipei

Best Serviced Residence Brand in Asia-Pacific

Ascott1. Ascott
2. Fraser
3. Marriott Executive Apartments

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Live to love and love to live. The motto that I held on my entire life. Just a regular guy who loves what I am passionate in life. A song writer and producer. Living life on the move. From Malaysia to The States, New Zealand to Singapore. With the companion of great people in life. In and out from the music industry. Taking everything one step at a time. 
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