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Toll issue will not derail high-speed rail talks with Singapore, says Malaysia
A driver heading from Singapore to Johor Bahru across the Causeway pays a new toll charge at the Johor Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex on Aug 1, 2014. Ongoing discussions on the proposed Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail …
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Malaysians will be harder hit by Singapore's toll hike: Johor MP
KUALA LUMPUR: For Malaysians, travelling to Singapore just became more expensive. In August, the Malaysian government introduced a new toll in addition to increasing existing toll rates at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex, saying …
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Singapore to raise Causeway toll charges starting next month
On 1 August, Malaysia hiked its causeway toll fee for cars entering Johor from Singapore through the Johor Baru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex to RM9.70 ($ 3.78), up from the previous RM2.90. Cars travelling from Johor to Singapore …
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On CIQ & Joint Iconic Projects: Press Con on M’sia-S’pore Leaders’ Retreat 2014

On CIQ & Joint Iconic Projects: Press Con on M'sia-S'pore Leaders' Retreat 2014

PM Lee Hsien Loong responding to questions on the Singapore and Malaysia Customs, Immigration & Quarantine (CIQ) facility and benefits of joint iconic projec…
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The co-located Singapore and Malaysia Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facility at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint was officially opened on Thursday …
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Simon Hirst Appointed New General Manager of Raffles Praslin hotel in Seychelles

The President of Raffles Hotels& Resorts, John Johnston, has announced the appointment of Simon Hirst as the new General Manager of Raffles Praslin Seychelles.

One year after the luxury resort welcomed its first guests to their Seychelles holidays, Raffles Praslin Seychelles has brought Hirst in to oversee the operations of the hotel using his vast experience and in-depth knowledge of the luxury hospitality industry.

“I am delighted to welcome Simon into the Raffles family. He is extremely highly-regarded in the industry and brings extensive international expertise in the pre-opening, opening, positioning, and managing of award-winning hotels and resorts,” Mr Johnston commented.

I know that Raffles Praslin Seychelles will benefit enormously from Simon’s international experience, to confirm its position as one of the leading luxury hotels in the Indian Ocean.”

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Hirst has a wealth of experience within the luxury hotels sector and he began his career at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group where he held various managerial positions within the group’s properties in Hong Long and San Francisco over a period of eleven years.
He became the Resident Manager of the Four Seasons, Park Lane, London in 1988 and since then he has worked at The Regent Chiang Mai, One Aldwych, London, and the CampbellGray Hotels group.

Situated on the northern tip of Praslin Island, the Raffles Praslin Seychelles Resort is just half an hour from Praslin Airport and is one of the most luxurious Seychelles hotels with 86 luxury villas that feature unspoilt views of the sparkling ocean. Guests can also enjoy the dedicated 24-hour service of multi-lingual butlers during luxury Seychelles holidays at the upscale resort.

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The beautifully-appointed Seychelles villas are equipped with luxury amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi internet, 43-inch flat-screen television with DVD player, Nespresso coffee machines, private plunge pools, outdoor rain shower, and furnished balconies.

Tourists who are looking to relax and indulge throughout their holidays in the Seychelles can head to the 13,379 square feet Raffle Spa which is one of the largest in the Seychelles archipelago. The spa offers a wide range of relaxing and replenishing treatments including massages, facials, soothing therapies, bridal services, hair treatments, manicures and pedicures.

The spa features 13 treatment pavilions that are positioned close to the sea and there are two spa suites that are fitted with steam showers, Japanese soaking tubs and observation decks where guests can relax and admire the breathtaking natural landscapes.

Photo by: IDEE_PER_VIAGGIARE, on Flickr

Families enjoying Seychelles holidays at Raffles Praslin can drop the children off at the Sugar Palm Kids Club where the little ones can choose from a varied selection of activities, from arts and crafts to fun nature walks.

The resort has several options for fine dining and drinking including the Curieuse Restaurant and the rooftop Takamaka Terrace where guests can relax with a cocktail and look up at the twinkling stars.

Orlando Consuegra has worked on the Cuba holiday industry from its very begining, initially as a Tour Guide for Saga and Kuoni, he travelled the island helping thousands of holiday makers to make the most for their holiday in Cuba.

Praised by many as one of the best tour guides in Cuba, both for his impeccable knowledge and his very correct manners, Orlando got promoted to Guides Coordinator in the Cubanacan Travel Agency. During this period Orlando helped organise fam trips for European tour operators as part of the insertion of Cuba in the world’s holiday industry.

Promoted again as General Supervisor of The Holiday Place in Cuba, Orlando helped build very strong relationships with all the hotels in Cuba while enforcing a very high level of service and attention to all company’s clients.

Orlando writes a blog “Know Cuba holidays like Us” at The Cuba Experience website where he shares his deep knowledge in Cuba and its holiday industry.

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Of the 180 rooms, 49 are suites and one of the two bars is a neat interpretation of the iconic Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Other amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, a helipad and a large Raffles Spa that's 32,000 square feet in size.
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Raffles Education to set up Swiss hotel training school
SINGAPORE: Raffles Education has bought a 62-room hotel in Switzerland as part of a plan to set up a hospitality management school in that country, marking its maiden entry into Europe. Raffles Education, one of Asia's largest private education …
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Raffles Istanbul to open on September 1
RAFFLES Hotels & Resorts is bringing its luxury brand into Turkey's storied city with the opening of Raffles Istanbul on September 1. Located in the centre of the modern day bazaar Zorlu Centre, the hotel overlooks the Bosphorus river, the Prince …
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