Monthly Archives: May 2015

SPHL and CMPU sign 2 collective agreements

SPHL and CMPU sign 2 collective agreements
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and Creative Media & Publishing Union (CMPU) signed two collective agreements this morning at Furama Riverfront Hotel. CMPU was previously known as Singapore Press Holdings Employees' Union (SPHEU) and Singapore …
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Singapore hoteliers paint optimistic outlook
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide regional vice president, South-east Asia, Charlie Dang, concurred: “We are hopeful AEC 2015 will make tourism even more attractive with favourable tourism policies, improved flight connections and a more aligned …
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Cycling's coming clean
It was not us that brought him down, it was his decision to fraud the world, we simply did our job,” said Tygart, 44, who is in Singapore for the Anti-Doping Intelligence and Investigation Seminar at the Furama Riverfront Hotel, yesterday. “This is an …
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Over 40 hospitality and consumer businesses pledge to keep workplaces
As part of the pledge, which was taken at Furama Riverfront Singapore hotel, companies will look into laying out guidelines for appropriate and acceptable behaviour in the workplace, and setting up effective feedback channels for staff to report …
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Agoda Springs into Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Bangkok,Thailand (PRWEB) March 10, 2010, Asia’s Global Hotel Site and part of Nasdaq-listed, has secured special rates for travelers heading to Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival.

Sakura – the delicate pink flowers of the cherry blossom tree – appear just once a year in early spring and stay in bloom for only a week. Hanami, the long-standing Japanese tradition of observing this beautiful natural phenomenon, remains as popular today as it was when the custom first began in the late sixth century.

Sakura trees come into bloom in Japan’s south in late March, with the last of the blossoms falling from Hokkaido’s trees at the end of May. Sakura are deeply interwoven into Japanese culture, their image appearing on kimonos, in countless woodblock prints and on the 100 yen coin. The cherry blossoms’ fleeting duration has strong connections with Buddhist concepts of mortality and the transience of life, giving the trees an even deeper spiritual and cultural significance.

There are several key locations across Japan where the cherry blossoms are best viewed and where ‘hanami parties’ take place. Tokyo’s Ueno Park has more than a thousand sakura trees which are festooned with blossoms each year, drawing thousands of locals who reserve the best viewing spots and celebrate the event with sake and special foods.

Kyoto also has fantastic hanami spots. The banks of the Kamogawa River are lined with sakura trees, while Daigoji Temple and the Hirano Shrine provide more reverent venues to appreciate the blossoms’ beauty. In Osaka, crowds gather at Osaka Castle where 4,000 sakura trees bloom along the ramparts, giving the appearance of a castle afloat on a bed of pink clouds.

Thanks to Agoda’s discount rates on hotel rooms throughout Japan, travelers from around the world have a choice of prime locations to experience the Cherry Blossom Festival across Japan, enjoying great savings at the same time. For the best deals on hotels in Japan this Sakura season, check out the special offers below.


Hotel Sunroute Kyoto – 3 Stars

Book a Corner, Semi Double or Standard Twin Room for three nights from USD 81 per night. Normal rate: USD 101. Valid from March 22.

Aranvert Hotel Kyoto – 3 Stars

Book a Semi Double or Standard Twin Room for three nights from USD 99 per night.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto – 5 Stars

Book any room type for 3 nights from USD 168 per night. Normal rate: USD 224.


Chisun Grand Akasaka – 3 Stars

Book a Superior Double or a Superior Single Room for 3 nights minimum from USD 109 per night. Normal rate: USD 136.

Chisun Inn Asakusa – 2 Stars

Book a Single or Double Room for 3 nights minimum from USD 101 per night. Normal rate: USD 81.


Chisun Hotel Ueno – 2 Stars

Book a Double, Semi Double or Single room for 3 nights minimum from USD 94 per night. Normal rate: USD 123.


Chisun Hotel Shinsaibashi – 3 Stars

Book a Single, Double or Twin room for 3 nights minimum from USD 56 per night. Normal rate: USD 70.

Chisun Inn Osaka Honmachi – 3 Stars

Book a Single, Double or Twin room for 3 nights minimum from USD 56 per night. Normal rate: USD 70.

Notes for Editors

About Agoda Company Pte Ltd:

Agoda Company Pte Ltd ( is a leading, Asia-based, online hotel reservations company, which specializes in securing the lowest discount hotel prices. is part of (Nasdaq:PCLN). Agoda’s network includes over 7,000 hotels in Asia-Pacific and more than 100,000 worldwide. The multinational staff of 350 professionals, located throughout Asia, provides a first-rate reservation service that uniquely combines local knowledge and local connections to provide the best hotel deals to both business and leisure travelers.

In addition, Agoda customers participate in the Agoda Rewards Program, earning further discounts and free stays. Unlike programs that limit travelers to a single chain, the Agoda Rewards Program allows customers to redeem Rewards Points at thousands of hotels around the globe, at any time. A member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Agoda’s aim is to promote travel by making it more affordable and more accessible to more people.


Lamma ferry disaster captain jailed for eight years over collision that left

Lamma ferry disaster captain jailed for eight years over collision that left
Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry's Sea Smooth skipper Lai Sai-ming was jailed this afternoon for eight years for manslaughter and endangering the safety of others at sea in the 2012 Lamma ferry disaster that killed 39 passengers. Mr Justice Brian Keith also …
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Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying backtracks on promise to freeze his and
Meanwhile, with the Lunar New Year still a month away, civil servants may also get an early lai see after lawmakers gave their long-awaited, post-filibustering approvals to the government's funding request for pay rises that will be backdated to April.
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Hong Kong chief Leung Chun-ying puts tourism on Beijing agenda after protests
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday that he would raise the possibility of limiting the number of mainlanders visiting Hong Kong when he meets 8 central government officials in Beijing next month. It follows this month's violent protests …
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Don't give ATV's slice of spectrum to RTHK, analysts advise
Grace Leung Lai-kuen, a lecturer at Chinese University's school of journalism and communication, expressed doubt as to whether RTHK had the resources to launch analogue programming services. The Civic Party's Claudia Mo Man-ching, who sits on the …
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World's Top Tourist Cities

World's Top Tourist Cities
The report is based on results from Euromonitor's global travel research program conducted in 57 core countries by in-country analysts, using city arrivals data from national statistics offices, airport arrivals and hotel-accommodation stays, among …
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An Easter Rising timeline: Friday, April 28th, 1916
The Shelbourne Hotel is a mess. Its facade now displays bizarre patterns of bullet holes painting an uncharacteristic picture next to its many broken windows. Inside its walls and floors are splattered with blood, and littered with spent shell-casings …
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