‘Changi Recommends’ initiative seen as success

ASEAN+ March 01, 2017 01:00

From one store in 2012, the “Changi Recommends” initiative has grown to eight outlets offering Wi-Fi routers, tours and more.

From renting out Wi-Fi routers to selling city tours and rail passes, Changi Airport in Singapore says it is doing a thriving business giving travellers what they want. It started in 2012 with one store in Terminal 2 selling tickets and vouchers to places of interest, restaurants and shops in Singapore – as part of a tie-up with just 15 merchants. 

Since then, the Changi Recommends initiative has grown to eight stores across all three terminals, and now serves both arriving and departing passengers.

More than 100 merchants in about 30 destinations, such as Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Britain, are offering a number of services and products, including airport transfers. – The Straits Times

Singapore, China ink 

cooperation pacts 

Singapore and China have signed four cooperation pacts, including one for each of three government-led projects, a day after inking 15 agreements on mainly commercial deals.

Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli witnessed the signing ceremony yesterday after they reviewed the progress made in the three bilateral flagship projects and discussed the direction of future bilateral cooperation.

The four agreements included cooperation in protecting intellectual-property rights, furthering collaboration in the biomedical industry, and the development of a transport and logistics hub. |– The Straits Times

Najib lauds Saudi 

refinery investment 

Saudi Arabia’s US$7-billion (Bt244 billion) investment in Malaysia’s ambitious Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex has given Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak a fillip against detractors criticising his closeness to China.

Riyadh’s national oil company, Saudi Aramco, will pour in the funds to set up an oil refinery in the eastern Johor complex, Najib told a press conference yesterday, after a bilateral meeting with King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud during the Saudi leader’s first state visit to a Southeast Asian nation.

“You can see that Malaysia has got very good relations with many countries. When we went to China, we were accused of selling our sovereignty. I wonder, are they going to say we sold our sovereignty to Saudi Arabia?” Najib said. |– The Straits Times

Laos, Korea strengthen 

survey and mapping fields

The Survey and Mapping Centre of the Laotian Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Geographic Information Institute of South Korea have agreed on technical cooperation in the fields of surveying and mapping.

They aim to strengthen and promote technological cooperation in the field of geo-spatial information and cartography.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in Vientiane yesterday by Dr Kongkham Souringa, director-general of the Survey and Mapping Centre, and Choe Byong-nam, director-general of the National Geographic Information Institute. – Vientiane Times


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