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A phone in your hands

Smartphones for rent make pre-paid SIM cards history.

Smartphones for rent make pre-paid SIM cards history.

Visitors to Hong Kong can now rent a smartphone from the airport arrival halls for HK$88 (Bt352) per day with unlimited 3G Internet access.



The fee includes unlimited local and overseas call time to 17 countries. Dubbed "Handy", this communication agent for rent is powered by the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. It's designed to offer tourists the flexibility to use their laptops without having to search for a Wi-Fi hotspot. From now on, prepaid SIM cards, paper maps, coupons, frenzied searches for Wi-Fi hot spots and physical guidebooks should be things of the past for tourists. The handy service counters are A03 and B12 of the Arrivals Hall in the Hong Kong International Airport.

New airport for Yogyakarta

Construction of a new international airport in Yogyakarta, with capacity for up to 20 million passengers annually, will commence in 2014. The airport will be located in Kulonprogo and is scheduled to be open for operations in 2016. The new airport will later be equipped with various facilities, such as a railway line and turnpike. Based on the masterplan, the international airport will also be able to accommodate as many as 28 aircraft in its aprons. Located in Java, Indonesia, Yogyakarta is a gateway to Borobudur - a Mahayana Buddhist monument in Central Java. - The Jakarta Post/ANN

AirAsia prepares for Asean

AirAsia, the world's largest low-cost carrier, recently launched its new regional headquarters in Jakarta. The new office will prepare the airline for the implementation of the Asean Open Sky policy and the Asean Economic Community in 2015. "We are here not to control the market, but to grow the aviation business and we hope AirAsia Asean will help spur Asean integration," said AirAsia Group’s CEO Tony Fernandes. By focusing on regional growth, AirAsia expands its market base to 600 million people and brings Asean closer, within a four-hour flight radius, to the massive populations of China and India as well as Japan and Korea. - The Jakarta Post/ANN

New Novotel for Ho Chi Minh

Accor adds 247 rooms to Ho Chi Minh City, with Novotel Saigon Centre hotel open its doors to tourists. Located in the heart of the city's business and entertainment area, the hotel is just a short 20-minute drive from HCMC's Tan Son Nhat International Airport and a mere 1.5 km from Saigon Railway Station. The 247 guestrooms and suites at the hotel feature a connectivity panel and switchable transparent bathroom glass, and guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.

Emirates returns to Libya

Emirates Airline, Dubai-based carrier, is to resume flights to Tripoli, Libya, starting October 29, a year-and-a-half after shelving the service due to violent political unrest. The airline will service the Libyan capital four times a week from Dubai on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The flights depart Dubai at 9.25am local time and will arrive at Tripoli International Airport at 2pm local time. All flights will be served by an Airbus A330-200 in a 3-class configuration. Visit www.Emirates.com.




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