Manila, August 6, 2003 (MALAYA)  - Take that break you deserve and what better way to spend your hard-earned vacation than to escape to Malaysia's dynamic city, Kuala Lumpur.

Spend your day at KL's central market, a haven for local artists and craftsmen, and shop for unique finds reflecting Malaysia's Heritage and tradition.

Discover the wealth of Malaysian culture and feast your eyes on the arts and crafts created my Malaysia's Masters and marvel at KL's skyline dominated by the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers, an architectural masterpiece and one of the world's tallest structures.

Tour the city for interesting spots such as the Tugo Nagara (National Monument), the largest freestanding bronze sculpture in the world, seated in the lush lake gardens and the Kuala Lumpur old railroad station, a Moorish inspired architecture equipped with food outlets, souvenir shops and restaurants.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offers round trip packages to Kuala Lumpur for three days and two nights as well as for four days and three nights. Package includes airport transfers, hotel accommodations and city tours to the most colorful sights of Malaysia. For more information, contact KLM Royal Dutch Airlines at (632) 840-5817 loc. 223.

New Dusit postings

Dusit Hotel Nikko recently welcomed Camille Ocay as banquet sales manager. A B.S. Tourism graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas, Ocay brings with her a wealth of experience in Banquet Sales having worked in another deluxe hotel before joining Dusit Hotel Nikko.

In her current position, she will handle the requirements of the corporate clients of the hotel.

Benjarong Thai Restaurant and Benkay Restaurant also now have new chefs.

Chef Noinak, a Thai national started her career as a chef in 1990. She has worked in some restaurants in Asian countries such as Yuying River Garden in Beijing; Ban Sabieng Restaurant in Sakao; and at Lifestyle Cafe and Restaurant Co., Ltd. in Bangkok as a Thai cuisine chef with skills in fruit and vegetable carving.

Benkay Japanese restaurant's new sushi chef - Chef Takashi Kanazawa has impressive credentials having worked in several Nikko Hotels Particularly in Mexico, France, Guam, Yangon and India before joining Dusit. As a sushi chef, he is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of good quality sushi offerings being served to guests.

Great treats await SIA frequent flyers

Singapore Airlines (SIA) unleashes a host of power-packed deals and exciting discounts for members of its frequent flyer program Krisflyer starting October 27, 2003. Krisflyer members can redeem one-way award tickets at only 70% of the original miles required for the same round trip awards.

Unrestricted First and Business Class awards will be introduced where members can enjoy a great selection of seats, 12 months validity on ticket and two free stopovers. Points required will be double of the current First and Business Class awards.

First and Business Class awards known as Savers will continue to offer six months validity on tickets and one free stopover.

Krisflyers can also get more stopovers for the less flyer miles. Additional stopovers will be redeemable for only 10,000 miles regardless of class of service instead of the 15,000 miles for Economy; 25,000 miles for Business Class and 40,000 miles for First Class.

Krisflyers short on points can redeem an award ticket, upgrade or companion ticket, they can purchase additional points for all classes on all SIA partner airlines. For only US$ 40.00 per block of 1,000 miles, members can top-up the miles on their account for up to 30% of the award level. Members can even save 40% on service fees for changes made on redemption group nominees online at

Elite and PPS Club Members may also extend their expiring Krisflyer miles to 12 months instead of the usual 6 months at the same service fees. Those members who have already extended their expiring miles in June 2003 will be entitled to further extension until 2004.

For more information on the SIA's special offers and Krisflyer benefits, log on to its local website at You may also check with your travel agent or contact the Singapore Airlines Tours Desk in Manila at 751-5151 or 810-4960, or SIA Provincial Reservations in Cebu (032) 232-6211 or Davao (82) 22356080.

Contract signing in Melbourne

Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon (seated, left) signs a contract with Kevin Choo, executive director of Orient Express Holidays to launch a Philippine brochure as part of the media campaign to the Australian market. Also in the photo are (from left) Arnul Pan, country manager, Philippine Airlines; Wenchie Ramos, executive assistant; Consulo Jones, DOT Tourism Attaché to Australia; Rose Libongco, director for sales and marketing, Philippine Plaza Hotel; and Mike Garcia, general manager, PAL.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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