Friday, February 22, 2013

Changi Airport’s new Weekend Escapades mobile app

Planning the perfect getaway is set to become even more convenient for Singapore residents with Changi Airport's new Weekend Escapades mobile app. The all-in-one, on-the-go app provides users with exciting destination-based content and maps, flight searches and the latest airline promotions, all with a few finger taps.  Best of all, this travel guide app is free of charge.

 Designed as a fast and convenient tool with  information on 30 cities across 11 countries located within a  five-hour flight  radius of Singapore,  the Weekend Escapades app  caters to the travel needs of time-strapped holiday makers.  Besides information on the usual weekend shopping and dining hotspots such as Hong Kong and Bangkok, the app  is a great resource for travellers wishing to uncover the less-trodden secondary cities of Southeast Asia perfect for relaxing weekend getaways.

Mr  Kelvin Ng, Assistant Vice President of CAG‟s Marketing Communications Division said, “Increasingly, Singapore residents are on the lookout for new and interesting destinations to travel to in their leisure time.  Weekend Escapades provides ideas  including the region‟s  less explored  cities.  There is content to
give users a feel of the destination, and the types of holiday activities that they can look forward to.  Some of the  emerging  getaway  destinations such as Lombok, Danang and Vientienne are unique  cities that offer a different experience for travellers to explore and immerse themselves in.”

“With easy-to-read information, including where to visit, stay and eat, as well as regular travel deals, Singapore residents can now look to gain new experiences in the region‟s most beautiful cities with the help of this mobile repository,” Mr Ng added.

The app's content has been prepared by the team behind the Lonely Planet Asia and Escape! magazines.  Information is presented in a bite-sized format for easy digestion on-the-go.  Users can search for ideas on potential travel destinations through two main  options  - "by country" and  "by event".  If  users  search  "by
country", a list of cities, and  thereafter,  information on  their  top tourist spots, things to do, culinary  and shopping  ideas and  accommodation options  – all sorted by price range  – are presented.   A ready-to-use short itinerary is also offered for each city and users can even check out accompanying maps to get a
better orientation of the sights suggested in the itinerary.

Changi Airport’s new Weekend Escapades mobile app
Changi Airport’s new Weekend Escapades mobile app
The second search function, which searches by  "event", is handy for travellers who take delight in soaking in the atmosphere of festivals across the region.  It features monthly calendars that highlight festivals and events taking place across the region. This allows the user to select travel destinations based on events and
travel dates, opening up even more options to leisure destinations yet visited by the user.

Another feature of this app that users will find especially useful is the flight search tab.  It aids users in the search for the cheapest  airfares to the  30 travel destinations listed in the app, including budget flights.  Users will also love the promotions  tab, which includes  the  latest airline promotions as well as regular contests featuring attractive travel-related prizes.

With the official launch of Weekend Escapades, five lucky winners each stand to win a pair of return Business Class tickets to a destination of choice from among the 30 featured in the app. Participants
simply have to download the Weekend Escapades mobile app for details on how to take part.

The Weekend Escapades app can be downloaded free from the app stores of both the Apple and Android platforms.

Key Highlights

Reliable information – Weekend Escapades was created in partnership with the published of  Lonely Planet Asia  and  Escape!  magazines  to provide unbiased tips from experienced travel writers.

Up to date – Receive notifications on upcoming long weekends, mega sale events in neighboring countries and more.

Search by country – Users can browse through a selection of 30 cities from 11 countries  in the region  to find out more about these tourist destinations, with information on where to shop, eat and stay.

Search by event  – Users who relish immersing themselves in local culture and festivals can use their preferred travel dates to help decide on their next holiday spot.

Itineraries and maps – Find your way around when on holiday with the maps that showcase the highlighted attractions in the app.  Not sure what to do? Just follow the suggested itinerary for the destination.

Flight search  – Find flights to your preferred destination at the lowest available fares.

Promotions  – Changi Airport works closely with airlines to offer regular air fare promotions to destinations featured in the app.  Regular contests will also be held exclusively for the users of the app.

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