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If you are looking for a date, you may be interested in Hong Kong's first-ever large-scale international speed-dating event. The free event is open for 288 singles around the world to find their soulmates in Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Speed-dating will be held in a mass multicultural group at Ocean Park Hong Kong.

The event is organised by Ocean Park, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) in order to promote Hong Kong as a romantic destination.

About 40% of nearly 60 million travellers to Hong Kong last year were of marrying age and the majority were from Taiwan, Southeast Asia and mainland China, according to HKTB.

To serve this segment of travellers, "HK Love Hub Speed Dating Event" will take place on Feb 14-16 in the theme park.

"We believe the initiative by Ocean Park for this Valentine's Day will help showcase the romantic ambience in Hong Kong, and even help some of our visitors find their better halves in our amazing city," said HKTB executive director Anthony Lau.

Last year, close to 50 park guests successfully proposed to their partners, with a success rate of 100% thanks to the beautiful South China sea, while aboard the cable car, romantic rides on the Ferris Wheel, and memorial photos in the ambience of Old Hong Kong, said Ocean Park chairman Dr Allan Zeman.

Ocean Park is not only a place for families, but also couples in love, he added.

For next month's speed-dating, the organisers plan to divide 288 chosen participants into groups and scheduled a one-day trip in the theme park.

Each group will be combined with locals and overseas participants to maximise multicultural interaction, he said. On each event day, 48 pairs of starstruck participants will engage each other at three of the most iconic and romantic spots in Ocean Park. They will also have a chance to receive secret prizes, bringing their date to a sweet conclusion, he added.

The speed-dating is open for fans of Ocean Park and supporters of animal conservation. They can register on-line at or contact Speed Dating Fever at (+852) 2961 4632 until Feb 7. They can also sign up from Feb 8-10 at a themed registration counter specially set up at the airport.

There is no service charge for participation, but each participant is required to pay a deposit of HK$300 (1,275 baht), which will be fully refunded after the event. For those fail to attend the event, the deposit will be donated to the Ocean Park Conservation Fund for conservation purposes.

Speed Dating Fever will conduct pre-screening before Feb 10 and participants will be announced on the following day at the project's website.

Airline update

- SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has partnered with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to test a wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on an Airbus A320 aircraft.

The system will allow its passengers to stream a wide variety of multimedia content such as movies, television programmes and music directly onto their personal devices including laptops, iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android tablets and smartphones.

"This initiative was introduced based on feedback from customers who wanted access to more in-flight entertainment options on our flights," said the airline CEO Leslie Thng, adding that after the trial, the system will be implemented in other aircraft within this year.

SilkAir flies to 45 destinations in 12 countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.

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Hotels update

- Zeavola Resort in Koh Phi Phi has recently organised cleaning days to collect garbage at the northern tip of the island.

During the two-day activity, the hotel executives, staff and volunteers managed to gather 300kg of garbage. General manager Florian Hallermann said most of the garbage was not decomposed.

"If there was no such effort, the damaging impact of its presence would be seen across entire ecosystems for years to come," he added.

He said the hotel has regularly cleaned its beachfront and also other nearby beaches. It also has a water reserve system and a reverse osmosis plant to re-use water. The hotel also has a coral nursery to replant coral around Phi Phi island.

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- Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket has been named Best Well-ness Spa for Asia-Pacific by the Spa Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2013.

"Spa Cenvaree is based on Thailand's ancient heritage of natural healing and wellness, using traditional therapies and natural products, and utilising a luxurious setting," said Centara Hotels & Resorts corporate director of spa operations Elaine Chua.

"This has given us a distinct identity with both local residents and overseas visitors, and we are delighted to have won this award."

The spa also offers a hot air sauna and a Vichy shower which is a kind of water massage with several showerheads raining warm water on a lying body from back to legs.

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Writer: Karnjana Karnjanatawe
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