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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Delivers Sustainability Results
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Capella Bangkok’s new Staycation Package
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Six Senses Yao Noi Awarded HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards
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Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve at Six Senses Samui
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Christmas and New Year’s at Six Senses Yao Noi
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Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri
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Exclusive alternative state quarantine packages at Centara Watergate Pavillion Bangkok
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Capella Bangkok celebrating festive season in style with a full month of epicurean experiences and family gatherings
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Dusit International reimagines its marketing strategy for the new normal, introduces three new pillars for sustainable business
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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort introduces the Thai Massage Guru

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Delivers Sustainability Results

THE RESULTS ARE IN AND Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has every reason to be delighted with its combined sustainability figures gathered from all properties in 2019. Meaningful and measurable, the figures are based on energy and water consumption, solid waste and waste diversion, indicating that their industry-leading sustainability vision is flourishing.

Initiated in 2012, and led by the group’s Vice President of Sustainability Jeff Smith, individual properties monitor and measure their environmental efforts. All of the group’s hotels and resorts contribute to Cornell University’s Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking program, which compares their performance against a global dataset of their peers.

In 2019, Six Senses sustainability data reveals that as a group:

3,48 kWh  energy consumption decrease per occupied room in 2019

 422,895 pounds (191,822 kilograms) of compost and natural fertilizer given back to the earth

164,828 pounds (74,765 kilograms) of organic fruit and vegetables grown for guests and communities

1,802,794 glass water bottles replaced disposable plastic bottles

22 per cent of solid waste diverted from landfills

3,549 meaningful local jobs created

 109,000 free-range organic eggs contributed from happy Six Senses hens compared to 73,000 in 2018

28,126 kWh generated renewable electricity increase

143 pounds (65 kilograms) scrubs for spas by repurposing coffee grounds and other natural ingredients from the garden

Over the past 16 years, Six Senses has been bottling its own still and sparkling drinking water. By establishing on-site filtration and bottling facilities, each resort eliminates the transportation impacts and use of plastic water bottles. Six Senses drinking water has proved a taste-test winner with guests also.

Each Six Senses resort and hotel features and Earth Lab, which promotes sustainable living in inspirational and innovative ways. The space is used to host workshops that empower guests and community members to learn about and connect more closely with the natural world.

For everyone in the company that Six Senses can demonstrate its commitment to Sustainability Funds

Sustainability Funds are managed at each Six Senses property with sales added directly from house-bottled water and popular stuffed animal mascots that reflect each location. Sponsored projects in 2019 totaled US$ 626,641.

This means:

1,084,680 people gained access to improved medical care

105,099 people gained access to clean drinking water and sanitation

19,974 kilograms of trash was collected voluntarily by our Hosts – enough to fill enough to fill 3 garbage trucks!

1,719 hours of teaching was directly conducted or supported by us

We provided access to education and skill training to 14,057 students

We engaged with 3,079 people to raise awareness and educate about sustainable tourism

10,334 endangered sea turtles hatched on our beaches

3,234 coral fragments were successfully planted

6 critically endangered and 50 endangered/ vulnerable species protected

280 ghost nets collected

On announcing the figures, Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs of Six Sense Hotels Resorts Spas, said: “We’re not just passionate about sustainability; we want to lead the industry. Through the environmental performance of our resorts and hotels, through preserving the natural and cultural heritage around us, and through enhancing social and economic benefits to local communities. It’s motivating sustainability in this way.”

 

 

Capella Bangkok’s new Staycation Package

CAPELLA  BANGKOK IS OFFERING A Staycation package for stays up to May 31, 2021. It comes loaded with special benefits, ranging from 8,800 THB to 132,800 per night, based on room type booked.

The daily hotel benefits can be used for wellness treatments and at all the hotel’s restaurants, including at its coming Côte by Muro Colagreco. Phra Nakhon, Stella and Tea Room.The credits can also be used to offset accommodation, capped at 3,000 THB for Riverfront, Riverfront Premier and Verandah; and 5,000 THB for suites and 8,000 THB for Villa.

The package includes: Daily breakfast for two guests ay Phra Nakhon or in-room dining; a bottle of Capelle Bangkok Signature Diamant Champagne; flexible check-in and check-out up to 36 hours; daily sunrise yoga by the river; complimentary pressing up to five pieces of clothing per stay; and daily complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar.

Additional complimentary benefits for Villa and Presidential villa; round-trip limousine transfer from any Bangkok residences; a 30-minute wellness massage on arrival; a dedicated Capella culturalist and daily Apero.

The package is available for Thai residents only, including expatriates residing in Thailand.

 

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Six Senses Yao Noi Awarded HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards

SIX SENSES YAO NOI HAS  been awarded the HICAP 2020 Sustainable Hotel Awards in the Positive Community Impact (Property) category for its Clean Water Project.

Since its inception in 2014, the program has improved the lives of 102,976 community members through its activation in more than 32 locations to provide access to clean drinking water.

Initially launched in Cambodia, the Clean Water Project later expanded locally to Thailand in 2016 through partnerships with NGOs like Geo Life, Imagine Thailand and local community groups. The program has also continued to focus its efforts on removing the need for importing plastic water bottles onto Koh Yao Noi island.

At present, there are 15 filtration and dispensing units installed in schools, hospitals, community halls and places of worship on the island.

Water consumption remains a concern despite high annual rainfall as shortages take place during the dry season.

At Six Senses Yao Noi, the water used within the resort and host compound comes from the resort’s reservoir, making it self-sufficient. Drinking water is filtered and bottled in reusable glass bottles onsite, eliminating imports of drinking water and up to 101,000 plastic water bottles per year by the resort directly.

“We’re honoured to be recognized by HICAP for this award. Six Senses Yao Noi has been producing drinking water on-site since the resort opened 13 years ago, mainly to be more environmentally conscious and to create public awareness of “food-miles”.

The provision of drinking water filtration is strategically aligned with brand-wide policy that all Six Senses drinking water must be bottled in refillable glass bottles,” said General Manager Graham Grant.

By investing in in-house expertise in water filtration, the resort is able to send its engineering team for equipment installation at designated Clean Water Project locations, and at the same time build stronger bonds with the community.

While Six Senses Yao Noi provides its own drinking water, the Clean Water Project is also part of a larger strategy to reduce dependence on disposable plastic bottles and raise awareness in the local communities. This includes talking to local community leaders about the importance of adopting these systems for the benefit of all. Reusable water bottles are also distributed amongst the community.

Community engagement activities have also extended to a new initiative, Trash Hero Koh Yao Noi, the local island chapter of Trash Hero Global. This brings the local community together for weekly beach clean ups, collecting 12.6 tons of waste in 2019.

The importance of eliminating single-use plastics can be seen first hand through the amount of trash collected each week.

“We encourage people to refill their reusable water bottles at no cost, instead of purchasing bottled water from stores. This leads to a significant decrease in the number of single-use plastic entering the island, as well the associated cost. In line with this purpose, we have to date supplied 1,200 reusable water bottles to children on the island,” said Grant.

Aside from the Clean Water Project, Six Senses Yao Noi has also invested in medical facilities, education, permaculture and environmental projects, including mangroves and Hornbill conservation efforts.

 

 

Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve at Six Senses Samui

THE FESTIVITIES START with a morning stretch at Six Senses Spa followed by meeting Santa at the resort’s library, a face acupressure at the spa, festive specials, a mulled wine master class and Tipsy Tea at Drift at the beach.

Christmas Dinner features Chef Mauricio’s Specials at Dining on the Hill.

New Year’s Eve festivities start with a bespoke gourmet dinner with Chef Nirutwill, where you can watch your meal being pprepared. It includes a tapas counter, a main course Tom Yam Takay in a Bag – rock lobster, scallop, green lip mussel, tiger prawn  and salmon. There’s also the chef’s Bucket List that features beef nrochettes, crispy bacon, lamb cutlet, bamboo rice, purple corn, zucchini, nam jim jaew, mole, pineapple chilli jam.  It ends with dessert – Chocolate Textures of brandy rice or mango compote.

There’s also a vegetarian version that also includes a tapas counter with a main course: Pad Hed Gub Haew Sauce Tua that features stirred fried mushroom and chestnut with black bean sauce; Phak Boong Sauce Panang  Fak-Thong Bod – mashed pumpkin with crispy tufu, morning glory and panang sauce; and Kao Kluk-Kamin Gub Kaio-Wan Phak – green curry with vegetables and turmeric rice. It also ends with dessert.

Dining on the Rocks with Chef Mauricio also offers a five course dinner, starting with Calamari Carbonara, Oyster and Apple and Lamb Duo that also includes miso eggplant and pickled onion. There are two options for dessert – Raspberry Praline Tart or its Dragon Fruit Surprise.

Dining on the Rocks also offers a vegetarian menu that starts with cucumber and apple, followed by eggplant and lentils and zucchini lasagna as well as desserts.

After dinner, Drift in the Beach that includes a welcome tiki, tapas bites, DJ music and a midnight toast to the new year.

Christmas and New Year’s at Six Senses Yao Noi

Experience…
The Sea at Mai Thai Beach

Start your journey at sunset on the beach as Champagne
flows from the Methuselah bottle. Feet in the sand and a
flute in hand, savor the briny tang of the sea with oysters,
shucked freshly off the docking long-tail boat, and homecured
salmon canapés.

The #OutOfTheOrdinary Tuk Tuk
The fun continues a couple of steps up the sandy beach
where Spain meets Thailand through tapas served from
a tuk tuk food truck. A magnum rosé will quench your
thirst, while stunning Thai dancers fires up the floor.

Sake at The Den
The land of the rising sun comes to life at The Den as
rich, clean and fragrant notes of premium Japanese sake
take the stage alongside fresh scallops and prawns on the
grill. Complete the experience with a floating lantern for
good luck in the coming year!

Continue your journey to…
Celebrate the World at The Living Room

Stroll along the lily pond, down the steps, into the Living
Room for an international affair. Indulge in a spread,
featuring bursting flavours of various cuisines from
different parts of the world.
**Beverage is excluded for the remainder of the evening
And welcome the New Year with a bang.

 

Christmas and New Year’s at Soneva Kiri

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S FESTIVITIES start early at Soneva Kiri in Thailand with breakfast on Christmas Eve.

You’ll have a choice either in the resort’s The View dining room or at Soneva’s Organic Garden.

After breakfast you’ll have a number of activity choices, starting with a Benz Cook Class at the Benz Restaurant with Soneva’s chef. It starts with a visit to Ao Salat market to choose fresh seafood and other ingredients for your cooking class, where you’ll be able to create your own lunch.

There’s also a Yoga class to learn basic positions and relaxation techniques, and a wide range of activities to choose from – learning the local art of making home-made coconut at Six Senses Spa; or drive 8 km through dense jungle to Klong Nam Sai to see rattan, bamboo and rubber trees, and Koh Hood’s secret waterfall; or visit Ao Salat fishing village on the northeast tip of Koh Hood, where the island’s fish and seafood is transported and sold; or drive south past small villages and end up at a beautiful beach.

For lunch, there’s lunch at a mushroom cave, where you can pick mushrooms for s five-course meal. There’s also lunch at the resort’s Organic Garden that serves up fresh vegetables, salads and seafood caught that morning.

A third option is lunch at North Beach for pit-cooked seafood and fish along with New World wines.

In the afternoon, there’s a class in mixing drinks, where you can create your special cocktail, or an unforgettable food journey through the Organic Garden.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas you can choose either to dine at The View or Benz dining rooms.

There’s also an extensive menu New year’s Eve and on New Year’s day.

Other activities include snorkeling at Koh Rang; more cooking classes at the Chef’s Table and the Hut Kitchen; and an Indian Pop Up on the Lunar Deck for an evening of spices, taste and life.

Or fish the Thai way. A local fishing boat will take you to the best finishing areas around Koh Kood, Hoh Raet and Koa Mai Si.

There’s also rainforest trek in North Beach through a dense rainforest that includes a visit to crystal clear waterfalls that cascade over five different levels.

Exclusive alternative state quarantine packages at Centara Watergate Pavillion Bangkok

CENTARA WATERGATE PAVILLION Hotel Bangkok, situated in the heart of the city, has unveiled a unique range of upscale Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) packages for Thai citizens, international travellers and expatriates returning to Thailand.

The upscale hotel, owned and managed by Thailand’s leading hotel operator, is offering a series of government-approved staycation experiences for the duration of the mandatory 15-night quarantine period in association with Piyavate Hospital.

Each all-inclusive option includes full-board dining, exclusive airport transfer and access to the highest levels of healthcare.

Accommodation options at the state-of-the-art urban hotel cater to all price points, ranging from 26-square-metre Superior Room to the spacious, 43-square-metre Deluxe One-Bed Suite.

Room type/ Rate  start with Superior / THB48,500; Deluxe / THB55,000; Deluxe Family Resident / THB70,000; and Deluxe One-Bed Suite / THB77,000.

During the two-week stay, guests can benefit from 24-hour room service, high-speed internet, a 20 per cent discount on all in-room dining and laundry services and room cleaning services every other day after the third day.

Access to world-class healthcare, meanwhile, is provided by the internationally-accredited Piyavate Hospital. This includes two Covid-19 tests at the start and end of the stay in a designated screening area and access to a 24-hour on-call nurse. Upon departure, guests receive an official Covid-19-free certificate.

Families and couples returning together can share rooms where applicable, for a charge of THB33,000 per additional person per room, inclusive of three meals a day and two Covid-19 tests. Thai citizens receive a THB2,000 discount on each package.

To ensure guests’ arrivals in the country is seamless, confirmed flight itineraries are required three days prior to airport arrival, in addition to full payment upon reservation.

Since launching in 2013, the 281-room Centara Watergate Bangkok has become one of Bangkok’s most popular hotels for guests seeking stylish accommodation and state-of-the-art amenities in the heart of the city.

 

Capella Bangkok celebrating festive season in style with a full month of epicurean experiences and family gatherings

CAPELLA BANGKOK, a boutique retreat on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, sets the stage for spectacular celebrations this December as it prepares to host a series of festive get-togethers, from seasonal high teas and blissful brunches to dramatic dinners and sparkling parties.

Thailand honours the joy of family throughout December, starting with Father’s Day on Dec. 5 with a “Sharing Menu” lunch with live stations and free-flow wine or Champagne at Phra Nakhon, Capella Bangkok’s authentic Thai restaurant on the river’s edge.

Or with an exceptional “Carte Blanche Menu” and optional wine pairing at Côte by Mauro Colagreco, whose three Michelin-starred restaurant in France claimed first place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards” in 2019.

Fathers can also unwind with a body treatment at Auriga Wellness or learn the art of mixology with a cocktail class at Stella, the hotel’s avant-garde cocktail lounge.

Epicurean experiences continue throughout December at Phra Nakhon for bountiful brunches by the river, while Côte will showcase the wintery indulgence of black and white truffles, which can be savoured alongside its Carte Blanche Menu.

The flavours and fragrances of Christmas also come to life at Stella, where chic décor complements a unique menu of cocktails, desserts and seasonal specialities like mulled wine punch and more.

Meanwhile, at the Tea Lounge, couples can enjoy quality moments in precious company with a Festive High Tea featuring themed sweets, savoury bites and the choice of Champagne for a truly indulgent afternoon.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and Capella Bangkok will pay homage to its time-honoured traditions with festive cuisine and Thai touches. Both Phra Nakhon and Côte will stage feasts for families and friends, including Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas Day lunches accompanied by a visit from Santa Claus himself.

On the evening of Dec. 24, Phra Nakhon’s Sharing Menu and Côte’s nine-course Carte Blanche Menu can be paired with fine wine. Follow with a Christmas Day Brunch at Phra Nakhon on Dec. 25, which includes optional free-flow wine or Champagne, while Côte enhances the festive spirit with Christmas gifts and complimentary sweet treats.

Capella Bangkok invites guests and local residents to bid 2020 farewell with a dazzling New Year’s Eve event. On Dec. 31, the culinary experts at Côte will craft an exclusive year-end menu with optional wine pairing, while Phra Nakhon will be host to an interactive feast with shared courses and live stations.

Count down to the new year at Stella, where Champagne, free-flow cocktails and canapés lead up to a spectacular firework show at midnight and a party that continues until 2 a.m.

On New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to see fireworks from your own outdoor terrace or balcony when booking your countdown stay at Capella Bangkok. The resort offers New Year’s Eve ‘Under The Stars’ accommodation package, starting from THB 52,888 for two persons. This package includes complimentary room upgrade, extravaganza New Year Eve’s dinner, live entertainment, late checkout and more.

The start of a new year is a time of hope and optimism with your loved ones. Phra Nakhon and Côte will both offer special New Year’s Day lunches on Jan 1, with the option of wine and Champagne to start 2021 off in style.

For full details of the festive season at Capella Bangkok, please visit: https://bit.ly/CBK-festive2020

To learn more, please email info.bangkok@capellahotels.com or call +662 098 3888.

Dusit International reimagines its marketing strategy for the new normal, introduces three new pillars for sustainable business

RECOZNIZING THE DEEP and profound impact that the global pandemic has had on Thailand’s tourism and travel industry, the new strategy will see the company establish new partnerships to co-create value beyond its current scope and reach; cultivate greater synergies between its various business units; and create new meaningful guest experiences that contribute to the preservation of the environment, culture, and local communities in its various destinations.

As part of the strategy, Dusit has partnered with Local Alike, an online social enterprise dedicated to the sustainable development of Thai rural communities through responsible tourism, to offer a range of educational tours aimed at young families seeking more meaningful experiences during their stays.

Immersing participants in the lives, culture and cuisines of indigenous communities around Thailand, such as the Tai Lue hill tribe in Chiang Mai and lobster farming communities in Phuket, these experiences are offered under the banner of Dusit Local Explorer.

Dusit also plans to leverage its own resources to provide hospitality and service training for the various communities so they can enhance their skills and learn how to sustainably welcome visitors. Volunteers will come from Dusit Hotels & Resorts as well as Dusit Hospitality Education.

Where possible, Dusit will also support Local Alike’s other initiatives, including Local Aroi, which aims to develop local cuisines to fine dining standards through the creation of special set menus that celebrate the stories, techniques, and sustainable ingredients behind renowned local dishes; and  Local Alot, which supports the sustainable production of handcrafted products.

“Consumer behaviour has changed dramatically during COVID-19 and it’s essential that we change our strategy and pivot our operations to meet their needs as much as possible,” said Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun, Dusit International.

“Recognizing the accelerated shift from buying things to buying experiences, as well as a clear focus on safety, wellness, sustainability and flexibility, we have spent the last six months enhancing our operations to deliver not only officially certified, heightened standards of hygiene and cleanliness, but also extra convenience, experience and value in line with these key areas.

“The rollout of our three new strategic pillars – Collaboration, Integration, and Social Contribution – will now allow us to align our efforts even further, and drive revenue creation that will benefit our broader communities too. Our partnership with Local Alike signals our strong commitment in this regard, and we are delighted to join them in their mission to find unseen communities and develop them into sustainable tourism attractions that delight visitors and locals alike.”

“I’m grateful for Dusit’s support and appreciation of what we are trying to achieve with our sustainable tourism initiative. Working closely with Dusit’s hotel teams in each location, we have created an exciting range of one-day tours and activities led by the locals themselves to ensure guests have truly authentic and meaningful experiences,” said Somsak Boonkam, founder and CEO, Local Alike.

“We are delighted that, alongside the current day trips, Dusit plans to further support our communities by offering hospitality and service training for residents, and also by seeking opportunities for our Local Aroi and Local Alot programs. This support will certainly help to expedite the development of local destinations, ultimately bringing long-lasting value to all involved.”

The Dusit Local Explorer programs are available now at Dusit Hotels and Resorts in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Khao Yai, Krabi, Pattaya, and Phuket.

To cater to the experiential needs of the luxury segment, Dusit has also teamed up with bespoke tour providers in Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket to provide exclusive end-to-end excursions packaged as The Ultimate Dusit Experience.

A private vineyard tour, a luxury sunset yacht cruise, and a visit to a flower field with a professional photographer are among the experiences offered as part of packages which also include room, breakfast, dinner and more.

More details about The Ultimate Dusit Experience and Dusit Local Explorer packages are available online at dusit.com/specialoffers.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort introduces the Thai Massage Guru

A BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE for anyone visiting Thailand, travellers consider a trip to the Kingdom of Thailand complete with the deep stretching and kneading experience of a Thai massage.

Based at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Panissara Chaokhelang, better known as Noot, boasts almost 20 years as a Thai Massage therapist and as the dedicated Thai Massage Guru, a treatment with her is a must when in Northern Thailand.

Known locally as Nuad Thai, the acupressure technique of the Thai massage is a time-honoured tradition that has been passed down through generations for thousands of years, and its roots can be traced back to origins of self-care in Thai village society.

Children in rural households across Thailand are taught how to ease the aching muscles of their parents and grandparents. While the children might not understand the theory behind it, they learn how to pull and push limbs and step on the back to soothe the muscles of their hardworking relatives.

This was true for Noot and growing up in rural Thailand, where there were no trained or licensed massage therapists in her village, her mother would ask her to walk on her sore back and aching legs after a long day working at the market.

Noot explains: “I was taught how to massage before I was even 10 years old. As I got older, I wanted to learn about proper techniques and acupressure points so I could better address specific body concerns through massage.”

She pursued physiotherapy at university in Chiang Mai and went on to study massage at Chivasom Academy in Bangkok, before returning to Chiang Mai where she specialized in Lanna-style Thai massage. Rather than finding work as a physiotherapist in a hospital as many of her classmates did, Noot opted for the more serene spa environment.

While western medicine ascribes to quick fixes, Noot believes massage treats the root cause of physical ailments such as back pain or even headaches. She educates her guests so they can better understand their aches and ailments.

She added: “Before starting the massage, we talk so I can learn about their concerns, habits and day-to-day activities to better understand what their issues may be. I recommend activities so they can extend the benefits of their massage and treat themselves from home instead of reaching for a pain killer next time they have a niggle in their back.”

In addition to Thai massage duties, Noot is also the designated trainer for Anantara Spa and is responsible for making sure that all therapists in more than 40 spas across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe adhere to the standards of this award-winning spa brand.

The Thai massage technique dates back 2,500 years and its popularity has since gone global, so much so that the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated traditional Thai massage as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, voting to include it on the organizations World Heritage list in December 2019.

UNESCO made the decision to include traditional Thai massage on the World Heritage list in December 2019 at the 14th session of its Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, held in Bogota, Colombia from December 9 to 14. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul welcomed the announcement as an achievement for the Thai people and the Kingdom.

To experience the healing hands of Anantara Spa’s Thai Massage Guru, contact Anantara Chiang Mai Resort spa.chiangmai@anantara.com or +66 (0) 53 253 333 ext. 3431.

 

 

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