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Bristol airport opens £8.6m extension
Bristol airport has opened the first of two major extensions to its airport following a 12-month, £8.6 million investment. Read More
Fears of summer holiday disruption as easyJet staff threaten strike
EasyJet staff have threatened to strike this summer, prompting fears that thousands of holidaymakers could face disruption this summer Read More
UPDATED: Ryanair and Hertz split in GDS disagreement
Ryanair is to seek damages from rental company Hertz after the car hire provider terminated an exclusive supply agreement Read More
French air traffic control strike called off
A threatened strike for today and tomorrow by French air traffic controllers has been called off at the 11th hour. Read More
TransAsia pilot pulled wrong throttle, says report
The captain of the doomed TransAsia flight 235 switched off the only working engine seconds before the jet crashed into a river in Taipei, a report has revealed Read More
Ryanair launches petition to curb air traffic control strikes
Ryanair has launched a petition in  a bid to eliminate what it calls “repeated blackmail and disruption” by air traffic control (ATC) unions Read More
Gatwick defiant despite commission snub
The boss of Gatwick has maintained that the West Sussex airport is the “only deliverable option” for boosting runway capacity Read More
Virgin Atlantic to shed 500 jobs
Virgin Atlantic is preparing to lose 500 support and managerial jobs in a restructure aimed at simplifying the business. Read More
Industry welcomes Heathrow runway decision
The industry has welcomed the Airport Commission’s recommendation to build a third runway at Heathrow airport. Read More
Heathrow closes Terminal 1
Heathrow has closed Terminal 1 to passengers after 47 years in operation Read More
MPs want quick action on airport expansion
The majority of MPs think that the government should act immediately on the final recommendation of the Airports Commission Read More
Commission expected to ‘fudge’ airports decision
The Airports Commission is likely to “fudge” the decision on whether Heathrow or Gatwick will be allowed to expand Read More
Air Canada budget carrier to fly from Gatwick
A fares war on the Gatwick-Toronto route looks likely next spring after Air Canada’s budget airline announced it would begin flying to the Sussex airport Read More
Delta axes US routes
Delta is to axe its flights from Heathrow to Los Angeles and New York Newark in October Read More
AirAsia expects ‘very good year’ despite critical report
?AirAsia has moved to counter negative claims about its accounting practices after a critical report by analysts emerged Read More
EasyJet withdraws from Rome base
?EasyJet has blamed higher passenger charges for its decision to pull out of its Rome Fiumicino base Read More
Plane diverted after passenger's anger over nuts and crackers
A plane that was travelling from Rome to Chicago was forced to divert to Belfast after a passenger became enraged over nuts and crackers Read More
EasyJet to exit Rome base
EasyJet has blamed higher passenger charges for its decision to pull out of its Rome Fiumicino base Read More
London mayoral hopeful wants one million Heathrow protestors
Zac Goldsmith, the Tory MP who wants to run for mayor of London, is looking to organise a massive popular protest against expansion at Heathrow Read More
Drunk holidaymaker jailed
A 34-year-old Scottish man has been jailed after a drunken incident on a Thomas Cook flight from Glasgow to Dalaman Read More

Business Traveller RSS

Movenpick to open fourth Jeddah hotel
The 300-guestroom Movenpick Hotel Heraa Jeddah is one of five new-builds the Swiss group will open in Saudi Arabia over the next four years

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Ryanair announces first Israel routes
The Irish carrier will launch three services from Eilat Ovda airport to Budapest, Kaunas and Krakow in November

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SAS ups frequencies to Chicago and Shanghai
The Scandinavian carrier will operate daily services between Stockholm and Chicago and between Copenhagen and Shanghai this winter

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Lufthansa postpones Frankfurt-Panama City service
The German airline is now scheduled to start the five-times weekly service in March

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Regus opens first Brunei workspace
The facility is located in Bandar Seri Begawan in the capital's PGGMB Centre

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Ryanair to launch Edinburgh-Copenhagen route
From November 6, the low-cost carrier will fly between the two cities three-times weekly

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Qatar Airways to operate twice-daily Manila service
The Gulf carrier currently flies eight-times weekly to Manila's Ninoy Aquino International airport

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Virgin to fly B787-9 to Dubai
The carrier will replace the A330-300 that currently flies daily between London Heathrow and Dubai with the Dreamliner next year

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Golden Circle bonus points for Shangri-La stays
The hotel group is offering members of its Golden Circle loyalty programme 5,000 bonus points, double points and double tier nights

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Starwood to open first St Regis in India
The St Regis Mumbai will occupy the building currently home to the Palladium Hotel in the city's Lower Parel neighbourhood when it opens later this year

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Reviews round-up: May and June
Catch up on Business Traveller's May and June reviews of flights, hotels, lounges, restaurants and bars

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Win a two-night 'Business Package' stay at The Nadler Kensington
Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the hotel features 65 affordable luxury bedrooms, on-site parking and free fibre optic wifi

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Plaza Premium opens Changi departures lounge
The 650 sqm facility is located in Terminal 1's Departure Transit Hall and contains more than 140 seats

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Delta debuts new amenity kit
The updated Tumi kit includes a soft-touch pen, eyeshades, Malin and Goetz lip moisturiser, body lotion, mouthwash, striped socks, facial tissues, earplugs and a dental kit

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Qatar Airways begins Zanzibar route
The Doha-Kilimanjaro-Zanzibar-Doha service is operating five-times weekly. The Gulf carrier will fly daily to Zanzibar from October 1

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Cityjet to launch Cork-London City route
The Irish carrier will commence the 18-times weekly service in October

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Hertz terminates Ryanair partnership
The Irish airline is it to take legal action against Hertz after the car rental firm today severed their long-running partnership

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China Southern launches Guangzhou-San Francisco route
The four-times weekly non-stop service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

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Alitalia offers MilleMiglia status match
As the Italian airline is part of the Skyteam alliance, only silver, gold and platinum tier members of non-alliance airlines will be matched

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Qatar Airways to end A319 all-business LHR service
On October 25, the airline will replace its Business One service with a B787-8 Dreamliner

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Aviation House Gatwick office reopens
Following an evacuation earlier today due to reports of a suspect package, Aviation House, our Gatwick office, has now re-opened. Business as usual will resume from tomorrow. 30/06/2015 17:35 Read More
Infringement hotspots face big reduction targets
The number of serious airspace infringements at six of the highest risk air traffic zones in the UK, should be cut by much as 50 per cent over the next 12 months, to head off the need for further action, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. Possible options under consideration, should the target for the particular hotspot not be met, include the deployment of bespoke 'surveillance mandatory zones'. Read More
Air Travel Trust reports increase in surplus as ATOL protected bookings continue to rise
Press release on ATT annual report Read More
CAA research: Disabled passengers still have air travel concerns despite good special assistance
People with a disability or a reduced mobility are significantly less likely to have flown in the last 12 months, with many fearing things will go wrong - CAA research reveals. Read More
Punctuality now monitored at 24 UK airports helping boost passenger choice
Air passengers can now compare flight punctuality at 24 of the UK's busiest airports, after the UK Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) more than doubled the number of airports it monitors. Read More
CAA supports national campaign tackling Hajj fraud
British Muslims hoping to celebrate Hajj in Mecca this September are being warned about the threat posed by fraudsters trying to con them with bogus travel packages. Read More

News |

Ryanair announces Israel flights as it celebrates 30th anniversary
Ryanair is to bring its low cost flights to Israel for the first time in November. Read More
Travel Foundation/PwC study highlights tourism's value in destinations
The Travel Foundation and PwC released the results of a ground-breaking study on the “total impact” of tourism in a destination today. Read More
CAA to delay new financial tests for Atol holders
The CAA will delay introduction of new financial tests for Atol holders, previously due to come in from October. Read More
'Social travel' cruise brand Fathom to serve Cuba
Carnival Corporation’s new social travel brand Fathom is to operate to Cuba from next May. Read More
Big Interview: Virgin Cruises president Tom McAlpin
Cruise stalwart vows new line will ‘go against the grain’ and says ‘the trade is very important’. By Hollie-Rae Merrick. Read More
Channel Tunnel partly closed after trespass incident
Sections of the Channel Tunnel were closed this morning due to trespassers on a Eurotunnel shuttle. Read More
Cruise passenger removed after cabin complaint
A cruise ship passenger who threatened to 'jump ship' at the next port after complaining about his cabin was reportedly removed for being a security risk. Read More
Iata voices 'serious reservations' about Heathrow third runway conditions
The head of Iata has voiced “serious reservations” about conditions attached to the Airports Commission backing a third runway at Heathrow. Read More
Shortage of medical supplies prompts warning to Greek visitors
British holidaymakers to Greece are being advised to take medical supplies with them due to reports of shortages amid the country’s debt crisis. Read More
ITV goes behind the scenes at Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic is subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary to be screened tonight (Tuesday). Read More
Unite union calls for 'proactive' easyJet pay talks
EasyJet management has been urged to get around the table for “proactive pay talks” to avert a potential strike by cabin crew. Read More
Freeth named MD of Travel 2 and Gold Medal
Travel 2 managing director Andy Freeth has been named as managing director of both Travel 2 and Gold Medal following the acquisition of both businesses by dnata Travel last year. Read More
Cutting Scotland APD 'unfair to rest of UK', say majority of MPs
Cutting the level of Air Passenger Duty in Scotland would be unfair to travellers in the rest of the UK, the majority of MPs say. Read More
Tui plans 120 concept stores across Europe
Tui Group is to expand its high tech concept stores to more than 120 travel agency locations across Europe. Read More
Action group calls for Airports Commission judicial review
Campaigners against expansion of Heathrow are calling for a judicial review of the Airports Commission’s decision to back a third runway at the west London hub. Read More

Destinations |

Switzerland & Austria: Gateway to the Alps
Joanna Booth flies into Friedrichshafen and finds it’s easy to hop over to Austria and Switzerland Read More
Switzerland: The lady of the lake
Relax in the glamour of the Swiss Riviera, says Joanna Booth Read More
The US: Looking for New England
Anna Hart finds three towns to suit foodies, partygoers and the smart set Read More
The US: There’s mo to this town
As Virgin Atlantic launches flights to Detroit, Joanna Booth discovers that the US’s comeback city is on the up Read More
The US: Ocean Drive
Jenni Doggett hits the Californian coast road Read More
UK & Ireland: Toy stories
Legoland Windsor is a big thrill for little kids, finds Juliet Dennis and her five-year-old twins Read More
UK & Ireland: Lily of the Valleys
There’s plenty to sing about in the land of song, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Africa: Jo’burg jaunts
Meera Dattani packs the sights into two days in South Africa’s biggest city Read More
Africa: The smoke that thunders
Emily Bamber looks at Victoria Falls from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides Read More
Bulgaria & Eastern Europe: Sofia's choice
Bulgaria’s capital is the perfect introduction to the country, says Jeannine Williamson Read More
All inclusive: Agent verdict on new Sandals Barbados
Travel agent Stephanie Jepson gives her verdict on the new Sandals Barbados Read More
Ask the operator: Design a family holiday in the Red Sea
Travel Weekly challenges three operators to design a family holiday in the Red Sea Read More
All inclusive: Spice up your stay
 All-inclusive hotels can help guests get in touch with local culture, finds Katie McGonagle Read More
Spain: Basque in reflected glory
Go with the flow in Bilbao with Annie Bennett’s guide to two perfect days Read More
Cruise: Home shores
Jane Archer selects the best cruises around Britain for different clients Read More

Advice |

Readers' Lives: Emma Wilby
Travel agent by day, songstress by night – that’s Kinloss-based Emma Wilby’s life. Read More
Advice: How to decide whether to move job
Are you really ready for a career move? The travel industry is recruiting in abundance, and therefore it is important when considering a career move you take the time to really understand your own motivations. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Leila Jover
When colleagues suggested Leila Jover apply to go on Travel Weekly’s Cover Stars trip, she wasn’t convinced. Read More
Advice: How to upsell to a premium escorted tour
Advice from Paul Melinis, UK sales director, Insight Vacations Read More
Readers' Lives: Jill Oddy
Just as Jill Oddy was desperately trying to find an escorted tour of Japan for clients with a very specific timespan, the answer came through the door as if by magic in the form of Trafalgar sales representative Aaron Candler. Read More
Readers' Lives: Helen Tustin
When Helen Tustin’s shop managers approached her with the idea of entering the Take the Clia Cruise Challenge, there was no question of not applying. Read More
Readers' Lives: Emma Harewood
She has dressed up as Batman and as a cowboy for charity, but Emma Harewood’s latest challenge takes her fundraising efforts to a new level. Read More
Advice: How cruise specialists can use content marketing
Advice from Dan Miles business director, Melt Content Read More
Readers' Lives: Richard Slater
Richard Slater has become one of an elite band of just 20 Disney specialist homeworkers in the UK. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Yvonne Powell
A year before the Cover Stars Massachusetts trip, Holidaysplease homeworker Yvonne Powell would not even have considered a fam trip to the US. Read More
Readers' Lives: Rebbeca Kingston
Good friends Rebbeca Kingston and Lindsay Everett came up with an idea to set up a combined boutique and travel agency selling wedding dresses and honeymoons following their own experiences. Read More
Advice: How to run targeted marketing campaigns
Advice from Simon Farthing, head of consultancy, Profusion Read More
Readers' Lives: Lakh Hayer
Just five years ago Pure Destinations founder and director Lakh Hayer decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps and set up his own travel agency. Read More
Readers' Lives: Amy Edmonds
Plymouth University student Amy Edmonds will this summer become Abta’s first intern. Read More
Advice: 5 top tips to become an omni-channel business
Advice from Bob Morrell, managing director, Reality Training Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

Focus: All Inclusive Eid Delights at the Rixos Bab al Bahr, Ras al Khaimah
Travel broadcaster Phil Blizzard discovers ultra-inclusive staycations for Eid al Fitr in the Northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
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Focus: Executive Summer Stay at the Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai
Travel broadcaster Phil Blizzard discovers they advantages of an Executive Stay during the hot summer months for a cool city break.
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News: Carnival to begin sailings to Cuba in 2016
Carnival Corporation has won approval from the United States departments of the treasury commerce to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travellers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic.
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News: Lone Star to build £1bn Amaris portfolio in UK
Lone Star has revealed plans to bring together 89 UK hotels to form a £1 billion company, trading under the name Amaris. The Dallas-based private equity group will become one of the largest hospitality operators in the UK, but said it hopes to sell or float the new company in the medium term.
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News: Wyndham Rentals to offer ski breaks in Whistler following ResortQuest deal
Wyndham Vacation Rentals has acquired ResortQuest Whistler. The acquisition marks the company’s first foray into Canada and adds nearly 600 condominium units to its growing portfolio of vacation rental properties.
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News: Majesty of the Seas to dry dock before Port Canaveral return
Following popular demand, Majesty of the Seas will continue to offer short cruises under the Royal Caribbean International brand and will homeport in Port Canaveral, along Florida’s Space coast, from summer 2016. Before her season in Port Canaveral, where she will sail to the Bahamas, Majesty of the Seas will go into dry dock for upgrades and receive a range of innovative on board amenities
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News: Qatar Airways expands Manila flights to double daily
Qatar Airways will be adding six extra flights per week between Doha and Manila starting from October 26th. The move follows an expanded Air Service Agreement between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Philippines. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “The increase in flight frequencies on the Doha–Manila route serves to further strengthen commercial and trade links between our two countries and we are delighted to be able to provide our Philippines-based passengers with greater connectivity options.”
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News: El Al launches new Israel-Boston route
El AL has launched three direct flights between Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport and Logan International Airport Boston on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The three weekly flights to Boston will operate on a 767-300 Boeing aircraft with 218 seats, including 22-bed like seats in Business Class and 28 seats in Economy Class Plus.
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News: IAGTO to work with Brand USA to boost golf tourism
Brand USA – the destination-marketing organization for the United States – is partnering with the International Association of Golf Tour Operators to raise the profile of American golf-related tourism among global travellers. IAGTO, headquartered in London, is an advocate for nearly 600 golf tour operators in 61 countries. It also works with a network of close to 2,400 association members in 99 countries that are tied to golf tourism in order to develop optimal golfing experiences at golf destinations around the world.
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News: Al Rayyan Tourism secures Washington DC property
Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company, the international hotel investment and hospitality subsidiary of Al Faisal Holding Company, has acquired the St Regis Washington, DC. The property is the United States capital’s premier luxury hotel. Located two blocks north of the White House at the intersection of 16th and K Streets, the 182-room property is considered the best hotel address in the city.
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News: United Airlines signs $30m deal with Fulcrum BioEnergy
United Airlines has announced a $30 million equity investment in US-based alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, a pioneer in the development and commercialisation of converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel. It is also the single largest investment by a US airline in alternative fuels and sets United apart in the aviation industry in the advancement of aviation biofuels and carbon emissions reductions.
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News: Travelport signs Alitrip in significant Chinese expansion
Travelport has announced a new content and data partnership agreement with Alitrip, the online travel platform of the Alibaba Group. With this partnership, Alitrip will have access to Travelport’s pricing and availability data to support its own fare and shopping platform, as well as the use of Travelport’s suite of flagship shopping products: ePricing and Search Control Console.
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News: CHTA warns Caribbean to avoid complacency over Cuban tourism growth
For far too long the Caribbean has taken tourism for granted according to a white paper issued by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association entitled Cuba: The Great Disruption for the Good of the Caribbean. The paper states that the country that many regard as the least capitalistic in the region is about to teach its neighbour governments, capitalists and free market adherents a lesson.
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News: Stewart takes seat on BAR UK leadership board
Colin Stewart, the UK general manager of Air Europa, has been appointed to the role of director with the Board of Airline Representatives UK. BAR UK has 12 Directors, elected by its more than 70 members, and is the industry association representing the majority of airlines operating to the UK.
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News: Norwegian Cruise Line seeks Australasian expansion with new appointment
Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the expansion of its presence in the Australia and Pacific region, with the establishment of a sales and marketing centre based in Sydney, Australia to support the growing demand for cruise travel in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The office will represent the company’s three lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
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News: TripAdvisor helps Singapore visitors to Live Like A Local
Singapore Tourism Board and TripAdvisor have launched the ‘Live Like A Local’ hub, supported by leading media agency, MEC. The hub is a customised microsite hosted on TripAdvisor that takes travellers off the beaten path with things to see and do, eat and drink in Singapore.
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News: World Travel Awards reveals host for Grand Final 2015
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco, has been unveiled as host of the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2015. Hundreds of industry leaders will gather in the world-leading destination on December 12th, 2015, as World Travel Awards presents its coveted global titles. Tourism operators in Morocco are expected to enjoy a boost in their global exposure given the attention World Travel Awards commands.
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News: UK runway debate ‘closed’ argues Heathrow chief
In his first speech since the Airports Commission’s clear recommendation for Heathrow expansion, Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye has he views the debate on where a new runway should be built to be “firmly closed”. The Davies Commission last week recommended a third runway be built at London Heathrow Airport to ease aviation congestion in the south-east of England.
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News: Six Senses Spa comes to Belvedere Hotel, Greece
Six Senses Spas has added a new property to its portfolio at the renowned Belvedere Hotel, nestled on a hill overlooking the pretty white Cyclades houses of Mykonos Town and the Aegean Sea. “We are delighted to introduce our second Six Senses spa in Greece,” said Anna Bjurstam, vice president spas, Six Senses Spas.
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News: Turkish Airlines to launch Atlanta connection in 2016
Turkish Airlines has announced the launch of a new service between Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The non-stop route will be the carrier’s second gateway in the south-eastern United States, following its nonstop service that is set to launch in late October from Miami International Airport.
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