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                                              Qantas hit by more strikes
                                              Australian airline forced to cancel 17 flights as
                                              engineers and ground crew down tools...

                                              Q     antas has been hit by further
                                                    industrial action today, as its
                                                                                                     to take industrial action which is
                                                                                                     intentionally causing disruptions                       Koreans drive
                                              ground crew and engineers downed                       to our passengers and hurting the                       tourism growth in
                                              tools at airports across Australia.
                                              Friday’s strike sees Transport
                                                                                                     Qantas brand,” said Qantas Group
                                                                                                     Executive, Olivia Wirth. “This is a                     Philippines
                                              Worker’ Union members, including
                                              aircraft maintenance engineers,
                                              baggage handlers and other
                                                                                                     coordinated campaign by three
                                                                                                     unions, with the pilots’ union this
                                                                                                     week also starting new unauthorised
                                                                                                                                                             A     s visitor arrivals to the
                                                                                                                                                                   Philippines grow, Korea
                                                                                                                                                             continues to prove the country’s
                                              transport employees, stop work                         in-flight announcements over                             most valuable source market.
                                              for two hours between 4-6pm local                      the public address system on                                The Philippines recorded a total
                                              time. The airline’s engineers’ union                   international and some domestic                         of 2.6 million tourist arrivals from
                                              also continues a series of one-hour                    flights.”                                                January to August, an 11.7% jump
                                              rolling strikes today.                                     There was one positive piece of                     versus the 2.33 million visitors
 Aussies flock to                                  The strikes have forced Qantas to
                                              cancel 17 flights and delay a further
                                                                                                     news for Qantas this week however;
                                                                                                     the airline announced yesterday that
                                                                                                                                                             welcomed during the same period
                                                                                                                                                             in 2010. From that total 651,218
 RWC games at a                               29 by up to an hour today, affecting                    it has reached a new agreement                          arrived from South Korea, which
 moment’s notice                              an estimated 5,700 passengers. For
                                              Qantas and the Australian travelling
                                                                                                     with its flight attendants’ union. The
                                                                                                     deal includes a three percent pay
                                                                                                                                                             contributes 23% of all tourist arrivals
                                                                                                                                                             to the nation. In August alone, there
                                              public, the strikes have come at a                     rise every year for three years, and                    were 91,750 Koreans who travelled
                                              bad time; today is the last day of the                 an annual AU$500 (US$479) lump                          to the Philippines.
                                              country’s school holidays.                             sum payment over the same period.                           According to the Department of
                                                  “These unions are continuing                       Click here for full story.                              Tourism, the US remains a major
                                                                                                                                                             income source for the Philippine
                                                                                                                                                             tourist industry, generating 16%
                                              AirAsia announces new route to Danang                                                                          of arrivals. The Japanese are also

                                                                                                                                                             taking an interest with numbers up

                                                                                                        irAsia is to launch
        nline travel agent ZUJI                                                                                                                              5.41% in the first eight months of the
                                                                                                        direct flights to
        Australia has reported large                                                                                                                         year, even in spite of the earthquake
                                                                                                   Danang, Vietnam, from
 surges in travel to New Zealand in                                                                                                                          and tsunami. Other countries near
                                                                                                   16 December 2011. The
 the days before Australian Rugby                                                                                                                            the top of arrivals rankings include
                                                                                                   budget carrier will operate
 World Cup (RWC) games.                                                                                                                                      Australia, Singapore, Canada, Hong
                                                                                                   four flights a week to the
     Trans-Tasman departures                                                                                                                                 Kong, UK, Malaysia and Germany.
                                                                                                   central Vietnamese city
 increase by more than 50% on                                                                                                                                    Arrivals from Hong Kong,
                                                                                                   from the LCC Terminal
 normal levels during the three-day                                                                                                                          however, dropped by 23% year on
                                                                                                   in Kuala Lumpur every
 period preceding each match. The                                                                                                                            year. Though it remains an important
                                                                                                   Monday, Wednesday,
 team performance has a bearing                                                                                                                              market, the government maintains a
                                                                                                   Friday and Sunday. The
 on supporters’ preparedness to                                                                                                                              “black” travel alert on the Philippines
                                              new service will be AirAsia’s third destination in Vietnam after Hanoi and Ho
 travel however, with bookings down                                                                                                                          after the hijacking incident in August
                                              Chi Minh City, and the carrier’s seventh destination within Indochina.
 after the Wallabies loss to Ireland.                                                                                                                        2010. Click here for full story.
 The majority of these bookings
 are coming in at the last minute.
 Managing Director of ZUJI Australia,                                                                                                                        Hawaiian posts
 James Gaskell, said; “We think this                                                                                                                         strong operating
 may be because flights and hotels
 aren’t nearly as expensive as many                                                                                                                          results
 people were predicting.”
     ZUJI’s results also showed a lot
 of support for the New Zealand,
                                                                                                                                                             H     awaiian Airlines continues its
                                                                                                                                                                   strong operating performance,
                                                                                                                                                             posting a systemwide load factor of
 South Africa, England, Scotland,                                                                                                                            84.2% in September. The airline has
 Ireland and Wales teams, with travel                                                                                                                        expanded capacity significantly in
 in the three days prior to any of                                                                                                                           the last year, raising Available seat
 these games up by more than 30%.                                                                                                                            kilometres by 21.6%. Revenue seat
     People visiting New Zealand                                                                                                                             kilometres did not quite keep pace
 during the World Cup are also opting                                                                                                                        with capacity increase, up 19.4%.
 to stay longer. ZUJI is reporting a five                                                                                                                     Despite a minor 1.5 point year on year
 day increase in the average length                                                                                                                          drop in monthly load factor, the carrier
 of stay, rising from 9.8 days to 15.1                                                                                                                       is looking good so far in 2011 with a
 days. Click here for full story.                                                                                                                            year to date load factor of 84.4%.

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 Chinese arrivals                                                                                                                           Regal Hotels
 reach record high                                                                                                                          takes over China
 in Jeju Island                             Chengdu expands international                                                                   property
 T    he number of Chinese tourists
      to Jeju Island, Korea, has
                                            partnership network                                                                             R     egal Hotels International has
                                                                                                                                                  taken over management and
 reached an all time high and                                                                                                               operations of the Regal Poly Guiyang
 residents expect the number of
                                            Chinese province pens new agreements with                                                       Hotel. Situated in the centre of Poly
 annual arrivals from China alone will      AirAsia X and Chan Brothers...                                                                  Hot Spring New Island in Guizhou,
 soon surpass the local population of                                                                                                       southern China, the 212-room hotel
 570,000 people.                              Jiuzhaigou National Park is one of the many
                                                                                                                                            houses four restaurants featuring
    According to the Jeju Tourism             attractions in Sichuan Province                                                               a Western and Cantonese cusine.
 Organization (JTO), 411,000                                                                                                                The MICE sector is expected to play
 Chinese visited the Island                                                                                                                 an important role in the life of the
 between 1 January and 2 October,                                                                                                           hotel. Located 10km from Guiyang
 surpassing the 2010 figure of                                                                                                               Longdongbao Airport, meeting and
 406,164. Total foreign arrivals for this                                                                                                   conference facilities include one
 period hit 737,713, up 23.5% year                                                                                                          grand ballroom and seven meeting
 on year. ``We are positive that more                                                                                                       rooms.
 than one million foreign visitors will                                                                                                        Currently, Regal manages six
 come here by the end of this year,’’                                                                                                       hotels in Hong Kong and another
 JTO spokesman Lee Young-soo told                                                                                                           seven on the Chinese mainland.
 the Korea Times.                                                                                                                           Together with the hotels under
    The surge in Chinese arrivals                                                                                                           development in China including
 has been attributed to a visa-waiver                                                                                                       Chengdu, Foshan, Kunshan, Suzhou,
 programme for Chinese nationals                                                                                                            Wuhan and Zhengzhou, Regal has
                                                                                                                                            more than 8,000 rooms under its
 and increased airline connectivity to
                                                  hengdu authorities are rapidly            AirAsia X will kick-off the partnership          portfolio.
 Shanghai and other Chinese cities.
                                                  expanding their international             with a social media campaign called
                                            partnership network to raise the                'The AirAsia X Pandemonium',

 More airlines to
                                            destination’s profile in the global
                                            travel market. City organisations
                                                                                            offering two winners an expenses
                                                                                            paid trip for two to Chengdu.                   Flight Centre opens
 codeshare on Koh                           yesterday signed two agreements,                    In another development, the                 second store in
 Samui flights                               which will see them work alongside
                                            major travel companies to increase
                                                                                            Chengdu Culture & Tourism
                                                                                            Development Group has reached
 B      angkok Airways has lined
        up three more international
                                            destination awareness and drive
                                            tourist arrivals to Sichuan province
                                            in southwest China.
                                                                                            an agreement with Singapore-
                                                                                            based Chan Brothers Travel. The
                                                                                            partners will strategically collaborate
                                                                                                                                            F    light Centre is boosting its
                                                                                                                                                 presence in Singapore with its
                                                                                                                                            second branded leisure travel shop.
 airline partners to codeshare on
 flights to Koh Samui. Malaysia                  Chengdu Tourism has signed                  in promoting exchange and                       The first shop opened a few months
 Airlines (MAS), Finnair and Japan          a Memorandum of Understanding                   strengthening cooperation in the                ago, marking the brands first office in
 Airlines are all poised to join the        with long-haul budget airline, AirAsia          development of provincial tourism               Asia, and now a second has opened
 Thai carrier’s partnership pool soon.      X. This strategic partnership will              through destination marketing. Under            in Suntec City Mall. The stores are
 MAS and Finnair should sign up             include numerous joint marketing                the terms of the two-year MoU, the              staffed by local and expatriate travel
 by the end of the year, while JAL          efforts and advertising campaigns,               alliance will include joint product             consultants who are native English
 will join later in 2012. Bangkok           as well as the establishment of                 development, funding of cooperative             speakers and fluent in a second
 Airways President Puttipong                a Chengdu Tourism Center in                     marketing to the Singapore market               language. As well as holiday bookings,
 Prasarttongosoth told the Bangkok          Malaysia where AirAsia X will be the            through integrated media platforms,             the new Flight Centre store also
 Post that he expects these deals           only airline promoted. The initiative           annual and bi-annual promotional                provides leisure travel services such as
 to increase arrivals to the island         will be funded by a CNY2 million                campaigns and the amalgamation of               insurance, destination information and
 destination.                               (US$315,000) marketing budget.                  their respective websites.                      visa and passport assistance.

                                                                                            Tourism Malaysia brands buses in Singapore
                                                                                            T    ourism Malaysia has
                                                                                                 strengthened its 'Malaysia:
                                                                                            A Million Experience to Share'
                                                                                                                                            UNESCO World Heritage sites in
                                                                                                                                            Penang and Melaka, as well as its
                                                                                                                                            unique Malaysian homestay and
                                                                                            marketing campaign in Singapore.                self-drive experiences.
                                                                                            The association is building on the                 According to Malaysia's
                                                                                            success generated by its transport              Bernama news agency, the
                                                                                            advertising initiative last year by             buses will ply the routes covering
                                                                                            branding 55 public buses in the                 Singapore's central business
                                                                                            city-state. The bus advertisements              district, Orchard shopping belt and
         The Most Trusted Name in                                                           feature the nation’s natural and                residential areas around the island.

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                                       SITA helps airlines meet
                                       Korean data requirements
     Asian stocks                                                                                                                    QUOTE
     gain on
     European                                                                                                                     OF THE DAY
     Asian stocks
     advanced for the                                                                                                                 “These unions
     second consecutive                                                                                                             are continuing to
     day yesterday after
     European governments                                                                                                            take industrial
     guaranteed protection                                                                                                           action which is
     for their debt-affected

     banks. This boosted                    order management solutions        The service is designed to help                     intentionally causing
     the outlook for lenders                provider, SITA has launched       airlines to conform to the differing
     and exporters in Asia,            a new service to help airlines meet    demands of various governments.                       disruptions to our
                                       new data obligations required by the       Dan Ebbinghaus, SITA Vice
     generating renewed                Korean government.                     President of Government and                            passengers and
     optimism in the trading              The company's interactive           Security Solutions, said; "Despite
     markets. Source                   advance passenger processing           the efforts of the air transport
                                                                                                                                   hurting the Qantas
                                       (iAPP) service checks, formats         industry to achieve standardisation
                                       and submits flight data directly        on data submission formats,
     US moves on                       to authorities in advance of flight     individual governments are
                                       departure. Already several carriers    still coming up with different                           Qantas Group
     South Korea                       from North Asia are using the          interpretations of those formats
     FTA                               service and others from South          along with different connectivity                      Executive, Olivia
     US senators approved              Asia and North America will be         requirements and submission                          Wirth, comments on
     moves to advance the              connected over the coming weeks.       timings.” Click here for full story.
                                                                                                                                  coordinated industrial
     US-South Korea Free
     Trade Agreement (FTA),            Ramadan stifles tourism to Jakarta                                                            action by worker
     which finally made
     progress yesterday                R     amadan took a heavy toll on
                                             tourism in Indonesia during
                                       August. Foreign tourist arrivals to
                                                                              especially from Middle East
                                                                              countries, reduced their visits to
                                                                              Jakarta,” he told Berita Jakarta press.
                                                                                                                                   unions in Australia.

     four years after                  Jakarta fell a staggering 28.1%           The top 10 countries with most
     terms were agreed.
     Action was spurred
                                       month-on-month to 147,999 visits,
                                       comparing with July’s 205,861
                                                                              visits to Jakarta during August
                                                                              2011 were Japan (16,092), China                 Relais & Châteaux
     by expectations of                arrivals. Head of Jakarta Central      (15,537), Malaysia (12,868),                    launches Chinese
     increased exports                 Statistics Board (BPS) Agus
                                       Suherman attributed the monthly
                                                                              Singapore (10,822), South
                                                                              Korea (7,003), Australia (5,822),               guide
     and job creation in               fluctuation to the impact of Ramadan    Netherland (5,786), United States                     elais & Châteaux has launched
     a weakening US                    on global travel patterns. “[The       (5,710), India (4,531), and the                       its first international guide
     economy. Source BBC               decline] occurred because Muslims      Philippine (4,413). Saudi Arabia                in Chinese language. A total of
                                       around the world were fasting in       usually feature in the list, but this           20,000 copies of the simplified
                                       August. That is why foreigners,        month is an exception.                          Chinese guide will be printed and
                                                                                                                              ade available through Relais &
 Taiwan to focused on Chinese tourism say stakeholders                                                                        Châteaux properties, travel agents
                                                                                                                              and partners of the edition. This

 T    ourism stakeholders in Taiwan
      have called on President Ma
 Ying-jeou to diversify national
                                       Times, the country’s tourism sector
                                       profits more from neighbouring
                                       Asian countries. Last year’s
                                                                              reliance on China was a risky
                                                                              policy, especially given the political
                                                                              tension between the two countries.
                                                                                                                              adds to the 780,000 English,
                                                                                                                              French, German, Italian and
                                                                                                                              Spanish language copies currently
 tourism policy. Industry members      strongest growth markets included      The government should therefore                 circulating in 60 countries.
 are concerned that too much           Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and          help the tourism industry plan                      Relais & Châteaux is pushing
 emphasis is placed on visitors from   South Korea.                           clear tourism goals and routes,                 its presence in China. It recently
 mainland China and more value            Lion Travel’s domestic tourism      and not just lead Chinese tourists              launched a Chinese language
 should be attached to international   products department manager            to Taiwan for a rushed glimpse of               website and is steadily signing up
 tourists. According to the Taipei     Lee Cheng-tsung said that over-        the country.                                    new members in China.

                    GOOD WEEK / BAD WEEK
      A good week for:                                                            A bad week for:
      Vietnam: The country’s third largest city, Danang, is                       Sarawak: Authorities in the region are fighting route
      AirAsia next flight destination in Indochina. Four weekly                    cancellations by flag carrier, Malaysia Airlines. The
      service will begin from Kuala Lumpur in December.                           uncertainty surrounding flight services to state has
                                                                                  businesses scared.
      Garuda: The Indonesian carrier is set to take
      delivery of eight new aircraft early next year. The                         Qantas: Transport unions continue to disrupt airline
      national carrier will receive two wide-body Airbus                          operations as workers look to exert influence on
      A330s and six narrow-body Boeing 737-800s as it                             unpopular strategic decisions which will affect the
      continues its fleet expansion.                                               future of the flag carrier.
      Travelport: The travel technology company has won                           Thai tour operators: Severe flooding in Thailand
      an agreement to extend its loan maturity for five years.                     is having a major impact on operators in many tourist
      The extension will enhance the company’s financial                           areas. Businesses in affected areas are struggling and
      flexibility.                                                                 calling for subsidised credit lines from the government.

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                                                                                     The Tongsai Bay welcomes
                                                                                          Silk Air to Samui

                                        Aussies and Kiwis
                                        invest in Fijian
      IN NUMBERS                        N     aisoso Island in Fiji is proving
                                              popular with Australian and
                                        New Zealand investors with five
                                        major sales in the last month worth
                  4                     US$3.9 million.
                                            The purpose-built resort has
     AirAsia is to launch four          now sold 73 of their 112 residential
                                        lots and have recently secured a
                                        management contract with Peppers
   weekly flights to Danang,            Resorts & Retreats which will take
                                        over the resort complex upon
             Vietnam                    completion in 2014. Preparation

                                        work is soon to begin on the Peppers
                                                                                         ingaporean airline, Silk Air marked its inaugural flight between
                                        Resort which features 178, one,
                50                      two and three bedroom beachfront
                                                                                         Singapore and Koh Samui last week, the first of three weekly flights to
                                                                                    the island. Staff at the Tongsai Bay had celebrated the occasion, hosting
                                        apartment available for purchase.           representatives from Silk Air, Bangkok Airway, TAT and experienced tour
       Wallaby fans boost                   Naisoso developer, Bob Lowres           operators from Germany.
                                        of Relcorp has sold 85% of lots to
   TransTasman departures               the Australian and New Zealand
                                        market and the rest have been
   by more than 50% in the              to investors in Canada, US, India         Floods fail to dampen World Expo aspirations
                                        and the local expat community.                 eople behind Thailand’s bid                bid to host World Expo 2020. The
  days before RWC games                 Lowres says the island provides an             for the World Expo 2020 are                expo site, the Bang Sai Royal Folk
                                        alternative beachfront investment         unfased by heavy flooding in the                 Arts and Crafts Center, remains
                                        Noosa, Byron Bay, The Gold Coast,         proposed host city, Ayuthaya.                   untouched despite the worst
              84.2                      Hamilton Island or Palm Cove,             Akapol Sorasuchart, President                   flooding in the province in more than
                                        which are far more expensive.             of the Thailand Convention &                    a decade.” Instead, Akapol sees the
     Hawaiian Airlines posts                                                      Exhibition Bureau, which is leading             situation as a learning experience
                                        Queensland                                the bid, told the Bangkok Post; "We
                                                                                  don't think the flood will affect our
                                                                                                                                  calling it “a good lesson to help us
                                                                                                                                  plan for future inundations”.
     load factor of 84.2% in
                                        tourism needs
           September                    more government
                                        Q      ueensland’s State Government
                                               must do more to support the
                                        state’s tourism industry. Bill Morris,
     The number of Chinese
                                        Principal of the Midwood Report,
     nationals to have visited          criticised authorities for over-
                                        allocating public funds for the local
                                        mining industry when 30% of state
      Jeju Island so far this           business are registered in the travel
                                        and tourism sector. According to the
                year                    August Midwood Report, areas heavily
                                        dependent on overseas tourists have
                                        suffered big drops in revenue year
         2,600,000                      on year. Many hotels in the region           License agreement available
                                        have reported drops in occupancy
     The Philippines received           and this is affecting income for
                                                                                     for Singapore
                                        businesses across the state. Morris
     2.6 million tourists from          told the Property Observer that tourism      Travel Daily Media Group is seeking to
                                        operators deserve a tax break to             license out the sub-brand of Singapore
        January to August               compensate for the historically high
                                        Australian dollar.                           Travel News to a suitably qualified
                                                                                     business professional.
 IATA “disappointed” by ETS ruling
                                                                                     The successful candidate should have
 I  ATA has said it is “disappointed”
    that the EU Court of Justice
 did not support its stance on the
                                        of developments concerning the
                                        EU-ETS,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s
                                        Director General and Chief Executive
                                                                                     experience in the travel sector, preferably
 aviation industry’s inclusion in the   Officer. “Many governments are rightly         from a PR, marketing and/or sales
 Emissions Trading scheme (ETS).        concerned about the infringements on         background. Preference would be given to
 The Advocate General of the Court      sovereignty… and India, for example,
 of Justice (CJEU) failed to back up    has very clearly indicated that if           individuals or companies with advertising/
 IATA’s challenge this week, but the    Europe proceeds it will retaliate.”
 industry body said it had not given        IATA argues that the aviation
                                                                                     media sales experience.
 up hope of getting aviation removed    industry’s own emission-cutting
 from the EU-ETS, which comes into      targets are ambitious enough,
 force in 2012.                         without the EU adding its own                For inquiries please write to
     “We are disappointed with the      penalties to airlines. A final decision
 opinion of the Advocate General,       on aviation’s inclusion in the ETS is
 but it is only part of a complex set   expected later this year.

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                                                                New book uncovers ‘Bizarre Thailand’                                                            IT&CMA & CWA Asia Pacific
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                                                                A    new book has been launched           chapters in six different sections,                  Bangkok Convention Centre at
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                                                                     by Singapore-based Marshall          including ‘Crime Scenes’,                 
                                                                Cavendish uncovering the weird            ‘Misadventure Travels’, ‘The Sex
                                                                and wonderful side of the ‘Land of        Files’ and ‘The Supernatural’.                        IATA World Passenger
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                                                                         EXPERIENCE THE LAND
                                                                          OF THE ‘BIG FIVE’

Kenya Airways & Travel Daily Asia
Travel Agent Contest
Have you ever wondered how it feels to be on the wide open plains
of Africa, surrounded by roaming herds of animals, breathtaking
scenery and ancient tribes? Kenya Airways, in partnership with
Travel Daily Asia, is offering two lucky travel agents the chance to
experience this incredible land, with an incredible all-expenses paid
safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara - the land of the ‘big five’!

How it Works
All you have to do is to continue selling as many Kenya Airways
tickets as possible from 1st September to 30th November for travel
no later than 31st December 2011. The two agents who have
contributed the highest revenue during this period will be awarded
the tickets.
For each ticket booked, please scan and email the KQ tickets to

                                                                        1. The FIRST PRIZE is two Premier World tickets to Nairobi from
                                                                           either Bangkok, Guangzhou or Hong Kong, plus an all-expenses
                                                                           paid safari experience with Safari Trails
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                                                                           from either Bangkok, Guangzhou or Hong Kong, plus an all-
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                                                                        Another seven agents will win exclusive souvenirs provided by
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                                                                        The result will be announced in TDA on 15 January 2012

   Terms & conditions:
   Contest is offered only to all registered travel agents from following
1. C            ff                                  age
   countries: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand,
   Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and th Philippines.
2. Valid on Kenya Airways flights only.
3. Selling period is 01 September to 30 November 2011, for travel by 31 December 2011.
4. Participants will scan and email the KQ Tickets to
5. Two bonafide registered agents with highest revenue generation will win the prize.
6. Winners will be announced on 15 January 2012 in Travel Daily Asia.
7. Prize must be utilised by 30th April 2012. No extension allowed.

These Terms and Conditions are correct at time of printing but may be subject to change without notice by Kenya Airways.
Above Terms and Conditions are NOT NEGOTIABLE.

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