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Windstar Cruises Expands Award-Winning Shore Excursion Program Launching

Beyond Ordinary Tours — Now Offering More Than 2,500 Tour Choices in 330 Ports on Sailings through 2021

Windstar’s “Destination Event” showcases immersive guest experiences on shore, and gives cruisers up to $US1,000 shipboard credit (SBC) to discover destinations differently,

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Norfolk Island Recognised as Gold Level Dark Sky Town

Norfolk Island is now a Gold Level Dark Sky Town recognised for its “excellent dark sky – suitable for deep sky observing and astrophotography”.

This follows Norfolk Island Tourism’s successful application to the Australian Dark Sky Register (ADSR) in which this popular holiday destination for Australians and New Zealanders joins a select group of locations that provide great views of the night sky which are accessible to everyone.

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The Table Bay, Cape Town Will Keep Saving Water

While the City of Cape Town’s dams are more than 80 per cent full, The Table Bay has reaffirmed its commitment to saving water.

During the severe drought in 2017 and 2018, The Table Bay implemented a series of water savings interventions and water wise behaviours which saw the hotel retain similar water consumption during peak occupancy periods to that of its lowest occupancy periods.

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Daylight Saving Time Clocking On For Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island will once again observe Australian Daylight-Saving Time when it is introduced on Sunday 6 October 2019 and continues through to Sunday 5 April 2020

The island first clocked on for Daylight Saving Time in 2017 following a call-out to the island community in which a majority 85% supported its introduction to enable more opportunities for residents and the many visitors to enjoy the wonderful array of activities and adventures available into the evening hours over the Summer and Autumn period.

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The Table Bay Named in Top 10 for Africa

The Table Bay, Cape Town has been ranked in the Top 10 Best City Hotels in Africa in the recently announced Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

Staged annually by Travel + Leisure magazine, the World’s Best Awards surveys readers on their travel experiences around the globe. Readers rank hotels and resorts on their facilities,

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Aqua Expeditions’ Aria Amazon New Travel Incentive

Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions has announced a last-minute ‘Escape to Nature’ offer for guests on Aria Amazon’s 3-Night Discovery, 4-Night Explorer and 7-Night Expedition Cruises until the end of 2019. The special benefits give travellers to Peru an incentive to cruise the Amazon before or after a visit to the famed Machu Picchu.

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Therasia Resort Sea & Spa Serves Up Aeolian Island’s First Dedicated Vegetarian Restaurant

Therasia Resort Sea & Spa, a 5-star establishment already home to one-Michelin star restaurant, Il Cappero, on Volcano Island off the coast of Sicily, has unveiled a new vegetarian restaurant, I Tenerumi Vegetarian Restaurant.

Pierpaolo Tiretti, General Manager at Therasia Resort Sea & Spa said, “Our decision to open I Tenerumi Vegetarian Restaurant was based on evidence indicating a rise in vegetarians within Italy.

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Rayavadee, Krabi announces Stay Pay and Special Early Bird Offer

Rayavadee in Thailand has announced Stay Pay bonus nights for guests in Deluxe Pavilion accommodation and a Special Early Bird Offer of 20% savings on rates across all room categories at this popular Krabi holiday resort for Australians.

Both options for travel agents are valid for new bookings made up to 30 September 2019 for guest stays from 1 November 2019 to 30 April 2020 (excluding 20 December 2019 – 10 January 2020,

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The Table Bay introduces Full Day Winter Conference Package

The Table Bay is offering a Full Day Winter Conference Package on new bookings of conferences and meetings for a minimum 20 delegates at this magnificent property in Cape Town through to 30 September 2019.

The Full Day Winter Conference Package is available from 8.00am to 5.00pm each day and priced at ZAR650 per person including:
• Arrival,

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The Table Bay, Cape Town Announces Extend Stay and Save 10% offer

The Table Bay in Cape Town, South Africa is offering a saving of 10% on guests stays of a minimum four nights at this beautiful harbourfront hotel until the end of the year.

This popular holiday hot spot for Australians and New Zealanders presents wonderful guest experiences in and around the perfectly situated location including:

  • Settling into the gently bustling surroundings that the operational harbour and splendid views of Cape Town’s Table Mountain offer
  • Indulging in any and every treatment desired at The Table Bay’s Camelot Spa
  • Stepping out of The Table Bay and into retail paradise,

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A World of Discovery – Porto, Seville & Marrakech

Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays presents three specially tailored touring adventures for your clients as they explore and become immersed in fun and fascinating experiences in Portugal’s Porto, Spain’s Seville and Morocco’s Marrakech. There are plenty of tasty bites and amazing sights to discover in Porto. A fascinating tour of the Jewish Quarter and fabulous cruise of the Guadalquivir River awaits in Seville.

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Windstar Announces Sailings Down Under in 2020 & 2021: Australia & New Zealand Cruises

First-ever Australia- and New Zealand-intensive itineraries for the small ship cruise line; sailings on board newly reimagined Star Breeze; award-winning Signature Expeditions program expands to the region.

Boutique cruise line Windstar Cruises is pointing its compass “Down Under” to Australia and New Zealand for the 2020/2021 winter/spring season.

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Thyme For A New Spa At Garden & Villas Resort, Italy

Garden & Villas Resort on the island of Ischia, off the coast of Italy, have extended their green thumb to the newly refurbished spa launching an herbal inspired spa menu just in thyme for the Italian summer.

The resort’s new spa features a wide range of body and face treatments,

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Chiva-som to reopen its doors ahead of schedule

Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, has announced that due to the excellent progress of renovation, the resort will reopen its doors on 15th October 2019, ahead of the originally planned date of 1st November 2019. This date will mark the completion of the fourth and final stage of a top-to-toe renovation – the first major works since its inauguration 24 years ago.

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An Atlantic Breeze at The Table Bay in Cape Town

Winter sunsets are mesmerising from the vantage point of the Union Bar at The Table Bay’s in South Africa’s Cape Town.

Overlooking Cape Town Harbour and Table Mountain, the Union Bar is an inviting space to find sanctuary from the Winter’s chill and for clients to enjoy a great selection of cocktails before sitting down to an inspiring dinner at The Table Bay’s Camissa Brasserie.

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow rolling onto Norfolk Island

Enjoy a very special Norfolk Island holiday with a twist and lots of laughs when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls into town on 3 August.

Five of the Festival’s most loved and fantastically funny comedians from Australia and New Zealand have packed their bags and are island-bound for a fun-filled evening of great entertainment at this fabulous setting in the South Pacific.

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The Table Bay’s Sensory Journey With Lifestyle Fragrance, Kaap

The Table Bay in Cape Town has unveiled a beautiful fragrance created exclusively for the popular Cape Town property with the launch of Kaap.

Produced blending 100% botanicals from the Cape, Kaap captures the essence of The Table Bay in a unique, living fragrance that guests will forever associate with the extraordinary and serendipitous experience of staying there and which is available from the hotel’s luxury spa. 

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The Library in Koh Samui Announces 20% Discount and The Page Dining Experience

The Library is offering a 20% discount on its Best Available Rates (BAR) on bookings across all room types received by 30 June 2019 for guest stays of three nights or more until 30 September 2019 at this stunning resort in Thailand.

Discounted rates will commence at THB10,080+++ (excluding taxes and service charge) based on accommodation for two guests in a Smart Studio.

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‘Travel My Way’ To Uganda Women Empowering Women Journey

A special tour has been announced focused on empowering women and supporting aid organisations helping women achieve their dreams in Uganda.

This amazing 10-night Uganda experience from 2 – 12 November 2019 has been created by Yvonne Verstandig, Co-Founder and Head of Leisure at Executive Edge Travel who will co-host the tour with Suzy Zail,

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Cheers to Windstar’s New “All-In Package” Offering Value & Convenience on Hundreds of Cruises Worldwide

Special Package Pricing Offers AU$273 Savings on a 7-Day Sailing, Including Unlimited Wi-Fi, Laundry Service, Gratuities, Wine, Beer, Cocktails & Mini-bar

Windstar Cruises, the leader in small ship cruising is making the convenience of a cruise even more appealing and effortless by offering a new inclusive onboard package with exceptional value on everything needed for the perfect vacation.

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Aqua Expeditions Unveils New Fleet Additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera

Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions officially announces two new fleet additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera.

Aqua Blu is Aqua Expeditions’ first ever coastal ship, and the first ever long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based in the East Indonesian Archipelago with year-round departures.

Partnering with internationally-renowned yacht designer Cor D.

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The Library in Koh Samui offers 15% BAR Discount and 15% Agency Commission

The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering a 15% discount on its Best Available Rates (BAR) on bookings received by 15 May 2019 for guest stays of 2 nights or more in a Smart Studio, Exotic Suite or Secret Pool Villa from 1 May to 31 July 2019.

Discounted rates will commence at THB10,710+++ or THB12,713 Nett per night based on accommodation for two guests in a Smart Studio including The Library’s daily signature Breakfast Culture on the beach.

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Explore Artisanal Beers and Brewing with The Table Bay in Cape Town

The Table Bay in Cape Town has become the first five-star hotel in South Africa to develop its own craft beer.

The signature drink at this popular holiday destination for Australians and New Zealanders is an extreme lager named Slow Beer, which is complemented by an ever-growing range of Darling Brew beers including Silver Back,

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Windstar Cruises’ Reveals Details of us$250 million Star Plus Initiative at Seatrade Cruise Global Event

Windstar Cruises, the leader in small ship cruising, has revealed big news about the award-winning line’s US$250 Million Star Plus Initiative at last week’s Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s most celebrated worldwide event. 

The Seattle-based cruise line’s President John Delaney revealed 360degree “views” and vibrant renderings of what guests will experience on the line’s three renovated vessels,

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Aqua Expeditions Set To Enter Coastal Cruise Market In 2019

Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions is set to diversify its business operations and enter the coastal cruises market in the fourth quarter of 2019, after operating as a river cruise line for the past 12 years.

The announcement follows the successful funding in November 2018 of its growth strategy.

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Bounty Day Celebrations on Norfolk Island

Join the Norfolk Island community on their National Day celebrating the 1856 arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders to begin a new life on Norfolk.

As the descendants of Fletcher Christian and the mutineers of the Mutiny on the Bounty, they invite you to be part of the Bounty Day activities centred around a community re-enactment and picnic.

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Garden & Villas Resort launches ‘Places of Elena Ferrante’ package

The volcanic island of Ischia, off the coast of southern Italy, is garnering much attention of late and not just for its spectacular scenery. The ‘Green Island’, as nicknamed by locals, forms part of the backdrop for HBO’s recent critically-acclaimed series “My Brilliant Friend” based on the much-loved Elena Ferrante novel.

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Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast announces 2019 Spring Offer

Casa Angelina has announced a Spring Offer to celebrate the seasonal 2019 re-opening of this beautiful property in Praiano on the Amalfi Coast.

The Spring Offer is valid for a minimum 2-night stay from 7 April to 15 May 2019 and includes:

  • 20% discount off the Best Available Rate
  • EUR80,00 Credit Voucher to offset against any hotel Food &

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Aqua Expeditions announces 30% Summer Rates offer for Aqua Mekong ‘Green Season’ Cruises

Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions has announced a special Summer Rates offer aboard award-winning Aqua Mekong expedition river cruises in 2019 and 2020, taking travellers on a grand journey of Cambodia and Vietnam on one of the world’s legendary waterways, the Mekong river.

The Summer Rates offer is a 30% discount on regular rates for chosen departures from 3 May to 13 August 2019 and 1 May to 6 August 2020,

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A new era of wellness beckons: World-renowned health resort, Chiva-Som, To embark on fourth and final stage of renovations

Chiva-Som International Health Resort has announced the fourth and final stage of its renovation program, from 1st May to 31st October of this year. The resort, which reopened on 1st November 2018, has already revealed the results of the first three stages of works, which comprised a complete overhaul of all the accommodation and many of the facilities.

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Individual Traveller Announces Sri Lanka Solo Tour For Men And Women 55+

Individual Traveller has announced an exclusive Sri Lanka Solo Tour for Men and Women 55+ inviting participants to ‘Travel where you’ve never been with friends you’ve never met!’.

The fully-escorted 12-night/13-day tour showcasing intoxicating Sri Lanka and visiting fascinating cities and regions including Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy and Galle,

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Windstar Australia Announces Monaco Grand Prix Fly Cruise Package

Windstar Australia has announced an 8-night Monaco Grand Prix Fly, Cruise & Stay Package offering savings up to $5,823 per person twin share.

The special offer is available for bookings received by 22 March for this package at the reduced cost starting from $9,999 per person twin share departing 20 May 2019.

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Aqua Expeditions announces iFrame tool for trade partners

Aqua Expeditions has announced the launch of its free online Aqua Expeditions iFrame marketing tool providing the luxury cruise company’s trade partners in Australia with exclusive online access to its current content.

This new facility is designed to assist its Australian partners in selling Aqua Expeditions’ Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon cruises more easily and effectively by offering a well designed iFrame that contains the most important and useful information which can be easily placed onto the trade’s  web pages with one simple click.

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Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays’ Solo Ladies Escorted Camino Last 100km

Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays has announced an escorted tour exclusively tailored for ladies wishing to travel solo along the fascinating path of the Camino.

The 8-day Solo Ladies Escorted Camino Last 100km journey from 29 August to 6 September 2019 will take travellers on the final leg of the famous Camino Francés from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela crossing the green rolling landscapes of rural Galicia and including overnight stays in Sarria,

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Rayavadee Bonus Night Villa Offer Including Easter Period

Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Villa Offer on new bookings for guest stays until 30 April 2019

For the first time, Rayavadee will also accept these bookings for stays over Easter from 19 to 22 April, which has always previously been a blackout period for bookings.

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The Library’s Wedding in the Red Pool

The Library invites couples to celebrate their special union with a stunning Wedding in The Red Pool at this beautiful property in Koh Samui, Thailand.

The signature Red Pool, with the lulling warm breeze of Chaweng Beach and beyond, provides the perfect setting with its mosaic tiles of orange,

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Norfolk Island on ABC Television

Travellers and industry partners will be able to get an insight into all that is happening on Norfolk Island with this popular short-haul holiday destination to feature on ABC Television’s Escape from the City program screening on 28 February and 2 March.

This recently launched program which is generating high ratings is tracing an Australian couple,

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Kahanda Kanda Introduces Ayurvedic Menu

Sydney, 22 February 2019: Sri Lanka’s Kahanda Kanda has introduced an Ayurvedic menu designed to encourage optimal health from inside out and complement the resort’s new 4-night Wellness Program.

Based on 5000-year-old Ayurvedic philosophies, the menu incorporates the essential elements of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent and salty in each meal to aid digestion and achieve overall balance.

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Spencer Travel’s Exclusive India Tour

13 – 25 October 2019

Delhi – Varanasi – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Mumbai

From Mumbai’s dabbawallas and Old Delhi’s markets, to the Taj Mahal and lavish Taj Hotels, Spencer Travel has announced an exclusive 12-day Spencer Gems India journey to be hosted from 13 – 25 October 2019. 

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The Unique Tourism Collection Appointed Australia and New Zealand Representative for The Table Bay, Cape Town

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australia and New Zealand representative for The Table Bay in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Sydney-based travel and tourism marketing and communication specialist will be responsible for sales, marketing and media activity working closely with industry partners and media and developing strategic opportunities for driving business from Australia and New Zealand to The Table Bay.

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Afternoon Tea is Served at CHIVA-SOM


International Health Resort, a pioneer in global wellness destination Chiva-Som has introduced a complimentary Afternoon Tea being offered to guests in The Orchid Lounge from 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm each day.

Guests are invited to relax and enjoy a beautiful selection of treats including Mochi with Sweet Red Bean Paste,

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KK Beach In Sri Lanka Announces Gnarly Surf Deal

KK Beach In Sri Lanka Announces Gnarly Surf Deal

Aussie surfers eager to drop in on Sri Lanka’s top breaks can now do so with a new 4-night surf package being offered by KK Beach located near Galle.

On the doorstep of popular Sri Lankan surf spots Unawatuna,

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From Garden to Table: The Italian Hotel Championing Zero-Food Miles

Italy is heralded for its fresh and seasonal gastronomy however Garden & Villas Resort on the island of Ischia is taking sustainable cuisine to the next level by serving genuine zero-mile products that tell the history of Ischia direct from their onsite organic garden.

Tucked inside a lush 3-hectare organic garden on the island of Ischia,

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Norfolk Island Country Music Festival Rocking Again in 2019

Taking advantage of a location ‘in the middle of the ditch’, both Australian and New Zealand performers will join once again for the 27th staging of the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival in May 2019.

Norfolk Island comes alive over this week with four major shows, acoustic and country rock sessions and the famous UpCountry bar and party after each show.

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Norfolk Island February Getaway

Norfolk Island Travel Centre has limited seats still available on an exclusive direct return charter flight from Auckland to Norfolk Island 2 – 9 February 2019.

The return flight is priced from NZ$880 per person return whilst the 7-night package is priced from NZD1325 per person twin share inclusive of flights,

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Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays – Discover Us!

 Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays continues to unveil wonderful experiences in three amazing destinations and is ready to create personalised itineraries.

Discover Us for…

  • Unique Experiences – Surfing in Peniche, horse riding in Montserrat, hot ballooning above the Alentejo, horse riding in Andalucia
  • Camino Specialists – Walking or cycling plus many other ways to enjoy this historical pilgrim journey across Spain to Santiago do Compostela
  • Cooking and Gourmet Experiences – Amazing local cuisine,

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Dine Michelin-Star Style on Volcano in 2019

Sicily’s Therasia Resort Sea and Spa on Volcano has announced a ‘hot’ offer for guests to enjoy a degustation dinner prepared by awarded Chef Giuseppe Biuso at the resort’s one Michelin-Star restaurant, Il Cappero, when the resort reopens for the European summer in April 2019.

Set on Volcano,

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Tauck Australia Announces New Douro Riverboat Cruising in 2020

Tauck Australia has announced three cruises commencing in April 2020 aboard Tauck’s new 80-metre Douro Riverboat which has been purpose-built for traversing Portugal’s fascinating Douro River and offers spacious accommodation for 84 guests. 

 Cruise itineraries and dates are as follows with full pricing to be available in February 2019:


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Aqua Mekong Cruising with David Thompson

Following sold-out Chef-hosted cruises in 2018, Aqua Expeditions has again scheduled two special departures on Aqua Mekong with acclaimed Australian Chef, David Thompson in 2019.

As Consulting Chef for the Aqua Mekong since this beautiful sleek vessel’s inaugural cruise in October 2014, Thompson continues to expand his adventurous palate more broadly around Southeast Asia,

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25% Special Offer at Stylish, The Library in Koh Samui

The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering a 25% discount on its Best Available Rates (BAR) and 15% travel agent commission for bookings received by 31 January 2019 for guest stays of a minimum three consecutive nights at this stunning property until 15 July 2019.

This special offer is available for accommodation in a Smart Studio (from THB8400+++),

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