27 February 2017

TravelersBox, building upon its success in Tokyo and Manila, expands its footprint in Asia with new kiosks now available in Singapore

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Passengers traveling through Singapore’s Changi Airport can now utilize their unneeded foreign change, using the new TravelersBox kiosks located at the airport. TravelersBox is an innovative fintech company that helps travelers convert their leftover foreign currency, including bills and coins, into digital money with favorite e-wallet brands (PayPal and Baidu) or e-Gift cards (iTunes, JD.com, Grab, Tokpedia, Starbucks, Facebook). 

They may also make a contribution to the Changi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Changi Airport Group (CAG) that supports youth community efforts, or charities such as the Red Cross[1]. This way, money that would otherwise be kept in a jar of mixed coins and bills, is now of value again.

“We are happy to welcome TravelersBox to Changi Airport and offer this useful service to the over 58 million passengers who pass through each year. We always strive to innovate in our product and service offerings to meet, and exceed our travelers’ needs. I believe this addition will make their Changi Experience a more delightful one,” said Mr. Albert Lim, Senior Vice President of Passenger Experience, Changi Airport Group.
TravelersBox kiosks were first installed in Changi Airport in mid-December and in that time, there have been four times more transactions in Singapore than in the next best performing airport.
“Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, with a rising middle class who are travelling more both within the region and globally,” said Tomer Zussman, CEO of TravelersBox. “Our kiosks in Singapore, Japan and Manila are doing very well, and we are thrilled to be able to partner with airports of such scale and importance to global travel. We look forward to expanding our presence in Asia and working with popular brands in each market to offer travelers more options to convert their leftover foreign change.”

TravelersBox was conceptualized when Tomer found himself with his pockets full of change each time he returned from his regular work-trips to New York. He would often forget to bring the coins on his next trip and when he started to count the coins, he realized that he would usually accumulate an average of US$10 to US$15 each time. On doing further market study, he found that on average, a tourist actually carries US$20 worth of loose change. With 1.5 billion travelers a year, he realized that this was an untapped market of potentially US$30 billion a year.

After trying to work with banks and credit card companies who were uninterested in micropayments, Tomer thought he could partner with e-wallets and e-Gift card merchants. He then founded the firm together with Idan Deshe to capitalize on this market gap.

To find out more about TravelersBox, please visit http://www.travelersbox.com/

26 February 2017

Miri Country Music Festival #MCMF 2017 launches on a Higher Strum

Performance by James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims (Australia)

The fourth annual Miri Country Music Festival (MCMF) officially started yesterday and will be a two day festival ending tonight with a concert of performances by renowned country music bands.

Press Conference & Launching of festival by Assistant Minister for Land and Air Transportation and Safety Datuk Lee Kim Shim

Assistant Minister of Tourism and Assistant Minister for Land and Air Transportation and Safety Datuk Lee Kim Shin officialy launched the event. Also present during the officiation were, General Manager of Park City Everly Hotel Andrew Law, Artistic Director of MCMF Asif Pishori, CEO of MasWings Aminuddin Zakaria and Malaysia Major Events General Manager Tony Nagamaiah. Malaysia Major Events is a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, an agency under The Misnistry of Tourism & Culture Malaysia.

Day 1 Concert Finale

 Performamce by Shane Smith & The Saints (USA)

Performance by Raggy Project (Malaysia - Penang)

Performers during the festival include international bands Shane Smith and the Saints (USA), James Thomson and the Strange Pilgrims (Australia), The Casual Celeidh Band (Brunei-based European band) as well as popular Malaysian bands Country Road (Miri), Adi Wow and Maha (Sabah), Russel Curtis (Kuala Lumpur) and Raggy Project (Penang).

"Going Celtic" Workshop by Casual Ceilidh Band (Brunei based - European Band)

Line Dance Workshop by Zin Lito
The annual country and western music festival is touted as the only one of its kind in Malaysia and has grown in popularity since its first began in 2014. It is held outdoor at Parkcity Everly Hotel, with the beautiful Brighton Beach as the festival's backdrop. MCMF has expanded from one day to two days for the first time this year and both days are filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

 Vendors selling souveniers

 Vendors selling souveniers
There are music and dance workshops, night performances by the bands, bazaar of vendors selling food, beverage and unique ethnic merchandise, game booths, a barbecue cookout and lucky draw prizes to be won throughout both days. The grand lucky draw prize happening tonight is two Qatar Airways return tickets to Doha. MCMF this weekend expects as estimated turnout of 4000 festival-goers, with walk-in tickets readily available at the venue today for the event finale. Do drop by ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri to catch the festival today.

 Day 1 Miri Country Music Festival crowds

  Day 1 Miri Country Music Festival crowds

23 February 2017

Don't Forget to Enjoy Miri Country Music Festival #MCMF this WEEKEND 25-26 February 2017


Miri Country Music Fest or better known as MCMF, the festival is an annual event, which celebrates western and country genre, good time urban cowboy fair with a hint of honky-tonk and a healthy measure of rock. Adopted from the southern America, MCMF took root in Northern Borneo, along the beautiful Brighton Beach which will be happening this weekend on the 25 & 26 February 2017.
This festival is endorsed by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Sarawak Tourism Board and Miri City Council, and supported by Ministry of Tourism Culture and Malaysia Major Events. The official media partners are Rentak Sejuta and Selebriti Online while MASwings is the supporting airline and Brighton Travel and Tour the official tour partner.
Among the highlighted selection of 2017 line-up is James Thomson and the Strange Pilgrims. James Thomson is a critically acclaimed musician and songwriter from Newcastle, Australia. He has released two highly regarded albums and toured nationally in Australia both solo and with his band ‘The Strange Pilgrims.’ Thomson’s latest album ‘Cold Moon’ is a soulful trip through country, blues, rock and roll, folk and beyond.

James’ Grandfather was a multi-instrumentalist musician and from a young age James heard a steady stream of country, blues and jazz music. After being given a guitar from a relative, he started learning simple chords and songs. Fascinated by the versatility of artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, James set about discovering their respective influences and was soon hearing artists like Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed and The Everly Brothers, as well as traditional folk and blues music, which all had a lasting impression.

Thomson debut album was an introduction to a songwriter already sounding beyond his years in terms of his songs and their lived-in delivery.

 From Kota Kinabalu, Adi Wow & Maha is a country band duo which consists of Abdul Hadi, the lead vocalist who plays the acoustic and electric guitar, and Maha as the back-up vocalist and electric and acoustic guitarist. Abdul Hadi or Adi Wow, was the former lead singer from the band called ‘Wow’. Adi has 3 albums which were released in the early 1990s. Kau Yang Satu, Engkau Tetap Satu and Terukir Rindu were hits on the radio in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. Three of the songs hit the chart of Muzik-Muzik TV1, TV2, TV3 and ASTRO in Malaysia. Abdul Hadi has performed and toured, doing major concerts in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.

Recording artiste Russell Curtis is certainly no stranger to the Malaysian music industry. Apart from recording, he performs live for music festivals, album tours and private events. Being a favourite among affluent clients, his experience has taken him past the shores of Malaysia to perform in Singapore, Manila, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even Las Vegas. In November 2013, Russell Curtis defeated nine other countries and was crowned Grand Champion at the Yamaha Asian Beat Band Competition held in Jakarta. This makes his the only Malaysian team to have emerged as champions overseas in the 16 years that the competition has been running. After launching his debut album in 2014, he received two AIM (Anugerah Industri Muzik) nominations for “Best New Artiste” and “Best English Song Of The Year” for his own composition, Sons.

The Miri Taxi Association has been engaged to assist with promoting the event by placing the official MCMF car sticker on their taxis and inserting the flyers into their seat pockets. The organiser would like to support local economic scene by involving local business and retail companies, which includes taxis, hotels, F&B outlets, retail outlets and so on.

Stay updated with us on Facebook and tickets are available online at www.miricountrymusic.com. 

19 February 2017