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Destination Spotlight: 5 NYC Hotels for the Holidays

From iconic holiday movies to tree lighting ceremonies, New York City offers a magical setting for celebrating the holidays. Whether it's a girls shopping weekend in the city, trip to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, or a family vacation for Christmas, New York City has a variety of luxury hotels for sleeping, celebrating, and relaxing after exciting days of shopping, Broadway Shows, ice skating, viewing window displays at the department stores, and basking in the glow of holiday lights. Here are five of our top picks for holiday trips to Midtown Manhattan. 

1. The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza New York

Celebrating 110 years, The Plaza Hotel offers a historic location on Central Park South. This year, the property is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York with special room packages, a Kevin Look-A-Like Contest, 90s Throwback Menu to honor Home Alone 2 at Todd English in the Food Hall, as well as a Home Alone 2 Photobooth Experience starting December 1. 

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2. The Lotte New York Palace

Holidays at The Lotte New York Palace

Set at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue, The Lotte New York Palace offers an iconic setting steps from Rockefeller Center. Wake up with a view of St. Patrick's Cathedral from the Cathedral Rooms, ice skate under the shadow of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, and see the one-and-only Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, and dine at the hotel's recently opened VILLARD Restaurant. 

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3. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Located along the Thanksgiving Day Parade Route on Sixth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park offers an idyllic Midtown location. From the "Fairytale In the City" packages which includes a renowned themed breakfast at the Saks New York flagship store and a carriage ride through Central Park to decadent Christmas Day and New Years Eve Dinners, this luxury hotel provides an elegant base for celebrating the holidays in NYC. 

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4. Four Seasons New York

Holidays at the Four Seasons New York

Designed by famed architect IM Pei, the Four Seasons New York is a modern-deco landmark. Located along "Billionaire's Row" between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, the hotel is steps from Madison Avenue boutiques and the Central Park skating rink. Festive Holiday Brunches are served on Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving to Christmas, as well as New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the Garden, there's an annual tree lighting ceremony to benefit Toys for Tots (November 30, 2017), and a New Year's Eve Soiree at Ty Bar. Offering recently renovated guest rooms and suites infused with natural light and park views, the hotel has a Rolls-Royce house car for short trips within the city, less than 12 rooms per floor for a residential feel, customized in-room technology, and the L. RAPHAEL Beauty Spa. 

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5. The Pierre Hotel New York

Suite Living Room at The Pierre Hotel New York

Overlooking Central Park, The Pierre Hotel New York is across the street from the park, and a short walk to the upscale boutiques and restaurants along Madison and Park Avenues. Offering a signature Afternoon Tea with fresh-baked scones and petit fours created daily by the in-house pastry team, special children's amenities, and Perine, a French-American restaurant, the property has a variety of amenities for guests of all ages.

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Perched atop granite boulders on the southern tip of Anse Kerlan, the Presidential Villa at the Constance Lemuria Seychelles features an exclusive setting. Designed to provide a private hotel within the resort, the villa is a one-of-a-kind retreat in Seychelles wtih a master suite complete with a terrace bathroom and jacuzzi. Separated from the master suite is two additional suites. Continue reading below the photo of the Presidential Villa. 

Presidential Villa at the Constance Lemuria Seychelles

Surrounded by buildings for complete privacy there are three multi-level pools with direct access to the villa's private beach. Read more below the photo. 

Exterior of Presidential Villa at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

In addition to the bedroom suites and pool, there is a fully-equipped office, as well as a spacious living room designed for entertaining. Read more below the photo.

Presidential Villa at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

The Constance Lemuria Seychelles offers a secluded beachfront retreat with white sand beaches, lush flora, and the only 18-hole golf course of the Seychelles. Designed to balance indulgence with simplicity, the property has a variety of restaurants and bars, plus a spa, kids club, diving, and tennis. 

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Featured Journeys: Europe Christmas Markets

The holiday season is drawing near and the European Christmas Markets are about to open for the season. While Germany is traditionally known for the markets, there's also time-honored markets in France, Switzerland, and Austria. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're featuring three European cities: Strasbourg, Stuttgart, and Salzburg, which can easily be visited as part of a multi-destination European vacation, or choose one for a festive holiday-themed getaway. From traditional decor to handcrafted toys, as well as live Nativity scenes, choir concerts, ice skating, European Christmas Markets provide a one-of-a-kind setting for sipping mulled wine, enjoying gingerbread, and enjoying the local traditions of the season. 


Strasbourg
Stuttgart
Salzburg

 

Strasbourg

Nestled in the Alsace region along the border of France and Germany, the first Christmas Markets in Strasbourg began in 1570. Referred to as the Capital of Christmas, Strasbourg's markets are considered to be the best in France. Open daily from November 24 to December 30, 2017, visitors to the city can visit multiple markets, including the original which is located in the heart of the city's Grand Ile quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll amidst more than 300 chalets offering local arts and crafts, sip hot wine from boot shaped mugs, and try Flammekeuche - a thin pizza with crème fraîche, onions, and bacon. While at the markets, visitors can watch Nativity plays, listen to carolers, and look for the city's mascot--stuffed white storks in Le Petite France set along a canal in the city center. 

Chateau de l'Ile

Chateau de l'Ile at night

Situated within a historic 19th century castle, Chateau de l'Ile offers 62 guest rooms and suites inspired by the 19th century bourgeois houses. There's traditional Alsatian dining in the Winstub, a spa with an indoor pool, fitness room, whirlpool, and hammam, as well as bicyles, ping-pong, billiards, and the Heydt bar

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Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile

Situated in the medieval quarter, Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile offers a recently renovated contemporary setting close to the Cathedral, Opera, and Petite France District. The Terroir & Co. Restaurant serves chef-prepared modern cuisine, there's a compact vineyard on-site, as well as a wine cellar with fine Alsatian wines.

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Stuttgart

Set amidst historic city squares, the sprawling Stuttgart Christmas Market dates back to the 17th century. Featuring more than 280 stalls set between the Gothic cathedral and the city's ivy-clad castle, visitors can find glass creations, wooden toys, handmade nutcrackers, and sheepskin clothing. The Kinderland has a mini steam railway, carousel, and Ferris wheel for children, while there are daily concerts in the castle's courtyard. Open from November 29 to December 23, 2017, there are illuminations, fir branches, and angels hanging between the city's gabled houses, and the smell of Glühpunsch wine infused with vanilla and cinnamon fills the air. For food, visitors can nibble roasted almonds, graze on sheep sausages, or try sweet favorites like waffles, gingerbread, and fruitcake (known as Hutzelbrot). In addition to the the city's market, the Esslingen Medieval Christmas Market and the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market can be reached via a 15-minute ride on the S-Bahn light rail system. 

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten

Surrounded by castle gardens, the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten offers a city center location close to the Köngistrasse shopping street and the city's cultural mile. There are four restaurants within the hotel, including the Michelin-starred Restaurant Die Zirbelstube, bistro, and an American-style bar. The Weinwirtschaft Franz Keller is bistro and wine shop combined, serving regional cuisine with regional wine tastings. 

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DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart

DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart

Featuring panoramic city views, DORMERO Hotel Stuttgart offers contemporary accommodations in the heart of Stuttgart. Connected to the SI Center entertainment complex, the property offers easy access to musical theaters and the Stuttgart Casino. The Whitelounge offers 360-degree light and sound shows in the evenings, and there's multiple dining options including Tapas Y Vino, The Dubliner, and Red Black Burger. 

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Salzburg

In the midst of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt is one of the oldest in Europe. Open each year from the Thursday preceding the first Sunday in Advent to December 26, the market is held in the Cathedral Square, under avant-garde glass casings with about 100 traditional huts selling traditional decor, local folk customs, and holiday treats like sweet mulled wine, roasted almonds and chestnuts, locally cured sausages, and Lebkuchen. The nearby Schloss Hellbrun features one of the world's largest Advent calendars and a living Nativity. 

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Restaurant Zirbelzimmer at Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Built in 1832, Hotel Sacher Salzburg is located along the banks of the river Salzach. Featuring views of the Old Town and the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the property offers historic elegance with fine dining at the Restaurant Zirbelzimmer with traditional cuisine, and guests can enjoy the Original Sacher-Torte with coffee in the Cafe Sacher Salzburg, a classic Austrian coffee house within the hotel. 

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Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Classic room at Hotel Goldener Hirsch

Set along the Getreidegasse Road in the city's Old Town, the Hotel Goldener Hirsch is a historic hotel that originally opened in 1407. Today, the property mixes original antiques and handcrafted furniture with modern amenities and Austrian traditions. The Restaurant Goldener Hirsch and Restaurant s'Herzel both serve Austrian cuisine in historic settings, and the Bar Goldener Hirsch is located within the hotel's original inner courtyard where horses once waited. Today, it is considered one of the best outfitted Bauernstil rooms with arched entrances, white walls, and stags on the walls. 

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Perched on a hillside along the Pacific Coast, Monarch Beach Resort celebrates the California Coastal lifestyle. From private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern to surf lessons on the beach, the property embodies a SoCal way of life. Fresh off a $40 million transformation, guest rooms and suies feature ocean-inspired furnishings by Rodrigo Vargas Design, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family pool with splash zones. In addition, the resort offers a variety of signature experiences for all interests. Continue reading more below the resort photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Monarch Beach Resort

Four Signature Experiences at Monarch Beach Resort

1. Miraval "Life in Balance" Spa

Overlooking the ocean with private beach access, the recently opened spa provides an array of treatments, services, and programs focused on health and wellness to reinvigorate the mind, body, and spirit. 

2. Monarch Beach Golf Links

The 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is an award-winning course. Set along the ocean, the 6,600-yard course has the Club 19 Restaurant and Grill, Mindful Golf Programs, and a top-ranked golf boutique. Read more below the photo.

Monarch Beach Resort

3. Miraval Tea

Focused on a healthful experience, the Miraval Tea is a high tea experience that includes chef-created lighter menu items, as well as custom blended teas like the Monarch Beach SoCal Citrus and Prickly Pear Black Tea. In addition, the tea includes spa access and $50 off a spa service. 

4. Surf, Body Board, and Body Surf Classes

Led by the area's top instructors, guests can experience quintessential beach activities by partaking in a class to learn how to surf, body board, or body surf.

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Monarch Beach Resort


Featuring an idyllic setting El Dorado Royale, by Karisma, is an adults-only all-inclusive resort designed to help guests relax and unwind while on vacation. There are world-class restaurants serving cuisine by renowned chefs, as well as personal concierges and bars pouring top shelf cocktails. Twice a month there are culinary series showcasing visiting chefs from around the world, as well as fitness classes, dance lessons, and wine tastings. The beachfront property offers a wide array of services and activities, discover 5 of our favorite activity options below the resort photo.

Jacuzzi Suite at El Dorado Royale

5 Top Activities at El Dorado Royale

1. 5K Races

Every Friday morning the resort hosts a casual 5K Race through the property's mangroves, jungles, and beachfront. 

2. Greenhouse Tours

Greenhouse at El Dorado Royale

Guests can tour the resort's 76,000 square-foot hydroponic greenhouse to see how the resort's fruits and vegetables are grown sustainably on-site. 

3. Bonanza Ranch Horseback Riding

Explore the property's jungles, fruit orchards, cenote caves, and crystal pools while saddled up for a chance to see monkeys and tropical birds. 

4. Tequila Tastings

Sip house-infused tequilas as well as expertly selected premium tequilas ideal for sipping. 

5. Snorkeling

See rare coral and tropical fish while snorkeling through the waters just off the resort's beaches. Read more about the resort below the photo.

La Isla at El Dorado Royale Spa Resort

In addiition to the activities listed above, the property has an aqua gym, archery, rifle shooting, cigar rolling lessons, ranch tours, and cooking classes. The Gourmet-inclusive resort has 15 restaurants on-site, as well as six pools and two full-service spas. Ideal for couples, honeymooners, and weddings, the all Jacuzzi-suite resort is set along the Caribbean Sea in the heart of Riviera Maya. 

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Featuring panoramic views of the city and Burj Khalifa, the Presidential Suite at Taj Dubai is a 7,319-square-foot suite with a luxury master bedroom, living room, media room, office, yoga studio, and gymasium. Within the bedroom there is a King size Posturepedic mattress, with softer beds or hard boards available upon request, as well as a pillow menu. The master bathroom offers a Molton Brown bath amenities, and a bathtub with a bath menu and soaking salts. Continue reading below the master bedroom photo.

Presidential Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the suite there is a reception area, as well as living room with a large flat-screen TV, DVD Player, surround sound, multi-media port, & LAN adaptor. There's also a dining room and kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a well-stocked minibar. The Presidential Suite has an office and media room, as well as a dedicated majlis, and there is a guest room with a sitting area and bathroom.

The Taj Dubai is an opulent high-rise hotel in the heart of the city. About 20 minutes from the Dubai International Airport, the opulent hotel offers a traditional Afternoon Tea, Jiva Spa, large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. Read more below the photo.

Dining at Taj Dubai

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at Tesoro, $100 Food and Beverage Credit, complimentary WiFi, and based on availability at check-in: a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. 

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Surrounded by natural beauty, Four Seasons Jackson Hole blends rustic adventure with luxury accommodations. Featuring an array of outdoor activities including skiing, biking, hiking, and rafting, the property offers opportunities for relaxation at 11,685-square-foot spa with 16 treatment rooms and two private spa suites. Framed by the Grand Teton Mountain Range, the alpine resort is ideal for viewing an array of wildlife. Continue reading below the photo. 

Four Seasons Jackson Hole

Guests of the resort can choose from a variety of lodging options, including guest rooms, suites, and the ultra-luxe two-to-five bedrrom private residences. Within the private residences there are plush living rooms with gas fireplaces, seating for several people, and double sofa beds. There are solid wood doors with inlaid windows that open to private terraces or balconies furnished with teak tables and chairs, plus dining rooms and full kitchens equipped with dishwashers. Off of the entrances there are washers and dryers, and bathrooms have dual vanities, deep soaking tubs, and glass-enclosed showers. Read more below the photo of the Two-Bedroom Resort Residence - Valley View.

Two-Bedroom Resort Residence - Valley View

Within the resort, there are multiple dining options including The Handle Bar, an American Pub and Beer Hall popular with visitors and locals alike. While the Westbank Grill reflects the area's Western heritage with Teton views, large stone fireplace, open kitchen, and a menu of prime steaks, fine seafood, signature dishes, and an extensive wine list. 

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Exterior of Four Seasons Jackson Hole


No tricks here, just Travel Treats! This Halloween we've gathered some of the top perks offers for Five Star Alliance guests around the globe. No need for anything scary here, just fabulous deals waiting for you. 

1. Taj Dubai

Taj Dubai

Soaring 35 stories over downtown, this opulent retreat features the Jiva Spa, luxe outdoor pool, stylish dining options, traditional Afternoon Tea, and creative activities for children.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at Tesoro, $100 Food and Beverage Credit per room, per stay. Plus, complimentary WiFi, and based on availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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2. Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Overlooking Pacific Palisades, this Southern California hotel offers wellness activities, locally sourced regional cuisine, and an outdoor pool with a fireplace. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive daily full American breakfast for two at Tower 8, in-room welcome amenity, and a welcome prosecco upon arrival. Also, subject to availability a room category upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. 

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3. Nolinski Paris

Nolinski Paris

Set within a Haussmann building, this Parisian hotel is steps from the Comedie Francaise and the Palais Royal gardens with a spa, Grand Salon, and residential-style accommodations. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, smartphone with unlimited international phone calls and internet to use during their stay, and guests staying between October 30, 2017 and February 25, 2018 receive a $100 spa credit per stay. 

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4. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Infused with genuine Inca culture and a location at the foot of Machu Picchu, this hotel offers Peruvian Cooking & Bar Classes, Andean Weddings, and ecological excursions. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a 50-minute massage for up to two people, and based on availability, an upgrade on arrival and early check-in/late check-out. 

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5. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

In the heart of Tuscany's Brunello winemaking region, the majestic estate with an 800-year history offers a Gothic chapel, 12th century castle fortress, and focus on wine. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive $100 USD resort credit (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full),  welcome amenity, and in-villa dinner delivered on arrival day. Also, based on availability at check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Love a good ghost story? So do we. This Halloween we've gathered a list of five luxury hotels known for eery experiences and legendary ghost stories. From London to Vancouver, here are five of our favorites. 

1. The Langham London

The Langham London

Built in 1865, this luxe hotel with a world-reknowned Afternoon Tea is also known for sightings of the paranormal kind. From a German prince in a military jacket that jumped to his untimely death, to a Victorian-era doctor who killed his bride and himself while on their honeymoon, the majority of the paranormal activity happens in Room 333.

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2. Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

In 1892, a young woman arrived on Thanksgiving alone and never checked out. After five lonely days, Kate Morgan took her own life. To this day, the Ghost of Kate Morgan continues with stories of lights flickering, objects mysteriously moving, along with unexplained voices and footsteps. Paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity from Kate's room on the third floor, and there have been Kate sightings along the seashore and in the hotel hallways. 

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3. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Known as the "Castle in the City" the legendary Canadian National Railway hotel that first opened as a hotel in 1939, is also home to the Lady in Red, a friendly ghost. Often spotted on the 14th floor in an elegant red evening gown, she's also been seen on the first floor and gliding through the hallways. Security cameras have picked up strange sounds and disembodied footsteps, guests have reported sightings over the years, and a special cocktail is served at the lobby lounge in her honor. 

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4. Emily Morgan Hotel

Emily Morgan Hotel

Next to the Alamo, the hotel was originally constructed as the Medical Arts Building on the Alamo Plaza. Featuring a copper roof with wood ribs, the building is lined by an array of gargoyles, each depicting a medical ailment. Believed to be one of the most haunted hotels west of the Mississippi, there have been stories of guests' phones ringing in the middle, lights and TVs turning on mysteriously, bathtubs being filled on their own, and sightings of women dressed in white. The most common sightings have seemed to occur on floors 12 and 14, which were once surgery and crematorium floors. 

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5. Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Featuring old world grace and charm, W. A. Chambers was one of the designers behind the opulent hotel. He left for a trip to England once the blueprints were completed, and returned to discover the design was not being carried out as planned. According to legend, he jumped to his death from the fifth floor, and stories have told he's been spotted roaming the halls of the hotel to this day. 

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Fully redesigned and restored since originally opening in 1930, The Ghost Suite at the Omni Shoreham Hotel offers guests a one-of-a-kind setting with spectacular views of Washington, D.C. Once the home of the wealthy Doherty family from 1933 to 1973 (Mr. Henry Doherty was a shareholder in the hotel when it first opened), the suite was fiilled with Persian rugs, china from Napolean Bonparte, works of art, and elegant furniture. Continue reading below the photo.

Presidential Suite at the Omni Shoreham Hotel

Ms. Juliette Brown, the hotel's Executive Housekeeper also lived within the suite to help care for the Doherty family. One morning, Juliette woke up not feeling well and reached for the phone. She passed way and the engineer found her on the phone, dead in bed. A while after Juliette's death, the Doherty's adopted daughter Helen mysteriously died in the suite. Rumors swirled about a suicide or overdose, but nothing was ever confirmed. 

After the Doherty's departed, strange happenings were reported in the surrounding suites. Over the years, reports of housekeeping carts moving, eery breezes like someone is running by, lights and TVs turning on at 4 am (the estimated time of Juliette's death), and strange noises from Juliette's room have all been reported. Read more below the photo of the hotel.

Exterior of the Omni Shoreham Hotel

Today, the hotel's Presidential Suite, named The Ghost Suite, features a spacious setting in the same rooms once occupied by the Doherty family. Within the hotel there is Roberts Restaurant with an elegant setting for American cuisine, a seasonal outdoor resort pool, and an Art Deco/Renaissance Building overlooking Rock Ceek Park. 

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