Go now Australia’s sporting capital will echo with thundering hooves this weekend as the city welcomes the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which runs until Nov 10 (flemington.com.au/melbournecupcarnival). Its highlight, the Melbourne Cup, is such a big deal that it has its own bank holiday. Qantas (qantas.com) has the fastest connections from the UK via Perth, while Royal Brunei (flyroyalbrunei.com) launched one-stop flights via Borneo on Oct 28. Stay here Base yourself in the thick of things at the Adelphi (1) (telegraph.co.uk/tt-adelphi-hotel), Melbourne’s original design hotel that’s looking fresh from a top-to-toe update. Doubles from £152, B&B. Less chic but more spacious is Oaks on Market (2) (telegraph.co.uk/tt-oaks-on-market), where apartment-style digs come with kitchenettes and living areas. Doubles from £70, room only. Walk here Federation Square (3) (fedsquare.com) is the main space for cultural events. Admire the deconstructionist architecture and … [Read more...] about Why Melbourne is the perfect city to visit right now
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The closure of Parkson Cantavil would make it the fifth in the chain to shut down, Photo: Le Toan While the closing of Parkson Cantavil shopping centre in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City has yet to be officially announced, Parkson Retail Asia (Parkson) has removed the sign board from the building frontage. Nguyen Manh Hung, owner of a fashion store in Cantavil mall where previously Parkson’s signboard was hung, said he was told Parkson had withdrawn from the mall in June. Currently, shops in the mall are dealing directly with customers instead of operating through Parkson’s system as before. Parkson’s counters were also moved out of the store. Parkson Cantavil opened in 2013 with the investment capital of $8 million at the project in the busy Thao Dien area of District 2. If the closure takes place, the number of Parkson’s closed stores would reach five, with three in Ho Chi Minh City and two in Hanoi. Representatives from Parkson were not available for … [Read more...] about Parkson shutdown signals full retreat?