Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
City Developments' subsidiary Millennium & Copthorne (M&C) Hotels announced on Thursday that its hotels in Singapore and London have had a jump in bookings for staycations and at its restaurants, on robust domestic demand ahead of the year-end festive season and Chinese New Year next year.
Singapore hotels under M&C recorded bookings for 31,480 room nights from August to last month, up nearly sevenfold from the 4,698 room nights in the four months prior.
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Affirm Holdings, whose major investors include GIC, has agreed to buy Canadian buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firm PayBright for C$340 million (S$352 million), as the lending start-up looks to expand outside the United States.
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