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Marriott Bonvoy Announces A Series of New Lifestyle, Entertainment and Sport Experiences in Asia Pacific
Marriott Bonvoy Announces A Series of New Lifestyle, Entertainment and Sport Experiences in Asia Pacific

Members can Indulge in the Adrenalin of Hong Kong Sevens and Enjoy VIP Access to the Festival Concert featuring Gwen Stefani

HONG KONG, March 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International is unveiling a series of new exclusive benefits and experiences in Asia Pacific, available from today on the Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform. Members will have access to Hong Kong Sevens and Formula 1 China Grand Prix as well as various lifestyle and entertainment experiences including the exclusive chance to meet with the three-time GRAMMY® Award winner Gwen Stefani, training with former Table Tennis Olympian Wan Nan and a curated art experience at Art Central Hong Kong.

"With the unveiling of Marriott Bonvoy earlier this year, we are committed to elevating the member experience and giving our members more ways to redeem their points for the experiences they are most passionate about," said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific at Marriott International. "The thrilling 'moments' offered by Marriott Bonvoy are designed to provide members more access to local experiences, the ability to share rewards with their friends and families and to fuel their interests and passion points."

Marriott Bonvoy, the new brand name that replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) -- was unveiled earlier this year. Built on the belief that travel enriches the world, Marriott Bonvoy offers an extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 130 countries and territories providing endless inspiration for members to keep traveling and pursuing their passions.

Marriott Bonvoy Members Enjoy Once-in-a-Lifetime Entertainment Experiences

For the fourth year, Marriott International is the Official Sponsor of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens (April 5 - 7) and Hong Kong Sevens Festival. The festivities begin even before the games start with the Hong Kong Sevens Festival Concert (5 April) at Hong Kong's Central Harbourfront Event Space. This year, Marriott Bonvoy proudly presents the Festival Concert with global icon Gwen Stefani.

Throughout the festival, the public can discover Asia's most incredible destinations on a photo-worthy Asian sailboat at the Marriott Bonvoy Bay of Beauty booth. They can unlock the wonder of travel in Asia Pacific region with a neuroheadset and stand a chance to win their dream destination vacation. 

Extending the Hong Kong Sevens experience to the Hong Kong Stadium, members who redeemed through Marriott Bonvoy Moments will have access to the Marriott Bonvoy Hospitality Suite where they will be treated as VIPs while watching rugby in action. The Marriott Bonvoy Hospitality Suite is inspired by Asia's most intriguing destination, Bali. Premium in-suite activities include face painting, massages and customized rugby jersey station. More exclusive experiences include meet-and-greet with rugby stars and rugby coaching sessions throughout the weekend.

More Sport and Lifestyle experiences throughout Asia   

Marriott Bonvoy, the Exclusive Hotel Loyalty Partner for Art Central Hong Kong 2019 offers members particularly fond of art a specially designed Art Central package that covers talks presented by Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, an acclaimed programme of performance artwork in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney and access to Art Central's First Night on Tuesday 26 March, where members can join Hong Kong movers and shakers, and the international art world elite for a harbourside celebration.

Through the latest marketing partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, at the F1 China Grand Prix from 12-14 April, Marriott Bonvoy members will get a chance to bid on exclusive Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport hospitality packages, or go behind the scenes for access to celebrities. Additional exclusive members experience includes a meet and greet with Lewis Hamilton where fans can enjoy a race-themed evening with the race genius; and a once-in-a-lifetime experience of being chauffeured by Valtteri Bottas to the circuit on race day.

Table Tennis Clinic -- Taking place in early April in Sanya, table tennis fans can attend a family-friendly one day Master Class with former Olympian and world champion Wang Nan and learn about the culture, history and spirit of table tennis in a fun way. The experience also reflects Marriott Bonvoy's promise of giving members access to exclusive and enriched global experiences by allowing members to discover the authentic cultural, leisure and F&B experiences of the destination.  

Marriott Bonvoy Moments gives Marriott Bonvoy members exclusive and VIP access to concerts, culinary experiences, premier sporting events and more -- starting at only 1,000 points. Members may redeem their points for either fixed-price experiences or auction-style experiences. For more information, visit marriottbonvoy.com/moments. 

About Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy is the new travel program replacing Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) starting February 2019. Comprised of a portfolio of 30 hotel brands, members can earn and redeem points for hotel stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from Chase and American Express. The program offers 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments. When members book direct on Marriott.com they receive perks including free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app they enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, Mobile Requests and, wherever available, Mobile Key. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:00:00 +0800
Shonai Region in Yamagata Prefecture Produces PR Video"Food Capital: Shonai"

- Tasty Japanese Food Isn't Only Found in Kyoto and Osaka! -

SHONAI, Japan, March 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shonai Branch Office of the Yamagata Prefectural Government has produced a promotional video titled "Food Capital: Shonai," to be released on March 25, 2019. The Shonai Branch Office hopes that people all over Japan and the rest of the world will know the many charms of food sourced in and around the Shonai region in northeastern Japan.

1. Why people say "Food Capital: Shonai"

1) Abundant land surrounded by the ocean, mountains and rivers brings various delicious ingredients

Fertile plains on an alluvial fan surrounded by an abundant ocean and Mt. Gassan and Mt. Chokai, each measuring around 2,000 meters high. A miraculous natural environment brought about by varied terrain and a clearly defined difference in temperatures across the four seasons. Abundant fishing grounds where warm and cold currents meet.

2) Ingredients with a story

Rare ingredients few in number but high in variety -- there exist over 70 types of native produce passed down throughout the generations. Each type of produce has its own folklore, and each has its own special flavor suited to Shonai, making them "edible cultural assets."

3) Delicious cuisine

The Three Mountains of Dewa's "shojin ryori" -- vegan meals eaten by Japanese monks and priests -- refined by its long history (Tsuruoka City designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy). Traditional local cuisine and creative Western cuisine using local fish and native produce in abundance, soy sauce-flavored ramen with clear broth, with "dashi" made from seafood, and more!

2. Closer than you think! "Food Capital: Shonai"

Transfer at Haneda Airport and arrive at Oishii Shonai Airport in just one hour! Four return flights a day between Haneda Airport and Oishii Shonai Airport. (Oishii = Delicious)

3. Take the chance to try it in Hong Kong!

Fresh ingredients imported to Hong Kong by special express! Japanese restaurants across Hong Kong are planning to use these ingredients in their cooking.

For further information, please check the following website.
Website: http://syokunomiyakoshounai.com/international/

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:00:00 +0800
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Awarded "Best Premier Holiday Destination in Malaysia" at the International Excellence Awards 2019

The International Excellence Awards is a prestigious recognition organised by Brand Icon, a reputable creative and branding firm based in India

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa was recently awarded the "Best Premier Holiday Destination in Malaysia" at the prestigious International Excellence Awards (IEA) 2019 which was hosted in the hotel's newly refurbished ballroom. The event was graced by popular Bollywood celebrity Kareena Kapoor, who presented the trophy and plaque to Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa's Cluster General Manager, Mr Roger Marcz.

Mr Roger Marcz, Cluster General Manager of Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa receiving the award from Kareena Kapoor
Mr Roger Marcz, Cluster General Manager of Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa receiving the award from Kareena Kapoor

 

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Sunway City was awarded the Best Premier Holiday Destination in Malaysia
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Sunway City was awarded the Best Premier Holiday Destination in Malaysia

"We are indeed honoured to have received this award and recognition. This will certainly pave the way, creating greater awareness for Sunway City in India. Strategically located in an integrated destination, we are able to cater to all types of travelers - from fun-filled family holidays, to honeymooners, and to business travellers attending global conferences and conventions. We look forward to welcoming more travellers from India to stay with Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur," said Mr Marcz.

Now in its third edition, IEA is organised by Brand Icon, a pioneer strategic and creative branding firm based in India. The award recognises individuals and corporate sectors that are building and leading successful and dynamic businesses.

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is located within the integrated township of Sunway City. The iconic landmark seamlessly integrates a cluster of three (3) hotels - a collection of 1,433 guestrooms, suites and pool villas within the flagship Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Sunway Pyramid Hotel and Sunway Clio Hotel, conference and convention centres, a theme park, a mega shopping and entertainment mall, medical centre, educational facilities and a multitude of distinctive business and leisure facilities for an all-inclusive experience and convenience.

India remains as one of the key markets for Sunway Hotels & Resorts, specifically for the hotels in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur with a steady increase of travellers year-on-year from this region. The destination attracts leisure guests from the families and couples segments as well as specialised meetings and incentive segments, including weddings where some of the most extravagant and elegant weddings from India has been hosted in Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa. The hotel's team of chefs are also able to cater to this group, having a special team of chefs who specialises in Indian cuisine.

The Grand Ballroom, meeting and function spaces in Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa also recently went through a major RM54 million (US$14 million) refurbishment work, including enhanced facilities and technology upgrades. The destination offers close to 13,000 square metres of world-class meeting space with over 60 function rooms, countless outdoor themed venues, like the surf beach at Sunway Lagoon, making this one of Malaysia's most versatile conventions and exhibitions venue.

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is located at Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. For event enquiries, please reach out to Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa's sales and events specialist at srhs.eventsales@sunwayhotels.com or call +60 3 7492 8000.

ABOUT SUNWAY HOTELS & RESORTS:

Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of leading Malaysian conglomerate, Sunway Group, operates and manages 11 hotels and resorts in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam, representing a collection of over 3,300 guestrooms, suites and villas. The hotel group's diverse portfolio of hospitality assets and services includes ownership and management of cluster of hotels with large scale convention, meeting and exhibition facilities in an integrated resort city, to private villa destination, a wellness retreat and a portfolio of 5, 4 and 3-star hotels in mixed-use developments. For more information, please visit https://www.sunwayhotels.com

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:25:00 +0800
Botamedi KR announces groundbreaking Mannas(TM) 'Hydro-Network' technology, reduces risk of chronic diseases from tasty food

HONG KONG, March 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BotaMedi, a seasoned corporation in the biological research industry, is therefore targeting the food industry with the new introduction of Mannas? and its patented 'Hydro-Network' technology, which is good news for the masses who want to enjoy good food but are also concerned about health issues.

Mannas? is a food additive that helps to control blood glucose and cholesterol, while also enhancing the flavor, texture and preservation of cooked food. These properties come from its 'Hydro-Network' technology, which is based on the core ingredient, Marine Oligomers of Phloroglucinol (MOP).

MOP is a natural extract from brown seaweed called Ecklonia cava, found in the deep seas of South Korea. It has a highly advanced polyphenolic biochemical structure and is more potent than any other edible polyphenols. The key is MOP's ability to rearrange water molecules inside food to form a structured 'Hydro-Network', strengthening the bonds between other food molecules and locking in water to prevent dehydration. This provides enhanced texture, flavor and prolonged shelf life of food while minimizing unpleasant odors such as the smell of fish.

Mannas? further activates our taste buds to enhance our sensation of sweet and salty tastes, so that we can enjoy strong flavors with lower amounts of salt and sugar in food. What's more, MOP in Mannas? is a multi-potent molecule that gives various benefits to the human body.

First, it is a super-antioxidant that is 230 times more powerful than vitamin E, eliminating free radicals from our body to reduce risk of chronic diseases, cancer and metabolic syndrome. MOP also has enzymatic properties that slow down the absorption of fat, cholesterol and sugar after digestion, which allows control of high blood cholesterol, high blood glucose, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and obesity.

MOP (recognized internationally as Seanol® or Seapolynol®) has been certified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the EU European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the Korea Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS).

Mannas? Hydro-Network can be applied to various foods in liquid or powder form to not only reduce absorption of fats, salts and sugars, but also to enhance taste and preservation. This technology can re-establish a new definition of healthy eating by reducing the risk of chronic diseases from our diets.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:30:00 +0800
Former Criteo Exec and CEO of BuzzFeed Japan Joins Sojern to Lead Asia-Pacific Expansion

Top APAC Digital Media Executive Aims to Accelerate Growth in Asia-Pacific for Sojern

SINGAPORE, March 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sojern, the leading provider of digital marketing solutions for the travel industry, today announced the appointment of Masahiro Ueno as Vice President of Asia-Pacific (APAC). Ueno joins Sojern from BuzzFeed Japan, a joint venture set up by BuzzFeed and Yahoo Japan, where he was CEO. Bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience to the role, Ueno will oversee growth across the wider APAC region including Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.

Max Ueno, Vice President of Asia-Pacific (APAC) at Sojern
Max Ueno, Vice President of Asia-Pacific (APAC) at Sojern

Already a familiar face to many in this region, Ueno has significant experience having formerly held CEO and President positions at top companies in Japan including BuzzFeed, Criteo, Become, Overture, and DoubleClick. Ueno successfully grew the APAC Criteo business from four employees to over 250 across six regional offices representing over 20 percent of Criteo's global revenue. This announcement comes on the heels of a $120 million financing round by TCV in Sojern following rapid growth in the APAC region.

Sojern's Chief Revenue Office, Stephen Taylor said: "Masahiro has a proven track record of success in APAC. He has clearly demonstrated his expertise in building high performing organisations that combine the right blend of people, processes and technology in a rapidly evolving digital market. We are delighted he will bring his strong leadership, digital expertise, and operational discipline to further accelerate growth and build on the current momentum Sojern has in the region."

The hiring of Ueno, who will be based in the company's Singapore office, comes at a time when the APAC travel market is soaring. APAC flight departures are up 9.6 percent in 2018. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, APAC tourism will double in the coming decade reaching almost $1.2 trillion by 2026. As the industry grows, so will the demand for brands to match travellers with personalised marketing offers, whilst overcoming the challenges of precisely targeting consumers across multiple devices, channels, and platforms.

Ueno commented, "I am excited to join Sojern at this stage of their growth in APAC as this region is predicted to lead global ad spend growth this year. Sojern has the right technology and expertise to provide a truly unique solution that helps travel brands move customers from dream to destination. Sojern's approach fills a unique gap for travel marketers: its cross-channel approach leverages unique audience data to more effectively drive marketing ROI for travel brands. It's exactly what the APAC region needs."

Sojern has in excess of 100 clients across the APAC region including the likes of Scoot and Marina Bay Sands.

About Sojern

Sojern is built on more than a decade of expertise analyzing the complete traveler path to purchase. The company drives travelers from dream to destination by activating multi-channel branding and performance solutions on the Sojern Traveler Platform for more than 8,500 customers around the globe. Recognized as a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company six years in a row, Sojern is headquartered in San Francisco, with teams based in Berlin, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, New York, Omaha, Paris, Singapore, and Sydney.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:00:00 +0800
Hong Kong Airlines debuts Chris Cosentino's Business Class menu on Los Angeles - Hong Kong route

HONG KONG, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hong Kong Airlines has launched a brand new Business Class menu for its customers travelling out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 22 March 2019. Designed exclusively by celebrity chef and television personality Chris Cosentino, the new LAX Business Class menu is an adaption of his current San Francisco Business Class menu and comes with a slight twist to cater to the preferences of Southern California travellers.

Chef Chris Cosentino
Chef Chris Cosentino

Chris Cosentino is the chef and owner of San Francisco restaurant, Cockscomb, where he reinterprets classic San Francisco dishes by adding his own unique twist. He is also known as the winner of Top Chef Masters, a contestant on The Next Iron Chef and for his appearance in Iron Chef America in addition to his extensive work raising awareness and funds for Chefs Cycle in support of No Kid Hungry, a national charity fighting to end childhood hunger.

Chef Cosentino collaborated with Hong Kong Airlines in late 2017 to design a comprehensive menu of 12 dishes, including a series of appetizers, main courses and desserts to be rotated regularly on the airline's service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hong Kong. His Business Class inflight menu was officially launched on the SFO inaugural flight to Hong Kong on 25 March 2018 and has received positive feedback from Hong Kong Airlines' customers for his "big in flavour, rich in texture" dishes.

"When the opportunity came for me to work with Hong Kong Airlines to make delicious inflight meals in Business Class, I jumped at the chance," said Chef Cosentino at a media preview event in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Using my years of education and experiences to create meals that would not only satisfy but excite the guests at 10,000 feet up and giving a fresh new approach to what inflight food can be has been a complete joy. Launching our new menu on the Los Angeles-Hong Kong route is very exciting. I am looking forward to flying on the first flight showcasing the menu," he added.

(Second from Left) Mr Chris Birt, Hong Kong Airlines Director of Service Delivery, and Chef Chris Cosentino
(Second from Left) Mr Chris Birt, Hong Kong Airlines Director of Service Delivery, and Chef Chris Cosentino

Passengers travelling from Los Angeles can expect a hearty and cohesive three-course menu prepared by Chef Cosentino. Known for his creative use of ingredients and attention to balance, Hong Kong Airlines' customers will be treated to Chef Cosentino's refreshing appetizers such as Kohlrabi Caesar, shrimp, Parmesan and sourdough croutons followed by main courses featuring different proteins on rotational basis. They include his take on the traditional recipe of chicken piri piri with Piquillo pepper, potatoes, Castelvetrano olives and oregano or red wine braised beef short rib with white bean puree, fennel al Forno, pickled peppers and confit garlic cooked to perfect tenderness and more. No meal is complete without dessert and Chef Cosentino's signature panna cotta with strawberries and balsamic vinegar is set to charm Hong Kong Airlines' passengers with its delightful flavours. Please refer to appendix for Chef Cosentino's full menu. 

Chicken piri piri with Piquillo pepper, potatoes, Castelvetrano olives and oregano
Chicken piri piri with Piquillo pepper, potatoes, Castelvetrano olives and oregano

 

Charred avocado and shrimp louie
Charred avocado and shrimp louie

Hong Kong Airlines has also introduced a new selection of wines to complement its Business Class inflight meal offerings. They include Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon from California, Lake Chalice 'The Nest' Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand as well as J. Moreau & Fils Chardonnay and Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon from France to pair with different meal options.


Mr Chris Birt, Hong Kong Airlines Director of Service Delivery said: "Hong Kong Airlines always strives to deliver the best services to our customers. We launched our menu partnership with Chef Cosentino exactly a year ago on our San Francisco route. His menu has proven to be such a hit with our Business Class customers that we are excited to now bring his signature innovative and creative cuisine to those flying with us from Los Angeles."

Hong Kong Airlines' Los Angeles service was launched in December 2017 and was the airline's first destination in the continental United States. The daily service is currently operated by Airbus A350, one of the newest and most technologically advanced aircraft in the world. In September 2018, Hong Kong Airlines introduced its new Business Class product on the Los Angeles route, reaffirming its commitment to serve the USA market with its best products and services.

High-resolution photos of Chef Cosentino's menu are available at https://goo.gl/5KCAAu

About Hong Kong Airlines

Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong. The airline flies to nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America, and currently maintains 85 interline and 20 codeshare agreements with multiple airline partners and ferry service providers. Hong Kong Airlines operates one of the youngest fleets in the world. It has been awarded the internationally acclaimed four-star rating from Skytrax since 2011. For more information, please visit www.hongkongairlines.com or our social media channels on Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Appendix

Chris Cosentino's Business Class menu on Los Angeles - Hong Kong route

Appetiser
- Charred avocado and shrimp louie
- Kohlrabi Caesar with shrimp, Parmesan and sourdough croutons
- Pate de campagne with cornichons, radish and mustard
- Marinated Monterey Bay sardines with cauliflower, raisins and capers

Main course
- Chicken piri piri with Piquillo pepper, potatoes, Castelvetrano olives and oregano
- Red wine braised beef short rib with white bean puree, fennel al forno, pickled peppers and confit garlic
- Alaskan cod with gigante beans with broccoli rabe salsa verde
- Slow roasted lamb neck with creamy polenta roasted carrots and Ararat spice

Dessert
- Chocolate cremeaux with fennel pollen shortbread cookies
- Panna cotta and strawberries in balsamic vinegar sauce
- Ginger dates sticky toffee cake topped with whipped cream and dried sugar dates
- Poached pear in red wine sauce with creme fraiche and lemon thyme

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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:15:00 +0800
WeChat Pay Supports Merchants Expanding Businesses by Bringing its Ecosystem to the World

HONG KONG, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- WeChat Pay today unveils its latest strategy for cross-border payment business at the WeChat Pay Overseas Partner Conference 2019. Themed on 'One for Billion', the conference encourages service providers and merchants across the world to expand their businesses by reaching out and engaging the Chinese travelers through WeChat ecosystem. Close to 1,600 guests including representatives from global merchants and outstanding service providers from China and overseas, gathered in Hong Kong to explore the new opportunities with WeChat Pay's smart ecosystem.

WeChat Pay smart life scenarios experience at the conference.
WeChat Pay smart life scenarios experience at the conference.

"In the past five years, the progress of mobile payment technology development in China has received global attention, and the digitization of all walks of life has continued at a rapid pace. The real driving force behind this is not just a payment tool, but also the supports of third-party service providers from the various industries. They are the true representatives of digital innovation in China," said Li Peiku, Vice-President of WeChat Pay. The wide variety of functions available within the WeChat Ecosystem will help overseas merchants to smoothly accelerate the digitalization process, in order to better serve Chinese tourists overseas.

According to the latest data released at the conference, in 2018, the monthly average transaction volume saw an increase of 500% year-on-year, while the total transaction value increased 400%. Meanwhile, the number of service providers witnessed a year-on-year increase 300%, and the number of merchants accepting WeChat Pay increased 700%. WeChat Pay is now available in 49 markets outside of the Chinese mainland, supporting cross-border payment transactions in 16 currencies.

WeChat Pay Unveils Five Key Areas of its Cross-Border Business

Making a purchase is not only about payment. The entire experience throughout the consumer journey is important to conclude the transaction. WeChat Pay is looking closely into the overall customer experience, and exploring more smart living solutions to cover retail, F&B, and fashion, municipal services and many other aspects of daily life. At the conference, WeChat Pay unveils five key areas of its cross-border business:

  • To expand its cross-border payment into more markets and to support more currencies.
  • To promote smart checkout solutions and improve the shopping experience for consumers.
  • To promote self-service F&B ordering solutions to ease the communication that involves different and multiple languages.
  • To promote the usage of AI-based solutions in the fashion and beauty industries that enable virtual fitting and makeup testing.
  • To explore more solutions in areas, such as overseas consular services, medical care, education and other social services.

WeChat Pay has successfully developed many case studies in offering smart living solutions. For example, at Heytea Hong Kong, users can order through WeChat's Mini Programs to avoid queue and collect their orders in store when it is ready. In Japan, Fuji-Q Highland guests can purchase tickets and check queuing time via WeChat's Mini Programs to better plan their visit for different rides and activities, ensuring a smoother visitor's experience.

WeChat Pay is also expanding its scope in other tourism and travel-related solutions. Today, close to 20 Chinese embassies and foreign consulates around the world are offering WeChat Pay services, which means that Chinese citizens can now make payments using WeChat Pay at these embassies and consulates in emergency, for instance replacement requests of their travel documents.

WeChat - Connect people to businesses Across Multiple Scenarios

With outbound travel becoming easier and an increase in personal income levels, the Chinese outbound travel market continues to expand. In 2018, more than 149 million Chinese tourists travelled abroad with a 14.7% increase on the same period for the previous year[1]. Meanwhile, the consumption of outbound Chinese tourists exceeded US$120 billion, and per capita overseas consumption exceeded RMB 13,000[2].

WeChat Pay not only assists the domestic service providers in mainland China to expand overseas, but also continues to optimize its overall training system to help overseas service providers and merchants to achieve a two-way communication with the Chinese travelers for better customer experience.

[1] "2018 Tourism Market Overview", Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China

[2] "2018 Chinese Tourist Outbound Travel Report", China Tourism Academy and Ctrip

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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:58:00 +0800
Hyatt Regency Bali to Welcome 800 Guests & Partners at the Housewarming Party

BALI, Indonesia, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Re-establishing as a new Balinese aesthetic in Sanur area, Hyatt Regency Bali hosted a re-opening party on Thursday, March 21, 2019, entitled Housewarming Party. Bringing a concept of warm welcome to an easy evening with your loved ones, the event was attended by over 800 guests coming from Singapore, Japan, United States, and Indonesia, including government officials, notable business owners, influencers, and local community.

Kecak dance directed by Ketut Lanus was performed by students of the Indonesian Art Institute and was created specifically for this inauguration.
Kecak dance directed by Ketut Lanus was performed by students of the Indonesian Art Institute and was created specifically for this inauguration.

 

Guests from various circles shared their moments in the iconic lobby of the Hyatt Regency Bali.
Guests from various circles shared their moments in the iconic lobby of the Hyatt Regency Bali.

"Our purpose is not merely to mark the re-opening party, but also to bring back long time Hyatt friends and all supporters. That's what the Housewarming name stands for, that we will consistently emphasize on our identity to embrace a new luxury feeling in maximum warm and friendly nuances," said Bulan Bharata, Public Relations Manager of Hyatt Regency Bali.

Formerly known as Bali Hyatt, Hyatt Regency Bali is one of Bali's hospitality icons known for its authentic Balinese design and secluded beach for over four decades. Set amid of 9 hectares lush landscaped tropical garden, during the event, all guests got a chance to experience a new convenience version of ultra-luxury hospitality.

The event took place in different hotel areas, from the elegant open-air lobby, to Wantilan courtyard as the location of the inauguration ceremony, as well as poolside, Omang Omang and Pizzaria as dining and entertainment area. "We invited hundreds of guests to join in hotel tour, thus they could further explore the new facilities and room of the hotel. We purposefully used all our areas in the hotel, so guests can experience our new home," added Bulan.  

With the new reopening concept that embraces Balinese warm spirit in abundant greenery and extensive new facilities, Hyatt Regency Bali is confident to bring new bright future for Sanur, as stated by Jefri Darmadi, President Director of Jakarta Setiabudhi International, developer of the new Hyatt Regency Bali.  

"We are committed to work hand in hand with the community and to consistently grow Sanur area, as the magic of Sanur has special meaning for us. In an effort to remark Sanur as the new Bali's luxury hub, we're now focusing on future luxury residential and lifestyle retail project's development, on the land across the road," said Jefri Darmadi.

After finishing major renovation for five years, Hyatt Regency Bali was officially re-opened in December 2018, adding the new modern spirit through tropical swimming pools, outdoor and indoor spa complex, as well as the only 500-meter-long white beach in Sanur's area. As mentioned by Hyatt Asia Pacific President, David Udell, during the inauguration, the hotel has always been committed to offer authentic Balinese resort experience.

"At the time, it (Bali Hyatt) broke new ground with its Indonesian-style architecture, which went against the grain of the Western-style hotel designs that were popular at that time. Hyatt Regency Bali is a continuation of the Bali Hyatt legacy and an embodiment of the Hyatt Regency brand," said David Udell.  

The inauguration was concluded with a torch lighting by David Udell and Jefri Darmadi continued by flash-mob style Kecak dance performance choreographed by renowned Balinese dance master, Ketut Lanus. Guests were then ushered by bleganjur, Balinese dance and music troops, to the dining area.

To strengthen the new legacy of Hyatt Regency, the resort will consistently renew the facilities, including the upcoming launch of Shankha Spa's complex and Camp Hyatt for locally-inspired activities for kids, in end of second quarter 2019.

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Media Contact:

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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:17:00 +0800
Livestock Taiwan Expo held in Taipei on Oct 31, recruiting exhibitors now

TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3rd edition of Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum, an exclusive trade show in Taiwan and initiated by UBM Taiwan and Malaysia, will be held at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov, 2019. 

The utility of IoT- and bio- technologies put into livestock business has been well developing in Taiwan.
The utility of IoT- and bio- technologies put into livestock business has been well developing in Taiwan.

With the support of local authority, Council of Agriculture (COA), UBM aims to recruit innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable livestock products.  It is expected to advocate environmental zero-burden and harm-reducing as well as efficient productivity and food safety from farm to table. 

"The utility of IoT- and bio- technologies put into livestock business has been well developing in Taiwan.  We strongly believe Taiwan will play an important role to raise stakeholders' awareness of technology adoption within Asia-Pacific regions," remarked Sabine Liu, General Manager of UBM Taiwan.  

Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum is the largest livestock trade fair launched in Taiwan.  UBM has foreseen the sprung-up business opportunities for automation manufacturing companies would attract industrial players' enthusiastic participation.  This year, UBM targets 350 participated exhibitors to provide diverse husbandry farming technologies and solutions.

"The more consumers concern about food safety, the more husbandry farmers would be urged to improve their farming equipment," said Wang Chien-Pei, Secretary General of Taiwan Poultry Association.  He continued, "We're glad to have Livestock Taiwan held in Taipei.  It's a business hub and friendly city to attract international elites and enterprises.  None of industrial player would ever miss this comprehensive B2B trading platform."

There are 4 thematic areas planned at the show, in which they are 'Breeding and Genetics,' 'Circular Economy,' 'Nutrition and Healthcare' and 'Smart Farming Equipment'.  The participated exhibitors include SKOV A/S, Big Dutchman, Kutlusan, Nabel, Kolowa Ventilation, Easy Fone Enterprise, Major Science, Life Rainbow Biotech, BSF Agritech, San Heh Pharmaceutical, and more.  A total of 1,600 square meters had been reserved.

Launched concurrently with Aquaculture Taiwan and Asia Agri-Tech, the 3rd edition of Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum contains a series of forums, technical seminars and business match making programmes within three-day exhibition.  For more exhibitor information, please contact Ms. Sophia Lu (TEL: +886-2-2738-3898).

About UBM Asia

Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum is organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Please visit www.ubm.com/asia  for more information about our presence in Asia.

About news release, please contact

Ms. Joy Chou

 

For exhibitor inquiry, please contact

Ms. Sophia Lu

 

UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch

TEL: +886-2-2738-3898

FAX: +886-2-2738-4886

Email: aat-tw@ubm.com

Website:

www.aquaculturetaiwan.com

www.livestocktaiwan.com 

 

There are 4 thematic areas planned at the show, in which they are ‘Breeding and Genetics,’ ‘Circular Economy,’ ‘Nutrition and Healthcare’ and ‘Smart Farming Equipment’. The 3rd edition of Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum contains a series of forums, technical seminars and business match making programmes.
There are 4 thematic areas planned at the show, in which they are ‘Breeding and Genetics,’ ‘Circular Economy,’ ‘Nutrition and Healthcare’ and ‘Smart Farming Equipment’. The 3rd edition of Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum contains a series of forums, technical seminars and business match making programmes.

 

The 3rd edition of Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum contains a series of forums, technical seminars and business match making programmes.
The 3rd edition of Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum contains a series of forums, technical seminars and business match making programmes.

 

 

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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:00:00 +0800
Lead8's Qianhai Guanze Mixed-Use Development wins Best Conceptual Design Category at S.ARCH International Architecture Awards

HONG KONG, SHENZHEN, China and HAVANA, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Lead8, the award-winning international firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers has been awarded The S.ARCH International Architecture Award for the Best Conceptual Design Category Urban Project for its design of the Qianhai Guanze mixed-use development in Shenzhen, China.

Central Courtyard Aerial View
Central Courtyard Aerial View

 

Main retail entrance
Main retail entrance

The S.ARCH International Architecture Awards recognises excellence in architecture and urbanism, architectural diversity, and exemplary sustainable architecture implementations of projects and structures around the world. Particular attention is given to building/design schemes that use local resources and innovative design solutions.

"This award is such an honour for us, especially given the focus is on sustainable architecture. This is something very close to our hearts and our design philosophy at Lead8. Accepting this award for a project in Shenzhen, China, here in the heart of beautiful Havana, is also gratifying," said Co Founder and Executive Director, Claude Touikan, who accepted the award on behalf of all of Lead8 in Havana, Cuba on 6 March, 2019.

Located in a new financial district in Shenzhen, China, Qianhai Guanze is a 420,000 sqm mixed-use development overlooking the Shenzhen River waterfront, integrating two Class A office towers, a five-star hotel, 50,000 sqm of retail mall and two serviced apartment buildings. Lead8 helmed the project masterplanning, retail architecture, interior design and serviced apartments' facade, in collaboration with developer Horoy Holdings. Goetssch Partners (GP), is directing the architectural design for the two office towers and the hotel.

The holistic design is the creation of a dynamic, highly visible landmark for the city. The project vision is to create a new urban destination with alternative outdoor experiences, retail and commercial activities for the community. Embracing the city's commitment to green design, Qianhai Guanze mixed-use development is driven by the concept of 'Town-within-a-Garden', and manifests in the form of a public urban park that helps to reconnect people with nature, while functioning as a green community asset. Green roofs and walkways, garden spaces and landscaped plazas connect pedestrians with the outdoor environment and to the public transportation system, as well as to adjacent sites and neighbouring developments. The five-level retail podium, connecting the office and residential towers, acts to anchor the development.

"Qianhai Guanze mixed-use development creates a forward-looking identity for this new financial district," said David Buffonge, Co Founder and Executive Director of Lead8. "Its prominent location along Qianhai's green belt makes the development an inspiring urban environment for living, entertaining and work in Shenzhen. We are pleased to play a part in creating this unique development that will encourage interaction between people across different spaces."

Qianhai Guanze mixed-use development is designed with an emphasis on the outdoor environment and connected living, and is due for completion in 2020.

About Lead8
Lead8 is an international architecture and design practice driven by creativity, integrity and excellence in design. We are a diverse, passionate group of architects and creative explorers who take pride in the global experience of our staff, spread across our studios around the world. We create new horizons in design thinking, delivering bespoke masterplanning, architecture, interiors, and graphic design services to create world-class, cutting-edge design solutions tailored to the needs of our clients and the communities we impact. Constantly striving towards greater creativity and innovation makes us agile, savvy and ever relevant in the global marketplace. Visit www.lead8.com for more information.

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