大台灣旅遊網2019年11月17日 星期日
Mystifly Announces Launch of 'OnePoint C2' - Industry's First API Tailored to Elevate Air Travel Retailing Experience
Mystifly Announces Launch of 'OnePoint C2' - Industry's First API Tailored to Elevate Air Travel Retailing Experience

The World's Leading Airline Retailing Marketplace is positioned to redefine the rescheduling/cancellation ticketing process with its latest product feature release

SINGAPORE, Nov. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In yet another move to simplify the post ticketing experience, Mystifly unveils – 'OnePoint C2'. Geared towards enhancing the customer experience for travel intermediaries, C2 enables guaranteed single click cancellations and automated ticket change. Combined with Mystifly's OnePoint API, C2 empowers OTA's, horizontal/vertical Ecommerce providers & others to sell Air Travel in a seamless manner.

Features that make C2 a unique proposition for OTAs:

  • Instant guaranteed penalty costs for air ticket refunds/changes
  • Over 200 airlines covered
  • Debit Memo free one-click air ticket refund/ticket change API

Powered by NPL/ML and modelled with 6 years of change/cancellation data, C2 houses the potential to reinvent the approach to post-conversion requests. "This decade will see a revolution in airline retailing. Mystifly as a brand and partner in the Airline Industry is dedicated to augmenting every stage of the ticket buying process. With our latest offering – C2, we melded our experience in the global airfare marketplace, deep domain expertise, petabytes of data & machine learning, to create a product that instantly and accurately updates penalty costs for rescheduling/cancellation requests. This simple yet effective process does away with the mundane and paves the way for more efficient retailing," says Rajeev Kumar, Founder and CEO of Mystifly.

With a culture that fosters innovation and a commitment to excellence, Mystifly continues to pave the way in redefining the airline retailing landscape. To know more about Mystifly, OnePoint, C2, and its benefits, visit the Mystifly team at the Phocuswright conference at Miami, between 18th -21stNovember 2019.

About Mystifly: 

Mystifly is a B2B Global Airfare Marketplace offering airfares & airline retailing capability from 750+ IATA and non-IATA airlines, including 180+ LCCs, sourced from 80+ point-of-sale countries. Founded in 2009, Mystifly focuses on applying the right mix of technology and inventive thought process to create solutions that disrupt and simplify air travel. Mystifly's Value Hub Marketplace core to its future strategy, augments air retailing initiatives including NDC, One Order and NewGen ISS bringing distribution, fulfilment, and payment into a single platform.

Mystifly's suite of products empowers over 2,500 clients globally. Having closed Series A, the profitable company will shortly announce its Series B fund raise plans.

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Sun, 17 Nov 2019 21:00:00 +0800
Air France and KLM offer one-stop flight from Manila to Paris-Charles de Gaulle via Taipei
  • Passengers from Manila can now travel to Paris with a new one-stop service from Manila to Paris via Taipei.
  • Air France is offering its B787-9 from Taipei to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, equipped with the latest travel cabins.

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- From 05 November, 2019, Air France and KLM are offering a one-stop flight from Manila to Paris with a faster and smoother connection via Taipei. The service with KLM from Manila to Taipei, now connects KLM from Taipei directly to Amsterdam and Air France seamlessly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The Air France flights from Taipei operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Special airfares to launch the one-stop flight from Manila to Paris start at USD 680- (All-in return economy class light fare option which includes 1 hand baggage and 1 accessory up to 12kg in total). The special fares are on sale between now and 19 November, 2019 for travel between now and 24 October, 2020.

For more information visit: www.airfrance.com or www.klm.com.ph or contact Air France KLM reservations at +63-2-8588-6900

Experience Air France's best travel cabins on B787-9

On board the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Taipei to Paris, passengers will benefit from a unique travel experience. The Boeing 787 has the latest Air France cabins, excellence in the sky in the Business Cabin (30 seats) and comfort for all in the new Premium Economy cabin (21 seats) and Economy (225 seats).

The Boeing 787-9 aircraft has windows that are approximately 30% larger than on similar aircraft. It has improved air pressure and humidity levels for greater travel comfort. Wi-Fi is available from 20MB to 200MB for a price varying between EUR5 and EUR30.

Greener, cleaner and quieter, the Boeing 787-9 consumes less fuel and emits 20% to 25% less CO2 than aircraft from a previous generation. Sound emissions are 20% lower.

About Air France-KLM Group

A global giant with a strong European base, the Air France-KLM Group's main areas of business are passenger transport, cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance.

It offers its customers access to a network covering 312 destinations in 116 countries thanks to Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia. With a fleet of 550 aircraft and 101.4 million passengers carried in 2018, Air France-KLM operates up to 2,300 daily flights, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance. 

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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:41:00 +0800
Global business leaders gather in Singapore for the launch of YPO's Networks Converge

A networking and roundtable series held in Singapore on 6-8 November 2019

SINGAPORE, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 chief executives from 15 countries around the globe gathered from 6-8 November in Singapore for the launch of Networks Converge, a networking event hosted by YPO, the premier global leadership community for chief executives. The overarching theme for this inaugural event was "Always with the Future in Mind." For three days, leaders from the digital and marketing, hotel, food & beverage as well as real estate & construction industries gathered for networking, cross industry collaboration, and learning discussions on the digital future, the shared economy, sustainability, business innovation and other major business trends

Speaking at a fireside chat on Wednesday, 6 November on the opening day of Networks Converge, YPO Chairman Elizabeth Zucker noted, "One of the main reasons why members join our organization is to be part of a community of peers who connect at a deeper level. YPO networks provide such an extraordinary opportunity for members who share similar passions to learn, connect and collaborate. I'm thrilled to have been part of our first Networks Converge event, and Singapore was the perfect international location for it."

In his opening keynote speech at YPO's Networks Converge on Thursday, 7 November, Singapore's Minister for National Development Mr. Lawrence Wong shared Singapore's urban planning experiences and strategies with global business leaders saying, "We plan on making our city smarter and are harnessing technology across a whole lot of different areas." He then cited examples of how Singapore is using drones for building inspections, testing autonomous vehicles and shuttles, and building 5G standalone networks. Mr. Wong added that while technology is a big push when building better cities, the imperative is to have a city that is people-centred, and planning strategies should focus on creating attractive places where people can live, work and play. Mr. Wong also commented, "We are pushing for Singapore to be one of the greenest and most sustainable cities in the world," and elaborated on plans to continue to enhance Singapore's greenery, ramp up deployment of renewable power as well as scale up on green buildings.

YPO's Networks Converge featured many additional speakers who shared their groundbreaking approaches to tackling challenges and opportunities in business and beyond including:

  • Bruce Cheung, Chairman of Pardoo Beef Corporation, who spoke as part of a dedicated food & beverage roundtable, gave a talk 'Leading Transformational Change: Clean, Healthy and Traceable Food,' noting, "The goal is to create a long-term safe and sustainable food production process that will benefit many generations to come. It comes down to planning in detail. Planning of where you build the product, getting the criteria's right, building the team, building the downstream and then the market. This may sound strange. A lot of people look at what the market requires first. You need to be sure of having a point of difference in the marketplace….I believe in the long run, the world wants primary, natural food… at the production end everyone wants to control the cost of production, those two don't go hand in hand, they actually diverge but that opens up opportunities for those that want to produce natural food for the Asia market."
  • Althea Lim, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Gushcloud International, who spoke as part of the Global Digital Summit World Tour (Asia Edition) at Networks Converge, said, "A recent survey conducted in the United States and published on Inc.com states that 1 of 3 in America between the ages of 6-17 want to be a YouTuber or Influencer. We are entering a new world where Influencers or Digital Talents (as we call them) will become the next celebrities of our time. The East and the West look at activating these Influencers differently for different commerce purposes. China has been and still is leading in this space, and seems ahead of the rest of the world in the use of Influencers for commerce purposes, specifically in the Ecommerce and Social Commerce departments. I believe that it is time for the rest of the world to catch on and understand how to purposefully extrapolate the use of influencers in the performance and sales space." 
  • Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS), who gave a keynote speech focused on 'Whether ASEAN can hold Asia together,' shared, "ASEAN has become the centre of a lot of diplomatic activity because it is not seen as a threat by any major power. Over time, it has emerged as one of the most peaceful and prosperous corners of the world. People are now recognizing that something unique is going on in ASEAN. By 2030, it will become the 4th largest economy in the world (in combined GNP) and yet few in the West have heard of it! Even if the U.S. and Chinese geopolitical competition keeps rising over the next 10 years, I am confident the ASEAN region will continue to do well." 
  • Dr. Sandhya Sriram, CEO and Co-founder of Shiok Meats, Asia's first cell-based seafood company, which grows seafood using stem cells, also spoke as part of the food & beverage roundtable. She commented, "Singapore is working towards a sustainable food ecosystem…with a target of 30% of its food to be produced in house. Consumers need to think about what they are putting in their mouths, where it is from and the future generations."

About YPO

YPO is a global leadership community of more than 28,000 chief executives in more than 130 countries, driven by the belief that the world needs better leaders. YPO members inspire and challenge each other based in open sharing and trust among a diverse community. Members' companies are diversified among industries and types of businesses, employ more than 22 million people globally and generate USD9 trillion in annual revenues. For more information, visit ?ypo.org.

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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0800
LvYue Group Completed Several Hundred Million Dollars in Series A and A+ Financing Led by Tencent, Sequoia China, Baidu Capital and Goldman Sachs

BEIJING, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 15, LvYue Group announced its several hundred million dollars Series A and A+ round financing led by Tencent, Sequoia China, Baidu Capital and Goldman Sachs, co-invested by Ocean Link, CITIC Trust, Oriza and CAISSA Travel. Fanzhuo Capital acted as financial advisor for both rounds.

LvYue Group Completed Several Hundred Million Dollars in Series A and A+ Financing
LvYue Group Completed Several Hundred Million Dollars in Series A and A+ Financing

Strategically invested by Trip.com and led by Mark Zhang who also serves as president of Qunar, LvYue is an internet travel service provider that integrates hotel management, information technology, trading and procurement, applying innovative internet technologies to traditional hotel industry.

With the concept 'every hotel is unique', LvYue created the boutique travel destination hotel brand "Floral" which integrates local culture into living spaces and provides tourists with unique cultural experiences and uniform branded services in top destinations around the globe.

In 2017, LvYue launched its self-developed XPMS hotel management system to provide full scope of services to various hotels, homestays and inns, including channel management, room inventory management, dynamic pricing, automated cash management and settlement, and data visualization to improve operational efficiency. In 2018, XPMS mobile App was launched, the system has been already put into commercial use with remarkable results.

The company's official reservation platform, Floral Travel App was also launched in 2018, with key functions of hotel reservation, travel guides, entertainment recommendations, value-added services and travel notes sharing, etc. and offers various customized services.

From 2016 till now, LvYue has signed and opened more than 1,900 hotels worldwide, in over 10 countries including Japan, South Korea, Thailand and India. By the end of 2019, LvYue's network will exceed 2,600 hotels.

Jay Shen, Head of Investment Department in Trip.com, commented: "As LvYue's strategic investor, we have strong faith in its future development. Trip.com will keep supporting LvYue on providing great travel experience."

Stephanie Hui, a Managing Director and Co-head of Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs in Asia Pacific, said: "Goldman Sachs has a positive outlook for both China and global travel destination markets, and will support LvYue to further expand its business throughout China and abroad."

LvYue is a "new species" in traditional hotel industry with more vitality. In future, LvYue will continue to expand in the domestic market while accelerating the pace of globalization, and explore new possibilities driven by its internet big data capabilities.

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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0800
Hangzhou's new cartoon ambassador rolled out on 2019 Hangzhou Global Qipao Festival

HANGZHOU, China, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism launched a new, specially designed animated character sporting a qipao on the recently celebrated 2019 Hangzhou Global Qipao Festival. The new creation goes by the name of Hang Xiaoyi and will serve as Hangzhou's global ambassador. The government agency is also rolling out a lineup of innovative culturally-themed merchandise related to the traditional form of dress, with the aim of boosting sales at Hangzhou's many retail establishments by building the animated character as the city's cultural brand. As part of the event, 12 eye-catching pictures themed The Qipao Doll Hang Xiaoyi Is Going on A Trip were displayed, connecting all the locations where an activity related to the event has taken place, including Hangzhou, London, Paris and Vienna. On September 21, 2019, fifty primary school students from Hangzhou drew pictures of what they imagined to be Qipao dolls, showcasing what in their opinion is Hangzhou's most beautiful version of the dress.

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Hangzhou, a city rich in history and culture, and a bedrock of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, is home to three World Heritage sites: West Lake, the China Grand Canal and the Liangzhu ruins. This year, Hangzhou, in collaboration with Chinese fashion designer Wu Haiyan, launched the Liangzhu series of Qipao by using Hangzhou Brocade, a Chinese intangible cultural heritage, as the dress's basic material, to represent the iconic Animal Face of God patterns found in Liangzhu culture jade, highlighting the subtility, serenity and warmth that are intrinsic qualities of classical oriental aesthetics.

Since 2017, Hangzhou has hosted Hangzhou Global Qipao Festival every year by integrating the natural landscape and cultural resources of the city. This year's event included a series of distinctive interactive Qipao culture-themed activities held in Hangzhou and ten other cities worldwide, including the launch of the Hangzhou Qipao Initiative, a worldwide dance event at which Qipao-dressed participants dance in unison, and a cultural innovative event featuring the Qipao doll Hang Xiaoyi. The lineup of events is designed to promote Hangzhou as a unique and vibrant Chinese city. To date, the online versions of the events have generated some 220 million views as well as more than 2 million comments, likes and shares.

The first roll-out of the Brocade-based Liangzhu Qipao designed by Wu Haiyan
The first roll-out of the Brocade-based Liangzhu Qipao designed by Wu Haiyan


500 women each sporting a Qipao, dance in unison at Hangzhou' s landmarks
500 women each sporting a Qipao, dance in unison at Hangzhou' s landmarks


Fifty students are drawing pictures of what they imagine to be Qipao dolls
Fifty students are drawing pictures of what they imagine to be Qipao dolls


Hang Xiaoyi is the new cartoon ambassador for 2019 Hangzhou Global Qipao Festival
Hang Xiaoyi is the new cartoon ambassador for 2019 Hangzhou Global Qipao Festival


Travel around the world with Hang Xiaoyi!
Travel around the world with Hang Xiaoyi!

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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:30:00 +0800
Travel Brands Lag in Data and AI Use for Marketing, But Plan Major Upgrades Next Year

ADARA Releases Results of Travel Marketing Personalization Study With Skift

SINGAPORE, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ADARA, the world's travel data co-op and leading provider of traveller intelligence, in partnership with Skift, today announced new research detailing travel marketer use of advanced marketing tactics for personalisation titled "Getting to Peak Personalization". The study, which included responses from close to 500 US-based travel marketers, finds that few travel brands have employed the most advanced tactics such as AI-driven prediction and dynamic use of data across channels, but that many plan to do so in the next year.

Advanced data and AI-driven marketing is a major initiative for travel brands, and this research provides detailed insights into what is being used now, and where brands plan to invest in the near term. The research also gives travel marketers a roadmap for how to invest successfully across the key pillars of advanced marketing to deliver consistent, compelling customer experiences across channels.

ADARA and Skift found that, despite the industry focus on new advanced marketing capabilities, few marketers have implemented these upgrades, but many plan to do more in the future:

  • Fewer than one in ten travel marketers surveyed (9%) use AI extensively for personalisation.
  • Less than one third (31%) of brands currently use derived data at an individual level, but this was the most popular type of data planned to be used next year.
  • Only one third of travel marketers (33%) use dynamic segmentation, with 42% planning to do so next year.
  • Less than half of travel marketers, 47%, have some level of multichannel orchestration currently in place, yet only 21% plan to prioritise mobile personalisation, indicating that there is still a long way to go.

The research organises advanced marketing into three pillars, Data & Analytics, Activation & Improvement, and Pervasiveness. For an advanced marketing program to succeed marketers must execute on a strategy that combines data and activation across channels. In this way, travel marketing processes adapt and improve over time, delivering more insights, and orchestrating the customer experience more seamlessly.

"Peak personalisation is a goal all travel marketers have in their sights, with many planning major advancements in the next year," said Carolyn Corda, CMO at ADARA. "This research shows just how large a task it is to create a truly advanced marketing operation. The good news is that each step of the journey provides incremental benefits as richer data and new analytic capabilities are tested and scaled. The three pillars we detail in our research, namely, Data & Analytics, Activation & Improvement, and Pervasiveness, provide a framework that unleashes the highest possible value from marketing technology investments to deliver compelling personalisation."


ADARA. Know What Travelers Need Next.

Built on the world's richest travel data co-op, ADARA delivers critical intelligence to activate personalisation and relevance throughout the customer journey for sustainable growth. Clients get a value-based understanding of their relationship with their customers through travel patterns, trends and behavior from close to one billion monthly unique traveller profiles across more than 200 of the world's top travel brands. ADARA's offerings span the three core pillars - Learn, Act, Measure & Modify - to drive measurable outcomes at the customer level. https://www.adara.com

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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:00:00 +0800
Thai-pore Enterprise Announces Special CNY Promotional Price for Hong Yun Lang Baijiu as well as Innovative Baijiu Cocktails and Desserts at Xi Yan Maxwell

SINGAPORE, Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Thai-pore Enterprise Pte Ltd (Thai-pore) - a leading distributor and marketer of premium beers, wines and tobaccos in Southeast Asia - has announced a special Chinese New Year (CNY) promotional price for its Hong Yun Lang range of baijiu which will be available at Xi Yan Maxwell.

Made in China's Sichuan province, Langjiu draws on the ancient craft of baijiu distillation to produce the highly sought after crystal clear spirit possessing the distiller's signature "sauce" style baijiu. It is highly fragrant, slightly sour and has forward umami notes similar to soy sauce.

Hong Yun (meaning "good luck" in Mandarin) Lang - a thirty-year aged variety of Langjiu - will be available to Xi Yan Maxwell diners at S$888 per bottle instead of its usual price of S$1,888 per bottle. This discounted price will be available to all diners from 1 January 2020 - 29 February 2020.

Besides the CNY promotional price for its Hong Yun Lang range of baijiu, Xi Yan Maxwell has made several baijiu desserts and cocktails available as part of its permanent menu. These desserts and cocktails include:

  • Lang 1898: Served refreshingly cold in a bowl that contains a glutinous rice ball, Lang 1898 is an ode to the traditional Chinese dessert called "tangyuan" that consists of glutinous rice balls made from flour served in a sweet, syrupy soup. Xi Yan Maxwell's interpretation of the dessert is served with a sweet, aged ginger soup infused with Langjiu 10 instead.
  • Soulmate: A mix of Chambord black raspberry liqueur, cranberry juice, Langjiu-infused syrup, butterfly pea-infused syrup and lemon juice, this fruity baijiu cocktail is a harmonious blend of citrus flavours and the forward umami notes of Langjiu's signature "sauce" style baijiu.
  • Calligraphy: A creamy chocolate, hazelnut and coffee-flavoured cocktail that consists of Kahlua, Frangelico, dark chocolate liqueur, Langjiu-infused syrup, Hong Hua Lang 10 and a dash of espresso.

Thai-pore representative Audrey Kuah said, "Although baijiu is the world's most consumed spirit with 10.8 billion litres sold in China in 2017, it is still a relatively uncommon spirit beyond China's borders. However, with Singaporeans known for being receptive to new F&B trends and offerings, I am positive that the promotional price for Hong Yun Lang, as well as the inclusion of baijiu cocktails and baijiu-infused desserts on Xi Yan Maxwell's menu will entice Singaporeans to have their first taste of this traditional Chinese liquor during their Lunar New Year celebrations."

Thomas Choong, Executive Director of Xi Yan Pte Ltd, added, "Working together with Langjiu enables us to provide our diners with something new and different. We have always prided ourselves with being able to create innovative offerings and are keen to have our guests experience the taste of this traditional Chinese liquor alongside the restaurant's dishes, and through our Chinese New Year baijiu-infused desserts and cocktails."

About Thai-pore Enterprise Pte Ltd

Thai-pore Enterprise Pte Ltd (Thai-pore) has been established since 1968 and is one of the leading distributors and marketers of premium alcohol. The company has an extensive network and the team is led by a management team with collective experience in the importation, distribution and marketing of beers, wines and tobaccos in the Asia region while holding key leadership positions specifically in Southeast Asia.

Thai-pore has two local offices in Southeast Asia, with its head office located in Singapore. The company owns warehouses in multiple markets and has full control of its logistics and supply chain hub.

About Sichuan Langjiu Group

The Sichuan Langjiu Group (Langjiu) is a large scale modern enterprise whose main business involves the manufacturing and marketing of various "Lang" brand of alcoholic beverages. Langjiu's rich history can be traced as far back as 1898 in China, and its craft of distilling baijiu has been passed down from generation to generation. Today, Langjiu has close to 30 distilling masters and tasting masters who use centuries-old techniques to produce its "Lang" brand of alcoholic beverages.

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About Xi Yan Maxwell

Having hosted diners for 13 years with Xi Yan private dining, Xi Yan Maxwell is a brand new flagship dining experience with three exciting social spaces: Private Dining, General Dining, as well as Bar and Bistro. Located at Maxwell Chambers Suites - a conserved heritage building - a charming and relaxed dining experience awaits all diners. Each dining experience will take diners on a different culinary journey - whether it's indulging in a carefully curated private dining signature menu, enjoying a casual comfort meal or simply relaxing at its bar over tapas and drink.

  • Private Dining continues to exclusively showcase Xi Yan's quintessential culinary innovation by celebrity chef Jacky Yu to guests who desire a creative dining experience.
  • General Dining welcomes groups who frequently gather to enjoy Xi Yan's signature dishes in a charming yet casual environment.
  • Bar and Bistro is a brand new urban hideout concept that is perfect for friends who want to relax and enjoy delectable tapas, as well as rare, award-winning vintage wines and whiskeys.

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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:15:00 +0800
Tree Nut and Dried Fruit Productions to Add up to 4.5 Million and 3.3 Million Metric Tons, Respectively

The INC has released its latest Global Statistical Review with 2019/2020 production forecast updates on tree nuts, peanuts and dried fruits

REUS, Spain, Nov. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern hemisphere tree nut harvests progressed at a normal pace in most growing regions, yielding crops in line with overall expectations, both in terms of volume and quality. World tree nut production for the 2019/2020 season has been forecasted at about 4,538,000 metric tons (kernel basis, except pistachios in-shell), slightly up from 2018/19.

INC International Nut and Dried Fruit Council
INC International Nut and Dried Fruit Council

The biggest increments this season are expected for hazelnut and walnut crops. Hazelnut production is foreseen to be risen by 15% compared to the previous season to over 530,000 MT on account of increased crops from Turkey, the leading producing country, and some other origins such as France and Spain. World walnut crop has been forecasted at around 969,000 MT, 10% above the previous year due to significant rises in most producing origins.

World peanut production has been anticipated to remain within the previous season range, amounting to 40.9 million with the largest crop increments from the prior season forecasted for China, India, Brazil and USA.

The world production of dried fruit in 2019/20 has been forecasted at circa 3,283,000 MT, a growth of 5% compared to 2018/19. The greatest increments are expected for table dates (up 9% to 1,226,000 MT), prunes (up 9% to 215,800 MT) and dried figs (up 17% to 158,500 MT).

About the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council

The INC is the international umbrella organization for the nut and dried fruit industry. Its members include more than 800 nut and dried fruit sector companies from over 80 countries. INC membership represents over 85% of the world's commercial "farm gate" value of trade in nuts and dried fruit. INC's mission is to stimulate and facilitate sustainable growth in the global nut and dried fruit industry. It is the leading international organization on health, nutrition, statistics, food safety, and international standards and regulations regarding nuts and dried fruit.


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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:59:00 +0800
The Apurva Kempinski Bali Welcomes Guests to Bali's First Aquarium Dining Experience at Koral

BALI, Indonesia, Nov. 14, 2019  /PRNewswire/ -- Guests are invited to an underwater world of bistronomic delights at Koral, the highly-anticipated new aquarium dining experience at The Apurva Kempinski Bali. All of the senses are stimulated at this unique venue, which introduces the underwater dining concept to the Island of the Gods for the very first time.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali Welcomes Guests to Bali's First Aquarium Dining Experience at Koral
The Apurva Kempinski Bali Welcomes Guests to Bali's First Aquarium Dining Experience at Koral

At Koral, diners will feast on elegant dishes inspired by Indonesian coastal flavours and crafted from local ingredients, at a venue that's both casual and refined. More than just a restaurant, Koral offers a full bistronomic experience, combining delectable dining, laid-back ambiance and the rarefied atmosphere of an aquarium, accompanied by a hypnotic soundtrack that captures the magic and mystery of life below the waves.

"As Bali's first underwater restaurant, Koral promises something completely unique. Our bistronomic concept combines all aspects of the dining experience, with elegant dishes inspired

by local flavours, a warm and welcoming ambiance and the one-of-a-kind opportunity to dine inside a tropical aquarium," said Vincent Guironnet, General Manager, The Apurva Kempinski Bali.

"With a growing collection of outstanding restaurants, bars and lounges spread across the resort, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is quickly cementing its reputation as one of the leading culinary destinations on the Island of the Gods."

Like the rest of The Apurva Kempinski Bali – which opened in the upmarket Nusa Dua area of Bali in February 2019 - Koral takes design inspiration from the tropical characteristics of Bali and the great Majapahit empire, which brought prosperity to all of Indonesia from the 13th to 16th Centuries.

Inside, teak wood ceilings and walls made from traditional red clay bricks - the building blocks of the Majapahit empire - frame the aquamarine views through the windows and underfoot, elegant black and white tegel tiles popular among the royal court further add to the sense of historic splendour. Beyond the aquarium windows and the otherworldly glass-roofed tunnel, tropical fish swirl in a kaleidoscope of colours, creating a mesmerising backdrop for the spectacular cuisine that awaits.


Koral offers a menu inspired by the rich abundance of seafood available in the waters off the Indonesian coast, embellished with a wealth of fresh produce grown in the fertile lands of the archipelago. Executive Sous Chef Imam Fayumi brings skills acquired in some of the world's best hotel kitchens to Koral, transforming humble ingredients into a menu of elegant fine-dining style dishes.

Stand-out plates include 'Tomatoes Bedugul', a bright and colourful medley of ripe tomatoes and red tomato consommé, with fresh baby vegetables, creamy mozzarella cheese and tomato oil sorbet; 'Lump Blue Crab' salad with zingy Granny Smithy apple, crisp jicama and aromatic lemon basil and ginger; and the locally inspired 'Prawn & Lime', which combines stuffed jumbo prawns with spicy dabu-dabu salsa, silky potato gnocci and spicy tomato and chili sauce.

In addition to the decadent à la carte menu, Koral offers a four-course degustation menu featuring the finest seasonal ingredients with sommelier-selected wine pairings, for the ultimate underwater experience.

As well as a selection of premium wines from some of the world's best wine producing regions, Koral is home to a live cocktail station where talented mixologists prepare creative concoctions designed to complement the rich flavours of Asian spices.

The Koral signature 'Spiced Ink Mojito', is a heady blend of spiced rum, squid ink mint syrup, lime fruit ginger and kaffir leaves, and there's a selection of locally inspired house creations, handcrafted bubbly cocktails and a selection of Indonesian craft beers on offer.

Junior guests are also well catered to thanks to a dedicated kids' menu featuring popular movie characters, and a tempting selection of fresh juices and mocktails made with exotic Indonesian ingredients such as Balinese wild berry, jasmine tea and lavender puree.

Koral Restaurant is open from 18:30-23:00. 24-hour advance reservation is recommended. Please contact +62-361-2092288 or email: koral.bali@kempinski.com

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About The Apurva Kempinski Bali

Standing atop the majestic cliff of Nusa Dua, with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and a tropical garden, The Apurva Kempinski Bali offers the epitome of beachfront luxury. This five-star resort in Bali presents itself as a majestic open-air theatre, an embodiment of Indonesian elegance. A collection of 475 iconic rooms, suites and villas are showcased, with 60% of the accommodation featuring its own private plunge pools. From a unique culinary journey and indigenous spa treatments, to the spacious meeting rooms and alluring chapels, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is a spectacular stage where curated experiences are brought to life. www.kempinski.com/bali

About Kempinski

Created in 1897, Kempinski Resorts is Europe's oldest luxury resort group. Kempinski's rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 77 five-star resorts and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle resorts, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world's largest alliance of independent resort brands.

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Danti Yuliandari
Director of Marketing
The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Tel: +62-361-209-2288
Mobile: +62-81558-000829

Yoshanna Korompis
PR & Marketing Manager
The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Tel: +62-361-209-2288
Mobile: +62-8113801749

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:40:00 +0800
126th Canton Fair International Pavilion Creates New Opportunities for Global Trade

-- Registrations are now open for the 127th Canton Fair International Pavilion

GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 126th Canton Fair International Pavilion ("the Pavilion") has wrapped up another highly successful event in Guangzhou, China. Taking place between October 15 and November 4, the Pavilion welcomed 642 exhibitors and 100,000 buyers from 38 countries and regions.

The Pavilion is held biannually during spring and autumn and connects exhibitors and buyers from around the world to promote international trade. Capitalizing on growing demand within the food industry, this season's event featured an Global Food and Drink Show, as well as exhibition spaces for world-class industrial clusters such as home appliances, consumer goods, health and medical.

The organizer of the Pavilion noted that, they are always seeking new ways to open up more diverse and efficient trade opportunities for global developers and buyers, and the success of this Pavilion is a result of their commitment to promote international trade and improve the quality of products in China and abroad.

60% of the 642 exhibitors hailed from nations and regions along with China's Belt and Road initiative and included new exhibitors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and Oman. In addition, existing exhibitors -- such as Honeywell and Caterpillar from U.S., Fresh Electric, an Egyptian appliances brand; Simfer, a high-end Turkish home appliances company; and Symphony, an Indian air cooler company -- increased their presence at the Pavilion, citing it as a critical global marketing platform.

This session featured the Global Food and Drink Show, which took place on October 31. An event highlight, the Show aimed to increase the number of high-quality products in the Greater Bay region by encouraging the import of global food and beverage products. Thirty exhibitors from Europe, America, Oceania and Asia participated alongside 200 domestic food trading businesses, cross-border eCommerce companies and large department stores. Representatives from key government agencies and food industry organizations in the US, Nepal, Thailand, Canada and Japan were also present. Through the Pavilion's extensive eCommerce support, trade resources and targeted services, exhibitors engaged with a vast network of buyers using an integrated omnichannel approach.

Since 2007, the Pavilion has helped international businesses achieve success within China. WEDO TOOLS, a German hand tool manufacturer, uses the exhibition to explore new opportunities for growth in the Chinese market, helping them expand their reach to key markets across the country and establish branches in Tianjin and Shanghai.They reached 150 buyers in just three days, including one who specifically came to the exhibition after learning about them online.

The Pavilion is also valuable for companies looking to reach a global audience. Long-time exhibitor Fresh Electric believes the event has been integral to their overseas expansion efforts.

"In addition to raising brand awareness and increasing market penetration in China, the Pavilion allows us to connect with the world's leading suppliers," said Khaled Ramzy, Overseas Export Director at Fresh Electric. "As a result of partnerships established during the Pavilion, Fresh has also opened production warehouses and service centers in Ethiopia and India."

Registrations are now open for the 127th Canton Fair International Pavilion, which will take place from April 15 to May 5, 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en/international/index.aspx

About Canton Fair International Pavilion

Established by Canton Fair in 2007, the International Pavilion has consistently attracted trade promotion agencies and professional associations to participate in the exhibition. After years of development, the International Pavilion has worked as a leading platform for growing international trade.

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