SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hainan Airlines plans to formally launch non-stop service between Shenzhen and Vancouver on January 28, with two flights weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. The service will be the first non-stop international route connecting Shenzhen and a city in Canada.
A luxury Boeing 787-9 wide-body aircraft with a spacious and comfortable cabin layout will service the new routes. Business class will be equipped with reverse herringbone seating, while every seat on the aircraft comes wired with an exclusive on-demand entertainment system and every passenger will be served sumptuous offerings from both Western and Oriental cuisines. Passengers can also use their portable electronic devices on board.
Hainan Airlines now operates non-stop services between Shenzhen and Auckland, Brisbane, Brussels, Cairns, Madrid, Paris, Vienna and Zurich. The airline now operates 19 routes with destinations in North America including Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, San Jose, Seattle, Tijuana, Toronto and Vancouver, creating a rapid transit network complemented by easy transfer to intermodal forms of transportation.
Flight Schedule (All times are local):
Every Monday / Friday
Every Monday / Friday
Note: Specific timetables can be confirmed on Hainan Airlines' official website.
ZHENJIANG, China, Jan. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Crowning Zhenjiang's 76-storey landmark tower in the business district atop Suning Plaza, Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang prides itself on offering travelers and local residents thrilling new perspectives to connect with the best of Zhenjiang. High above the city, guestrooms provide a welcoming sanctuary coupled with panoramic vistas of the Yangtze River or Nanshan Scenic Area through floor-to-ceiling windows and savvy in-room comforts including free WiFi and 65-inch SMART TVs.
Star effect in 1 king bed with totoro theme room
Totoro theme bathroom
Totoro-2 Double Beds:2 double beds with totoro theme room
Adding a magical and fun dimension, Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang offers a selection of Totoro themed rooms. Miyazaki Hayao's cartoon is beloved around the world and its kind characters, especially Totoro, have become cultural icons. It is said that Tortoro will only be visible to those with a pure heart.
Inviting guests of all ages to relax with a pure heart, Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang introduces the "Forest" King room and "Totoro Dream" Twin room. In each themed room, colorful painted wall murals enliven the bedrooms and bathrooms, depicting Totoro and friends, along with sisters Satsuki and Mei, on various adventures for a whimsically immersive experience. Special edition Totoro duvets and soft toys adorn the beds and sofas, while even the carpets and bathmats feature the colorful characters and messages. Guests can play in their personal Totoro wonderland with Totoro teepees, an alarm clock and more to explore. A starry sky lamp enhances the mystical ambience by creating twinkling night sky across the ceiling.
Igniting children's imagination and love of storytelling, the Totoro rooms spark holiday memories to treasure, journey begins with a breathtaking above-the-clouds check-in experience at the 57th-floor Sky Lobby.
SHANGHAI, Jan. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd. (NYSE: GHG) ("GreenTree" or the "Company"), a leading franchised hotel operator in China, today announced that it has closed a HK$40 millioninvestment to acquire 27,776,000 ordinary shares in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ("HKSE") initial public offering of China Gingko Education Group Company Limited ("Gingko"). Gingkois a pioneer in developing and providing higher education services for the hospitality industry in China. Gingko was founded in 2002 by Mr. Gongyu Fang, a visionary entrepreneur in this field. With nearly 10,000 students on campus, Gingko is currently ranked as China's number one hospitality university by the "Gaosan Web Association", an authoritative website with introductions to and rankings of universities in China.
Mr. Fang, Chairman and CEO of Gingko, welcomed GreenTree's investment. "We are pleased to have GreenTree as our investor. This transaction is part of both companies' larger plan to cultivate professional talents for the hospitality industry in China. It is a truly win-win cooperation that combines Gingko's deep expertise in education with industry experience from GreenTree, a leading player." Mr. Alex Xu, Chairman and CEO of GreenTree, echoed, "Mr. Fang has done a tremendous job of building Gingko's superior educational platform. We feel privileged to work together with him and his team as part of our strategy to further enhance and develop talents for our companies and for China's hospitality industry generally."
About GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd.
GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd. ("GreenTree" or the "Company") (NYSE: GHG) is a leading franchised hotel operator in China. As of September 30, 2018, GreenTree had 2,558 hotels, among which 2,528 are franchised and managed hotels. The Company had the highest proportion of franchised-and-managed hotels among the top four economy to mid-scale hotel networks in China. In 2017, GreenTree was the fourth largest economy to mid-scale hotel group in China in terms of number of hotels according to China Hospitality Association. The Company has built a strong suite of brands including its flagship "GreenTree Inns" brand as a result of its long-standing dedication to the hospitality industry in China and consistent quality of its services, signature hotel designs, broad geographic coverage and convenient locations. GreenTree has positioned its brands to appeal to value-and-quality-conscious business travelers and leisure travelers.
About China Gingko Education Group Company Limited
China Gingko Education Group Company Limited ("Gingko") (HKEX: 01851) is a higher education services provider in Sichuan Province focusing on cultivating professional talents for the hospitality industry in China. Gingko started to provide higher education services in 2002. For the 2017/2018 school year, Gingko enrolled nearly 10,000 students, among which 1,222 students enrolled in the hospitality management program. According to the Frost & Sullivan Report, by the end of 2017, among all 746 private higher education institutions in China, only 225 institutions offered hospitality management programs. Among such 225 institutions, Gingko's hospitality management program ranked second based on the number of students enrolled in the hospitality management program in the 2017/2018 school year. In a comprehensive assessment conducted in 2017 by Chinese Universities Alumni Association ("CUAA") of programs offered by all independent colleges in China, 24 out of Gingko's 25 bachelor's degree programs were named star-rated programs, among which its hospitality management program was named a six-star program, representing CUAA's highest award for undergraduate hospitality management programs offered by independent colleges in China.
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Hong Kong's home airline rejuvenates strategy with a focus on youth development, diversity and inclusion, environmental protection and global cultural exchange
HONG KONG, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Youth development, diversity and inclusion, environmental protection and global cultural exchange form the focus of Cathay Pacific's rejuvenated community engagement strategy, which saw the inauguration of two new initiatives today at a ceremony held in Hong Kong.
Rupert Hogg, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Francis Ngai, Social Ventures Hong Kong Founder & CEO and Bird Tang, VolTra Co-Founder & Executive Director attended the event as officiating guests.
The two new initiatives, 'Cathay ChangeMakers' and 'World As One', which have been developed together with Social Ventures Hong Kong, are just the start of the airline's efforts to re-energise its community objectives, which are to deliver positive change in society by collaborating with partners across different sectors to create shared value.
Cathay ChangeMakers pays tribute to and raises awareness of the work of Hong Kong people who have made a positive contribution to society, while World As One provides young people of diverse backgrounds with a thought-provoking travel experience that broadens their understanding of societal needs and cultivates empathy in their outlook on life.
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: "Just like how we have been changing the way we do our business, it is important for us to work in new ways to address social challenges. Society is facing increasingly complex issues and no single party can solve them alone. Our revitalised approach to community engagement embraces both social innovations and shared value creation."
During the ceremony, Mr Hogg presented awards to three Cathay ChangeMakers* -- Gigi Tung, founder of food rescue and assistance programme Food Angel; Jeffrey Andrews, a registered social worker who is committed to helping ethnic minorities thrive; and Craig Leeson, director of the award-winning documentary "A Plastic Ocean" -- in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community and the environment.
Through this particular initiative, Cathay Pacific vows to support the ChangeMakers by showcasing and promoting their important causes to a wide audience, including to its passengers, employees and business partners.
Meanwhile, participants from the World As One programme, comprising 15 Hong Kong youngsters, shared their experience during the ceremony of journeying to Cambodia last October, where they served as volunteers to help and serve the needs of the local people.
Through planned activities -- including building new homes for villagers -- and facilitated sharing sessions, each participant had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by communities in the developing world, leading them to have greater empathy with their issues and circumstances.
As a result of a new partnership with VolTra, a registered non-profit organisation in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific is grateful that similar experiences are now available to more and more members of the Hong Kong public.
While Cathay ChangeMakers and World As One herald the beginning of the airline's new community engagement strategy, more initiatives are being rolled up. For instance, Cathay Pacific is currently recruiting Form 3 to Form 6 students to join its 2019 I CAN FLY development programme. With its renewed focus, I CAN FLY will not only help towards students realising their aviation dreams but will also raise the youngsters' awareness of the many challenges facing the Hong Kong community.
Mr Hogg concluded: "This is just the start of our new approach to community engagement and we are both excited and motivated by what's being planned for the future. By collaborating with partners across different sectors, we can leverage what we do as an airline company -- by connecting people and places, our business and NGO partners -- to bring about benefit to society."
The Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Group offers scheduled passenger and cargo services to over 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of nearly 200 wide-body aircraft. The company is a member of the Swire group and is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The Group has made substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world's leading global transportation hubs. Cathay Pacific is a founder member of the oneworld global alliance.
SINGAPORE, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascenda, the global loyalty management company, today announced the acquisition of loyalty consulting firm Loyalty Advantage. Mark Mullinix -- previously Managing Director at Loyalty Advantage -- has joined Ascenda as Head of Loyalty Strategy.
With the acquisition, Ascenda expands its loyalty advisory division and brings aboard Loyalty Advantage's proven expertise in rewards program development and optimization for leading brands across aviation, travel, retail and hospitality.
In his new role, Mullinix will drive the company's vision of making loyalty simple and enabling clients to successfully develop & grow premium loyalty programs around the world.
Prior to leading Loyalty Advantage, Mullinix held loyalty-centric roles at American Express in Canada, the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore. "Working with Ascenda to expand their loyalty advisory capabilities represents a fantastic opportunity to combine the strategic expertise of Loyalty Advantage with the technology and implementation capabilities of Ascenda, enabling us to deliver across the entire spectrum of client needs in the loyalty space," said Mark Mullinix, Loyalty Advantage's Managing Director.
"We are thrilled to announce this strategic acquisition which further strengthens Ascenda's loyalty advisory services," said Kyle Armstrong, CEO of Ascenda. "The talent, expertise and client footprint from Loyalty Advantage deliver synergistic benefits across our loyalty management business."
Ascenda is a global provider of innovative and powerful loyalty propositions for major financial services and travel brands worldwide.
In a world of increasingly complex enterprise software and proliferating buzzwords, Ascenda strips away the noise and takes a fresh, practical approach to delivering compelling customer value. Acenda's solutions are beautifully simple whilst including everything a highly compelling loyalty program needs: from the right technology, content, and value proposition to the management of marketing, servicing, costs and fraud.
Whether as end-to-end solution or as modular capabilities such as the TransferConnect currency network, loyalty propositions powered by Ascenda delight millions of customers worldwide every day, enabling leading loyalty programs to build deep & lasting customer relationships.
With A 20% Discount on Its New Year Wedding Packages
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- From 1 till 28 February 2019, Hilton Malaysia is giving engaged couples an opportunity to experience its renowned Hilton Hospitality through its inaugural Weddings At Hilton sale.
Weddings at Hilton Sale (Photo Credit: Hilton Malaysia)
A first for the hotel chain, the sale extends through the whole month of February, a month reputed for the celebration of love, and is the perfect chance for recently engaged couples who are searching for a wedding venue to tie the knot.
For couples who have thought of having a Hilton wedding but thought it was not within reach, now is the chance. With an incredible venue, carefully crafted menu options, amazing features, a very own wedding planner plus a 20% discount, this rare opportunity bring betrothed couples a step closer to the wedding of their dreams.
The sale encompasses a 20% discount on its New Year Wedding Packages for weddings held from 1 March 2019 to 31 December 2019 in all of the participating properties. A minimum booking of 15 tables is required.
Along with the generous savings are terrific complimentary inclusions such as a two (2)-night stay in the Bridal Suite for the happy couple, a one (1)-night stay for both the couple's parents and parents-in-law, a backdrop, table centrepieces, and 5x Hilton Honors Points, where the sum spent for their Big Day will be converted to 5x Incentive Points that can be exchanged into the honeymoon they have always wanted at any one of its properties worldwide.
The fuss-free wedding with Hilton begins the minute the booking is made. Each Hilton property in Malaysia is equipped with its very own wedding specialist who is present to ensure every detail is taken care of for a hassle-free wedding.
Hilton's wedding specialist also doubles as the couple's personal wedding planner, the one who will turn their concepts into reality, and is ever ready to help them with whatever they may need, whenever they need it. Most of all, the wedding specialist will be present so couples can enjoy the best day of their lives.
Package prices begin from MYR1062.40 nett for a table of 10 persons.
Participating Hilton Malaysia hotels from Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Hilton Kuching, Hilton Kota Kinabalu, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka and DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang.
For nearly 100 years, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has set the benchmark for hospitality around the world, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. With more than 575 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties are located in the world's most sought-after destinations for guests who know that where they stay matters. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com, and learn more by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/hhr or following Hilton Hotels & Resorts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About DoubleTree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 540 upscale hotels with more than 127,000 rooms across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree Cookie, to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers, and meeting and banquet spaces. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travellers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with DoubleTree by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn about the latest brand news at newsroom.hilton.com/doubletree.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 16 world-class brands comprising more than 5,500 properties with nearly 895,000 rooms, in 109 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world's most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world's best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 82 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
BEIJING, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- China's rising coffee chain brand luckin Coffee (luckin) is vying to become the nation's largest coffee chain with a total of 4,500 stores in operation by the end of the year. Founder and CEO Qian Zhiya made the announcement at a press conference in Beijing in early January.
Luckin burst onto China's coffee scene when it was founded in Beijing in October 2017. Since then, the company has expanded to 2,073 stores in 22 cities across China by the end of 2018, serving up more than 89.6 million cups of coffee to 12.5 million customers.
China'syounger generations are increasingly enjoying coffee and the culture surrounding the beverage. For example, the American coffee brand Starbucks has opened 3,500 stores in 150 Chinese cities since 1999.
For luckin, its ambitious plan is backed by an abundant amount of capital. In December 2018, luckin announced having raised USD 200 million in a Series-B round of funding, which pushed its post-money valuation to USD 2.2 billion.
Luckin CEO Qian Zhiya considers the 2019 goal achievable because luckin's business model is already tackling the biggest challenges currently facing the coffee industry in China: expensive prices and inconvenience.
"With the development of the internet, luckin has transformed the traditional coffee chain to a new retail model, integrating offline services and online delivery services," Qian said. "Thus, luckin's new retail model strikes an excellent balance of price and services."
Luckin's delivery service likewise sets the brand apart. With in-app ordering, the company guarantees a delivery time of 18 minutes or less within major cities. Recently, luckin has partnered withChina'slargest food delivery giant, Meituan Dianping, and now allows customers to order luckin Coffee products via Meituan's delivery app Meituan Waimai.
By the end of 2018, the company claimed to have achieved its "500-meters coverage" layout in downtown Beijing and Shanghai, meaning customers can walk to luckin's stores within five minutes.
Qian said that its luckin's established strategy that they will race to grab market share through subsidies. "So far, the loss is in line with our expectation, " she added.
In 2017, the country's coffee shop sales reached USD 4.4 billion (RMB 30 billion) and are expected to reach USD 145 billion (RMB 1 trillion) by 2025, according to consultancy firm Qianzhan.
LONGQUAN, China, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A tour event along Oujiang River and Longquan Mountain, co-organized by Zhejiang Online News, a news portal under the Zhejiang Provincial Government, was held in Longquan, Lishui, Zhejiang province recently. A large delegation of 70 leading Chinese painters, photographers and writers gathered in Longquan to get a close up and personal look at the scenery along the Oujiang River, passing through or along Fengyang Lake, Ou Jiang Yuan, Little Yellow Mountain, Longquan Waterfall as well as towering cliffs, forests of pine trees, and picturesque villages, among them, Lu'ao and Guanpuyang, with the aim of creating works that are a realistic portrait of the natural and cultural aspects of the area.
Fengyang Lake and Longquan Mountain
The delegation also enhanced their awareness of Longquan's celadon and swords when they paid a visit to the Longquan Celadon Museum as well as local artist studios and Longquan kilns. In addition to gaining a better understanding of the craftsmanship that goes into the production of Longquan celadon and swords, they also become better acquainted with some of the cultural heritage behind the manufacturing process as well as technical details of the process itself.
The delegation created a distinctive portrait of Longquan from an artistic point of view for the general public, bringing out the qualities of the locale that make it an ideal destination for anyone seeking romance, or wishing to live out their fantasies or dreams.
Long Yi, a Chinese writer whose spy novel was the basis for Lurk, a popular television series, said that the tour became his tribute to ancient Chinese ceramics. "I am enchanted by the ceramics from ancient times and I have read a lot of books on the topic, many aspects of which are, on the one hand, quite vivid and distinctive, and, on the other, still full of mystery for me. All the Longquan's celadon masters refer to themselves as craftsmen, yet, do so with modesty rather than with pride. They and their masterpieces are a reflection of the peak period of celadon culture," he added.
China Academy of Art professor Zhang Xiaoming, who admitted to a very special fondness for Guanpuyang, an ancient village in Longquan, said that the city's two villages Lu'ao and Guanpuyang, have differentiated themselves from other typical Chinese villages by virtue of their uniqueness. "With no major renovations, Lu'ao has remained as simple and unadorned as many other traditional villages in China. Located high up on Longquan Mountain, the well-preserved hilltop village showcases both the magnificent beauty of the surrounding nature and the original and unpretentious beauty of the village itself, yet has not been significantly impacted by tourism," said Tao Shihu, former deputy director of the Watercolor Art Committee of the China Artists Association, who said that he was also highly impressed by the appeal of Lu'ao.
"I have spent quite a bit of time traveling around Zhejiang province, but this is the first time that I have visited a place within the province that has such deep cultural and historical roots. I sense that Longquan is a scenic village where we can have the closest contact with nature," said contemporary writer and poet Chen Cang. "The city has three spirits that are associated with and characterized by its three treasures: the historical spirit characterized by the celadon, the cultural spirit characterized by the swords and the natural spirit characterized by the landscape, made up of mountains, rivers and trees."
Well-known Chinese photographer Chen Xuewu who was visiting Longquan for the third time, commented, "I first came to the city in 1980s, yet, this time, I found that it has gone through dramatic changes in terms of both the cityscape and industrial development." Longquan has now become a destination well-known for photography and one that has attracted the attention of many photographers, which, in and of itself, is also an affirmation of its appeal.
Leading the Future of Experiential Wellness Rooted in Authenticity and Nature
HONG KONG, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking a trendsetting lead on the global buzz of wellness and mindfulness, Harbour City celebrates the new beginning of 2019 with a transcendent Sound Celebration experience featuring Asia's biggest meditation gong collection and a panoramic viewHong Kong's iconic skyline at Ocean Terminal Deck.
Sound Celebration @ Ocean Terminal Deck, Harbour City features Asia’s biggest meditation gong collection over a panoramic view of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline.
Wellness is one of the world's fastest-growing market segments. The latest estimate from The Global Wellness Institute put the value of the wellness market at a whopping US$4.2 trillion, having grown 12.8% in the last two years. The industry now represents 3.5% of global economic output. In Asia, wellness is particularly prized as a status symbol among modern consumers. In China, one of the world's most health conscious markets, the health and wellness segment is projected to reach US$70 billion by 2020, according to Boston Consulting Group.
With holistic health emerging as a consumer priority, Harbour City curated a one-of-a-kind experience with a team of highly respected sound practitioners from Hong Kong and abroad, blending the sound of gongs and other sacred instruments with cosmic-tuned music and the natural rhythm of the waves in the harbour. Rooted in the authenticity of sound and its connection with nature, the experience marks a new initiative to bring a wide variety of positive, joyful and remarkable experiences to the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong.
Sound Celebration also marks the first public showcase of Asia's biggest meditation gong collection -- a total of 28 cosmic-tuned gongs that can create a vibration resonance field complementing the human body with nature and the universe -- supported by Red Doors Studios, a Hong Kong-based boutique studio widely recognised as the centre for gong training and the study of sound practices.
(Left to right) Martha Collard, Founder & Catalyst for Emotional Wellbeing of Red Doors Studio; Jens Zygar and Alix Decker, rhythm and sound musicians from Germany.
Martha Collard, Founder and Catalyst for Emotional Wellbeing of Red Door Studios, led the Sound Celebration experience, alongside world-renowned rhythm and sound musicians Jens Zygar and Alix Decker hailing all the way from Germany.
Connect with Nature in an Authentic Experience
Ocean Terminal Deck is the latest addition to the many attractions at Harbour City, and is becoming a unique concept and a highly versatile spacefor experiential wellness right in the middle of the city centre. With a 270-degree panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour, the space offers unobstructed access for everyone to slow down, breath and connect with nature.
The picturesque environment of the deck not only appeals to the Millennials driving the growing pursuit of wellness, but also makes the ideal location for the Sound Celebration experience. The gongs are among the most powerful sacred instruments, and their vibration amplifies further in an open space linked to the open sky and water.
Martha Collard said, "Gongs are universal for all people. The sounds and rhythms connect us with heaven and earth. The calm they inspire brings global resonance for a world of peace as we celebrate the beginning of a New Year."
Jens Zygar, who shared the stage with Collard and has managed the production of these handcrafted gongs for over 30 years, said: "I was inspired by the science of the frequencies of nature, which as music can elevate life quality and inspire integral efficiency, and in many ways transformative on a personal level."
Exclusively for Harbour City, Collard also created a labyrinth at Ocean Terminal Deck where visitors of Sound Celebration can walk along a single circuitous path winding into the center for a moment of tranquillity and peace. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is a single path with no dead ends. This allows the mind to calm down and focus on the journey rather than the destination.
Martha Collard, Founder & Catalyst for Emotional Wellbeing, Red Doors Studio
Martha has lived in Asia for over 30 years and as the founder of a boutique studio of calm, she lives her passion to help others by offering opportunities to slow down, connect and rejuvenate using ancient practices that are highly relevant for today's busy lifestyle. Red Doors provides the platform to share the sound of meditation gongs, walking meditation on labyrinths and kundalini yoga, elevating energies and shifting mindsets to make a difference in the community.
Before establishing Red Doors, Martha was in consultancy and her last assignment was with Lane Crawford Joyce Group as VP Group Organizational Wellness where she built a holistic wellness platform for 5,400 staff in four companies in Greater China.
Jens is a rhythm and sound musician specializing in a healing and holistic understanding of contemporary sound music. Jens has managed the production of planetary tuned symphonic gongs by German manufacturer PAISTE for over 30 years, inspired by the healing effects of the frequencies of nature.
For the past 25 years, Jens has toured all over the world playing cosmic tuned trance music, releasing 12 albums and is well-known as musical pioneers combining acoustics with electronic sounds. He has played his latest live trance act, called Cosmic Vibration, with his band at music festivals and holistic events across Europe and beyond.
BEIJING, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 16, 2019, the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and the Tourism Research Center, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (TRC-CASS) jointly released the "Report on World Tourism Economy Trends 2019" (hereinafter referred to as "the Report"). More than 60 delegates from WTCF, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, foreign institutions including the Panamanian and South African Embassies, Chongqing City and domestic tourism-related agencies, as well as more than 100 domestic and foreign media jointly participated in the release and forum discussion of the Report.
World Tourism Cities Federation and the Tourism Research Center, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences jointly release "Report on World Tourism Economy Trends 2019"
Li Baochun, Deputy Secretary-General of WTCF, Yan Kun, Secretary of the Party Committee of National Academy of Economic Strategy, CASS, delivered speeches at the meeting. Francisco Escobar, Ambassador of Panama, delivered the keynote speech. Song Rui, Director of TRC-CASS and WTCF special expert, released the main research results in the Report.
Li Baochun pointed out that in order to further study and judge the trends in the internationaltourist industry, predict its future prospects, promote the sustainable development, reveal its annual characteristics, and better serve WTCF members, WTCF has publicly released the "Report on World Tourism Economy Trends" since 2016, sharing the research results with global counterparts and providing decision-making references and intellectual support for governments, relevant cities and the tourism industry.
Yan Kun believed that tourism embodies cultural exchange, social communication and trade, as well as acts as an important force to connect the world, deepen cooperation and drive development. With global growth slowing down and trade frictions increasing, it is of great significance to study the developments of the internationaltourist industry, provide insights into the changes, follow the trends, make positive efforts and innovate constantly.
Francisco Escobar, Ambassador of Panama, on behalf of international agencies, congratulated and spoke highly of the release of the Report.
According to the content of the Report, a forum discussion with the theme of "Connecting the World of Tourism" was held. Under the dual background of the current changes in tourism consumption demand and the intensification of competition in the tourist destination market.Guests such as Wang Dingguo, Vice Chairman of Chongqing Cultural and Tourism Development Commission, Thandukwazi Nyawose, Economic Counselor of South African Embassy in China, Ge Yujing, Vice President of Tuniu, Gao Yanhong, Head of WeChat Pay Tourism Industry, Cao Zhigang, CEO of Dragon Trail Interactive, etc. focused on the "Connectivity" of tourism, discussed tourism development trends, and shared their opinions on how to make tourist destinations more attractive so as to have an in-depth dialogue and interpretation of the Report.
The total number of internationaltourists in 2018 reached 12.1 billion people, an increase of 580 million people over the previous year, with a growth rate of 5.0%. Compared with 2017, the growth rate dropped by 0.7 percent, and the total income of international tourism reached 5.34 trillion US dollars, accounting for 6.1% of global GDP, a decrease of 0.4% over the previous year. It is estimated that the total number of international tourists will reach 12.76 billion in 2019, with a growth rate of 5.5%. Compared with 2018, the growth rate will rise by 0.5 percent. The total international tourism revenue will reach 5.54 trillion US dollars, accounting for 6.0% of global GDP.
The Report follows the previous analytical framework, focuses on the perspectives of global, regional, country, industry and city levels and makes a panoramic analysis of the development trends of the international tourist industry from seven aspects includinginternational tourism economic developments, regional development pattern changes, international tourism investment and the role of cities in the international tourist industry. The Report summarizes the following characteristics: First, the international economic growth will slow down in 2019, but the tourist industry will rise steadily. Second, tourism development in five global regions is becoming more and more obvious, with the growth in Asia and the decline in Europe. Third, the scale and growth rate of tourism investments in Asia-Pacific are among the top in all regions. Fourth, the Report innovatively puts forward the concept of "T20" countries, which create 80% of the tourism revenue. Fifth, the reform of payment promotes the upgrading of tourist consumption. Cities are still the main destination for inbound tourists, and 95% of international cities are from Asia-Pacific, Europe and America. Sixth, six major marketing innovations represented by virtual technology and industry chain cooperation create new tourism experiences. Seventh, cities are still the main destination for inbound tourists.
The WTCF is the world's first global tourism organization focusing on cities. It upholds the core concept of "Better City Life Through Tourism," actively builds a multilateral exchange platform for international tourism, and strives to promote cooperation and exchanges among international tourist cities, comprehensively enhance the competitiveness and influence of tourist cities, so as to provide new vitality to the sustainable development of international tourism.