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Eight Places Certified Bookworms Should Visit for World Book Day
Eight Places Certified Bookworms Should Visit for World Book Day

Tour these renowned authors' hometowns

SINGAPORE, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Books can take one to new and exciting places—completely new worlds, even. This World Book Day (23 April 2019), Agoda highlights eight places to go for a literary adventure. Trace the roots of these famous authors by stopping by their hometowns -- some of which have inspired their most seminal works.

Agoda Infographic -- Where to go for a literary adventure
Agoda Infographic -- Where to go for a literary adventure

Here are some must-visit spots for book-lovers roaming around Asia...

1. Kobe, Japan
Literary Hero: Haruki Murakami
Notable works: "Kafka on the Shore" and "1Q84" available from Shinchosha
Must-see attractions: Ikuta Shrine, Arima Onsen, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

Murakami grew up in Kobe, where a few of his stories, such as his debut novel "Hear the Wind Sing", are set. Murakami's works have surrealist elements, often with melancholic themes which in some ways, is reflective of the quiet beauty to be found in the many serene shrines and breathtaking nature scenery in the small seaside city. Internalize the relaxing minimalist side of Kobe when you stay at Arimakoyado Hataya Ryokan.

2. Camarines Norte, Philippines
Literary Hero: Ricky Lee
Notable works: "Para kay B" available from Philippine Writers' Studio Foundation
Must-see attractions: Calaguas Islands, Apuao Grande Island, Bagasbas Beach

More than his novel "Para kay B," Ricky Lee's body of work encompasses screenwriting and playwriting. He has worked with revered Filipino directors like Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal and has even published a screenplay manual called "Trip to Quiapo" which has since been a staple resource for communication colleges in the Philippines.

Visit Lee's hometown of Camarines Norte in the central Bicol region of the Philippines and enjoy its beautiful beaches like those on Apuao Grande Island and the Calaguas group of islands. Keep comfy by making One Platinum Hotel your home base while in the area.

If you're in the Americas, head to...

3. New York, USA
Literary Hero: Jenny Han
Notable works: "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" available from Simon & Schuster
Must-see attractions: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Broadway

Though Han originally came from Virginia, her time in New York shaped her career as a young adult fiction writer. Book the cozy Jun New York Midtown III apartment, and feel right at home when you take a break from all of that sight-seeing.

4. Aracataca, Colombia
Literary Hero: Gabriel García Márquez
Notable works: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" available from HarperCollins, "Love in the Time of Cholera" available from Penguin Classics
Must-see attractions: Casa Museo, Casa del Telegrafista

The municipality of Aracataca is built along the river of the same name and boasts Nobel Prize winner for literature Gabriel García Márquez as one of its sons. The village of Macondo in García Márquez's celebrated novel, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is fashioned after Aracataca. Take a day trip out to explore García Márquez's reconstructed childhood home-turned-museum and the Casa del Telegrafista, then settle down at the charming Agoda Home in Parque Los Noviosin the nearby city of Santa Marta, where you can also visit Colombia's famous Tayrona National Natural Park.

If you're venturing to Europe, then consider visiting...

5. Edinburgh, Scotland
Literary Hero: J.K. Rowling
Notable works: The "Harry Potter" series available from Bloomsbury
Must-see attractions: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Dynamic Earth, Underground Edinburgh, The Scotch Whisky Experience

Potterheads, unite! While Rowling was born in Yates, England, it was during her time in Edinburgh that she wrote most of the Harry Potter books. Check out the cafes where she was said to have spent her time writing, and check in at the stylish Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh.

6. Florence, Italy
Literary Hero: Dante Alighieri
Notable works: "The Divine Comedy" and "Vita Nuova" available from Penguin Classics
Must-see attractions: Church Santa Margherita dei Cerchi (Dante's church), Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi

Considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is the capital of Italian culture, and where poet Dante met the love of his life, Beatrice. She had inspired some of his greatest works including "Vita Nuova" and "The Divine Comedy". Tour this romantic Tuscan City, and perhaps you can find your muse too!

Domux Home Repubblica offers accommodations that balance modern living with that classic Italian charm.

And if you're going on holiday in the Middle East, then don't forget to add these to your itinerary...

7. Istanbul, Turkey
Literary Hero: Orhan Pamuk
Notable works: "Snow" and "The Museum of Innocence" available from Faber & Faber
Must-see attractions: Museum of Innocence, The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum

Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006 and holds the prestige of being the first Turkish Nobel laureate. His stories are very much grounded in Turkish culture and politics. He also established an actual Museum of Innocence based on his eponymous novel. For a truly delightful Turkish stay, book your room at Fer Hotel.

8. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Literary Hero: Mohammad Al-Murr
Notable works: "Dubai Tales" and "The Wink of the Mona Lisa" available from Motivate Publishing
Must-see attractions: Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah

Born in Dubai, award-winning short story-writer Mohammad Al-Murr has published over 10 collections of his short stories. The aptly titled "Dubai Tales" is one such compilation that captures life in Dubai—one that toes the line between modern thinking and a strong sense of pride for tradition. This gorgeous 2BR apartment at The Residences by Emaar features a majestic view of the Burj Khalifa in all its over 2,700-feet glory and will make for the perfect accommodation choice while you're in Dubai.

About Agoda 

Agoda is one of the world's fastest growing online travel booking platforms. From its beginnings as an e-commerce start-up based in Singapore in 2005, Agoda has grown to offer a global network of 2 million properties in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, offering travelers easy access to a wide choice of luxury and budget hotels, apartments, homes and villas to suit all budgets and travel occasions. 

Headquartered in Singapore, Agoda is part of Booking Holdings (Nasdaq: BKNG) and employs more than 4,000 staff in more than 30 countries. Agoda.com and the Agoda mobile app are available in 38 languages.

For more information, please contact press@agoda.com

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Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:00:00 +0800
Future FinTech Delays Release of 2018 Financial Results and Filing of 10-K

XI'AN, China, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Future FinTech Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FTFT), a financial technology company and integrated producer of fruit-related products, today announced that the filing of the Company's Form10-K annual report for the year ending on December 31, 2018 (the "Form 10-K") will be delayed beyond the required filing deadline of April 16, 2019. The additional time is needed to complete the financial statements of Form 10-K due to the recent change of independent auditor of the Company. The Company expects to file its annual report on Form 10-K by the end of May, 2019.

About Future FinTech Group Inc.

Future FinTech Group Inc. ("Future FinTech", "FTFT" or the "Company") is incorporated in Florida and engages in fruit juice and financial technology businesses.  The Company engages in the research and development of digital asset systems based on blockchain technology and also operates an incubator for application projects using blockchain technology. The Company and its subsidiaries are developing blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies for a variety of B2B and B2C real-life applications including a variety of financial businesses and the distribution, marketing and sale of consumer products. FTFT is also developing an operational online shopping mall platform utilizing blockchain technology and the shared economy. For more information, please visit http://www.ftft.top/.

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All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice, including, without limitation, those risks and uncertainties described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and our other reports and filings with SEC. Such reports are available upon request from the Company, or from the Securities and Exchange Commission, including through the SEC's Internet website at http://www.sec.gov. We have no obligation and do not undertake to update, revise or correct any of the forward-looking statements after the date hereof, or after the respective dates on which any such statements otherwise are made.

IR Contact:

Dragon Gate Investment Partners LLC
Tel: +1(646)-801-2803
Email: ftft@dgipl.com 

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Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:50:00 +0800
Focus of Reputed World Media: Unimaginable Development in Hainan

HAIKOU, China, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- From April 9 to 11, the foreign press tour "2019 Amazing Hainan" was held by the Publicity Department of CPC Hainan Provincial Committee in Hainan province. It was attended by journalists from eight major presses of the world, including European Pressphoto Agency, Agencia Lusa and Tokyo Shimbun. They visited Haikou, Chengmai, Qionghai, Lingshui, Sanya and Baoting, and acclaimed that "Hainan boasts bountiful tourism resources, and rapid growing Internet industry. The achievements of the FTZ are beyond imagination."

A journalist from All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company experiencing the acupuncture therapy and sharing his feelings to the camera.
A journalist from All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company experiencing the acupuncture therapy and sharing his feelings to the camera.

The Fuxing City International Offshore Innovation Building in Haikou has attracted many well-known enterprises such as Alibaba, Ant Financial Services Group and PwC, as well as many foreign "makers". Hainan Ecological Software Park is in Chengmai, which is home to more than 3,600 Internet companies, including some projects worth RMB 10 billion, such as Tencent Internet Village, China Game Cyberport Project and China Mind Sports Industrial Base Project. The cutting-edge technologies and the prospects have deeply impressed the group.

Joao Pimenta from Agencia Lusa said that Hainan used to be known for tourism. Now, as the free trade one has been established, many R&D teams from the hi-tech industries start to settle in Hainan. Hainan has been promoting tax reduction, and he believes that the favorable policy will attract more foreign investment.

Alexander Balitskiy from VGTRK took a great interest in traditional Chinese medicine. In the Boao TCM hospital, he shared his experience in acupuncture during the therapy. "It is amazing! We need to have more people to learn about TCM!" In the Binglanggu -- Hainan Li & Miao Cultural Heritage Park, many journalists were attracted by the traditional Li textile technique, which includes spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering and is on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding of UNESCO.

Apart from medical tourism, sports tourism, folk culture tourism, and duty-free tourism, Hainan is working to be more innovative in tourism. The journalists were also impressed by Atlantis Sanya and the Paddy Field National Park, underwater suites and many other upscale tourism products, and the integrated program of agriculture and tourism "expansive paddy field + large-scale artificial dinosaurs park". They believe that the rich and intriguing tourism programs will bring endless potential to the future development of the tourism in Hainan FTZ.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 21:23:00 +0800
habitat by honestbee is one of the world's top 16 must see grocery and dining store of 2019

In less than six months, habitat by honestbee's NewGen Retail concept continues to impress and delight customers and industry players

SINGAPORE, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- habitat by honestbee, the world's first tech-enabled food and grocery concept, has been voted by IGD[1] as "the top 16 stores you must visit in 2019 in the world" and reported by Google as the top 10 trending searches in Singapore in 2018[2]. Since the launch of its flagship 60,000 square feet store with over 20,000 essentials and unique products in mid October 2018, it has met with global success. From its early beginnings in 2015 as an online concierge and food delivery service, honestbee has expanded to a physical space in the form of a multi-sensory, omnichannel store format that serves both online and offline consumers, as well as a logistics and retail innovation lab.

Nestled in Singapore's heartlands, habitat by honestbee has welcomed close to half a million visitors across all ages. Designed to be exploratory with elements of nature amid cosy settings, the space provides customers the comfort they would find in their own home. Coupled with the ease and array of products they need as well as world-class finds from all over the world, each trip is one that inspires. Customers are spending a longer time (2 hours) than in any other supermarket. Two of its largest groups of customers fall between the ages of 26 - 35 years old (41%) and 36 - 45 years old (28%). 64% of such customers are multi-generational families that visit the grocery and dining destination for its friendly neighbourhood feel.

honestbee's NewGen Retail is changing the way customers shop and dine

With the aim to create a community around food, habitat by honestbee's NewGen Retail concept continues to inspire more human interaction, leveraging technology to remove the unnecessary hassles of checkout lines and the handling of cash that come with shopping. In the app, ordering and payment features such as Scan & Go and in-app wallet, beePay, ensure a seamless experience. In-store checkout and collection points, AutoCheckout and RoboCollect, deliver a convenient alternative to traditional retail processes.

 

In F&B, habitat by honestbee's innovation is in its multi-concept kitchen. A custom-built experiential space that's first in the world, it houses an F&B hall with 20 original concepts, from a Japanese-inspired craft coffeehouse to a Josper-grilled steakhouse. Each kitchen is maximised to ensure a strong sales return by operating multiple concepts in one space. This innovation sets habitat by honestbee apart from industry players in the market.

Pauline Png, Managing Director of habitat by honestbee shared, "We are pleased to have had such a resounding success since the launch, not just with customers, but also with the business community in retail, property, grocery and F&B. A strong growth in sales pushes us to continue delivering a memorable experience for customers to visit,  try new products and return. This tactility that habitat by honestbee provides ignites a curiosity for our products, which are also available online. In fact, we have observed a spike in online orders for Fresh supermarket deliveries since the launch"

Partnerships are core to habitat by honestbee's DNA. habitat by honestbee's ecosystem makes it convenient for collaborations with partners and F&B owners. Technological and operational costs as well as infrastructure and fixtures are borne by the company, allowing F&B partners to scale and focus on delivering quality experiences. Without worrying about the heavy risk of failure in traditional retail concepts, this maximises their revenue per square foot.

A notable Singapore partner is Bear Bear Fresh, purveyors in sustainable seafood. Prior to partnering with honestbee, the supplier was solely Business-to-Business. By inhabiting a seafood counter at habitat by honestbee, Bear Bear Fresh is now able to reach out directly to their target market. Christopher Chan, Partner, shared, "We are happy to be able to interact with our customers such as families and the everyday shopper in person. habitat by honestbee's pioneering concept of NewGen Retail has empowered us to expand our business. We are looking forward to potentially expanding with the brand to other parts of Asia."

habitat by honestbee has also partnered with Heineken® for their exclusive launch of Heineken® 0.0, its new non-alcoholic all-natural beer with only 69 calories. Faye Wee, Marketing Director of Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd shared, "habitat by honestbee's Get Fresh! campaign made it the ideal platform to launch Heineken® 0.0. With our shared goal in providing healthier benefits to customers through food and groceries, our partnership saw a synergy from the start."

What's next as honestbee continues to innovate?

As part of its commitment to meet customer's needs, honestbee constantly reviews customer feedback and data to improve the 360-degree experience. For instance, after finding that customers often compile orders for families and friends together, honestbee will soon be providing an option to combine food carts on the app, enabling orders from multiple F&B concepts at habitat by honestbee in one receipt. This is an extension of our top local hawker centre experience already available on their online delivery app in Singapore.

Engagement and retention are prime focus areas for honestbee. Customers will soon be able to make informed choices on the app with engaging product information and content. Personalised recommendations will also be available at habitat by honestbee via the app. By leveraging on data, the app will provide relevant recommendations for food, beverages and groceries based on an O2O algorithm. They have also launched their honestbee membership program, beeHive, where customers can get value deals for their groceries and food purchases both online and at habitat by honestbee.

Joel Sng, CEO and Founder of honestbee shared, "The launch of habitat by honestbee has allowed us to elevate our business into an omnichannel platform and work with partners like no other online player can. We are pleased with the results over the last few months and continue to get a strong interest from prospective retail partners from around the world. habitat by honestbee has leveraged on our brand's promise and expertise in utilising data to optimise the customer experience. We are confident in fuelling the growth of habitat by honestbee to other markets. In the second quarter of the year, we will be extending our food-retail leadership in Asia by launching a scalable multi-concept kitchen and convenience store powered by data."

The honestbee app is available for download via the App Store and Google Play Store.

For media enquiries, please contact:
honestbee
press@honestbee.com  

Asia PR Werkz
honestbeeprsg@asiaprwerkz.com   

About habitat by honestbee

habitat by honestbee is the world's first tech-enabled, multi-sensory food wonderland - offering shoppers and diners convenience, value, quality, personalisation and a sense of community. The space utilises the world's first cashless, automated checkout (AutoCheckout) experience and robotic collection point (RoboCollect) and pioneers the 'NewGen Retail' concept - innovation in retail technology that inspires more human engagement for a multi-sensory shopping experience. Spanning over 60,000 square feet of food discoveries, visitors to habitat by honestbee can expect over 20,000 grocery products from Asia and across the globe, as well as 20 delectable food and beverage concepts.

About honestbee

honestbee is Asia's leading marketplace that delivers quality food products and experiences, available in 16 cities across eight countries: Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. honestbee is passionate about making every life moment better through food. With a mission to be Asia's fastest-growing food service powered by community and technology, honestbee provides world-class, on-demand logistics, flexible jobs opportunities for their on-demand, independent bees and a strong network of 12,000 partners to deliver innovative services and concepts. The folks at honestbee are passionate about food and how technology can enable more in depth human experiences and moments around food. They employ more than a thousand staff all around Asia.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:00:00 +0800
habitat by honestbee, voted as one of the top must see retail innovation in the world in 2019

In less than six months, habitat by honestbee's NewGen Retail concept continues to impress and delight customers and industry players

SINGAPORE, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- habitat by honestbee, the world's first tech-enabled food and grocery concept, has been voted by IGD[1] as "the top 16 stores you must visit in 2019 in the world" and reported by Google as the top 10 trending searches in Singapore in 2018[2]. Since the launch of its flagship 60,000 square feet store with over 20,000 essentials and unique products in mid October 2018, it has met with global success. From its early beginnings in 2015 as an online concierge and food delivery service, honestbee has expanded to a physical space in the form of a multi-sensory, omnichannel store format that serves both online and offline consumers, as well as a logistics and retail innovation lab.

Nestled in Singapore's heartlands, habitat by honestbee has welcomed close to half a million visitors across all ages. Designed to be exploratory with elements of nature amid cosy settings, the space provides customers the comfort they would find in their own home. Coupled with the ease and array of products they need as well as world-class finds from all over the world, each trip is one that inspires. Customers are spending a longer time (2 hours) than in any other supermarket. Two of its largest groups of customers fall between the ages of 26 - 35 years old (41%) and 36 - 45 years old (28%). 64% of such customers are multi-generational families that visit the grocery and dining destination for its friendly neighbourhood feel.

honestbee's NewGen Retail is changing the way customers shop and dine
With the aim to create a community around food, habitat by honestbee's NewGen Retail concept continues to inspire more human interaction, leveraging technology to remove the unnecessary hassles of checkout lines and the handling of cash that come with shopping. In the app, ordering and payment features such as Scan & Go and in-app wallet, beePay, ensure a seamless experience. In-store checkout and collection points, AutoCheckout and RoboCollect, deliver a convenient alternative to traditional retail processes.

 

In F&B, habitat by honestbee's innovation is in its multi-concept kitchen. A custom-built experiential space that's first in the world, it houses an F&B hall with 20 original concepts, from a Japanese-inspired craft coffeehouse to a Josper-grilled steakhouse. Each kitchen is maximised to ensure a strong sales return by operating multiple concepts in one space. This innovation sets habitat by honestbee apart from industry players in the market.

Pauline Png, Managing Director of habitat by honestbee shared, "We are pleased to have had such a resounding success since the launch, not just with customers, but also with the business community in retail, property, grocery and F&B. A strong growth in sales pushes us to continue delivering a memorable experience for customers to visit,  try new products and return. This tactility that habitat by honestbee provides ignites a curiosity for our products, which are also available online. In fact, we have observed a spike in online orders for Fresh supermarket deliveries since the launch"

Partnerships are core to habitat by honestbee's DNA. habitat by honestbee's ecosystem makes it convenient for collaborations with partners and F&B owners. Technological and operational costs as well as infrastructure and fixtures are borne by the company, allowing F&B partners to scale and focus on delivering quality experiences. Without worrying about the heavy risk of failure in traditional retail concepts, this maximises their revenue per square foot.

A notable Singapore partner is Bear Bear Fresh, purveyors in sustainable seafood. Prior to partnering with honestbee, the supplier was solely Business-to-Business. By inhabiting a seafood counter at habitat by honestbee, Bear Bear Fresh is now able to reach out directly to their target market. Christopher Chan, Partner, shared, "We are happy to be able to interact with our customers such as families and the everyday shopper in person. habitat by honestbee's pioneering concept of NewGen Retail has empowered us to expand our business. We are looking forward to potentially expanding with the brand to other parts of Asia."

habitat by honestbee has also partnered with Heineken® for their exclusive launch of Heineken® 0.0, its new non-alcoholic all-natural beer with only 69 calories. Faye Wee, Marketing Director of Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd shared, "habitat by honestbee's Get Fresh! campaign made it the ideal platform to launch Heineken® 0.0. With our shared goal in providing healthier benefits to customers through food and groceries, our partnership saw a synergy from the start."

What's next as honestbee continues to innovate?
As part of its commitment to meet customer's needs, honestbee constantly reviews customer feedback and data to improve the 360-degree experience. For instance, after finding that customers often compile orders for families and friends together, honestbee will soon be providing an option to combine food carts on the app, enabling orders from multiple F&B concepts at habitat by honestbee in one receipt. This is an extension of our top local hawker centre experience already available on their online delivery app in Singapore.

Engagement and retention are prime focus areas for honestbee. Customers will soon be able to make informed choices on the app with engaging product information and content. Personalised recommendations will also be available at habitat by honestbee via the app. By leveraging on data, the app will provide relevant recommendations for food, beverages and groceries based on an O2O algorithm. They have also launched their honestbee membership program, beeHive, where customers can get value deals for their groceries and food purchases both online and at habitat by honestbee.

Joel Sng, CEO and Founder of honestbee shared, "The launch of habitat by honestbee has allowed us to elevate our business into an omnichannel platform and work with partners like no other online player can. We are pleased with the results over the last few months and continue to get a strong interest from prospective retail partners from around the world. habitat by honestbee has leveraged on our brand's promise and expertise in utilising data to optimise the customer experience. We are confident in fuelling the growth of habitat by honestbee to other markets. In the second quarter of the year, we will be extending our food-retail leadership in Asia by launching a scalable multi-concept kitchen and convenience store powered by data."

The honestbee app is available for download via the App Store and Google Play Store.

For media enquiries, please contact:
honestbee
press@honestbee.com 

Asia PR Werkz
honestbeeprsg@asiaprwerkz.com 

About habitat by honestbee
habitat by honestbee is the world's first tech-enabled, multi-sensory food wonderland - offering shoppers and diners convenience, value, quality, personalisation and a sense of community. The space utilises the world's first cashless, automated checkout (AutoCheckout) experience and robotic collection point (RoboCollect) and pioneers the 'NewGen Retail' concept - innovation in retail technology that inspires more human engagement for a multi-sensory shopping experience. Spanning over 60,000 square feet of food discoveries, visitors to habitat by honestbee can expect over 20,000 grocery products from Asia and across the globe, as well as 20 delectable food and beverage concepts.

About honestbee
honestbee is Asia's leading marketplace that delivers quality food products and experiences, available in 16 cities across eight countries: Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. honestbee is passionate about making every life moment better through food. With a mission to be Asia's fastest-growing food service powered by community and technology, honestbee provides world-class, on-demand logistics, flexible jobs opportunities for their on-demand, independent bees and a strong network of 12,000 partners to deliver innovative services and concepts. The folks at honestbee are passionate about food and how technology can enable more in depth human experiences and moments around food. They employ more than a thousand staff all around Asia.

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Logo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20181009/2262047-1LOGO

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:00:00 +0800
Returning to Keelung, Majestic Princess Brings Back Cruise Vacation Craze in Taiwan!

In 2018, Majestic Princess carried 4K passengers in one call, the highest record at Keelung Port.

In 2019, Princess Cruises Taiwan will welcome the one millionth guest onboard.

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KEELUNG, Taiwan, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Princess Cruises, the fastest growing global premium cruise line, welcomed the beautiful Majestic Princess back to Taiwan at the Port of Keelung on April 15. Last year, Majestic Princess was a talk of the town in the cruise vacation industry. To mark this occasion, Princess Cruises also officially announced the beginning of 2019 homeport season in Taiwan. According to internal surveys of Majestic Princess passengers in 2018, 90% were highly satisfied, and 97% would like to take Majestic Princess again. "Taiwan has become Princess Cruises' largest sourcing market in Asia, and our third largest market in the world," said Ryan Barton, Director, Marketing, International Markets, Princess Cruise. "With the upgraded services on the 2019 voyages, we look forward to triggering even higher popularity of cruise vacations!"

Princess Cruises favorite mascot, Stanley the Bear, welcomed the arrival of Majestic Princess in the Port of Keelung
Princess Cruises favorite mascot, Stanley the Bear, welcomed the arrival of Majestic Princess in the Port of Keelung

At the beginning of 2019 season, Peter Chen, Princess Cruises Taiwan Region Director, also announced another great news. "Since the establishment of Princess Cruises Taiwan branch office in 2013," said Chen, "not only did Princess Cruises score high customer satisfaction but we also created a record of local purchasing of USD20 million in 2018, including food and beverage (local vegetables, fruits and rice grown in Taiwan) raw materials of roughly USD9 million. In 2019, it's estimated the purchase will exceed 20 million US dollars. As itinerary and passenger numbers have steadily increased over the past six years, in 2019, Princess Cruises will welcome the one millionth passenger traffic in Taiwan! We hope to see more and more Taiwanese guests onboard to experience complete and comfortable services on international premium cruise ships, as cruising becomes the fastest-growing vacation choice in Taiwan."

Princess Cruises executives and Government officers celebrated the 1M passenger traffic of Princess Cruise Taiwan from 2014 to 2019 with a symbolic ice sculpture
Princess Cruises executives and Government officers celebrated the 1M passenger traffic of Princess Cruise Taiwan from 2014 to 2019 with a symbolic ice sculpture

"In 2018, Princess Cruises deployed three premium ships to Port of Keelung as home port for the first time," said Taiwan International Ports Corporation President Chungrung Wu. "Majestic Princess carried over 4,000 passengers in one voyage, the highest record in Port of Keelung. We are excited to welcome Majestic Princess back to Keelung. In response to three to four thousand customers in one call, we have redesigned the arrival and departure routes in Port of Keelung. E-Gate system will be available in the near future, and we will continue to upgrade the infrastructure to serve more cruise guests."

The monumental moment of Majestic Princess arriving in Keelung kicking off 2019 Princess Cruises Taiwan homeport season
The monumental moment of Majestic Princess arriving in Keelung kicking off 2019 Princess Cruises Taiwan homeport season

"In 2018, Princess Cruises, for the first time, carried three premium ships homeporting at the Port of Keelung, and today I am very pleased to witness Majestic Princess' arrival for the second Spring/Summer Voyage," said Taiwan International Ports Corporation President Chungrung Wu.

Majestic Princess recorded a groundbreaking number of more than 200 thousand passengers in 2018. Also, the Port of Keelung's cruise passenger growth rate is expected to peak at 14%, rounding up to 740 thousand passenger traffic this year.

Therefore, to host 3,000-4,000 passengers per trip, Taiwan International Ports Corporation invested more than NTD $50 million on the advanced E-Gate system, and simultaneously upgraded its infrastructure to provide a more convenient immigration inspection for every passenger.

Three Upgraded Services: Exclusive Menu by Chef Richard Chen, Spirit of Okinawa, and Japan & Korea Itineraries

In 2019, Princess Cruises will offer 54 calls across 214 days, which are expected to carry over 150,000 passengers with Majestic Princess (from April to July) and Sun Princess (from July to September). Services onboard have upgraded as well.

  • Firstly, Chinese-dish menu in the main dining room is redesigned by Michelin-star-rated Chef Richard Chen in Taiwan, the Executive Chef of Majestic Princess' "Harmony" restaurant.
  • Secondly, as the global travel master, Princess Cruises is committed to delivering authentic destination experiences to our guests. We provide the "North to Alaska" experiences in Alaska, the "Across the Ditch" onboard activities in Australia and New Zealand, and most recently the "Rhythm of the Caribbean." Now, for the first time in Asia, we are proud to introduce "Spirit of Okinawa" onboard programming which features traditional dance activities, awamori tastings, regional culinary dishes, yukatas, and other immersive guest activities.
  • Thirdly, in 2019, we will offer a longer voyage each month that covers both Japan and Korea, so passengers can enjoy cities in Kyushu (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima) and Korea (Busan, Yeosu, Jeju).

Mascot Stanley the Bear Balloon on Rooftop

Starting on April 15, 2019, an adorable six-meter-tall mascot of Princess Cruises, Stanley the Bear, will be placed on top of Keelung terminal building for one month.
Starting on April 15, 2019, an adorable six-meter-tall mascot of Princess Cruises, Stanley the Bear, will be placed on top of Keelung terminal building for one month.

Starting on April 15, 2019, an adorable six-meter-tall mascot of Princess Cruises, Stanley the Bear, will be placed on top of Keelung terminal building for one month. It will welcome all cruise passengers traveling to Keelung with a big smile. Exclusive to our guests and for a limited time only, photo ops with Princess Cruises and Stanley the Bear will for sure be popular on social media.

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About Princess Cruises

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is the fastest growing international premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year to 380 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica and World Cruises. A team of professional destination experts have curated 170 itineraries, ranging in length from three to 111 days and Princess Cruises is continuously recognized as "Best Cruise Line for Itineraries."

In 2017 Princess Cruises, with parent company Carnival Corporation, introduced MedallionClass Vacations enabled by the OceanMedallion, the vacation industry's most advanced wearable device, provided free to each guest sailing on a MedallionClass ship. The award-winning innovation offers the fastest way to a hassle-free, personalized vacation giving guests more time to do the things they love most. MedallionClass Vacations will be activated on five ships by the end of 2019. An activation plan will continue across the global fleet in 2020 and beyond.  

Princess Cruises continues its multi-year, "Come Back New Promise" – a $450 million-dollar product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will continue to enhance the line's onboard guest experience. These enhancements result in more moments of awe, lifetime memories and meaningful stories for guests to share from their cruise vacation. The product innovations include partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; engaging entertainment inspired shows with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz; immersive activities for the whole family from Discovery and Animal Planet that include exclusive shore excursions to onboard activities; the ultimate sleep at sea with the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed and more.

Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship under construction, Sky Princess, scheduled for delivery in October 2019, followed by Enchanted Princess in June 2020. Princess previously announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests are planned for delivery in 2023 and 2025.  Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 and 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:25:00 +0800
Bali Zoo Unveils Night at The Zoo: Where the Real Adventures Begin, After Dark

BALI, Indonesia, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As the day cools, the sun sets, and twilight takes over, prepare yourself for a completely unique island adventure tour where you are invited to enjoy, observe and interact with our exotic assortment of animals in their habitats. Experience Bali Zoo under the stars and discover the rarely seen sights and sounds of our nocturnal animals and begin the evening's escapade with sensory arrival by herds of deer at Deer Park.

Bali Zoo Unveils Night at The Zoo: Where the Real Adventures Begin, After Dark
Bali Zoo Unveils Night at The Zoo: Where the Real Adventures Begin, After Dark

Continue your tour with a guided walk through Bali Zoo inviting your sense to come alive gazing to the natural sights and sounds of our tropical menagerie at night. Then we invite you to meet our gentle pachyderms and experience how it feels to actually feed these amazing mammals by hand from the top of double decker bus. Prepare yourself to get closer and followed by tiger feeding where our helpful zookeeper will assist you to learn more about this majestic creature.

Head over to WANA Restaurant. Lounge. Bar for your special evening where you will be dining only a few meters from our resident pride of lions and enjoy unique experience of traditional Brazilian Churrasco with succulent cuts of meats served to you. The program for the evening end with the thrilling art of fire dancing and photo session with our troupe of elaborately attired dancers.

"Night at the Zoo is such a highlight for visitors to be able to enjoy so much of what the zoo offers in atmosphere that something enchanting and mysterious to be among all the wildlife at night. Whether visiting as a couple or with the entire family, we can guarantee that your Night at The Zoo will be one night to remember," says Bali Zoo General Manager, Lesmana Putra.

The package includes hotel return transfers, deer feeding, elephant feeding, guided night zoo tour, nocturnal animal encounters, dinner, fire dance show and insurance.

TOUR PROGRAM (every evening from 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM):   

  • Sensory Arrival Experience at Deer Park
    Guided night walking tours and you will be greeted with a unique warm welcome from the friendly herds of deer.

  • Nocturnal Animals Encounters
    Meet our nocturnal animals during the magical twilight ambience at the zoo.

  • Double Decker Bus Ride
    Hop on a double decker bus ride from main area of the zoo to Kampung Sumatra area.

  • Hand Feed the Gentle Giants
    Enjoy a hand feeding and photo session with the pachyderm from the top of a double decker bus.

  • Dine with the Pride of Lions
    Enjoy sumptuous Brazilian Churrasco dinner overlooking the lions. If booking exceeds 20 pax, buffet dinner will be alternatively served.

  • Fire Dance Performance
    Experience the thrilling art of fire dancing.

PRICE:

Adult: IDR 1,175,000
Child (2 - 12 y.o.): IDR 825,000

* infants under 2 years old are free

BALI ZOO | KEBUN BINATANG BALI 
Jl. Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali
Phone: +62-361-294357
Fax: +62-361-298608
www.bali-zoo.com

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:29:00 +0800
Vietjet launches new service to Indonesia with Ho Chi Minh City-Bali route

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcoming the vibrant summer, the new-age carrier Vietjet today opens ticket sales for its new international route connecting the biggest city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City with Bali. Vietjet is the first and only airline to operate this route, which will better link the two tourist-attraction cities to meet the increasing travel demands of local people and tourists as well as boosting the regional trade promotion and integration.

A flight attendant serves passengers onboard Vietjet's flight
A flight attendant serves passengers onboard Vietjet's flight

 

Vietjet fleet
Vietjet fleet

 

Vietjet flight crew
Vietjet flight crew

The Ho Chi Minh City -- Bali route will operate five return flights per week, on every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday starting from May 29, 2019. Flying time is around 4 hours per leg. The flight departs from Ho Chi Minh City at 08:05 and arrives in Bali at 13:05. The return flight takes off from Bali at 14:05 and lands in Ho Chi Minh City at 17:05 (All in local times). Operating with Airbus A320-A320neo aircraft, the flight will be able to accommodate 180-230 passengers.

Vietjet Vice President Nguyen Thanh Son said: "Vietjet has the advantages of an expanding flight network and comfortable, friendly aviation services; therefore, I believe that the new route will not only create opportunities for people to travel by safe, civilized and modern air transport, but also connect two cities as known as two economic, cultural centers of Vietnam and Indonesia. The route will contribute to promoting tourism and economic integration in the region as well as introduce the images of Vietnam to the world."

Vietnam, the country of thousand years of culture was always a favorite destination of many international tourists. If Hanoi capital is a representative of ancient culture, bold identity; Hue ancient capital is dreaming or Da Nang, Quang Binh are impressive wonders, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest economic, financial central, vibrant and modern travel destination. The culture exchange trend and retaining characteristics make image and beauty of one of the most dynamic cities of the S-shaped country.

Connecting the two cultural cities of Vietnam and Indonesia will opens up new opportunities for both countries to maximize its top travel destination. Vietjet is the first airline to open direct routes between Ngurah Rai International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

The new route's tickets are now available on all channels as well as at golden hour promotion from 12:00 to 14:00 (GMT +7) everyday at website www.vietjetair.com, also compatible with through mobile devices at https://m.vietjetair.com. Payment can be easily made with international debit and credit cards, including Visa/ MasterCard/ AMEX/ JCB/ KCP/Union.

Vietjet operates domestic and international routes with friendly, pretty cabin crews; serving fresh, hot meals on new aircraft equipped comfortable leather seats, with a technical reliability rate of 99.64% -- the highest rate in the Asia Pacific region. As a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Vietjet has obtained the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate and has been awarded a 7-star ranking, the world's highest rate for safety, by AirlineRatings.

About Vietjet:

Vietjet is the first airline in Vietnam to operate as a new-age airline offering flexible, cost-saving ticket fares and diversified services to meet customers' demands. It provides not only transport services but also uses the latest e-commerce technologies to offer various products and services for consumers. Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. Vietjet was named "Best Ultra Low-Cost Airline 2018 - 2019" and awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars in 2018 by the world's only safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com. The airline has also been listed as one of the world's 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in 2018.

Currently, Vietjet operates around 400 flights daily, carrying more than 70 million passengers to date, with 108 routes covering destinations across Vietnam and international destinations such as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Mainland China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia.

For more information, please visit: www.vietjetair.com

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:39:00 +0800
Hotel Booking Platform Splitty Raises $6.75M in A-Round Financing Led by Fosun RZ Capital

BEIJING, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotel booking platform Splitty announced that it has raised $6.75 million in a series A round of funding led by Fosun RZ Capital, the VC investment arm of Fosun International. 2bAngels, Techstars Ventures, Cockpit Innovation and 11-11 ventures also participated, enabling Splitty to expand its team and accelerate its global market growth in the coming years.

Splitty's website page
Splitty's website page

Splitty, an Israeli-based startup, offers unique hotel prices, by taking advantage of splitting and combining multiple bookings under one reservation. Splitty analyzes and splits over 1.5 million transactions to create the exclusive deals in one second. They provide their services for more than 500,000 properties in 127 countries. Founded in 2015, Splitty has been focusing on developing its technology and was launched in the market in 2018. In 2017, they won the Start-up Award at the Eye for Travel San Francisco.

Fosun RZ Capital launched its Israel office in 2018 and is already represented in five other countries with global teams. Chairman of the lead investor Jin Hualong commented, "Our investment strategy in Israel will be more focused on high-end technology, which aligns strategically with what we have in the China market". Splitty will be a landmark in Fosun RZ Capital's travel tech distribution. With its 'Split & Match' technology, Splitty has driven the innovation of the traditional OTA model and provided the best solution for both users and hotels. Fosun has been centered around its worldwide family customers and created an ecosystem of 'Health, Happiness and Wealth'. Splitty will play a connecting role between Fosun and other platforms in the tourism industry, while diversifying traveling options for family customers as part of Fosun's 'Happiness' ecosystem.

"Splitty differentiates itself from traditional OTA through this transaction model", says Eran Shust, Splitty's CEO. "It's a win-win situation - we could improve the occupancy rate of hotels by over 15%, while users enjoying lower prices up to 50%. Fosun RZ Capital is the perfect partner for us to bolster our business globally".

Currently, Splitty provides room booking options mainly in Europe and America. Since China has become the largest consuming market in the international tourism industry, the company is planning to expand its business in the Asian market right after the completion of this round of financing.

For more information on Splitty, visit www.splittytravel.com or eran@splittytravel.com.

For media inquiries, contact PR@fosun.com

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 03:00:00 +0800
CIMC Enric acquires DME in a bid to expand presence in North America

SHENZHEN, China, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Chinese transportation equipment solution provider China International Marine Containers (CIMC) announced that it had taken control of Canadian brewing machine maker Diversified Metal Engineering (DME) in a move to further expand its presence in the North American market.

The brewing machines made by DME
The brewing machines made by DME

The acquisition was made by Netherlands-based CIMC Enric Tank & Process (CETP). CETP is a subsidiary of CIMC Enric Holdings, a Hong Kong stock exchange-listed company, which in turn is a subsidiary of CIMC.

It was CIMC Enric's fourth significant acquisition in global food and beverage machinery industry after buying Holvrieka, a Dutch stainless-steel tanks maker, Zimann, a German brewery equipment maker and Briggs, a British beer equipment company.

The move will pave the way for achieving the company's ambition of becoming a world-leading equipment and engineering service provider in the craft beer business.

"In developed markets such as Europe and the United States, beer making industry has entered a mature phase. Traditional mass-produced beer cannot meet consumers' demand for customized craft beer and that with lower alcohol content. Against the backdrop, craft beer has become a new trend of consumption in those areas," said Leo Yang, general manager and executive director of CIMC Enric.

"Based on extensive market research, we believe there is huge potential in the business and, therefore, we have been tracking beer equipment industry actively in recent years," Yang said, noting that DME's craft beer business matches the company's strategic vision.

"Despite previous moves of acquisition in global beer equipment business, we still take up a relatively small share in the North American market. The acquisition will help us to expand our presence there," he added.

According to global market research firm Global Market Insights, North America, led by industry players from the US, Canada and Mexico, is expected to take up over 45 percent of the world's craft beer equipment market share. Market size of global craft beer is projected to hit US$500 billion.

Marc de Jong, managing director of DME Process Systems Ltd, the new company set up after the acquisition, said CETP's innovative capability, market share, global manufacturing bases and rich experience will help enhance its brand recognition across the world.

Ko Brink, chief executive officer of CETP, said the new partnership will promote growth of the two sides. "The DME Group brings us an experienced team as well as a great customer base, which allows us to further increase our presence in North America. Also, adding DME/NSI to our group brings two strong brands in the (craft) brewing industry that will greatly contribute to our existing brand portfolio," he said.

Apart from the developed markets, CIMC Enric is also setting its sights on emerging markets, believing Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, especially China, will emerge as a key driver of growth in the coming few years.

"With consumption upgrade in China, Chinese people are now pursuing high-quality life and their demand for craft beer is growing. The rapid increase in the number of returnees has also driven the trend. According to industry data, although craft beer now only accounts for less than 1 percent of Chinese beer market, it is growing at a pace of 40 percent per year," Yang said.

Entry into Chinese craft beer market is DME's vital step in its globalization strategy, he said.

To better explore the Chinese market, DME will establish its Asia sales office in Shanghai and set up production lines in CIMC Enric's factory in Nantong, China's eastern Jiangsu province, so as to gain cost advantages.

"By taking advantage of CIMC's resources, DME will achieve a great development in the Asia Pacific market," Yang said.

CIMC Enric posted 13.05 billion yuan (US$1.94 billion) in revenue in 2018, growing 21.9 percent year-on-year. Net profit of the company surged 87 percent on a yearly basis to 786 million yuan last year.

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