Sunday, September 12, 2021

Launch of Hello Hang Lung Malls Rewards Program

Launch of Hello Hang Lung Malls Rewards Program and Hang Lung Malls App Creating Extraordinary Shopping Experience for Consumers

Launch of Hello Hang Lung Malls Rewards Program
Launch of Hello Hang Lung Malls Rewards Program

Hang Lung Properties has always endeavoured to stay true to their service philosophy of customer-centricity. In its constant effort to provide more intimate and convenient shopping experiences to customers, the Company today announced the launch of hello Hang Lung Malls Rewards Program and Hang Lung Malls App, a strategic rewards program that integrates all respective offers and promotions onto one single platform. 

With over 600 merchants across its shopping malls including Fashion Walk, Grand Plaza, Hollywood Plaza, Gala Place, Amoy Plaza, Kornhill Plaza, Peak Galleria, and the commercial buildings in Central (including 1 Duddell Street, Printing House, Baskerville House and Standard Chartered Bank Building), the Hang Lung Malls App allows members to shop and spend across Hang Lung properties to earn unlimited points redeemable for attractive gifts.

Additionally, customers can enjoy personalized shopping experiences and excitement that only Hang Lung Malls can bring. Deepened customer engagement with personalised yet extraordinary experience The new reward program is titled as hello, as suggested by its name, "Hello" is a universal greeting that conveys not only cordial hospitality but also connects people to one another that, echoes the objective of this reward program. 

Ms. Helen Lau, Deputy Director (Head of Hong Kong Leasing and Management) of Hang Lung Properties said, “We always put customer-centricity at the heart of our operations and we have been enhancing our tenant mix with the goal of creating compelling spaces that cater various needs of our customers. The launch of hello Hang Lung Malls Rewards Program and Hang Lung Malls App together can better engage our loyal customers and also boost footfall. Unlike other discount-based rewards programs seen in the market, we work closely with our brand partners on personalized experiences for our loyal customers.” 

Extensive launch promotions to engage our members with an uplifting shopping experience To celebrate the launch of the hello Hang Lung Malls Rewards Program and Hang Lung Malls App, Hang Lung Properties has launched a series of time-limited offers and welcome promotions to drive member sign-up. 

Within the promotion period, members can enjoy below offers upon successful registration: 

1) HK$25 e-voucher of designated merchants; 

2) 500 hello points for the first upload of electronic payment receipts of HK$50 or above at mall merchants onto the app; 
 
3) Redeem e-Cash Vouchers from designated merchants with hello points at discounted rate; 

4) Redeem various limited offers on the app, including e-Cash Vouchers of various merchants. 

For instance, Monopoly Dreams Hong KongTM, Grand Kornhill Cinema, Masterbeef and many more dining privileges Earn 1.5 times hello points and experience unique lifestyle rewards hello members can also earn 1.5 times hello points upon spending of HK$1,000 or above during weekends and public holidays from March 30 to June 30, 2021. 

From April to June 2021, Hang Lung Properties will also collaborate with selected merchants for members to redeem unique experiences ranging from admission Private tour with Mr. Monopoly of Monopoly Dreams Hong KongTM with admission tickets for four guests; personal styling service and an afternoon tea set at Vivienne Westwood; private reservation service at Masterbeef; private movie party booking at Grand Kornhill Cinema, to name but a few. 

Digitalize membership system to take customer experience to new heights The hello Hang Lung Malls Rewards Program and Hang Lung Malls App took nearly a year to develop. "We hope to optimize the data management of shopping malls through this program so as to better understand customers' spending behaviours and deliver bespoke customer services through more targeted marketing strategies. We will continue to enhance our app features in the coming months, and these include parking and event reservation features for a more convenient customers’ shopping experience,” Mr. Joseph To, Director – Customer Franchise of Hang Lung Properties. Special camera device set-up for members’ trial with rewards From now on till April 18, Hang Lung Properties has set up a playful and innovative 360° panoramic camera device at Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay for customer engagement. Unlike traditional photo devices, this is capable of capturing every unique angle of our guests. Visitors can take a snap by signing up as hello members and win a HK$25 e-Cash Voucher of designated merchant as reward.

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Sunday, September 05, 2021

Qatar Airways IATA Travel Pass Digital Passport mobile app

Qatar Airways is Proud to Become the First Airline in the Middle East to Trial the IATA Travel Pass Digital Passport mobile app

Digital Passport mobile app
Digital Passport mobile app

Qatar Airways is proud to become the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass 'Digital Passport' mobile app, in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Qatar Ministry of Public Health, Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation, starting 11 March 2021. Passengers on the award-winning airline's Doha to Istanbul route will become the first group to experience the 'Digital Passport' app which aims to play an important role in the airline's vision to have a more contactless, secure and seamless travel experience for its passengers.

IATA Travel Pass ensures passengers receive up-to-date information on COVID-19 health regulations at their destination country, as well as complying with strict global data privacy regulations to enable the sharing of COVID-19 test results with airlines to verify they are eligible to undertake their journey.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: "As the world's leading airline for safety, innovation and customer experience, we are the industry's firmest advocate for introducing digital solutions to help passengers safely and seamlessly navigate complex and ever-changing entry restrictions across the globe. "We have confidence in the credibility of the IATA Travel Pass as the industry's most reliable and innovative solution given its strong data privacy compliance, long-standing entry rules engine, and ability to provide an end-to-end solution.

We are proud to be at the forefront of trialing this platform, being one of the first globally and the first airline in the Middle East to trial the technology. "With the strictest data privacy regulations, IATA Travel Pass is a huge step towards proving that ICAO's global standards for digital passports do work. It will also assist in laying the foundation for governments across the world to come together in the development of standardized regulations to reduce the current patchwork of red tape across the international travel industry. In partnership with the World Health Organisation, IATA is also engaged in helping to define a standardized vaccine certificate that will be necessary for the opening of borders and scalable increase of global travel."

IATA Director General and CEO, Mr. Alexandre de Juniac, said: "Qatar Airways' full deployment of IATA Travel Pass is a significant milestone in restarting global connectivity. Governments are requiring testing or vaccination certifications to enable travel and the IATA travel app helps travellers to securely and conveniently manage and provide their credentials.

All passengers using IATA Travel Pass can be confident that their data is protected and governments can trust that the "OK to travel" means both a genuine credential and a verified identity," Qatar Airways has become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by the international air transport rating organization, Skytrax.

This follows HIA's recent success as the first and only airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These recognitions provide assurance to passengers across the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 130 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivaled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to travel when they need to. Passengers can book flights with peace of mind, knowing that Qatar Airways offers unlimited date changes and fee-free refunds for all tickets issued before 30 April 2021, for travel completed by 31 December 2021. The carrier's industry-leading flexible booking policy also provides the permanent feature of exchanging tickets for a travel voucher with 10% additional value for all customers booking travel via qatarairways.com. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/Flexibility. A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named 'World's Best Airline' by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named 'Best Airline in the Middle East', 'World's Best Business Class', and 'Best Business Class Seat', in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 45 destinations including Johannesburg, London, New York, and Singapore. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted 'Skytrax Airline of the Year' title, which is recognized as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. In addition to this, Qatar Airways home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) was ranked the 'Best Airport in the Middle East' and 'Third Best Airport in the World' by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

史蒂夫·麥凱瑞Steve McCurry

史蒂夫·麥凱瑞Steve McCurry:人類之眼The Eyes of Humanity》 將於德國威茲勒的恩斯特·徠茲博物館 (Ernst Leitz Museum Wetzlar)展出

史蒂夫·麥凱瑞Steve McCurry:人類之眼The Eyes of Humanity》  將於德國威茲勒的恩斯特·徠茲博物館  (Ernst Leitz Museum Wetzlar)展出
The Eyes of Humanity

由2021年4月21日至10月10日,位於德國威茲勒的恩斯特·徠茲博物館(Ernst Leitz Museum Wetzlar)即將展出名為《人類之眼》(The Eyes of Humanity)的攝影展,呈現美國攝影師——瑪格南圖片社(Magnum Photos)成員史蒂夫·麥凱瑞(Steve McCurry)40年以來的精選作品;作品由Steve McCurry親自挑選。 Steve McCurry的照片不僅僅在敘事,同時也創造了歷史。Steve McCurry的作品融合了紀實、人像、旅行和風景攝影,這位出生於1950年的美國攝影師一直被認為是這個時代最偉大的攝影師之一。

位於德國的Ernst Leitz Museum Wetzlar即將呈現這位瑪格南攝影師的個人展覽《人類之眼》(The Eyes of Humanity),Steve McCurry親自為展覽挑選了約90幅對他而言有特殊意義的彩色影像作品,通過這些作品,觀眾將能一覽Steve McCurry作品的巨大體量。這些作品在過去的40年中拍攝自共26個國家。作品中包含了災難與危機——例如1991年科威特油田大火、2001年9月11日紐約世貿中心雙子塔被撞毀,也包含了壯美風光和日常場景,以及最為重要的,反映世界範圍內極其多元的種族及社群的人類命運的影像。 

Afghan Girl_The Eyes of Humanity © Steve McCurry_webPAKISTAN_The Eyes of Humanity © Steve McCurryprintKASHMIR_The Eyes of Humanity © Steve McCurry_print (照片來源:Steve McCurry) Steve McCurry的作品傳承人文主義攝影的傳統,跨越了語言和文化的障礙。他在巴基斯坦、西藏、埃塞俄比亞和厄瓜多爾拍攝了極具感染力的人像作品,堅定的樂觀主義精神和對人性的理解使他能夠一次又一次接觸到各種各樣的人,並得到他們的信任。

Steve McCurry最有名的作品毋庸置疑是《阿富汗少女》(Afghan Girl),這幅1984年在巴基斯坦難民營拍攝的標誌性人像聞名於世,亦自然會在本次展覽中展出。攝影師經歷了長時間的尋找,直到2002年才追蹤到照片的主人公,得知了這個一直無名的女孩的真名:沙巴特·古拉(Sharbat Gula)。鑑於他的充沛精力、同理心和好奇心,Steve McCurry讓大眾注意到了那些原本寂寂無名的人們。他的攝影作品揭示了世界的反差:迷人的美和無盡的深淵。

Sunday, August 22, 2021

全港最大PURE Fitness進駐K11 MUSEA 特設戶外訓練區,180度維港美景伴隨鍛鍊!

Pure Fitness

今個夏天,PURE Fitness於香港文化矽谷K11 MUSEA開設全城注目的旗艦級健身中心,為鍛鍊增添熱度!位於尖沙咀的全新健身國度樓高兩層,實用面積逾30,000平方呎,是PURE Fitness全亞洲最大的分店。室內採用工業風裝潢,加上特高樓底及天窗,盡享充足自然光,更盡覽開揚的維港景色。 PURE Fitness at K11 MUSEA以「Out Of This World」為主題,當中將提供更高層次的運動體驗,剌激運動愛好者的運動神經,投入運動快感。 

PURE集團聯合創辦人及行政總裁Colin Grant表示:「隨著香港持續加強和發展成一個健康的社區,我們很高興於香港文化矽谷K11 MUSEA開設PURE Fitness。我們亦很期待新的旗艦店能讓PURE持卡人燃點運動潛能,助大家達成長遠的運動目標及打造自己的個人健身之旅。PURE很高興與推動創新的K11 MUSEA成為合作夥伴,他們與PURE有著共同的願景。過去的一年對健身行業來說確實並不容易。但事實證明,即使在最具挑戰性的時期,我們也有驚人的韌力。

近年香港市民更加注重健康及運動,我們公司的使命就是繼續為香港人提供最出色的訓練場所及設施。」 香港跳高運動員楊文蔚表示:「當PURE邀請我成為『Out Of This World』團隊並為PURE Fitness at K11 MUSEA開幕時,我感到非常榮幸。

身為一位跳高運動員,我為了突破新的高度而努力不懈,不停挑戰自己的潛能以實現目標,故『Out Of This World』與我的健身訓練理念一致。由於在過去的一年我們無法旅行,故尋找合適及創新的空間進行訓練,讓我保持健身習慣及新鮮感變得更重要。PURE Fitness at K11 MUSEA提供的設施絕對是首屈一指,亦是我目前於香港、甚或全世界見過最好的。我已急不及待地想在這裡開始訓練,並嘗試全部嶄新的設施。」 於PURE Fitness at K11 MUSEA盡展運動潛能 PURE Fitness at K11 MUSEA採用現代工業風設計,當中的紅磚、啞色銅面、金屬等元素、橫樑、做舊的瓷磚牆上綴以黑色鋼板等等剛陽細節,打造舉世而譽的型格運動國度。

本地藝術家黃鼎豐更為店內設計了一系列壁畫。融合插畫、平面設計及藝術字體,靈感源於文化與生活,層次豐富和變化多端的情緒,為健身中心注入源動力。 除室內各裝潢細節,「Out of this World」主題亦體現在嶄新的訓練選項之上,例如跑步訓練、針對身體靈活度的課堂及專注於腿部和臀部的運動等。 PURE Fitness at K11 MUSEA獨有的戶外訓練區伴隨開揚維港美景,更配備MoveStrong頂級的功能性訓練器材,定能激發每一次的鍛煉。

而Open Stretch伸展區的寬敞空間則適用於進行訓練前後的熱身和放鬆活動。室內訓練亦同樣令人驚嘆,即使在跑步機上亦能飽覽眼前的維港景觀,彷如向無盡大海進發,點起無窮動力。 

 健身愛好者必定會對香港首見的SORINEX訓練架組合感到興奮,訓練架設置於運動草坪旁,用家不僅可進行系統化的適應性訓練,亦同時與人保持社交距離,減少場內走動、觸碰的器材數目及與其他使用者接觸的機會。全新的下身訓練專區Booty Zone設置四種Booty Builder臀推器械,專為塑造腿臀線條而設。針對指定腿部及臀部肌肉加以訓練,大大提升力量及塑形效果。 PURE Fitness at K11 MUSEA還設有瑜伽運動服飾專門店PURE Apparel,它更是全港首個發售adidas產品的PURE Apparel分店。nood food café則提供全新的健怡蔬果昔,包括滋味又健康的「Ashwaganda Forever!」及「Passion Explosion」。

Pure Fitness精品團體健身概念品牌FUZE亦營造精巧運動環境,齊備各類高強度力量訓練、拳擊和心肺運動項目,顛覆傳統的健身體驗,盡情燃起運動愛好者的力量與鬥志。 於這個夏天親臨全港最注目的健身旗艦中心,體驗超乎想像的健身場所及設備!

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世界需要見證 徠卡相機公司向見證世界的攝影師們致敬

世界需要見證 徠卡相機公司向見證世界的攝影師們致敬

世界需要見證 徠卡相機公司向見證世界的攝影師們致敬
世界需要見證 徠卡相機公司向見證世界的攝影師們致敬

徠卡(Leica)是一間具有傳奇色彩的德國攝影設備製造商,其歷史可以追溯到150多年前。徠卡在全新的國際廣告中聚焦多個見證世界的攝影師們,傳達「世界需要見證」的信息。 徠卡希望通過這季廣告宣傳,向所有使用徠卡相機記錄世界之美與詩意的人們致敬。我們讚頌那些捕捉歷史關鍵時刻的人,以及那些通過自己的敏銳和獨特視角捕捉人類脆弱處境的人。 
POST SMALL QUESTIONS - EMIL GATAULLIN 用徠卡見證生活是直擊人類本質的行為。這些照片不僅僅是照片,更是見證世界的珍貴檔案,無論它們記錄的是全球事件還是私密的小故事。 如今拍照比以往任何時候都更加容易,有時甚至顯得草率和膚淺,這組廣告旨在強調用更有意義的方式看待世界的價值。在那些珍貴的時光片段,場景中的元素透過鏡頭和攝影師的眼睛重新組合,這是獨一無二、不可複製的體驗。 這組廣告由TBWA\PARIS廣告公司製作。

為了最大程度地保證這組視覺檔案的完整性和真實性,廣告中僅使用已經存在的攝影作品,沒有一張照片是為了廣告創意而製作、擺拍的,照片上沒有任何地方經過潤飾或修改。 這組徠卡新廣告中的所有攝影檔案都是對個人視角的純粹表達。這組攝影作品的主題豐富多樣——從社會、政治、詩意到日常生活——觸及所有普世而與人性產生共鳴的話題。通過這種方式,本次廣告突出了徠卡品牌的獨特之處:徠卡不僅僅是一個傳奇的品牌、一個受人尊敬的品牌、一個獨特的品牌,最重要的,它是一個建立在熱愛之上的品牌。 

徠卡通過在全球網絡播出的廣告影片(完整影片:https://youtu.be/tjuQ3fuGD2Q)分享了這一願景,並將在超過15個國家的平面廣告和網絡上展示這些圖片。超過30名來自各行各業的攝影師為這組廣告提供了作品。 享譽國際的美國攝影師Joel Meyerowitz被這一倡議的深刻意義所感動,他為這段視頻錄制了旁白,賦予廣告雋永魅力。Meyerowitz的作品被全球最著名的博物館收藏,並被無數次出版成冊,他評論道:「當我第一次看這個視頻時,我的手臂和肋骨上起了雞皮疙瘩。太驚人了!這比任何相機公司做過的任何事都更觸及人性、更加鼓舞人心!這一點毫無疑問。」  這一多角度的全球宣傳片聚焦了這家德國公司的幾款傳奇相機。

經典的M系列(其中包括最新的M10-R和M10 Monochrom相機),以及徠卡相機公司最暢銷的相機之一——徠卡Q2和同系列新品徠卡Q2 Monochrom相機。 自1914年發明第一台35mm相機以來,徠卡設計和製造的精密光學儀器已成為經典,這既是因為徠卡產品經典的設計,也是因為20世紀最偉大的攝影大師們使用徠卡相機,記錄了現代史上的多個里程碑事件。

這些歷史照片及21世紀以來拍攝的照片,都已經成為我們的集體想像。 「我對我們的新宣傳廣告非常滿意。我認為這組新廣告——徠卡大概每十年才做一次——完美地反映了我們的攝影、藝術和人文理念。

我只能說:讓我們一起來見證我們所共有的這個世界的每一面!」 徠卡相機公司監事會主席及大股東Andreas Kaufmann博士說道。

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

George Condo's Solo Exhibition

George Condo's Largest Solo Exhibition in Asia September 2021 Long Museum Shanghai

George Condo's Largest Solo Exhibition in Asia September 2021 Long Museum Shanghai
George Condo Solo Exhibition

In late September 2021, Long Museum (West Bund) in Shanghai will present the largest solo exhibition by George Condo in Asia, 'The Picture Gallery.' It will bring together more than 90 paintings made throughout the artist’s career and will debut a new series of large-scale canvases made specifically for this presentation.

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the exhibition focuses on some of the most important cycles and bodies of works that have defined Condo's art since the late 1970s when the artist was among the first to herald a critical return to painting after decades of conceptual art practices. 

As suggested by its title - borrowed from a 2002 painting - the exhibition is conceived as a gallery of imaginary portraits: a salon of fictional ancestors and fallen members of an imagined aristocracy hung in the cavernous galleries of Long Museum (West Bund) as in the halls of a decaying futurist castle.

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ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS LAUNCHED VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING IN CELEBRATION OF GLOBAL WELLNESS DAY

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® debuted its annual Global Wellness Day programming, comprised of a variety of engaging virtual demonstrations and exercises produced to promote the overarching theme of this year's event, which focused on the importance of mental wellness and health in everyday life.

In celebration of the event, which took place on Saturday, June 12, Rosewood properties in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East released videos on their Instagram channels, along with the brand channel, as a complement to the in-person wellness experiences offered at each respective hotel and resort.

Ranging from a simple face yoga routine led by the resident Naturopath at Asaya Hong Kong to a series of meditations designed to increase mindfulness led by specialist Heidi Winslow at Rosewood Miramar Beach, the virtual programming consisted of techniques and routines that can be recreated at home to improve one's overall wellbeing.

ROSEWOOD CHONGQING
Rosewood Chongqing

Select experiences tapped into the brand's PlaceMakers, Rosewood's newly established community of diverse individuals who are advancing the ideals of culture and kinship around the world, including a special workout with the Oona Series founders Catie Miller and Boniface Verney-Carron at Rosewood London.

"Celebrating Global Wellness Day is now more important than ever, as individuals increasingly prioritize physical and mental wellness and look to create a healthier daily routine in response to the unprecedented challenges many have faced this past year," said Niamh O'Connell, group vice president of Asaya and wellness for Rosewood Hotel Group. "This year, we are thrilled to offer virtual programming from our properties worldwide to inspire viewers to recognize the value of their lives and focus on their wellbeing in an accessible way."

Qatar Airways Launches Partnership with Luxury Fragrance Brand diptyque

Qatar Airways Launches a Worldwide Exclusive Partnership with Luxury Fragrance Brand diptyque

Qatar Airways Launches a Worldwide Exclusive Partnership with Luxury Fragrance Brand diptyque

Qatar Airways has introduced a new line of luxurious toiletries for premium passengers. Created by the pioneering parfumerie maison diptyque, the new range of toiletries will adorn the First and Business Class washrooms onboard the aircraft and at the airline's premium lounges around the world. Qatar Airways is excited to be the first airline to launch the range of diptyque toiletries with worldwide exclusivity.
The new collection includes a velvet hand lotion with luxurious scents of sweet almond and petitgrain, hand wash with notes of lavender, rosemary, and a hint of ylang ylang, infused facial water with floral notes of rose, Virginia cedar, and lemon petitgrain, and essential face cream with a heart of roses, voluptuous notes of prickly pear and the freshness of lemon petitgrain.

Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion complete the range of products offered to customers at the airline's premium lounges at Hamad International Airport (HIA) and other key airport hubs. Qatar Airways Head of Product Development and Service Design, Genevieve Rosario, said: "We are so excited to be introducing our premium passengers to a new and exclusive range of diptyque toiletries that we hope will become a part of their lifestyles.

The lavish and exquisite toiletries are designed to further enhance the customer experience, surrounding our customers in comforting essences and fragrances that will take them on a sensory journey to create travel memories with Qatar Airways.

We are proud to be offering world-class products from brands such as diptyque that have a lasting impact on our passengers." diptyque's Executive Director, Fabienne Mauny, said: "Travel has formed an integral part of our House since its creation in 1961. We are therefore delighted to partner with Qatar Airways, a company that shares our passion to provide our customers with enchanting experiences. We are very happy to launch this exclusive collection of products designed for passenger wellness and pleasure." Founded in 1961, the diptyque story began in Paris, with three friends propelled by the same creative passion and unique taste.

With more than 70 standalone boutiques and 700 wholesalers, the brand boasts its strong presence across the globe. Driven by a passion for travel and discovery, diptyque has explored the route to rare and noble essences inviting passengers on a genuine voyage of the senses. The collaboration reflects diptyque's celebration of the French art of living, taking Qatar Airways' passengers on a beautiful olfactory journey with these delightful skincare products. Both brands' vision is to inspire and delight passengers through creating meaningful and enhanced experiences that will stay with the passenger long after their journey.

This collection from Qatar Airways and diptyque is just the start of a longer-term and immersive journey that the two brands hope to elevate with more collaborations in the months to come. The collaboration between Qatar Airways and diptyque is facilitated by FORMIA, the leading international guest amenity and hospitality specialist, for an industry-leading first-onboard collection. The award-winning airline continues to invest in product and passenger enhancements, despite the restrictions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, Qatar Airways announced it will soon become the first global airline to offer passengers 100 percent Zero-Touch technology for its award-winning Oryx One in-flight entertainment system across the A350 fleet. Qatar Airways has a growing portfolio of premium lounges in key markets.

These exclusive lounges are located in Bangkok, Beirut, London, and Paris. Last year, the airline opened its newest premium lounge at Singapore Changi Airport, which now serves as the benchmark and blueprint for Qatar Airways' future premium lounges worldwide. Featuring an ultra-luxurious interior and fine dining, the new premium lounge aims to narrow the gap between First and Business Class lounges. At every step of the journey, Qatar Airways passengers can expect the highest safety standards as well as unparalleled comfort and luxury.

Qatar Airways recently became the first global airline to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. This follows HIA's recent success as the first and only airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety. Additionally, Qatar Airways' Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding doors and the option to use a 'Do Not Disturb (DND)' indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 45 destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London, and New York. The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 130 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivaled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to change their travel dates or destination if they need to.

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Sunday, August 08, 2021

ROSEWOOD CHONGQING TO OPEN IN 2030

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® has been appointed by Chongqing Sunacuacheng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. to manage Rosewood Chongqing, set to open in the city's Central Business District in 2030. Situated in the Jiangbeizui International Financial Center, one of China's preeminent establishments for financial services, the ultra-luxury hotel will underscore Chongqing's rapid economic development and growing tourism market as the city continues to build influence and recognition as one of the country's most premium destinations. In addition to the prosperous potential of the locale, which is one of just four Chinese municipalities, the property further demonstrates Rosewood's unwavering efforts to diversify its regional footprint as the tenth project in Greater China and the eighteenth in Asia.
ROSEWOOD CHONGQING
Rosewood Chongqing

"Chongqing is quickly becoming a powerhouse of both business and recreational activity," said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. "It's thrilling to have our latest project emerge in such an impactful city and to have the opportunity to play a real role in the transformation of Chongqing's luxury hospitality landscape. It's the perfect place to continue our Asian expansion and we look forward to providing our affluential explorers with exceptional access to all it has to offer." 

Sitting in close proximity to the City Center and high-end shopping and dining outlets, as well as multiple transportation hubs including an impressive subway interchange station on site, Rosewood Chongqing will be housed in a new build, mixed-use development and serve as an ideal gateway to the destination's myriad business, leisure, and cultural offerings. The hotel will occupy the most significant of the project's four towers, which spans 470 meters and 103 floors and is the tallest building in the city and the twelfth tallest building in the world. 

Together the towers will also feature deluxe offices, apartments, residences, retail shops, and public green spaces to present not only an entirely new lifestyle experience but a completely revitalized city skyline. Upon completion, the hotel will offer 183 refined accommodations, including 25 spacious suites. 

Apart from four dining outlets - a bistro, a living room, a Chinese restaurant, and a specialty bar, the hotel will also feature Sense, A Rosewood Spa® with multiple treatment rooms, a fitness center, and an indoor swimming pool to create a serene urban sanctuary in the bustling city center. Rosewood Chongqing will also offer 945 square meters of meeting and event space for gatherings, including a grand ballroom.

Rosewood Chongqing marks the latest addition to the brand's most impressive pipeline to date and evidences Rosewood's strategic expansion in Asia: when it opens, it will be the brand's eighteenth property on the continent and the tenth in the Greater China area alone. This project follows the recent announcements of Rosewood Miyakojima and Rosewood Hangzhou and adds to the additional pipeline properties in key areas including Shanghai, Hoi An and Shenzhen.

Leica Q2 Daniel Craig x Greg Williams

Leica Q2 Daniel Craig x Greg Williams: An exclusive special edition of the Leica Q2, limited to 750 units for HKD$57,800

Leica
Leica Camera

With the limited special edition Leica Q2 Daniel Craig x Greg Williams, Leica Camera AG is presenting an exclusive edition model of the Q2. It has been created in close collaboration with award-winning actor Daniel Craig and Greg Williams, one of Britain’s most renowned photographers, acclaimed for capturing iconic Hollywood moments in his authentic style. 

Greg has photographed Daniel Craig’s Bond since he first stepped into the role, creating behind-the-scenes books and special shoots as well as many of the Daniel Craig film posters. 

Both Craig and Williams have a common passion in photography and are both avid fans of the Leica brand, making this an obvious collaboration for the pair. Daniel Craig says: “The Q2 is, for me, the perfect camera and needs no improvement. 

So, to have the chance to work with the amazing people at Leica and my friend, Greg Williams, to create something as unique as this, has been a privilege and an honour.” Greg Williams says: “We bonded over our shared love of cameras on ‘Casino Royale’. Daniel takes beautiful photos and has a great eye. 

The Leica Q2 is an extension of me – you never see me without one around my neck. So to work with Daniel and the team at Leica on this limited edition has been a very special.” While the Leica Q2 Daniel Craig x Greg Williams corresponds technically to the Leica Q2, it has an exclusive and elegant design.

The visible elements of the camera are defined by black and gold. All the engravings on the camera and lens are inlaid with gold paint. It also includes a first: the name and sequential serial number have been engraved with a laser, under the glass cover of the camera display. 

Another very particular feature concerns the traditional Leica logo: on the Leica Q2 Daniel Craig x Greg Williams, the red dot with Leica lettering has been replaced with a black dot and gold lettering for the first time ever, making the camera uniquely distinctive.

The carrier strap is made of top-quality, vegetable-dyed Nappa leather that is embossed with the Leica logo, and has eyelets which are gilded. The same leather, embossed with an elegant diamond pattern, is also used for the camera covering. Each camera, with accessories, comes in a specially designed, hinged-lid presentation box with gold lettering and a black silk lining. The Leica Q2 Daniel Craig x Greg Williams is limited to 750 units, and is immediately available at specialist stores as of now for HKD$57,800.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Qatar Airways First Global Airline to Achieve 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rating

Qatar Airways Becomes The First Global Airline In The World To Achieve A 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating By Skytrax

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax.

The announcement follows a detailed audit, carried out by the Skytrax team in December 2020, which assessed how effectively and consistently the airline's stringent COVID-19 hygiene and safety standards and procedures are adhered to, from flight check-in to on-board aircraft.

This included a full review of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation of hygiene and safety levels at all stages of the passenger journey, and on-board Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) sampling tests to measure the potential level of contamination of contact surfaces.

The achievement of the Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating is in addition to Qatar Airways' home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), recently being named as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating in December 2020.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: "As an industry leader and the 'World's Best Airline', as named by Skytrax, we are well-used to setting the standard for others to follow. We are delighted that our commitment to providing the most rigorous and comprehensive COVID-19 safety programme in existence within the global aviation community has been recognised with the Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating.

"This achievement highlights the fastidious measures and procedures Qatar Airways have employed to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our passengers throughout the global pandemic to date, and follows HIA's recent success as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating.

"It also provides assurance to passengers across the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment.

As Qatar Airways continues to deal with the ongoing impact and challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, we would like to reinforce the message that air travel does not need to be a source of concern to passengers.

"In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to provide the safest possible experience for travellers across the world, and expanding upon our role in assisting the recovery of the commercial aviation industry over the coming months."

Skytrax Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Edward Plaisted, said: "We congratulate Qatar Airways on being awarded with the highest 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rating and being the world's first major airline to be certified at this level. Qatar Airways kept flying throughout COVID-19, taking over 3.1 million people home since the start of the pandemic, and it is this experience that enables them to deliver an excellent standard of health and hygiene safety measures to keep customers and staff safe."

Qatar Airways' on-board safety measures include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a 'Do Not Disturb (DND)' indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 45 destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York.

In addition, the airline also uses the most advanced HEPA air filtration systems on board all aircraft, and recently became the first global carrier to introduce Honeywell's state-of-the-art Ultraviolet Cabin System, operated by Qatar Aviation Services, as a further step in the cleaning of its aircraft. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

Qatar Airways currently operates more than 800 weekly flights to over 110 destinations across the globe.

By the end of March, Qatar Airways plans to rebuild its network to 130 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivalled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to change their travel dates or destination if they need to.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named 'World's Best Airline' by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named 'Best Airline in the Middle East', 'World's Best Business Class', and 'Best Business Class Seat', in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite.

It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted 'Skytrax Airline of the Year' title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. In addition to this, Qatar Airways home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) was ranked the 'Best Airport in the Middle East' and 'Third Best Airport in the World' by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020.

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ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS® RELEASES NEW BRAND FILM

ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS® RELEASES NEW BRAND FILM AS A TRIBUTE TO THE UNLIMITED WONDER OF TRAVEL

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, a global leader in luxury travel and lifestyle experiences, has debuted A Sense of Place®, the brand's newest film created in partnership with Studio Dangin, a creative agency renowned for its collaborations with the world's most influential fashion, lifestyle and fragrance brands. A stunning interpretation of Rosewood's guiding A Sense of Place® philosophy, wherein the distinctive ethos of the destination is woven into the identity of each property, the video celebrates the vibrant characteristics of the communities that comprise the brand's global footprint to inspire meaningful travel and togetherness in today's times.

Rosewood Hotel Hong Kong
Rosewood Hotel Hong Kong

Directed by Pascal Dangin, esteemed photographer and CEO and chief creative officer at Studio Dangin, the short film takes viewers on a journey to Rosewood's destinations around the world, highlighting the brand's approach to hosting guests as an art form and the leading role that local culture and heritage play in the Rosewood experience.

Rooted in the notion that Rosewood is more than just a collection of premier hotels and resorts, but a facilitator of meaningful journeys, gatherings, and connections, the film speaks to the soul of today's traveler, igniting the pursuit of exploration, wonder, and possibility. Clips showcasing several of the collection's most iconic properties, as well as the larger land and cityscapes to which they belong, are accompanied by smart text overlays that communicate the wonder of travel and Rosewood's commitment to helping guests to capture them.

The film also features a prototype room filmed inside an abstract space as if it were a luxury fashion or beauty product. The serenity of the room is captured in delicate motion, textured with tranquil sounds, and juxtaposed against the film's scenes a fast-moving and busy world. The stylized model room symbolizes that Rosewood is more than a hotel; the sanctuaries exist to inspire gathering across cultures and experiences – to welcome, to share, to dine, and, together, to journey in discovery.

The result is a love letter to the countless excursions that await Rosewood travelers. "Our latest brand film beautifully showcases the vibrancy of cultures and communities that Rosewood is privileged to be a part of," says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. "Whether Paris or Phuket, Montecito or Manhattan, each of our destinations encourages a meaningful journey of discovery. As people begin to explore the world once more and look for ways to reconnect with both themselves and one another following this past year of isolation, we are proud to offer inspiration and bring people together over the exceptional experiences that only Rosewood can provide."

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Qatar Airways to Operate World's First Fully COVID-19 Vaccinated Flight

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways to Operate World’s First Fully COVID-19 Vaccinated Flight
Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways continues to lead the recovery of international travel, operating the world's first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight today. QR6421 will depart Hamad International Airport at 11:00 AM carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers onboard, with passengers also to be served by fully vaccinated staff at check-in. 

The special flight, which will return to Doha at 14:00, will showcase all the measures the airline has put in place to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene on board, including its latest innovation, the world’s first ‘Zero-Touch’ in-flight entertainment technology. 

The special service will be operated by the airline’s most technologically advanced and sustainable aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, with the flight also fully carbon offset in line with the carrier’s environmental responsibilities. 

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Today’s special flight demonstrates the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away. We are proud to continue leading the industry by operating the first flight with a fully vaccinated crew and passengers and providing a beacon of hope for the future of international aviation. With aviation being a critical economic driver both globally and here in the State of Qatar, we are thankful for the support we have received from our government and local health authorities to vaccinate our staff, with over 1,000 vaccinations being administered per day.

"It is in Qatar Airways DNA to be at the forefront, setting the highest standards of safety and customer service. Before the pandemic, Qatar Airways became the first and only airline to be awarded the Skytrax Airline of the Year five times. When the pandemic hit its peak in early April, our airline continued flying to help repatriate millions of stranded passengers and transport essential medical supplies, while also implementing the latest innovations in biosafety and hygiene. As the vaccine rollout begins to gather pace worldwide, Qatar Airways remains committed to being the airline passengers and travel partners can rely on, operating one of the largest global networks to provide the connectivity needed to reunite families and friends and support global trade. "Qatar Airways Cargo has also played a vital role in maintaining a reliable schedule across our network of destinations. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways has helped transport more than 500,000 tonnes of medical supplies and delivered close to 20,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to over 20 countries."

Passengers onboard will be able to livestream the historic experience thanks to Qatar Airways' industry leading Super WiFi onboard that combines the latest technology from Inmarsat, SITA for Aircraft and Thales. To show its gratitude to those who have played key roles throughout the pandemic, Qatar Airways gave away 100,000 complimentary return tickets to healthcare workers and 21,000 to teachers around the world in 2020. Qatar Airways has become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. This follows HIA’s recent success as the first and only airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These recognitions provide assurance to passengers across the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety. Qatar Airways is the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass 'Digital Passport' mobile app. IATA Travel Pass ensures passengers receive up-to-date information on COVID-19 health regulations at their destination country, as well as complying with strict global data privacy regulations to enable the sharing of COVID-19 test results with airlines to verify they are eligible to undertake their journey. A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named 'World’s Best Airline' by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 45 destinations including Johannesburg, Frankfurt, New York and Singapore. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted 'Skytrax Airline of the Year' title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. In addition to this, Qatar Airways home and hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) was ranked the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth consecutive year and ‘Third Best Airport in the World’ by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

JD News Roundup

JD News Roundup

JD News

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS 

JD Logistics JD has established Tibet's largest smart logistics center, after over 100 automated ground vehicles (AGVs) were put into use in the 27,000 square-meter logistics center in Lhasa, on Jun. 9. 

The AGVs are supporting the sales surge during the ongoing 618 Grand Promotion. JD is upgrading the service of its autonomous delivery vehicles during the ongoing 618 Grand Promotion period. Simultaneously, 30 new Level-4 autonomous vehicles were put into use in Changshu, Jiangsu province on Jun. 10. 

International Business JD launched its first cargo flight between China and the US on Jun. 7, following the recent launch of its China-Thailand charter flight in May 28. The China-US route will be an “end-to-end fully self-operated route to facilitate the transport of quality Chinese products to the US and vice versa,” said Stard Huang, president of JD International Logistics. 

Retail JD and Walmart have launched a new omni-channel marketing model called "Jing-Wo New Initiative," which will make use of JD's strength in omni-channel and supply chain middle platform to help brands integrate product launching resources across all channels, expanding new products' touch points and exposure among customers, and more. 

Walmart will leverage its 400+ stores across the country, its online stores including several Walmart flagship stores (both first-party and third-party modes) and more to support the program. As China’s income levels and quality of life rises, so too has its electronics consumption index, according to a new report released by JD Data Research Institute and Xinhua News Agency on Jun. 9. 

Consumers are paying more attention to product quality and being more willing to try and embrace new product categories. Technology "DC/EP has accelerated the cycle for currency settlements, thus lowering a company's operational cost," said Fei Peng, head of the DC/EP program at JD Technology, in an interview with Chinese National TV on June 8. JD Industrial Technology, a division under JD that provides enterprise clients with industrial products and services, has helped Guangzhou Property Management Industry Association build a digital procurement platform aimed at alleviating pressure of property management enterprises in the city in procuring protective supplies during the ongoing COVID-19 resurgence. 

Health JD Health announced plans to partner with Contract Research Organization (CRO) and other pharmaceutical companies on Wednesday (June 10) in Beijing to launch an online clinical trial patient recruitment center to further accelerate the process of new drugs approving and marketing, and make it convenient for patients to find clinical trial projects online both quickly and precisely

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Pirata Group Announces Details of Inaugural PICI PASTA RUN

Pirata Group Announces Details of Inaugural PICI PASTA RUN First-of-its-kind virtual race has guests enjoying pasta while navigating to each Hong Kong-island Pici Pasta Bar, all for a charitable cause

Pirata Group Announces Details of Inaugural PICI PASTA RUN
香港餐飲集團 Pirata Group 今天以「Eat Pasta, Run Faster」的信念宣布將於 2021 年 6 月 26 日星期六舉辦首屆 Pici Pasta Run。以剛剛在堅尼地城開設第六間分店的Pici而命名,邀請客人身穿奇趣的團隊主題服裝穿梭於港島三間 Pici Pasta Bar,一同享受運動和意大利美食帶來的樂趣。 

參賽者可以透過 runnerreg.com 以四人一組報名,並從三個時段中選擇起步時間,以符合社交距離及令活動更安全。活動將以位於灣仔進教圍 16 號的首間Pici作為起點,每位參賽者都會在此獲得一份免費的新鮮手製意大利麵作為早餐補充能量。之後參賽者必須以自己的方法前往位於鴨巴甸街 24 號的中環Pici,在此可以享用經典意大利小食,然後可以選擇沿海旁前往位於加多近街 55 號的全新堅尼地城Pici作為終點,這裡備有飲品、甜點和更多驚喜.

Pici Pasta Run 將會是第一場不是以速度而決勝負的賽跑,勝出的反而會是最有創意和最別開生面地打扮的團隊,獎品包捨金獎—四人團隊每人一個月免費意大利麵、銀獎—每人一星期免費意大利麵,以及銅獎—免費早午餐,所有獎品均可在香港六間 Pici Pasta Bar 中換領,而所有完成三個關卡的參賽隊伍都會在活動結束後獲得一系列限定Pici紀念品和獎牌。

Pici Pasta Run 將開放給所有年齡和背景人士,費用為每位港幣200 元,所有費用將捐給本地註冊慈善機構Mind HK,該慈善機構致力提高香港大眾對心理健康的認知