Sunday, December 27, 2020

VENCHI OPENS ITS 12TH HONG KONG STORE AT APM

VENCHI OPENS ITS 12TH HONG KONG STORE AT APM - Exclusive gelato desserts launch in late December

Venchi

With an Italian heritage spanning over 140 years, Venchi has gained a global reputation in more than 70 countries. This December, Venchi will launch its 12th store in Hong Kong at one of the hottest shopping spot, apm mall in Kwun Tong. Known for traditional craftmanship, the pleasure in sharing and joy derived from a perfect Italian lifestyle, the apm store will offer guests an immersive Venchi experience. 

Take a seat at the first Venchi lounge in the city, a comfortable lounge area where shoppers can enjoy the new Gelato desserts. Guests to the store will be greeted by a variety of pick-and-mix, assortments ready for gift-giving and an eye-catching chocolate feature wall of 24 different chocolate bars. Learn about the different recipes and ingredients of Venchi’s signature Chocolate collection. 

Venchi

Try the single-origin chocolate from South America, Ecuador and Venezuela; or be amazed by the novelties such as Cremino, lingering hazelnut goodness from the gianduja chocolate alternates with classic Venchi flavours like pistachio and dark chocolate. Venchi’s rich history of tradition celebrates the genuine, artisanal and convivial nature of one of the most beloved Italian excellence in the world. 

The new apm store will offer another first for Hong Kong - gelato made fresh daily using selected and natural ingredients in Venchi's very own Gelato Lab. With 16 flavours and new flavours every month, Venchi gelato is a simple moment of pleasure in perfect Italian style. 

New exclusive gelato desserts will be available in late December. Meet the man in the gelato lab churning fresh gelato every day, Venchi Gelatiere Davide Spagnuolo. Davide is from Milan and he has been making and experimenting with for over 6 years. These new decadent Venchi desserts are made with tried and tested Italian tradition, customers can enjoy these creative and original gelato desserts which is only available at Venchi's apm store. 

Fly to the United Kingdom Quarantine-free* with Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

Passengers that have spent the last 14 days in Hong Kong can now travel to the United Kingdom quarantine-free* when they fly with Qatar Airways. As one of the countries on the United Kingdom COVID-19 travel corridors, passengers travelling via Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar are not required to undergo the mandatory 14-days self-isolation restriction. In conjunction with the quarantine-free measures, the airline is offering exclusive fares for travellers to the United Kingdom, happening from now to 13 December 2020.

Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways

As entry restrictions around the world gradually begin to ease and with more flights getting reinstated, travellers who are planning to visit their favourite places again or reunite with their loved ones can take advantage of the all-inclusive fares starting from HKD 2,400 for a one-way trip and HKD 4,770 for a return trip to destinations such as London, Manchester and Edinburgh. This promotion is valid for travel until 31 December 2021 (Economy Class) and 30 September 2021 (Premium Class).

For full details, please visit www.qatarairways.com/FlytoUK. Mr Thomas Scruby, Vice President, Pacific, Qatar Airways said: “Qatar Airways has continuously shown to be a reliable and responsible airline during this pandemic. Our continued operation has enabled us to gain the trust of our passengers and accumulated unrivalled experience of how to safely carry passengers during this time. 

With the inclusion of Hong Kong and Qatar into the United Kingdom COVID-19 travel corridors, Qatar Airways is rolling out these special fares to unite more family and friends, as well as provide flexible travel options to passengers who wish to start travelling again.” 

Additionally, students can also enjoy the latest offers and exclusive benefits such as fare discounts and extra baggage allowance as they travel for their studies, return to school or visit friends and family during the holidays when they join Qatar Airways' newly launched Student Club. For more information, please visit qatarairways.com/StudentClub. 

To ensure that passengers can plan their travels with peace of mind, Qatar Airways has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice and allowing passengers unlimited date changes. Passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 500 miles of the original destination. 

The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions, visit qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by 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 offering excellent service for passengers, Qatar Airways is also focused on the sustainability of its operations. The airline’s variety of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft - particularly its fleet of 52 Airbus A350s and 30 Boeing 787s – reduces its carbon dioxide emissions. 

Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has grounded its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. Qatar Airways has also recently launched a new programme that enables passengers to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with their journey at the point of booking. 

*Passengers arriving into the United Kingdom are encouraged to check the latest information via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.

JOHNNIE WALKER LAUNCHES FOUR LIMITED EDITIONS CELEBRATING ITS 200TH ANNIVERSARY

JOHNNIE WALKER

JOHNNIE WALKER
Johnnie Walker

2020 marks 200 years since John Walker first threw open the doors to a small grocery store in rural Scotland, beginning a journey that would take Johnnie Walker to the four corners of the world, making it the world’s leading Scotch Whisky today1. 200 years later we're celebrating the journey we’ve been on and opening the doors to the next 200 years. To celebrate this milestone, Johnnie Walker announces a series of four limited editions, just in time for the holiday gifting season. 

The four limited-edition releases are all about celebration: the celebration of the 200-year journey, celebration of 200 years of craft, celebration of the 1 IWSR 2018 the entrepreneurial spirit of Johnnie Walker and the celebration of the restless pursuit of flavour. 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design Celebrate Our 200 Year Journey Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design is the perfect gift for the whisky enthusiast in your life. This exclusive release celebrates 200 years since John Walker taking the first steps on the Johnnie Walker journey, when he first threw open the doors to a small grocery store in Kilmarnock, Scotland. 

The founder, John Walker, started a journey of exploration into craft and quality which has led the label to push the boundaries of what’s possible for two centuries - taking Scotch from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. The bespoke illustration on the pack design pays homage to some of the great cities and countries that have been part of our story over the past 200 years. Just one in 10,000 casks from our unparalleled reserves of maturing Scotch whisky, carefully crafted and curated for generations, have the remarkable depth of character needed by our small team of whisky makers to craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label. 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a velvety smooth and vibrant Scotch, the result of every lesson that’s been learned since John Walker took the first steps on this 200-year journey. With a rolling wave of rich spices giving way to a deep surge of vanilla sweetness and honey. Caramel and hazelnuts course through dark chocolate before a luxuriously long smoky finish. This is where rare casks, rare craft and rare character come together in one whisky.  

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design (40% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$1,465, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight Celebrate 200 Years of Craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight is a rare jewel crafted from only eight legendary distilleries, that existed when John Walker made the first steps on our journey 200 years ago. This exceptional release is a smooth, mellow Scotch made using some of the rarest whiskies from across the untamed wilds of Scotland, including exceptionally rare whiskies from “ghost” distilleries. 

The eight selected expressions are from Oban, Blair Athol, Lagavulin, Teaninich, Brora, Cambus, Port Dundas and Carsebridge, these distilleries are an inspiration to Johnnie Walker’s whisky makers today. At the first sip, a wonderful sweetness envelops the taste buds, through which notes of stone fruits, stewing apples and cocoa emerge, followed by an embrace of sweet toffee and a soft caress of brown sugar and vanilla notes before a wave of fresh orchard fruits are enveloped by a wisp of smoke in this mellow whisky. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight (43.8% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$2,800, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020.  

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend Celebrate the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Johnnie Walker Two hundred years ago, whiskies were frequently inconsistent in quality due to their single malt origins. Being a forward thinker with unique ideas, John Walker came up with the idea of boldly blending the whiskeys to overcome the issue caused by the uneven quality, thus creating a new chapter in the era of Scottish blended whisky. 

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend honours a breakthrough moment for John Walker & Sons, the release of Old Highland Whisky in the 1860s, the first commercial blend to be exported from Scotland to the four corners of the world. This exclusive release marks the inspirational moment in Johnnie Walker history that sparked iconic entrepreneurial innovations such as our slanted label and square bottle. The special edition box opens up to reveal a rare photo of John Walker’s grocery store in Kilmarnock of Scotland, from 200 years ago. 

Crafted using only whiskies from distilleries that were open before or during the 1860s, this blend is bottled at 51% ABV, reflective of many Scotch whiskies prior to the early 1900s. On the nose, this whisky has notes of sweet dried raisins, subtle spice and marzipan. The palate develops into hints of roasted nuts, icing sugar sweetness and gentle peat, with a soft pepper finish. This is an exceptional edition with bold, robust flavours that captures the essence of Johnnie Walker whisky. 

A Johnnie Walker whisky for all Johnnie Walker lovers. John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend (51% abv, 700ml), suggested retail price of HK$640, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020.  John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend Celebrate our Restless Pursuit of Flavour John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend is an exclusive whisky which takes you on a sensorial journey through the fragrant aisles of John Walker’s original grocery store, in 1820. 

This whisky explores the flavours and scents of where the journey started. Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his small team of expert whisky makers have drawn inspiration from the thrilling flavours listed on an original stock inventory, 200 years ago, from John Walker’s store. Using this as a window into the world where John started, they have meticulously crafted a complex and richly layered whisky. 

This is a whisky crafted using rare and exceptional whiskies, all aged for at least 28 years, including whiskies from long-closed “ghost” distilleries including Pittyvaich, Cambus and the soon to be reopened Port Ellen. Experience walking the aisles of John Walker’s store, as layers of spice reveal themselves before mingling with sweet honey and rich molasses inspired by the rows of tempting jars. 

Waves of sultanas, cocoa beans and herbal notes are carried on wisps of soft smoke leading you further into the grocery store with every sip. A sweet spice lingers as the door closes behind you. John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend (46% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$7,800, is now available at selective retail stores in Hong Kong.  

Additionally, Johnnie Walker collaborates with the world’s favourite whisky glass, Glencairn Glass, with a new range of coloured glasses, available in black, blue, red, green, and shimmering gold alongside the original clear glass. Each glasses are engraved with Johnnie Walker bespoke logo. Looks great in hand and at the same time, they are ideal for those whisky enthusiasts who enjoy blind tasting. 

During a limited period, at selective retail stores including Aeon, APITA, City’Super, SOGO, Wai Shing, Watson’s Wine Cellar, Yata, shoppers who purchase Johnnie Walker whiskies valued over $5,000 will receive a complimentary set of Johnnie Walker x Glencairn glass set (6 pieces), valued at $990, while stocks last.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Qatar Airways Introduces Festive Touches to Surprise and Delight Passengers This Holiday Season

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Introduces Festive Touches
Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is delighted to welcome this festive season by creating special moments that will surprise and delight our passengers both on board and on the ground. Passengers departing to and from Qatar Airways’ destinations in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and select destinations in Asia and Africa, will enjoy the airline’s festivities from 19 December until 26 December. 
From the moment Business Class passengers arrive on board, they will be greeted with a seasonal welcome drink and a specially designed bespoke holiday menu card, featuring a range of flavoursome holiday dishes including smoked salmon tartare with pink pepper seared scallops, beetroot and ikura roe, beef wellington with turmeric mashed potato, grilled sweet potato, pumpkin, oyster mushroom and beef jus, and a spicy raspberry chocolate dome for dessert. 

Premium customers will also be presented with quiet reminders of this holiday season, including a festive napkin band wrapped around the cutlery pack and a rich hot chocolate with marshmallows. Passengers can stay entertained with the extensive collection of festive movies on the Oryx One Inflight Entertainment system and enjoy the airline’s turndown service when it is time for rest, complete with the added comfort of the signature limited edition ‘Seasons Greetings’ message pillow. 

 The Economy cabin will be dressed with festive headrest covers and customers travelling in Economy Class will also enjoy a delightful seasonal menu that includes turkey chasseur, turmeric mashed potato with parsley as a main course, and Christmas pudding for dessert. Qatar Airways has also created festive touches throughout the Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Hamad International Airport (HIA) for the very first time. Passengers can delight in the seasonal décor reflected in the flower arrangements, and holiday gift-box displays and feast on an assortment of holiday delicacies from the buffet or select from the special digital à la carte menu. 

For those passengers wanting to embrace the spirit of the season, a large communal table with stunning decorations including holiday-inspired placemats, bread liners, napkin bands and table décor will bring people together to share a meal which amongst many choices can include Waldorf salad, stuffed turkey roulade, beef wellington, yule log, gourmet hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows, signature mocktails and more. 

 Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This year has been incredibly challenging due to the ongoing pandemic. That is why this year we are investing more efforts than ever before into our festive activities on board and at HIA, to bring the joy back to flying. In the coming weeks, tens of thousands of passengers will travel with us for a vacation or to visit family and friends abroad and our aim is to continue to unite family and friends and make their journey even more memorable during this special time.” 

When travelling with Qatar Airways during the festive season, passengers can expect the highest levels of safety throughout their journey. The airline’s onboard safety measures include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields 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 30 destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and at HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety. 

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.

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020



Global sales £3.4 billion / $4.4 billion

- Down 25% compared to 2019, driven by the drop in live auction sales
- Primarily due to the overall impact of the pandemic on supply
- Demand remained strong, with a high sell-through rate of 81% across all sales

Online-only sales and digital innovations as a major driver for future growth

- While live auction sales were largely suspended during Q2 due to COVID-19 precautions, Christie’s immediate acceleration of its digital strategy at the start of the pandemic ensured business continuity across the year and expanded the global reach of its sale activities exponentially - Online-only sales were up 262% in 2020 (£243 million / $311 million), marking a record total for the channel. -

With more than 200 sales in 2020, this channel contributed more than 10% of total auction sales - Registrants from 104 different countries participated in online-only sales by year-end
- More than 1 million combined viewers watched Christie’s live-streamed marquee week sales.

Private sales close to £1bn in 2020, a record total for this channel (projected £987 million / $1.3 billion) - Up 57% compared to 2019 - Christie’s sold more works above $25 million via private sales than at auction - Innovative formats were introduced such as Dream Big, an ambitious online exhibition of monumental sculpture with works sold entirely in-situ and through Christie’s digital platform · 

Buying trends show an influx of new clients and millennial collectors
- 36% of all buyers new to Christie’s in 2020, with strong input from online-only sales
- 32% of all new online-only sale buyers are millennials (23-38 years old)
- 34% of global spend in auction sales went to buyers in Asia, well-balanced by Americas (33%) and EMEA (33%)
- Of the top prices achieved at Christie’s this year for works by living artists under 45, 9 out of 10 were sold in our Hong Kong saleroom. 

Positive outlook for 2021 - H2 2020 saw 25% growth compared to H2 2019, driven by strong global demand, indicating a positive market orientation for 2021
- Exceptional collection sales ahead - 

In January in New York: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund, an unparalleled collection of fine and decorative art, jewels and books, to be offered in live and online sales. In March in London: The Collection of Claude Hersaint, one of the most comprehensive Surrealist collections in the world, with works by Ernst, Magritte and Miró to lead the Art of the Surreal Evening Sale with a collective pre-sale estimate of £21-32 million. 

Francis Bacon's Sand Dune will also be offered in March, a distinctive painting from 1981 that featured in recent exhibitions in Paris and Houston.

Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "In 2020,the global pandemic deeply impacted the art market, as it did for almost all industries. We are now looking forward to 2021 with optimism, for two major reasons: global demand for art and objects remains strong with an impressive influx of new clients, especially millennials; and Christie’s has introduced digital innovations that significantly strengthened our business model, providing clients with greater flexibility to transact with us through our live auction, online-only, and private sales platforms."

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong - Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day 2021

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Ritz-Carlton


The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is delighted to present Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day on 
Sunday, January 10, 2021, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. Nearby on the same day, W Hong Kong is also hosting WED YOUR WAY Wedding Consultation Day, making West Kowloon a must-visit neighborhood for brides- and grooms-to-be. 

Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day In a time of such uncertainty due to the pandemic, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong still promises to curate personalized wedding ceremonies and banquets that leave indelible memories thanks to the luxury hotel’s legendary service and versatile event spaces. 

Unlike any previous wedding consultation days, Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day showcases the Hotel’s flexibility and adaptability under social distancing restrictions. The event shines a spotlight on the newly launched “Vows for Eternity” wedding ceremony packages through a live demonstration at our naturally-lighted open event space on Level 3. 

The mock ceremony showcases picture-perfect decorations by Free Concept; bridal dress by female-founded brand TH&TH based in Royal Leamington Spa, England; wedding suit by MODE Tuxedo; elegant makeup by Aiko Tsang Make Up; and photography service by Derek Photography. 

Guests may witness the ceremony right at the open event space, or watch the ceremony live-streamed by Journal Book on the LED wall inside Diamond Ballroom, to experience how to say “I do” with the love and blessings of their wedding guests even under social distancing restrictions. 

For guests who are not able to attend the event, stay tuned for the live-streaming session at 4:00 pm on The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s Facebook event page at https://fb.me/e/20mrvIQTI. Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day will be conducted by appointment only. For reservations and enquiries, please contact (852) 2263 2380 or hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com. “Vows for Eternity” Wedding Ceremony Packages For those looking to tie the knot with an intimate ceremony, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has launched two special packages for up to 20 guests. 

“Vows for Eternity” wedding ceremony package features the sophisticated venue with high ceilings and natural daylight on Level 3 of the Hotel, while “Vows for Eternity in the Sky” features the remarkably spacious Carlton Suite located at Level 113 or higher, with 180-degree panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline. Both packages are priced at HK$22,888 with 10% service charge, and include exclusive usage of the venue for two hours as well as the following benefits: · Floral decoration and bouquet · Personalized butler for the bride and groom throughout the event ·

Complimentary 4-hour parking for up to two cars in the ICC parking lot · Preferential room rates for guests staying in the Hotel and overseas Ritz-Carlton properties · Bonus Marriott Bonvoy points and worldwide privileges · 15% savings on food items at Café 103, The Lounge & Bar, Tin Lung Heen, Tosca di Angelo and Ozone prior to the wedding day (subject to availability and blackout dates) · 

The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong Wedding Club membership, which includes exclusive dining, Spa and accommodation offers 

For reservations and enquiries, please contact (852) 2263 2380 or hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com. Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day Venue: Diamond Ballroom, Level 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm 

Price: Free admission; By appointment only. Call (852) 2263 2380 or email hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com WED YOUR WAY Wedding Consultation Day Venue: Great Room, Level 7, W Hong Kong Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Price: Free admission; By appointment only. Call (852) 3717 2927 or email events.whk@whotels.com

Friday, December 25, 2020

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS ACHIEVED HK$323,363,750 / US$41,922,755

On 30 November, Christie's held four themed live auctions for Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art: The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades - Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties, Inspiring the mind - Life a scholar-official, Imperial Glories from the Springfield Museums Collection, and Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS
Art Auction

The combined sales realized a total of HK$323,363,750 / US$41,922,755, with the top lot of each sale all surpassing their pre-sale high estimates. 

Overall Sale Highlights 61% lots across all four sales sold above their high estimates The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades 100% sold, more than tripling its pre-sale low estimate, with 84% of lots sold surpassing their high estimates Imperial Glories from the Springfield Museums Collection was 100% sold, more than doubling its pre-sale low estimate, and with 75% of sold lots surpassing their high estimates. 

The selection of Chinese furniture including Zitan and Huanghuali objects achieved standout prices, totaling HK$90,112,500 / US$11,682,708, exceeding their high estimates Chi Fan Tsang, Deputy Chairman, Specialist Head of Department, commented, "We were privileged to once again offer several prominent private collections this season, most notably the Springfield Museums collection and the Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades in dedicated single sales, which were enthusiastically received by collectors and were 100% sold at multiples of their low estimates. 

We witnessed healthy bidding across our top lots this season, most of which sold over their high estimates, reflecting strong demand for celebrated works of art of various categories, from throughout the course of Chinese history.

The Donum Estate Expands its Exclusive Wine Distribution

The Donum Estate Expands its Exclusive Wine Distribution

The Donum Estate Expands its Exclusive Wine Distribution
Donum Estate

The Donum Estate, a leader in single-vineyard, single-appellation Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; home to a monumental sculpture collection at its Estate in the acclaimed wine region of Sonoma County in Northern California, is pleased to announce its debut distribution in Hong Kong

A selection of wines from the coveted portfolio will now be available for purchase from Donum's distribution partner Vinopolis Hong Kong Ltd. "As proud residents of Hong Kong, we are delighted to have found a partner to introduce our wines to the City," said Mei and Allan Warburg, Owners of Donum. 

"The Donum art collection has gathered world-wide attention in the art community and through this recognition we have met many lovers of art who also have a passion for fine wines." Donum's terroir-driven wines reflect the energy and complexity of some of the most celebrated regions in Northern California including its Estate vines in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Russian River Valley. 

The Donum Estate Expands its Exclusive Wine Distribution
Donum Estate

A passionate team alongside winemaker Dan Fishman crafts only single-vineyard, single-appellation wines from small lots reflecting each unique, premier vineyard block. 

The Donum Estate comprises 200 picturesque acres north of San Pablo Bay in the Carneros wine region, using biodynamic and organic farming practices that create growing environments in which its vines can thrive and produce the highest-quality fruit possible. "We are immensely thrilled to introduce Donum to Hong Kong. 

The wine community here is thriving, and they are seeking unique, premier quality wines such as Donum. The demand is very high and our customers are really enthusiastic. But we only have a limited stock available in this initial introduction," said K. L. Lee, Executive Director of Vinopolis HK Limited. 

"Historically, we have largely sold directly to consumers through our growing membership base," said Angelica de Vere Mabray, Donum Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited to offer a selection of Donum wines to Hong Kong, especially as people may not be able to travel to visit us at the Estate during this time. With our terroir-driven ideology, our wines can transport people to our vineyards with each sip," added Dan Fishman, Donum Winemaker. 

Donum has been gaining visibility in Hong Kong of late through the Donum Collection and having hosted receptions to celebrate its artists alongside the annual "Art Week" in March. 

The Estate features over 40 major artworks from artists across the globe, including Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring, Zhan Wang, Elmgreen & Dragset, Yue Minjun, Jaume Plensa, Subodh Gupta, Danh Vo, Doug Aitken and Tracey Emin, among others. "Perhaps it's idealistic to say that art and wine are both examples of humankind striving to connect on a deeper level with the world around us. But as someone who has devoted such an extensive amount of time and love to both subjects I believe the bond is genuine," stated Sarah Heller, MW. 

Alongside the distribution, Donum will be added to the wine list of the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant and art space Duddell's. "Our clients have a deep and active appreciation for the arts. People come together over food and wine, in an environment that connects art and people. With Donum's monumental art collection and artist-designed labels, it's a great addition to our wine list," said Duddell's Co-Founder Alan Lo⁠.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Press Release A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu

A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu

A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu
Temple House, Chengdu

The most wonderful time of the year, Christmas, is just around the corner. To embrace the blissful season, The Temple House has prepared a series of sustainable seasonal celebrations in alignment with Swire Hotels' sustainability vision. The House is proud to present a seven-meter gold-coloured Christmas tree constructed partly from recycled bamboo. Aside from the Christmas tree, The Temple House hosted a charity Christmas bazaar to spread the spirit of giving and sharing. 

A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu
Christmas Choir

With sustainable festive decorations all over the House, this spectacular venue will surely become the hottest spot for celebrating the holiday season for Chengdu residents. For the past four years, The Temple House has commissioned a one-of-a-kind tree that incorporates whimsical elements created from recycled materials. 

A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu
Christmas Decorations

The Temple House Chengdu
Merry Christmas

The Temple House Chengdu
The Temple House

The Temple House Chengdu
Christmas Tree Lights

This year, the unconventional Christmas tree features bamboo partly recycled from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding decorated with hundreds of golden ornaments. After the festive season, the bamboo will be reused to house the herb garden in our courtyard during the winter months. The Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, an annual tradition, was held at the courtyard of The Temple House in the evening of 5 December. 

Our guests, media friends and the community were invited to celebrate the tree-lighting ceremony and took part in the festivities with Christmas carols performed by the children of Soong Ching Ling Kindergarten, festive candies and a photo session with Santa Claus for guests to bring home a memorable Christmas moment. In the spirit of giving, a charity Christmas bazaar was also held in the courtyard on the same day offering a wide range of festive items, including traditional Christmas mulled wine, panda cookies and cupcakes. 

The proceeds will be donated to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in support of critical research and conservation of the giant panda. Committed to giving back to the community this holiday season, the House provided an opportunity for non-profit organisations to introduce themselves to the local community through vibrant booths of their goods and services, including Animals Asia Foundation, Zero Waste Chengdu, and Haihui Better Community. Animals Asia Foundation sends therapy dogs to the disabled and the elderly in the city through its Dr Dog programme. 

Zero Waste Chengdu, the first environmental consultancy in Southwest China, specialises in zero waste and the circular economy, assisting organisations with TRUE (total resources usage and efficiency). Haihui Better Community focuses on rural poverty alleviation and revitalisation. 

Going forward, The Temple House will continue to celebrate the festive season with sustainability and supporting local community as the focus. 

About The Temple House

The Temple House is part of The House Collective and is located in the heart of Chengdu within the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li, a bustling open-plan shopping area. The 100-room House and its 42 serviced residences form an integral part of the city government's conservation project to preserve the surrounding heritage buildings next to the thousand-year-old Daci Temple. 

Elegant bamboo trees frame the House’s entrance, which is set in a beautifully restored hundred-year-old Chinese courtyard built in the Qing Dynasty. Mi Xun houses the award-winning spa, which includes a pool and fitness centre, as well as the teahouse serving vegan Sichuan cuisine. The Temple House also offers a dynamic collection of outlets including The Temple Café - the all-day dining restaurant, Tivano - an authentic Italian restaurant, and Jing Bar - a lively bar featuring live DJs.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Courtney Barnett 宣布全球直播的網上音樂演出

Courtney Barnett 宣布全球直播的網上音樂演出 《FROM WHERE I’M STANDING: 墨爾本皇家展覽館演出直播》

FROM WHERE I’M STANDING

澳洲獨立搖滾創作歌手 Courtney Barnett 公布2020年12月17日香港時間下午5時,將於墨爾本皇家展覽館舉行網上直播音樂會。演出將會安排全球不同時區播出,而這次也是Courtney Barnett 繼今年1月為 Corner Hotel 叢林大火籌款音樂會後的首次演出。

門票現已於 Ticketflap 公開發售:https://www.ticketflap.com/courtney-barnett Courtney Barnett 的家鄉墨爾本早前經歷超過100天的封城隔離,因此本來在巡演途上的她也必須留在家中。雖然全球巡演必須終止,但 Courtney 也利用這次機會重整自己的思緒,深入思考及休息並進行不同創作。 

 而現在, Courtney Barnett 重新出發,連同她的樂團(Bones Sloane、Dave Mudie和負責大提琴的最新成員Lucy Waldron)在澳洲最非凡的建築之一,墨爾本皇家展覽館,打造一個獨特的演出。 Courtney將與導演Derry Sheehan合作,在墨爾本最美麗的地標建築之一 – 墨爾本皇家展覽館的展覽廳中央現場表演。 屆時將大玩她的經典作品及率先演出一系列新作。 

 門票現已於 Ticketflap 公開發售,這個演出並不會開放現場門票售賣予觀眾,所以如果想看Courtney Barnett 的表演,就不要猶豫,立刻購票支持直播音樂會。 演出的名字《 From where I’m Standing》乃 Courtney Barnett 的大熱單曲《City Looks Pretty》的其中一句歌詞,無獨有偶,創作該歌曲時,Courtney正進行自我隔離尋找創作靈感。而收錄該歌曲的2018年專輯《Tell Me How You Really Feel》於這幾個月重聽,赫然發現其中的內容儼如預言般有代入感。

墨爾本皇家展覽館於1879年為墨爾本國際展覽會(第八屆世界博覽會)建造,是澳洲第一座獲得聯合國教科文組織世界遺產名錄的建築。宏偉的皇家展覽館被維多利亞博物館(Museums Victoria)環繞,已於 Courtney Barnett 的家鄉聳立140年。 該建築於1880年的建造者David Mitchell,是著名歌劇女高音Nellie Melba夫人的父親 – Courtney Melba Barnett的中間名正正是由這位女高音而來。 

 Courtney 非常高興,可以與Driift聯手打造該公司於澳洲的首個製作。Driift 乃創新的演出宣傳及製作公司,為觀眾帶來頂級的售票網上直播活動。自成立以來,已與著名一線音樂人如Nick Cave、Kylie Minogue 、Niall Horan及Laura Marling Bay 等多個單位合作。 墨爾本的皇家展覽館坐落在東部 Kulin Nations的Boonwurrung和Woi Wurrung(Wurundjeri)人民的國家內。 Courtney Barnett、Look Out Kid及Driift承認該土地的傳統所有者。 

 亞洲直播時間: 香港時間12月17日(星期日)下午5時 購票從速 : https://www.ticketflap.com/courtney-barnett

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions Realised HK$315,610,000 / US$40,907,310

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions Realised HK$315,610,000

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions

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On 1 and 2 December 2020, Christie’s held two live auctions of Chinese Paintings – Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings and Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy. 

The combined sales realized a total of HK$315,610,000 / US$40,907,310, with the top lots of each sale selling for multiple times over their estimates. The results demonstrate Christie’s ability to offer renowned private collections and coveted works by Chinese masters. 

Sale Highlights - Both Chinese Paintings sales surpassed their pre-sale high estimates - 62% of lots sold above high estimates across the combined sales.
  
The Chen Lifu Collection was 100% sold, achieving HK$17,100,000 / US$2,217,158, nearly tripling its pre-sale high estimate Kim Yu, International Specialist Head of Chinese Paintings Department, commented, "The results from our sales this season are a testament to Christie's strength in selling private collections of Chinese paintings. 

Not only did works by master artists such as Wu Guanzhong, Fu Baoshi, Shen Zhou and Wen Zhengming perform extremely well, but a number of pieces this season achieved sale totals multiple times over their low estimates, further demonstrating Christie’s ability to offer the most coveted Chinese paintings to the most distinguished collectors."

Sensational Combined Sell-Through Rate of 97%

Sensational Combined Sell-Through Rate of 97% Over Half of Lots Offered Sold Above High Estimates Scores of International Artists Records Shattered in Hong Kong Close to 500,000 Global Viewers Tuned in Live

Sensational Combined Sell-Through Rate of 97%.

On 2 December 2020, Christie’s Hong Kong held three evening sales - Modern and Contemporary Art, Sanyu: Goldfish, and the first leg of the 20th Century: Hong Kong to New York sale. The sales realised a combined total of HK$1,419,235,000 / US$183,951,985. 

Jacky Ho, Head of Evening Sale commented, “This evening represents a landmark moment both for Christie’s Asia as well as the art world, having achieved our highest ever Evening Sale total in Asia by a significant margin, and broken numerous world auction records for Modern and Contemporary artists globally. 

With the 20th Century: Hong Kong to New York relay-style auction, we once again demonstrated our capacity for close global collaboration and our leadership in employing cutting edge technology, to bring the very best of Modern and Contemporary art to collectors around the world.” 

NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ZHANG XIAOGANG

NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ZHANG XIAOGANG

An extraordinary moment of the evening was the setting of a new record for Zhang Xiaogang with Bloodline: Big Family No. 2 realising HK$98,035,000 / US$12,706,657, a new price benchmark for Chinese Contemporary Art. 

NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR A PAINTING OF ANIMALS BY SANYU RECORDS SET FOR THE ARTIST ACROSS THREE CONSECUTIVE SEASONS 

NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR A PAINTING OF ANIMALS BY SANYU

Goldfish (left) realised HK$170,170,000 / US$22,056,326, establishing a record for a painting depicting an animal subject by the artist. This follows the world auction record for the artist set by Five Nudes and also the record for any still life painting set by White Chrysanthemum in a Blue and White Jardiniere in November 2019 and July 2020 respectively. Another highlight of the evening was Pink Chrysanthemums in a Basket (right), which achieved a strong price of HK$138,110,000 / US$17,900,917, continuing to demonstrate Christie’s market leadership and unparalleled expertise in offering the greatest works by Sanyu at auction. 

STRONG SHOWING FOR MODERN MASTERS 

STRONG SHOWING FOR MODERN MASTERS

Works by Modern artists formed a key component of the sales, achieving a combined total above their high estimates. In addition to the exceptional performance of Sanyu works on offer, other highlights of the evening were Nu sur un lit, avec un chien (Reclining Nude with A Small Dog) by Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (left), which achieved HK$37,450,000 / US$4,854,025, almost four times over its pre-sale low estimate, and Manners of the Hometown of Lu Xun by Wu Guanzhong (right), which realised HK$21,850,000 / US$2,832,055, and Tiangge (Market Scene) by Vicente Silva Manansala, which set a new auction record for the artist. 

POST-WAR ABSTRACT SALE TOTAL FOR CATEGORY: HK$371,747,500 / US$48,183,387 

POST-WAR ABSTRACT SALE

A further backbone of the sales was the exceptionally strong offering of leading post-war abstract works by international masters. 15.01.82 – Triptyque by Zao Wou-ki achieved HK$94,600,000 / US$12,261,435 and La Forêt Blanche I (The White Forest I) by Chu Teh-Chun, realised HK$42,250,000 / US$5,476,169. Abstract highlights from the Hong Kong to New York relay sale were Chigakusei Tekkyoshi by Kazuo Shiraga, which sold for HK$23,050,000 / US$2,987,591, and Souvenir de la maison d’Autriche (Remembering the House of Austria) by Georges Mathieu, which achieved a new auction record for the artist at HK$17,290,000 / US$2,241,017. 

WESTERN ART WORKS 100% SOLD NEW RECORDS FOR NICOLAS PARTY, DANA SCHUTZ, AND GEORGES MATHIEU INCLUDING A DAZZLING ASIA AUCTION DEBUT FOR AMOAKO BOAFO 

WESTERN ART WORKS 100% SOLD NEW RECORDS

All Western artworks offered across the sales were sold, with the sale total exceeding pre-sale high estimates. Leading the group was the magnificent Elevator by Dana Schutz (middle), which realised HK$50,050,000 / US$6,487,154. The superb work Still Life by Nicolas Party (right) achieved HK$10,450,000 / US$1,354,461, and the sensational Baba Diop by Amoako Boafo (left) realised HK$8,890,000 / US$1,152,264. Other highlights by leading contemporary artists such as Eddie Martinez, Cecily Brown, Shara Hughes, and Mary Corse also performed exceptionally well. 

NEW RECORD FOR VICENTE SILVA MANANSALA SOUTHEAST ASIAN WORKS 100% SOLD 

NEW RECORD FOR VICENTE SILVA MANANSALA

The selection of artworks by Southeast Asian artists performed very strongly, with the section exceeding its pre-sale high estimate. Leading the group of works by Southeast Asian artists was Tiangge (Market Scene) by Vicente Silva Manansala, which realised HK$7,450,000 / US$965,620 and set a new auction record.

徠卡相機攜手Zegna全新推出聯名精選系列產品 即將於2020年12月在全球發售


徠卡相機與Zegna聯合推出專屬精選系列,以多款精緻非凡的高端相機配件,演繹時尚與攝影藝術的美妙邂逅。 這一系列於2020年1月在Ermenegildo Zegna XXX 2020冬季時裝秀上初次亮相並最終進入全球店鋪開始發售。 這一系列專為品位非凡的當代攝影師設計,滿足他們在捕捉動人瞬間的同時,始終追求手工藝術細節之美。徠卡與Zegna的此次合作,將凝聚著藝術與創造力的兩種表現巧妙結合,亦是兩個品牌之間一次深入的創意對話。 

 作為一名攝影愛好者和忠實的徠卡迷,Zegna集團藝術總監Alessandro Sartori先生一直從攝影中汲取充沛靈感,將攝影作為一種創作語言,並常常在他的設計系列中引入攝影風格的視覺元素。他對攝影藝術的熱情,引領Zegna開啟了與徠卡的這一合作,將彼此的非凡創造力、創新設計、精湛工藝與尖端技術巧妙交融。這一合作亦鞏固了Zegna作為全球奢華生活方式品牌的定位。 

聯名系列包括:適用於Leica Q2和Leica M機型的PELLETESSUTATM槍套式相機皮套;適用於Leica Q2和Leica M機型的PELLETESSUTATM保護套;靈感來自攝影師的Insta-Pack斜挎包,幾乎適用於所有緊湊型徠卡相機(不包括Leica V-Lux機型)以及配備18mm餅乾鏡頭的Leica CL機型;相機肩帶和腕帶;徠卡鑰匙圈和圓形零錢包(既可用於收納硬幣,也可存放Leica Q2相機的鏡頭蓋),細節精美,呈現出PELLETESSUTATM系列標誌性的奢華觸感。 PELLETESSUTATM是Zegna推出的一種編織納帕皮革面料。這一珍貴的面料由Zegna運用創新工藝織造而成,採用纖薄的納帕皮革條取代了傳統的織物紡線。 

「Zegna與徠卡有著相同的價值理念,都致力於以真誠與品質創造卓越產品;我希望,我們能展開長久合作的篇章。徠卡在品牌發展中一直秉持著真誠的態度、對品質的執著追求和精益求精的研究精神,不僅在相機和攝影領域獨樹一幟,更呈現出別具一格的工藝匠心和藝術語言。」Zegna集團藝術總監Alessandro Sartori表示。 「無論是徠卡相機、生活中的瞬間,還是Zegna服飾,都有著獨特的美,而它們的邂逅更是美妙動人。Zegna與徠卡在價值追求、設計、可持續性和品質上都秉承以人為本的理念。」

徠卡畫廊全球藝術總監Karin Rehn-Kaufmann指出。 徠卡與Zegna的聯名系列將在全球發布,在Zegna位於紐約、巴黎、倫敦、米蘭、迪拜、上海、北京、銀座、伊勢丹等地的指定旗艦店以及徠卡在全球範圍內的60家指定門店發售,並在兩個品牌的官方網站(zegna.hk和leica-camera.com)在線發售。 徠卡香港官方Facebook專頁:Leica Camera 徠卡香港官方Instagram專頁:leicacamerahk

VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE GIFTS WITH PURPOSE

VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE GIFTS WITH PURPOSE

VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE GIFTS WITH PURPOSE

Join Vestiaire Collective, the leading global app for desirable pre-loved fashion, to celebrate the festive season in style with a more sustainable approach to gift-giving. 

Buying better is a key step to becoming a Fashion Activist, and buying second-hand gifts over new this season can reduce your environmental impact by up to 91%. So waste less this holiday and give gifts with purpose. 

Vestiaire Collective has curated exclusive gift guides on everything from big presents for small budgets, with affordable pieces from Gucci, Acne and YSL, to our very best accessories, with the best of bags including Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoire, Gucci Jackie and Prada Nylon. And we’ve even pulled together a selection of the perfect watches, with in demand styles from Bulgari, Omega and Tag Heuer, and our favourite selection of jewels under HKD$5000, so that you can treat your loved ones to unique pre-loved treats this holiday season. 

Finally, no holiday would be complete without fun and games, so we’re also giving our community the chance to make their wishlist come true with our festive advent calendar. 

Every day from 1st-25th December, we’re giving one lucky member the chance to win something from their wishlist with a HKD$900 voucher to spend!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Cuts the Number of Qmiles

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Cuts the Number of Qmiles Required to Book Award Flights by up to 49%

Qatar Airways Privilege Club has cut the number of Qmiles required to book award flights by up to 49 percent in a major development in its transformation to provide more and better rewards to its loyal members.

Qatar Airways



Privilege Club’s Qmiles requirements will be reduced for award flight for all members travelling with Qatar Airways on connecting flights through the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport (HIA), as well as those travelling to or from Doha to Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceana. Privilege Club members booking flexi award tickets – which require twice the number of Qmiles as award flights – will also benefit from these reductions. Members can use Privilege Club’s Qcalculator to find out the number of Qmiles required for award flights for their preferred route and choice of cabin.

Under the new policy, in Business Class, return award flights from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Tokyo (HND) are reduced by 49% from 391,000 to 200,000 Qmiles, from Auckland (AKL) to Los Angeles (LAX) by 45% percent from 434,000 to 240,000, from Paris (CDG) to Bangkok (BKK) by 40% percent from 251,000 to 150,000 and from Doha (DOH) to London (LHR) by 26% percent from 116,000 to 86,000. In Economy Class, return award flights from Mumbai (BOM) to New York (JFK) are reduced by 39% percent from 131,500 to 80,000 Qmiles. 

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Thierry Antinori, said: “Your Qmiles now take you further when you travel with us on medium, long and ultra-long haul flights. We have increased their power in an important effort to ensure that our valued Qatar Airways Privilege Club members will be amply rewarded for their loyalty. This step is a part of the wider transformation of our loyalty programme that has seen a number of enhancements this year – with more exciting changes to follow in the coming months. 

Our aim is to establish and cement ourselves as the leading airline loyalty programme in the Middle East and among the best in the world.” Earlier this year, Qatar Airways Privilege Club revised its Qmiles policy to offer more flexibility – when a member earns or spends Qmiles, their balance is now valid for 36 months. Additionally, Privilege Club recently removed booking fees for award flights. 

Members booking Business Class award flights will continue to receive complimentary lounge access – including to Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge at HIA – and seat allocation. Members of Privilege Club will continue to earn Qmiles when travelling with Qatar Airways, oneworld® airlines, or any of the airline’s partners. They can also earn Qmiles by using Qatar Airways credit cards and when shopping with Privilege Club retail and lifestyle partners.

Qmiles can be redeemed for a range of exciting benefits including award flights, upgrades or extra baggage on Qatar Airways, shopping in Qatar Duty Free as well flights and hotel stays with partners. Qatar Airways Privilege Club is the Official Frequent Flyer Programme of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and recently won a Frequent Traveler award for ‘Best Rewards Program’ in the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania regions for 2020.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by 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.

LANDMARK SALES POISED TO ACHIEVE OVER ONE BILLION HKD

LANDMARK SALES POISED TO ACHIEVE OVER ONE BILLION HKD

LANDMARK SALES POISED TO ACHIEVE  OVER ONE BILLION HKD

Marking a major convening moment for the art world, on 2 & 3 December Christie's will host five highly anticipated auctions - Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Sanyu: Goldfish, 20th Century: Hong Kong to New York, Modern and Contemporary Art Morning Session and Afternoon Session. 

These auctions will present an expansive selection of masterpieces by artists from around the world, spanning eras, genres, mediums, and cultures. 

This season's offerings represent the highest ever pre-sale estimates for the Modern and Contemporary Art category, with a total low estimate surpassing HK$ 1.1 billion in value. This season also marks the highest pre-sale estimate for any evening sale series at Christie’s Asia, as well as one of the strongest day sales by value in recent years. 

 Leading the evening sales are a series of spectacular masterpieces by Sanyu, Zao Wou-Ki and Chu Teh-Chun, as well as career defining works by Zhang Xiaogang, Andy Warhol, Yoshitomo Nara and Yayoi Kusama. 

Christie's is also delighted to present works by contemporary artists Matthew Wong, Christina Quarles and Amoako Boafo, as well as an exceptional selection of Southeast Asian artworks. A highlight of the day sales is the offering of The Jean-Marc Lefèvre Collection of Vietnamese art on 3 December. 

Lovingly assembled over a span of 24 years, the group of 15 paintings span the timeline of modern Vietnamese painting from 1909-1983. 

 This season’s extraordinary line up of masterpieces is a testament to the new synergy between Christie’s global specialist teams, which bring an unparalleled level of international expertise to the Hong Kong sales. The auctions cater to collectors of all tastes and backgrounds, with Hong Kong providing the ideal platform as an important hub for modern and contemporary art from around the world.

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PURE預測香港2021年五大健康趨勢 一眾運動與健康專家預視港人未來健康習慣

PURE預測香港2021年五大健康趨勢

PURE

新一年即將來臨,經歷一整年前所未有的挑戰後,大眾都急不及待制定新目標,希望踐行全新習慣、實現更大成就。在香港市民致力改善健康與增進營養知識的同時,PURE發表2021年五大健康趨勢預測,鼓勵眾人主動作出健康的生活選擇。 

 靈活度訓練提升柔軟度 在家工作的數月內運動空間有限,白天走動亦相應減少,許多人都出現關節毛病,而靈活度訓練正可解決這個問題。靈活度訓練不只用作運動前伸展,提高靈活性的動態熱身運動可強化脊椎、加強腳部平衡,甚至紓緩繃緊的肩膊。靈活度訓練勢將成為全新的運動潮流,助港人恢復全方位活動範圍,降低日後受傷的風險。 

 PURE區域健身總監Christophe Marchewka表示:「受社交距離措施和在家工作安排影響,今年許多市民都須留在家中,大眾都希望透過運動鍛煉身體。靈活度訓練可有效提升身體柔軟度,鍛煉留家期間可能有所忽視的肌肉。透過特定的靈活度訓練計劃,我們可改善客戶的活動範圍,同時穩定和控制關節附近的肌肉。」 提升睡眠品質 改善身心健康 優質的睡眠可減輕壓力,有助紓緩焦慮情緒。由於精神健康問題於2020年有所增加,來年應有更多市民關注其睡眠週期規律問題。

睡眠不僅有助降低壓力水平,還能促進記憶力和專注力等認知功能,同時更證實可增加肌肉量並改善身體機能。 運動與睡眠是健康生活的必備元素,尤其有助於控制衝動或實現目標。充足的睡眠可帶來多種益處,如受傷後更快恢復、有助控制食慾和飲食,以及提升整體運動表現。

PURE助大眾作出更健康的生活選擇,全力支持他們實現健康目標。 以瑜伽促進精神健康 PURE區域瑜伽總監Paveena Atipatha表示:「許多人練習瑜伽是為了改善身體、心靈、精神和整體的健康狀況,而2021年則將較為重視精神方面的健康。大眾需要一個整全的方案來針對焦慮和抑鬱等精神健康問題。2020年,社會各界均對精神健康問題較為容易接納,並展開相關討論,預期會有更多人從健康和瑜伽方面入手來解決此方面的問題。」 虛擬瑜伽課堂 網上瑜伽課堂已出現多年,但真正開始流行是於疫情爆發之後,這亦與大眾於今年內增加使用網上通訊方式的趨勢互相吻合。

雖然無法取代面授瑜伽的體驗,但網上課堂具有便宜、方便等明顯優勢,屬理想的替代選擇,無疑是來年以至未來都值得注意的趨勢。 個人化營養指導和飲食模式 PURE首席營養師Sam Miller表示:「個人化的營養諮詢服務將成為香港2021年的一大趨勢。若只遵循網上的飲食計劃,人們無法獲得所需的技巧和知識來控制飲食攝取,難以達致想要的效果。

我們預計,整體飲食模式的評估將是來年的健康指標重點之一,不再以非黑即白的方式判斷食物的好壞,而是著重於整體的飲食選擇。個人化的營養諮詢有助消除飲食方面的壓力和罪疚感,實現更佳的身體組成。」

第37屆Leitz Photographica Auction

第37屆Leitz Photographica Auction:徠卡鏡頭競投價格創下世界記錄

Leitz Photographica Auction

在2020年11月21日舉行的拍賣會上,Vario-Elmar-M 28–75mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH.(編號271)原型鏡頭的競投價格高達240,000歐羅(含保費)-它成為拍賣會有史以來最昂貴的徠卡鏡頭!此拍賣鏡頭是現時僅存的三枚Vario-Elmar-M鏡頭之一,它旨在替代Tri-Elmar 28-35-50鏡頭作為通用鏡頭。然而,徠卡因機械及光學設計上的複雜性而放棄了此項目,故此只生產了三枚高質量、達至徠卡工精密工學標準的該型號鏡頭。 

拍賣會上最刺激的競投戰因徠卡MP10323「Meister Edition Berlin」相機(編號225)而展開。此拍賣型號是2017年為紀念徠卡柏林旗艦店十周年而推出的十部相機之一。相機的拍賣開價為7,000歐羅,最終落槌確定78,000歐羅(含保費)為拍賣成交價。 其他徠卡拍賣項目亦取得佳績。

例如:徠卡MP black paint 10799「70th Anniversary Republic of Korea」相機(編號223)的售價為84,000歐羅(含保費),而Elcan 2/66 mm鏡頭(編號266)的售價為90,000歐羅(含保費),徠卡M3 olive Double Stroke Bundeseigentum相機(編號169)的售價則是60,000歐羅(含保費)。 另一項驕人的拍賣成績由1840年生產的「Voigtländer Daguerreotype」相機(編號555)以售價192,000歐羅(含保費)取得——它是拍賣會上成交價第二高的物品。 

拍賣會再一次透過捐贈拍賣品作慈善用途:徠卡M-P Rolf Sachs「Grip」 限量版相機(編號224)以20,400歐羅(含保費)的驚人價錢易手。拍賣所得款項將會捐贈給奧地利著名人道救援組織Licht ins Dunkel。 

「Leitz Photographica Auction」是一間領先全球、專營經典及古董相機的拍賣行,現已於國際舞台上佔有重要席位。在2018年的拍賣會上,1923年出產的徠卡0系列原型機是轟動一時的罕見例子,此相機終落槌確定以2400萬歐羅(含保費)高價出售,至今仍保持着拍賣會史上最高成交價記錄。

如欲了解更多請瀏覽www.leitz-auction.com 徠卡香港官方Facebook專頁:Leica Camera 徠卡香港官方Instagram專頁:leicacamerahk

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANTS

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANTS

BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANTS

If there was ever a reason to celebrate, an end to 2020 is at the top of the list. As we look towards ringing the final bell on the year that is best left in the past, close out your year with Black Sheep Restaurants, in style. From low-key, neighbourhood festivities, to all-out Bacchanalian celebrations and everything in between. 

BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANTS


ARTEMIS & APOLLO: DIONYSUS DISCO 

Time: 9 pm Price: $988 per person + 10% service charge inclusive of Champagne on arrival and free-flow house wines, beer and ouzo. 

Celebrate as only the Greeks can with an evening of decadence, excess and extravagance, with dancing, singing, feasting, and drinking... All. Night. Long. Say Yamas! and ring in the New Year as you indulge in a feast celebrating the nectar of the Gods, on an odyssey through the ancient region of Macedonia. 

On a night of revelry, dressing up is encouraged, so don your toga and glam it up with gold, and give thanks to the Gods for another trip around the sun, the ancient Greek way. To honour Dionysus, the drinks will keep coming, with champagne on arrival and free-flow red and white wine, beer and ouzo to keep you going all night. 

CROWN SUPER DELUXE : ROCKY’S HOUSE PARTY 

Time: 9 pm Price: $2,488 + 10% service charge Inclusive of Dinner, free-flow Champagne and Sommelier selection of wines. 

Transport yourself out of the gloom that 2020 has been and step back in time to when opulence and extravagance filled the dining room. Your seat at the teppan is front row to the main event - a Deluxe menu, featuring the show-stopping A5 Kagoshima Wagyu Sirloin, Tokushima Fruit Tomato and signature Teppan Spiny Lobster doused in coral butter. Gold-painted dancers add to the 60s glamour so dress to impress, toast to a brand new year with free-flow champagne and ring in 2021 with all the elegance of the finest Japanese teppanyaki melded with a hint of debauchery, in true Rocky Aoki fashion. 

HO LEE FOOK: LUCKY CAT SCRATCH 

Time: 8 pm Price: Dinner + After Party: $1288 per person + 10% service charge inclusive of free-flow sparkling, house wines and beer. 

After Party: $388 per person (from 10:30pm) 

Rally your squad and get ready to drop it like it’s hot at SoHo's funky Chinese kitchen. Descend underground and follow the thumping bass as you get ready for a feast whipped up by Chef Jow and his crew featuring signature ho lee fook dishes. From 10:30pm, get ready to hit the dance floor and show off your best moves before cracking open some good fortune for 2021. Don’t worry, the crew has your squad covered with free-flowing drinks all night long.  

HOTAL COLOMBO: COLOMBO CRAB CLUB 

TIME: 8 pm Price: $728 per person + 10% service charge inclusive of free-flow house wines and beer. Gather your bruthas and sistas and ring in the New Year with a family feast celebrating crab. This generous menu features your choice of succulent mud crab (one per person) accompanied by unlimited sides to help soak up all that flavour. Live that Colombo dream, Machan, and let Chef Gizzy whip up a feast you are sure to remember while the team keeps the drinks flowing all the way into 2021. 

MAISON LIBANAISE: LE VIN EN FÊTE 

Time: 9 pm Price: $688 dinner inclusive of free-flow prosecco and select Lebanese wines. Raise your glass to 2020 as you wine and dine your way through the final evening of the year. In celebration of wine, the evening is complete with generous pours from Lebanon’s most iconic wineries alongside a hearty feast from SoHo's maison. Time to say kesak! with those closest to you as you welcome in 2021.  

MOTORINO: NYE PIZZA MAKING PARTY 

Time: 9 pm Price: $398 per person + 10% service charge inclusive of antipasti, pizze, dessert, free-flow house wines and beer. 

Arrivederci 2020! Come for the countdown and celebrate new beginnings at the city’s favourite Neapolitan pizzeria. Alongside free-flow pours, to help forget the year that was, the team will be serving up pies and good vibes all night long, ready to welcome in a better New Year for us all.

OSTERIA MARZIA: CENONE DI CAPODANNO Time: from 6 pm Price: $598 curated dinner menu inclusive of a welcome glass of Prosecco per guest. 

 Ring in the New Year with Osteria Marzia. Escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and be transported to coastal Italia, taste the crisp sea air as you dine on classics including Calamaro Ripieno, stuffed grilled calamari, and our Spaghetti “Da Marzia” with house-made pasta, pistachio, bottarga and a dash of Sorrento lemon, before feasting on the Catch of the Night, designed to bring the flavours of Italy to life in Hong Kong. The special menu finishes with a classic Italian delight, Panettone and a glass of limoncello as you say ‘Benvenuto’ to 2021. 

TAQUERIA SUPER MACHO: TIJUANA NIGHTS 

Time: 9 pm Price: Dinner + After Party: $788 per person + 10% service charge inclusive of free-flow margarita clasica and cervezas. After Party: $388 per person + 10% service charge (from 11pm) Party like there’s no mañana at Taqueria Super Macho’s biggest fiesta yet. Say adios to 2020 and join the team as you party all the way into 2021, with a New Year’s Eve dinner menu designed to give you a taste of Baja and Jalisco. Join from 9 pm till late and get ready to shake your hips on the dance floor amigos, this night is going to be muy caliente. Need to fix your taco cravings early in the evening? This street-side taqueria is accepting reservations for all party sizes from 6pm to 8pm to dine on a curated New Year’s Eve La Fiesta menu before they hit the town. Book here. Early dinner? 

RAJASTHAN RIFLES

SWINGING 40s Time: From 8:30 pm Price: $1,588 per person + 10% service charge inclusive of free-flow prosecco and Sommelier selection of wines, beer, house Gin & Tonics and Pimm’s Cups. Upgrade to Champagne and Sommelier selection of wines and house spirits at $300 per person + 10% service charge. Overlook the bright lights of the city as you dine atop The Peak and wave cheerio to 2020. In finest military fashion the Mess Hall will serve guests a curated menu of Anglo-Indian fare as the swingin’ live band sets the mood for the countdown to salute the New Year in style. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Andrea Bocelli Believe In Christmas

意大利天籟美聲歌王 Andrea Bocelli萬眾矚目的 全球網上直播音樂會 《Believe In Christmas》門票公開發售 從意大利帕爾馬歌劇院直播全球 亞洲時間2020年12月13日(星期日)萬物錯過 門票已於TICKETFLAP公開發售

Andrea Bocelli

譽滿天全球,擁有天籟之聲的男高音Andrea Bocelli的獨家網上直播音樂會《Believe In Christmas》門票今天起於 Ticketflap公開發售。今年復活節,Bocelli於意大利米蘭大教堂的歷史性網上直播表演打破多個串流紀錄,這次他將攜最新專輯《Believe》隆重回歸,香港時間2020年12月13日下午5時正,於傳奇的意大利帕爾馬歌劇院表演直播全球。門票已於TICKETFLAP公開發售: ticketflap.com/zh-hant/andrea-bocelli

率先在此預覽精彩預告 這次演出將以多部攝影機全方位拍攝,屆時 Andrea將連同著名創意總監 Franco Dragone (其為太陽劇團Cirque Du Soleil的作品而馳名中外)、多位音樂人及神秘嘉賓,陪同全球樂迷以奇幻的演出迎接節日的來臨。表演會為不同時區的觀眾做出相應安排,而亞洲地區將於12月13日(星期日)香港時間下午5時直播,只此一次,絕不可以錯過。 

Bocelli 的《Believe in Christmas》由英國創新的演出公司 Driift製作及宣傳。Driift 為觀眾帶來頂級的售票網上直播活動,自成立以來,已與著名一線音樂人如Nick Cave、Niall Horan 、Laura Marling、 Dermot Kennedy、Biffy Clyro及James Bay 等多個單位合作。這個音樂會將不設重播,也不會開放現場門票售賣予觀眾,所以如果想看Bocelli的演出,就不要猶豫,立刻購票支持直播音樂會。 

 與此同時,Bocelli也發布了自己的最新專輯《Believe》,收錄一系列淒美並對Bocelli有個人意義的歌曲,歌頌音樂撫慰靈魂的力量。 《Believe》由Steven Mercurio 及 Haydn Bendall聯合製作。Bocelli也分別於專輯中,與兩位著名歌手 ,Alison Krauss 及 Cecilia Bartoli 合唱,兩位的獨特嗓音享譽全球,令樂迷期待。專輯同時收錄了已故偉大意大利作曲家Ennio Morricone未曾發布的歌曲及廣受好評新電影《Fatima》的片尾曲。

想欣賞Bocelli與Alison Krauss一起演繹的《Amazing Grace》,請點擊這裡。 今年復活節期間,Bocelli在意大利米蘭大教堂以一場激動人心的表演打破了多項紀錄,讓全球樂迷動容。該次極具歷史意思的表演《Music for Hope》於直播時,橫跨全球數百萬人共同收看。

作為史上最大的音樂直播表演之一,《Music for Hope》擁有超過300萬觀眾同一時間收看,創下了YouTube史上古典音樂直播的最高紀錄。而演出影片在發布後的24小時內,錄得全球超過2800萬的瀏覽量。 今年12月這位擁有天籟之音的歌王,將以一場鼓舞人心的音樂會回歸,並希望在這個世界最需要愛、治愈和希望的時刻,傳遞撫慰人心的力量。 亞洲直播時間: 香港時間12月13日(星期日)下午5時 購票從速 : ticketflap.com/zh-hant/andrea-bocelli

Thrive Global APAC Announces Partnership with Thrive HR Exchange

Thrive Global Asia Pacific (APAC) and Thrive HR Exchange to Offer Workplace Wellness Solutions for Southeast Asia

Thrive Global Asia Pacific (APAC) and Thrive HR Exchange (powered by ChapmanV) have announced a partnership to address wellness in workplaces throughout Southeast Asia, thereby enabling businesses to facilitate wellbeing and help drive engagement and performance. Thrive Global, a leading corporate behavior change tech company, was founded by the Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington in 2016 after she faced her own personal struggles with burnout at work. 

To date, the organization has helped over 100 businesses globally to drive wellness and productivity in their workforces through its behaviour change technology. 

In September, Thrive Global partnered with Monash University to launch Thrive Global APAC to share Thrive's vision and values across the Asia Pacific region. Monash Business School was the first business school in the world to embed Thrive Global programs at the core of its prestigious Global Executive MBA program. 

Founded by Matt Chapman of ChapmanCG, a global premier HR Executive Search firm, and Stephanie Nash, a Global HR Leader with more than 25 years' experience, Thrive HR Exchange is a global community platform bringing together HR professionals and people leaders to co-create the future of work. A dynamic, positive force for progress in the industry, Thrive HR Exchange offers compassionate support, meaningful collaboration, dedicated mentorship, and best practice sharing to make the HR leaders of today – and tomorrow – become agents of change within their industries. 

Speaking on the new partnership with Thrive HR Exchange, Thrive Global APAC Managing Director, Professor Alex Christou says, "When we were looking to expand across the region, Thrive HR Exchange not only had the capabilities and network we know are in need of our tools, but also the synergies, shared values and commitment to workplace wellness and change that we embody. 

Wellbeing is not one-size-fits-all for every employee, and together with Matt and Stephanie, we look forward to extending Thrive Global's distinctive and enriching programs throughout Asia Pacific." Thrive Global's platform currently offers six programs developed in partnership with the world's leading scientific institutions, as well as a behavioural change platform that uses AI and machine learning to create an engaging, personalized experience that helps move individuals from awareness to action. 

The Thrive Platform allows for a measurable and flexible approach in addressing organizations unique needs. Through the new partnership, members of Thrive HR Exchange will have access to Thrive Global's library of comprehensive content, designed and curated to help instill new behaviours, protect mental health, and lift performance. 

As organizations globally are taking steps to recover from economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty about the future, greater responsibility, and fewer resources is driving unprecedented levels of stress and burnout among employees. 

"The business world was already in a mental health crisis before COVID-19, and this pandemic has only amplified the issue," said Arianna Huffington. "In ordinary times, being able to manage stress and build resilience is important - and right now, it's essential. Employee wellbeing underpins corporate performance and is a catalyst for growth." 

"In the future, the most successful organizations will be those that take the best care of their employees," said Matt Chapman. "A silver lining to this pandemic has been that it has forced many organizations and leaders to take notice of employee wellbeing from a holistic perspective. 

As businesses rise to meet new demands in today's world, the link between corporate performance and employee wellbeing has never been more critical. 

Thrive HR Exchange and Thrive Global recognize the most important asset a company has is its people, and addressing burnout and wellness within the workplace is necessary to build a healthy, sustainable and higher performing business."

太古坊年度連繫社區計劃「Discover Taikoo Place」呈獻 與Green Common聯乘的期間限定店 - 和「Art Unchained」網上媒體藝術展覽 推廣時尚健康生活態度

Art Unchained

香港(2020年11月18日)-太古地產太古坊與多位本地和海外藝術家、租戶和品牌合作,帶來一系列宣傳時尚健康生活態度的活動。
 由11月起,太古坊與Green Common聯乘的期間限定店,引入以植物為本的革新產品,讓一眾上班族輕鬆投入可持續發展生活模式。同時,作爲「Discover Taikoo Place」其中一個重點節目,太古坊亦舉辦「Art Unchained」網上媒體藝術展覽。
由即日起至11月22日,「Art Unchained」網上媒體藝術展覽展出由法國藝術家Patrick Tresset所設計的藝術裝置,期間更設兩場午間網上論壇,探討創新科技及藝術等主題。務求為上班族的每一個工作日都帶來新鮮的靈感及創意。
 節目重點
Discover Taikoo Place x Green Common期間限定店
2020年11月16日 –  2021年1月29日
·     為配合「Discover Taikoo Place」的主題,與Green Common聯乘的期間限定店為一眾上班族提供時尚的健康餐飲和購物體驗,介紹革新的飲食思維。
·     期間限定店供應早餐、午餐及一系列港式輕食包括新豬肉包、糯米飯、港式燕麥奶茶及氮氣冷萃無糖燕麥咖啡等。
·     期間限定店營業時間為星期一至五(公眾假期除外)。早餐供應時間為上午7時30分至11時30分,午餐供應時間為上午11時30分至下午5時30分。
Art Unchained 網上媒體藝術展覽 及 午間論壇
2020年11月11日 – 2020年11月22日

·     由藝術及科技領域的業界翹楚Joanne Ooi、Lisa Botos及Jean-Luc Gustave策展, 一連兩星期的Art Unchained網上媒體藝術展覽展出由法國藝術家Patrick Tresset所設計的藝術裝置,並設2場分別於11月13日和20日舉行的午間論壇,深入探討創新科技如區塊鏈如何重塑消費者的體驗和藝術界的生態。
·     法國藝術家Patrick Tresset現居比利時,其作品曾於世界各大藝術館展出,包括法國龐比度中心、意大利米蘭的普拉達藝術基金會、倫敦的泰特美術館及維多利亞與艾伯特博物館、首爾國立現代美術館及東京的森美術館。
·     藝術裝置Human Study #1, 5RNP由五隻機械手臂組成,在每節二十分鐘的繪畫時間内,可完成一幅肖像素描作品。
·     每隻機械手臂的繪畫風格經由電腦程序設計,以模仿人類的性格及行爲方式,像是緊張及腼腆等;有的會揮筆鏗鏘有力,有的亦會較慢條斯理及心思慎密。
·     展覽在太古坊網頁直播展出。此藝術裝置定格為一場表演藝術,繪畫對象坐下後,作爲「表演者」的機械手臂隨即進行運算、觀察及創作。所有的元素,包括聲音、燈光、繪畫對象及工作人員的行爲擧止,均經過細心的編排,以帶給觀衆不一樣的觀賞體驗。
·     Tresset特別為是次展覽調整機械手臂的設定及運算方式,使它們能識別戴上口罩的繪畫對象;每個參與展覽的繪畫對象更是經過嚴選的專業演出者。
·     Tresset的作品較著重人性化的表現,多於展現科技的層面。透過Art Unchained展覽帶來的獨特體驗,策展者希望進一步啟發觀眾對於藝術及人性之間界限的思考和討論,對這些全新的藝術可能性抱持開放態度。

卡塔爾航空的最新數據: 超過99.988%的旅客於乘搭卡塔爾航空的航班時並無受到新冠肺炎感染

Qatar Airways

香港 – 卡塔爾航空公司(以下簡稱「卡塔爾航空」)近期發佈的數據顯示,新冠肺炎在飛機上的傳染率極低,自2020年2月以來,其已成功營運37,000架次「零感染」航班,安全運載460萬名旅客,累計330億收入客公里(RPK)。

根據卡塔爾航空發佈的數據,近幾個月內只有遠低於百分之一的旅客在飛行後被有關部門檢測到對新冠病毒呈陽性反應,而超過99.988%的旅客於乘搭卡塔爾航空的航班時並無受到感染,這得益於卡塔爾航空完善的病毒監控及檢測流程,以及嚴格的機上衛生標準。

此外,卡塔爾航空還得出其機組人員感染率僅為0.002%,遠低於一個百分點的數值顯示了其在機組人員防護方面取得的重要成就。自2020年5月要求機組人員執勤期間穿戴防護裝備及旅客在飛行期間佩戴口罩以來,卡塔爾航空的機組人員截至目前並無任何新增病例報告。

卡塔爾航空集團行政總裁Akbar Al Baker先生表示:「這些最新的數據清晰地表明了航空旅行的安全性,只要採取正確的防控措施,公眾完全不必對乘搭航班存有顧慮,這些防控舉措包括實施機上安全程序、提升機場衛生標準、發佈社交距離規定,並配合地方當局進行包括檢測在內的入境流程等。」

「自疫情以來,卡塔爾航空已經實施了全球航空業內最嚴格的病毒監控及檢測標準,同時還發佈了一系列機上衛生計劃。作為行業的一員,我們致力於促進全球商業航空的復甦,同時希望乘客們在飛行時能得到最好的安全保護,在乘搭任何一家航空公司時都能享受到無憂、放心的行程保障。」

「我們秉承以風險管理為核心的疫情防控理念,除要求來自『高風險』國家及地區的旅客進行核酸檢測外,還在客艙內使用先進的HEPA空氣過濾系統。卡塔爾航空服務公司(Qatar Aviation Services)近期還採用了美國Honeywell的全新紫外線客艙清潔系統,對飛機客艙進行額外的全方位消毒程序,此舉亦表明了卡塔爾航空加強機上防控措施的決心。此外,我們還在5月進行機組人員機上防護培訓,同時針對客艙乘務員推出機上防護裝備,以減少機組成員在執勤期間感染新冠病毒的機率。」

「正是因為以上周密的防控措施,自2020年2月以來卡塔爾航空運載的460萬人次中,超過99.988%的旅客均無感染新冠病毒,而我們營運的超過37,000架次航班成功實現『零感染』,機上確診病例大幅低於一個百分點。國際航協近期的研究亦顯示,每2,700名乘客中才可能有一宗確診病例,種種數據均表示乘坐飛機時感染新冠病毒的機率極低,航空旅行仍然是目前最安全的出行方式,乘客們可放心地乘搭飛機旅行。」

「雖然目前的數據非常樂觀,但我們仍將繼續密切關注全球疫情的發展,繼續實施嚴格的疫情防控措施;若機上出現確診病例,我們將與有關衛生部門緊密合作,對同航班的密切接觸者進行追蹤。作為一個全球性行業,我們必須時刻保持警惕,杜絕『防疫疲憊』,繼續完善常態化防控機制,樹立乘客對航空旅行的信心,無論是探親訪友還是休閒旅行,確保乘客都能得到安全的行程保障。」

根據國際航空運輸協會(IATA)的最新數據,卡塔爾航空在4月至7月期間是全球規模最大的國際航空公司,其透過履行保障人們安全回家的使命,已運載數以萬計的旅客。卡塔爾航空在疫情期間累積了大量安全營運的經驗,堅持以重塑全球網絡為導向,繼續為全球旅客服務。目前,卡塔爾航空已在客艙及多哈哈馬國際機場內實施最嚴格的安全及衛生措施。

卡塔爾航空為乘客和客艙機組人員採取了多種機上防控措施,客艙乘務員在機上工作期間須穿戴個人防護裝備,乘客在飛行途中則可免費獲得卡塔爾航空貼心準備的防護套裝,其中包含防護口罩及面罩。乘搭商務艙的乘客還可以享受Qsuite空中套房無與倫比的私隱度,包括可調節的隱藏面板和可閉合的趟門,營造私人專屬空間。希望減少與乘務員接觸的乘客還可亮起「免打擾」(DND)指示燈,享受更多空中私人時光。目前有超過30條航線配備Qsuite,包括法蘭克福、倫敦、吉隆坡、紐約等。更多關於防疫措施的資訊,請瀏覽:www.qatarairways.com/zh-hk/safety-measures.html

卡塔爾航空在其樞紐機場——多哈哈馬國際機場(HIA)實施嚴格的清潔消毒程序及社交距離措施,該機場是世界上首個通過BSI英國標準協會的國際民航組織(ICAO)新冠病毒航空健康與安全流程獨立驗證的組織。在此之前,國際民航組織理事會航空復甦工作組(ICAO CART)已對哈馬國際機場進行合規審核。此舉亦標誌著卡塔爾成為世界上首個通過英國標準協會的新冠病毒航空健康與安全流程驗證的國家。

哈馬國際機場致力保障旅客安全出行,通過地板標記、設立標識和旅客分散就坐等措施,確保機場內所有旅客接觸點之間保持1.5米距離。哈馬國際機場每10-15分鐘對航站樓內的乘客接觸點進行一次消毒,並在每次航班起飛後清潔登機口、遠機位登機區域的設施。航站樓內的零售商品、餐飲設施均鼓勵顧客使用銀行卡等非接觸、非紙幣付款方式,未來機場還將考慮引入網上及應用程式支付渠道。此外,機場還針對行李推車、安檢盒等用品進行定期消毒。

哈馬國際機場近期在2020年世界機場大獎評選中,從全球550個機場中脫穎而出,獲國際航空運輸評級機構Skytrax評為「全球最佳機場第三名」,並連續六年獲得「中東最佳機場」、連續五年獲得「中東最佳機場員工服務」獎項。

為了確保旅客可以安心地計劃旅行,卡塔爾航空已擴展預訂政策,為旅客提供更多選擇。有關完整的條款和細則,請瀏覽:www.qatarairways.com

foodpanda Hong Kong celebrates World Vegan Month with Plant Power

plant power

Statistics across the world have significantly shown that vegan diets have been more popular nowadays, while COVID-19 furthered the trend as people are more concerned with their health.

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos and commissioned by Hong Kong's Green Monday* unveiled that Hong Kong consumers demonstrated an increase in willingness to adopt plant-based options, a record of 34% of the population (i.e. 2.5 million Hongkongers) identified themselves as flexitarian and vegan eaters, a 10 percentage point increase compared with last year.

Results uncovered that one in four of the city's adolescents are going to reduce their meat consumption due to the pandemic, as they are more concerned with their health, environment, and animal welfare. As World Vegan Month kicks off this November, foodpanda is celebrating the plant-based lifestyle by highlighting the city's top-quality meatless restaurants. These restaurants are providing a range of meatless innovations, including: 


Mother Pearl - An innovative tea shop to offer a healthy alternative for Bubble Tea fanatics while minimizing food wastage

MANA! - Serving some globally-inspired plant-based cuisine to provide options to accommodate the health-conscious and eco-conscious eaters without compromising taste or flavour

KALE - A health food restaurant in Central that serves some of the best salads, wraps and healthy sliders in Hong Kong

Kind Kitchen by Green Common - A vegan restaurant promoting the beauty of plant-based diets. Its menu features international fusion cuisines incorporating plant-based ingredients invented by leading food tech companies like Beyond Meat, Omnipork and JUST

On the other hand, customers can order various meatless snacks, beverages, spices etc. from Slowood, the one-stop eco-friendly and health product shop on foodpanda's online shopping platform foodpanda mall.

foodpanda's own online grocer pandamart is also featuring a great lineup of plant-based meats, soy milks and "greener" snacks this month to support "Plant Power":

OraSi - Soya Drinks and Rice Drinks

Beyond Meat - Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage

OmniFoods - OmniPork Pearl Dumpling, Omnipork (Vegan minced meat)