Daily Archives: September 20, 2018

Hangzhou held a promotion meeting in Hong Kong to deepen economic and trade exchanges between the two cities

HANGZHOU, China, Sept. 20, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– The “New era, New cooperation, New development — Glamorous Hangzhou” promotion meeting was held in Hong Kong on September 17th. The event aims to promote the deepening of economic and trade cooperation between Hangzhou and Hong Kong and jointly promote the construction of the Belt and Road.

At the promotion meeting, Zhou Jiangyong, the secretary of the CPC Hangzhou Municipal Committee, said that Hangzhou, the capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, is a beautiful, historical, vibrant and open city. Hong Kong is a world-famous modern metropolis. The relationship between Hangzhou and Hong Kong is deep and long. And they have complementary advantages and close cooperation. By the end of 2017, more than 6000 Hong Kong enterprises had invested in Hangzhou with a total investment of more than 520 billion US dollars, making it the largest source of foreign investment in Hangzhou.

At present, Hangzhou is facing a major historical opportunity for the “post summit, Asian Games and modernization”. Zhou Jiangyong said that Hong Kong is an important node of the Belt and Road. He expected that Hangzhou and Hong Kong to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in Belt and Road construction, deepen cooperation in industrial development, science and technology education, innovation and entrepreneurship, tourism and other fields, and to cooperate in more fields in future time.

Chen Baili, deputy director of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government, who attended the meeting, said that Hong Kong and Hangzhou cooperate closely in economic, culture, education, youth development and many other fields.

Zhou Qiliang, Vice President of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, said that Hong Kong is an international financial center, and a hub for trade and shipping. Hangzhou is an e-commerce center in mainland China and a famous city for innovation and technology. The two places can strengthen cooperation and bring win-win results. In this way, enterprises of Hangzhou and Hong Kong can both go out and promote more Chinese companies to the world.

Ant Financial Services Group, Jardine Matheson Group and other business representatives from Hangzhou and Hong Kong also attended the meeting. Peng Yaojia, vice president of Jardine Matheson, said that with the rapid economic and social development in Hangzhou, Jardine Matheson expects to increase investment in the service industry in Hangzhou and provide more convenience for Hangzhou residents. Yang Peng, vice president of Ant Financial, said that Hong Kong is the first stop for exploring the internationalization of Ant Financial, we hope to contribute more to Hong Kong’s mobile payment and financial technology fields.

Source: The Publicity Department of the CPC Hangzhou Municipal Committee

Anantara Vacation Club Partners With Gulf Air To Enhance The Benefits Available To Its Club Points Owners

Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anantara Vacation Club, Asia’s premier shared holiday ownership programme, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Gulf Air, Bahrain’s flag carrier, to further enhance the benefits available to its Club Points Owners.

Diamond Ownership tiers and above will be offered the opportunity to convert their Anantara Vacation Club Points into Gulf Air’s Falcon Flyer miles, providing them with access to over 90 destinations worldwide. “With connecting flights to the Middle East and Europe being offered from Bangkok and Manila via Bahrain, this partnership makes it easier than ever for our Ownership base to make use of their Anantara Vacation Club Points to explore new destinations around the globe” said Andrea Danieli, Director of Business Development in the Middle East.

Eligible Club Points Owners will be able to convert their Club Points at the rate of 1,000 Anantara Vacation Club Points for 2,500 Gulf Air Falcon Flyer miles.

Gulf Air joins the likes of Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles and Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus Miles programmes to have partnered with Anantara Vacation Club to offer Club Points conversion options and expand the shared holiday ownership brand’s presence across the Middle East. It is also the latest member of Anantara Vacation Club’s growing number of alliance partners in the region, including Emirates Skywards, Saudi Arabian Airlines’ Alfursan and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.

About Anantara Vacation Club

Anantara Vacation Club is Asia’s premier vacation ownership programme. It was launched in 2010 by Minor International PCL, the owner of Minor Hotels. The Club offers a portfolio of nine luxurious Club Resorts across Thailand, Indonesia, China and New Zealand and provides Club Points Owners and their guests with the opportunity to explore top holiday destinations. Club Points Owners’ travel opportunities are further enhanced through the use of the flexible Club Escapes and Global Traveller programmes, which provide access to hundreds of partner resorts and hotels internationally.

For more information, please visit www.anantaravacationclub.com, or follow Anantara Vacation Club’s blog or social media channels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Weibo.

About Minor Hotels

Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with 160 hotels in operation. Minor Hotels passionately explores new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. Through our Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Elewana, Tivoli, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Marriott and Minor International properties, Minor Hotels operates in 26 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America.

With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world.  For more information, please visit www.minorhotels.com.


Stephanie Naday
Anantara Vacation Club

Motiv Inc. Announces Partnership with Dubai based UAE Retailer Sharaf DG

Motiv Ring Expands Availability Internationally to the UAE Market

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Motiv Inc., developers of breakthrough wearable technology, today announced a partnership with leading retailer Sharaf DG to make Motiv Ring available in the United Arab Emirates at all Sharaf DG Solution Bar locations.

“The Solution Bar at Sharaf DG is the perfect way to introduce Motiv Ring to those in the UAE looking for an innovative way to meet their health and wellness goals,” said Tejash Unadkat, CEO, Motiv. “This launch marks a major milestone in our effort to bring Motiv Ring to customers around the world.”

Featuring custom built micro-technology in an ultra-light and durable form, Motiv Ring tracks activity, heart rate and sleep. Designed to be discreet and comfortable enough to keep on all day, Motiv Ring is waterproof up to 165 feet, weighs less than a penny and features three-day battery life, quick 90-minute charge time, wireless Bluetooth syncing and three days of onboard memory between syncs.

Sharaf DG is the No. 1 specialty electronics retailer in UAE and prides itself on impeccable service and product knowledge. The Solution Bar offers a unique opportunity for consumers to learn about the mission and vision behind cutting-edge products from startups around the world and experience the products firsthand before purchasing.

“Physical retail is still an incredibly powerful touch point for customers. With our customized experiences and international customer base, Sharaf DG is the perfect place to test and fine-tune product offerings,” said Nilesh Khalkho, CEO of Sharaf DG.

Nilesh added, “We are excited to welcome Motiv Ring, one of the most innovative wearables on the market – and the first ring wearable in the UAE market – to Sharaf DG this month.”

Motiv Ring, the groundbreaking first product from Motiv Inc., began shipping in September 2017 and is now beloved by customers nationwide. Since launch, Motiv Inc. has continued to expand operating systems, partnership integrations and distribution channels. Motiv Ring has been named the recipient of several prestigious design awards, including the CES Innovation Award, the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and the Red Dot Design Award.

Motiv is now available in UAE at Sharaf DG Solution Bar locations: Ibn Battuta Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, Deira City Centre, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Times Square Center. Motiv Ring is also available in the United States from its online store MyMotiv.com as well as Amazon.com and select brick and mortar retail locations, in Canada from Amazon.com and BestBuy.com, in Australia from Amazon.com.au and in New Zealand from Amazon.com.

About Motiv Inc.
Founded in 2013, Motiv is a breakthrough wearable technology company focused on designing products that fit seamlessly into people’s lives and keep them living better. Our team shares a passion and breadth of experience in product design, consumer goods and innovative startups. Motiv creates products people want to wear, are easy to use and deliver meaningful experiences. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. Meet Motiv at www.mymotiv.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

About Sharaf DG
Sharaf DG is the No. 1 specialty electronics retailer in UAE, serving millions of customers online and in its 35 stores across UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Egypt. The retailer has partnered with over 300 global brands and is a member of Euronics International, which operates over 10,000 stores in over 30 countries. Sharaf DG launched the Solution Bar Program in 2017, featuring award-winning and innovative products from startups around the world in a prime retail space within select Sharaf DG locations. The company is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Connect with Sharaf DG on their website, Facebook and Twitter.

Motiv Press Contact: 
Emma Esrock

Pak women’s squad announced for tours to Bangladesh, Australia & West Indies

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a 15-member squad for the women’s cricket team’s tours to Bangladesh, Australia and West Indies.

The squad was selected by the Women’s National Selection Committee headed by Jalaluddin.

The squad includes Javeria Wadood (captain), Bibi Nahida, Ayesha Zafar, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Sidra Amin, Omaima Sohail, Nida Rashid, Sidra Nawaz, Sana Mir, Nashra Sundhu, Anum Amin, Natalia Parvaiz, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig and Aiman Anwar.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan to participate in Asian Junior Squash Championship

Pakistan Squash team comprising seven players will participate in Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship scheduled to be played in Chennai, India from 26th to 29th of this month.

Abbas Zeb and Uzair Shaukat would play in Under-19 category, Haris Qasim and Asad Ullah Khan will play in U-17, Muhammad

Hamza Khan and Muhammad Ashab Irfan would play in U-15 category whereas Anas Ali Bukhari would play in U-13 age group.

Fazal Shah would accompany the team as coach during the event.

According to the seeding released by Asian Squash Federation, Abbas Zeb has been placed at No 4 and Uzair Shaukat at No 12.

In U-17, Haris Qasim has been seeded No 5 and Asad Ullah at No 16. In U-15 category, Muhammad Hamza Khan has been seeded No 3 and M Ashab Irfan is seeded at No 8.

The selected players were kept under training at Pakistan National Squash Academy in Islamabad for preparation of the Championship.

The team has proceeded to Karachi and after four days training in Karachi, it will leave for Chennai on Sunday.

Source: Radio Pakistan