Cachet Hotel Group And Drai’s Announce Formation Of Joint Venture Nightlife Company

– The new venture will target hotels and mixed-use developments with a focus on creating fully integrated nightlife and entertainment destinations.

HONG KONG, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) and Drai’s Enterprises (Drai’s) today announced the formation of a joint venture nightlife management company, to be named Drai’s Asia. The new venture will focus on the development and management of Drai’s nightclubs, supper clubs, bars, ultra lounges and beach clubs throughout Asia Pacific in destination cities and resorts.

Drai's

Drai’s

“We are pleased to partner with creative geniuses, Victor Drai and Michael Gruber, who have a proven track record in creating nightlife destinations,” said Alexander Mirza, President and CEO of Cachet Hotel Group, “This new venture will serve Asia’s growing demand for nightlife. We look forward to debuting Drai’s within CHG hotels and in other properties.”

Victor Drai is the epitome of self-starting entrepreneurial success; from his humble beginnings to his stature as being a Las Vegas nightlife impresario. From business owner to movie producer to restaurant owner and more, today Drai is regarded by many as the “father of the Las Vegas’ nightlife scene.”  A nightlife mogul, Victor Drai is the creator and founder of Las Vegas’ mega clubs Tryst and XS at Wynn, and the visionary owner behind Drai’s Afterhours and Drai’s Beach Club·Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas. Prior to solidifying his firm foothold in the Las Vegas nightlife scene, Drai forayed into the entertainment industry where he hit cinematic gold as the sole producer of hits such as The Woman in Red, The Man with One Red Shoe, Folks, The Bride and the blockbuster Weekend at Bernie’s. 

The partnership with Cachet comes one year after Drai’s opened their flagship Las Vegas Drai’s Beach Club·Nightclub venue with Caesars Entertainment, and on the heels of Drai’s announcing their flagship ultra lounge set to open in the much anticipated Trump Hotel and Residences in Vancouver. 

“Victor and I are very excited about expanding into Asia Pacific with Cachet, an innovative lifestyle hotel group that is growing across the region,” said Michael Gruber, President of Drai’s Enterprises and CEO of Drai’s Asia, “Drai’s Asia will bring our award-winning brands and operation expertise to developers throughout China, Thailand and across Southeast Asia.”

The venture’s first two projects will debut in Chengdu at the Cachet Hotel in 2016 and in Bangkok at the much-anticipated Cachet Deluxe Hotel in 2017. The Chengdu and Bangkok venues will be Drai’s first locations outside North America.

About Cachet Hotel Group:

Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) is a Hong Kong-based hotel management company. CHG’s mission is to be the most innovative and socially responsible hospitality company in Asia. With numerous projects under development, CHG is focused on establishing properties in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the United States. For more information, please go to www.cachethotelgroup.com

About Drai’s Enterprises – Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub/Drai’s Afterhours/Indigo Lounge:

Drai’s Enterprises owns and operates three exclusive Las Vegas nightlife venues in Las Vegas — Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub/Drai’s Afterhours/Indigo Lounge.  Drai’s nightlife venues are strategically located across from Caesars Palace and The Bellagio, at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo Blvd. on the rooftop and below ground of Caesars Entertainment’s 188 room and suite hotel The Cromwell and the classic Bally’s Hotel/Casino. With unrivaled views, Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub takes entertainment and nightlife to new heights. The Strip’s only rooftop Beach Club includes multiple pools shaded by 10 towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, two full-service bars and a gourmet kitchen. Drai’s Nightclub is a dazzling, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 4,000 square feet of the most state of the art high definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball – the only one of its kind, and the opportunity to detonate custom rooftop firework shows.  Additionally, the legendary Drai’s Afterhours is back in its original location for its 16th year and now brings late night/early morning entertainment to the Strip six nights a week.  Indigo Lounge, located at the iconic Bally’s Hotel/Casino, is a sexy, plush and beautifully designed lounge and bar on the casino floor at Bally’s Las Vegas. Once a main-stay of the Las Vegas experience, the casino lounge concept has all but disappeared, but with the arrival of Indigo Lounge, Victor Drai brought the classic, sophisticated Las Vegas icon back to the center of the Las Vegas Strip.

For more information, visit www.draislv.com and follow Drai’s at Facebook at www.facebook.com/draislv and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/draislv and Instagram @draislv

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Zhouzhuang Celebrates the Year of the Sheep With 15-Day Carnival

ZHOUZHUANG, China, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From February 19 to March 5, 2015, the town of Zhouzhuang in China celebrated Chinese New Year with a variety of activities and traditions.

Visitors embraced the Chinese-style Carnival of Venice in a water town that retains the distinctive and rich folk custom of Chinese New Year the way locals have been celebrating for hundreds of years.

An ancient town built on water, Zhouzhuang sits on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and Taihu Lake. The four streams crisscrossing one another through the town justify its “Venice of the East” title.

Being the most famous water town in China, it welcomes over three million tourists annually, including 300,000 from overseas. It’s also a popular getaway destination for Shanghai residents as it is less than two hours’ drive away.

The locals live a peaceful life by the canal that contrasts with the busy life in the cities, yet the Spring Festival here has a stronger festive atmosphere. On the first day of the Year of the Sheep, February 19, the traditional agricultural ritual da chun niu took place. Beating the gold-colored ox to mark the first day of the lunar New Year, visitors prayed for a good harvest and prosperity, and touched the ox for good luck.

February 23, the fifth day of the Spring Festival, is the birthday of Chinese God of Wealth, all the stores in town paying tribute with drums and fireworks throughout the day. Worshiped by most Chinese people, every family hangs up a picture of the god and wishes for luck and wealth.

The ritual hosted by the town had true Chinese New Year carnival spirit; at 9:58 in the morning, the town master, dressed in ancient costume, stepped onto the 100-meter “road of fortune” with an entourage holding tributes and a crowd cheering on either side. With the band beating drums and playing loud, festive folk music, he prayed for good luck at the temple and led the guests through the “gate of fortune.”

The waterway parade was another highlight where visitors learnt the story of Zhouzhuang’s very own God of Wealth, Shen Wansan, whose success has made him the richest businessman in the region since ancient times.

The holiday season ended with the Lantern Festival on March 5 featuring three events; the lantern show, the fireworks display and the lantern riddle party. Boats decorated with colorful lanterns travelled on the water when the riddle party connected the visitors with local residents.

Devoted to preserving the ancient life and lifestyle for visitors, Zhouzhuang celebrates the Chinese New Year with respect of its heritage and the carnival takes months of preparation. For visitors from overseas, it is a chance to get a glimpse of ancient Chinese history and culture while for the locals, the village also represents a nostalgic dream.

Zhouzhuang is close to Shanghai and has a similar culture, but keeps to an ancient way of living. The stone bridges, curved roofs and old waterways make up the town’s unique infrastructure and more than 60 percent of the architecture is well preserved from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

In April, the windmill season will return to the water town as part of the 20th China Zhouzhuang International Tourism Festival. Although a symbol of the Netherlands, the Chinese style is a little different, with exhibitions, performances and parties transforming the village into something from a fairytale for three months and giving visitors the chance to make colorful origami windmills that spin with just a gentle blow of the wind.

Media contact:

Zou Lei
+86-150-5023-9114
zl@zhouzhuang.net

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Tourism Operators On A Mission To Promote NSW In China

SYDNEY, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Tourism operators from across NSW will travel to China this week to sell the State as a destination of choice to key Chinese travel partners.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said more than 30 NSW tourism operators will take part in the mission, which runs from 22-28 March in Wuhan and Guangzhou, two cities identified as target markets in NSW’s China Tourism Strategy 2012-2020.

“This initiative helps us take advantage of the growing demand from China, with NSW operators showcasing experiences on offer in our State to key Chinese trade partners, increasing their knowledge and awareness of our destinations and products,” Ms. Chipchase said.

“It will also assist NSW suppliers to build and strengthen their relationships with Chinese product managers, and provide opportunities to contract with wholesalers.

China is our State’s top inbound visitor market. In the year ending September, more than 443,000 Chinese visitors stayed 12.1 million nights in NSW, spending more than $1.5 billion, so it’s important we continue to work with the Chinese travel trade industry to further increase the number of Chinese visitors to NSW and ensure NSW remains the most popular destination,” she said.

Destination NSW has invited participating operators to extend their stay in China to take part in a roadshow being run as part of a campaign with China Travel International Guangdong.

“Operators attending the mission have been invited to take part in the Guilin leg of this roadshow, which will visit six key cities within South China to promote Sydney and NSW itineraries and further develop emerging markets,” Ms. Chipchase said.

“This is another great opportunity to show why NSW is Australia’s number one destination, highlighting some of the great tours, activities, accommodation options and spectacular locations that make us a perfect destination for Chinese travellers,” she said.

The NSW tourism operators participating in the Greater China Mission have received support from the NSW Government’s International Business Development Program, delivered by Destination NSW. The mission has been organised by Destination NSW in conjunction with Tourism and Events Queensland.

Participating NSW tourism operators include:

  • AAT Kings
  • Australian Cruise Group
  • Balloon Aloft
  • BridgeClimb Sydney
  • Captain Cook Cruises
  • Choice Hotels Australasia
  • Discover Jervis Bay – Dolphin Watch
  • Destination Tweed
  • Fantasea Adventure Cruising
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Four Seasons Sydney
  • Grand Pacific Drive
  • Hunter Valley Resort
  • Instyle Chauffeured Limousines
  • JJ Travel Service and Benz Luxury Coach & Tour
  • Lets Go Surfing
  • Merlin Entertainments Group
  • Moonshadow Cruises & Port Stephens 4WD Tours
  • Mowbray Park Farm Holidays
  • Nicks Restaurant & Bar Group
  • Oaks Hotels & Resorts
  • Shangri-la Hotel, Sydney
  • Starwood Australia Hotels
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Seaplanes
  • Tamboi Queen Cruises
  • TFE Hotels
  • The Grace Hotel
  • The Legendary Pacific Coast
  • The Star
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Trippas White Group
  • YHA Australia

Hollywood Superstars Visit Macao: “Now You See Me 2” Shoots Scenes at The Venetian Macao and Sands Macao

Film Produced by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment Label Set for June 10, 2016 Worldwide Theatrical Release

MACAO, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The action thriller film “Now You See Me 2,” produced by Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) Summit Entertainment label and slated for a June 10, 2016 release in theatres around the world, shot scenes over the last several days on location at The Venetian®Macao and Sands®Macao. The film, a sequel to the 2013 Summit Entertainment hit “Now You See Me” that grossed more than US$350 million at the global box office, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

Sands China Ltd. brought the Hollywood mega production and its superstars to Macao as its latest move to further promote the city as an international tourist destination – meanwhile increasing global awareness of Macao and providing a catalyst for cultural exchange.

“Unforgettable experiences await visitors at Sands Macao and Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao,” said Scott Messinger, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sands China Ltd. “Our properties are landmark, must-visit destinations; having them featured in major motion pictures is a great way to boost the global profile of Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure. With film shoots, movie premieres, concerts, award shows, sporting events and more, our properties are the place to be to see the brightest stars, putting Macao ever-increasingly in the international spotlight.”

The “Now You See Me 2” film shoot is the latest example of a movie utilising the unique imagery of Sands China’s integrated resorts as a compelling backdrop for storytelling on the screen. Scenes were shot in a variety of locations, including the neon-signed rooftop of Sands Macao and the Great Hall of The Venetian Macao with its iconic curved escalators.

The Venetian Macao in particular has been a popular choice for filmmakers, having been featured in several large-scale productions starring high-profile Asian and global superstars. In addition to “Now You See Me 2,” movies and television episodes shot at the integrated resort include Chow Yun-Fat’s “From Vegas to Macau,” Chinese-U.S. romantic comedy “My Lucky Star” starring Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom, the Bollywood telefilm series “Teri Meri Love Stories,” Hong Kong films “All’s Well Ends Well” and “Break Up Club,” Taiwanese TV series “Summer’s Desire,” and the Korean TV series “Boys Over Flowers.” Stars from Asia and around the world have also attended the many red carpet awards shows The Venetian Macao has hosted, including the 55th and 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Awards (APFF), the Huading Awards in 2013 and 2015, Zee Cine Awards, IIFA Awards, STAR Parivaar Awards, China Music Awards, Mnet Asian Music Awards and others.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, “Now You See Me 2” is scheduled for a June 10, 2016 theatrical release. It is the follow-up to the 2013 box office hit “Now You See Me,” which centered on the Four Horsemen – a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists who dodge the FBI while committing daring bank robberies during their performances, rewarding their audiences with the stolen money. In this new sequel, the Four Horsemen resurface one year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.

Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com/macau-shows.html and www.sandsmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About Sands® Macao

Opened in 2004, Sands®Macao is a world class hotel and entertainment complex with 289 luxury suites. Its stunning gold glass exterior houses a wide range of diversions including specialty restaurants, a heated outdoor swimming pool, deluxe spa and salon, conference and banquet facilities and unrivalled gaming excitement and live entertainment. It is also home to the Paiza Club: an invitation-only international VIP club with 51 premium suites with size, opulence and grandeur that rivals the best the world has to offer.

As the first hotel and entertainment complex in Macao owned and operated by an international operator, Sands Macao quickly set the benchmark for future developments in Macao.

For more information, please visit www.sandsmacao.com.

About The Venetian®Macao

Opened in 2007, The Venetian®Macao is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.

About Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao – Sands China’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.5 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian®Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in late 2015… the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao.

Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! For more information, please visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com.

Media contact:

Public Relations, Venetian Macau Limited
Lily Cheng
Tel: +853 8118 2013
Email: lily.sw.cheng@sands.com.mo

Nicky Leung
Tel: +853 8118 2057
Email: nicky.leung@sands.com.mo

UMCity Medini Lakeside Partners with Samsung, Ascott, Shama, OZO, MBO and Regus

– UMCity strengthens its position as the premier development in Medini and Iskandar via tie-ups with international and established brands

– Ascott to open award-winning Citadines Apart’hotel serviced residences in UMCity

– Samsung S-1 Security Solutions Korea to provide comprehensive security solutions for UMCity

– Shama Medini will be the first Shama property in Malaysia and the second Shama upscale serviced apartments outside of Hong Kong and Shanghai

– OZO Hotels to operate OZO Medini in UMCity for the smart savvy travellers on the go

– MBO Cinemas to bring the latest technology in entertainment to UMCity Lakeside Shopping Centre

– Regus to set up its international brand of serviced offices at the UMCity Corporate Office Tower

– Total GDV of UMCity is RM1 billion, UMLand has previously signed documents with Samsung C&T and Samsung Malaysia Electronics

NUSAJAYA, Malaysia, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand)’s premier mixed development in Medini Iskandar, UMCity Medini Lakeside today welcomed five (5) new established partners (representing 6 brands) who will bring a new level of quality services to Iskandar Malaysia.

UMCity Medini Lakeside Partners with International Brands

UMCity Medini Lakeside Partners with International Brands

 

Signing Ceremony of UMLand (UMCity Medini Lakeside) with Onyx Hospitalit

Signing Ceremony of UMLand (UMCity Medini Lakeside) with Onyx Hospitalit

 

Datuk Chia Lui Meng, UMLand Group CEO interacting with the media

Datuk Chia Lui Meng, UMLand Group CEO interacting with the media

This is a significant milestone for UMLand in positioning itself to become the lifestyle developer and to provide luxury and quality products in all their projects. The RM1 billion Gross Development Value (GDV) UMCity is uniquely located next to a lake, offering an exclusive enclave for business and living.

These new strategic alliances are with The Ascott Limited, ONYX Hospitality Group, Samsung S-1 Security Solutions Korea, MCAT Box Office and Regus.

UMCity Medini Lakeside will be enhanced with award-winning serviced residences by The Ascott Limited, the largest international serviced residence owner-operator globally and in Malaysia. Ascott is set to provide both residents and visitors to the Iskandar development with contemporary vibrant living at Citadines Medini Nusajaya, the first Citadines Apart’hotel in Nusajaya. The Ascott has over 26,000 operating serviced residence units in over 200 properties worldwide.

The Ascott Limited’s Chief Investment Officer, Gerald Yong said, “There is significant potential for serviced residences in Iskandar, which is primed to be a key economic growth region in Malaysia as more multinational companies set up base in the area. We are delighted to partner with UMLand again to bring our award-winning Citadines brand of serviced residences to UMCity. Ascott was the first international serviced residence owner and operator in Nusajaya, a major new growth centre of Iskandar, where we recently opened Somerset Puteri Harbour Nusajaya and will be opening Somerset Medini Nusajaya later this year. Somerset Puteri Harbour Nusajaya is our first collaboration with UMLand in Nusajaya and it has been performing well since it opened last month.”

Comfort, style and luxury at UMCity will come in the form of Shama Medini, the first Shama property in Malaysia. The Shama Medini lifestyle serviced apartments, which will have a lakeside view, is the 11th property under the Shama brand, which has presence in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Shama Medini in UMCity will provide an unparalleled level of lifestyle, luxury and comfort for the discerning business travellers, residents and expatriates in a new city.

OZO Medini will offer stylish hotel accommodation designed to cater to the diverse needs of the business and leisure travellers. Practical yet stylish, OZO Medini is all about getting the important things right – the things that matter to travellers. OZO Medini is the second planned OZO property in Malaysia, after OZO Penang.

Both the Shama and OZO brands are managed and operated by the ONYX Hospitality Group, which is well known for its Amari brand of hotels in Thailand and the Middle East.

“We are pleased to bring the Shama and OZO brands to UMCity Medini Lakeside. The location and development master plan resonate with our core values and growth strategy. All Shama serviced apartments are located in neighbourhoods that brim with life and character. Likewise, OZO which provides quality services that matter and understand the lifestyle needs of its guests are always chic and located in prime locations. We found the perfect fit for both Shama and OZO in UMCity Medini Lakeside,” said Peter Henley, President & CEO of ONYX Hospitality Group.

Working and setting up office in UMCity Medini Lakeside is made easy with the Regus Serviced Offices, which will be located on the 16th floor of the UMCity Corporate Office Tower. The Regus Serviced Offices in UMCity will feature serviced business suites, conference facilities and full office operations and management services, bringing a brand of professional business space into Medini and Nusajaya. The world’s largest provider of ready offices that serve as flexible workspaces, Regus offers bespoke packages in over 120 countries.

In the entertainment area, MCAT Box Office will set up an MBO Cinema, which will boast the latest technology in cinema entertainment at UMCity Medini Lakeside. One of the largest cinema chains in Malaysia, MBO Cinemas has more than 24 cinemas and 176 fully digitalised screens. This fast growing brand will provide exciting entertainment for UMCity Medini Lakeside residents and visitors.

UMLand also extends its partnership with Samsung by collaborating with another Samsung subsidiary, Samsung S-1 Security Solutions Korea for its total security solutions for the UMCity Medini Lakeside project. Samsung S-1 is an international security services company with over 38 years of international experience.

UMLand had earlier in 2013 and 2014 entered into a comprehensive partnership agreement with Samsung Corporation C&T for joint construction works and Samsung Malaysia Electronics as an exclusive Smart Lifestyle Partner and official supplier for consumer electronic products in UMLand’s current and future developments.

UMLand Group CEO, Datuk Charlie Chia Lui Meng said, “UMCity Medini Lakeside is expected to redefine metropolitan living. UMCity is Phase One of UMLand’s Medini Lakeside master plan, which is situated at the gateway into Medini Iskandar and is strategically positioned to be the ideal enclave. This one of its kind waterfront commercial development is designed for vibrant community living and work. We are very excited that these international partners are bringing brands that are a class of its own, to help turn the concept of UMCity Medini Lakeside into reality.”

Upon completion in 2018, UMCity will have a premium corporate office tower, two (2) internationally-branded serviced residences, one hotel, a lakeside shopping centre and a wide range of business suites. UMCity will be the home of the renowned brands of Citadines, Shama, OZO, MBO and Regus, whilst Samsung is the comprehensive solutions provider. These full-fledged branded facilities set UMCity apart from other developments.

UMLand’s development in Medini reflects the high level of confidence in the efforts to position Medini as the preferred destination for investment. With continuous support from the Malaysian federal government as well as the state government together with the participation of prominent industry players, these collaborations will take UMCity and Medini to the next level. It will contribute towards investors worldwide recognising it as another positive milestone, thus encouraging them to explore investment opportunities in Medini and to be part of the development of Iskandar Malaysia.

About United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand)

UMLand operates two development divisions, namely the Township and Niche Divisions and a construction and building materials division called UM Land Builders Sdn Bhd. The Group has over 1,800 acres of undeveloped land in both Township and Niche Divisions.

The Township Division has four mixed township developments; Bandar Seri Alam, Taman Seri Austin and Taman Seri Albion are strategically located within Iskandar Malaysia, Johor whilst Bandar Seri Putra is situated in Selangor.

The Niche Division has to date completed four residential serviced residences and condominiums in Kuala Lumpur — Suasana Sentral Loft at KL Sentral, Suasana Bangsar in Bangsar, Seri Bukit Ceylon and Suasana Bukit Ceylon located in the city centre. The Division is now actively developing Suasana, Iskandar Malaysia in Johor Bahru city centre.  Somerset Puteri Harbour and The Waves @ Puteri Harbour are some of the newest projects in Nusajaya while UMCity Medini Lakeside, a multi-phased mixed development in Medini, Nusajaya, Iskandar Malaysia.

Star Residences, upmarket service residences in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre is the latest addition of exclusive developments by UMLand.

UMLand operates numerous Sales Galleries in its townships of Bandar Seri Alam, Taman Seri Austin and Bandar Seri Putra and recently opened Sales Galleries for its niche development of UMCity Medini Lakeside and a new sales and service centre in Singapore.   

For more information, please visit www.umland.com.my 

Or contact:
Kairin Romeena
Group Corporate Communications
United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLAND)
Tel: 03-2036-8033
Fax: 03-2036-8014
pr@umland.com.my

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Vivid Sydney 2015: Biggest Ever Program Announced

Expansion into city suburbs Chatswood and Central Park

Over 60 Lighting Installations and Projections

Expanded Music Program and Australian exclusives including The Hoodoo Gurus and Daniel Johns

Award-winning, Australian-first global speakers at Vivid Ideas

SYDNEY, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Vivid Sydney is set to shine even more brightly in 2015 when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas delivers its biggest program yet. For 18 nights, from 22 May — 8 June, Vivid Sydney will again transform the city and harbour. The 2015 program includes expansion into new city precincts Chatswood and Central Park, its biggest ever music program including Australian exclusives such as The Hoodoo Gurus at the Powerhouse Museum and Daniel Johns’ international solo debut at the Sydney Opera House, and heavy-hitting speakers at Vivid Ideas.

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Vivid Sydney, now in its seventh year, is owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said: “Vivid Sydney is an incredible public event that has seen amazing growth, attracting a record 1.43 million attendees in 2014. It’s the largest festival of its kind in the world, and with our biggest program yet, there’s even more to love about Vivid Sydney this year.

“While the heart of Vivid Light is still beating strongly in and around Circular Quay, Vivid Sydney is spreading even further into the city suburbs, with Central Park and Chatswood joining the program this year,” Ms. Chipchase said.

“Favourite locations Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Martin Place, and Darling Harbour are back with over 60 light installations and projections with even more opportunity for visitors to get hands on, more water theatre shows – this time with lasers and fire – and new and expanded programing at Pyrmont & The Star and the University of Sydney. The sandstone canvases of Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will also return with spectacular new 3D projections.

“With all eyes on the Sydney Opera House, Lighting of the Sails will once again take its place as the centrepiece of the amazing light spectacular during Vivid Sydney, with Universal Everything promising awe-inspiring projections that will reimagine the architecture as a living mural, with a diverse series of vibrant, hand-drawn sequences.

Vivid Music will introduce its most expansive program yet, featuring more shows and venues and an impressive line-up of local and international talent,” she said.

The Hoodoo Gurus will perform an exclusive one-off show at the Powerhouse Museum and a new line up of cutting edge, innovative performances will be held across the city at new venues Goodgod Small Club, Oxford Art Factory and Freda’s, with the Seymour Centre, The Basement, The Argyle and Barrio Cellar part of the line-up again in 2015.

Part of the Vivid Music program, Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House features a 10-night run of exclusive Sydney-only performances and for the first time will also include two large scale outdoor events, internal light projections and an event for kids and families. Features include four exclusive performances from Morrissey, Daniel Johns in his international solo debut, Sufjan Stevens in his only Australian performances and FCX — 10 Years of Future Classics featuring Flume and Flight Facilities.

With a line-up of heavy-hitting speakers, Vivid Ideas introduces The Game Changers, a new talk series this year headlined by three global influencers: multi Emmy-winning writer Matthew Weiner, series creator and executive producer of Mad Men and former executive producer and writer on The Sopranos; Grammy-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister, whose clients include the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and the Guggenheim Museum; and entrepreneur and publisher Tyler Brule, founder of the world-famous magazines Wallpaper and Monocle.

“With such an amazing festival planned, Destination NSW will continue to work with the travel industry to encourage visitation to Sydney from across Australia and the globe for this incredible event. We aim to build on the results from last year when more than 20,000 international visitors travelled to Sydney on dedicated Vivid Sydney travel packages,” Ms. Chipchase said.

Vivid Sydney will also work with event partners, land owners and a new accessibility specialist to build on the positive initiatives undertaken last year.

“A new sustainability partnership with The Banksia Foundation will also further develop Vivid Sydney’s sustainability agenda which includes recycling assets, environmental waste management practises and improved energy efficiency,” she said.

Vivid Sydney welcomes the return of Intel, a world-leader in computing technology, as event partner for the fifth consecutive year. 2015 Supporters include Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, City of Sydney, Sydney Opera house, The Star, Canon, Indeed, 32 Hundred Lighting, Oracle and TDC.

Some of the highlights of Vivid Sydney 2015 program:

Where

What

When

Sydney Opera House

Design collective Universal Everything will be Lighting the Sails with spectacular projections.

Nightly from 6pm

Customs House

Enchanted Sydney by Spinifex, a continually evolving and blossoming world with free-flowing images of Sydney’s flora and fauna.

Nightly from 6pm

MCA (sandstone original building)

Mechanised Colour Assemblage by Danny Rose and Rebecca Baumann transforms the MCA into a series of sound and colour machines.

Nightly from 6pm

Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay

Harbour Lights returns with boats lit up, floating on the Harbour in a symphony of colour, Paint the Town allows visitors to illuminate the city’s skyscrapers, plus more than 60 light installations adorn the harbour foreshore.

Nightly from 6pm

Martin Place

The daytime centre of the city is illuminated at night with installations including Transcendence, an impressive towering structure featuring mesmerising projection mapping, code-driven light shows and divine fare from Sydney’s hippest purveyors of food and beverage.

Nightly from 6pm

Darling Harbour

Vivid Laser-Fountain Water Theatre presented by Oracle-Liquid is a choreographed audio visual symphony featuring fountain jets and spirals, colour lighting, rainbow lasers and dancing flames.

Nightly from 6pm

Central Park

STREETS AHEAD featuring projections from contemporary artists Reko Rennie and Beastman onto the heritage Carlton & United Brewery façade, plus Silent Discos every Friday and Saturday.

Nightly from 6pm

University of Sydney

Vivid Path to the Future, a week long program of light, music and ideas with spectacular 3D mapped projections and a light walk.

25 – 31 May

Pyrmont & The Star

Vivid Sydney Game Zone, a buzzing multisensory entertainment precinct with interactive installations at Pyrmont Bay Park and Sky Terrace at The Star.

Nightly from 6pm

Chatswood

Aquatic Wonderland, a mesmerising water world featuring giant sea creatures and an animated aquarium, culminating in a beautifully-illustrated 3D animation set over the façade of The Concourse.

Nightly from 6pm to 11pm.

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House

Morrissey, Daniel Johns, Sufjan Stevens and FCX – 10 Years of Future Classic featuring Flume and Flight Facilities.

22 May to 8 June

Vivid Music

Hoodoo Gurus at Powerhouse Museum, Modulations at Carriageworks, the Seymour Centre and new venues Oxford Art Factory, Freda’s and Goodgod Small Club.

22 May to 8 June

Vivid Ideas

The Game Changers talk series with Matthew Weiner, Stefan Sagmeister and Tyler Brûlé, plus the Vivid Ideas Exchange sessions at the MCA.

22 May to 8 June

Travel packages to be announced. For more information on Vivid Sydney visit www.vividsydney.com.

The full Vivid Sydney media kit, broadcast quality footage and high-res imagery including 2015 Vivid Sydney light renders and footage of 2014 festival highlights is available at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre.

NOTES TO EDITORS – Further background on Vivid Sydney

VIVID LIGHT

From 6pm to midnight each evening, Vivid Sydney will transform the city and surrounds into a night time playground for small and big kids alike. Vivid Light Walk installations follow a playful theme with illuminated swings, a grand scale Duck Duck Goose game, musical stacking dice and Vivid’s largest multi-player experience, INTER/Play at Cadmans Cottage.

There’s also no shortage of big and small creations and visitors can expect a human brain, graceful dresses, an enormous Rococo pig, curious monsters and a giant crochet dolly who just wants a hug.

New, interactive installations and projections will see many create their own art and this year for the first time, visitors will literally be able to Paint The Town! as they colour the city’s skyline over Circular Quay with state of the art lasers controlled by interactive touch screens, setting the stage for collaborative design or lighting battles.

VIVID MUSIC

Music at Vivid Sydney will continue to pulse through the city and sound a new vibe, showcasing local and international talent at more venues than ever before, taking Vivid Music to a wider audience.

ARIA Hall of Fame legends, the Hoodoo Gurus will perform a Sydney exclusive one-off show at the Powerhouse Museum, Be My Guru: Evolution, Revolution. Founding Guru Dave Faulkner will be joined on stage by all members of the band, as the Guru’s evolve from their 1980s beginnings to now, backed by Hoodoo Guru memorabilia from the Powerhouse collection.

Modulations at Carriageworks returns featuring performances from Grammy Award-winning American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and Bill Drummond, co-founder of late 1980s avant-garde pop group The KLF.

One-off events that simply can’t be missed include Soul of Sydney, the city’s best Soul Train party experience, Heaps Gay presented by FBi Radio at the Factory Theatre and Toby’s Cosy Nook, an evening of sophisticated and eclectic music, art and cabaret.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House is part of Vivid Music.

VIVID IDEAS

Asia Pacific’s annual celebration of innovation, creativity and community, Vivid Ideas is all about turning inspiration into action and there’s plenty about the 2015 program to inspire with events at more than 30 venues across the city.

Creative conferences and public events will activate venues across the city, spanning the creative sector including STREETS AHEAD, showcasing the contemporary street art movement and the reach of this global trend, The Sunrise: The Silicon Valley Myth Explained bringing together Australia’s biggest technology success stories to explore the key factors needed to create a Silicon Valley right here in the Southern Hemisphere, and Game | ON a three-day event diving into the world of games, e-sports and online video content.

The Vivid Ideas Exchange also returns with over 60 sessions presented by industry experts across the creative sector, from architecture to augmented reality, marketing to media.

FAST FACTS FROM VIVID SYDNEY 2014

  • Over 1.43 million attendees
  • Injected $41.3 million into the NSW visitor economy
  • Almost 90,000 people from outside Sydney, including almost 30,000 visitors from overseas came to experience Vivid Sydney. Of these 30,000 international visitors, more than 20,000 purchased Vivid Sydney travel packages, including over 9,700 visitors from China
  • Named Australia’s Best Tourism Event In 2014 (and Australian Event of the Year in 2013) and Helpmann Awards Best Special Event in 2014
  • Media coverage in more than 190 countries and territories
  • More than 37,000 tickets sold for Vivid LIVE
  • More than 34,000 people attended Vivid IDEAS
  • More than 15,000 tickets sold for Vivid Music
  • Average Vivid Sydney Facebook reach – 2.8 million people a day (3.49 million on Vivid Sydney launch day on May 23)
  • 873,995 likes on the Vivid Sydney Facebook page
  • More than 1,600,000 visitors to vividsydney.com
  • 60,559 downloads of the Vivid Sydney app and VividSnap
  • More than 95,000 images tagged with #vividsydney on Instagram.

HNA Hospitality Group Awarded “Best Hospitality Management Group”

BEIJING, March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — HNA Hospitality Group was awarded with the “Best Hospitality Management Group” at the QIJI Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony was organized by China BT MICE Magazine and was held in the CAMIC International Convention Center in Beijing.  Ms. Audrey Wang, HNA Hospitality Group Branding Department Deputy General Manger represented the company during the awards ceremony.

Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

The aim of China BT MICE Magazine is to reward the most promising hospitality groups, airlines and convention and exhibition venues that displayed superiority of provisions and service distinction achieved excellent goals within the industry during 2014.

Tangla Hotels and Resorts International is the international hotel management arm of HNA Hospitality Group. “Harmony, Elegance, Excellence and Tranquillity” are the four elements that occupy the very core of Tangla Hotels brands. From this core shines the admirable Oriental ethics and artistry in hospitality service, bringing each visit to another level of experience and satisfaction.

As a leading professional media in the China MICE industry, China BT MICE commits to help the HNA Hospitality Group realize their business goals and sales objectives by building a platform, through which suppliers and the enterprises and industry buyers can share the information of industry trends and professional services.

Notes to Editors:

About HNA Hospitality Group

The HNA Hospitality Group was founded in 1997 as a subsidiary of HNA Group. Through the years, the hotel group has won several awards, among these recognitions are being inducted into the Worldwide Hotel Corporation Top 300, being acknowledged as the Most Competitive National Hotel Brand in China, and being recognized as the Best Hotel Management Corporation in China.

About Tangla Hotel & Resorts International

The word “Tangla” originated from a beautiful legend set in the Tanggula mountain area, and reflects the wish and fortune of the Guardian God of the Nyenchen Tonglha Mountains. Tangla Hotels & Resorts brand core values are “Harmony, Elegance, Excellence and Tranquility,” as the brand strives to carry out the finest wishes from nature through the art of modern hospitality so that every guest may enjoy an unforgettable hotel experience in a city oasis through Oriental hospitality. The Tangla Hotel & Resorts International is a subsidiary company of HNA Hospitality Group, a professional hotel management company operating the entire series of Tangla brand hotels. Registered in Hong Kong, the company offers a comprehensive hotel branding solution that encompasses a wide range of hotels including top-level luxury, fine five-star, boutique, and business hotels under the flagship brands of “Tangla Grand Place,” “Tangla Hotel and Resorts,” “The Tang Hotel,” and “Garden Lane.” The Tangla Hotel & Resorts International is dedicated to professional hotel management, hotel design consultation, operation, and investment management, specializing in centralized hotel operating services.

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Lanson Place Hotel Hong Kong Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with World Tour Art Exhibition

“Ink-Brush-Heart – The La Biennale di Venezia World Tour” by Simon Ma

HONG KONG, March 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong is a luxury boutique hotel located in Causeway Bay.  Since its opening in 2005, this hotel has won numerous international design and service awards.

Allan Zeman, Simon Ma (artist), Jonathan Zeman, Ian Brewis (General Manager of Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong), Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges and Alex Fong attended the opening reception of “Ink-Brush-Heart - The La Biennale di Venezia World Tour" by Simon Ma

Allan Zeman, Simon Ma (artist), Jonathan Zeman, Ian Brewis (General Manager of Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong), Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges and Alex Fong attended the opening reception of “Ink-Brush-Heart – The La Biennale di Venezia World Tour” by Simon Ma

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, Lanson Place Hotel is hosting “InkBrushHeart – The La Biennale di Venezia World Tour Art Exhibition by SIMON MA, Hong Kong,” from March 12 to 25.

Inspired by the beauty of nature, the artist ventured various materials, forms and means, created a total of ten interactive art installations to convey the message of treasuring water.

“We are very excited to have celebrities and art fans joining our opening reception of this  Exhibition.  Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong has been a frequent supporter of local art and culture events. There will be more interesting events later this year when we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, said Ian Brewis, General Manager of Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong.

Simon Ma said, “I am very thrilled to collaborate with Lanson Place on the Art Exhibition.  My signature collection Dancing Water Drops demonstrates the serene beauty between humans and all creatures, a call to treasure water and love nature, and this work fits so perfectly in the serene and elegant setting at Lanson Place.”

Before coming back to Hong Kong, this Art Exhibition has also taken place in Venezia, Milan, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Ningbo and Hangzhou. Hong Kong will be the last stop of this World Tour Art Exhibition.

About Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong

Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong combines elegance, style and convenience in equal measure. The boutique hotel is tucked discreetly in Hong Kong’s thriving Causeway Bay entertainment and shopping hub. Its 194 rooms and penthouse suites, each with a kitchenette, demonstrate refined luxury accommodation along with the exclusivity and comfort of a private home. As the first member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” in Hong Kong, the hotel has been delighting guests with award-winning service and comprehensive facilities in the heart of the city for over a decade.

About Simon Ma

Born in Hong Kong, Simon Ma started learning the art of traditional Chinese painting under Master Fan Tzu Teng at the age of 7. He then began his serious encounter with music, art and design while majoring in Architecture & Urban Planning at UCL – Bartlett School of Architecture, London. In 1997, Simon headed for Shanghai and subsequently founded his own company, M.HOUSE, five years later.  Besides being appointed in 2012 as the Sino-Italian Cultural Ambassador, Simon is also an awardee of “2014 Ten Outstanding Young Persons” in Hong Kong and the Cultural ambassador of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

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