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Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

BEIJING, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Air China and China Express signed a codeshare cooperation agreement in the city of Guiyang, Guizhou province on August 29, 2014, and the two carriers will start to share codes on each other's selected flights from September 1, 2014.

Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express
Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

 

Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express
Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

 

According to the agreement, the two carriers will connect the cities of Chongqing, Guiyang and Dalian to their respective networks. With the cooperation, Air China will be put its code CA on 32 routes operated by China Express, which will extend its route network to the second-tier and third-tier cities around Chongqing as well as in provinces of Guizhou and Liaoning Province. At the same time, China Express will put is G5 code on 30 routes operated by Air China, which will extend its network to most of China's big and medium-sized cities. Currently, Air China operates over 50 routes to Chongqing, Guizhou and Liaoning, giving passengers easy access to most of the Chinese provincial capitals via Chongqing, Guiyang and Dalian.

Lou Yongfeng, Managing Director, International Cooperation Department, Commercial Committee, said, "Air China has always attached great importance to establishing partnerships with other carriers. It is our hope that our codeshare cooperation with China Express will further expand the networks of both sides and make it easier for passengers around the country to travel to and from the regions around Chongqing, Guizhou and Liaoning."

Luo Tong, Vice President of China Express, said, "The cooperation not only connects the networks of the two carriers, but also make a trunk route carrier and a feeder carrier complement each other. The feeder market will enter a fast track by benefiting from the well-established trunk routes. So the point-to-point operations of the feeder market will be supported by trunk route operations. China Express is quite committed to making medium- and small-sized cities more accessible, and the most effective way of doing that at the lowest social costs is to fully take advantage of the network of trunk routes to grow the feeder market."

Air China is China's only national flag carrier and also the largest carrier between China and Europe and between China and America. Its route network serves over 162 destinations in 32 countries and regions worldwide. China Express is a carrier operating feeder routes for passenger and cargo transportation. The codeshare cooperation between Air China and China Express blazes the trail for partnership between trunk route carrier and domestic feeder carrier, make more products available to the domestic market, giving passengers in more travel options, promote the cultural exchanges of second-tier and third-tier cities with other parts the country, facilitate regional economic development, and further promote the development of China's feeder route market.

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Avis Announces New Partnership with SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines' Frequent Flyers, FlySmiLes members, are valued more with chances to earn points and enjoy discounts on rental cars from Avis

SINGAPORE, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Avis, today announced a new partnership agreement with SriLankan Airlines the national carrier of Sri Lanka and the newest member of the oneworld alliance. Through the new partnership, the Airline's frequent flyers, FlySmiLes members will have the opportunity to earn and redeem miles from Avis car rentals. In addition, Avis' products and services will be marketed to FlySmiles members on the FlySmiLes website: http://www.flysmiles.com/.

"We are more than excited to align our brand loyalty efforts with SriLankan Airlines," said Patric Siniscalchi, President, Latin America/Asia Pacific, Avis Budget Group. "This partnership will enhance the value proposition for FlySmiLes' customer loyalty program and bring us incremental business at the same time, giving us the opportunity to accelerate our growth in the Southeast Asia."

SriLankan Airlines, Head of Commercial Operations, Mohammed Fazeel said, "SriLankan Airlines is delighted to have Avis on-board, which will provide our frequent flyers more opportunities to earn and redeem miles whilst on business or holiday. We have been expanding our strategic partnerships with service-providers of high calibre to provide our FlySmiLes members the best possible experience.  With SriLankan's entry to oneworld in May this year, FlySmiLes members now have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of benefits in addition to earning and redeeming miles when flying with the oneworld carriers."

To celebrate the new partnership, Avis offers the FlySmiLes members Double and Triple bonus FlySmiLes miles on qualifying rentals.

For More Information: Call Reservations Hotline 1800 737 1668 (toll-free)

About Avis in Asia

In Asia, Avis is a leading provider of vehicle rental; vehicle leasing and limousine/chauffeur drive services operating in more than 300 locations through a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensee agreements in 18 markets. Avis opened its first operations in Asia in 1970 in Hong Kong. Throughout the 1970's Avis grew steadily in the region, with operations launched in Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. More recently, developments have included openings in India, Mainland China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com.

About SriLankan AirLines and FlySmiLes

SriLankan Airlines being the  National carrier of Sri Lanka, is an award winning carrier with a firm reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality . The airline has cemented a firm reputation worldwide for its service, comfort, safety and reliability, notching many enviable industry awards along the way. These awards include the, World's Friendliest Cabin Staff by Skytrax; Best Airline in South Asia from Travel Trade Gazette; World's Most Reliable Operator of Airbus A330s and A340s by Airbus Industries and the Etihad Global Excellence Award for Best Regional Caterer.

The airline's hub is located at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, providing convenient connections to its global route network of 60 destinations in 33 countries in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Far East, North America and Australia. SriLankan has mutual code-share services with BMI (British Midland), Etihad and Malaysia Airlines. Indian Airlines , Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air Canada and Mihin also code-share on some of SriLankan's routes. SriLankan has consistently achieved very high marks for excellence, especially in polls of global travellers and has won many international accolades consistently.

For further information please contact:

Grace Banto
Avis Asia
+65-6737-1668
grace.banto@avis.com.sg

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Air Seychelles and Hong Kong Airlines Sign Codeshare Agreement

HONG KONG, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and Hong Kong Airlines, an internationally-acclaimed SKYTRAX 4-star airline, have signed a codeshare agreement to provide travellers with enhanced connections in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Under the codeshare agreement, Air Seychelles will place its 'HM' code on Hong Kong Airlines' flights between Hong Kong and the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. In return, Hong Kong Airlines will place its 'HX' code on Air Seychelles' flights between the Seychelles and Hong Kong, as well as between Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates#.

The agreement was signed this week by Manoj Papa, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, and Li Dianchun, Commercial Director of Hong Kong Airlines.

Manoj Papa said: "We are delighted to expand our network of codeshare partners with the addition of Hong Kong Airlines. As a leading international tourism destination, the Seychelles attracts a large number of travellers from across Asia, and through our codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines, we are confident these volumes will continue to flourish. At the same time, residents of the Seychelles will benefit from direct access to the global finance and tourism hub of Hong Kong."

Li Dianchun said: "This codeshare agreement is part of a comprehensive strategy to open up new markets and offer more choices to Hong Kong Airlines' passengers. Our partner Air Seychelles is a well-respected airline that will successfully broaden our reach to the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi, two of the world's fastest-growing and most exciting travel destinations. The agreement enables passengers to book any Hong Kong Airlines flight originating from China, Japan and Southeast Asia to Abu Dhabi and the Seychelles connecting through the Hong Kong hub. We anticipate strong demand on these routes and look forward to building our cooperation with Air Seychelles in the future."

Tickets under the codeshare agreement can be purchased from 12 September 2014 for travel commencing on the same day# on the airseychelles.com or hkairlines.com websites. Bookings can also be completed through a travel agent, the airlines' sales offices, or by calling the Air Seychelles' Call Centre on +248 439 1000 or the Hong Kong Airlines Call Centre at +852 3151 1888 (Hong Kong) or +86 898 950715 (mainland China).

Details of the codeshare flights are as follows:

Routes

Flight No.

Departure*

Arrival*

Days of Operations

HKG - BKK

HX765/ HM5680

1810

1925

Daily

HX767/ HM5682

0055

0235

HX771/ HM5684

0750

0945

HX773/ HM5686

2315

0015+1

HX775/ HM5688

1215

1405

BKK - HKG

HX766/ HM5681

2025

0055+1

HX768/  HM5683

0825

1210

HX772/ HM5685

1125

1530

HX774/ HM5687

0210

0555

HX776/ HM5689

1505

1850

Routes

Flight No.

Departure*

Arrival*

Days of Operations

HKG - AUH

HX 1087/ HM 087

1910

2340

Mon/ Wed/ Fri

HKG - SEZ

HX 1087/ HM 087

1910

0635+1

Mon/ Wed/ Fri

SEZ - HKG

HX 1086/ HM 086

1555

0955+1

Tue/ Thu/ Sun

AUH - HKG

HX 1086/ HM 086

2155

0955+1

Tue/ Thu/ Sun

* All local time

#Subject to regulatory approvals.

Manoj Papa, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, and Li Dianchun, Commercial Director of Hong Kong Airlines, sign a codeshare agreement between the two airlines
Manoj Papa, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, and Li Dianchun, Commercial Director of Hong Kong Airlines, sign a codeshare agreement between the two airlines

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About Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Mauritius. Air Seychelles also offers more than 200 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, as well as domestic charter services.  As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation's strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder. For more information, please visit: www.airseychelles.com.

About Hong Kong Airlines

Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines has since grown to become an internationally-acclaimed carrier. Recognizing the warmth of its service and the quality of its onboard offering, Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the highly-esteemed 4-star rating from SKYTRAX for three consecutive years. Based in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines' network currently covers almost 30 cities regionally, including Beijing, Shanghai, Sanya, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa. Our current fleet has 23 aircraft, which includes three Airbus A330-300s, nine Airbus A330-200s and six A320s, with up-to-date inflight entertainment system and an average age of just one year as of 2013. And our cargo fleet consists of five Airbus A330-200Fs. Adhering to the concept of "Fresh and Very Hong Kong", Hong Kong Airlines is committed to "Bringing Greater Journeys Sky High", and is dedicated to providing an extraordinary flight experience to the passengers. For more information, please visit: www.hkairlines.com.

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Insurance Segment Taking Shape, Investments Gathering Strengths: Fosun Adheres Comprehensively to the Warren Buffett Model

HONG KONG, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fosun International Limited (together with its subsidiaries, "Fosun" or the "Group", HKEx stock code: 00656) announces today its interim results for 2014. As at June 30, 2014, net assets attributable to owners of the parent of the Group amounted to RMB43.99 billion, up 11.0% from end-2013. Profit attributable to owners of the parent of the Group amounted to RMB1.83 billion, up 8.4% from the same period of 2013.

Fosun has been persistently making a major stride towards becoming a world-class investment group underpinned by the twin drivers of "insurance-oriented comprehensive financial capability" and "industrial-rooted global investment capability" since the beginning of 2014 to date. Following the completion of the acquisition of the three insurance companies namely Fidelidade, Multicare and Cares under Caixa Seguros e Saude ("CSS") of Portugal ("Fosun Insurance Portugal"); the successful investment in one of the largest independent private banks in Europe, BHF of Germany; the successful acquisition of the Japanese real estate capital management firm IDERA; and signing of an equity purchase agreement with the US insurance company Ironshore Inc., the Group's "insurance-oriented comprehensive financial capability" under the twin drivers development model has already taken on firm foothold. Meanwhile, Fosun will continue to leverage and pursue its another driver of "industrial-rooted global investment capability", seeking to deliver more successful investment cases under the value investing principle.

Insurance funds available for investments close to RMB120 billion

Significant enhancement of Fosun's "insurance-oriented comprehensive financial capability"

Fosun has always been considering the development of the insurance business as a premium path in connecting its investment capability to long-term high-quality capital. Currently, Fosun's insurance business comprises over one-third of its total assets. Fosun's latest investment in insurance business was signing an equity purchase agreement with the US insurance company Ironshore Inc., for acquisition of 20% of its total outstanding ordinary shares (on a fully diluted basis) and to become its largest shareholder. Excluding the investment in Ironshore of which the acquisition has not yet been closed and completed, Fosun's insurance segment comprises four companies, namely Yong'an P&C Insurance, Pramerica Fosun Life Insurance, Peak Reinsurance and Fosun Insurance Portugal, constituting a comprehensive insurance platform underpinned by property and casualty, life, and re-insurance. Following the successful completion of the Fosun Insurance Portugal acquisition on May 15, 2014, Fosun successfully matched and commenced a total of 14 equity and debt investment projects for Fosun Insurance Portugal, including investments in the Portuguese power grid company Redes Energeticas Nacionais SGPS, S.A. (REN), China's leading film distributor with an integrated business chain Bona Film Group, etc., aggregating an investment amount of approximately EUR460 million. Leveraging its successful connection to Fosun's investment capability, the profit attributable to owners of the parent of insurance segment amounted to RMB114.5 million during the first half of 2014, up 19.9% from the same period of 2013, with an investible fund stood at approximately RMB119.06 billion.

Besides investing in the insurance segment, Fosun also extended its footholds to the comprehensive financial area including banking, real estate capital management, securities brokerage and asset management. Fosun succeeded in investing in one of the largest independent private banks in Europe, BHF of Germany in the first half of 2014. For this transaction, Fosun acquired an approximately 19% interest in KBG to secure an indirect ownership of the BHF and the well-established UK private bank with a very long history, Kleinwort Benson, thereby gaining footholds in two big financial hubs, Frankfurt and London. Fosun will capitalize on their connections with billionaires and family enterprises to establish a platform and a network for Fosun's investment businesses in Europe. It is the first time Fosun holds indirect interests in a private-banking business which will successfully enhance its comprehensive financial capability. In addition, Fosun completed the acquisition of a 98% equity interest in a Japanese real estate capital management firm IDERA. Japan is one of the important markets in the global property investment mix for institutional investors. IDERA will become the most important property investment and management platform in Japan for Fosun. After the IDERA acquisition, the Group can efficiently acquire capital and asset management capability in the Japanese property market. In July 2014, Fosun acquired Hong Kong Hani Securities (It is still waiting for the final approval by the SFC). Hani Securities has licenses including for dealing in securities and assets management. Looking forward, it will help secure a foothold for Fosun in supporting "Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect" and start pursuing differentiated assets management business in Hong Kong, while engaging in further development with Fosun's other financial platforms.

Investments gathering strengths

Accomplished successful large-scale global value investment cases based on deep industrial footholds in China

During the first half of the year, Fosun sped up establishment of localized investment capabilities in overseas markets. It proactively invested in local platform entities, put together local partner teams in Europe, the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asian countries and regions. Ripping benefits from the significant acceleration of globalization of China's growth momentum, Fosun completed many investments across Asia, Europe and North America. Fosun's global investment strategies are based on "benefits from China's growth momentum" to further implement its "industrial-rooted global investment capability", accomplishing a long list of value investment cases.

On the top of its successful investments in the global leisure resort hotel chain Club Med of France and the Greek renowned fashion retail group Folli Follie, etc., Fosun took its "Combining China's Growth Momentum with Global Resources" investment model further. Since last year until lately, Fosun and funds under its management invested, respectively, in the US high-end female apparel brand St. John, the premium Italian menswear manufacturer Caruso, the world's leading medical and cosmetic energy-based device manufacturer Alma Lasers originated in Israel, the largest lifestyle restaurant chain group in Southeast Asia Secret Recipe, a leading German fashion and lifestyle brand TOM TAILOR, as well as a renowned Spanish premium ham, wines and spirits producer Osborne Group. Fosun believes in co-operation with its investees and partners to discover and share investment opportunities brought about by China's sustaining economic growth.

Fully "Embracing the Mobile Internet": already become a major "mobile internet" investor in China

Facing the comprehensive reform brought about by the internet, Fosun proactively implement its "Embracing the Mobile Internet Strategy". Following the successful investment in Perfect World and completion of the Focus Media privatization, Fosun and funds under its management expanded their mobile internet investments comprehensively in many areas, including the internet medical company Scanadu; the online education companies such as Mofangge, and Uniquedu; the mobile game portal Joyme.com; and the online travel company Lailaihui.com; and Southeast Asia mobile internet company Main Spring, etc. Furthermore, Fosun also invested in high-growth traditional industries ancillary to the internet, including distribution warehousing, freight express, smart logistics systems, etc., such as China Smart Logistics Network (CSN) -- "Cainiao". Fosun and funds under its management also invested in and pushed forward traditional enterprises to innovate and achieve O2O, for example, invested successfully in Ali Small-Loan and participated in its rapid growth. In the first half of 2014, the Group has a total of 18 PE and VC projects in the internet sector, for investment amounts aggregating approximately RMB1.85 billion.

Spearheaded investments in industries associated with middle-class lifestyles

Exponential growth in successful cases of experience-driven consumption and consumption upgrade

China's middle class population is growing rapidly, and the middle class lifestyles are set to become the major driver of consumption in the country. Fosun is eyeing on investment opportunities brought about by the changing lifestyles of the middle class in China, extending its footholds in experience-driven consumption in tourism and the filming and television entertainment industry, as well as focusing on investments in consumption upgrades, etc.

Fosun further extended its investment footholds in experience-driven consumption in the first half of 2014, initiated at a high starting point in the filming and television entertainment industry by investing in Studio 8, an US Hollywood multi-platform media company; increased its holding in Bona Film Group and became the second largest shareholder; and signed a strategic cooperation agreement with one of China's largest and strongest modern film groups Shanghai Film Group. For experience-driven tourism consumption investments, besides the investment in China International Travel Services and the increased holding in Shanghai Yuyuan Tourist Mart, Fosun continued to develop the world's third ultimate high-end hotel and ocean theme park Atlantis Resort along the Haitang Bay National Coast in Sanya, Hainan, with Kerzner Group, while facilitated Club Med's expansion in China and on the heels of Yabuli and Guilin resorts, Club Med has already beta-launched its third resort in China this year. Meanwhile, Fosun persists in its focus on investments in consumption upgrades. Since the beginning of 2014 to date, Fosun and funds under its management invested in the leading lifestyle restaurant chain group in Southeast Asia Secret Recipe, a renowned Spanish premium ham, wines and spirits producer Osborne Group, a leading German fashion and lifestyle brand TOM TAILOR etc.

Transformation of traditional property businesses: Full landing of "Hive Community", a PPP urbanization model that pioneered "provision of core urban functions, industry-backed urban development and urban-industry integration"

Implementing the new model of urbanization is a major highlight of the Central Government, and a major driver of the sustaining economic development in China. Hive Community is a product integrated Fosun's industrial resources to assist local governments in the construction of core urban functions, with a key feature of "industry-backed urban development and urban-industry integration". Through providing core urban functions required by the cities, Fosun is able to take a lead in introducing its core industrial resources and to further introduce ancillary industries that support the core industries, with a view to promoting "Urban-Industry integration" by establishing a 24-hour plus 3-in-1 vibrant community for work, consumption and living, as well as introducing living and consumption services industries. The Hive Community products, therefore, provide clear and distinctive functions with active dispersal of peripheral services. They also provide adequate and diverse job opportunities (no more dormant cities, ghost cities), seeking to constitute functional communities that drive employment by industries. As such, a new model of communities which is self-sufficient and built with flexible combination of modules comprising different functions are established.

In the first half of 2014, Fosun combined its resources to fully extend property businesses migration, securing a foothold to the "Hive Community" development. Currently, Fosun has been exploring actively in this area with several satisfactory case studies: Financial Hive -- BFC on the Bund in Shanghai and Chengdu Financial Hive; Healthcare Hive -- Shanghai Starcastle Senior Living community; Culture Hive -- Shenyang Yulong City and Dongyang Woodcarving City; Tourism Hive -- Atlantis Resort in Hainan; and Logistics Hive -- Tian Mao Plaza in Xiangyang and Ankang; comprising GFA aggregating 3.96 million sq.m.

Signficant results from long-term vigilance on and grasping of opportunities from China's SOE mixed ownership reforms

The Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed to "actively participate in mixed ownership reforms" which confirmed the overall direction for SOE reforms. Mixed ownership reforms are an important move for China's further reform and opening up, deepening the SOEs reform and enhancing the state-owned assets management system and the economic system. In the past ten years, Fosun actively invested in 21 SOE restructuring projects in a number of industries, accomplished a base of valuable experiences. To grasp opportunities in history, Fosun has been actively participating in mixed ownership reforms since The Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party, and invested in several leading corporates in China as Sanyuan Food in dairy industry, CNFC Fishery in overseas fishing industry and Zhongshan Public Utilities in professional environmental protection industry. (Sanyuan Food project and CNFC Fishery project are still waiting for final approval by the China Securities Regulatory Commission)

Outlook

Led by a spiritual courage of "Reinitiating two decades of entrepreneurship", Fosun will follow the trends by combining resources, continue to enhance and implement its twin drivers of "insurance-oriented comprehensive financial capability" and "industrial-rooted global investment capability", enabling the Group to better and timely grasp the value investing opportunities and making a major stride towards becoming a world-class investment group.

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Rail Passenger Numbers Rise as Operators across the Globe Utilize Mobile Ticketing Options

Frost & Sullivan: Rail operators' mobile presence develops easier ticket purchasing methods

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Travel and purchasing patterns of rail users globally are extremely dynamic in nature. Even though rail systems in the same geography are subject to similar environments, they tend to show hugely different ridership patterns as several social, economic, political and technological factors determine patronage.

A new database from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Dashboard of Global Rail Passenger Volumes, provides passenger volume metrics for 538 rail operators in 2013. Key figures such as passenger volumes, total passenger movement in passenger kilometer, revenues from rail tickets, and the minimum, maximum and average ticket price have been included in the database. In addition, detailed parametric modeling has been utilized to estimate the sales channel split based on social and economic factors as well as rail performance indicators.

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"Mobile ticketing is rail transport's newest offering, which is quickly gaining presence and boosting passenger volumes," said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Research Analyst Shyam Raman. "With the growth of application stores and the use of personal computing devices such as tablets and smartphones, rail operators across the globe have been pushed to increase their mobile presence."

However, mobile ticketing has not quite taken off with some customers, who prefer to use familiar ticket procurement methods even if they are less convenient or involve more effort. This, along with server crashes and the lack of Internet access is dampening the adoption of mobile ticketing.

"Rail operators will have to strategize to deal with resistant customers in order to popularize mobile ticketing," advised Raman. "They must also address server-related issues to support this endeavor."

Strategic Dashboard of Global Rail Passenger Volumes is part of the Transportation & Logistics (http://www.transportation.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan's related studies include: Executive Analysis of the Global Rail Industry 2014, Opportunity Analysis of the Eastern European Rail Market: A 360-degree Perspective, and Strategic Analysis of Light Rail Transit in North America. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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The Forefront of Japan’s Subculture — the Ever Evolving “Akihabara”

TOKYO, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "Akihabara"is well known to those not only in Japan but also overseas as "the City/Mecca of Electronics & Home Appliances". You will still see a lot of major home electronics retailers lined up side by side, and many people from the country and all over the world have made visits to the city looking for Japan's electronic appliances for decades. However, the city has now evolved brilliantly throughout the changes of a new era. Nowadays, "Akihabara" not only represents a name of a city, but also became an iconic figure that embodies Japan's own subculture. Japan's unique subculture scene largely represented by this city attracts travelers from all over the world. Akihabara, which is continuously evolving its appearance every minute, also owns its very unique in-station facility that fittingly serves as an entrance to the city. Here we will introduce you to some of the newest faces in Akihabara you will likely encounter in the station or somewhere under an elevated structure:

Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?
Why don't you get Japanese souvenirs and the hot items in Akihabara?

An art-turned train! Even a non-hardcore fan should stop by -- "TRAINIART"

"Atre Akihabara 1" is connected directly to JR East Railway Akihabara station's Electric Town exit (or "Denki-gai" exit). On the 2nd floor you will find "TRAINIART", a  boutique shop selling railroad/train merchandises. Here you will find a vast variety of railroad/train designed goods, from stationaries to accessories, all focused on both [design] and [functionality]. You will notice most of these goods are well-suited for its own brand name "-ART", all richly designed, stylishly finished that one would definitely be tempted to pick them up in their hands, and are very popular among the females. You can also find a pair of train-designed T-shirts tailored for parent-child; you would definitely find a train-designed merchandise of your own that you would probably want to bring home.

"CHABARA""NOMONO" - For those looking for tasting/bringing home Japan's regional local gourmet foods

In Japan, you will encounter distinctive local gourmet foods in each region throughout the country. Wouldn't it be nice if you could enjoy all sorts of gourmet foods from all regions in Japan even if you could only stay in Tokyo?

That's when we highly recommend"CHABARA", located under an elevated bridge connecting JR Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. You will find a rich variety of specialty goods, seafoods, and soil foods delivered directly from local producers throughout the country. Perhaps, it's a good idea to make gifts to your friends with soy-sauce, miso, tonkotsu (or pork bone soup) or other unique ramen noodles delivered from local producers, or for anybody, whose dad loves Japanese Sake, why not make a gift for him with a Japanese Sake processed with pure water and high quality grain of rice!

On the other hand, "NOMONO", located inside Akihabara Station, is "A shop introducing the allure of Japanese food" that is always crowded with visitors as, albeit its somewhat limited space, it is conveniently located inside the station. At "NOMONO Kitchen" located on 2nd floor, you will enjoy the aspects of traditional local culture and all sorts of menu filled with highly selective and seasonal ingredients from the east regional Japan.   

In Akihabara, the city that constantly provides us with the latest cultural ingredients, its nearest station is equally unique as well. As the forefront of Japan's cultural movement, we highly encourage you to visit there.

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Stallone and Schwarzenegger Light Up Star-Studded Venetian Macao Red Carpet at The Expendables 3 Special Screening

The Venetian Theatre hosts Asia's only special screening of blockbuster film

MACAO, Aug. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The stars shone brightly Friday night at The Venetian Theatre, as international icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walked the red carpet at The Venetian®Macao for Asia's only special screening of their latest film, The Expendables 3, marking their first-ever visit to Macao and the iconic integrated resort.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

With a throng of enthusiastic fans lining the red carpet clamouring for the stars' attention, the special screening of The Expendables 3 was part of the series of activities celebrating The Venetian Macao's 7th anniversary Aug. 28. Stallone and Schwarzenegger also participated in a handprinting ceremony while the captivated crowd looked on, laying down their handprints and signatures for Cotai Strip Resorts Macao's Bridge of Stars Gallery.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger take part in a hand printing ceremony at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger take part in a hand printing ceremony at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Joining the blockbuster film's iconic lead actors at the red carpet event were Olympian, undefeated UFC bantamweight champion and The Expendables 3 cast member Ronda Rousey, who is in town for Saturday's UFC Fight Night Macao at The Venetian Macao, and Hong Kong celebrities Jessica C., Joyce Lee, Loretta Chow, Phillip Ng, Timmy Hung and Janet Chau.

Sylvester Stallone, Sands China Ltd. President and CEO Edward Tracy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films Chairman and CEO Avi Lerner walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.
Sylvester Stallone, Sands China Ltd. President and CEO Edward Tracy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films Chairman and CEO Avi Lerner walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

"It was a great thrill for everyone involved to see these two legends of Hollywood come to Macao for this special screening, from the fans lining the red carpet to our guests in the theatre," said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. "We're very pleased that this event provided us with an opportunity to deliver world-class entertainment while casting the spotlight on Macao as a global destination."

Celebrity-attended events like Friday's special screening of The Expendables 3 are part of Sands China's multi-tiered entertainment strategy, which is aimed at raising Macao's profile as a world centre of tourism and leisure, providing a diversity of entertainment choices for the millions of guests and visitors experiencing Cotai Strip Resorts Macao each year.

Spanning a multitude of event types and venues, whether commanding the attention of a sold-out Cotai Arena audience or enchanting a packed Venetian Theatre, superstars of music, film, television and sports that have visited the integrated resort city include the Rolling Stones, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, , Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Eason Chan, Jay Chou, Ricky Martin, David Beckham, Manny Pacquiao, Tiger Woods, Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, Kevin Spacey Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Irons, Jackie Chan, Sam Worthington, Matthew Perry,  Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun Fat, Nicholas Tse and so many more.

In The Expendables 3, the most star-powered film franchise in history raises the bar to unprecedented heights with a dream team of global superstars, explosive stunts and mind-boggling weaponry as the mercenary group comes face to face with ruthless arms dealer and Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks whose mission is to wipe out the entire team.

Celebrations for The Venetian Macao's 7th anniversary continue over the weekend, with the high-octane UFC Fight Night Macao at the Cotai Arena Saturday evening.

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