11th OGWA-SPE Exhibition & Conference from March 26 to 28
Feb 19, 2018

Muscat, Oman, 19 February 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )- Amid the current oil situation, the oil and gas sector remains optimistic about the prospects and the sector’s continuous growth and development and what these opportunities represent for oil and gas companies.

On Monday, executives from biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo, along with a distinguished panel from the oil and gas sector addressed the media in a press conference for its 11th edition of Oil & Gas West Asia (OGWA) Exhibition and Conference held at the Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel.

The panel included key industry individuals such as Dr. Sultan Al-Shidhani, Petroleum Engineering Manager of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and OGWA-SPE Technical Committee Chairman, Michelle Boyd, Director of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Middle East, North Africa and South Asia; Musallam Al Mandhari, CEO, Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), Shabib Al Maamari, Communication & External Affairs Manager, BP Oman, Murtaza Firoz, Executive Director, Vanguard Engineering & Oilfield Services, Hamza Qarooni, VP, Gulf Energy, along with Omanexpo general manager Nader Abbas.

Since its launch in 1998, the OGWA-SPE Exhibition and Conference has grown and known to become one of the most important and recognized oil and gas events in the region. In Oman, it has become the landmark event for the sector, playing a major role in helping boost government initiatives to open paths to viable alternatives to the current extraction and explorations techniques and technologies, provide a ready platform to present key projects and potential business and investment opportunities, and encourage trade.

The SPE EOR Conference, held alongside the OGWA exhibition, will feature a keynote panel session and an executive plenary session where distinguished industry leaders and

from the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Oman, will share their views of the industry’s successes and progress made in enhanced oil recovery in addition to enhancing the industry’s contributions to socio-economic developments. Technical sessions will cover the latest advances in chemical EOR, thermal EOR, miscible gas injection EOR and low salinity water flooding and much more.

Over the years, this event has become a hub for professionals from around the globe to meet in one place to share their experiences and discuss new technologies and advances in EOR.

This year, the exhibition will be held for the first time at the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre and will showcase over 300 companies representing 19 countries. Highlighting the exhibition are six country pavilions (China, Iran, Italy, India, Egypt and the SPE Technology Pavilion), and the ICV Riyada Pavilion, where with the support of Strategic Partner Business Gateways, it will present about 130 companies who will showcase their profiles at the Riyada JSRS e-marketplace and 10 stands at the exhibition.

The OGWA-SPE Exhibition & Conference 2018 will be held from 26-28 March and will be hosted under the auspices of the Ministry of Oil & Gas and supported by PDO and OPAL.

His Excellency Mohammad bin Al Zubair, Advisor to His Majesty for Economic Planning Affairs, will formally open the event.


Contact: Melissa Daleja
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Email: melissa.daleja@omanexpo.com

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IFFS 2018 Hands CARTE BLANCHE to Chantal Hamaide & ARRO Studio
Feb 15, 2018

Singapore, 15 February 2018 — In exactly 21 days, trade professionals from the furniture, interiors, industrial design, architecture, hospitality, and lifestyle industries will be treated to a spectacular multi-faceted experience at the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2018 and its co-located shows, the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia 2018, held from 8 - 11 March at the Singapore EXPO. This year, in an inaugural collaboration with design consultancy TANKE.LONDON/, IFFS will present the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, curated by Chantal Hamaide, with scenography by ARRO Studio.

Fresh Content Through Strategic Global Partnerships

Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, said, “An integral part of our event’s vitality is in ensuring we deliver original content and exciting showcases to the audience. The team is always open to exploring new partnerships, and those familiar with IFFS may have noticed it’s very much a part of our DNA. We’re delighted to have TANKE.LONDON/ come on board this year, and I look forward to seeing the curator’s vision come alive at the exhibition.”

Located in the Piazza Hall, CARTE BLANCHE is an exclusive showcase of high-end, international brands presented in a creative and coherent manner. Comprising both renowned and emerging brands, this inaugural edition of CARTE BLANCHE will see Chantal Hamaide — founder of iconic French design magazine, Intramuros — team up with founders of ARRO Studio, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth, who will manage scenography and artistic direction.

Maiden Opportunity for ARRO Studio

Often remembered for their award-winning revamp of the Clarks Originals HQ in the UK, ARRO Studio is a creative, multi-disciplinary design agency based in Paris, with activities across the globe including the UK, USA, China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, and Morocco.

CARTE BLANCHE marks two ‘firsts’ for ARRO Studio — first ever exhibition in Singapore and first collaboration with Hamaide. Commenting on their experience so far, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth expressed, “Indeed, we are particularly glad about this opportunity! The ‘Little Red Dot’ boasts a vibrant design scene, and its fast pace and cultural setting have attracted our attention for some time now, so we were delighted when IFFS approached us. Also, we are lucky to collaborate with Chantal Hamaide. It’s an honour for us, as she has always been passionate about putting design talents in the limelight, and it’s been a pleasure to work with her.”

18 Prominent Brands to be Featured

Revolving around the theme of ‘New Traditions’, this edition’s CARTE BLANCHE will feature an outstanding selection of brands — most of them never-before-seen — hailing from China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and Spain. The participating brands hand-picked by the curator include:

  1. Bensimon (Maison & Gallery, France)
  2. Coédition (France)
  3. Colos (Italy)
  4. Designerbox (France)
  5. Elliptic Circle (Hong Kong)
  6. Grafunkt (Singapore)
  7. Maison Fragile (France)
  8. Maxdesign (Italy)
  9. Moustache (France)
  1. Petite Friture (France)
  2. Pierre Frey (France)
  3. Sammode (France)
  4. Sancal (Spain)
  5. Studio MVW (China)
  6. Studio GGSV x EGE (France x Denmark)
  7. Treku (Spain)
  8. Varian by Culture In (France)
  9. Versant Edition (France)

Sharing her thoughts on the eclectic ensemble of brands and items to be displayed, Hamaide declared, “In their diversity, all the selected pieces have something in common: a boundless creative streak and a tremendous amount of dedication, which each designer has put into the conception, unveiling some revered and specific know-hows. Beyond the trends and cultural expectations, this coherent body of work also evokes a dialogue between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. I believe this is the very dialogue that breathes meaning and strength into the global industry.”

Industry professionals keen on visiting IFFS to view the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, as well as other exciting and exclusive highlights, should pre-register before 23 February 2018 viawww.iffs.com.sg/register to enjoy free admission and to avoid waiting in line at the show.

For more information on the fair, please visitwww.IFFS.com.sg orwww.NOOKAsia.com.sg.


For more information, please visit:
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Asia Pacific, Americas & Rest of the World
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Local Designers Launch New Collections at New York Fashion Week
Feb 14, 2018

Fashion Hong Kong Showcase Spotlights Hong Kong Creativity

14 February 2018 –The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) brought three Hong Kong fashion labels to launch their Fall/Winter 2018 collections at New York Fashion Week, on 9 February. The HKTDC also staged a Fashion Hong Kong runway show, which was attended by a packed audience. Apart from attracting more than 500 buyers, media representatives and fashion experts, the HKTDC streamed the event live on Facebook, allowing fashionistas from around the world interested in Hong Kong fashion to catch the show online.

Fashionistas at Fashion Hong Kong

The Hong Kong labels that took part at this year’s Fashion Hong Kong runway show were ANVEGLOSA, established by Annette Chan; Harrison Wong’s eponymous label HARRISON WONG; and HEAVEN PLEASE+, which was formed by the design duo of Yi Chan and Lary Cheung. Local fashion bloggers as well as international fashion media attended the Fashion Hong Kong runway show, including ELLE Italy, ELLE Spain, WWD, FashionWeekOnline.com and The Daily Front Row.

Several fashionistas and celebrities, including artists Philip Tabor, Masika Kalysha, Rydel Lynch and designer Genevieve Gorder, attended the event. Following the Fashion Hong Kong runway show, the HKTDC organised a B2B reception on 9 February at The High Line Hotel, to create networking opportunities for Hong Kong designers to meet fashion industry representatives. More than 250 buyers, industry players and media reporters were treated to a fashion presentation. Daniel Kadishson, Director of Economic Development, New York City Mayors’ Office for International Affairs, also came to lend the city’s support for the event.

Fashion Hong Kong Showroom facilitating buyer-designer interaction

A large number of fashion buyers visited the HKTDC Fashion Hong Kong Showroom at Showroom Seven, a professional B2B showroom set up during New York Fashion Week, from 7-20 February. In addition to the three runway labels, 13 other up-and-coming Hong Kong fashion brands: a o g p, BIG HORN, Ejj Jewellery, FAVEbyKennyLi, FREQUENT FLYER, Heritage ReFashioned, LAByrinth, L'impression du temps, LOOM LOOP, MASE, NICI HARMONIC, niin and SHOKAY, are also being showcased. Both Heritage ReFashioned and LOOM LOOP feature eco-fashion, with the former transforming upcycled vintage textile into sustainable fashion clutches; while the latter incorporating Canton silk, a traditional fabric that uses natural dyeing techniques.

Fashion Hong Kong is a series of international promotions organised by the HKTDC to raise the global profile of Hong Kong fashion designers and labels. Since 2015, Fashion Hong Kong has been staging world-class runway shows at major international fashion events, including at New York Fashion Week, Copenhagen Fashion Week and Tokyo Fashion Week, to showcase Hong Kong’s fashion design prowess.

Holistic Promotion Campaign

Fashion Hong Kong partnered with Klook, a Hong Kong travel start-up, to introduce Hong Kong’s unique fashion design to lifestyle travellers worldwide. Fashion Hong Kong also collaborated with local digital start-up VirtualCyte, to produce the first 360-degree video production on Hong Kong designers at New York Fashion Week. In addition, FashionWeekOnline.com, which is regarded as the insiders’ guide to international fashion weeks, launched a Hong Kong section to promote emerging Hong Kong fashion designers and HKTDC fashion events.

Fashion Hong Kong website:www.fashionhongkong.com

Media Enquiries:
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Sam Ho
Tel: (852) 2584 4569
Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org

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Asia's largest commercial aviation event -- Meet Scoot, Vanilla Air, Spring Airlines, VietJet Air, Finnair and 100 more airlines and airports
Feb 12, 2018

SINGAPORE, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia's aviation industry is the fastest growing in the world, with big forecasts for the passenger numbers in the region. This presents big opportunities for the players in the aviation space, be it airlines, airports, technology and solution providers.

Aviation Festival Asia 2018 will bring you 150 expert speakers across 7 tracks: World Low Cost Airlines, AirXperience, Aviation IT, Air Retail, Aviation Marketing, Aviation Human Capital, and brand new for 2018, Airport T.EX, focusing on technology and experience for modern airports.

On 27 February 2018 at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore, Aviation Festival Asia 2018 opens with a series of Keynote Interviews by Bloomberg, followed by a boardroom level panel discussion on How can airlines guarantee future success? We welcome the following panelists for the morning session:

  • Joe Leader, Chief Executive Officer, APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association)
  • Skúli Mogensen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WOW air

    Day one of the premium conference will close with 2 panel discussions. Firstly, we present some of the top airlines in a discussion -- "India's aviation: Towards a sustainable growth". Moderated by Rahul Kapoor, Asia Pacific Transportation Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence, he will be joined by:

  • K Shyam Sundar, Chief Executive Officer, Air India Express
  • Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Bangalore International Airport
  • P. S. Nair, Chief Executive Officer, Corporate, Airports Sector, GMR Airports
  • Satyendra Pandey, General Manager, Strategy & Planning (CEO's office), Go Air
  • Bharath Mahadevan, India's Head, Scoot

    Secondly, we discuss on China's growing aviation industry and how its impact globally . Hosted by TravelDaily China, we will have the following experts speaking:

  • Shen Zeyou, Director, Marketing Division, China Southern Airlines
  • Yang Haijun, General Manager of Marketing & Sales Department, China West Air
  • Li Bing, Chief Finance Officer, Juneyao Airlines

    On 28 February 2018, the focus is on Low-Cost Carriers which are gaining increasing attention globally. The morning keynote session will be moderated by IATA and some of Asia's top players:

  • Stephen Wang, Chairman, Spring Airlines
  • Mio Yamamuro, Deputy CEO / Senior Executive Vice President, Vanilla Air
  • Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, Vice President, VietJet Air

    Across 2 days and 7 premium conferences, we will have over 150 speakers to discuss strategic issues on passenger experience, IT solutions, ancillary revenue, marketing and big data, human resource, airport management and low-cost airlines' business models.

    A small sample of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Dieter Vranckx, Vice President, Sales Asia Pacific, Lufthansa Group Airlines
  • Robecta Ma, Vice President of Marketing, Americas, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair
  • George Liu, Chief Marketing Officer, Hong Kong Airlines
  • Steven Greenway, Chief Executive Officer, reward-U, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, U-FLY Alliance
  • Gautier Parfait, Flight Operations Training Coordinator, British Airways
  • Anthony Doyle, Senior Director - Global Sales Corporate Development & Operations, Air Canada
  • Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Bangalore International Airport
  • Hervé Gueusquin, Chief Executive Officer, SAGA - Sahel And Gulf Airlines
  • Curtis Willmore, Manager - Distribution Corporate Strategy, United Airlines

    Besides the conference, the exhibition will see over 50 solution providers, 20 exhibiting airlines and an Airline University and Technology Showcase Sessions. Some of the exhibiting companies includes OpenJaw, MasterCard, Heineken, JR Technologies, Aeroprofessional, Airfree, KIU, Media Carrier, Moleskine, Conxxe, GoQuo and more. The exhibiting airlines and airports include Air Astana, Japan Airlines, Fiji Airways, Central Japan International Airport, Changi Airport, Turkish Airlines and more.

    The two-day conference and exhibition is expected to gather over 1,000 aviation stakeholders from Asia-Pacific and beyond.

    About Aviation Festival Asia 2018

    Date: 27 - 28 February 2018
    Conference opening hours: 09:00 am
    Exhibition opening hours: 10:30 am
    Venue: Level 4, Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

    Source: Terrapinn

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    Singapore Airshow 2018 Connects Global Aviation Stakeholders to Key Opportunities to Drive Change and Shape the Future
    Feb 06, 2018

    Technology innovation across cybersecurity, MRO and autonomous mobility the highlight at Asia’s largest aviation and aerospace platform

    SINGAPORE, 4 February 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, is connecting global aviation stakeholders to key opportunities that drive change and shape the future.

    As a key gateway to Asia’s thriving aviation and aerospace industry, the Singapore Airshow offers a wide range of such key opportunities, including potential business opportunities presented by 1,062 companies from 50 countries and regions participating in the exhibition.

    Opportunities in a thriving global marketplace
    This global marketplace will feature 65 of the top 100 global aerospace companies including Airbus, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, ST Engineering, Thales and UTC Aerospace Systems.

    A growing number of aviation firms will be taking part at the Airshow for the first time, having recognised the potential of doing business in this vast marketplace. These include:
    AviationLearn, Honda Aircraft Company, LOGIC, Marposs, IHSE Asia, Turkish Aerospace Industries, WEARE Group, Wright Brothers Science, Technologies Development Co. Ltd, United Engine Corporation, Collective Wisdom Technology, Star UAV Co and Chengdu Holy Aviation.

    Participating companies and organisations are taking the opportunity to showcase their most innovative products spanning key technology trends at Singapore Airshow 2018. These include the new, innovative and reliable ELTA Emergency Locator Transmitter, and the firstof-its-kind Orion-D Man Pack drone detection system from TRD Consultancy, which will be making its global debut.

    Additionally, ST Engineering will be showcasing smart technologies and their applications in new and enhanced solutions across three clusters – Aviation, Defence and Smart City, while CAAS and Air Traffic Management Research Institute will be showcasing their UAV air traffic management system. ISS Reshetnev will be showcasing the latest in Russian satellite technologies, while Airbus will demonstrate its “Project Skyways” autonomous parcel delivery drone prototype for the first time at the Singapore Airshow.

    “The global aviation industry is at an inflection point. Rapid digitalisation and the unparalleled growth of innovative technology have converged to open up new opportunities that are transforming the fundamentals of the industry,” said Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events. “By focusing on both vital aviation-centric technologies like avionics and connected aircraft, predictive maintenance and additive manufacturing, as well as innovations in the areas of cybersecurity and autonomous technology, the Singapore Airshow will empower stakeholders to effectively harness the vast potential of technology innovation to shape the industry’s future.”

    Opportunities to engage an expanding global audience

    Aviation stakeholders would be able to tap even more opportunities arising from the Singapore Airshow’s expanding global audience. In addition to the presence of major aviation markets like France, Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States, there is also increased participation from other regions and countries.

    • Russia: Leading manufacturers of fighter jets, commercial aircraft and helicopters like United Aircraft Corporation, Russian Helicopters and communications satellite company – Eurasia Partnership of Aerospace Cluster (EPAC).
    • China: Manufacturers of commercial and military jets, and specialists in aviation training from China.
    • Japan: Local government agencies from the Japanese prefectures of Tokyo, Hiroshima (new), Saitama (new) and Mie (new).

    “The aerospace investments into Singapore since the last Singapore Airshow underscores the continued confidence in Singapore as a trusted partner, and the growth opportunities in Asia Pacific. On the innovation front, we will leverage our diverse range of capabilities from digital to mechanical, to co-develop cutting-edge technologies and solutions with companies,” said Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Director, Transport Engineering, Singapore Economic Development Board. “We expect innovation in key areas like digitalisation and advanced manufacturing, to fuel future growth for Singapore.”

    Opportunities to drive change through strategic platforms

    Besides business opportunities, global stakeholders will be able to leverage strategic platforms like the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS 2018) to drive change. Top-level government and industry decision-makers including government representatives, civil aviation authorities and senior executives of airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and air navigation service providers will gather at the Summit this year to focus on “Reimagining Aviation's Future”. SAALS 2018 will offer opportunities to address both the challenges and opportunities arising from the continued demand for air travel, and provide a platform for aviati

    Co-organised with leading global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, The Revolution of Autonomy: The Race Is On Business Forum will focus on how autonomy will disrupt traditional value chains, generate new business models and put industry leaders at risk, as specialized start-ups and digital giants will grab increasing market shares in this fast-evolving space.

    Additionally, the Asia Business Forum will examine the opportunities and challenges for MRO providers in Asia Pacific, while the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Business Forum will focus on Industry 4.0 with digitalisation driving greater efficiency in the areas of robotics, industrial internet of things and artificial intelligence.

    Opportunities to shape the future by inspiring young aviation leaders

    Singapore Airshow 2018 features two key platforms that will help shape the industry’s future by nurturing budding talent and start-ups. Returning after a successful launch in 2016, the Singapore Airshow Aero Campus offers secondary school and tertiary students, as well as fulltime national servicemen a first-hand glimpse of the latest innovations and technologies. They will also gain valuable insights about the aviation and aerospace industry from leading companies and institutes of higher learning through the Campus, which is held in conjunction with the Airshow’s Education Day.

    A new initiative making its debut at this year’s Airshow, the inaugural What’s Next @ Singapore Airshow will offer nearly 70 start-ups from 9 countries opportunities to showcase their latest innovations, network with our corporate partners, and pitch their business ideas and offerings to potential investors, accelerators and corporate partners.

    Latest Aviation Marvels on Display

    Among the most anticipated element of the Singapore Airshow are an extensive line-up of the latest aircraft from around the world headlined by the world’s leading fifth generation multi role fighter – the F-35B Lightning II. This F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant is the world’s first supersonic STOVL stealth aircraft, and will be showcased at an Airshow in Asia for the first time. The F-35B will be on static display on all days at Singapore Airshow 2018 from 6 February (Tuesday) to 11 February (Sunday) 2018. Other military aircraft making their appearance at an Airshow for the first time in Asia, are the Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning aircraft, the Royal Thai Air Force’s Gripen jet and the United States Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

    There is also a range of business and commercial aircraft which are appearing for the first time at an Airshow in Asia. Among them are the Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraft, Textron Aviation Cessna Citation Longitude, and Embraer’s fourth prototype of a next-generation narrow-body jet – the E-190 E2 prototype. Nicknamed the "profit hunter", the prototype will feature a tiger's face painted on its nose in a nod to Embraer's respect for Asia. Additionally, the HondaJet, the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class, and the newly certified Airbus A350-1000 long-range passenger jet, will be making their debut at the Singapore Airshow.

    In addition to the static display, flying teams and aircraft from various regions will also put on spectacular aerial performances comprising complex maneuvers and dizzying routines. These include the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Black Eagles Aerobatic Team, Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) Jupiter Aerobatic Team, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), and United States Air Force (USAF).

    For the latest updates on the Singapore Airshow 2018 Static and Aerial Displays, go to: http://www.singaporeairshow.com/trade/aerobatic-flying-display.html.

    Singapore Airshow 2018 will be held from 6-11 February 2018 at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore and is organised by Experia Events.

    For further enquiries, please contact:
    Marilyn Ho
    Experia Events Pte Ltd
    Director, Communications
    Tel: +65 6595 6130
    Email: marilynho@experiaevents.com

    Kevin Foo / Vylviane Devajothi
    Hill+Knowlton Strategies
    Tel: +65 6390 3320 /+65 6390 3334
    Mobile: +65 9099 9119 / +65 9643 4241
    Email: kevin.foo@hkstrategies.com /

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    GSMA Launches Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018
    Jan 29, 2018

    2018 Edition Expected to Attract More Than 60,000 Attendees, 600 Participating Companies

    Hong Kong --( ASIA TODAY )-- The GSMA announced the first details of the 2018 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including confirmed exhibitors and sponsors, as well as a range of programmes and activities taking place at the annual mobile industry event. Under the theme “Discover a Better Future”, Mobile World Congress Shanghai will be held 27 – 29 June 2018 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The GSMA expects that more than 60,000 professionals from across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries will gather for the 2018 event.

    “Today, mobile connects more than two-thirds of the world’s population. It revolutionises industries and improves our lives, creating exciting new opportunities in our global communities, while providing lifelines of hope and reducing inequality,” said Michael O’Hara Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Innovation is at the very heart of a better future for all and Mobile World Congress Shanghai will showcase the technologies, products and services that are fuelling this innovation.”

    Mobile World Congress Shanghai to Showcase More Than 600 Companies
    Covering seven halls at the SNIEC, the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition will showcase the leading products, services and technologies that are shaping the future of mobile, from handsets and devices to network infrastructure, software and services and much more. Major event partners include China Mobile and Huawei; the two companies will also have a presence in the exhibition alongside more than 600 participating companies overall, including AAC Acoustic, AsiaInfo, BICS, China Transport Telecommunication and Information, Continental, Datang, Ericsson, Gemalto, Gionee, H3C Technologies, Hengtong Optic-Electric, HTC, Nokia, Qualcomm, RFS, Rohde & Schwarz, Samsung LSI, STMicroelectronics, Volkswagen and ZTE, among others.

    A top destination at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, NEXTech is making its way to Mobile World Congress Shanghai. Located in Hall W5 of the SNIEC, NEXTech puts the spotlight on next-generation technology, with focused exhibition areas showcasing companies and innovative technologies that are driving disruption across the entire mobile ecosystem. NEXTech will highlight cutting-edge technologies including VR and AR, robotics, connected and autonomous cars, and artificial intelligence. NEXTech will also feature 4 Years From Now (4YFN), with an exhibition showcasing over 100 local and international startups. The 4YFN programme will also encompass a series of startup collaboration and investor networking activities.

    The GSMA Innovation City will again be a major highlight at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, enabling attendees to experience technology in context, illustrating how mobile-connected products and services can improve daily lives and transform industries in areas such as automotive, healthcare, smart homes, transport logistics and more.

    The Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) will return to Mobile World Congress Shanghai and once again provide an engaging, fun and hands-on educational experience for young people and families to experience the power of science, technology, engineering, arts/design and maths (STEAM) disciplines. For more information on the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition, visitwww.mwcshanghai.com/#exhibit.

    Conference to Explore Latest Trends and Topics in Mobile
    The 2018 Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme will be held 27 – 29 June in the SNIEC. In addition to four keynote sessions, the conference incorporates seven focused summits including the 5G Summit, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit, the Future Vehicles Summit, the Marketing Excellence Summit, the Future Operator Summit, the Global Device Summit and the Internet of Things (IoT) Summit. New for 2018, Mobile World Congress Shanghai will feature the Leaders Stage, where industry leaders, heads of government and other thought leaders will offer their perspectives and insights on a wide range of topics including societal issues, economy and commerce, the world of work, and much more.

    The Call for Papers for Mobile World Congress Shanghai is now open and prospective speakers can submit proposals through 23:59 Hong Kong time on Friday, 19 January 2018. To submit Call for Papers, visitwww.mwcshanghai.com/become-a-speaker/.

    Women4Tech Makes its Shanghai Debut
    Following its highly successful launch at Mobile World Congress 2017, the Women4Tech programme is coming to Shanghai. Women4Tech is designed to address and reduce the gender gap in the mobile industry. A central element of the programme is the Women4Tech Summit, which will bring together senior-level speakers and panellists to discuss how to ensure gender equality in mainstream work environments, and share strategic advice on broadening gender diversity in mobile and related industries. The Summit will highlight topics around women’s role in empowering, encouraging, transforming and innovating in technology. Additional Women4Tech activities include a speed coaching and networking session, specialised tours, activities at 4YFN and Women4Tech Asia Mobile (AMO) Awards for Outstanding Achievement Asia Industry Leadership, among others.

    Largest Carbon Neutral Exhibition and Conference in Asia
    Mobile World Congress Shanghai has again been officially certified by the British Standards Institution as carbon neutral under the international PAS 2060 standard, reinforcing its position as the largest carbon neutral exhibition and conference in Asia. The GSMA implemented a range of measures to reduce emissions for Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, resulting in a greenhouse gas reduction of more than 104 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. To compensate for the remaining carbon footprint, the GSMA is supporting United Nations-certified projects in China, including a waste gas for power generation project in Shaanxi, as well as a hydropower station project in Gansu. For more information, visitwww.mwcshanghai.com/about-the-gsma/environmental-programme/.

    Follow Developments at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018
    For more information on the 2018 Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including how to attend, exhibit, partner or sponsor, visit www.mwcshanghai.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Shanghai through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter at @GSMA and use #MWCS18, get regular updates through our LinkedIn Showcase Page atwww.linkedin.com/company/mobile-world-congress-shanghai, and follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/mwcshanghai. In China, you can follow us on Sina Weibohttp://weibo.com/mwcshanghai or search “GSMA_MWCS” in WeChat.


    About the GSMA
    The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

    For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website atwww.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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    WF CENTRAL and MAISON&OBJET Showcase International Design and Lifestyle
    Jan 24, 2018

    BEIJING, Jan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- WF CENTRAL today announced a partnership with MAISON&OBJET, the acclaimed international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends, to bring a special 'MAISON&OBJET Design Pavilion at WF CENTRAL' design showcase to China for the first time.

    The MAISON&OBJET PARIS bi-annual home decor fair is internationally renowned for connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community. The collaboration will see MAISON&OBJET bringing a unique design showcase to WF CENTRAL in Beijing in mid September 2018. The two month Design Pavilion will feature over 25 renowned designer brands - many new to China - offering customers the opportunity to experience and purchase the very latest design trends and stylish lifestyle savoir faire.

    The showcase presents a truly outstanding portfolio from leading global design brands, introducing the widest range of bespoke designer furniture, lighting, decorative items, interior designs, wall coverings, jewellery and fashion accessories. An important part of this exhibition will be devoted to a collective showcase of iconic products by M&O's Designers of the Year.

    "We are excited to welcome MAISON&OBJET and M&O's Designers of the Year to WF CENTRAL in curating this exclusive design showcase," said Mr Raymond Chow, Executive Director of Hongkong Land. "WF CENTRAL has been envisaged as a Beijing landmark of quality living and we are pleased to present this opportunity for customers to both enjoy and shop for unique designer products, providing the chance to purchase the work of cutting-edge international design and lifestyle leaders."

    "We are delighted to be collaborating with WF CENTRAL in bringing the MAISON&OBJET experience to China for the very first time," explained Philippe Brocart, Managing Director. "MAISON&OBJET is the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends. We very much welcome the opportunity to present this very special design showcase to enthusiastic new audiences in China, in what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and dynamic markets in the world."

    The 'MAISON&OBJET Design Pavilion at WF CENTRAL' is just one of a wide and diverse array of unique events and happenings planned for 2018. As a destination for stimulating art and culture exhibitions and exchanges, WF CENTRAL is dedicated to creating highly prestigious artistic collaborations with renowned international arts bodies with an exciting line-up of exclusive arts exhibitions and installations providing visitors with a rich assortment of lifestyle, arts and cultural offerings.

    WF CENTRAL is a premium lifestyle retail destination, a world-class, 150,000 sq. m. retail, fine dining and hospitality hub in Wangfujing, in the centre of Dongcheng District, Beijing. It sets a new benchmark for retail and lifestyle through its FIVE Core categories. Each category offers unmatched experiences namely: Luxury; Fashion; World-class Gastronomy; Lifestyle & Wellness; and Art & Culture.

    To discover more about WF CENTRAL and to receive our latest news and information on upcoming events, follow us on our Sina Weibo account and our WeChat account at "WF CENTRAL".


    WF CENTRAL is Hongkong Land's leading premium lifestyle retail centre in China at the commercial and political heart of the capital city, with the design and scale to both respect and revitalise the historic fabric of the Wangfujing area. Occupying a prime site of approximately 21,000 sq. m. on Wangfujing Street in Dongcheng District, Beijing, WF CENTRAL is bringing the community a total of 150,000 sq. m. gross floor area – including a 74-room Mandarin Oriental hotel. The property offers 50,000 sq. m. of retail space.

    Bringing together an unparalleled range of Luxury, Fashion, World-class Gastronomy, Lifestyle & Wellness, and Art & Culture experiences, WF CENTRAL is set to offer an authentically-new Beijing lifestyle experience by providing the opportunity to find inspiration, enjoy culture and be part of a new global perspective.

    Located on the prosperous Wangfujing Street, WF CENTRAL is only a stone's throw away from the Forbidden City and the Central Business District of Beijing. It will provide 660 carpark spaces and is well served by the capital's public transportation and metro networks.

    Hongkong Land

    Hongkong Land is a listed leading property investment, management and development group. Founded in 1889, Hongkong Land's business is built on excellence, integrity and partnership.

    The Group owns and manages approximately 800,000 sq. m. of prime office and luxury retail property in key Asian cities, principally in Hong Kong and Singapore. Hongkong Land's properties attract the world's foremost companies and luxury brands.

    Its Hong Kong Central portfolio represents some 450,000 sq. m. of prime property. It has a further 165,000 sq. m. of prestigious office space in Singapore mainly held through joint ventures, and a 50% interest in a leading office complex in Central Jakarta. The Group also has a number of high quality residential, commercial and mixed-use projects under development in cities across Greater China and Southeast Asia, including a luxury retail centre at Wangfujing in Beijing. In Singapore, its subsidiary, MCL Land, is a well-established residential developer.

    Hongkong Land Holdings Limited is incorporated in Bermuda and has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange, with secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore. The Group's assets and investments are managed from Hong Kong by Hongkong Land Limited. Hongkong Land is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.


    Since 1995, MAISON&OBJET has been the world's foremost event for professionals of the lifestyle, interior and design industries. Every edition brings together some 3,000 brands and more than 85,000 unique visitors – of which 50% hail from outside France. Promoting new contacts and emerging talents, MAISON&OBJET presents, twice a year, the latest sources of inspiration by shedding insight into current and future trends. As a result, the event has become an effective catalyst for brand development and business growth.

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    Source: WF CENTRAL

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    IFFS 2018 Attracts Largest Indian and Indonesian Contingents Yet
    Jan 17, 2018

    Singapore, 17 January 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018 (IFFS), along with co-located shows, the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia 2018, will make its return from 8 – 11 March 2018 at the Singapore EXPO. The trilogy of events offers an unparalleled outreach to the highly dynamic furniture industry through a multifaceted show experience that introduces new technology, celebrates design, and facilitates business network opportunities.

    Source from India and Indonesia at IFFS 2018

    Buyers looking to source directly from India can look forward to the largest-ever showing of Indian exhibitors at IFFS 2018. Over the years, there has been unabated interest in the fair from Indian furniture manufacturers, driven by trade visitors’ demand. This has led to more business collaborations between IFFS and relevant industry bodies, cementing IFFS’ position as the region’s leading fair for forging such partnerships. This year’s show will feature a 25% increase in participating exhibitors from India, presenting an extensive mix of quality carpets and rugs, furniture of traditional and modern designs, as well as furnishings and decorative accessories.

    Visitors to IFFS can also expect a contingent of quality brands from Indonesia, represented by members of the Indonesia Furniture Industry and Handicraft Association (ASMINDO). Established in August 1988, ASMINDO is the country’s oldest and strongest furniture association, comprising more than 2,000 companies and more than 20 regional offices throughout Indonesia. These top design-led brands, most of which are highly sought-after in the international market, will form the Indonesia Pavilion at IFFS 2018, and showcase the best of Indonesian craftsmanship, offering trade buyers countless opportunities to connect, converse, and collaborate.

    Yanti Rukmana, Vice Chairman of the Overseas Marketing Department at ASMINDO, said, “We’re very pleased to embark on this partnership with Singapore’s furniture fraternity. IFFS is a well respected event across the globe, and this collaboration marks a deepening of ties between the two countries’ associations. It’s a golden opportunity for our members to gain greater exposure on this influential platform, and we look forward to their positive post-event reports.”

    Notably, with a record-breaking total of 15 National Pavilions at IFFS 2018, visitors can expect to see even more variety on the show floor. Four countries — France, Japan, Portugal, and Turkey — will be making their debuts at the event, while 11 others — Belgium, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam — are familiar favourites returning to the fair. Enhancing the fair’s position as a truly international trade platform, the pavilions will allow visitors to easily narrow their search for specific styles or for products from certain geographic regions.

    Presenting a Design-centric Approach

    For the first time this year, IFFS partners Chantal Hamaide — Founder of internationally acclaimed French design magazine, Intramuros — to present CARTE BLANCHE. Comprising an assortment of furniture, accessories, décor and design objects, this showcase will be a maiden collaboration between Hamaide and ARRO Studio. Located right in the middle of The Piazza Hall, CARTE BLANCHE will be the fair’s main focal point, hosting a number of IFFS 2018 activities including the Opening Ceremony, Media Conference, and Design x Business Seminars. The showcase is centred around the theme of ‘New Traditions’ and participating brands include Bensimon Maison, Designerbox, Ege, Elliptic Circle, Gallery S. Bensimon, Grafunkt, Maison Fragile, Revology, Sancal, and VARIAN® by CULTUREIN.

    Following the success of The Italian Hospitality at IFFS last year, world-renowned Italian designer Giulio Cappellini will return to once again curate an exclusive feature area. Titled The Italian New Renaissance, this year’s showcase is modelled after a typical noble house in Italy, and will feature leading Italian furniture and furnishing brands in various living environments (e.g. living room, dining room, and bedroom). Attendees can expect to have an immersive experience as they walk through rooms filled with well-designed furniture pieces of immaculate finishing, reminiscent of the Renaissance period.

    Harnessing Technology to Make Meaningful Connections

    The fair is also the first furniture and furnishing trade exhibition in Asia Pacific to feature Augmented Reality (AR) technology on site. Using this simulation technology, 20 leading exhibitors will showcase an expanded product range and extend their brand presence beyond the physical constraints of their booths. Visitors can enjoy an interactive 4D experience of participating exhibitors’ products by scanning the respective logos on the Show Directory with their smartphones.

    Separately, the organisers will be introducing another avenue for designers to meet backers. Offered in partnership with Pozible, a Melbourne-based crowdfunding portal, LiftOff is a platform for designers to garner financial support to convert their novel ideas into reality. An all-or-nothing fundraising concept, LiftOff offers the design community the means to reach and build supporters. Through this, the organisers hope to help more designers find success, and to turn inspiring pieces from concepts to reality.

    Commenting on the show’s focus to deliver a more fulfilling show experience, Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, stated, “We’re injecting new perspectives this year by working with some of the design industry’s best minds and weaving the latest technological advances into the fair. It’s a pivotal move in IFFS’ development as Asia’s premier sourcing event, and it’ll help to keep things fresh for both the participating exhibitors and visiting buyers.”

    Industry Professionals Invited to Pre-register

    Online pre-registration to attend IFFS 2018 has commenced and to date, over 5,000 industry professionals have already signed up for the event. Interested trade visitors are encouraged to pre-register before 23 February 2018 via www.iffs.com.sg/register to enjoy free admission and to avoid waiting in line at the show.

    More highlights will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visitwww.IFFS.com.sgandwww.NOOKAsia.com.sg.


    About International Furniture Fair Singapore/ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and NOOK Asia

    The International Furniture Fair Singapore, held in conjunction with the ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and the NOOK Asia, is regarded by industry experts as Asia’s premier sourcing platform and design-led exhibition. With over three decades of experience since its inaugural event in 1981, the IFFS/AFS remains the most distinctive channel for regional and international companies to penetrate the global market.

    Together, the events — IFFS/AFS and NOOK Asia — will feature a comprehensive range of furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors and fittings by a diverse portfolio of quality exhibitors, and attract a healthy and well-represented attendance of trade buyers and visitors from the entire furniture ecosystem and value chain.

    To make it a holistic trade event, the various design initiatives — SingaPlural, Design STARS, International Designer Showcase, and Design Seminars — offer added depth and dimension to this Singapore-anchored trade event, raising its profile as a show not-to-be-missed in the industry calendar.

    IFFS/AFS is supported by the ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC), DesignSingapore Council, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau and SPRING Singapore.

    For media enquiries on IFFS & NOOK Asia, please contact:

    Asia Pacific, Americas & Rest of the World
    Ms Gracine WEE
    Red Bug Communications
    +65 6220 4787

    Europe and Middle East
    Mrs Marilena PUPPI
    OGS Organizzazione Gestione Servizi Srl
    +39 0 2345 0610

    Organiser’s Office – IFFS Pte Ltd
    Ms CHUA Siew Bee
    +65 6505 9176

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    Three Key Components for Educational Toys New Experience, Exploring the World and Self-experimentation
    Jan 12, 2018

    12 January 2018 – The HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair closed yesterday with a record attendance of more than 49,000 visitors. Among the series of seminars organised during the four-day fair was “STEM and STEAM Toys – More than a Buzzword,” moderated by industry veteran Christopher Byrne, EVP, Content Director of TTPM, who joined five other experts in sharing their insights on STEM toys.

    Helping children learn about science, technology, engineering and math in response to today’s tech-centric world, STEM toys has been a key industry trend that has recently expanded to STEAM, which incorporates art.

    Unlocking creativity is the key
    At the seminar, Mr Byrne asked Kelly Toy, Head of Marketing of Woobleworks, how educators can integrate STEAM toy design with STEM. “Art in STEM and STEM in art. Waking up kid’s creative thinking and problem-solving skills is STEAM-based, which has been used a lot in art projects,” said Ms Toy.

    She cited the example of the company’s 3D printing pen. “STEAM thinking is using kids’ imagination help think what they want to create, then plan to execute and sketch with the 3D pen. That 3D structure is spatial thinking, and kids are learning skills from trial and error, from concept to translating it into a 3D model. Ultimately, the 3D pen becomes a STEAM tool and is now used by 3,000 schools from all over the world. The pen has undergone changes in application for various subjects, from mathematics to art and history classes. It serves to unlock kids’ creativity where they can have fun. In short, it helps to engage minds and create fun,” she added.

    Engaging kids to learn among themselves
    Engaging kids is key and new technology that might look complicated to adults could be an effective tool to engage kids in learning, said Josh Loerzel, VP of Sales & Marketing of Zing, who elaborated by citing his company’s stop-motion filmmaking mobile app. “Today, kids even as young as three-years-old are given smartphones, which should be used smarter,” he said. “We designed an app to make movies. Kids can download the app and make the stop-motion movie themselves. In order to engage kids in learning, we teach kids daily use of this app.”

    Mr Loerzel pointed out that accessibility is key. “We need at least 30 pictures to make a second’s long movie and so it’s about how to engage kids to get excited spending a few hours to make a film.” The company has enlisted a group of children to produce movies by offering online tutorials on filmmaking. “Once done, the film can be uploaded and shared. The app is easy to dive in to make the movie,” he said.

    Sunny Lauridsen, VP of Licensing of JustPlay, advised engaging kids with STEM play patterns from a young age, including using licensed characters with STEM focus and good storytelling. “For example, we once had a licensed character that was a scientist taking over the world in his lab. Kids could look at his creativity, his lab and read his story.”

    Nora Yeung, Creator of Creative Coding HK Ltd, noted that kids can learn science or mathematics from five to eight years of age with smart robots. “Lego compatible with robot technology would be more economical. Give kids rescue missions to learn about engineering by attaching Lego pieces to the robot,” she said, adding that olderer childrencan learn the mechanics of a robot using simple programming. “Robots can turn out to be anything the kids like.”

    Job landscape is changing
    Educators play an important role in introducing STEM or STEAM tools into the curriculum. Douglas Moore, Principal of The English Castle Language School, said that educators should take advantage of new technology to make learning fun. “Kids should be allowed to play, create the world they narrate and to have more fun. For example, they can use robots to quickly learn mathematics or they can make stop-motion films by using the mobile app,” he said.

    Ms Toy pointed out that current curriculum are preparing kids for jobs that may not exist in the future. “The job landscape is changing. Learning to learn is the key thing. Kids should be allowed to develop skills for the future job market,” she stressed.

    Developing collaborative skills
    Mr Byrne added that more and more jobs are collaborative in nature, which makes preparing kids to develop collaboration and socialisation skills crucial. Mr Moore cited one of his school’s activity as an example, “We allow kids to construct a paper bridge together and take it outside to create a stop-motion movie. They could work together on this kind of project, which is not necessarily inside the classroom,” he said. “Kids love competition. When they are asked to design a maze with paper building, one would do the design, another would hold the paper building. They help each other and learn collaborative skills and giving feedback.”

    Mr Loerzel said Zing uses social media to market STEM/STEAM toys. “Kids are watching YouTube and other social media platforms. We identify where kids are going to build a sharing community. Kids will figure out for themselves how to do it and teach each other. They will be immersed in this community, where they are able to share, get feedback and likes.”

    In order to make effective STEM or STEAM toys, Mr Loerzel said making the toy fun in itself is essential. “Like our mobile app, it is a gadget even without the movie-making function. It could still be fun in itself,” he said.

    Let kids decide
    Mr Moore added that to keep children engaged in learning, “don’t push the kids to play this or that STEM or STEAM toys, this will not succeed. Let them decide. Keep things simple and let them play because these are what kids need,” Mr Moore stressed.

    Mr Byrne concluded that new experiences, exploring the world and self-experimentation are three key components of good STEAM toys. “Let kids have their individual experiences and letting them decide on their own are the key process of learning. No one knows how the future will change and what the future jobs are, just like no one could have predicted that we have artificial intelligent robots in this era.”

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    Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

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    Shopping tourism under analysis at FITUR 2018
    Dec 14, 2017

    In the January 18th session, the FITUR SHOPPING section will be discussing some of the key issues for this tourist segment that is already one of the main motivations for millions of people when it comes to choosing a destination

    Madrid, 12 December 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The upcoming edition of FITUR will again set the stage for analysing shopping tourism in its FITUR SHOPPING section. The Trade Fair, which is organised by IFEMA and will be staged from 17 to 21 January at Feria de Madrid, will thus discuss on 18 January some of the key issues for the development of this key segment of the tourism industry.-

    On this occasion, FITUR SHOPPING will revolve around a series of round tables that will discuss topics such as: ‘Shopping tourism at the destination: global brands and local design’; ‘Shopping tourism in distinctive Madrid shops’; and ‘Shopping Tourism and Digitisation’.

    Participating in the conferences will be the World Tourism Organisation, UNWTO, Madrid City Hall, Madrid Region, Festitur, the Buenos Aires Promotion Body, Andorra Turisme, Fundación Turismo Valencia, and companies such as Soluciones Turísticas, Isolée, Squarefer, Williamsburg Vintage Clothes and Casual Hotels.

    Shopping tourism is now one of the main motivations for millions of people when it comes to choosing a destination for their holiday, as the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has highlighted on several occasions. Between January and September 2017, tax-free shopping increased by 18% in Spain, which means that revenue could exceed 2.3 billion euros.

    International tourism outreach

    FITUR 2018 will be the global meeting point for tourism professionals and will become, yet another year, the leading trade fair for Latin America’s inbound and outbound markets. Participating in the last staging were 9,893 exhibitor companies from 165 countries/regions; 135,838 trade participants and 109,134 visitors from the general public. Particularly noteworthy is the 18.8% increase in international trade visitors over the previous year. In addition, the volume of business appointments was as high as 6,800.

    Together with the new FITUR FESTIVALS, FITUR 2018 will feature the regular FITURTECH Y sections, the Sustainability, Innovation, Technology and Business forums organised by the Hotel Technology Institute (ITH); Fitur Know-how & Export organised by SEGITTUR in collaboration with ICEX and FITUR; FITUR Shopping; FITUR Health together with Spaincares; and FITUR Gay (LGBT) organised by Diversity Consulting International. Added to this will be the staging of Investour, the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa organised jointly by the UNWTO, Casa África and FITUR.

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    International Press
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