Feel Revived by Anantara Spa’s Eastern and Western Autumn Breeze Package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa

SHANGHAI, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Each changing season sheds the old and ushers in new beginnings, and Anantara Spa’s special Autumn Breeze package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa offers a unique combination of revered eastern and western therapies, available throughout September, October and November 2014.

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment


Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Designed with Chinese and Thai influences, revealing views of Jing’An Park, Anantara Spa is a haven of contemporary luxury and tranquillity that feels a world away from bustling Shanghai.  Escorted to one of the five charming treatment suites, individuals and couples can look forward to far reaching health and beauty benefits when they book the Rejuvenating Winter Wellness package.

The ritual begins with a 90 minute Swedish Massage with Herbal Oil. Since it was developed nearly 200 years ago, Swedish Massage has become the foundation of most western massage techniques. Incorporating percussive, tapping movements and five variations of

strokes, each part of the body is manipulated to stimulate the nervous system, improve circulation and flexibility, and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

Drawing on ancient Chinese wellness wisdom, a 30 minute Moxibustion Treatments tailored to each client’s needs, with a choice of selecting this specialist treatment for the shoulder and neck, lower back, or belly button.

Moxibustion is an ancient technique practiced in both traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine to aid the body’s ability to heal itself.  This ancient Asian holistic therapy involves burning the herb mugwort to stimulate acupoints.  The radiant heat produced by the burning herbs penetrates deeply into the body, expelling cold and warming the meridians to stimulate the flow of blood circulation and vital energy, leading to improved general health and a wealth of specific benefits.  Moxibustion is used to treat cancer and chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders and ulcers, and since it increases circulation to the pelvis it is also used to encourage healthy menstruation and reduce menstrual cramps.  By invigorating healthy qi the immune system is strengthened, helping to prevent disease and increase longevity.

Traditionally there are two types of moxibustion.  In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned.  For indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Acupuncture can also be incorporated, with a needle inserted into an acupoint and the tip wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and surrounding area. 

The Autumn Breeze ritual marries tradition and innovation by using a highly effective and safe machine lamp for the moxibustion treatment.  In this modern method the cover is placed on specific areas of the body that each client wishes to focus on.   The machine makes it easy for the therapist to adjust the temperature control and locate acupuncture points easily, while clients benefit from a comfortable experience without the fire and smoke that occurs with traditional methods.

Experience the relaxing and holistic benefits of the Autumn Breeze package for the special price of RMB 1, 480* per individual and RMB 2, 600* per couple, including a complimentary Anantara body care product worth RMB 380 to take home.

For reservations or more information about the Autumn Breeze package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa, please contact 3203 9999 ext. 6899 or email anantaraspa@thepuli.com.

Autumn Breeze  120mins

90 minutes Swedish Massage with Herbal Oil
30 minutes Moxibustion Treatment

You can choose any part of below Moxibustion Treatments during the massage

  • shoulder and neck moxibustion
  • low back moxibustion
  • belly button moxibustion

Give Away: A complimentary Anantara body care product valued RMB380

Special Price for Single / Couple: RMB1, 480* / 2, 600*

Available exclusively at Anantara Spa @ The PuLi Hotel and Spa from 1st September 2014 to 30th November 2014.* Price is subject to 15% Service Charge *Terms and Conditions apply

(*Not valid with other promotions or discounts. *Advance booking recommended.* Anantara Spa reserves the final decision.)

Editor’s Note:

About Anantara at The PuLi Hotel and Spa

As the first Anantara Spa in Shanghai, the tranquil urban sanctuary offers journeys of ritual significance by celebrating Anantara’s focus on indigenous indulgence and reflecting the PuLi Hotel and Spa’s resplendent charm and historic sensuality. 

Five treatment rooms are luxuriously appointed with natural features such as wooden flooring, stone walls and wooden beams, enhanced further by oriental accents and ambient lighting.  Two Double Suites, featuring a steam shower, bathtub, changing area and relaxation seating, are joined by three Single Suites complete with shower, changing and relaxation amenities.

Drawing on China’s healing past, ancient therapies from Thailand and India, as well as the very best in 21st century wellness techniques, Anantara Spa’s extensive menu is inspired by the renowned healing properties of tea – the centuries-old beverage that is woven into the very fabric of Chinese culture. Signature treatments draw from the detoxifying powers of Green Tea, balancing and anti-ageing force of White tea, health-giving properties of Chrysanthemum tea or beautifying properties of Rose Tea.

Discover award winning journeys, inspired by oriental beauty and wellness secrets, at Anantara Spa, The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai.

About Anantara

For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means ‘without end’, symbolising this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience.

From lush jungles to pristine beaches and legendary deserts to cosmopolitan cities, Anantara currently boasts 20 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates and China; with future properties to open in Thailand, China, Laos, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, UAE and Oman.

For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit http://www.anantara.com .

For Spa Information:

Anantara Spa @ The PuLi Hotel and Spa
3F, 1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District, Shanghai 200040 China
Tel: +86-21-3203-9999 ext. 6899   
Fax +86-21-3251-8950

E-mail: anantaraspa@thepuli.com     

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Galaxy Entertainment Group Reports Record Interim Results in 1H 2014

Record Net Profit Attributable to Shareholders of $6.0 Billion, Up 29% Year-On-Year

Record Group Adjusted EBITDA of $7.3 Billion, Up 26% Year-On-Year

Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 On Schedule and On Budget to Complete As The Next Major Project in Macau by Mid-2015

Announced Enhanced Employee Benefits for Team Members

Announced $1.3 Billion GEG Charitable Foundation

Announced Another Special Dividend

HONG KONG, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited (“GEG” or “the Group”) (HKEx stock code: 27) today reported unaudited results for the three and six month periods ended 30 June 2014.


GEG: Record Half Year Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and NPAS

  • Half year revenue increased 25% year-on-year to $38.4 billion
  • Half year Adjusted EBITDA of $7.3 billion, up 26% year-on-year
  • Net profit attributable to shareholders grew 29% year-on-year to $6.0 billion
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $3.5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 15%

Galaxy Macau™: Celebrates its Third Year Anniversary with Another Strong Performance

  • Half year revenue grew 38% to $25 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA surged 35% to $5.4 billion
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $2.65 billion, grew 27% year-on-year

StarWorld Macau: Solid Half Year Performance Despite Bad Luck

  • Half year revenue grew 7% year-on-year to $12.3 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA up 9% to $1.9 billion
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $822 million down 7% year-on-year due primarily to the worst VIP luck quarter in history

Development Update: Advancing with Clearly Defined Pipeline

  • Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 — Remains on budget and on schedule to complete by mid-2015
  • Cotai Phases 3 & 4 — Site investigation works for the $50-60 billion resort due to commence later this year
  • Grand Waldo Complex — Plan to unveil plans in Q4 2014 and re-launching in early 2015
  • Hengqin Island — Continue to develop conceptual plans for a RMB10 billion resort on the 2.7 sq km land parcel
  • International — Continuously exploring opportunities in overseas markets primarily in Asia

Balance Sheet: Remains Well Capitalised and Liquid

  • Cash on hand at 30 June 2014 of $14.4 billion, up from $10.3 billion at 31 December 2013
  • Gearing ratio remains at zero as at 30 June 2014 with virtually no debt

Subsequent Events: Announced Enhanced Employee Benefits Package, GEG Charitable Foundation and Another Special Dividend

  • Announced enhanced employee benefits package for all 16,000 Macau general employees in August 2014
  • Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Macau by announcing the establishment of the $1.3 billion GEG Charitable Foundation on 4 July 2014
  • Special dividend of $0.70 per share paid to shareholders on 31 July 2014
  • Another special dividend of $0.45 per share to be paid on or about 31 October 2014

Dr. Lui Che Woo, Chairman of GEG said:

“We celebrated our ten year anniversary in Macau after achieving another half year of record financial results. Our continued success lies in consistently delivering memorable leisure and entertainment experiences to guests through our spectacular high quality resorts and our exemplary ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service standards.

During the half year we made excellent progress in realising our primary strategic objectives across our flagship properties including enhancing our existing operations as the market evolves and building foundations for the Group’s long term sustainable growth. We are confident that Phases 2, 3 and 4 of GEG on Cotai, re-launching the Grand Waldo Complex, and our conceptual plans for Hengqin Island will enhance Macau’s world-wide reputation as a tourism capital, catalyse our earnings growth and maximise long term shareholder returns.

Reflecting the importance of our strong team and the critical role each and every member plays in our continued success, we recently extended an enhanced employee benefits package for all our 16,000 Macau general team members. These new incentive measures will help the Group to retain and attract high quality talent while maintaining the exemplary ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service philosophy for which we are renowned.

Also, reflecting the importance we place on giving back to the community, we recently announced the establishment of the $1.3 billion GEG Charitable Foundation that will focus on educating and empowering young people in Macau and on the Mainland. I am deeply excited by this project and hope it can contribute to future stability and prosperity.

And finally on 31 July 2014, we paid a special dividend of $0.70 per share. I am pleased to announce another special dividend of $0.45 per share will be payable on or about 31 October 2014. This reflects our confidence in the outlook for the Group and for Macau.

Once again, I would like to thank every one of our team members in GEG for their commitment and contributions to the Group’s success.”

Market Overview

The Macau gaming market saw healthy growth in the half year as total gaming revenue increased by 13% year-on-year to $187.5 billion. Second quarter revenue grew at a more modest 6% year-on-year, largely as a result of more cautious spending due to a softer economy in China and the distraction of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, visitor numbers to Macau jumped 8% to 15.3 million, a faster rate of growth than that achieved in the same period last year. Arrivals from Mainland China now account for 67% of total visitors.

Macau’s growing appeal as a premier holiday destination with a broad array of entertainment and leisure options, was borne out by the higher margin mass segment revenue climbing an impressive 36% to $63.9 billion in the first half of 2014. This structural shift in the market will be sustained by major infrastructure improvement works such as the Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Mass Rapid Transit and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge coming on stream in the near future, and increased domestic consumption on the Mainland. Additionally, the transformation of Hengqin Island into a new regional business and leisure hub, with new attractions such as the resort amusement park, will assist in attracting new visitors to the region.

The VIP segment, which accounts for 62% of the total gaming revenue, registered year-on-year growth of 3% to $116.2 billion.

Group Financial Results

Record Group revenue and earnings were achieved in the first half of the year with revenue climbing 25% year-on-year to $38.4 billion and Adjusted EBITDA surging 26% to $7.3 billion. Net profit attributable to shareholders reached an all-time high of $6.0 billion, up 29% year-on-year. The Group’s flagship properties achieved solid half year results, while the Construction Materials Division and City Clubs made solid contributions in line with management expectations.

The Group’s total gaming revenue on a management basis[1] grew 24% year-on-year to $38.2 billion in the first half of 2014 driven by healthy growth in both mass and VIP. Total mass revenue increased 28% year-on-year to $9.9 billion while total VIP revenue grew 24% year-on-year to $27.5 billion.

The Group’s balance sheet at 30 June 2014 remains well capitalised and liquid, with cash on hand of $14.4 billion and net cash of $14.1 billion. GEG reported debt of just $348 million at 30 June 2014.

Group Adjusted EBITDA (HK$'m)

Group Adjusted EBITDA (HK$’m)

Galaxy Macau™

Galaxy Macau™ celebrated its third year anniversary in May 2014, and remains the key growth driver in the Group. First half revenue increased by 38% to a record $25 billion against the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA for the same period increased by 35% to a record $5.4 billion. Adjusted EBITDA grew 27% year-on-year to $2.6 billion in the second quarter, down slightly by 5% sequentially as a result of playing unlucky in VIP and lower mass volumes.

Latest twelve months ROI[2] improved from 45% in 1H 2013 to 59% as of 30 June 2014. Adjusted EBITDA margin under HKFRS and US GAAP remained constant year-on-year at 22% and 31%, respectively, at 30 June 2014.

VIP Gaming Performance

Total VIP rolling chip volume for the period was $517 billion, up 49% year-on-year. This translated to revenue of $17 billion, up 44% year-on-year. Second quarter volume of $264 billion was the best on record, 48% higher than the same period last year and up 5% over Q1 2014.

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Mass Gaming Performance

Revenue in the mass segment was $6.4 billion, up 32% on 1H 2013. Second quarter revenue increased by 19% year-on-year to $3 billion, but dipped 9% sequentially as June and subsequently July were impacted by the FIFA World Cup.

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Electronic Gaming Performance

Electronic gaming revenue rose 7% year-on-year to $796 million. Second quarter revenue was in line with the same period last year.

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Non-Gaming Performance

Revenue increased by 3% year-on-year to $744 million. Hotel occupancy on a combined basis at the resort’s three luxury hotels averaged near capacity at 98% for the half year. The property’s diverse and compelling retail, dining and accommodation options continued to attract customers.

StarWorld Macau

StarWorld Macau delivered solid half year results. Revenue increased by 7% year-on-year to $12.3 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA climbed 9% to $1.9 billion. These results were achieved on the back of strong growth in the mass gaming segment, and VIP revenues coming in slightly ahead of the same period last year despite significant bad luck in the second quarter.

Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $822 million, down 7% year-on-year due primarily to the worst VIP luck quarter in history. StarWorld Macau reported the latest twelve months ROI[3] of 109% compared to 92% for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin in the half year was constant at 15% and 25% under HKFRS and under US GAAP, respectively.

VIP Gaming Performance

StarWorld Macau reported 12% year-on-year growth in VIP rolling chip volume to $349 billion in the first six months of 2014, which translated into revenue of $9.8 billion.

Despite enjoying a strong first quarter, demand and win softened in Q2, as weaker economic data out of China affected sentiment and spending, and the property experienced its worst quarterly luck in history with 2.5%.

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Mass gaming win in the first half of the year grew by 35% year-on-year to $2.2 billion on table drop of $5.8 billion, up 9% year-on-year.

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StarWorld Macau’s electronic gaming generated revenue of $100 million, down 11% on last year as a result of lower hold. Second quarter net win was in line with the same quarter last year, and broadly in line with Q1 2014.

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Non-Gaming Performance

Non-gaming revenue in the period was $181 million, in line with the same period last year. Hotel room occupancy remained at near capacity throughout the period at 99%. StarWorld Macau continues to be regarded as one of Macau’s preeminent luxury hotels.

City Clubs

City Clubs achieved $92 million of Adjusted EBITDA in the period (1H 2013: $94 million). It continues to perform in line with management expectations.

Construction Materials Division

The Construction Materials Division achieved results in line with the same period last year, delivering revenue of $1 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of $187 million.

Cotai and Hengqin Island Development Update

GEG arguably has the largest and best defined short, medium and long term development pipeline in the Macau gaming market and the global gaming industry.

Short term

  • Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 remains on budget and on schedule to complete as Macau’s next major project by mid-2015. We have a significant work force on site completing the building exterior and fitting out the interior.
  • The Grand Waldo Complex will re-launch in early 2015 following an extensive refit, we will unveil our plans in Q4 2014.

Medium term

  • Site investigation works for Cotai Phases 3 & 4 are expected to commence later this year. Doubling GEG’s Cotai footprint to 2 million square metres, it will feature thousands of luxury hotel rooms, a state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena and a large convention centre.

Long term

  • GEG continues to advance its conceptual plans to develop a world class destination resort on a 2.7 square kilometre land parcel on Hengqin Island. The RMB10 billion, low rise, low density resort will complement the Group’s high energy properties located in Macau.

Selected Major Awards




Best Managed Companies in Asia – Gaming

Euromoney Magazine

Gaming and Lodging – Best Company

Institutional Investor Magazine – All
Asia Executive Team Survey

Casino Operator of the Year Australia / Asia

International Gaming Awards

Galaxy Macau™

Best Resort of the Year (HK/Macau)

Travel Weekly Magazine and Events
Magazine jointly organized – China
Travel & Meetings Industry Awards

Best Service Resort Asia

Golden Horse Award of China Hotel

Top 10 Resort Hotels of China

China Hotel Starlight Awards

Best Integrated Resort Brand and Service


Hurun Report Best of the Best Awards –
Luxury Hotel in Macau Star Performer

Hurun Report

StarWorld Macau

Best Service Hotel of the Year

Travel Weekly Magazine and Events
Magazine jointly organized – China
Travel & Meetings Industry Awards

Macau Elite Service Hotel Award

Ming Pao Weekly

Best Service Hotel of Asia

Golden Horse Award of China Hotel

Top 10 Glamorous Hotels of China

China Hotel Starlight Awards

Best Hotel Brand and Service


Subsequent Events

Incentivising Employees

Reflecting the importance of our strong team and the critical role each and every member plays in our continued success, we recently extended a new employee benefits package for all our 16,000 Macau general team members. These new incentive measures will help the Group to retain and attract high quality talent while maintaining the exemplary ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service philosophy for which we are renowned.

Announced $1.3 Billion GEG Charitable Foundation

To celebrate its 10th year in operation and the 3rd Anniversary of its flagship property Galaxy Macau™, GEG announced the establishment of the GEG Charitable Foundation on 4 July 2014. The GEG Charitable Foundation reinforces GEG’s commitment to promoting a sustainable future for Macau through sharing its success with the community. The GEG Charitable Foundation will be funded initially with $300 million and a further commitment of another $1 billion later on.

Paid a Special Dividend

A special dividend of $0.70 per share was paid to shareholders on 31 July 2014. This reflects the Group’s significant cash generation ability to simultaneously develop Macau’s largest development pipeline.

Announcement of Another Special Dividend

The Group has substantial cash holdings, virtually no debt and robust cash flows from operations. The development of Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 remains on budget and on schedule and we have great confidence in the outlook for GEG specifically and Macau in general. Therefore the Board of Directors has decided to announce another special dividend of $0.45 per share, payable on or about 31 October 2014.


In the first half of 2014, GEG set new records for revenue and earnings. However, in this period the industry has experienced headwinds such as the FIFA World Cup which occurs once every four years and the soft economic landing in China which impacted customer behaviour. GEG’s management team remains focused on executing the Group’s strategic objectives to ensure long term sustainable growth for decades to come.

GEG is very optimistic about its prospects and those of Macau. The fundamental long term drivers for growth are unchanged, with major infrastructure works and increasing domestic consumption set to drive substantial growth in visitation to Macau in the years ahead. The Group’s track record, exceptional properties, powerful brand, and clear roadmap for short, medium and long term growth, position it well to capture these new visitors and fulfill its core goal of being ‘globally recognised as Asia’s leading gaming and entertainment corporation’.


[1] The primary difference between statutory revenue and management basis revenue is the treatment of City Clubs revenue where fee income is reported on a statutory basis and gaming revenue is reported on a management basis.

[2] ROI calculated based on the total Adjusted EBITDA for the latest twelve months divided by gross book value through 30 June 2014 including allocated land cost.

[3] ROI calculated based on the total Adjusted EBITDA for the latest twelve months divided by gross book value through 30 June 2014 including allocated land cost.

About Galaxy Entertainment Group (HKEx stock code: 27)

Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited (“GEG”) is one of Asia’s leading gaming and entertainment corporations, and is a member of the Hang Seng Index.

GEG primarily develops and operates hotels, gaming and integrated resort facilities in Macau, the only legal gaming location in China and the largest gaming entertainment market in the world.

The two flagship properties of GEG include Galaxy Macau™, a world class integrated destination resort opened in May 2011 at Cotai, and StarWorld Macau, an award-winning property opened in 2006 on the Macau peninsula.

In April 2012, GEG announced the development of Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 that will nearly double the size of the existing resort to one million square metres. Upon its targeted completion by mid-2015, Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 will bring to Macau some of the most exciting entertainment, leisure, retail and MICE facilities. In December 2012, GEG outlined its concept plans for Phases 3 & 4 of its Cotai landbank and expects to commence site investigation works as early as late 2014.

Recently GEG entered into a framework agreement with the Hengqin Island authority to develop a 2.7 square kilometre land parcel for a world class destination resort in Hengqin Island. This project will complement GEG’s business in Macau and differentiate us from our peers, as well as play a key role in supporting Macau to become a world centre of tourism and leisure.

Additionally, GEG operates a Construction Materials Division.

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

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For Media Enquiries:

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Mr. Peter J. Caveny
Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel: +852-3150-1111
Email: ir@galaxyentertainment.com

Ms. Yoko Ku
Manager, Investor Relations
Tel: +852-3150-1111
Email: ir@galaxyentertainment.com

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Second Annual “Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia” Accepting Nominations for Extraordinary Recipient

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Drawing on the success of the inaugural award at last year’s Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific event, UBM, organizers of the show, are now accepting nominations for the second annual Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia.

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This award will honor an individual who has made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the development of the cruise industry in Asia, distinguishing his or herself through dedication to, and passion for, the industry within the Pan-Asia region.

The award’s namesake, Rama Rebbapragada, embodied this dedication. During his quarter-century-long career with Royal Caribbean International, Rebbapragada created awareness of the potential of the Asia-Pacific cruise market to the international cruise community, while being a true friend to all who knew him all over the world.

The recipient will be chosen by a select group of industry leaders, and will be presented during Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific by Dr. Zinan Liu, Vice President, China and Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, who was a friend and colleague of Rebbapragada’s for many years. “I am so proud to have the honor of presenting this prestigious award in the name of my friend Rama, who was one of the most dedicated, loyal and passionate advocates for Royal Caribbean,” said Liu. “He made a particular mark in waking the world’s most populous region up to cruising. I look forward to sharing the stage with one who shares the same vision and aspirations as he did for the Asia cruise market.”

Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Made an outstanding contribution to the cruise industry in the Asia-Pacific region in 2014.
  • Served to significantly raise the profile, visibility and credibility of the cruise industry in Asia.
  • Represented the industry with dignity and professionalism

Nominations may be submitted to UBM by emailing christopher.dauer@ubm.com by October 15, 2014.

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific will take place November 20-21, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. For information about exhibiting or attending Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific visit www.cruiseshippingasia.com.  Details regarding the Rama Rebbapragada Award may be found by clicking here.

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific is organized by UBM in partnership with Seatrade Communications and is exclusively supported by Cruise Lines International Association and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. Official Event Partner: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

WHERE: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.hkcec.com

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media credentials are issued to bona fide journalists covering the convention. Review the media policy, request a media registration online or contact Jennifer Rosen.

Media Contact: Jennifer Rosen, +1-212-600-3332, Jennifer.rosen@ubm.com

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About UBM
UBM connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)  
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,200 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 19 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About Seatrade
Connecting the global cruise community – www.seatrade-global.com   
Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects. Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst Seatrade Insider provides daily cruise news online at www.seatrade-insider.com

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Legendary Hollywood Action Stars Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger to Headline Asia’s Only Official VIP Screening for The Expendables 3 as Highlight of the Venetian Macao’s 7th Anniversary Celebration

The Venetian Macao Strengthens Leadership Position as a Top Global Celebrity Destination in Macao Building on Global Partnerships

#1 Integrated Resort in Macao Proves Top Draw for A-List Hollywood

MACAO, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Venetian Macao announced today that it will host Asia’s only VIP screening experience for the opening of The Expendables 3 featuring live appearances by the blockbuster film’s iconic lead actors, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, on August 22nd in celebration of the integrated resort’s 7th anniversary. 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.

This all-star event bringing renowned Hollywood action heroes to Macao will be the cornerstone of the 7th anniversary celebration for The Venetian Macao, marking another milestone for the integrated resort and further cementing its status as the leading destination in China for global talent.  The weekend celebration will culminate in an anticipated UFC fight event at the property.

“The Venetian Macao is absolutely the place to be in Macao to see the biggest and brightest global superstars of film, music, sports and more,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “A star-studded event like the VIP screening of The Expendables 3 provides exceptional entertainment and helps raise the profile of Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

Leading Sands China’s drive to increase global awareness of Macao and the Cotai Strip is the company’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy, which continues to attract international superstars from the worlds of music, film, television, sports and more.

The Venetian Macao has established itself as a major stop on world tours, delivering top international entertainers including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, The Police, Avril Lavigne, Eason Chan, Jay Chou, and a record-setting concert by the Rolling Stones. In 2013 alone, the property attracted the tours of Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Justin Bieber.

The Venetian Macao captured the world’s attention in November of that same year with the championship boxing event pitting Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios. Superstar athletes at the integrated resort have included Tiger Woods, Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, and Roger Federer. And one of the world’s most iconic men, David Beckham, has joined forces with The Venetian Macao and Las Vegas Sands’ integrated resort property in Singapore as part of a partnership between Beckham Ventures and Las Vegas Sands.

Award shows, film shoots and movie premieres have given visitors a chance to see in person some of the most recognizable faces of film and television. Hollywood converged at The Venetian Macao last October for the Huading Awards with celebrity appearances by Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Irons, Jackie Chan, Sam Worthington and Matthew Perry. The Venetian Macao has rolled out the red carpet to host premieres for films such as My Lucky Star starring Zhang Ziyi and From Vegas to Macau starring Chow Yun Fat and Nicholas Tse — both of which featured scenes shot at the iconic integrated resort  as well as for the DreamWorks Animation films Turbo, Mr. Peabody and Sherman and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

In 2013, events broadcast from the resort’s 15,000 seat Cotai Arena  the largest in all of Macao  reached an audience of nearly 1 billion television viewers in China alone.  The resort hosted dozens of high profile events last year, and the property has become a mecca for the film and television industry, securing a plethora of productions, festivals and premieres

2014 has been equally successful for The Venetian Macao as it continues to demonstrate its proven track record as the leader in attracting the biggest names in entertainment:  In March, Kevin Spacey took the stage for the Venetian Charity Ball along with Anthony Kennedy Shriver.  In April, David Beckham and Ricky Martin were front-and-center at The Venetian Macao for the China Music Awards.  In June, the property hosted a VIP screening for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The VIP screening for The Expendables 3 will take place in the lavish 1,800 seat Venetian Theatre, where onlookers will be able to catch a glimpse of the glittering array of celebrities as they walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao.

Asia, and China especially, are becoming a much bigger part of our business and as their markets continue to expand, it is very important we find ways to bring talent and engage with their audiences in new and exciting ways,” said Avi Lerner, Chairman and CEO of Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films.

The Venetian Theatre, one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China, is a key player in Sands China’s effort to bring the best international entertainment to Macao, hosting star-studded red carpet events  from movie premieres to renowned movie awards and festivals including the China Music Awards and the Asia Pacific Film Festival. The diversity of entertainment provided by Sands China Ltd. ranges from global superstar performances and world-class sports spectaculars to family-friendly attractions, allowing locals and visitors of all ages a chance to enjoy some of the world’s greatest entertainment acts in Macao.

About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel

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

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

Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Resorts

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

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

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

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

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

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit www.venetianmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About Millennium Films

Millennium Films is one of the longest-running independent film companies in the history of Hollywood, with 20 years and more than 300 movies to its credit.  The company now produces, finances and handles international sales for 5-8 star-driven movies per year, generally with budgets between $20 million and $80 million.

Millennium Films is run by co-founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short, and a senior executive team that includes Mark Gill (president), Boaz Davidson (head of development and creative affairs), John Thompson (head of production), John Fremes (head of international sales) and Lonnie Ramati (head of business affairs).

Millennium also operates full-service studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Sofia, Bulgaria.  The company was founded in 1992 under the name Nu Image, Inc.

Media contact:

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

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Air China introduces “Sky Chef”

BEIJING, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-French diplomatic relations. Now, Air China and French star chefs in the field of air catering based in Paris have jointly introduced a number of French gourmet dishes onboard the carrier’s flights.

ChinaFrance route is an important part of Air China’s European route network. Air China has always been committed to improving its culinary offerings on the route and different healthy meals are offered in each of the four seasons. Now, with the cooperation between Air China and Paris-based “Sky Chefs Studio”, an international team of renowned chefs led by its lead chef has designed a selection of gourmet dishes that combine classical and modern culinary trends. In the First Class and Business Class on the route, famous French dishes offered include “Steak with Sliced Duck”, “Columbus Chicken Roll”, “Garlic-flavored Prawns” and “Foie Gras Pine Nuts”.  “Columbus Chicken Roll”, one of the creations highly recommended by the lead chef, is a classic dish born in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute. The chicken is tender and mellow, with lingering aromas. It was also a dish chosen by the British Queen when she ascended the throne.

Snacks include “Cake with Haagen-Dazs” – warm chocolate cake and silky cold Haagen-Dazs ice cream served in the afternoon tea time promises a flavorful contrast.  Bread with olive oil, which does justice to international healthy diet trends, invites grunts of joy.

Air China has also upgraded the Economy Class meals on the route. Locally sourced French ingredients like steak and fish guarantee that the quality foods served onboard reflect the local culinary features.

Currently, Air China operates routes BeijingParis and ShanghaiParis between the two countries. By June 2014, the number of flights operated per week had reached 24, which makes Air China the largest domestic operator on the market. With its pleasant cabin interior and attentive services, Air China is the preferred choice for passengers traveling between China and Europe.

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Global Market Advisors (GMA) Opens Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand to Serve Significant Client Demand

BANGKOK, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global Market Advisors (GMA), a leading consulting firm to the casino gaming, hotel, and airline industries, announced today the opening of its Asia regional office. GMA’s new office is located in the central business district of Bangkok, Thailand and will support clients located in the Asian region in advisory areas such as financial feasibility reports, marketing strategies, and government relations for companies in the casino gaming, hospitality, airlines, and financial industries.

Mr. Steven Gallaway, Partner at Global Market Advisors stated, “A significant number of our new and existing clients have retained GMA to guide them in Asia. It’s time for GMA to further expand our presence by making the investment in the Asian region and we are pleased to do so. Our new office in Bangkok provides a central location in Asia to service our clients in the region effectively and with the quality GMA is known for.”

Global Market Advisors, LLC and its casino gaming industry consulting division, Gaming Market Advisors, has a significant history in advising clients in South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, and eastern Russia. The firm also has a strong presence in the United States servicing a myriad of clients in the casino gaming and hospitality industries.

GMA’s new office in Bangkok will act as the firms’ regional headquarters office and will supplement existing GMA offices located in Las Vegas, Nevada and Denver, Colorado. GMA Partners Andrew Klebanow and Jonathan Galaviz will provide oversight to GMA’s new office in Asia.

About Global Market Advisors, LLC

Global Market Advisors (GMA) provides independent project feasibility reports, strategic advice, economic impact studies, and marketing strategies to companies seeking to grow in the global casino gaming, hospitality and airline industries. The firm maintains active clients in the United States, Europe and greater Asia. You can learn more about GMA by visiting www.globalmarketadvisors.us.

Kim Kosnar

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Middle Eastern Airline CEOs Flock to World Routes

MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

CEOs of Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways confirm participation at World Routes Strategy Summit 

The World Routes Strategy Summit, taking place at World Routes in Chicago, 20-23 September 2014, will see speakers from all three major Middle East airlines, as well as many other senior airline leaders. Middle East speakers include Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways; James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways and Sir Tim Clark, President & CEO of Emirates.

Mr Hogan will give a keynote address; Mr Al Baker will take part in a panel discussion on Critical Issues in Air Transport Today whilst Sir Tim Clark will be interviewed one-to-one during the Summit. In addition, major airline speakers at the event will include Scott Kirby, President of American Airlines, Jim Compton, Vice Chairman of United Airlines, Vitaly Savelyev, CEO of Aeroflot and Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

Occurring on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd September, the World Routes Strategy Summit is open to all attending World Routes delegates and will open the 20th World Route Development Forum in Chicago, Illinois, USA co-hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism organisation.

“World Routes is where the industry meets, and where critical issues in aviation, travel and tourism are debated to advance the industry. We have a great set of executive speakers this year in Chicago,” said Mike Miller, Head of Content and Industry Relations for Routes.

The Strategy Summit is the only forum where senior leaders and key stakeholders from aviation, tourism authorities and governments come together to participate in discussions that will set the commercial and political agenda for the industry. The event will bring these industry thought leaders under one roof to participate in a number of discussions covering topics affecting the industry today such as route development, infrastructure, airport processing and security, sustainability and how new aircraft will alter route planning.

The 20th anniversary World Routes event will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the largest convention facility in the Western Hemisphere.  With the most diverse economy in the United States, and home to several of the aviation industry’s leading companies, Chicago makes the perfect home for the 20th World Route Development Forum.

For more information and to register for World Routes in Chicago visit http://www.routesonline.com

Notes to Editors 

About Routes 

  • Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively. http://www.routesonline.com
  • Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK‐based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. http://www.asm-global.com. Routes and ASM are part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.
  • UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets.  Through premiere brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events, Airport Cities and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors. http://www.ubmlive.com

Follow us on twitter: @Routesonline, @TheHUBRoutes, @VictoriaRoutes, @NLPROU, @airlineroute

About UBM plc 

  • UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company.  We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content.  Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
  • For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news; follow @UBM for news from all UBM’s businesses; follow @UBM for a flavour of UBM from selected members of UBM’s Twitterati.

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