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Monday, August 27, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: The New Chinese Tourist

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How US retail travel and tourism industry can attract chinese tourists
What will be the impact of the growing influx of Chinese inbound tourists in the U.S.?
To make things simple, the big winner will be the U.S. retail industry, far ahead of the hospitality industry, the transportation industry, and the entertainment industry. According to recent China Elite Focus statistics, the average Chinese leisure tourist in the U.S. may spend around $2,500 in air transportation and lodging and more than $7,000 in shopping at retail stores on U.S. soil. And we are talking about an average Chinese traveller from the Chinese upper-middle class, not a high-net-worth individual, who will easily spend $100,000 in shopping for himself and his family and friends.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: “China’s Hawaii” is Flooded with Luxury Hotel

V Creative Agency - Articles: “China’s Hawaii” is Flooded with Luxury Hotel

In December 2009, China unveiled a massive plan to develop the southern Hainan province into a major international tourist destination. Sanya is the second-largest city in Hainan. In December of 2011, both St. Regis Sanya and MGM Grand Sanya opened. The major hotel chains Marriott and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide also have a presence there.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Air Asia X to Adopt No Child Policy


Air Asia X to Adopt No-Child Policy
Above: The carrier plans to operate the “quiet zone” from February, 2013.
The long-haul arm of AirAsia has said it plans to ban children from the first eight rows in Economy of its A330 fleet.
The “quiet zone” will be off-limits to those traveling with kids under the age of 12 because, according to the Malaysia-based airline, “we know that sometimes all you need is some peace and quiet for a more pleasant journey with us.”

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?': Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'
Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn Aug 6, 2012
CityNews recently had the opportunity to interview Kaewmala, an outspoken Thai writer who first made headlines with her provocative book on Thai sexuality, Thai Sex Talk.
Since then, Kaewmala has gone on to write about societal and political issues in Thailand, broaching such topics as Thailand’s failing education system, pop-culture scandals, and constitutional language. She regularly contributes to news website AsianCorrespondent.com, as well as the English version of Prachathai. Self-described as “unapologetically liberal”, Kaewmala is perhaps one of the few Thai female critics writing cogently on Thai issues in English today – acting as a much-needed bridge for both Thais and English-speakers/readers to discuss Thailand’s many social hang-ups, both amusing and controversial.  
This three-part interview covers such topics as the construction of Thai culture, the role of expats in Thailand, and, of course, Kaewmala herself. Don’t forget to check out Kaewmala’s blog as well for a taste of her writing. 
Part I: Beating the bullies in the school yard -  on developing critical views, critiquing society, and cognitive dissonance in Thailand.
Part II: “It takes power to change meanings…” - on cultural adjustments, readership, and the construction of Thai culture.
Part III: “Are Thais such an exceptional human species?” - on the direction of Thai society, “swamps of confusion,” and the role of expatriates in Thailand. 
Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'
…on the direction of Thai society, “swamps of confusion,” and the role of expatriates in Thailand. 

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala - Part II

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala - Part II: Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala - Part II
Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn Jul 26, 2012

CityNews recently had the opportunity to interview Kaewmala, an outspoken Thai writer who first made headlines with her provocative book on Thai sexuality, Thai Sex Talk

Since then, Kaewmala has gone on to write about societal and political issues in Thailand, broaching such topics as Thailand’s failing education system, pop-culture scandals, and constitutional language. She regularly contributes to news website AsianCorrespondent.com, as well as the English version of Prachathai. Self-described as “unapologetically liberal”, Kaewmala is perhaps one of the few Thai female critics writing cogently on Thai issues in English today – acting as a much-needed bridge for both Thais and English-speakers/readers to discuss Thailand’s many social hang-ups, both amusing and controversial.  
This three-part interview covers such topics as the construction of Thai culture, the role of expats in Thailand, and, of course, Kaewmala herself. Don’t forget to check out Kaewmala’s blog as well for a taste of her writing. 
Part II: “It takes power to change meanings…”
… on cultural adjustments, readership, and the construction of Thai culture.

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala

CityNews recently had the opportunity to interview Kaewmala, an outspoken Thai writer who first made headlines with her provocative book on Thai sexuality, Thai Sex Talk
Self-described as “unapologetically liberal”, Kaewmala is perhaps one of the few Thai female critics writing cogently on Thai issues in English today – acting as a much-needed bridge for both Thais and English-speakers/readers to discuss Thailand’s many social hang-ups, both amusing and controversial.  
This three-part interview covers such topics as the construction of Thai culture, the role of expats in Thailand, and, of course, Kaewmala herself. Don’t forget to check out Kaewmala’s blog as well for a taste of her writing. 
Part I: Beating the bullies in the school yard -  on developing critical views, critiquing society, and cognitive dissonance in Thailand.
Part II: “It takes power to change meanings…” - on cultural adjustments, readership, and the construction of Thai culture.
Part III: Are Thais such an exceptional human species?” - on the direction of Thai society, “swamps of confusion,” and the role of expatriates in Thailand. 
Part I: Beating the bullies in the school yard
…on developing critical views, critiquing society, and cognitive dissonance in Thailand.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

DestinAsian – AirAsia Paves New Way to Mandalay

DestinAsian – AirAsia Paves New Way to Mandalay
AirAsia has begun accepting reservations on a new route from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport to Mandalay, Myanmar. The first flight is scheduled to take off on October 4

Thursday, August 9, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: Power Sports Vehicles Wow China’s Thrill Seeking Rich

V Creative Agency - Articles: Power Sports Vehicles Wow China’s Thrill Seeking Rich


The rich have a great appetite for risk and for novel experiences. This bodes well for Bombardier Recreational Products of Canada. The company designs watercraft, outboard engines, snowmobiles, and ATVs and distributes to more than 100 countries. Now, it’s setting its sights on the Chinese luxury industry, and has just recently opened an office in downtown Shanghai.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hundreds march in Nepal in support of gay rights | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent

Hundreds march in Nepal in support of gay rights | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent

POKHARA, Nepal (AP) — Gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters marched in a Nepalese town Friday to demand recognition as a third gender in citizen certificates, to allow same-sex marriage and to criminalize discrimination based on sexual preference.
Nepal Gay Rally
A participant pictured at a gay rally in Pokhara 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Katmandu, Nepal, Friday. Pic: AP.
Dressed in colorful clothes, laden with beads and other jewelry, they danced to Bollywood music played over loudspeakers as they marched for about 3 kilometers (2 miles) though the center of Pokhara, a resort town 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu.

Monday, August 6, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: NARS Flagship Boutique opens in Hong Kong


Straight from New York, NARS has brought their city-chic store concept to Hong Kong. Following its grand opening last week, the NARS flagship store in Pacific Place is now the biggest NARS outlet in Hong Kong.
With hardwood floors, a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, the new monochromatic store channels the style of a modern New York apartment to make you feel right at home when browsing through their make-up counters.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Key Athletes | US Olympic Women's Track & Field Team 2012: Updated News, Roster and Analysis | Bleacher Report

Key Athletes | US Olympic Women's Track & Field Team 2012: Updated News, Roster and Analysis | Bleacher Report:

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Allyson Felix: Felix's profile soared after her controversial tie with Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final spot on the 100-meter team, but she was already bold-ink news in the track world.
The remarkably versatile sprinter has won consecutive silver medals in the 200-meter dash and hopes to make it gold in London. For the second Olympics in a row she'll enter as the pre-race favorite, this time after running a world-leading 21.69 at U.S. Olympic Trials.
Lolo Jones: The gorgeous, charismatic Jones became a crossover media sensation after divulging to HBO's Real Sports that she's a virgin. The confession turned her into one of London's biggest stars, but it won't likely lead to the podium. Jones barely qualified for the U.S. team and her times this season are well off the medal pace.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

V Creative Agency - Articles: Chinese Luxury Baijiu Debuts in the UK for £99 a Bottle

V Creative Agency - Articles: Chinese Luxury Baijiu Debuts in the UK for £99 a Bottle
Shui Jing Fang, the oldest distiller of popular Chinese liquor baijiu, sold a controlling stake in the brand to Diageo with the intentions of bringing the 52 percent proof white spirit to the west through a UK distribution deal. Diago now owns 53 percent in Sichuan Chengdu Quanxing Group, the largest shareholder in Sichuan Shui Jing Fang.

Hotel Indigo to Open Nine Hotels in Six Different Countries in First Six Months of 2012 | Business Travel MagazineBusiness Travel Magazine

Hotel Indigo to Open Nine Hotels in Six Different Countries in First Six Months of 2012 | Business Travel MagazineBusiness Travel Magazine
Seven Hotel Indigo properties have already opened in four countries so far in 2012 including the United States, Scotland, China and our first two hotels in Continental Europe in Germany.
Hotel Indigo, IHG’s (InterContinental Hotel Group) upscale boutique brand, will to open nine hotels in six different countries around the globe within the first six months of 2012.
Seven Hotel Indigo properties have already opened in four countries so far in 2012 including the United States, Scotland, China and our first two hotels in Continental Europe in Germany. Guests can now explore the neighbourhoods surrounding the new Hotel Indigo Berlin Hardenbergstrasse, Hotel Indigo Berlin Alexanderplatz, Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, Hotel Indigo Waco Baylor, and Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Leading engineering schools for Asian students | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent

Leading engineering schools for Asian students | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent: Leading engineering schools for Asian students

By Asian Correspondent Aug 02, 2012 11:04PM UTC

Many of the economies in Asia are faring well despite the financial trouble that much of the West finds itself in. Countries and municipalities in the East are finding that they still have capital to invest in their own resources and development. In many cases, they even have funds to funnel into less developed economies.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Discover Makoko - Nigeria's Floating Slum

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Discover Makoko - Nigeria's Floating Slum
Nigeria's Makoko slum is a shantytown located in Lagos, Nigeria. Makoko slum is seldom visited by anyone from outside and it is dangerous for strange visitors to go in without guides.

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Mila Kunis channels old Hollywood glamour in new Miss Dior handbag campaign

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Mila Kunis channels old Hollywood glamour in new Miss Dior handbag campaign:
Mila Kunis is definitely the best choice for the new Miss Dior Bag Fall/Winter 2012 campaign, which made its magazine debut in the August issue of Elle Hong Kong on July 21. The “Ted” star, whose first ad for the luxury fashion label debuted in January, smoulders in her return as the face of brand's ready-to-wear accessories.

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Thailand: The World’s Exotic Locations

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Thailand: The World’s Exotic Locations: Thailand has increasingly become of the most loved travel destinations in the world over the last decades. What makes the country so popular? Thailand is blessed with beautiful landscapes: valleys filled with swirling fogs and mists, attractive beaches and islands. In addition, it has rich history and culture.

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Andrej Pejic 2012: Pictures of 20-year-old Transgender Male Model

Vanitytours.com - Articles: Andrej Pejic 2012: Pictures of 20-year-old Transgender Male Model: With the frenzy of media attention over the past year, 2012 is going to be a big year for gender-bending model Andrej Pejic – the only top-tier fashion model walking the runway as a man or as a woman at New York Fashion Week. After walking in runways for heavyweight designers, including John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier and gracing the covers of 14 magazines last year alone including an ad campaign for a Dutch push-up bra, FASHION'S man of the moment Andrej Pejic is shooting advertisement campaign for a lingerie brand as posing in a bright blue bikini on a New York rooftop.