New Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards, Marriott® International’s award-winning guest loyalty program, is giving a free-night’s stay to new members who enroll in the program at the front desk of 97 participating hotels in Asia Pacific.  New members only need to make two stays within 120 days of enrolling in Marriott Rewards.  The first stay must be made at a hotel in Asia Pacific, and the second stay may be made at any of the more than 3,400 participating Marriott hotels around the world.
Members who join Marriott Rewards by December 31, 2011, and complete their stays within the 120-day stay period will receive a free night certificate good at any of 2,800 Category 1-4 participating hotels worldwide.  The stay period begins immediately upon enrollment.
Participating Marriott brands include JW Marriott®, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Courtyard by Marriott® hotels in Australia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and is free to join. Members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,400 hotels in 70 countries.  In addition to free hotel stays, points can be redeemed for frequent flier miles, merchandise, cruises, car rentals and more. Marriott Rewards won the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award and the 2009 Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.
To make a reservation, call  60 3 2688 8080 in Asia Pacific;  852 800 938 968 in Mainland China; 800 938 968 in Hong Kong; 61 2 8298 5250 in Australia

Singapore Reigns As Asia’s Top Convention City For The Ninth Consecutive Year

Singapore has retained its position as Asia's Top Convention City for close to a decade, according to the latest Global Rankings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). In addition, Singapore has?maintained its spot as one of the Top Five Convention Cities alongside Vienna, Barcelona, Paris and Berlin.

?On this win, ICCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Martin Sirk congratulated Singapore on hosting the most rotating association meetings amongst all Asia-Pacific destinations in 2010. “Singapore has been proactively targeting this sector as part of a clear strategy for many years, and was probably the first destination in the world to so closely align this meetings strategy with the economic development goals of the country.”

?Given that the ICCA Global Rankings focuses on meetings that rotate regularly between at least three countries, this accolade serves to intensify Singapore’s appeal as a destination for not only new but also returning events. According to this qualifying criterion, 136 rotating events were held in Singapore in 2010, representing more than 14 per cent growth over the events that qualified in 2009. Notable events that contributed to these numbers include the 20th Annual Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education 2010, International Conference of the International Bartenders Association 2010, 77th World Congress of the UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, World Congress of Biomechanics 2010, World Congress of Bioethics 2010, RoboCup 2010 and the World Green Building Council International Congress 2010.
According to Mr. Martin Sirk, “it’s no great surprise to me to see this continued success, since this is a sector where long-term vision and consistency are required. But it still takes great marketing effort in what are becoming ever-more competitive regional and global marketplaces, and the continued investment in great new facilities and human capital, so I applaud the hard work and creativity of all our Singaporean members.”?
“The ICCA Global Rankings have always been a well regarded industry indicator and this continued win underscores Singapore’s strong track record as the business destination of choice. Our success is in no small part due to our sound business fundamentals, ease of doing business and the relentless commitment of our MICE industry partners,” commented Ms. Melissa Ow, Assistant Chief Executive, Industry Development (II) Group, Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

?“What’s more, our constant re-invention and ever-changing skyline make for compelling reasons to return to Singapore and experience the richness we have to offer both as a business and leisure destination. Looking ahead, the future is replete with many exciting developments such as the lush new Gardens by the Bay, the International Cruise Terminal and the world’s first River Safari.”

?In 2010, Singapore attracted 3.1 million business travellers, which accounted for 27 per cent of all visitors to Singapore, spending about $ 5.4 billion Singapore dollars. This signifies growths where it matters most – 19.2 per cent and 28.6 per cent respectively over 2009.1 Singapore’s Business Travel, and Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry looks set for greater heights as evidenced by more event wins. Within the first half of 2011 alone, there were 12 new World Congresses secured to add to Singapore’s line up of events from 2012 to 2016 – in comparison, 14 were secured within the whole of 2010. Spanning across a vast array of industries such as Lifestyle, Business and Trade, Social, Infrastructure, and Healthcare,?these new association meeting wins include the 52nd ACI World Congress in 2013, the World Federation of Engineering Organisations Congress 2013, the 36th World Diamond Congress in 2014 and the International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy 2015.

?Also playing a part in our success is STB’s Conference Ambassador Programme (CAP). Launched in 2006, the CAP identifies, rewards and galvanizes non-professional conference organisers who are experts and? influential opinion leaders in Singapore’s key economic sectors. These “ambassadors” represent Singapore in bidding for international business events and have facilitated in securing countless events such as the Internet?Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Meeting 2011, ASEAN Congress of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 and 22nd World Congress for Sexual Health 2015.

?Said Ms. Ow, “Singapore is committed to fostering partnerships in the industry and will continue to leverage opportunities presented in this dynamic Asian climate to constantly create even more reasons for organisers to stage their events here. We encourage both local and international players to work together and hold their events in Singapore.”
For more information on winning bids of significance, please refer to Annex 1.
?For more information on the ICCA Global Rankings, please refer to ?

Malcolm Zancanaro Appointed General Manager of Grand Hyatt Beijing

Malcolm Zancanaro Appointed General Manager of Grand Hyatt Beijing

Grand Hyatt Beijing has announced the appointment of Malcolm Zancanaro as General Manager effective 1 August 2011.

Malcolm has been with Hyatt for over 20 years, his career includes more than 10 years in senior management positions in Hyatt properties.

Most recently Malcolm was General Manager at Hyatt Regency Qingdao where he was preparing for the opening of the property.  Prior to this Malcolm was Hotel Manager of Grand Hyatt Beijing, which he and his team have successfully positioned as the best hotel in the city. Prior to Beijing Malcolm was Director of Food and Beverage – Asia Pacific based in Hyatt’s Divisional Office in Hong Kong.

Commenting on his appointment, Malcolm said, “I feel privileged to be General Manager of this contemporary luxury hotel in Beijing. I look forward to working with a truly dynamic team in one of the most vibrant cities of the world.” He continued, “I am confident that I can further strengthen the hotel’s position by continuing to provide unanticipated luxuries and authentic hospitality service for all guests.”


Brand new dining experience of the European modern simplicity

Like any designs of agnès b.’s fashion, the brand is always evolving with new inspirations and amazing ideas. Satisfying Hong Kong diners’ never-ending expectation to astonishing new dining environment and atmosphere, agnès b. LE PAIN GRILLÉ at Cubus is now open with a modish European interior design and unique menu in fashionable simplicity.

Going along with the theme of European modern simplicity, this restaurant aims to create a contemporary dining house in warm and relaxing ambiance. The use of wood in a simple pattern enlightens the restaurant with a casual impression, forming an inimitable character with wooden window louvers, black granite table, designer chairs and innovating tableware. Other than that, a cosy balcony has employed to accommodate natural sunlight and gentle breeze. Natural elements can be found everywhere: photos of music scenes which have been displayed at “Bande a part” exhibition at agnès b.’s LIBRAIRIE GALERIE in 2007 are placed on the wall; a mini garden planting mints and herbs and superb walls with natural plants. All of which allow everyone to enjoy a full mixture of French and European dining experience.

The menu of the restaurant emphasizes on a blend of authentic European cuisine with a modern twist. Its welcoming bar area offering a carefully selected list of fine wine and whisky. This restaurant differentiates itself from the traditional ones by paying effort on the innovative food presentation, leading customers not only delighted by the taste but also the look. Yet, together with a variety of the best quality and fresh ingredients from around the world helps enhancing a comprehensive meal. This new dining utopia offers everyone a chance to taste a mouthwatering European cuisine, just in one stop.

agnès b. LE PAIN GRILLÉ Cubus shop info
Address: 15/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Business hours:Sun – Thur 12:00 to 23:00 (22:00 last order)
Fri & Sat 12:00 to 23:30 (22:30 last order)
(Restaurant closes between 15:00 & 17:00 daily)
Capacity:    44pax
Tel no.:        2577 2718

The Press Room Announces All-New Lineup

Diners Welcome New Chef and Menu at Popular Eatery

The Press Room, the ever-popular Hollywood Road bar and brasserie, introduces new Head Chef Jorge da Silva and 17 new dishes to the menu.
In his newly-appointed position as The Press Room’s Head Chef, Jorge da Silva brings over 13 years’ experience to the role. Born in Portugal, Jorge honed his skills in England working at some of London’s most famous eateries, including PJ’s Bar and Grill and The Farm.

Eager for a new epicurean experience, in 2006, Jorge returned to his homeland and joined the Crown Plaza Resort in Madeira. Two years later, he returned to England where he was named Head Chef at the acclaimed Cactus Blue in Chelsea, London.

“I’m always looking for ways to improve myself”, explains the 35-year-old. “Just when I decided it was time to take on a new challenge, The Press Room approached me to join them in Hong Kong.”
To mark Jorge’s arrival, The Press Room will add 17 new dishes to the menu.

Starter and salad highlights include:
Foie gras ballotine with truffled French beans (HK$130)
Rare prepped beef salad with palm hearts, watercress, sundried tomatoes, parmesan and truffle oil (HK$98); and
Salad Gourmande with shaved foie gras (HK$122).

New must-try mains include:
Chargrilled baby chicken with garlic butter, lemon juice and wild rocket (HK$218);
Rosemary-marinated lamb chops with mixed bean salad and mint pesto (HK$248);
Steamed mussels provencal with grilled cod, salmon, sea bass, scallops & shrimps (HK$440 for 2 persons)
Grilled Darne of salmon with asparagus & hollandaise (HK$223); and
Roast black cod with cassoulet au white bean, tomatoes and chorizo (HK$230).

SWISS simplifies its baggage provisions

SWISS is standardising the baggage regulations for its flights all over the world. In many cases, the systemwide adoption of the “piece concept” will provide customers with a greater free-baggage allowance, along with attractive excess baggage rates. SWISS’s carry-on baggage regulations remain unchanged.

SWISS is extending the “piece concept”, which already applies on North Atlantic flights, to the baggage provisions for all its services systemwide. The new regulations will apply to all tickets bought on or after 1 August 2011. For many customers travelling on SWISS services within Europe and on long-haul flights to Asia or Africa, the new concept will increase their free baggage allowance.

The piece concept allows customers to check in a certain number of pieces of baggage free of charge, with the number of pieces permitted depending on their class of travel. SWISS is also modifying the maximum permissible weight of each individual piece. As a result, SWISS Economy travellers will now enjoy an extra three kilos of free-baggage allowance per flight. Business and First Class customers, too, will benefit from more generous free-baggage amounts than under the present “weight concept”.

The key changes are as follows:

–  Economy Class: Now1 piece of up to 23 kilos(currently any numberof pieces up to a combined total of 20 kilos).

–  Business Class: Now2 pieces of up to 32 kilos each, i.e. a maximumtotal of 64 kilos (currently any number of pieces up to a combined total of 30 kilos).

–  First Class: Now3 pieces of up to 32 kilos each, i.e. a maximum totalof 96 kilos (currently any number of pieces up to a combined total of 40 kilos).

Flying direct to Maldives from Beijing

First capital to capital route successfully launched

MEGA Maldives Airlines today successfully completed the first direct scheduled flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to Male’. The Male’ International Airport was in a festive mood in anticipation of the arrival of this historic first flight by a local airline and was celebrated with traditional Maldivian entertainment. A welcoming committee in traditional formal dress welcomed the passengers with flowers as they exited the aircraft. Many passengers stopped to take pictures with the members of the welcoming committee and in front of the aircraft. Later, members of the media were able to go on-board the aircraft for a brief tour. The flight carried 223 passengers to Male’, who were heading off to various resort destinations in the Maldives.

The Beijing route launched today was key target destination from the very beginning of services by MEGA Maldives Airlines and to have successfully achieved that target is a proud moment to the company, its management and all staff.

The number of Chinese arrivals to Maldives is growing fast, with a total of 52,345 Chinese tourists visiting the Maldives during the first quarter, a rise of 53.2% when compared with of the same period in 2010. As the world’s most populous nation proves to be a major source of new business for the Maldives’ tourism industry, MEGA Maldives aspires to play a key role in the on-going development of this market.

The non-stop capital-to-capital scheduled route from Beijing to the Maldives will invigorate bilateral trade for both Maldivian and Chinese entrepreneurs alike seeking new business opportunities and will contribute to the already close diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

On Monday, 25th of July, MEGA Maldives Airlines will hold a press conference to recognize the successful launch of the Beijing and Shanghai direct flights. The airline will also introduce its second class of cabin crew, who are now completing their rigorous training and beginning to join operations.

The on-going drive by the company to create new jobs in the country’s aviation industry continues this week with the recruitment of the third class of cabin crews on Wednesday 27th of July.  An open interview day will be held at CHSE from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm for the recruitment, with priority given to applicants who apply before the date to the MEGA Maldives Airlines office.

MEGA Maldives Airlines appreciates and thank the efforts of all who have been contributed to the success of the airline from the beginning, for the support, guidance, and oversight.

For more information or to book a flight, explore cargo, trade and employment opportunities, visit or contact us at

President of the Republic of Mauritius in Regal Airport Hotel, Hong Kong

The multi-award winning Regal Airport Hotel expressed warm greetings to the President of the Republic of Mauritius – Sir Anerood Jugnauth and the First Lady of Mauritius. They were welcomed to the hotel by Mr. Jan Kirstein, General Manager of Regal Airport Hotel, before enjoying a meal at Rouge, the hotel’s famous Chinese Restaurant.

Photo Caption: (from left to right)
Mr. Andrew Curtis, Director of Food & Beverage of Regal Airport Hotel; Sir Anerood Jugnauth, President of the Republic of Mauritius; Mr. Jan Kirstein, General Manager of Regal Airport Hotel; Jini Jugnauth, The First Lady; Dr. C. C. Tai, Honorary Consul

HK’s Tazmania Ballroom Voted Top International Bar in UK’s Prestigious Design Awards

Tom Dixon interiors earn global accolade for popular Lan Kwai Fong nightclub
Hong Kong’s TAZMANIA BALLROOM nightclub has celebrated its first birthday with a top international design award.
The chic Lan Kwai Fong venue was voted best ‘International Bar’ in the prestigious UK-based Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
TAZMANIA BALLROOM’s interior design by internationally-renowned designer Tom Dixon earned top honours in the 2011 awards among 10 shortlisted new bars and clubs from the United States and Mexico to Japan, Brazil, Belgium and Switzerland.
It is styled after a 1920s American speakeasy, but with the class of a very British private gentleman’s club.
The concept, by nightclub impresario Gilbert Yeung, was inspired by his fond memories of a British boarding school and a dark ‘hangout’ of the same name he frequented at college in Canada.
TAZMANIA BALLROOM was selected by a highly influential panel of leading architecture, design, lifestyle & hospitality personalities including Ian Callum, Design Director of The Jaguar Car, and Conde Nast Traveller magazine editor Sara Miller.
Winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Canary Wharf, London on July 7 – the same night as TAZMANIA BALLROOM’s first anniversary. The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are totally independent and the only concept of their kind dedicated exclusively to recognize design excellence.
Since opening last year, TAZMANIA BALLROOM has attracted widespread acclaim in design magazines from the UK, Italy and Netherlands to Brazil and the United States.
Like its sister nightspot dragon-i, TAZMANIA BALLROOM attracts international celebrities visiting Hong Kong – with a guest list ranging from actor Hugh Grant, singer Coco Lee, James Valentine and Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5, to the Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Like dragon-i, guests are admitted at the discretion of the management. Only the cool or connected need apply.

For the first time ever, the Playboy Mansion

lingerie party comes to Macao. On August 20th, Playboy Club Macao invites you to an uninhibited night of fun, fantasy and sense-indulging experiences. Playboy Club gives guests a rare glimpse into Hef’s charmed lifestyle. The night promises scantily-clad guests and body painted ladies sipping delicious cocktails and dancing to beats by DJ Bliss. The enchanting Playboy Bunnies take living the good life to the next level.

It’s the sexiest party of the year so guys don’t forget your smoking jacket, and for the ladies don’t forget to wear your sexiest lingerie. You won’t want to miss this one! Table packages available. Please call +853 8983 3388 for further details.

Venue: Playboy Club Sands Macao, 24th Floor
Dress Code: Lingerie/ Sleepwear
Time: 10pm till 4am
Remarks: for persons aged 18 and above