BEIJING, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report from chinadaily.com.cn: Nestled amidst the lush hills and misty valleys of Guizhou province lies the enchanting Hongyang village, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by intrepid travelers seeking authentic cultural experiences. Recently, I embarked on a journey to this picturesque village, eager to delve into its rich history and traditional practices. What awaited me was a captivating adventure that would leave an indelible mark on my soul. As our car wound its way along the serpentine roads that hugged the mountainside, I was entranced by the ethereal beauty of the mist-shrouded landscape. It felt as though I was being guided by a benevolent magician, unveiling new wonders at every turn. Deep within the valley, surrounded by towering rocks and verdant forests, I couldn't help but marvel at the raw, unspoiled splendor of nature. Upon reaching Hongyang village, I was greeted by the warm smiles of the locals, whose hospitality immediately made me feel welcome. Eager to immerse myself in the village's customs, I set out to explore its time-honored traditions, with a particular focus on the art of making fermented rice wine, a cherished practice passed down through generations. Under the guidance of skilled artisans, I learned the intricate process of fermenting rice to produce this beloved beverage. From selecting the finest grains to meticulously controlling the fermentation process, every step was steeped in tradition and expertise. As I stirred the fermenting mixture, I couldn't help but feel a profound connection to the rich cultural heritage of the village. But my journey didn't end with the production of rice wine. Hongyang village offered a myriad of experiences waiting to be savored. From wandering through the ancient cobblestone streets lined with traditional wooden houses to sampling the delectable local cuisine bursting with flavors, every moment was a testament to the village's enduring charm. One of the highlights of my visit was the opportunity to participate in the village's vibrant festivals, where age-old rituals and performances brought the community together in a celebration of shared heritage. As I joined in the lively festivities, I felt a sense of camaraderie and inclusion that transcended language and cultural barriers. Yet, amidst the joyous celebrations and cultural immersion, I couldn't shake the feeling of melancholy knowing that my time in Hongyang village was limited. As I bid farewell to the friendly faces and idyllic surroundings, I carried with me not only memories of a remarkable journey but also a newfound appreciation for the resilience and spirit of the people of Guizhou. In retrospect, my trip to Hongyang village was more than just a travel experience; it was a journey of self-discovery and cultural enlightenment. As I reflect on the misty valleys and winding roads that led me to this hidden paradise, I am reminded of the words of the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." And indeed, my journey to Guizhou province has left an indelible mark on my soul, inspiring me to continue exploring the world with an open heart and a curious mind.
BEIJING, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Quhuo Limited (NASDAQ: QH) ("Quhuo" or the "Company"), a leading gig economy platform focusing on local life services in China, has recently made significant strides in the homestay industry with its Chengtu Home ("Chengtu") division. Chengtu announced the launch of a new rural homestay collaboration project, expanding its presence in the sector. This initiative involves the establishment of an independent brand dedicated to rural homestays, aptly named "Chengtu Rural Residence." The project will begin in Wuqing District of Tianjin City and Beidaihe Village in Qinhuangdao, encompassing nearly 40 homes. "Chengtu Rural Residence" is Quhuo's response to the growing issue of rural-urban migration and the increasing number of vacant rural homes due to rapid urbanization. Through this venture, Chengtu plans to utilize its extensive operational expertise to revamp and market these unoccupied homes for both long-term and short-term rentals, ultimately boosting the income of local villagers. This effort aligns with the broader goal of fostering integrated urban-rural development and revitalizing rural communities. With the introduction of this brand, Chengtu is now present in four major domestic tourist cities, managing nearly 120 rural homestay properties. In Tianjin's Wuqing District, Chengtu has formed partnerships with three villages in Hexi Township. The company is seeking co-builders to renovate 20 to 30 rural homes into charming homestays, offering these co-builders a 20-year operational lease. This model guarantees a stable rental income for the villagers and presents a long-term investment opportunity for the co-builders. The Beidaihe Village project in Qinhuangdao marks Chengtu's inaugural venture into house design. The plan is to transform 14 rural homes into publicly operated homestays. Located near the sea, these properties are part of a cultural industry park that blends culture, agriculture, and tourism, making them highly valuable for both cultural and tourist purposes. The design phase in this cooperation was completed at the end of January this year and co-builders were invited to visit the model house. These rural residences will also be promoted on Chengtu's online homestay rental platform. Chengtu's rural homestay selection process is rigorous, focusing on locations that reflect local customs and geographical convenience. The homes chosen must have clear property rights, sturdy foundations, and accompanying farmland and courtyards to offer an authentic pastoral experience. Chengtu also sets high standards for its homestays, establishing a uniform system for rural accommodations and providing comprehensive training to staff. The company ensures that everything from the bedding to daily utensils adheres to star-rated hotel quality. Ji Tong, the General Manager of Chengtu, remarked on the company's strategy: "Chengtu's strategic expansion and the launch of 'Chengtu Rural Residence' underscore the potential and market prospects of rural homestays in China. Our latest projects are not just significant for Chengtu's deeper involvement in this sector but also align with the national policy of rural revitalization." Leslie Yu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quhuo, expressed his outlook on the rural homestay market: "With the increasing demand for high-quality pastoral lifestyles, the rural tourism market is poised for growth. Quhuo intends to continue its strategic expansion in this area, using our operational expertise and technological edge to foster the ongoing development of rural homestays. This initiative will inject new energy into rural economic growth and cultural tourism." About Quhuo Limited Quhuo Limited (NASDAQ: QH) ("Quhuo" or the "Company") is a leading gig economy platform focusing on local life services in China. Leveraging Quhuo+, its proprietary technology infrastructure, Quhuo is dedicated to empowering and linking workers and local life service providers and providing end-to-end operation solutions for the life service market. The Company currently provides multiple industry-tailored operational solutions, primarily including on-demand delivery solutions, mobility service solutions, housekeeping and accommodation solutions, and other services, meeting the living needs of hundreds of millions of families in the communities. 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BEIJING, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- "Dignified and Majestic" - this is the most common feedback I heard during the opening day of the new building of the Yinxu Museum. The square, bronze-colored building exuded a commanding presence under the sunlight, while inside, 3,000 artifacts were displayed to the public for the first time, offering visitors a feast for the eyes. The Yinxu Ruins and oracle bones have undoubtedly become the calling card of Anyang in Central China's Henan Province. Despite the opening falling on a Monday, visitors flocked in from all directions. Among them were proud locals from Anyang, marveling at the greatness of Shang Dynasty (c.1600BC-1046BC) civilization on their native soil. There were also visitors from other parts of China, feeling proud of the cultural heritage. Standing in front of the bronze ware exhibition hall, they carefully admired the exquisite wares, seemingly able to offer professional insight into the intricate patterns adorning the artifacts. Some visitors even took notes diligently, recording the newly exhibited artifacts. A lady in her 50s shared with me that she wasn't a specialist in artifacts but was merely passionate about them, enthusiastically detailing her observations on the bronze ware from the tomb of Fu Hao, the wife of Shang Dynasty king Wu Ding. Her eyes filled with admiration for the ancient figure. However, as I ascended to the third floor and entered the exhibition hall on Shang civilization studies around the world, the atmosphere seemed to shift to a more solemn tone. The hall meticulously documented the precious artifacts from the Shang period, such as bronze wares and oracle bones, lost overseas. One particular exhibit title, "How are you doing overseas?" struck a chord, showcasing museums abroad that house relics from the Shang Dynasty, with the British Museum taking the spotlight. According to the exhibit, the British Museum currently holds 800 artifacts from the Shang Dynasty, with the bronze double-ram wine vessel, a prized possession, prominently displayed in one of its halls. The exhibition also noted that the US, UK, France, Germany, Canada, and Japan are the main locations where Chinese Shang artifacts are located overseas, including bronze wares, jade wares, pottery wares, and oracle bones. The precise data on the overseas dispersion of oracle bones is particularly poignant, with records indicating 3,377 pieces are in the UK, 1,882 in the US, and 1,276 in Japan. Many visitors paused at the explanation of the quantity and routes of the dispersion of Shang artifacts overseas, earnestly trying to understand how these treasures were lost to foreign museums, art galleries, libraries, and universities through a complex web of reasons involving looters. After witnessing this, many expressed regret and sorrow for the lost artifacts. Due to historical and legal issues, it is very difficult to retrieve many lost artifacts. A teen visitor, after touring this section of the exhibition, told me that the display taught him the historical lesson of "falling behind leads to suffering," and that these lost artifacts abroad will continue to serve as a warning to the Chinese people. The road to repatriating lost artifacts is fraught with difficulties. While being showcased and appreciated overseas, these lost artifacts also serve to spread Chinese culture and history to some extent. However, for the Chinese, this serves more as a painful reminder. One of the exhibition planners involved in designing the exhibition, Tang Jigen, told me that the looters and collectors of artifacts from that era are long gone, yet the artifacts lost overseas remain far away. Confronting the reality of national treasures residing abroad, he said that contemplating how to utilize these lost artifacts to serve the Chinese people is the most meaningful endeavor at present. For instance, collaborating with overseas collectors for research and joint exhibitions, facilitating mutual loans between Chinese and foreign museums, and exchanging duplicate collections, are all options. The advancement of digital technology also provides new possibilities, with 3D printing and virtual reality technology being applied in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage, enabling us to more conveniently study, exhibit, and appreciate artifacts from across the globe. Toward the end of the exhibition hall, sculptures of Fu Hao were juxtaposed with contemporary sculptures from the time of Pharaoh Ramses II of Egypt, seemingly engaging in a dialogue of ancient civilizations. The author is a reporter with the Global Times. firstname.lastname@example.org Read more: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202402/1307928.shtml
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Saudi Arabia has received international recognition and applause from UN Tourism and the World Travel & Tourism Council for its remarkable achievement of welcoming over 100 million tourists in 2023. This accomplishment significantly surpassed the previous target set for 2030, positioning Saudi Arabia as an emerging global tourism powerhouse. Saudi Arabia's achievement of welcoming +100 million tourists receives global recognition from UN Tourism and WTTC The Ministry of Tourism announced that the Kingdom has achieved this milestone seven years ahead of the initial goal according to the latest data. Motivated by this success, the Kingdom has now set a new ambitious target of welcoming 150 million tourists by 2030. Tourism has proven to be a significant contributor to the nation's economy, with domestic and international tourists spending over 250 billion riyals in 2023. This expenditure represents over 4% of GDP and 7% of the non-oil GDP reflecting the crucial role of tourism in diversifying Saudi Arabia's economy. H.E. Minister Ahmed Al Khateeb, commented: "This announcement demonstrates the scale of our transformation since the National Tourism Strategy was launched five years ago. Tourism is a key pillar in the nation's economic transformation under Vision 2030, creating jobs and revenue for the Kingdom. We thank both UN Tourism and WTTC as valued partners in our journey for their shared commitment to a sustainable and prosperous tourism sector." "The tourism ecosystem continues to operate in line with the national tourism strategy by developing diverse tourist destinations. Our aim is to enrich the experiences of tourists, diversify options for both local and international visitors, and enhance hospitality facilities along with other services provided. We are committed to aligning with top-tier international experiences and practices. This approach contributes to shaping a prosperous future for our tourism industry, improving the quality of life, and bolstering the Kingdom's position on the global tourism map," said the Minister. The tourism sector in the Kingdom has marked significant qualitative leaps, with the total number of tourists, both domestic and international, reaching 106.2 million in 2023. This represents a remarkable increase of 56% compared to 2019 and a substantial 12% surge compared to 2022. Among these, the number of international tourists reached 27.4 million, showing a substantial 56% increase from 2019 and an impressive 65% rise compared to 2022.
Counsellor stationed abroad calls: Everything is in GoChengdu CHENGDU, China, Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- On the night of February 24th, the lanterns in Chengdu were bright and dazzling, with countless Spring Festival activities blooming in various places in Chengdu. The Year of the Dragon came to a close amidst the lively atmosphere of fireworks and excitement, marking a vibrant start to the Chinese people's 2024. In the midst of this festive tourism atmosphere, how "hot and spicy" is Chengdu? According to the "Top 10 Hot Cities for Domestic Migration during the 2023 Spring Festival" released by Tencent's location big data, as well as the "Favorite Cities for Post-00s Travelers" list released by the Qunar travel platform, Chengdu ranked first in both lists. Data from Ctrip also shows that the booking volume of inbound tourist flights during the 2024 Chinese Spring Festival travel season increased by approximately 819%. In addition to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, Chengdu and Harbin have also performed impressively in inbound tourism, becoming popular destinations for foreign tourists. The "Spring Festival Festival Festival" in Chengdu has come to an end! "Chinese New Year Chengdu Flavor" has also set off another round of climax on the Internet at home and abroad. Under the theme of "Experience the Sichuan Flavor Chinese New Year in Chengdu," GoChengdu has meticulously planned and created the "Panda New Year Celebration" global Spring Festival series of events in advance, featuring hashtags such as #Chengdu Celebrations, #Year Of The Dragon, and launching dozens of original bilingual Chinese-style animations, hand-painted posters, New Year greeting videos, "Panda New Year" red envelope covers, and other social and internationally-oriented products. They have engaged in friendly interactions with international sister cities, local government agencies of tourist destinations, tourism organizations, panda fans, and others, continuously attracting domestic and foreign netizens' attention to tourism in Chengdu, creating a tourism boom in Chengdu in 2024. Statistics show that during the Spring Festival period, GoChengdu ranked first on both Facebook and X platforms among national central city accounts. The "Panda New Year Celebration" global Spring Festival series of events reached a total overseas audience of over 31 million, with a total of 87,000 interactions. The "Sending Good Luck" celebration event program had nearly 20,000 visits, delivering New Year gifts to nearly 300 fans worldwide. Integrating "Chengdu flavor" into creative short films "China Year" ignites overseas social media As the main venue event trailer for the New Year's Eve in Chengdu, the animation "Chinese Dragon, Dancing in Chengdu" adopts a combination of hand-drawn and AI synthesized images, based on the real story of the Huanglongxi Fire Dragon Dance, presenting a unique and distinctive dragon lantern dance show. The video has garnered nearly 100,000 views on domestic platforms, with over 8,000 interactions. On the GoChengdu Facebook platform, it has reached 27,000 views and nearly 800,000 impressions, with overseas Chinese commenting, "With the lanterns lit, this is the true taste of Chengdu's New Year!" On Lantern Festival day, GoChengdu released the creative short film "Strolling in the December Market Painting," capturing the festive atmosphere of Lantern Festival in Chengdu. The short film creatively uses VR gaming settings to recreate the prosperous scene of the December market in Song Dynasty Chengdu. The protagonist, Xiao Rong, embarks on a magical journey through the ancient and modern December markets, experiencing the fireworks of Chengdu. After the video was released, overseas netizens commented, "The video is very interesting, I didn't know Lantern Festival in China is so lively, I want to visit Chengdu." From New Year's Eve to the seventh day of the first lunar month, GoChengdu has consecutively released the "New Year in Chengdu" series of intangible cultural heritage hand-drawn posters on domestic and international platforms for eight days. These posters integrate Chengdu sugar paintings, Daoming bamboo weaving, Qionglai porcelain tire bamboo weaving, Chengdu silver flower silk, and other intangible cultural heritage skills, along with elements of the Year of the Dragon and the Spring Festival. On the GoChengdu Facebook platform, the total reach exceeded 4.7 million, with over 30,000 interactions; on the GoChengdu Photo Wall platform, the total reach exceeded 6.6 million, with 5,000 interactions. Chinese cultural attache Zhang Heqing from the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, Consul General of China in Osaka, diplomat Ms. Liu Yongfeng, as well as international officials such as the Austrian Consul General in Chengdu and the Chairperson of the Montpellier Foreign Relations Committee, and officials from domestic cities like Fujian, Xinjiang, Guizhou, and Chongqing have praised and shared the posters multiple times. After reposting one of the posters, Cultural Attache Zhang Heqing from the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan called out to GoChengdu, saying, "Follow GoChengdu, and you will learn more about the beauty of China and the flavors of Chengdu!" Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, forwarded the poster on his X account Multi-modal display "Bashu Flavor Chinese Year" "The trend of celebrating the Chinese New Year in Chengdu has become popular On the eve of the Spring Festival, GoChengdu collaborated with China Global Television Network (CGTN) for a global English live broadcast of the "Shuyan Fu" feast at Dongjiao Memory, which was aired on CGTN's new media client and overseas social media platforms on February 8th. The live broadcast was streamed on 10 domestic and international platforms including CGTN's Weibo, Video Number, English client, Facebook, reaching over 150 million viewers. The live broadcast had nearly ten thousand concurrent viewers across various platforms, attracting interactions and comments from netizens in dozens of countries and regions such as the United States, Italy, Indonesia, Nigeria, and the Philippines who praised, "The Hanfu is so beautiful! Such exquisite and elegant traditional customs!" and expressed well wishes for the Spring Festival. From February 9th to February 17th, GoChengdu set up topics on various social media platforms overseas, continuously releasing images, videos, and content related to Chengdu's New Year celebrations to keep overseas netizens engaged and interested in Chengdu. Videos such as "One Hundred Thousand People Singing 'Me and My Motherland' Together," "Tianfu New Area Long Screen Light Show," and "Chengdu New Year's Eve Event" posted on the GoChengdu Facebook platform collectively garnered over 200,000 views. Giant panda Huahua takes the lead Global Celebration of the Chinese New Year On the eve of the Spring Festival, GoChengdu, featuring the giant panda Hua Hua as its mascot, collaborated with the traditional Chinese New Year activity of "Dragon Dance" to design WeChat red envelope covers with a "Panda New Year" theme. The red envelope covers received widespread acclaim upon their release, prompting netizens to eagerly request more: "I didn't manage to get one! I really like this design, please release more!" In response to the users' demands, GoChengdu subsequently launched multiple rounds of red envelope covers, accumulating over 100,000+ reads on their WeChat official account. Meanwhile, GoChengdu created a special program called "Witness" for the Lunar New Year. They released three episodes titled "Consuls in Chengdu: Excitement in Chengdu in 2024," "Officials from Japan, South Korea, and Thailand's National Tourism Bureaus: Experiencing Chinese New Year in Chengdu," and "New Year Wishes from Foreigners Living in Chengdu." These videos focused on foreign consuls in Chengdu, officials from tourism bureaus in Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, members of Chengdu-based associations, and university professors who are foreigners living in Chengdu. Using their unique perspectives, they reviewed the development achievements in various fields such as culture, tourism, foreign trade, and education in Chengdu in 2023 and conveyed sincere New Year wishes during this festive season. Currently, the videos have reached a total audience of over 1.27 million and have been viewed by over 40,000 people. In 2023, Chengdu hosted the World University Games, attracting delegations from 113 countries and regions and over 6,500 athletes to come together in Chengdu for a grand event celebrating youth, unity, and friendship. During the Lunar New Year in the Year of the Dragon, GoChengdu planned and launched the "International University Sports Federation Invites You to Video Call" program. They conducted interviews with officials from the International University Sports Federation and student athletes from around the world, reminiscing about their warm memories of Chengdu and sending heartfelt blessings. The video reached an overseas audience of over 400,000 and had nearly 50,000 views. It resonated with international netizens, and many athletes left comments expressing their longing for Chengdu and gratitude towards the city. Aupal, a student ambassador from Uganda to the International University Sports Federation, sent a message in Chinese pinyin, saying "Xin nian Kua lie" (Happy New Year) and extending his wishes to friends in China across the ocean. President of the International University Sports Federation, René Fasel, sent a private message expressing heartfelt gratitude to Chengdu. "Overseas Chengdu Residents: The Most Nostalgic Taste of Chengdu's New Year" focused on "Chengdu people" living and working abroad. Through video calls, GoChengdu helped them fulfill their New Year wishes and visited the Chengdu they missed the most. In the video, Wang Pingxi, the owner of a Sichuan cuisine restaurant in Japan, expressed her daily longing for her beloved giant pandas. Xiaoyu, a student studying at Nanyang Technological University, yearned to taste her mother's braised pork trotters in Jiandao Alley. Yilin, a Malaysian student studying in Chengdu, wanted to revisit the current "Internet-famous check-in spot" - the Twin Towers. Social operation and international marketing Assist Chengdu in "inbound tourism" How to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Chengdu? On the Xiaohongshu platform, there are over 1.64 million notes recording the "Chengdu Spring Festival Travel Guide," inspiring global netizens to explore Chengdu through the internet. On the eve of the Spring Festival, GoChengdu carefully designed the online interactive activity "Unlocking Auspiciousness in the Year of the Dragon," offering a variety of new Spring blessings to netizens worldwide. Cultural tourism: Meet the national trend and unlock new dining experiences at the country's first panoramic immersive Han culture-themed meal show - "Sichuan Banquet"; at the Panda Base, be healed by giant pandas for a whole day; at Wuhou Temple, visit the garden Enjoy the lanterns. Year of Sports: During the Spring Festival, Chengdu Hot Snow Miracle launches the theme event of the Chengdu Hot Snow Miracle New Year International Ice and Snow Festival, "The Wave of All Nations Welcomes the Spring with Ice and Snow". One stop check-in with the unique ice and snow culture of the world, a 5000 square meter super large entertainment snow park for the whole family to enjoy, and 6 different levels of ski trails for smooth sailing The rich form of ice and snow experience heats up the Chengdu Spring Festival holiday season; There is also a "2020 Street Dance" annual card that takes you to dance in 2024.
CANGZHOU, China, Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Cangzhou City of north China's Hebei Province has launched a series of more than 400 activities including local operas, folk customs and traditional artistry to attract tourists around the world, during the 2024 lunar new year month of February until March, according to the municipal government. Cangzhou City of north China’s Hebei Province has launched a series of more than 400 activities including local operas, folk customs and traditional artistry to attract tourists around the world, during the 2024 lunar new year month of February until March, according to the municipal government. Among them, the first Cangzhou New Year Lantern Festival of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal and art festivals have made Cangzhou an senic attraction during the most important traditional Chinese festival. At the Spring Festival Intangible Cultural Heritage Temple Fair in Wuqiao Acrobatics World, programs such as "Drum Rhythm Welcomes the New Year", "Cartoon Stilt Parade", "Jianghu Show New Year Edition", and "Traditional Magic Performance by Various Stars" attracted visitors to stop and watch. The novel experiences included immersive scenario tours, poetry-themed scenario performances, and flash mobs in the garden, which presented a feast of Chinoiserie. "Cangzhou is now gradually transforming into a tourist destination. In the future, we will take multiple measures to increase the promotion of Cangzhou and attract more friends to visit Cangzhou, injecting new vitality and momentum into the Grand Canal culture," said a local tourist agency head. In Cangzhou, the "must-visit" places for the Spring Festival are not exclusive to scenic spots. The unique "village Spring Festival gala", full of local characteristics, takes the lead in the countryside. At museums and libraries, the Loong Year cultural exhibitions and Intangible Cultural Heritage performances add rich "cultural flavour" to the historical city. At major ski resorts, visitors enjoyed the joy of ice and snow while experiencing the authentic New Year customs culture of Cangzhou. "I came back from Shanghai to celebrate Spring Festival. I didn't expect Cangzhou to change so much; the Spring Festival events are lovely and especially suitable for the whole family, " tourist Tian Jinhui said.
LONDON, Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the world's leading authority on food and beverage tourism, announced today that its "2024 State of the Industry (SOTI) – Food & Beverage Tourism" report has been released and is now available as a free download. The SOTI report is the WFTA's annual bellwether assessment and analysis of the food and beverage tourism industry (also known as culinary tourism or gastronomy tourism). Every year, the Association interviews leading industry experts and provides expert analysis in the form of this thought leadership report. This year, twelve trends are discussed and broadly cover developments in authenticity; localism; sustainability; diversity; AI; consumer behavior; influencers; health and wellness; social media; and customer loyalty. The report is used by businesses, organizations and tourism offices to inform their strategy, marketing and related planning decisions over the coming 12 months. The report is oriented for professionals in the food, beverage, tourism and hospitality industries. Academics and researchers may also find the content of value. Interested parties can learn more or download a free copy of the report in English, French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese from this link. ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (WFTA) The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) is a global, non-profit, non-political organization whose mission is to work with destination marketers and their stakeholders to facilitate the discovery and appreciation of unique culinary cultures by travelers.. Founded in 2003, the WFTA is the world's leading authority on gastronomy tourism and the global voice of the industry. Every year, the WFTA provides insights, resources, tools, research, and events to a network of 150,000 professionals in over 150 countries to help the industry grow. The Association's knowledge, tools, and training assist professionals, organizations, and destinations in leveraging their culinary culture and heritage to create a stronger sense of place, which increases visitor arrivals, strengthens a destination's brand equity, boosts local pride, generates export demand for the area's food and beverage products, and makes a significant local economic impact. Media Contact: Erik Wolf (+44) 7827 582 554 email@example.com
The Traveloka Travel Fiesta offers fantastic Flights, Hotels, and Travel Activities discounts up to RM 2800 and various free giveaways to Maldives, South Korea, and Vietnam for those looking to explore more of Malaysia and the world during their upcoming holiday. Three easy ways to score exclusive bargains and holiday experiences - browse the Traveloka website or app, visit the booth, or take advantage of online flash sales. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 27, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Traveloka, Southeast Asia's leading travel platform, once again brings back the highly anticipated Traveloka Travel Fiesta from 28 February to 31 March 2024, offering three easy ways for customers promises of online, offline, and flash sales bargains on Flights, Hotels, and Activities to save more for their holidays. Online flash sales kick off on 29 February and, consequently, every Friday to Sunday commencing March 8th. 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The Traveloka Travel Fiesta brings all these together on top of bargains and discounts that make for unforgettable getaways. The Traveloka Travel Fiesta is fully supported by Batik Air, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Hard Rock Hotel Penang, The Haven All Suite Resort Ipoh, Parkroyal Penang Resort, and many more. About Traveloka Traveloka is Southeast Asia's leading travel platform, provides users access to discover and purchase a wide range of travel, local services, and financial services products. Traveloka's comprehensive product portfolio includes transport booking services such as flight tickets, bus, trains, car rental, airport transfer, as well as access to the largest accommodation inventory in Southeast Asia, including hotels, apartments, guest houses, homestays, resorts, and villas, making Traveloka a booking platform with the widest selection of accommodation and packages. 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Indulge in Sabah's Epicurean Wonders and Warm Hospitality from September 26 to 28 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Get ready for a culinary and hospitality extravaganza like never before! Food and Hospitality Malaysia, the leading biennial trade-only food and hospitality exhibition in Malaysia, unveils an exciting new chapter with the launch of its FHM Borneo Edition. Proudly organised by Informa Markets Malaysia, this inaugural event will be held from September 26 to 28, 2024, at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The exclusive 3-day extravaganza is a must-attend for industry professionals seeking the latest innovations, products, and services across the entire food and hospitality spectrum. Over 150 local and international companies and brands are expected to showcase their offerings, attracting an estimated 8,000 enthusiastic trade visitors eager to explore and network. In a bold and electrifying move, the journey into Borneo unfolds seamlessly after the recent rebranding of the iconic Food & Hotel Malaysia event to the dynamic Food & Hospitality Malaysia (FHM). This strategic transformation reflects the event's remarkable reach into a diverse audience profile, encompassing exhibitors and visitors spanning a broad spectrum of hospitality professionals, service providers, and manufacturers, all integral contributors to the event's sustained growth and vibrancy throughout the years. This ongoing evolution plays a pivotal role in shaping the future landscape of the hospitality sector. FHM stands as a trailblazer, actively advocating diversity, innovation, and collaboration among industry stakeholders. The commitment to these principles charts a course for a thriving landscape that will resonate for years to come. The heartbeat of the hospitality sector reverberates more robustly than ever, with FHM leading the charge and orchestrating a symphony of progress and excitement at the forefront of industry transformation. The expansion of FHM to Borneo vividly exemplifies the region's thriving and rapidly evolving food and hospitality market, characterised by a rich culinary heritage and a growing tourism industry. Renowned for its diverse cultural influences and natural attractions, Borneo, without a doubt, stands poised as the imminent "next best thing" in culinary exploration and hospitality ventures. With a growing emphasis on sustainable practices and an increasing demand for experiential dining, Borneo presents an exciting frontier for industry players seeking new opportunities. FHM Borneo Edition is poised to make a significant contribution to the industry by providing a dedicated platform for businesses to connect, showcase, and explore innovations tailored to the specific needs of the region. The event aims to bridge the gap between local and international industry players, fostering collaboration and creating a robust ecosystem for growth. "FHM Borneo Edition is more than just a trade show; it's a culinary expedition into the heart of Borneo's vibrant food and hospitality scene. We're thrilled to spearhead this exciting event and provide an immersive platform for industry players to engage, find real-world solutions to their challenges, and share valuable knowledge. This is their chance to stay ahead of the curve and tap into the potential of this remarkable region," said Mr Gerard Leeuwenburgh, Country General Manager of Informa Markets in Malaysia. The event's key theme, 'Cultivating Solutions for the Food and Hospitality Industry,' underscores FHM's commitment to addressing the unique challenges and triumphs in the food and hospitality sector. From state-of-the-art kitchen equipment to sustainable packaging solutions, FHM Borneo Edition aims to revolutionise operations and meet the evolving demands of the market. In recognition of the region's growing interest in adventure tourism, FHM Borneo Edition will feature a dedicated Adventure Tourism Services and Solutions segment. This dynamic platform provides a vital avenue for adventure tourism operators to procure products or services and discover innovative solutions to cater to the escalating demand for eco-tourism and adventure experiences in the region. Spanning from exhilarating water sports to invigorating outdoor activities, it promises to be a comprehensive resource for industry stakeholders seeking to elevate their offerings and meet the evolving needs of travellers. Beyond the booths, visitors can buckle up for a sensory adventure at the FHM Borneo Edition. They can dive into a sizzling lineup of side activities and gastronomic delights that will tantalise their taste buds and awaken their senses. Delve deep into the rich tapestry of Bornean cuisine at the Culinaire Borneo Extravaganza, where international and local exhibitors will present their signature dishes and groundbreaking culinary innovations, celebrating the myriad flavours and culinary customs of the region. Witness the heat turn up as talented chefs battle it out in the Culinary Competition, pushing the boundaries of their artistry and creating mouthwatering masterpieces. Be inspired by their creativity, skill, and passion, and discover the future stars of Borneo's culinary scene. Complementing the exhibition is a series of educational seminars, providing attendees with valuable insights into market developments and trends to navigate the evolving landscape of the food and hospitality industry. Whether participants are seasoned industry professionals or newcomers eager to establish their presence, FHM Borneo Edition presents an unparalleled platform for learning, networking, and personal growth. Prepare to indulge in the promising future that awaits Borneo's culinary and hospitality landscape. Space booking for FHM Borneo Edition is now open, and interested parties are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries regarding exhibiting packages. Visit the official website at www.foodandhotel.com/fhmborneo for more information. Notes to Editor About Food & Hospitality Malaysia Borneo EditionThe FHM Borneo Edition marks an exhilarating new chapter in the renowned Food and Hospitality Malaysia (FHM) series, the leading biennial trade-only food and hospitality exhibition. This bold expansion into Borneo highlights the region's flourishing hospitality and culinary scene, fuelled by a rich heritage and growing tourism. Hailed as the "next big thing", the event seeks to bridge the gap between local and international industry players, fostering collaboration and creating a robust ecosystem for growth. With its impressive range of thousands of product displays, Trend Talk programmes, cooking demonstrations, and other exciting activities, FHM Borneo Edition serves as the leading Bornean marketplace for exhibitors and visitors alike. Organised by Informa Markets Malaysia, a subsidiary of Informa PLC, the world's largest B2B event organiser, FHM Borneo Edition is a must-attend for anyone looking to stay on top of industry trends and forge valuable connections. For more information on FHM Borneo Edition, please visit www.foodandhotel.com/fhmborneo.
Discover the fresh flavours and exciting new anchor as the IKEA Damansara anchored meeting place continues its commitment to a diverse and engaging retail environment KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- For over two decades, the IPC Shopping Centre has dedicated itself to transforming its space into a vibrant and welcoming retail destination for the many. In a strategic move to reinforce its positioning and enhance shopping experience, IPC Shopping Centre is thrilled to introduce its upgraded tenant mix spanning across a diverse array of exciting F&B, lifestyle, and personal care options and services. Elevating Community Connection: IPC Shopping Centre Unveils Exciting New Offerings Welcoming new anchor tenants to enhance our retail experienceIn the last 20 years, the IPC Shopping Centre has been home to anchor tenants, such as Ben's Independent Grocer, Harvey Norman, and Spotlight. It is also a hub for numerous pioneering ventures like Skechers, with its first city outlet in the region specifically built to showcase the latest collection of wearables; and King Living with its first in-shopping centre outlet featuring an impressive range of award-winning sofas and designer furniture. Beyond meeting the needs of visitors with its diverse and unique array of offerings, these reputable names have played a pivotal role in shaping the success and allure of the shopping centre by attracting shoppers as well as other tenants to be part of the mix. Being committed to stay attuned to ever-changing consumer preferences and urbanization trends, this year, the neighbourhood shopping centre will open its doors to a new anchor tenant, Mr. DIY Plus that is unlike any other. Spearheading the evolution of the retail experience, this Mr. DIY Plus will introduce the first 4-in-1 concept store within a mall setting featuring brands like EMTOP, Mr. DIY, Mr. Dollar, and Mr. Toy all under one roof. Extending beyond retail, Mr. DIY Plus also complements IPC Shopping Centre's commitment to sustainability and fostering a space where memories are made and time is well spent, with people that matter. Nestled within the 23,779 sqft of space within the centre will be an interactive wall, eco-corner, and children's workshop where visitors can immerse in the moment as they walk along the aisles. Designed to reflect a European Highstreet concept, Mr. DIY Plus will also present a storefront adorned with reused pallets and an atmosphere crafted to replicate natural daylight. This immersive experience underscores the convenience of The\ One-stop-shop that IPC Shopping Centre aims to offer to visitors by Q1 2024. Delivering Diverse Dining Experiences In the coming months, IPC Shopping Centre will also be converting part of its alfresco area to a glasshouse that will welcome the arrival of Canton Boy, a popular Halal Chinese Cuisine restaurant following its success at MyTOWN Shopping Centre. This visionary concept stands as a testament of the collaborative, open-minded, and innovative spirit shared between the shopping centre and its tenant to realise a unique and pioneering glasshouse outlet. Addition to that, the shopping centre is also anticipating the arrival of a new Western restaurant with a bar concept adjacent to Canton Boy in 2024. Committed to delivering diverse dining experiences and reinforcing the vibrant dining landscape within the shopping centre, IPC Shopping Centre will also continue to introduce exciting additions to its diverse F&B options across different levels. This year, tenants like Mr. Vegan, Pezzo Pizza, BabaBoy, BananaBro, Bread History & Sandwich Box, KPOP Madang, Taste of Medan, and Noodle King House (non-Halal) will allow food lovers to be even more spoilt for choice. This line-up of offerings will join brands like Jom Chá by Farm Fresh, Squid Boy, Dunkin' Donuts, Mee Tarik Warisan that were proudly introduced in 2023. Caring for Wellbeing Placing an emphasis on nurturing the wellbeing of its visitors, the shopping centre introduced top-quality grooming services for men at Jadioc Barbershop available on Level LG2 and a comprehensive range of quality dental treatment at Ivory Dental on Level 1. Parents can also seize the opportunity to indulge in quality time spent with their young ones at Open Playhouse, The\ One-stop edutainment provider, lifestyle café, party and event planner located on Level 2. Additionally, Galaxy Kidz on the same floor provides extra excitement for children, allowing them to forge new friendships and embark on a journey of independence through activities like train rides, single rides, and more. Additionally, IPC Shopping Centre has also debuted the first two in-centre unmanned stores, one of the latest technological innovations in the retail industry that became particularly significant in light of the heightened emphasis on hygiene standards. Beyond enhancing operational efficiencies for businesses, the introduction of Natural Signature, a world-renowned furniture brand made mainly from solid wood located on Level 1, and Books for A Better World, a pre-loved bookshop located on Level 2 redefines the shopping experience for visitors. With these two tenants, shoppers are now enabled to have full control over their journey, immersing themselves in a distinctive and autonomous shopping encounter. Ms Karyn Lim, General Manager of IPC Shopping Centre, said "Curating the right tenant mix is critical to successful shopping centre operations. At IPC Shopping Centre, our commitment goes beyond mere occupancy, our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. That is why we strive to curate an experiential shopping atmosphere, leveraging a well-balanced mix of lifestyle, dining, and retail options to transforms the centre into a quintessential destination transcending the conventional retail space." Repurposing Spaces to Cater to Evolving NeedsAcknowledging the changing lifestyle and hybrid work culture, IPC Shopping Centre has strategically transformed the Level 1 Link Bridge to host Träffas Work Pods, the first and one of a kind private work pods in Malaysia, fully furnished for rent by the hour or day. These additions not only cater to Malaysians in search of a private and comfortable workspace while on the go but also offer a versatile setting for productivity and creativity. Visitors can even transform the work pods into a photo studio, recording studio for videos or podcasts, interview room, or study corner. This year, IPC Shopping Centre is also encouraging visitors to reimagine the space on the Link Bridge and transform them into pop-up stores for community-focused bazaars or utilise it as an exhibition space to showcase their work. Additionally, four car park bays located at Level P2 car park have also been transformed into EV charging stations integrated with the IPC App and loyalty program (Tack Club) for a rewarding charging experience to meet the demand for reliable charging infrastructure. Karyn Lim added, "The transformation of these spaces presents an opportunity for shopping centres like IPC to elevate the overall shopping experience from the moment of arrival to departure, and every aspect in between. By identifying gaps in the local retail industry, we are able to strategically curate our tenant mix and leverage our existing infrastructure to distinguish ourselves from our competitors and establish the centre as a preferred and distinctive destination. This approach not only enhances the satisfaction of existing visitors but opens new doors for a fresh array of tenants and customers, ultimately contributing to increased footfall traffic and sustained business growth." For more information, please visit www.ipc.com.my. About IPC Shopping Centre:Malaysia's first meeting place anchored by IKEA with the big blue box store and a vital part of Ikano Retail's growing portfolio in the region. Strategically nestled in the heart of the mixed-use development of Mutiara Damansara since 2003, it serves as a familiar, cosy home away from home for their community and beyond. Blending its Swedish heritage with innovation, IPC Shopping Centre leads in sustainability with the flagship Recycling and Buy-Back Centre and other green initiatives in fostering community engagement and showcasing their commitment to a greener future. IPC Shopping Centre enhances everyday life as the preferred one-stop retail hub with diverse offerings that goes beyond transactional shopping, but also a space for continued connection, discovery and inspiration for its visitors.