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Seoul Chosen as IDEA/Brazil 2010 Gold Winner

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2010-09-01 18:34

SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Seoul Metropolitan Government has won the gold of IDEA/Brazil 2010 Awards, a coveted international design competition in South America, in the category of design strategy and environment for its design-related policy in recognition of Mayor Oh Se-hoon’s exemplary leadership in promoting design in overall city administration and urban development.

IDEA/Brazil is the South American chapter of the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), one of the three most prestigious awards for designers in the world along with iF and Red dot of Germany. IDEA/Brazil Awards are conducted every year with the validation of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).

Joice Joppert Leal, executive-director of the Objecto Brasil Association, main organizer of the IDEA/Brazil Awards, said that the citation is for Mayor Oh’s contribution to upgrading the city brand value of Seoul though his design policy. In particular, Seoul City established the Design Seoul Headquarters as an organization of the city government, which has implemented various
design-related projects. He even recruited a design expert as the Chief Design Officer (CDO) responsible for the city’s design policies. Oh’s such move is believed to strengthen the city’s international competitiveness and improve the quality of life of citizens, she was quoted as saying.

Such efforts of the city have made Seoul won the title of World Design Capital 2010 from the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design in 2007. In celebration of its designation of WDC 2010, Seoul hosted/will host several events including the annual Seoul Design Fair, World Design Capital Summit that induced cooperation among leaders of world cities, Seoul International Design Workshop that helped cultivate design manpower, and the like.

Seoul City has also strengthened design infrastructure. Some of the examples are the Seoul Design Committee, set up and operated by the city, and the creation of the design guidelines and typeface of Seoul that apply to urban design. In addition, Dongdaemun Design Plaza is being built at the site of the former Dongdaemun Stadium, which is expected to complete by 2012.

Seoul City said the gold award from IDEA/Brazil signifies that its design policy has gained recognition even from countries in South America and will serve as a momentum to further upgrade the city brand value of Seoul, the World Design Capital 2010.


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SOURCE Seoul Metropolitan Government

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September 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

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Travelzen Introduces Universal Package Deals for Greater China

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2010-09-01 19:46

SHANGHAI, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Online travel innovator today announced the launch of another industry changing feature — universal package deals.  This new, unique packaging engine gives travelers the freedom to create specially priced packages for any city with an airport in Greater China.  Travelzen supports package booking up to 4 hours before flight departures, which when coupled with instant confirmation opens up an entirely new scope for short-notice package booking.
“This is how online travel should be,” remarked Ted Sze, CEO of Travelzen.  “We show our customers their options up front — let them take control of their experience.  There is no waiting for confirmation or callbacks — everything is real time.  We’ve got all of Greater China covered, so anywhere you can fly, you can add a hotel.  We are the only online travel agent to allow flexible booking — you can book your hotel for up to a week after your flight, and we offer hotels with one way flights.”
The technology needed to achieve this unique functionality is based on Travelzen’s market leading, fully-online, 100% real-time booking engine.  This technology gives Travelzen the ability to instantly book and confirm flights and hotels anywhere in Greater China, with no price or availability changes — an ability that no other online travel provider can match — giving customers the only truly 24/7, fully online travel site for Greater China — and the only flight and hotel package provider capable of allowing flexible bookings.
“We spent literally years building a better online booking engine,” said Joey Fan, Travelzen’s Chief Architect.  “Greater China is just the beginning — our engine is infinitely scalable.  Soon we’ll be able to offer products anywhere people can fly.  There is far more to online booking than traditional travel agents can offer — real online booking means empowering travelers to choose what they want, when they want it — and then being able to deliver.”
Travelzen introduced real online booking to China, and has continually raised the standards of the industry through pioneering innovations, including becoming the first and only online travel site for booking flights between China and Taiwan.  Every innovation is dedicated to cutting the hassle, delay and frustration out of traveling in Greater China.  With flexible, instant packaging now available anywhere and anytime in Greater China, has once again raised the bar for the industry and maintained their position as the most advanced online travel agent in Greater China.
SOURCE Travelzen

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September 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm