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Journey to China’s “Land of Plenty”

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BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — Air China’s newly opened Frankfurt – Chengdu nonstop flights make Chengdu the closest inland Chinese city to Europe. It takes European travelers just 10 hours to fly from the heart of Europe to China’s “Land of Plenty” imbued with oriental charms.
Silk, Tea, Giant Panda
While Beijing is the seat of many dynastic governments and Shanghai the throbbing heart of Chinese commercialism, Chengdu, tucked away in southwest China, exudes unique oriental charms. It’s the birthplace of Shujin, or Sichuan Brocade, a silk fabric of unique workmanship that traces its origins to the Warring States period of over 2,000 years ago, and its history as a tea trading center provides visitors with a cross section of authentic Chinese tea culture. It’s also the hometown of the famous Giant Panda; the city is the world’s only habitat for both pandas in captivity and in the wild.
A Livable City
Chengdu, which has played host to China-EU Fair seven times, is western China’s important manufacturing and export base, and also a western China’s city with the largest number of Fortune 500 companies operating.
An Easily Accessible Hub in Southwest China
Air China debuted its Frankfurt – Chengdu route on May 19, the first nonstop route ever opened between western China and Europe by a Chinese carrier. With Air China’s network with Chengdu as a regional hub, European travelers can transfer quickly and easily to other parts of China.
As the largest carrier in Chengdu, Air China now operates over 60 domestic, international and regional routes into and out of Chengdu. After arriving in Chengdu, travelers can continue their journey to other leading cities like Beijing onboard high-frequency “Beijing-Chengdu Express”, or to red-hot plateau destinations like Lhasa and Lijiang.
The Chengdu – Frankfurt route is operated with Air China’s upgraded A330-200 wide-body aircraft. The number of business class seats has been reduced from 36 to 30, with seat pitch of 203 cm, and the seat can recline 180 degrees to become a full-flat bed. In addition, all classes of service are equipped with personal entertainment system. Such signature Sichuan lil’ eats as Pickled fish, Meat Dumplings, Shrimp Wonton Noodles are served onboard, giving European travelers a true taste of Chengdu.
Source: Air China

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July 16, 2013 at 10:18 am

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Travellers Miss Their Connection

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LONDON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Global research of 10,000 travellers from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) reveals staying in touch with home is top priority

  • Lack of internet connection biggest stress for travellers
  • Logging on to the internet helps people feel most at home in their hotel room
  • Communicating with family the top way to de-stress when away from home

There really is no place like home, unless it’s a hotel which offers free internet connection according to new research from IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) which has found that being able to connect online with family and friends is now the top priority for travellers.

The global research was commissioned to mark the launch this month of IHG’s renamed loyalty programme, IHG® Rewards Club. It reveals that not being able to contact home due to lack of internet connection is now the biggest travel headache for people away on business, cited by 40% of travellers as their biggest stress factor, ahead of difficult transport links (26%) and noisy location (24%).

The research covered 10,000 people who travel for business worldwide. It is helping IHG to understand hotel guests’ priorities when travelling, as it becomes the first and only hotel group to offer free internet access globally to all its loyalty members. This new benefit started with Elite members at the beginning of July and will roll out to all members from 2014, whether they are staying the night at a hotel or coming in for a coffee or impromptu meeting.

Other findings underline the importance of internet access:

  • 61% of those surveyed said that internet was the most important additional facility in their hotel room above TV (17%); bath (5%); fridge (3%) and mini bar (1%).
  • Logging onto the internet in their room when they first arrive topped the list of things that help travellers feel most at home in their hotel room (31%), above exploring the room (25%), taking a hot shower (14%) or even unpacking (13%).
  • Nearly two thirds (64%) of travellers say that they would prefer to communicate with people back home over the internet rather than using the phone.
  • Over half of parents (53%) surveyed cited connecting with family at home as the best way to de-stress at the end of a working day.
  • 89% said that free internet would make them happier whilst travelling away for business.
  • And, nearly two thirds of respondents, (65%), would be very unhappy travelling if they had no way of connecting with loved ones back home.

Relationship expert, Jenni Trent Hughes explains:

Just hearing a voice on a telephone is no longer sufficient for the 21st century traveller, we need the comfort of being able to see loved ones too. We want to see our children’s smiles when we’re reading them their bedtime story over Skype; be able to look our partner in the eye when we tell them how much we miss them, as well as keep up with all our social media obligations and emails.

We now believe that when staying away from home, being connected with a minimum fuss and maximum ease is crucial for keeping our various relationships ticking over. When these expectations aren’t met, we feel anxious and frustrated so it’s no wonder that nowadays many of us can’t relax until we are safely checked-in and logged-on.”

Richard Solomons, Chief Executive, IHG, said:

“We understand how important it is for our guests to be able to stay in touch whilst travelling. That’s why, alongside great existing benefits such as points that never expire, we have introduced free internet for our members as part of IHG Rewards Club. These leading benefits are why IHG Rewards Club has been chosen by more travellers than any other hotel loyalty programme worldwide.

IHG’s family of brands across 4,600 hotels ranges from an award-winning InterContinental resort to a city-centre Holiday Inn hotel. Our scale and diversity means that our hotels can meet our guests’ needs whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

IHG Rewards Club, formerly Priority Club® Rewards, is the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with industry-leading benefits including no blackout dates for Reward Nights, fast track to Gold Elite status when guests explore IHG’s family of nine trusted brands and points that never expire.

Visitors and guests can sign up for IHG Rewards Club and all its benefits, on the spot, free of charge at any IHGhotel and can find out more about the changes at [http://www.ihg.com/IHGRewardsClub.]

Notes to Editors:

IHG ‘Rewarding Relationships’ survey carried out by OnePoll

  • All figures unless otherwise stated are from OnePoll.
  • 10,000 adults were surveyed worldwide in Australia (1,000), Canada (1,000), China (1,000), France (1,000), Germany (1,000), Indonesia (300), Malaysia (400), Mexico (1,000), Russia (1,000), Singapore (300), UK (1,000) and US (1,000).
  • Fieldwork was undertaken between 21st May and 14th June 2013.
  • The survey was carried out online.
  • The figures for each country have been weighted and are representative of adults who travel for business (aged 18+) in each country.
  • Full survey results are available on request.
  • The number one stress factor for travellers is not being able to contact home due to lack of internet connection. Other options given were: not being able to connect home due to lack of internet connection; rude staff; noisy guests or location; difficult transport links, limited food selection, none of the above. This was worked out by asking all 12 markets a combination of ‘what is their main stress when travelling’ and ‘what number of things causes them stress’. The two variations were reviewed and compared, then weighted taking into account all answers in order to give a global figure of what causes the most stress when travelling for business.

New member benefits include:

  • Free internet to all Elite members from July 2013 and extending to all members during 2014
  • The ability to earn Gold Elite status faster by staying for just 10 nights in three different IHG hotel brands
  • Reward Nights will count toward earning Elite status
  • Platinum Elite members’ “extra” nights will roll over toward maintaining their status in their next membership year

Existing industry-leading benefits include:

  • Points that never expire
  • No blackout dates for Reward Nights, so members can stay any time
  • Faster rewards by using a combination of Points & Cash
  • Redeem points for flights on over 400 airlines with Flights Anywhere[TM]; for hotel stays virtually anywhere with Hotels Anywhere; or search, book and purchase car rentals with well-known local and global providers at airports worldwide with Cars Anywhere
  • Exclusive member-only, in-hotel perks
  • The IHG Rewards Club personal concierge can help guests find one-of-a-kind items, tickets to a sporting event or even favourite gadgets
  • Plus, earn points for everyday spending with our partners and while shopping and dining

About IHG
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 73 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 674,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit http://www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and http://www.ihg.com/ihgrewardsclub for more on IHG® Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: http://www.ihg.com/mediahttp://www.twitter.com/ihg,http://www.facebook.com/ihg or http://www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

Source: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

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July 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

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MxSecure Becomes M*Modal

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MUNTINLUPA CITY, Philippines, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Clinical documentation provider announces increased hiring plans, signals further growth and opportunity in the global healthcare industry

M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced it has rebranded Philippines-based medical transcription provider MxSecure to become M*Modal Global Services Inc. M*Modal acquired MxSecure in November 2012. This renaming expands M*Modal’s global brand in the Philippines and reaffirms the company as one of the world’s largest clinical transcription service providers with strong growth in its Asia-based operations.

“Our talented and dedicated Philippines team will play an important role in the growth and success of M*Modal worldwide. The center in Muntinlupa City currently has 170 employees and we expect to double our team by the end of 2013, as well as further increase the headcount to 500 by the end of 2014,” said Mr. B.S. Sarma, Head of Operations for M*Modal in the Philippines. He added, “The Philippines is a mature medical transcription resource market and an ideal location with a highly educated and skilled workforce. We will train 150 freshers between now and December 2014, and will look at candidates having paramedical background. This offers an ideal opportunity for these candidates to start a successful career in clinical documentation with a leader in the industry.”

The rebranding initiative brings together the reputation of MxSecure with M*Modal’s global organization and signals increased hiring in the Philippines, as well as new growth and expansion opportunities. Through an effective outsourcing model, M*Modal is able to leverage a strong pool of professional talent available in the Philippines, enabling the company to continue delivering high-quality services to its expanding global customer base.

“Our Philippines team will play a pivotal role in the company’s growth going forward. As M*Modal continues to embrace technological advances to further strengthen its service offerings, we foresee an increase in the volume of work flowing into the Philippines as part of our global expansion plans. We are committed to our operations in the Philippines, and we will provide the necessary training and support to empower the careers of our employees,” said Mr. Sasanka Yellamanchali, Sr. Vice President, M*Modal Transcription Operations.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visithttp://www.mmodal.comTwitterFacebook and YouTube.

For additional information, contact:

B.S. Sarma
sarma.balijepalli@mmodal.com

Karen Gonzales
+632-552-11-66
karen.gonzales@mmodal.com

Deepak Nair
deepak.nair@mmodal.com

Source: M*Modal Global Services Pvt. Ltd

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July 16, 2013 at 9:59 am