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Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Celebrate Grand Opening of The Parisian Macao

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Integrated resort’s opening represents crown jewel of vision for the Cotai Strip
MACAO /PRNewswire/ — Amid fanfare and celebration, The Parisian Macao opened its doors to the public for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 8:18 p.m. (CST).

The grand opening of the newest integrated resort from Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928) and parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) represents the crowning achievement of company Chairman and CEO Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision for the Cotai Strip.

“What started with a Venetian and now adds a Parisian to the family, the Cotai Strip has become one of the world’s greatest tourism marvels,” said Mr. Adelson. “Before our very eyes, Macao is making a similar transition to the one it took Las Vegas decades to make, evolving from a destination only suited for gaming customers, to an environment which still provides a safe and reputable gaming experience, but also offers a wide variety of activities, attractions and amenities for people of all backgrounds, income levels and interests.”

“No one has believed more, or invested more, in Macao’s future as a leisure and business destination,” Mr. Adelson continued. “We never wavered in our development plans, or our desire to serve as a model for the type of development which would help diversify Macao’s economy through the introduction and growth of important non-gaming attractions. I’m tremendously proud and honored that our company made such a bold commitment to Macao and I will be forever grateful to the people of Macao and its leaders for the support they have shown us since even before we opened the Sands Macao in 2004.”

Adelson participated in a Q&A session earlier in the day at a press conference he attended with Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Robert G. Goldstein and Sands China Ltd. President Dr. Wilfred Wong. The press conference was moderated by Mr. Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs for Las Vegas Sands.

During his opening remarks, Dr. Wong said: “Sands China is a company with deep roots in Macao and we are very proud to be able to grow together with the city. Operating in Macao as an integrated resort developer has given Sands China the unique opportunity and privilege to contribute to the city’s transformation into a world center of tourism and leisure. We are incredibly thankful for the support our company has received over the years from the Macao SAR government, the vibrant and one-of-a-kind Macao community, and from our 30,000 team members.”

Tuesday night’s opening celebration included pyrotechnics and a light show at The Parisian Macao’s half-scale authentic recreation of the Eiffel Tower, now a prominent feature on the Cotai skyline. The program’s entertainment highlight was a performance by multi-award-winning Belgian singer Lara Fabian, who made her Macao debut.

The Cotai Strip was crowded with both locals and tourists, who had gathered outside to enjoy the opening festivities courtesy of live streams broadcast on all of Sands China’s large outdoor screens along the Cotai Strip.

Guests of honor at the opening ceremony were Ms. Chan Hoi Fan, acting chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Sun Da, deputy director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Mr. Cai Siping, acting commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao Special Administrative Region; Mr. Leong Vai Tac, Macao SAR secretary for economy and finance; Dr. Alexis Tam Chon Weng, Macao SAR secretary for social affairs and culture; Mr. Adelson; Dr. Miriam Adelson; Mr. Goldstein; Dr. Wong; Mr. Patrick Dumont, chief financial officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.; and Mr. Antonio Ferreira, managing director of Venetian Macau Limited.

In keeping with tradition, a lion dance was an essential part of the day’s earlier events, and the evening of festivities concluded with a gala dinner featuring a performance by Hong Kong actress and pop star Karen Mok.

The opening celebration continues Wednesday with a fashion show at Shoppes at Parisian, and with an additional series of consumer fashion shows and in-store events Sept. 15 and 16.

The celebration extends throughout the opening month of September, with a range of promotions available exclusively to Macao resident ID card holders. The Parisian Loves Locals promotion offers a series of special offers across all Sands China properties that has been designed for Macao local residents to encourage them to join the celebration and enjoy a wide range of non-gaming elements. A way for the company to give back to the local community and thank them for their years of support, the Sept. 14-29 offers include discounts on accommodation, transportation, entertainment and leisure activities.

Sands China team members also marked the new resort’s opening Tuesday together with Sands China executives. Team member celebrations at the French-themed back-of-house area of The Parisian featured entertainment, games and lucky draws, with prizes including complimentary hotel stays at The Parisian, restaurant vouchers, and tickets to resort attractions like the pool deck and themed water park.

Inspired by the magic and wonder of the famed City of Light, The Parisian Macao features a full array of integrated resort facilities that includes 3,000 guestrooms and suites, convention and meeting space, international restaurants, spa, kids’ club, health club, pool deck with themed water park, and 1,200-seat theatre, among other amenities. Its retail mall, Shoppes at Parisian, offers the latest in fashion and couture in a setting reminiscent of the streets of Paris, with an eclectic mix of street artists and entertainers heightening the authentic experience. More information is available at

Sands China’s property portfolio now offers nearly 13,000 hotel rooms and suites with the addition of The Parisian Macao, which joins sister Cotai resorts The Venetian Macao; The Plaza Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands Cotai Central, housing hotels by St. Regis, Conrad, Sheraton Grand, and Holiday Inn; as well as Sands Macao on the Macao peninsula.

Together they provide a variety of entertainment options featuring international superstars, duty-free shopping with over 800 retailers offering a broad array of name brands, 1.65 million square feet (150,000 square meters) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings, and more than 140 dining options including bars, lounges and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Parisian Macao Opening Ceremony

Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands China Ltd. Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson participates in a Q&A session at a press conference Tuesday in Macao for the grand opening of the company’s newest integrated resort on the Cotai Strip, The Parisian Macao.

Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Mr. Robert G. Goldstein and Sands China Ltd. President Dr. Wilfred Wong join Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson at Tuesday’s press conference in Macao for the grand opening of The Parisian Macao.

Dr. Miriam Adelson joins Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson on the red carpet Tuesday at the grand opening celebration of The Parisian Macao.

Guests of honor, including Las Vegas Sands and Sands China executives, and Macao government officials, officiate the grand opening of The Parisian Macao Tuesday.

Multi-award-winning Belgian singer Lara Fabian performs at the grand opening ceremony of The Parisian Macao Tuesday.

Pyrotechnics shoot from the authentic half-scale recreation of the Eiffel Tower at the grand opening ceremony of The Parisian Macao, lighting up the Cotai skyline Tuesday night.

The Parisian Macao and its red-lit Eiffel Tower illuminate the night sky on Macao’s Cotai Strip Tuesday – the opening day of Sands China’s newest integrated resort.

An expansive and elegant rotunda awaits visitors of The Parisian Macao.

About Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the world’s leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity chef restaurants and many other amenities.

Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd. (HK: 1928), LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central, The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for over 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate citizenship program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit, as well as the Sands Confidential blog.

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About Sands China Ltd.

Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928, Sands China or the Company) is a Cayman Islands registered company and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip portfolio is comprised of The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza™ Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company’s integrated resorts contain a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities; a wide range of restaurants; shopping malls; world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre and the upcoming Sands Cotai Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao’s transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

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September 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

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Molex Highlights Datacenter Solutions at DCD Converged SE Asia 2016, Singapore

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Molex is displaying its growing portfolio of datacenter networking and storage solutions in booth 403A at the DatacenterDynamics (DCD) Converged SE Asia 2016, from September 14-15 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, Singapore. The DCD Conference and Exhibition are the flagship events of Singapore Data Center Week, which is expected to attract in excess of 2,000 visitors, including leading IT decision makers from across the Asia Pacific.

Molex is showcasing its Ethernet and InfiniBand™ networking products as well as Fibre Channel, PCIe, SAS and SATA storage products. “High-speed networking requires joining cutting-edge I/O cables into an integrated equipment solution, and Molex networking solutions support the fastest data rates across the spectrum of distances common in datacenters,” said Ryan Wade, regional industry manager — datacenter, Molex. “Also, as storage devices grow smaller and faster, so must the I/O cables that connect them. Molex storage solutions support faster speeds within datacenters while minimizing signal and insertion loss.”

Molex products featured at the event include:

SFP+ Interconnect Solutions which support applications for 8 Gbps Fibre Channel and 10 Gbps Gigabit Ethernet with industry-wide compatibility. SFP+ interconnects use the same space-per-port as standard SFP interconnects.
SFP28 (zSFP+®) Interconnect System Designed for 25 Gbps serial channels, the zSFP+ Interconnect System delivers high signal integrity with superior EMI protection for next-generation Ethernet and Fibre Channel applications.
QSFP+ Interconnect Solution The Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable (QSFP+) solution from Molex is designed for high-density applications. Components include EMI shielding cage, AOCs, passive copper cable assembly, active copper cable assembly, optical MTP cable assembly, optical loopback, 38-circuit SMT iPass™ host connector, and stacked integrated connectors and cages.
QSFP28 (zQSFP+®) Interconnect Solution. Designed for high-density applications that support next-generation 100 Gbps Ethernet and 100 Gbps InfiniBand Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) applications, the zQSFP+ Interconnect Solution enables high-density interconnect applications and conforms to SFF-8665 QSFP28.
Datacenters rely on seamless connectivity to ensure data flows quickly, efficiently and securely. Molex applies its experience with network, server and storage devices to design integrated I/O cabling solutions for a wide range of datacenter customers. As more infrastructure moves to the cloud, datacenters built on Molex I/O cabling solutions can support faster processing, more bandwidth and increased density, while maximizing efficiency and reliability.

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Molex brings together innovation and technology to deliver electronic solutions to customers worldwide. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex offers a full suite of solutions and services for many markets, including data communications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle and medical. For more information, please visit

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September 19, 2016 at 7:17 pm

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RCI Continues to Grow its Global Network with Addition of 70 Affiliated Resorts

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), welcomed more than 70 new properties to its affiliate exchange network during the first half of 2016. The new affiliations include resorts in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Latin America and North America.

“Through these additions we continue to expand the choices we offer our 3.8 million members through our global exchange network,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “We offer timeshare owners more properties to choose from than any other exchange company, bringing members a world of high quality travel options.”

RCI recently welcomed The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, located along the coast in Lucea, Jamaica. This tropical resort features modern design and first-rate facilities that enhance the island’s natural surroundings. With 13 bars, activity programs at the pool and beach and first-class sports facilities and water sports, guests have plenty of choices for how to spend their vacation time. The impressive accommodations include 390 junior suites, 78 suites and 48 villa suites with ocean views. In the romantic adults-only bungalows, guests can access a private pool and beach area, alluding to a remote island getaway.

RCI® subscribing members also now have the option to visit the Cameron Club Lodges, which is situated beside the serene Loch Lomond in Alexandria, Scotland. Upon entering the estate, guests are welcomed on both sides of the entrance with golf courses and stunning water features. The resort also houses the relaxing and rejuvenating Loch Lomond Spa, which has been voted Scotland’s best hotel spa three years in a row. With accommodations ranging from two-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom luxury lodges, the resort can be great for either a couple’s retreat or a family vacation.

Other new RCI affiliated resorts include the Nickelodeon™ Resort Punta Cana by Karisma in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Hotel Ambient Azumino in Azumino-shi, Nagano, Japan; and Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States.

The Registry Collection® program, RCI’s luxury exchange program, added the Club Residencial Vinedo San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Scheduled to open in late 2017 within the 60-acre San Miguel Vineyard, this incredible residence includes a private pool, terrace and roof garden. Guests at the eight-person luxurious home may also take advantage of the property’s winery and hotel amenities like the restaurants, spa, tennis court and lake.

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About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with approximately 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through the RCI Weeks® program, the week-for-week exchange system, and the RCI Points® program, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.8 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection® program, is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Destination Network and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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September 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm

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JNA Awards 2016 Salutes Industry Pioneers and Innovators

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The fifth annual JNA Awards was a resounding success. Twenty-eight shortlisted companies were recognised and recipients of eleven award categories were announced at the InterContinental Hong Kong on 14 September. To add to the excitement that evening, internationally acclaimed tenor, Warren Mok, gave an outstanding performance to the audience.

The JNA Awards honours gemstone and jewellery industry leaders who represent excellence, innovation and best business practice
The JNA Awards honours gemstone and jewellery industry leaders who represent excellence, innovation and best business practice

Organised by JNA (Jewellery News Asia), the awards event recognises and celebrates companies and individuals whose passion for excellence, innovation and outstanding business performance has helped shape the growth and development of Asia’s jewellery industry.

Shouzui Yasui, Chief Executive Officer of Yasui & Co, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award — one of the highest accolades in the global jewellery and gemstone industry and the most esteemed tribute conferred by the JNA Awards. Yasui is a name that has long been associated with casting solutions for the jewellery industry. Yasui’s casting solutions, starting from the wax injector, were seen as pivotal in the mass production of jewellery, which consequently made jewellery accessible and affordable to many.

The 14 award recipients across 10 categories are:

1. Brand of the Year — Retail
Hiersun Industrial Co Ltd — I Do — China

2. Industry Innovation/Sustainability Initiative of the Year
Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen Foreway Jewellery Group Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen Ganlu Jewellery Co Ltd — China
Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd — China

3. Manufacturer of the Year– Cutting & Polishing
Kiran Gems Pvt Ltd — India
RMC Gems India Ltd — India

4. Manufacturer of the Year — Jewellery
PANDORA Production Co Ltd — Thailand

5. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year — ASEAN
Soo Kee Group — Singapore

6. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year — India
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd — India

7. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Greater China
KGK Jewellery Manufacturing Ltd — Hong Kong SAR

8. Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
Beijing Cai Shi Kou Department Store Co Ltd — China

9. E-tailer of the Year
China Stone Co Ltd — Thailand

10. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)
Ms Wang Zhuo, Shenzhen Sunfeel Jewelry Co Ltd — China

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development — Jewellery Group at UBM Asia and Chair of the JNA Awards Judging Panel commented, “Great teamwork is always the key to a successful event. Each year, the JNA Awards team work closely with its stakeholders — our valued Headline and Honoured Partners, the judges, all participants who have submitted entries, and guests attending to make this a more meaningful and worthwhile event in the international jewellery and gemstone scene. I would like to extend, again, my warmest congratulations to all of the recipients and honourees.”

Simon Farry, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Rio Tinto Copper & Diamonds, said, “Rio Tinto is proud to be a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards for the last five years. Partnerships are at the heart of everything we do — they enable us to offer diamonds that are tracked from the source and through every stage of cutting & polishing by our customers. The JNA Awards plays an important role in fostering the kinds of partnerships required behind such innovative supply-chains, new products and new markets for diamond jewellery.”

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, added, “JNA Awards is a platform for exchanging great ideas to raise industry standard, generate innovation and uphold best practices for the betterment of the jewellery industry. I am delighted to witness the growth of the JNA Awards over the years and I believe that it will further deepen its impact to the industry.”

“The JNA Awards are a celebration of excellence, innovation and achievement within the jewellery industry. By championing the deserving nominees and winners, the JNA Awards stimulate creativity and excellence throughout the industry. They also stand as an initiative through which we, as an industry can come together and collaborate for greater success,” shared Ian Harebottle, CEO of Gemfields.

In addition to the Headline Partners, Diarough Group, the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies, Shanghai Diamond Exchange, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited supported the JNA Awards 2016 as Honoured Partners.

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+852 2516-2184

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (

JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Stock Code: 1929) is a world-class leading jeweller listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011, and has become the largest jeweller listed in Hong Kong by market capitalisation.

The iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed U.S. luxury diamond brand, in August 2014 has further underpinned the Group’s stature as a diamond expert in the industry.

The Group boasts an extensive retail network comprising over 2,300 Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire stores spanning more than 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States, as well as a strong and fast growing e-tail network through operating its Chow Tai Fook e-Shops and various e-tail accounts on other online shopping platforms.

The Group’s sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides it with an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive POS and e-tail channels.

2.2 Gemfields plc (

Gemfields plc is a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones and is quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (ticker: GEM) where it is a constituent of the AIM50 index.

Gemfields is the operator and 75% owner of both the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia and the Montepuez ruby deposit in Mozambique. In addition Gemfields also holds a 50% interest in the Kariba amethyst mine in Zambia, as well as controlling interests in various other gemstone mining and prospecting licenses in Zambia, Mozambique, Colombia, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

Gemfields’ outright ownership of the Fabergé brand – an iconic and prestigious brand of exceptional heritage – enables Gemfields to optimise positioning, perception and consumer awareness of coloured gemstones, advancing the Company’s “mine and market” vision.

Gemfields has developed a proprietary grading system and a pioneering auction and trading platform to provide a consistent supply of quality coloured gemstones to the global downstream markets. This is a key component of the Company’s business model which the Directors believe has played an important role in the appropriate distribution and associated resurgence of the global coloured gemstone sector.

2.3 Rio Tinto Diamonds (

Rio Tinto Diamonds is one of the world’s major producers of rough diamonds and operates a fully integrated diamond exploration, mining and marketing business.

For over three decades, the company has been an important participant in the international diamond market with two world class underground diamond mines in Australia (Argyle) and Canada (Diavik) and an advanced diamond project in India (Bunder).

Rio Tinto Diamonds’ production is sorted and prepared for sale at its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, Belgium, supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth, Australia for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto Diamonds is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Diamond Producers Association.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group (

Diarough Group was established in Antwerp in 1975 and owns diamond polishing factories in China, India, Thailand and Botswana, with a network of sales offices around the world. Diarough is known among the most professional and respected names in the international diamond industry.

Diarough believes in building and nurturing long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, finding solutions to business and marketing problems, creating marketable opportunities through innovative products and providing excellent client services.

Its jewellery manufacturing unit Uni-Design has produced many award-winning jewellery pieces, which have been proudly worn by celebrities on the red carpet over the years.

The Group employs over 3,500 people and is engaged in a wide range of diamond business activities like rough trading, cutting, polishing, jewellery manufacturing and marketing to retailers, chain stores, global brands and private labels worldwide. Diarough employs advanced technology and modern work speed with traditional ethical business practices upon which the Company was founded.

3.2 Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres and IDI works to enhance Israel’s position as a major trading and manufacturing hub.

IDI works to benefit Israel’s diamond industry in a variety of areas including: marketing and PR, technological innovation, encouraging local manufacturing, training, and security consulting. IDI seeks out new markets for Israeli diamonds and develops existing ones. As part of this effort, IDI organises industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, establishing Israeli Diamond Pavilions and sponsoring events at these shows.

IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.

3.3 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

3.4 The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange

Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province.

Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers.

The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China’s jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong’s jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets.

3.5 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND’s flagship project, namely the “Buxin Project”, is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded ‘Asia’s Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award’ in Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

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September 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

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Miff Furniture Design Competition 2017 Opens for Entries

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-Theme: Table2Gather

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Southeast Asia’s biggest furniture trade show Malaysian International Furniture Fair announces its call for entries for MIFF Furniture Design Competition 2017.

MIFF FDC is calling for young aspiring designers
MIFF FDC is calling for young aspiring designers


Since launched in 2010 to inspire and groom the next generation of designers for Malaysia’s furniture industry, MIFF FDC has emerged as the top annual furniture design award for young talent. It is open for young professionals and students below 30 years old.

The theme for MIFF Furniture Design Competition 2017 is “Table2Gather” in search for innovative and sustainable concepts of the ubiquitous table-and-chair set.

“The table is one of the most widely used furniture pieces and it brings people to gather together whether for fine dining or meals at home, to share traditions and experiences, to chit chat, make new friends or make new business,” said Ms Karen Goi, General Manager of MIFF.

“We are certainly looking forward to the very best from the contestants, something that goes beyond the shape and function, a design that stands out and reflects the new desired living lifestyles for today and tomorrow. It can be a complete dining concept, a kitchen piece or stylish table for cocktails, coffee and snacks, the ideas are simply endless and we want to be impressed.”

The top 10 entries will be presented and awarded along with exhibitor accolades during MIFF 2017 held from March 8 to 11 in Kuala Lumpur. The prototypes produced in partnership with local manufacturers will be put on display at the Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), the co-venue of the trade show with Putra World Trade Centre.

Interested designers can check for competition rules and conditions and entry form. Entries close 17 October 2016.

MIFF FDC is judged by an international panel of experts in design and industry under Chief Judge Philip Yap.

The winner is announced at the MIFF Prize Presentation Ceremony on Mar 10 for the top prize of RM10,000, the second and third-placed will receive RM5,000 and RM2,500 respectively, and the remaining finalists RM500 each.

For more information, visit or follow MIFF FDC Facebook fanpage “MIFF Furniture Design Competition (FDC)”.

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About MIFF (

Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is an export-oriented furniture trade show held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a global leading trade show approved by UFI, The Global Association for Exhibition Industry. Since 1995, MIFF has nurtured invaluable partnerships between thousands of buyers and furniture makers across the globe.

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PCCW Media Ramps Up Regional OTT Expansion with Launch of MOOV in Vietnam

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-Tackling illegal downloads with distinctive global content, lifestyle offers and immersive experience
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — PCCW Media, the media group of PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) and a key global player in the entertainment industry, extends its footprint today with the launch of MOOV, its over-the-top (OTT) music platform in Vietnam. Following the successful launch of PCCW Media’s OTT video service, Viu, across multiple markets in Asia, MOOV’s debut in Vietnam is a landmark development in the Asian OTT landscape.

PCCW Media Ramps Up Regional OTT Expansion with Launch of MOOV in Vietnam
PCCW Media Ramps Up Regional OTT Expansion with Launch of MOOV in Vietnam
MOOV in Vietnam features a localised user interface and customisable playlists with the latest local and international content. Recent research conducted by MOOV has shown local music is the predominant choice in Vietnam – as 92% of respondents usually listen to Vietnamese songs. Through signing deals with over 150 content providers in Vietnam, MOOV offers a comprehensive local music collection, encompassing content from individual artistes including Son Tung, Noo Phuoc Thinh, Toc Tien, 365 Da Band, Dong Nhi, Suboi, and more. Other features include an extensive library of the latest K-pop, reflecting the phenomenon in Asia where Korean songs are adored by youngsters, as well as music and video content from US, UK, and other countries.

Ms. Janice Lee, Managing Director of PCCW Media, said, “MOOV’s debut in Vietnam is a further step in PCCW Media’s strategy in expanding its digital media services in the regional entertainment industry. With a compelling music offering of local relevance at an affordable subscription fee, and a superior user-experience, MOOV is well-poised to succeed with our distinctive value proposition to deliver quality, authorised content.”

MOOV is currently the first and only overseas digital music service provider to partner with Vietnam’s telecommunications service provider, Vietnamobile. From now on, Vietnamobile 3G subscribers will be able to enjoy MOOV service with free data.

Ms. Elizabete Fong, General Director of Vietnamobile JSC, said, “Vietnamobile is committed to improving the quality of life of Vietnamese consumers through our extensive national distribution network, best value pricing and consumer-centric customer service. Our partnership with MOOV is a testament to our commitment by bringing unparalleled music experience to local mobile users. Through this partnership, Vietnamobile subscribers will not only enjoy our superb mobile services, but also quality legal music content from local artistes and around the world.”

Tackling illegal downloads with exquisite lifestyle offers

In addition to enabling subscribers to enjoy quality music entertainment anytime, anywhere, MOOV also rewards consumers’ support to legal music usage by bringing exclusive benefits, privileges and discounts at selected cafes and restaurants, karaoke bars and retailer outlets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Ms. Lee added, “Piracy and illegal downloading of music and video content have been a threat to the Asian music ecosystem. By bundling attractive value-added offers with quality, authorised content at an affordable price, we aim to encourage and reward more music fans to consume authorised content, which helps to accelerate the growth of a robust music ecosystem in Vietnam. By working closely with Vietnamobile, local content providers, artistes and merchant partners, MOOV is bringing more than music, but a lifestyle, to Vietnam.”

Riding on the irresistible K-pop trend and international hits

Through long standing direct partnerships with Korean music labels and content providers such as LOEN Entertainment, CJ E&M, KT Music, Bugs!, RIAK, Music & New, Fluxus Music, KMTV, Luminant, Poclanos, and KONGG Music, MOOV not only satisfies the craving of K-pop fans with the largest collection of the latest K-pop music and video content in Vietnam, but also offers translation of Korean lyrics into Vietnamese for the top 1,000 K-pop songs. Users can also choose from a wide selection of the latest music from singers around the world provided by international music labels.

Mr. Hoekyun Ahn, Executive Vice President, Office of Corporate Culture, LOEN Entertainment, said, “We have witnessed the exponential growth of K-pop in Asia with MOOV. Vietnam has always been one of our key strategic markets and we are thrilled to partner with MOOV to bring quality music content to K-pop fans in Vietnam. We will continue to work with MOOV to identify innovative ways to bring more localised quality music and video content to Vietnam and other parts of Asia.”

Mr. Ariel Fung, Managing Director, Hong Kong & Vietnam, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, said, “We are eager to bring music and video content by over 15,000 artistes from around the world to Vietnam along with MOOV. Vietnam is a key market in the region and we see significant opportunities here and are especially keen to partner with MOOV to promote local music and talent to support the growth of the local music ecosystem.”

Fuelling an immersive O2O music experience

More than just an online music platform, MOOV from this month onwards is planning to bring around 40 exclusive music gigs to universities in Vietnam. Aiming to bring an engaging experience to music fans, these music shows will feature a variety of genres with distinctive local flavours customised for local tastes.

Ms. Lee added, “Through MOOV’s immersive music experience, we hope to seamlessly weave music into Vietnam’s everyday life, from the moment you wake up to the second you drift to sleep.”

The MOOV app is available for download via App Store for iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android devices in Vietnam.

About PCCW Media

The media group of PCCW is a leading, fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong.

The media group operates the leading pay-TV service in Hong Kong under the Now TV brand delivering both self-produced and licensed content to its customers using advanced IPTV technology. Now TV offers more than 180 linear channels of local, Asian and international programming. Its premium content can also be accessed on-demand and on the go via now Player app. It is also a leading producer of Chinese language news, financial news and sports programming in addition to Asian infotainment content which complements its wide portfolio of licensed movie and international television content.

The media group is also engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region. In addition, MOOV is a hugely popular lossless music digital streaming service in Hong Kong.

Moreover, the media group operates one of Asia’s leading directories businesses under the Yellow Pages brand.

About PCCW Limited

PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.

The Company holds a majority interest in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. HKT meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

PCCW also owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong, PCCW Media. PCCW Media operates the largest local pay-TV operation, Now TV, and is engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region.

Also wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong and mainland China.

In addition, PCCW holds a majority interest in Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, and overseas investments including the wholly-owned UK Broadband Limited. To learn more about PCCW, please visit

For further information, please contact:

Stella Wong


Tel: +852 2888 2253


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