Smart City Ideas at Art in MTR Exhibition
 
Jul 11, 2018
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HONG KONG --( ASIA TODAY )-- Public space with greening and art not only offers members of the community some much-needed breathing space, but also provides a sense of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle in Hong Kong. These were among some of the creative concepts to make better use of public space that were explored by a group of students from secondary schools and tertiary institutions who participated in the “Social Innovation Inventor - Smart City Design Competition”. Their suggestions included adding elderly- and environmentally friendly features to enhance walkability as well as using art and history to make the pedestrian experience more enjoyable. Winning designs from the competition, organised and sponsored by the World Green Organisation and MTR Corporation respectively, are on display in an “Art in MTR” exhibition at MTR Sheung Wan and Sai Wan Ho stations starting from today (5 July 2018) until 2 October 2018.

“Apart from the issue of land scarcity, Hong Kong also faces challenges from having an aging population. This competition has guided students to use their creativity to help tackle these social issues while raising their awareness about environmental protection and encouraging them to adopt a healthy and low-carbon lifestyle,” said Dr William Yu, Chief Executive Officer of World Green Organisation.

“As a company committed to contributing to environmental protection by providing low carbon transport and creating a more vibrant and vivid travelling experience for everyone to enjoy, MTR Corporation is happy to share the students’ interesting and thoughtful urban design concepts with the wider community,” said Ms Linda So, Corporate Affairs Director of MTR Corporation.

MTR Corporation offers space at different MTR stations for art exhibitions under the “Art in MTR” programme to promote artistic talent and the public’s appreciation for art. Interested artists and organisations may call the MTR Hotline at 2881 8888 for enquiry or submit their proposals to the MTR Corporation.

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Venus Chui
cr_promo_2012@yahoo.com.hk
MTR Corporation

 
 
Software AG Unveils New Enterprise Digital Twin Framework
 
Jul 10, 2018
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Hong Kong – JULY 10, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) announced the availability of a new Enterprise Digital Twin Framework, which is built on the company’s ARIS platform and enables enterprises to create a digital model that mirrors the characteristics, interdependencies and interrelationships of their processes, systems and assets.

Gartner Research Director, Marc Kerremans, recently wrote about use-cases for creating a Digital Twin. According to the Gartner report, “Program and portfolio management leaders struggle to represent, prioritise, guide and monitor underlying operational scenarios, and adapt their program and project plans to moving strategic and operational targets.”*

By using Software AG’s ARIS Process Transformation and Management platform as the foundation for an Enterprise Digital Twin Framework, enterprises can gain significant end-to-end visibility and visualisation of their operations. Additionally, these enterprises gain the transparency required across their operations to make better decisions that will result in improved business outcomes and initiatives.

The ARIS-based Enterprise Digital Twin Framework ensures that processes are tightly linked and connected across the enterprise with real-life data. ARIS is an integral part of the Digital Business Platform and has gained substantial customer adoption with its broad portfolio and its most recent product developments that support enterprises at every stage in their digital transformation.

Dr. Wolfram Jost, Chief Technology Officer, Software AG, said: “This combination of virtual and physical worlds enables enterprises across Asia to more efficiently manage the critical interdependencies and interrelationships between people, processes and systems, which is fundamental to coping with the complex challenges associated with digital transformation. Software AG’s Enterprise Digital Twin Framework can create a virtual copy of all aspects of an enterprise, which gets richer with every operation and leads to continuous business improvements. This leads to better handling of threats before they negatively impact the business as well as the prevention of possible downtime, the creation of new opportunities, the provision of important insights on system performance, and the simulation of future possibilities.”

Top six examples of an Enterprise Digital Twin Framework enabled by the ARIS platform include:

1. Business Strategy and Planning: A systematic approach for defining, documenting, analysing, and implementing enterprises’ business strategies coupled with clear benchmarking and monitoring.
2. Transformation Empowerment: A structured means for process documentation and design enhancing team collaboration and training, as well as process launch, ongoing governance and continuous process improvement.
3. IT and IoT Alignment: Provides the basis for executing processes across IT, IoT and SAP systems and making an Enterprise Digital Twin Framework a reality.
4. Process Mining and Intelligence: Delivers a 360-degree view of an enterprise’s processes coupled with dependencies for pattern, anomaly and opportunity discovery and intelligent insights for continuous process improvement. Enables theoretical process simulation comparisons against real world possibilities.
5. Customer Journey Management: Minimises the customer effort across all channels and touch-points, ensuring a seamless experience every time a customer interacts with an enterprise. Provides a completely integrated system that creates personal experiences across all channels, including customer touch-points and gap analysis.
6. Risk and Compliance Management: The automation of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) through simple risk identification, documentation and assessment ensuring tight regulatory compliance and fast adaptation to new regulations. Includes a “single point of truth” for all compliance activities and a single dashboard for monitoring all compliance processes.

A Gartner report further noted: “Any digital business initiative, whether transformational or a smaller change, requires the translation of desired business outcomes and customer experience measurements into operational indicators that can be used to monitor progress toward goals, even after program or project completion.”**

Software AG’s Enterprise Digital Twin Framework can be used in several use-cases, for example:
• Supply Chain Management: Providing process chain visibility that enables end-to-end process excellence potentially achieving significant cost-savings
• Quality Management: Allowing enterprises to establish global, enterprise-wide standards for Quality Management Systems (QMS) and ensure that everyone is working from the same source of information
• Risk and Compliance: Delivering full control of overall processes, compliance and risks

The Digital Business Platform is an adaptable technology layer that fits into, but does not replace, an organisation’s existing IT landscape.

“Optimising enterprises’ digital journeys and helping them seize new opportunities in the digital age remain to be Software AG’s key priority. As more organisations in Asia embrace digital transformation, our new Digital Business Platform ensures that they can rapidly adopt current and future technologies and market disruptions and grow sustainably with enhanced visibility and control,” said Anneliese Schulz, Vice President, Asia, Software AG.

Based on a single architecture and release cycle, the Software AG solution is an integrated platform enabling multiple digital use cases.

* Gartner, 12 Powerful Use Cases for Creating a Digital Twin of Your Organization, Marc Kerremans, 25 October 2017.
** Gartner, Create a Digital Twin of Your Organization to Optimize Your Digital Business Transformation Program, Marc Kerremans, Joanne Kopcho, 14 July 2017.

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About Software AG
Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) helps companies with their digital transformation. With Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, companies can better interact with their customers and bring them on new ‘digital’ journeys, promote unique value propositions, and create new business opportunities. In the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Software AG enables enterprises to integrate, connect and manage IoT components as well as analyse data and predict future events based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Digital Business Platform is built on decades of uncompromising software development, IT experience and technological leadership. Software AG has more than 4,500 employees, is active in 70 countries and had revenues of €879 million in 2017.

Issued on behalf of Software AG by Newell Public Relations
For information:
Ivan Theodoulou
Newell PR
Tel: 2117 2100
Email: ivant@newell.com

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Hong Kong Fashion Week for SpringSummer
 
Jul 09, 2018
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“Corporate Fashion and Uniforms” Zone Debuts “Fashion Tech” Zone Explores the Latest Technological Application

9 July 2018 – The 25th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and will run until 12 July. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the show gathers around 1,100 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, serving as an ideal one-stop sourcing platform for the industry. Exhibits feature the latest fashion designs, international brands, garments, fabrics and accessories.

Under the theme “Happy Collage”, about 15 fashion events are being held during the fair, including fashion shows, trend forecasting seminars, buyer forums and a networking reception, presenting the latest market intelligence and fashion items. This year’s show also features new exhibitors from Singapore, Sri Lanka and the United States; along with 9 pavilions including India’s Apparel Export Promotion Council and The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council, the Chinese mainland’s Haining, Humen and Keqiao, Japan, Sri Lanka and Thailand’s Department of Industrial Promotion and Thailand Textile Institute.

Abundant choices at the new “Corporate Fashion and Uniforms” zone
Responding to growing demand for professional image building and workplace uniforms, the fair this year introduces the new “Corporate Fashion and Uniforms” zone to provide a wide range of choices for the hospitality, food and beverage, retail and security industries. A fashion parade will be held on Wednesday to showcase fashionable workplace uniforms. The popular “World of Fashion Accessories” section presents fashion accessories such as bags, accessories, belts, footwear, socks, leggings, gloves and scarves. The “Fashion Gallery” features about 85 high fashion brands. The “Clothing Accessories, Fabrics & Yarn” zone showcases quality raw materials. In addition, the show has once again set up an hktdc.com Small Orders zone, featuring nearly 100 showcases and garment racks with about 300 products available for orders in minimum quantities of between five and 1,000 pieces.

“Fashion Tech” is one of the hot topics of the fashion industry in recent years, pushing the industry to change up the whole product creation process from production to market launch through technology. The “Fashion Tech” zone is a thematic zone not to be missed by the industry. Exhibits at the zone include luminous fabrics made with an innovative trademarked technology from first-time exhibitor Lumisonata; an application from Hong Kong exhibitor Key Links that monitors clothing qualities across various production lines; a 3D human modelling application from another Hong Kong exhibitor TOZI Technology that provides accurate body measurement with just two pictures uploaded by the user; Konica Minolta is also presenting their cutting-edge clothing printer and MiR (Mobile Industrial Robots). As for seminars, buyers interested in fashion tech should join “The Next Wave in Fashion Industry”, where experts will discuss wearable tech in thermostatic clothing and how to get the accurate shapes and sizes using smart 3D human modelling technology.

Other exhibitors include Japanese footwear brand FIT JOY, which brings a lightweight footwear made with quality goat leather. Besides, Hong Kong exhibitor MsEnvy is launching a new collection of couture womenswear that features delicate patterns digitally printed on silk. Another Hong Kong brand HOTITLE’s Speed Racer collection features cufflinks inspired by sports cars’ wheels which can be dismantled to enable customisation.

To create more business opportunities for exhibitors, the HKTDC has organised 90 buying missions from 45 countries and regions to the show, including buyers from over 3,600 companies. They include representatives of renowned fashion labels, mega chain stores, department stores and fashion e-tailers, which encompass a number of Belt and Road markets, such as the Czech Republic’s Fresh Labels, Indonesia’s Zilingo, Kazakhstan’s Anthena Clothing, Korea’s Eland Group, Russia’s Shmotka, Singapore’s Takashimaya and Thailand’s Jaspal.

Fashion trends and hot issues
A series of seminars and forums will be held during the show, including a presentation by international trend forecasting group Fashion Snoops on their Autumn/Winter 2019/20 fashion forecasts for Women’s & Men’s Wear and accessories. A seminar titled “Online Shopping Reshapes the Fashion Industry” will feature seasoned industry experts discussing recent online retailing market’s development and opportunities, while a seminar on “Essential Testings and Ratings for Textiles and Garments” will see experts detail testing requirements for textile chemistry, restricted substances for green textiles, as well as introduce a new rating system that can improve the purchasing practices and achieve sustainable supply chains.

Latest collections at fashion parades
During the fair, a number of runway shows will be staged, including a fashion parade held today by students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. For product launches, four designers from Sri Lanka presented their latest collections which combine traditional local fabrics with modern designs at today’s first “International Fashion: On Parade” session. In addition, Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre will host an international fashion parade tomorrow to showcase the latest collections from budding designers.

Fair Website
Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer: http://www.hktdc.com/hkfashionweekss/

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications and Public Affairs Department:

Agnes Wat
Tel: (852) 2584 4554
Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org

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HAVE, U Can - one of the largest cross-institutional student teaching and learning programme in Hong Kong
 
Jul 01, 2018
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The HAVE, U Can Programme, funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) to enhance university students’ holistic competencies, was successfully completed on June 8, 2018 (Friday).

The programme was led by Dr Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), collaborated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University and the Education University of Hong Kong. Two hundred students from the six universities participated in the five-day-four-night programme.

“This is the biggest and the longest cross-institutional programme across universities in Hong Kong. The idea is for the students to work together to develop different competencies that we often find it difficult to integrate into our day-to-day curriculum. Because they get a chance to live together, they will get to know each other very well and that would be the kind of friendship that can last forever. We need to ensure that our students are not just academically brilliant but are all rounded and have positive attitude and values, have heart,” said Dr Chan.

A series of activities were conducted to enhance students’ holistic competencies and virtues. Students gained residential hall experience, took part in a talent show, and were challenged to formulate entrepreneurial solutions for current adolescent problems. On the second last day of the programme, students were invited to join the High Table Dinner, a traditional event in HKU.

The High Table Dinner was hosted in the College Hall at the HKU Jockey Club Student Village III. Professor James Tang, Secretary-General of UGC and representatives from all six collaborating universities were invited to celebrate the success of the Programme, while more than a hundred employers and institution leaders from Hong Kong and Asia joined the dinner to provide career advice and industry insights to programme participants.

The dinner began with opening speeches from representatives from each university and Programme Leader Dr Cecilia Chan. All university representatives acknowledged the significance of holistic competencies development in higher education, and recognised the aspirations and impact of the Programme. In her speech, Dr Chan thanked collaborating universities for their time and effort, and UGC for their generous support. She elaborated on the aim of the Programme and said: “Our motto of the HAVE, U Can Programme is to ‘transform with hearts’. We don’t just want you (participants) to perform well or excellently in academia. We want you to have all the different types of competencies. We want you to consider and appreciate the society.”

Dr Chan then presented a video of recollection of activities from the first three days of the HAVE, U Can Programme. To show appreciation, students presented hand-made knots of hearts to the guests of the High Table Dinner. The knots of hearts, made by the students themsevles, symbolise love and care. After the dinner, Professor James Tang delivered a closing speech. He expressed his gratitude to all collaborating universities for organising the Programme, and said that the UGC would continue encouraging and supporting pedagogical innovations in Hong Kong. The dinner was concluded with a cake-cutting ceremony.

A participant of the programme said: “The programme has really given me the opportunity to overcome mental hurdles and enhance self-confidence.”

“I have refined my skills in leadership, socialising, and presentation,” said another programme participant.

Following the end of the first annual HAVE, U Can Programme, continual efforts will be dedicated to support future programmes. It is hoped that through programmes like this, the importance of holistic competencies for students and institutions can be highlighted, leading to educational and cultural shift towards balancing the importance of holistic competencies with academic knowledge in the near future.

About HAVE, U Can Programme
The HAVE, U Can Programme is part of the UGC-funded Holistic Competency Hub, “HAVE Hub”. The three-year project is dedicated to supporting the development and assessment of holistic competencies in the higher education. The hub’s programmes and work include professional development workshops, designing teaching packs for teachers, as well as student competition and programmes for further enhancement of holistic competencies. Dr Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development and Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong is the Principal Leader of this project.

Website: http://havehub.cetl.hku.hk/ | Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/HAVEcentre/

For more information about the HAVE, U Can Programme, please contact Ms. Luk at 3917 5272/ ytluk89@hku.hk.

SOURCE / The University of Hong Kong

 
 
Annual HKECIA exhibition survey reaffirms Hong Kong's leading position as Trade Fair Capital of Asia
 
Jun 26, 2018
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Hong Kong, 26 June 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) has released the latest in its series of annual surveys of the exhibition activities in Hong Kong, covering the calendar year 2017. The survey data shows that Hong Kong’s exhibition industry has performed well over the year despite fierce competition from new facilities in the region. Key indicators of the survey, such as the number of exhibiting companies and the number of exhibition visitors, show encouraging growth year-on-year of 5.2% and 11.8% respectively. The results reaffirm Hong Kong’s leading position as the Trade Fair Capital of Asia.

In 2017, Hong Kong hosted a total of 135 exhibitions occupying at least 2,000 square metres of gross floor area. The 2017 HKECIA survey is based on the data collected from 78 respondents out of 87 “trade” and “trade and consumer” exhibitions. A further 48 exhibitions of this size were held during the year that were purely “consumer” exhibitions, and were not included in the survey.

Although the total number of “trade” and “trade and consumer” exhibitions held in Hong Kong fell slightly from 2016 to 2017 (from 91 to 87, a 4.4% decline), this was offset by a 5.2% rise in the total number of exhibiting companies across all responding exhibitions, to over 72,000. The number of exhibiting companies from two categories International and Mainland China performed especially well and grew by 12.6% and 20.2% respectively.

The rise in exhibiting companies was accompanied by a substantial rise in visitors, with visitor numbers for 2017 soaring by 11.8% to over 2,465,000 compared with the previous year. In fact, the numbers of visitor were up in all the key categories of Hong Kong, Regional, International and Mainland China, with the most significant rises being Regional visitors (up 27.7%) and Mainland Chinese visitors (up 29.6%).

From an economic perspective, total approximate stand revenues rose by almost 12% for the year to HK$3.8 billion, reflecting the rise in the number of exhibiting companies despite a small fall in the net square meterage. This data indicates continued strong demand for Hong Kong exhibition exposure on the part of exhibitors from near and far, and reinforces the continued importance of Hong Kong for companies and industries seeking high-level exposure in Asia.

Re-elected Chairman of the HKECIA, Mr Stuart Bailey, notes that Hong Kong clearly remains a favoured destination for exhibiting companies and visitors alike. Although the survey data supports the view that the current economic environment is favourable for exhibition activities, Mr Bailey cautions against any form of complacency. “The sign of a robust industry is that it is prepared for difficult times as well as good ones,” he says. “With the Hong Kong exhibition industry on the precipice of change, now is the time for all our industry partners to come together and prepare for the challenges that we know we will face in the coming years. We must have a strategy that clearly recognises the new future ahead.”

While realistically acknowledging the tough competition facing Hong Kong from regional competitors, Mr Bailey is confident that Hong Kong’s skills and achievements give it capabilities that more recent competitors just cannot match, so long as the industry pulls together and collaborates closely with government. “The latest survey shows our significant advantages,” he says, “and reinforces how much status Hong Kong has internationally as an exhibition destination. Now it is time to see how we can build on this to tap into the changes ahead. In particular, we view the Greater Bay Area as a huge opportunity. It is essential that we work closely with our government and mainland partners to ensure that Hong Kong’s role as a key MICE hub is fully understood and recognised. This in turn will help us maintain the momentum we have built up over many years.”

Photo caption / Mr Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government (fourth from left in front row) as the guest of honour, had a group photo with Mr Stuart Bailey, Chairman of the HKECIA (fourth from right in front row) and newly elected members of HKECIA Executive Committee at the 28th Annual Dinner of the Association held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 June.

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About the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association
The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) was established in 1990 to promote Hong Kong as a world-class exhibition and conference destination and the trade fair capital of Asia Pacific. It works to represent the interests of all members involved in the exhibition and convention industries, and provides a unified voice in dealing with the government, legislative and statutory bodies, the media and public organisations, on all matters associate with the role of the exhibition and convention industry in Hong Kong’s economy. In addition, it offers training and educational programmes, and collects, analyses and distributes information and statistics relating to the industry. Currently, HKECIA has over 100 members including exhibition organisers, venue managers and operators, contractors, hotels, and travel agents.

HKECIA is a member of UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and AFECA – The Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations.

2018-2020 HKECIA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

1.

Bailey Communications Hong Kong Limited  (Mr Stuart Bailey)

Chairman

2.

Global Sources  (Ms Wendy Lai)

Executive Vice

Chairman

3.

AMC (Exhibits) Ltd  (Mr Adolph Chan)

Vice Chairman

4.

Comasia Ltd  ( Mr Peter Cheung)

Vice Chairman

5.

Coastal International Exhibition Co Ltd  (Ms Brenda Yau)

Hon. Secretary

6.

Schenker International (HK) Ltd  (Mr Thomas Lau)

Hon. Treasurer

7.

Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd  (Mr Stanley Chu)

Hon. Life President

8.

AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited  (Ms Enid Low)

Executive Committee Member

9.

Baobab Tree Event Management Co Ltd  (Ms Culsin Li)

Executive Committee Member

10.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd  (Ms Annamarie Myers)

Executive Committee Member

11.

CP Exhibition Ltd  (Mr Andrew Kay)

Executive Committee Member

12.

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd 

(Ms Monica Lee-Muller)

Executive Committee Member

13.

Hong Kong Tourism Board  (Mr Kenneth Wong)

Executive Committee Member

14.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council  (Mr Stephen Liang)

Executive Committee Member

15.

Milton Exhibits Group  (Mr Peter Jung)

Executive Committee   Member

16.

Pico International (HK) Ltd  (Mr Steven Fang)

Executive Committee Member

17.

TKS Exhibition Services Ltd  (Mr KS Tong)

Executive Committee Member

18.

UBM Asia Ltd  (Mr Michael Duck)

Executive Committee Member

19.

Ungerboeck Systems International Inc  (Mr Alan Wong)

Executive Committee Member

20.

UBM Asia Ltd  (Mr Daniel Cheung)

Special Advisor

For further enquiries, please contact:
Ms Alexandra Seto
Association Manager
Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association
Tel: (852) 2558 1238
Fax: (852) 2558 3074
E-mail: enquiry@exhibitions.org.hk

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Asian Attractions Expo 2018 Marks Successful Event in Hong Kong, China
 
Jun 19, 2018
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IAAPA Continues Year-Long Centennial Anniversary with Expansive Trade Show Floor, Diverse Education Conference, and Unique Special Events

HONG KONG, China (8 June 2018) – Hosted by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Asian Attractions Expo 2018 took place 5-8 June 2018, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, China. Preliminary estimates indicate the Expo attracted more than 9,000 participants, including 6,500 qualified buyers and 393 exhibiting companies. Increases in participants, buyers and exhibiting companies from 2017’s event in Singapore reflect the strength and the energy of the global attractions industry. The event featured a full trade show floor at 10,224 net square meters.

The total number of buyers in attendance from all facets of the attractions and leisure industry represents a 27 percent increase from Asian Attractions Expo 2017 in Singapore, and a 7 percent increase from 2015 when the Expo was last held in Hong Kong.

“We were excited to bring Asian Attractions Expo 2018 back to Hong Kong. This is the only show IAAPA hosts in Asia and the international representation from exhibiting companies and attendees demonstrated the appeal of the destination, and the strength of the global attractions industry,” said Hal McEvoy, interim president and CEO, IAAPA. “It’s been a great Expo and we’ve enjoyed celebrating IAAPA’s 100th anniversary with our members and colleagues from around the world.”

Michael Wong, JR, Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong KSAR Government addressed Expo participants during the event’s Opening Ceremony, which also included high-energy entertainment and a traditional Chinese mask-changing performance from Chimelong Park, Guangdong, China.
Asian Attractions Expo 2018 by the Numbers

• 393 companies showcased new and innovative products across 10,224 net square meters of space on the trade show floor.
• Attendance for the education conference was almost 1,600, including 61 participants in the sold-out IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers and 95 attendees at the sold-out IAAPA Safety Institute.
• 826 people celebrated IAAPA’s 100th anniversary at the Opening Night Reception at Ocean Park Hong Kong.
• 341 people attended the sold-out Leadership Breakfast, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group.
• 178 people attended the Lunch and Learn event on developing successful ride and show entertainment with virtual reality (VR) and projection mapping technology.
• 105 people participated in the EDUTour to Ocean Park Hong Kong and 105 people participated in the EDUTour to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Asian Attractions Expo 2018 sponsors included: accesso, APES Apex Parks & Entertainment Services, Cartoon Network (Turner International), Cumming Corporation,
FODEGRAF, Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc., International Play Company, Jack Rouse Associates, Kraftwerk Living Technologies GmbH, KristallTurm, Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong, PGAV Destinations, Pictureworks Pte Ltd., Polin, ProSlide, San Diego Zoo Global, VAHLE, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing BV, Wartsila and WhiteWater.

Asian Attractions Expo 2019 will be held in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, 11-14 June 2019, and advance exhibit sales are strong as more than 271 companies have already reserved over 10,600 net square meters of space. Exhibitor information for the 2019 event is available on the IAAPA website. More detailed information on AAE 2019 will be available in late 2018.

About IAAPA
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) began as an advocacy office in 1918. Since that time, IAAPA has become the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry. As a non-profit organization, IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions; water parks, resorts; family entertainment centers; zoos, aquariums; science centers, museums; and industry manufacturers and suppliers.

IAAPA helps members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability while maintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry worldwide.

The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, US. The non-profit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visit IAAPA.org or connect through social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA100
Asian Attractions Expo 2018 Quotes from Participants
Steve Bell, Business Solutions Architect, Gateway Ticketing Systems, U.S.
“The show is a good opportunity for us to meet clients within the region and some of our more dominant global clients. We’ve had significant traffic through the booth, so much so that we’ve actually had people walk away and come back, because we were often inundated with visitors to the booth.”

Phil Wilson, Executive Vice President, Extreme Engineering, U.S.
“Since the doors first opened, the flood of traffic that came through on the show floor is just another testament of how the industry in this region is booming. The interest is overwhelmingly exciting for everyone. The opportunities here are just massive, and it’s great to see the growth during IAAPA’s 100th-year anniversary.”

Ron Kim, General Manager, Business Development Group, Sangwha, Korea (South)
“All week had a lot of people waiting to try our latest ride, the Flying Jet. We met several potential customers during the show. This event is a great opportunity to meet partners and customers, and this benefits our business.”

Leif Arne Petersen, CEO and Founder, Hologate, Germany
“We’re happy to be here. The Asian market is interesting for us. There are a lot of people here from Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre has been a great venue as well.’

Sam Wong, Director, Kidgoland, Hong Kong
“I have been an attendee for many years, and I know IAAPA is the place to introduce my company to the world. I joined IAAPA this year and we are exhibiting for the first time. I’ve met so many people from all around the world. I have met many potential new clients and see great opportunity to sell my company’s game module and form partnerships.”

Paul Newman, Director, Newman Entertainment International, Australia
“What’s surprised us this week has been the varied international interest in our product. That has already made us think differently about ourselves and what we can do as a company. I feel IAAPA can help take us in a different direction; one we did not expect. Asian Attractions Expo 2018 has also been a great networking venue. It’s great to see people collaborating openly and sharing in the excitement.”

Isabel Li, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“As we prepare to open our own water park at Ocean Park Hong Kong, I was amazed to see all the equipment available to water park operators! The variety on display is impressive.”

Gino Chan, The International Culinary, Institute, China
“The virtual reality (VR) experiences are great. I have not seen the variety and depth of VR anywhere else. I liked seeing the next generation of VR is on display and so readily available. The exhibitors give you a full experience; it’s not just a few seconds, but an entire show.”

Chris Perry, WhiteWater, Thailand
“The world is becoming smaller. Relationships everywhere are so important. This show crosses borders and helps you to recognize there are many ways to doing things.”

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Media Contacts:

PressOffice@IAAPA.org or +1 703/299-5127
Susan Storey: SStorey@IAAPA.org or +1 321/319-7615
Lesley Harris: LHarris@IAAPA.org or +1 321/319-7616
Flora Lau: flora.lau@baobab-tree-event.com
In Chinese:
Candy He: candy.he@baobab-tree-event.com

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A Cultural Feast
 
Jun 17, 2018
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Chinese opera is set to enchant the city with an upcoming festival and the soon-to-open Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon.

Few art forms can evoke the mystery and charm of ancient China as eloquently as Cantonese opera. In Hong Kong today, this centuries-old tradition of story-telling through musical theatre is enjoying a resurgence, with major events taking place in theatres, town halls and temporary bamboo stages; performances held at universities and schools, in streets and parks, and at private gatherings organised by local operatic singing clubs.

Audiences of all ages remain enchanted by the colourful costumes, distinctive voices and intricate gestures rich with symbolism that define this distinctive form of entertainment, which originated in southern China and has evolved over time into hundreds of distinctive regional performing styles.

Hong Kong's variation is recognised on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and to keep the tradition alive for generations to come, Cantonese opera has been incorporated into the music curriculum of primary and secondary education since 2003.

Various venues offer opportunities to enjoy a performance, including the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point, a vintage venue dedicated to Cantonese opera, and soon, the new Xiqu Centre due to open later this year as the first major performing arts venue of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Top-class Festival

The highlight of the year's operatic calendar is the annual Chinese Opera Festival, a two-month-long celebration of operatic culture performed by top virtuosi and maestros in the field. This year, the programme running from June to August covers genres that have been inscribed onto the List of National Intangible Cultural Heritage of China, including Peking, Kunqu, Yue, Diaoqiang, Pingdiao, Puxian and Xiqin opera, as well as local Cantonese opera. Apart from the performances on stage, there will be guided appreciation sessions, talks and exhibitions.

Opening the festival this year is Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe's full-version performance of The Palace of Eternal Life. Led by Kunqu Opera virtuoso Cai Zhengren and supported by actors and actresses from different generations and cohorts, the troupe presents the everlasting tragedy of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang dynasty and his beloved woman Yang Yuhuan in a time of turbulence. Over a decade after its debut in 2007, this classic now returns with an all-star cast.

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the death of maestro Cheng Yanqiu, one of the top four artists in the dan (female) role in Peking Opera and founder of the Cheng school, three full-length operas, namely Consort Mei, The Unicorn Pouch and Anecdotes about Empress Wu Zetian, will be performed by the Second Troupe of the China National Peking Opera Company with winner of Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre Li Haiyan as the lead. Li will exemplify the elegant style of the Cheng school.

After its debut in Hong Kong in 2013, the Xinchang Diaoqiang Heritage Protection and Development Centre of Zhejiang returns with the classic piece The Battle at Jiujiang, comedy The Old Water-carrier and five excerpts. In addition, there will be performances of Ninghai Pingdiao Opera.

Rare Stunts

Audiences will be introduced to the rarely performed shuaya (tusk stunt), the incredible stage skill on par with bian lian (face-changing stunt), and the quaintness, varied singing styles and deep-rooted tradition of Puxian opera, which preserves the traits of southern opera of the Song and Yuan dynasties. Fujian Puxian Theatre will bring The Imperial Scholar and the Beggar, Thrice Begging Fan Lihua and excerpts from its classic repertoire to showcase the unique beauty of this ancient art form.

Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe of Shaoxing will return with a range of performances, from gripping and action-packed to comedy. Wu Fenghua, national class-one performer and two-time winner of Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre, will be joined by Wu Suying (Lu school), Chen Fei (Fu school) and Zhang Lin (Yin school) in these full-length operas promising a cultural feast for the eyes and ears.

It is widely believed that bangziqiang (clapper tunes) in Cantonese Opera owes its origin to Xiqin opera. In view of their close connection, interrelated stories from their repertoire are juxtaposed for comparison. In a separate programme, representative bearer of Xiqin opera Lu Weiping will lead the Haifeng Country Xiqin Opera Heritage Centre in performing excerpts from Xiqin opera, followed by a performance by local Cantonese opera artists Law Ka-ying, Wan Fai-yin and Cheng Wing-mui.

With renowned actor Yuen Siu-fai as the playwright and the lead, Cantonese opera The Return of Lady Wenji will feature a strong cast of veterans and current artists.

Extra Activities

Apart from the rich array of captivating performances, the festival organisers have also arranged a variety of extension activities including lectures, film screenings, artists' talks and exhibitions to facilitate the appreciation of Chinese opera from different angles. Separately, to mark the 60th anniversary of the debut of the Yue opera The Dream of the Red Chamber, Shanghai Yue Opera Group will present special guided appreciation programmes so audiences may feel the enduring charm of this masterpiece.

The Chinese Opera Festival is organised by the Leisure and Cultural and Services Department, with performances staged at various venues across Hong Kong.

 
 
Eco Expo Asia returns for another year with a fresh new theme "Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future"
 
Jun 12, 2018
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The 13th edition of the show, to be held in Hong Kong from 25 ‒ 28 October 2018, is jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The 2017 edition of the show saw more than 14,000 visitors attend from over 100 countries and regions, while the fair gathered 335 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, including 16 overseas and local pavilions and group participations.

The Environment Bureau will roll out its Municipal Solid Waste Charging Scheme in 2019 in order to tackle Hong Kong’s waste generation and improve its reduction and management. To echo with this drive for better waste management, Eco Expo Asia has adopted a new show theme ‒ “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future”. By aligning the fair in this way, the organisers hope to increase awareness of current pressing environmental issues and also to facilitate the exchange of technology and solutions from around the world.

As a part of waste management, recycling has recently become a much more acute issue. Due to new measures implemented this year in reforming the import of recyclables in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong like many other countries and regions requires new strategies. In an effort to stimulate the recycling industry, more than USD2.5 million has been earmarked under the Recycling Fund to encourage further development in the local recycling sector.

Additionally, the Chinese mainland government has announced a raft of new measures to tackle environmental issues including the establishment of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment to regulate waste management. One example of the need for new solutions can be seen in the recent explosion in online food delivery services in the country which generates a staggering 60 million plastic cartons of waste every day. The scale of such environmental challenges as well as new initiatives being announced demonstrates the wealth of investment opportunities in Hong Kong and the wider region.

International pavilions return ushering new innovations and global solutions

Hong Kong, well-known for its international standing and status as a global hub, continues to attract leading global companies who wish to do business in Asia. Eco Expo Asia’s international pavilions and group participations remain key to upholding the fair’s international outlook.

The Canada pavilion will join the show for the fourth consecutive year. Organised by the Ontario Ministry of International Trade and the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong, the pavilion will display the latest solutions from Canada with a strong focus on the water and waste sectors.

Providing a trusted and reliable platform for businesses, Mr Jonathan Gur, President and CEO, ION Enterprises, spoke during last year's show about why he continues to exhibit at Eco Expo Asia: “I have had quality professionals come and visit me who understand the systems I am exhibiting straight away. Tradeshows can be worthwhile if you have the right type of visitors attending and you are under the right platform. Hong Kong is the gateway to Asia and I have enjoyed business meetings already with businesses from the region. I will be here for sure next year.”

Echoing with efforts to increase economic integration with the Greater Bay Area, a number of Chinese pavilions from the region are also set to join the fair once again.

Making Hong Kong a low-carbon city

For the first time at the show the Environmental Protection Department will occupy a joint stand with other Hong Kong government departments. In what’s set to be the largest exhibit at the fair and in an effort to take the lead and demonstrate the government’s commitment to making Hong Kong a low-carbon city, the departments will showcase environmental protection projects being undertaken as well as those currently in the pipeline.

Some of the biggest names in the environmental protection business from Hong Kong will also be present at the show. Those leading the way include Baguio Green Group Ltd, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection (Hong Kong) Investment Co Ltd and SUEZ NWS Ltd.

As a leading trade fair in Asia for environmental protection, a wide range of environmental product categories will be featured at the show, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, and Water Treatment and Quality Management. The Startup Zone will also return after its successful debut last year. Its aim is to encourage green startups to explore more business opportunities and connect with investors at the show.

Eco Expo Asia will be held from 25 - 28 October 2018 at AsiaWorld-Expo. For more information, please email ecoexpo@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com or exhibitions@hktdc.org, or visit www.ecoexpoasia.com.

For images of previous editions of the fair, please click here.

Callum Wiggins
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd
Tel: +852 2238 9941
callum.wiggins@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com

Doris Cheng
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Tel: +852 2240 4606
doris.py.cheng@hktdc.org

 
 
The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra Present Works by Mozart, Penderecki and Lutosławski
 
Jun 11, 2018
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The Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra close their 2017-18 season with music celebrating both love and creative independence, by Mozart, Penderecki and Lutosławski, on Sunday, 24th June at 8:00 p.m. at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall in Central.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his “Great” Mass in C-minor as a gesture of thanks to God for Mozart’s marriage. It reflects not only his love for the Lord and for his young wife Constanze, but also for the music of Bach, which he was studying at the time he created the Mass and whose contrapuntal style permeates much of it. Its grandly scaled dimensions also express Mozart’s joy in the hard-won creative freedom he had recently achieved by breaking away from his employment under the musically conservative Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg to embark on a free-lance career in Vienna – a then-new phenomenon in the musical world.

But the Mass also comes along with a mystery: If it represents so many ideas crucial to Mozart’s life and work, why did he leave it unfinished?

Krzysztof Penderecki may well be the Mozart of the 20th century, both for his innovative music, which has been at the forefront of modernist and post-modernist movements since 1960, and for his insistence on creative autonomy even while living and working behind the Iron Curtain in his homeland, Poland. The Choir will perform three brief choral works by Penderecki: his Song for Cherubim, from 1987, and two excerpts from his most recent largescale work, Dies Illa. All three are in Penderecki’s controversial late neo-Romantic style, reflect his love for Eastern Orthodox chant and are deeply moving.

Also on the program is a major work by Penderecki’s slightly older Polish contemporary, Witold Lutosławski, who with Penderecki represents the post-War “Polish Renaissance.” Lutosławski wrote his Funeral Music for Strings in 1958 as a tribute to a beloved elder, the late Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, who, like Lutosławski, used the folk music of his homeland as a point of departure for an exploration of new sound-worlds. The Funeral Music for Strings has as its model Bartók’s masterpiece, the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, and is one of the first successful modernist expressions to emerge from post-War Eastern Europe.

Soloists in the Mozart are soprano Stefanie Quintin, soprano Samantha Chong, tenor Felix Suen and bass-baritone Sammy Chien. The Choir’s assistant conductor Rex Man leads two of the Penderecki choruses, with the remainder of the program conducted by music director Jerome Hoberman.

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Future robots need no motors
 
Jun 10, 2018
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Future robots need no motors HKU Engineering invents world’s first nickel-hydroxide actuating material that can be triggered by both light and electricity

To develop micro- and biomimetic-robots, artificial muscles and medical devices, actuating materials that can reversibly change their volume under various stimuli are researched in the past thirty years to replace traditional bulky and heavy actuators including motors and pneumatic actuators.

A mechanical engineering team led by Professor Alfonso Ngan Hing-wan, Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, and Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) published an article in Science Robotics on 30 May 2018 (EST) that introduces a novel actuating material – nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide – that can be powered by visible (Vis) light, electricity, and other stimuli. The material actuation can be instantaneously triggered by Vis light to produce a fast deformation and exert a force equivalent to 3000 times of its own weight. The material cost of a typical actuator is as low as HKD 4 per cm2 and can be easily fabricated within three hours.

Among various stimuli, light-induced actuating materials are highly desirable because they enable wireless operation of robots. However, very few light driven materials are available in the past, and their material and production costs are high, which hinder their development in actual applications such as artificial muscles for robotics and human assist device, and minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic tools.

Developing actuating materials was identified as the top of the 10 challenges in “The grand challenges of Science Robotics”1. Research in actuating materials can radically change the concept of robots which are now mainly motor-driven. Therefore, materials that can be actuated by wireless stimuli including a change in temperature, humidity, magnetic fields and light is one of the main research focus in recent years. In particular, a material that can be actuated by Vis light and produces strong, quick and stable actuation has never been achieved. The novel actuating material system – nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide that can be actuated by Vis light at relatively low intensity to produce high stress and speed comparable to mammalian skeletal muscles has been developed in this research initiated by engineers in HKU.

In addition to its Vis light actuation properties, this novel material system can also be actuated by electricity, enabling it to be integrated into the present well-developed robotics technology. It is also responsive to heat and humidity changes so that they might potentially be applied in autonomous machines that harness the tiny energy change in the environment. Because the major component is nickel, the material cost is low. The fabrication only involves electrodeposition which is a simple process, and the time required for the fabrication is around three hours, therefore the material can be easily scaled up and manufactured in industry.

The newly invented nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide responses to light almost instantaneously and produces a force corresponding to about 3000 times of its own weight (Figure 1).

1 Yang, Guang-Zhong, et al. "The grand challenges of Science Robotics." Science Robotics 3.14 (2018): eaar7650.

When integrated into a well-designed structure, a “mini arm” made by two hinges of actuating materials can easily lift an object 50 times of its weight (Figure 2). Similarly, by utilizing a light blocker, a mini walking-bot in which only the “front leg” bent and straighten alternatively and therefore moves under illumination was made so that it can walk towards the light source (Figure 3). These demonstrate that future applications in micro-robotics including rescue robots are possible.

The evidences above revealed that this nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuating material can have different applications in the future, including rescue robots or other mini-robots. The intrinsic actuating properties of the materials obtained from our research show that by scaling up the fabrication, artificial muscles comparable to that of mammalian skeletal muscles can be achieved, and applying it in robotics, human assist device and medical devices are possible.

From a scientific point of view, this nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuating material is the world’s first material system that can be actuated directly by Vis light and electricity without any additional fabrication procedures. This also opens up a new research field on light-induced actuating behaviour for this material type (hydroxide-oxyhydroxides) because it has never been reported before.

The research team members are all from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at HKU Faculty of Engineering, led by Professor Alfonso Ngan’s group in collaboration with Dr Li Wen-di. ’s group on light actuation experiment and Dr Feng Shien-ping’s group on electrodeposition experiment. The research has been published in the prestigious journal Science Robotics on 30 May 2018 with a title of “Light-stimulated actuators based on nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide”. The first author of this paper is Dr Kwan Kin-wa who is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Prof. Ngan’s group. The corresponding author is Prof. Ngan. The complete author list is as below: K-W. Kwan, S-J. Li, N-Y. Hau, W-D. Li, S-P. Feng, A.H.W. Ngan. This research is funded by the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.

For the journal paper, please click: http://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/3/18/eaat4051.full

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SOURCE / The University of Hong Kong