11th Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Fair Opens
Nov 08, 2018

8 November 2018 – The 11th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair opened today and will continue through 10 Nov (Saturday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair welcomed James Lau, Acting Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), as the guest of honour at the opening ceremony held this morning.

HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong introduced the fair’s highlights at the opening ceremony. “Gathering 1,075 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions, the 11th edition of the fair showcases an extraordinary variety of wines and spirits from around the world. We are particularly pleased to welcome new exhibitors and pavilions from New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Sweden and Switzerland,” Ms Fong said.

Group pavilions joining the fair for the first time include the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Sichuan Council, the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province, Ningxia’s General Office of Administrative Committee of Grape Industry Zong of Helan Mountain’s East Foothill Wine Region, the Czech Grape and Wine Producer Association, Gifu Prefecture and the Niigata Sake Brewers’ Association from Japan, and Peru.

Following the HKSAR Government’s decision to eliminate all duty-related customs and administrative controls on wine in 2008, wine imports have seen a seven-fold leap – from HK$1.6 billion in 2007 to HK$12 billion in 2017. During this period, Hong Kong developed rapidly as a wine trading and distribution centre, serving as a gateway for wines entering the Chinese mainland. Hong Kong has many advantages as a wine trading hub, with wine-related businesses – including auctions, retailing, warehousing, catering and logistics – developing alongside wine trading and distribution. Since 2009, Hong Kong has become one of the world’s largest wine auction centres, with sales topping US$98 million in 2017.

World of Olive Oil & Organic Wine and Spirits Corner Make Fair Debut
This year’s fair sees the launch of the World of Olive Oil at the Vinitaly Pavilion to promote various kinds of premium olive oils, where visitors can enrich their knowledge and sample a selection of olive oils. The Organic Wine and Spirits Corner features a range of organically produced beverages for visitors to try.

Global exhibitors are showcasing an array of wines and exhibits at the fair. Some of the highlights include:

  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley from the famous United States winery Castello di Amorosa, which resembles a medieval castle. The wine was awarded 93 points by renowned wine critic James Suckling;
  • Junmai Daiginjo “ZENITH Dewasansan” from the TATENOKAWA brewery in Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture, which is the world’s first and only brewery to accomplish a rice polishing ratio of 1%, demonstrating its excellence in sake-brewing procedures. Only 150 bottles of this sake have been produced;
  • Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Clos Du Val, the oldest winery in Napa Valley, which changed the world’s view on California’s Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” wine tasting;
  • Gustav Dill Vodka, made using aroma distillation at a 160-year-old distillery in Finland. It was awarded the International Wine and Spirits Competition Trophy for the best vodka and tonic as well as IWSC Gold in 2017;
  • Wheat Blanc from Sweden - an organic beer that uses champagne yeast during the brewing process to give a fruity tone and a unique taste.

    The fair also features Liquor & Beverage Products, Whisky and Spirits and Beer zones, together with zones that promote the industry’s all-round development, including Wine Education, Wine Investment, and Wine Accessories, Equipment and Services, at which Tmall, the well-known Chinese mainland online shopping platform, joins the fair for the first time. Food-pairing products are showcased at the Friends of Wine zone.

    Asia Wine Academy Returns
    Following a successful debut in 2017, the Asia Wine Academy, co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management, returns this year. On the theme of “Seeking Greatness: Decoding Wine Quality”, Masters of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee and Sarah Heller will share their insights on Italian and French wines, exploring how wine style, region and production method will affect wine quality and assessment methods. Participants who complete the courses will be awarded a certificate. Public visitors can also enrol in the Asia Wine Academy at a special price of HK$880 (original price: HK$990) at the fairground. The price includes a complimentary Wine & Spirits Fair admission ticket (valid for 10 Nov) and a Lucaris crystal wine glass (to be redeemed on 10 Nov only) on a first-come, first-served basis and while stocks last. The package has a total value of HK$1,300.

    The Wine Industry Conference was held today under the theme “Driving Growth: The Flourishing Asia Wine Market”. The 10th Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition Award Ceremony will be held during this evening’s cocktail reception. The Gala Wine Dinner, with the theme “Forest of Delights”, follows the cocktail reception. Guests will enjoy a menu crafted by Amerigo Tito Sesti, Head Chef at J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain, a one-Michelin-star French restaurant in Bangkok, paired with fine wines sponsored by the fair’s exhibitors. Seminars held tomorrow will discuss hot industry issues including “Go beyond 42 Customs Districts: Leap on the Wine Express to the Mainland Market” and “Think Like an Insider: Secrets of Wine Sourcing”.

    Public Day: Wine Tasting Experience
    The last day of the Wine & Spirits Fair (10 Nov) will be open to members of the public aged 18 and above. Regular tickets will be priced at HK$200* and each ticketholder will receive a Lucaris crystal wine glass on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

    Events on Public Day include “Discovery of Key French Wine Regions”, featuring Master of Wine Debra Meiburg; “An Introduction to Key Sake Styles”, where visitors will learn more about sakes; “West-meeting-East: Comparing Wine & Sake”; and whisky-tasting seminars featuring popular whisky brands such as “Highland Park Presents: ‘The Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul’”. The fairground also features a wine-pairing station hosted by the International Culinary Institute to help the public learn more about enjoying wine with different delicacies.

    This year, the HKTDC is once again organising the Hong Kong Wine Journey citywide promotion, putting together around 90 wine-related activities in November. In addition to enjoying free corkage at selected restaurants, the public can take part in a series of wine tastings, themed tours and wine-pairing events, among others, to enjoy an amazing fine wine experience. For details, please refer to the Hong Kong Wine Journey map or the event website.

    * Ticket Details

    Public Day tickets are available at the fairground at HK$200. From now until 9 Nov, members of the public can purchase Public Day tickets at a special price of HK$99 through Clink Digital Media, Tap & Go wallet, HKTVmall, HOKOBUY, the Octopus App (Octopus card or O! ePay), Price.com, Ticketflap, and Yahoo. Participants will receive a Lucaris crystal wine glass on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

    Fair website: www.hktdc.com/hkwinefair/
    Hong Kong Wine Journey: www.hktdc.com/hkwinejourney
    Asia Wine Academy: http://hkwinefair.hktdc.com/dm/2018/asia_wine/index_en.html
    Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition: http://www.hkiwsc.com/

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

    Katherine Chan Tel: (852) 2584 4537 Email: katherine.cm.chan@hktdc.org
    Iris Chow Tel: (852) 2584 4241 Email: iris.cc.chow@hktdc.org

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    California wine on track for extraordinary 2018 vintage following picture perfect weather patterns and harvest timing
    Nov 08, 2018

    China trade dispute fails to dent confidence among U.S. participants at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
    due to booming home demand and robust exports elsewhere in Asia

    Hong Kong --( ASIA TODAY )-- Wine makers in California’s Napa Valley are witnessing an almost picture-perfect growing season in 2018, with mild spring weather conditions delivering an extended bloom, grapes ripening steadily in the summer months and a long steady harvest continuing well into October. The net result is that the 2018 vintage is on track to be one of the best ever. Napa Valley accounts for a quarter of America’s wine produce and recorded US$119 million exports to Hong Kong and China last year.

    With abundant supply, wineries from California participating at this year’s Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, are confident on stronger sales to the city and Southeast Asia, despite the ongoing trade tensions with China. California wine exports to China were up 14 percent, for the first 6 months of 2018, compared to the same time last year.

    In fact, the ongoing trade dispute with China is proving highly beneficial to Hong Kong as supplies are routed elsewhere in Asia via the duty-free wine trading hub.

    “We are expecting a bumper harvest from North America’s premier wine growing region, with perfect weather patterns characterized by warm, dry days and cool evenings,” said Jeffrey Williamson, Director, California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) who is leading the Wines of California Pavilion.

    “Demand for top rated wines is also expected to remain strong on the back of a booming U.S. economy and robust exports overseas. Asia remains a promising market as the increasingly affluent urban middle class seek out new high-end products to try,” he said.

    According to the Wine Institute, an advocacy group based in San Francisco, US wine exports reached US$1.5 billion in winery revenues in 2017 – 90 percent came from California. Exports to Hong Kong were up by 15 percent at US$119 million while China rose by 6 percent to US$77 million, compared with 2016.

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rose and Zinfandel have always proven popular with Californian wine connoisseurs in Hong Kong. This year, 11 leading producers and distributors from well-known growing regions will be attending the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair at booth 3C-C14, Wines of California Pavilion this week.

    These producers include Grand Napa Vineyards, Silvia Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, Hestan Vineyards, New World Wine Club, and California Wines for You. California is also introducing Gracias Madre, a pure Puerto Rican rum bottled in California, and MDT Services, a distributor of Southern California craft beer.

    “The Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will see California exporters showcasing quality-assured wine and spirits products with tasting sessions throughout the show,” added Williamson.

    About California STEP

    The California State Trade Expansion Program (California STEP) project leverages a statewide network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations to facilitate export promotion, activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.

    Managed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBIz) the network of STEP Partners implement a range of export promotion programs serving multiple sectors, including Information & Telecommunications Technologies, Green Technologies, Food and Agricultural Products, California Lifestyle Products, Aerospace, Medical and Scientific Instrumentation, Transportation Equipment and Industrial Machinery.

    Issued on behalf of California State Trade Expansion Program by Newell Public Relations.

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    "Think Global, Think Hong Kong" Concludes in Tokyo
    Nov 02, 2018

    Tokyo, 2 November 2018 – “Think Global, Think Hong Kong”, a large-scale Hong Kong business promotion organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded yesterday (1 Nov) in Tokyo. The mega promotion, comprising a business symposium, business-matching sessions, networking events and a gala dinner, attracted more than 2,900 participants keen on exploring Hong Kong-Japan collaboration opportunities.

    The full-day symposium featured over 70 high-profile speakers from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and Japan, who shared their insights and business intelligence on a series of topics, from how Japanese companies can expand to new markets using Hong Kong as a platform to opportunities in different sectors including finance, technology, legal services and the creative industries. More than 380 business-matching meetings were arranged to connect Hong Kong businesses and services providers with Japanese companies. The HKTDC also led several business missions from Hong Kong to Japan, comprising more than 220 delegates, to discuss cooperation in the areas of finance and investment, the design and creative industries, technology, professional services and the food industry.

    Bright prospects for Japan-Hong Kong collaboration

    At the opening session, Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), delivered the opening remarks as a highlight of her first official visit to Japan in her current capacity. Guest of honour Yoshihiro Seki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan shared his insights on cooperation between Japan and Hong Kong in the areas of trade and business.

    In his welcome remarks, Vincent HS Lo, Chairman of the HKTDC, said: “Under the Belt and Road Initiative, a new engine of growth for the global economy, opportunities for cooperation between Hong Kong and Japan are perhaps more promising than they have ever been before. The recently announced development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is another initiative that will further enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness and advantages as an international business and financing hub.”

    Following the opening ceremony, the HKTDC and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MoU) and agreed to explore potential collaboration in new sectors such as start-ups, innovation and technology, two-way investment, third-country infrastructure opportunities, human resources development, and the cultural and content industries. In the same morning, the HKTDC also signed a MoU with Tottori Prefecture. The two parties agreed to strengthen their collaboration in business matching and the utilisation of HKTDC’s platform to enhance the export of prefectural products.

    Leveraging Hong Kong advantages to “go global”

    During the morning symposium, renowned business leaders from Hong Kong, including Laura Cha, Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited; Oscar Chow, Non-Executive Director of Chevalier International Holdings Limited and Managing Director of Polaris Holdings Limited; Victor Chu, Chairman of the First Eastern Investment Group; and Fu Yuning, Chairman of China Resources (Holdings) Limited, shared their viewpoints on the economic outlook, risks and opportunities in Asia, examining how Japanese businesses can capitalise on growth opportunities using Hong Kong as a catalyst. Prominent Japanese business leaders, including Koki Ando, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissin Foods Holdings Co. Ltd; Akihiko Kumagai, Senior Executive Vice President of NEC Corporation; and Kanetsugu Mike, President and Chief Executive Officer of MUFG Bank Ltd, shared their experience of successfully leveraging Hong Kong’s service excellence and international business network to expand their presence into Asia and the rest of world.

    Diversified business collaboration

    In the afternoon, a thematic session entitled Expanding Business to China and ASEAN, with Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) being the special sponsor, offered insights on how Japanese companies can make use of the Hong Kong platform to expand their business. Speakers included Stephen Phillips, Director-General of Investment Promotion, InvestHK; Takaya Awata, President of TORIDOLL Holdings Corporation; Hiroyasu Koma, President and Chief Executive Officer of GLM; Kei Suzuki, Director and General Manager, Asia & Oceania Division of Ryohin Keikaku, Co. Ltd (MUJI); Tommy Li, Creative Director of Tommy Li Design Workshop Limited; and Takahiko Yasuhara, Managing Executive Officer and Head of East Asia of Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. and Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

    Six other sector-specific sessions were organised to cover a broad range of topics including finance and investment (co-organised with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority), design and liveability (co-organised with the Hong Kong Design Centre and sponsored by Create Hong Kong), smart finance and smart living (co-organised with Cyberport), legal risk management (co-organised with the Department of Justice of the HKSAR), and healthy ageing and the smart city (co-organised with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation).

    Empowering start-ups

    A mini-exhibition featuring Hong Kong start-ups, named InnoVenture Salon, was set up at the symposium to showcase the innovative business ideas and entrepreneurship of some 20 fledgling companies, including those from Cyberport, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (HKSTP) and the HKTDC’s “Start-up Express” programme. The Hong Kong Private Equity and Venture Capital Association joined Cyberport and HKSTP to offer an onsite mentoring service in a bid to attract more Japanese start-ups to set up operations in Hong Kong.

    Gala dinner celebrates Japan-Hong Kong friendship

    After a busy day of business discussions, a high-level gala dinner was held at Happo-en, attended by more than 400 government officials and business leaders from Japan and Hong Kong. HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Takamori Yoshikawa, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, were guests of honour at the event.

    Hong Kong Michelin-starred chef Albert Au presented a special menu cooked with Japanese delicacies supported by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The gala dinner also featured music performances by the Asian Youth Orchestra, Hong Kong singer Charmaine Fong and a cappella group SENZA, together with a showcase of contemporary cheongsam creations from 10 Hong Kong’s leading fashion designers.

    Hong Kong Week

    “Think Global, Think Hong Kong”, supported by more than 130 organisations in Hong Kong and Japan, is the key business promotion event of Hong Kong Week in Tokyo, which continues until 11 Nov.

    Media Enquiries

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

    (Hong Kong) Billy Ng Tel: (852) 2584 4393 Email: billy.km.ng@hktdc.org

    (Japan) Satoshi Yoneoka Tel: (81) 03-5210-5854 Email: satoshi.yoneoka@hktdc.org

    Eco Expo Asia Opens
    Oct 26, 2018

    25 October 2018 – The 13th edition of Eco Expo Asia, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), opened today at AsiaWorld-Expo. The four-day expo runs from 25-28 Oct and features some 340 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. The final day of the expo (Sunday, 28 Oct) will open to the public to promote waste-reduction awareness. Meanwhile, the concurrent HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo returns for its third edition, also at AsiaWorld-Expo. Featuring 420 exhibitors, the fair showcases the latest lighting systems and solutions to meet market demand for energy-efficient and cost-saving technologies.

    The opening ceremony for the expo was officiated by Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR. Mr Wong said: “The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will bring the cities in the region together to strengthen the economic cooperation as well as develop a quality living circle. On green environment the Greater Bay Area development will open up new horizons. It not only helps cities in the region work together to clean up air and water as well as protect the flora and fauna, it also opens up new opportunities for innovations and collaborative efforts to pursue low-carbon development as well as circular economy for the Greater Bay Area.” Mr Wong noted that waste management has critical climate implications, and the government has adopted different policies and action plans with a view to achieving both waste- and carbon-reduction targets, including the Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, launched in August.

    HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong said: “In recent years, as more environmental issues emerge around the world, we have seen the green industry becoming an increasingly important sector in the global economy. From waste reduction and energy saving to green transportation, the market has launched many products and technologies that incorporate green concepts. As an important event for the green industry in Asia, the expo gathers a wide range of innovative products and technologies under the theme of ‘Waste Less, Save More for a Low-Carbon Future’ to provide the latest solutions for various businesses and drive the green industry’s development in the region.”

    The latest Policy Address given by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR featured various environmental policies, including a provision of HK$300-400 million to step up waste reduction, promote recovery and recycling, and develop renewable energies. Ms Fong said these new measures will help drive the development of the local green industry, while the expo provides a comprehensive platform for local and international buyers to search for suitable products and technologies that match the market’s needs.

    The expo this year features 14 international group pavilions as well as the launch of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Zone to present green opportunities in various Greater Bay Area cities. The event also features nine thematic zones to present a wide variety of green products and technologies, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, Waste Management and Recycling, and the Startup Zone. Some 97 buying missions, comprising more than 2,300 corporate representatives from 25 countries and regions, have been organised to visit the expo.

    Startup Zone Showcases Innovative Green Technologies

    Twenty Hong Kong start-up companies showcase the latest green technologies at the Startup Zone. They include:

  • Akmon Limited (Booth: 3-G28) highlights a high-quality fashionable air pollution mask, designed in France and engineered in Germany. The mask can block germs, gases, dust, odours and the smallest harmful airborne viruses carried by PM2.5.
  • GRN Consultant (Hong Kong) Limited (Booth: 3-F27) has developed a patented atomised ozone water capable of deodorising, disinfecting the air and breaking down poisonous gases. It also has agricultural uses, helping to reduce insecticide usage.
  • Solartility (Booth: 3-E28), responding to the government’s Feed-in Tariff Policy, has designed a solar system for residential and commercial use. By connecting the system to the grid, users can sell the green power generated by the system to the two major power companies.
    Global Green Products and Technologies Match Market Needs

    Eco Expo Asia is showcasing various projects, technologies and green concepts from environmental enterprises worldwide, including the following:

    ir Quality

    • Developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Booth: 6-B24), the Monitoring System for Urban Tree Management can perform large-scale monitoring of tree stability using smart sensor technology and geological data to make sure trees are appropriately cared for and able to improve the city’s air quality.
    • Anhui Yuanchen Environmental Protection Polytron Technologies (Booth: 6-A25) is an integrated service provider for atmospheric pollution regulation, providing solutions to treat air pollutants.

    Eco-friendly Products

    • Taiwan company Zen Zhou Social Enterprise (Booth: 3-H28) designs plastic-free products that are both stylish and practical, such as a beeswax food wrap that replaces plastic wrap and bags, and a palm plate that replaces plastic plates.
    • Charankattu Coir – India (Booth: 3-H28) produces and exports coir fibre cloths and sutured blankets that can control soil erosion, while the coir helps to retain soil moisture in gardens and seed ranches.

    Green Transportation

    • Nissan’s latest e-NV200 100% electric MPV (Booth: 3-E30) is equipped with a 40kWh lithium battery which takes only 40 minutes to charge up to 80%.
    • Hyundai (Booth: 3-C30) showcases its second-generation commercialised FCEV NEXO, the first hydrogen-powered SUV shown in Hong Kong with an estimated driving range of more than 600 kilometers and a refueling time of five minutes.

    Waste Management and Recycling

    • Ergo Global (Booth: 3-B21) provides a new vertical waste transfer system that uses fewer containers, compactors and transportation trucks, making it a more efficient solid-waste transfer solution.
    • Canada company Pyrowave (Booth: 6-B12) highlights its patented catalytic microwave depolymerisation (CMD) process that unzips plastics back into their initial constituents, depolymerising directly onsite at recycling facilities and at producers of plastic waste.

    Eco Excellence

    • Developed by Hong Kong company Lap Energy HK Ltd (Booth: 3-E02), the photovoltaic power system can effectively convert solar energy into electricity power and convert DC to AC power through an inverter. The system can be installed on rooftops or in spare open space for self-use or sold to the power company under the Feed-in Tariff Policy.

    Green Mart

    • NovaTech Company Limited (Booth: 3-SG21) showcases “Smart CARA”, a high-performance food waste decomposer. Food waste can be dehydrated to reduce the volume to 1/10 of its original. The patented activated carbon filter device completely absorbs the smell of the food waste decomposition.

    Eco Asia Conference Explores Green Issues
    The Eco Asia Conference (25-27 Oct) features nearly 40 government officials and experts from eight countries and regions to share insights on a range of topics that include the Chinese mainland’s latest green policies, waste management and recycling, smart water management solutions, green building, as well as renewable energies and their usage. Speakers include Mr Wong; Wang Shancheng, Deputy Director-General, Department of Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection, National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China; and Xie Pengfei, China Chief Representative, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

    The Greater Bay Area Forum on 26 Oct will investigate the latest green business opportunities in the Greater Bay Area and the innovative technologies being deployed in regional environmental initiatives. The Hong Kong Construction Association and Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics will organise the “Smart Construction for Quiet Symposium”, where internationally renowned experts from the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore will discuss the latest policy developments and innovative quiet-construction methods. The Green Transportation Forum also returns to explore trends in electric vehicles and green public transport.

    Public Day Promotes Green Living, New Eco Careers Forum

    Eco Expo Asia will open its doors to the public on the last day of the event (28 Oct) to promote green living. At the “Dialogue with the Secretary for the Environment” session, Mr Wong will meet with primary and secondary school students to talk about waste reduction measures and promote the importance of environmental protection. The Start Small, Start Now documentary, which highlights Hong Kong’s plastic-waste problem, will also premiere on Public Day. Launching this year, the Eco Careers Forum will feature representatives from the Hong Kong Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong EV Power Limited and CMA Testing and Certification Laboratories to provide tips for visitors looking to enter the green industry as well as conducting on-site recruiting.

    Visitors can shop for innovative environmentally friendly and health products at the Green Mart, and join sustainable workshops to make frosted glass jar lamps. At the Public Day Forum, Sham Fu-cheung, Chief Experimental Officer, Hong Kong Observatory, and Lin Tang-tai, Senior Engineer at the Water Supplies Department, will discuss how Hong Kong may be affected by a warming world and offer smart water tips. Visitors can enjoy a test drive or test ride of the electric vehicles at the expo. For registration, please visit the expo’s website (https://bit.ly/2RsVGJK) or enrol on-site.

    Synergy for More Business Opportunities

    Held concurrently with Eco Expo Asia, the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (26-29 Oct) gathers 420 exhibitors from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Korea, Taiwan and Slovakia to showcase a variety of outdoor and industrial lighting products and systems for construction sites, factories, advertisements, stadiums and studios. The expo also features a new Horticultural Lighting zone to showcase a range of grow lights. Meanwhile, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) runs from 27-30 Oct at the HKCEC. Running the fairs in parallel creates synergies by gathering more global buyers in Hong Kong and offering more opportunities for industry players.

    Media Enquiries

    Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

    Christine Kam Tel: (852) 2584 4514 Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org

    CEM Banks on Software AG to Revolutionise Macau's Electrical Grid
    Oct 23, 2018

    Hong Kong – October 22, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW), a leading enterprise software company, announced that it has been providing Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM), Macau’s sole electric utility, with the strengthened capability to sustain power transmission and distribution in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) era.

    The Asia Pacific utilities sector is undergoing a major revamp as the market recognises the potential of smart meters in enhancing outage management and reducing costs. In light of this, CEM has been focusing on developing a state-of-the-art advanced metering interface, or a smart grid, which delivers significant cost savings and enhanced services through better customer supply and demand data.

    Bent on adopting new forms of electronic payment and developing a new network of charging stations for electronic vehicles, CEM has recognised the need for stronger capabilities that ensure its front-end systems are integrated with a back-end core. CEM eventually invested in webMethods, Software AG’s powerful application integration suite, upon realising that its future depended on a stable, secure, multi-channel integration platform.

    webMethods combines all systems and data sources to deliver a comprehensive, trusted view of CEM’s business functions while integrating existing and new technologies into the IoT. As the organisation worked closely with Software AG’s sales teams and Global Consulting Services during the recent six-month pilot period, CEM was able to implement all use cases of the webMethods platform ahead of schedule and within budget. Following its successful pilot run, the platform has since been at the core of CEM’s new business initiatives, including its Advanced Metering System and Electronic Vehicles. Leveraging webMethods has since allowed CEM to experience faster time-to-market for projects, with shorter integration development lifecycles.

    “We are banking on Software AG’s track record in the Asia Pacific utilities sector to drive agility and innovation as we advance our electricity generation and distribution capabilities further. We are definitely excited to dive heads-on into an IoT-enabled future with Software AG as our partner,” said Denis Chan, IT Senior Manager, CEM.

    CEM’s advanced metering pilot initiative is geared towards bringing intelligent metering devices to 2,000 Macau homes and businesses - with the eventual goal of reaching more than 200,000 customers. Unlike the analog meters of the past, CEM’s Advanced Metering System provides detailed real-time information on power demand and supply, grid disruptions, and other essential metrics. This has since translated to better service delivery, significantly reduced costs and greater efficiencies in Macau’s power grid.

    “The utilities sector in Asia is undergoing a major overhaul, as technology and digitalisation create new value through intelligent metering capabilities,” said Anneliese Schulz, Vice President of Software AG Asia. “We hope to further empower CEM as they focus on further expanding Macau’s network of electronic vehicles and charging stations.”

    CEM will continue to leverage Software AG’s solutions as it rolls out new digital customer service offerings and more digitally-enabled features, including additional payment platforms and mobile solutions designed to revolutionise the meter reading process.


    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 analyze 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 €872 million in 2016. To learn more, visit www.softwareag.com.

    Issued on behalf of Software AG by Newell Public Relations
    For information:
    Ivan Theodoulou
    Newell PR
    Tel: 852-2117 2100
    Email: ivant@newell.com

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    The Upper House Creates Vocational Experiences for Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association Members
    Oct 18, 2018

    Singapore, 18 October 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- As part of Swire Properties’ SD 2030 vision, an initiative to reinforce the company’s commitment to sustainable development, The Upper House has partnered with
    The Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association (HKDSA) to provide vocational experiences for its members and to equip them with skills to integrate into society.

    10 members from the Association joined the programme which included 18-hours of training, followed by a 2-month attachment with the Guest Experience, Restaurant & Bar, Housekeeping and Kitchen departments. 14 representatives from The Upper House formed a dedicated committee to provide guidance for the members, mentoring them through the back of House operation and guest engagement.

    To celebrate the completion of the programme, a graduation ceremony was held in September 2018 with the members, families, friends, and teams of The Upper House and the Association. The occasion was filled with fun performances, experience sharing and awarding of certificates. “As a hotel, we always want to be an inclusive workplace,” said Marcel Thoma, General Manager of The Upper House. “Whilst we offer the participants vocational experiences, they also share their experiences, as well as their bright and positive outlook on life. We all learnt from each other tremendously. It was a fantastic partnership and we look forward to continuing our work with HKDSA.”

    The Upper House is delighted to announce the success of the initiative, with two of the members gaining long-term employment. The partnership with HKDSA will continue to be one of the House’s many CSR commitments, with new programmes to be announced in 2019. “It is my mission to identify partners who could offer our members opportunities to live fulfilling lives and relieve some of the daily burdens placed upon family members and caregivers,” said Victoria Tang-Owen, President of the Association and friend of the House. “The programme led by The Upper House has been a wonderful example of how organisations can collaborate to offer vocational training and work opportunities, have a lot of fun in the process and deepen community ties. We are truly grateful to the Swire Hotels team for their professional commitment to our cause.”

    Highlights from the partnership can be viewed on the Swire Hotels YouTube channel.

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    About Swire Hotels and Swire Restaurants
    Swire Hotels has been created to manage soulfully individual hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the USA, providing a characterful experience for well-travelled individually minded travellers who seek originality, style and personalised service. We create distinctive hotels with a sense of place that break with convention.

    The company’s first hotel, The Opposite House in Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, Hong Kong, and then by EAST, Hong Kong, EAST, Beijing, The Temple House, Chengdu and EAST, Miami. The Middle House in Shanghai, our latest addition, opened in April 2018.

    A restaurant division was set up in 2013 to manage the company’s stand-alone restaurant operations. Our first restaurant Plat du Jour opened in November 2013 followed by Public and Ground Public in Quarry Bay. The Continental in Pacific Place opened in October 2014 and Mr & Mrs Fox in 2015, follow by the second Plat du Jour opened in Pacific Place in 2016. Our latest addition, Republic, a sub-brand of Public opened in Taikoo Place in December 2017.

    About Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association
    Registered as a non-profit-making organization in October 1987, the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association is committed to serving individuals with Down syndrome, the disabled, people with intellectual disabilities and their family members with integrated family support and vocational rehabilitation services. Our objective is to enable the service users to develop their personal growth fully and in every aspect of life, as well as to meet their employment and vocational training needs.

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    Electronics Fair & electronicAsia Attract Nearly 87,000 Buyers
    Oct 17, 2018

    16 October 2018 - The 38th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and the 22nd electronicAsia concluded today, attracting close to 87,000 buyers from 139 countries and regions over a four-day period. Buyer attendance grew from a number of countries and regions including mature markets such as Canada, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK, and emerging markets such as Brazil, the Chinese mainland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia. More than 63,500 buyers visited the Autumn Electronics Fair while over 23,400 visitors attended electronicAsia. The Electronics Fair was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), while electronicAsia was jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia.

    HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: “In the face of global economic uncertainty, Hong Kong companies are pushing to strengthen R&D and develop new technologies in a bid to launch innovative electronic products. At the two fairs, we saw how they are successfully applying advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) to a wide range of electronic products, attracting the attention of global buyers. Thematic zones at the fairs, such as the Tech Hall and Hall of Fame, helped to meet the needs of the industry while a series of events at the Autumn Electronics Fair helped to introduce the products and technologies of start-up companies to potential buyers, partners, investors and the media, assisting them to capture new business opportunities.”

    The HKTDC commissioned an independent survey during the fair period, interviewing a total of 1,043 exhibitors and buyers on the outlook for the electronics market and new product trends. Some 60% of respondents said the recent Sino-US trade friction has had a negative effect on their export performance. Around 40% of respondents said they expect their company’s overall sales to grow this year – 13 percentage points lower than the proportion that gave the same response in 2017. In terms of markets with growth prospects, survey respondents view Japan as the most promising traditional market (75%), followed by South Korea (73%) and Western Europe (72%), while the Chinese mainland (77%), Middle East (76%) and ASEAN countries (76%) are seen to have the best prospects among emerging markets.

    In terms of product trends, the survey reveals that audio-visual products (17%) have the most growth potential in 2019, followed by electronic/electrical accessories (14%) and digital imaging (9%). For AR and virtual reality (VR) devices, almost 80% of respondents are optimistic about the market development in the next two years, while most respondents think that mobile and online games (57%) and audio-visual entertainment devices (45%) have the largest market potential. For robotics applications, 67% of respondents say they are optimistic about market developments in the next two years, with entertainment purposes such as toy robots (40%) having the largest market potential, followed by home applications such as vacuum cleaners (36%) and medical applications such as rehabilitation treatments (24%).

    Spotlighting AI and Other Innovations
    The Tech Hall at the Electronics Fair featured five thematic zones, including Robotics & Unmanned Tech, Smart Tech, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and Startup zones. First-time exhibitor Tuya Global showcased its AI solutions for smart home appliances and lighting products, hoping to expand its overseas markets. Morgan Fang, Business Development Manager of Tuya Global, said: “Many buyers want to upgrade their traditional products into smart products. We established connections with new buyers from Europe, North America and Southeast Asia during the fair and are now discussing cooperation plans.”

    Taiwanese start-up exhibitor Serafim Technologies showcased a virtual laser projection keyboard that attracted a lot of attention from buyers. GZ Chen, CEO of the company, said they have met with new buyers from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Southeast Asia, Germany, Italy and Russia, and have secured orders for a total of 5,000 sets. He said the business results from the fair were very encouraging.

    Under the theme “AI Empowerment – Grow without Limits”, the Symposium on Innovation & Technology featured representatives from the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Cisco, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, Pfizer and SenseTime. They discussed how AI can empower organisations and affect the employment picture, as well as some of the challenges associated with AI implementation. The symposium attracted more than 1,260 participants.

    Buyers Place On-the-spot Orders
    Australian buyer Jaka Exstrada took part in the Autumn Electronics Fair for the first time. He identified six potential suppliers of advanced driver-assistance systems and breathalysers through the HKTDC business matching service, and plans to buy a container of products from each supplier after the fair. He has also placed an order with an existing supplier from the Chinese mainland for air quality products worth US$200,000.

    At electronicAsia, Malaysian buyer CH Ooi placed an order worth up to US$60,000 for liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) and measurement instruments. He said that talks were also underway with several new suppliers from the Chinese mainland for GPS-related tracking devices, including sensors and cameras, and the potential orders could be valued up to US$200,000.

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    FOX Networks Group Asia Acquires Format Rights to YouKu’s Hit Basketball Reality TV Show Dunk of China at MIPCOM CANNES
    Oct 16, 2018

    CANNES/HONG KONG October 15, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- FOX Networks Group Asia (FNG Asia) hit the ground running at MIPCOM Cannes, kicking off the first day of the entertainment tradeshow by acquiring the worldwide format rights to the hit reality TV program Dunk of China from YouKu. The deal will enable FNG Asia to recreate and localize the basketball competition series for regional and global markets. A plan is already underway for a localized, Taiwanese version Dunk of Taiwan.

    Owning the format rights to Dunk of China will further empower FNG Asia’s ambitious strategy for boosting its overall acquired and original Chinese content strategy. China is the MIPCOM Cannes Country of Honor 2018, with multiple events throughout the tradeshow highlighting China’s booming TV market.

    Dunk of China premiered in August 2018 on Chinese online video platform YouKu, attracting more than 50 million views for its first episode in just four days. The reality TV competition show featured up-and-coming basketball players who battled it out in team games and individual challenges to see who would come out on top. They were judged and mentored by a lineup of sports stars and other celebrities, including Jeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets and Chinese superstar Jay Chou.

    FNG Asia’s Dunk of Taiwan remake is poised to bring the show’s action-packed reality competition format to a brand new audience in Taiwan. Notable for its huge population of passionate basketball fans, Taiwan offers a fitting setting for the reality show. High School Basketball League, a basketball tournament among Taiwan high schools and aired on FOX Sports Taiwan, is testament to the country’s love for the sport.

    Cora Yim, SVP and Head of Chinese Entertainment at FOX Networks Group Asia, said, “Acquiring the remake rights to Dunk of China is a fantastic opportunity to share this exceedingly popular reality TV format with brand new audiences. We are thrilled to provide a platform for Asian creativity and talent, as we continue to deliver localized, best-in-class original content to regional and global viewers.”

    Judy Lu, Youku Senior Director of Content Cooperation, YouKu, said, “The success of Dunk of China has been nothing short of outstanding, and the new format acquisition deal with FOX Networks Group Asia will bring this fun and fast-paced TV format to even more viewers. We are aligned with FNG Asia in our aim to drive more exposure and viewership for original Chinese content, in support of China’s burgeoning entertainment and creative talent industry.”

    Preparations are now in progress to kick-start production of FNG Asia’s upcoming reality TV competition series Dunk of Taiwan, to be aired on SCC and Asia’s premiere video-streaming service, FOX+ (in select territories).

    Taiwan is also home to FNG Asia’s first FOX Creative Lab incubator program, which was launched in May 2018. FOX Creative Lab is part of 21st Century Fox’s Global Inclusion talent development initiative, designed to strengthen the pipeline of original storytellers for FNG Asia and increase the diversity of ideas in Asia’s film and TV industry. The inaugural incubator program invited five fellows from Taiwan to fly to Los Angeles to take part in a week of masterclasses and immersive experiences with FOX, including speaker and coaching sessions with senior executives under the FOX family.


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    FOX Networks Group Asia (FNG Asia) is 21st Century Fox’s multi-media business in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. FNG Asia develops, produces and distributes entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 14 languages. The FNG Asia portfolio includes over 30 channel brands, on both linear and non-linear platforms, including FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX Movies, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People, SCM (formerly STAR Chinese Movies) and SCC (formerly STAR Chinese Channel) and its on-demand video-streaming service FOX+. As the region’s leading broadcaster, FNG Asia reaches more than 580 million cumulative homes with offices in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Australia and the UAE. FNG Asia is a fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. http://pressroom-asia.fox.com/

    About SCC
    SCC (formerly Star Chinese Channel) is one of the most popular Mandarin cable channels in Asia. The channel presents a wide range of general entertainment programming – all in Mandarin – including talk shows, game shows, contemporary and costume drama series, cartoons, lifestyle and variety shows. SCC is available in more than 5.3 million homes across Asia . The channel also has a dedicated feed for in Taiwan. https://www.fng.tw/scc

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    Hong Kong plans to build new homes on artificial islands
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    Oct 11, 2018

    Oct 10, 2018 (China Knowledge) - Hong Kong will add artificial islands in a bid to rein in its property market which has seen spectacular gains making the city’s housing the least affordable in the world.

    The Hong Kong government will be reclaiming 688 hectares of land off Lantau Island according to a policy address by Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The land will provide between 260,000 to 400,000 homes and can house up 1.1 million people or 15% of Hong Kong’s population. 70% of the new homes will be allocated for subsidized public housing.

    The first phase for reclamation works is set to begin in 2025 with people being able to start moving in by 2032.

    Apart from this reclamation project, the government also looks to convert deserted rural land in the New Territories to residential use and set up a land sharing pilot programme that turns land held by developers into projects that accommodate both public and private housing.

    Under the land reclamation plan, about 34,000 new jobs will also be created in the next two to three decades.

    The recent policy address is the second by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam since she was sworn in. Mrs Lam has placed increased focus on Hong Kong’s housing and land supply issues, indicated that the shortage of land and housing supply has placed a strain on people’s quality of life.

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    JIGSAW International Music Festival Brings the Party to Macau Once Again with a World-Class DJ Line-up
    Oct 09, 2018

    teve Aoki to perform at The Venetian Macao alongside other top international DJs

    HONG KONG, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- JIGSAW International Music Festival returns to Macau on 8 December 2018 to bring audiences a night of world-class DJ performances, headlined by the legendary Steve Aoki, and the latest in electronic dance music from around the globe. Last year, the inaugural festival drew a crowd of 10,000 people, with 100,000+ tuning in to the festival online via live broadcast. This year's event, organised by Elite Fun Entertainment Limited, will take place at The Venetian Macao Golden Light Exhibition Hall A from 9 PM to 5 AM, and will feature some of best in the international DJ scene. Headlining the festival will be Steve Aoki, who will perform alongside high-profile names such as Quintino, Ummet Ozcan, Carl Nunes, Quentin Mosimann, as well as Binary, DJ Chozie and DJ Rayray.

    For JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018, organisers are working with a renowned stage production team to use creative stage design and lighting effects to put together the ultimate immersive and visually-inspiring EDM experience under the theme of "Future. Tech. Music". The event space, which can hold up to 10,000 people, has a unique central dance floor that extends across the hall, allowing audiences to get as close to the stage as possible. The dance floor is lined with VIP booths, offering a diverse selection of fine wines and snacks to truly create a music festival experience like no other.

    Officials from Elite Fun Entertainment Limited said, "We plan to make JIGSAW International Music Festival into one of the landmark music extravaganzas in Macau, attracting electronic dance music lovers from across Asia, including Macau, Hong Kong and the Greater China region, to be a part of this movement. With JIGSAW, we have devoted ourselves to creating a diversified music and arts festival that brings together the unique styles of high-profile performers as well as rising stars in the international music scene. We hope to promote cultural integration, and bring a more creative and cultural experience to the city."

    Headlining JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 is none other than the Grammy-nominated producer and DJ, Steve Aoki. The Miami-born musician currently is #9 on the Top 100 DJs ranking by DJMAG and has collaborated with a long list of famous artists that include Daddy Yankee, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy and more recently, Louis Tomlinson on the hit single, Just Hold On. Aoki tours over 200 international shows and music festivals annually, including Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival, and will surely bring the heat to the JIGSAW stage.

    Also performing at JIGSAW 2018 is Dutch DJ and producer Quintino, who burst into the global dance music scene in 2011, when he released his album with Sandro Silva, Epic, which went platinum, setting the foundation for his successful career as an international DJ. He quickly jumped from #80 on DJMAG's list of TOP 100 DJs in 2016 to #32 in 2018, with major tracks "Freak" and "I Just Can't" crossing over 40 million views online.

    Another high-profile name to appear in the JIGSAW 2018 line-up is Ummet Ozcan, whose hits include "Raise Your Hands", "Smash" and "Superwave". He has performed at major EDM festivals around the world such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields and Global Gathering. Carl Nunes, one the most influential DJs from Latin America, and Quentin Mosimann, #93 in the world according to DJMAG's Top 100 DJs, will also be taking over the JIGSAW stage this year. These performances will be supported by the also much-anticipated warm-up DJs, including Binary, DJ Chozie and DJ Rayray. With such a hard-hitting line-up, JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 is setting out to be an unmissable night for EDM fans in Asia and around the world.

    In celebration of the 2018 Macau International Start-up Week, a limited number of discounted Early Bird tickets for JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 were on sale from 20-22 September 2018. A new round of Early Bird ticket sales will launch on 10 October. Further details will be announced soon.

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    About JIGSAW International Music Festival

    JIGSAW International Music Festival, led by Elite Fun Entertainment Limited, combines the best of music and stage production with a passion for electronic dance music (EDM). The inaugural festival took place in November 2017 and was attended by at least 10,000 festival-goers. JIGSAW seeks to create a unique festival experience for EDM lovers that promises the hottest international artists and elements that reflect the culture of the region as well as the latest trends in EDM.

    About Elite Fun Entertainment Limited

    Elite Fun Entertainment Limited is a one-stop-service entertainment production company operating out of Greater China. With their extensive industry expertise and network, the company is the go-to for clients across various industries looking for the best service, quality and production value in exhibitions and events. The company has successfully led concerts and other entertainment projects involving A-list performers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, managing all aspects from venue liaison to advertisement production to talent sourcing and more.

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