Blockpass Announces Investment in Key Partner Fully-Verified, Broadens Product Scope to Include Video Verification
 
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Sep 21, 2018
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HONG KONG - (ACN Newswire) - Digital identity verification provider, Blockpass, confirmed today that they have signed a deal to invest in and partner with video verification solutions provider Fully-Verified. The move underlines Blockpass' commitment to becoming the premier Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) verification solutions provider. The deal also allows Blockpass exclusive access to the solutions provided by Fully-Verified.

Blockpass offers shared regulatory compliance services for humans, companies, objects and devices. As an identity system that supports verification of humans (KYC), objects (KYO) and connected devices (KYD), Blockpass will enable the development of new applications that rely on a trusted connection between multiple entities.

Fully-Verified provides banking-grade identity verifications on live video, backed by human verification specialists, automated document scanning, and face recognition. The company was created as answer to its founders collectively losing over $150,000 to various types of fraud in their eCommerce businesses.

"Integrating the Fully-Verified video verification solution into the Blockpass application means that as a business, we are taking the quality of our product offering to the next level. Video verification is the future of digital identity creation, and it is with great pride we bring the Fully-Verified team and product into our ecosystem," said Adam Vaziri, CEO of Blockpass.

"We are extremely happy to be part of the Blockpass ecosystem. Connecting our identity verifications with a blockchain based solution for storing identity details, allows for an extra level of comfort and security for the end users," said Lucas Kwiatkowski, CEO of Fully-Verified.

About Blockpass IDN
The goal of Blockpass IDN is global realization of identity for the Internet of Everything. Through the use of blockchain technology and smart contracts, Blockpass is a production ready Regtech platform offering shared regulatory and compliance services for humans, businesses, objects and devices. As this identity system supports verification of humans (KYC), objects (KYO) and connected devices (KYD), it will enable the development of new applications that rely on a trusted connection between human, corporate, and device identities. Registered in Hong Kong, Blockpass IDN is a joint venture of Infinity Blockchain Labs and Chain of Things. Blockpass IDN licenses its technology from the non-profit Blockpass Foundation, registered in the Isle of Man.

Media contact: Caitlin Betts, +852 9733 4935, press@blockpass.org.

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With 1061 events and record attendance of 8 million HKCEC pledges to Breakthrough‧Advance Together
 
Sep 12, 2018
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(Hong Kong, 12 September 2018) --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) continues to be the preferred venue for international organisers staging world-class exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong. During the fiscal year 2017-2018 (July 2017 to June 2018), a total of 1,061 events were held at the HKCEC, including 118 exhibitions and 166 international and local conferences, along with hundreds of corporate meetings, banquets and entertainment events. During the year, the HKCEC welcomed an attendance of over 8.2 million*, including exhibitors, trade buyers, conference and meeting delegates, event visitors, banquet guests and restaurant customers.

The 118 exhibitions and 166 international and local conferences cover diverse topics such as start-up, franchising, diving and resorts, technology for the elderly, finance, medical science, cloud technology, amusement and theme park, etc.

Seven new exhibitions and 69 new conferences were successfully held at the HKCEC, including Gourmet Asia 2018, and China Guardian (HK) 2017 Autumn Auctions, The 33rd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Annual Conference 2018.

The outstanding business performance is complemented by 23 awards and certificates, in recognition of service quality, community service, and environmental protection. These recognitions include Champion in the “Outstanding Venue Award” at the 2017 AFECA Asian Awards, organised by Asian Federation of Exhibitions and Convention Associations; “Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia-Pacific” in the 2018 CEI Readers’ Choice Award conducted by CEI Asia magazine; 15 Years Plus Caring Company logo by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service in 2018.

Ms Monica Lee-Müller, Managing Director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”), the professional and private management company of the HKCEC, commented, “We are proud of the results, but we would not rest on our laurels. We continue to look for opportunities to improve and share our success with our business partners, staff members and community at large. The commitment is reflected in the 30th anniversary slogan: Breakthrough‧Advance Together. A series of infrastructure and technological upgrade are already in progress.”

During FY2017-18 the HKCEC welcomed an attendance of over 8.2 million* and a total of 1,061 events, which included:
o 118 exhibitions:
 47 trade exhibitions, 25 trade and public exhibitions, 46 public exhibitions
 110 recurrent exhibitions, 7 new exhibitions, 1 returning exhibition
o 166 conferences or conventions:
 39 international conferences, 13 new to the HKCEC
 127 local conferences, 56 new to the HKCEC
o 51 entertainment and special events
 22 concerts, 4 film shows
o 355 banquets
o 371 other events, including corporate events, media conferences, seminars, and corporate meetings.

From its opening in 1988 through to 30 June 2018, the HKCEC has hosted 47,521 events and welcomed an accumulated attendance of over 112 million.

For further information, please contact:
Miss Gloria Fong
Senior Manager – Corporate & Marketing Communications
Tel:+852 2582 7918
E-mail: gloriafong@hkcec.com

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Seafood Expo Asia’s Three-Day Event Starts Today
 
Sep 04, 2018
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HONG KONG, 4 September, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Seafood Expo Asia opens its 9th edition today to welcome thousands of international seafood professionals. The three-day expo is the region’s leading showcase of the world’s latest and best live, fresh, frozen and value-added seafood products, satisfying buyers’ sourcing and purchasing needs. As an ideal business-matching platform, visitors have the opportunity to network with worldwide suppliers and learn about the latest seafood trends, join a series of interactive culinary demonstrations and watch the exciting annual Young Chef Challenge . Organized by Diversified Communications, Seafood Expo Asia takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this week from 4-6 September, 2018.

This year’s exposition features 224 exhibiting companies from 34 countries, including new participating countries Bulgaria, Fiji, Greece, Kiribati, Monaco, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Romania, Solomon Islands and Tonga. Twenty-one country and regional pavilions are represented this year, with new pavilions from China, Ireland, Korea, Japan and Solomon Islands, each showcasing their own unique, local premium products to the seafood community.

“Seafood Expo Asia attracts industry buyers from restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, catering services, importers and distributors looking to source new products and discover the latest market trends and demands,” says Event Director, Ms. Iris Kwan. “According to the 2017 visitor survey results, 84% of the respondents indicated that they would attend again in 2018. Buyers from over 65 countries in Asia, Oceania, North America, and Europe attend Seafood Expo Asia every year, which is a testament to the exposition’s prominence in the seafood industry.”

One of the ‘must attend’ areas on the exhibition floor is the Tasty Kitchen, a new event featured in the Product Showcase. The open and engaging market-style setting Product Showcase provides a one-stop sourcing platform with all kinds of new products and best sellers brought by international suppliers. Visitors have the opportunity to taste a variety of unique seafood products from Canada, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania and Thailand.

Among the products presented throughout the exposition, buyers can discover some of the latest and finest products highlighted in the Product Showcase and Tasty Kitchen.For the full Product Showcase and exhibitor listing, please visit www.seafoodexpo.com/asia/.

About Seafood Expo Asia
Seafood Expo Asia is a trade event where buyers and suppliers of seafood from around the world come together to network and conduct business in the lucrative Hong Kong and Asia Pacific markets. The event’s ninth edition takes place from the 4-6 September 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong. SeafoodSource.com is the exposition’s official media covering industry news year-round. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications and is co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong.http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia.

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. The company's global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit:http://www.divcom.com

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CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change Organises 'Beyond 60°S' Exhibition
 
Sep 02, 2018
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Jointly organised by the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (the Museum) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), local non-governmental organization ProjecTerrae, science communicator Dr Stephen Ng, and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, an exhibition entitled ‘Beyond 60°S’ was launched on 30 August. Officiating at the opening ceremony were Prof. Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK, Ms Vivian Lee, Senior Charities Manager of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Dr Stephen Ng, science communicator and Ms Louise Li, Senior Fisheries Officer (Fisheries Management) of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

As part of the ‘JC–CUHK Climate Action’ programme, the exhibition presents the importance of the Antarctic Treaty System and the Environmental Protocol, and highlights the rich biodiversity and natural resources of the Antarctic through art installations, graphics and photos. The exhibition is intended to raise Hong Kong people’s awareness of the importance of conserving the natural resources in the Antarctic by explaining how the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources is implemented by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department in Hong Kong.

In his welcome address, Prof. Fok Tai-fai said, ‘Since the launch of the Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Hong Kong) earlier this year, CUHK and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust) have been working actively to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Three of the 17 SDGs are directly related to the conservation of natural resources.’ Prof. Fok said he believed the exhibition would give visitors a better understanding of the potential threats to Antarctic resources, and of the pressing need to conserve natural resources in the Antarctic and beyond. He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Trust and other supporting organisations for their contribution to the exhibition.

JC–CUHK Climate Action – ‘Beyond 60°S’ Exhibition

Exhibition period:

30 August – 30 November 2018
 (closed on Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays)

Opening hours:

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Venue:

Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change,
Yasumoto International Academic Park 8/F, CUHK
(Near Exit D, MTR University Station)

Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change

The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust), was established in December 2013 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). It is the first museum of its kind in the world, offering an interactive, multimedia exhibition that showcases valuable collections and information about climate change. It is the ideal venue for the public, especially students and teachers, to champion the cause of environmental stewardship and keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in environmental conservation and sustainability. The Museum has attracted over 320,000 visitors since its inception.

In 2017, the Trust pledged its support for a three-year initiative of the Museum: ‘JC–CUHK Climate Action’. During the next three years, the Museum will run a variety of environmental education activities to help the people of Hong Kong better understand the potentially devastating effects of climate change, suggest innovative solutions and engage in climate action.

More details about the Museum can be found at http://www.mocc.cuhk.edu.hk/.

 
 
Watch & Clock Design Competition Winners Announced
 
Aug 30, 2018
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30 August 2018 – The 35th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition results were announced on 29 Aug at the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair press conference. The winning entries showcase Hong Kong designers’ creativity and artistic talent. They also reveal new talents for the industry and pioneer fresh watch and clock trends. The winning and final entries will be exhibited at the 37th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair to demonstrate local designers’ capabilities to international buyers.

The annual competition was hosted by The HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2018 Organising Committee, co-organised by the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd, with an aim to enhance the design quality of Hong Kong watches and clocks, and to promote the development of the watch industry in Hong Kong.

The competition was divided into the Open Group and Student Group, with the theme of “Innovative Craftsman” and “Colourful World” respectively, encouraging local designers to bring their limitless imagination into play to create unique watch designs. About 100 entries were received. A panel of nine judges from various sectors selected winning entries after multiple discussions.

Open Group: Time and Space Breakthrough

Three awards were presented in the Open Group. The design by Lee Sheung-wah, entitled “Time Capturer”, was named champion. His piece was modelled on the look of a classic camera with both the shutter and lens incorporated to pay tribute to the art of traditional photography. The design concept highlights the preciousness of time and reminds people to seize the day and cherish every moment.

First runner-up went to the “SAGRADA” design by Wong Ting-bong. This piece was inspired by the colourful stained glass of La Sagrada Familia, a great feat of architecture in Barcelona listed as a World Heritage Site. The design combines ingenious glass craftsmanship and watch movement mechanism creation, successfully blending traditional watchmaking techniques with art.

“Space” by designer Lee Cheuk-chung was named second runner-up. The designer skillfully applied hemisphere glass to greatly increase the design capacity of the dial. The dial

is made with 3D metal printing. The unique case design moulds the watch into a UFO shape, matching the design theme “Space”.

Student Group: Unique World of Colour

To cultivate new talents in watch and clock design, the competition’s Student Group welcomes students from Hong Kong institutions. Lam Yuet-wan, from the School of Higher and Professional Education, was the group’s champion this year. Her piece “Aurora” displays a unique mix of colour with the use of four coloured pyroxene crystals and bridges, which represent the different colours that appear when the height of the Sun and magnetic field lines of the sky alter. The hemispherical glass creates the feel of overlooking the earth from midair and displays a colorful world on the user’s wrist.

The first runner-up went to Szeto Yuk-yu from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong. Her design “Axis” expresses the interface of day and night with layers, the golden design on the dial shines like stars in the night sky. The semi-circle symbolizes the sun and when there is light, it reflects different colors.

Hattie Chan, also from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, was named second runner-up. Her entry, “Merge”, was inspired by the three primary colours, representing different races and ideologies. As time goes by, the hands overlap and form different shapes and colours. This acts as a reminder to embrace and accept the cultures and voices of different people around us and that this unity creates unexpected results.

Local Creative Forces in Full Bloom

The three winners of the Open Group will attend a five-day study course in Japan, sponsored by the Hong Kong Japan Business Co-operation Committee. All winning and final entries will also be exhibited next week at the 37th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair in Hall 1B concourse to showcase these local designs to industry players.

Organised by the HKTDC, the 37th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the sixth Salon de TE will be held from 4-8 Sept at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), gathering 830 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions.

Description of winning entries: https://bit.ly/2BYa88T

Websites

HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair
Salon de TE: www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair/te

Media Enquiries

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

Sunny Ng Tel: (852) 2584 4357 Email: sunny.sl.ng@hktdc.org
Joshua Cheng Tel: (852) 2584 4395 Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org

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ISH Shanghai & CIHE kicks off next week mapping the latest home comfort trends in East and Central China
 
Aug 29, 2018
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HONG KONG --( ASIA TODAY )-- As one of the most important HVAC and home comfort exhibitions in East and Central China, ISH Shanghai & CIHE is set to open its doors from 3 – 5 September 2018 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The fair will embrace a new theme: Green and comfortable – Customised solutions for modern living.

Severe winter weather in East and Central China in recent years has led to growing demand for diverse heating solutions in the region. As such, a full-spectrum of exhibits will be on display at ISH Shanghai & CIHE, including floor cooling and heating systems, surface heating systems, electric heating products, wall-hung boilers and heat pumps. In addition, the fair features everything related to home comfort systems, ranging from systems for fresh air, water purification and dehumidification to intelligent controls.

The 7th edition of ISH Shanghai and CIHE will be held concurrently with Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology, Shanghai Smart Home Technology, Shanghai International Lighting Fair and Parking China. Together, these five shows will occupy 46,000 sqm of exhibition space, and feature over 650 exhibitors.

As a well-trusted trade platform for industry peers, ISH Shanghai & CIHE connects decision-makers and offers them an exceptional opportunity to capitalise on the lucrative Chinese market. Some of the confirmed exhibitors at this year’s fair include 2dcarbon, Afriso, Aishangdi, Bampi, COSMO, Cosyhome, Dephina, Dunan, Dunyun, Elival, Futai, GOMON, Gude, Inovisen, JITON, Longyue, Meijie, Nuanji, Nuociss, Puruilinsi, Radius, Suban, Tanyuan, Tian Mai Yuan Hong, Toray Bach, Unbeatable, Warmfeet, Wealtech, WKL, Wotech and YORK.

Pavilions and product zones displaying a wide range of top-notch technologies To meet the needs of as much of the industry as possible, various pavilions and product zones have been set up to enrich fairgoers’ experiences. The idea of heating technologies is still relatively new to end-users in East and Central China. In light of this, a Premium Area will make its debut appearance this year to educate the market with new concepts, and will focus on four themes, namely Technology, Quality, Design and Technical Skills.

In particular, floor cooling and heating technologies are gaining more attention in the domestic industry. ISH Shanghai & CIHE will cooperate with HVAC8 to create a Floor Cooling and Heating Systems Experience Zone to present an unrivalled opportunity for visitors to experience the latest floor cooling and heating advancements.

The European Pavilion will return to the 2018 edition in a greater size, with the exhibition space expanding by 88%. Notable HVAC brands from Germany, Italy and the UK including AeroFlow, Afriso, Bampi, Brigon, Dephina, Detal-Met, HOFFER, KANE, Radius, Sanica and WKL will showcase their heating and home comfort technologies.

Leading HVAC companies from Diankou, Zhejiang Province, will once again be featured in the Diankou Zone this year. With the theme of New Diankou, New Water Heating, the zone will utilise over 1,200 sqm of exhibition space. Impressive heating solutions developed in Diankou such as boilers and accessories, pipes and fittings as well as valves will be featured. Visitors will also be able to explore advanced solutions in the Diankou Water Heating Products Area.

The market in East and Central China places increasing emphasis on expertise in both standardised and customised installation of home comfort systems. A display area will be dedicated to the award winners of the China Home Comfort System Design and Installation Competition in order to provide fresh inspiration for industry players and enhance an exchange of skills.

Explore the latest market trends and technological developments in East and Central China in the Shanghai International HVAC Forum A strong line-up of concurrent events again makes ISH Shanghai & CIHE an indispensable avenue for knowledge exchange. The Chinese government has been vigorously promoting energy conservation and emission reductions, hence the Shanghai International HVAC Forum will invite industry elites to share their vision for the future of the HVAC and home comfort markets in East and Central China. Some of the key presentation topics include:

• Home Comfort System Industry Development Forum
Organiser: China Construction Metal Structure Association Indoor Climate Association

• Floor Cooling and Heating System Technology Forum
Organiser: HVAC8 Multi-enterprises Training Center

• Household Radiant Air-conditioning Technologies Forum
Organiser: Radiant Architecture Professional Alliance

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Sheva Ng
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd
Tel: +852 2230 9280
sheva.ng@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com

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Seafood Expo Asia to highlight market trends of APAC seafood market and showcase seafood from across the world
 
Aug 29, 2018
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HONG KONG, 24 August 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 9th edition of Seafood Expo Asia organized by Diversified Communications will open its doors in less than two weeks with an exciting line up of expert speakers and exhibitors from around the world including Bulgaria, France, Korea, Spain, Thailand and the USA. Visitors will discover the latest trends, source all types of seafood products and do business with the global seafood community through the many networking opportunities at the expo— taking place 4-6 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Seafood Expo Asia offers a wide range of activities alongside the trade exhibition to further enhanced participants’ experience with their sourcing and purchasing needs for fresh, frozen and processed seafood. This year’s event will feature an inspiring open market-concept Product Showcase, which will highlight a new “Tasty Kitchen” where buyers will be able to taste seafood products from around the world by sampling some of the exhibiting products.

The Demonstration Theatre will host a series of culinary demonstrations by professional chefs who will explain how to prepare special seafood species and the best way to consume them. The 2018 Young Chef Challenge, scheduled every day during the exposition, will spotlight eight young chefs eager to show off their culinary talents by using sustainable seafood species to create their dishes. The judging panel, consisting of Mr. Gerhard Passrugger, Executive Chef from Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Mr. Pedro Samper, Executive Chef from The Langham Hong Kong, Miss Vicky Lau, Chef and Owner of Tate Dining Room & Bar, and the event ambassador Gabriel Choy, will deliberate on the winning contestant, which will be announced on the last day of the event (6 September 2018). Celebrity chef, Christian Yang, will also be joining the Young Chef Challenge as guest judge and host a master class on 4 September to demonstrate one of his creative seafood dishes.

The latest industry insights will be revealed by global industry players and professionals during the two-day conference program, which will be presented in the Conference Area. Euromonitor International, one of the world’s leading providers for global business intelligence and strategic market analysis will uncover the untapped business potential of processed seafood in Asia Pacific, while IGD (The Institute of Grocery Distribution) will present the changing face of retail in Asia, covering Asia’s grocery market development, trends, new retail innovation and best practice on fresh seafood in-store. Guangdong Evergreen Group will highlight how technology in aquaculture will ensure production of quality and safer seafood, Eachmile Technologies Pte, Ltd will examine blockchain application for data ecosystem for the global seafood industry. A panel discussion, led by SeafoodSource’s editor, Chris Chase, and fellow panelists from Grand Hyatt, KLG Fine Food, ADMCF and Dah Chong Hong will explore the business opportunities and consumer trends in Asia within the realm of sustainable seafood.

With over 200 exhibiting companies from more than 30 countries, this year’s Seafood Expo Asia will offer attendees opportunity to access authentic up-to-date business information and view and taste seafood products from around the world. Newly exhibiting countries in 2018 include: Bulgaria, Fiji, Greece, Kiribati, Monaco, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Romania, Solomon Islands and Tonga. They will be joining Thailand, Korea, USA, Spain, France and Taiwan that are among the 21 returning country pavilions. Trade visitors will also be able to explore seafood from the newly added pavilions from Ireland, China, Japan and Solomon Islands. For more information or to register a free trade pass, please visit http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia.

-Ends

About Seafood Expo Asia
Seafood Expo Asia is a trade event where buyers and suppliers of seafood from around the world come together to network and conduct business in the lucrative Hong Kong and Asia Pacific markets. The event’s ninth edition takes place from the 4-6 September 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong. SeafoodSource.com is the exposition’s official media covering industry news year-round. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications and is co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong.

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. The company's global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business.

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USA
Christine Pedersen, Marketing Director
Diversified Communications
Phone: +1 207-842-5488
Email: cpedersen@divcom.com

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HKTDC “In Style • Hong Kong” Going to Ho Chi Minh City
 
Aug 24, 2018
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23 August 2018 - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the mega promotion “In Style • Hong Kong” is making its debut in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in September. Following its previous successful editions in Jakarta, Bangkok and Malaysia, this year’s campaign aims to highlight Hong Kong’s vibrant lifestyle and unique creativity, and showcase the city’s branded, design-led products and world-class professional services, and how Vietnamese companies could leverage on Hong Kong’s advantages to expand business globally.

Vietnam is Hong Kong’s largest export market among ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and sixth largest export market globally, with the city’s exports to the country amounting to US$10.2 billion in 2017. Vietnam is Hong Kong’s tenth largest trading partner.

“The connection between Hong Kong and Vietnam has always been strong. The newly signed Hong Kong-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement has further boosted the momentum for bilateral collaboration and connectivity,” Peter Wong, HKTDC Regional Director of Southeast Asia and South Asia, said at today’s press conference. “Despite the uncertainties in the global environment, Vietnam’s economy remains resilient. ‘In Style • Hong Kong’ aims to leverage the momentum and the various growth opportunities to strengthen the economic and trade ties between Hong Kong and Vietnam. We look forward to bringing the best of Hong Kong’s services and products to Vietnam in September.”

“In Style • Hong Kong” in Ho Chi Minh City will include a full-day symposium on business services, a two-day trade expo and a high-level gala dinner, as well as a wide array of shopping and dining promotions in the city.

Symposium on Hong Kong’s World-class Professional Services

The main symposium will be held on 20 September at GEM Center, highlighting Hong Kong’s advantages in various services sectors, particularly cross-border logistics and creative branding and design.

Vincent HS Lo, Chairman of HKTDC; Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR); and a high-level local official will officiate at the opening ceremony.

The main symposium themed “Hong Kong- Vietnam: Partnering for Prosperity”, will be chaired by HKTDC Director of Research Nicholas Kwan, who will be joined by other business leaders from Hong Kong, including Jonathan Choi, Chairman of Sunwah Group; John Cheh, Vice Chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, as well as Wallace Lam, Managing Director, Co-head of Global Banking, HSBC Hong Kong. The speakers will share practical insights on the opportunities brought by the Hong Kong-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and discuss how both countries could collaborate to stay competitive and expand their global businesses together.

Navigating the Future of Retail

As e-commerce in Asia has experienced explosive growth over the years, the retail industry is facing vast opportunities and challenges at the same time, notably in delivery channels and cashless trading. A thematic session on “Navigating the Future of Retail” will highlight the growing trend of e-tailing, cross-border transactions, online payments, as well as their impacts on the supply-chain management and logistics.

Anthony Lau, Chairman of Pacific Air (Hong Kong) Limited; Craig Price, Senior Vice President, International Projects – HKT Global Development Services, PCCW Global Limited, as well as the moderator Cris D. Tran, Director, QRC Hub will share their experience and insights on how Vietnamese e-tailers can leverage Hong Kong’s edge in logistics services to expand their online businesses in other markets.

From Ideas to Business

The steady growth of Asian economies offers Vietnamese companies new business opportunities. A session entitled “From Ideas to Business” will explore the latest trends in creative and innovative branding, interior design and licensing solutions. Distinguished speakers will share their experience on how various solutions helped upgrade their businesses in Asia. They include March Richardson, Group Director of Sedgwick Richardson (Hong Kong) Limited; David Lo, Creative Director of LOMATTERS Creative Studio; Steve Leung, Founder of Steve Leung Design Group Limited and Eddie Hui, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Semk Products Limited, who will share their insights in terms of branding and design, product packaging, interior design and licensing.

In addition, the symposium will feature a Business Support Zone with 11 Hong Kong services providers from various fields, including design and branding, accounting, logistics, information technology, architecture and management consultancy. These services providers will deliver free on-site business consultation services to participants from Vietnam and other ASEAN countries.

Gala Dinner to Foster Closer Ties between Hong Kong and Vietnam

An exclusive high-level gala dinner will be held at the InterContinental Hotel Saigon on 20 September 2018 to welcome prominent officials and influential business leaders from Vietnam and Hong Kong. The special occasion provides an effective platform for businesspeople to network and appreciate the dynamic cultures of both sides.

The HKTDC has invited Hong Kong star chefs KK Chan and Vicky Lau to create a special menu for the evening. The cocktail reception will present a Hong Kong Pub feature to showcase award-winning Hong Kong craft beers. There will be a Sand Art x Cheongsam Crossover Áo dài Fashion Presentation at the dinner which features sand-painting artist Hoi Chiu, as well as Hong Kong fashion designers Grace Choi, Polly Ho and Janko Lam. In addition, a photo display presented by the Hong Kong Tourism Board featuring “Old Town Central” of Hong Kong will be on show.

Trade Expo to Present Lifestyle Brands

The “In Style • Hong Kong” Expo, a trade exhibition showcasing over 130 of Hong Kong’s leading branded and designer-led lifestyle products, will be held at GEM Center from 20-21 September 2018. A series of business matching activities and fringe events will take place during the two-day expo, which is expected to connect Hong Kong companies with importers, distributors, retailers, e-tailers, mail-order houses, department stores and specialised stores in Vietnam and neighbouring ASEAN countries with Hong Kong companies.

Product zones include:

Activewear and Fashion
Fashion Accessories
Fine Jewellery
Watch and Clocks
Gourmet and Delicacies
Premium Houseware, Gifts and Toys
Electronics

Highlighted exhibitors include renowned jewellery brand Chow Tai Fook, prominent food and beverage brand Kampery and Hong Kong start-up focusing on Italian marble watches Concentri.

A Taste of Hong Kong for Vietnamese Consumers

A Citywide Promotion comprising a variety of activities will be launched across Vietnam to highlight Hong Kong’s dynamic lifestyle via design-led and creative products, trendy fashion and unique culinary experience. Local merchants and restaurants around the city, including well-known brands G2000, Starbucks and Royaltea, will give promotional offers to Vietnamese consumers. In collaboration with Foody.VN, the citywide promotion will feature more than 10 Hong Kong-style restaurants.

To enjoy these offers, consumers can simply pick up a Citywide Promotion coupon booklet at one of the participating outlets. E-coupons are also available at citywide.instyle-hk.com.

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4 HKTDC August Fairs, Chinese Medicine Conference Conclude
 
Aug 20, 2018
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20 August 2018 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 29th Food Expo, the 10th Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the third Beauty & Wellness Expo and the fifth Home Delights Expo, as well as the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products which is jointly organised with the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd, concluded successfully today. The four HKTDC fairs attracted a record number of nearly 2,100 exhibitors and drew 510,000 visitors.

Targeting trade buyers, the Food Expo’s Trade Hall and the Hong Kong International Tea Fair opened from 16-18 August. “The HKTDC organised over 100 buying missions from 27 countries and regions to visit the exhibitions and source products. The atmosphere at the events was great, and a large number of trade buyers reported satisfactory results. The Food Expo’s Trade Hall attracted more than 21,000 trade buyers, an increase of 3.5% compared with last year,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau.

Ideal Business-matching Platform Creating Trade Opportunities

The Food Expo’s Trade Hall gave international buyers a one-stop sourcing platform. Sheik Rajena, the Regional Director of Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin Co. Pte Ltd from Singapore, said they had already placed an order with a Chinese mainland supplier for a shipping container of confectionery worth in excess of US$100,000. “Negotiation is underway with an Iranian exhibitor for a container of dried figs worth about US$120,000, and with a Hong Kong exhibitor for a variety of chocolates with an estimated value of US$150,000.”

This year, Thailand’s Department of Industrial Promotion organised a Thailand pavilion at the HKTDC Food Expo for the first time, bringing in 16 food producers. One exhibitor has received an order from a Singaporean buyer for a container of crispy chicken sticks. Another company secured orders for three containers of food from Japanese and Korean buyers. The responses were very encouraging.

Jerzy Szostek, a buyer from Poland, visited the Tea Fair and talked to more than 30 Chinese mainland tea suppliers at the fair. He planned to buy five to 10 containers of green tea and black tea a year from his favoured suppliers.

Beauty & Wellness Expo: Korean Products Sold out at “K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong” Pavilion

The third Beauty & Wellness Expo ran from 16-20 August. This year, the HKTDC teamed up with the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) for the first time to launch a “K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong” pavilion under the theme of “Stylish K-Beauty”. The pavilion featured a wide variety of products from 45 Korean brands, which were greatly welcomed by consumers.

Timothy Park, Overseas Business Manager of Manseok Tech Co. Ltd from Korea, said: “Since Hong Kong is a good market for Korean skincare products, we are participating at the Beauty & Wellness Expo for the first time. We hope to expand into the Asian market through the expo, to collect valuable customer feedback about our products and to look for distributors. Through the HKTDC’s business matching service, we have met with a few distributors from Hong Kong who are very interested in our products. Consumers also like our products; the oxygen moisturising cream and eyelash curlers were sold out at the expo. We estimate our sales at the five-day expo would reach HK$100,000.”

The concurrent Home Delights Expo was also welcomed by the public. ITSU World (HK) Limited participated as a first-time exhibitor this year, and its Operations Director Hei Ho noted: “We already sold more than HK$150,000 worth of massage chairs on the first day of the expo and we expect our sales turnover to hit HK$1.2 million by the end of the expo. The expo is a good place to promote our brand and do business.”

Pilot Food Container Lending Service and Cooperation with Charities in Food Waste Collection

To promote “plastic-free” living, an on-site food container lending service was pilot-run at the Food Expo this year. Visitors could borrow a reusable food container with wooden utensils at a cash deposit of HK$20, and reclaim the deposit by returning the used food container when leaving the fairground. The service was run jointly by the HKTDC, NWS Holdings Limited and social enterprise BottLess, with the wooden utensils sponsored by Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited.

“We are pleased to see positive responses from visitors to the food container lending service. Despite being a trial run this year, it has effectively raised environmental awareness among the public. Some visitors even brought their own utensils and food containers in support of the cause,” said Mr Chau. “We will learn from this year’s experience and will hopefully expand the scale of the lending service with enhanced promotion next year, bringing across the message of ‘waste reduction at source’.”

The HKTDC continued to cooperate with “food rescue” charities, Food For Good and Food Angel, to collect and recycle packaged edible food and food waste at the fairground, and to invite exhibitors to donate food to needy communities after the fair.

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Tontine Wines Won the Top Award at the 9th International PAR Organic Wine Award (2018)
 
Aug 08, 2018
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"2012 - Honor Late Harvest Shuang Hong (Vitis amurensis)" produced by Tonghua Tongtian Winery

Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Tontine Wines Group Limited ("Tontine Wines" or "the Group", stock code: 0389), won the top gold award at the 9th International PAR Organic Wine Award in early July 2018. This is the only top gold award won by Chinese companies participating in this competition.

Tontine Wines' "2013 - Tontine Xuanniya Icewine Red" also won a gold award, with the highest score, at the 8th International PAR Organic Wine Award in July 2017. This year, Tontine Wines' "2012 - Honor Late Harvest Shuang Hong (Vitis amurensis)" received the top gold award, the highest level of international recognition, for organic wine.

"Organic wine has been gaining attention and popularity in the international market. Tontine Wines is one of the earliest large-scale wine companies in China that engaged in the production of organic wines. The organic cultivation base of the grapes used in the Group's wine production is situated in the same latitude and similar conditions as the Rhone Valley in France and Napa Valley in the United States (both are world-renowned premium grape growing and grape wine production regions). From grape picking to natural wine making; from wine bottling to warehousing and transportation, Tontine Wines has strict supervision procedures and quality control. The Group is committed to developing world-class, high-quality organic wine products using the unique mountain grapes in China," said Mr Wang Guangyuan, the chairman of Tontine Wines.

About China Tontine Wines Group Limited

China Tontine Wines Group Limited is one of the leading sweet wine producers in China. Unique taste, premium quality and top-notch operation earn the Group numerous awards. For instance, the

Group's "Tontine Xuanniya Ice Red Grape Wine" won a gold award in "the 8th Asian Wine Competition (2017)", while "Tontine Xuanniya Ice White Grape Wine" won the silver award. "2013 - Tontine Xuanniya Icewine Red" won the gold award in the International PAR Organic Wine Award with the highest score and "Tontine White Ice Wine" won the silver award in the First China Tonghua Cup * International Sweet Wine Competition.

The exceptional quality of Tontine Wines' products is much attributable to the Group's commitment to quality assurance and its grape supply from Ji'an city in Jilin Province, one of the few regions in the world that can cultivate the unique mountain grapes. In recent years, the Group has been dedicated to diversify its product portfolio to include low to mid-end wines to tap the mass market. The Group currently offers 133 types of wine products sold through 113 distributors in 20 provinces, 3 autonomous regions and 4 direct-controlled municipal cities in China. The Company's shares were listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since November 2009.

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