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BDMS sets up Alarm Center to provide 24/7 medical emergency assistance for foreign visitors in Thailand and its neighboring countries



Bangkok, Thailand, July 12, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Thailand's first full-scale emergency center operated by a group of private hospitals, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Public Co. Ltd. (BDMS), provides 360-degree of international standard healthcare services, which include medical evacuations; conditions assessment and treatment plan; hospitalization and treatment; coordination with assistance and international insurance providers; and worldwide repatriation.

Foreign visitors in Thailand can simply dial 1724 for Thailand domestic calls and no. +66-2-226-4565 or +662 BANGKOK for international calls from neighboring countries, to access BDMS' emergency medical assistance. The one-stop service center provides 24-hour English-speaking staff and on-call interpreters. With the network of 45 hospitals, of which BDMS Trauma Care Center at nine major hospitals carry Center of Excellence status, the network covers every corner of Thailand – including popular tourist destinations Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket and Samui – and in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and China.

The center offers 65 board-certified medical specialties for emergency situations, available for consultation 24/7, include Trauma surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic surgery, Cardiothoracic surgery, Pediatric surgery, Travel medicine, Aviation medicine, Stroke, and many more.

The ethics-driven medical expertise and highly experienced Emergency/CCU teams are able to cope with complex disaster management on a mass scale, as well as timely and personalized response. Medical protocols include patient assessment, preparation, transportation, and treatment, are aided by close-at-hand communication channels on the ground in the provinces. Emergency evacuation will be dispatched as appropriate using BDMS' dedicated CAMTS*accredited ambulance fleet consisting of air, land or sea medical ambulances. Timely and effective patient case management is ensured via integrated digital and GPS network.

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Note to editor:
*CAMTS: Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems

About BDMS:
BANGKOK DUSIT MEDICAL SERVICES Public Co., Ltd. (BDMS) is one of the most comprehensive hospital networks in Asia-Pacific. Boasting 14 JCI and 11 CCPC accreditations, BDMS delivers world-class care to an international clientele, providing top-tier services and facilities and skilled specialists in various fields. The unique BDMS network of 45 hospitals stretches across all of Thailand’s regions. The group currently owns and manages six major hospital brands: Bangkok Hospital, Samitivej Hospital, BNH Hospital, Phyathai Hospital, Paolo Hospital and the Royal Hospital. Our hospitals are located throughout Thailand, in all major cities, including Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Samui, as well as two hospitals in Cambodia.

Centers of Excellence:
In order to serve emergency patients across Thailand plus the neighboring countries better, BDMS upgraded nine hospitals into Centers of Excellence (CoE) focusing on 5 key clinical areas, Trauma, Orthopedics, Cancer, Cardiology, and Neurology. Altogether they offer 65 board-certified medical specialists who are available for emergency consultation 24/7. The CoE status exemplifies the highest standards of medical care not only based on their state-of-the-art facilities and scope of medical specialties, but also on their academic excellence covering clinical studies, training, innovation and international affiliations. BDMS’s nine CoE and their city location are: Bangkok Hospital, Bangkok; Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, Bangkok; Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, Bangkok; Phyathai 2 Hospital, Bangkok; Bangkok Hospital Phuket; Bangkok Hospital Pattaya; Bangkok Hospital Udon Thani; Bangkok Hospital Chiangmai; and Royal Phnom Penh Hospital, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Zubin Foundation Launches Diversity List & Community Connectors 2017



Hong Kong, SAR, April 5, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The Zubin Foundation today launched Diversity List & Community Connectors 2017. Building on the success of Diversity List 2016 (5 out of 16 candidates has been appointed to government advisory committees), Diversity List 2017 profiles 22 individuals across various professions who have been through a screening process with Spencer Stuart, a leading recruitment firm and partner on the project.

“Since 21 March 2016, 5 new appointments have been given to the 16 candidates. I applaud the HKSAR government – this is a tremendous milestone for ethnic minorities. The population of ethnic minorities is young in age and is an important talent pool at a time when Hong Kong has a rapidly ageing population. This population brings local knowledge, self-defines with a Hong Kong identity and is committed to staying in Hong Kong. This population should be included in advisory committees of our government – but also on NGO boards of those organisations that address ethnic minority issues.”, said Shalini Mahtani, Founder of The Zubin Foundation.

The 22 individuals named today as part of Diversity List 2017 and the 5 Community Connectors come from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds. Alice Au, Board Director of Spencer Stuart, partner on this project said, “Along with the base criteria we also evaluated the candidates based on attributes we use for board candidates. This is a group of hardworking, talented, dedicated and passionate people many of whom have endured adversity as minorities but persevered, who have gone on to make significant contributions to their professions and communities. This is a group of people who are role models, not only for ethnic minorities groups but also for the general population in Hong Kong.”

Mr. Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary of Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government was the official guest to commemorate the Launch of the Diversity List & Community Connectors 2017 and deliver the opening remarks. “Hong Kong is home to a diverse and multi-racial community with more than 200 000 ethnic minority people choosing to settle here. I truly appreciate that many ethnic minorities, having been here for generations, play important roles in shaping the city’s history. And many indeed contribute to making our home a better place to live in. We embrace the value of racial equality that makes us an inclusive and strong society. We appreciate the good work of think tanks like The Zubin Foundation, which have conducted numerous research studies on ethnic minorities in Hong Kong and put forward constructive recommendations for policy makers and private organisations alike. The Government will continue to develop Hong Kong into a socially inclusive society.” said Mr. Matthew Cheung.

The Zubin Foundation started the initiative in 2016 based on the finding of our research ‘The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong, 1997 to 2014’ authored by Puja Kapai at The University of Hong Kong Centre for Comparative and Public Law. The findings showed ethnic minorities suffering particularly in education and employment. “It got me to thinking, are ethnic minorities included in government decision making?” said Mahtani. The Zubin Foundation then conducted research to analyse the composition of HKSAR Government advisory bodies. They found that in 100 publically available advisory bodies, with 1,454 members, only 1.9% of advisory body positions were held by ethnic minorities and 79% of the ethnic minorities serving on Government advisory bodies were “White”. “Clearly there is work to be done,” adds Mahtani.

Diversity List & Community Connectors 2017 was launched on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with over 150 attendees from the Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Thai, Nepalese, Bangladeshi communities, etc.

NOTES TO EDITORS:
Link to Diversity List & Community Connectors 2017
http://bit.ly/PRDLCC2017

Definition
Diversity List Individuals who have the skills to sit on any board (government, NGO or corporate). They are seasoned leaders in their fields of work and would be an asset to any committee.

Community Connectors Individuals who have significant experience in directly working with ethnic minorities to address specific questions about employment, education, health, welfare and other issues. They would be an asset to NGOs or specific government committees that work directly with ethnic minority service users.

Link to the Race for Opportunity: Diversity List 2016: http://www.zubinfoundation.org/images/RfODL_final_small.pdf

MEDIA CONTACT: (Cantonese, Putonghua and English languages)
Sandy Chan
Programme Director, The Zubin Foundation
Tel: +858 6421 2677
[email protected]

The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong, 1997 to 2014
Summary Report: http://www.zubinfoundation.org/index.php/en/2013-12-27-07-21-21/2014-05-13-07-51-61
Video clip: https://youtu.be/YyIoCRjmsxA

About The Zubin Foundation
The Zubin Mahtani Gidumal Foundation (also known as The Zubin Foundation) is a registered charity committed to equality and the betterment of Hong Kong. We focus is on social issues in Hong Kong including racial inclusion, education of non-Chinese speaking children with special education needs (SEN). The Zubin Foundation was established by two Hong Kong individuals, Shalini Mahtani and Ravi Gidumal in memory of their son Zubin who died tragically in 2009.

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The 15th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum Project Announcement

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Hong Kong, February 7, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The 15th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) today unveiled its lineup of 25 outstanding film projects to be presented from 13 to 15 March 2017. The projects were selected out of over 350 submissions from 14 different countries and regions, including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.

This year's selections include projects by young directors developing their first feature films, with an unprecedented increase in the number of women filmmakers. Most of the films are family-driven projects that touch on contemporary social issues, while others explore topics such as non-traditional families, marriages in upheaval, and the complexities of parent-child relationships. Shortlisted projects this year also include two genres not usually seen at HAF: science fiction and gothic thriller.

As one of the most recognized film-financing platforms in Asia, HAF continues its role in connecting filmmakers and their upcoming film projects with internationally prominent film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors, buyers, and funders for potential co-production ventures.

Five Hong Kong Projects to Be Presented

This year, the shortlisted projects include five from Hong Kong: veteran filmmaker Derek CHIU Sung-kee's No.1 Chung Ying Street, a drama that examines the 1967 riots in Hong Kong; Sunny CHAN's Man on the Dragon, a comedy-drama about five middle-age men who compete in a dragon boat championship to regain the braveness and passion of lives; Impossible Split, from TOM Chung-sing, which tells the inspiring story of bowling athlete WU Siu-hong, who achieved world championship status despite being haunted by a fatal disease. The film is produced by award-winning director Adam WONG, whose films The Way We Dance and She Remembers, He Forgets both received critical acclaim, and whose project Trains in the Night was presented at last year's HAF.

The Goddess, from Sobel CHAN Ka-lok, pays homage to classic 1930s Chinese films and focuses on the issues of Hong Kong's public-education system, the lives of Mainland immigrants and conflicts between mother and daughter. CHAN's League of HK Movie Heroes was selected as one of the five finalists of the HAF/FOX Chinese Film Development Award at the 11th HAF in 2013. Completing the lineup of Hong Kong projects is Forget You, Still Love You?, about a couple whose troubled marriage finds focus again after a husband is diagnosed with a devastating illness, from co-directors Kenneth LAI Siu-Kwan and Paul SZE Pak-Lam, both of whom participated in last year's HAF with the thriller Hypnotize the Jury.

Speaking on behalf of HAF, Mr. Jacob WONG, Curator of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and Director of the HAF commented, "We are thrilled to receive HAF submissions worldwide with extremely high quality, offering distinct perspectives on a diversity of vibrant topics. The review process is, as expected, arduous yet exhilirating, and we are very proud of the dedication and persistence of our creative film talents."

Women Directors Shining at the 15th HAF

Nearly half of the 25 selections consist of projects from female directors, including Femme Fatale, a dark comedy about two women whose parallel lives touch and collide, the first feature from Japanese documentary filmmaker MIYAKE Kyoko; and Made in Bangladesh, the first-ever HAF project from Bangladesh, about garment workers' rights, from Rubaiyat HOSSAIN.

Other projects include Pawns With No Return, a touching story about fate bringing together an old man and a young boy, from CHEN Yi-Jung of Taiwan; I AM A BANANA!, an East-meets-West cross-cultural romantic comedy, from Honey B SINGH; and Rainbow Mountain, the second feature from Degena Yun of China, a drama about two Mongolian women from different generations whose lives cross paths throughout time and history. Degena's critically acclaimed first feature, A Simple Goodbye, was presented at the 13th HAF and awarded The Spirit of Asia Award in Tokyo International Film Festival 2015.

Two more documentaries from women directors include The Grassland of Narangerel, which examines environmental challenges in Inner Mongolia, from YING Weiwei of China; and the Israeli-German co-production Leftover Women, from co-directors Shosh SHLAM and Hilla MEDALIA.

Exploring Family Dynamics and Science Fiction Genres

Family dynamics come into focus for several projects this year, including Ten Thousand Happiness from Chinese director Johnny MA, in which the sudden divorce of grandfather from an elite family in China sets off a chain of reaction, forcing each member to evaluate their own relationships with love and happiness; Indian filmmaker Shashwati TALUKDAR's The New Wife, a Himalayan gothic thriller tale about a young bride's discovery of the secrets harboured by her respectable new family.

The Asadas, the third feature from NAKANO Ryota of Japan, a drama with humor based on an original story inspired by the photographer Masashi Asada; and Chantou, Australian director Grant SCICLUNA's gay-family drama about a couple who discover that their adopted Cambodian daughter is a victim of human trafficking.

Other projects include Restore Point from Robert HLOZ, a science-fiction murder mystery set in the future. It is the first sole Czech-Republic project feature to be presented at HAF. Also, an as-yet-untitled project commissioned by the Nara International Film Festival in Japan from director Ida PANAHANDEH and Japanese producer KAWASE Naomi, will be a free modern adaptation of a work by Shakespeare.

The HAF/FOX Project Award Presented to Drifting Lives

Sharing the same vision to encourage quality Chinese-language projects, HAF is pleased to continue its collaboration with FOX International Productions (FIP) and FOX Networks Group (FNG) Asia to present the “HAF/FOX Project Award” to suspense murder-mystery. Drifting Lives, from first-time director Danlly LI of China. The project will receive a cash award of US$10,000 (approx. HK$78,000) and a Development Contract with FOX. The award has established since 2012 to develop Chinese feature films with regional appeal, through providing support and nurture for promising scripts.

Ms. Cora YIM, SVP, Head of Chinese Entertainment and Territory Head of Hong Kong, FOX Networks Group Asia said, “With the support of HAF, we have the privilege to work with up-and-coming creative talent and being introduced to a new generation of emerging talent. We are absolutely thrilled to identify the potential cinematic storytellers who offer unique perspectives of Chinese-language cinema.” As one of the judges, Ms. Xian LI, Director of Production, Creative Development and Global Production of FOX International Productions also said that Asian cinema, especially Chinese-language cinema is one of the most significant markets for FOX. "We look forward to working with more talented filmmakers in this region to create exciting high-quality films."

Extending Awards and New Partnerships

The 15th HAF will present a total of ten awards, amounting to HK$1,372,000 (approx. US$176,700) in cash and value in-kind. HAF is also proud to announce our new sponsor, mm2 Asia Limited to present an award to encourage and support Chinese-language film projects with a cash prize of HK$100,000 (approx. US$12,900).

“mm2 excavates stories in various Chinese speaking territories, turns them into movies with both artistic and commercial sense,” Mr. Melvin ANG, Chairman of mm2 Asia Limited said. “Through collaborating with HAF, the leading film platform in Asia, we are able to meet and support new pioneers in the Asian film industry.”

HAF is also delighted to extend collaboration with iQIYI for the third year with an award to encourage and support young film talents from Chinese-speaking territories. One cash award of HK$100,000 (approx. US$12,900) will be presented to an outstanding Chinese-language feature film project with commercial qualities. Other award sponsors include Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, China Film Foundation — Wutianming Fund For Young Talents, G2D Co. Ltd., Paris Coproduction Village, White Light Studio and Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation.

Work in Progress Laboratory

In addition, HAF creates the “Work in Progress Laboratory” as a significant new initiative to help directors and producers securing post-production funds through meetings with distribution agents and film festival programmers. Representatives from shortlisted projects will be invited to present their work at HAF. The WIP Lab will assist interested industry professionals to set up individual meetings with them to obtain further collaboration details. The shortlisted projects will be announced later in February.

Media and Guest Accreditation for HAF

Journalists worldwide are cordially invited to join this premier film financing platform in Asia. Media accreditation will be opened for online application at http://society.hkiff.org.hk/en/press_accreditation_media.php from 23 January 2017 to 5 March 2017. Successful applicants will be given access to HAF, in addition to joining our official networking events, screenings, seminars or other special activities.

Film financiers, investors and participants can register and schedule appointments with filmmakers of the shortlisted projects at http://www.haf.org.hk/guest.php before 5 March 2017.

A complete list of the selected projects for the 15th HAF and HAF/FOX Project Award can be found in Appendix 1. For more information about HAF, please visit the official website at http://www.haf.org.hk/ and HAF Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hafhkiffs/.

 

About The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)

The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is widely recognized as an established film financing platform in Asia. The HAF brings Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong for co-production ventures with top film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. Attracting more than 1,000 filmmakers and financiers from at least 35 countries and regions, around 25 to 30 projects are selected annually to participate in the three-day event.

HAF has partnered with international organisations to provide a range of opportunities to participants. Previous partners include iQIYI (China), Fox International Productions (Greater China) (US), Cinemart (the Netherlands), Asian Project Market (South Korea), Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (Taiwan), New Cinema Network (Italy) and others. Cash and in-kind awards to the value of around US$150,000 are made with support from Create Hong Kong and Film Development Fund among others.

Past participants include China's JIA Jiangke, JIANG Wen, LU Chuan and NING Hao; Hong Kong's Peter CHAN, Stanley KWAN, Ann HUI, Fruit CHAN and PANG Ho-cheung; Taiwan's TSAI Ming-Liang, WEI Te-Sheng, CHUNG Mong-Hong and Leon DAI; Japan's KORE-EDA Hirokazu, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, KAWASE Naomi and IWAI Shunji; South Korea's PARK Chan-wook, KIM Jee-woon, BONG Joon-ho and IM Sang-soo; as well as Thailand's Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, Ekachai UEKRONGTHAM, Nonzee NIMIBUTR and Pen-ek RATANARUANG.

About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS)

Uniting the World through Film

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

Committed to the development of a vibrant film culture in Hong Kong and Asia, the Society organises two annual flagship events in March and April: “Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)” and “Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).”  “HKIFF Cine Fan”, a monthly screening programme features a variety of curated contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases was also launched in April 2013.

Through its year-round programmes, the mission of the Society is to strengthen global appreciation of Asian and Chinese film culture and to promote inspiring films from around the world, enriching the cultural life of Hong Kong. Passionately believing in the power of films to unite cultures and generations, the HKIFFS is devoted to giving thousands of film lovers around the region direct access to the world's most inspired films all year round.

About FOX International Productions

Fox International Productions (FIP) builds upon 20th Century Fox's industry-leading international motion picture activities and upon parent company 21st Century Fox's unparalleled global media reach by aligning all the company's international film productions under one banner. FIP also complements Fox's worldwide film releases with films sourced through partnerships with international producers, filmmakers, financiers, and strategic production & distribution agreements.

About FOX Networks Group

FOX Networks Group (FNG) is 21st Century FOX's international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FNG's core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic Channel. FNG's movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium and SCM (formerly Star Chinese Movies). Our non-linear brands include FOX Play, FOX Play+ and Nat Geo Play. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high- definition extensions, reach over 1.825 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FNG owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties.

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Koala Hill Providing Oxygen Enriched Australian Air To China

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Adelaide, Australia, January 11, 2017 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - Since launching its online store a week ago, Koala Hill has been working overtime to fulfill orders from China for its bottled Pure Australian Air breathing products.

The South Australian-based company has taken exporting clean breathing air to a whole new level by offering innovative products with Oxygen Enriched Air.

29-year-old Australian social entrepreneur and founder of Koala Hill, Kyle Williams has a passion for China that started at a young age when he began learning Mandarin.

"I've always had an affinity with China's people and its culture, and this connection has lead me to wanting to share one of the best parts of Australia with them.

"Clean air is such an important part of staying healthy, and our aim is to provide relief to people living in areas with poor air quality. In fact, customers have already reported that the products have helped and they love them.

"I am humbled by the support our products have received in our first week, and now we're trying our best to keep up with demand," Mr Williams said.

Fitted with a moulded respirator the Koala Hill range are suitable for use by people of all ages and deliver controlled amounts of pure air with the simple press of a trigger.

Every product is quality tested and bears Koala Hill's golden seal of authenticity. Complete with premium packaging the products are suitable gifts for friends and family.

Koala Hill's range includes its Everyday Breathing Air, Health Breathing Air and Sports Breathing Air, with the latter two naturally enriched to an oxygen level of 38 percent.

"Normal air has 21 percent oxygen, however cities with poor air quality can have as little as 14-17 percent. Our Enriched Air contains 38 percent oxygen and is completely safe.

"With all our air certified to Australian Standards and processed at our modern facility in South Australia's pristine eucalypt forest, we are the Ferrari of fresh air."

Koala Hill products are currently available for purchase through their online store www.koala-hill.com.au and their official WeChat store @KOALAHILL.

Images and videos are available for download at www.koala-hill.com.au/media

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250 Business Leaders Attend 3rd China LGBT “Pink Market” Conference

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Shanghai, China, November 18, 2016 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - WorkForLGBT, leading a coalition including YouGov, Dan Lan / Blued, Rela, and Weber Shandwick, and supported by more than 20 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) cooperative partners across China, held the 3rd Annual China Pink Market Conference on Monday, November 14th at the Langham Xintiandi Hotel Shanghai.

This was both an LGBT community as well as consumer behavior survey to better understand LGBT people in China today and better serve the future development of this community. The survey was completed in September and released as the 2016 China LGBT Community Report at the 3rd Annual China Pink Market Conference November 14th; providing an authoritative guide for companies wishing to explore the LGBT Pink Market in China.

WorkForLGBT (www.workforlgbt.org) founder Steven Paul Bielinski, lead organizer of the conference, report, and advertising showcase said, “a record number of LGBT people in China are planning to share their identity with more family, friends and co-workers in the coming years, see same-sex marriage as their ideal relationship status, and are looking for companies to voice support for LGBT friendly programs and policies.

More and more companies are realizing the importance of LGBT people as both employees and customers. Earlier this year, WorkForLGBT organized the 2nd China LGBT Talent Job Fair, with 34 Fortune 500 companies (double the number from last year) including Didi Chuxing, BlueFocus, Starbucks, BP, Citigroup, PwC and L’Oreal taking part, showcasing their support for inclusion in the recruiting and retention of talent. This year our 1st Annual China LGBT Advertising Showcase, part of the Pink Market Conference, also released seven original LGBT focused advertisements, including from leading PR agencies, advertising firms, and brands including Edelman, Burson-Marsteller, Golin Magic, and AB InBev. By sharing real world images and showcasing the stories of LGBT people, brands can truly show their support.”

Geng Le, Founder and CEO of Dan Lan, said “for three consecutive years we’ve conducted the China LGBT Community Survey. We’re looking forward to using real world data to help companies, the media, and the public realize the diversity in society and the needs of this community. By putting to use the forces of business we advance both social progress and development.

Sammy Wu, Co-Founder of Re La, shared that “in the 3rd edition of our annual report we’re pleased to see the rates of openness among LGBT people, as well as the market need for same-sex marriage continuing to rise. The LGBT community’s expectations towards businesses has also risen as they look towards companies to support LGBT friendly workplace policies as the number one factor in their purchasing decisions. This is truly the start of a new phase for China’s Pink Market.

Report Highlights

– Making up an estimated 5-10% of any population, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) China has between 70 million and 140 million citizens, with the "Pink Market" here estimated to be worth more than 2 trillion RMB.

– LGBT people are planning to be more out and open. Only 22% of gay and bisexual men and 12% of lesbian and bisexual women plan to tell no one about their identity in the next five years, versus 30% of men and 16% of women last year.

– More (now a majority of) LGBT people see same-sex marriage as their ideal relationship, 54% of men and 65% of women versus just 40% of men and 44% of women a year ago.

– LGBT people expect more from business. More than last year (47% men, 55% women), the most important factor influencing LGBT people's purchasing decisions again is company support for LGBT friendly policies and regulations (now 56% of men and 62% of women).

– Compared to last year more LGBT people are considering overseas surrogacy and marriage. While surrogacy is expensive for most, marriage ceremonies are not, with 58% of men and 75% of women willing to pay 40,000 to 60,00 RMB to wed abroad.

– Following 2015's results, pressure from family remains the biggest concern (70%) for those who are part of the LGBT community. This suggests that there is still more to be done to promote understanding and acceptance especially among family members.

– The general tendency for the LGBT community to travel within China (78%) is a lot higher than outside of China (28%). Like last year, the top three countries or regions that are visited outside of China are Hong Kong, Thailand and Macao.

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Bonnard Lawson International Law Firm: New Member for ATTA Corporate Membership Program

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Hong Kong, China, November 4, 2016 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - The Asia Transformation and Turnaround Association (ATTA) is proud to welcome Bonnard Lawson International Law Firm as its first member under ATTA newly launched Corporate Membership program.  Bonnard Lawson has nominated three of its top lawyers at individual members of ATTA and will benefit from three seats at every ATTA conference and event.

Founded in 1998, Bonnard Lawson comprises approximately fifty specialized lawyers and has offices in Geneva, Lausanne, Shanghai, Paris, Luxembourg and Dubai.  The firm's lawyers work in local and international languages and are qualified in various jurisdictions.

The Asia Transformation and Turnaround Association (ATTA) is the leading membership organisation in Asia for experienced international professionals who provide business transformation and turnaround management services. ATTA has chapters in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Russell Brown OBE, Chair of ATTA provided “it is wonderful that Bonnard Lawson are joined ATTA as a Corporate Member, and it adds strength to ATTA and its other members as we grow out membership base and spreadsheet across Asia”.

For 2017, ATTA has opened up membership to corporate bodies who wish to nominate individual members and participate in ATTA's November Annual Conference in Hong Kong and other events through the region.  Corporate members also enjoy discounts on ATTA's continuous professional development courses, such as its forthcoming accredited training program in civil-commercial mediation.

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Bike Journey In Southern China Benefits Orbis Charity

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Guangzhou, China, October 28, 2016 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - For Their Eyes Only charity ride has kicked off in China. Up to 20 riders from AccorHotels Greater China and partner organizations started the journey from Pullman Zhuhai this morning.

The team will ride 350 kilometers in the coming three and a half days with stops in counties of Heshan and Sihui and arrive at Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich during noon time on Oct.31.

This charity campaign aims to support Stay for Brightness corporate social responsibility programme partnered between AccorHotels and Orbis in Greater China. The proceeds from the charity event will be donated to NGO Orbis to help subsidize the various projects to help children living in rural China to regain their eyesight.

 

About AccorHotels
AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,600 of the finest private homes around the globe. The group has been in China market for over 30 years and now has over 180 operating hotels in more than 70 cities in the region with portfolio including internationally renowned luxury brands as Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel Legend, Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman and Swissôtel, midscale brands as Novotel and Mercure, popular economy brands including ibis and ibis Styles, as well as regional brands such as Grand Mercure and The Sebel, covering a full spectrum of markets.

 

About Orbis

Orbis is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that works in developing countries to save sight worldwide. Orbis prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, and partnerships with local health care organizations in an effort to eliminate avoidable blindness. To learn more about Orbis, please visit www.orbis.org.

 

About Stay for Brightness

“Stay for Brightness” is a three-year corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme run between 2014 and 2016. Developed and launched by AccorHotels in Greater China in conjunction with Orbis, the programme aims to support Orbis to prevent avoidable blindness by building a comprehensive pediatric treatment network in Greater China for children in need of affordable quality eye care services and training facilities for ophthalmologist and specialist doctors through donations in cash and in kind.

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New Global Art Initiative Launched In Hong Kong

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Hong Kong, China, September 29, 2016 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - AccorHotels is delighted to announce the launch of Pullman Artist Playground in Greater China. The Park Lane Hong Kong, A Pullman Hotel is inaugurating the new brand’s signature global art initiative with an exciting display of images from Hong Kong-based US photographer Michael Kistler’s Urban Nightscapes series, ‘Melt with you’.

Pullman hotels are recognised for their vibrant urban locations. The brand embraces design, art, photography and local culture. In the new Artist Playground concept, the hotels worked with various renowned global artists and designers to breathe life into this vision  to make art more dynamic and meaningful. The Pullman Artist Playground forms part of the gallery and studio concept which creates new and timeless experiences for guests through a blend of elements in  local interest, unique culture and visual ingenuity.

“It is great to see the exciting display of Michael Kistler’s latest collection of Ubarn Nightscapes to inaugurate the launch of the Pullman Artist Playground here at The Park Lane Hong Kong, A Pullman Hotel,” said Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Greater China. “The exhibition gives guests of The Park Lane Hong Kong, A Pullman Hotel an opportunity to experience the unique elements of the brand signature through art, design and local culture in what is arguably the world’s most dynamic city.”

The exhibition will run from now until mid-February 2017 at the Ebb & Flow lobby lounge, a contemporary buzzing hotspot in the heart of Causeway Bay. Featuring a modern design, cutting edge tech elements and delectable food options, Ebb & Flow ensures a trendy vibe in line with the modern era of experiential lifestyle. More than just a hotel lounge, the forward-thinking concept of Ebb & Flow brings a seamless blend of innovation, comfort, discovery and epicurean fare, the venue of choice for the young millennial and global nomads in today’s hyper-connected world.

Curated by the internationally acclaimed Galerie Junger, Kistler’s eight thought-provoking artworks can be viewed on many levels where he uses unconventional perspectives and focuses on one-of-a-kind moments of collision, co-existence and merging of cityscape and urbanites. These pictures successfully capture the distinctive characteristics of Hong Kong’s permanent cityscape and the impermanence of its inhabitants.

About Michael Kistler
Born in Minneapolis, USA, Michael Kistler has spent 15 years in Asia, including a decade in Tokyo where he developed his characteristic photographic style, using his lenses to experiment with blur, movement and other abstract elements. Currently based in Hong Kong, he is fascinated by what is often the abstract human element and its connection to the concrete city. For him the urban landscape provides permanence while people come and go, creating a dynamic environment of fleeting moments. Michael Kistler’s work has been widely exhibited and published.

About The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel
The Park Lane Hong Kong, unveils a HK$300 million makeover, rebranding itself as ‘The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel’ as of 1 January 2015.  Located in the heart of Causeway Bay, The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel offers well-appointed rooms with breath-taking views of the city landscape, Victoria Park and Harbour.  832 stylish guest rooms deemed the most spacious in town overlooks the famed Victoria Harbour, Victoria Park and the city.  The Hotel features two restaurants and a bar, including the city’s most anticipated SKYE roof bar and restaurant opened on 8 September.

About Pullman
Pullman Hotels & Resorts, AccorHotels’ new generation of upscale hotels, is a cosmopolitan brand that offers hyper-connected travelers an experience that combines both efficiency and wellness.

Global nomads are captivated by the brand and appreciate its business, fitness and restaurant facilities as well as its focus on innovative design.  Pullman has over 117 hotels and resorts in 31 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, is present in 95 countries with more than 4,000 hotels and 240,000 employees.

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Orbis Brightens the Darkness for Children in China With Charity Dinner

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Hong Kong, China, September 27, 2016 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - AccorHotels supported the Orbis Darkness To Go charity dinner in Hong Kong on September 25. For the second year in succession, the group's properties in Hong Kong joined forces in supporting this very successful event. The participating hotels were The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel, Novotel Hong Kong Century, Novotel Hong Kong Citygate, Novotel Hong Kong Nathan Road Kowloon, ibis Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan and ibis Hong Kong North Point.

This very special theme event took place at Novotel Hong Kong Century. More than 200 guests attended and the evening raised over HK$180,000 for charity.

This dinner offered participants the unusual experience of relying on only four of their five senses – sound, taste, touch and smell – as their eyes were blindfolded throughout the meal. The aim of the event was to do more than fundraising as it was also intended to help participants reach a better understanding of the challenges faced by the visually-impaired.

“This is a doubly meaningful event,” said Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Greater China.  “I am sure that the evening has given us all a greater awareness of the daily challenges facing the visually-impaired. We have enjoyed a novel and thought provoking experience in addition to the highly satisfying fund raising aspect of the evening. I'd like to thank everyone involved in making this event such a success. Our collaboration with Orbis is part of AccorHotels' long-standing commitment to give back to local communities.”

“This is our fourth Darkness to Go dinner. With the launch of the third generation Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), we believe the more enhanced medical and communication capabilities of this new Flying Eye Hospital will enable us to create better futures for the visually impaired. In addition to that, we have kick-started its first sight-saving mission in Shenyang, China in September. ” said Mary Lau, Orbis Director of Development, China and Hong Kong. “I would like to grasp this opportunity to express my very special thanks to AccorHotels and its properties in Hong Kong for their generous sponsorship on the event for joining us to eliminate avoidable blindness.”

The Darkness to Go dinner was part of the group's continuing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme aimed at preventing avoidable blindness among children in rural China.

Since June 2014 AccorHotels and Orbis have collaborated in Stay for Brightness CSR programme. Designed and implemented with the aim of developing comprehensive eye care for children, this programme helps to make high quality ophthalmological services accessible and affordable for disadvantaged children.

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Autistic Children In Beijing Are Focus For Company’s Latest Initiative

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Beijing, China, September 19, 2016 /ChinaNewswire.com/ - On 14 September 2016, just before the Mid-Autumn Festival, the management of New World Beijing Hotel visited the Beijing Sunshine Love Intelligent Children Rehabilitation Centre, a special school for children with autism.

One of many charitable initiatives the hotel has embarked upon since its opening in November 2013, this activity aims to bring New World Hotels’ spirit of “Modern Oriental Hospitality,” along with a host of teaching tools and gifts, to children who are often forgotten or misunderstood by their families and carers. New World Beijing Hotel prepared moon cakes for the school’s teachers, who devote their time and energy these special children.

In addition to spending time with the children, New World Beijing Hotel management also attended a music class and joined the children in making moon cakes in preparation for the holiday.

This experience brought positive energy, happiness and excitement to both the New World Beijing Hotel team members and the children they were visiting.

“I am very proud of my dedicated team members for donating their time and energy to this very worthy cause. We look forward to continuing to help those in need in our local community with further charitable activities throughout 2016,” said New World Beijing Hotel General Manager Eddy Sarton.

The 309-room New World Beijing Hotel is the closest deluxe hotel to the Temple of Heaven and is conveniently located near Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Wangfujing shopping district. Hotel dining includes Tian Tan Kitchen, an all-day café; 8 Qi Nian Chinese restaurant; TANG lobby lounge; and YIN on 12 rooftop bar. Recreational options include a health club, spa and indoor swimming pool while meeting space totaling 1,542 square metres includes a windowed ballroom and six function rooms. The Residence Club executive floor offers the largest outdoor terrace among Beijing’s luxury hotels.

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