Parkview Group owner dies

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SINGAPORE, 6 December 2017: One of Hong Kong’s richest men, George Wong, 65, chairman of Parkview Group died 2 December.

A spokesperson for Parkview Group’s Atlas bar in Singapore reported, 5 December that Wong died peacefully in his sleep last Saturday

In 2013, Wong was named by Forbes as the 39th richest person Hong Kong with a wealth of USD1.09 billion. Read more

Melaka turns into an art canvas

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Festivals, Malaysia, News

MELAKA, Malaysia 3 November 2017: Over 45 artists will gather to transform Melaka city into a canvas for live art.

It claims to be the world’s largest and only site-specific art performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Melaka Art and Performance Festival (MAPFest), returns to Bukit St Paul, Bandar Hilir Melaka, 24 to 26 November. Open from 1000 to 2200 daily. Read more

Singapore showcases talent

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 30 August 2017: Singapore presented its latest “Inside out” showcase in Tokyo over the weekend

Singapore: Inside Out, is an ongoing creative showcase featuring works by some of Singapore’s leading contemporary creative talents in various major cities worldwide.

The latest venture was hosted in Tokyo’s BANK Gallery, Omotesando district under the themed “HyperCity”. Read more

Park Hotel wins art award

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 30 August 2017: Park Hotel Tokyo won the “Excellence in the Field of Domestic and Inbound Travel Award” at the Japan Tourism Awards for its “Artist in Hotel” project.

The Japan Tourism Awards recognise those who contribute to the development and expansion of the tourism industry.

They give recognition to exceptionally sustainable initiatives by organisations and companies based in Japan as well as international groups represented in Japan. Read more

Art shines In Her Eyes

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Events, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 25 July 2017: An art exhibition by 26 female artists living in this far-north Thai province, underscores efforts to brand Chiang Rai as a “City of Art.”

The ‘In Her Eyes’ exhibition opened last Saturday at the town’s ArtBridge that has more than 300 members many of them artists in their own right and residents who support the arts. The exhibition runs until 20 August displaying more than 60 paintings.

Efforts to brand Chiang Rai based on its strong art community date back to 2015 when the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports funded an exercise to assist the province to discover a path to branding its tourism identity.

A series of seminars were held after the inaugural briefing and presentations at the town’s Legend Hotel. Nothing much came of the initiative until earlier this year, when it became apparent tourism officials had settled on the tag “City of Art”. Very little has been carried out since to present the branding to the province’s travel industry and the TAT office in Chiang Rai was conspicuous by its absence from the launch of the In Her Eyes exhibition. Read more

Danang promotes fine art

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

DANANG, 27 December 2016: Danang’s fine arts museum, the third fine arts museum in the country, opened, last week, to offer visitors glimpses of the central region’s culture.

Local media reported the museum was conceived and designed in 2014, while construction began a year later in May 2015 at the cost of UDS1.26 million.

It currently features 413 works of art, traditional handicraft products, and works of art by Danang’s art community.  Read more

To brand or not to brand

November 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 26 November 2015: Thailand’s adventure travel options will gain a boost early next year when the Pacific Asia Travel Association hosts an adventure travel mart in the far north town of Chiang Rai.

While the PATA event will underscore the varied soft adventure options in this far north province that borders Laos and Myanmar, tourism officials are struggling with a wider branding exercise and adventure might not figure on the short list.

Branding experts are calling on Chiang Rai’s stakeholders to brainstorm a brand that will reflect the essence of the province’s appeal.

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George Town hosts arts

July 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Festivals, Malaysia, News

PENANG, 9 July 2015: Heralded in the International New York Times as one of Asia’s hottest up-and-coming arts events, Penang’s George Town Festival returns this August with an enviable line-up of local and international performances, exhibitions and events.

Three of this year’s highlights will be making their Asian debut, including the Spanish hip hop/flamenco fusion dance theatre Titanium, the Australian-made, highly choreographed musical and dance feature AM I, and the Iranian experimental theatre Slow Sound of Snow. Read more