Thursday, January 28, 2016

Capella Hotel Group To Introduce Solís Hotel At Two Porsche Drive, Atlanta, Georgia (Opening 2017)

Property to deliver unique experiences as befits its location within the world-famous Porsche Cars North America Campus

ATLANTA, GA - Media OutReach - Jan 28, 2016 - Swiss real estate investment company ACRON has tapped Capella Hotel Group to introduce and manage the Solís Hotel at Two Porsche Drive, located immediately adjacent to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Solís property, scheduled to open in 2017, will be designed by the award-winning HOK Architects firm, which also designed the Porsche Cars North America Headquarters. Peter Silling & Associates will craft the hotel's interior design.     

"We are proud to be part of the unique and legendary experience Porsche creates for its customers. We will add a sophisticated hotel to the complex that reflects the high standards of excellence for which Porsche is renowned," said Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotel Group.

"We are thrilled to work with this exclusive best-in-class of the hospitality industry. Our partners, Capella Hotel Group, HOK Architects, and Peter Silling, will produce a singular hotel experience befitting its location and association with one of the most famous brands in the world," said ACRON Chairman Klaus Bender.

The Solís Hotel at Two Porsche Drive will be the first new hotel on the east side of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport since the opening of the new International Terminal.  "We are grateful for the collaboration of the City of Hapeville and Fulton County, with our Development team, led by Castleton Holdings, LLC's Bruce Bradley and Condra Group, LLC's Scott Condra.  Exciting days are ahead, with ground-breaking scheduled for late March 2016," said Greg Wilson, CEO, ACRON USA.

"The City of Hapeville is so pleased to see this world-class project moving forward.  We have worked diligently, with the ACRON development team and with our partner, the Hapeville Development Authority, to see this day become a reality.  This project represents major progress for our community.  As we embark on 2016, Hapeville's Commemorative 125th year, this project symbolizes many new possibilities on the horizon for our community," said Mayor Alan Hallman, City of Hapeville, Georgia.

Porsche Cars North America President and CEO Klaus Zellmer added, "Porsche is proud to be an anchor for even more world class development in the Atlanta Aerotropolis area. We are confident that the Solís Hotel at Two Porsche Drive will become another magnet for the entire South Metro, a beautiful gateway to the City of Hapeville, and a warm and welcoming place for visitors to relax after spending an exciting day at the Porsche Experience Center."

The new Porsche complex which opened in May 2015 is adjacent to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The campus is home to over 400 employees and will welcome some 30,000 visitors per year. The Porsche Experience Center attracts fans from around the globe to the auto company's classic car heritage display and restoration area, business center, signature restaurant, and 1.6-mile driver development track.  Additionally, Porsche associates and dealer employees throughout North America visit the company's extensive technical training center.

Capella Hotel Group To Introduce Solís Hotel At Two Porsche Drive Atlanta Georgia Opening 2017
As an integral part of the complex, the Solís hotel will pamper discerning travelers with a sophisticatedly designed property and high service standards. The hotel will offer 214 guest rooms and signature suites; refined yet approachable restaurants and bars featuring fresh, seasonal cooking; and 6,500 square feet of event space including a 3,600 square foot ballroom, a Rooftop Lounge with panoramic views of the Porsche handling course. Guests will delight in Solís' signature amenities that include services for guests to pick up their newly purchased Porsche vehicles in style, coordinating driving experiences and visits to the Porsche campus.   

Solís is a luxury hotel brand that is part of the Capella Hotel Group with properties in China, Ireland, and Russia, and openings scheduled for Orlando, Florida; Doha, Qatar; and Bali, Indonesia. The Solís philosophy in anchored in the premise of delivering joyful, adventurous, and meaningful experiences and also the belief that luxury is a matter of comfort and a sincere welcome.


For more information on Solís Hotels & Resorts visit: www.solishotels.com.

About ACRON
ACRON is a real estate investment management company established in 1981 in Düsseldorf, Germany. All of ACRON's investments are based on a single-asset structure investing in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the United States. Hospitality in general and Hotels in particular are of majority interest making up 40% of ACRON Group's current investments. Transaction volume as of 12/31/2015 surpasses 1.064 Billion Swiss Francs.

The ACRON Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, with subsidiaries in Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Düsseldorf (Germany), Dallas (USA), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). www.acron.ch,www.acronusa.com

ABOUT SOLÍS® HOTELS & RESORTS
Carefully crafted to appeal to discerning, well-traveled guests, the Solís Hotels & Resorts brand is an exclusive collection of resorts, hotels and residences offering a convergence of unparalleled designs, settings and experiences. Each Solís property presents luxury accommodations with a true sense of discovery and is designed to showcase the distinctive character of its environment with a global palette of cosmopolitan comfort, inspiring cuisine, world-class spas and spirited activities that explore its distinct surroundings, all enhanced by the highest level international service quality standards.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hotel Stage Opens In The Historic Heart Of Hong Kong

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - Jan 19, 2016 - Hotel Stage, an urban lifestyle boutique hotel in the historic heart of Kowloon, has pulled back the curtain on its opening act. The stunningly stylish yet intimate property pays homage to the city's artisans and community through its impressive display of local artwork.  Enjoying a prominent location in the vibrant Yau Ma Tei district, it is easily accessible for both business and leisure travellers from the airport and for cross-border access to the Mainland or simply getting around the city.

Hotel Stage is a new boutique hotel conveniently located in the historic heart of Kowloon, Hong Kong taking its guests on a journey through the lens of history, culture and art

Hotel Stage's sophisticated design cocoons guests within the city's bustling cultural centre. Yau Ma Tei is a living time capsule of the old Hong Kong. The district is home to many of Hong Kong's family-owned traditional shops that have been in business for generations -- from Chinese hand embroidery bridal shops, Chinese herbal medicine apothecaries, to vintage teahouses and a theatre that was once a setting for Hong Kong's vibrant film industry and now the stage for small-scale Cantonese opera shows. Designed to serve the curious traveller, this stylish property takes its guests on a neighbourhood journey through the lens of history, culture and art.

Hotel Stage Opens In The Historic Heart Of Hong Kong

The interiors are designed as a canvas that connects the guests with Hong Kong's artistic community through a carefully curated, inspiring collection of art and a varied programme of cultural events. Modern furnishings create a warm and comfortable contemporary environment.

The 97 guestrooms and suites showcase a well thought-out smart design aesthetic which marries a sense of place and space with practical design features - all accomplished with a sense of flair. Oversized windows provide abundant natural light and sweeping views of local heritage landmarks and classic high rises.  Rooms are equipped with high-speed multimedia connectivity devices and deluxe amenities.  Suites feature a separate living room with a sofa and comfortable touches. Meanwhile, the Art Rooms display contemporary works from emerging local artists in homage to the neighbourhood.

Club and Suite guests can enjoy 24-hour exclusive access to the cosy and tranquil Library Lounge -- a perfect place to relax or browse through the extensive library of collectible books. Furnished like a living room, guests can help themselves to light refreshments throughout the day.

Hotel Stage's all-day-dining Italian restaurant, Kitchen Savvy, is tastefully designed with an open kitchen concept. It is conveniently divided into three zones, including a living room and lounge, an intimate dining area and a communal dining space for entertaining friends or business partners. The smart casual eatery combines a European-inspired menu with a creative Asian flair focusing on fresh seasonal ingredients.

Yau Ma Tei's newest underground venue, the Muse, is a creative hideout and community hangout. It features three integrated zones: Browse at the Muse -- a retail showcase of fine art and design books as well as artist products and artisanal gifts; the Muse Wine Bar -- offering more than 100 handpicked wines, light meals including cheeseboards and charcuterie platters. Finally, Spotlight at the Muse presents community artistic and cultural initiatives, including workshops, performances and exhibitions.

Hotel Stage offers meeting and function facilities for groups up to 150 people. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer natural lighting and views of iconic Kowloon landmarks. The rooms feature high speed, multi-media connectivity, LCD projectors, video, multi-TV systems and a range of the latest audio-visual equipment for meetings and conferences.

Hotel Stage also offers Day Studios for those who are looking for a creative and inspiring space to host masterclasses, celebratory events, and business or private meetings. Outfitted with modern meeting amenities, it is also a functional gallery displaying selected multi-media, multi-genre art installations.

Combined, the function rooms, the Muse and Day Studios, have been designed to offer a diverse range of creative meeting experiences -- from small gatherings and celebrations to large-scale business or cultural events.

"Hotel Stage is a landmark and community hub with our staff serving as stage managers of our guests' experiences. We have created a setting for local artists, performers and artisans to showcase the soul of the city," said James Hung, General Manager of Hotel Stage. "Here, the curious traveler can discover a deep connection with the local community and be inspired by our unique ambience of living artistry."

Hotel Stage is located at 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Hotel Stage now offers opening promotions of up to 20% off its room rates. Reservation enquiries can be made by emailing resv@hotelstage.com or the hotel website www.hotelstage.com.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

GOAUTODIAL partners with DIDForSale to provide more SME’s with more choices.

GoAutoDial, a Filipino owned cloud call center provider with thousands of users worldwide signs a partnership with DIDForSale which aims to help provide SME’s and companies more accessible and better services for their DID needs in the USA, Canada and United Kingdom.

“Part of a successful inbound marketing campaign if to be able to provide your clients a way to get in touch with you quickly, easily and cheaply..GoAutodial has ever been on the lookout for partners that match our ideology and drive to be able to support our clients needs and we found those with DIDForSale” says Demian Biscocho, CEO and CO founder of GoAutoDial.

Now with the partnership between the 2 companies, GoAutodial can now provide DID’s for the 3 countries easily and quickly, the open source system will now be integrated with DIDForSale’s leading SIP Trunking technology with largest coverage in North America that will provide cost effective solutions to businesses of all scales.

Jai Rangi, CTO at DIDForSale, was particularly excited with this new partnership. Upon asking why it’s important for both firms and their clients, he said:

This partnership gets to show our ambitions and the direction (in which) we’re headed. GOautodial is a brilliant company that has helped small and medium sized call centers around the world with cloud platforms. DIDForSale, on the other hand, is the leading SIP Trunk provider that has the largest coverage network in USA, UK and Canada. What makes this partnership essential for both our companies is that we’ll now be able to provide complete, flexible, and affordable packages for call centers, a combination that you can’t expect from the software giants in the industry.

With the Corporate Office based in the Philippines with a North American presence in their Canada Office… GoAutoDial is one of the leading providers for Call Center Solutions both Cloud based and site based equipped with Predictive Dialling, Progressive Dialling and Manual Dialling with a built in DNC database where clients can upload their DNC lists which is automatically scrubbed against calls to be made.


Based in Philippines with a North American office in Canada, GOautodial is widely acknowledged as the leading provider of cloud-managed call center platforms. The company has overseen exceptional growth in the past few years and is currently providing an array of solutions to clients in over 100 countries across the globe. Essentially built for SMEs, the open source system will now be integrated with DIDForSale’s leading SIP Trunking technology with largest coverage in North America that will provide cost effective solutions to businesses of all scales.

About DIDForSale
DIDForSale is based in Southern California, USA and is a subsidiary of Cebod Technologies. With the largest coverage in USA, UK and Canada, the firm is a leading provider of SIP Trunking, Toll free, Local phone numbers and otherVoIP services to businesses across the world. For more Information contact DIDForSale at contact-info@didforsale.com and visit http://www.didforsale.com.

About GOautodial

GOautodial is a call center solutions provider based in Philippines, with a North American corporate headquarters in Quebec, Canada. With more than 50,000 customer downloads around the world, GOautodial is the small and medium enterprise (SME) owner’s top choice for a reliable yet inexpensive call center solution. For more information, contact GOautodial or visit www.goautodial.com.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

AirAsia Celebrates Sinulog Festival With Special Treats And Promos

Fly with AirAsia and get free party passes, discount treats and much more!

MANILA, 6 January 2015 – AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier for seven consecutive years, is giving away free party passes, discount treats and other exciting freebies in line with this year’s celebration of Sinulog Festival in Cebu.

From January 12 to 16, all AirAsia passengers bound for Cebu from Manila, Incheon (Seoul) and Kuala Lumpur and vice versa will each receive a Red Hot Sinulog festival kit which provides them free and exclusive access to festival concerts, parties, tours and discount coupons to popular restaurants, cafes and clubs. Limited edition Sinulog t-shirts from AirAsia and Island Souvenirs are also available for purchase onboard AirAsia flights starting today for only P250.00.


AirAsia services Manila-Cebu route with 8x flights daily with international flights from Incheon (Seoul) and Kuala Lumpur to Cebu. Promo fares to/from Cebu and other AirAsia destinations from the Philippines are also up for grabs now until January 10, 2016 at www.airasia.com with all-in fares from as low as P799 only. The promotional fares are also available on AirAsia mobile Application that can be downloaded via iPhone and Android, and at mobile.airasia.com.

For more updates on AirAsia Philippines and its latest promotions and activities, follow them on social media through Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh).

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The SOPA 2016 Awards for Editorial Excellence Announces Call For Entries

ONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - Jan 6, 2016 - The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), an organization dedicated to best practices in professional publishing, is pleased to announce the call for entries for the "SOPA 2016 Awards for Editorial Excellence". Entering its 18th year, the premier publishing awards represent the most outstanding journalistic accolade in Asia Pacific. Deadline for entries is February 25, 2016.

The 2015 SOPA Awards received a record number of entries from across Asia Pacific competing in 18 categories among English and Chinese regional, local print or digital publications and wire services. To encourage wider participation, SOPA members who submit entries are eligible for a discount in the submission fee.  Other publications are encouraged to join and to support SOPA, a not for profit organization.  

The judging criteria for the award category "Journalist of the Year" will remain the same as last year, in which entries from Group A, B and C will be combined for judging resulting in only one winner. Journalist of the Year is designed to honor the journalist who has best demonstrated excellence in editorial achievement.

For the purposes of the awards, Asia-Pacific is defined to include the region of Afghanistan and the Central Asia republics, in addition to the Indian subcontinent, North and East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

With the dramatic changes taking place in the media landscape, the news industry is heading towards a dynamic digital world with many traditional media firms shifting their core business on to the Internet and developing an extensive network around smart phones and digital devices.

Meanwhile, the core value of freedom of the press is facing an unprecedented challenge. "Entering SOPA's 18th year, we are witnessing the challenges traditional media are facing with the transformation towards the digital world. While the quantity of information is expanding infinitely, defending freedom of the press remains to be one of the main concerns of the industry. SOPA is a guardian of free press in Asia Pacific, where fine journalism often fights against powerful forces that seek to suppress its voice. The SOPA Awards is the best forum to celebrate best reporting, writing, photographic and graphic design in publishing in Asia Pacific to gain deserved attention" said Mr. Tom Leander, Chairman of the SOPA Editorial Awards Committee.


The SOPA Awards highlight editorial excellence in both traditional and new media as well as emphasize the importance of freedom of the press. The awards are designed to honor and encourage editorial vitality and innovation throughout the region, and welcome entries from English and Chinese-language publications for Asian journalism.

The awards cover a broad range of categories reflecting Asia Pacific's diverse geo-political environment and vibrant editorial scene.

The SOPA Awards' judging panel includes journalists, designers and photo editors from the region's leading newspapers, consumer and trade magazines, as well as notable academics from the journalism and media departments of prestigious universities.

Judging for the 2016 Awards will be conducted by a team of more than 100 international judges stationed across the globe. The Journalism & Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong has been the Awards Administrator since 2011. 

SOPA has started accepting entries. To encourage various entries from both large and small publications, entries are classified by circulation size and language type - either English or Chinese.  

Entries can be submitted from now until 4pm February 25, 2016 at www.sopawards.com .

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Flight IDP Study Abroad Expo: 3 Stories of a Dream Fulfilled

Flight IDP: Study Abroad Expo, organized by IDP Philippines, aims to help students find the right path in pursuing a global education. The event was held in Manila, Cebu and Davao, for students aspiring to study abroad.

Three participants shared their stories and experience from the expo.

Malou Blancaflor was searching universities offering Nursing courses when Murdoch University, in Australia, invited her to meet with them at the expo. Curiosity pushed Arthur Necesito to attend the expo who plans to pursue a Master’s Degree abroad.  Convinced by an ad he saw in the IDP Manila office, EJ Marchadesch decided to attend the expo to explore his options and cleared their concerns.

EJ, before attending the event in Manila, was confused whether to study in Australia or New Zealand, but the expo paved the way for finally deciding on his study destination, “I finally made a decision to study at Cornell Institute of Business and Technology in New Zealand. I chose New Zealand because it’s considered as one of the safest country to live in. Second, because of the expo, I was able to talk to schools from New Zealand and they were able to convince me and most especially my mom that New Zealand is a very nice country.”


Arthur, on the other hand, was influenced by his wife to attend the expo in Davao. He had very little expectation about the event, but was surprised to find out how well-organized and helpful the counsellors and the institution representatives were that he already decided  his chosen destination and finalized his timeline,” My target intake is First Semester of 2016. I preferred Australia as the best place for my study abroad plan considering it as open and friendly city.  Also, I find Australia a nice place for all especially for a beginner and a learner like me.”

Malou, who also attended IDP Philippines’ expo last April, was invited by the representative of Murdoch University to attend the event Cebu. She counts her experience as the turning point in her study abroad plans, because after speaking with several institution representatives, she found the institution that’s the perfect fit for her, My experience at the event provided me with the details of available. Nursing course programs, prerequisite requirements, IELTS Score required, tuition fees, accommodation, cost of living, visa assistance and the whole application process.  I've already lodged an application under the Master of Nursing Practice course from University of New England. My target intake date is February 2016 but the course I've chosen does not have a February intake so I chose the next available intake in June 2016.”

Through the expo, these participants were able to meet IDP Counselors and representatives from various participating universities who provided necessary information and cleared concerns. Learning about the extensive process and preparations it takes to study abroad, Arthur was assured that with IDP by his side, they could help make it possible. Malou learned the benefits of studying abroad which would pave the way for her personal growth, in intercultural development and educational and career attainment. EJ was able to discover that besides studying, he could do so much more abroad.

Because of the expo, Malou, Arthur and EJ highly recommends IDP for people like them, who are after a once in a lifetime opportunity. IDP truly makes studying abroad possible.
Learn more about IDP Philippines and the services it offers through its website, https://www.idp.com/philippines, or call the IDP offices at +63 2 8160755 (Makati) or +63 32 2362758 (Cebu). You may also follow IDP on Facebook, Twitter

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