Shopping tourism under analysis at FITUR 2018
Dec 14, 2017

In the January 18th session, the FITUR SHOPPING section will be discussing some of the key issues for this tourist segment that is already one of the main motivations for millions of people when it comes to choosing a destination

Madrid, 12 December 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The upcoming edition of FITUR will again set the stage for analysing shopping tourism in its FITUR SHOPPING section. The Trade Fair, which is organised by IFEMA and will be staged from 17 to 21 January at Feria de Madrid, will thus discuss on 18 January some of the key issues for the development of this key segment of the tourism industry.-

On this occasion, FITUR SHOPPING will revolve around a series of round tables that will discuss topics such as: ‘Shopping tourism at the destination: global brands and local design’; ‘Shopping tourism in distinctive Madrid shops’; and ‘Shopping Tourism and Digitisation’.

Participating in the conferences will be the World Tourism Organisation, UNWTO, Madrid City Hall, Madrid Region, Festitur, the Buenos Aires Promotion Body, Andorra Turisme, Fundación Turismo Valencia, and companies such as Soluciones Turísticas, Isolée, Squarefer, Williamsburg Vintage Clothes and Casual Hotels.

Shopping tourism is now one of the main motivations for millions of people when it comes to choosing a destination for their holiday, as the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has highlighted on several occasions. Between January and September 2017, tax-free shopping increased by 18% in Spain, which means that revenue could exceed 2.3 billion euros.

International tourism outreach

FITUR 2018 will be the global meeting point for tourism professionals and will become, yet another year, the leading trade fair for Latin America’s inbound and outbound markets. Participating in the last staging were 9,893 exhibitor companies from 165 countries/regions; 135,838 trade participants and 109,134 visitors from the general public. Particularly noteworthy is the 18.8% increase in international trade visitors over the previous year. In addition, the volume of business appointments was as high as 6,800.

Together with the new FITUR FESTIVALS, FITUR 2018 will feature the regular FITURTECH Y sections, the Sustainability, Innovation, Technology and Business forums organised by the Hotel Technology Institute (ITH); Fitur Know-how & Export organised by SEGITTUR in collaboration with ICEX and FITUR; FITUR Shopping; FITUR Health together with Spaincares; and FITUR Gay (LGBT) organised by Diversity Consulting International. Added to this will be the staging of Investour, the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa organised jointly by the UNWTO, Casa África and FITUR.

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The Future of the 4th Industrial Revolution - The 2017 Seoul International Invention Fair Ends Successfully
Dec 07, 2017

- 633 Inventions Exhibited from 30 Countries
-- Special focus placed on safety-related inventions and self-protection IoT devices.

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2017 Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF 2017) held in Seoul at COEX Hall A from November 30 to December 3 (Korean time) was a big success.

SIIF 2017, which celebrates its 13th anniversary this year, is an international event supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA). This year, a total of 633 inventions were exhibited by 30 countries including the United States, China, and Germany. It experienced a great turnout with more than 50,000 visitors attended.

35 experts from different industries, academia, and research selected the winners on-site. A total of 10 inventions, such as FRESH2JOY, created by 3-member team including N. Muangsin, won the grand prize. FRESH2JOY is a capsule that inhibits fungal and bacterial growth, the main cause of decomposition in fruit distribution.

Inventions aiding in the convenience of daily life drew significant attention this year.

  • One Thai invention, the ABLE (Automatic Balance Level Easy) Walker, helps those who use crutches and wheelchairs go up and down stairs more easily (S. Hemrungrojn and 6 others)
  • An IoT-based Smart Diaper Management System from Gramedis Co., Ltd. In Korea took the grand prize.
    A lot of inventions that assist in everyday safety made a debut among the gold winners. For example:
  • The Trapped In Vehicle Alert System (Korea, Noah Electronic, Chung Joon-young), detects the movement of children in school vehicles and sends a rescue message outside.
  • From Taiwan, there was the Automatically Guided Safety Crutches with User Location, Body Information Transmission, and Alarms at Risk (Tsai Yao-Pin and 3 others).

    In addition, 7 other teams received the grand prize:

  • 'Mist Net' by HUANG YA-YU and 6 others (Taiwan)
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture using the Downflow Gas Contractor (DGC) Reactor by Midhat Nabil bin Ahmad Salimi and 1 other (Malaysia)
  • Fire Sprinkler by Firebuster Co.,Ltd. (Korea)
  • Self-adhesive Sheet of Packing by Sunghyun Trading (Korea)
  • A method of adjusting the automatic sensitivity of the input sensor and the paper shredder using it by Taejin Kostal Co., Ltd. (Korea)
  • 'NURIEYE-5800' by Seodong Medical (Korea).

    SIIF is not only an invention exhibition, but it is quite extensive as it involves international organizations and a variety of patent information and technology transfer agencies. It provides opportunities for inventors in new markets opening to explore various technologies ranging from technology transfer to purchasing and investment consultation.

    Additionally, the Overall Assistance for Start-up Immigration System (OASIS), a part of SIIF, exhibited 20 inventions from foreigners residing in Korea seeking to acquire domestic patents and start-up opportunities in Korea.

    Dr. Joon-seok Lee, the president of Korea Invention Promotion Association, stated, "SIIF 2017 will give participants the opportunity to gain a quick understanding on global technological development trends and performance," and also added, "We will support not only publicizing the latest inventions, but also establishing a close cooperation system with related international institutions and organizations in order to open up new markets for inventions.

    Source: The 2017 Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF 2017)

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    International Surrealism Now 2017/18 Art Exhibition to be Held in Portugal
    Nov 21, 2017

    Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro finds new and unusual avenues to showcase his art and promote the international art exhibit

    In an attempt to take art to the people en masse – and promote the largest group exhibit of surreal art this winter -- Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro is teasing the public with flash images of his work in the most famous intersection of the world: Times Square.

    Ribeiro’s vivid, colorful paintings will be shown sporadically – flashed on random days at random times -- on the Nasdaq OMX Group screen in New York City until Dec. 31, 2017. They will be up for three whole minutes on the Reuter’s screen for each appearance – ample time for tens of thousands of pedestrians to catch a glimpse.

    The pieces are part of the International Surrealism Now exhibit, which is to open at the multimedia POROS Museum in Condeixa-a-Nova this October. Billed as the largest world exhibition of contemporary Surrealism art in Europe – with more than 100 artists from 48 countries participating – the exhibit of paintings, drawings, digital art, photographs and sculpture is also expected to be shown, at least in part, at several monuments and public spaces throughout Portugal.

    “As always I´m doing something different and the idea to exhibit in Times Square in New York shows how the mass media are our modern means to show our art,” Ribeiro said.

    Ribeiro’s work has been featured at the U.S. embassy in Lisbon, in the Portuguese American Journal, in Digital Meets Culture, Praad in Portuguese and many other publications. His sponsors include Bissaya Barreto Foundation, Condeixa a Nova House Mayor and MagicCraftsman Studio.

    He conceived the International Surrealism Now movement in 2010 in Coimbra with a major exhibit organized by Bissaya Barreto.

    Note for the international tourists:
    Visit Portugal as a tourist for International Surrealism Now. It’s one of the safest places in the world --without terrorism, without violence, without weapons. There are no hurricanes and cyclones, only good food and wine (vinho tinto), wonderful places and weather, the sea and mountains, the monuments and city ruins from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire; from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance; maritime discoveries; from the Classic to the Modern.

    Achraf Baznani, Morocco / Agim Meta, Spain / Aissa Mammasse, Algeria / Alvaro Mejias, Venezuela /Ana Araújo, Portugal / Ana Neamu, Romania / Ana Pilar Morales, Spain / Andrew Baines, Australia / Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio), Spain / Brigid Marlin, UK / Bien Banez, Philippines / Can Emed, Turkey / Carlos Sablón, Cuba / Cătălin Precup, Romania / Cristian Townsend, Australia / Conor Walton, Ireland / Cynthia Tom, China / USA / Dag Samsund, Denmark / Daila Lupo, Italy / Dan Neamu, Romania / Daniel Chiriac, Romania / Daniel Hanequand, France / Canada / Daniele Gori, Italy / Delphine Cencig, France / Dean Fleming, USA / Domen Lo, Slovenia / Edgar Invoker, Russia / Efrat Cybulkiewicz, Venezuela / Egill Eibsen, Iceland / Erik Heyninck, Belgium / Ettore Aldo Del Vigo, Italy / Farhad Jafari, Iran / France Garrido, USA / Francisco Urbano, Portugal / Graça Bordalo Pinheiro, Portugal / Graszka Paulska, Poland / Gromyko Semper, Philippines / Gyuri Lohmuller, Romania / Hector Pineda, Mexico / Hector Toro, Colombia / Henrietta Kozica, Sweden / Hugues Gillet, France / Isabel Meyrelles, Portugal / Iwasaki Nagi, Japan / James Skelton, UK / Jay Garfinkle, USA / Jay Paul Vonkoffler, American / Argentine / Jimah St, Nigeria / João Duarte, Portugal / Keith Wigdor, USA / Konstantin Krok, Belarus / Leo Wijnhoven, Netherlands / Leo Plaw, Germany / Liba WS, France / Lubomír Štícha, Republic Czech / Ludgero Rolo, Portugal / Lv Shang, China / Maciej Hoffman, Poland / Magi Calhoun, USA / Marnie Pitts, UK / Maria Aristova, Russia / Mario Devcic, Croatia / Martina Hoffman, Germany / Mathias Böhm, Germany / Mehriban Efendi, Azerbaijan / Naiker Roman, Cuba / Spain / Nazareno Stanislau, Brazil / Nikolina Petolas, Croatia / Nipon Jungkina, Thailand / Octavian Florescu, Canada / Oleg Korolev, Russia / Olesya Novik, Russia / Olga Caldas, France / Olga Spiegel, USA / Otto Rapp, Austria / Paula Rosa, Portugal / Paulo Cunha, Canada / Pedro Diaz Cartes, Chile / Penny Golledge, UK / Peter MC LANE, France / Philippe Pelletier, France / Roch Fautch, USA / Rodica Miller, USA / Ruben Cukier, Argentine / Israeli / Rudolf Boelee, New Zealand / Sabina Nore, Austria / Sampo Kaikkonen, Finland / Santiago Ribeiro, Portugal / Sarah Zambiasi, Australia / Serge Sunne, Latvia / Sergey Tyukanov, Russia / Shahla Rosa, USA / Shoji Tanaka, Japan / Shan Zhulan, China / Shia Weltenmenge, Germany / Sio Shisio, Indonesia / Slavko Krunic, Serbia / Snežana Petrović, Serbia / Sônia Menna Barreto, Brazil / Steve Smith, USA / Stuart Griggs, UK / Svetlana Kislyachenko, Ukraine / Svetlana Ratova, Russia / Tatomir Pitariu, USA / Ton Haring, Netherlands / Victor Lages, Portugal / Vu Huyen Thuong, Vietnam / Yamal Din, Morocco / Spain / Yuri Tsvetaev, Russia / Zoltan Ducsai, Hungary / Zoran Velimanovic, Serbia.

    The 48 countries represented: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam.


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    Waste Management Confex to encourage social responsibility among students
    Nov 17, 2017

    Muscat, Oman, 14 November 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- In its aim to provide more value to the second edition of Oman Waste and Environmental Services Conference and Exhibition (OWES), Oman’s biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo has taken innovative steps to add an educational and social responsibility dimension to the show by way of the Student Innovation Lab pavilion.

    The Student Innovation Lab encourages students from colleges and universities across Oman to translate their innovative ideas into projects that are relevant to the ongoing environmental awareness campaign spearheaded by state-owned waste management body Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah).

    These projects, relating to environment protection, water conservation, waste management, waste recycling, wastewater treatment, green architecture, climate change mitigation, pollution abatement, green entrepreneurship, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, clean manufacturing and environmental education, upon selection, will be presented to policy and decision makers, investors, and experts in the waste management field. This initiative will hone local talent, and on a larger scale, pave the way in reinforcing the government’s Omanization goal in line with its diversification plan.

    As part of its mission to help create and promote sustainable value in the environments it serves, Oman’s largest privately owned mining group Kunooz Oman Holding has taken on a valuable role in the event by sponsoring the pavilion.

    This year, about 30 local and international companies will showcase products and services from various waste management segments representing nine countries. The exhibition will once again play a significant part in creating and providing trade and investment opportunities and helping to bring the community together to instill awareness of the importance of sustainable waste management. The conference will address the most critical issues as well as discuss solutions for the sector.

    OWES is organized in partnership with be’ah and has in its sponsor roster Tradebe, Ecovision, Cocoon International, Kunooz Oman Holding, Majis Industrial Services, Maqshan Oil & Gas, Arab Lead Company and Urbaser SA.

    It will be held from December 4 to 5 at the Sheraton Oman Hotel from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.


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    Fashion Hong Kong Returns to Tokyo Fashion Week
    Nov 15, 2017

    Hong Kong Designers Showcase Spring/Summer 2018 Collections

    14 November 2017 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), four Hong Kong fashion brands hit the runway in Tokyo, with support from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Tokyo. As part of the 20th anniversary celebratory events for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Fashion Hong Kong Month series, which coincided with Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO Spring/Summer 2018 (16-22 October), unveiled the latest fashion from Hong Kong through a series of fresh initiatives throughout October. The event drew fashion experts, buyers, journalists, bloggers and celebrities, as well as the online fashion crowd to view the latest designs of some of Hong Kong’s hottest designers.

    Fashion Hong Kong Month
    Harrison Wong’s namesake label HARRISON WONG and Polly Ho’s LOOM LOOP returned to the Fashion Hong Kong runway show in Tokyo, which was held on 17 October. Two other brands, MEIKING NG by Meiking Ng and HEAVEN PLEASE+ by design duo Yi Chan and Lary Cheung, made their debut at the runway show. Staged at the retail skyscraper complex Shibuya Hikarie, the show unveiled the latest Hong Kong designs to an audience of fashion lovers, movers and shakers, buyers, local fashion bloggers, celebrities, as well as representatives from the international fashion media, including Vogue Talent, WWD Japan,, gapPRESS.

    The collections highlighted Hong Kong’s design diversity. More than 900 attendees got an up-close look of fashion-forward styles, from LOOM LOOP’s eco-initiatives and Chinese folklore motifs with a fancy twist, to MEIKING NG’s cubic art-meets-architectural cut, and HARRISON WONG’s brilliant interplay of lines and stripes, to HEAVEN PLEASE+’s revisit of inventive visuals and ‘90s subculture. A livestream of the show, organised by the HKTDC and media partner Fashionsnap on its official Periscope, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platform, drew more than 10,000 views. Hong Kong online fashion retail start-up, Goxip also live-streamed the show via its official Facebook account. The collaboration allowed fashion lovers from around the world to purchase items soon after the show.

    More than 200 industry elites attended an after-show party to have a closer look of the runway designs and mingle with the creative minds behind the collections.

    Buyers-Meet-Designers at Fashion Hong Kong Showroom
    Numerous fashion buyers from around the globe visited the Fashion Hong Kong B2B Showroom at H3O Showroom. To match prospective business partners and counterparts, business-matching meetings were arranged between Hong Kong designers and buyers from renowned department stores and e-tailing platforms. On-site orders were placed by local fashion buyers.

    Apart from the four runway designer brands, 10 other Hong Kong fashion accessory labels were also showcased around Tokyo during Fashion Hong Kong Month. The lineup included a o g p, BIG HORN, CECILIA MA, FAVEbykennyli, IIJIN, MARIJOLI, MASE, methodology, MIDOTI by SHARON5 and NOVEL. Their Fall/Winter 2017 and Spring/Summer 2018 collections were sold at pop-up stores in destination Tokyo and LaForet Harajuku.

    Blending fashion and technology, Fashion Hong Kong partnered with local fashion tech start-up, Casetify to present a Fashion Hong Kong x Casetify crossover phone-case collection. Featuring motifs and patterns from the four designers’ runway series, the phone cases were available for print on-demand, allowing trendsetters to carry Hong Kong fashion designs on accessories.

    Extra Delight by Local Young Talent
    Another fashion show, Asia Fashion Collection, held on 15 October in Tokyo, showcased the latest SS18 collections of KA WA KEY, by up-and-coming Hong Kong designer Key Chow, alongside other designs from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

    For three consecutive years, the HKTDC has exhibited the strengths of Hong Kong fashion design via Amazon Fashion Week TOKYO. To nurture Hong Kong’s economy and creativity, Fashion Hong Kong, launched by the HKTDC in 2015, aims to promote local designers and labels to the global fashion stage through a host of promotions. Various world-class runway shows initiated by Fashion Hong Kong have been staged in Tokyo Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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    Delicatessen Trade Show 2018: Introduction of Latest & Featured Japanese Bento and Prepared Meal
    Nov 08, 2017

    TOKYO --( ASIA TODAY )-- At “Delicatessen •Trade Show 2018 (DTS2018)”, the concurrent show of “Supermarket Trade Show 2018”, “Bento and Prepared Meal Awards” is held every year as a special project. “Bento” is a home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.

    The award is to honor outstanding products among entered bento and prepared meals from all over Japan, and the award-winning products and their information will be displayed during DTS2018. Also, a food court where visitors can actually taste some award-winning products is provided.

    The award, which will be held for the seventh time this year, started accepting entries from June 1st, 2017 and received more than 50,000 entries (entries are closed on September 30th, 2017). The document screening was completed by October 18th and the final screening will be held (taste-screening) on November 14th and 15th.


  • Supermarket Trade Show 2018 (SMTS2018)
  • Duration: February 14th (Wednesday) to 16th (Friday), 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    *The last day will close at 4:00pm.

  • Venue: Makuhari Messe (Using all facilities 72,000 sqm with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Organizer: New Supermarket Association of Japan
  • Admission: JPY5,000 *Only charged to visitors without an invitation ticket. Only Industry participant and those over 18 years old are permitted.
  • Visitors: About 86,768 ( The year of 2017 with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Other events during the show: SMTS2018 Special Project ; “Future Store ‘NOW’ - Continuous study of near future supermarket” (visit to for more details) /  Reception party / Stages / Professional seminars
  • Concurrent Show :
    -The 13th Kodawari Food Fair 2018 (An exhibition highlighting unique specialties from all over Japan)
    -The Delicatessen Trade Show 2018 (An exhibition providing the latest information on ready meals industry)
    -The 3rd GAISYOKU FOOD TABLE 2018 (An exhibition for the food service industry)

    About Organizer
    New Supermarket Association of Japan
    Sakurai Bldg.4F, 3-19-8 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
    Tel:+81-3-3255-4825  Fax:+81-3-3255-4826
    Foundation: 1958 (Became an Incorporated Association in 1963. Renamed from Japan Self Service Association in Sep. 2010.)
    Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
    Members: About 330 regular members (about 6,000 stores), about 880 supporting members (as of Apr., 2017)
    Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

    For inquiries:
    New Supermarket Association of Japan (NSAJ) for Foreign Media
    (rJp Marketing Communications)
    Telephone: +81-3-5830-7213

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    Forging Public and Private Collaboration to Boost Indonesia’s Digital Economy
    Nov 07, 2017

    JAKARTA, Indonesia --( ASIA TODAY )-- Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Technology has hailed the second edition of Communic Indonesia and Broadcast Indonesia as an important event towards driving greater participation and synergy between the Government and private enterprises to encourage further digital innovation in the country.

    Speaking at the event, H.E. Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Technology, reiterated the Indonesian Government’s commitment to developing the telecoms and broadcasting sectors.

    He cited stepped-up efforts to improve the country’s place on the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) ICT Development Index, by connecting the country's challenging geography of more than 17,000 islands through the establishment of the Palapa Ring Satellite project providing high-speed broadband internet to the whole Indonesian archipelago.

    He also added that the Communication and Information Ministry, along with members of the House of Representatives, are now working to complete the Broadcasting Law to facilitate the transition from analog to digital TV.

    “Digitalising all aspects of the communications industry is essential to ensure that Indonesian businesses can work effectively, productively and competitively on a global scale. The Indonesian government lauds this international exhibition, as well as the digital economy seminar, hosted by Mastel along with its partners,” said Rudiantara in his opening address.

    More than 4,200 visitors and 204 companies from 27 countries and regions, descended upon the Jakarta International Expo for the three-day event – organized by PT. Pamerindo Indonesia.

    The exhibition showcase and conference topics centered around the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and artificial intelligence, the role of satellite connectivity, the need for cybersecurity, data management and privacy, as well as the future of television, and broadcasting technologies.

    “We have had positive feedback from attendees of the exhibition and the conference sessions. The enthusiastic participation of local business communities, industry associations, and government agencies is a testament to Indonesia’s readiness and commitment to building digital capabilities,” said Ben Wong, President Director of PT Pamerindo. “The response this year has proved that there is great appetite for events such as this in the region. We are therefore proud to announce the launch of NXT Indonesia 2018 – a showcase of emerging technologies and disruptive innovations, that will help create a smarter and more connected Indonesia.”

    Communic Indonesia, NXT Indonesia and Broadcast Indonesia 2018 will take place from 24 – 26 October 2018.


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    First World Fly-in Expo brings brave pilots to Wuhan skies
    Nov 06, 2017

    WUHAN, China, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking into the skies of Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei Province, one will not only see white clouds, but also aerial displays by pilots from Latvia, the United States, Spain and other countries. A feast of air shows is now on display for aviation fans worldwide.

    The World Fly-in Expo (WFE) took flight on Saturday at the South Wuhan General Airport, drawing over 1,000 participants from about 37 countries and regions. The event will feature 788 aircraft, eight grand shows, five major competitions and two record-making activities as well as music festivals, offering an once-in-a-lifetime international air show for 600,000 spectators.

    The WFE is a major project of the 13th Five-Year plan of the Aero Sports Federation of China (ASFC). Organized by the World Air Sports Federation (WASF), the ASFC, Wuhan government and Hubei Sports Bureau, the event will be held every two years in Wuhan. The event features latest technologies in global aero sports and well displays China's prowess in this field, becoming a must-see for the industry.

    The four-day event features aero flight performances, aviation sports competitions, record-making activities, public interaction experience, static exhibitions and forums.

    This is my first visit to this place and I was impressed with Wuhan's modernity and vitality, and I wish the fascinating event a great success, said WASF president Frits Brink.

    Nearly 200 aircrafts are on display at the 20,000-square-meter indoor exhibition area and the 60,000-square-meter outdoor pavilions, which are equivalent to about 10 percent of China's total number of navigation aircrafts, setting a record for static exhibition of domestic air shows. There are high-end business jets, transport aircrafts, famous planes, domestic sports aircrafts, helicopters, private aircrafts and so on, featuring mainstream aircrafts in the industry.

    In order to increase the participation of ordinary people, the event specially introduces aviation popular science education flight simulators, professional simulators, desktop flight trainers and other projects for the public, especially young people to experience the simulation teaching and operation and feel the joy of flying.

    Over 100 industry associations, clubs and business representatives also joined the event to participate in the aviation industry summit forum to be held later to discuss how to make better use of aviation resources.

    In recent years, China has attached great importance to the navigation industry and issued a number of laws and regulations to actively plan its industrial development. In order to further attract and gather world-class talents and enterprises to build a world-class general aviation industry chain, Wuhan set up the General Aviation and Satellite Industrial Park in 2015 according to the requirements of "the best in the world, the most complete in function, the best in display and the most inclusive in products".

    The industrial park is located in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone (Hannan District) with a total area of 24.75 square kilometers. It has set up an integrated industrial park including small aircraft manufacturing, aircraft parts manufacturing, flight training, operation and maintenance, exhibition and trade, tourism and sightseeing, satellite application equipment research and development. The park is divided into the airport core functional area, navigation R&D and manufacturing area, satellite industrial area, bonded area, aviation business district, aviation sports and leisure area and navigable community.

    At present, Hannan General Aviation Airport has built a 1600-meter airport runway, with supporting terminal buildings, event buildings, hangars, FBO and other ancillary buildings, of which the FBO has a total construction area of 40,000 square meters, the largest among China's domestic navigation airports .

    Wuhan signed a contract Saturday with 19 projects which cover navigation manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, training, operation and service, and satellite technology, with total investment reaching 145 billion yuan. The signing of the above projects will greatly enrich Wuhan's aviation industry chain, making it one whole-industrial-chain aero industrial park covering production, flying, training and maintenance.

    The Wuhan General Aviation and Satellite Industrial Park has begun to take shape and it will not only be the normal venue for the WFE, but also the new hub for domestic and global aviation industry and paradise for flying amateurs, according to one organizer, adding that Wuhan hopes to see more friends joining them to explore the aero industry.

    Source: Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone

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    International Participation in MYCONTENT this Sunday
    Oct 24, 2017

    Dubai, 24 October 2017 -- (ASIA TODAY) -- Dubai will play host to the 8th edition of MYCONTENT & the 10th edition of Dubai International Brand Licensing Fair, part of the Big Entertainment Show, this October from 29 to 30, 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 8.

    MYCONTENT is a dedicated event in the region catering to the demands of media content providers across all platforms, and over the years it has truly become the leading entertainment content and media marketplace in the MENA region. The show brings together representatives from TV stations and broadcasters, production companies, distributors, agents, licensees, investors and government officials all under one roof.

    The two exclusive events, MYCONTENT and Dubai International Brand Licensing Fair, part of the Big Entertainment Show, are expected to witness a remarkable participation from more than 150 companies from over 50 countries.

    Algeria, Bahrain, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, and the USA are amongst the 50+ countries represented. Making their debut at MYCONTENT this year will be many renowned entertainment media companies from Romania, Estonia, Cambodia, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Running parallel to the exhibition, MYCONTENT 2017 will feature the Entertainment Content Summit that will host 10 top local and international speakers from the global entertainment and media landscape. They will share their insights and speak about various key trending topics such as Inflight Entertainment, Social Media Re-Inventing the TV Industry, twofour54: Your Gateway to Growth, Showcasing China, ESPORTS Growth Worldwide, Content Monetization on Second Screens and Content Creation in the UAE.

    The event will also witness new releases meant for Ramadan Season and Live Animated Characters by Wonder Media. It is also expected to attract over 900 visitors and top TV executives, media players, as well as students from film and media schools.

    The event running until the 30th of October at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions Organization Est. – member of INDEX Holding, and it is supported by National Media Council, Dubai Film and TV Commission, and Gulf Radio and TV Organization. The event is sponsored by TwoFour 54, Broadcast PRO, Digital Studio ME, Emirates Airlines, National Media Council and Sharjah Media City - SHAMS.

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    FITUR Festivals, a new section at the International Tourism Trade Fair
    Oct 23, 2017

    Organised in collaboration with Spain Live Music with the aim of providing organisers, festival promoters and destinations with a professional and promotional tourism channel

    FITUR 2018 will be staged from 17 to 21 January at Feria de Madrid, organised by IFEMA

    Madrid, 20 October 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The International Tourism Trade Fair is adding to its comprehensive content offering with the new monographic section FITUR Festivals, organised in collaboration with Spain Live Music, the Spanish Music Tourism Association, for the purpose of creating new tourist networks through the opportunities opened up by the world of live music and to promote and advance the festivals and destinations that host it.

    The creation of this space, which launches at the upcoming staging of FITUR, from 17 to 21 January in Hall 3 of Feria de Madrid, is driven by FITUR’s segmentation and professionalisation dynamic, which seeks to meet the demand of an increasingly specialised and professionalised tourism. FITUR Festivals will combine the industry’s professional offering with the offer available to the general public.

    .Giving visibility and reinforcing the product
    The international outreach of FITUR 2018 will provide an excellent showcase in which festival organisers, promoters, destinations, the industry’s supplier and ancillary companies, specialised travel agencies, ticketing companies and festival sponsors, among others, can display their offering and create business.

    FITUR will thus provide an exhibition area integrating an auditorium for live presentations and round tables. It will also feature demonstrations by exhibitors and will fit out a chillout zone to favour networking among attendees.

    Right now, festivals have become a growing attraction for an important population segment that schedules their holidays and chooses a destination on the basis of such events. According to the SGAE, almost 22 million people attended music events this year. This has led promoters, organisers and tourist companies to increasingly work together to provide the best shows, services and experiences for millions of travellers from around the world, and FITUR Festivals will be the perfect stage for giving them the tools that will help them boost this growing tourist niche.

    .The trade fair in figures
    FITUR 2018 will be the global meeting point for tourism professionals and will this coming year once more become the leading trade fair for Latin American inbound and outbound markets. The last staging saw the participation of 9,893 exhibitor companies from 165 countries/regions, with a total of 135,838 trade visitors and 109,134 visitors from the general public.

    Together with the new FITUR Festivals, FITUR 2018 will feature the regular sections FITURTECH Y, the forum for Sustainability, Innovation, Technology and Business organised by the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH); Fitur Know-how & Export, organised by SEGITTUR in collaboration with ICEX and FITUR; FITUR Shopping; FITUR Health together with Spaincares; and FITUR Gay (LGBT) organised by Diversity Consulting International. In addition to this, the Trade Fair will also include the staging of Investour, the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa organised jointly by the UNWTO, Casa África and FITUR.

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