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Tourism New Zealand today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent”, 00700.HK), a leading provider of Internet value-added services in China, in Shenzhen, China, to jointly support the growth of Chinese Free Independent Travellers (FIT) with fresh, unique travel experiences, and build New Zealand as a desirable, high-value international destination brand for Chinese travelers.
The MoU makes the collaboration between Tourism New Zealand and Tencent official, and will strengthen Tencent’s integrated marketing outreach in mainland China, enhancing the overall travel experience of Chinese visitors. It also deepens Tourism New Zealand’s understanding of Chinese tourists through Tencent Social Solution, which includes WeChat advertisements and WeChat Mini Programs.
Gregg Wafelbakker, General Manager Asia of Tourism New Zealand, said, “China is New Zealand’s second-largest international tourism market, and the number one market in terms of holiday spending. bring the exceptional New Zealand experience to more Chinese tourists, Tourism New Zealand has been seeking diversified, digitalized and innovative partnerships. As a leader in China’s Internet industry, Tencent has a robust technology platform and strong digital marketing service capabilities. We are excited to leverage Tencent’s expertise to jointly facilitate the development of the Chinese Free Independent Travel market and provide high-quality travel experience to Chinese tourists.”
Poshu Yeung, Vice President, International Business Group, Tencent, said, “We are excited about our collaboration with Tourism New Zealand, one of the world’s most well-respected tourism boards. Fully utilizing Tencent Social Solution and our innovative technologies as well as our valuable insights into mainland Chinese consumers, we aim to help Tourism New Zealand in better connecting with its Chinese tourists, and further enrich the travel experiences of Chinese FIT visitors across New Zealand. Through this new collaboration along with other joint initiatives to come, New Zealand will certainly become a more popular destination of choice among Chinese travelers.”
The collaboration also aims to further develop New Zealand’s tourism industry through extending the country’s marketing outreach efforts to the inbound Chinese market, with local merchants aimed to have a deepened understanding of Chinese travelers’ consumption behavior via WeChat user insights. Using the company’s expertise in Chinese consumer engagement, Tencent will provide user insights for Tourism New Zealand to widen their grasp of Chinese visitors’ consumption habits and preferences, which will serve as basis for them to develop more impactful marketing strategies.
WeChat and Weixin offer an excellent integrated platform to raise brand awareness among travelers in China, as proven by its more than 1,082 million monthly active users. Through Tourism New Zealand’s influence and network in New Zealand, Tencent hopes to promote its offerings, such as WeChat and Tencent Social Solution, among Chinese tourists visiting the country. Tencent will also offer recommendations for other local stakeholders to open or improve their WeChat official accounts to be able to more effectively build brand awareness.
Chinese tourists can access the newly launched Mini Program by Tourism New Zealand to get the latest travel information about the country, such as travel tips, visa policy, flight and hotel information, local transportation and weather updates, etc. The Mini Program is a perfect tool for Chinese FIT travelers.
To access Tourism New Zealand’s Mini Program, please scan the QR code with WeChat.
About Tourism New Zealand
Tourism New Zealand is the crown entity responsible for attracting high-value visitors to New Zealand and providing advice to the government and the tourism industry. We do this by targeting visitors from 15 key markets who we know will stay longer, visit outside of peak season, spend more and visit more regions – spreading the benefits of international tourism across the country and throughout the year.
Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information and seek entertainment through our integrated platforms. Tencent’s diversified services include QQ, Weixin/ WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; QQ.com and Tencent News for information and Tencent Video for video content. Tencent was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company is one of the constituent stocks of the Hang Seng Index. Tencent seeks to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a mutually beneficial environment for partners, and staying close to users.
Former World War II tugboat, Empire Sandy, is announced to arrive at the Tall Ships 2019 festival in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Empire Sandy weighs 740 tons and currently operates as a charting vessel for special events. This 203-foot-long ship can hold up to 275 passengers, in addition to a 25 member crew, seating up to 160 guests below decks. While not originally built as a tall ship, it is the last of the large Empire fleet to still exist.
Canada’s largest sailing vessel, EMPIRE SANDY, is announced to arrive at tall ships 2019 festival in Erie, PA.
Built in 1943, this ship is not the only one to bear the first name Empire. A fleet of 1,464 others also carried the title after being built by the British Government for service in World War II. Empire Sandy was originally a tugboat that recovered damaged merchant ships after a battle, as well as other Royal Navy duties. Having sailed in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Oceans, the ship’s journey continued after the war. The Empire Sandy was sold as a towing vessel in both the United Kingdom and Canada which caused its name to change to Ashford and then Chris M.
In the 1970s, as steam-powered vessels were replaced with diesel power, the ship was to be sold off as scrap and broken apart. Before break-up could occur, the ship was sold again and in five years was rebuilt as a three-masted schooner and renamed Empire Sandy.
The Empire Sandy, sponsored by Lincoln Metal, will be docked at the Bayfront Convention Center after the Parade of Sail on Thursday, Aug. 22. Tall Ships Erie 2019, presented by Highmark, will take place Aug. 22-25, 2019. The festival will showcase 12 tall ships, deck tours, day sails, live music and entertainment, children’s activities, a festival marketplace, food vendors, a beer garden and much more. To purchase tickets or for more information go to tallshipserie.org.
Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ship races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions and to inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®. In 2019, the tall ship races are officially sponsored by Erie Insurance. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, Erie Insurance is a Fortune 500 company offering auto, home, business and life insurance through a network of more than 12,000 local independent Erie agents.
SOURCE Tall Ships Erie
Memorial Day weekend is jam packed with things to do in The Mile High City, including live music, professional sports, major exhibitions and outdoor activities. There is also plenty to explore in the weekends leading up to Memorial Day; with Denver’s year-round renowned arts and cultural offerings, thriving culinary scene and urban adventure, there are hundreds of exciting events that encourage people to visit The Mile High City and reclaim the weekend.
Denver’s year-round renowned arts and cultural offerings, burgeoning music and culinary scenes and urban adventure, there are hundreds of exciting events that encourage people to visit The Mile High City and reclaim the weekend this May. (Credit: VISIT DENVER)
Below are several events taking place during May weekends; for more information, including hotel deals, visit DenverWeekends.com.
Memorial Day Weekend in Denver
The unofficial kickoff to summer features events and festivals, professional sports, live music, performing arts and much more.
Denver Day of Rock, May 25
Denver Day of Rock is a free event that features five stages of live music along Denver’s 16th Street Mall on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Denver Day of Rock unites the community through music and family-friendly entertainment while also raising funds to support Amp the Cause, a Denver nonprofit that raises awareness about critical family issues and supports local charities. This year’s lineup includes headliners Eli Young Band, Barns Courtney and Austin Young Band, among many other local and national artists.
Other concerts over Memorial Day Weekend include The Devil Makes Three (May 24), The Disco Biscuits (May 25) and Celtic Woman (May 26) at Red Rocks Amphitheatre; Carmina Burana from the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Symphony Chorus (May 24-26) at the Boettcher Concert Hall; and many more at venues throughout the city.
Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies will play the Baltimore Orioles in a three-game series (May 24-26) followed by another series against the Arizona Diamondbacks beginning on Memorial Day (May 27).
Denver is home to a burgeoning music scene – seen in locally-grown international sensations like One Republic, Lumineers and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, among others – and there are many opportunities to see local, national and international acts throughout the city. From intimate theaters and unique venues to outdoor stages and the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a live show this month.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre – a bucket list venue for musicians and music lovers alike, and Rolling Stone’s “best outdoor concert venue” in the nation – hosts the Red Rocks Summer Concert Series each year. Known as the world’s only naturally formed, acoustically perfect amphitheater, Red Rocks will present its largest summer lineup yet with the most number of headliners performing at the renowned concert venue in its 78-year history. May headliners include Luke Combs (May 12), Adventure Club/Bear Grillz (May 18), Florence + the Machine (May 20-21) and Chromeo/Thievery Corporation (May 31); the full concert schedule can be found online.
On any given weekend, national and local acts take the stage at the myriad of clubs, lounges and venues throughout the city. From chic hotspots and jazz bars on Larimer Square and in LoDo (Lower Downtown) to intimate concert venues and energetic dance floors on Colfax, there is something for every genre and live music experience anyone may seek.
Nocturne, a restored warehouse in Denver’s hip RiNo (River North) Arts District, is a modern jazz and supper club that features nightly live jazz. May’s lineup includes the Mark Diamond Quartet (Fridays), Charlie Porter & Company (May 16), the Gonzalo Teppa Quintet (Thursdays) and more.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, a former-brothel-turned-restaurant and venue hosts brunch performances, themed DJ dance parties, burlesque shows and much more. This May, concerts include Brunch with Hi Lux (May 5), Jackie Greene with Elise Davis (May 11), David Phipps of STS9 (May 17-18), an 80s and a 90s dance party, among many other acts.
Bluebird Theater on Colfax Avenue is an intimate venue with a vintage historic vibe. Artists performing at the Bluebird this month include Bruno Major (May 7), Kevin Morby (May 18), The Faint (May 22) and The Teskey Brothers with Katie Pruitt (May 31), along with several more concerts throughout May.
The Ogden Theatre, also on Colfax Avenue, was built in 1917 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Concerts in May include Passion Pit (May 12), Hunter Hayes with Levi Hummon (May 17), FKJ with Lou Phelps (May 20-21), The Disco Biscuits (May 23-24) and more.
Denver is a great city for families, with kid-friendly attractions, outdoor adventures and plenty of activities and dining options to suit everyone’s taste.
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens is America’s only downtown theme and water park. All weekend – and all summer – long, kids of all ages can experience more than 50 rides and attractions, including the new Meow Wolf Kaleidoscape – the first art-driven dark ride in the world – and 14 pint-sized adventures, exhilarating roller coasters, cool water slides, Dive-In Movies, free concerts and more.
Denver Zoo is home to more than 4,300 animals representing 650 species including Asian elephants, African lions, Komodo dragons and Western lowland gorillas; and it is the greenest zoo in the country. Open daily with numerous animal shows, feedings and meet and greets, along with new animals and interactive exhibits, Denver Zoo is one of the city’s top cultural attractions.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Morgridge Family Exploration Center features 126,000 square feet and five levels of exhibit space. The space has a beautiful glass expanse that connects the Museum with City Park and gorgeous views of downtown, and also provides exhibit space for world exclusive shows and major national touring exhibitions.
Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, through August 4
The senses get the scientific spotlight in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, an exhibition for the whole family that playfully reveals how and why what we perceive is not all, or exactly, what’s actually going on around us. In a series of interactive galleries, visitors will enjoy some “sensory overload” as they play with color, patterns, sound, scents and touch and discover how there is so much more to our senses than just the usual five.
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, through August 25
Although Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, his influence has endured. His extraordinary legacy as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor and philosopher comes to life at Denver Museum of Nature & Science in Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, the most comprehensive exhibition about da Vinci ever presented. Dozens of replicas of da Vinci’s machine inventions, built using his detailed codices, reveal how his fundamental scientific and artistic principles continue to impact the world today. In addition, the exhibition will feature the fascinating Secrets of the Mona Lisa exhibit, with super-magnified visual examinations and the only 360-degree replica ever made of the iconic painting.
About VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating 110 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A record 17.4 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2017, generating $6.5 billion in spending, while supporting nearly 59,300 jobs, making Tourism one of the largest industries in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER or by phone at 800 2 Denver. Denver International Airport (DEN; flydenver.com) connects The Mile High City to more than 200 destinations worldwide. Follow Denver’s social media channels for up-to-the-minute updates at: Facebook.com/visitdenver; Twitter.com/visitdenver; Instagram.com/visitdenver; and YouTube.com/visitdenver.
Jeonju City announced that large-scale cultural festivals including the 20th Jeonju International Film Festival and Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival will take place in Jeonju, the most Korean city and one of the major tourist cities in Asia in May 2019. The 20th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will be held from May 2 to 11 at Jeonju Movie Street and Palbok Art Factory. 23rd Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival is going to take place at Korea Traditional Culture Center from May 4 to 6. In addition a bunch of cultural events will take place in Jeonju are Airing out The Annals of the Choson Dynasty, a reenactment of traditional event where people hung out the annals to dry (May 5), and Night of Jeonju & Heritage Story (May 25-26), which allows visitors to experience Jeonju’s cultural heritage, nightscape, and various cultural contents in one place, and Jeonju Daesaseup Festival (June 7-10), which features Pansori, a traditional Korean musical genre.
Source: ESN.net, event sharing network
The Islands Of The Bahamas are having a record-breaking year and there is no end in sight. As international arrivals continue to rise, new excursions, events and property developments are breaking ground, setting up the islands for a busy summer. As the summer travel season approaches, resorts are starting to roll out deals, making May a great time to book a Bahamas vacation.
International Arrivals Continue to Climb – The April ForwardKeys survey, which tracks inbound visitor data, revealed that international arrivals to The Bahamas increased by 5.7% in March, with Q1 arrivals 9.6% ahead of the previous year. Forward bookings are running 2.8% and international air capacity increased by 16.9% in March.
Hurricane Hole Marina Project – Paradise Island’s Hurricane Hole Marina is getting a $250 million redevelopment by Sterling Global Development. The project will include expanding the marina, a state of the art pool, two restaurants, gourmet market, office and residential space.
MSC Cruises x Martha Stewart Tour– MSC Cruises is partnering with Martha Stewart to feature culinary and exploratory experiences on the ship and at the destinations it visits. In The Bahamas, visitors can participate in a Bush Medicine Gardens & Tea Tour, includes a guided medicinal plant walk through Retreat Gardens, followed by afternoon tea at Graycliff Hotel. Excursions can be purchased here.
PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS
For a complete, up-to-date listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.
Rosewood Baha Mar Early Booking Bonus – When booking 60 or more days in advance, guests can save up to 10% off the best available rate on luxurious rooms or suites. Complimentary WiFi available.
Gems Beach Escape in Paradise – Book now thru June 10, 2019 to receive 20% off Plus Fly Free roundtrip ticket from Nassau to Deadman’s Cay, Long Island for four night, pre-booked stays or longer at Gems at Paradise Private Beach Resort.
Shop Tax Free in The Bahamas – Look for the blue star or ask for Global Blue Tax Free Shopping and enjoy paying less in The Bahamas. Be prepared to show a passport or other ID, spend a minimum of $25. Both U.S. and Bahamian currencies are accepted when processing Tax Free Shopping refunds.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Stay up-to-date with the latest Bahamas events and happenings: www.bahamas.com/events
Twilight Electric Festival at Atlantis, Paradise Island (April 12 – June 23) Featuring the cabaret show, “Showtime at the Pink Flamingo,” every Wednesday through Sunday, the festival will incorporate Bahamian art and music. Tickets can be purchased by emailing – [email protected]
Bahamas Hoopfest (November 27 – November 30) – Save the date: The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Thanksgiving Classic will be hosted in Nassau. This will be the first women’s basketball event of its kind to be hosted in The Bahamas. View fan packages here.
ABOUT THE BAHAMAS
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone.
SOURCE The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation