Asia Society Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Asia 21


Hong Kong, November 29, 2015 / - Asia Society's Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, the Asia-Pacific's preeminent network of next-generation leaders, will mark its tenth anniversary on December 2-4, when it holds a special summit at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Asia 21 is a robust network of more than 800 young leaders from 30 countries, focused on shaping a brighter future for the Asia-Pacific, and confronting the most vexing challenges facing the region today. Asia 21 Young Leaders are selected through a highly competitive process based on outstanding achievement, commitment to public service, and a proven ability to make the world a better place.

"Next-generation leaders hold the keys to our future, and Asia has a treasure trove of leadership talent," said Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of Asia Society. "Asia 21 includes the most brilliant pacesetters, young leaders who are already helping tackle poverty, hunger and creating new governance and business opportunities. We are proud to give them a global platform and a network of like-minded talent from throughout Asia."

In addition to welcoming the Class of 2015, more than 100 of the initiative's change-makers from previous classes will gather in Hong Kong to celebrate the achievements of the first decade, explore innovative ways to leverage the Asia 21 network for greater impact, and address critical issues facing the region.

"Asia 21 was born in Hong Kong a decade ago, and so we are proud to welcome this remarkable group to our Hong Kong Center for the 10th anniversary," said Asia Society Co-Chair Ronnie C. Chan, who also serves as Chair of the Society's Hong Kong Center. "These people represent great examples of what we are all about: building crucial bridges between the peoples and cultures of Asia."

Among highlights of the Asia 21 10th Anniversary summit:

– Dinner hosted by Asia Society Co-Chair Ronnie C. Chan, featuring a short film about Asia 21 and testimonials from a half dozen distinguished alumni;

– Keynote conversation with retired U.S. Army General and chairman of KKR Global Institute, David Petraeus;

– Special sessions highlighting the impactful work of Asia 21 alumni including Tudor Clee, founder of New Zealand's Touchable Earth; Scarlett Li, founder and CEO of Zebra Media, China's most innovative entertainment platform; Myanmar's Yin Myo Su, founder of Inle Heritage Foundation; Natharoun Ngo, Head of Program at United Nations, Cambodia; Penny Low, Founder, Social Innovation Park, Ltd. from Singapore; Malaysia's Mun Ching Yap, Executive Director, Air Asia Foundation; Nepal's Rabi Karmacharya, Founder & Executive Director, Open Learning Exchange Network; Itochu Corporation Executive Officer and General Counsel Mitsuru Claire Chino from Japan; Goldman Sachs Head of Corporate Engagement in Asia Wenchi Yu from the U.S.; Australia's Ewa Wojkowska, Co-Founder and COO of Kopernik; International Security Fellow at New America Faiysal AliKhan from Pakistan; and Afghanistan's Saad Mohseni, Chairman and CEO of Moby Group;

– Screening of Rosewater, followed by a discussion with Asia 21 young leader, author, and former political prisoner Maziar Bahari, whose life inspired the film;

– Screening of the recent HBO documentary, "The Diplomat", followed by a conversation with filmmaker David Holbrooke, who will discuss leadership as embodied in the legacy of his late father, the film's subject, and former Asia Society Chairman, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke;

"Asia 21 Task Forces" will leverage the collective experience and expertise of the Asia 21 network to generate a core set of recommendations on four topics—public health, good governance practices, innovation, and the environment.

These Task Forces will be respectively coordinated and led by four Asia 21 alumni: Dr. Akash Goel, who spearheaded the launch of India's national Second Line ARV drug program that currently provides lifesaving medication to tens of thousands of individuals living with HIV/AIDS; Aaron Maniam, Director of the Industry Division at Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry; Armen Orujyan, the founder and CEO of Athgo International, one of the world's leading entrepreneurial platforms in consultative status; and Dorjee Sun, Director of Carbon Conversation and one of Time's "Heroes of the Environment" in 2009
Participating Asia 21 alumni at the summit will also include President & CEO of Philippines' Bases Conversion and Development Authority Arnel Casanova (Philippines); CEO & founder of Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) Veronica Colondam (Indonesia); Vice President for global ICT Programs and Policy, Internews Kathleen Reen (Australia); Executive Director, the Institute for Societal Leadership (ISL), Singapore Management University Martin Tan (Singapore); National Award-Winning Documentary and Producer Aarti Shrivastava (India); Founder and President of the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center Ejaj Ahmad (Bangladesh); and Partner Chief Engineer at NASA Adam Gilmore (U.S.).

For more information about Asia 21 Please contact Kathryn Cardenas at [email protected]

Source: Asia Society

Le Club AccorHotels Announces Exclusive Points Offer At Over 500 Hotels And Resorts In Asia


Shanghai, China, November 29, 2015 / - Le Club AccorHotels has launched an exclusive points offer for its Asia Pacific hotels to reward and recognise members from 2 November 2015 to 29 February 2016. The offer gives members the opportunity to earn double points from Mondays to Thursdays and triple points from Fridays to Sundays. Over 500 hotels are taking part including selected Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, The Sebel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis hotels across the region.

The promotion will provide members the opportunity to accumulate points much faster in exchange for more perks and privileges when they stay at selected AccorHotels from luxurious city-centre hotels to resorts. Members can burn points at gorgeous locations from the beaches of Bali and Fiji to the Gold Coast, Koh Samui or Bora Bora.

“Members can take the opportunity to earn more points with their loved ones for a special getaway this holiday season,” says Javier Cedillo-Espin, AccorHotels’ Senior Vice President Loyalty & Customer Experience Asia Pacific. “The exclusive points offer provides members the opportunity to discover exotic locations and enjoy travel experiences at our hotels and resorts around the world or to gain faster access to member events and book hotel stays.”

Members must register to be eligible for this offer and the campaign is valid at participating hotels in Asia Pacific for bookings made online at or via the AccorHotels Reservations Service. Joining Le Club AccorHotels is simple. Anyone who has not signed up yet can do so before making their booking to enjoy the exclusive points offer. For full information on the program, visit

Le Club AccorHotels is the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to use their points at more than 2500 hotels globally, without any validity or availability restrictions. For every €10 spent, members earn 25 points; as soon as they reach 2,000 points, members are entitled to a €40 voucher, which they can use towards future stays or convert into privileges with one of the program’s many partners (airlines, car rental firms, etc.) and exclusive Le Club AccorHotels VIP member events.

Source: Accor Greater China

Winter Wonderland Christmas and New Year Celebrations At The Westin Bund Center Shanghai


Shanghai, China, November 27, 2015 / - This year, back by popular demand, the hotel continues to kick off the festive season with a series of signature grand Christmas and New Year's events.

"Not only do we have dinner parties hosted respectively by Westin Venues: The Stage, Prego, Heavenlies; but we are also embracing the holidays with special festive Brunches on Christmas Day and New Year's Day," said Johanna Klaasen, Director of Food & Beverage of the hotel. "With exquisite cuisines, exciting performances and live entertainment, your festive season at The Westin Bund Center Shanghai is bound to be a wonderful and magical one!" she added.

The Westin Bund Center Shanghai's Christmas and New Year's events include:

Mr & Mrs Claus Aperitivo, Thursday, 17th December
Santa Claus is coming to Aperitivo and he is bringing the Martini with him! Join Aperitivo and experience a traditional Italian Christmas antipasto buffet while sipping on a delightful selection of Martini Christmas cocktails. Dress up as your favorite Christmas character and go in the running to receive give-aways and win prizes.

RMB 150 per person inclusive of service charge | 6:30pm – 9pm

Christmas Warm Up Brunch, Sunday, 20th December
Have the perfect head start to the festive season with our Christmas warm up brunch. Enjoy a delicious range of sumptuous holiday foods, desserts and cocktails and be swept away by an afternoon of entertainment, live performances, Westin Kid’s Club festive activities and lucky draw prizes.

RMB 578 + 15% per person / kids RMB 250 + 15% per person | 11:30am – 2:30pm

Westin Winter Wonderland Christmas Eve Dinner, Thursday, 24th December
Christmas is the time for spending time with the ones you love the most. Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy precious times with family and friends while experiencing the world's best festive cuisine this holiday season. We offer Christmas culinary traditions from across the globe and promise an evening filled with delicious food and drink, exciting live entertainment and family laughter this Christmas Eve at Westin.

Stage, Heavenlies & Prego: *RMB 998 pp/ RMB 318 children

• Featuring a sensational unlimited gourmet buffet dinner with live interactive cooking stations offering both international and local specialties
• Free flow beverage package includes red & white wine, Taittinger Champagne, beer, juice and soft drinks
• A variety of live performances including acrobats, opera singers and dancers
• Party favors and decorations with a special visit from Santa Claus
• An exciting lucky draw with over 50 prizes to be won
• *Prices inclusive of service charge

Christmas Day Brunch, Friday, 25th December
Take the bother out of Christmas Day and allow us to do the cooking for you. Relax and enjoy this special holiday with family and friends and spend a leisurely afternoon sipping Taittinger Champagne and indulging in all your favorite holiday foods. Be entertained by live performances throughout the afternoon, table visits from Santa, Westin Kid’s Club festive activities, gifts and lucky draw prizes.

RMB 678 + 15% per person / kids RMB 318 + 15% per person | 11:30am – 2:30pm

The Stage & Prego New Year’s Eve Seafood Spectacular, Thursday, 31st December

Indulge in a spectacular seafood buffet experience unlike any in Shanghai as our team of Chefs brings the very best from the ocean to your table.

• Enjoy a lavish selection of fresh imported and local seafood
• An exceptional buffet selection of hot and cold cuisine and desserts
• Free flow beverage package includes red & white wine, Taittinger Champagne, beer, juice and soft drinks
• Enjoy live entertainment
• Party favors and decorations for all guests
• An exciting lucky draw with over 50 prizes to be won!
RMB 888 per person inclusive of service charge | 6:30pm-10pm

NYE Warm Up Brunch, Sunday, December 27th

Gear up for 2016 in style. Bring your family and friends along to enjoy a decadent afternoon sipping Taittinger Champagne, drinking new year’s cocktails, trying a few shots at the shot bar and indulging in all your favorite foods. Be entertained by live performances throughout the afternoon and go in the running to win lucky draw prizes.

RMB 578 + 15% per person / kids RMB 250 + 15% per person | 11:30am – 2:30pm

Super Foods Recovery Brunch, Friday, 1st January

Our chefs are excited to present a nutrient packed powerhouse Super Foods New Year’s Day recovery feast! All ingredients have been specifically chosen and prepared for their health promoting, detoxifying and nutrient rich properties. Enjoy the sheer goodness of our super-sized selection of Super Foods detox juices, health shots, smoothies and cocktails along with free flow Taittinger Champagne.

RMB 688 +15% per person | 11:30am – 2:30pm

For Festive Dining Reservations, please call 6103 5048 or email: [email protected]


About The Westin Bund Center Shanghai

Just a stroll away is the magnificent Bund architectural site and waterfront. Yu garden, a 400-year-old classical Chinese garden and the popular pedestrian shopping precinct on Nanjing Road are also within short walking distance. Lujiazhui Financial District is a mere 10-minute taxi ride away. Guests will be pleasantly delighted on arrival with the grand atrium lobby featuring a striking cantilevered glass staircase inlaid with delicate rice paper and beautiful soft-glow lighting. With 570 tastefully-decorated guest rooms and suites offered in two towers, other services and facilities include restaurants serving Chinese, Italian and international favorites including the city’s famous Sunday Brunch, a Westin Workout fitness centre with indoor swimming pool and Banyan Tree Spa.

The Westin Bund Center Shanghai is located at 88 Henan Middle Road, Shanghai 200002, China. Tel: (86 21) 6335 1888.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts has been a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade. Today, Westin has 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, and is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

Source: Westin Bund Center Shanghai

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing Holds Important Event With Yanqi Island


Beijing, November 21, 2015 / - The second international forum "Understanding China" was successfully held at Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing and Yanqi Island from 1-4 November 2015. This is the second time for the Kempinski team to successfully complete their mission to host a global forum after APEC in 2014.

At the second "Understanding China Conference", about 100 former political leaders, intellectuals and entrepreneurs from different countries, including Italy's former Prime Minister Mario Monti, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt , former President of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz, former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos, former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, Singapore's former Foreign Minister George Yeo, where personally welcomed by General Manager Brice Péan.

"We are highly valued and appreciated by all the international dignitaries and the leaders from the Beijing government for the high quality of service that our Kempinski team has demonstrated," said Brice Péan.


Editor’s Notes:
Located 60 km (37.3 mi) north of Beijing's city centre, alongside the picturesque Yanqi Lake, Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island is Kempinski’s largest property in China, offering panoramic views of Yan Mountain and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

Managed by Kempinski and owned by state-owned Beijing Enterprise Group, this new destination includes 595 guestrooms and suites housed across the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing, located along the lake, the Yanqi Hotel and 12 Boutique Hotels, located on Yanqi Island. Leisure facilities include 14 restaurants and bars, two Kempinski The Spa branches, a private marina, the Yanqi Pagoda, recreational and fitness facilities, a kid’s club and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Be it dining with loved ones, entertaining business associates, hosting a meeting, staging a conference, celebrating a large or intimate wedding, or a weekend escape with the family, the facilities at Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island offer guests a surprising change from their traditional experience in a resort hotel.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island destination was the official host venue for APEC China 2014.

Media Contacts:
Linda Wu
Director of Marketing & Communications
Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island
Yanqi Lake, Huairou District, Beijing, China
Email: [email protected]

Source: Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing