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Ctrip to boost tourism to Mediterranean paradise Morocco

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Landmark agreement helping to put Morocco on Chinese itineraries

RABAT, Morocco, Sept. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ctrip, Asia’s largest online travel agent, has formally signed a strategic co-operation agreement with Morocco’s National Tourism Office to boost Chinese tourism to Morocco.

James Liang, Chairman and Co-founder of Ctrip, met with an official Moroccan delegation led by Mr. Saad Eddine El Othman, Prime Minister of Morocco. Official attendees included Mr. Mohamed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy, and Mr. Adel El Fakir, Director General of Morocco’s National Tourism Office.

The partnership will span over three years, and aims to increase exposure of Moroccan destinations in the China, notably through digital marketing campaigns. With over 60 years of diplomatic relations, a China-Morocco Year of Culture and Tourism planned for 2020, and a visa exemption policy in place since 2016, Morocco has opened its doors to embrace Chinese tourists.

Mr. Saad Eddine El Othman, Prime Minister of Morocco said, “we are very optimistic about the future, and I am certain that our partnership with Ctrip will play an indispensable role in attracting more Chinese travellers to Morocco.”

In the three years since the introduction of the visa exemption policy, the number of Chinese tourists visiting the country has soared from 43,000 in 2016 to 200,000 in 2018. According to Ctrip flight data, Morocco was the third most popular destination in Africa for Chinese outbound tourists during the 2019 summer holiday season, following Rwanda and Namibia. The number of flights booked from China to Morocco grew 140% compared to last summer.

But there is so much more potential, James Liang remarked. “Morocco is such a beautiful country, with many rich experiences awaiting Chinese visitors. But up until this point, the proportion of Chinese tourists visiting the region has remained relatively low.”

Morocco has its sights set on improving its capacity to host tourists, working primarily to upgrade its accommodation and transportation sectors. The country hopes to more than double the number of Chinese tourists visiting the country annually in 2020 to 500,000, and is currently in discussions with airlines to open a direct flight route between Morocco and China.

Working with Ctrip, Morocco will further benefit from social media exposure and package tour product development, among other points of collaboration, to help the country realise its tourism aspirations.

The co-operation will mainly take place in the areas of product development and marketing, with Ctrip building upon the foundation of its already popular Southern European group itineraries, and working towards making the location more accessible for individual travellers. Liang said, “for us, today is a new beginning. There is so much potential for Morocco, and I look forward to working together, to put this beautiful country on the itineraries of both tour groups and independent travellers in the coming years.”

Mr. Mohamed Sajid, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts and Social Economy said, “we hope to attract 500,000 Chinese tourists in 2020, and with Ctrip, I am certain we will make good progress towards earning a place among the world’s top 20 destinations.”

Mr. Adel El Fakir, Director General of the Moroccan Tourism Office (ONMT) said, “Morocco is home to a wealth of cuisine and culture, and we’d love to share this with more Chinese tourists. Our partnership with Ctrip will help us to better cater to their needs, and ensure that Moroccan destinations achieve maximum exposure in the Chinese market.”

Together, Ctrip will help Morocco to achieve the country’s 2020 Vision, which aims to earn it a place among the ranks of the the world’s top travel destinations, and to support tourism as the driving force for financial, social, and cultural development in Morocco.

About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume. Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip also helps customers book vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China.

For further information, please contact:
Ctrip.com International, ltd.
Tel: (+86) 21 3406 4880 ext 196455
Email: pr@ctrip.com

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IDEX begins deliveries of its dual-interface sensor to world class electronics manufacturer

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Oslo, Norway, 15 October 2019: IDEX Biometrics ASA, a leading provider of advanced fingerprint identification and authentication solutions, has received a purchase order and initiated production ramp preparations to fulfill a multi-year order commitment signed with a leading provider of global financial news and IT services, as announced in April this year.

As part of this multimillion-dollar commitment IDEX is supplying its dual-interface sensors to one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturing service companies in order to qualify their manufacturing process; a critical step in any ramp-up process.

Stan Swearingen, CEO of IDEX Biometrics comments: “This is an exciting time for IDEX as we gear up volume production with our partners in what will be a cutting-edge, secure access solution. We now expect a regular flow of purchase orders from this customer and look forward to being an integral part of the rollout of their enhanced biometric security solutions”.

For further information contact:
Stuart Hunt, Head of Investor Relations & Communications
+44 (0)1276 534 632

About IDEX Biometrics
IDEX Biometrics ASA (OSE: IDEX) is the leading provider of fingerprint identification technologies offering simple, secure and personal authentication for all. We help people make payments, prove their identity, gain access to information, unlock devices or gain admittance to buildings with the touch of a finger. We invent, engineer and commercialize these secure, yet incredibly user-friendly solutions. Our total addressable market represents a fast-growing multi-billion-unit opportunity.

For more information, visit www.idexbiometrics.com and follow @IDEXBiometrics

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

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Global e∙dentity™ files its third formal USPTO 37CFR1.290 request in six months against Apple AAPL (NASDAQ)

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WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global e∙dentity™, founded by Robert Adams, U.S. Navy veteran who along with the most amazing engineers & team, have developed and patented the next generation of identity protocol methods, has now filed its third 37CFR1.290 request with the USPTO within in six months against Apple; the formal third-party review request with the USPTO is in opposition to Apple newest patent application 16/262032 published on September 12, 2019. Adams stated that Global e∙dentity™ had “no choice, and once again, file a new third-party action with the USPTO in response to Apple’s latest published patent application.”  USPTO new third party filing is noted on the Global e·dentity™ website: https://www.globaledentity.com/third-party-review-uspto3/

Global e∙dentity™ was featured on Featured on KRON4 — San Francisco Bay Area’s Local TV www.globaledentity.com/2019/06/22/kron4-apple-intellectual-property-theft-and-patent-violations with regards the first of two third-party actions with the USPTO against Apple.  Adams continued, “We are indeed flattered that Apple has now filed, not one, not two, but now a third patent application based on our already patented technology 10,135,822 Biometric authentication of individuals utilizing characteristics of bone and blood vessel structures and its continuation patents.   Having said that, the key question remains: Why did Apple fail to inform the USPTO they had in their possession per their request, all of our trade secrets and provisional patent as early as March/April 2017 when negotiations started between representatives of Apple and Global e∙dentity?”

Global e·dentity™, is young well-funded tech start-up company with national security applications in mind; providing secure multi-factor biometric and digital identity solutions. For more information, visit www.globaledentity.com. Global e·dentity™ and product are either registered trademarks or trademarks of You are the ID ™ LLC in the United States and/or other countries.

For more information, press only: Sophia Miller  sophiam@globaledentity.com

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Digia Plc will publish its business review January-September 2019 on October 31, 2019

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Investor News
15 October 2019 at 09:00 am


Digia Plc will publish its business review January-September 2019 on Thursday 31 October at 8:00 am EET (GMT +2). After the publishing the report is available on: https://digia.com/en/investors/stock-exchange-releases/.

Timo Levoranta, President & CEO, and Kristiina Simola, CFO, will present the financial results in Finnish at an analyst and press conference in Helsinki on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11.00 am (EET). The conference will take place at Business Meeting Park in Helsinki (address: Forum, Mannerheimintie 20 B, 6th floor. Entrance from the glass corner of Mannerheimintie and Simonkatu).

The material and presentation for the event will be available from 11 am on October 31, 2019 in the Investors section of the company’s website: www.digia.com/en/investors/reports-and-presentations.

Digia Oyj
Timo Levoranta, CEO


Additional information:

Kristiina Simola, CFO, tel. +358 40 756 3132

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Digia is a software and service company that helps its customers renew themselves digitally. There are more than 1,200 of us working at Digia. Our roots are in Finland and we operate with our customers in Finland and abroad. world. We are building a world in which digitalisation makes a difference. Digia net sales were EUR 112.1 million in 2018. The company is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (DIGIA). digia.com

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