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Returning to Keelung, Majestic Princess Brings Back Cruise Vacation Craze in Taiwan!

Betty Tűndik

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Princess Cruises favorite mascot, Stanley the Bear, welcomed the arrival of Majestic Princess in the Port of Keelung
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In 2018, Majestic Princess carried 4K passengers in one call, the highest record at Keelung Port.

In 2019, Princess Cruises Taiwan will welcome the one millionth guest onboard.

 

Princess Cruises, the fastest growing global premium cruise line, welcomed the beautiful Majestic Princess back to Taiwan at the Port of Keelung on April 15. Last year, Majestic Princess was a talk of the town in the cruise vacation industry. To mark this occasion, Princess Cruises also officially announced the beginning of 2019 homeport season in Taiwan. According to internal surveys of Majestic Princess passengers in 2018, 90% were highly satisfied, and 97% would like to take Majestic Princess again. “Taiwan has become Princess Cruises’ largest sourcing market in Asia, and our third largest market in the world,” said Ryan Barton, Director, Marketing, International Markets, Princess Cruise. “With the upgraded services on the 2019 voyages, we look forward to triggering even higher popularity of cruise vacations!”

At the beginning of 2019 season, Peter Chen, Princess Cruises Taiwan Region Director, also announced another great news. “Since the establishment of Princess Cruises Taiwan branch office in 2013,” said Chen, “not only did Princess Cruises score high customer satisfaction but we also created a record of local purchasing of USD20 million in 2018, including food and beverage (local vegetables, fruits and rice grown in Taiwan) raw materials of roughly USD9 million. In 2019, it’s estimated the purchase will exceed 20 million US dollars. As itinerary and passenger numbers have steadily increased over the past six years, in 2019, Princess Cruises will welcome the one millionth passenger traffic in Taiwan! We hope to see more and more Taiwanese guests onboard to experience complete and comfortable services on international premium cruise ships, as cruising becomes the fastest-growing vacation choice in Taiwan.”

“In 2018, Princess Cruises deployed three premium ships to Port of Keelung as home port for the first time,” said Taiwan International Ports Corporation President Chungrung Wu. “Majestic Princess carried over 4,000 passengers in one voyage, the highest record in Port of Keelung. We are excited to welcome Majestic Princess back to Keelung. In response to three to four thousand customers in one call, we have redesigned the arrival and departure routes in Port of Keelung. E-Gate system will be available in the near future, and we will continue to upgrade the infrastructure to serve more cruise guests.”

“In 2018, Princess Cruises, for the first time, carried three premium ships homeporting at the Port of Keelung, and today I am very pleased to witness Majestic Princess’ arrival for the second Spring/Summer Voyage,” said Taiwan International Ports Corporation President Chungrung Wu.

Majestic Princess recorded a groundbreaking number of more than 200 thousand passengers in 2018. Also, the Port of Keelung‘s cruise passenger growth rate is expected to peak at 14%, rounding up to 740 thousand passenger traffic this year.

Therefore, to host 3,000-4,000 passengers per trip, Taiwan International Ports Corporation invested more than NTD $50 million on the advanced E-Gate system, and simultaneously upgraded its infrastructure to provide a more convenient immigration inspection for every passenger.

Three Upgraded Services: Exclusive Menu by Chef Richard Chen, Spirit of Okinawa, and Japan & Korea Itineraries

In 2019, Princess Cruises will offer 54 calls across 214 days, which are expected to carry over 150,000 passengers with Majestic Princess (fromApril to July) and Sun Princess (from July to September). Services onboard have upgraded as well.

  • Firstly, Chinese-dish menu in the main dining room is redesigned by Michelin-star-rated Chef Richard Chen in Taiwan, the Executive Chef of Majestic Princess’ “Harmony” restaurant.
  • Secondly, as the global travel master, Princess Cruises is committed to delivering authentic destination experiences to our guests. We provide the “North to Alaska” experiences in Alaska, the “Across the Ditch” onboard activities in Australia and New Zealand, and most recently the “Rhythm of the Caribbean.” Now, for the first time in Asia, we are proud to introduce “Spirit of Okinawa” onboard programming which features traditional dance activities, awamori tastings, regional culinary dishes, yukatas, and other immersive guest activities.
  • Thirdly, in 2019, we will offer a longer voyage each month that covers both Japan and Korea, so passengers can enjoy cities in Kyushu (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima) and Korea (Busan, Yeosu, Jeju).

Mascot Stanley the Bear Balloon on Rooftop

Starting on April 15, 2019an adorable six-meter-tall mascot of Princess Cruises, Stanley the Bear, will be placed on top of Keelung terminal building for one month. It will welcome all cruise passengers traveling to Keelung with a big smile. Exclusive to our guests and for a limited time onlyphoto ops with Princess Cruises and Stanley the Bear will for sure be popular on social media.

 

SOURCE: Princess Cruises

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MaGIC with MBA has launched Blockchain Researcher Lab program in Malaysia

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10th Oct Cyberjaya: MaGIC in collaboration with Malaysia Blockchain Association has launched a new program for Blockchain enthusiasts who wants to learn the component of the technology from basic layer to the application layer. The objective of the program is to spread awareness and knowledge on applying blockchain technology into business component.

Dato Rayson Wong, Chairman of the Malaysian Blockchain Association , delivered a speech at the launching ceremony of the Blockchain Researcher Lab. He said that the development of the blockchain  requires the government’s strong support and promotion to succeed, so he is especially grateful to the Malaysian Entrepreneur Development Minister (MED). ) YB Datuk Seri Mohd Yusof Md Redzuan  traction, contributed to the MaGIC Malaysian global innovation and creativity Center jointly launched the scheme, so that Malaysia played a key role in the block chain economy, promote the development of industry 4.0.

 

The highlight of this program is its Exploration Lab, where participants or researchers are allowed to play around with different cryptography algorithm, consensus mechanism and even run their blockchain solution.

TriveAcademy founder Tan Ji-Sheng   explained the main purpose of the blockchain researcher lab program, hoping to cultivate more blockchain professionals, while also allowing more small and medium-sized enterprises and innovation teams to better understand the blockchain and embrace the blockchain. And the blockchain technology will be incorporated into the application and create more value gains.

Companies are taking notice of these business benefits and embracing blockchain technology for its wide-reaching possibilities. From manufacturing to healthcare to supply chain and beyond, blockchain has much to offer. Therefore, they encouraged many industries to come and have the hands-on of the technology which will be exposed by expert only.

 

About MaGIC

At MaGIC , we believe in inspiring movement. Our mission is to build a Sustainable Entrepreneurship Ecosystem by catalysing Innovation & Creativity for driving Long – term nation impact.

About Malaysia Blockchain Association

Malaysian Blockchain Association [MBA] is an international Non-Profit social enterprise established with a global vision to build a sustainable blockchain community through Malaysia cooperation

 

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New Gluten-free Kaiseki, Vegan Menus, and More at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

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Gluten-free Kaiseki, a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner, is now available at Miyuki, a Japanese restaurant of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo in Japan. The dinner consists of eight delicate dishes.
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Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, known for its majestic Japanese garden and cultural heritage, has introduced vegan and gluten-free menu items including “kaiseki,” a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner, for international guests with dietary requirements.

According to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), the number of international visitors to Japan has been rising significantly, hitting a record-high of 31 million in 2018, and is expected to grow further for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The number of international guests staying at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo also grew over 30% from 2017 to 2018.

“Japan is often described as a gastronomic heaven, and international visitors express a keen interest in trying various foods during their stay,” said Hiroshi Izumi, General Manager of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. “As a leading hotelier, we constantly try to offer more and better culinary options for our guests, while satisfying their dietary requirements. We are happy to introduce new menus including gluten-free kaiseki, which remains authentic and will delight your palate and eyes.” Fujita Kanko, the hotel’s owner/manager, also opened a halal Japanese restaurant, Origami Asakusa, in 2018, offering authentic Japanese cuisine that meets halal requirements.

Two restaurants are now serving special menus:

Gluten-free Kaiseki at Miyuki (Japanese Restaurant):
An exquisite eight-course Japanese dinner is now available gluten-free, including soy source made with rice instead of wheat. For more details and reservations, visit:
https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/events/gfkaiseki/

Vegan and Gluten-free Menus at The Bistro (Casual Dining):
Both vegan and gluten-free four-course lunch and five-course dinner are available. For more details and reservations, visit:
https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/events/vegangf/

The hotel also serves vegan and gluten-free breakfast options.

Whether visiting Tokyo for business or fun, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, with its vast green oasis and a wide range of amenities and activities, is the perfect urban resort for those who want to enjoy a summer retreat in the city. The hotel’s one-of-a-kind rooftop space becomes a “Champagne Garden” during the summer.

About Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo opened in January 2013, and is owned/managed by Fujita Kanko Inc., a publicly-traded tourism industry corporation headquartered in Tokyo, which operates 70 properties/facilities throughout Japan. The hotel’s facilities include 267 guest rooms/suites, nine restaurants, 38 meeting/banquet rooms, and the largest hotel spa in Tokyo. Its renowned garden contains a wide variety of botanical species including 120+ cherry trees and 1,000+ camellia trees.

 

SOURCE: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

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New Project – “Think RICE, Think THAILAND”

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Thai Rice Standards Create the Global Confidence in Quality of the National Crop
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Thai Rice Standards Create the Global Confidence in Quality of the National Crop

The Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand has introduced a project called “Think RICE, Think THAILAND” to encourage international community to pay attention to consumer health and to raise awareness on the national crop by providing a wider range of knowledge, ranging from national agricultural history, standards and Thai rice quality.

Thailand, as a global leader in rice exports, established its first Thai Rice Standards on May 20, 1957, with the issuance of the Announcement of the Ministry of Commerce on the Establishment of the Thai Rice Standards. Subsequent amendments included the Thai Rice Standards 1974, the Thai Rice Standards 1997, and the Thai Rice Standards 2016 which has set up Thai Hom Mali Rice Standards, Thai Fragrance Rice Standards, and Thai Rice standards. Most recently, the Thai Colored Rice Standards were established in early 2019. These now serve as the benchmarks for the quality of Thai rice with definitions for both minimum composition and maximum limits.

The aforementioned Thai rice standards apply not only to the country’s rice exports but also to domestic rice trading and other stipulated matters. These criteria facilitate trade negotiations: There is no need for buyers and sellers to extensively detail specifications, including rice variety and grade, in their agreement; they simply have to refer the existing guidelines for the particular kind of rice they would like to trade.

To determine whether the quality of rice traded conform with trade agreements or established standards, a randomly selected sample of rice must be analysed. If the sample passes the inspection, the whole batch of rice is deemed in compliance with the accepted standards; however, if the sample fails, the entire batch is deemed unfit. This sampling method is an international practice across the globe. Substandard rice can never be exported because it fails to comply with the provisions of an agreement made with overseas buyers. At home, rice that deviates slightly from the standard will still be sold, albeit at a lower priced based on a set of predetermined criteria. Nevertheless, if the sample is found to diverge too far from the requirements, the whole batch will be returned to its point of origin.

Thai Rice Standards that had been in use since 1957 never prescribed any sampling and inspection instructions, except for the Thai Hom Mali Rice Standards, which stipulated such guidelines in 1997. Therefore, sampling and quality inspection of Thai rice for export have adhered to customary practices from overseas, as well as local practices. For example, samples are taken randomly from at least 2–3% of the total number of sacks in one batch. This sample size is comparable to requirements of the ISO and the IRRI, which mandate that the number of sampled sacks be the square root of the total number of sacks in a batch.

Based on the information above, good quality rice refers to rice that buyers at home and overseas are willing to accept, as well as rice that meets quality requirements. Determining the quality of rice relies not at all on an individual’s personal perception but the results of a scientific analysis of randomised samples collected by a neutral party. The samples must be completely random instead of deliberately selected.

The establishment of these Thai rice standards augments the potential of Thai rice exports. It allows buyers to have more options for buying and importing Thai rice, not only the unique strain of Thai fragrant rice known as Thai Hom Mali rice, but also many other types and varieties to suit the needs of consumers in importing countries. These standards also boost consumer confidence in the quality of Thai rice.

 

SOURCE: Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

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