Disneyland to Invest in Third Hotel

Disneyland to Invest in Third Hotel

HONG KONG—Hong Kong's Disney theme park said it is investing US$550 million on a third hotel, after record attendance helped deliver the park's biggest annual profit since it opened in 2005.

Hong Kong Disneyland's new hotel, with an "exotic locations" theme, will increase the number of hotel rooms at the resort by 75% when it opens in 2017. The park is the smallest of Disney's global resorts.

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Direct flights increase to Taiwan

Direct flights increase to Taiwan

A new aviation agreement between Taiwan and Macau will expand the number of direct flights between the two sides and increase both seating and cargo capacity, Taiwan's aviation regulator said yesterday.

Under the deal signed that day between Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council and the Macau Economic and Cultural Office, the current ceiling of 19,400 passengers and 400 tons of cargo per week will be lifted.

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SmarTone posts first loss in four years

SmarTone posts first loss in four years

SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Ltd had an operating loss in the second half of last year. It was the first negative result in four years. The parent firm of the telecoms operator blamed a decline in revenue from roaming services.

The Macau operation reported an operating loss of HK$9.3 million (US$1.2 million) in the six months ended December 31, 2013, compared to profits of HK$27.4 million in the same period of 2012, SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Ltd told the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Guangzhou plans to double urban area

Guangzhou plans to double urban area

Guangzhou will open more than 3,500 square kilometres to easier development under a rezoning plan that would nearly double the city's urban area and increase government income.

Guangdong's provincial capital would expand its urban boundaries by making two rural counties under its jurisdiction, Conghua and Zengcheng, full-fledged districts, according the Nanfang Daily, the government's official mouthpiece.

Meanwhile, Luogang district would be absorbed into Huangpu district, leaving the city with 11 districts in all.

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Labor shortage reaches 200K in Shenzhen

Labor shortage reaches 200K in Shenzhen

Shenzhen businesses continue to suffer from a shortage of about 200,000 laborers after the Spring Festival holiday, with security guards most in demand, the Daily Sunshine reported Thursday.
The first large job fair of the year opened Wednesday in Futian District, at the Occupation Introduction Service Center on Bagua Road 2. The fair continues until late April, is free for jobseekers and is offering nearly 10,000 jobs, including many positions in property management and hotel catering.

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New books tell of Italian history in Mac

New books tell of Italian history in Mac

Local residents may be very familiar with the stories and history of Portuguese settlers in Macau. However, there are in fact some other European nations that have left their mark on the city and contributed to its unique culture. A launch ceremony was held last week to introduce two new books that give an account of the lives of Italians in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as the history of the Jesuit’s Far East enterprise.

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Marine Bureau to take over new terminal

Marine Bureau to take over new terminal

The Director of the Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA), Susana Wong Soi Man, has confirmed that her department will take over the soon-to-be completed ferry terminal in Taipa (Pac On ferry terminal) between the first and second quarter of 2014. She also reassured residents that Macau has enough water reserves and that there are no plans to further enlarge the reservoir in Zape.

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Guest Chef at Vida Rica

Guest Chef at Vida Rica

Macau, 13 February 2014 – On 15 and 16 March 2014, Vida Rica Restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Macau invites guests to savour truly innovative cuisine by guest chef, Richard Ekkebus, Culinary Director of two-Michelin-star Amber restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and Chef Consultant of Fifty 8 ̊ Grill at the recently opened Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai. Under his direction, Amber has won two Michelin stars for six consecutive years and received S. Pellegrino’s “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” award for three years in a row.

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8, Faubourg bar and terrace opens

8, Faubourg bar and terrace opens

Guangzhou, February 28, 2014 – Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich announces the opening of its chic Parisian bar & terrace 8, Faubourg.

Taking its name from the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, one of the most fashionable streets of high-end fashion and exclusive establishments in the world, 8,Faubourg Bar and Terrace is a unique address decorated as a luxury Parisian apartment in Guangzhou, accentuating French elegance in both architecture and interior design; including windows, crystal chandelier, black and white marble floor, wood walls and large mirrors.

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Farrells masterplan in Shenzhen

Farrells masterplan in Shenzhen

Architecture firm Farrells has won a competition to masterplan two major commercial sites in the growing Qianhai special economic zone in Shenzhen, China, with plans that include a 320-metre skyscraper.

The firm led by British architect Terry Farrell will oversee the development of two key sites surrounding the Qianhaiwan metro station, which are expected to play a key role in boosting cross-border trade between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

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