Daily Archives: January 5, 2018

China International Import Expo To Debut In Shanghai, Helping Boost World Trade

SHANGHAI, Jan. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In a significant move to further support the growth of global trade, China International Import Expo (CIIE) will launch its first exhibition at National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) from 5 to 10, November 2018. With an exhibition area covering over 59 acres (240,000 square meters), CIIE signals the Chinese government’s latest push towards a new era of high-level opening-up, and is an important landmark in the continual opening of the Chinese market to the world. It is also a historic opportunity for companies across the world to take their first steps towards entering the huge Chinese market. The Expo is expected to attract about 150 thousand professional purchasers from over 100 countries and regions.

China International Import Expo To Debut In Shanghai, Helping Boost World Trade

China International Import Expo To Debut In Shanghai, Helping Boost World Trade

“With the world’s largest population and the second largest economy, China is the second largest importer and consumer in the world. Chinese consumers have a rapidly-growing demand for high quality products and services. In the next five years, China is expected to import US$10 trillion worth of products and services,” said Sun Chenghai, Deputy Director General of CIIE Bureau. “Hosting CIIE is an effort by the Chinese government to create an open platform where nations and companies from around the world can introduce themselves to the vast Chinese market and explore opportunities for local cooperation.”

The Expo will consist of the Country Pavilion for Trade and Investment Area, and the Enterprise and Business Exhibition Area. The first Hongqiao International Trade Forum will also be hosted during the Expo, along with other supporting activities such as supply-demand matchmaking meetings, seminars and new product releases.

The Country Pavilion for Trade and Investment is exclusively reserved for national exhibitions. Countries and regions will be invited to showcase their strengths in the areas of trade and investment, including goods and services, industrial development, investment and tourism, as well as representative products. The Chinese government will provide exhibition space free of charge for all countries joining the Country Pavilion. China will also provide some direct aid and logistical support available for developing countries.

The Enterprise and Business Exhibition Area will consist of displays of goods in different categories, including:

  • High-end Smart Equipment
  • Consumer Electronics & Appliances
  • Automobiles;
  • Apparel, Accessories & Consumer Goods
  • Food & Agricultural Products
  • Medical Equipment & Medical Care Products

The sections for services will include:

  • Tourism
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Culture & Education
  • Creative Design
  • Service Outsourcing

Cost to exhibit in the Enterprise and Business Exhibition Area will be shouldered by exhibiting companies (with an early bird 20% discount till Jan 31, 2018). Companies that are interested in attending the first CIIE can visit http://www.ciie.org/zbh/en/ and register by June 30, 2018.

“The first CIIE will not only help satisfy the demands of Chinese consumers for better products, but also encourage countries to develop products and services that will help them to boost trade, further advancing economic globalization and an open world economy ” remarked Sun Chenghai.

About China International Import Expo

China International Import Expo (CIIE) is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, with support from international organizations including the World Trade Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. It is organized by the CIIE Bureau and National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ciie.org/

Contact:
+86-21-67008870
info@sinoexpo.cc

Etihad Guest Expands Travel Redemption Programme With Points Travel

Members of Etihad Airways’ loyalty programme to gain access to over 300,000 hotels and 500,000 rental cars‎ worldwide

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates and TORONTO, Jan. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and Points, the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, today expanded their partnership to include Etihad Guest Travel Rewards based on the industry leading Points Travel service for access to hundreds of thousands of hotels and cars at the click of a button.

Etihad Guest Travel Rewards will allow members to spend and book their miles on over 300,000 competitively-priced hotels and 500,000 rental cars across the globe. Through a single integration with the Canadian-based Points Travel service, Etihad Guest’s five million members will have the ability to fully redeem with miles, or a combination of miles and cash, any hotel booking or car rental, a brand new reward that significantly enhances the value of the Etihad Guest loyalty currency.

Yasser Al Yousef, Etihad Guest Managing Director, said: “At Etihad Guest, we constantly strive to innovate and are proud to grow our partnership with industry leaders like Points to enhance our Guest Miles redemption proposition by focusing on delivering additional value to our members.”

“This partnership expands the benefits offered to our members ensuring they have more products to choose from across the hotel industry and car rental sector worldwide at the click of a button for a seamless booking service. Guests are increasingly looking for more choice, more flexibility and more options and we are delighted to boost our portfolio that will complement the already strong travel products redeemable through our association with sister operation Etihad Holidays, the tour operating arm of Etihad Airways.”

Etihad Airways first partnered with Points in 2014 and expanded the relationship earlier in 2017 to include a number of Points’ Loyalty Currency Retailing services that enable members to get more out of their participation by easily purchasing new or reinstating expired miles.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with the Etihad Guest programme,” said Rob MacLean, CEO of Points. “Through Points’ suite of loyalty commerce services, we can help Etihad Airways better engage with their loyalty members by providing opportunities for them to earn and then use their reward miles with more flexibility. Ultimately, we’re confident that this will continue to drive increasing value for all stakeholders.”

For more information, visit the Etihad Guest implementation of the Points Travel platform at travelrewards.etihadguest.com

About Etihad Guest

Etihad Guest is the frequent flyer programme of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. The programme has over five million members who are able to earn Etihad Guest Miles on flights operated by Etihad Airways and partner airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Guest Miles can also be used to purchase flights, upgrades and thousands of products from the online Etihad Guest Travel Rewards Shop. To join Etihad Guest, visit www.etihadguest.com or for more information on the rewards shop, visit www.rewards.etihadguest.com

About Etihad Aviation Group

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising five business divisions – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners.

From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, more than 100 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. In 2013, it placed firm orders for 204 aircraft, which included 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. For more information, please visit: etihad.com

About Points

Points, publicly traded as Points International Ltd. (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), provides loyalty eCommerce and technology solutions to the world’s top brands to power innovative services that drive increased loyalty program revenue and member engagement. With a growing network of over 50 global loyalty programs integrated into its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform, Points offers three core private or co-branded services: its Buy Gift and Transfer service retails loyalty points and miles directly to consumers; its Points Loyalty Wallet service offers any developer transactional access to dozens of loyalty programs and their hundreds of millions of members via a package of APIs; and its Points Travel service helps loyalty programs increase program revenue from hotel bookings, and provides more opportunities for members to earn and redeem loyalty rewards more quickly. Points is headquartered in Toronto with offices in San Francisco and London.

For more information, visit company.points.com, follow Points on Twitter (@PointsLoyalty) or read the Points blog.

For further information, contact:

Updesh Kapur
Etihad Airways Corporate Affairs
ukapur@etihad.ae
+971565461402 (UAE)

Catherine Lowe
Points Media Relations
Catherine.lowe@points.com
+1649-539-1310 (Canada)