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KLM launches podcast about unique travel experiences

SINGAPORE, March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- KLM just launched "The Journey," an English-language podcast in which passengers talk about a journey that has changed their lives. KLM is the first airline that uses a podcast to display the power of travelling. Every episode will focus on a single journey. The podcast takes listeners to different parts of the world, from the snowfields of Alaska to the busy streets of New Delhi. KLM launches "The Journey" podcast "This podcast adds a unique aspect to KLM's existing communication channels. It is a great medium for our brand to connect and engage with our community of followers. Through this podcast, audiences are able to share and listen to interesting 30-40 minute travel stories," said Natasha van Roode, Head of KLM Marketing Communication. How does it work?Listeners can tune in to the podcasts at no cost through You will also find background information about the different episodes here. What's more, "The Journey" is available through all the major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play. KLM passengers can also listen to the podcasts on Inflight Entertainment onboard long-distance flights. Last EpisodeKLM is looking for our next storyteller for the last instalment of "The Journey" podcast. If you have an interesting travel story to tell, we would love to hear from you via And, who knows, your story might very well be the next one! InnovationAs part of the commitment of KLM to advancement and technology, KLM is constantly developing innovative forms of communication. Podcasts are gaining popularity globally and KLM sees this platform as an exceptional way of establishing a connection with its passengers. Youtube URL: About KLM Founded on October 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the oldest scheduled airline in the world still operating under its original name. In 2017, the KLM Group operated worldwide flights with our 200 aircraft, welcoming over 32 million passengers. KLM's extensive hub network of European (88) and intercontinental (72) destinations provide for easy, direct connections to the economic centers and capitals around the world. Together with our (Skyteam) airline partners, we offer 225 destinations worldwide. The KLM Group further includes the wholly owned subsidiaries Transavia and Martinair. Transavia being the leading low cost carrier from The Netherlands operating from Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam, welcoming 8 million passengers on board in 2017. From the core belief that our KLM people are our brand, we believe that we can make a difference by creating memorable experiences for our customers. This is in our DNA. Our genuine attention to our customers makes them feel recognized, at ease, comfortable and touched. On May 6, 2004 KLM merged with Air France and is operating on the concept: one AFKL group, two airlines and three core businesses (passenger, cargo business and engineering & maintenance). With Air France, KLM is at the forefront of the European airline industry. KLM strives to achieve profitable growth that contributes to both its own corporate aims and to economic and social development. KLM works to create sustainable growth at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, to gain access to any market that will increase the quality of its network and to maintain a level playing field for all industry players. For media enquiries Edith KraaijeveldCommunication & Product +65 91550611 Check out KLM news and our image library on: Photo -

Jin Jiang International Attends the 52nd ITB Berlin with All of Its Major Brands

BERLIN, March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- From March 7 to 11, 2018, the annual ITB Berlin was successfully concluded in the Messe Berlin of Germany. As one of the largest comprehensive tourism enterprise groups in China, after the debut with its major brands in the trade show last year, Jin Jiang International Group attended this ITB Berlin again with all of its major brands at booth 119, Hall 9, such as Jin Jiang Hotel, Louvre Hotels Group of France, Plateno Group, Vienna Hotels Group and Jin Jiang Tourism, showing the abundant and high quality brand resources of Jin Jiang International Group to the global travel suppliers and audiences. Group Photo of Jin Jiang International Representatives The first ITB Berlin was held in 1966. ITB Berlin is not only a pioneering international exhibition for global tourism industry, but also one of the most influential industry exhibitions of Europe and the world after over 50 years of development, playing an important role to drive the sustainable growth of global tourism market. According to statistics, more than 6 billion Euros of cooperative transactions are reached every year during ITB, and the high proportion of buyers with purchasing decision-making power highlights the value of the exhibition. The booming tourism market of China is always regarded as a new growth point of the global tourism market by the world tourism industry. As the largest market of tourist source in the world, the outbound tourism industry of China maintained steady development in the last year. At the same time, with the advantages in convenience provided by visa policies and mobile payment as well as efficient and comfortable transportation, China is increasingly favored by foreign tourists. The globalization strategy as well as investment and acquisition of Chinese tourism enterprises also show the increasing influence of Chinese enterprises on the world tourism industry. The "Chinese Night" themed activity held during this ITB Berlin aims to give an opportunity for the Chinese tourism market to establish relationship and exchange ideas. As one of the important sponsors, Jin Jiang International Group provided full support. In that evening, nearly 200 industry partners, suppliers, experts and senior representatives of tourism industry from around the world gathered together to communicate and discuss the international tourism cooperation and express their insights. In recent years, Jin Jiang International Group maintained its base in China and took the global-oriented approach, constantly integrating global resource allocation and accelerating the internationalization process. Firstly, it acquired the Louvre Hotels Group of France - the second largest hotel group in Europe, introducing this famous European brand to Asia; secondly, it made strategic investment in Plateno Group and Vienna Hotels Group. Currently, Jin Jiang International owns and operates 7,700 hotels and resorts in 67 countries and more than 550 cities with 800,000 rooms, becoming the fifth largest hotel group in the world. Additionally, Jin Jiang International Group is also committed to promoting the deep historical culture and attentive service concept of Jin Jiang brand to the global tourists. As a high-star hotel brand of Jin Jiang International Group, Jin Jiang was created in the 1920s. Every Jin Jiang Hotel not only shows the local characteristic culture, but also tries to meet the increasingly diversified and personalized market consumption demand through continuous development. With the reappearance in this ITB Berlin, Jin Jiang International Group further strengthens its strategy of "Global Footprint and Cross-border Operation", accelerates the internationalization process, and will try to develop the national brand "Jin Jiang" into a world-famous hotel group with core competitiveness. Photo -

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China to invest 800 mln USD in Abu Dhabi B&R project

Twelve Chinese companies will invest more than 800 million US dollars in a Belt and Road project in Abu Dhabi, creating more than 2,000 jobs. Agreements have been signed between the companies, 10 of which are from east China's Jiangsu Province, with the Jiangsu Provincial Overseas Cooperation and Investment Company (JOCIC), which is in charge of developing 2.2 square kilometers of land at the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). China will build the industrial cooperation demonstration park within Kizad to boost practical cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. The provincial government of Jiangsu said it will build the industrial park into a landmark of China's Belt and Road Initiative, attracting companies from both inside and outside the province. Construction of the industrial park started in January. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Li praises foreigners for help in opening-up

China will continue with supply-side structural reform and produce more appealing policies to attract foreign professionals to work here in an enhanced effort at opening-up further in 2018, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday. "With our country's door to the world opening even wider, we will produce more appealing policies to attract foreign talents to work in China and provide more convenience for your lives here," Li told a gathering of outstanding foreign experts working in China. Ten days ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year, Li attended the annual event in the Great Hall of the People to send greetings and collect wisdom from more than 60 scholars and business leaders on achieving high-quality development, smart manufacturing and improving the quality of higher education. Li expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Chinese government to foreign experts in China for their contribution to the country's progress of modernization and reform. Noting that 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up policy, Li said the government will fully implement the five to 10 year visa policy for foreign experts and issue more favorable policies for foreigners working in China, including easing terms of applications for permanent residency. He said that under the Communist Party of China's strong leadership, with General Secretary Xi Jinping as the core, China's economy remained in good health in 2017, with a better than expected annual growth rate of 6.9 percent, the first acceleration in annual growth in seven years, contributing to more than 30 percent of the world's economic growth. "The Chinese economy will not face drastic fluctuation, as its economic structure has been remarkably improved with consumption leading its growth in the past several years," Li said, ruling out the possibility of a hard landing. The government will comprehensively deepen reform while preparing for all kinds of risks this year, he said. He encouraged experts from overseas to continue to actively participate in China's growth in innovation and industrial upgrading, adding that their ideas will be more than welcomed. Edmund S. Phelps, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics and dean of New Huadu Business School in Fujian province, told Li at the meeting that he has just received the new 10-year visa for foreign experts. "It is encouraging to see China creating an increasingly conducive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation," he said. "And I think this open policy will bring more foreign talents to China to showcase their expertise and to join in China's development." John Hopcroft, a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, shared his thoughts with the premier on improving the evaluation system of China's higher education. In January, China's State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs announced easier visa permits for foreign professionals and high-skilled workers who qualified among efforts to bridge the country's gap in foreign experts, with the expiration date of the visa extended to five to 10 years after issuance, with multiple entries and 180-day-stays for a single entry. (CHINA DAILY)