Stallone and Schwarzenegger Light Up Star-Studded Venetian Macao Red Carpet at The Expendables 3 Special Screening

The Venetian Theatre hosts Asia’s only special screening of blockbuster film

MACAO, Aug. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The stars shone brightly Friday night at The Venetian Theatre, as international icons Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walked the red carpet at The Venetian®Macao for Asia’s only special screening of their latest film, The Expendables 3, marking their first-ever visit to Macao and the iconic integrated resort.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia’s only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

With a throng of enthusiastic fans lining the red carpet clamouring for the stars’ attention, the special screening of The Expendables 3 was part of the series of activities celebrating The Venetian Macao’s 7th anniversary Aug. 28. Stallone and Schwarzenegger also participated in a handprinting ceremony while the captivated crowd looked on, laying down their handprints and signatures for Cotai Strip Resorts Macao’s Bridge of Stars Gallery.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger take part in a hand printing ceremony at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger take part in a hand printing ceremony at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia’s only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Joining the blockbuster film’s iconic lead actors at the red carpet event were Olympian, undefeated UFC bantamweight champion and The Expendables 3 cast member Ronda Rousey, who is in town for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night Macao at The Venetian Macao, and Hong Kong celebrities Jessica C., Joyce Lee, Loretta Chow, Phillip Ng, Timmy Hung and Janet Chau.

Sylvester Stallone, Sands China Ltd. President and CEO Edward Tracy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films Chairman and CEO Avi Lerner walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia's only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

Sylvester Stallone, Sands China Ltd. President and CEO Edward Tracy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films Chairman and CEO Avi Lerner walk the red carpet at The Venetian Macao Friday for Asia’s only special screening of their latest blockbuster film, The Expendables 3.

“It was a great thrill for everyone involved to see these two legends of Hollywood come to Macao for this special screening, from the fans lining the red carpet to our guests in the theatre,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “We’re very pleased that this event provided us with an opportunity to deliver world-class entertainment while casting the spotlight on Macao as a global destination.”

Celebrity-attended events like Friday’s special screening of The Expendables 3 are part of Sands China’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy, which is aimed at raising Macao’s profile as a world centre of tourism and leisure, providing a diversity of entertainment choices for the millions of guests and visitors experiencing Cotai Strip Resorts Macao each year.

Spanning a multitude of event types and venues, whether commanding the attention of a sold-out Cotai Arena audience or enchanting a packed Venetian Theatre, superstars of music, film, television and sports that have visited the integrated resort city include the Rolling Stones, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, , Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Eason Chan, Jay Chou, Ricky Martin, David Beckham, Manny Pacquiao, Tiger Woods, Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, Kevin Spacey Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Irons, Jackie Chan, Sam Worthington, Matthew Perry,  Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun Fat, Nicholas Tse and so many more.

In The Expendables 3, the most star-powered film franchise in history raises the bar to unprecedented heights with a dream team of global superstars, explosive stunts and mind-boggling weaponry as the mercenary group comes face to face with ruthless arms dealer and Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks whose mission is to wipe out the entire team.

Celebrations for The Venetian Macao’s 7th anniversary continue over the weekend, with the high-octane UFC Fight Night Macao at the Cotai Arena Saturday evening.

Sydney Festival 2015 Headline Act Announced in Southern Hemisphere Exclusive

James Thierree brings Tabac Rouge to Sydney

Travel packages announced

SYDNEY, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Destination New South Wales (DNSW), the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and Sydney Festival have announced the headline act for 2015 — the renowned James Thierree will return to Sydney Festival with Tabac Rouge, his largest and most extravagant work to date, in a Sydney and Southern Hemisphere exclusive.

James Thierree's spectacular theatrics are coming to Sydney Festival 2015 with Tabac Rouge

James Thierree’s spectacular theatrics are coming to Sydney Festival 2015 with Tabac Rouge

Acrobat, musician, dancer, actor, mime, choreographer — Thierree is returning to Sydney Festival for the fourth time after sell-out seasons of Junebug Symphony (2003), Bright Abyss (2006) and Au Revoir Parapluie (2008). In Tabac Rouge, Thierree pushes the boundaries of dance, circus and theatre in the roles of director, choreographer and set designer to deliver a performance that Thierree describes as being about “desire, power, systems and mechanisms of society, and of how people organise themselves”.

Tabac Rouge, which will run from 7-23 January at Sydney Theatre, features a highly skilled cast of acrobats and dancers who weave a physically daring production filled with spectacular theatrics under Thierree’s unique direction. The choreography is complemented by Victoria Thierree’s costume design and a dynamic score that ranges from Matthieu Chedid to Vivaldi.  Tabac Rouge contains no spoken word, making the performance ideal for international visitors to enjoy without language barriers.

Sydney Festival 2015 will feature hundreds of world class events and attract visitors from all over the globe. The full 2015 program will be announced on 23 October 2014, however visitors are encouraged to book now to take advantage of great value travel packages and avoid disappointment.

Three packages are on offer:  

The Star*

  • One night’s accommodation at luxury hotel, The Darling
  • $50 Food and Beverage credit to enjoy at The Star’s bars, signature restaurants (Balla, Black by Ezard & Sokyo) and Fat Noodle
  • Premium or A Reserve ticket to Tabac Rouge 
  • Quote promo code SYDFEST15 (case sensitive) when booking online only. Or call Guest Services 1800 800 830

Visit star.com.au/sydneyfestival.

Accor Packages

Harbour Rocks Hotel – from $224 per person*

  • Overnight accommodation in a Heritage Queen room in Sydney’s historic Rocks area
  • Full Breakfast for served in Scarlett Restaurant  
  • A Reserve ticket to Tabac Rouge

Visit www.accorhotels.com/sydneyfestival.

Quay West Suites Sydney — from $270 per person*

  • Overnight accommodation in a 1 bedroom city view suite overlooking beautiful Sydney harbour
  • Breakfast for 2 in Harrington Restaurant
  • Premium ticket to Tabac Rouge

Visit www.accorhotels.com/sydneyfestival.

Tickets for Tabac Rouge are on sale now at www.sydneyfestival.org.au/tabac.

*Travel Package Conditions: Subject to availability. Credit Card details required to secure booking. Package prices are per person and are based on 2 guests per package, in queen bedding (Twin bedding available on request directly with the hotel). Packages are pre-paid and non-refundable.  Valid for bookings from 23 August – 12 October 2014 for stays between 09 – 22 January 2015, inclusive. Tabac Rouge tickets valid for performance on the day for which the accommodation is booked only.   

About Destination NSW:

Destination NSW is the lead Government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. Our role is to market Sydney and NSW as one of the world’s premier tourism and major events destinations; to secure major sporting and cultural events; to work in partnership with Business Events Sydney to win major international conventions and incentive travel reward programs; to develop and deliver initiatives that will drive visitor growth throughout the State; to achieve the NSW Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure within the State by the year 2020.

From food and wine festivals to surf competitions, world class sporting events to celebrations of arts and culture, New South Wales has an Annual Calendar of Events that celebrates the diverse facets of Australian contemporary life. Sydney is unrivalled in Australia in its capacity to stage exclusive events that have the whole world tuning in. Destination NSW has been at the forefront in creating and winning world-class events that put Sydney on the global front page.

Media contacts:

Corrine Cowlishaw, +61299311462, corinne.cowlishaw@dnsw.com.au
Melissa Wilson, +61-299311156, melissa.wilson@dnsw.com.au  

Tabac Rouge is perfect for international visitors to Sydney to enjoy
Tabac Rouge is perfect for international visitors to Sydney to enjoy

 

Tabac Rouge will show at Sydney Festival in a Southern Hemisphere exclusive

Tabac Rouge will show at Sydney Festival in a Southern Hemisphere exclusive

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First Replacement Wave Will Drive Renewed Growth in Global Flat Panel TV Sales Says Strategy Analytics

— Strategy Analytics Report Highlights Strong Growth in the Share of TV Sales Bought as a Replacement or Upgrade for an Existing Flat Panel TV Set

BOSTON, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The first wave of replacement sales in flat panel TV will help to inject renewed growth into global TV sales over the coming five years. Approximately 23% of global flat panel TV sales in 2013 were bought as a replacement for an existing flat panel display and this share is expected to grow to 67% by 2018 helping to drive overall TV shipment growth of 3.8% CAGR over the same period according to the Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report, “Global TV Replacement and Ownership 2008-2018.”

Click here for the report:

Global TV Replacement and Ownership 2008-2018

Other key findings from the report include:

  • The number of global TV households will grow from 1.49 billion to 1.60 billion or 85% of total global households by 2018.
  • The global average number of active TVs per TV household peaked in 2013 at 1.72 and will fall to 1.66 by 2018. The USA has the highest level of multiple TV ownership in the world with an average of over 2.6 TVs per TV household.
  • The global installed base of flat panel TVs will overtake that of CRT displays in 2014.
Global TV Installed Base and Multiple Ownership

Global TV Installed Base and Multiple Ownership

Quotes:

David Watkins, Service Director, Connected Home Devices commented: “We are now witnessing the first major wave of Flat Panel TV replacement particularly in developed markets such as Western Europe and North America. Early adopters of the technology are seeking out upgrades to their aging sets driven by a desire for a larger screen, high quality pictures and new, thinner set designs”.

Eric Smith, Analyst, Connected Home Devices said: “Moving forwards the TV industry will become less reliant on consumers purchasing additional sets for their homes as alternative TV viewing devices such as tablets will increasingly impact on demand for small screen TVs that would be destined for use in a bedroom or kitchen. Replacement demand for the main living room TV set will become the major driver of TV sales over the next 5 years”.

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com 

European Contact: David Watkins, dwatkins@strategyanalytics.com, +33-5-33-05-00-53

US Contact: Eric Smith, esmith@strategyanalytics.com, +1-617-614-0752

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Seiko Announces Grand Opening of First Boutique in US

– Luxury Timepiece Brand Expands Global Presence to New York City’s Madison Avenue

MAHWAH, New Jersey, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It is with great excitement that Seiko Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Seiko Watch Corporation, announces the grand opening of its first Seiko boutique to enter the United States at 510 Madison Avenue in New York City. A celebration in honor of the announcement was held at 620 Loft & Garden in New York City last night, hosted by Seiko Watch Corporation President and CEO Shinji Hattori, and attended by over 150 industry influencers including Seiko’s partner and Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic.

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Surrounded by the world’s most iconic brands on Madison Avenue, the New York Seiko boutique is primarily dedicated to Seiko’s prestigious collections, including Astron and Grand Seiko. It also unveils collections never before sold in the US, including Galante and Credor, and various boutique exclusives within the US, including the Prospex collection. This venture continues to showcase Seiko’s progressive philosophy of presenting paramount design, quality and precision in each new project brought to the US fine timepiece market.

“The opening of the US market’s first boutique in New York City is achieving a passionate goal of mine, as I believe that the US market is the most important for Seiko outside of Japan,” says Mr. Shinji Hattori, President and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation. “Seiko has been seeking the most ideal timing and location to spotlight our product, catering to our affordable luxury timepieces, including Grand Seiko and Astron. Opening a boutique in a market such as New York City does just that, following standards from Seiko boutiques in Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Cairo as well as the original Wako luxury specialty store opened in 1881 in Tokyo.”

The New York Seiko boutique boasts a design that expresses Seiko’s brand vision of innovation and refinement as well as its core value of being the only watch manufacturer with every watchmaking expertise. Seiko’s brand elements of history, technology, luxury and craftsmanship are found throughout the boutique, focusing on a modern yet sophisticated style.

For more information on the New York Seiko boutique, visit www.seikousa.com/boutique.

For more information on Seiko Corporation of America, visit www.seikousa.com.

For more information on Seiko Watch Corporation, visit www.seikowatches.com.