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Ningbo striving for a city strong in modern logistics

As an important port city, Ningbo is appointed one of the 21 nodal logistic cities of China. In recent years, Ningbo has developed both the hardware and software logistic facilities, and basically turned itself into a traffic artery of the country. At the cost of over 100 billion yuan, Ningbo has built some large infrastructural traffic facilities like the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, the Yong-Tai-Wen Railway and the Zhoushan Mainland-Island Link.

In the first year of the 12th Five-Year-Plan Period, Ningbo gave greater emphasis on modern logistic industries and set its targets that Ningbo should build a modernized logistic system that is capable of stretching its service scope to the region of the Changjiang River Delta, the middle and western parts of the country and connecting to other logistic systems of the world. On the understanding of the importance of a modern logistic network, in the following five years, Ningbo will go on improving the transport network to build a comprehensive traffic system, promote the construction of a transportation network with the port as its backbone, and improve the comprehensive traffic network. It will speed up the construction of such projects as the circle network of freight and passenger railways and the Yong-Jin Railway, so as to realize the seamless connection of the urban transportation network and the transporting and distributing network

Jiangdong Supermarket Festival opened

On the morning of November 6, the 3rd Jiangdong Supermarket Festival, a part of the Ningbo Gourmet Festival 2011, opened at the Jiangdong Shop of CR Vanguard. The festival will last from November 6 to 14 and 9 supermarkets in Jiangdong District of Ningbo are members of the shopping festival.

Ningbo turns over 1.96 billion dollars at Canton Fair

The 110th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) recently closed. According to statistics of Ningbo Foreign Economic Cooperation Bureau, the turnover of export of the Ningbo delegation reaches 1.96 billion US dollars, an increase of 5% over the previous year. EU, Asia and the Middle East are the top three for the turnover.

Statistics of the news center of Canton Fair show that the turnover of export of the Fair this year totals 37.9 billion US dollars, an increase of 3% over the previous year. The turnover with Europe and USA drops down radically, both dropping down by about 20% against the last year. In contrast, the emerging markets are relatively more prosperous. The turnover to such emerging economies like India and Russia increases by 9%, and the turnover to Africa, Asia and Latin America increases by 39%. Out of the increasing market demands after the earthquake, the turnover to Japan has an increase of 28% over the previous year

The 13th China Plastics Expo opened

On the morning of November 6, the 13th China Plastics Expo opened in the International Conference and Exhibition Center of China Plastics City in Yuyao.

Attendants to the opening ceremony include officers and officials of the government and social organizations like Liu Fan, Li Shousheng, Qian Guijing, Pan Zhengyi and thousands of guests and merchants from home and abroad.

The expo this year has 2,000 exhibition stalls and the exhibition area totals 42,000 square meters, with five areas for raw materials, mode machinery, plastic machinery, plastic products and technological and information of plastics. 293 enterprises from 19 countries and regions including USA, UK, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Russia came to the expo. Of the enterprises, there are large enterprises like ASCEND of USA, Formosa Plastics, and Taiwan Plastics, which bring their newest technologies and products to the expo.

The other day, at the signing ceremony of the 13th China Plastics Expo, 19 joint venture projects were signed. Of the projects, 4 are foreign-funded ones, with the investment totaling 330 million US dollars and the contract foreign capital utilized totaling 170 million US dollars. 9 are domestic-funded ones, with the investment totaling 6.46 billion yuan. 6 are technological projects, and the total investment amounts to 206 million yuan

China Road Show Celebrates Westin Hotels Heavenly Bed “Out of Home” Campaign

The Industry’s most ‘Luxurious Bed’ showcased in China including Guangzhou,
Xian and Ningbo from 5 to 13 November, 2011

Westin Hotels & Resorts has launched a unique road show in China celebrating the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed “Out of Home” China campaign starting from 5 – 13 November, 2011 with eye-catching outdoor displays.

Westin Heavenly Bed “Out Of Home” China Campaign introduces the industry’s most luxurious bedto the world’s biggest market for luxury goods – while also promoting the ‘upper-upscale’ hospitality brand’s historic expansion across China. It kicked off at the main site - Guangzhou Opera House in China’s southern economic powerhouse on 5 and 6 November 2011 and extends to Shenzhen, Hefei, Nanjing, Tianjin, Fuzhou, Wuhan and Xiamen, as well as two key cities with new Westin hotels opening by early next year – the coastal manufacturing centre of Ningbo and the ancient northern capital of Xian, home to the famous ‘Terracotta Warriors’.

At the main site, consumers were being entertained with fun bed-making competitions and interactive iPad personality quizzes, and tips from experts on getting better sleep for higher energy levels during the day. Stays at Westin Hotels are also being given away as lucky draw prizes during the campaign.

“The Heavenly Bed is a modern icon of luxury and comfort taking its place among the world’s most prestigious luxury brands finding a key market in China,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts.

Westin Hotels & Resorts changed the travel industry forever with the launch of the Heavenly Bed more than a decade ago. The hospitality industry icon inspired countless imitators and ignited the so-called ‘hotel-bed wars’.

Westin’s sumptuous 10-layer Heavenly Bed has since evolved from classic cult favorite among more than 75 million hotel guests including U.S. Presidents, Hollywood royalty and professional athletes to a fully-fledged lifestyle and retail phenomenon. More than 60,000 beds and 100,000 pillows have been sold and over the past decade – along with 32,000 sheets, and 13,000 shower heads.

Westin has also expanded Heavenly into a full lifestyle brand, sold through a partnership with Nordstrom and online at Similar luxurious offerings include the Heavenly Crib for babies, Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Dog Bed for man’s best friend and the Heavenly Spa brand.

An industry innovator, Westin is renowned for several industry “firsts” including being the first brand to introduce chain-wide smoke-free policy and the first to feature SuperFoods menu offerings in all hotels.

Most recently, Westin announced an exclusive partnership with New Balance, helping hotel guests overcome the hurdles of exercising on the road by providing New Balance footwear, apparel and fitness program content to its guests to borrow. In 2012 the brand will also be expanding its in-room SuperFoodsRX menu items for breakfast to also include lunch and dinner options.

The Heavenly Bed “Out Of Home” China Campaign road show coincides with dramatic expansion of the Westin brand in China, with 11 new hotels joining its existing portfolio of 13 award-winning properties over the next three years. These new hotels will be located in Xian, Ningbo, Xiamen, Changbaishan, Sanya, Haikou, Taiyan, Chongqing, Qingdao, Wenzhou, Nine Dragon Hill and so forth.
Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts added: “The Westin Heavenly Bed forever changed the hotel and we are extremely proud that today the bed and the Heavenly lifestyle brand continue to grow. Since the launch of the Heavenly Bed, we’ve strengthened our commitment to bringing a little bit of Heaven to our guests through new retail items and innovative programming - a rewarding mission that has earned Westin tremendous trust and loyalty.”

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