Chevy app adds Vehicle Locate function and geofence alerts for your phone

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet 1 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks sporty in RS trim 42 Photos Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageParents can use the function to get text message alerts about their teen driver’s journeys. Chevrolet Chevrolet’s latest update for its connected-car phone app, myChevrolet, is designed to help you keep track of not only your vehicle, but also family members. The Vehicle Locate function allows for seeing the car’s current location on a map and for setting up text-message alerts when the car enters and exits certain geographic areas.As the name suggests, the new app function allows a vehicle to see where their car is on a map. That’s ideal if you can’t recall where you parked or want to know where a family member took your borrowed vehicle. But the myChevrolet update also adds special notification options to keep even better track of the car. App users can select certain geographic areas — as wide as a 20-mile radius or as focused as a single street address — and receive text messages when the connected vehicle arrives in or leaves those locations.myChevrolet Vehicle Locate functionEnlarge ImageThe alert boundary areas can be as small as a single address or as large as a 20-mile radius. Chevrolet For instance, Chevrolet says a parent might want to receive a text when a teen driver reaches school of if they veer too far from home. A long-distance commuter, meanwhile, could configure Vehicle Locate to send a text message to family members when they depart their office, Chevrolet suggests. And if you’re a generous truck owner who lends your pickup to friends who need to move, the app will let you instantly find where it’s currently parked. Chevrolet’s example, for instance, shows a parent receiving texts like, “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at wrestling” and “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at home.”Each boundary alert can be sent to up to 10 people, and both parties — both the sender and recipient — must opt-in, Chevrolet says.Vehicle Locate replaces an existing functionality for Chevrolet vehicles, Family Link, which worked only through a web interface rather than an app. It works on model-year 2012 and newer Chevrolet vehicles in North America, and it requires a subscription to Chevrolet’s Remote Access Plan OnStar service. Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Share your voice Tags Chevrolet More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techierlast_img read more

2020 Gladiator gets the Easter Jeep Safari concept treatment

first_img 68 Photos Tags Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Post a comment 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More From Roadshow 2018 Easter Jeep Safari concepts blend throwback style, modern performance 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive: Small tweaks make this midsize truck even better 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal A new J6 in the form of a two-door Jeep Gladiator? Yes, please. Jeep It wouldn’t be springtime without Fiat-Chrysler’s annual Easter Jeep Safari concepts. And hot on the heels of the 2020 Gladiator launch, Jeep revealed a pair of sketches Tuesday previewing two new Moab, Utah-ready takes on the Wrangler-based off-road truck.The first one, pictured above, appears to be a Jeep J6 redux, as evidenced by the badge on the lower quarter panel. That means we could be seeing a short-cab, long-bed Gladiator, maybe with some sort of optional over-the-bed canopy. Look closely and you’ll notice this concept doesn’t have hinges for the rear door, like on the production Gladiator.Easter Jeep Safari ConceptBig mud tires: an Easter Jeep Safari staple. Jeep Jeep’s second Gladiator concept uses the standard truck’s four-door arrangement. With its huge mud tires, this one appears to be some sort of off-road monster, and if previous Easter Jeep Safari concepts are anything to go on, we bet it’ll have some kind of big power upgrade under the hood.Jeep will officially reveal its 2019 concepts in the coming days, before they all head to Moab for the Easter Jeep Safari festivities from April 13 to 21. While you wait to see what Jeep has in store for this year, hop in the wayback machine to remember what the company rolled out for last year’s Easter Safari. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 49 Photos Review • 2020 Jeep Gladiator review: The Wrangler pickup truck that really hauls Jeep Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Share your voice More about 2020 Jeep Gladiator 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 26 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 71 Photos 52 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Concept Cars Trucks 12 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 10 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 69 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow 7 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comments 18 Photos News • 2020 Jeep Gladiator costs $2,100 more than a Wrangler Share your voice Car Industry 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 3 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Jeep,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 0 Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Canada offers to take in Rohingya refugees

first_imgCanada`s prime minister Justin Trudeau poses for a photo during a community barbecue in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada on 23 May 2018. Canada on Wednesday said it stands ready to take in Rohingya refugees, pledged significant aid. Photo: ReutersCanada on Wednesday said it stands ready to take in Rohingya refugees, pledged significant aid and called for the prosecution of those behind human rights atrocities in Myanmar.Foreign minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference the asylum offer did not exclude the possibility of the Rohingya returning home, as most have said they wish for.But the current situation in Myanmar is not conducive to their safe return, she said.About 700,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled to Bangladesh, where they stay in refugee camps, after Myanmar’s military last August launched a military operation in Rakhine state.The violence has left a trail of torched villages in its wake, with allegations of murder and rape at the hands of troops and vigilantes.Myanmar has vehemently denied US and United Nations allegations of ethnic cleansing in the Buddhist-majority country.”The Rohingya have a right to return to their homes. But the conditions for their return currently do not exist,” Freeland said. “Persecution is still happening.”The minister declined to outline when or how many refugees might be taken in, saying it will be up to the UN refugee agency to coordinate the resettlement.Flanked by international development minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, she said Canada will work with other countries and the UN to come up with a plan.Myanmar and Bangladesh had agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees to Myanmar but the process has stalled, with both sides blaming each other for the delays.Freeland said Ottawa will also work with the International Criminal Court to make sure there are prosecutions of those responsible for rights abuses and violations in Myanmar, which she called “ethnic cleansing” and “crimes against humanity.””It is important for the people responsible for this atrocity to understand that they will face justice, that the world community is watching… that there ultimately will be no place to hide,” she said.Canada’s pledge of Can$300 million (US$233 million) in aid over three years is on top of the Can$45.9 million in emergency assistance already provided since the start of 2017.According to a statement, it will go to improve living conditions for Rohingya refugees in camps and settlements, help mitigate the impact on their host Bangladesh and support other conflict-affected populations in Myanmar.last_img

Some instigated farmers to cultivate wheat in Murshidabad

first_imgKolkata: Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, in the state Assembly said there are some who have instigated farmers to cultivate wheat in Murshidabad, where it is restricted due to wheat blast disease.The minister attacked CPI(M) MLA from Domkal, Anisur Rahman alleging that the latter ‘instigated farmers’. In reply to a question of Rahman, Banerjee said necessary steps have been taken to support farmers where wheat cultivation is not possible for two years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that cultivation of wheat is not possible in Nadia and Murshidabad for two years due to wheat blast. The Agriculture minister further said: “In such a situation Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken necessary steps to support the farmers. Seeds for alternate farming were distributed among them free of cost so that they can cultivate mustard, pulses etc when wheat cultivation is not possible.” He added that there was restriction on wheat cultivation for 2017-18 and 2018-19 agriculture period — ‘krishi barsha’. Now, the experts will assess the situation and inform us from when wheat cultivation can be resumed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn reply to another question by MLA Samir Kumar Jana, the Agriculture minister said: “The cultivation of food grains has increased in the state. While it was 1.82 crore tonne in 2017-18 ‘krishi barsha’, the figure stood at 1.75 crore tonne in 2016-17.” He maintained that the cultivable land has also been increased in Bengal with the various steps taken by the state government. Citing an example, the minister said around 1,000 bigha of land has been made suitable for cultivation only in Balurghat. The state government has ensured proper irrigation facilities and made other necessary arrangements to increase cultivable land in the state. The minister informed the Assembly that the state government also provides with the farmer’s share of crop insurance. In reply to a question related to crop insurance for farmers in North Bengal, Banerjee said the same has been given for farmers in Darjeeling, Kalimong, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Malda, North and South Dinajpur.last_img read more

Risheehat Tea Estate to reopen from today

first_imgDarjeeling: Following the meeting between the management and trade unions convened by the Assistant Labour Commissioner in Darjeeling, it was decided to reopen the Risheehat Tea Estate from Thursday. The meeting resolved that wages will be cleared on March 28 and arrears will be paid on March 30.”The workers also have to ensure that there is peace in the gardens and that the management does not feel insecure,” stated Balam Tamang, president, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union (DTDPLU- affiliated to the GJM). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe management of Risheehat Tea Estate near Darjeeling town had declared a suspension of work on March 19. The suspension of work came on the heels of Himalayan Plantation Labour Union (HPWU- affiliated to the GNLF) stopping the plucking of first flush tea leaves over non-payment of arrears. “The decision was taken to reduce the hardship of the workers, in their greater interest,” stated Sandeep Mukherjee, principal advisor, Darjeeling Tea Association. The garden, situated 15km from Darjeeling, has a workforce of more than 1,100. In another development, the Kanchenview Tea Estate in Darjeeling has been closed down. Mukherjee claimed that the lockout is owing to industrial unrest.last_img read more

Chase Announces Plans to Allow ATM Withdrawals With Smartphones

first_imgJanuary 27, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 2 min read People rely on their smartphones for countless tasks these days — and Chase wants to add cash withdrawals to the list.According to USA Today, JPMogran Chase plans to upgrade its ATMs later this year. In addition to several updates, the change will enable customers to withdraw money using their smartphones.Related: Big Banks Make Online Payments Easier for Business OwnersInitially, ATM withdrawals will be conducted using a one-time pin number sent to a user’s phone. The option could prove useful if someone lost or wanted to avoid carrying their debit card, since the app wouldn’t replace the need for one. Eventually, the plan is to allow withdrawals by simply tapping a phone to the ATM.“[It’s] just giving customers another convenient option if they do not have their debit card with them,” JPMorgan Spokesman, Michael Fusco, says in the article.The technology, Fusco says, is the same used in Apple Pay or similar apps.But as banking becomes more digital, concerns continue to surface regarding network security and privacy. For example, according to a Macworld article, prior to Apple Pay’s launch in July, techies questioned the possibility of hackers gaining access to card information and personal data. To address these concerns, the company says it invested in multiple safeguards ranging from longer passcodes and fingerprint authorization to approve purchases, as well as encrypted programing. Thus far, the efforts seem to be effective in keeping user information safe.Chase’s impending rollout will permit withdrawals up to $3,000, allow more custom withdrawal amounts, check cashing and credit card and mortgage payments.With the upgrade, Chase is aiming to escalate the number of transactions processed by ATMs as it continues to outpace teller transactions throughout its 1,500 branches.Related: How to Practice Safe Online Banking Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

7 Free Budget Apps to Help You Save Smarter

first_imgJune 22, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Money may not grow on trees, but it sure leaves your pocket fast. The apps below are much better budgeters than we are comedians. With tools that help you save and spend smarter, these seven essentials get you to your goals quicker so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.Mint: You probably know about this one already — there’s a reason it tops the list. Mint syncs up with your bank account to create a custom budget, taking into account your spending history and future goals. It’s robust, secure, and trusted by many.Pocketguard Budget App: This app monitors your spending in conjunction with income, helping you plan for recurring payments like rent and bills that can send you into overdraft. In-app charts shed light on spending habits, helping you identify where to cut back.Goodbudget: This digital take on the “envelope method” builds and displays budgets across all devices, meaning business partners, couples, or anyone with shared accounts can keep up with their accounts easily. The app also helps users save up for large purchases with planning tools.Mvelopes: Another purveyor of the tried-and-true method, this app allows users to pay bills and manage budgets on the go. Receipt-capturing simplifies your record-keeping while real-time updates give you a look at your budget after each and every purchase.Wally: Aimed at tackling diverse budgets, this app takes a holistic approach to money management. Purchases can be logged manually or with photos of receipts, and the app notifies users when bills are due or they’re reaching their savings targets and goals.Level Money: Ignorance is bliss—and savings. Level Money replaces your bank account balance with a “spendable” figure, helping you stay on track and meet your budgeting goals. The app detects income and expenses to generate the daily number.Unsplurge: This iOS app approaches budgeting from a fun perspective, tracking your savings for goals like vacations or big purchases that inspire you to budget better. Progress logs and community feedback cheer you along to the finish line. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Airtable a Slacklike coding platform for nontechies raises 100 million in funding

first_imgYesterday, Airtable, a cloud collaboration service, has raised $100 million in funding. The company has raised the funds to expand its business with more talent and offices outside the US. The company has also catapulted to a $1.1 billion valuation. According to PitchBook, the company was only valued at $152 million, eight months ago in its last round. Airtable, the maker of a coding platform for non-techies was founded by Howie Liu, Emmett Nicholas and Andrew Ofstad. It uses a simple interface as a frontend to produce apps and other web-based experiences. This interface is built on spreadsheets and other tools familiar to knowledge workers. Airtable just had 30,000 customers, eight months back. But Airtable’s tools are now used by approximately, 80,000 businesses. One of the major advantages of Airtable is its Slack-like approach to the task of buildings things. Airtable make it easy for non-developers to code There are many tools for building apps and other products but usually, they are very technical and complicated. It becomes difficult for those who aren’t well versed with programming. Also, it’s equally difficult and expensive to build apps that solve this problem. Airtable identified this problem and has built powerful macros under the hood of standard-looking database interfaces. It has made things easy for people who aren’t good at coding. With Airtable, one can customize their own database as per their requirements without relying on someone’s DB model The competition and the market scenario Airtable is not the only organization working on this issue. Companies like DashDash and Microsoft and partners are also working in the same direction. Microsoft’s Excel is known to all, Microsoft and partners are now working towards enhancing the functionalities of the spreadsheets. It seems the competition is going to be tough in near future! Airtable also has a platform called Blocks. Blocks help its users to bring in data from a number of sources. It also lets users select different kinds of outputs. Users can decide how and where the data is to be used, whether it be a marketing campaign across text messaging, an AI-based bot, or a VR experience. Read more about this news on TechCrunch. Read Next Python, Tensorflow, Excel and more – Data professionals reveal their top tools Is Microsoft planning to make Python an official Scripting Language for its Excel package? Manage Security in Excellast_img read more

Airbnb on track to become 4th largest OTA

first_img SAN FRANCISCO – After making strategic moves in recent months that included a new deal in Cuba and a groundbreaking agreement with American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), Airbnb is on track to become the world’s fourth largest online travel company by the end of 2016.As reported by Travel Weekly, the peer-to-peer accommodations service, which doesn’t disclose bookings or revenue figures, is expected to surpass the annual bookings of European juggernaut eDreams Odigeo this year. eDreams Odigeo is comprised of five brands, including OPodo, Travelink and Go Voyages, and generated 10.7 billion euros in bookings for the year ended March 31.According to research firm Phocuswright, Airbnb likely generated approximately US$7.5 billion in gross bookings in 2015. After this year, the company will trail only Expedia Inc., Priceline Group and China-based Ctrip in annual gross bookings.Earlier this summer, Airbnb filed documentation that indicated it will be raising $850 million in funding, which would put the company’s value at approximately $90 billion, reports Bloomberg News. More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyAlmost one in three U.S. travellers stayed at a home-based unit in 2015, up from one in 10 in 2011, Phocuswright said. Posted by Share Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Airbnb on track to become 4th largest OTA Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Hong Kong is part of a multidestination itinerary and they know it

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, February 23, 2018 Michael Smith Tags: Hong Kong, Trend Watch TORONTO — The Hong Kong Tourism Board celebrated the Year of the Dog at Susur Lee’s Luckee last night with plenty of good news, like the 58.4 million visitor arrivals in 2017. That includes 370,000 arrivals from Canada.The HKTB is looking to keep up the forward momentum with its ‘Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong’ campaign which encourages visitors to discover Hong Kong like a local.“We have identified various experiences to feature under the best campaign,” says Michael Lim, Director-Canada, Central & South America, Hong Kong Tourism Board.Susur Lee shows how to make his famous slawFor Canadians visiting Hong Kong, those experiences are culture, dining, attractions, Chinese festivals and the great outdoors, he adds.The city is also seeing new hotels with an additional 34 hotels being developed by the end of the year, taking the capacity to over 85,000 rooms.There’s also a new initiative to promote Hong Kong neighbourhoods with the launch of Old Town Central, positioned as a melting pot of arts, culture and entertainment.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaPart of the Old Town Central messaging includes five themed walking routes for clients looking to explore the neighbourhoods at their own pace. The next neighbourhood is Sham Shui Po and will be launched in late March. Sham Shui Po is home to multiple historic sites, characteristic architecture, religious buildings, local diners, hawker stalls, shopping malls and bazaars.In other news, the famous ‘A Symphony of Lights’ light and sound show, performed daily at Victoria Harbour, has gotten a refresh, with a new edition making its debut in December 2017 with even more dazzling elements and a new soundtrack performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.The most revealing statistic from last night’s reception was the destination’s popularity as part of a multi-destination trip for clients.“Over 90% of Canadian visitors [to Hong Kong] are on a multi-destination itinerary,” said Lim. “We’ll be leveraging on this to accelerate our co-ops with China, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. New multi-destination itineraries will be developed with our airlines and tour operator partners.”With 14 direct flights daily from Canada to Hong Kong, the destination is definitely a hub to Asia for Canadians. This is how the tourism board is looking to leverage itself with other destinations:More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaChinaWorking with the China National Tourist Office, they are focused on ensuring Hong Kong is included on the itinerary when consumers are thinking of visiting the rest of China. They will be continuing a digital campaign with the micro-site china-hongkong.ca.ThailandAnother partner is the Tourism Authority of Thailand, with two campaigns. The first is a 20-page feature in Fashion Magazine’s summer issue and a hub on fashionmagazine.com. They will also be working with OTA Travelzoo on an eight-week campaign.TaiwanHaving seen success working with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau on B2B initiatives, they will continue to work with the destination through the website 2storiesonetrip.com, offering various packages from tour operators.VietnamThey feel the destination is gaining interest this year and will be working on new initiatives this year and exploring various tactical opportunities with trade partners.For more information, go to partnernet.hktb.com.center_img Posted by Share Hong Kong is part of a multi-destination itinerary and they know itlast_img read more