Baadshah Gaming Joins Hands With the Asian Poker Tour

Sports, Tourism

In a bid to expose the ever-growing poker community in India to more international tournaments, the Casino Pride group backed online poker site Baadshah Gaming, has joined hands with the Philippines-based Asian Poker Tour (APT). Baadshah Gaming will conduct online satellites giving Indian poker enthusiasts the opportunity to win tournament packages to various upcoming APT events in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Asian Poker Tour is the biggest and most-coveted poker tour in Asia. Since its inception in 2008, APT has grown by leaps and bounds, adding multiple destinations in its yearly tournament roster. With the aim of popularizing poker as a poker sport across the Asia Pacific region, APT has held events in Macau, Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia even taking the game to far-flung tiny French colony of New Caledonia. To date, the APT has staged more than 80 major events and numerous smaller tournaments mainly in the Asia-Pacific Region. APT events combined have generated over USD 30 million in prize money, all awarded to players.

Commenting on APT’s tie-up with Baadshah Gaming, the Executive Tournament Director of the Asian Poker Tour, Lloyd S. Fontillas said, “The goal of the partnership is to increase the presence of the Indian players at each and every APT event and we believe with Baadshah Gaming having the capabilities of running both online and land based qualifiers, this will happen!”

Baadshah Gaming which began operations in March 2017 is an online portal that offers poker and other games of skill. In June 2017, Goa’s Casino Pride group bought a stake in Oceanking Software Solutions LLP, the company that owns and operates the Baadshah Gaming brand. As part of the deal, the start-up has gained access to run and operate the ‘Baadshah Gaming Live’ property on board the Casino Pride vessel in Panjim, Goa. With this, they are able to host a variety of live gaming tournaments, bringing poker players from all over the country to show-off their poker skills. Baadshah Gaming had held its own live tournament series at its live property in Goa in December 2017 and April 2018 which was very well received by the Indian poker community. The two Baadshah Gaming Live Tournaments paid out over 1.7 crores in prize money with tournament buy-ins as low as Rs. 10000.

“In line with our aim to promote poker as a game of skill in India, we are excited to team up with the prestigious Asian Poker Tour,” said Madhav Gupta, co-founder of Baadshah Gaming. “We believe that this partnership will benefit the Indian poker community in multiple ways, the best of which is that it will give both amateurs and professionals alike, the opportunity to test their skills against the very best poker players in the Asian circuit. It is every poker player’s dream to win a prestigious title like the Asian Poker Tour, and now that dream can be made a reality by simply winning small buy in satellites on Baadshah Gaming and flying out to various APT tournament series across South East Asia.”

As a result of the agreement, Baadshah Gaming will be the official APT partner in India, and will be providing Indian players the ability to take part in the Asian Poker Tour events at a fraction of the cost through satellites packages, both live and online. Poker players can play online satellites on, while live satellites will be conducted at the Baadshah Gaming Live venue on board Casino Pride in Panjim, Goa.

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau Win Multiple Awards at the “2017 Awards by Marriott International” including ‘Hotel of the Year’


Winning a total of nine prestigious accolades, to demonstrate excellence amongst more than 100 Marriott properties in China


Continuing to elevate the standard of the hotel industry in Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau collected a total of nine recognitions in the 2017 awards by Marriott International for China. These prestigious accolades showcase the properties’ excellence in personalized service, corporate social responsibility and financial performance.

Each year, the “Awards by Marriott International” recognize the best of the best from amongst the hospitality brand’s outstanding properties. This year more than 100 Marriott International hotels and resorts across China were eligible to win, highlighting the impressive performance of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau among illustrious peers in the region.

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau prove no exception in enabling guests to revel in the finest personal service and the best of Asian luxury. Since the grand opening, JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau have continuously elevated the service standards. Through meticulous services delivered with warmth and skill, both hotels meet all the needs of guests so they can enjoy a tranquil and luxurious accommodation experience.

Mr. Rauf Malik, Vice President of Operations for JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, said, “It’s an exceptional honor to win so many recognitions across-the-board, in the distinguished ‘Awards by Marriott International’. This accomplishment underpins the impressive luxury and service our properties brought to Macau 3 years ago.”

He continued, “We emphasize on putting people first and growing local talents by offering training and development opportunities. Not only for the job, but also to grow the Associates and Ladies & Gentlemen personal core self. We have offered promotions to 24% of total local Associates and Ladies & Gentlemen in last 2 years to commit the mobility of our people. Moving forward, we are continuously improving, from financial performance, to charitable initiatives, to providing guests the finest experience, ultimate enjoyment and unparalleled service right in the heart of Macau.”

JW Marriott Hotel Macau

Refined elegance and extraordinary service are the hallmarks of JW Marriott Hotel Macau. Offering more than 1,000 rooms and suites along with a pillar-less Grand Ballroom and venue spaces, the luxury property features beautifully designed accommodation, innovative on-site culinary experiences and an abundance of thoughtful amenities

JW Marriott Hotel Macau won five awards in the 2017 awards by Marriott International, including the top accolade Hotel of the Year:

Hotel of the Year 2017
Financial Excellence — Most improved
Customer Excellence — Most improved
Most Improved Maintenance and Utility Score
Spirit to Serve Our Guests Award
The Ritz-Carlton, Macau

Towering above the glittering Cotai Macau, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau offers travelers a refined vantage point to explore Macau. The property is renowned for its impeccable service and five-star amenities, befitting the hotel brand’s reputation for melding cutting-edge modernity with classic sophistication for a travel experience like no other.

In the 2017 awards by Marriott International, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau received four awards:

Customer Excellence
Customer Excellence — Most improved
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Enrollment Excellence Award
Most Improved EIWO (Everything in Working Order)
Visit JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau to experience luxury accommodation and intimate, discerning service in the heart of Macau. For more information or reservations, please call the booking hotline at +853-8886-0888 for JW Marriott Hotel Macau or +853-8886-6868 for The Ritz-Carlton, Macau.

Cleartrip and Flyin Join Forces

Business, Tourism

Further strengthening its leadership position in the region, Cleartrip, the leading mobile and online travel company in the Middle East and India, has come together with Flyin, Saudi Arabia’s leading OTA.

The partnership will benefit both Cleartrip and Flyin as they make strides to capitalize on the growing shift to online in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which is home to a large population of tech-savvy consumers and has among the highest levels of smartphone and internet penetration in the world. Together, the combined company will have over 60% market share throughout the Middle East.

This transaction, the largest in the travel space in MENA, will offer Cleartrip a wider outreach and a larger client base in a key market, providing economies of scale as well as enhanced competencies and regional knowledge. Cleartrip has recorded rapid growth year-on-year since the company launched its regional operations in 2012 to become the largest OTA in Middle East.

Stuart Crighton, Founder and CEO of Cleartrip, said, “We are pushing ahead with our ambitious expansion plans in the MENA region, and together with Flyin, we have reached a major milestone in our journey. The deal represents the culmination of our search for a strategic partner that has outstanding market association in Saudi Arabia and shares our business ethos and principles.”

“Building on Saudi Arabia’s evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem, Flyin has firmly established itself as the leading player in the Kingdom’s online travel market. With its strong customer base and rich travel offerings, Flyin is the natural partner for us in the region. We will leverage each other’s strengths to enhance product development and customer experience,” added Crighton.

Abdullah Al Romaih, Founder of Flyin, commented: “We are embarking on a new journey to reinforce our leadership position in Saudi Arabia’s online travel market. Bringing over a decade’s international experience and industry-leading technologies and skills, Cleartrip will also help us to offer our customers new and enhanced travel experiences. We look forward to having Cleartrip continue to support the economic growth in the Kingdom, as well as the evolving travel needs of our customers.”

Closely aligned with the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, with a strong focus on building digital infrastructure and attracting foreign investment in local homegrown companies, the transaction opens up new avenues of growth opportunities for Flyin to further strengthen its standing in the Kingdom and expand its footprint globally. Furthermore, it will contribute to the development of the country’s digital infrastructure and create employment opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The transaction will enable both companies to leverage new technologies, talents and business intelligence to strengthen their travel offerings to cater to a diverse global customer base.

The transaction will close once final regulatory and corporate approvals are received.

Top Five Reasons To Visit Monterey County This Winter


Snuggle by the Fireplace, Whale Watching Excursions, Plus… No Snow!

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MONTEREY, Calif.Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — If you are looking to enjoy a winter getaway without having to shovel snow, then beautiful Monterey County is for you! It’s always a great time to experience the bounty the region has to offer, but the winter months also bring some of our best weather without the crowds. From whales and sea otters in Monterey Bay to the wineries of Salinas Valley to hiking trails in Big Sur, there are plenty of activities to do that don’t include having to pack your ski jacket and winter wear.

Need we say more? The air may be cool and crisp but it rarely dips below 45 degrees on the Monterey Peninsula, which is the perfect weather to take that hike you have been putting off. After, enjoy a glass of wine at one of our tasting rooms in Salinas Valley, Carmel ValleyCarmel-by-the-Sea or Monterey. Fog is not usually an issue in the winter months, and it’s often our sunnier time of year.

Cozy up next to someone special and enjoy a winter night snuggling by the fire. Whether you’re looking for a scenic view, a people-watching view or a view made for two, you’ll find the perfect fireplace just for you. Make some new friends around a fire pit at The Bench overlooking the iconic 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links. For a more intimate take, book a room at the Spindrift Inn on historic Cannery Row where several rooms come with their very own crackling wood fire and an ocean view.

Several restaurants and cafés in Monterey County hope to warm you up from the inside out with one of their cozy concoctions ranging from traditional Irish coffee to hot cocoa. Sip in the legendary views of the Big Sur coastline at Nepenthe where they brew up a legion of coffee drinks, the highlight of which is without a doubt the Keoki Coffee, made with specialty coffee, Kahlua, Créme de Cacao and brandy. Indulge in luxury and a liquor libation at The Inn at Spanish Bay. Sit by the fire pits on the patio to admire the surf and the bagpiper at sunset. Every hot drink is done to perfection from the less traditional Nutty Scotsman to the utterly decadent (and delicious) Chocolate Raspberry Nutty Truffle, a must for every chocolate lover.

Monterey Bay is unique in that you can catch a whale watching tour just about every day of the year. Winter is especially a prime time to catch the action in the bay as gray whales begin their migration. You’ll even have the opportunity to see the usual residents like dolphins, sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions. Celebrate the return of gray whales to the Monterey Bay during Whalefest Monterey! Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Custom House Plaza throw quite the migration party for these much loved gentle giants on January 27-28, 2018. This two-day family fun festival hosts a variety of activities including live entertainment, face painting, educational exhibits, historic walking tours, chalk art, live music and much more.

Book your room and attraction tickets now and save! We’ve uncovered hotels and attractions in Monterey County that are offering discounts to visitors booking in advance. Be sure to book directly with the hotel and/or attraction’s website to ensure the best rate! Please visit for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you to Monterey County this winter season!

WeChat showcases CityExperience Mini Program to help the global tourism industry target Chinese travellers

Business, Tourism

Dubai, London and Sydney are pioneer destinations to offer Chinese tourists local travel tips and experiences

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SHANGHAINov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — WeChat today showcased its CityExperience Mini Program in partnership with Tourism Australia, VisitBritain and Dubai Tourism, aiming to enhance the overseas travel experience of WeChat users, while offering an interactive platform for the global tourism industry to better connect with Chinese travellers.

The number of Chinese outbound tourists is expected to double from 2016 to 20221, representing significant opportunities for the global travel industry. WeChat CityExperience is an effective platform for tourism boards, local attractions and merchants to address the growth and demands of travellers from China, leveraging the WeChat ecosystem.

The tourism boards of DubaiLondon and Sydney developed digital guide maps via WeChat CityExperience Mini Program to help Chinese outbound tourists navigate the cities and learn about their cultures and histories from official sources of information, all from the convenience of a smartphone and the WeChat app. The programs were presented at the ‘WeChat Mini Program CityExperience Showcase’ event in Shanghai.

Apart from informative text and maps, travellers can also explore different attractions, shops and restaurants through photos and audio guides, making it a truly immersive experience. CityExperience is also useful for itinerary planning, with suggested durations for each attraction, useful information such as addresses, contact numbers and sample itineraries. Whether they wish to take a stroll at the British Museum, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a breathtaking view, go on adrenaline-packed rides at the latest Dubai Parks and Resorts or simply enjoy a great meal, WeChat CityExperience is the perfect tool for Chinese travellers.

Andrew Hogg, Regional General Manager, North Asia, Tourism Australia, said, “WeChat is a leading social mobile app in China. For Tourism Australia, it is great to partner with WeChat in the CityExperience Mini Program, to deliver relevant destination information on demand to high value Chinese FIT travelers.”

Hoor Alkhaja, Senior Manager, Asia Pacific, International Operations, Dubai Tourism, said, “The team and I are pleased that Dubai is one of the first three cities to be featured as part of this exciting new venture, because the ‘Experience Dubai’ program is good news for Chinese travellers as it will make discovering Dubai and getting the most out of your Dubai trip easier than ever.”

Travis Qian, VisitBritain’s Interim Director China and North East Asia, said, “VisitBritain is proud to partner with WeChat to promote the fantastic experiences that visitors can only get in London, from the British Museum, Selfridges to the Shard, from Warner Bros. Studio Tour, SOHO Theatre to The Sketch. We will continue to work with WeChat to introduce the very best visitor experiences from EnglandScotland and Wales throughout all seasons, and to extend the best welcome from EuropeChina is the world’s most valuable outbound market. This partnership will see VisitBritain amplify its marketing reach in China, inspiring more visitors to book a trip to Britain right now.”