A training meeting on promoting the adoption of legal software in the insurance industry of China will be held by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) on the morning of September 28, 2007, according to a notice published on the website of CIRC. The training will be provided via a video conference and insurance regulatory commissions across China and all the insurance companies in China will join in the training.
A source with Chongqing Health Education Institute said that, as part of the efforts to build a “smoke-free China”, Chongqing will build smoke-free schools, hospitals and government agencies this year and next year. A pilot project in this regard will be carried out in the Nan’an and Jiangjin districts of Chongqing first. The “smoke-free China” program is sponsored by Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and co-sponsored by Peking Union Medical College and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The program aims at creating smoke-free environments and reducing harm caused by passive smoking via smoking intervention activities.
To celebrate World Tourism Day, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) yesterday organized a series of activities. Benefiting from the opening of new hotels and entertainment facilities, the tourism industry of Macao recorded satisfactory arrival growth of visitors, according to João Manuel Costa Antunes, director of MGTO. The number of arrivals of visitors to Macao for the first eight months exceeded 17 million, up 21.8 percent year-on-year, and the growth rate for the whole year is expected to be in the range of 10 to 20 percent.
A thousand university students from Peking University, Renmin University of China and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications vowed to act as “copyright ambassadors” yesterday. In future, these students will aid 10,000 enterprises in denying the use of illegal software through helping the enterprises install free legal operating systems, Office software and information management software provided by IBM, Novell and GTC.
A working meeting was held in Shenzhen to promote the adoption of legal software by enterprise. A government official from the city’s administration of intellectual property rights said that the adoption of legal software by enterprises is not only essential to address international pressure, but vital to the development of China’s domestic software industry. A series of campaigns will be launched in Shenzhen to enhance the awareness of the protection of intellectual property rights and speed up the city’s efforts to promote the adoption of legal software, the official added.
DBS Group yesterday opened its first private bank in Macao, the first financial unit providing custom-made banking services in the city. Amy Yip, Chief Executive Officer of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, said Macao has outperformed mainland China and Hong Kong in economic and private wealth growth. The group said revenue from its private banks in Hong Kong and Macao increased over 70 per cent from 2005, and expects its private banking business to make up 3-10 per cent of the overall banking business over the next three to five years. DBS’s branch in Macao has operated for 34 years and reported a growth of 276 per cent in net earnings for last year, but the bank has no plan to expand the branch yet.
A female passenger of Cathay Pacific Airways was persuaded into taking the next flight to the US when checking in at Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport as she was told the flight she planned to take has been over-booked and that she would enjoy additional privileges through participation in a voluntary compensation scheme should she take the next flight. However, she missed the transfer at the Los Angles Airport in the US because the next flight she took was delayed for half an hour. For this reason, the passenger suffered a loss of about HK$4,000. She felt it unreasonable for the carrier to only pay her HK$2,000 as compensation.
In light of the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games and Shanghai World Expo, passenger flow between the US and China is expected to increase faster. The United States Department of Transportation therefore approved six additional air routes between the two countries on 26 September, two of which are exclusively launched for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The Department will grant the first flight license of the air route between Atlanta and Shanghai to Delta Air Lines, and authorize United Airlines to operate the non-stop route between San Francisco and Guangzhou.
During the first opening month, 60% of The Venetian Resort-Hotel’s hotel customers came from Hong Kong, about 10% came from mainland China, and hundreds of them came from Macao, according to Aliana Ho, senior VP for market development at The Venetian. The hotel also witnessed increase in Japanese, Korean and intercontinental customers. It is believed that India, Middle East, Americas and Russia will be the second market for The Venetian to open up.