Friday, August 1, 2014




STENZHORN presents the current WILDLIFE Collection

Recent jewels of Munich based German jewelry manufacturer STENZHORN come from the collection "Wildlife".  "Wildlife" is inspired by the natural jewelry and watch collection. It shows the elegance of wild animals and the magnificent variety of flora and fauna.

With the new collection STENZHORN leaves trodden paths. With the highest standards of quality and workmanship provides STENZHORN handmade jewelry that self-confidence, joy of life and adventure symbolize.

"Wildlife" is an exciting world of wild aninmals, fascinating landscapes and picturesque villages. With "Wildlife" collection Stenzhorn goes on an adventure trip with impressive experiences in another world. The endless expanse of a vast country between desert and sea, outstanding sights, encounters with people and wild animals - this is the multi-faceted world of the collection "Wildlife".

The new collection is a tribute to all women who are above all: yourself women who immerse themselves in a jungle full of secrets who enjoy the wild life, change and to rediscover again and again.

STENZHORN was founded by the brothers Stenzhorn in Germany in 1979. STENZHORN is an international family enterprise with more than 35 years experience in the jewelry industry. The jewelry is made with the highest standards of quality and workmanship of hand. The jewels of STENZHORN are available in Europe, Asia, Russia, in the Middle East and the USA.

The product line consists of five different collections:

Wildlife is inspired by the nature of jewelery and watch collection. It shows the elegance of wild animals and the magnificent variety of flora and fauna.

Composa is a new, young line with a host of accessories that can be done to an individual piece of jewelry. The imagination knows no limits - Compose your Dream.

Pure elegance and highest processing art leave the jewelry look delicate as silk. The line was awarded the Innovation Award 2012 of JNA.

The very feminine AMANDA collection embodies spirited shapes that recall the sensuality of a woman.

Invisible setting, Pave versions and gradients - each piece is a masterpiece. Design, modeling, grasping and completion - Pure perfection.

STENZHORN -Fine Jewels since 1979- was founded by the brothers Stenzhorn in Germany in 1979. STENZHORN is an international family enterprise with more than 35 years experience in the jewelry industry. The jewelry is made with the highest standards of quality and workmanship of hand. Currently, there is a range of five different collections: WILDLIFE, COMPOSA, 2ndSkin, AMANDA and CLASSICS. The jewels of STENZHORN are available in Europe, Asia, Russia, available in the Middle East and the USA.
Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (2.65 carats), emerald eyes, droplets emerald (1.00 carat)

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (2.65 carats), emerald eyes, onyx drops (5.47 carats)

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white / pink gold set with diamonds (7.10 carats), yellow sapphire eyes, onyx drops (5.47 carats)

Pendant in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (4.95 carats), yellow sapphire eyes

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white / pink gold set with diamonds (10.10 carats), yellow sapphire eyes

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (8.34 carats), emerald eyes, droplets emerald (0.90 carats)

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (9.60 carats), emerald eyes, droplets emerald (1.27 carats)

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (9.60 carats), emerald eyes, onyx drops (5.36 carats)

Pendant / brooch in18 carat white gold set with diamonds (8.90 carats), emerald eyes, onyx
drops (5.36 carats)

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (8.34 carats), emerald eyes, onyx drops (5.52 carats)

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (0.15 carats), emerald eyes, droplets Moonstone (5.64 carats)

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (0.15 carats), emerald eyes, droplets blue moon stone (5.60 carats)

Pendant / brooch in 18 carat white gold set with diamonds (0.15 carats), emerald eyes, onyx drops (5.45 carats)

Thursday, July 31, 2014


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JULY 30, 2014




Beauty queens and smiley balloons galore at Thailands back-to-normal Happiness Street Festival

  With a parade of Thai beauty queens and a mass release of 10,000 smiley-balloons, the Thai tourism industry has told the world that it is back in business, safe and ready to receive visitors.
Over two days between 25-26 July, 2014, the primary business and shopping district of downtown Bangkok was the scene of a giant Happiness Street Festival marked by colourful parades, shopping, fashion shows, concerts and culinary delights.

Among the thousands of foreign and local revellers were more than 900 specially invited travel trade journalists, bloggers and celebrities from 47 countries around the world.

Their participation in “Thailand’s Best Friends Forever Mega Fam Trip” generated millions of dollars worth of publicity for the event through tweets, social media posts, blogs, live TV transmissions and print coverage. A real-time webcast of the event attracted 16,545,000 viewers over the two days, including a total of 157,257,193 views through various social media, such as; Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Line, TAT mobile applications.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “We were very happy to see such a large turnout for what turned out to be a very unique event. Along with our project partners, Thai Airways International and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association, we believe we succeeded in making this the biggest and best back-to-normal party Thailand has ever seen. Given the short time frame we had to get this organised, we believe everything went really well.”

In his speech at the welcome reception, Admiral Narong Pipattanasai, Deputy Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and Chief of the Royal Thai Navy said that the Council recognised the importance of travel and tourism to the national economy and was “strongly committed” towards promoting an environment of safety, security and stability in order to ensure the return of visitor confidence.
In addition to the publicity generated abroad, the event had an equally potent purpose to help bring the smiles back to the faces of the Thai people after several months of uncertainty, which impacted on businesses and jobs nationwide, especially among the small and medium sized enterprises.

The Street Festival extravaganza stretched from the Ratchaprasong intersection as far as Rama I Road, taking in Parc Paragon, CentralWorld Square, and The Platinum Fashion Mall along the route. Stalls and shops sold refreshing drinks and funky fashion to the delighted crowds. Famous Thai artists performed up and down the streets to put smiles on the faces of the crowds with fun songs, special effects, sound and light shows.
Both “happiness days” were dominated by the sound of music with a Happiness Concert featuring performances by contemporary musicians and traditional Thai folk singers, accompanied by sound-and-light theatrics at the CentralWorld Square.

At the Happy Gift Market, visitors found everything from antique products to trendy, brand-name clothes and fashion items. One section, called “Stars on Street” had booths manned by Thai celebrities and TV superstars selling footwear, T-Shirts, Green Gourmet, boutique apparel and even Thai desserts.

Another section, called Happiness Surprise allowed visitors to take Instagram pictures of smiling faces and win awards for the best smiles. The Happiness Activity section offered free lollipop containers. Hundreds of “Happiness balloons” were released into the evening sky followed by a parade of beauty queens, fashion and flowers.
Thailand-Happiness_12Mr. Thawatchai noted that the invited guests also took advantage of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale now under way at dozens of department stores, shopping malls, restaurants, spas, and other retail outlets in the Thai capital and nationwide.

“Thailand is fortunate to have many friends and supporters worldwide, especially amongst our neighbours in the ASEAN countries. For them, Bangkok is only a short flying time away. We would very much like them to enjoy their next holiday in Thailand in line with the ASEAN spirit of friendship and fraternity.”

Other event partners included the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Ministry of Interior, Airlines, Thai Hotels Association, Thai Restaurant Association, Association of Thai Travel Agents and several other public and private sector organisations.
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Calling all Fans of The Hobbit Movies and Middle-earth
 New Zealand is about to become the talk of fantasy enthusiasts around the world, with the call going out globally to find fans keen to take an ultimate Middle-earth journey to New Zealand.Gearing up for the December 17, 2014, release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand, in conjunction with New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, today announced The HobbitFan Fellowship Contest before 6,500 fans at Comic-Con International, an entertainment and comic convention in San Diego.

The contest will decide 75 lucky winners who can each take a friend to New Zealand flying with Air New Zealand, the airline to Middle-earth. They will spend a week journeying to famous filming locations and tourist hotspots throughout New Zealand, culminating in the ultimate experience for every Hobbit fan – a private screening of the final film with Sir Peter Jackson himself.

The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contestwas announced by Jackson and U.S. late night television host Stephen Colbert, and fans invited to enter in a personal video from Sir Peter. The first two winners were chosen from the Comic-Con crowd – Kris McMeans, 25, from Austin, TX and Morgan Burgener, 18, from San Diego, CA.

McMeans said she has wanted to go to New Zealand for years. “This is going to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Ever since I was 12 years old I wanted to go to Middle-earth, and now New Zealand has become Middle-earth. Thanks to Peter Jackson bringing the books to life, now we can travel Middle-earth.”

Contest winners will land in Auckland, the “City of Sails”, rated the third most liveable city in the world, before embarking on a specially designed itinerary to recognisable ‘filmscapes’ –the highlight being a special visit to Hobbiton, the famous movie set at the heart of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

Now New Zealand’s fastest growing tourist attraction, Hobbiton is nestled in a working sheep farm near the small town of Matamata in the Waikato region.  Fans will enjoy a private tour through the 12-acre site, with a close-up look at the 44 Hobbit homes.

The Hobbit Fan Fellowship will also visit other key film sites throughout New Zealand's Middle-earth chosen by Sir Peter Jackson for his epic trilogies and experience those locations tourist attractions. Tourism New Zealand says this proves the stunning backdrops featured throughout both trilogies are not just fantasy but real places that holiday-makers can explore and enjoy.

The journey will end in Wellington for the ultimate film fan’s dream - a private screening of the final film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, with Sir Peter Jackson.  Fans will meet up with the famous director in his home town “Wellywood”, New Zealand’s capital city, where Sir Peter has based his film empire and which has now become a must-stop for film fans visiting Middle-earth.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says Tourism New Zealand is incredibly excited to be involved in the competition. For the past two years and two films, Tourism New Zealand has been working to maximise the international attention New Zealand draws from its starring role in The Hobbit Trilogy and convert that into travel.

“We’ve had some great successes to date and over the coming months will continue to show how the fantasy of Middle-earth can become reality in the form of a New Zealand holiday. We want to ensure New Zealand’s association as the home of Middle-earth lives on long past the release of the final film.”

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About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.  The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers. Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.  Post production took place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a Wingnut Films Production, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  As with the first two films in the Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the final film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production.  Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.



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Eleven new overland adventures in some of the world's most exotic locales are among more than 60 extended mid-voyage excursions ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will be offering in 2015. Unlike a partial-day shore tour, single- or multiple-day inland adventures offer a more intimate, in-depth and personal encounter with the local people, history, wildlife, and natural attractions that lie just beyond the ports of call.

"We always strive to offer fresh, innovative programs that provide a variety of authentic onshore options," said Steve Odell, President of Silversea for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. "These new mid-voyage adventures are carefully designed for travelers seeking one-of-a-kind experiences that will take them further into a region, giving them plenty of time to actively engage in its scenery, activities, and cultural heritage.

From the soaring Andes to the glistening lakes of Patagonia, from the beaches of Polynesia to the glaciers of New Zealand, from the grasslands of Kenya to the monuments of India, Silversea's new overland adventures offer rare access to transformational places and experiences. On these exciting overland tours, participants may come face-to-face with a giant tortoise in the Galapagos, track mountain gorillas in Africa, or marvel at unique marine life from the balcony of an overwater bungalow in Polynesia.

The following is a sampling of the new mid-voyage land adventures for 2015:

Tsavo East National Park Bush-Walking Safari
(2 Days / 1 Night -- Depart / Rejoin Ship: Mombasa)
The Tsavo East National Park offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush washed by the azure and emerald meandering of the Galana River. Visitors who explore the diversity of the park on foot may observe lions, cheetahs, serval cats, zebras, elephants, monitor lizards, and more. Two game drives are included. Available on Silver Whisper's March 6 voyage (#4506.

Gorillas in the Forest
(6 Days / 5 Nights -- Depart: Cape Town / Rejoin Ship: Luanda)
A truly inspiring experience awaits visitors to the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda and home to half the world's mountain gorillas, the sanctuary's tented camp is the ideal base for launching guided safaris to track and interact with these amazing primates in the wild. Available on Silver Whisper's April 5 voyage (#4508.

Taj Mahal & Jaipur – A Magical Journey to India
(4.5 Days / 4 Nights -- Depart: Phuket / Rejoin Ship: Colombo)
There are few places in the world that evoke such profound impact on its visitors as the Taj Mahal in Agra. Once the capital of the great Mughal Empire, Agra itself is well worth a visit for its repository of some of the Mughals most famous monuments. And there are few places in the world that compare with the Pink City of Jaipur, where guests stay on this magical journey into India's wonders. Available on Silver Whisper's March 6 voyage (#4506.

Over-the-Water Overnight
(1.5 Days / 1 Night  -- Depart: Moorea / Rejoin Ship: Papeete)
Perched above the water on stilts, the overwater bungalows of Moorea's InterContinental Resort & Spa offer a unique escape. They are iconic, thatch-roofed symbols of a tropical paradise. Guests can watch marine life from their balcony or climb down steps to snorkel directly in a Pacific lagoon. Available on Silver Whisper's January 5 voyage (#4501 and Silver Spirit's sailing of January 22 (#5502.

New Zealand Explorer
(4 Days /3 Nights -- Depart: Akaroa / Rejoin Ship: Milford Sound)
New Zealand's highest peaks, longest glaciers, and many of its most beautiful lakes are revealed  with scenic drives through its two famous national parks – Mount Cook and Fiordland – both located in the Te Wahipounamu area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Memorable highlights include a ski plane flight to the Tasman Glacier, a cruise on Lake Tasman, and a jet boat excursion on the Shotover River. Available on Silver Spirit's February 12 voyage (#5504.

The Andes & the Train to the Devil's Nose
(5 Days / 4 Nights -- Depart: Manta / Rejoin Ship: Callao)
Travelers can immerse themselves in the cultural and natural diversity of Ecuador's majestic Andean region, witnessing up-close its grassy highlands, cloud forests, mountain lakes, active volcanoes, colonial towns, and haciendas. Highlighting the program is the Devil's Nose, a thrilling train ride through the Andes featuring a 45-degree descent. Available on Silver Shadow's January 7 voyage (#3501.

Galápagos Adventure
(5 Days / 4 Nights -- Depart: Manta / Rejoin Ship: Callao)
There is no place on earth quite like the Galápagos Islands, carved out by roaring volcanoes and titanic geothermic upheavals. Visitors may come face-to-face with a giant tortoise, or admire blue-footed boobies and sunbathing sea lions. The program includes two days exploring the islands by boat, plus accommodations at the Royal Palm Hotel, located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Available on Silver Shadow's January 7 voyage (#3501.

Patagonia Express
(3 Days / 2 Nights  --  Depart: Punta Arenas / Rejoin Ship: Ushuaia)   
The southern cone of South America, known as Patagonia, is home to ice-clad mountain peaks, ancient forests, dazzling lakes, and immense glaciers. Visitors can experience this spectacular scenery in the national parks of Torres del Paine, in Chile, and Los Glaciares, in Argentina, both included in this tour. Available on Silver Shadow's January 25 voyage (#3502.

The optional mid-voyage land programs feature deluxe accommodations (if overnight stays are required), all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. Prices for the above-listed adventures range from US$1,899 to US$8,999 per person, based on double occupancy. 

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Newly Opened 416-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou Towers as Tallest Hotel in Central China
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts today expanded its luxury portfolio in China with the unveiling of the highly anticipated 416-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou in Henan Province. Marriott International manages this landmark hotel under a long-term agreement with the owner partners, Greenland Group.

This new hotel is located on the top floors of the Millennium Royal Plaza, which is in the CBD of Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province as well as an important transportation hub in China. The 60-floor Millennium Royal Plaza stands at 280 meters and is the tallest building in Central China. The JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is the first Marriott property in Henan as well as the seventh JW Marriott hotel in the Greater China region.          

“Marriott International has already had several successful hotel projects with our owner partner Greenland in China. The opening of JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is another gem in this spectacular collection. We are most pleased to have the opportunity to manage such a magnificent hotel,” said Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Marriott International Asia. 

 “This is a significant property as it is our first hotel in Zhengzhou which is an important transportation, business and convention hub in central China. Also it is another proof of the growing popularity of our JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand in this market. We are on the course of opening new JW Marriott hotels in Macao, Chongqing, Kunming and Shenzhen over the next 12 months.”

The design of Millennium Royal Plaza was inspired by the Songyue Pagoda, a renowned cultural relic that was built approximately 1,500 years ago. The aluminum exterior’s sunscreens give the structure its distinctive pagoda-shape. The sunscreens also maximize the amount of daylight entering the building while reducing glare and solar heat gain. 

The hotel’s interior design reflects the hotel’s location with subtle brown metal celebrating the historic importance of bronze, and pale greens representing high quality jade artifacts that were produced in the region throughout the dynasties.

“We are honored to introduce this prestigious landmark hotel to the city that is impressively connected with Henan in so many ways,” said Frank Sanders, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou. 

“Our hotel exemplifies the design, service and cultural standards that have become synonymous with the JW Marriott brand. Our dramatic and distinctive architectural and interior features, exceptional culinary offerings and passion for service excellence will result in a truly authentic and unique experience.”

Zhengzhou is an important transportation hub within China and Henan has a rich 5,000-year history. The city boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the world famous Shaolin Temple. The new hotel is ideally located in the heart of Zhengdong New District – the new center of Zhengzhou – and is positioned between the Zhengzhou International Convention & Exhibition Center and Henan Art Center. 

Due to its impressive location, the JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou is well poised to service both the upscale business and leisure travellers.

The new property features a total 416 of spacious guestrooms and suites located from the 41st to the 55th floor, each offering floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the city. All guestrooms feature luxurious JW Marriott bedding designed in collaboration with Todd-Avery Lenahan and ergonomic work spaces that foster convenience and productivity.

The hotel’s dining experiences on the 38th and 39th floors include The Grill,specializing in both Chinese and Western dishes made from the freshest seafood and finest cuts of beef; Man Ho, headed up by Executive Chef Wongfrom Hong Kongand featuring Cantonese classics as well as Henan and Sichuan delicacies; and Zhengzhou Kitchen, the best buffet in town boasting dedicated Western, Chinese and Japanese live-cooking sections. 

The Lounge – borrowing inspiration from the building’s height – features the “tallest tea” in the city, a four-tier stand filled with delectable treats.

The JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou offers more than 2,500 square meters of stunning function and event space, including the 1,000 square meter JW Grand Ballroom with an LED wall panel, six meeting rooms – each with natural daylight – and a spacious pre-function ballroom foyer.

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JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. 

JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 64 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 90 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online,, @jwmarriott and

Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit  

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Grand Ballroom

President & Managing Director of Marriott International Asia Pacific, Mr. Simon Cooper and General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou, Mr. Frank Sanders dots the lion’s eyes


Ribbon cutting ceremony, from left to right:
Mr. Frank Sanders-General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou;
Mr. Henry Lee-Chief Operations Officer, Marriott International Greater China;
Mr. Simon Cooper-President & Managing Director of Marriott International Asia Pacific;
Mdm. Zhang Yun- Executive Vice President of Greenland Group, General Manager of Greenland International Hotels Group;
Mr. Tian Bo-Vice President of Greenland Group;
Mr. Raymond Lee–Executive Deputy General Manager of Greenland Group