London-based Queensgate Investments finalizes $400 million purchase of Freehand Hotels from a seller consortium including The Yucaipa Companies and Sydell Group, drastically expanding Generator’s millennial-friendly portfolio to 18 properties in top cities across North America and EuropeLEFT: Generator StockholmRIGHT: Freehand New YorkHONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 October 2019 - Generator, whose design-driven affordable luxury has disrupted the hospitality industry across Europe since 2011, will now operate all four Freehand Hotels and their respective food and beverage outlets after purchasing the brand for $400 million this week. The acquisition led by London-based firm Queensgate Investments, which owns Generator, merges the original upscale hostel trailblazers and reaffirms Generator as a global pioneer in the hospitality industry. With Generator's storied success in Europe and Freehand's expertise in the U.S. market, this new merger marks a … [Read more...] about Hospitality Disruptor Generator Acquires Freehand Hotels In Its Quest to Dominate the Experience Economy in U.S. Market
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Viet Nam News Over the past week, the story of a 13-year-old boy who cycled more than 100km to visit his hospitalised little brother went viral on social media. Vì Quyết Chiến, a Thái ethnic minority, began his journey from the northern mountainous province of Sơn La to Hà Nội on March 25, after his grandfather told him his two-month-old brother had been admitted to a hospital in the capital city, about 175km from his home. Chiến, overcame with worry, decided to ride to Hà Nội on his small bicycle to see his brother. He did not tell anyone about his plan and snuck out of the village and followed the national highway. The brave boy didn’t care that his bike’s brakes were broken, or that he didn’t even any money, food or water with him. When he reached Hòa Bình Province, he was exhausted and lain down on the road with his bicycle. Luckily, the crew of a coach going to Hà Nội noticed him … [Read more...] about A boy driven by love
Mekong Delta, HCMC warned of tidal flooding in lowland, riverside areas The Southern Regional Hydrometeorological Center has warned the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City of flooding in lowland and riverside areas as a high tide is forecast to occur and reach its peak in the next couple of days. According to the center, water level in the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers on October 12 highly increased. It is predicted to continue surging in the next few days. The peak of the high tide might occur on October 15-16, the 17th and 18th day of the ninth lunar month. The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center also issued the same warning, saying that the water level in the Mekong and Saigon Rivers will reach alarming levels 2-3 under influence of the high tide. Low lying and riverside areas in HCMC and the Mekong Delta might be flooded. In the meantime, the meteorological station in Can Tho city said that tide level in canals in the city will continue moving up to reach 1.95-2 meters and … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES OCTOBER 15
Nguyen Dieu Cam, general director at T&A Ogilvy and director of Ogilvy Consulting Vietnam What role does communication play in building a successful financial brand? We can all see that competition is fierce within the financial sector in recent years. Various new services are launched to meet the demand of customers, who are getting more and more sophisticated. Financial services are no longer a playground for traditional banking giants but a battlefield for all, with the rapid entrance of newcomers. During only four years, from 2014 to 2018, the number of traditional banks in Vietnam has increased by about 43 per cent, while new financial organisations also made an “explosion” with incredible growth. However, there is no substantial differentiation among their offered products or services, while no banking and finance organisation is powerful enough to dominate the overall market. This existing landscape results in a more intensive battle for market leaders. In a … [Read more...] about Driving massive business growth through financial sector communication
Illustration by Đàm Minh Chí Chu Lan Hương Recently, a video that spread along the social media landscape showed a teacher beating and scolding a student in a primary school in HCM City, raising debate among both educators and parents. The clip was made by a hidden camera installed without the school's notice by concerned parents. There is no doubt the teacher was wrong to beat the student. But hiding a camera in a classroom is also questionable. After the incident, many parents have expressed interest in installing cameras in classrooms so they can keep tabs on their kids and teachers. The issue has divided parents and teachers. “In recent years, there have been many cases that teachers verbally insulted and performed violent actions on students so I want to know what is happening to my child at school,” said Phan Thu Hiền, a 35-year-old mother in Hà Nội’s Cầu Giấy District. … [Read more...] about Talk around town: Do we really need cameras in our classrooms?