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TikTok Travel comes to Penang!

TikTok, the world’s leading short video platform has announced its strategic partnership with Penang Global Tourism in a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony witnessed by Yang Berhormat Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang State EXCO of Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage. Penang Global Tourism is the first of Malaysia’s tourism boards to partner with TikTok in South East Asia.

The pilot programme in Malaysia for #TikTokTravel is an initiative that aims to inspire users to creatively capture and share their favourite travel moments. #TikTokTravel aims to become the go-to destination for social media fans’ various travel moments on mobile. 

In Penang, this partnership will begin with a series of online initiatives to promote the state’s splendour. These include online challenges, bespoke filters and stickers. The campaign kicks-off with Experience Penang 2020, a campaign by Penang Global Tourism that showcases every aspect of Penang’s amazing diversity.

As part of the campaign, users can also take part in TikTok’s latest online challenge, #ExperiencePenang. Users simply have to capture their best moments in Penang and tag the post with the hashtag “#ExperiencePenang”. 

50th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing

George Clooney and NASA veterans joined OMEGA at Kennedy Space Center to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. The gathering of greats at Cape Canaveral in Florida brought actors and astronauts together to celebrate the world-changing Apollo 11 mission and to raise glass to the OMEGA Speedmaster: the first watch worn on the Moon.

After a day of discussions on a range of space-related subjects – including “Pushing at the Limits” and “The Moonwatch: Then and Now” – media and VIP guests enjoyed a “Golden Moments” dinner, attended by George Clooney, Amal Clooney, Charlie Duke and Thomas Stafford.

The mood was light and the memories flowed freely as the astronauts shared compelling stories about the challenges they faced to ensure the Apollo project was a success. Though a huge star in his own right, OMEGA Ambassador George Clooney was clearly in awe of his boyhood heroes and made sure their extraordinary achievements were the prime focus of the event.

Also in attendance at both the daytime talks and “Golden Moments” celebratory dinner were Astronaut and artist Nicole Stott, NASA pilot and ISS commander Terry Virts, ESA astronaut and NASA veteran Jean-François Clervoy, and former NASA engineer and the man behind the Moonwatch, Jim Ragan. 

Faces of Penang Top 50 Below 50

Influential captains and upcoming leaders were honored during the launch of the EZ Malaysia Special Edition – Faces Of Penang at the Imperial Court Restaurant at The Top. Organised by CHTNetwork in collaboration with EZ Malaysia, this event was to present 50 influential Penangites from various industries below the age of 50 and have contributed to the society. 

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, a Guest Of Honor at the event praised the organiser for showcasing the beauty of Penang and its young talents to the world. Furthermore adding to his speech, he was confident that this project would be successful in reaching millions of readers through the print, digital and social media platforms of CHTNetwork. 

From left : Alvin Poh, Anne Lee, Boey Tze Nin, Dato’ Cher Chen Chiang, Ch’ng Huck Theng, Puan Sri Datuk Joanne Phor, Tan Sri Datuk Alex Ooi, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, YB Yeoh Soon Hin, Dato’ Seri Damien Chua, Datin Poon Lee Fah, Allen Tan 
From left : Eric Tiw, Cheryl Ng, Tan Boon Cheong, Esther Loh, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, Ch’ng Huck Theng, Jimmy Foo, Fifi Ch’ng, Dr. Lim Ban Keong, Chef Petr Feher, Chef Audee Cheah, Franco Tan
From left : Syed Aidid Syed Mohamad, Ravin Vello, Seah Kok Heng, Stephen Soon, Mei Tan, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, Ch’ng Huck Theng, (represent Nigel Law), Leon Lee, Kevin Wong, Katharine Joan Chua, June Goh, Joseph Goh
From left : Toh Bok Piew, Desmond Toh, Ann Lee, Vincent Chew, Waqar Saeed Bhatti, Wong Soon Ping, YAB Chow Kon Yeow, Ch’ng Huck Theng, Edwin Yeoh, Wilson Yeoh, William Koay, Tan Wei Xin, Tan Loy Sin

CHTNetwork president Ch’ng Huck Theng also cited the importance in branding and showcasing the bright and capable Faces Of Penang as an important step forward to connecting them to the world with the intention to further strengthen the economy through exploring business opportunities in both local and markets abroad.

Among those who attended the function include state executive councillor and PETACH chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, Director of Tourism Malaysia Penang Jonathan Bagang, Penang Port Commission chairman Jeffrey Chew and Malaysian Hotels Association (Penang Chapter) chairman Koo Boo Lim, Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau chief executive officer Ashwin Gunasekaran, Penang Tourist Guides Association president Chin Poh Chin, Ideal Property Group executive chairman Tan Sri Alex Ooi and executive director Puan Sri Joanne Phor. 

Spain in Le Venue

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Le Venue’s Penang Guest Chef “Series 2.0” dining experience saw a three days exclusive dining experience with award winning Chef Jose Martin Ruiz Borja. The specially curated 6-course dinner brought guests on an exciting Spanish gastronomical journey paired with a fine selection of quality wine. 

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Chef Around The World with Ghee Hiang

Celebrating its impeccable relationship with chefs globally, Malaysia’s oldest heritage name in traditional Chinese pastries and sesame oil Ghee Hiang recently unveiled its latest initiative themed ‘Chef Around The World with Ghee Hiang’. The debut program welcomed top New Zealand guest chef Craig Martin who presented his signature creations for a one night special appearance in Teels Heritage Cafe. ‘Chef Around The World with Ghee Hiang’ encourages guests to immerse themselves in an authentic and extensive New Zealand production. Two lucky guests walked away each with a Ghee Hiang premium gift set and a plaque autographed by Craig.  

Best of The Best From Penang

inPenang award420.jpgThe INPenang International Awards recently celebrated its 4th edition honouring some of Penang’s bright and successful personalities and organizations in a sophisticated soirée held at The Banquet, The Top, an iconic entertainment tower boasting an indoor amusement park located right at the center of the hustle and bustle of George Town, Penang.

Endorsed by the Penang State Government, 19 awards were presented on the evening attended by over 400 local and foreign VIPs and dignitaries including Chief Minister of Penang and Guest of Honour for the evening, Chow Kon Yeow, Deputy Agric Minister and YB Yeoh Soon Hin.

Themed ‘Vanity Fair’, the glamorous evening pays tribute to leaders who have achieved prodigious success in their careers and fields of expertise. Following CHTNetwork’s principle of “Where All Good Things in Life Meet…”, the event plays a huge significance creating business opportunities and advocating the competitive spirit among key players in Penang and its international counterparts.

The most prominent award of the evening – INPenang Lifetime Achievement Award – was presented to Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lim Gait Tong, the Chairman and CEO of Farlim Group (M) Bhd a prominent figure known for his relentless fortitude who continues to contribute to Penang and Malaysia’s economic growth today.

Guests were entertained with serenading tunes from the popular musical show ‘Phantom of the Opera’ from the Penang Symphony Orchestra conducted by its Music Director Dato’ Woon Wen Kin. A hallmark of CHTNetwork includes a runway fashion show specially presented by The MOD House, Venessa Diamonds and Marque Deluxe. To end the night, a high energy dance performance titled ‘Echo Victory 2019’ was presented by Triple I Production House.

Penang Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dato’ Woon Wen Kin

 

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Runway Fashion Show presented by The MOD House

 

Luxury items auctioned for the evening include a painting by watercolourist Khoo Cheang Jin, handcrafted carpets by Nasim Carpet, a glamour photo shoot session with Michael Deeb, traditional cheong sums by The MOD House, a luxury bag by Marque Deluxe and jewelleries by Venessa Diamonds.

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Auction – Nasim Carpets

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Auction – Venessa Diamonds

Recipients of the InPenang National Awards include Dato’ Teoh Hai Hin (Hong Seng Group), Tan Sri Datuk Alex Ooi (Ideal Property Group), Dr Lee Kim Siea (The M Clinic), Anne Lee (Anovia Bridal), Tan Sri Datuk Seri Richard Koh (The Top), Sean Lau & Cheryl Ng (Wonderfood Museum), Cynthia Hwang (Sunshine Retail Group), Lim Ee Keong (David Xuan), Dato’ Woon Wen Kin (Penang Symphony Society), and Ong Thor Guan, Choon Jin Kooi, Koay Kai Bin (TG Ocean Health Food Industries).

Yeoh Soon Hin Chairman of PETACH presented 5 InPenang International Outstanding Achievers Awards. Recipients include Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif, William Lye OAM S.C., Adrian Ng, Yeap Huey Huey and Dato’ Henry Goh.

The award show debuts the InPenang Emerging Entrepreneur Award dedicated to movers and shakers who have directly played a significant role in influencing their community and placing Penang at par with other growing cities regionally. And awarded 3 of its newest trophies to Tan Li Mei (Scoopoint), Derick Ooi (Global Story), and Jason Ong (Triple I Production House).

Sponsors for InPenang International Awards include Thai Airways International, RHB Premier, Cycle & Carriage, Schwarzkopf Professional, Red Box, Venessa Diamonds, Marque De Luxe, The MOD House, Nasim Carpets, Focal Concept, Anjeri, Malaysia SME, and Miura Group from Australia.


INPenang Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lim Gait Tong

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INPenang International Awards Winners

  • Best Tourism (Museum) Penang – Wonderfood Museum
  • Top Bridal Studio – Anovia Bridal
  • Best Musical Conductor – Maestro Dato’ Woon Wen Kin
  • Best Geomancy Sevice Industry – David Xuan
  • Best Automotive Manufacturing Industry – Hong Seng Group
  • Top Developer – Ideal Property Group
  • Best Household Brand Group – Sunshine Retail
  • Top Health Food Manufacturer Industries Sdn Bhd – TG Ocean Health Food
  • Best Plastic & Aesthetic – The M Clinic
  • Best Transformed Tourist Attraction – The Top, Penang

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INPenang International Outstanding Achievers Awards Winners

  • Adrian Ng (Malaysia)
  • Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif (Kenya)
  • William Lye, OAM S.C. (Australia)
  • Yeap Huey Huey (Myanmar)
  • Dato’ Henry Goh (Malaysia)

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INPenang Emerging Entrepreneur Awards Winners

  • Derick Ooi Tze Wei
  • Jason Ong Han Yee
  • Tan Li Mei

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Penang International Luxury Collections Week (PILCW) 2018 槟城国际奢华周

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The 2nd edition of PILCW 2018 once again saw an exhibition of luxury items including antiques, art, stones, vintage cars, properties, carpets, etc. Chairman of Penang State Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Art, The Honorable Yeoh Soon Hin in his opening speech acknowledged the fact that Penang is lacking in exclusive products and services in the luxury tourism sector. He applauded PILCW for being a very good initiative to provide this beautiful island with such a platform. Organiser and President of CHT Network, Ch’ng Huck Theng said that it was not easy to organise this event, especially when market sentiment is rather slow as the public is still very much in a wait and see mode to monitor how the economy will be reacting to the new government’s budget announcement. However Ch’ng stressed that life has to move on. “Rather than waiting in shops, such events do help in bringing in new potentials and reconnecting with existing clients” Ch’ng added.

The three day event started with a Grand Opening where Yeoh was the Guest of Honor and all guests sang Happy Birthday to celebrate his birthday after the opening. One of Penang’s top jewelry boutiques Venessa Diamonds presented an exclusive contemporary Nyonya jewelry show during the VIP preview evening. Two specialists from KL were invited to speak about investing in art, coins and notes. Winson Loh from Pinkguy Gallery talked about Collecting vs Investing in Malaysia Art, whereas Cho Chun Long gave an insight of Collecting Rare Coins & Notes. The last day of the event saw MNP Auctioneers hammering off arts, antiques and collectibles.

Sponsors for the PILCW 2018 were the Penang State Government, RHB Premier, Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur, Thai Airways International, Sunsuria Berhad, Royal East (Australia) and Gurney Paragon Mall.

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今年堂堂迈入第二届的 2018 年槟城国际奢华周 (PILCW),结合了古董、艺术品、珍石、古董汽车、房产和地毯等奢华臻品公开展出。槟城旅游、古迹及文化事务委员会主席杨顺兴在开幕致辞时表示,槟城在奢华旅游领域中,一直缺乏独特性的奢华产品与服务,

PILCW 恰好弥补了缺失的这一块,为此,他称赞 PILCW 为槟城这座美丽的岛屿,提供了一个绝佳的奢华旅游推动平台。活动主办者兼 CHT Network 创办者庄学腾表示,在这个市场笼罩着低迷氛围,民众普遍抱持观望心态,等待新政府颁布的财政预算案是否能够振兴经济的大环境下举办这场活动,实属不易。无论如何,庄学腾认为生活始终要回归正常。“与其守株待兔,不如主动出击,透过活动开发潜在新客户群,以及和原有客户保持良好联系。”庄学腾补

道。

荣誉嘉宾尊敬的杨顺兴受邀主持开幕仪式,正式掀开这场为期三天的活动。仪式结束后,众出席贵宾也同时为尊敬的杨顺兴高唱了一曲生日歌以庆祝他的生日。在贵宾预展当晚,作为槟城最具知名度之一的珠宝精品店,Venessa Diamonds 呈现了一场独一无二的现代风格娘惹珠宝秀。两位来自吉隆坡的专家,受邀前来主讲艺术品、古币和古钞相关课题。来自 Pinkguy 画廊的卢詠申主讲马来西亚艺术品收藏与投资课题,而 Cho Chun Long 则深入探讨珍稀币钞之收藏课题。活动最后一天,MNP 拍卖行现场举办了一场拍卖会,拍卖品包括了艺术品、古董和其他珍稀收藏品。

是次 2018 PILCW 主要赞助单位为槟城州政府,RHB PremierLamborghini Kuala Lumpur,泰国国际航空,Sunsuria BerhadRoyal East (澳大利亚) 和葛尼百丽宫。

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