Largest Listed Saudi Real Estate Developer Launches International Business from Dubai

Construction on Dar Al Arkan’s AED 800 Million Skyscraper on Dubai Canal to Start in Early 2018, with Signature Interiors by Roberto Cavalli 

 

(Dubai/Florence – December 12, 2017) – Dar Al Arkan, the largest listed real estate developer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced today its plans to expand to global markets, selecting Dubai as the launchpad for its international business, with an AED 800 million development on the Dubai Water Canal in the Business Bay area.

The company has partnered with luxury brand, Roberto Cavalli, to design the interiors of the lavish 34-storey waterfront skyscraper, located in one of the world’s greatest urban transformations, in true Italian fashion. Rightly named “I Love Florence”, the new luxury tower will offer its residents an immersive living experience that combines the sophistication of fascinating Florence with the famed luxury of dazzling Dubai.

A ceremony was organised in Dubai to launch Dar Al Arkan’s (DAAR’s) international expansion and its high profile partnership with Italy’s topmost luxury fashion brand. The event was attended by Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash, Chairman of Dar Al Arkan, Gian Giacomo Ferraris, CEO of Roberto Cavalli Group, who flew in especially for the occasion, in addition to a number of government officials, diplomats, dignitaries and investors.

Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash declared at the ceremony: “Dar Al Arkan, since its establishment in 1994, has been offering Saudi investors unique investment opportunities that enhance and protect their wealth and preserve it for the next generation. Our solid track record in delivering 15,000 residential units and 500,000 metres of commercial space in Saudi Arabia for over 23 years will support our global expansion, which aims at presenting further diversification to our existing investors, as well as attracting international investors to our investment portfolio.”

Towering over the 3.2 kilometres man-made waterway, the high-rise will combine stunning views of the canal’s vibrant outdoor and night scenes, with the elegance of the Florence’s Arno riverside, reflected in the interiors sketched by one of Italy’s most famed design houses. This is the first time ever that the iconic “Roberto Cavalli” fashion brand lends its name to a real estate development, anywhere in the world, to present rich interiors that project bespoke living and are an embodiment of all the strength and glamour of the maison “Roberto Cavalli” lifestyle, delivering energy, prestige, emotion, success, and desire to experience.

Gian Giacomo Ferraris commented: “We are excited to be entering for the first time as a group to the real estate sector with the Roberto Cavalli brand, and we believe that the developer couldn’t have chosen a more suitable location for this project in the Middle East, where Roberto Cavalli enjoys a strong following. Dubai has carved its position as the house of fashion and design in the region. I see a strong correlation between Florence and Dubai, with both cities projecting elegance, art and design in everything they do, each in its own way. The new tower will embody Roberto Cavalli’s passion for beauty, design and his celebration of Italian craftsmanship. It will encapsulate the high-end luxury our fashion house has been famed for.”

The “I Love Florence” Tower, which will have unique views of the Dubai Canal, will feature for the first time in Dubai New York style homes, with elevators opening directly into the apartments, providing utmost privacy. Units will be available in one, two, three and four bedroom penthouses.

Abdullah El Shelash concluded: “When we set out to draw our vision to become leaders in global real estate development, we decided to only settle for the best, hence our choice of Dubai Canal as a location, and the epitome of Italian luxury, Roberto Cavalli, to conceptualise and create truly outstanding living spaces, not only in the residential units, but across the tower’s amenities, including the lobbies, gym, swimming pool, yoga area, outdoor training area, and hallways.”

 

The tower architecture has been designed by VX Experts. DAAR has also appointed La Casa Engineering Consultants. Construction will start in January 2018.

 

 

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Largest Listed Saudi Real Estate Developer Launches International Business from Dubai

Construction on Dar Al Arkan’s AED 800 Million Skyscraper on Dubai Canal to Start in Early 2018, with Signature Interiors by Roberto Cavalli 

(Dubai/Florence – December 12, 2017) – Dar Al Arkan, the largest listed real estate developer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced today its plans to expand to global markets, selecting Dubai as the launchpad for its international business, with an AED 800 million development on the Dubai Water Canal in the Business Bay area.

The company has partnered with luxury brand, Roberto Cavalli, to design the interiors of the lavish 34-storey waterfront skyscraper, located in one of the world’s greatest urban transformations, in true Italian fashion. Rightly named “I Love Florence”, the new luxury tower will offer its residents an immersive living experience that combines the sophistication of fascinating Florence with the famed luxury of dazzling Dubai.

A ceremony was organised in Dubai to launch Dar Al Arkan’s (DAAR’s) international expansion and its high profile partnership with Italy’s topmost luxury fashion brand. The event was attended by Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash, Chairman of Dar Al Arkan, Gian Giacomo Ferraris, CEO of Roberto Cavalli Group, who flew in especially for the occasion, in addition to a number of government officials, diplomats, dignitaries and investors.

Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash declared at the ceremony: “Dar Al Arkan, since its establishment in 1994, has been offering Saudi investors unique investment opportunities that enhance and protect their wealth and preserve it for the next generation. Our solid track record in delivering 15,000 residential units and 500,000 metres of commercial space in Saudi Arabia for over 23 years will support our global expansion, which aims at presenting further diversification to our existing investors, as well as attracting international investors to our investment portfolio.”

Towering over the 3.2 kilometres man-made waterway, the high-rise will combine stunning views of the canal’s vibrant outdoor and night scenes, with the elegance of the Florence’s Arno riverside, reflected in the interiors sketched by one of Italy’s most famed design houses. This is the first time ever that the iconic “Roberto Cavalli” fashion brand lends its name to a real estate development, anywhere in the world, to present rich interiors that project bespoke living and are an embodiment of all the strength and glamour of the maison “Roberto Cavalli” lifestyle, delivering energy, prestige, emotion, success, and desire to experience.

Gian Giacomo Ferraris commented: “We are excited to be entering for the first time as a group to the real estate sector with the Roberto Cavalli brand, and we believe that the developer couldn’t have chosen a more suitable location for this project in the Middle East, where Roberto Cavalli enjoys a strong following. Dubai has carved its position as the house of fashion and design in the region. I see a strong correlation between Florence and Dubai, with both cities projecting elegance, art and design in everything they do, each in its own way. The new tower will embody Roberto Cavalli’s passion for beauty, design and his celebration of Italian craftsmanship. It will encapsulate the high-end luxury our fashion house has been famed for.”

The “I Love Florence” Tower, which will have unique views of the Dubai Canal, will feature for the first time in Dubai New York style homes, with elevators opening directly into the apartments, providing utmost privacy. Units will be available in one, two, three and four bedroom penthouses.

Abdullah El Shelash concluded: “When we set out to draw our vision to become leaders in global real estate development, we decided to only settle for the best, hence our choice of Dubai Canal as a location, and the epitome of Italian luxury, Roberto Cavalli, to conceptualise and create truly outstanding living spaces, not only in the residential units, but across the tower’s amenities, including the lobbies, gym, swimming pool, yoga area, outdoor training area, and hallways.”

 

The tower architecture has been designed by VX Experts. DAAR has also appointed La Casa Engineering Consultants. Construction will start in January 2018.

 

 

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Contemporary Artist Debuts New Work Featuring Howard Stern’s Legendary Limo Driver Ronnie Mund at Art Basel in Miami

Philadelphia-based Analog Project Gallery will debut a new contemporary work of art featuring Howard Stern’s Legendary Limo Driver Ronnie Mund by film based photographic artist, Bruce Jefferies Reinfeld as part of his Art Basel exhibition in Miami, Dec. 5 through Dec. 10. The exhibition is entitled, “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”. It is for that reason collectors love Bruce Reinfeld’s work. They point people to the simple things that go unnoticed. The photographs have inspired those to feel as timeless as the work he produces. Ronnie Mund is no exception. Reinfeld has traveled the country for the past 15 years and has spent a lifetime listening to the cast and characters of the Howard Stern show.
“I wanted to produce an important piece of artwork that only has two reactions… ‘Who the hell is that?’ and ‘Oh my God, that is the greatest thing I have ever seen!'” says Reinfeld.

The work is available in a few sizes as a very exclusive limited edition series of 9 (noine). The artist wanted those that purchase to know they are part of a small group of art collectors. These will sell out quick. Also, a special version will be produced and auctioned off with the proceeds going to a charity.
Preview Bruce’s work here at www.highfidelitygallery.com.

See the work in person here:
CONTEXT Art Miami – booth C329
Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 10
VIP opening: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
One Herald Plaza (NE 14th Street & Biscayne Bay),
Miami, FL 33132
www.contextartmiami.com

Contact: Bruce Reinfeld. 215.783.8427
Analog Project Gallery
analogprojectgallery@gmail.com
www.highfidelitygallery.com

Tumblebit™ from Stratis – a Trustless, Decentralized, Privacy Solution for Sending or Receiving Bitcoin

In a recent interview with Chris Trew, head of Stratis, and Krushang Patel, head of communications, I discovered how Stratis’ Masternode system within their Breeze Wallet is going to work – and it’s exciting to see what they’ve created.

(In full disclosure, I own, stake, and have profited from Stratis, and I personally believe they’re an up and coming superstar in the crypto world)

Here’s an analysis of Tumblebit, including the pros and cons:

If you own 25,000 Stratis or more, you can earn staking rewards. To earn staking rewards (i.e. “free Stratis”), all you have to do is hold 25,000 or more Stratis in your QT (core) wallet, and keep a synchronized full node running on your computer. Although the amount of Stratis you can stake is variable, for each 25,000 Stratis you hold, you’ll stake / earn approximately 1 Stratis per day.

To be clear, if you hold 100,000 Stratis, you’ll earn approximately 4-6 Stratis per day.

Stratis has recently opened up another tier of rewards for holders of 250,000 Stratis or more – masternodes. By running a masternode, you can earn additional benefits above and beyond staking rewards of 12-15 Stratis per day:

Masternode owners can provide a Tumblebit™ service, acting as a Bitcoin tumbler. A Bitcoin tumbler allows users to send or receive Bitcoin in a more anonymous fashion, because your transaction is mixed, or ‘tumbled’ with dozens of other transactions of the same amount / size, obscuring whose Bitcoin came from where and was sent to where.

Imagine I had a black box, and 20 different people all put in 1 Euro. I shook the box, then told 20 other people to pick out 1 Euro each. Assuming the serial numbers or other identifying information were not previously known (this is far easier with Bitcoin), you couldn’t tell that “your” Euro went to a specific person, but the intended recipient would still receive their 1 Euro as agreed. In this way, you could anonymously send or receive money – this is what Tumblebit™ promises to do for Bitcoin (and other crypto) in the future.

As a masternode owner, here are benefits:

  • You earn 1% of all Tumblebit™ transaction fees, which, over time as transaction volume grows, will likely double the value of your staking rewards, or possibly a lot more
  • There will be a very limited number of masternode owners, which will keep your transaction revenue high.
  • You’re helping to provide people with a way to send or receive Bitcoin in a trust-less, anonymous, and private way.
  • You can continue to stake AND receive Tumblebit™ fees. In fact, your Stratis never needs to leave your QT wallet. Soon, you’ll be able to keep your Stratis on a hard wallet and run a masternode as well.
  • Your IP address is hidden from prying eyes, because masternodes that help tumble transactions do so through the TOR (the onion router) network.
  • You may not incur liability for tumbling Bitcoin (although I’m not an attorney and you should always consult legal counsel for advice) because all transactions are encrypted and unknown to you, the tumbler.
  • The fee to allow you to send / receive Bitcoin anonymously is minimal – 1% of the transacted amount.
  • If you’re an enterprise client, such as an exchange or financial services business, you’re a honeypot for hackers who want to steal your money. By tumbling incoming and outgoing transactions from customers, you can potentially reduce a hacker’s ability to sniff your traffic and steal from you, due to the encryption, anonymity of tumbling, and IP obfuscation of the TOR network.
  • You can receive tumbled Bitcoin without having to have Stratis’ Breeze Wallet – you can use your own preferred wallet, if you wish.
  • You can use Stratis’ Breeze Wallet as a secure Bitcoin and Stratis wallet, from which you can send your Bitcoin through a tumbler, even if you don’t run a masternode (more tokens supported soon in the Breeze Wallet).
  • Coming soon, you’ll be able to invest money in ICOs (again, check with legal counsel) in a more secure way, using Tumblebit™. Stratis is soon to launch an ICO platform that allows companies to create and promote their ICOs and accept tumbled Bitcoin (possibly tumbled Ethereum soon).

Although these features are awesome, there are some drawbacks that, in fairness and full disclosure, I need to point out:

  • Tumbling takes time – to ensure that ‘enough’ transactions are tumbled at the same time to preserve anonymity, privacy, and a trust-less environment, sending or receiving a tumbled transaction takes 10 blocks to confirm (10 minutes per block * 10 blocks = 100 minutes on average to send or receive a tumbled transaction).
  • To keep transactions anonymous, you can send or receive increments of 0.1 BTC only at this time – this will soon change and be expanded to other denominations.
  • You must pay an extra tumble fee of 1% of your transaction, but this is a small price to pay for anonymous, private, and trust-less transactions that were the promise of Bitcoin since its inception.
  • To tumble your BTC, you must first send your BTC to a Breeze Wallet, then tumble it – an extra step. To receive tumbled BTC, this is not required.
  • Not only must you have 250,000 Stratis, but you must also pledge and hold 5 BTC in your Breeze Wallet to qualify to run a masternode. Yes, this process is expensive, but worth it, if you believe in Bitcoin and crypto and its promise of anonymity, decentralization, peer-to-peer transactions, and more.

To find out more about Stratis token and their ongoing and upcoming projects, including Breeze Wallet, Masternodes, their ICO Platform and more, visit www.StratisPlatform.com, join their slack, telegram channel, and find them on social media.

Press contact:
 
Josh Thomas

METRUMCOIN – THE NEW WAY TO DO REAL ESTATE.

Real Estate Blockchain Platform METRUMCOIN Announces Pre-sale!
METRUMCOIN — is a new generation digital Real Estate market platform that unites B2B, C2C and B2C into a single worldwide net designed for simplicity of use.

About the platform:
METRUMCOIN —  a multifunctioning, multilevel platform based on the Blockchain technology with the use of iDeals (the next generation of smart contracts). The platform is capable of bringing any participants’ business processes to life.  The main purpose of the platform is to remove geographical, bureaucratic and transactional barriers, while uniting all participants within a single digital space for the international RE market. It substantially simplifies the activities of buyers, brokers, investors, developers, construction companies, and all those who consider the RE business their lifestyle. We are making the market available in just a few clicks. Transparency, speed and safety are in METRUMCOIN’s DNA.

About the project:
The idea of METRUMCOIN project belongs to Mr. Telman Abbasov, a specialist with more than 25 years of real estate experience, and the President of the World Council of Developers and Investors FIABCI 2015-2017. The project was presented to the public at significant industry events such as “MIPIM-2017” in Cannes and “BlokTex-2017” in Kuala Lumpur. It has sparked great interest among RE specialists, as well experts from the IT industry. A team of highly qualified RE specialists determines company strategy. In addition, leading international experts assist METRUMCOIN. In 2017, we obtained a patent, which protects our methodology for attracting investments in real estate objects with the help of crypto-instruments.

Why to participate?
Real Estate allows quick and safe capital investment. Unlike other assets, RE assets do not devalue. We are offering unprecedented opportunities for conducting business both online and offline. Never before has conducting deals and transactions in the RE market been so easy!  But that’s not all. Early participants of the project are guaranteed a 20% discount for purchase of METRUMS token.
Every single investment you make is your personal contribution towards the evolution of the RE market in the 21st century, as well as contributing to the project that will forever change the way business is conducted. 
For further information about our project and technical details of the platform we recommend looking at the Website: https://metrumcoin.com/  and White paper.
Join METRUMCOIN’s pre-sale, and become the key to global RE market transformation.

Kansas City Entrepreneur Patrick Kucera To Receive Humanitarian Award

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Kansas City – Nov 9, 2017

 

Patrick Kucera, affectionately known as “PK”, received the iChange Nations™ World Civility Award on November 4th, for his humanitarian work in disaster relief and mentoring business owners in the U.S. and in Third World International development. For over a decade, Kansas City businessman, mentor and entrepreneur Patrick PK Kucera, has used innovative leadership skills and emergency response abilities to coordinate with local authorities, business and ministries to organize frontline operations for thousands of families devastated by hurricanes.

 

The Global International Award event which was held on November 4th in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was hosted by founder and president, Dr. H.E. Clyde Rivers. iChange Nations™ is a professional institution that equips, mentors and trains highly esteemed individuals who have impacted the world with their humanitarian leadership. Former recipients of the iChange Nations™ World Civility Award include former President of Zambia, Kenneth Kuanda and Manoj Shah, former Head of Lions Clubs for the African continent.

 

One of the greatest challenges in providing disaster relief and restoration is the gridlock that often occurs between local, federal and state agencies, insurance adjustors and restoration contractors. PK has used his unique set of skills to provide a voice of reason in the midst of death and destruction. In dozens of communities, Kucera helped facilitate cooperation, rallied crowds of locals to rebuild lives, reopen businesses and restore schools. Over the last decade, PK assisted ground zero efforts with tornados, floods, fires and for Hurricanes Katrina, Ivan, Ike, Irene and spent months helping in New York, New Jersey, Brownsville and the Gulf Coast.

 

In the business world, PK is a businessman, mentor, innovator and speaker. His enthusiasm and “entrepreneurial mindset” for individuals and corporations make him a highly sought-after speaker and business advisor both locally and internationally. His inspiring book, The Revival of Revenue will be released in early 2018.

 

A life-long entrepreneur and minister, PK recently returned home from Houston Texas, where he and his wife, Mari, provided direction, support and contributions to local relief efforts that have provided critically needed food, water and supplies for thousands of families victimized by Hurricane Harvey.

 

Throughout his life, PK has served people of all ages and backgrounds, given to those who are less fortunate, and has been involved in ministry and business. However, his passion is to touch and change the lives of people. PK states “Life is filled with disasters, both personal and natural. It is important to use our God given talents and resources to help others to restore what has been lost and discover the hope of what lies ahead.” PK is currently exploring running for an elected office in the great State of Kansas.

 

The iChange Nations™ Global International Golden Rule Honor Event featured several world leaders in attendance. The Global Day of Honor also launched its historic Women of Golden Rule Dialogue feature and concluded with the prestigious Global Golden Rule International Award Night of Honor.

 

For Media Contact: Dr. Terry Warren, 949 743-4065 Terry_warrenpr@yahoo.com

 

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Dubai UAE and Australian Real Estate Investment CEO Wins BURJ CEO Award

Dubai, UAE- October 16, 2017 – On 10 October, one of the real estate world’s up-and-coming young entrepreneurs, Zaki Ameer, founder and CEO of Dream Design Property, travelled to London to receive the “Best Global Real Estate Investment Company” BURJ CEO award from the CEO Clubs Network Worldwide. Royal family members from both the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK) attended, as did UK government officials and members of the UK Parliament, top international business executives, and VIPs from all over the world.

The award, which CEO Clubs Network Founder Tariq Nizami dubbed “an Oscar for CEOs,” honoured Ameer for his positive contribution to the booming Sydney real estate market, which he has recently expanded into the UAE and Eastern Africa. A panel of international judges chose Ameer for his work in mentoring investors to choose real estate investment strategies that produce hefty returns on their investments.

Says Ameer, “In a competitive market like Dubai’s, investors must choose their properties wisely. At Dream Design Property, we teach our clients to make wise choices and stay in the market for the long term.” He adds, “Although this award is a great honour, it’s even a greater honour to be a part of the lives of people building financial security for a lifetime.”

Ameer hasn’t always been so successful. At only 18, he came to Australia as a student with only debt and a dream. Determined to stay, the plucky young man worked days and studied nights to claw his way out of debt to a bachelor’s degree in business. After finding a mentor, Ameer tried his hand in real estate investment. Fast forward a few years, and Ameer had amassed a successful real estate portfolio worth three million dollars.

With this successful venture under his belt, Ameer founded Dream Design Property in 2012. Since then, he has used his savvy to guide his clients through the investment process.

Dream Design Property (http://www.ddpproperty.com.au/) provides clients with opportunities to invest in prime real estate in the greater Sydney area, as well as in Dubai and Africa. Staffed with expert financial advisers, the company helps its clients become more informed real estate investors through education.

OTT Financial Hosts Event Educating Canadian Merchants on Connecting with Chinese Consumers through Alipay

“Helping Globalize Your Business” Held in Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, October 05, 2017 — OTT Financial, a Canadian financial services company, and Alipay, the world’s leading third-party payment platform, announced “Helping Globalize Your Business” on September 26th, an event bringing Canadian merchants together with senior Alipay team members to discuss significant business opportunities available through connecting with Chinese consumers.

With more than 520 million global active users, Alipay is the world’s largest online and mobile payment platform, and the primary means of online and mobile payment for Chinese consumers. In June, OTT Financial announced that its merchants would be able to accept Alipay through OTT Pay. OTT Pay now offers a full suite of simple solutions to help Canadian merchants diversify their customer base, appealing to Chinese consumers by enabling payment in their currency of choice through Alipay.

“We’ve seen incredible success in working with Alipay, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring this important event to Canadian retailers and brands,” said Cory Taylor, Head of OTT Pay. “Chinese consumers continue to seek out Canadian items they can’t find at home while they are visiting as tourists or shopping online. This event is an excellent opportunity for Canadian merchants to meet and network with senior members of the Alipay team and learn how to leverage payment platforms like Alipay to tap into new sales opportunities in China and globally.”

“Chinese consumers want to be able to buy items from North America,” said Souheil Badran, President of Alipay North America. “Through Alipay, Canadian merchants can more easily connect and engage with Chinese consumers because it eliminates payment and language barriers that can create stress at the point of sale. We are excited to partner with OTT Pay on this important event.”

About OTT Financial

OTT Financial and its affiliate companies have multiple lines of business in the Canadian financial services industry. OTT Financial Canada Inc. is an investment dealer registered with the securities regulators in Canada and a member of IIROC and CIPF. OTT Capital Corporation is an exempt market dealer as well as a portfolio manager and investment fund manager. OTT Financial Inc. provides foreign exchange services and OTT Pay is the payment platform that serves Canadian merchants and Chinese consumers. Since 2006, OTT has been dedicated to delivering values for its clients and creating positive impact for the communities served by the OTT group of companies.

About Alipay

Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, Alipay is the world’s largest mobile and online payment platform. Launched in 2004, Alipay currently has over 520 million active users and over 200 domestic financial institution partners. Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app. In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Over 10 million brick-and-mortar merchants now accept Alipay across China. Alipay’s in-store payment service covers more than 30 countries across the world, and tax reimbursement via Alipay is supported in 24 countries and regions. Alipay works with over 250 overseas financial institutions and payment solution providers to enable cross-border payments for Chinese travelling overseas and overseas customers who purchase products from Chinese e-commerce sites. Alipay currently supports 27 currencies. Follow us on Twitter @antfinancial and @alipay.      

Contact
Xiaofen Tang
xiaofen.tang@ott.ca
5140 Yonge Street, Level 5,
M2N 6L7
Ph: +1 416-512-1878

ThatShirt.com Announces Expansion of In-House Print Production Line

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The screen printing company expects the new expansion to decrease order turnaround time while improving customer support

 

OAKVILLE, Onatrio, Canada, Sept. 28, 2017— ThatShirt.com has announced that it has recently expanded its production line through the purchase of new screen printing equipment. The company hopes that the new machinery will decrease order turnaround time and increase customer satisfaction.

“This equipment acquisition is expected to speed up our average order delivery times. We understand how important it is to deliver t-shirts and apparel on time to our customers, whether they’re a local sporting team or a national company with a big event coming up,” said Peter Mulnor, production manager at ThatShirt.com. “This expansion ensures that we can continue to service our customers with the highest trust, and is proof that we’re always working to better our product.”  

ThatShirts.com was founded in 2000 as a one-stop-shop, in-house screen printing facility. Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, the company currently has three print locations all across Canada.

ThatShirts.com specializes in custom t-shirts and hoodies, and prints products for a variety of industries; from custom school shirts to company work shirts to non-profit awareness t-shirts. ThatShirts.com also features ready-to-use design templates, allowing customers to design and order a shirt with minimal effort.

“We were already capable of printing and delivering high-volume orders,” said David Stinton, IT manager for ThatShirt.com. “But with this expansion, we’re really able to bring it to the next level.”

For more information about ThatShirt.com, including customers interested in designing and purchasing custom t-shirts and hoodies, visit https://thatshirt.com/

 

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2017 WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit Kicks Off, World Tourism City Development Shifts to High Gear in the New Era of Globalization

September 21st, 2017, Los Angeles – WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017 was held on the September 19. The Summit, themed “Impact of Globalization on World Tourism City Development”, attracted about 400 delegates from 51 countries and 87 cities. A total of 37 ministers and mayors, senior managers from international tourism organization and representatives from international organization including UNWTO and PATA were invited to attend the summit.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Mr. Ernest Wooden Jr., Vice-Chairman of WTCF Council and President and CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Chen Jining, Chairman of WTCF Council and acting Mayor of Beijing; Li Jinzao, Chairman of China National Tourism Administration; Zhu Shanzhong, Executive Director of UNWTO; and Mr. Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles delivered remarks at the ceremony.

Song Yu, Secretary-General of WTCF; Ms. Pia Riika Birgitta Pakarinen, Vice Mayor of Helsinki; Karl Wöber, Director of the Expert Committee of WTCF; and Jeanie Buss, Controlling Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers made keynote speeches under the theme of “Globalization and its Impact on World Tourism City Development”.

In his remarks, Chen Jining, Chairman of WTCF Council and Acting Mayor of Beijing, expressed his hope that a deeper understanding of globalization would be obtained through the insightful discussions during the summit. He also noted that a more open collaborative platform should be built as a result of the summit to promote a more inclusive and balanced globalization in favor of robust tourism growth worldwide.

19 new members were sworn into WTCF at the opening ceremony where promotional films featuring the world tourism city data platform and tourism investment guide were released. Mrs. Raisa Banfiled, Vice-Mayor of Panama City, delivered a speech on behalf of all new members.

During the ceremony, the Los Angeles Declaration of World Tourism Cities Federation was unveiled. Under the theme of globalization and collaborative development of world tourism cities, the declaration makes the following six-point proposal to all its members: 1) further boost the tourism industry worldwide; 2) improve tourism service quality across the world; 3) facilitate a collaborative and balanced development of world tourism; 4) make tourism service more accessible and efficient; 5) build up security to assure tourists; 6) effectively protect tourism resources.

Three bid cities made presentation to the Council Meeting, and city of Helsinki was finally chosen to host the WTCF Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2019. 

During this Summit, events such as the tourism exhibition, tourism trade and investment fair and tourism promotion meeting were held by WTCF to facilitate better communication and collaboration among its members who were able to showcase innovate tourism products and explore new market potential.

The Tourism Investment Fair, co-hosted by the Committee of Investment, the Sub-Committee of WTCF, and the World Trade Center Los Angeles allowed participants to engage in efficient dialogue and cooperation opportunities between famous Chinese tourism and their counterparts from Spain and the US. During the tourism trade fair, 17 of the top 20 Chinese enterprises including CITS, CYTS, CTS, BTG, Ctrip and Tuniu.com had exchanges with nearly 100 enterprises from L. A. and others.

During the press briefings, tripartite agreements were signed by WTCF and with Helsinki, Tencent, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Qingdao Tourism Development Committee, and Xiamen Airlines. WTCF will continue to promote win-win development between and among cities and institutions and build a wider platform for all members.

Four themed forums of the summit will be held the on following day. The topics of the four themed forums are “Solutions to Challenges Faced by Tourism Cities, Competitive Strengths and Brand Building of Tourism Cities, Policy Environment Promotes Tourism Investment, and China’s Outbound Tourism: New Trend and Market Dynamics”. Mayors from tourism cities, executives from tourism institutions, and scholars are invited to discuss the most concerned topics such as travel security, brand marketing, advantages of infrastructure and resources, investment, etc.

The Research Report on World Tourism City Development 2017 and UNWTO-WTCF City Tourism Performance Research is scheduled to be released during the 2017 Summit. The former aims to steer world tourism development along the modern, standardized, and collaborative path by analyzing individual cases of tourism cities and benchmarking evaluation criteria.

UNWTO and WTCF jointly launched the City Tourism Performance Research in 2016. The research is an instrument with a set of criteria that could be used globally to benchmark tourism performance. So far, case studies conducted in 16 sample cities have been completed, which lead to the discovery of25 profound issues that may determine the development of world tourism cities.

2017 WTCF Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit has won WTCF worldwide acclaim by exhibiting its quality service, superb leadership, and increasing influence on its members and the global tourism industry. It is predicted that WTCF will usher in a new era of global development for the world tourism cities.