How to take a piece of the cake of the Chinese tourism market?

first_imgFigures about Chinese tourists no longer surprise anyone. According to the UNWTO, during 2017, they spent more than $ 258 billion on their travels, which is almost twice as much as U.S. tourists. In the text, we provide an overview of the key steps in bringing the tourist and catering offer closer to Chinese tourists. Step XNUMX – Be “linguistically visible” Most Western Internet and network applications, such as Google, PayPal, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the like, are censored by the “Great Wall of China”, in fact the Chinese firewall, which is why these pages are not visible in China. In China, there are more than 6 million applications developed for the Chinese market alone, and more than two hundred of them are used on a daily basis by the majority of the population. Union Pay is used in over 170 countries. Alipay and WeChat Pay are the two most popular online gateway systems in China, and also have partnerships with overseas networks. The Chinese use their mobile wallets for cash transactions, they are ideal for taxi rides, in restaurants or souvenir shops, which is often a problem due to the language barrier. Nowhere in the world are consumers used more with their smartphones and mobile apps than in China. The Chinese use their smartphones for practically everyday business and life – from everyday shopping, surfing local and global websites to news, communication and socializing in group conversations, etc. Chinese tourists search for news and information about distant world destinations, check hotel websites, weather forecasts and the like, on Chinese social networks and travel forums via their mobile devices. Most of them prefer to buy online, and everything from accommodation, plane tickets, train rides, local excursions… they are happiest when they do everything before they even set off. Step Five – Do you know why the Chinese prefer trips created exactly to their liking? ARE WE READY FOR THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VISITS BY CHINESE TOURISTS? For hotel and tourist destinations that want to attract Chinese travelers, providing information on key destination attractions such as “unique places to visit”, “what to do”, “day or night city tours” is of great importance, and if they meet this criterion most likely is that it will attract Chinese individual guests. Wondering why? Well because marketing-related content is written by creative copywriters. Usually, such content is imbued with satire, local dialect, and colloquial expressions in order to be attractive and to reach the reader. Translation apps are unable to decipher emotional expressions, or analyze whether sentences are funny or serious. They do not recognize words that are not pronounced in the original text, and are read between the lines, they do not suggest a better choice of words or expressions with the same meaning. Given these shortcomings, the end product of “electronically” translated texts is likely to be full of unnatural sentences and meaningless expressions that will leave a very bad impression on your brand. A Chinese tourist begins to experience their destination experience from the comfort of their armchair by browsing and reading your website. It would be desirable if they were the same in Chinese. We know what you’re thinking now, but don’t expect a google translator or similar tool to effectively bridge that language barrier. Step Four – Meet an individual guest from China In order to attract individual guests, it is necessary that hotels, restaurants, lifestyle and retail facilities offer on their websites content and information about particularly interesting offers, cultural attractions, unique gastronomic experiences, relaxing and fun events and the like. Other items such as tickets for various events, car rental, restaurant reservations and the like are more likely to be purchased during the trip. And they want to make that purchase through mobile apps installed on smartphones. The Chinese use applications for researching the Internet, making online payments, sending messages, video streaming, chatting on social networks and the like. In short, they have no need to use Western applications commonly used outside of China. These are the key steps that can help you attract the attention of Chinese tourists, in winning their hearts. A well-placed strategy will build your brand’s presence in this fast-growing market. Needless to say, the financial benefits are manifold. To be linguistically visible, this means that you will also prepare a series of Chinese versions of brochures and literature about places of interest in your destination, about your hotel, about your attractions. The same printed materials can be presented in PDF on your website or downloaded as PDFs for sharing on social networks or for printing printed versions. The trend of Chinese tourists is that fewer and fewer of them are opting for organized agency trips in which the “guide flag” is followed. Instead, they want authentic travel and vacation experiences. An individual guest from China prefers trips that he creates himself and that are not tied to a rigid schedule. They are mostly members of the upper middle class with an average annual household income of more than $ 35.000. It is estimated that 30 million households in China have already crossed that threshold.  Step Three – You need to know that China has blocked access to many foreign websites and online applicationscenter_img The growth of wealth in China has created a significant number of high-income consumers who enjoy refined taste and specially designed travel. They prefer individualized tours as well as unique and special travel experiences. In a joint report by the Chinese Academy of Tourism and Ctrip, individual travel bookings for the first half of 2018 recorded an increase of 300%. The Chinese individual traveler wants to immerse themselves in the local culture, unique architecture, and visit museums and historical sites, popular in the destination. According to surveys among Chinese tourists, 65% of them pay their expenses through mobile applications, while 77% of them are willing to spend more if they have the ability to pay via mobile applications. Therefore, it is recommended to activate an online payment gateway such as Union Pay, Alipay or Wechat Pay. This actually means that the various online advertising campaigns present in Western markets in China are not working which will result in poor investments, i.e. there will be no return on investment in advertising. For hoteliers and caterers, for all profiles of tourism institutions and those who want to offer their lifestyle to Chinese consumers, the right strategy is to launch online advertising, video ads, notifications, and similar triggers that will result in sales through Chinese apps and websites. Such an approach will yield tangible results in the large Chinese tourism market. It is also important to take into account that special tourist packages are offered in accordance with the Chinese holiday calendar according to which tourist trips are most common. These are two terms of the year that you must not forget, and they are the Chinese New Year in February and the Chinese national holiday “Golden Week” in October. For trips to Europe and the US, both Chinese holidays coincide with the low tourist holiday season in Europe and the US, which is ideal. Promotional campaigns for these dates should be launched two to three months before each holiday. So, in an effort to get closer to the target market, and to encourage the next step to further research your website, and to complete the whole process by selling or booking, the goal is to have a good and “readable” translation of the site. With good creative translation, your target audience will be able to build an emotional connection with your brand in any language. Step Six – Enable online payments with Chinese Payment Gateways systems Photo: For hotels, caterers, lifestyle and retail facilities that want to enter the Chinese tourism market, the key is “language visibility”. This primarily applies to content on your website that needs good transcription translations. In addition, promotion through social media campaigns and web platforms in the Chinese market is also crucial. Author: Andreja Gazdek, ProConcept Only skilled bilingual translators and editors can discover whether there are errors or inconsistencies in the original text, and equally mimic the emotional aspects and express the true intentions of the original writer. Transcription or translation that conveys emotions is called creative translation, and that’s what you need. You need to make sure that your original content is effective, credible, and that it conveys emotions in Chinese or any other language as well. Conclusion Step Two – Consider that China is the first country in the world in terms of mobile device use in the total population CHINESE TOURISTS SPEND THE MOST ON HOLIDAYS Preparing most content in Chinese and for the Chinese media is mostly a one-time investment. Placing marketing and advertising campaigns based on the developed strategy of Push & Pull ads on Chinese websites and social networks are investments that require planning and monitoring. The result should be greater visibility of your promotional messages and your brand, and an increase in demand for your products among millions of future Chinese travelers. Photo: RELATED NEWS: last_img read more

Megawati tells senior politicians not to ‘force’ their children to join 2024 race

first_imgIndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri has said politicians should not “force” their children to join the 2024 general election, calling the practice “annoying”.In a speech in front of the PDI-P’s nominees for the upcoming regional elections, she said senior politicians should not force themselves to run for office and that it was time for political regeneration.“Yes, we are old and fading away. It is the youth who have to advance and should be encouraged,” Megawati said on Wednesday as quoted in a statement released by the PDI-P. She added, however, that this regeneration did not mean that the politicians’ children should be the ones to run in their place. If their children did not have the necessary skills, she said, they should not be forced.“It’s annoying me. It’s as if we don’t have enough people. [You should treat] the party’s members as your own kids, too, you know,” she said. “If not their children, [politicians force] their wives or nephews and nieces [to run].”Megawati’s daughter, Puan Maharani, is the current speaker of the House of Representatives, after previously holding the position of a coordinating minister during President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term.Megawati said, however, that Puan has reached political heights not because she had been asked or forced by her mother but because of Puan’s own hard work. “There were people who said Puan becoming the House speaker was because of me helping her. How was that possible? It was because her voice was loud and nobody could ignore it,” Megawati said.Megawati added that if the PDI-P wanted to develop as a party, it should not become just a group of families.“This is the last time I will give opportunities to that person’s child or this person’s wife. In 2024, I hope that it’s all young people that run.”Read also: Elections in 2020 likely to once again be marred by ‘political dynasties’A number of political bluebloods are set to take part in the 2020 regional elections, including Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, who is looking to run in the Surakarta mayoral election in Central Java, and Jokowi’s son-in-law, Bobby Nasution, who has thrown his hat into the Medan mayoral race in North Sumatra.Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s daughter, Siti Nur Azizah, is also set to run for South Tangerang mayor in Banten, while Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung’s son, Hanindhito Himawan Pramana, recently announced his readiness to run in the Kediri regency election in East Java.Meanwhile, Democratic Party deputy chairman and the eldest son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, is widely considered to be among potential 2024 presidential candidates.When asked about whether he would run in 2024, Agus said he did not want to think about “what-ifs.”“I just want to continue to prepare myself to carry out any duties that Insyaallah [God willing] will be given to me,” he said recently as quoted by Antara. Topics :last_img read more

Liverpool star Dejan Lovren drops transfer hint amid Arsenal links

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Coral BarrySunday 19 Apr 2020 3:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link389Shares Lovren’s deal at Liverpool expires next year (Picture: Getty)Dejan Lovren has hinted he plans to stay at Liverpool for the foreseeable future after reports Arsenal are keen to sign the defender.The Liverpool centre-back will soon enter the final 12 months of his contract and has attracted interest from Italian clubs as well as Arsenal.Jurgen Klopp blocked Lovren’s exit last summer, but has reportedly given the green light for the Croatian to leave the club in the upcoming transfer window.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTMikel Arteta is desperate to strengthen his backline, but Lovren may yet stay at Liverpool.Speaking to the club website, Lovren hinted he intends to be part of an improving Liverpool squad in the long term.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s important to have a mix between really young players, the middle [age] players and the experienced players,’ he said.‘I think we have it, this is the great balance. Arsenal and Tottenham are keen on signing Lovren (Picture: Getty)‘We are used to playing big finals and the big games and we know how to manage it.‘Even when we are 1-0 down we know what to do. This is why it’s important to have a balance in the team.‘If we keep the important players and the core of the team here for many years, we will only grow.’Tottenham are also keeping tabs on Lovren and the 30-year-old is thought to be open to a switch to a London club.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLiverpool will have a small window to cash in on Lovren before his contract expires in the summer of 2021.But Lovren’s future is unlikely to be resolved quickly after the outbreak of coronavirus across the world.Football has been suspended and the Premier League have extended the 2019/2020 season indefinitely.Postponed games are expected to be played during the summer, which could see the opening of the upcoming transfer window delayed.MORE: Arsenal turned down chance to sign Carlos Tevez before Manchester United secured transferMORE: Charlie Nicholas tells Mikel Arteta to sell two Arsenal players to fund new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Liverpool star Dejan Lovren drops transfer hint amid Arsenal linkslast_img read more

Victorian couple found the perfect house in Tweed to retire in

first_img20 Harrier Street Tweed Heads SouthOWNERS Steve and Sharon Shaw just had to add a pool to complete the family feel when they decided this contemporary residence would be the place to retire. From the street, the property is a traditional family home with a stylish stone design.The substantial use of timber, glass and stone drift create a dramatic contemporary feel. 20 Harrier Street Tweed Heads South“We really liked the stone, and there is a lot of glass and timber inside.”“We added a pool shortly after we bought it for the kids and they have used it more than we have.“It was a great buy because there was heaps of space for the kids and grandkids.“My wife and I manage units at Coffs Harbour so when we were away our grown up kids used it when they visited.“Tweed Heads was our top choice because of the weather.” 20 Harrier Street Tweed Heads SouthThe four-bedroom home has an open-plan kitchen and dining room which flows out to a timber entertainment deck.Mr Shaw said the pool was designed to sit high up on the block so he could use the space underneath. “There is storage under either side of the pool,” he said. “Everything is really well thought out so we had as little maintenance as possible.“Even the plants have been planned to require as little attention as possible.”center_img 20 Harrier Street Tweed Heads SouthA nine-seater cinema, magnesium swimming pool and surround-sound speakers are some of the thoughtful extensions the couple added to the property when they purchased it for retirement in 2012. Their plans have now changed and they would like to move closer to family in Victoria. “Believe it or not, we did no major renovations,” Mr Shaw said.“It was the perfect home to retire in because all the work was done for us. It came with all the bells and whistles.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agolast_img read more

Guyana to receive outside assistance in rape investigation

first_imgNewsRegional Guyana to receive outside assistance in rape investigation by: – December 22, 2011 Share Share 18 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Dr. Roger Luncheon. Photo credit: nationnews.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr Roger Luncheon at a post-Cabinet media briefing on Wednesday responded to the announcement of eternal sources assisting with the investigations into the rape allegations made against Guyana’s police commissioner, Henry Greene. He said that, while the reality of the investigations is a constitutional responsibility of the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF’s) Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate its commissioner, it is also one that can pose questions in the minds of Guyanese and other onlookers. The HPS noted, “Those ranks who inveighed against the commissioner and have already deemed him guilty, might not be pleased with an outcome not supportive of their premature conclusions and may very well have questions directed at such findings.”Similarly from the perspective of the Commissioner, outcomes that he considers disadvantageous might generate comments from his perspective about objectivity of the investigative ranks. “The decision made to get external support for the CID is one that assures or has the potential of assuring us that a process that we can all embrace has been unveiled and that the external support would offer inputs of some quality that would support the GPF’s CID in concluding this investigation,” Luncheon said. In this regard, support has been extended by the Jamaican Constabulary to assist in the investigation of the matter. The commissioner has proceeded on leave to facilitate an investigation into allegations made against him by a 34-year-old woman. Assistant Commissioner Leroy Brummel is now acting commissioner. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Mackay wary of knock-on effect

first_img “I have read Mehmet’s statement and I’ve been asked if I will meet Mehmet (and Tan) which is absolutely something that would be for the good of us and the club going forward,” said Mackay. “I think that should be sooner rather than later “I wanted that meeting to be today but that was declined. If not today, then tomorrow but that was also declined. “After that we are in Christmas Day and then it’s game day so unfortunately it is not gong to be until the end of the week. “In the meantime I will do my job. That will not change. Mehmet’s is a good man and I have found that since he arrived at football club.” Mackay also revealed he had been “deeply upset” by Tan’s email to him, in which the Malaysian was highly critical of the former Watford boss’ abilities as a manager. And Mackay has been in touch with League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan regarding the message. “What was is the email is a matter of privacy. I was disappointed that it appears to have been leaked. There are enough people talking about it,” he said. “I was disappointed in the content and that is something we will be addressing. “I have already started addressing that as I have got Richard Bevan of the LMA who is a fantastic man and is someone who helps out in situations like this as well.” Mackay remains in charge of the Bluebirds despite receiving an ultimatum from controversial owner Vincent Tan to resign or face the sack. The Scot admitted he expected to be relieved of his duties over the course of the weekend, but instead was given a reprieve of sorts by chairman Mehmet Dalman, who said Mackay would be in charge for the “foreseeable future”. That statement did include the caveat that there would need to be a thawing of relations between owner and manager, but Mackay remains in charge for now at least, with home games against Southampton and Sunderland looming. But when asked if the current situation could have an effect on whether Cardiff – who are 15th in the Premier League table, four points clear of the relegation zone – stay up or not, Mackay said: “Absolutely. You cannot have your dirty linen washed in public every week of the year without it affecting the club. “I am not saying it immediately effects the players as that’s my job to protect them. “They are a great group of people that focus entirely on themselves, their profession and their want to stay in this league. “My main focus is a steely determination that I and my staff make sure that everything is done to protect them and make sure that we have got the best chance we have of staying in this league. “But, as I’ve said before, I feel sorry for our fans. They have been dragged through the front pages of newspapers instead of back pages and they should be really, really enjoying this league this year. “I would hope at some point soon common sense will prevail.” Mackay, Dalman and Tan have yet to meet for critical talks, with the manager claiming his request to hold discussions have twice been rejected and that there is unlikely to be any dialogue until the end of the week. Malky Mackay has warned the civil war at Cardiff could cost the club their Premier League status. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pardew keen to build on first win

first_img “We have been playing under huge pressure, we have been working under huge pressure – you can’t get away from it in this city – and it’s difficult. “We really can self-harm sometimes with the pressure we put ourselves under, but on the other hand when we win, we have a euphoria like we had today, and I thought the stadium was terrific today. I can’t thank the fans enough.” Opposite number Nigel Pearson, who saw Marc Albrighton hit the bar with a first-half cross, was disappointed to come away empty-handed after a real tussle on Tyneside. He said: “If you are not creating or taking your chances, it’s important to keep a clean sheet and we have been done on the counter-attack from what was a very promising situation for ourselves. “It’s frustrating, there’s no doubt about that, but I know that we will get a positive response from the players.” Meanwhile, both managers insisted the delay as engineers worked to secure dressing panels around the 60m screen had not affected their players. Pearson said: “The players were all very relaxed about that. Both sets of players dealt with the situation very well, as did the club and the officials. “There was no friction at all. Sometimes these things happen and you have got to deal with them.” Pardew added: “I have to pay tribute to Nigel, he was very calm about it all. He was matter of fact, it was a problem and let’s just wait and sort it out. He didn’t make a big deal and I thank him for that. “We were so impatient for the game, it just made it a little bit more difficult, but in the end it didn’t affect what was a big day for us.” A rare goal from French midfielder Gabriel Obertan was enough to secure a 1-0 victory over Leicester at St James’ Park in a game which was delayed by an hour because of problems with a newly-erected big screen. However, it was all worth the wait for Pardew as his team collected three points for just the sixth time in 27 league games in 2014. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not allow his players to rest on their laurels after they finally ended their wait for a first Barclays Premier League win of the season at the eighth attempt. Press Association Asked if the win had come as a relief, Pardew said: “When you have been a manager as long as I have and experienced a team that’s not functioning, you have to work doubly-hard and try to protect yourself from the pressures that are coming. “I have had to take a lot of criticism and I have accepted that, you have to. But the most important thing is we can move on from this because this isn’t going to be the be all and end all for us, beating Leicester. “We need to beat some top teams and we need to improve as a team. It will help us this week in our work and instil some confidence in some players who I know can be better than they are showing.” The decisive moment arrived with 19 minutes remaining when Obertan picked up possession wide on the left and cut inside along the edge of the penalty area before thumping a low right-foot shot past keeper Kasper Schmeichel and into the bottom corner. It was his first goal for the club since October 2012, and his first in the league since his only other at Blackburn almost nine months earlier. However, Newcastle, for whom the in-from Papiss Cisse was guilty of an extraordinary miss early in the second half, had to fight for their win with keeper Tim Krul and central defender Steven Taylor both making vital interceptions at the death. For once, Pardew headed home looking forward to watching Match of the Day. He said with a smile: “I tend to watch even when it’s nasty and horrible. It’s important for me to keep up to date with what’s being said about your team and other teams. But certainly I will watch it with a smile tonight. last_img read more

Kane double dents Leicester’s Champions League bid

first_img..Southampton push Bournemouth closer to relegationLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Harry Kane dealt a major blow to Leicester’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League Sunday as the Tottenham striker scored twice in a 3-0 win that boosted his side’s bid to reach the Europa League.Meanwhile, Bournemouth were pushed to the brink of relegation from the Premier League as Danny Ings inspired Southampton’s 2-0 win over their south-coast rivals.Tottenham took the lead through James Justin’s early own goal before Kane took centre stage with two superb finishes before half- time.It could be a hammer blow to fourth-place Leicester’s Champions League dreams.They are ahead of fifth-place Manchester United only on goals scored and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have played a game less than Leicester.United return to league action against West Ham on Wednesday before a decisive showdown against Leicester at King Power Stadium on the last day of the season, next Sunday.Chelsea, who have two games left against Liverpool and Wolves, remain one point above Leicester in third.Brendan Rodgers’ side have won just two of their eight league games since the coronavirus hiatus, potentially squandering a golden opportunity to return to the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17.After a fourth win in their last five games, Tottenham climb to sixth place with one game remaining at Crystal Palace.Wolverhampton Wanderers, two points behind Tottenham, would go back above Jose Mourinho’s side if they beat Palace in their penultimate match today.Mourinho has insisted he isn’t embarrassed at having to motivate the 2019 Champions League finalists for their push to reach the less glamourous Europa League.Mourinho’s players seem to agree, judging by the way they put Leicester to the sword.They took the lead in the sixth minute thanks to a large stroke of luck.Son Heung-min cut back inside for a shot that took a wicked deflection off Justin as it flashed into the net, with Leicester’s appeal for offside against Kane rejected by VAR.Leicester initially responded well and Wes Morgan’s header caused panic in the Tottenham defence, but Jamie Vardy’s backheeled effort was saved by Hugo Lloris.Lloris was tested again moments later as he plunged to his left to make a one-handed save from Ayoze Perez’s close-range half-volley.Kasper Schmeichel made an equally good stop at the other end when the Leicester keeper tipped over Son’s drive after he ran onto Harry Winks’s long pass.Kane had netted 14 times in his previous 13 games against Leicester and he tormented them again in the 37th minute.Breaking at speed from a cleared Leicester corner, Lucas Moura slipped a pass to Kane who timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and guide a fine first-time finish past Schmeichel with his supposedly weaker left foot.Kane followed his 22nd club goal of the season with an even better strike three minutes later.Cutting in from the left side of the Leicester area, Kane shifted the ball away from the slow-to-react Ryan Bennett before curling a brilliant strike into the far corner.Leicester were facing certain defeat but they could still help their European ambitions by improving their goal difference.Perez’s long-range effort was well saved by Lloris, while substitute Demarai Gray was also denied by the French World Cup winner.Harvey Barnes couldn’t beat Lloris either as Leicester slipped to a painful defeat.Bournemouth three pointsIngs struck late in the first half at Dean Court before Bournemouth’s Sam Surridge saw his dramatic stoppage-time equaliser disallowed for offside.Che Adams added Southampton’s second goal with virtually the last kick to leave Bournemouth with nine defeats and only one win from their last 12 league matches.Eddie Howe’s second-bottom side are three points from safety with just one game left, while their goal difference is four inferior to fourth-bottom Watford.Bournemouth’s five-year stay in the top flight will be over if Watford take one point from their last two games against Manchester City and Arsenal.Watford face City today before the final day, on July 26, when Bournemouth travel to Everton and the Hornets meet Arsenal.“The key thing is, while there’s still hope we have to believe until such time as it is mathematically impossible,” Howe said.“You never know in football, crazy things happen. That’s my immediate thought.“I am deeply disappointed, hurt — loads of different emotions are going through my body right now.“A big chunk of our destiny and our future was still sort of in our hands. It feels like that has slipped away a little bit.”Ings now has 21 league goals this season, leaving him two behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in the race for the golden boot.The Southampton striker would have been even closer if he hadn’t missed a second-half penalty, but even that reprieve couldn’t save Bournemouth.Howe had called Southampton’s visit the “biggest game” for Bournemouth in several seasons as they aimed for the two-goal margin of victory that would lift them out of the bottom three.They started brightly, and Lloyd Kelly fired just wide before the unmarked Callum Wilson headed wastefully over.Josh King saw a penalty appeal rejected by VAR after he was bundled over by Southampton defender Jack Stephens.For all Bournemouth’s pressure, James Ward-Prowse should have put Southampton in front when he headed straight at Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale from a good position.No side has kept fewer clean sheets in the Premier League this season than Bournemouth, and they cracked again four minutes before half-time.It seemed there was barely a sight of goal for Ings when Nathan Redmond found him on the edge of the area, but the 27-year-old deftly evaded two defenders before drilling a fine finish into the far corner.Ings almost made it two with a curling effort just after half-time.Southampton were given a penalty by VAR in the 59th minute when Harry Wilson blocked Oriol Romeu’s header with his arm.Ings tried to fool Ramsdale with a stutter-step as he ran up to take the penalty, but his tame shot was too close to the keeper who saved low to his left.Chances were at a premium for Bournemouth, but substitute Dominic Solanke had a sight of goal when his shot from an acute angle was well saved by Alex McCarthy.McCarthy made a fingertip save to keep out Wilson’s curler before Surridge saw his equaliser correctly ruled out by VAR.In a cruel finish, Adams’ clinical finish in the 98th minute did more damage to the Cherries’ goal difference.last_img read more

Growth hungry Genius Sports begins Apax journey

first_img Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Share Submit Mark Locke, Genius SportsSports data and media rights distributor Genius Sports Group begins a new era under the ownership of US multinational private equity firm Apax Partners.This afternoon, Mark Locke Chief Executive and enterprise co-founder of Genius Sports confirmed that Apax had completed its acquisition.“With the acquisition now complete, we are eager to put our growth plans into action and embark on this new chapter of accelerated investment in our organisation, employees, technology and services” Locke detailed to media.“The Apax team has a phenomenal track record of taking cutting-edge technology business to the next level and we are well positioned to grow across all areas of our business.”First announced on 30 June 2018, Apax a renowned private investor in fast-growth technology firms agreed to acquire Genius outright from its founding team, management and enterprise investors.Confirming the deal, Apax detailed that it would support Genius on its objective of becoming the global leader in distributing sports data and media rights, alongside developing technologies for regulated betting markets through its Betgenius division.“The acquisition will see Apax provide its proven expertise in building world-class technology companies, as well as significant investment from its Funds to support Genius Sports Group’s growth plans.This injection of capital will further strengthen the Genius Sports Group’s existing operations and allow it to pursue its international expansion strategy, both organically and through strategic acquisitions.”Both parties have confirmed that Genius will continue to operate as an independent entity, with Mark Locke maintaining leadership of the firm.In its June update, Genius revealed that it would significantly expand its North American operations, actively seeking opportunities targeting the liberalised US sports betting market. Related Articles Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 StumbleUpon 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

ESL and Intel announce massive partnership and $1 million prize

first_imgIn a move unexpected by many, Intel and ESL have come together to announce a $1,000,000 (£790,201.51) CS:GO prize dubbed the “Intel Grand Slam.” According to the press release, this massive partnership will have Intel “power[ing] all of ESL’s activities in amateur and professional gaming, including online competition platforms ESL Play and ESEA, National Championships in multiple countries and major events such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL Pro League.” This means that all tournament PCs will be running the latest Intel Core i7 processors and production computers will be on a combination of Intel Core and Xeon CPUs. The press release further states that “ESL’s studios in North America and Europe will be renamed to The Intel Esports Arenas.”Image courtesy of ASUS ROGThe team that will win this magnificent prize will be the first one to win four of the ten remaining $200,000+ tournaments hosted in tandem by DreamHack and ESL. Such events include Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and the DreamHack Masters series. The first event to count towards the Grand Slam prize will be the upcoming $250,000 ESL One Cologne, which will take place at the Lanxess Arena from July 7-9. According to the HLTV article, $100,000 will be offered to the team which defeats another team about to win the Grand Slam. For example, should a team have three wins under their belt and are defeated on their final tournament, the team which defeated them will get $100,000. Intel’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Gregory Bryant commented: “Intel’s involvement in esports and the gaming community has spanned more than 15 years, and we’re always looking for ways to take the player and fan experience to the next level.“In this next phase of our long-time partnership with ESL, we’re investing in the development of future esports stars, further expanding our global footprint with the Intel®Extreme Masters circuit, and exploring fresh formats like the Intel®Grand Slam that we announced today.”Image courtesy of IEM“Intel has been a key partner for us since 2001, and the partnership was extended globally with the launch of the Intel® Extreme Masters in 2006,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL. He continued: “We’ve been building the esports industry together with Intel for the last 15 years, and now look forward to building the future with Intel integrated into almost every ESL product globally.”Esports Insider says: Such partnerships are extremely beneficial to the esports community. Not only do they offer increased prize pools to winning teams, but also attract other big investors to take esports to new heights. This isn’t the first time the two companies have worked together as they also host the Intel Extreme Masters CS:GO tournament, but this is a sizable step up in how they’ll work together going forward.last_img read more