ames was unveiled in February. Plans aim to optimize the venues’ designs and operations to be beneficial to the hosting regions after 2022.
“Here, you have the venues from 2008 that are going to be used
in 2022 for a complete set of winter sports. This is a wonderful legacy story,” said Juan Anto
nio Samaranch, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.
Powering all the 2022 venues using green energy while minimizing environmental impacts, while p
lanning for their post-Games operations, are key in venue preparation this year, Liu said.
To support the preparations financially, Beijing 2022 has signed nine domestic marketing partners and four second-tier spon
sors, while the Games’ licensing program, which was launched early last year, has contributed 257 million yuan ($38
million) in sales of more than 780 types of products with the Winter Games logo as of the first quarter this year.
More domestic airlines are launching new flights connecting less-densely populated small
er Chinese cities, and those areas are seeing me growth in air traffic than major cities.
Last year, the airports of Quanzhou in Fujian province, Nantong, Changzhou and Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, Jieyang in G
uangdong province and Yichang in Hubei province saw their annual passenger throughput reach 2.5 million, a jum
p of more than 30 percent year-on-year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
In 2018, passenger throughput growth of major cities’ airports was less than 10 percent year-on-year, while the growth rates
of a number of third – and fourth-tier cities’ airports were higher than 20 percent, the data showed.
“It’s key for carriers to seize good flight times. Many domestic ai
rlines would like to launch flights to major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, but
and localize its products to meet Indian customers’ needs and suit the local conditions.
One such attempt was the “Jahukna Mat” (Hindi for ‘no need to bend‘ or ‘do not bend’) campaign, which aim
ed at avoiding bending by users to put in or bring out commodities stored inside the fridg
e. This was introduced to the Indian market seven years ago, and the concept had an immediate acceptance.
“Traditionally, in the refrigerators, the veggies box was at the bottom
and homemakers had to bend down many times in a day to put in or pull out co
mmodities stored inside the box,” said Eric Braganza, president of Haier Appliances (India).
“After proper product research, we introduced the upside-down concept, and put the veggies box at the top to ensure that p
eople, especially women, avoid bending. This change has been well received by Indian consumers.”
I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir
ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.
Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num
ber of animated films including Stuart Little, The Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart
of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo
sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.
In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix
and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.
Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla
ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.