Source = Carlson’s Park Plaza Outlook Traveller Award Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality andtravel company, announced that its Park Plaza brand was voted the “Best Mid RangeHotel Brand” at the recent Outlook Traveller Awards in New Delhi, India.The Park Plaza brand, featuring warm, engaging service and trendsetting designcapturing the energy and style of each location, was the only international hotel brand to berecognized at the coveted annual awards.“Smart, spirited service is the cornerstone of our full service Park Plaza brand and ourstaff take pride in living the brand promise by providing a consistently high level of service toguests. On behalf of our Park Plaza staff, we are honored to be recognized as a frontrunner inIndia’s hotel sector,” said Simon Barlow, president, Carlson Hotels, Asia Pacific.In India, Carlson today has six Park Plaza hotels in operation and another 13 hotels underdevelopment.“This award is a strong endorsement of the strength of the Park Plaza brand in SouthAsia, where Carlson is also the largest international hotel operator,” said K.B. Kachru, executivevice president, Carlson Hotels, South Asia.The annual awards by Outlook Traveller, one of India’s leading travel magazines arebased on a reader’s survey by The Nielsen Company.Carlson has won several other India industry awards, including the “Fastest GrowingHotel Chain in South Asia” at the Hospitality India Awards, the “Best International Brand inIndia” by Today’s Traveller and the South Asia Travel & Tourism Expo Excellence Award.
Technology company Lenovo has launched the Ideacentre Stick 300, a high-end HDMI dongle that it says can transform the TV into a Windows-based PC, and which will be priced at a modest US$129.Lenovo says that the Ideacentre Stick will transform the TV in to a multimedia hub that can stream movies, enable video chatting and allow users to work on documents.The device is 1 mm thin, is based on the Intel Atom Processor Z3735F, and has 2GB of memory and 32GB of storage. It will initially ship with Windows 8.1 but will be available for a free upgrade to Windows 10 starting on July 29. The stick is enabled with WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.“We’ve looked at the computing needs of travellers, business people and families, and realized that a truly portable and affordable solution would be a significant benefit to users of all kinds,” said Jun Ouyang, vice president and general manager, worldwide desktop and visuals, Lenovo.“Our goal with the ideacentre Stick 300 is to give those users a sense of freedom and enhanced mobility, while packing a serious punch in a small device.”
The total number of pay TV subscribers in Russia at the end of June stood at 42.46 million as uptake reached around 75%, according to Telecom Daily.The Russian research outfit said that the number of pay TV subscribers in the country was up by roughly 190,000 people quarter-over-quarter, with average revenue per user (ARPU) up 1.2% over the same period to RUB 172 (€2.35).“Growth of the pay TV market in Russia in Q2 was better than in Q1, but it is still lower than in previous years,” said Denis Kuskov, head of TelecomDaily agency.“The main reason of it is market saturation. The growth of regional markets is also very uneven. That is why main strategy of growth for all large players is enlargement of ARPU by introducing more additional services.”According to the research, nine out of 10 new pay TV contracts were signed by Russia’s top-five largest pay TV operators – Tricolor TV (which had 12.24 customers at the end of Q2), Rostelecom (which had 10.02 million), ER-Telecom (3.69m), Orion (3.13m) and MTS (2.82m).