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July 30, 2014

Jackie Chan Indonesia's Tourism Ambassador for China Market

 Jackie Chan is currently Indonesia's Tourism Ambassador for China Market,

Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE (born Chan Kong-sang, 陳港生; 7 April 1954)is a Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer, and stunt performer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. He is one of the few actors to have performed all of his film stunts. Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.

Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. He is also a notable philanthropist.


 Chan is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and has championed charitable works and causes. He has campaigned for conservation, against animal abuse and has promoted disaster relief efforts for floods in mainland China and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
In June 2006, citing his admiration of the efforts made by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to help those in need, Chan pledged the donation of half his assets to charity upon his death. On 10 March 2008, Chan was the guest of honour for the launch, by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, of the Jackie Chan Science Centre at the John Curtin School of Medical Research of the Australian National University. Chan is also a supporter and ambassador of Save China's Tigers, which aims to save the endangered South China Tiger through breeding and releasing them into the wild Following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Chan donated RMB ¥10 million to help those in need. In addition, he is planning to make a film about the Chinese earthquake to raise money for survivors In response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Chan and fellow Hong Kong-based celebrities, including American rapper MC Jin, headlined a special three-hour charity concert, titled Artistes 311 Love Beyond Borders, on 1 April 2011 to help with Japan's disaster recovery effort. The 3-hour concert raised over $3.3 million.

Chan founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988, to offers scholarship and active help to Hong Kong's young people and provide aid to victims of natural disaster or illness. In 2005 Chan created the Dragon's Heart Foundation to help children and the elderly in remote areas of China by building schools, providing books, fees, and uniforms for children.The foundation also provides for the elderly with donations of warm clothing, wheelchairs, and other items.
In 2007 Jackie Chan had a new cause to fight for as the World Tourism Organization`s (UNWTO) first Asia-Pacific Tourism Ambassador. In his new role, Jackie Chan  helped promote tourism as a means of fighting poverty throughout the region.

I am really honored to receive this Asia-Pacific Tourism Ambassador award, said the actor. I will do my best to achieve the tasks you have given me: to promote tourism in a healthy and sustainable way, and to help people who are less fortunate through tourism.

Mr. Chan said he had traveled the world making his films and, in that way, has tried to turn the spotlight on different tourism destinations. But he promised that from now on, in his new capacity, he would do a better job.

Now when I slide down a building, I will make sure it becomes a tourist attraction, he joked.

Jackie Chan, already an honorary professor at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, received a plaque from UNWTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli at a brief ceremony held in Macau to celebrate his appointment.

I am extremely happy that UNWTO Tourism Ambassador Jackie Chan will officially join us to promote Asia and the Pacific as a prime tourist destination and help communicate important messages about poverty alleviation, said Mr. Frangialli.

In addition to being Asia`s most popular martial artist, film director, actor and stuntman, Jackie Chan is active in numerous charities in Asia. In Hong Kong, he sponsors the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation to help impoverished children and the elderly, and made substantial contributions to help with the fight the SARS epidemic in 2002.


  In 2013 , Brazilian business jet maker Embraer announced a marketing coup for the China market: They brought Jackie Chan on-board as both an aircraft owner and as their brand ambassador. Jackie’s new aircraft is an Embraer Legacy 650 that is painted with a red and yellow dragon logo along with his distinctive personal logo on the tail. That alone made it an important display centrepiece at the Singapore Airshow for executive aircraft maker Embraer which as even gone so far as to produce this short video of how Jackie uses his new aircraft:
Source : Forbes 

JAKARTA-An action star from Hong Kong, Jackie Chan, was appointed as Indonesian Tourism Ambassador for the China market.

Director of Tourism Promotion of Foreign from the Culture and Tourism Ministry Nia Niscaya said here on Tuesday that the Indonesian government would be officially appointing veteran actor Jackie Chan, born in Hong Kong, April 7, 1954, as Indonesian Tourism Ambassador immediately.

"The inauguration will be held on August 30, 2014, in China International Travelmart event in Guang Zho," said Nia.

On that occasion, Jackie who has appeared in 100 movies, will sing the song Bengawan Solo, which is popularly known to Chinese public.

The song Bengawan Solo, Chinese version, sung by Jackie Chan will be recorded and can be downloaded freely at the website cn.indonesia.travel.

Jackie who is also Cantopop and Mandopop singer will be in charge of promoting tourism in Indonesia as part of his activities.

The ministry chose the actor who had studied acting since the1970s, considering his action that is well-known even internationally.

"It will be very beneficial for Indonesia, and we hope to attract 1 million tourists from China this year," he noted.

Such promotion, said Nia, was effective because the Indonesian government did not need to spend any money as compensation to the designated ambassador.

However, its impact was relatively large when the ministry had appointed economist Philip Kotler as Indonesian Tourism Ambassador a few years ago.

 

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Bali is the cheapest destination this year, Post Office Travel Money

Which will be the top destinations to make your money go further this year?

2014 holiday winners and losers:


  • Prices are down in 70 per cent of 44 destinations surveyed
  • Holiday spending costs have fallen by 32 per cent in Jamaica
  • Bali is the cheapest destination this year, according to Post Office Travel Money
Holidaymakers planning a trip abroad could find 2014 is a good year to grab a bargain, thanks to the strengthening sterling against most currencies, a new study reveals.
Prices are down in 70 per cent of the 44 destinations surveyed by the Post Office, with costs in some destinations down by as much as 32 per cent.
 Find out what the best destinations in the World are as awarded by millions of real travelers.

Bali emerged as the cheapest destination surveyed this year, thanks to a slump in the value of the Indonesian rupiah against the pound. 


However Portugal and other tradition European holiday destinations could come under further pressure from non-eurozone sunspots, which have been growing in popularity. 

Sales of the Croatian kuna doubled in the past two years, according to the Post Office, while falling prices in Bulgaria could see it grow as a popular destination this year.
Meanwhile the Turkish lira is at a five-year low against the sterling, with prices in its leading resort Marmaris down by 19 per cent in just a year.
Post Office Head of Travel Paul Havenhand said: ‘The fall in the value of the lira should make Marmaris and other Turkish resorts very attractive to bargain hunters.
'Not only have prices fallen this year but they are now 29 per cent cheaper than two years ago.’
The Post Office also tipped the Dominican Republic, Oman, New Zealand and Japan as top hotspots in 2014.
The sliding yen means UK visitors would have 25 per cent more cash in their pockets when visiting destinations such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Mount Fuju, bringing the destination within the reach of a growing number of holidaymakers.
It also tipped Burma, Qatar and the Philippines as emerging destinations to watch.
Burma is opening up to tourism, with a growing number of escorted tours being launched, while the reintroduction of direct flights from Heathrow and Manila could see demand for holidays in the Philippines increase.
Qatar is tipped for success for the third year in a row, with Post Office sales of the riyal growing by a further 31 per cent in 2013 alone.
Paul Havenhand, added: ‘Holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice this year with better value for money in most destinations worldwide.
Source : This is Money.co.uk

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