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  • LTK Releases 2023 State of Creator Guided Shopping Trends Report

    Creators become pivotal across marketing channels as sales from short-form video triple, influencer-generated content outperforms and consumers prefer authenticity DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Over the past year the influencer marketing industry remained resilient and continued to grow in its role and impact for marketers, reaching an estimated value of $16.4 billion *(1). And, in 2023, the creator marketing industry shows no signs of slowing down. LTK, the creator-guided shopping platform and global creator marketing platform, today released its State of Creator Guided Shopping Trends Report to help brands as they look to harness the power of creators to grow their business. Creators at the core of marketing As marketing budgets evolve this year, more marketers will look to creator content at the core of their marketing efforts because of its efficiency and effectiveness. Brands are looking to find efficiencies for their budgets and creators are helping them do that across the entire marketing organization. Creators are playing a role in everything from driving awareness, converting sales, and building loyalty. In addition, creator data is now being used to make product selections, inventory decisions, and measuring long term consumer brand sentiment. Brand investment in LTK Creators continued to increase last year with brand campaigns growing nearly 50% in the second half of the year. And, in 2023, U.S. influencer-marketing spend is expected to exceed $6 billion from $4.99 billion last year *(2). The investment growth in creators is because of the full funnel impact and strong return on investment. Continued surge of short-form video Even after the rise of short-form video in the last year, it is set to continue to accelerate in 2023. In LTK’s new report, LTK Creators in 2022 more than doubled the number of posts with video content on the platform compared to 2021, and posts with video saw the strongest sales lift year over year - driving 3X the sales growth over still images. According to the LTK study, 66% of consumers prefer video content over still images on social media, and 73% of Gen Z watch creator videos. That’s why short video campaigns are up 5X year over year. People are turning to snackable video content for product demonstrations and recommendations because of the ability to share a more realistic depiction and understanding of the product from multiple angles. In 2023, creators will lean in and look to offer their followers more educational and informational reviews on products in short form. Influencer Generated Content (IGC) takes a leading role Brands are sold into the authenticity of creators especially with key demographics like Gen Z as 92% of Gen Z rely on influencers to inform their purchases across virtually every category *(3). In turn, brands are leveraging creators’ content for multiple formats and platforms. LTK found that Gen Z and Millennials rank influencer content over brand and even user-generated content when making a purchase decision. This year, marketers are developing full strategies to repurpose creator content across social, print and in-store channels, as creator content is authentic, effective and cost-efficient. In 2023, more creator content will be leveraged across channels beyond traditional social platforms to maximize investments. Creator marketing is bridging the gap between brands and consumers and shortening the distance from inspiration to purchase. As marketers look to 2023, creators will be the foundation for their efforts - social and beyond. These are just some of the key trends from the report. For the full State of Creator Guided Shopping Trends Report, please visit About LTK As the founder of creator guided shopping, LTK is the trusted and effective platform for creators and their businesses by powering the connection between content and commerce. Founded in 2011 by Amber and Baxter Box, the LTK mission is to empower creators to be as economically successful as possible. World premium lifestyle creators in 150+ countries drive more than $3.6 billion in annual retail sales through their LTK Creator Shop profiles. Today, more than 18 million consumers turn to LTK Creator Shops in the LTK shopping platform each month to find inspiration and instantly shop the styles recommended by their favorite creators. And, more than 6,000 brands partner with LTK to gain access to its global creator network for content that converts against performance-driven, cross-channel KPIs. A three-time honoree on Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Retail Companies, LTK is headquartered in Dallas, TX and currently operates on five continents. To download the LTK shopping app, search for LTK in the App Store or Google Play. For the latest LTK Creator updates, follow LTK.HQ, and for the latest shopping trends and updates from LTK, follow Shop.LTK. 1 According to Influencer Marketing Hub: 2 Insider Intelligence: 3 LTK Study from 2021

  • Interior Design Show Returns in January 2023

    Sunday (January 22) is the last day of IDS 2023. Don't miss it! Read more about Interior Design Show in the official press release below:

  • Andaz Mexico City Condesa Officially Debuts in Mexico City’s Condesa Neighborhood

    The new hotel makes its mark in Condesa with a Tulum-inspired rooftop restaurant serving up master mixology, a pet-friendly playground, bold design and the tallest outdoor terrace in the neighborhood offering expansive views of the Mexico City skyline CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of, Andaz Mexico City Condesa, marking the first urban Andaz property in Mexico and the second Andaz-branded hotel in the country following Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya. Located in the charming neighborhood of Condesa, an urban community radiating rich history and culture, the new hotel is ideally situated amongst many of the city’s most noteworthy art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants offering guests the very best of its locale. Boasting a unique roster of guest amenities including a beach club-inspired rooftop restaurant with a robust mixology program, a pet-friendly hideaway, an onsite spa, and one of the tallest outdoor terraces in the area, Andaz Mexico City Condesa is poised to become a mainstay of the Condesa neighborhood. “Condesa is the perfect neighborhood to debut the Andaz brand in Mexico City,” said Analia Capurro, general manager, Andaz Mexico City Condesa. “Expressions of personal style and creative spirit are at the core of the Andaz ethos – characteristics that Condesa also embodies. Every detail of the hotel was thoughtfully curated to add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood and inspire a fresh perspective of Mexico City. We look forward to welcoming guests, World of Hyatt members, customers, and locals into our hotel to authentically experience this dynamic neighborhood full of character and charm.” The new hotel is housed within the historic ‘i421 Live District.’ Designed by famed architect José Luis Benlliure Galán who is credited with bringing Art Deco architecture to Mexico City, the building was named a Mexico City Heritage Site and is considered a true masterpiece of Mexican architecture. The building has since been carefully restored and preserved, honoring the geometric beauty and architectural empowerment it holds in the Condesa neighborhood. Andaz Mexico City Condesa is the perfect synergy to bring the historic masterpiece back to life, encapsulating the local culture while offering an unparalleled luxury experience designed to elevate the senses. The interiors of Andaz Mexico City Condesa are reflective of the global influence and progressive style found throughout Mexico City, and pair a modern edge with Art Deco design. Playful colors in the hotel transform ordinary objects into a sparkplug for imagination and creativity, such as a magenta staircase, hot pink walls and saffron sofas, indicative of the vibrant community in which it resides. Such elements, a nod to Mexican architect Luis Barragán’s signature style, integrate seamlessly into the eclectic essence of the Condesa neighborhood while maintaining a bold but luxurious appeal. The hotel offers 213 residentially inspired guestrooms, including 20 suites, all of which feature views of either the tree-lined avenues of the Condesa neighborhood, an elaborate internal courtyard or, from higher up, sweeping views of Mexico City. Amenities include designer Byredo toiletries, a workstation and minibar filled with Mexican snacks and drinks from locally owned businesses. Curated artwork found in each guestroom evokes a sense of place, from mosaic-tile headboards that pay homage to the building’s significance to paper mache piñata figurines or “alebrijes” made by local artisans. Each guestroom also features a record player with modern and classic vinyl collections that can be exchanged in the lobby library, a tribute to the neighborhood’s oldest record store, La Roma Records. In keeping with the area’s reputation as the city’s culinary capital, Andaz Mexico City Condesa’s dining venues complement the area's thriving gastronomic scene. Cabuya Rooftop restaurant brings a Tulum-inspired beach-club ambiance to the hotel’s 17th floor terrace boasting 360-degree views of the Mexico City skyline and weekend D.J. sets. A seasonal culinary menu highlights coastal Baja and Yucatan-inspired flavors with a selection of sharable seafood dishes including smoked marlin tostadas topped with onions, tomato, cilantro and habanero aioli, and grouper ‘zarandeado’, a 500-year-old fish grilling technique from Mexico’s Pacific Coast, seasoned with peppers, tomatoes and spices. The menu is complimented by a signature cocktail program curated by local master mixologist Moisés Sierra Sáenz and features distinct agave creations such as the Pechuga Tonic, made from mezcal de pechuga, orange and mandarin flavors, tonic, and topped off with sparkling wine. Derba Matcha Café, an inviting all-day café located on the hotel’s first floor is the perfect place to refuel before a day of exploration or in between visits to nearby shops. Rich with aroma and flavor, the menu features artisanal sweet breads, small plates, matchas, lattes, mushroom coffee, cocktails and more. Inspired by the dog-friendly nature of the Condesa neighborhood, the hotel’s Wooftop Beer Garden and Canine Club is primed to become a popular playground for guests and locals to bring their furry companions. Located on the second-floor terrace, the indoor/outdoor space features a stationary food truck serving drinks and snacks, including a special “dog beer”, a pop-up pet accessory shop from local boutique Perro del Mundo, as well as plenty of space to play and roam. In addition to this pet-friendly hangout, four-legged friends will feel right at home at Andaz Mexico City Condesa with a selection of upscale in-room amenities from cozy dog beds to a menu of pup-friendly treats including vegan poke, salmon, baked biscuits and more. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s year-round heated rooftop pool offering phenomenal views of the expansive city below. On the hotel’s second floor, guests and locals will find respite at Pasana Spa & Wellness, a sanctuary of relaxation honoring Mexican ancestral traditions of salt as a source of protection, using local products from Mexico. The spa’s menu features a selection of wellness rituals, face treatments, body scrubs and soothing massages, all of which incorporate ancient customs with contemporary practices. The ‘Protection Ritual’, a signature treatment of the spa, utilizes the thermal effects from volcanic salt to relieve muscular tension, balance the mind and protect the spirit. The facility itself offers four treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, onsite beauty salon and 24-hour fitness center. For gatherings of up to 700 people, the hotel is equipped with more than 12,674 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces, including a glass ceiling ballroom with customizable color LED lighting technology and an adjoining terrace, an auditorium and three breakout rooms. To celebrate its debut, Andaz Mexico City Condesa is offering a special opening rate that is 20% off the hotel’s standard rate for stays through December 31, 2023 when booked directly before February 28, 2023. To take advantage of this special offer and for more information about Andaz Mexico City Condesa, please visit or follow the hotel’s Instagram @andazmexicocity. About Andaz Mexico City Condesa Located in one of the city’s most inspired neighborhoods and only steps away from the historic Parque Mexico, numerous art galleries, cafes and chic boutiques, Andaz Mexico City Condesa features 213 residential-style guest rooms, including twenty suites. Combining the art of luxury hospitality with a vibrant urban lifestyle, Andaz Mexico City Condesa is home to three distinct dining venues including Cabuya Rooftop, the hotel’s signature rooftop restaurant and bar; Wooftop Beer Garden and Canine Club, a pet-friendly terrace; and Derba Matcha Café serving matcha creations and artisanal baked goods, along with wine, cocktails and small plates. A rooftop pool, spa, fitness center and beauty salon round out guests’ leisure needs while state of the art event spaces ensure seamless connections for both meetings and special events. Andaz Mexico City Condesa is located at Aguascalientes 158, Col. Hipodromo Condesa, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico, 06100. For more information about Andaz Mexico City Condesa visit Find @andazmexicocity/@cabuyarooftop/@wooftopcondesa on Instagram & @andazmexitocitycondesa on Facebook with the hashtag #AndazCondesa. About Andaz Global in scale while local in perspective, the Andaz brand of luxury lifestyle hotels weaves the sights, sounds, and tastes of each property’s surroundings for a distinctively local experience. Through thoughtful, unscripted service tailored for travelers, Andaz hotels enable guests to go beyond the familiar and satiate their curiosity while immersing them in the spirit of the eclectic culture around them. There are currently 25 Andaz hotels: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, Andaz Singapore, Andaz Delhi, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Andaz Seoul Gangnam, Andaz Xiamen, Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Andaz Dubai The Palm, Andaz Shenzhen Bay, and Andaz Bali. For more information, please visit Follow @Andaz on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #WhenInAndaz. About Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of September 30, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,200 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 72 countries across six continents. The Company's offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Residence Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, and JdV by Hyatt™; and the Inclusive Collection, including Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit

  • The Karen Harvey Companies Announces Return of Annual Fashion Tech Forum Conference

    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fashion Tech Forum (FTF) announced its return to the live stage in 2023. FTF’s sixth annual conference will be hosted in collaboration with Nasdaq on April 11th at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. This year's theme is “Building Brands and Teams in a World Emerging from Chaos.” The impact of world events on companies, teams, and entrepreneurs has created a more immediate need for change than in any period in the last fifty years, and FTF 2023 programming has been curated with a sense of urgency around the need for recalibration and leadership transformation. Fashion Tech Forum’s 6th Annual Conference will be held on April 11, 2023 at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square 2023 Speaker Lineup Includes Supreme Creative Director Tremaine Emory, and Angela Ahrendts DBE, former CEO Burberry, former SVP Apple Retail, and Chair of Save the Children International FTF was co-founded in 2014 by Karen Harvey, CEO of The Karen Harvey Companies (KHC), and Maia Wojcik, Chief Brand Officer of KHC, to gather the most innovative CEOs, founders, executives, creators, and investors from the worlds of fashion, beauty, retail, and technology, engaging them in conversation around how to create future ready companies. This year alongside Nasdaq, FTF will serve as a robust platform to bridge these leaders to actionable ideas that help advance today’s global economy. The partnership with Nasdaq furthers FTF's mission to create space to share experiences, vision, and critical insights around the future of these powerful industries. “As we emerge from an almost three-year period where the fragility of many of our core operating platforms became apparent, we also realized our ability to innovate in crisis. However, the work has just begun. In every company, boardroom and in the daily lives of those building brands, the real conversation is now focused on how we must think and act differently,” said Karen Harvey. “It’s important to recognize that the separation between our personal and professional lives has dissolved, and today, what was outside is now on the inside. In order to bring inspiration back to work, we must welcome creativity and remember that humanity is what brings us together and enables us to build new frameworks. We’re especially excited about these conversations that we hope will provide a blueprint for how to integrate these insights into all participant’s businesses and practices.” FTF 2023 keynote speakers include Tremaine Emory, Creative Director of Supreme and Founder of Denim Tears; and Angela Ahrendts DBE, former CEO of Burberry, former SVP of Apple Retail, and Chair of Save the Children International, with additional speakers being announced early 2023. Past FTF speakers have included Virgil Abloh; John Hoke, CCO of Nike; Emily Weiss, Founder of Glossier; Questlove; Diane Von Furstenberg; Michael Preysman, CEO of Everlane; Poppy Harlow; Sophia Bush; Josh Luber, CEO of Stock X; Tarana Burke, Founder of the ‘Me Too’ movement; and Scott Galloway. FTF 2023 is an invitation-only event. Ticket requests can be made at About The Karen Harvey Companies: Through strategic consulting, executive search, thought leadership and professional development, The Karen Harvey Companies empower leaders to change the arc of their businesses today, to prepare for tomorrow. The Karen Harvey Companies is an ecosystem of three entities: KHC, FTF, and INDX. KHC is an international consulting firm focused on executive search, and advisory services for innovation-driven lifestyle brands with an emphasis in luxury, fashion, beauty and bringing new creators to client companies for high level collaborations. In addition to FTF, The Karen Harvey Companies launched INDX, an online marketplace for vetted, world-class creative and digital talent. KHC has earned international recognition for bringing some of the industry’s most successful CEOs and creative leaders to powerful global companies. The company is based in New York, London, and Paris.

  • Metaverse Fashion is Hyper-Realistic and Stylish in the New Utherverse Platform

    Utherverse releases preview video showing latest fNFT fashions from the metaverse’s hottest designers Video courtesy of Utherverse (Click for a full-screen mode) *desktop option only NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utherverse, one of the largest metaverse platforms in the world, will feature the latest fashions in its new platform set to launch early 2023. A new video clip previewing meta-styles was just released by the company to show users the high caliber animation and level of detail that will be in the next generation Utherverse platform. The just-released clip is a virtual fashion show with models walking the runway wearing the latest styles and designs. The quality of the images, the level of detail and the high-end full-motion video create a hyper-realistic user experience. In the Utherverse, the latest fashions will be available as fNFTs, or functional NFTs. fNFTs have a purpose and are used by consumers’ avatars for something specific within a metaverse. fNFTs will be functional across all metaverses within the Utherverse ecosystem, and they will be secure and non-replicable. Whereas NFTs of artwork or collectibles can be copied, fNFTs will not function unless authentic. A user who tries to copy an article of clothing, for example, will not be able to put that piece of clothing on their avatar unless it is authentic. High-end designers can now market, merchandise and sell their fashions in the metaverse while protecting their brand, with users unable to replicate apparel, thereby ensuring the integrity of the brand and designer as well as safeguarding revenues from sales. “Utherverse has created a virtual reality platform that rivals the real world in terms of its level of detail and the quality of animation," said Brian Shuster, founder and CEO of Utherverse. “Fashion will play a huge role in the metaverse, and users will flock to their favorite designers just as they do in the real world.” Utherverse (Photos courtesy of The Honig Company, LLC) Utherverse generates revenue from custom metaverse building services, sales of NFTs and a variety of business verticals including advertising/marketing, shopping/retail, conferences/conventions, education, dating, lifestyle, entertainment events/performances, VIP experiences and virtual offices. Utherverse is a metaverse platform that enables developers to build interconnected virtual worlds, provides hyper-realistic immersive experiences for consumers and opportunities for companies to market and monetize their products and services. Utherverse generates revenue from custom metaverse building services, sales of NFTs and a variety of business verticals including advertising/marketing, shopping/retail, conferences/conventions, education, dating, lifestyle, entertainment events/performances, VIP experiences and virtual offices. The Utherverse platform was launched in 2005 by internet visionary Brian Shuster. A beta version of the next generation Utherverse platform is expected to launch in early 2023. The platform has served 50 million+ users with 32 billion+ virtual commerce transactions. Utherverse has developed the technology and received more than 40 patents critical toward operating large-scale metaverses. The company is based in British Columbia, Canada. More information can be found online at; Twitter/Instagram: @Utherverse; Facebook: /UtherverseDigital; LinkedIn: /utherverse-digital-inc/; Telegram: /UtherverseAnnouncements; Discord: /

  • The Future of Retail is Here!

    PopID and Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Partner to Deliver Biometric Enabled Point-of-Sale and Self-Checkout Systems First Integrated Products to Be Demonstrated at NRF 2023 (Booth #3323) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PopID, a biometric fintech company, and Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, retail's first choice for unified commerce solutions, have announced a partnership to integrate PopPay into Toshiba's front-end point-of-sale and self-service solutions running its ELERA Commerce Platform. PopPay enables consumers to authenticate their identity for payment and/or loyalty using artificial intelligence-based facial verification software. Toshiba will distribute the integrated solutions to the restaurant, quick service restaurant (QSR), convenience stores (C-store), grocery and other retail segments. One of the first fully integrated solutions will feature PopPay biometric cameras incorporated with the Toshiba Pro-X Hybrid Kiosk and will be showcased at NRF 2023 in New York, on January 15-17, 2023. Customers who opt-in can scan items using the Pro-X scanner and then tender the transaction by selecting the on-screen PopPay button to have their face scanned. PopPay then authenticates loyalty and payment without requiring a card or phone. "Whether at restaurants, convenience stores, or in other retail segments, consumer interest in non-traditional payment methods is growing exponentially across the globe with regions previously dominated by cash leapfrogging card transactions into mobile payments," says Rance Poehler, President and CEO of Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. "Even in the U.S., where card payments showed strong acceptance, the adoption of non-traditional payments has seen an uptick. We know the market is ready with Gen Z and Millennials trending in this direction." Younger consumers have learned from prior generations that revolving credit debt is risky therefore driving them to pay via debit, electronic funds transfer, or Automated Clearing House (ACH) because there are no interest fees. MX reports that reduced consumer confidence has many Gen Z respondents supporting the growing interest in mobile payments. The same report cites that most respondents (73%) have connected mobile payment apps to their financial accounts. In addition to their aversion to credit, Millennials and Gen Z also seek more convenience in their retail interactions. The Food Industry Association reports that 53% of Gen Z and 55% of millennial shoppers want greater convenience in their future grocery shopping experience. "With nearly a quarter of America's consumer spending running through Toshiba's point-of-sale solutions, Toshiba is the largest retail-focused solutions company in the U.S. and globally," said John Miller, CEO of PopID and Chairman of the investment company, Cali Group. "This partnership will enable Toshiba's customers to use our technology to increase revenue, drive loyalty engagement, improve operations, and lower costs while enhancing the overall customer experience." "We are excited to partner with PopID to deliver speed, ease of use, and convenience to retailers and their shoppers," continued Poehler. "We look forward to implementing PopPay in new industries to meet growing demand across retail segments." ELERA and its suite of solutions help free retailers from legacy technology constraints. With more control over store operations, retailers can enhance efficiency and productivity at scale. Integration of PopPay for automatic payments offers the retailer offers numerous benefits like faster transactions, higher throughput, reduced stress at checkout for the shopper leading to larger ticket size, increased loyalty participation driven by automation, and lower payment processing fees when integrated into point-of-sale systems, self-ordering kiosks, and drive-thru systems at QSR chains. About PopID PopID provides a comprehensive platform, PopPay, for revolutionizing digital interactions and payments using facial verification. PopPay gives consumers the option of identifying themselves in the most natural way possible – with their face – for ordering and payment – enabling more personalized, secure, and streamlined experiences. To learn more about PopPay, visit About Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions is a global market share leader in retail store technology and retail’s first choice for unified commerce solutions. Together with a global team of dedicated business partners, we advance the future of retail with innovative commerce solutions that enhance customer engagement, transform the in-store experience, and accelerate digital transformation. To learn more, visit and engage with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

  • Selina announces the opening of its fourth hotel in Australia

    NEW YORK -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Selina Hospitality PLC ("Selina"), (NASDAQ: SLNA), the fast-growing lifestyle and experiential hospitality company targeting millennial and Gen Z travelers, announced it opened its fourth hotel in Australia, Selina Magnetic Island, on December 23rd. The new hotel is a picture-perfect tropical paradise within a 5-minute walk from Horseshoe Bay. Selina Magnetic Island marks the 4th Selina in Australia, joining the rest of the hotels in Brisbane and Melbourne Located right by the Great Barrier Reef, Selina Magnetic Island is perfect for travelers looking for a unique vacation or a new home base for remote working, the hotel offers a range of beautifully-designed accommodations with 145 bedspaces available in the first phase, including powered caravan sites and private room options allowing guests to personalize their stay based on their budget. Surrounded by idyllic beaches, the new property offers a one of a kind getaway for guests to disconnect and explore wildlife and the beach during the day, live music at night, enhancing the experience with food trucks, aussie style breakfasts and local craft beers. "We are so excited to add Selina Magnetic Island to our portfolio. It marks the 5th hotel we have opened this year in the APAC region, 4th property in Australia, and our first truly remote experience in the region," said Gadi Hassin, Managing Partner South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand Selina. "Magnetic Island is home to a beautiful local community and becoming one of Australia's most sought-after tourist destinations; we acknowledge the Wulgurukaba people of Yunbenun, the traditional custodians of the land on which we enter, and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and community paying our respects to the Elder's past, present and future and all the Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander people." Selina Magnetic Island marks the 4th Selina in Australia, joining the rest of the hotels in Brisbane and Melbourne. The hotel will offer on-site features, including a swimming pool, wellness deck, CoWork made out of an old refurbished school bus, outdoor bar, pool table, and a unique on-site wildlife park where true Aussie locals will be waiting to meet Selina guests, including turtles, koalas, wombats and crocodiles. About Selina Hospitality PLC. Selina (NASDAQ: SLNA) is one of the world's largest hospitality brands built to address the needs of millennial and Gen Z travelers, blending beautifully designed accommodation with coworking, recreation, wellness, and local experiences. Founded in 2014 and custom-built for today's nomadic traveler, Selina provides guests with a global infrastructure to seamlessly travel and work abroad. Each Selina property is designed in partnership with local artists, creators, and tastemakers, breathing new life into existing buildings in interesting locations in 25 countries on six continents – from urban cities to remote beaches and jungles. To learn more, visit or follow Selina on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin or YouTube.

  • CertiK Releases Web3 Security Report 2022

    NEW YORK -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CertiK, the global leader in smart contract and blockchain security, released its 2022 Web3 Security report. The report offers expert insight into some of the most impactful trends and incidents of 2022, insights on centralized crypto organizations and decentralized blockchain technology, and some of the major bad actors in the Web3 world. The report also details the industry-wide changes that will be needed for Web3 to deliver on its promise of building a freer, fairer system that offers real benefits over incumbent industries. “In addition to falling asset prices and the collapse of some of crypto’s largest centralized organizations, 2022 was the worst year on record in terms of value lost from Web3 protocols,” said Ronghui Gu, co-founder and CEO of CertiK. “Cryptocurrency losses due to hacks, exploits, and scams in 2022 reached another all-time high of $3.7 billion – a 189% increase over 2021’s previous record of $1.3 billion.” The report reveals the top industry statistics and takeaways of 2022: At $625 million, the Ronin bridge incident was the largest ever Web3 heist. The year’s nine separate bridge incidents represented just 1.5% of the total tally, but accounted for over a third of value lost. The fact that the North Korean government-affiliated Lazarus Group was behind the Ronin attack highlights the level of sophistication that Web3 builders are up against. Exit scams continued to be a relatively low value but persistent threat, with more than $200 million lost to 316 such scams. The importance of keeping private keys secure was painfully demonstrated in a number of high-value incidents, many affecting those who had used a third-party wallet generator tool called Profanity. The number of Web3 projects to have secured their services with CertiK reached 5,046 – a 73% increase from the beginning of the year. Download CertiK’s Web3 Security Report 2022 here. About CertiK CertiK is a pioneer in blockchain security, leveraging best-in-class AI technology and expert manual review to protect and monitor blockchain protocols and smart contracts. Founded in 2018 by professors from Yale University and Columbia University, CertiK secures the Web3 world, by applying cutting-edge innovations from academia to enterprise, enabling mission-critical applications to scale with safety and correctness.

  • Dassault Systèmes Presents Urban Renaissance, Featuring a 3D Mapping Project Illustrating the City

    VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dassault Systèmes today announced Urban Renaissance, the most recent installment in its “The Only Progress is Human” initiative to shape a better future. Urban Renaissance showcases Dassault Systèmes’ vision of the city of tomorrow through an innovative 3D video mapping projection designed by Korean artist and researcher Yiyun Kang and projected onto the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul. Urban Renaissance is part of Dassault Systèmes’ “The Only Progress is Human” initiative to inspire the use of virtual worlds to drive sustainable innovations Exciting collaboration is with renowned Korean artist Yiyun Kang, who was recently awarded the British Council Alumni Award for Culture and Creativity in 2022. Immersive experience taking place at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul explores how sustainable cities can thrive as urbanization increases “‘Geofuture’ is my large-scale public projection work that maps the DDP in Seoul. Inspired by Dassault Systèmes’ vision of designing our city, this project imagines our future life that will be realized by sustainable innovation,” said Yiyun Kang. “The city of tomorrow needs to be resilient to be sustainable. We need new solutions that enable citizens to benefit from a virtual twin of their city to test solutions in the virtual world before implementing them in the real world,” said Victoire de Margerie, Vice President, Corporate Equity, Marketing & Communications, Dassault Systèmes. “Urban Renaissance will explore how sustainable cities can thrive as urbanization increases. For this, we chose the vibrant city of Seoul, and to collaborate with Yiyun Kang, an exciting, renowned local artist who reflects our vision of urban renaissance – a vision for the sustainable and healthy city of tomorrow.” The reveal of Urban Renaissance and a related talk show will be broadcast during a live event on LinkedIn, YouTube and Dassault Systèmes’ website on January 31 at 17h00 CET. Viewers will have the opportunity to discover the artist’s monumental artwork projected onto the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and learn what the city of tomorrow will look like according to Dassault Systèmes and experts such as Bogdan Zaha from Zaha Hadid Architects. To watch Urban Renaissance live, click here. The virtual twin experience of a city improves quality of life for its citizens With growing populations and an increasing number of climate issues, cities need to be more sustainable and healthy in all aspects, while also continuing the pursuit of a better quality of life for all. This will be possible by creating sustainable buildings, using renewable materials, involving citizens in the definition of the city of tomorrow, providing more inclusive public services, and finding new solutions for mobility, agriculture and greener energy. Dassault Systèmes is leading the way by providing the technology to model, simulate, analyze, visualize and experience complete cities in the virtual world, to improve how they are built in the real world and the quality of life within them. These virtual twin experiences – visual, digital, 3D models that represent reality with scientific accuracy and are tested and perfected in the context of their use – consider the city environment as well as the infrastructure and commodities needed to build it. Citizens, businesses and city officials can use them to work together to imagine a more sustainable, circular future while simulating and understanding the social and ecological impacts of every design decision they make, before implementing the optimal solution. Dongdaemun Design Plaza: a symbolic building for Urban Renaissance The Dongdaemun Design Plaza is the perfect example of what can be designed using Dassault Systèmes’ software, as it was conceived and designed by Zaha Hadid Architects using CATIA - one of Dassault Systèmes’ solutions. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza, abbreviated as DDP, is a major urban landmark in Seoul with a neofuturistic design characterized by its powerful curving forms. The building is the centerpiece of South Korea's design, art and fashion hub and a popular destination for both local residents and tourists. About Yiyun Kang Dr Yiyun Kang received her BFA from Seoul National University, MFA from UCLA’s Design & Media Arts, and PhD from Royal College of Art (RCA). Kang is currently a visiting lecturer at the RCA and a fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). She held exhibitions at numerous art institutions including the Seoul Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, and participated in international events such as Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice, Italy) and Shenzhen New Media Art Festival. Kang did her artist residency in V&A, Korea National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) and Seoul Museum of Modern Art. In 2020, she participated in the transcontinental contemporary art project CONNECT, BTS as the only Korean artist; in 2017, she received the Red Dot Award with Deep Surface, a commissioned exhibition by Max Mara. Kang’s work has been acquired by V&A. Kang is featured in Bloomberg’s Art+Technology series and her writings have been published in the Leonardo Journal (MIT Press) and Practices of Projections, published by Oxford University Press. Kang has been awarded the British Council Alumni Award for Culture and Creativity in 2022. She participated in several conferences and symposiums including SIGGRAPH and NEXUS Pavilion, organized by La Biennale di Venezia. Kang also gives lectures at Politecnico di Milano (Milano), SOAS University of London (London), and Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London), Seoul National University (Seoul) and KAIST (Daejeon). Recently Kang had a solo exhibition Anthropause at PKM gallery (Seoul), and her group exhibition Cubically Imagined is traveling from Paris to Hong Kong, Moscow and Beijing. FOR MORE INFORMATION Dassault Systèmes’ The Only Progress is Human initiative Launched in 2020, The Only Progress is Human features a series of “acts” aimed to increase awareness of societal and environmental challenges and inspire the use of virtual worlds to drive sustainable innovations. Prior to Urban Renaissance, these acts included: Virtual Harmony, a unique musical and visual experience demonstrating how virtual worlds can change the way we experience emotions; Water for Life, a set of initiatives to help industry consume smarter and protect the world’s most precious resource; and Living Heritage, a student program to experience six UNESCO World Heritage Sites as they may have existed in the past while nurturing skills to innovate for a more sustainable world. Visit: About Dassault Systèmes Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating 'virtual twin experiences’ of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production. Dassault Systèmes’ 20,000 employees are bringing value to more than 300,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit our website. © Dassault Systèmes. All rights reserved. 3DEXPERIENCE, the Compass icon, the 3DS logo, CATIA, BIOVIA, GEOVIA, SOLIDWORKS, 3DVIA, ENOVIA, NETVIBES, MEDIDATA, CENTRIC PLM, 3DEXCITE, SIMULIA, DELMIA, and IFWE are commercial trademarks or registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes, a French “société européenne” (Versailles Commercial Register # B 322 306 440), or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

  • 2023 Spring/Summer Trends - Global Runway Edition

    Fashion in 2023 is projected to be the year of combining edgy futuristic fashion with classical art and patterns. From dystopian future to utopian fantasy, there is a trend for everyone. Gone are the days of a single trend hitting the runway, and the spring/summer collections unveiled all over the world proved just that. Japan - Portugal - South Africa Regardless of colour, pattern or print, evolving body positivity was the whole mood of fashion weeks around the world, celebrating the human body both inside and out, irrelevant of shape or form. Some of the most popular, eye catching trends included voluminous dresses, highlighting an exaggerated hourglass shape. Think Marie-Antoinette resurrected. Burlesque evening and outerwear, deluxe couture and embroidered denim, and print patterns with an emphasis on environment and sustainability all took centre stage. A pleasant surprise, was the new yet old artistic twist of showcasing old master paintings, and classic sculptures on prints and monochromatic pieces. Must Haves Under or over sheer lingerie including corsets, bras and slip dresses dominated the runways from New York to Milan. Matching crop sets, shoulder ruffles, and mini-skirts all made several welcomed appearances, highlighting feminine energy at its core. Perhaps the most fashion forward, must-have trend is the evolving “Loose Look”. Slouchy pants, loose suits and relaxed fit jumpsuits seem to be the forecasted energy for the upcoming decade. Pyjamas as a daytime uniform may be the trend we have all been waiting for. Colours of 2023 Barbie Pink, orange crush, mellow yellow, green to symbolize nature and healing, bright shades of blue and purple, latte and espresso specifically with leather were at the forefront of almost every collection hitting the runway. All designers embraced the full spectrum of colours, centred on previous popular hues from 2022, but with a twist. Nuno Baltazar (L,R) Luís Buchinho | ModaLisboa Oasis (Photos by Ugo Camera) Click to enlarge A Spectrum of Accessories Not one, but many larger-than-life accessories hit the spring/summer 2023 runways, highlighting an array of both vintage and futuristic trends. Clear plastics for both hair accessories and heels were the most prominent yet neutral attraction, accenting almost every look. Large, heavy metal earrings were dominating the dystopian collections. This exaggerated accessory was also on trend with street style looks, demonstrating that over-sized metallic earrings have already hit closets across the globe. The bigger the earrings, the better. A modern take on woven, neutral-coloured bags, the lady bag, and the squash bag in all colours, were accenting the future of handbags. Most notably, for all accessories, green seemed to be the most popular and sought-after colour of all 2023 for accessories. Editor's choice View more runway pictures from Japan, Portugal and South Africa here:

  • Hop to it: Top Hong Kong’s Luckiest Spots to Visit in the Year of the Rabbit

    HONG KONG -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Now that Asia’s World City is ready to welcome international visitors again, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate Chinese New Year in true Hong Kong style. After all, nowhere blends time-honoured CNY traditions with modern energy quite like this buzzing metropolis. In honour of the Year of the Rabbit, here are five of Hong Kong’s most fortuitous experiences to fill your year with good luck, health and prosperity. 1. Take Instagrammable Photos with the ‘Lucky Rabbit’ Brought to you by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, a series of dazzling CNY checkpoints have transformed the harbourfront. For starters, a giant Lucky Rabbit is making its debut on the roof of the Central Pier. Visitors will also discover more hoppin’ displays – each with mesmerising themes, lights, music, and interactive elements – at Admiralty’s Tamar Park, the Wan Chai Temporary Promenade and Tsim Sha Tsui’s Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Fortune Around Hong Kong 19 Jan – 5 Feb 2023 | Across Victoria Harbourfront 2. Hop On Auspicious Harbour Tours On the first day of CNY, it’s customary to usher in luck and prosperity by spending time outdoors. Visitors can embrace the tradition with a scenic Victoria Harbour cruise aboard a historic Star Ferry. Along the way, try to catch the Lucky Rabbit hiding on the ferry! Accrue more good fortune by exploring the CNY-themed harbourfront checkpoints in different ways, like a sightseeing tour on the antique Dukling junk boat or a pedal-boating adventure at the Wan Chai Water Sports and Recreation Precinct. 3. Experience Unique Hong Kong CNY Traditions The Year of the Rabbit marks the return of many authentic Hong Kong CNY customs for visitors to enjoy! Among the must-try experiences, head to the Chinese New Year flower markets for festive shopping and take in good fortune as blooms signify wealth in Chinese culture. Besides, stock up on luck at the CNY Raceday in Sha Tin, where epic horseraces, lion dance performances and holiday décor await. The energised activity can bring you a lucky start of the year with full power! The Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival in Lam Tsuen is another age-old CNY tradition. Simply jot down wishes on a notecard, tie it to a mandarin and toss it into a legendary tree. If the fruit catches a branch, the wishes may come true. 4. Indulge in Classic Dishes with Modern Twists A time for connection, Chinese New Year brings families together over delicious meals symbolising longevity, fortune and wealth. Year after year, Hong Kong restaurants reinvigorate traditional CNY dishes with fresh ideas. This year, Green Common has reinvented poon choi (or “prosperity stew” made with meat, seafood and veggies) using only plant-based meat alongside vegetarian ingredients. Meanwhile, Häagen-Dazs has transformed traditional nin gou (a sticky rice cake representing prosperity) into a CNY ice cream cake, which also comes with another option of Chinese candy box (meaning togetherness and perfection). 5. Give Creative Gifts of Good Fortune Throughout CNY, Hong Kong people bring gifts to family gatherings to spread goodwill and fortune with loved ones. Putting a spin on tradition, Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel has crafted mochi buns in the shape of mandarins – a symbol of good fortune – alongside gift box brimming with sweet delicacies, which features a centrepiece decoration of cute rabbit. On the other hand, The Cakery is whipping up adorable rabbit-themed fondant cookies that are perfect for CNY. Photo credits: Top Hong Kong’s Luckiest Spots to Visit in the Year of the Rabbit |The Cakery;, Green Common, Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel, Lam Tsuen Rural Committee Office, Hong Kong Tourism Board (Click on the pictures to view as slideshow)

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