Corporate bits | Pakho Chau to perform at the Venetian

Hong Kong singer and actor, Pakho Chau, will be bringing his concert, “One Step Closer Pakho Live 2017 in Macau”, to The Venetian on October 21.

Chau entered the music industry in 2007 and has since released several albums with huge hits such as “Same Sky,” “Six Days,” and the duet, “Nothing Done”, with Hong Kong singer Stephanie Cheng.

According to a press release issued by The Venetian, Chau is an artist with an aspirational message as he regards himself to be on a journey to self-fulfillment.

The concert in Macau will be more than simply a retrospective of Chau’s 10-year musical journey and a way to show how he has grown both musically and as a person, but also a show of gratitude to his fans, teammates, and family.

Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday and are priced at MOP1080, MOP880, MOP680, MOP480 and MOP280.

Alibaba, Marriott team up

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is supercharging its fledgling travel service by partnering with Marriott International Inc., the world’s largest hotel operator with some 6,000 properties globally.

The companies will set up a joint venture to feature Marriott’s entire line-up, from the eponymous brand to the Sheraton and Ritz-Carlton, on Alibaba’s Fliggy site. The two will link their loyalty programs and provide promotions for Chinese travelers, they said in a joint statement.

China is now the world’s largest source of outbound travelers, a still rapidly growing populace that spent more than $100 billion in 2016 and is spurring changes across the global tourism industry. Their rising numbers have fueled a deals spree and spawned alliances between foreign hotel chains and domestic partners. Marriott and its rivals are also hunting for ways to capture more guests and shore up loyalty, as they compete with alternative providers such as Airbnb Inc. and try to reduce fees paid to the likes of Priceline Group Inc. and Expedia Inc.

“The most important piece though is the marriage of our respective areas of expertise,” said  Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s chief executive officer, declining to discuss revenue-sharing with Alibaba.“It’s really about how do we service this already large but quickly growing group of global travelers, particularly Chinese travelers.”

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