Marriott International Continues Global Growth of Autograph Collection with the Signing of The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo


Marriott International and Prince Hotels, Inc, of Japan announced that The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo became Japan’s first the Autograph Collection hotel – a portfolio of independent hotels, with the re-opening of the newly renovated property in September.

Sakura Ribbon Cutting (l to r) - Ryu Kosaka, A.N.D. Creative Director; Takashi Goto, Seibu Holdings Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer; Masanori Kobayaski, Prince Hotels, Inc., President; Simon Cooper, Marriott International president and managing director, Asia.

Sakura Ribbon Cutting (l to r) – Ryu Kosaka, A.N.D. Creative Director; Takashi Goto, Seibu Holdings Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer; Masanori Kobayaski, Prince Hotels, Inc., President; Simon Cooper, Marriott International president and managing director, Asia.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Tokyo, Simon Cooper, Marriott International’s president and managing director in Asia, said: “Today we celebrate the inauguration of The Prince Sakura Tower into Autograph Collection, marking the first Autograph property to open in Japan and only the second Collection hotel to open in Asia. The vision and inspiration behind Autograph Collection was to create an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels and this hotel certainly meets those criteria with its wonderful new design and inspiring gardens.

I want to personally thank everyone involved with creating this wonderful hotel for their passion and commitment to providing an exceptional hotel experience which is sure to add enormous value to Autograph Collection here and around the world. Tokyo is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, and we could not be more proud to introduce Autograph Collection to this great city with the conversion of The Prince Sakura Tower – and the timing could not be better with this great city having just won the 2020 Olympic bid.”

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Originally opened in 1998, the 288-room Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo has gone through an extensive refurbishment and renovation under the direction of interior designer Ryu Kosaka of Aoyama Nomura Design, whose work is highly acclaimed both in Japan and overseas. All of the hotel’s rooms, lobby area, restaurants, and other areas were designed to convey a modern sense of harmony, blending the spaces with the seasonal landscapes of hotel’s Japanese garden.

The hotel has at its heart the concept of ‘Japanese style hospitality at the center of the city’ and is centrally located just a 3-minute walk from Tokyo’s Shinagawa station. The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo also boasts a spacious Japanese garden of approximately 2 hectares (5 acres) where guests can enjoy the ever-changing natural beauty of the garden from season to season – and especially during the cherry blossom season as the hotel’s grounds are blessed with more than 200 cherry blossom trees which showcase the amazing sakura blossoms – reflected in the hotel’s name.

 The Prince Sakura Tower Tower Tokyo guestroom

The Prince Sakura Tower Tower Tokyo guestroom

The Prince Sakura Tower with its newly enhanced facilities is expected to host an increased number of international travelers, and this will further be supported by in the future with government tourism promotion, the economic growth of countries in the region, and the implementation of a robust MICE strategy by Prince Hotels. Continue reading


New Line Features Full Range of Elegant Convertibles and the World’s Thinnest (0.39”) Windows 8 Tablet PC With Intel® Core™ Processor Family

Sony has introduced a bold new line for fall including a new form factor PC, VAIO® | Flip PC, featuring the flexibility of a convertible with a laptop mode that is equal to a conventional clamshell PC, the world’s thinnest (0.39”)Windows 8 tablet with Intel® Core™ Processor family, VAIO® Tap 11 Tablet PC*, and the next evolution of the portable all-in-one PC, VAIO Tap 21, encompassing power and beautiful design.

VAIO® | Flip PC

VAIO® | Flip PC

“Consumers want the portability and convenience of a tablet but don’t want to sacrifice PC power,” said Pedro LaFarga, SVP, Sony VAIO & Networked Products Division. “With Sony’s new VAIO | Flip PC and VAIO Tap 11 form factors, they don’t have to. Sony will continue to lead the fast changing PC industry, offering new experiences in both productivity and play while always incorporating the best technologies from our display, imaging and audio groups.”

Distinctly Sony

VAIO | Flip PC and VAIO Tap models feature a sharp and gorgeous Full HD 1920 x 1080 display (select models with have a high resolution  2880 x 1620 display with 4K HDMI output).  Drawing on Sony’s TV heritage of delivering the best picture quality, TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile recreates incredibly rich natural colors. With a wider color range, TRILUMINOS Display for mobile renders hard to reproduce reds, blues, and greens more accurately, giving mobile devices the ability to display intense colors better than ever before.

In addition to TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, the new VAIO PCs employ Sony’s picture engine, X-Reality™ for mobile, which analyzes each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimize quality for the sharpest videos. The combination of these technologies ensures that VAIO users experience a level of video quality that exceeds expectations.


The front-facing camera powered by Exmor RS™for PC image sensor developed by Sony, captures sharp, clear images even in low light conditions. Fused with ClearAudio+, the new PCs deliver a louder and clearer sound that is distinctly Sony. With unique sound processing technologies, listeners hear dynamic bass and soaring highs with ultimate clarity and presence with less distortion for an unmatched music or movie experience. Continue reading

Citizen Watch Company Introduces Limited Edition Watch with Brand Ambassador Matt Kenseth

Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc. ( introduces a new limited edition watch with CITIZEN Brand Ambassador, 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and two-time Daytona 500® winner Matt Kenseth.

The watch is part of CITIZEN’s Primo collection, a race-inspired line that first debuted this spring. The Matt Kenseth

Citizen Eco-Drive Matt Kenseth Limited Edition Primo. (PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc.)

Citizen Eco-Drive Matt Kenseth Limited Edition Primo. (PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc.)

Limited Edition Primo features a red and black color scheme, two interchangeable genuine leather straps and an etched case that resembles auto racing’s checkered flags. Kenseth’s racing number 20 is featured on the dial, as well as on the engraved caseback that also includes his signature. Each limited edition timepiece also comes in a handsome wooden presentation box. Additional features of the watch include a 1/5 second chronograph that measures up to 60 minutes, 12/24 hour time, a one-way rotating elapsed-time bezel and has Citizen Eco-Drive’s proprietary light-powered technology.

When CITIZEN first approached me about the limited edition watch I was certainly honored that they wanted to do this,” said Kenseth. “Everything CITIZEN does is first class and this watch is exactly what you would expect from them. The CITIZEN Primo was already my day-to-day watch so it’s cool to be able to wear one with our No. 20 on the face during race weekends at the track.”

CITIZEN holds the leading position in the mid-priced watch market in the United States, setting itself apart from its competitors with its ecologically friendly Eco-Drive technology. Utilizing the power of light, Citizen Eco-Drive technology converts light into stored energy to power a watch for at least six months, even in the dark.

Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch Company of America remarked: “We are thrilled to have Matt as one of our unstoppable Brand Ambassadors; and happy to have the opportunity to collaborate on the development of this outstanding watch with him.”

Holland America Line Introduces an Extensive Lineup Of South America Voyages, Fall 2013 Through Spring 2014 Season

Three ships to visit more than 40 ports of call around South America

From fall 2013 through spring 2014, four of Holland America Line’s ( premium ships will sail to South America on a series of cruises that will explore more than 40 ports of call that span from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., around Cape Horn up to Vancouver, British Columbia. With vibrant cultures, breathtaking scenic cruising and once-in-a-lifetime adventures, guests can choose from a variety of itineraries on MS ZAANDAM, MS MAASDAM, MS STATENDAM and MS PRINSENDAM.


The voyages range from 13 to 49 days and include Zaandam’s full season of cruising and a popular 49-day port-intensive “Amazon & Carnaval Explorer” Voyage aboard Maasdam in early 2014. A 26-day “Amazon Explorer” Cruise in November 2013 on Prinsendam is another highlight of the line’s 2013-14 South America schedule.

South America is very popular with our guests because it’s exotic, mysterious and adventurous with a wide diversity of cultures and scenery,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs. “Guests can experience incredible ‘must-do’ moments with us, from seeing penguins in Antarctica and visiting the ruins of Machu Picchu to exploring the Amazon River and witnessing Carnaval from a seat in the Sambadrome.”

Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016. Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds. Continue reading

CSL Behring Launches MySource(TM) at the National Hemophilia Foundation’s 65th Annual Meeting

MySource Offers One-Stop Access to Information About CSL Behring’s Innovative Patient-Support Offerings

People who are living with rare and serious bleeding disorders will now have one-stop access to educational resources, financial support, and community connection programs through CSL BEHRING’S MYSOURCE(TM) PROGRAM.  Launched during the National Hemophilia Foundation’s (NHF) 65th Annual Meeting, MySource allows patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals to quickly and easily access CSL Behring’s patient-support resources at one online location or with a one-on-one care coordinator (at 1-800-676-4266).

CSL Behring logo.  (PRNewsFoto/CSL Behring)

CSL Behring logo. (PRNewsFoto/CSL Behring)

CSL Behring has a broad portfolio of coagulation products, a long history of advancing coagulation therapy, and a thorough understanding of the challenges facing the bleeding disorders community,” said Lynne Powell, Senior Vice President, North America Commercial Operations, CSL Behring. “We are committed to providing treatments and supportive services, like MySource, that make a meaningful difference in the lives of people with bleeding disorders and those who care for them. We are proud to launch the program during NHF’s annual meeting.”

CSL Behring is a leader in the plasma protein therapeutics industry. Committed to saving lives and improving the quality of life for people with rare and serious diseases, the company manufactures and markets a range of plasma-derived and recombinant therapies worldwide. CSL Behring therapies are used around the world to treat coagulation disorders including hemophilia and von Willebrand disease, primary immune deficiencies, hereditary angioedema and inherited respiratory disease, and neurological disorders in certain markets. The company’s products are also used in cardiac surgery, organ transplantation, burn treatment and to prevent hemolytic diseases in newborns.

CSL Behring created MySource to provide members of the bleeding disorders community with a single source of information that will enhance their treatment experience.  MySource is also designed to meet the specific needs and preferences of each patient by providing customized information each time they visit.  MySource offers:

— Education opportunities that provide members of the bleeding disorders community with information about hemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD)

— Financial support programs to help ensure individuals are able to access their treatment

— Community connections that allow members of the bleeding disorders ommunity to share experiences with one another, both online and in person.

For those living with a bleeding disorder, it can be difficult to find a central location for information about their condition.  It can also be difficult to connect with a community for help in navigating the challenges associated with a bleeding disorder,” said Timothy Grams, who lives with severe hemophilia A. “The new MySource resource is a welcome addition to address this need.  The site provides a wealth of information for patients and caregivers alike who are looking to learn more about the condition that affects them or to connect with others who share similar experiences and challenges.”

CSL Behring also operates one of the world’s largest plasma collection networks, CSL Plasma and is a subsidiary of CSL Limited, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, visit

National GeographicTravel unveils New Super-Digital Magazine, 50 Places of a Lifetime: Canada

National Geographic Travel Selects Canada for World’s First-Ever Digital Super Magazine

Huge content experience is unmatched in its coverage of one country

With the launch of 50 Places of a Lifetime: Canada, National Geographic Travel brings together the best Canadian travel writers with iconic National Geographic photographers. The result is a breathtaking, destination-based, digital super mag unparalleled in its comprehensive coverage of any single country.

Auyuittuq and Sirmilik National Parks - A pristine iceberg stands out starkly against Nunavut's blue skies. (Photo Credit: John E. Marriott, Corbis) (CNW Group/National Geographic Society)

Auyuittuq and Sirmilik National Parks – A pristine iceberg stands out starkly against Nunavut’s blue skies. (Photo Credit: John E. Marriott, Corbis) (CNW Group/National Geographic Society)

The world’s first digital super mag showcases all-new content from every Canadian province and territory and launches this week on Additional content rolls out the entire month of October.

This is a celebration of all that is Canada,” said Keith Bellows, a native Canadian and editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine. “For anyone planning a trip to Canada, this massive digital content is a must read.”

Aside from spectacular photography and intriguing stories, the super mag’s content includes practical travel information Oct_cov-thumb-250x338 (1)on where to stay, when to go, how to get around, what to eat or drink, what to buy, and what to read or watch before you go. There are also helpful links as well as a fun fact about each destination.

Canada is a place for exploring, and we are thrilled to share some of the most immersive travel experiences that our country offers,” said Greg Klassen, senior vice president, marketing strategy and communications, Canadian Tourism Commission. “We are pleased to align ourselves with the great National Geographic brand and its extensive travel experience and reach. This innovative initiative will inspire the world to visit Canada.”

The super mag content falls into four categories: Country Unbound : civilization and nature in harmony; Urban Places : exploring great cityscapes; Wild Spaces : wonders of the outdoors; and Paradise Found : retreats to restore the soul. The scope of the coverage is impressive and features a mix of well-known and soon-to-be-discovered experiences and destinations from coast to coast to coast.

The super mag includes four galleries of about 25 original photos each in the following categories, with links back to destination articles: Canada’s Cities, Coastal & Countryside Canada, Landscapes of Canada and Animals of Canada.

Fun and informative features will be rolled out throughout October as part of the digital experience. One will be “Favorite Place” submissions by readers. Site visitors will be encouraged to nominate their favorite Canadian location on a form titled “Name Your Own Canada Place of a Lifetime.” Nominations will be accepted from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, 2013, with the top entries highlighted online in November.

Teva Opens First Retail Store

Orlando, Florida store Offers Unique Shopping Experience Focused on the Adventure Lifestyle

Adventure lifestyle brand, Teva, opens new retail store location Oct. 3rd at Orlando Premium Outlets in Orlando, FL.  (PRNewsFoto/Teva)

Adventure lifestyle brand, Teva, opens new retail store location Oct. 3rd at Orlando Premium Outlets in Orlando, FL. (PRNewsFoto/Teva)

Teva® (, makers of the original sport sandal and outdoor footwear for the adventurous life, opened the doors to its first retail store this week in Orlando, Florida. Located at the Orlando Premium Outlets at Vineland Avenue, the Teva store will showcase a complete selection of footwear for travel and everyday adventure, from sandals and trail shoes to sneakers, boots, and water shoes.

Reflecting Teva’s commitment to the outdoor lifestyle, the interior space blends modern design with natural materials to create an immersive experience with an outdoor aesthetic and include real consumer and ambassador stories throughout the space designed to share inspiration from Teva’s brand promise of “Live Better Stories”, as well as interactive displays and areas dedicated to customer gatherings. Upcoming events will include video screenings, outdoor excursions, and workshops, all centered on the inspiration to find adventure in everyday life.

Facilitating outdoor adventures worldwide since 1984, Teva is a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation and is headquartered in Goleta, California. Creator of the original sport sandal, the brand continues to be driven by performance innovation and clean, modern design. What started out as whitewater product has evolved into a full arrangement of performance and lifestyle footwear ready for use in the water or on the trails of the great outdoors. The company’s products are sold in over 40 countries worldwide in a wide range of distribution channels.

Our goal is to have the store act as a platform for sharing the Teva lifestyle,” said Jason Bertoli, retail marketing manager at Teva. “This includes having customers share their stories with us, but is also about using the retail store as a catalyst for outdoor adventure. This comes to life in-store with staff recommendations, suggested local activities, organized excursions, and other engaging events, all with the goal of making adventure as accessible as possible for the community and Teva fans that visit Orlando from around the world.”

Orlando has a consistent warm weather climate, a travel-savvy community, and is home to one of the brand’s key tradeshows, Surf Expo,” says Erika Brakken, Marketing Director at Teva. “As a brand born on the water, it’s a natural place for Teva to introduce a retail experience. Florida’s relaxed and casual environment mirrors our brand really well and we’re excited to share a complete view of the Teva line with the local community – not to mention the millions that visit this area each year.”

Store Location & Hours:

8225 Vineland Avenue, Space 2091

Orlando, FL 32821

Monday – Saturday:  10am – 11pm

Sunday:  10am – 9pm

For more information on Teva, please visit