Visit to China – Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and Beijing

In April I travelled to China for a two week trip, which included attending the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, visiting the Great Wall in Beijing as well as relaxing and taking in the environment and culture.

The Grand Prix was amazing and I even had a behind the scensles look at the McLaren garage.

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Grand Prix in Shanghai

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After the Grand Prix weekend I flew to Beijing where I stayed at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, a very good hotel and the room was excellent.
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I visited the Forbidden City which absolutely amazing and full of significant history.
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The Great Wall of China was an extremely inspiring part of my visit to Beijing. You’re on average 3,500 ft above the town below. The purpose of the wall being built is in itself very interesting.
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After Beijing I then flew back to Shanghai for the weekend where I stayed at Hilton Shanghai.
The view from Hilton Shanghai at night was rather special.
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Though in arriving at the airport the taxi queue was ridiculous.
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I saw a couple of friends who were also in Shanghai and took in some of the iconic architecture of Pudong right next to the Bund.
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I will share more of pictures soon and some of the interesting things I saw.

Just need to sort through the images and video still!

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Chris Timbs of Hilton scoops Young Marketer of the Year Award

Chris Timbs Hilton

Here is detail on an award that I won this week in the UK…Young Marketer of the Year 2012

Chris Timbs of Hilton scoops Young Marketer of the Year Award

Chris Timbs of Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been named the Young Marketer of the Year 2012 at the Hotel Marketing Association’s annual awards, held today at London’ Savoy hotel.

He was presented with the accolade – created to recognise young marketing talent under the age of 30 – for his work on Hilton campaigns, including Stay Hilton Go Chill.  His prize included a one-day course at the Chartered Institute of Marketing at Moor Hall and a bottle of Champagne.

Source: Caterer and Hotelkeeper:  http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/17/12/2012/346777/Chris-Timbs-of-Hilton-scoops-Young-Marketer-of-the-Year.htm

Amsterdam for 14 Hours

This weekend just gone I travelled with a friend to Amsterdam for just 14 hours!  Why you may ask?  Well it was actually to gain the remaining 10 tier points I needed to move up to a tier with British Airways.

I arrived in Amsterdam at 8.10pm, made it to Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, checked in, got changed, went to the executive lounge, had a couple of double gin and tonics, a beer and then went back to the airport to take the train into Centraal station.

First drink once there was in a bar that I call “Monkey in the Corner”, purely because it has a life size monkey doll in the corner next to a staircase that leads to no place at all but a wall!  Next stop was another traditional Dutch bar where we had some more beers and some Bitterballs, a wonderful savoury local snack.  We had a few more beers and cocktails.

We then took the train back to the hotel at 1.45am, went to sleep, woke up, had breakfast and then flew back to London at 10am!

With the flight from London to Amsterdam being just 45 minutes it was actually a really easy trip, an interesting 14 hours.

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View near the airport

Israel…fascinating place

I recently visited Israel, a country that I’ve never visited before.  There was two cities that I went to on this trip, Tel Aviv and Eilat.  Both cities are actually very different, with Eilat being rather like the Las Vegas of Israel with incredibly extravagant architecture.

 

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I was in Tel Aviv on a Monday evening and then departed on the Tuesday evening, so less than 24 hours.  During that time I stayed at Hilton Tel Aviv, a landmark hotel on the beach.  Whilst there Alan Sugar, or Lord Sugar was actually there also watching the football, random sighting.

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Tel Aviv Skyline

 

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Eilat

On the Tuesday I then flew to Eilat, which is largely a domestic holiday destination for Israeli’s.  One of the pics below shows Egypt on the right in the distance and Jordan on the left, oh and Saudi Arabia in the distance on the left.  I was in Eilat for 2 days and in the 42 degree heat for work, it was a little tough!

I stayed in Hilton Eilat Queen of Sheba.  I did find time to relax to at Dolphin Reef, a place where you can swim with dolphins.  Though in the evening they have relaxation pools with salt water (so you float!), sweet water and fresh water where girls give you water treatments.  Go to: http://www.dolphinreef.co.il/

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Elvis in Vegas documentary exceptionally interesting and insightful

I watched the documentary “Elvis in Vegas” last night and I must say it was extremely interesting, especially the whole issue surrounding Elvis and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The interesting this was that the relationship between the two worked in my opinion in that if it wasn’t for the Colonel getting Elvis the work (movies, residency at Hilton Las Vegas, shows etc) then Elvis possibly may not have been as popular as he was.

However, you could say that the Colonel was in fact only interested in one thing, money, and benefiting off of Elvis’ popularity to get the money he needed and wanted, at the expense of the perception of Elvis and the kind of films and shows he did.  Elvis perhaps needed to stand up for himself in front of the Colonel more.

Colonel Tom Parker apparently had addictions to gambling and whilst Elvis was performing he would be betting huge amounts in the Hilton Las Vegas casino, throwing away huge amounts of money.  On one occasion it was said that he lost over a £1.25 million in an hour!!  So with this gambling issue, Colonel Tom Parker needed to make money from Elvis to fuel his gambling habit.

Towards the end, Elvis became addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol whilst living in Hilton Las Vegas, and started to become lonely.  It became quite common for him to be meditating and praying before a show.  Elvis apparently even said that he should really be in the church and not entertaining at shows.  He was said to be scared of religion and wore a cross, an egptian necklace and a jewish star –  This was his method of making sure he made it to heaven.

Overall to end the documentary it was outlined that Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis built Vegas back up!  They benefited the whole city and brought it back in terms of tourism!!  And Vegas benefit Elvis!

A total of 837 shows in Las Vegas in that 6 years!!!

Elvis in Vegas Documentary

There’s a documentary on tonight about Elvis in Vegas.  It is being shown on BBC Two at 9pm GMT.

I’ve taken the description of the documentary from the BBC website:

“The untold story of how Elvis Presley transformed Las Vegas, but how the same city helped to destroy him.

In 1969, Elvis was at the peak of his powers with a stage show at the Hilton and recordings that crowned him the most famous entertainer in the world. However, beneath the surface his own demons – and the schemes of his celebrity manager, Colonel Tom Parker – were taking their toll.

Based in 1970s Vegas and featuring some of Elvis’s finest performances, home movies and rare archive footage, the documentary reveals a bizarre tale of intrigue and excess, recounted by those closest to him. It shows how the Vegas experience impacted on Elvis’s spectacular shows, his chart-topping recordings, his volatile relationship with Parker and his unusual private life – all set against the glamorous backdrop of a ‘Sin City’ that would never be the same again.

Featuring interviews with Priscilla Presley, Colonel Parker’s wife Loanne, the Memphis Mafia, Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra, songwriters Leiber and Stoller and many more.”

Source:  BBC.co.uk

Up in the Air film – George Clooney

A new George Clooney film, Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman is being released through Paramount in cinemas at the end of this year (2009), and is based on a book by Walter Kirn.  The film is a about a businessman who is a frequent traveller, flys and stays a lot in hotels – in fact pretty much all the time.  George Clooney in the film plays a businessman called Ryan Bingham whose ambition is to collect a vast amount of airmiles!  The film features brand positioning with partners American Airlines and upscale hotel brand Hilton Hotels.

You can find more information on the Up in the Air movie on the link below:

http://www.theupintheairmovie.com/

Up in the Air is in cinemas in the US in December and elsewhere from Janaury!

Check out the trailer for Up in the Air…