Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Luxury Travel, the leading Asian Specialist to showcase its Luxury Expertise and Responsible Tourism at WTM London 2013

Vietnam-based Luxury Travel is attending both WTM and ILTM to promote luxury travel products at World Travel Market London 2013 (WTM) from November 4 to 7.

Hanoi, Vietnam, October 31, 2013 - Vietnam-based Luxury Travel is attending both WTM and ILTM to promote luxury travel products at World Travel Market London 2013 (WTM) from November 4 to 7.

This year, Luxury Travel has expanded the size of its stand which will be located just in front of the Vietnam Tourism Board and Vietnam Airlines stand.

Luxury Travel is attending both WTM and A Taste of Luxury at ILTM, is an official supporter of World Responsible Day at WTM and has launched several new responsible tours.

According to Pham Ha, founder of Luxury Travel, the UK has been a great market for the company, whose products appeal to British tastes and preferences, particularly tailor-made tours and the two set departure tours on offer.

The company enjoyed over 200% growth from the UK in the first 9 month of 2013, compared with the same period last year, partly because of favourable exchange rates.

Luxury Travel Ltd. has increased the number of private small groups that it served, primarily with tailor-made holidays.

Luxury travel is not just about limos and five-star hotels, but creating memorable experiences and Luxury Travel ensure that its guests feel part of the place rather than a casual observer, the authentic experience being particularly popular with visitors from Britain.

Getting off-the-beaten track, relaxing on the beach at less visited places such as Con Dao and Phu Quoc as well as combining Vietnam with visits to Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar are great favourites with the UK market.

Vietnam is appealing to British visitors because of its safety, affordable prices, authenticity, lovely weather and convenient direct flights with Vietnam Airlines.

The past few years have seen the completion of many luxurious resorts such as Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, Intercontinental Peninsula Danang Sun Spa and Six Senses Con Dao and the increased choice and deluxe brands have proved a great hit with the British.

Mr Pham Ha, Mr Richard Parks and Ms Anita Sach, Luxury Travel's reps in the UK, will be attending both ITLM and WTM 2013; travel trade professionals wanting to learn more about the company, learn how to sell Indochina to the most sophisticated travellers or discuss a fam trip, can book an appointment in advance with them at or drop by stand AS587.

Linh Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

Conferro Auctions Announces Preview Dates for Upcoming Vintage Bollywood Memorabilia Auction Celebrating 100 Years of Bollywood

* 14 – 15 November, Westbury Gallery, Westbury Hotel, Mayfair, W1
* Preview of upcoming Vintage Bollywood Memorabilia auction
* 2013 marks 100 years of Bollywood
* Vintage memorabilia from the greatest Bollywood films of all time
* 150 lots including vintage LPs, film banners, Bollywood posters and gramophones

London, UK, October 30, 2013 - Celebrating 100 years of Bollywood, Conferro Auctions is hosting a special preview of its upcoming inaugural auction of Vintage Bollywood Memorabilia on 14 – 15 November at the Westbury Gallery, Westbury Hotel, Mayfair, W1.

The auction features collectables such as LPs, film banners and Bollywood posters from some of the milestones of Indian film history, including Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Sholay (1975), which were recently voted the top two greatest Bollywood films of all time.

The 150 lots include vintage LPs, banners, synopses, posters, lobby cards and gramophones from the last 100 years of Bollywood history, which will be auctioned on 29 November.

Bollywood has become one of the world’s largest film industries since the debut of its first official film on 3 May 1913, Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke. Producing some 1,000 films a year (twice the annual output of Hollywood), the stars of its silver screen are known the world over.

As reported by The Telegraph, the UK is home to the largest audience for Bollywood films outside of India, contributing 15-20 per cent of the industry’s profits.

Says Conferro’s Director Sharan Seth, “With Bollywood such an ingrained part of our cultural identity and the timely centenary of Bollywood film, our first auction reflects India’s rich and vibrant history and artistic practices”.

Dr Anna Morcom, Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway University adds, “Since the 1990s, Bollywood has gone global on a new level, embraced enthusiastically by the Indian diaspora and through them, has gained a presence in the mainstream of US and UK culture”.

For a full programme of activities, please see below:

Listings information
Conferro Auctions | Vintage Bollywood Memorabilia auction

Public viewing
Thursday 14 November (11:00 – 18:00)
Friday 15 November (11:00 – 18:00)
Thursday 28 November (11:00 – 18:00)
Friday 29 November (11:00 – 14:00)

Bollywood retrospective | A journey through 100 years of Indian cinema | Talk & Tour (30 mins)
Friday 15 November (12:00 – 12:30, 15:00 – 15:30, 16:00 – 16:30, 17:00 – 17:30)
Thursday 28 November (12:00 – 12:30, 15:00 – 15:30)
Free admission. Limited availability. Book with: Ashta Doyle: | +44 (0)20 7399 2435

Friday 29 November (14:00 – 18:00)
Auction Registration (14:00)
Auction Start (15:00)
Auction End (18:00)

Westbury Gallery, Westbury Hotel, Conduit Street, London, W1S 2YF
Nearest tube stations: Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus

For general enquires contact Shivani Mehra:

SAVE THE DATE | Press invitations
Thursday 14 November
Bollywood press brunch (11:30 – 13:00)
Bollywood press retrospective talk (17:00 – 18:00)
Private view drinks reception (18:00 – 21:00)

For interviews with the Director of Conferro Auctions – Julian Farrow, Founder of Conferro Auctions – Sharan Seth, Bollywood expert – Manoj Nair or for high resolution images of auction lots, please contact Daniel Cinna at Curzon PR | +44 (0)20 7399 2437

Notes for Editors:

About Conferro Auctions:
Conferro Auctions is a new London-based auction house specialising exclusively in Indian art and collectables. Conferro brings rare and unique items of Indian cultural heritage to an international market. As an authority on Indian art and collectables, Conferro Auctions aims to strengthen the cultural ties between India and the global market and lead existing and new collectors alike, into a burgeoning market. Showcasing regional Indian art and collectables of the finest quality, Conferro’s establishment heralds a new era for the Indian art market. Passionate about preserving India’s cultural heritage for future generations, Conferro Auctions brings to London, art and collectables from one of the world’s oldest civilisations.

About Sharan Seth | Founder & Director:
Sharan Seth was born in New Delhi. He graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce from Delhi University and went on to complete a Masters in Finance and Management at the University of Essex. Seth is an art consultant who specialises in acquisitions and development of art banks, including purchasing Indian heritage works by Syed Haider Raza and Hemendra Majumdar. In his spare time, Seth collects Indian artefacts including one of his most treasured collections: old coins from the time of Akbar the Great, the third emperor of the Mughal Dynasty in India. Seth is also an avid supporter of charity, contributing to the work of the Blind Relief Association – a school for the blind in New Delhi, India.

About Julian Farrow | Director:
Julian Farrow started his career at Sotheby’s where he was instrumental in the creation of “Sotheby’s: Preferred” – a global reward programme created for the very top clients of the auction house. Farrow became the Worldwide Head of this exciting and innovative programme. Farrow then set up his own art, luxury and lifestyle consultancy, working with diverse organisations appealing to the UHNW communities. Farrow has assisted brands such as Garage CCC and Garage Magazine, KRUG Champagne House, Cartier, Christie’s, Pavilion of Art and Design, Ralph Lauren and Bulgari. In addition, Farrow directed the Tretyakov Family’s Russian focused art gallery, Art Sensus. Farrow is currently the Consultant Editor to the Mayfair Times and sits on the Membership Committee for both The Arts Club and Morton’s. Farrow is also a founder and trustee of the children’s charity, The Childhood Trust.

Daniel Cinna, Curzon PR, +44 (0) 20 7399 2435,

SAFE International Launches New Montreal Self Defense Website – Montreal, QC Self Defense

SAFE International is launching its newly updated website for Montreal Women’s Self Defense as well as their other course offerings.

Montreal, QC, October 30, 2013 - (Straight Line PR) - Montreal Self Defense, SAFE International Launches New Montreal Women’s Self Defense Website.

SAFE International ™ is the leading provider of mobile women’s self defense training in Canada. SAFE International has taught more than 175,000 women since 1994. SAFE International is launching its newly updated website for Montreal Women’s Self Defense as well as their other course offerings.

Among the SAFE International course offerings you will find on the new website are:
SAFE International Montreal Women Self Defense Parties. Forget Tupperware Parties. Invite 6 to 8 of your friends for a few hours of fun, education and potentially life-saving instruction with one of their SAFE Women’s Self Defense Parties. Plan a meal, snacks, or dessert, and be prepared for a unique self defense experience! What has made them so popular is their unique method of teaching with humour and sharing of anecdotes. Get to experience the simulated attacks in scenario specific situations such as at the front door, the kitchen, the car, etc.

SAFE International Montreal Self Defense for high school students. SAFE International has become Canada’s most popular high school course for both boys and girls due to the fact that they are not teaching martial arts, but rather a practical approach to personal safety with an emphasis on detecting and defusing potentially dangerous situations. All of our instructors are certified through SAFE International and have a unique ability to reach the students in an effective and memorable manner. SAFE International teaches approximately 13,000 students each year with a heavy presence teaching self defense in Montreal, QC.

SAFE International offers Montreal Corporate Self Defense Courses. This self-protection seminar will provide employees with tips and strategies to recognize and avoid personal security risks while on the job. Through the teaching of both verbal and non-verbal techniques, the participants will learn how to take common sense measures to reduce the risk of being a victim. The knowledge they gain from the seminar can be applied to all aspects of their profession – sales, interacting with customers, travel, and other work related transactions. There are many instances when one might find themself in an uncomfortable and potentially threatening situation – entertaining clients, traveling, leaving late at night by car, taxi, public transport, walking, etc.

Montreal Self Defense for men is another course offering you will find on the new SAFE International website. Learn how to identify the most vulnerable areas of the body, and how to strike them in a quick, non-telegraphed manner. SAFE International instructors cover many devastating strikes such as eye rakes, palm strikes, elbows, knees, kicks plus how to attack other vulnerable areas of the body. A very popular concept taught at any Ottawa Self Defense course is, “The Shredder”, which can be best described as an extremely effective Close Quarter Concept that can be utilized in a wide range of low to potentially high level violent scenarios. The Shredder targets the most vulnerable areas of the attacker without having to memorize countless “techniques”. Another major benefit of the Shredder is that it does not require years to learn.  It is a concept of self defense that immediately disrupts the attacker’s ability to continue their attack, and allows the tables to be turned quickly and effectively in the victims favour.

Please visit the new SAFE International website by visiting You can also contact CEO, Chris Roberts, by email at, or toll free at 1-800-465-5972.

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972