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MIAMI’S EMERGING HOMEBUYERS: WEALTHY TURKISH AND MIDDLE EASTERN INVESTORS
PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter has seen an uptick in Turkish buyers
Long a hub for international investors, Miami is now attracting newcomers from across the Atlantic: affluent Turkish and Middle Eastern homebuyers looking for stable investments in real estate. According to recent reports from CBRE and the Wall Street Journal, buyers from this region are poised to take a much larger role in South Florida’s real estate market.
 
According to CBRE’s report, Miami was the 10th-most popular investment market for Middle Eastern real estate investment between January 2015 and June 2016, and the fifth-most popular in the United States. Investments in Miami real estate from the Middle East exceeded $500 million for that time period. Favorable exchange rates, and the addition of direct flights to Qatar from Miami International Airport likely will contribute to further investment in the coming months.
 
Downtown Miami’s PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter, a 60-story luxury residential development, has seen a particular uptick in Turkish buyers. Peggy Fucci, CEO of OneWorld Properties and the exclusive broker for PARAMOUNT, says her new Turkish clients are eager to invest in preconstruction properties that have staggered payments where half of the home price is paid after construction is completed. Often, details of the sale are ironed out over the phone, but Ms. Fucci and part of her team visited Istanbul twice in the past six months to meet potential buyers. When her clients arrive in the U.S., they’re ready to close the deal. “When they come to Miami to shop, they’ve already decided that they want to live here,” she says.
REAL ESTATE, APPLE PIE AND LEMONADE
Real Estate developers Shahab Karmely and Gil Dezer held private soirees in the Hamptons
This summer the chicest soirees in New York's Hamptons were held by the country's leading real estate developers and involved a bevy of benefits, champagne, mini burgers and luxe magazines.
 
Shahab Karmely, who is developing One River Point on the Miami River, teamed up with Douglas Elliman Real Estate and elite equestrian Georgina Bloomberg to host a private benefit luncheon in Bridgehampton at the Hampton Classic for a trio of equestrian charities including: Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, The Rider’s Closet and GallopNYC. With competitive Grand Prix style show jumping in the background and Louis Roederer champagne flowing, an array of exotic travel packages were auctioned off, including stays at Fisher Island Club courtesy of CEO Bernard Lackner as well as trips to Nihiwatu, named #1 Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure, Amanera in the Dominican Republic, Anantara the Palm Dubai, and Valentines Resort & Marina in Harbour Island, Bahamas. 
 
Meanwhile in Southampton, developer Gil Dezer hosted an event with Resident Magazine for more than 150 guests at a sprawling $17 million Water Mill Estate. Dezer was featured on the cover of the magazine and spent the evening mingling with guests and showcasing his soon-to-be completed Porsche Design Tower and Residences by Armani/Casawhich are under construction in Sunny Isles Beach. The Mayakoba Residences on the Riviera Maya in Mexico also made a big splash sponsoring a Hamptons Magazine cover party along with an intimate dinner at the Mexican restaurant Union Cantina in Southampton.
LEADING NEW YORK AGENCY PARTNERS WITH TOP SOUTH FLORIDA PR FIRM, INTRODUCES HW + KD
Leading PR Firms Merge in NYC
One of New York’s most established public relations firms, HWPR, has merged with the New York office of Kreps DeMaria, one of Florida’s top-ranked public relations agencies, forming HW + KD, a boutique full-service public relations and digital strategy firm based in New York City. Harriet Weintraub assumes the position of CEO while Sissy DeMaria serves as President.
 
Located at 232 Madison Ave., HW + KD focuses on tailoring innovative, high profile media and consumer campaigns and curated events for a wide range of clients in real estate, hospitality, and luxury goods.
 
The two agencies have enjoyed a strategic relationship for the last three years, when agency owners Harriet Weintraub and Sissy DeMaria began capitalizing on the unique synergies between New York and Miami and their respective developer clients.
 
Both Weintraub and DeMaria have earned reputations as specialists in luxury real estate and hospitality and are recognized as influential story tellers who engage client’s target audiences through meaningful partnerships with an array of brands and cultural organizations.
 
In 2013, the pair teamed up to form
WorldWise PR Affiliates, a global network of leading, independently owned public relations firms cultivating brands across cultures.
CARTAGENA HOSTS WORLD LEADERS FOR HISTORIC PEACE AGREEMENT & CELEBRATES CITY’S HERITAGE AT NATIONAL HERITAGE CONFERENCE
Photo Credit: Cartagena Convention Bureau                 Photo Credit: Colombian Ministry of Culture
The city of Cartagena de Indias hosted the historic peace agreement signing between the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and Colombia's government on Sept. 26 in the city's convention center. The deal comes after 50 years of violence and war ending a half-century of combat. Several world leaders, including United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon, attended the historic event which drew a crowd of 2,500 foreign dignitaries and special guests.

The city also hosted the annual
National Heritage Conference celebrating Cartagena's heritage and its value to the country's historic and cultural preservation. The theme for this year's conference, organized by the Ministry of Culture, was Cartagena's "Emerging Memory."  Corpoturismo Cartagena, participated in the event, which was held from Sept. 28 through Sept. 30, 2016.
GERARDO MURRAY ACEDO OF IHG SPEAKS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TOURISM IN MEXICO
Gerardo Murray shares his insights at Forbes Foro Economia 3.0 in Mexico
On Sept. 26, 2016 in Mexico City, marking its fourth consecutive year, Forbes Mexico presented Foro Forbes Economía 3.0, a forum in which national and international speakers gather to talk about different industries, share their vision towards the future, and the economic challenges that Mexico and the world face when introducing new technologies and business models.

With vast knowledge and experience in the tourism sector, Gerardo Murray Acedo,
Regional VP of Brands & Marketing Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean IHG, offered his vision on the future of the travel industry during a panel discussion titled Turismo, Potencia en Ciernes (Tourism, a Growing Power). Murray -- along with the other esteemed panelists, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Secretary of Tourism and Pablo Azcárraga Andrade, President of the Administration Council of Grupo Posadas -- concluded that Mexico is a country that still has opportunities of development for national and foreign investment in different tourism segments.
THE TOURISM INDUSTRY MEETS IN BUENOS AIRES FOR LATIN AMERICA’S MOST IMPORTANT INTERNATONAL TOURISM TRADE FAIR
International Tourism Trade Fair of Latin America draws 90 thousand visitors – FIT 2016 http://fit.org.ar/

For four days, over 90 thousand visitors - including tourism professionals and the general public – embarked on Buenos Aires to gather information about their dream vacations and to close new and better business deals during FIT 2016 Buenos Aires is the most important tourism fair of Latin America.

Organized jointly by the Argentine Chamber of Tourism (
Cámara Argentina de Turismo), the Argentine Federation of Travel and Tourism Associations (FAEVYT), the Federal Board of Tourism (CFT), the National Institute of Tourism Promotion (INPROTUR) and the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina (Ministerio de Turismo de La Nación), the fair offers attendees helpful tools to grow their businesses such as International Business Rounds, which are carefully prepared based on marketing and production criteria, and market trends.

Pre-arranged interviews are also arranged between companies looking to sell and those looking to acquire the following services: air transportation, ground transportation, cruises, hotels & accommodations, MICE, corporate, attractions, travelers’ assistance, car rental, ecotourism, adventure travel, groups, and IT solutions, among other services. http://fit.org.ar/en/

BRAZIL SHINES AT 2016 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES IN RIO
The 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games symbolized a milestone for Brazil
From Aug. 5 - 21, 2016 the world set its eyes on Brazil as the country hosted the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Seventy-eight billion interactions were shared on social media. The event was a great milestone for the country, and the world. And it did not stop there…Brazil also hosted the Paralympic Games from Sept. 7– 18, 2016 as the world’s greatest Paralympic athletes overcame limits and put on a show of athleticism and determination.
 
In all, 206 countries participated, as well as ten members from the Refugee Olympic team, and approximately 11,000 athletes competed in 42 sports. In the medal count, the United States led with 121 medals recorded, followed by Britain (67) and China (70), respectively.  Brazil secured 19 medals with new wins and long-awaited victories such as the one in men’s soccer. Olympic idols and record holders, such as Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, also made their mark on the 2016 Games.

In the Paralympic Games, 4,300 athletes from 159 countries competed in 528 events in 23 sports. In the medal count, China led with 239 victories, followed by Britain (147) and Ukraine (117). The Brazilian performance was also impressive with 72 medals, including 14 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze.

More than 1.5 million tourists attended the opening ceremony, a beautiful and unforgettable event that conveyed powerful messages of patriotism and global climate concerns such as melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels.

Brazil’s hospitality and natural beauty shined bright during these major events reinforcing the country’s message, We Are With Open Arms, as the Christ Redeemer, who blesses the wonderful city, proudly welcomes the world to share the experiences and happiness of Brazil! Enjoy Brazil.
https://www.rio2016.com

CITYSCAPE GLOBAL UNDERSCORES THE STRENGTH OF THE UAE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tours the opening day of Cityscape Global

The 15th edition of the world’s largest real estate investment show for emerging markets, Cityscape Global, has highlighted the UAE’s position as the region’s most attractive property market ahead of a predicted market rebound in anticipation of Expo 2020.

Held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from Sept. 6-8, a range of new and repackaged developments were showcased as an investment opportunity to thousands of perspective local and international buyers who converged on Dubai for the three-day event. 

“The question on everyone’s lips’ at the moment is ‘what does the market look like for the next six months?” said John Stevens, managing director of Asteco, the Middle East’s largest full service real estate company. “We expect to see further marginal declines in values as we move towards a bottoming out scenario. But, on the flip side, we are also looking at a 5% decline – at most.”

Please visit the Shamal Marketing Communications website for more information on real estate pricing in the UAE.

FIREWORKS LIGHT UP THE SKY & SEA IN MACAU
The 28th Macao International Fireworks Display - http://fireworks.macaotourism.gov.mo
The 28th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest – universally acclaimed as one of the world’s best – commenced mid-September and concluded its last performance of the year held above the sea area in front of the Macau Tower on Oct.1, 2016.
 
Over the years, more than 100 international teams from China, the Philippines, Thailand, Chinese Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain have participated in this world-class pyrotechnic display.  http://fireworks.macaotourism.gov.mo
CHINA SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL: A FLAGSHIP PROJECT FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE
China Shanghai International Arts Festival - www.artsbird.com
China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF), will be held from Oct.12 to Nov. 15, 2016 and is the only state-level International Arts Festival in China. Since 1999, CSIAF, driven by the concept of “innovation and development” with the emphasis on brand-effect development, has grown into a flagship project for cultural exchange of the country as well as one of the most influential festivals in international art circles.
 
The Arts Festival this year follows the tenet of “A Festival of Arts, A Gala For All” and highlights the features as being international, classic, artistic, innovative and appreciative. The Festival consists of several sections, including stage performances, exhibitions and expositions, the Art Space Series, program transactions, forums and seminars, art education, themed Festival, and the Young Talents Program called “R.A.W!”(Rising Artists’ Work).
www.artsbird.com
BRITISH POLO RETURNS TO SINGAPORE
British Polo Day Singapore - www.britishpoloday.com
The British Polo Day Global Series presented by RJI Capital marks its return to Singapore on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at the Singapore Polo Club, one of the oldest sporting and social clubs in the Little Red Dot.
 
Championing British brands in the booming economy, British Polo Day proves to be a powerful platform from which Britain can continue its influential relationship with Singapore. British Polo Day brings over 2,500 years of British heritage with its partners, such as Harrods, Bentley, Royal Salute, Justerini & Brooks and more.
www.britishpoloday.com
Miami-based Kreps DeMaria, a founding member of WorldWise PR Affiliates, coordinated an event along with Resident Magazine in Southampton, NY. The event honored Gil Dezer, President of Dezer Development, who appeared on the magazine’s September issue cover. Held at the Holiday House – a sprawling $17 million designer showhouse  -- guests enjoyed live music and hors d'oeuvres while sipping vodka cocktails and rosé on Sept. 3, bidding goodbye to summer before the close of Labor Day Weekend.
Miami-based Kreps DeMaria also recently coordinated a private luncheon in Bridgehampton, N.Y. with Elite Grand Prix Riders Georgina Bloomberg and Jimmy Torano, and Douglas Elliman Real Estate and One River Point during the 2016 Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States. The event benefited a trifecta of equestrian charities, including Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, The Rider’s Closet and GallopNYC, and featured a silent auction that offered vacations to exotic locales around the world such as Indonesia’s Nihiwatua resort and Anantara the Palm Dubai, as well as luxury retail gift certificates from designers such as J. McLauhglin and Tory Burch. Fisher Island Club, HAMPTONS magazine, and Louis Roederer also served as platinum sponsors.  As a result of the generosities of the sponsors and donors, 10 riders in-need will be given scholarships for therapeutic horseback riding lessons and a renewed path toward healing and hope.
October 12th to November 15th:China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) in China
November 5th:The British Polo Day Global Series in Singapore
WorldWise PR Affiliates is a strategic alliance of well-established independent public relations firms in key locations around the globe, including Buenos Aires, Cartagena, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Mainland China, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore, and Toronto.  Visit www.worldwisepr.com
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