January 29, 2012
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 — The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models
Photo: Aerial view of the mountain resort Davos, Switzerland where the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 took place. © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler.
Photo: John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado, USA, is captured during the Open Forum session ‘Water: Scarcity and Stress’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss Alpine High School (SAMD) in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg.
Photo: Lael Brainard, US Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs is seen before the session ‘Fixing Capitalism’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Sebastian Derungs.
Photo: Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Management Board and Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank, Germany; Foundation Board Member, gestures during the session ‘Trust and the Social Contract’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger.
Photo: Bob Diamond, Chief Executive, Barclays, United Kingdom is captured during the session ‘Building Trust’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Moritz Hager.
Photo: John Donahoe, President and Chief Executive Officer, eBay, USA is captured during the session ‘Digital Norms’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Moritz Hager.
Photo: Chander Prakash Gurnani, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Satyam, India is captured during the session ‘Leadership Models across Generations’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 28, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger.
Photo: Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, USA; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012; Young Global Leader is captured during the session ‘Women as the Way Forward’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Moritz Hager.
Photo: Han Jian, Associate Professor of Management, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), People’s Republic of China is captured at the session ‘New Leadership Models from China with the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger.
Photo: Doug McMillon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wal-Mart International, Wal-Mart Stores, USA addresses the audience during the session ‘The Global Growth Context’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2012. © World Economic Forum / Moritz Hager.
With record participation of over 2,600 leaders from government, academia, business and civil society, the theme of this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting was The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models.
The Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 were: Yasuchika Hasegawa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Japan; Vikram Pandit, Chief Executive Officer, Citi, USA; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, United Kingdom; Alejandro Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer, Cinepolis, Mexico; Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, USA; and Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell, Netherlands.
The Meeting closed today, with business leaders urging resolute action to promote growth and employment.
January 26, 2012
Global Real Estate Investment Report by Jones Lang LaSalle
The “A New World of Cities” report by Jones Lang LaSalle reveals that more than half of all global real estate investment resides in 30 cities. A quarter of the total investment is in five top-tier cities: London, Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong and Paris. This is set to change by the turn of the decade, however, when newer destinations such as Beijing, Shanghai, Moscow and Sao Paulo will become serious contenders for real estate dollars.
Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide.
“We are already seeing a shift in where real estate investors are sending their capital,” said Peter Roberts, CEO, Americas, Jones Lang LaSalle. “The top 30 cities for real estate investment will become the top 50 as investors diversify their portfolios and corporate occupiers expand their geographic footprints to include emerging cities. Advances in digital communications contribute to this expansion because companies will no longer have to physically cluster in some of the world’s largest cities.”
According to LaSalle, cities in China are being transformed by an unprecedented programme of development and modernization.
While much global attention has been paid to the growth of Asian cities, U.S. cities provide a strong counter-balance. Nearly half of the world’s office stock is located in the U.S., and more than one third of all commercial real estate investment takes place in U.S. cities. Eleven of those cities are expected to feature among the world’s top 30 largest cities by GDP by 2020. Six of the top 30 fastest growing cities in terms of absolute GDP will be in the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Dallas and Houston, says the report.
Despite European economic turmoil, London has remained the top real estate investment pick with more than $43 billion invested in 2010 and the first three quarters of 2011, a third higher than the world’s second most popular destination, Tokyo.
We believe that this will be the ‘decade of change’ as investors widen their horizons across a much broader range of 300+ cities, not only in new emerging markets but also in secondary and tertiary cities in mature economies. Deepening real estate transparency, faster economic growth rates and the improving quality of the real estate stock in emerging and middle-weight cities will act as compelling pull factors; so too will investors’ active pursuit of major corporate occupiers, who are extending deeper into new geographies. Conversely, the potential decline in the global economic weight of high-order cities - as the digital world erodes the need for physical clustering and their business cycles become increasingly synchronized - could act as a critical push factor and reduce the relative attraction of high-order cities for real estate investors over the longer term. By 2020, the ‘top 30’ is more likely to be the ‘top 50’ as cities such as Mexico City, Delhi and Istanbul join the top echelons of investible cities, the report concludes.
“What is the city but the people?”
— WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Coriolanus.
January 22, 2012
Mercedes-Benz & VOGUE Fashion Night in Berlin
Photo: Alex Prager. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2012. Press Talk in the Mercedes-Benz Lounge. January 19, 2012. Foto: Brauer for Mercedes-Benz.
Photos: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Berlin, Autumn/Winter 2012. RUNWAY FASHION. © DAN & CORINA LECCA.
The Mercedes-Benz & VOGUE Fashion Night in the Restaurant Borchardt is a popular industry get-together during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin.
On Wednesday evening, the movers and shakers in the fashion industry and numerous VIPs accepted the invitation of Christiane Arp, Editor-in-Chief of German VOGUE, and Anders Sundt Jensen, Vice President Brand Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars. Around 350 guests celebrated and chatted until well into the night.
In addition to the first day’s shows in the event venue, the global economic situation and its effects on the industry was a topic on everyone’s lips. The fashion industry and VIPs exchanged views in a relaxed ambience. Those present included the mayor of Berlin, film makers, celebrities, top models and fashion designers.
January 13, 2012
World Travel Awards 2011: The Oberoi, Gurgaon, India, is World's Leading Luxury Hotel
Photo: Mr Kapil Chopra, Executive Vice President, The Oberoi Gurgaon and Trident Gurgaon, accepts the award from host Ms. Ece Vahapo.
The Oberoi, Gurgaon, India, has been voted World’s Leading Luxury Hotel, 2011, by the World Travel Awards. This was announced at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony held in Doha, Qatar.
“This is indeed a very proud moment for us. To win this accolade is an affirmation of The Oberoi Group’s unwavering commitment to offering guests world class facilities and unsurpassed service standards. I accept this award on behalf of my entire team who work passionately to give our guests warm, personalised and caring service.” said Kapil Chopra, Executive Vice President, The Oberoi, Gurgaon and Trident, Gurgaon.
The Oberoi, Gurgaon is located in the prime business and shopping district of Gurgaon in the New Delhi National Capital Region. Spread over nine acres, the hotel features serene water bodies, a forested driveway and landscaped greens.
The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, operates 32 hotels and cruisers under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five star ‘Trident’ brands in India, Egypt, Mauritius, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. The Group is also engaged in flight catering, managing airport restaurants, travel and tour services, car rentals, project management and corporate air charters.
World Travel Awards are recognized globally by the travel, tourism and hospitality industry as the foremost acknowledgement of excellence in product and service.
• Meanwhile, Ms. Akanksha Banerji, Communications Manager at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, has provided GlobalGiants.Com with the following pictures of the hotel:
January 5, 2012
Detroit Auto Show Prepares for Exciting Opening
Photo: NAIAS Detroit 2012. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, at the NAIAS 2012 in Detroit.
Photo: NAIAS Detroit 2012. World Premier of the new Audi Q3 Vail at the NAIAS 2012 in Detroit.
Photo: Toyota Scion unveiled its Scion Racing/GReddy FR-S race car during a press conference at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.
The North American International Auto Show 2012 (NAIAS) in Detroit prepares to open for Press Preview, Jan. 9-10, 2012; Industry Preview, Jan. 11-12, 2012; Charity Preview, Jan. 13, 2012; and Public Show, Jan. 14-22, 2012.
Entering its 24th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place.
“This show will educate, entertain and astonish,” said Bill Perkins, chairman, NAIAS 2012.
NAIAS exhibiting manufacturers include: Acura, AMG, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, CODA Automotive, Dodge, Falcon Motor Sports, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Scion, Shelby American, Smart, SRT, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Vehicle Production Group, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
January 1, 2012
Romanticism by Carrera y Carrera
Carrera y Carrera, Madrid, Spain, has invited GlobalGiants.Com to discover the most romantic jewelry pieces ever created by it and to “uncover the true spirit of femininity and affection”.
According to Carrera y Carrera, the spirit of love has been converted into jewelry, where sentiment and passion, emotions and experiences, are entwined within each of the jewelry pieces … perfect for a gift of love that endures the gift desired by every woman.