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Midea, a global leader in air conditioning and appliances, present in more than 150 countries, will invest US $30 million in expanding its business to Latin and Central America. The operation’s headquarters will be in Miami, where the the project is officially being launched today ,January 23, at the Pullman Hotel. The company, with worlwide revenues of over US $ 22 billion and, more than 20 factories and 124 thousand employees, aims to reach a key area for its global expansion strategy, Latin America and the Caribbean, which in 2016 only, had a volume of 12 million units sold.Currently, Midea is present in the region in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, through the joint venture with American Carrier. Midea will market air conditioners; heaters, fans and humidifiers; water heaters; complete kitchen line; small appliances; vacuum cleaners and laundry line. The products will be produced in factories in China and Brazil.
- Marriott Inc.
Marriott International has selected JeffreyGroup as its PR AOR in Latin America after a competitive pitch that began in mid-October in which five firms participated. Budget information was not disclosed.The agency will manage corporate and brand communications for Marriott International and its 20 hotel brands in the region. It will also support Marriott on press trips, events, influencer management, and property-focused initiatives.The agency’s pan-regional team in Miami will be leading the account work, and its offices in Mexico and Brazil are providing full-time support.Marriott operates more than 200 properties in 33 countries and territories in Latin America, with plans to grow that to close to 300 by 2020.In September, Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and its 11 brands including St. Regis, W Hotels, Westin, and Sheraton for US$13.6 billion. Other JeffreyGroup clients include Airbus, American Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, and Sony. Mediaedge (MEC( is Marriott’s LatinAmerican media agency.
Merck’s Consumer Healthcare division has appointed Publicis Media’s Starcom as its global media agency following a competitive pitch. The agency will take full responsibility for the division’s brands across all the markets in which it operates including Neurobion, Bion3, Nasivin, Seven Seas, DoloNeurobion and Femibion. Recently, Starcom won Mars global media planning business while Mediavest|Spark won KFC’s and MTV’s US media accounts.
GroupM’s Mindshare Argentina has been appointed Grupo Telecom media agency of record following a competitive pitch that began last November. Mindshare wilMindshare will start working immediately for the telecommunications company, which until now was working with Quiroga Medios for its’ media business.
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- Meliá Hotels
Meliá Hotels International will be launching its Gran Meliá luxury brand in Brazil this March with the official opening of Gran Meliá Nacional Rio.Located in Rio de Janeiro’s most exclusive neighbourhood, São Conrado, the hotel will be the brand’s flagship property and will open its doors following extensive renovations to its original structure.Meliá Hotels International already has 17 hotels in the country’s top tourist destinations, including Angra dos Reis and São Paulo, with three new hotels set to open in 2018.
- Hard Rock
Hard Rock International announced plans to bring the Hard Rock Hotels experience to Costa Rica with the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Papagayo, Costa Rica. Hard Rock, in collaboration with Sunwing Travel Group, is set to open Costa Rica’s first Hard Rock Hotel by early 2019. With Hard Rock and Sunwing Travel Group’s shared vision of providing authentic experiences in word-class destinations, this new partnership paves the way for potential collaborations in both the Caribbean and Latin America.
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