UCWeb Data Traffic Report: Cricket-related Content Consumption Soars 230% in 2017; Virat Kohli Most Popular Player

 

UCWeb Registers User Traffic of 0.75 Billion During IPL and ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Cricket Frenzy Part 2.jpgConsumption of Cricket-related content exceeded 0.75 billion on UCWeb Platforms – UC News and UC Browser, for the latest edition of IPL 2017 and the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This is according to a data report, titled Insights into India’s Cricket Frenzy, released by UCWeb, a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group. More than 50% of the country’s population logged on to the UCWeb platforms over the last 3 months for cricket scores and updates.

Cricket makes up for 68% of all sports-related content consumed on UC News. On a daily basis, over 3 million cricket fans checked into the UC Platform to consume cricket-related content, clocking in 7 million hours of cumulative content reading – a jump of 230% from last year. UC Platform saw maximum traction from the cities of Lucknow, Pune, Bhopal and Delhi and Mumbai. UC Cricket, a key component within UC Browser, was first introduced in 2013 to offer news and updates about cricket matches. It has now evolved to become a comprehensive cricket content platform. For the latest cricket season, UC News, content and news distribution platform of UCWeb, introduced a special section to offer comprehensive news and cricket-related content for the users.

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The IPL Final was the most watched match of the IPL season with 21 million views and Kolkata Knight Riders emerged as the Most Popular Team of IPL 2017, followed by Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils. Captain of the National Cricket team, Virat Kohli remains the most popular player, clocking readership of over 32 million across 4600 articles. Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khar were the other top-read cricketers.

 

Commenting on the insights from the report, Young Li, Head of International Business Department, Alibaba Mobile Business Group said, “Cricket remains the most popular sport in India with mobile internet driving consumption of digital cricket content. UCWeb has been at the forefront of this change with its revamped UC Cricket and the UC News’ We-Media Blogger Program, a common platform that brings viewpoints from celebrities, bloggers, key influencers and the common man to a single place. This season, over 2000 We-Media writers posted 6,000 pieces of original cricket content on UC News, garnering total Page Views of over a billion.”

 

Last month, UC News ran an innovative IPL campaign “Match ki Kahaani, Celebs ki Zubaani” with #MasalaCommentary, bringing together multiple celebrities for app-based commentary on the IPL matches. UC News live streamed the chat and activities on its app, garnering a total of over 6.6 million views. Meanwhile, UC Browser is the sixth most downloaded application on Android platform in India with over 100 million Monthly Active Users.

 

 

About UCWeb

UCWeb Inc. (UCWeb), a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group, is a leading provider of mobile internet software and services. Since the inception in 2004, UCWeb’s mission has been to provide better mobile internet experience to people around the world. The international product portfolio of UCWeb includes UC Browser (mobile browsing service), UC News (content distributor), 9Apps (Android app store), and UC Union (mobile traffic and monetization platform). UC Browser is one of the world’s top 3 mobile browsers (as per StatCounter). UC Browser has reached 420 million Monthly Active Users as of August 2016, while 9Apps has clocked over 250 million. Additional information about UCWeb and its products can be found at www.ucweb.com.

 

 

About UC News

UC News is a big-data powered content distributor, serving as a one-stop source of trending and curated news content covering all popular categories that Indian users can consume on the go, with 20+ featured channels including news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, health, humor, etc. UC News integrates trending content from social media and partners with traditional media, self-publishers and key opinion leaders for original content. UC News is now available in 3 languages including Hindi, Indonesian and English. UC News is major product of UCWeb Inc. – a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group. UCWeb’s flagship product UC Browser now integrated with news feeds from UC News, is the No.1 mobile browser in India according to StatCounter.

Avis India Launches its Mobile Application for Self & Chauffeur Drive Rentals

Available on iOS‘App Store’ and Google ‘Play Store’

Avis India, India’s leading mobility solutions provider has launched its Mobile Application (App) to enable Chauffeur Drive & Self Drive rentals in India.

 

The Mobile App available for Android and Apple users is a free interactive tool that allows travelers to make a reservation. The new application, available online through the iOS ‘App Store’ and Google ‘Play Store’ features multi-touch booking so customers can easily point and click on a vehicle for rent. Along with a simplified booking process the App has multiple features such as managing bookings, 24*7 Customer support, exploring latest offers, sharing with friends and family, etc.

 

Mr. Sunil Gupta, Managing Director & CEO of Avis India said “We’re always looking for ways to save our customers time and enhance the rental experience – and that starts with the reservation process. Soon the Avis India App will also power our international self-drive bookings to Avis worldwide network of 168 countries. The App will also enable chauffeur drive bookings to its large network of corporate customers.”

 

Avis India has also remodeled its current website www.avis.co.in and made it more user friendly.

 

“We use sophisticated telematics solutions to enable all cars to be available on a single web and mobile platform. The Mobile application becomes the navigation and key to your car once it has been booked.”, further added Mr Gupta.

 

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with more than 5,200 locations in more than 168 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information visit www.avis.com.


About Avis India

India’s leading car rental, leasing and fleet management provider, Avis India, is a joint venture between Avis Budget Group, Inc. and The Oberoi Group. Avis India has a fleet of more than 5500 premium cars across the country, with a network extending across 50 conveniently-located rental stations in 20 cities. Avis India has more than 3000 vehicles in operations under its car leasing business. For further information, please visit www.avis.co.in. The Oberoi Group operates 28 hotels and three cruisers in five countries under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brands. For more information on The Oberoi Group, please visit www.oberoihotels.com

Avis in India is present at Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, NOIDA, Pune, Rishikesh, Shimla, Trivandrum, Udaipur, and Vadodara.

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel hosts a Blood Donation Camp paying homage to The Leela Group Founder Chairman

 

Landmark destination for business and leisure travellers in Delhi, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, hosted a blood donation camp in memory of the late Founder Chairman Captain CP Krishnan Nair of The Leela Group. The objective was to pay tribute to their late Founder Chairman who was an avid advocate and ardent supporter of contributing to the welfare of the society. The camp was organised in partnership with The Lions Blood Bank, Shalimar Bagh.

 

Speaking on the importance of the organisation of the blood donation camp Mr. Jaideep Anand, General Manager of The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel said, “This is the third death anniversary of our Founder Chairman Captain CP Krishnan Nair, and he would have been 95-years-old today. To celebrate this momentous milestone, 95 employees from each of The Leela hotels have donated blood that will contribute towards saving lives. We hope to follow the principles of our founder and are confident that this feeling of gratitude will stay with us and guide us to always do and aim for the better.”

 

The Leela Ambience Convention is a strong believer of ‘change begins at home’ and coupled with the encouraging ideals of their late Founder Chairman, the hotel aims at bringing about a change in the society in the best possible ways that they can.

 

About The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel

 

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi (formerly known as Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi), is strategically located near the historic Old Delhi as well as the central business districts of Delhi, Ghaziabad and Noida. The hotel is a landmark for both business and leisure travellers in the city.

 

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel offers 480 rooms and suites; 70,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting and banqueting space, including a pillar-less ballroom a with pre function area in excess of 30,000 square feet. One of the largest in a luxury hotel in India, the ballroom can accommodate more than 6000 guests in a cocktail format and 2500 in theatre-style. The Ballroom can be divided into 5 smaller rooms with flexible seating and adjacent to the Ballroom are 4 VIP guest rooms which are used as break away areas. The hotel also offers a second ballroom with an area of 3500 square feet and an exclusive 1100 square feet outdoor patio, 2 exclusive boardrooms and 3 meeting rooms.

​NEXA AND WORLDWIDE MEDIA LAUNCH 

‘NEXA JOURNEYS ON ASIAN HIGHWAY 1 DRIVEN BY S-CROSS’

A UNIQUE TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SERIES FEATURING CELEBRITIES FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE 

TO PREMIERE ON MAY 21ST ONLY ON DISCOVERY CHANNELS

Much to the delight of car fanatics and travel junkies, ‘NEXA Journeys On Asian Highway 1 Driven By S-Cross, the first ever travel show covering the entire stretch of the Asian highway is all set to launch this month. The series will showcase the less explored territory which has raised curiosity amongst the discerning traveler’s keen to take up the journey on the ultimate cross country road trip. The adventurous journey of five celebrities on Asian Highway 1 (AH1), will premiere on 21st May at 7:30 pm only on Discovery Channels (Discovery, Discovery Turbo and Discovery HD)

 

This one-of-a-kind travel show brings together an exclusive partnership between Nexa, symbolic for new experiences, and WorldWide Media, a leading lifestyle and entertainment company. To provide a stunning cinematic experience for its viewers, this show will capture the journey of five different travelers and celebrities on the most adventurous unexplored terrain.

Speaking on the initiative Mr. R.S. Kalsi (Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki) said, “NEXA marks the first initiative by an automobile company to go beyond selling cars and create a new format of lifestyle experience for the customers. NEXA Journeys is not just about being able to explore new places; it’s about indulging your senses and experiencing new things, trying something unthought-of. Tasting the feeling that money can’t buy. NEXA Journeys on Asian Highway 1’, is one-of-a-kind travel show that aims to provide a new exclusive format for experience seekers.” 

Commenting the launch, Deepak Lamba, CEO- Worldwide Media said, “The series marks WWM’s foray into television production, our aim is to provide holistic branding and marketing solutions to brands we work with, in NEXA we found the ideal partners, to co-create a unique property through cutting-edge content. Nexa Journeys on Asian Highway 1’ is truly experiential in its form, and tick marks all the relevant boxes to reinforce the new age phenomenon of content marketing. Our portfolio brands Top Gear Magazine India and Lonely Planet Magazine India are on board as marketing partners and they already have a strong credibility in the auto and travel space which will reflect in the show’’.

Identifying the travelers for this epic road trip began with choosing five passions viz. acting, cooking, photography, singing and an auto enthusiast. Basis this, five celebrities were chosen, who associated strongly with these passions in their life. Entries were then invited from across India to select five interesting personalities who will accompany the five celebrities through this journey.

Actress Pallavi Sharda, Chef Saransh Goila, Fashion photographer Taras Taraporvala, Editor of TopGear Magazine Girish Karkera, Singer Natalie Di Luccio, Professional race car driver Hussein Kachwala, Cinematographer Sai Sanil, Media consultant Naved Farooqui, Musician Kunal Kundu and PR consultant and content writer Madhurima Roy will be seen on board taking this life-changing experiential journey. Apart from this, the show will also encapsulate and showcase the different passion of each of the participants such as acting, cooking, photography, singing and writing. 

This seven episode series will cover the journey of a lifetime for these 10 people which begins from Delhi, as they travel through UP to Varanasi, exploring the treasure trove of culture the oldest city in the world has to offer. Crossing Jorhat in Assam they visit the serene tea gardens as they continued to Majuli the biggest river island in the world situated in the Brahmaputra. Here they experience the unique culture of the locals, travelling on-board ferries which are a way of life on this island. Moving on further to Kohima, a hilly district in Nagaland, they discover the indigenous tribes, their music and the matriarchal society characteristic to most north eastern states. From here their next stop was Manipur to witness the border town of Moreh, located on the India-Myanmar border in the Chandel district, which ignited a sense of patriotism amongst the travelers. Further they crossed the borders of India and move into Bagan in Myanmar known for the Bagan Archaeological Area, where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over the pristine green plains, this also gave our travelers a peak into the Buddhist culture. In the final leg of the trip, they begin their journey from Myanmar to Bangkok in Thailand which marks the completion of this epic journey.

10 traveller’s, 4325 kilometers, 3 nations, one long road trip, here it’s not about the destination but about the journey, experiencing the new, the different and the diverse, exactly what this road trip offers.

Watch ‘NEXA JOURNEYS ON ASIAN HIGHWAY 1 DRIVEN BY S-CROSS’ only on Discovery Channel every Sunday at 7:30pm 
About NEXA

NEXA is a ‘new premium’ automotive experience for the discerning customer by Maruti Suzuki India Limited on the strong pillars of Pampering, Innovation, Global Standards and Reliability. It is first of a kind breakthrough modern automotive retail channel which has an exclusive network of new age automotive showrooms across India. These showrooms offer an exciting range of premium vehicles apart from the existing sales channel of Maruti Suzuki. S-Cross, India’s first premium crossover and Baleno, the premium hatchback are being exclusively retailed through NEXA. 

 

About Worldwide Media:

Worldwide Media is a part of the Times Group, one of India’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates, and publishes Filmfare – India’s No 1 entertainment magazine. Femina – India’s largest women’s magazine, BBC TopGear, HELLO!, BBC GoodHomes, GRAZIA, Lonely Planet Magazine India, Home Trends and BBC Knowledge are other exciting titles from Worldwide Media.

 

UC News joins hands with Balaji Motion Pictures to promote upcoming romantic musical ‘Half Girlfriend’

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As a part of the campaign, UC News conducted a live chat session with stars Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, as well as noted author Chetan Bhagat on its platform on 14 May, 2017. Over 10,000 questions were popped up by the fans for the celebrities. A special section on the platform has also been dedicated to exclusive review of the movie by the UC We-Media bloggers. Not just that, UC News also launched an integration with the H5 game on May 6th, letting fans play ‘Know Who is Your Half Girlfriend’.

Young Li, Head of UC News said, “The move is part of our increased focus on offering diverse and comprehensive content options on the mobile. UC News is helping brands and content providers connect with masses by taking their content to our 100 million monthly active users in India.”

Ruchikaa Kapoor, Head of Balaji Motion Picturesadds, “Half Girlfriend has captured the imagination of the youth and has become New India’s newest relationship status. The content has cut across demographics, leveling the playing field for content consumption across cities. Moreover, the songs are a story in itself and we’re glad that we’ve partnered with UC News to further amplify and integrate our content offering.”

Half Girlfriend’, slated to release on 19th May 2017, is based on the bestseller ‘Half Girlfriend’ written by Chetan Bhagat. The film, directed by Mohit Suri, is produced by EktaKapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures, Mohit Suri & Chetan Bhagat and stars Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles.The music of the film is a runaway hit with the audiences across and is already considered to be the ‘Album of the year’.
About UCWeb

UCWeb Inc. (UCWeb), a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group, is a leading provider of mobile internet software and services. Since the inception in 2004, UCWeb’s mission has been to provide better mobile internet experience to people around the world. The international product portfolio of UCWeb includes UC Browser (mobile browsing service), UC News (content distributor), 9Apps (Android app store), and UC Union (mobile traffic and monetization platform). UC Browser is one of the world’s top 3 mobile browsers (as per StatCounter). UC Browser has reached 420 million Monthly Active Users as of August 2016, while 9Apps has clocked over 250 million. Additional information about UCWeb and its products can be found at www.ucweb.com.

Karishma Kapoor Launches New Blue Mount Alkaline RO and UV Filter

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Blue Mount, India’s leading manufacturer of water purification systems, introduced its new alkaline RO and UV filter, priced at Rs 17,490 today with renowned actress Karishma Kapoor doing the honours.

Managing director of Blue Mount Appliances, Vishal Gupta, said that his company’s mission is to provide pure and safe drinking water to the common man to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Blue Mount was adjudged Asia’s Greatest Brand earlier this year because of its contribution to find a solution to major global water problems that affect health. One of the fastest growing companies of its kind, Blue Mount is creating milestones with its leadership role in the domain of water purification. The company’s unique technology bringsthe power of RO without mixing purified water with the impure variety to maintain the TDS.

Besides focussing on skin health and stamina, the product addresses a range of health issues like mental growth, immunity, weight management, and bone strength.

The new Blue Mount alkaline RO and UV filter is fitted with smart protector technology which maintains the pHlevel and ultraviolet filtration. With a catchy design, it consists of a hygienic tap outlet. Easy to install and maintain, the product comes with external and built-In storageoptions.

Unveiling the product, Kapoorsaid, “Blue Mount understands theneed of pure water for every individual. Thepurification hassles that most water purifiers bring with them are absent in the Blue Mount range of filters.”

Assuring of safety and quality of the product, Gupta said, “We have a highly qualified team of experts who are completely devoted to crafting technology that is powerful, safe and of superior quality.”

He informed that his company has a wide range of products to cater to the diverse needs of Indians.

Blue Mount boasts of one of the best and widest service network across the country. The company is bolstering its presence in emerging markets.

Blue Mount RO has dynamic plans to extend its footprint at pan-India level. With an industrious  growth of 20-25% every month, the company’s network is growing fast in addition to introduction of new locations. While undertaking the challenge well to attain acknowledgement in the metropolitan cities where people are more brand conscious, it is also getting recognized in non-metropolitan cities rapidly, considering the quality of water and affordable budget. It registered an increment in e-commerce business in the previous month.

With respect to expansion at pan-India level, Blue Mount has a successful reach in Jammu, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, UP and Rajasthan in the North and enjoys appreciation from Kerela and Karnataka in the South with considerable recognition from Tamil Nadu. The company also made a significant presence in West Bengal besides all the major cities such as Nagaland, Manipur and Guwahati in north east and enjoys a strong distributor network. Adding credit to its bag further, it successfully established a distributor network in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Blue Mount achieved a tender of 4.82 CR from Ministry of Women & Child Welfare,Jharkhand government beating other brands in the race and distributed 36,000 gravity purifiers all over the state.

The company is expected to report around Rs 100 crore turnover in the current fiscal.

Aligning with its ambitious role in the market, the company is expected to achieve a target of 250-300 crore revenue in next three years. On expansion, Director Vishal Gupta hopes to mark its footprint in at least 40 countries soon.

It is receiving positive response from countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria and Nepal.
To ensure wider reach at global level, the company targets to add more countries to its account, including Europe and Canada besides African, Gulf and Latin American countries.

Hoping to grow further it is preparing to raise money from public through initial public offering (IPO) in 1-1.5 years”.

Adding feather to its cap, the company will also expand its reach in other domains such as air purifiers by the end of FY.

COSTA CRUISES CELEBRATES UPCOMING MUMBAI SAILINGS ONBOARD THE COSTA LUMINOSA

 

Europe’s number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises, together with the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai, welcomed guests onboard the Costa Luminosa, for an evening of celebration of Italian hospitality and entertainment.  The Costa Luminosa, which is sailing around the world in 98 days, is currently docked at the Mumbai port as part of its impressive itinerary. The event saw the launch of Festa Italiana 2016 in Mumbai and celebrated the upcoming homeporting of the Costa neoClassica in Mumbai from December 2016.

For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking on a cruiseliner from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017.

Speaking about the launch, Mr. Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Group Asia said, “We are delighted to bring cruising to Indians at their doorstep. For many travellers, the holiday often starts after some sort of a long journey. Now like never before, Indians will have the opportunity to start holidaying — right from their door-step — from India’s largest metropolis, Mumbai”

Commenting on the home porting of Costa neoClassica in Mumbai Port, Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port said, “It is a proud moment for us to have Costa neoClassica to be homeported at India’s premier Mumbai Port. The Mumbai Port has long been the principal gateway to India, playing a crucial role in sea trade and the development of the national economy, trade & commerce and the prosperity of Mumbai city in particular.”

Cruise Tourism has been termed as one of the most potential and sustainable segments and now with the launch of cruising between Mumbai and the Maldives, Costa Cruises has confirmed its strong interest in India.

Costa neoClassica will be the very first large cruise ship that cruises between Mumbai and the Maldives. This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins (with a capacity for 1700 passengers), including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies. Fully-equipped with a Casino, Theatre, Disco, Ballroom, Grand Bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness centre is spread across 1,300 sq. m with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging track, 2 Jacuzzis and 2 swimming pools. For those who would like to go shopping, the cruise ship has a huge duty free shopping centre, and also offers a wide selection of books in the library for those who love to unwind with a book.

Enhancing the cruising experience further is the gastronomy: the food & wine offer is based on Italian regional menus with a choice of dishes representing different regions of Italy and proudly reflecting the country’s rich and unrivalled culinary heritage. In addition to this vast range, guests can also take advantage of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes. On board Costa neoClassica, guests will also have the chance to taste the real original Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria “Pummid’oro”: thanks to an agreement with the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo, Costa Cruises offers pizza prepared using only sourdough and selected ingredients such as San Marzano DOP tomato. In addition, cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants on board are fully equipped to cater to special diet requirements of Indians, which includes Jain food.

Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) feels the modern Indian traveller is now seeking a different kind of thrill and cruise holidays are now featuring on the Indian traveler’s ‘must-experience’ list. She further adds, “The fact that Indians can now embark directly from Mumbai, not only makes the process hassle-free and visa-free, but also saves the traveler costs and time.”

Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) http://costacruiseindia.com/

Costa Cruises (www.costacruises.com) is the Italian Cruising Company part of the Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise company in the world. For 68 years, the ships of Costa fleet have plied the seas of the world being the ambassador of the pleasant mood of Italian hospitality and the true Italian holiday, with delicious food, selected wines, unique shopping experience, completed by a vast selection of Italian famous brands. Currently the Costa fleet, the largest in Europe, has a total of 15 ships in service, all flying the Italian flag. Moreover two next- generation cruise ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2021: they will feature a revolutionary “green design” and will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, representing a major environmental breakthrough. Other 2 new ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2020 to be deployed in Asia. Costa embodies the Italian excellence surprising its Guests everyday with unique holidays, experiences and unforgettable memories thanks to 19,000 Costa’s associates worldwide who are passionately working everyday to offer “Italy’s finest” cruise vacations through 137 different itineraries, 261 destinations and 60 embarkation ports.

 

Additionally, sstarting this December, travellers will for the first time ever, be able to embark on a cruise from right here in India. Europe’s number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises, is launching the Costa neoClassica in India, which will be homeporting in Mumbai from December 2016. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017.

This December Embark On The Highly Anticipated Mumbai-Maldives Cruise With Costa Neoclassica

~ Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly Mumbai-Maldives sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017 ~