(CNN) – The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong blends tradition and innovation to raise its guest experience to new heights. CEO Clement Kwok explains how the hotel's $58 million renovation boosted three key areas – design, technology, and service.
A nonprofit organization in Mexico called Envia is helping women in poverty by providing microloans. Envia founder Carlos Topete told CNN that he was inspired to start the organization by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered the idea of microloans, small loans for poor borrowers with a zero rate of interest.
The program was launched in 2008 with 12 women and operating with Topete's own money. In three years, it has grown to serve 260 women in five different communities in the valley of Oaxaca. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
(CNN) - During their heyday at the start of this century, emerging markets were often referred to as the "engines of global growth." I can almost hear them revving back up again, but let's not refer to what we are witnessing as a high speed recovery.
It's more like a recovery at a reasonable speed limit.
The latest World Bank global outlook suggests they will climb back above 5% - hitting 5.3% - which is up 0.5% over last year, but more than 2% below their pre-financial crisis run rate of 7.5%.
Once one digs through the numbers you will find that not all emerging markets are created equal. This rings true in the BRICS economies themselves. China, under the relatively new leadership of President Xi and Premier Li, will hum along at a projected 7.7% in 2014. India is recovering from a near decade long low to hit nearly 6%. In fact, we should give a collective cheer to Asia, with regional growth pegged at 7.2%. FULL POST
(CNN) – Kristie Lu Stout meets Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt who champions staff with new ideas. As a leader, Schmidt said he learnt that innovation can happen anywhere if you give it the right space.
(CNN) – Currency speculation has created a travel odyssey for Venezuelans. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
(CNN) - Brazil's biggest cosmetics maker is expanding abroad and developing an innovative sales approach, as Shasta Darlington reports.
Watch the best moments from CNN's Innovation Exchange in 2013 - from an agricultural revolution to luxury hypercars in the Middle East.
A family-run glassware business in Austria combines tradition with innovation in its ambitions to create the perfect glass for any drinking experience – be it wine or coke. Pauline Chiou reports.
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