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Tourists’ Perceptions of Holiday Costs in Asia Vary Widely, Reveals Skyscanner

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SINGAPORE, June 4, 2012/PRNewswire-Asia/ —

A study by leading travel search site Skyscanner( ) has shown there can be huge misconceptions between the perceived cost of holiday destinations and the actual costs.

The annual study of 30 popular holiday destinations revealed that India is perceived to be the cheapest country by tourists while in fact it came in fifth place in the actual cost rankings and when the cost of flights( ) from the UK was factored in, India came in 16th place in the overall rankings, beating destinations such as Brazil and Mexico and making it the cheapest long-haul destination for British tourists.

However, in some cases tourists were very accurate in their perception. Thailand was in second place both in terms of the public’s perception and the actual country cost.

On the other hand, Japan was overestimated by the public and was actually cheaper than perceived, jumping 13 places from fourth most expensive to number 14 in the actual country cost rankings.

Skyscanner’s Market Development Manager for India, Kavitha Gnanamurthy, commented: “While the public’s perception of holiday costs in Asia varies, our study confirms that countries such as India offer tourists some of the best value in the world and of course an abundance of beautiful scenery and historic monuments.”

Actual Country
Actual Country Cost Cost Ranking Incl.
Perceived Country Ranking (one day Flights (one week
Rank Cost Ranking cost) cost)
1. India Morocco Puland
2. Thailand Thailand Germany
3 Puland Puland Portugal
4. Morocco Portugal Spain
5. Egypt India UK
6. Mexico Spain Ireland
7. Croatia Egypt Morocco
8. Dominican Republic Ireland France
9. Brazil UK Egypt
10. Portugal Germany Greece
11. Greece New Zealand Croatia
12. South Africa Cyprus Italy
13. Spain Iceland Denmark
14. USA Japan Sweden
15. Cyprus Mexico Cyprus
16. Russia South Africa India
17. Canada Greece Iceland
18. New Zealand Dominican Republic Switzerland
19. Germany France Russia
20. Australia Croatia Dubai
21. Italy Dubai Thailand
22. Ireland Italy South Africa
23. France Canada Japan
24. UK USA Canada
25. Dubai Australia USA
26. Iceland Russia Dominican Republic
27. Japan Denmark Australia
28. Denmark Sweden Mexico
29. Sweden Brazil New Zealand
30. Switzerland Switzerland Brazil

About Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a leading travel search site providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines.


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June 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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ConvaTec Announces Acquisition Of Trio Healthcare International

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SKILLMAN, N.J., June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care today announced the acquisition of Trio Healthcare International Limited, a privately-owned UK-based company with an innovative range of accessory products for ostomy care.

Trio Healthcare International products, which will be added to the ConvaTec ostomy care portfolio, include Niltac(TM) sting free medical adhesive remover and Silesse(TM) sting free skin barrier, both featuring the company’s advanced silicone technologies, and Diamonds(TM) Gelling Sachets with ActiveOne(TM) odor control.

“The Trio Healthcare International range of products significantly enhances our portfolio of ostomy care accessories, offering advanced solutions for increased security, comfort and discretion,” says Jorgen Hansen, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Business Development and Innovation, ConvaTec. “We look forward to bringing the benefits of these innovative products, alongside our advanced ostomy systems and best-in-class adhesives such as ConvaTec Moldable Technology(TM), to more customers around the world.”

Currently, Trio Healthcare International products are available in more than 20 countries around the world and, as a central part of the expanded ConvaTec portfolio of ostomy care accessories, will soon be available in many more markets. Current customers should continue to order the products through existing distributors around the world.

About ConvaTec
ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies that has helped improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. With four key focus areas – Ostomy Care, Wound Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care and Infusion Devices – ConvaTec products support healthcare professionals from the hospital to the community health setting. For more information, please visit

About Trio Healthcare International Limited
Trio Healthcare International Limited is a privately-held UK-based company with an innovative range of accessory products essential to the daily lifestyle of people with an ostomy, wounds and other continence issues.

Media Contact

Nimisha Savani

Investor Relations Contact

Tim Winston


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June 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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85% of CRE Executives Surveyed Say that the Quest for Productivity is Shaping Their Company’s Current and Future Real Estate Strategy

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Jones Lang LaSalle Survey of Top Corporate Real Estate Executives in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Real estate is a key productivity driver for eighty five percent of companies according to a Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) survey of over 60 senior real estate executives at the recent CoreNet Global Summit held in Singapore. Key survey findings were:

— Eighty five percent of companies surveyed said that the quest
for productivity is shaping their current and future real estate
— Eighty three percent of respondents stated that real estate
outsourcing can drive productivity within a firm
— The top three productivity outcomes companies are expecting
Corporate Real Estate (CRE) executives to deliver are cost
reduction, talent attraction and retention and improved output
— Fifty one percent of respondents are currently measuring
productivity outcomes, while a further 36 percent are planning
to within the next 12 months to three years
— The top three areas being measured are cost savings and avoidance,
project delivery on time and on budget, and space utilization

John Forrest( ), CEO of Corporate Solutions, Asia Pacific at Jones Lang LaSalle( ) said: “Economies in Asia and projected growth in the region remain stronger than for the rest of the world, for both multinational and domestic corporations. The C-suite focus remains firmly on margins; consequently reductions in operating costs and increasing productivity are the key focus. What is very clear from our recent survey is that the impact that CRE can have on these priorities is widely recognised.”

He continued: “On-going management interest in cost saving, productivity and efficiency is leading to more intense scrutiny over location decisions, with the respective merits of onshore, near-shore or offshore being actively reconsidered. This is bringing greater attention to secondary and tertiary cities in emerging markets across Asia Pacific as companies seek to secure competitive advantage through location.”

John Forrest: “As companies increasingly understand the impact of their real estate decisions on the bottom line, they are turning to vendor-partnering relationships with specialist real estate service providers to leverage their portfolios and drive down costs. Many companies in Asia Pacific are embarking on the partnering journey for the first time, while others are moving to more sophisticated partnership models to ensure full value is being extracted.”

Notes to Editors

1. Jones Lang LaSalle surveyed 60+ senior corporate real estate
executives at the CoreNet Global Summit held in Singapore on
28 – 29 March 2012
2. Interview with John Forrest at CoreNet Global in which he
discusses productivity in Asia Pacific

About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47.2 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit

Contact: Madeleine Little
Phone: +65-6494-7003
Reference: AP063

SOURCE﹛Jones Lang LaSalle

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June 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

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Myanmar Interest Hits a High Note

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TripAdvisor reveals significant increased traveller interest in the “Golden Land”

Top 10 hotels in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan also revealed

SINGAPORE, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — TripAdvisor( )(TM), the world’s largest travel website*, today reveals that travellers have shown significantly more interest in Myanmar, also known as the “Golden Land”, as Nobel Peace Prize laureateAung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary seat in the country’s by-elections in April.


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Across TripAdvisor branded sites globally, there was a significant spike in travellers’ searches on Myanmar by 70 per cent**. In the U.S, U.K. and Australia, traffic grew by 34 per cent**, 133 per cent** and 176 per cent** respectively.


“The positive spike in traffic for Myanmar across the sites clearly shows that there is growing global attention in Myanmar as a travel destination, which may be attributed to the country’s gradual opening up to the rest of the world,” said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson.


To help travellers plan a trip to this mysterious and relatively untouched country, TripAdvisor lists the top ten hotels in major travel spots Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan, according to the site’s Popularity Index.


Top hotels in Myanmar as follows***:




1. The Governor’s Residence by Orient-Express( )

2. The Strand( )

3. Traders Hotel Yangon( )

4. Malikha Lodge( )

5. The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel( )

6. MiCasa Hotel Apartments( )

7. PARKROYAL Yangon( )

8. Savoy Hotel Yangon( )

9. East Hotel( )

10 Sedona Hotel Yangon( )




1. Hotel by the Red Canal, Mandalay( )

2. Rupar Mandalar Resort( )

3. Mandalay Hill Resort( )

4. Mandalay City Hotel( )

5. Sedona Hotel Mandalay( )

6. Royal City Hotel( )

7. Ayarwaddy River View Hotel( )

8. Amara Resort( )

9. Royal Guest House( )

10. Kandawgyi Hill Resort( )




1. Thiri Marlar Hotel Bagan( )

2. The Hotel at Tharabar Gate( )

3. Amazing Bagan Resort( )

4. Aureum Palace Hotel – Resort( )

5. Kumudara Hotel( )

6. Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort( )

7. Thande Hotel Bagan( )

8. Myanmar Treasure Resort Bagan( )

9. Popa Mountain Resort( )

10. Thazin Garden Hotel( )


Notes to editor:

** Percentage numbers are based on increase in Myanmar page view traffic year-on-year, across TripAdvisor branded sites globally, comparing 1st to 30th April 2011 versus the same period in 2012.

*** Rankings are based on TripAdvisor’s Popularity Index as of May 14, 2012.


About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor(R) is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under ). TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors.


TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 69 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor’s travel media brands include,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, January 2012

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, January 201

(C)2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE TripAdvisor

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June 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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Kellogg Company Completes Pringles Acquisition

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Addition of iconic snack business makes Kellogg world’s second-largest savory snack company

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —


— Pringles acquisition makes Kellogg the world’s No. 2 savory snacks player; nearly triples company’s international snacks business
— Today’s Pringles acquisition is an important step forward in Kellogg strategy to expand snacks business and enhance global footprint
— Talented Pringles employees to strengthen Kellogg global snacks business through acquisition finalized today

Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s Pringles(R) business. The $ 2.695 billion acquisition further strengthens Kellogg Company’s competitive position in global snacks, making Kellogg the world’s second-largest savory snacks player(1).

“In Pringles, Kellogg has acquired a terrific business, with exceptional employees, world-class manufacturing facilities, iconic brand awareness, and a tremendous platform for growth,” said John Bryant, Kellogg Company’s president and chief executive officer. “The addition of Pringles to our portfolio significantly advances the company’s strategic goal of building a global snacks business on par with our global cereal business, and expanding our global footprint.”

The Pringles acquisitionnearly triples the size of Kellogg Company’s international snacks business, and adds a complementary product to the company’s high-quality snacks brands including Keebler, Cheez-It and Special K Cracker Chips.

Pringles is the world’s second largest player in savory snacks, with $1.5 billion in sales across more than 140 countries. Easily identified by its unique saddle shape and distinct canister packaging, and with more than 80 flavors, snack lovers worldwide have made Pringles a snack aisle favorite for more than four decades.

“The Pringles team embodies the same values and passion for growth that have driven the people of Kellogg for more than a century,” said Bryant. “We are excited to welcome these talented team members to Kellogg and work together to build a truly global snacks platform with tremendous potential for growth.”

About Kellogg Company

Driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world’s leading producer of cereal, second largest producer of cookies and crackers and – through the May 2012 acquisition of the iconic Pringles(R) business – the world’s second largest savory snacks company. In addition, Kellogg is a leading producer of frozen foods. Every day, our well-loved brands – produced in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries – nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2011 sales of more than $13 billion, these brands include Cheez-It(R), Coco Pops(R), Corn Flakes(R), Eggo(R), Frosted Flakes(R), Kashi(R), Keebler(R), Kellogg’s(R), Mini-Wheats(R), Pop-Tarts(R), Pringles(R), Rice Krispies(R), Special K(R), and many more. To learn more about Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives and rich heritage, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This news release contains, or incorporates by reference, “forward-looking statements” with projections concerning, among other things, the acquisition of the Pringles business, the Company’s strategy, and the Company’s sales, earnings, margin, operating profit, costs and expenditures, interest expense, tax rate, capital expenditure, dividends, cash flow, debt reduction, share repurchases, costs, brand building, ROIC, working capital, growth, new products, innovation, cost reduction projects, and competitive pressures. Forward-looking statements include predictions of future results or activities and may contain the words “expects,” “believes,” “should,” “will,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “estimates,” “implies,” “can,” or words or phrases of similar meaning.

The Company’s actual results or activities may differ materially from these predictions. The Company’s future results could also be affected by a variety of factors, including the realization of the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of the Pringles business in the amounts and at the times expected, the impact of competitive conditions; the effectiveness of pricing, advertising, and promotional programs; the success of innovation, renovation and new product introductions; the recoverability of the carrying value of goodwill and other intangibles; the success of productivity improvements and business transitions; commodity and energy prices; labor costs; disruptions or inefficiencies in supply chain; the availability of and interest rates on short-term and long-term financing; actual market performance of benefit plan trust investments; the levels of spending on systems initiatives, properties, business opportunities, integration of acquired businesses, and other general and administrative costs; changes in consumer behavior and preferences; the effect of U.S. and foreign economic conditions on items such as interest rates, statutory tax rates, currency conversion and availability; legal and regulatory factors including changes in food safety, advertising and labeling laws and regulations; the ultimate impact of product recalls; business disruption or other losses from war, terrorist acts or political unrest; and other items.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update them publicly.

(1) Source: Euromonitor

SOURCE﹛Kellogg Company

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June 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

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Kornit(R) Digital Launches the Kornit Allegro – A Breakthrough in Digital Textile Printing

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– Kornit Allegro is a one-step textile printing process and the most advanced digital pigment printing solution for textile.

ROSH-HA’AYIN, Israel, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Kornit Digital( ) today announced the launch of the Kornit Allegro( ), the industry’s only complete solution for digital pigment printing on textile, which will expand printing options while decreasing additional time and costs in the printing process.

Kornit Allegro is a one-step production line, enabling the shortest printing cycle from file preparation to a finished printed fabric. This unique and innovative approach is achieved by Kornit’s patent pending chemical solution that eliminates the need for any external process steps. This solution will create a differentiated printing experience, helping to achieve higher quality, faster results and increased revenue at lower costs.

By using Kornit Digital’s unique pigment ink, textile printing businesses can now print on any type of fabric using the same Kornit Allegro printer and Kornit ink set and experience results of vivid colors and superior hand feel.

As a leading international company for digital ink( ) development, Kornit Digital adopts the most stringent standards for protecting both human health and the environment. By using Kornit’s 100 percent biodegradable ink and eliminating energy and water consumption, the Kornit Allegro is the most eco-friendly solution in the textile printing industry.

“We are very excited about this new solution,” said Ofer Ben-Zur, Kornit Digital’s chief executive officer. “Because the Kornit Allegro eliminates the need for special fabric preparation and post-print wet processes, we truly believe this solution will revolutionize the textile printing industry. Kornit also provides the only digital pigment ink in the marketplace. With our vast experience in creating chemical solutions( ), we are able to push the industry limitations and revive pigment inks with our innovative digital solutions portfolio.”

For more information about all of Kornit Digital’s solutions, please visit

— Keep up with Kornit news by visiting the company’s website( ).
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About Kornit Digital

Kornit Digital develops, manufactures and markets industrial and commercial printing solutions for the garment, apparel and textile industry. Leading the digital textile printing industry with its integrated pretreatment solution and its unique pigment inks, it directly caters to the needs of both designers and manufacturers. With its immense experience in the direct to garment market, it is revolutionizing the roll fabric industry by enabling printing with one ink set on all types of fabric.

Founded in 2003, Kornit Digital is a global company with offices in the United States, Asia Pacific and Europe and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Kornit Digital: Following the Drop of Success

For more information, visit Kornit Digital at


Orit Sharon
Marketing Communications Manager
Kornit Digital
P: +972-3-9085800

SOURCE﹛Kornit Digital Ltd.

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June 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

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SPRG Receives “Local Hero — Public Relations Agency of the Year” Honour from Marketing Magazine for Three Years in Succession

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HONG KONG, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Strategic Public Relations Group (“SPRG” or the “Group”) is honoured to receive the Local Hero — Public Relations Agency of the Year title from Marketing magazine’s Agency of the Year (AOTY) 2012 award presentation held in Hong Kong. This is the third year in which SPRG has received this accolade, underscoring its professionalism in delivering superior PR services to clients and eminence in the industry.

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SPRG is an integrated public relations group specialising in IPO/investor relations and financial communications. The Group maintained its No.1 position in the Hong Kong IPO market in 2011 by completing 21 new listing communications programmes. On the business front, SPRG achieved a retainer client retention rate of 89%, reflecting a high level of satisfaction from its clients. Corporate and marketing clients, including project clients, have increased as well, rising by 42% over 2010 to number 139.

SPRG also possesses a seasoned and stable workforce and management team — all 21 staff members of Assistant Director grade or above have been with the Group for an average of 10 years — which is a crucial ingredient in SPRG’s success.

Richard Tsang, Chairman and Managing Director of SPRG, remarked, “It is indeed an honour to receive this coveted ‘M’ cube trophy from Marketing magazine. Earning the Local Hero — Public Relations Agency of the Year title once again is a tribute to both our teams and our clients. SPRG possesses a diverse client base which enables us to broaden our expertise and hone our skills, delivering world-class PR services that set us apart. We will continue to expand beyond our home base to new frontiers across the region, and build on our accomplishments as we strengthen our reputation as the ‘preferred PR agency’ of our clients.”

About Marketing magazine’s Agency of the Year Awards

Marketing magazine’s Agency of the Year awards is regarded as the region’s leading barometer of agency performance and the only awards in the world that is wholly judged by client marketers. It honours agencies with outstanding performance in the industry, judging by their business performance, project performance, staff stability, and leadership and vision. MARKies awards, inaugurated in 2011, is an award to recognise the work across the entire industry. Positioned by the organiser, agencies taking away the signature cube trophies from the Agency of the Year gala awards can rightly call themselves “client preferred” agencies.

About Strategic Public Relations Group

Established in 1995, Strategic Public Relations Group is one of the largest public relations networks in Asia and the largest public relations consultancy in Hong Kong.

SPRG is an integrated public relations group with major focus on investor relations and financial communications. With 280 professionals working from nine offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, the Group provides clients with a comprehensive suite of world-class public relations services covering investor relations, corporate and marketing communications, consultancy and event management for automobile, IT, travel and hospitality, healthcare and pharmaceutical, luxury, sports and lifestyle service and product promotion, CSR communications, new digital media marketing, B2B communications, conference organisation and event marketing, media skills and presentation training, issues and crisis management, media relations, editorial support and translation and production. With a global affiliation network, SPRG has access to over 100 cities around the world.

SPRG has earned the following accolades since 2009:

Marketing magazine’s Agency of the Year

— Local Hero of the Public Relations Agency of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012)
— Best PR Campaign — Media Relations (2011) (Client: United Company RUSAL Plc.)
— Local Hero of the Media Relations Agency of the Year (2010)

Campaign Asia Pacific PR Awards 2011

— Financial Communications Campaign of The Year
— Winner (Client: Tang Palace (China) Holdings Limited)
— Certificate of Excellence (Client: Active Group Holdings Limited)
— Corporate Branding Campaign of The Year
— Certificate of Excellence (Client: 3D-GOLD Jewellery (HK) Limited)

Campaign Asia Pacific PR Awards 2010

— Asia Pacific Network of The Year
— Financial Communications Campaign of The Year
— Winner (Client: United Company RUSAL Plc.)

Asia Pacific SABRE Awards 2011

— Asia Pacific Financial Consultancy of the Year
— Winner — Financial Communications (Client: SBI Holdings, Inc.)
— Winner — Corporate Image (Client: 3D-GOLD Jewellery (HK) Limited)

The Holmes Report Top 250 Global Rankings 2011

— Ranked 64 — the ONLY Hong Kong-based PR network on the list

The Holmes Report Asia Consultancy Report Card 2009

— Hong Kong Consultancy of the Year

P&G Taiwan

— Best Integrated Marketing Case in PR Campaign (2010 & 2011)


Strategic Public Relations Group
Eveline WAN
Tel : +852-2864-4822
Email :
Website :
Member companies : Hong Kong / Beijing / Shanghai / Guangzhou / Taiwan / Singapore / Malaysia

SOURCE﹛Strategic Public Relations Group

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June 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

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