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Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference Announces Travel Agent Training Program

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HAMILTON, N.J., Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific – a conference and trade show focusing on the emerging Asia–Pacific cruise industry 〞 today announced details for its second edition of Travel Agent Training.

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Taking place during Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific, September 17-18, 2012 at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, the Travel Agent Training sessions are organized in partnership with the Asia Cruise Association. The program will include Beginner and Intermediate tracks designed to enhance the travel agent’s knowledge and productivity in this fast moving market. In addition, the sessions are scheduled to allow for time to visit the exhibition hall, so that travel agents may network with exhibiting tourism organizations and destinations which are focused on driving cruise traffic.

Travel Agent Training Program Details:

Beginner: 17 Sept, Monday

1415hrs Introduction to Cruises Trainer: Ali Wong, Costa Crociere Why choose cruising as a holiday option? What is life like on board a cruise ship? What is included in a cruise package? These and other FAQs are posed by the client new to cruising and the session will give you the answers you need to make the sale.

1500hrs Luxury Cruise Market Trainer: Karen Christensen, Silversea Cruises Learn about the luxury passenger profile, what this market segment looks for in a cruise itinerary and what they are willing to pay to get it. Meet the needs and expectations of the luxury cruise guest in selecting the right product and destinations, including differentiated shore excursions.

1545hrs Onboard Product for Asian Cruisers Trainer: Sandy Wee, Star Cruises Asian cruisers today: what they are looking for, and what appeals to them. Find out about the current product offerings in the market, and learn the right formula to use to entice Asian cruisers with onboard product.

Intermediate: 18 Sept, Tuesday

1415hrs Onboard Product for Asian Cruisers Trainer: Sandy Wee, Star Cruises Asian cruisers today: what they are looking for, and what appeals to them. Find out about the current product offerings in the market, and learn the right formula to use to entice Asian cruisers with onboard product.

1500hrs How to Sell Fly-Cruise Packages (to Alaska, Europe & the Caribbean) Trainer: Princess Cruises Enlighten your clients with cruise possibilities in the fiords of Alaska, the old-world cities of Europe and the vibrant calypso rhythms of the Caribbean islands! Leverage off your Asian clientele’s newly acquired taste for cruising to open their minds and broaden their horizons. Enhance your business by selling to the converted.

1545hrs MICE at Sea (Including Charters & Themed Cruises) Trainer: Mona Foo, RCCL How to use cruises to drive your MICE business – main considerations and benefits. Cruise charters as an option and what they offer to the clients and to the agency. How to theme a charter on board a cruise ship.

Note: sessions are subject to change

To attend these complimentary sessions, bona-fide travel agents are invited to visit:

About the Event Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific is an annual event organized by UBM Live, organizer of cruise and maritime events including: Cruise Shipping Miami, Marintec China, Naval Shore and Sea Japan. Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific is supported by Asia Cruise Association, Florida –Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), International Cruise Council Australia (ICCA) and has the exclusive support of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) the global organization for the cruise industry.

To view all of the conference sessions please visit

To register and receive updates for Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference, please visit

To register for Travel Agent Training, please visit:

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Media Contact: Allison Dowd, Cruise Shipping Portfolio Brand Marketing Manager, +1-609-759-4702, )

About Cruise Shipping ( The Cruise Shipping Portfolio organized by UBM, plc includes Cruise Shipping Miami, Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific, Seatrade Med and an array of digital products including webinars and Cruise Shipping Virtual online tradeshows. Since 1985 Cruise Shipping Miami has been the world’s premier annual event for the global cruise industry, featuring a three-day exhibition and four-day conference that draw more than 11,000 attendees and over 900 exhibiting companies from 120 countries. Focused on the emerging Asia-Pacific region, Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific’s tradeshow, conference and social program are the gateway to tomorrow’s marketplace. Seatrade Med’s exhibition, conference, travel agent training and social events constitute the Mediterranean region’s largest cruise gathering. Using cutting-edge technology, Cruise Shipping Virtual’s online events include educational and networking virtual tradeshows and webinars accessible via computer.

UBM Live is a division of UBM plc, a leading provider of business information services to the maritime, travel, fashion, technology, healthcare, media, and property industries. UBM Live offers services in trade shows, online, news distribution, and publishing to customers across the globe. Its brands are represented in more than 30 countries and are organized into specialist teams that serve their business communities helping them excel in their market by working effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to

About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 18 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in the two fastest growing markets in Asia: China and India, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia. Our 150 events, 24 publications and 18 vertical portals serve a 1,000,000 plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have 1,000 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

SOURCE﹛Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific

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August 17, 2012 at 11:51 am

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45+ Asian CFOs to attend the 4th Annual CFO Leadership Asia 2012 in Singapore this October

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — After intensive research with over 100 CFOs around the region, Finance IQ is proud to announce the return of CFO Leadership Asia 2012, scheduled on 30-31 October at the Amara Hotel, Singapore. Already confirmed attending CFOs include those from Jurong Town Corporation, Unilever, DHL Supply Chain, Olam International, Celcom, Sri Lanka Telecom and many more. Many Asian CFOs today are facing increasing challenges and Finance IQ has identified the top 6 challenges that are keeping CFOs awake at night. Further, CFOs today are moving away from being a financial gatekeeper to become a key strategic advisor for the organization. They have to shoulder the heavier responsibilities of providing accurate analysis of the local and world economy in order to effectively manage the organisation’s resources for financial growth.
And that is why as Asia’s largest CFO event, the speakers will highlight the most pressing issues they are facing, such as enhancing financial and operational efficiency, managing enterprise and financial risks at times of economic volatility today and talent management. That is why CFO Leadership Asia 2012 is of the CFOs, by the CFOs and for the CFOs.

“I would say that the conference is a good platform for vibrant discussions and exchange of views on issues that is pertinent to a CFO with a global perspective,” commented Nina Tan, CFO of Jurong Port Private Limited.

The 4th Annual CFO Leadership Asia 2012 is a great opportunity for CFOs in the region to come together discuss their day to day pertaining issues.

The full programme agenda can be downloaded from the website. For more event details, visit


Susy Angryany
IQPC Worldwide Pte Ltd
61 Robinson Road #14-01, Robinson Centre Singapore 068893


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August 17, 2012 at 11:22 am

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Link Financial Group Cash Collections Reach EUR50 Million in a Month for the First Time in July 2012

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LONDON, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Link Financial Group is pleased to announce that cash collections across its European footprint reached EUR50 million in July 2012. This important milestone reflects strongly on the continued development of the group’s pan-European loan servicing and debt purchasing capabilities.

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New contract wins in the asset finance and leasing area have also helped the group’s volumes along with the growing imperative within banks, credit card issuers and consumer finance lenders to deleverage their balance sheets and strengthen their capital base through the sale of their non-performing loan (NPL) portfolios.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) recently reviewed the company’s servicer ranking raising it to ‘STRONG – Outlook Stable’ making Link Financial their highest rated consumer loan special servicer in the UK.

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LINK Financial Group

Link Financial is a leading purchaser and servicer of both performing and non-performing loans, managing more than 1.2 million customers and EUR6 billion of receivables across its European platform. The company is headquartered in the UK, with further operational centres in Spain, Italy, Germany and Ireland.

Link’s institutional shareholders include Lloyds Banking Group and Cheyne Capital Management.

For further information, please contact:

Gerald Elliott, Communications Director, LINK Financial Group
T: +44(0)20-7150-0228, E:

Link Financial Group, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, UK

SOURCE﹛Link Financial Group

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August 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

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