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LIM Advisors and Metage Capital Thank MIIF Shareholders for Their Support Following the Results of the SGM Held in Singapore Yesterday

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SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — LIM Advisors and Metage Capital today issued the following statement to Shareholders of the Macquarie International Infrastructure Fund (“MIIF”) following a Special General Meeting held yesterday in Singapore.
LIM Advisors and Metage Capital jointly said: “We thank all of MIIF’s Shareholders for the support they have shown us over the past weeks in trying to achieve our common objectives. We are glad to have been a catalyst for improving shareholder value and are pleased that the Board has accepted and acted on at least two of our primary recommendations, namely to engage an independent advisor to initiate a strategic review and to allow at least one new independent director to join the Board.”
They added: “We have been advocating hard for both of these outcomes for over 12 months now and they were part of our original formal requisition, served in September. It is a shame that so much time, effort and Shareholder money have had to be expended to get to this point. We are hopeful that we can now look forward to working with a Board that works constructively with all Shareholders, with a view to continuously improving value for all Shareholders.”
Source: LIM Advisors; Metage Capital

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December 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

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MBA Employers Name World’s Top 200 Business Schools

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LONDON/PRNewswire/ —
Live twitter debate today 5 Dec at 5pm GMT @TopMBA
London Business School, INSEAD and Harvard are the preferred choice of international recruiters according to the 2012/13 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report published today at http://www.topmba.com.
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This major research into MBA graduate employability is based on the largest survey of global employer opinion in existence
MBA employers were asked to identify the business schools of which they prefer to recruit from. The 3305 respondents also identified schools they deem to produce excellent hires in ten areas of elective specialization: finance; strategy; marketing; entrepreneurship; CSR; information management; innovation; leadership, operations management, and international management.
Region 2012 position School

North America 1 Harvard
2 Stanford
3 Kellogg

Latin America 1 Tecnologico de Monterrey
2 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
3 Business School Sao Paulo

Europe 1 INSEAD
2 London Business School
3 IMD

Middle East and Africa 1 University of Cape Town
2 American University in Cairo
3 University of Witwatersrand

Asia-Pacific 1 INSEAD
2 IIM Ahmedabad
3 NUS Business School
The report points to a leading cluster of 39 ‘elite global’ business schools spread across North America (22), Europe (14) and Asia-Pacific (3). While the US total of 15 ‘elite global’ schools is unsurpassed, only Harvard boasts a comparable employer reputation to London Business School and INSEAD.
Graduates from top European schools are shown to earn higher average salaries* than their North American counterparts. Graduate salaries at Europe’s ‘elite global’ schools averaged US$109,300, compared to US$101,100 in North America.
However, while Europe’s schools performed well for employability and graduate salaries, when it comes to specializations the US schools dominate. Harvard places number one in four of the 10 subjects covered, ahead of MIT-Sloan (2), INSEAD (1), Kellogg, Northwestern (1), Stanford (1) and Wharton (1).
Nunzio Quacquarelli, managing director of QS says, “This year’s report finds record numbers of companies turning towards hiring MBAs, underlining the value of the qualification in today’s globalized economy.”
Quacquarelli continues: “The report reveals that graduates of Europe’s top business schools are increasingly in demand for their ability to lead and innovate and for transferring best practice management skills to fast-growing emerging economies around the world.”
MBAs from Indian schools emerge as the world’s most academically qualified. Average GMAT scores at IIM Bangalore and IIM Ahmedabad are the highest in the world, comfortably ahead of any of the top schools from Europe or the US.
*2011 data
Source: TopMBA.com

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December 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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Kenshoo Social and Shoutlet Partner to Unify Paid, Earned and Owned Media for Improved Marketing Campaign Attribution

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LAS VEGAS, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

Kenshoo Social and Shoutlet clients can now better understand what drives consumers to act

Leading cloud-based social marketing platforms, Kenshoo Social (http://www.KenshooSocial.com) and Shoutlet (http://www.Shoutlet.com), unveiled today at SMX Social an integrated solution for paid, owned and earned media. The offering improves campaign analytics, enabling marketers to more accurately and holistically measure, attribute and optimize social media campaigns and cross-channel marketing communications.

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Through Kenshoo Social and Shoutlet, clients gain visibility into the impact of owned media assets, and paid social advertising, ultimately driving more accurate captures of revenue-driving activity, down to the individual page posts. This functionality illuminates the full value of social media initiatives by enabling brands to better understand how paid and owned social media activity contribute to the purchase process.

“The integration of Kenshoo Social and Shoutlet offers marketers the unique ability to monitor a consumer’s path to action following each interaction with the brand,” said Jason Weaver, CEO of Shoutlet. “This detail enables advertisers and agencies to identify and attribute successful activity and maximize ROI of both paid and owned social media campaigns.”

The partnership allows marketers to better evaluate which strategies resonate most with social media users and apply those insights to achieve deeper brand engagement and optimize click-to-sale conversions. Additionally, through the Kenshoo Universal Platform, marketers can view social media performance alongside search and other channels to holistically assess campaign activity and bottom-line results.

“Kenshoo Social clients who run multi-channel campaigns can now examine a more complete picture of their brands’ interaction with consumers and assess the value driven by owned and paid social media,” said Sivan Metzger, General Manager of Kenshoo Social. “Marketers who better understand this interplay can more effectively outperform competitors, avoid costly errors, and optimize campaigns much faster and smarter.”

In addition to announcing the new partnership at SMX Social, both companies launched major platform updates. Kenshoo Social released a beta of Kenshoo Social 2.0 and Shoutlet announced the next iteration of its platform, Shoutlet 6.0, which includes significant new features and updates to existing functionality. Platform demos and information are available on the Kenshoo Social and Shoutlet websites.

About Shoutlet

Shoutlet is a leading cloud-based enterprise social marketing platform that enables marketers to publish, engage, and measure social marketing campaigns and activities on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Its industry leading functionality includes a Social CRM for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube management; Social Canvas™ for Facebook tabs, HTML5 pages, and custom contest and web app design; Social Switchboard™ for trigger-based campaign publishing; Social Profiles for data acquisition and interest segmentation; Social Enterprise for corporate-level control of multiple brands, franchises, and agents; and Social Analytics for metric tracking and custom reporting. For more information, please visit http://www.shoutlet.com

About Kenshoo Social

The mission of Kenshoo Social is to activate and illuminate the value of social media with breakthrough technology that drives results. Through Kenshoo Social, marketers can develop integrated social media campaigns to achieve brand building and performance marketing goals. Kenshoo Social is built on the Kenshoo Universal Platform, a scalable infrastructure that bridges the gap between owned, paid, and earned media for cross-channel measurement and optimization. As 1 of only 2 companies in the world designated as a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer with access to the Facebook Exchange, Kenshoo Social delivers over 1 billion targeted ads each day. Kenshoo Social is an operating unit of Kenshoo, a global leader in digital marketing software directing more than $25 billion in annual sales revenue for clients such as Accor, Camelot Communications, CareerBuilder, Expedia, Havas, Performics, Resolution Media, Sears, Starcom MediaVest Group, TicketsNow, Tiny Prints and Zappos. Please visit KenshooSocial.com or Facebook.com/KenshooSocial for more information.

Kenshoo Social and Kenshoo are trademarks of Kenshoo Ltd. Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc. Other company and brand names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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December 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

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Bricks and Clicks: The Next Generation of Retailing

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Frost & Sullivan hosts complimentary webinar evaluating the macro to micro implications of connectivity and convergence on the retail industry
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif./PRNewswire/ —
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
LOCATION: Online, with complimentary registration
SPEAKERS: Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Program Manager Archana Amarnath and Senior Research Analyst Archana Vidyasekar
Bricks and Clicks will become the retailing norm of the future, with every retailer expected to have a hybrid business model by 2025. Mega Trends such as connectivity and convergence will serve as conduits for retailers to merge digital, virtual and physical into one fusion bricks and clicks model. New retailing modes like interactive stores, click-and-collect, social commerce and virtual stores are imminent as retailers extend more customer touch points. Social trends, urbanization and other Mega Trends will compel retailers to change the traditional model, shifting from big-box retailing to small-box formats. This evolution to a bricks and clicks model will itself become a Mega Trend that significantly impacts and shapes other industries, including automotive, logistics and finance. This interactive webinar will clarify this path in retail evolution to bricks and clicks and provide an understanding of the micro impact of this Mega Trend on retail and related industries.
Why You Should Attend:
Gain Insight on the Future of Clicks: From Transactional Websites to Virtual Retailing
Explore Innovative Bricks and Clicks Business Models
Spot the New Retailing Models through Social Media: F-Commerce (Facebook Commerce)
Learn About the Future of Bricks: From Big-Box to Small-Box Retailing
Realize the Implications of Global Mega Trends on Retail
Understand the Impact of Bricks and Clicks on Allied Industries – From Dealerships to Online Stores
This briefing is suited for all stakeholders across the value chain including retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers, parcel service providers, automobile makers, software companies, consumer technology companies and makers of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).
Frost & Sullivan Program Manager Archana Amarnath:
“Large scale access to connected devices, social media and digital checkpoints is driving the adoption of hybrid business models. The ‘Virtual Store’ is an excellent example of emerging retail technologies such as Augmented Reality and QR Coding being leveraged and integrated to offer a unique, convenient and innovative shopping experience. In fact, Tesco’s online retail sales in Korea increased by nearly 130 percent with the introduction of Tesco’s Subway Virtual Store.”
Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Archana Vidyasekar:
“Social media will outgrow its position as an advertising platform to become more of a marketplace, as more retailers offer products for sale on the social platforms. We are already seeing small business thrive on Facebook.”
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For more information about Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Research Group, visit: http://bit.ly/RYFFYX.
Registration
To attend the briefing, email britni.myers@frost.com your full name, job title, company name, company telephone number, company email address and web site, city, state and country.
Receive a recorded version of the briefing anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.
Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.
The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.
For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?
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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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December 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

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Konica Minolta Sensing Singapore Launches New Asian Website

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Konica Minolta Sensing Singapore, the worldwide leader in the industrial measurement of color, light and 3D shape, announces the launch of their new corporate website to better serve customers in the Asia Pacific region.
Officially launched today, Konica Minolta Singapore departed from its past web structure and pushed their website forward in one giant leap; incorporating the latest web technology and completely rethinking how to connect with existing and new customers. The web design was taken from Lou Carulli, Manager of International Marketing Communications at Konica Minolta Sensing Americas. Responsible for the development and re-launching of the corporate websites in the US, Mexico, and Brazilian markets, Mr. Carulli felt it was “…critical to send one global message to customers,” he stated.
“Our web visitors are extremely important to us and we want to make it easy for them to find a solution. The site was designed with 2 types of visitors in mind. Type one is a new visitor that has identified a problem within their company but may not be familiar with the existing technology that is available. Type two is a visitor who is experienced, knows the science behind how our products work, and is looking for something specific. Both will come to find a solution which could be the same instrument, but each will take a different path to arrive to that solution,” explains Mr. Carulli.
In addition to improved navigation, a new area called The Learning Center was added to educate visitors on the science behind the instruments and how a solution from Konica Minolta Sensing can improve their business. A new On Demand Webinar section now includes application specific content allowing the ability for visitors to educate themselves. In this virtual environment visitors can move at their own pace with complete control to pause, fast forward, rewind or skip to specific topics.
Perhaps the largest addition to the new website comes from the complete catalog of accessories available for each category of instrument. “Konica Minolta Sensing has decades of applications experience across all of our measurement solutions. We have developed and engineered hundreds of accessories over the years on some of the most specific application requirements. This is the level of service and commitment you can expect from Konica Minolta Sensing,” said Mr. Carulli.
Log on to sensing.konicaminolta.asia and experience all the new site features today!
About Konica Minolta Sensing Singapore
Konica Minolta Sensing Singapore is recognized as the international leader of industrial color, light and 3D shape measurement. The company is responsible for product lines that continuously revolutionize how visual perception is measured by the world.
Lou Carulli
Manager, International Marketing Communications
Konica Minolta Sensing Singapore
201-785-2413
lcarulli@se.konicaminolta.us
sensing.konicaminolta.asia
Source: Konica Minolta Sensing Singapore

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December 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

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2013 Hotel Plus – the Mockup Hotel Room Show Launched in Shanghai

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BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — China’s tourism industry has now entered a new era featuring industrial development and popularisation. Furthermore, tourist brands are becoming increasingly important in China. The quality and quantity of star-level hotels are linked directly to the development of China’s tourism, its cities and commercial real estate. Moreover, the high demands from business travellers for business trips, enterprise meetings, out-house training and incentive travel are all factors driving the development of the hotel industry in China.

Hotel Plus-Well Tech Studio
The second edition of Hotel Plus – the Mockup Hotel Room Show (http://www.hdeexpo.com/) will be launched in Hall W3 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from April 1st to 3rd 2013, and will be co-organised by the China Tourist Hotels Association and Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. The total exhibition area will be over 1000 sqm and serve as the annual assembly of the leading domestic and international hotel management groups, commercial property developers, hotel engineering & equipment suppliers, interior decorative material manufacturers, and hotel designers and architects. The Hotel Plus show is devoted to demonstrating the most cutting-edge decorative art and material technologies in hotel space design by setting up six demonstration suites in hotel guest rooms on-site.

Hotel Plus-New Century Hotels & Resorts
In the preshow preparation meeting for Hotel Plus, Mr. Xu Jingsheng, the general secretary of the China Tourist Hotel Association, reported on a successful experience and positive feedback from the participants of the last event. He also announced that the Greenland International Hotels Group, Wanda Hotels & Resorts, BTG-Jianguo Hotels & Resort Group, the New Century Hotels & Resort Group, and the Intercontinental Hotels Group will be involved with Hotel Plus 2013, as well as the Well Tech Studio from Italy. Mr. Zhao Xiaochuan, the general secretary of the Alliance of China Hotel Owners, and the senior delegates from the abovementioned five hotel groups attended this preparation meeting. They expressed strong confidence in their capacity to hold a successful display of the fabulous and conceptual hotel prototypes next year.
In addition, a host of other events will be held alongside the Hotel Plus Show such as HDD Expo (Hotelex + Design & Deco) which is composed of the Asia’s No. hospitality event – Hotelex Shanghai (http://www.hotelex.cn/), the Shanghai Hospitality Design & Engineering Expo (http://www.hdeexpo.com/), the Expo Build China (http://www.expobuild.com/), and the Shanghai International Interior Design Festival (http://www.design-festival.net/), which will integrate design, fashion, green technology, future concepts and will provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity for insight and communication at the forefront of global hotel design.
About UBM Sinoexpo (http://www.ubmsinoexpo.com/)
UBM Sinoexpo is the arm of UBM Asia that is responsible for the group’s mainland China business. Our products and services cover eight industries: furniture, pharmaceuticals, hotel, building, boat, cleaning, food ingredients and lighting, and includes 34 business exhibitions, two publications and three B2B websites. The total exhibiting area exceeds 480,000 sqm. Among them, Furniture China, CPHI, Hotelex Shanghai and the China International Boat Show have grown to be Asia’s leading trade events in their respective areas, attracting mass attendance from exhibitors, buyers and trade visitors worldwide.
About Shanghai Hospitality Design & Engineering Expo (http://www.hdeexpo.com/)
The Shanghai Hospitality Design & Engineering Expo (abbreviated as HDE) is a dynamic hotel refurbishment and design event in China associated with Asia’s No.1 hospitality event – Hotelex Shanghai, which will be held from 1st to 3rd April 2013 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) with the participation of more than 2,800 exhibitors, and 100,000 professional buyers. HDE is devoted to providing total design and engineering solutions on construction and reconstruction projects for commercial properties.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Naomi Lee (Marketing Dept.)
Email: naomi.lee@ubmsinoexpo.com
Tel: +86 21 6437 1178 ext. 212
Source: UBM Sinoexpo 

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December 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

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TheLuxenomad.com Sets Sail with Media Launch Aboard Luxury Cruise

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All-girl tech start-up hosts media event on luxury boat with celebrity Nomad, HENRY GOLDING
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — To celebrate the media launch of the members-only luxury travel portal in Singapore, TheLuxeNomad.com hosted an intimate gathering for leading lifestyle and travel media yesterday afternoon.

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Celebrity Nomad Henry Golding and Elizabeth Lazan attend TheLuxeNomad.com’s media event
Held on The Equator Club’s NYMPHAEA luxury boat, guests were asked to switch to holiday-mode and sip on sunset drinks, indulge in little bites by Foodology, and pamper themselves with complimentary foot massages by Sole Service. Media guests were also invited on a spin aboard the perfect luxury all-rounder; the JCRAFT – a sexy 42ft Torpedo which evokes all the glamour of the classic wooden speed boats of the 50s and 60s.
Present at the event was Stephanie Chai, Chief Nomad and Founder of TheLuxeNomad.com, and celebrity TV host, Henry Golding to meet and greet the guests. The event kicked off with an introduction by Chai, followed by a brief presentation on Asia’s growing online travel industry and how The Luxe Nomad differs from other online travel portals.
“Asia is one of the fastest growing markets for luxury travel, yet only 25% of bookings are made online. In more mature markets, such as the United States, this rate is over 50% – signaling an incredible growth opportunity. The Luxe Nomad is very niche as we represent luxury hotels only, with exclusive flash sales that offer prices lower than anywhere else.”
Having only launched their beta site late July, this members-only travel site has since seen sales go from strength to strength.
“Despite the short time that we’ve been in the game, we’ve received positive feedback and had a very encouraging first quarter. By October, we tripled our sales and our database numbers,” says Stephanie Chai, Founder and CEO of TheLuxeNomad.com. “Just last month, we had a single booking come in at over US$40,000. That’s huge!”
During the event, Chai welcomed celebrity TV host, Henry Golding, who is one of TheLuxeNomad.com’s “Nomads on the Go”. Unlike other online hotel booking sites, this luxury travel portal adds a touch of glamour to online bookings by appointing Asian celebrities as curators to review partner hotels and share insider tips with members.
“I’m so happy to be a part of The Luxe Nomad…They handpick some of the best hotels and villas from around the region. And it cuts away that boring time of searching and sifting through the internet. So, to get all the best four star, five star hotels in one place? TheLuxeNomad.com – look no further,” says Golding.
By tying up with the celebrities, TheLuxeNomad.com not only provides exciting content, but hopes to engage both their social media platforms and traditional media to create a greater reach and target a wider audience.
With the start-up scene in Asia heating up and Silicon Valley VCs looking east for new investments, TheLuxeNomad.com is one of the growing numbers of female start-ups in the region. “It wasn’t intentional to be an all-girl affair but we realized that women are key drivers of online sales. It is often the wives, girlfriends and mothers who are doing travel research and booking online,” says Chai. “What better way to understand your consumer than to be one yourself?”
About The Luxe Nomad:
TheLuxeNomad.com is a private flash sale site that offers luxury hotels and resorts to a sophisticated and affluent membership base for unique insider deals. Each week, a new rotation of hotels will be featured on the site with discounts up to 70% off. The site displays beautiful property imagery and editorial content from a host of celebrity “Nomads On The Go” to give insider stories on both the hotels and the destinations themselves. The site is run by Singapore-based Luxe Nomad Pte Ltd.
Media Gallery:
Stephanie Chai, Founder and CEO of TheLuxeNomad.com
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5w9ozm5tkrhyz79/vx_RwJfnJa
The Luxe Nomad Logo
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2s67p0qovp7m1u0/nGgJOq5nkA
Press Kit 2012
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/04hebo1z0lx12i4/1ALS9xYYsZ
Media Contact
Alexandra Seitz
PR Manager
alex@theluxenomad.com
+852-6106-6781
Source: TheLuxeNomad.com

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December 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

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