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“WTA Future Stars” Junior Tennis Tournament to Launch Across Asia-Pacific

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • WTA Future Stars will showcase top female junior talent
  • Nine countries participating in the Future Stars program, with more expressing interest
  • Finals to be played at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is to launch a “WTA Future Stars” Road to Singapore tournament series running from August through September 2014, with players fighting for a spot to compete in Singapore from October 17-20. The WTA Future Stars will be featuring competitions for young girls across Asia-Pacific with a vision to promote high-level athlete development, health, fitness, and empowerment of women through the sport of tennis.


Each regional WTA Future Stars event will include competition in two categories: Girls’ 14 and Under and Girls’ 16 and Under. Mainland China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Laos have since signed up to participate, with more countries/regions expressing interest. Top regional qualifiers will compete at the Kallang Tennis Centre on October 17-19, in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, with the finals being played on Center Court at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Monday, October 20. Players will gain a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of this year’s WTA Finals players and legends, as well as getting an all-access look into one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in Asia-Pacific.

“The introduction of the WTA Future Stars junior tournament series is aimed to encourage young girls throughout theAsia-Pacific region to become active through tennis,” said WTA Finals Tournament Director, Melissa Pine. “For more than four decades, WTA players have served as role models and inspiration for the future generation of young girls worldwide. We look forward to introducing the future stars to the stars of today and tomorrow at the WTA Finals inSingapore.”

WTA Future Stars is produced by Sport Singapore. Visit Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG) or Facebook ( to join the action on BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Staged at the state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub from October 17-26, 2014, the WTA Finals is a 10-day sports entertainment experience of competition, exhibitions and activities for tennis fans in Singapore and around the world. This is the first time Singapore, an Asia-Pacific city, has played host.

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Source: Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)

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August 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm

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MySQUAR Launches Free Mobile Messaging App for Myanmar

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-MyChat Beta Launches Wednesday, August 27

YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, MySQUAR announced the beta launch of MyChat, a free mobile messaging app built solely for Myanmar. Available on Android devices, MyChat is completely tailored for the Myanmar market with localized language, authentic look and feel as well as emoticons and sticker sets. The customized experience connects users to existing friends while also introducing them to new ones through the innovative “Look Around” feature.

MyChat welcome screen, MyChat Myanmar stickers, MyChat message
MyChat welcome screen, MyChat Myanmar stickers, MyChat message

“MySQUAR’s chief mission is to connect Myanmar youth with experiences built just for them,” says Linda Lim, CEO of MySQUAR. “With MyChat, our goal is to provide a completely tailored messaging app optimized for the Myanmarmarket so youth can connect with their friends and find new ones easily.”

Completely Customized Experience

MyChat is built solely for Myanmar. With full profile options, users can upload a photo, set a status and create a display name to express their best selves. The app will be fast and efficient with performance optimized for Myanmar, allowing users to chat with friends and find new ones without delay.*

Myanmar Character Sticker and Emoticons Sets

Myanmar youth can now express themselves creatively with the help of iconic Myanmar character and toy stickers such as Pho Wa Yoke, Pho Thar Htoo or favorite friends U Shwe Yoe & Daw Moe. These customized sticker sets will keep conversations creative and colorful, with new stickers and emoticons being added on a continual basis.

Authentic Look and Feel

Designed with Myanmar in mind, the vibrant and colorful user interface pays homage to the culture of the “Golden Land” and the fully localized language allows users to express themselves in Myanmar language.

Innovative Friend Finder Technology

The innovative MyChat “Look Around” feature allows users to find and connect with new friends in the area. MyChat will highlight up to 100 potential new friends, ranked by proximity, allowing users to meet people both locally or abroad if traveling.

More To Come

This is just a sneak peak of what’s to come in MyChat. Stay tuned for more news including new sticker sets, features, sharing capabilities and more. To learn more about MyChat now visit

*The app relies on public network infrastructure; performance can be impacted by network quality (3G and Wifi).


MySQUAR is the first local-language content platform created to enrich the lives of Myanmar youth, through deep, accessible and rich online experiences. Our mission is to inspire creativity, entertainment and a better standard of living in Myanmar by offering world class consumer technology solutions that connect Myanmar youth with local businesses, products and each other. Guided by a seasoned leadership team with experience developing global communities through social media, gaming and eCommerce technologies, MySQUAR is forging new ground inMyanmar. MySQUAR operates out of Yangon, Myanmar and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For more information, visit us at

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August 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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Avis Launched Leasing of Audi Prestige Series

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Avis Car Rental launched the Audi Prestige Series a vehicle leasing program that offers top-of-the-line Audi models in Singapore. Audi cars will be available for lease across Singapore beginning end of July 2014.

With the new Audi Prestige Series, Avis customers can now lease Audi models such as A3, A4, A6, Q5, Q3 1.4 and 2.0 from one year up to five years. Avis offers leasing of a range of Audi cars at a reasonable rate, affordable terms, and down payment options to suit every lifestyle.

Transforming customer’s car lease option into an unforgettable experience, they can now drive an innovatively styled,revolutionarily engineered and progressively designed Audi cars at the lowest possible cost that fit their budget.

Avis offers prestige, luxury, style and comfort to their valued customers and long-term travellers in Singapore. With the new Audi Prestige Series Car Leasing program, customers can drive one of the best cars in the world hassle-free without worrying about open market value (OMV), registration fees, excise duty, goods and services tax (GST) and the certificate of entitlement (COE).

For More Information: Call Reservations Hotline 1800-737-1668, email or visit

About Avis Car Rental in Asia

In Asia, Avis Car Rental is a leading provider of vehicle rental, vehicle leasing and limousine/chauffeur drive services operating in more than 300 locations through a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensee agreements in 20 markets. Avis opened its first operations in Asia in 1970 in Hong Kong. Throughout the 1970’s Avis grew steadily in the region, with operations launched in Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia andIndonesia. More recently, Avis has launched operations in India, Mainland China, Vietnam, Taiwan and most recently, Laos and Cambodia.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 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

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August 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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Agworld Secures $6 million Series C Financing, Expands into North America

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PERTH, Australia, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Agworld, Australia’s leading information management and cloud collaboration software for the agricultural industry, today announced it raised an AU $6 million Series C round of financing led by Reed Elsevier Ventures with participation from existing Agworld investor, Yuuwa Capital. The funding, which brings the company’s total equity raised to AU $12 million, will be used to support its expansion into the North American agricultural market while continuing to enhance the core Agworld product offering across the value chain for the Australian market.

“Agworld’s tremendous success in Australia reflects the rapidly changing future of farm production,” said Tony Askew, General Partner of Reed Elsevier Ventures. “We are very excited to help Agworld expand into the US market so that farmers and agronomists around the world can harness the value of their farming data with Agworld’s leading mobile and cloud technology.”

Agworld provides a centralised software platform for each participant involved in the crop production process, allowing for real-time collaboration and management of critical information, activities and recommendations throughout the crop production cycle. Agworld’s extensive features include decision-making tools such as comprehensive crop production plans, geospatial data interrogation, agronomist recommendations, and financial and crop performance reporting. “It’s all about farmers and their service providers understanding the core risks and opportunities for their business in the context of that specific location and farm entity,” said Doug Fitch, CEO of Agworld.

“As the venture capital arm of one of the largest global data and information solutions companies, Reed Elsevier Ventures is an ideal investment partner for Agworld, bringing with them extensive knowledge of the big data industry and fast moving SaaS business models,” said Doug. “This infusion of capital allows us to remain at the forefront of the agricultural information management and big data markets, while we continue to change the way growers, advisors and suppliers capture unique insights to improve farm operations.”

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About Agworld

Founded in 2008 in Perth, Western Australia, Agworld is Australia’s leading information management and cloud collaboration software for farmers and agronomists. Agworld is used by more than 12,000 farmers in 5 countries, tracking performance over 35 million acres of cropland. Our mission is to help the world’s farmers large and small, to grow in production and profitability while achieving economic and environmental sustainability.

About Reed Elsevier Group plc

Reed Elsevier Group plc is a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs approximately 28,500 people of whom half are in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV; the combined market capitalisation of the two parent companies is approximately GBP 18bn/EUR 22bn. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.


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August 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

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Swiss Spouse Team Charts A New Course For The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Perak, Malaysia, has appointed Swiss spouse team Lucia Franziska and Felix Eppisser as General Manager and Culinary Director respectively, effective 1 August 2014. Lucia oversees the general operations whereas Felix helms the culinary operations and bespoke events management at The Banjaran. Lucia and her Michelin-starred chef husband Felix are seasoned hospitality professionals with over 30 years of experience in diverse areas of hospitality consultancy and hotel and restaurant management.

Lucia Franziska and Felix Eppisser, General Manager and Culinary Director of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Lucia Franziska and Felix Eppisser, General Manager and Culinary Director of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia

Prior to assuming their positions at The Banjaran, Lucia and Felix managed Myanmar’s Le Planteur Restaurant since 2011 which garnered a string of accolades, including that of being one of the Top 200 Fine Dining Restaurants in Asia (Miele Guide 2012 / 2013). Before Yangon, the Eppissers managed Zurich’s boutique Hotel Rigiblick from 2004 to 2010, home to the one-star Michelin and 16 points Gault-Millau rated restaurant Spice. The pair first established their working relationship at the luxury hotel Gasthof zum Baren in the Swiss town of Nurensdorf from 1997 to 2003.

Taking on the role of General Manager at The Banjaran, Lucia brings a wealth of experience in managing upscale boutique hotels in Europe. She obtained multiple Masters’ Degree in Coaching, Supervision and Mediation from the Universities of Berne and Zurich and has worked with some of the best hospitality names in Switzerland, including Swiss International Airlines.

Felix has trained, worked in and operated a number of celebrated names in Switzerland including the Relais & Chateau Hotel Giardino in Ascona and The Dolder Grand in Zurich to name a few. Felix was also part of the most successful Swiss National Cooking Team and has won numerous international culinary competitions.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is Sunway Group’s and Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness destination. Located within a 16.59-acre valley, this bespoke sanctuary is a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; surrounded by lush tropical jungle, natural geothermal hot springs and a cluster of magnificent 260 million year-old limestone hills. Its collection of 25 garden and water villas and a spa and wellness centre offering more than 40 authentic Asian-inspired treatments and therapies are complemented by a host of unique features for a true relaxing, renewing and rejuvenating experience.

To maintain its tranquillity, The Banjaran welcomes guests 12 years of age and over. For more, visit

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For media enquiries, please contact: Farizal B. Jaafar, Group Director of Brand Marketing & Communications, Sunway International Hotels & Resorts, Stephanie Yong, Manager – Publicity & Media Relations or Laurine Pereira, Marketing Communications Executive at Tel +60 3 7492 8000, E-mail: or visit

Source: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

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August 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

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Shiv Khera Announces Hi-Impact Leadership Training Program in Singapore

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SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — “Accelerate success and optimize performance” is what Shiv Khera helps to achieve through his 3 Day Hi-Impact Leadership Program called Blue Print for Success to be held inSingapore from 29th to 31st August, 2014.

He is the author of international bestseller “You Can Win”, which has sold over 3 million copies in 16 languages.  His leadership programs helps increase productivity by creating a culture of trust and accountability.  His program is designed to convert potential into performance.

Topics that will be covered include attitude, leadership, motivation and values.  Over 40,000 people have benefited from his dynamic workshops and millions have heard him as a keynote speaker in 20 countries.

Upon completion of his 3 day program participants walk away with 31 day action plan that can be put to practice immediately.

Some of the comments from the previous participants are as follows:

1. “The Best of its Kind.” – Andre Keller, Chief Executive, Zuellig Pharma Sdn. Bhd.

2. “100% Return on my investment is an understatement!” – Linda Baker, CPA, N.J., USA.

3. “….Where was this program 10 years ago? I wish I had an opportunity to do it then…..”      – John Duckworthy, Financial Controller, Revlon Sdn, Bhd, Malaysia

4. Shiv has touched my mind and opened my heart to give back to society the values that have made me succeed as a doctor and CEO of Gleneagles Hospital.”  – Dr. Timothy Low, CEO, Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore.

5. “Excellent! I came to see and I went home wanting to see more.” – Dr S.S. Ngoi, Surgeon, Singapore

His client list includes amongst others Lufthansa, IBM, HSBC, MetLife, Carrier, Philips, Audi, Ericsson, HP, GSK and many more.

About Shiv Khera – Mr. Shiv Khera is the founder of Qualified Learning Systems USA. His 30 years of research and experience have helped millions on the path of growth & fulfillment. His trademark is, ‘Winners don’t do different things, They do things differently.’

To know more about his 3-days Hi Impact Leadership Program Visit

Contact: Mr. Shiv Khera, Number: +65-31587504

Source: Qualified Learning Systems

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August 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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Microsoft Devices Group announces ultra-affordable mobile phone with music and video player for 19 euros

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-Microsoft expands its “first” phones portfolio with the Nokia 130.

REDMOND, Wash. /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing the rapid growth of ultra-affordable mobile phones, Microsoft Devices Group on Monday unveiled the Nokia 130, a mobile phone designed to introduce millions of people to new digital experiences. At just 19 euros,* the Nokia 130 combines the everyday essentials that first-time mobile phone buyers expect with the beautiful design, reliability and mobile entertainment they want. Featuring a built-in video player, music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, and everyday essentials such as a flashlight, FM radio and USB charging, the Nokia 130 is the perfect introduction to a “mobile first” world.

The Nokia 130 is an ideal handset for first-time mobile phone buyers, or for people seeking a reliable backup phone to complement their existing smartphones. It’s built to last, with a 1.8-inch color display and outstanding battery life of up to 36 days’ standby for the single-SIM variant and 26 days’ standby for the dual-SIM device. In design and quality, the Nokia 130 stands out among devices priced below $35.* Every year, people buy 300 million phones from this category alone.**

As one of the most affordable mobile phones with video playback, the Nokia 130 makes new digital experiences accessible to more people. It delivers hours of entertainment with the built-in video player that offers up to 16 hours of playback for video stored on a microSD card, MP3 player and FM radio. With support for expandable microSD storage up to 32GB, alongside the Bluetooth-enabled SLAM application and USB connectivity, it also makes sharing digital content easy without the need for an Internet connection.

“As demand in the affordable mobile segment continues to grow, Microsoft remains committed to delivering market-leading mobile innovation at each and every price point,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones, Microsoft Corp. “It is estimated that at least 1 billion people in the world still do not have a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable backup phones in both mature and high-growth markets.”

She continued, “With handsets like the Nokia 130, we see tremendous potential to deliver the experience of a ‘mobile-first’ world to people seeking their first device, and we continue to invest in ultra-affordable devices that will introduce people to a ‘cloud-first’ world through Microsoft services such as Bing, and OneDrive.”

Pricing and availability

The estimated retail price before taxes and subsidies for the Nokia 130 and Nokia 130 Dual SIM is 19 euros. It is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of this year. The Nokia 130 will be available in select markets, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Tech specs summary:

Nokia 130

Operating System Series 30+

Display     1.8″ QQVGA

Up to 36 days standby for Single SIM and
26 days for Dual SIM; 13 hours 2G talk
time. 46 hours music playback; 16 hours
video playback. Battery capacity:

Battery        1020mAh

Connectivity    USB 2.0, 3.5mm AV Connector, microSD,
Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM

Memory       32GB micro SD card support

About Microsoft Devices

Microsoft Devices Group is responsible for the company’s devices strategy, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

* Suggested retail price before local taxes and subsidies.
** Strategy Analytics

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Source: Microsoft Corp.

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August 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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Rail Leaders Converge in Kuala Lumpur

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Rail Business Asia (RBA) 2014 will bring together thought leaders in the rail industry for a comprehensive overview of the rapidly expanding rail development in Asia. This 2nd annual, region’s leading rail conference and exhibition is held from 9th to 11th September 2014 at theKuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

“2013 saw an increase of 1.2% in the number of public utilizing public transport within the Greater Klang Valley, with 20.8% of that number using the system during the morning peak period. In the same region, rail in particular saw a 9% increase in usage, with 5.7 million trips being recorded during the peak morning period. For the first time in Malaysia’s history, the ratio of ridership between rail and bus stands at 52:48, showing a preference for rail amongst daily commuters,” said Tan Sri DatoSeri Syed Hamid Bin Syed Jaafar Albar, Chairman of Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Malaysia.

Co-hosted by Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), RBA 2014 is earmarked to be a must-attend conference & exhibition of the rail industry.

“Following a successful inaugural event last year, RBA 2013 hosted over 800 participants, 80% from ASEAN, 6% from Europe, 5% from the rest of Asia and 1% from North America. This year we are expecting over 2,000 participants representing the rail industry,” according to M. Gandhi, Managing Director — ASEAN of UBM Asia, the organizer.

Over 35 rail experts and thought leaders will share insights and discuss key updates and challenges on investability, mobility and greater connectivity in the rail industry. Participants will gain crucial industry insights via 4 keynote presentations, 5 case studies, 8 discussion panels and 2 industry presentations. Topics discussed include optimizing rail-route planning, exploring the efficiency and performance of HSR links and public-private partnership (PPP) funding of rail infrastructure. Sample case studies include disaster management by Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation and transit oriented development in Shunjyuku, Shibuya and Tokyo stations inJapan by East Japan Railway Company. Keynote presentations will feature key industry experts such as Masaki Ogata, Chairman of East Japan Railway Company and Milko Papazoff, ASEAN Representative of International Union of Railways (UIC).

“We are confident that you will find your participation and involvement in Rail Business Asia, a worthwhile investment,” said Y.Bhg. Dato’ Sri Ir Dr Judin Bin Abdul Karim, Chief Executive of Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia.

CEOs and senior management from various government agencies, rail asset owners, operators and infrastructure developers such as the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Philippines, Vietnam Railways, MTR Corporation Hong Kong, Light Rail Transit Authority Philippines, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur, Thales Rail Signalling Solutions and Bombardier Transportation just to name a few, have confirmed their participation as well.

CSR Corporation Limited, the largest rail transit equipment manufacturer in China, is participating as a Gold Sponsor and CMC, an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) group of companies within three core industries namely public transportation, telecommunications and oil and gas, is participating as an Associate Sponsor for RBA 2014. Exhibitors include Astasoft, Pypun-KD Hong Kong, Subway USA, Colas Rail, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Transient Resources.

Register your attendance today at and network with industry peers at this leading rail conference and exhibition.

Note to Editors

1. About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnamand the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore,Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country

2. About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print, and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

The Marketing Communication (MARCOM) Department
A-8-1, Level 8, Hampshire Place Office
157 Hampshire, 1 Jalan Mayang Sari
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60321768788
Fax: +60321610791

For press enquiries, contact:
Karyn Nair
Assistant Marketing Manager

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August 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm

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