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McLaren Opens Dialogue Between Ancient Oriental Civilisation and Modern British Auto Culture

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-“Epic McLaren” launched on legendary Silk Road

SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — Very few drivers ever fulfill their dream of driving a McLaren super sports car – and even fewer will ever experience the thrill of driving a McLaren super sports car on the stunning remote roads of Western China. With a clear focus on customer experience, the Epic McLaren journey was not only the first installment of long-haul driving experiences launched in the APAC region – but also a unique moment when two legends meet: McLaren and the illustrious Silk Road. With plans to emulate such epic drive programmes across the region in the near future, the exclusive driving experience from Aug 27 to Sept 5, 2014gave 40 fortunate McLaren enthusiasts the opportunity to drive over 2,500 kilometres of the legendary Silk Road, a route now indelibly marked by varied natural attractions and historical relics.

For over 2,000 years, the “Silk Road” has represented the cultural transmission of East and West, and Epic McLaren was the first long distance test drive event initiated by a super sports car brand since it was recognized as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in June of this year. With the continued Asian expansion of British super sports car manufacturer McLaren, the Silk Road was a natural choice for the first ever Epic McLarenjourney. The theme of the campaign, When Legend Meets Legend clearly illustrated the dialogue between the legendary Silk Road and McLaren’s very own legendary brand heritage. This was a collision of ancient culture and cutting-edge technology – both harmoniously fused through their common legendary background.

Starting in Xi’an, the ancient Chinese capital and the starting point of the Silk Road, a diverse range of McLaren enthusiasts and media gathered under the guidance of experienced international instructors for the driving experience of a lifetime. Setting off at a sprint on Thursday 28 August 2014, the awe-inspiring fleet of some of the greatest super sports cars available today moved quickly northward, covering the 340 km to the Gansu city of Tianshui with ease and allowing a comfortable visit to the Maijishan Grottoes the following day. For thousands of years, these 194 grottoes cut into an overhanging red-rock cliff face served to provide pilgrims with a place to pray for the journey ahead – now it would be a very different group of pilgrims stopping at this World Heritage site to seek goodwill for the road to come.

Over the next week, the McLaren guests were able to experience the finest of McLaren performance now available around the world. Following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and Beijing Motor Show in April, the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider were at the forefront of the stunning fleet, with the 12C providing a more than able accompaniment. Each super sports car features a cutting-edge twin-turbo V8 engine, and technology derived directly from the McLaren Formula1™ racing team. The performance figures do not lie – the 650S Coupe and Spider both sprinting from 0-100 km/h in a mere 3.0 seconds, with the 12C only marginally slower at 3.1 seconds to the mark – and while these spine-tingling performance figures were not quite possible on the public highways of Gansu and Qinghai provinces, the thrill of McLaren driving remained always undiminished. Despite offering the performance figures of a stripped out road racer, every McLaren also offers a range of high-calibre luxury equipment as standard and unrivaled in the super sports car class. But so many V8 engines cutting raspy motorsport exhaust notes through an ancient route was not the only stark cultural juxtaposition.

Continuing 315 kilometres southwest into Xining in Qinghai Province and along the edges of Qinghai Lake, followed by a further 600 kilometres northwest into Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, the landscape slowly morphed from pastures of rolling grass plains into a terrain of rising rock formations vibrantly lit by brilliant desert sunrays. This dramatic geography achieved a perfect synchronicity with the acclaimed design of the carbon-fibre monocoque bodies of each McLaren. The lightweight, mid-engine McLaren 650S super sports car is available in both coupe and cabriolet variants, allowing open-top driving that is at home on both Sunset Boulevard or the Cote d’Azur – and even the Gobi Desert. There was no shortage of drivers eager to experience the exhilaration of roof-down motoring even as the McLaren fleet arrived in Jiayuguan and Dunhuang by 4 September.

Representing the far western reaches of the famed Great Wall, Jiayuguan was the ideal location to contemplate the 2,500 kilometres covered by the McLaren super sports cars. Every guest that had sat behind a McLaren driving wheel had gained a unique insight into not only these acclaimed automotive creations, but also the historic heartland of China. On arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Dunhuang Grottoes, Mr. Ian Shen, Sales and Operation Director of McLaren China, was available to present a donation on behalf of all the Epic McLaren guests and team members. The donation will go towards the ongoing restoration and future conservation of this unique treasure. First dug by traveling traders and religious pilgrims in 366 AD, the Dunhuang Grottoes were the most revered place of prayer for all travelers and remained the religious and cultural epicenter of the Silk Road for over 1,000 years. Today, this icon of Chinese history contains some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a millennia.

Reflecting on the donations, Mr. Ian Shen remarked, “The Dunhuang Grottoes are an archaeological site that is not only important to China, but important to understanding the ancient social, cultural, and economic ties that bind East and West. Today, as we at McLaren Automotive begin our journey in Asia, it gives us great pride to contribute to the ongoing restoration and conservation of the Mogao Caves for the benefit of people around the world.”

As a further message of thanks to the region, a second donation was also made during the journey to a local orphan school in Qinghai. The donation went to the provision of much needed and new sports equipment for the students, serving to display the humanistic care and to fulfill the corporate social responsibilities that remain among the core goals of McLaren on the road.

The “Epic McLaren” drive event has been a complete success with the support by Mobil 1, Pirelli, Castel and La Roche-Posay. “We extend our sincere appreciations to the valued sponsors for their great support in making this event a reality,” commented Mr. Mirko Bordiga, Regional Director of McLaren Asia Pacific.

“The great attraction of ‘Epic McLaren’ on the Silk Road of Western China is that this outstanding event builds a closer tie between our customers, the McLaren brand, and our unrivaled super sports cars,” Mr. Bordiga added.“There is no greater way to learn the unique capabilities of our super sports cars, than by driving on the wide open highways that stretch across this truly breathtaking landscape. We are committed to ensuring that China remains a key market for McLaren – and I hope we have demonstrated that with our donation to the charity school, Mogao Caves and the Dunhuang Grottoes. In the future, we plan that ‘Epic McLaren’ will bring the McLaren legend to other legendary sites around the region in the years to come. But right now, the first ‘Epic McLaren’ journey has been one of the most thrilling test drive events in the world and will leave us all with memories to last a lifetime.”

Please visit http://we.tl/kXqJ4wjVcg for the official photos of the Epic McLaren drive.

McLaren China

McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey.

Following the company’s global launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive launched the groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider and, in keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, recently unveiled the McLaren 650S. The brand continues to expand, operating through a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market.

Founded by Bruce McLaren in the United Kingdom in 1963, McLaren has developed a reputation as one of the leaders in motorsport. A total of 12 Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championships and a further eight Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championships, place McLaren at the pinnacle of the sport. In over 50 years of elite competition, McLaren has won numerous Can-Am titles, Indy 500 victories, a Le Mans 24 hour race triumph, and been on the podium on average once in every three Formula 1 Grand Prix in which the team has competed.

McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production over the past 30 years, and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1 respectively, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis. Today, McLaren is bringing this unrivalled reputation to a new generation of sports cars that prove performance and efficiency can be perfectly combined. The new McLaren 650S is the latest in a range of “pure” McLaren sports cars.

McLaren officially launched in China in September 2013 with headquarters in Shanghai. McLaren currently has nine dealerships in China – Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Tianjinand Kunming.

McLaren Shanghai
No. 208 Hubin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

McLaren Beijing
No. 48 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing (Ground Floor of the Four Seasons Hotel)

McLaren Chengdu
No. 3, Floor 1, C Block, Maoye Center, No. 28 Tianfu Avenue North, Chengdu

McLaren Guangzhou
No. 22 Xiancun Road, Pearl River New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (Ground Floor of the W Hotel)

McLaren Shenzhen
L1-31A\L1-31B, 1/F, IFC Great China, Futian District, Shenzhen

McLaren Chongqing
No. 22, Xihu Road, Yubei District, Chongqing

McLaren Hangzhou
No. 272, Nanshan Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou

McLaren Tianjin
No. 160, Zhangzizhong Road, Heping District, Tianjin

McLaren Kunming
Ground Floor, Yiqingyuan Business Building, No. 1045 Dianchi Road, Xishan District, Kuming

McLaren Automotive Partners

To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative and highly acclaimed sports cars, McLaren Automotive has partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology. These include Akebono, AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli, SAP and TAG Heuer.

Visit cars.mclaren.com for more details.

Media website: www.media.mclarenautomotive.com
McLaren Weibo: http://weibo.com/mclarenchina

Source: McLaren Asia Pacific

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September 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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Japanese Balloon Fashion Art Master “Daisy Balloon” Hosts First Solo Art Exhibition “Beauty Aflutter” out of Japan at Harbour City

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HONG KONG, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Harbour City features over 200 cosmetics and beauty brands in the beauty zones of Lane Crawford, FACES, LCX, JOYCE BEAUTY and LOG-ON as well as a number of beauty specialty shops. Moreover, Harbour City has launched “VITA”, a brand new 4-storey beauty zone, at Gateway Arcade. There are over 20 outlets in “VITA” offering beauty, skin and body care while customers can enjoy a relaxing experience of head-to-toe pampering at Harbour City!

Famous Balloon artist Daisy Balloon with the signature balloon dress

Key advertising visual for VITA in Harbour City

Kick-off event for the Beauty Affluent art exhibition

Photo Exhibition of Daisy Balloon at Gateway Corridor in Harbour City

Signature Balloon dress at the VITA lobby in Harbour City

Harbour City “Daisy Balloon Art Exhibition”

To show off the “Beauty Kingdom” status of Harbour City, we have specially invited Japanese Balloon Fashion Art Master “Daisy Balloon” to design a new advertising image of Harbour City with the theme of “BEAUTY AFLUTTER”, and host a balloon fashion and photo exhibition from 4 Sep to 19 Oct 2014. This exhibition is her first ever solo exhibition out of Japan, which will showcase her brand new white balloon dress tailor-made for Harbour City and around 20 photos of her selected past works. Daisy Balloon will visit Harbour City from now till Sep 7, 2014 and host public workshops, media interview can be arranged upon request.

Pure White Balloon Dress Experience a Beauty Transformation Journey

Daisy Balloon was in charge of the design concept, production process and image photo taking of the white balloon dress in Japan that will be displayed in the lobby of VITA. The main concept of this pure white hand-made dress was “butterfly evolution”, which also represents the beauty transformation of ladies. The photos capture the moment that the model turns from a chrysalis to bursting with butterflies, symbolizing how Harbour City takes all of us on a beauty transformation journey.

Selected Past Work Photos Reveal the Beauty of Ladies

On the other hand, Gateway Corridor of Harbour City will exhibit around 20 photos of selected past works of Daisy Balloon. The model in each photo is wearing a unique dress created from balloons of different colours and forms to reveal the different types of beauty of ladies.

Exhibition Details:

Date: 4 Sep to 19 Oct 2014
Time: 10am to 10pm
Location:
1) VITA Lobby, 2/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City (Near I.T. – Shop GW 2219 – 2220)
2) Corridor, G/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City

Customer Enquiry: (852) 2118 8666 Website: http://www.harbourcity.com.hk

“Beauty Aflutter” Workshops

Japanese Balloon Fashion Art Master “Daisy Balloon” Workshop

Japanese Balloon Fashion Art Master “Daisy Balloon” would show you how to make a balloon butterfly brooch.

Date: 6 & 7 / 9 / 2014 (Sat and Sun)
Time: 3pm – 4pm & 5pm – 6pm
Venue: Room 1002-3, 10/F, World Commerce Centre, Harbour City (Kiehl’s Place)

Glass Farm Workshop

Add a splash of green into your everyday lives! Enjoy the fun of farming “Terrariums” by re-using glassware and turning them into a beautiful Glass Farm.

Date: 20, 27 / 9 & 4, 11, 18 / 10 / 2014 (Every Saturdays)
Time: 3pm – 4pm & 5pm – 6pm
Venue: Room 1015, 10/F, World Commerce Centre, Harbour City

Painting with Petals Workshop

Harbour City invites the talented Studio 83 instructors to share how to create a beautiful Petals Painting by using petals and different painting skills.

Date: 14, 21, 28 / 9 & 5, 12, 19 / 10 / 2014 (Every Sundays)
Time: 3pm – 4pm & 5pm – 6pm
Venue: Room 1015, 10/F, World Commerce Centre, Harbour City

Participating Method

Browse http://bit.ly/1rdZVXy and provide your name, age and contact number together with the name, date and time of selected workshop. Then make a donation of HK$100 to The Community Chest of Hong Kong on the workshop day. Workshop attendance is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

About Daisy Balloon (Rie Hosokai)

Daisy Balloon was the champion in Japan Balloon Twisters Convention in 2004 & 2005. Her significant technique and exquisite sense of fashion were proven by winning the international balloon dress competition “Millenniumjam Fashion Award” 2006. Daisy Balloon dedicates much of her time to promoting fashion design and wishes to present her masterpieces to the world! This exhibition is her first solo exhibition out of Japan.

Daisy Balloon has held lots of exhibitions, including Shibuya SUNDAY ISSUE solo exhibition, Shibuya Hikarie Opening exhibition, Shibuya Hikarie Opening exhibition, World Heritage Exhibition PART-3 that made PIECE OF PEACE in the “Lego block”, etc. Daisy Balloon has also designed a DNA dress for famous Iceland singer, Bjork, at FUJI Rock Festival 2013. Moreover, Daisy Balloon has collaborated with different brands and magazines such as Omotesando Hills, Takashimaya Kyoto, Laforet, France Colette Paris “MIKIMOTO × HELLO KITTY”, NYLON JAPAN & Numero Tokyo magazine, etc.

“BEAUTY AFLUTTER” Balloon Dress & Image

Selected Photo Exhibition Higlights

Other past exhibitions and collaborations

•Bjork @FUJI Rock Festival
•World Heritage Exhibition PART-3
•Numero Tokyo Magazine
VITA Shop List

•9 SPA
•A Beauty Bar
•Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa
•BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE
•Dior Maison de Beaute
•esthetique LABO
•FANCL VIP Lounge
•HH hair.nail
•INGRID MILLET
•Kiehl’s Since 1851
•Spa L’OCCITANE
•La Prairie The Art of Beauty *First “The Art of Beauty”
•LANEIGE
•LightMAC Medical Skincare Centre
•MIOGGI
•Miss Paris and Dandy House
•MTM Skincare *Flagship Store
•Mulan Spa Murad Skincare CentreNOESA l MAGIC HAUS
•OASIS Beauty
•Sulwhasoo
•THANN SANCTUARY *First outlet in HK
Photos Download:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v8p92lghl60ueot/AAB7p4giAAwuZirNjtWax358a?dl=0&m

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140905/8521405062-a
Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140905/8521405062-b
Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140905/8521405062-c
Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140905/8521405062-d
Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140905/8521405062-e
Logo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140721/8521404095LOGO

Source: Harbour City

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September 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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Global Hotel Prices Rise for the Fifth Year in a Row

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-Hotel prices paid by travellers worldwide rise by four percent in the first six months of 2014, according to the latest Hotels.com™ Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®)

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The average price paid for a hotel room around the world rose by 4% during the first six months of 2014, when compared with the same period in 2013, as the overall economic recovery gathered greater momentum, particularly in Europe[1], and consumers became more confident in raising their travel spending.

Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120628/540164

The global Hotel Price Index stood at 115 at the end of the first six months of 2014, 15 points higher than at its launch in 2004 and now only four points off its all-time high of 119 set in the first half of 2007.

Johan Svanstrom, President of the Hotels.com brand, said: “There was a promising start to the year for the travel industry in general as demand for both international tourism and business travel remained strong[2]. Consequently, we saw the highest rate of increase in the HPI since early 2012 and, for the first time, we have two regions whose regional indices have overtaken their pre-economic crisis levels.”

Latin America and the Caribbean both achieved record results over this period. The Caribbean had the fastest rise in the current HPI of 6%, taking it to the highest individual region Index figure ever documented. Latin America continued the progress seen in 2013 and also reached its all-time half-yearly high.

Two regions reported 5% Index growth: firstly, for Europe and Middle East, this was the sharpest increase in the region in six years. Secondly, North America was boosted by results from the USA which posted the best hotel occupancy levels of the century in June, according to Smith Travel Research.

For Asia and the Pacific, the Index saw no movement either up or down. Asia, in particular, continued to offer excellent value for travellers, while prices paid by inbound visitors to Australia were eased by the weaker Australian Dollar.

Svanstrom continued: “As well as the general economic recovery, there were three other stand-out reasons behind most of the price moves. Currency fluctuations played a major role in determining whether prices paid when travelling abroad either rose or fell for many travellers. UK travellers, in particular, benefitted as Sterling either remained stable against already weaker currencies or gained ground against others.

“The civil unrest in several key tourist markets over this period impacted visitor numbers, causing prices to fall, particularly in Egypt and Turkey, although this had a positive impact on Spanish tourism in particular. Finally, the two great global sporting events in 2014 occurred in the first half of the year with prices paid in Sochi and Brazilnaturally rising for the duration of the tournaments.”

For more information and a complimentary copy of the report, please visit http://www.hotel-price-index.com/

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking website operated by Hotels.com, LP, with nearly 325,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. Regular customer e-newsletters provide exclusive offers and advance warning of up-coming sales. There are more than 11 million reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through its industry-leading loyalty programme Welcome Rewards, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels, subject to the terms and conditions set on www.hotels.com. Under its Best Price Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will refund the difference, subject to the terms and conditions set out on www.hotels.com. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobileenabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.

Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hotelscomSG and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/HotelsAPAC/.

Hotels.com, LP. is part of Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s largest online travel companies with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world’s best-known brands.

[1] Source: http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/eu/forecasts/2014_winter_forecast_en.htm

[2] Sources: http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2014-07-21/international-tourism-strong-peak-season-anticipated and http://www.gbta.org/PressReleases/Pages/rls_072814.aspx?Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egbta%2Eorg%2Flists%2Fnews%2FAllitems_all%2Easpx

Source: Hotels.com

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September 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

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BIZOL is the First German Motor Oil Manufacturer to Receive the Most Prestigious Global Design Award

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-First time since 1955 in the Red Dot Award’s history

BERLIN  /PRNewswire/ —

  • BIZOL wins the Communication Design category award

Today the winners of the most prestigious global design award, the Red Dot Design Award 2014, were announced. The Communication Design Award has gone to new and innovative packaging for BIZOL motor oils. BIZOL is the first German motor oil manufacturer to receive such a prestigious award. Since 1955, the Red Dot Design Awards have been granted in almost all industries, but never in the motor oil category, until now.

BIZOL has re-designed its new containers to appeal to both professional mechanics and to car owners. The creative idea was then perfected by professional design firm Fedoriv. Four easy to remember motor oil product lines were created: GATP. Green, Allround, Technology and Protect. Green, for maximum protection in traffic jams, Allround, for excellent engine cleaning, Technology, for optimal fuel saving and Protect for extending the engine life.

“Usually motor oil containers are not personalized and their labels are overloaded with information. Professionals and car owners cannot grasp easily which motor oil to choose. So we created a container, which would be visually different displaying also easy to understand information. Receiving such a prestigious Communication Design Award speaks for itself. We have achieved our goal,” BIZOL CEO, Boris Tatievski says proudly.

About BIZOL

BIZOL is a German manufacturer of innovative motor oils and other technical fluids. The company was founded in Germany in 1998 and its products are now sold in 65 countries. Over the next three years, BIZOL products will be sold in 100 countries: http://www.bizol.com/reddot-award

Press inquiries
Marcello Assandri
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
phone +49(0)30-80-48-69-2889
e-mail assandri@bizol.de

Source: BIZOL

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September 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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Successful Debut of Hotelex Chengdu: UBM Making Headway in its Expansion into 2nd and 3rd Tier Cities in China

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Organised by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd., (UBM Sinoexpo), one of UBM Asia’s joint venture companies in China, and supported by China Tourist Hotels Association, the first Hotelex Chengdu and China Clean (Chengdu) Expo held from 8-10 August in Chengdu Century City International Convention and Exhibition Centre welcomed over 200 exhibiting companies and 6,193 visitors.

 

Successful debut of Hotelex Chengdu: UBM making headway in its expansion into 2nd and 3rd tier cities in China.
Successful debut of Hotelex Chengdu: UBM making headway in its expansion into 2nd and 3rd tier cities in China.

Though in its debut, the fairs spread over 20,000 square metres of exhibition area, housing top suppliers of restaurant, hotel and cleaning equipment and supplies, and attracting professional visitors from a diverse range of sectors including hotel, catering, coffee, ice cream, bakery, bar, supermarket and retail enterprises. Hotelex Chengdu will expand to 30,000 square metres in 2015 with the addition of Hospitality Design and Deco, and contract furniture.

Successful debut of Hotelex Chengdu: UBM making headway in its expansion into 2nd and 3rd tier cities in China.
Successful debut of Hotelex Chengdu: UBM making headway in its expansion into 2nd and 3rd tier cities in China.

Hotelex Chengdu marks the first geo-adapt of UBM’s Hotelex event in Shanghai which celebrated its 23rd anniversary last April with 81,596 professional visitors from over 132 countries, and 1,600 exhibitors across 14 halls at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

The hotel, restaurant and catering (hospitality) sector in southwest China has grown exponentially in recent years and HOTELEX Chengdu aims to establish a one-stop sourcing platform for the hospitality industry in this region.Chengdu, as the region’s commercial, financial and political centre, has witnessed a staggering increase in five-star hotels and is earmarked by international hotel management groups such as Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Four Seasons, Hilton, the Mandarin Oriental, Waldorf, W Hotel and Starwood for growth and expansion. It has also grown into the biggest food import centre in southwest China, attracting the first U.S. Food Export Trade Mission to explore the second-tier cities in China with a visit to HOTELEX Chengdu.

Jime Essink, President & CEO of UBM Asia, said, “It is great to see the remarkable results of Hotelex and Clean China in Chengdu and we celebrate this success with the Chengdu Municipal Government and Chengdu Exposition Bureau. We signed a Strategic Cooperation MOU with the Bureau earlier this year to strengthen full-fledged cooperation on exhibition businesses, including the launch of international exhibition projects inChengdu. The launch of new events in second tier cities fits perfectly in our China strategy. China is a huge country with strong demand from various regional markets. Over decades of dedicated work in developing ourChina events into the leading ones of their kind in the world, we have established close relationship with our customers as well as strong connection with associations and global buyers. We know the markets and countries that they are interested in and they entrust UBM to create business opportunities for them with our professional management.”

Another event that UBM is taking to Chengdu is the 22nd World Route Development Forum (World Routes 2016) which is expected to attract more than 3,500 delegates including 350 airlines, 1,000 airports and 300 tourism authorities from more than 125 countries. It will be held in the International Convention & Exhibition Centre at Chengdu Century City from 25-27 September 2016.

Talking about supporting the development of exhibitions in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, Mr. Jime Essink said, “We are very excited about bringing our network and expertise to these cities. Last September, UBM Sinoexpo signed a cooperation agreement with the Guzhen Town Government of Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province to manage the China (Guzhen) International Lighting Fair that was launched in 1999. Guzhen is the world’s largest lighting market and Guzhen Town Government expect that the Guzhen Lighting Fair will become the world’s largest and most influential trade exhibition. This partnership is also very successful. With two months to go, the 14th China(Guzhen) International Lighting Fair to be held in end October this year is sold out and will be expanded to 600,000 square metres with 1,000 exhibitors.”

Guzhen Lighting Fair is held at five venues: the Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre and four lighting trade malls. It is a new model of trade fairs combining permanent fair ground and trade malls. It is unique because Guzhen, two hours from Hong Kong by road is the world capital of lighting industry, both for manufacturing and distribution. In 2013, the total turnover of lighting in Guzhen is RMB 100 billion.

With the full support of trade associations and local government, UBM’s push to second tier cities also includes China Shenyang International Furniture Expo held last month with 500 exhibitors and 10,0000 visitors over 120,000 square metres of exhibition space in Shenyang, the capital and largest city of Liaoning Province, as well as the largest city in Northeast China by urban population, and China (Zhuhai) International Boat Show to be held from 14-17 November, 2014 in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province.

For press enquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications
UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1691
Fax: +852 3749 7342
Email: Jennifer.Law@ubm.com

Christy Chan, Corporate Marketing & Communications Executive
UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1679
Fax: +852 3749 7342
Email: Christy.Chan@ubm.com

Notes to Editors

1. About UBM Asia (http://www.ubmasia.com/)

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 U.S., UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products 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, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennaiorganise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

2.   About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content. Our 5,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to www.ubm.com; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news; follow @UBM for news and updates from across the businesses and selected members of UBM’s Twitter.

Source: UBM Asia Ltd

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September 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

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Neuberger Berman Further Expands Asia Retail Footprint

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— UCITS Funds Registered in the Republic of Korea

NEW YORK  /PRNewswire/ — Neuberger Berman, one of the world’s leading employee-controlled investment managers, is pleased to announce further expansion of its UCITS fund platform in Asia with registration of nine of its funds in the Republic of Korea.

The Financial Supervisory Service has authorised nine funds for public offering in the Republic of Korea. As of the end of July 2014, Neuberger Berman currently manages over $18 billion in assets for institutional and individual clients across its Ireland-based UCITS range. This figure also includes over $2 billion from investors in the region.

“We are thrilled that our UCITS funds registration has been completed. We are delighted to see that our diverse range of strategies have drawn attention from clients in the region already, and I believe it will be another excellent opportunity for us to introduce our products, and in particular, help us build deeper relationship with investors in Korea,” said Ryo Ohira, managing director and head of East Asia for Neuberger Berman.

“Neuberger Berman’s investment solutions are based on our firm’s 75-year-old culture and built on a foundation of active management and deep research,” said Joseph Amato, president and chief investment officer of Neuberger Berman. “We are delighted to bring many of our most distinctive UCITS funds to investors in Asia. These funds reflect our best and highest conviction ideas and our portfolio managers’ experience and expertise.”

About Neuberger Berman

Neuberger Berman is a 75-year-old private, independent, employee-controlled investment manager. The firm manages equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for global institutions, advisors and individuals. With offices in 16 countries, Neuberger Berman’s team is approximately 2,000 professionals and the company was named by Pensions & Investments as a 2013 Best Place to Work in Money Management. Tenured, stable and long-term in focus, the firm fosters an investment culture of fundamental research and independent thinking. It manages $257 billion in client assets as of June 30, 2014. For more information, please visit our website at www.nb.com.

All information is as of June 30, 2014, unless otherwise indicated and is subject to change without notice. Firm data, including employee and assets under management figures, reflects collective data for the various affiliated investment advisers that are subsidiaries of Neuberger Berman Group LLC. Firm history dates back to the 1939 founding of Neuberger & Berman (the predecessor to Neuberger Berman LLC).

The “Neuberger Berman” name and logo are registered service marks of Neuberger Berman Group LLC.

 

Media Contact:

Alex Samuelson, +1.212.476.5392, alexander.samuelson@nb.com

Hirotaka Okada, +81.3.5218.1934, hirotaka.okada@nb.com

Source: Neuberger Berman

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September 8, 2014 at 11:49 am

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SATO’s PJM RFID Integrated into Fantasy, World Leading Diamond ERP System

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TOKYO, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SATO, a leader in barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID solutions, and GemBox RFID (Sydney, Australia), a provider of RFID stock-take-view solutions for diamond & gemstone cutters and dealers, co-announced today that SATO’s unique PJM[1] RFID technology has been integrated into Fantasy, world’s largest ERP System for diamonds by Rubinstein Software.

Having over 200 clients, the Fantasy ERP system is used by the most established multinational diamond cutters and dealers around the world. It is known for its highly specialized functionalities to satisfy the complicated inventory handling needs of the diamond industry.

GemBox RFID has designed and developed highly reliable RFID stocktaking solutions utilizing the PJM technology, which Rubinstein Software now adopts into Fantasy. “Stock-counting is the most critical yet most time consuming and human dependent operation for all diamond manufacturers, dealers and jewelers,” said Jason Ree, CEO of GemBox RFID, “We have searched the world for an RFID technology that can ensure 100% reading accuracy of very closely stacked brifkas[2]. All other RFID systems fail in this environment and it was a dream come true, when I first saw a PJM RFID reader, in front of my eyes, reading 200 RFID tags in 1 second without a miss.”

SATO acquired Magellan Technology, inventor of the unique PJM RFID technology in December 2013, and continues to pursue the research and development of the same technology today. “We are extremely excited to be the strategic solution component of the new Fantasy,” said Kaz Matsuyama, President & CEO of SATO Holdings, “PJM RFID will provide the incomparable advantage to Fantasy, enabling users to enjoy its fantastic new functionalities while receiving SATO’s high-quality localized technical services at the global scale.”

New RFID functionalities including PJM RFID stock-take-view solutions and PJM RFID printing solutions are now available for new users of Fantasy and existing users through system upgrades.

[1]: Phase Jitter Modulation; an RFID technology that can quickly and accurately identify large volumes of tagged items stacked or stored in any physical orientation.

[2]: Small folded paper envelopes used to hold diamonds for safe transportation.

About Rubinstein Software

Founded in 1992, Rubinstein Software (Ramat-Gan, Israel) has been an integral part of the dynamic environment of the diamond industry. By equipping diamond manufacturers with software applications, Rubinstein Software enables manufacturers in providing end-to-end solutions for fluent inventory management. Rubinstein Software leads the field in inventory management particular to the diamond industry. Having consulted and serviced over 200 companies in the industry, Rubinstein Software saw the need for software solutions that are customized to address the individual demands for each manufacturer and dealer, and developed the Fantasy system in response to this need. More information about Rubinstein Software and Fantasy can be found at http://www.smbs.co.il.

About GemBox RFID

GemBox is a pioneer and leading global provider of PJM RFID stock-take-view solutions for the diamond & gemstone industry. GemBox RFID technology allows users to perform full stock counts of 1000’s of gemstones in just seconds, with 100% reliability. More information about GemBox can be found at www.gemboxrfid.com.

About SATO

SATO is a pioneer and leading global provider of integrated Automatic Identification and Data Collection solutions that leverage barcode, two-dimensional stacked & QR code, color code, digital watermarking, and UHF/HF/PJM RFID technologies. SATO delivers innovative end-to-end solutions to businesses as a single point responsibility for hardware, consumables, maintenance management, application software, each designed to enhance customer value. SATO solutions enable better business efficiencies and environmental protection to contribute to the development of a sustainable world.

Founded in 1940, SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has sales and support offices in over 20 countries and is represented globally through a world-class network of partners. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, it reported revenues of JPY 96,773 million (US$ 966 million). More information about SATO can be found at www.satoworldwide.com.

*Conversion is based on an average exchange rate of 1 US Dollar = 100.16 Japanese Yen.

For Media Enquiries:

Daphne Tay
Public Relations Group
SATO Holdings Corporation
daphne.tay@satogbs.com
Mobile: +65-9665-2145

Source: SATO

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September 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

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Water Efficiency Must be the Guiding Star in Fight to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty

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STOCKHOLM /PRNewswire/ —

The 2014 World Water Week, focusing on energy and water, closed today with participants jointly emphasising the importance of a water goal, as well as intimateintegration of energy and water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Week also concluded that water efficiency is one of the main tools in combatting poverty and hunger.

A few obstacles overshadow all others in the fight to end poverty. One is the silo mentality. Sectors must break barriers between them and use synergies to their full potential. This message was underlined by Stockholm Statement on Water, released during the Week by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the organizer of the conference. Another is the gross inefficiencies in water use.

“To counter the challenge of booming water demand we must manage it in a far smarter way. In five years I want us all to be as aware of water efficiency as we are of energy efficiency today,” Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI, told the closing session.

World Water Week started with a call from some of the world’s leading water, environment and resilience scientists and experts, who said that without improved rainwater management, the future development goals currently being discussed are unrealistic.

During the Week, which broke all earlier attendance records with over 3,000 participants from more than 140 countries, water efficiency was highlighted in several sessions. Mr. Neil Macleod of eThekwini Water and Sanitation spoke of the necessity to invent a toilet that does not need water. “The flushing toilet belongs in the history books,” said Mr Macleod, stating that a non-flush toilet would cut a household’s water use by 30 per cent.

The need for holistically approaching energy and water issues was reiterated by the IEA’s Ms. van der Hoeven, who said that: “The water-energy nexus if firmly on our agenda. And so is development. We know that 1.2 billion people in the world lack electricity, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. We therefore applaud next year’s World Water Week theme, water and development.”

Ms. Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, concluded that: “Next year is a momentous year. We need leadership that is courageous. I hope we can use the energy from this Week as a baton for the work we have ahead of us.”

Press information: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/pressroom

Source: Stockholm International Water Institute

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September 8, 2014 at 11:44 am

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ERDF has Chosen Landis+Gyr for its First Step in the Deployment of Linky Meters

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— Landis+Gyr has been chosen to deliver a substantial portion of ‘Linky’ meters to ERDF (the French national electricity distributor, Electricite Reseau Distribution France) . These meters will be produced in Montlucon, France, where Landis+Gyr has been located since 1940

ZUG, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ — Landis+Gyr, the global leader in energy management solutions, announced today the signing of a contract worth approximately €60 million to deliver ‘Linky’ meters to ERDF. Landis+Gyr is one of the leading suppliers for this strategic programme. From the beginning of the project, Landis+Gyr has taken part in both designing and testing of the ‘Linky’ meter, in accordance with ERDF specifications. The meter is based on PLC (Power Line Communication) technology.

ERDF (Electricite Reseau Distribution France) manages the electrical distribution network for 95% of the metropolitan area. The company ensures the operation, development and maintenance of 1,265,500 km of power lines serving 35 million customers.

In 2010, ERDF staged a first smart meter pilot, which comprised 300,000 ‘Linky’ smart meters and 7,000 Data Concentrators, as well as a central system with scalability to 35 million end points. Landis+Gyr was one of three device suppliers in this pilot project, and it delivered successful results.

Following this success, the French Government and the French Energy Regulator (the CRE) gave their green light for a nationwide rollout of these meters.

In the middle of 2013, ERDF announced the public tender for the first phase of the smart meter deployment, with rollout scheduled to take place between 2015 and 2016. The volumes in this first step are three million ‘Linky’ meters and 80,000 Data Concentrators, with a split between G1 technology (PLC-PLAN) and G3 technology (PLC based on OFDM technology).

“Landis+Gyr is proud to have been selected by ERDF as one of the main suppliers for this ambitious programme to bring smart meter technology across France,” said Andreas Umbach, Landis+Gyr’s President and CEO. He added: “We look forward to helping them realize the goal of empowering their customers to better manage their energy consumption.”

This contract forms the first part of ERDF’s plans to deploy ‘Linky’ meters France between 2015 and 2021.

“The awarding of these contracts mark an important step for ERDF and initiates the industrial phase of the ‘Linky’ programme. Its success is based on the partnership between ERDF and all the companies mobilised. With these smart meters, ERDF has become part of the digital revolution and supports the deployment of smart grids in France,” adds Bernard Lassus, Director of the ERDF ‘Linky’ Programme.

“‘Linky’ is the first step towards the smart grid of the future in France, and continued modernization of the French electricity network remains an ERDF priority.  Landis+Gyr has a long, successful history of working with ERDF and we are proud to support them with the delivery of products manufactured in France, in Montlucon, both in G1 and G3 PLC technology. Once complete, this programme will count as the world’s largest smart metering rollout to date,” says Christian Huguet, Country Manager Landis+Gyr France.

About Landis+Gyr

Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,500 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better.

Source: Landis+Gyr

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September 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

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The 3rd Seatrade Winter Cruising Forum is heading for Cartagena, Spain, 21-22 January 2015 and will look at the ever-increasing popularity of winter cruising

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Since the inaugural Seatrade Winter Cruising Forum in Malta in 2008, increasing cruise passengers numbers have continued to demonstrate that the concept of winter cruising to warmer climes continues to grow from strength to strength, with a growing number of cruise lines adding these itineraries to their programmes. As well as the promise of more moderate temperatures, the other key appeal for travellers is the reduced number of tourists at key visitor attractions in the Mediterranean region.

Seasonal cruising is a worldwide trend, with the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asia all year-round destinations. Winter cruising in Norway and Christmas markets in Northern Europe is attracting growing numbers of new to cruise and seasoned travellers alike, whilst the Middle East is a firmly established winter cruising arena. However, the concept is not without challenges; comprehensive itinerary planning and in some regions, weatherproof shorex options are essential, but as more ports and destinations expand their winter product offering and more ships are deployed year-round regionally, there is scope for further growth.

The 2015 Seatrade Winter Cruising Forum in Cartagena will bring together ports, tourism authorities and other cruise industry stakeholders for an informative conference to discuss strategies for additional deployment of cruise vessels to the region. There will be a strong focus on the entire Mediterranean and its adjoining seas, as well as presenting to the cruise operators an overall view of the facilities and attractions Cartagena and the Region of Murcia offer to the cruise passengers as an all-the-year-round destination. In addition, there will be discussions on the development of winter cruise itineraries for destinations further afield and lessons learnt so far.

The forum will also feature a dedicated workshop on the Mediterranean, focusing on both the success stories and the issues confronting the region as it continues to lead the way as an year-round cruise arena. Following tailored conference sessions, the workshop will give regional destinations an opportunity to present their product and services to the cruise lines in one-on-one pre-scheduled meetings.

Upon announcement of the Seatrade Winter Cruising Forum coming to Cartagena, Antonio Sevilla, president of the Port Authority of Cartagena, expressed his delight: “One of the Port of Cartagena’s main goals is to consolidate its business. During the last few years, we are witnessing an increase in cruising in the Mediterranean region. The Port of Cartagena is also increasing its cruise business, with more and more calls, attracting 115 ships and more than 134,000 passengers last year. Our next challenge is to expand the seasonality of cruise ship visits in Cartagena and to attract vessels also in winter season, in order to generate more benefits from this tourist activity.”

For more information on the event please contact:

Nina Marston
Cruise Marketing Manager
Seatrade Communications Ltd
Tel: +44-1206-545121
Email: nmarston@seatrade-global.com
Or visit: wintercruisingforum.com

About the organiser
Seatrade is owned by UBM plc; for further information on UBM plc’s European business (UBM Live) visitubmlive.com and for information UBM plc’s Asian business (UBM Asia) visit UBMAsia.com. Further details on Seatrade can be found at seatrade-insider.com

About Cartagena
Cartagena has been one of the most important military ports of Spain since roman times. Many civilizations have settled in Cartagena leaving behind 3,000 years of history. During the last few years, Cartagena has witnessed an increase in cruise itineraries visiting the port, with more and more frequent calls. The expansion and development of the Cruise Terminal carried out in 2012, has provided a 4,500m2 berth that is 560m long and 12m deep, allowing two vessels to berth simultaneously. Last year Cartagena registered 115 cruise calls and more than 134,000 cruise passengers making a new record in the port.

Source: UBM Live

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September 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

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