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Conrad Macao Honoured with Two Awards in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

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MACAO  /PRNewswire/ — Conrad Macao, Cotai Central has been honoured with two awards in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards:  ‘Top 25 Hotels in China‘ and ‘Top 25 Hotels for Service in China‘. This marks the third award for the hotel in 2015 having also been listed on Conde Nast Traveler China’s ‘2015 Gold List’ earlier in January.  Conrad Macao is currently ranked #1 out of 85 hotels in Macao on TripAdvisor.

Conrad Macao has been named a 'Top 25 Hotel' & 'Top 25 Hotel for Service in China' in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards.
Conrad Macao has been named a ‘Top 25 Hotel’ & ‘Top 25 Hotel for Service in China’ in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Now in its 13th year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards honour the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travellers. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

“It is a great honour to be recognised as one of the ‘Top 25 Hotels’ in China and even more importantly ‘Top 25 Hotel for Service in China‘,  it is testimony that our goal to continually to strive to be a leader in the hospitality industry is appreciated by our savvy guests who take the time write a review on TripAdvisor,” said Bede Barry, General Manager. “Here at Conrad Macao, we allow our guests the luxury to just be themselves while at the same time enjoying all the stylish amenities that they would expect from a five-star hotel.”

Located in the heart of Sands® Cotai Central and set against a backdrop of world heritage listed cultural sites, the multi-award award winning hotel offers contemporary accommodation for sophisticated travellers. With 636 guestrooms including 206 luxurious suites, guests can enjoy amenities such as digital entertainment systems, iPad docks, Nespresso coffee machines and spa-influenced ‘his and hers’ amenities in every room.

Guests can also relax and unwind in the hotel’s Health Club, take a swim in the outdoor swimming pool or book a pampering spa treatment at Bodhi Spa.  If guests are looking to enjoy some retail therapy then they can explore more than 100 luxury designer and lifestyle shops within the Sands® Cotai Central integrated resort or walk across to The Shoppes to enjoy an additional 500 stores. Guests are also spoilt for choice when it comes to dining – whether it is contemporary Chinese cuisine at the hotel’s signature restaurant Dynasty 8, international and Asian buffets at Grand Orbit or the array of international and local restaurants located within the resort complex, there is something to suit every palette.

Visit TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards for more information or to see reviews visit  Conrad Macao TripAdvisor , to make a reservation to stay at Conrad Macao please visit Conrad Macao Cotai Central

About Conrad Macao, Cotai Central

Conrad Macao, Cotai Central is a world-class, contemporary, luxury hotel located at Sands Cotai Central, offering luxurious guestrooms and suites in a 40-floor tower overlooking the Cotai Strip. Just a five-minute drive fromMacau International Airport, Conrad Macao offers easy access to all parts of Macao with limousine service, plus the added convenience of complimentary shuttle buses. Conrad Macao is also connected conveniently to ferry terminals and border crossing points within a few minutes of the hotel. Take advantage of our authentic connections to Macao’s cultural and heritage areas or stay entertained with direct access to restaurants and 100 luxury brand shops at Shoppes at Cotai Central or relax at the Pool Deck or Health Club and Bodhi Spa. ConradMacao, Cotai Central is the place to be in Macao to experience the luxury of being yourself. For more information, please visit www.conradmacao.com.

About Conrad Hotels and Resorts

Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travellers for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly interact – people who know that the greatest luxury is the luxury of being yourself. A global brand consisting of 25 properties across 5 continents, Conrad Hotels & Resorts offer guests personalized experiences with sophisticated, locally inspired surroundings and connections to people and places around the corner or halfway around the world. Intuitive service is delivered with the Conrad Concierge App that puts Conrad’s services and amenities at the guest’s fingertips, whether ordering room service or a wakeup call to customizing the room’s pillow options or arranging reservations at our locally inspired cuisine and spa offerings. Conrad is a global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide with plans to add 12 more properties to the brand’s portfolio. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or learn more about the brand by visitinghttp://news.conradhotels.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,100 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 685,000 rooms in 92 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com,www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk,www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.lafourchette.com,www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com,www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com,www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

CONTACTS:

Donna Campbell/Joyce Chiu
Conrad Macao, Cotai Central
+853 8113 8222 / +853 8113 8220
Donna.campbell@conradhotels.com
joyce.chiu@conradhotels.com

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Source: Sands China Ltd.

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January 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm

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Sands Resorts Bringing Broadway to Macao

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-CATS first of many musicals to come

MACAO /PRNewswire/ — From superstars to superb exhibitions, and from music to sports, and much more in between, Sands China Ltd. has long-been a pioneer in delivering a diversity of entertainment choices from around the world at the company’s integrated resort city – Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao. With the arrival of the universally adored CATS at The Venetian Theatre March 6-15, 2015, Broadway musicals are a strong addition to the impressive and ever-expanding array of non-gaming attractions already available toMacao’s locals and visitors at Sands Resorts.

Broadway musicals are the newest addition to the diverse entertainment line-up at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, with the record-breaking CATS coming to The Venetian Theatre March 6-15. Mandatory credit: Image by Juho Sim
Broadway musicals are the newest addition to the diverse entertainment line-up at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, with the record-breaking CATS coming to The Venetian Theatre March 6-15. Mandatory credit: Image by Juho Sim

“Bringing an authentic Broadway show to Macao is the latest example of our multi-tiered entertainment strategy in action,” said Scott Messinger, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sands China Ltd. “Sands China knows the importance of diversifying the tourism product in Macao, and we have continually brought in new offerings to accomplish that goal. Providing a wide variety of superstar entertainment is a key attraction of our integrated resorts and helps the awareness of Macao as a destination. We are pleased to continue shining a global spotlight on Macao with a world-renowned Broadway show like CATS, as we raise the profile of Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

The staging of CATS at The Venetian Theatre is the first of several Broadway shows coming to Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, including another major musical coming in June, with details to be announced soon. Information on future shows will be available via Cotai Ticketing once announced.

Whether new to the genre or long-time fans, audiences will have a chance to enjoy one of the most successful musicals of all time when CATS makes a limited-engagement run at The Venetian Theatre March 6-15. The record-breaking song and dance spectacular is a world-class production not to be missed, and features the timeless hit song “Memory,” a fantastical set, inspired choreography and mischievous costumes. More information, including ticketing details, is available at www.cotaiticketing.com.

As Macao’s leading entertainment destination, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has helped the city stand out as one of the region’s top spots for catching the biggest superstars and some of the world’s most outstanding performances and events, including the Rolling Stones, Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Eason Chan, G.E.M., Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, Manny Pacquiao, Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Huading Awards, the IIFA Awards and many, many others.

Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Resorts

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar‘s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greaterChina. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.com/
entertainment.html
and www.sandsmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao – Sands China’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.5 million square feet (140,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands®Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in late 2015… the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip… The Parisian Macao.

Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! For more information, please visithttp://en.sandsresortsmacao.com.

Media contacts:

Public Relations, Venetian Macau Limited
Lily Cheng
Tel: +853 8118 2013
Email: lily.sw.cheng@sands.com.mo

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Source: Sands China Ltd.

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January 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

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Tembusu’s bold cryptocurrency plan secures $1 million boost

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-Next-gen distributed blockchain technology is robust, has solid real-world applications

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Tembusu Systems’ TRUST platform raised S$1.2 million in bridge funding to kick off the new year, including a million-dollar vote of confidence from a Singapore listed company. The most recent capital injection values the company at S$11 million.

The TRUST platform makes the technology behind cryptocurrency available for use by organisations and individuals and opens up new use cases for cryptocurrency technology because of its new, innovative features, which investors and other businesses are keen to implement.

“TRUST solves the key challenges of first-generation distributed blockchain technology that held it back from getting wide adoption. Our platform introduces proof-of-identity for accounts, which makes for better integration with existing systems and governments. We’re also including prepaid wallets and a reputation system to improve the user experience.” Said Andras Kristof, Co-founder and CEO of Tembusu Systems.

These innovations take into account the lessons learnt from Bitcoin, the world’s most prominent cryptocurrency, which has had a difficult time gaining traction in many countries because of how its complete anonymity can be misused for criminal activities. Users also face the risk of irrecoverable losses if accounts are hacked or if data on their computers is destroyed. TRUST has a built-in system that enables account recovery.

While not a cryptocurrency in itself, TRUST’s technology can also allow banks, governments and corporations to launch their own asset-backed cryptocurrencies. Asset-backed cryptocurrencies will likely be much more stable than Bitcoin, which has seen wild price fluctuations and is worth just 25 per cent of what it was worth 12 months ago.

Immediate applications for Tembusu Systems’ distributed blockchain technology include payment processing systems, low-cost remittance services, cross-border loyalty points systems, and even banking and trade facilities for the region’s estimated 300 million unbanked.

Tembusu Systems established themselves as a pioneer in the cryptocurrency scene when they launched Asia’sfirst Bitcoin ATM in Singapore, the Tembusu Prime Bitcoin ATM, in February 2014. The company was then known as Tembusu Terminals.

A key advisor for the development of the TRUST platform is Yanis Varoufakis, the newly-appointed Greek Finance Minister and professor at the University of Athens, who has been working with the team since November 2014. He was a key consultant in building Valve Corporation’s online economy. Other advisors include Professor David Lee, Professor of Quantitative Finance (Practice) at SMU, Director of Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, and Academic Director for the Global Master of Finance Dual Degree.

This relatively large investment in cryptocurrency technology is the first by a listed company in the region and comes at a crucial time as governments and companies begin to seriously consider various levels of cryptocurrency adoption. The Monetary Authority of Singapore showed a progressive approach by allowing cryptocurrencies to be used with some regulation, fuelling innovation and growth in the sector here. A number of other countries have banned Bitcoin outright, because of price stability and anonymity issues, something the TRUST platform addresses effectively.

“We see massive potential in how the TRUST platform can be used by corporations and financial institutions. We are looking at what may well be a paradigm shift in accounting, commerce and banking, and are encouraged because this round of funding shows the strength and relevance of the technology,” said Prof. Varoufakis before his electoral campaign.

About Tembusu Systems

Tembusu Systems Pte Ltd was founded in October 2013 and developed the TRUST system, which is based on next-generation distributed blockchain technology. The company made headlines when they unveiled Asia’s first Bitcoin ATM in Singapore, the Tembusu Prime Bitcoin ATM, in February 2014 under the name Tembusu Terminals Pte Ltd. www.tembusu.sg

For media enquiries:

Daniel Yap
Right Hook Communications
t: +65 8189 9587
e: daniel@righthook.com.sg

Jarrod Luo
Tembusu Systems
e: info@tembusu.sg

Source: Tembusu Systems Pte Ltd
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January 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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UBM and Interexpo Enter Into Strategic Partnership to Organise Beauty Expo

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HONG KONG  /PRNewswire/ — UBM Asia announces today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Interexpo (M) Sdn Bhd to organise Interexpo’s annual Beauty Expo in Malaysia starting from the 2015 event.

Beauty Expo is the biggest and longest-running beauty trade show in Malaysia and the largest such trade platform in Southeast Asia serving the beauty and wellness industry.

The partnership is a significant addition to UBM’s portfolio of beauty, cosmetics and wellness events in Asia. UBM organises beauty exhibitions, namely PhilBeauty in the Philippines, ASEANBeauty in Thailand, Diet & Beauty in Japan and is a joint organiser of Cosmoprof Asia, the region’s largest and most international cosmetic and beauty trade show held annually in Hong Kong.

Mak Weng Kit, owner and CEO of Interexpo, a 30-year veteran of the exhibition industry in Malaysia, established Beauty Expo 15 years ago. Commenting on the partnership, Mak said: “Before becoming an entrepreneur I used to work for UBM. So it feels like something of a homecoming to be once again working with the company. I am excited about the potential to further grow Beauty Expo in partnership with UBM.”

M. Gandhi, Managing Director UBM Asia (ASEAN Business), remarked: “This strategic partnership that brings Beauty Expo into UBM’s ASEAN beauty series, makes excellent sense in giving more value to our global customers to further promote their products in one of the fastest growing markets, while adding significant value to Beauty Expo exhibitors who will further benefit from UBM’s global network.”

The key members of Beauty Expo team will join UBM Malaysia to further develop the successful Beauty Expo.

Beauty Expo 2015 will be held from 16 – 19 October at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

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

1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in 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 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 leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist 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; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc and go tohttp://media.ubm.com/social for more UBM social media options.

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Source: UBM Asia
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January 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

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BVI House Asia Sponsors the Asian Financial Forum 2015 in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — BVI House Asia is proud to have been a Premium Hospitality Booth Sponsor at the Asian Financial Forum (AFF) 2015 which welcomed more than 2,400 people and over 100 distinguished speakers around the world to discuss the theme, “Asia: Sustainable Development in a World of Change.”

Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), the AFF is one of the leading annual events in the global financial calendar, organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). The two-day forum welcomed an outstanding line up of speakers, including Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission Xiao Gang; Nobel prize-winning economist Professor Paul Krugman; and Chairman of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited Jiang Jianqing.

Over 170 guests visited the BVI House Asia Booth to learn more about the role that the British Virgin Islands (BVI) plays in world trade as a successful, transparent and well-regulated business centre, and the history that the BVI has had in Asia, helping clients in the region for over 30 years set up BVI business companies for asset protection and wealth management, funds investment, listing companies, captive insurance, ship and aircraft financing and registration, and holding companies.

“We established BVI House Asia as the representative of the BVI in Asia Pacific because we are a major player in the global financial environment and committed to the development of sustainable growth in Asia,” said Elise Donovan, Director of BVI House Asia. “In line with that commitment, we are proud to support the AFF as a sponsor this year.”

About BVI House Asia

BVI House Asia is the representative office of the Government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, BVI House Asia was established in September 2013 to support and expand the strong relationship that the BVI has had with the Asia Pacific region for over 25 years. With a focus on financial services, BVI House Asia provides a wide range of services to Asian businesses, such as asset protection, property holding, financial management, trading, copyrighting, bespoke trust services and investment business. The BVI is among the largest corporate registers in the world and is lauded for its efficient time to market, competitive incorporation fees, and strong and innovative legal system. Drawing on its deep experience in the region and mature infrastructure in Asia, BVI House Asia is committed to building effective, trusted and responsible relationships with its clients, business partners and vested third parties.

For media enquiries, please contact Hamilton Advisors Limited:

Robert T. Grieves
Dir: +852-2487-8070
Tel: +852-2488-8866
rgrieves@hamiltonadvisorsltd.com
www.hamiltonadvisorsltd.com

Source: BVI House Asia

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January 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm

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Winners Announced for TIME’s “Submit Your World” Video Contest

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Event draws 350+ entries from all across the Asia-Pacific region

Affirms TIME’s commitment to engaging with readers

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  • Justin from Singapore interested in World related articles
  • Val from Australia interested in Entertainment related articles
  • FangWoei from Malaysia interested in World related articles
  • Philip from Hong Kong interested in World related articles
  • Breench from Philippines interested in Entertainment related articles
  • TOP 30

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — TIME, the world’s leading weekly news magazine that reaches over 60 million readers, has announced the winners of its “Submit Your World” video contest. In a world of constantly fragmenting media and ubiquitous technology that fights for our attention in every moment of the day. The contest was created to remind people about the importance of staying connected to the world, and also encourage them to express their opinions and share them with others in a constructive manner.

Readers from all across the Asia-Pacific region participated, with a strong showing from the Philippines and Indonesia, which represented 50% of the submissions. Other countries and territories that saw high numbers of submissions were Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. World Affairs was the most pressing concern on readers’ minds, as it was, by far, the topic most covered in submissions. Culture, Entertainment and Ideas were the other most popular video subjects.

The panel of judges was comprised of esteemed members of TIME’s Asia-Pacific Editorial, Production, Consumer Marketing and Circulation teams, Mr. Zoher Abdoolcarim, Mr. Nelson Luk, Mr. Rick Kam and Ms. Susie Pattison. Entries were evaluated based on four categories:

  • Originality, Overall Video Concept
  • Relevance to the Theme set by TIME magazine which Is “Submit Your World”
  • The Story and Message behind the Video
  • Audience Appeal: the total votes received

After all of the evaluations and online votes were tallied, there were 5 “Grand Winners” chosen, along with a “Top 30” group of runners up.

Each of the 5 Grand Winners will receive a 108-issue TIME Magazine All Access (print + digital) subscription, PLUS an Apple iPad Air 2. All of the Top 30 runners up will receive a 54-issue TIME Magazine Digital-only subscription.

In a statement the panel of judges said, “All award winners were very creative. The videos they submitted reflects their world, or what interests them on their side of it. Each had a unique message or story behind it. All were engaging. Contestants clearly understood how to create content that would engage with TIME readers and would be optimal for sharing. Some of the entries were very, very popular among online voters. We were really blown away by the number of impressive entries, and their engagement is really encouraging.”

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Prize Category Magazine Cover Name Country/Region Entry Submitted
Grand Winner Val Australia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=46
Grand Winner Philip Hong Kong http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=61
Grand Winner FangWoei Malaysia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=330
Grand Winner Breech Asher Harani Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=177
Grand Winner Justin Singapore http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=150
Prize Category Magazine Cover Name Country/Region Entry Submitted
TOP 30 Boon Ming Malaysia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=51
TOP 30 Loida Torio Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=6
TOP 30 Kenney Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=18
TOP 30 Noel Miradora Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=263
TOP 30 Ayo Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=181
TOP 30 NEXUS OOI Malaysia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=265
TOP 30 Dineshk India http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=340
TOP 30 Nasrullah Napi Malaysia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=281
TOP 30 Odie Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=106
TOP 30 Jeffrey Delfin Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=114
TOP 30 Jodi Cheng Hong Kong http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=284
TOP 30 Fredeswindo Alcala Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=344
TOP 30 Jay Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=215
TOP 30 Zsarina Girado Australia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=11
TOP 30 Ewan Malaysia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=123
TOP 30 Ruttanadech Thailand http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=218
TOP 30 Karen Hong Kong http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=111
TOP 30 Michelle Tam Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=217
TOP 30 Adam Azano Satrio Indonesia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=363
TOP 30 Darwin Santiago Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=364
TOP 30 Qasim Jafri Pakistan http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=35
TOP 30 Sam Thailand http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=67
TOP 30 Vinookanth Budhiraju India http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=282
TOP 30 Mel Avanzado Australia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=348
TOP 30 Dee Malaysia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=362
TOP 30 Tuck Hong Kong http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=345
TOP 30 Franky Wongkar Indonesia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=37
TOP 30 Nate Berglund Indonesia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=80
TOP 30 MarianaE Indonesia http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=223
TOP 30 Nelogs Philippines http://submityourworld.com/html/vote.php?magazineID=355

To see a video of the results, as well as all of the winning entries, visitwww.submityourworld.com. Join the discussion online: #SubmitYourWorld

Contact TIME Submit Your World via email to submityourworld@timeasia.com for prize delivery arrangement or any enquiries related to the results.

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January 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

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ESI International Releases Top 10 Trends in Project Management

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-Trends highlight the need to keep projects aligned with organisational strategy

SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — ESI International, the world’s leading project management training company, today announced the release of its top 10 trends in project management for 2015. The 2015 trends reveal that project managers (PMs) will be impacted by many changes this year, including more hybrid environments, an increasing demand for talent management, and a growing need to more closely align project outcomes with organisational strategy.

“All too often people talk about strategy and execution independently. In the coming months, we will see a heightened focus on managing the critical links connecting the two as more organisations begin to view strategic execution as a core discipline,” said Raed S. Haddad, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, ESI International. “The impact on project management is substantial. Project managers, who are typically held accountable for delivering project outcomes, will now also be responsible for how those deliverables impact the business. This will require a retooling of their skill sets, but in the end it elevates the PM’s role as a critical enabler of business strategy, and that’s a very good thing for project managers who can make the jump.”

ESI’s top 10 trends for project management include:

  1. Lofty expectations: PMs need to become adept at managing gaps between the constraints of cloud-based platforms and the business’ expectations
  2. Out-of-whack: Talent management within the PM community comes back into focus
  3. Fuel for the hybrid: As the pace of change continues to accelerate, hybrid project methods will become the norm
  4. A day late and a dollar short: The ability to find and hire top PM talent is dwindling
  5. Bottom’s up: Organisations must build bottom-up processes to link project outcomes to organisational strategy
  6. Ignore them at your own peril: Project managers will continue to be ignored and not get the coaching and mentoring they are screaming for
  7. Run!: Project managers continue to sacrifice project transparency as they flee from conflict and avoid difficult conversations
  8. Change is coming: The disciplines of change management and project management continue to merge as PMs become responsible for delivering project and business outcomes
  9. Knocking at the door: Project management and business strategy better align to the benefit of the organisation
  10. Culture shock: Organisational culture becomes a bigger consideration in risk management practices

“The project manager’s role will continue to evolve in 2015,” said Haddad. “Savvy PMs will see the writing on the wall and work to upgrade their competencies in some critical areas. Improving interpersonal skills, learning the discipline of strategic execution, and becoming well versed in change management practices should be on every PM’s list of New Year resolutions.”

ESI’s top 10 trends in project management is put together annually by ESI senior executives and subject matter experts.

To download ESI International’s top 10 project management trends, please visit:
http://www.esi-intl.com.sg/pdf/POV/SGPOV_2015_Top_10_Project_Managment_Trends.pdf

About ESI International

ESI International is a global project-focused training company, helping people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative training in project management, business analysis and contract management. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programmes through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s programmes have benefited more than 1.85 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit www.esi-intl.com.sg.

Source: ESI International

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January 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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