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Asian Education Officials to Explore School Dropout at International Summit

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WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — Education officials from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Tajikistanand Timor-Leste will join approximately 200 experts and government representatives at a two-day summit here to explore drivers of school dropout and strategies to keep children in classrooms, the U.S. Agency for International Development (www.usaid.gov) and Creative Associates International announced. (www.CreativeAssociatesInternational.com)

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The “School Dropout Prevention Summit: Understanding the Causes, Sharing the Solutions” will be held at theWashington (D.C.) Hilton on Sept. 9 and 10. Registration is open to education professionals—as well as the media—at no cost. Space is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ebay5j921c3cba1f&llr=7s7s76mab

The Sept. 9 and 10 Summit, which will examine factors that affect dropout in developing and developed countries, has the following scheduled sessions:

  • Overview of Strategies to Address Dropout
  • Early Warning Systems: A Foundation for Action
  • Crime and Dropout Prevention Strategies
  • Dropout Prevention in Conflict Settings, for Girls, and Youth Livelihoods
  • Did It Work? School Dropout Prevention Pilot Research Findings on Dropout Intervention Impacts

An interview-style session called “Tackling Dropout: Ministries of Education Reflect” will be held at the end of the two-day session.

Results from 4-country School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program

With support from USAID, Creative led a consortium of partners working on a five-year, four-country applied research project called the “School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program,” which explored the drivers of dropout and then engaged government ministries, educators, communities, parents and students in sustainable solutions. The target countries in the program are Cambodia, India, Tajikistan and Timor-Leste.

Findings from the pilot will be shared by the country teams and Ministries of Education during the conference, along with other program strategies and research. The pilot was carried out by CARE International, Kampuchean Action for Primary Education, QUEST Alliance and Creative.

In addition to representatives from the four countries in the pilot, delegates from Egypt, Nigeria, Tanzania,Bangladesh and elsewhere will attend.

“There is not a single, simple solution to preventing dropout,” says Charito Kruvant, Creative’s CEO. “Different approaches to address dropout have been tried, with varying degrees of success. This is an opportunity to review and discuss these efforts and what countries are planning in order to ensure that children successfully complete their education.”

About USAID & Creative Associates International

The U.S. Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. (www.usaid.gov)

Creative Associates International works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, economic growth, governance and transitions from conflict to peace. (www.CreativeAssociatesInternational.com)

Source: Creative Associates International

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August 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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Markets Group: 500+ Wealth Management Leaders Gather for the Largest Regional Private Wealth Meeting

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Markets Group will host the 3rd Annual Private Wealth Latin America & The Caribbean Forum, the largest conference of the wealth management space. This event is a two day series of presentations, panels, roundtables and interviews on October 20th and 21st at the JW Marriott in Miami, Florida.

Attendees will meet and hear from three different keynote addresses and interviews, in addition to over 120 wealth managers, asset managers, and private bankers. The two-day forum will provide education on asset allocation, protection, private client management, offshore structuring, tax, trust, and estate planning. More than 500 executives are expected to attend, including experts on the private client landscape from around Latin America and the Caribbean, with over 30 countries represented.

2015 Speakers:

Vicente Fox, President of Mexico (2000-2006)
Bob Browne, Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, Northern Trust
Dan Mitchell
, Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute
Maria Elena Lagomasino
, Chief Executive Officer, WE Family Offices (US)
Alfredo Monge, President, Grupo Monge (Costa Rica)
Patricia Sierra, Executive Director, Fundacion Pies Descalzos (Colombia)
Humberto Garcia de Alba, Chief Investment Strategist Private Banking, BBVA Bancomer (Mexico)
Chris Battifarano, Director of Research, GenSpring Family Offices (US)
Maria Awilda Quintana, Head of Wealth Management, Banco Popular (Puerto Rico)
Cara Williams, Global Head of Wealth Management, Mercer (UK)

To register, view a full list of speakers and the event agenda visit: http://www.marketsgroup.org/campaigns/private-wealth-miami-forum-2015?utm_source=latam-private-wealth_-latin-america-the-caribbean-forum_08.20.2015_partner_website_pr-newswire-1&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=latam-private-wealth_-latin-america-the-caribbean-forum_08.20.2015_partner_website_pr-newswire-1

Latin America hosts one of the highest concentrations of HNWIs in the world. There are at least 50 billionaires inBrazil, and more than 200 individuals who are worth more than USD 500 million. Latin American economic growth will be faster than the world as a whole, expanding to account for 9% of the global economy by 2030. International banks are investing heavily in Brazil and wealth management groups increasing their yearly revenue.

Event Sponsors: ALPS. Avior Executive Search, BVI Finance, Carmignac Gestion, Columbus Frontiers, Foment Economico de Puerto Rico, DoubleLine, Giovanini F Advogados, Henley & Partners, HSBC, International Wealth protection, Lombard International Assurance, The Lucidity Fund, Marcus & Millichap, Miami DDA, Natixis, Paulson & Co. Inc., PinBridge Investment, Pioneer Investments, Private Wealth Systems, ProShares, Schroders, SGG Corporate & Fund Administration Services

Timbervest, Vanguard, Vistra, Vivanco & Vivanco.

If your firm is interested in attending or joining the speaker faculty, contact Maria Tatis at 1.646.202.9436 ormaria.tatis@marketsgroup.org.

Source: Markets Group

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August 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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UBM Asia Ltd. to Receive Recognition at the Marketing Events Awards 2015

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-Asia’ Largest Trade Exhibition Organiser’s Professional Development Programmes Garner Finalists Positions for Most Innovative Event and Best Use of Limited Budget

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Excellence in marketing gleams in the trade exhibition industry with the recognition of UBM Asia Ltd. as finalists in the two categories of Most Innovative Event and Best Use of Limited Budget for the Marketing Events Awards 2015 produced by Marketing, a publication of Lighthouse Independent Media. UBM Asia Ltd., the largest trade exhibition organiser in Asia and a division of UBM plc, sets new standards in the fields of event marketing and employee career development with these honours. Final award placements will be announced on the evening of the Marketing Events Awards taking place on September 24 in Hong Kong.

The 2014 edition of UBM Asia’s Marketing Meeting and Awards, an annual internal development programme for UBM Asia’s marketing staff, was recognised by the judging panel of the Marketing Event Awards 2015. In particular, the 2014 edition of the meeting themed A Digital Interactive World utilised a combination of experiential and digital technologies such as attendee photo check-in, mobile apps, Bluetooth enabled live polling, and interactive electronic signature walls to inspire attendees who are event marketers themselves to push the creative envelope and create better experiences for their own shows and customers.

UBM Asia Marketers Celebrate at the 2014 UBM Asia Marketing Awards
UBM Asia Marketers Celebrate at the 2014 UBM Asia Marketing Awards

“We are absolutely thrilled that our annual learning and career building event for our marketing staff is being recognised through these awards,” says Jime Essink, President and CEO of UBM Asia Ltd.  “The annual UBM Asia Marketing Meeting and Awards is actually just one of several programmes we have within our company as part of our dedication to grow our staff professionally. We’ve also been investing in programmes dedicated towards building sales and operational excellence as well as business intelligence and IT.”

“I was incredibly surprised when I received the news that our internal event was going to receive this type of recognition,” says UBM Asia Regional Director of International Marketing Ben Veechai. “The team and I were just going about our normal duties in trying to create more interesting and better learning vehicles for our 250+ marketing staff; but to then see UBM Asia’s efforts recognised next to big brands like Audi, Mercedes Benz, Estee Lauder, and Acuvue already feels like a win for the entire B2B exhibition industry and profession.”

UBM Asia’s 2014 A Digital Interactive World Marketing Meeting Inspires Better Digital Events
UBM Asia’s 2014 A Digital Interactive World Marketing Meeting Inspires Better Digital Events

Aligned with UBM’s Event’s First Strategy announcement in November of 2014, the company outlined its strategic priorities for the business over the next three to five years to drive profitable growth which includes focusing on operational excellence throughout the company. Professional skills training delivered in dynamic and inspirational formats such as the annual UBM Asia Marketing Meeting and Awards is part of the long term strategy of building the world’s best events by investing in and cultivating the world’s best event professionals. For more information about UBM Asia, its events, people and culture, and exciting career opportunities visitwww.ubmasia.com .

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 network of 31 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. 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, 21 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 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.

Contact:

Ben Veechai
Regional Director International Marketing
UBM Asia Ltd.
T: +852-2516-1635
F: +852-3749-7373 
E: ben.veechai@ubm.com

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August 28, 2015 at 11:59 am

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Carlson Rezidor Launches Experience Meetings Across Asia Pacific

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, is rolling out its Radisson Blu hotel brand’s signature meetings program, Experience Meetings, across Asia Pacific. The launch kicked off with an exclusive preview event in Shanghai on August 25, 2015, which will be followed by sister events in Bangkok on September 1, 2015, and in New Delhi on September 3, 2015.

Radisson Blu is one of the world’s leading hotel brands with more than 280 hotels in operation in 62 countries. Iconic, stylish and sophisticated, Radisson Blu hotels and resorts provide a full range of innovative design-led products and services, delivering genuine and relevant guest experiences with a distinctive Yes I Can!SM service philosophy. In Asia Pacific, there are 45 Radisson Blu hotels in operation and another 34 under development.

“We all want more productive meetings and Carlson Rezidor is committed to delivering successful meetings through our unique Experience Meetings concept, which leverages on technology and innovation, customer insight and research. Experience Meetings provides all the elements that contribute to seamless, successful meetings in a creative and intellectually stimulating environment, whilst providing meetings planners with environmentally sustainable options, as well as enhanced rewards,” said Sandy Russell, vice president, Commercial Operations,Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Experience Meetings features Brain Box, a break-out room concept which takes into account different learning styles and creates a stimulating atmosphere through the use of bright colors and flexible furniture to help boost creativity, encourage active participation and enhance interaction amongst the delegates.

Participants can also look forward to delectable Brain Food during their meetings and seminars.  This innovative culinary concept was developed in consultation with nutrition experts and chefs, and is based on core principles that emphasize the use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients such as fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables that have had minimal industrial processing. Fat content and added sugar are kept low and the the focus is on creating menus that deliver great taste while maintaining stable blood sugar levels so that delegates experience optimal concentration and minimal fatigue.

Experience Meetings also leverages technology to ensure superior connectivity for both participants and meetings planners. All meeting delegates can expect free internet access throughout their events at all Radisson Blu properties.

Radisson Blu is recognized by the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC), as a leader in sustainable meetings and Carlson Rezidor’s Club Carlson for Planners rewards program for meetings planners allows members to earn Gold Points that can be redeemed for free stays and airline miles. In addition, Experience Meetings is the only meeting planner loyalty program that automatically purchases carbon credits that offset the estimated carbon footprint of every event.

About Radisson Blu®

Radisson Blu® is one of the world’s leading hotel brands with more than 280 hotels in operation in 62 countries. Radisson Blu’s vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality is characterized by a unique Yes I Can!SM service philosophy, and all of its first class hotels offer a range of signature features that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Distinguished the world over as the brand with Hotels Designed to Say YES!SM, Radisson Blu offers a vivid visual celebration of leading-edge style where the delight is in the detail. Radisson Blu hotels are located in prime locations in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations across the world.

Radisson Blu is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. For reservations and more information visit, www.radissonblu.com. Connect with Radisson Blu on social media: @RadissonBlu on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.com/RadissonBlu.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups and includes more than 1,370 hotels in operation and under development with180,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 110 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 85,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., andBrussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.carlsonrezidor.com and follow on Twitter @carlsonrezidor.

Contact details
Tracy Lui, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group I +65 9839 4095 I tlui@carlsonrezidor.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-1418 or +1 (763) 212-8129 | bgardeen@carlsonrezidor.com

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Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

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August 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

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Fragrance Du Bois Returns to Tangs

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Fragrance Du Bois is proud to announce its return to TANGS’ flagship store — located in Singapore’s world famous Orchard Road shopping district — from the 21st of August to the 4th of September 2015.

Making its second appearance of the year (due to popular demand), the ‘pop up’ will once again be used as a wonderful opportunity to offer a first-hand experience of niche perfumery, and showcase Fragrance Du Bois’ luxurious 100% pure, natural Oud based fragrances.

The Fragrance Du Bois 'pop up' at TANGS at Tang Plaza, Singapore.
The Fragrance Du Bois ‘pop up’ at TANGS at Tang Plaza, Singapore.

Spurred on by an encouraging debut at TANGS in March this year (in which it received a very positive reaction from both local shoppers and tourists), Fragrance Du Bois has decided to return to the scene of its previous success.

“We have observed a growing appetite for niche perfumery,” said Nicola Parker, Brand Director of Fragrance Du Bois, “and it’s gratifying to note that at Fragrance Du Bois, we are perfectly placed to cater to a market that is increasing in sophistication. Returning to TANGS one of the most recognised home-bred department stores in Singapore  gives us another great opportunity to increase brand recognition and to educate our customers on our philosophy, and, in particular, what sets us apart from the mainstream fragrance brands.”

Fragrance Du Bois' characteristic central feature -- a fragrance table with cloches, scented with signature Du Bois perfumes.
Fragrance Du Bois’ characteristic central feature — a fragrance table with cloches, scented with signature Du Bois perfumes.

Fragrance Du Bois is acknowledged as the only fragrance brand in the world that guarantees the use of sustainably sourced, pure Oud oil, obtained from its very own plantations — all of which are managed by Asia Plantation Capital.

Asia Plantation Capital is one of the world’s most successful, integrated plantation companies that processes agarwood products in a sustainable manner. Garlanded with Capital Finance International’s (CFi.co) award for the ‘Best Sustainable Forestry Management Company — Global, 2014’, the company is committed to ensuring that the sternest ethical and legal standards are applied and adhered to at every stage of the production process – from the planting, growing, and harvesting of agarwood, all the way through to producing fine and exquisite oud oil.

This time around, customers can expect even more from Fragrance Du Bois, as the ‘pop up’ will feature some of the world’s finest, niche, luxury fragrances in the shape of brands that share Fragrance Du Bois’ standards and core values, namely Xerjoff, Parfums de Marly, Illuminum, House of Sillage, Isabey and Jovoy. These eminent brands are making their debuts in Southeast Asia, and are being sold exclusively at Fragrance Du Bois.

Fragrance Du Bois will be available at TANGS at Tang Plaza from the 21st of August to the 4th of September 2015.

Notes to Editors:

For further information, please contact:-

Zureina Maidin
PR & Marketing Director, Malaysia
Email: zureina@fragrancedubois.com
Mobile: +6013-774-1009

Samantha Tham
PR & Marketing Executive, Singapore
Email: samantha.tham@fragrancedubois.com
Mobile: +65-9144-0933

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.

Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Asia Plantation Capital is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the Asia Plantation Capital business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia.

Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India,Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

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August 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

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Mantra Group Announces Results for Year Ended 30 June 2015

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ —

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total revenue of $498.8 million representing a 9.7% increase on FY2014
  • NPAT was $36.2 million, up $36.5m on FY2014
  • EBITDAI of $73.1 million up 19.2% on FY2014
  • NPATA of $38.9million, up $36.5m on FY2014
  • Basic EPS of 14.2 cents per share, compared to (0.3) cents per share for FY2014
  • Fully franked final dividend of 5 cents per share to be paid on 6 October 2015 bringing total dividend for the year to 10 cents per share
  • Strong pipeline of development opportunities
  • 11 hotels joined the network in FY2015

Mantra Group Limited (Mantra Group) (ASX code:MTR) today announced its results for the year ended 30 June 2015.

Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer Bob East said: “Following the listing of Mantra Group on the ASX in June 2014, FY2015 has proven to be another successful year in growth and development with a focus on portfolio growth in strategically aligned properties and destinations aimed at increasing shareholder value.  This has been endorsed by the addition of 11 new properties to the portfolio, a well supported capital raise of $56.7 million in March 2015 and an increase in Mantra Group’s share price by approximately 90%.”

“We are pleased to report that for the year ended 30 June 2015, the Group achieved earnings above that forecast in its prospectus for IPO and at the top end of the updated guidance range announced on 1 May 2015.  The Group delivered total revenue of $498.8 million representing a 9.7% increase on FY2014.  NPAT was $36.2 million, up$36.5m on FY2014 and EBITDAI of $73.1 million up 19.2% on FY2014.  This result reflects the strength of the performance of the business in FY2015 driven by acquisitions, strong performances in each of the operating segments as well as an ongoing Management focus on cost control and improved efficiencies in key areas of the business.    With total assets of $601.4 million, net assets of $337.4 million and a strong cash flow the Group is well placed to deliver continued shareholder value in FY2016.”

In line with the prospectus on IPO, in addition to the fully franked interim dividend of 5 cents per share, the Board is pleased to deliver a fully franked final dividend of 5 cents per share in respect of the year to 30 June 2015 bringing the total fully franked dividend for FY2015 to 10 cents per share.

The Group achieved year-on-year growth in each of its key operating segments.  Highlights include:

  • CBD delivered revenue of $272.3 million and EBITDAI of $47.3 million representing a year-on-year increase in revenue of 15.3% and 10.3% in EBITDAI.  Among other factors, new properties, increased occupancy and average room rates driven primarily by improved business sentiment as well as sporting and major entertainment events in key CBD destinations contributed to the above budget performance.
  • Resorts delivered revenue of $181.8 million and EBITDAI of $23.5 million representing increases on FY2014 of 2.5% and 4% respectively.  This sector benefitted from consistent leisure demand in all key regions assisted by an increase in the capacity of domestic low cost carriers into key leisure destinations.
  • Central Revenue and Distribution (CRD) delivered revenue of $41.8 million and EBITDAI of $29.9 millionrepresenting increases on FY2014 of 13.3% and 18.2% respectively.   Fees from new properties under management in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Christchurch and Bali coupled with ongoing increases in central reservations driven by on-line booking volume, added to this performance.

Initiatives undertaken in FY2015 which contributed to the results included:

  • Ongoing strategic focus on pipeline development resulted in the acquisition of 11 new properties in key destinations.
  • The delivery of targeted refurbishment programs improved the quality of room inventory, service delivery and overall guest experience across each brand.
  • Increased RevPAR (revenue per available room) via targeted sales, marketing and distribution initiatives aimed at securing quality corporate contracts and implementing systems that efficiently and cost effectively manage average room rates across the Group.
  • Optimisation of distribution channels by capitalising on increasing trends towards online and central reservation channels.
  • Management’s focus on corporate cost control and economies of scale continued to drive cost efficiencies.

Network Growth

The increased focus on growth and development aimed at increasing Mantra Group’s portfolio and room inventory in strategic aligned properties and locations continued to gain momentum in FY2015 with acquisitions of properties in each of its three complementary brands – Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree.   These acquisitions were key milestones in the development of Mantra Group in that it secured its first CBD hotel under the Peppers brand, opened its largest hotels in Melbourne in January 2015, added three properties to its Brisbane portfolio, one additional property in Sydney CBD, increased its portfolio in Tasmania by two properties, opened its second property in Bali and as part of the revitalisation of Christchurch opened a re-developed hotel in Christchurch CBD.

Strategy and FY2016 Outlook

In the first two months of FY2016, Mantra Group added five new properties to its portfolio.  Four of these properties acquired as part of the Outrigger acquisition are located in popular leisure destinations which significantly increase Mantra Group’s prominence in these locations.  BreakFree on Collins in Melbourne was acquired in July and the Soul, Surfers Paradise transition complemented the Peppers brand in another prime leisure destination.

Other acquisitions, aligned with Mantra Group’s growth and development strategy, to commence operating in FY2016, include properties in Bali, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth.

In our commitment to drive growth and deliver shareholder value in FY2016, Mantra Group will continue to:

  • Focus on growing its portfolio in strategically aligned CBD and leisure destinations in Australia, New Zealandand Asia;
  • Ensure Mantra Group is well positioned to optimise and capitalise on the forecast increase in the inbound tourism market primarily from China and other Asian countries;
  • Strategically explore opportunities and models which will enable Mantra Group to capitalise on diversified asset acquisition opportunities;
  • Deliver quality room inventory and service via ongoing targeted refurbishment and service delivery programs;
  • Optimise distribution channels as well as increase mobile capability, social media and website optimisation.

Mr East said: “In the year ahead Mantra Group is well positioned to capitalise on growth and development via asset and investment opportunities and take advantage of its strong development pipeline and forecast growth inAustralia’s tourism sector aimed at increasing shareholder value.”

Mantra Group is a leading manager and marketer of hotels and resorts in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia and operates three well-known and trusted brands — Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree. With 120+ properties and over 14,000 rooms under management, Mantra Group is the second largest accommodation operator in Australia. The Group is positioned to offer both leisure and business style accommodation ranging from full service city hotels and self-contained apartments to luxury resorts and retreats:www.mantragroup.com.au; www.peppers.com.au; www.mantra.com.au; www.breakfree.com.au

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August 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

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The iMalaysia App and Game is Here

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-Celebrating Hari Kebangsaan and Hari Malaysia just got easier and a lot more fun!

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) today introduced the newly developed iMalaysia app and game in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Kebangsaan and Hari Malaysia.  The event was launched by the Minister of KKMM; YB Senator Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Said Keruak, who was accompanied by the CEO of MDeC; YBhg. Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood.  The mobile apps are presented by KKMM in partnership with MDeC to embody the spirit of national independence and 1Malaysia.

The first iMalaysia app features special functions to enable the Rakyat to share their stories on patriotism, view the latest information on official events to be held, as well as participate in special competitions and promotions.  It is the quintessential companion app for celebrating Hari Kebangsaan and Hari Malaysia!

The second app is the iMalaysia Game, a running game that requires the player to collect Malaysian sen coins for points whilst avoiding obstacles along the way to the finish line. Every level takes the player to a different time period and city in Malaysia and players will be rewarded with historical facts for completing every stage.

Both mobile apps were developed by MDeC’s Integrated Content Development Programme (ICON) developers.  ICON is a platform to nurture local talent, promote innovation and spur the mobility ecosystem. iMalaysia apps harness local talent capability to inculcate positive use of digital content and applications among Rakyat in a fun learning environment.

“These mobile apps are testimony that Malaysian app developers have what it takes to develop commercially viable mobile applications and content that meet the needs of enterprises and consumers. It is important for us to provide a conducive ecosystem and nurture ICT talent that will elevate our country to greater heights”, said Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of MDeC.

“Celebrating Hari Kebangsaan and Hari Malaysia should be meaningful and fun. With the iMalaysia app, everything will be simpler, organized and intuitive.  People can plan their activities on the go, find special promotions and even connect with fellow countrymen to keep the spirit of patriotism high” said YB Senator Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Said Keruak, Minister of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM).

To create further excitement in celebrating Hari Kebangsaan and Hari Malaysia, MDeC is also running a month-long nationwide contest within the iMalaysia Game beginning today until 31st September 2015. Players who upload their top scores on Facebook can stand a chance to win the grand prize; a holiday package worth RM10,000. 3 sets of Sony Playstation 4 game consoles will be given away as consolation prizes to the next 3 best scores. Terms and conditions apply.

Both iMalaysia app and game are now available for download on Google Play and Apple’s App Store. For more information on the iMalaysia app and game, go to www.31ogos.my

About Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), MSC Malaysia & Digital Malaysia

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) was incorporated in 1996 to strategically advise the Malaysian Government on legislation, policies and standards for ICT and multimedia operations as well as to oversee the development of the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (now MSC Malaysia), the platform to nurture the growth of Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the IT industry whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia.

In 2011, MDeC’s mandate was broadened by the Prime Minister to include driving Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 through Digital Malaysia. In 2012, Digital Malaysia was officially unveiled as the nation’s transformational programme to achieve this aim. Digital Malaysia is a vision of a digital nation that is fully developed with a sustainable digital economy built upon a vibrant domestic ICT industry, transformative use of digital solutions by government, businesses and citizens, as well as a robust enabling ecosystem.

Today, both MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia run concurrently to spur Malaysia’s ICT industry development and digital transformation.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Luqman Harith
Media Relations and PR Unit Corporate Communications & Marketing Division
Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)
Tel: +603-8314-1885
Email: luq.harith@mdec.com.my

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August 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

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