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Afero Launches Platform to Securely Connect the Internet of Things, in the Home and Beyond

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-Afero builds an IoT platform to address the hardware and software needs for building smart products, in virtually any industry

LOS ALTOS, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Today, mobile and hardware veterans from Google, Apple, and Nest unveiled Afero, the platform that brings a higher level of connectivity and security to the Internet of Things, both inside and outside the home. Led by Joe Britt, formerly an engineering director at Google Android and co-founder of Danger (makers of the T-Mobile Sidekick smartphone that was acquired by Microsoft), the Afero team has spent nearly two years developing a platform that includes integrated hardware, software, and cloud services for IoT connectivity and data analytics. The company is now launching to the public and announcing its collaboration with Murata, Infocom, and Bandai.

“We firmly believe that 2016 will be the year that begins to connect the world – not just the home,” said Afero CEOJoe Britt. “Bringing new intelligence to products and services that reach billions of people will change lives in ways we can’t yet imagine. But it will take a sophisticated, comprehensive, and secure platform to allow us to get to that point safely. That’s what we created with Afero.”

Accelerating the Reality of IoT Connected Products
Afero is a secure, end-to-end IoT platform that unlocks smart capabilities for any product in virtually any industry. The platform incorporates a secure Bluetooth® Smart module, scalable cloud services, mobile apps, and a range of development tools. Afero reduces the complexity of IoT development and provides a secure connection between devices and the cloud, allowing companies and developers to deliver innovations to the burgeoning marketplace faster.

The Internet of Things has been called the next Industrial Revolution, with the potential to radically transform how businesses, governments, and everyday people interact with the physical world. By 2020, it is expected that there will be 50 to 100 billion connected devices. While this explosion in smart devices creates new possibilities for businesses to build breakthrough products that improve people’s lives, the industry is also fragmented and open to security risks.

Security was a primary impetus behind the creation of Afero and is deeply woven throughout the platform’s architecture. The team developed advanced, patent-pending authentication and encryption technologies to ensure that no data can be accessed maliciously from any device or gateway point on the platform.

Afero combines connectivity and security at the three key touch points for all connected devices:

  1. The product, through an embedded, secure radio module
  2. The mobile phone, through app-level monitoring and control
  3. The cloud, through web APIs

This complete platform accelerates the creation of connected devices by minimizing the investment normally required for software development and testing, while ensuring a secure and scalable solution.

To date, some of the world’s largest companies, spanning various industries, have chosen Afero to build cloud-connected products and services. Current partners include Bandai, one of the world’s largest makers of toys and video games, and Infocom, the leader in healthcare IT systems and operation management services.

Additionally, Afero is working Murata Manufacturing Co. — the global leader in the design and manufacturing of electronic components for companies like Samsung and Apple — to manufacture the Afero ASR-1 module, a secure  Bluetooth® Smart module.

Unlike other Internet of Things platforms, Afero is pure-play and does not build products that compete with its partners. That way, the platform remains an agnostic yet inclusive ecosystem that connects the smartest things in the world.

The Afero team has spent decades working at some of the world’s most innovative places like Apple, Google, Nest, Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, and Microsoft. At Afero, they have joined forces to provide everyone, from individual developers to large corporations, the ability to quickly and easily leverage the Internet of Things, so that their partners can focus on building the products and services that they most care about.

For more information on Afero and its IoT platform solution, click here: www.afero.io

About Afero
Created by mobile and hardware veterans from Google, Apple, Nest, Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix, Afero is a comprehensive and secure platform for cloud-connected devices in any industry. The Afero turnkey architecture incorporates a secure Bluetooth® Smart module, scalable cloud services, and a range of development tools that enable companies and developers to quickly prototype and build connected devices, then gather meaningful analytics. Afero connects your smart devices and enables them to work together. Afero empowers entrepreneurs and companies to improve the way people communicate with each other and everything around them.

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December 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

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Rogers International Commodity Index(R) (RICI(R)) Composition Unchanged

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MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — Following the annual meeting of the Rogers International Commodity Index® (RICI®) Committee, Jim Rogers and Beeland Interests, Inc. announce no adjustments to the weights of components comprising the RICI. This outcome reaffirms the founding premise that for the sake of transparency, consistency and stability, composition changes to the RICI be infrequent.

Effective with the December 2015 roll period, which will occur at the end of December 2015, and to avoid the expiration of included ICE Brent futures contracts during a RICI roll period, the RICI Committee has revised the ICE Brent futures contract roll matrix for the RICI as follows:

J           K          M         N          Q          U          V          X          Z          F          G          H

Prior to the above revision, the ICE Brent futures contract’s roll matrix for the RICI has been:

H          J           K          M         N          Q          U          V          X          Z          F          G

During the December 2015 roll period, the RICI will roll out of the ICE Brent February (G) 2016 delivery contract and will roll into the April (J) 2016 delivery contract.

The revisions are necessitated by the ICE Brent contract specification’s revision of contract expiration dates commencing with the March 2016 delivery contract.

The RICI represents the value of a compendium (or “basket”) of globally traded commodities (37 commodity futures contracts) employed in the global economy, ranging from agricultural and energy products to metals and minerals.  The RICI and its various sub-indexes are used by many investment banks and investors throughout the world.

Jim Rogers, an advocate of commodities-based investing, created the RICI in 1997 and 1998 and is the CEO of Beeland Interests, Inc., the owner of the Index. The RICI Committee, currently chaired by Jim Rogers, determines the Index components and weights.  Jim Rogers also is the author of Investment Biker, Adventure Capitalist, Hot Commodities, A Bull In China, A Gift to My Children and Street Smarts — Adventures on the Road and in the Markets.

Jim Rogers“, “James Beeland Rogers, Jr.“, and “Rogers” are trademarks and service marks of, and “Rogers International Commodity Index” and “RICI” are registered trademarks and service marks of, Beeland Interests, Inc., which is owned and controlled by James Beeland Rogers, Jr., and are used subject to license.  The personal names and likeness of Jim Rogers/James Beeland Rogers, Jr. are owned and licensed by James Beeland Rogers, Jr.

Source: Beeland Interests, Inc.

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December 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm

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Strategas Securities, LLC Adds Capital Markets Capabilities; Continues Expansion

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Strategas Securities, LLC announced today its continued growth with the expansion of its capital markets capabilities.  The newly formed Institutional Securities Division will combine the Firm’s existing Corporate Services, Private Transactions, and Sales & Trading units with the newly formed Capital Markets group.  The move will further develop services the Firm offers to more than 300 global publicly traded and private companies.

Strategas has hired James Ramp as a Managing Director to lead the effort.  Mr. Ramp was formerly the head of Capital Markets at Convergex and started in mid-November.  Strategas President & COO, Nicholas Bohnsack, who heads the Firm’s Institutional Securities and Financial Solutions divisions, said, “we are excited to welcome Jim Ramp to the Strategas team to assist in building out our Capital Markets initiative.  This move will help our management team to fully leverage the business we began to build with the acquisition of Voyager Institutional Services in 2013.”

Strategas’ corporate services effort currently includes the organization of non-deal roadshows and unbiased macroeconomic research for corporations.  The Firm’s capital markets function will seek to provide equity and debt distribution to listed companies, general advisory services to public and private corporations, private market transactions, strategic capital raising and pre-IPO advisory services for non-public entities.  Strategas’ core macro research offering provides investment strategy, economic, technical, quantitative, Washington policy, and fixed income market commentary to a broad base of traditional institutional clients, public pensions, sovereign wealth funds, financial sponsors and family offices on five continents.

Jason DeSena Trennert, Strategas’ Managing Partner and Chairman, added, “Since our founding 10 years ago, we have continued to seek ways to serve the institutional investment community in the tradition of an independent private partnership.  We believe the addition of capital markets services will both expand our ability to exceed our clients’ expectations and to build a first class financial services firm centered around our research.”

For further information contact Nicholas Bohnsack at 212-906-0132.

Strategas (www.strategasrp.com) is a leading institutional brokerage firm focused on providing macro research, capital market and corporate advisory services, and financial solutions to institutional investors and corporate executives around the world.  Founded in 2006 by Jason DeSena Trennert, Nicholas Bohnsack and Don Rissmiller, Strategas is an independent, private partnership committed to providing superior services in the old Wall Street tradition. Its motto, bonitas, probitas, fides – class, integrity, faith – guides both the management of the Firm and its commitment to its clients.  The Firm has eight partners and 50 research analysts, institutional salesmen and sales traders, and capital market professionals working at its offices in New York, Washington DC, and Columbus, Ohio.  The Firm undertakes securities business in the name of its wholly-owned institutional broker-dealer subsidiary, Strategas Securities, LLC.  Within its Solutions business, the Firm develops financial products and portfolio solutions through Strategas Asset Management, LLC, an investment advisor, and manages Strategas VC II, LP, a special opportunity direct deal limited partnership through Strategas Capital Partners, LLC, an alternative equity growth manager.

Source: Strategas Securities, LLC

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December 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm

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Mindshare Ends Year on Top Across All Major Awards

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LONDON, NEW YORK and SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Mindshare, the global media agency network that is part of WPP, has ended the year with the top awards across the most respected awards ceremonies globally.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151123/290080LOGO)

The agency’s 2015 roll call of success includes:

  • Media Agency of the Year – Cristal Festival
  • Media Network of the Year – Campaign Asia Pacific
  • China, India, South Asia, Rest of South Asia, South East Asia, Indonesia & Singapore Media Agency of the Year – Campaign Asia Pacific
  • Global, APAC and EMEA Mobile Agency of the Year – MMA SMARTIES
  • UK, China, India and Indonesia Mobile Agency of the Year – MMA SMARTIES
  • Media Lions Grand Prix [Y&R Team Red Istanbul] – Cannes Festival of Creativity
  • Gold and Silver Media Lions – Cannes Festival of Creativity [Nike & Dove]
  • 2 x Global EFFIE Winners [Jaguar & Nike]
  • Agency Network of the Year – Festival of Media MENA
  • Agency Network of the Year – Cristal MENA
  • Agency of the Year – EMVIES (India)
  • Agency of the Year – MADDIES (India)
  • Agency of the Year – Big Bang Awards (India)
  • Digital Agency of the Year – Afaqs Digital Awards (India)
  • 2 x AdWeek Media Plan of the Year (US)
  • Social Agency of the Year – Mediapost (US)
  • Agency of the Year – Felis Awards (Turkey)
  • Grand Prix – Media Federation Australia Awards

The work that brought the accolades crosses a huge range of clients including Unilever, Jaguar, Nike, Vodafone, KFC, L’Oreal, PepsiCo, Lufthansa, Castrol, HSBC and many more.

Mindshare’s excellence in mobile was a particular highlight with Greg Stuart, CEO of the Mobile Marketing Association commenting: “It’s simple really, Mindshare is leading in mobile.”

Nick Emery, Global CEO at Mindshare said: “We work in agencies because we want to create new things for our clients, it’s great that in 2015 our clients and the industry recognised our work with one of the best years in our history.”

About Mindshare:

Mindshare is a global media agency network with billings in excess of US$34.5 billion (source: RECMA). The network consists of more than 7,000 employees, in 116 offices across 86 countries spread throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Visit us at http://www.mindshareworld.com and follow us on Twitter @mindshare and facebook.com/mindshare andLinkedIn.com/company/mindshare.

Source: Mindshare

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December 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm

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Gwyneth Paltrow, the New Face of TOUS for 2016

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BARCELONA, Spain /PRNewswire/ —

The jewellery brand TOUS has chosen Gwyneth Paltrow as the star of their upcoming global advertising campaigns. January will see the launch of Tender Stories Number 4, the first campaign to star the actress. The main objective of the campaign is to depict tenderness as a universal TOUS value, through an appealing story told using cinematographic treatment.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151214/295541 )

As in previous Tender Stories, the visual campaign will be accompanied by a video starring the actress, who tells a story that aims to further explore the brand’s essential value with a cool, intelligent, moving and fun tone.

We are delighted that Gwyneth is going to be the face of TOUS in our upcoming campaigns,” says Rosa Tous, corporate vice-president of TOUS. “As well as being an incredibly beautiful woman, Gwyneth is a talented actress who is able to transmit the essential value behind our brand: tenderness.”

Winner of an Oscar for Best Actress, creator of the lifestyle website Goop and a successful businesswoman,Gwyneth Paltrow is set to become the new star of the TOUS universe.

About TOUS

Founded in 1920, the company really began to take off under the leadership of Rosa Oriol and Salvador Tous when it focused on a concept of innovative jewelry, which set itself apart from the traditional jewelry market. TOUS has become known as a lifestyle jewelry brand with its lines of handbags, fragrances, watches, eyewear and accessories, under the concept of affordable luxury.

Present in 5 continents with more than 500 stores in cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, New York, Miami, Shanghai,Tokyo, Moscow, Mexico DF or Dubai, TOUS consolidates its position as a global brand.

http://www.tous.com

Contact:
+34-93-878-4444
Marina Colommcolom@tous.com
Alba Comabella – acomabella@tous.com
Meritxell Boy – mboy@tous.com
Anna Solerasolero@tous.com

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December 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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MIPIM Asia Delegates Optimistic about the Coming Decade

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-The evolution of entertainment and the growing presence of technology identified as key areas that will shape the industry over the next ten years

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Close to 900 leading real estate and property executives from more than 30 countries gathered in Hong Kong for the 10th edition of MIPIM Asia, the property leaders’ summit in Asia Pacific. MIPIM Asia delegates expressed optimism towards the Asia Pacific market and the rise of an emerging middle class across the region. The integration of the ASEAN countries will create a regional economic bloc with significant investment opportunities. Both investors and developers agreed that whilst the Chinese economy may be slowing down, the growth picture is still far more compelling than most parts of the world, especially as China is gearing towards a more domestic consumption-oriented economy.

The central theme for this year’s edition was “Vision 2025”. Industry leaders who attended the summit engaged in high-level discussions about the challenges and opportunities for the coming decade, as well as how the low interest rate environment and subsequent hunt for yield is driving investors from the bond market to the property sector.

Benjamin Butler, CEO and Futurist at the Emerging Future Institute presented his view on the future of the global economy by saying that, “Humanity is at a critical inflection point. Technology is shifting so much it’s like living at a time of “20 Guttenberg moments.” There will be greater “Earth” consciousness and biomimicry will drive new advances including the real estate sector, which is ripe for disruption. However, over the short term we are facing a number of challenges, ranging from a looming recession given the state of the global economy to social unrest and terrorism.”

The “Meet the Chairmen” keynote session which included Dr Aron Harilela, Chairman of Harilela Group, Dr. Justin Chiu, Executive Director of Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited, Kenneth Gaw, President & Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, Nicholas Loup, CEO of Dymon Asia, Dr. Wilfred Wong Yin Wai, President of Sands China, Suchad Chiaranussati, Chairman of SC Capital and Andrew Weir, Global Chair, Real Estate and Construction of KPMG concluded by stating that regulatory changes are likely to emerge on the horizon and that the property sector remains an industry where only the ones with a long term view will prevail.

Dr Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group, who delivered a keynote speech on the topic “The evolution and prospective of entertainment and lifestyle in Hong Kong and China: 10 years back-10 years ahead,” painted a vivid picture of how he sees entertainment evolving in the coming decade. He predicted that developers and mall operators alike need to reflect on how the space can be more lifestyle-oriented as there is a need to move away from the traditional retail mix – from having been 70% retail and 30% F&B to being the reverse ratio, mainly driven by the digital era and online shopping.

Ronnie Chan, Chairman of Hang Lung Properties Limited, expressed optimism about the Chinese market by stating that even though there is a significant number of shopping malls operating across the country, there are very few that could actually be considered to be of high quality, during his address on “Why Shopping Centres will always exist”. He continued by stating that a key feature of the business model is to maintain a good relationship with tenants and not be reliant on so-called anchor tenants, and that he remains undeterred by a potential slowdown in China where Hang Lung, if anything, would expand in the coming years.

The MIPIM Startup Competition, the first global real estate & urban management startup competition, saw Mr Jason Wong of Parallax (China) and Mr Rajeev Ranade of Source Central (Singapore) emerging as the finalists during the second round in Hong Kong. Both Parallax and Source Central will be at the final round of the competition at MIPIM in Cannes, France, on March 16th of next year. Ms Joelle Woo, Director, Developer Experience, at Microsoft Hong Kong Limited and a jury member of the second competition round commented by saying “It was very interesting to hear about these innovative ideas and I definitely believe that we will see technology and digital solutions being incorporated to a larger extent in the property sector going forward.”

Speaking about MIPIM Asia 2015, Julien Sausset, Director of MIPIM Asia said: “We are very pleased to have brought together Asia Pacific’s leading real estate executives and investment professionals for the 10th edition of MIPIM Asia. I think we all agree that this part of the world is largely where we will see the main investment flows heading, across the different sectors. Logistics is clearly an area of interest for both institutional investors and developers who have previously looked at conventional property assets within the retail and office space and we believe that this will continue for a foreseeable period. We were also excited to see the companies in the MIPIM Startup Competition delivering their pitches to the professional jury during the second round in Hong Kong. Technology will definitely be a major game changer for the industry in the coming decade.”

For further information on MIPIM Asia, please visit: www.mipim-asia.com.

Notes for editors

Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM organizer of professional, international markets has become essential platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. This MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and audio-visual and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, LeWeb Paris for the web industry, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, UK MIPIM, MIPIM Japan for the real estate industry and MAPIC and Retail Real Estate Market brought by MAPIC in Shanghai for the retail real estate sector.

Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world leader in event organization, with over 500 events in 43 countries. In 2014 Reed brought together over seven million active professionals around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific,Africa and organized by 41 offices and agents located. Reed Exhibitions 43 key industrial sectors, through events for professionals and the general public, and is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world leader in the publishing and dissemination of information. www.reedexpo.com

Source: MIPIM Asia

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December 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

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FREETEL to Offer “FREETEL Prepaid Data SIM for Japan” for Foreign Visitors to Japan

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— World’s First SIM Card that Allows Free Data Access to WeChat –

TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Plus One Marketing Ltd., a Japanese branded manufacturer founded in 2012 specializing in self-branded mobility hardware products under the FREETEL brand, on December 18announced that it will offer “FREETEL Prepaid Data SIM for Japan” for foreign travelers to Japan from December 21, 2015. The prepaid SIM enables users to access SNS applications such as Facebook, Kakao Talk, WeChat, LINE and WhatsApp for free without worrying about their data limits. In addition, users can easily add data transmissions capacity to the SIM card using the data recharge coupon.

(Photo: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201512176577/)

Free data access to the following applications:

  • Facebook
  • Kakao Talk
  • WeChat
  • LINE
  • WhatsApp

Manual languages include:

  • Japanese
  • English
  • Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)
  • Korean
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • French

Place of purchase:

  • Yodobashi Camera
  • Bic Camera

*Please contact the respective mass retailer regarding logo usage

SIM PIN is included in the package.

“FREETEL Prepaid Data SIM for Japan” Specifications

Data Volume:

1GB

2GB

Available Period:

7 days

30 days

*The Following specifications apply to both 1GB and 2GB.

Price: Open pricing
Free Data Usage Applications: Facebook, Kakao Talk, WeChat, LINE, WhatsApp
Network Area: Available network depends on the LTE/3G coverage of NTT DoCoMo
Frequency Band: 4G/LTE: B1(2,100MHz)/ B19(800MHz)/ B21(1,500MHz)/ B3(1,800MHz)
3G/WCDMA: B1(2,100MHz)/ B6/19(800MHz)
SIM Card Types: micro SIM, nano SIM
Manual Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, Arabic, Spanish, French
Place of Purchase: Available at all Yodobashi Camera and Bic Camera stores
Accessory: SIM PIN

Terms and Conditions:

  • A Wi-Fi connection may be required for setting up the APN settings for iPhone and iPad.
  • Returns and/or exchanges will not be accepted after the package has been opened. SIM cards cannot be reissued.
  • SIM cards can only be used for the limited period shown on the packaging.
  • After the high-speed allotment limit has been surpassed, the maximum data speeds will be reduced to 150Kbps.

Website: https://www.freetel-japan.com/

Source: Plus One Marketing Ltd.

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December 21, 2015 at 11:41 am

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Metro Manila Office Market Sees Highest Recorded Take-Up in Third Quarter

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MANILA, Philippines /PRNewswire/ — Premium and Grade A office space take-up in Metro Manila’s main business districts (CBDs) continued its acceleration during the third quarter of 2015 despite high amount of new supply due to strong pre-leasing activity, according to the most recent Office Briefing published by Savills international associate KMC MAG Group.

The amount of new supply delivered this quarter is at 232,961 and take-up reached 231,412 sq m. The latest report also said that it is the highest recorded take-up of all-time in the city.

“Most of the new spaces delivered have been pre-leased prior to completion that is why take-up is very high,” saidMichael McCullough, KMC MAG Managing Director.

Upcoming supply is estimated to reach around 1.8-million sq m in 2018. However, despite the significant amount of supply, KMC MAG says that overall office rental and vacancy rates are expected to remain stable given the strong pre-leasing activity.

“We continue to see interest from both local and foreign firms across all CBDs, although most of the interest is currently in BGC only because it is where most of the new supply will come from,” said McCullough.

“The profiles of companies who have pre-leased or are currently pre-leasing space vary across all CBDs. Ortigas, Bay Area, and Quezon City are very attractive to new IT-BPO firms who are just starting to outsource services and processes to the Philippines because of the lower rates.”

“Makati remains the CBD of choice for large-scale enterprises who want to upgrade their headquarters and move to a better location, however many firms are forced to look towards BGC due to the lack of available and suitable space.”

Rental rates continue to soar as vacancy remains low

Thanks to the sustained IT-BPO industry demand and the relatively low level of new supply in these areas, Bay Area and Quezon City are projected to have the lowest vacancy rates and strongest rental rate growth among the business districts within the next 12 months, according to the briefing.

This quarter, Bay Area recorded a solid 17.0% YoY rental rate growth, with Grade A rentals averaging from Php 673.4 to Php 700.0 per sq m/month and an ultra-low 1.3% vacancy rate.

Meanwhile, Quezon City (QC) posted an 8.5% YoY growth, with average Grade A office rates ranging from Php 700.4 to Php 750.0 per sq m/month. Located in the northernmost part of Metro Manila, QC holds an impressive below 1.0% vacancy rate with only 0.2% of its total stock unoccupied, making it the best performing CBD in the country this quarter.

Makati, on the other hand, remains as the most premium CBD, posting a 4.3% YoY growth with the highest asking net Grade A rental rates averaging Php 979.1 to Php 1400.0 per sq m/ month. In spite of this, Makati’s vacancy rate remains low at 3.0%, and is likely to become lower once Tower 6789 becomes fully occupied.

BGC comes in next, with a rental growth of 3.7% YoY and an average asking rental rate of Php 860.4 to Php 1,100per sq m/month. The district’s vacancy rate slightly increased to 2.6%; however, it should be noted that this is because it absorbed most of the new supply, allowing it to post its highest recorded quarterly take-up since Q1/2014 of 49,639 sq m.

Ortigas’ growth remains strong at 6.8% YoY, bringing average rental rate up to Php 624.6 per sq m/ month, with an upper rate of Php 750.0 per sq m/month. Ortigas’ strong rental growth is expected to continue, given its current 2.5% vacancy rate and lack of new supply until the end of 2016.

Alabang is the only office market with a sluggish growth of only 0.6% YoY and a high vacancy rate of 16.0%. This brought down average asking rental rate of the CBD to Php 605.3 per sqm/ month in Q3/2015 from Php 601.8 per sq m/month in Q3/2014.

Read the full report here.

About KMC MAG Group

KMC MAG Group, Inc. is an award-winning real estate services firm based in the Philippines. The company works with over 100 employees that are directly involved in transactions for office and retail space, industrial locations, as well as residential properties. KMC MAG Group is also an International Associate of Savills, a leading global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information on the company, please visit kmcmaggroup.com.

About Savills

Savills is a leading global real estate service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company, established in 1855, has a rich heritage with unrivalled growth. It is a company that leads rather than follows and now has over 500 offices and associates throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Savills’ unique combination of sector knowledge and entrepreneurial flair gives clients access to real estate expertise of the highest calibre. Savills is synonymous with a high-quality service offering and a premium brand that takes a long-term view on real estate and invests in strategic relationships.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Yves Luethi
KMC MAG Group
Tel: (632) 403 5519 Loc. 126
Email: marketing@kmcmaggroup.com

Source: KMC MAG Group, Inc.

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December 21, 2015 at 11:02 am

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Hilton Worldwide Tops the 2015 List of Best Companies to Work For in Greater China

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-Hilton Worldwide’s employee value proposition proves to be a winner

SHANGHAI and McLEAN, Va./PRNewswire/ — Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has been named the top company in the 2015’s Best Companies to Work For® in Greater China list by Great Place to Work Institute, the global research firm that identifies and classifies the world’s best workplaces. Hilton received this recognition based on the results of the 2015 Great Place to Work survey which polled 200,000 employees.

In total, 112 companies from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan completed the evaluation process, which examined the companies’ workplace environment by asking employees about their workplace experience as well as how they feel about their company’s policies and management process. While employees answered the 58-statement Trust Index© survey, the HR and senior management teams of participating companies were asked to submit a Culture Audit© questionnaire, outlining their HR policies and practices.

“We strive to be an employer of choice and this is deeply rooted in our human resource strategy which places our team members at the heart of everything we do at Hilton. Loyal and happy employees are the foundation of our company and are critical to our success. We are continuously exploring new opportunities to engage, develop and reward our team members so that they remain fulfilled and appreciated as part of the Hilton family,” said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.

Hilton Worldwide is committed to providing employees with a great work environment and culture, enabling Team Members to achieve their goals, and providing great careers and great rewards. Delivering extensive opportunities and benefits to our Team Members ultimately results in an exceptional experience for guests. Hilton continues to listen to Team Members and make improvements to its programs to ensure each and every Team Member feels cared for, valued and respected.

For more details, visit 2015 Best Companies To Work For In Greater China

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 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,500 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 745,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, twitter.com/hiltonworldwide,youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

CONTACT:
Audrey Wong
Hilton Worldwide — Asia Pacific
+65 6833 9763
audrey.wong@hilton.com

Source: Hilton Worldwide

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December 21, 2015 at 10:43 am

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Hilton Clark Strengthens Hilton Worldwide’s Presence in the Philippines

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CLARK, Philippines and McLEAN, Va./PRNewswire/ — Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) and Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the signing of a management agreement with Sunvalley Hotel Clark Corporation to manage Hilton Clark in the Philippines. Hilton Clark is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will strengthen Hilton Worldwide’s Philippines pipeline, which also includes Conrad Manila and Hilton Manila.

“We are committed to growing Hilton Worldwide’s presence in the Philippines and the signing of Hilton Clark is integral to our portfolio expansion plans for the country, which focus on key gateway cities, economic hubs and emerging secondary cities,” said Andrew Clough, senior vice president, development, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.

Hilton Clark is a 268-key new build hotel that will be part of a mixed-use development that also includes a casino, a 304 hectare private country club consisting of 36 holes with various levels of difficulty harmonized with beautiful natural scenery, a water park, an international school, high-end residential villas and spa, kids club, cooking school, as well as sports facilities including horse-riding. The hotel will have an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a lobby lounge and a poolside cafe. It will also have 3,380sqm of meetings space that will include a ballroom and various meeting rooms.

Hilton Clark is a great addition to our growing portfolio. We are pleased to bring our flagship brand to this dynamic city where Hilton Clark will be the hotel of choice for guests looking for memorable travel experiences,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide.

Clark, in Central Luzon, has a thriving Freeport Zone that has seen export value grow exponentially in recent years. In 2013, the figure topped USD3.83 billion. An important hub for business, aviation and tourism, Clark is home to a number of the world’s largest corporations and a mere 60km from the capital Manila. Investment has been growing steadily over the past 10 years in Clark with spillover effects to the MICE market.

Hilton Clark is located within the Freeport Zone, four kilometers from Global Gateway Logistic City and Clark Green City, and about five kilometers from Clark International Airport, which has direct flights to key cities such as Seoul,Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Macau. Between 2010 and 2013, Clark’s international and domestic arrivals have been averaging 419,000 a year. Hilton Clark is also connected to Metro Manila and other key areas in the Central Luzon region by a network of highways.

“We have chosen to partner with Hilton Worldwide because of its sterling reputation and deep hotel management expertise. And given the strength of the Hilton brand, we are confident that Hilton Clark will be the hotel of choice for Clark’s growing numbers of visitors,” said Lee Shin Kun, Chairman, Sunvalley Hotel Clark Corporation.

Clark Sunvalley Country Club, which is part of the integrated resort, is located inside a 304 hectare compound. It is a private country club consisting of 36 holes with various levels of difficulty harmonized with beautiful natural scenery. Located at an altitude of 370 meters above sea level, Sunvalley gives golfers a chance to get close to the blue sky and clouds whiles enjoying a subtle but cooling breeze.

More information on recent and upcoming Hilton Hotels & Resorts openings is available athttp://news.hilton.com/openings. To view an interactive map featuring the Hilton Hotels & Resorts development pipeline, visit http://news.hilton.com/map.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With more than 560 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Access the latest news at news.hilton.com and begin your journey at www.hilton.com or www.hilton.com/offers for the latest hotel specials.

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 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,500 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 745,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, twitter.com/hiltonworldwide,youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

CONTACTS:

Audrey Wong
Hilton Worldwide — Asia Pacific
+65 6833 9763
audrey.wong@hilton.com

Christine Miller
Hilton Worldwide
+1 901 374 6462
christine.miller@hilton.com

Source: Hilton Worldwide

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December 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

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