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Grand Lucayan Resort Complex for Sale in Sealed Bid Auction

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-Assets Can Be Sold in Whole or in Parts; No Reserve Price

FREEPORT, Bahamas /PRNewswire/ — HVS Capital Corp. today announced that the Grand Lucayan Resort complex is being sold in a Sealed Bid Auction. The 409-acre resort is the largest on Grand Bahama Island and the third largest in The Bahamas. The owner, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited, has engaged HVS Capital Corp. to act as advisor in the sale. The seller’s preference is to sell the Grand Lucayan Resort complex as a single transaction. However, bids for individual assets will be considered. There is no reserve price. Additionally, seller-provided purchase-money financing may be available to appropriate bidders. The deadline for submitting bids is June 10, 2016.

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“There are a number of investment opportunities for an interested buyer, from purchasing the resort in its entirety or looking at individual components,” said Mike Sullivan, HVS Capital Corp. “Some of those options include expanding and/or relocating the casino, converting additional accommodations to an all-inclusive product or converting some accommodations to vacation or whole ownership.”

Located 55 miles from the east coast of Florida, the Grand Lucayan Resort complex, totaling 1,271 guestrooms, includes four hotel elements: the 10-story 528-room Breaker’s Cay tower; 198-room Lighthouse Pointe, newly renovated as all-inclusive; and 23 Lanai Suites—all with 12 food and beverage outlets and three swimming pools; plus the 522-room Memories Beach Resort (presently leased to a third-party operator).

“Baha Mar has garnered so much negative resort news for the Bahamas recently,” remarked Stan Kozlowski, HVS Capital Corp. “Unlike that situation, we see significantly more favorable economic investment opportunities for Grand Lucayan, no matter what options a potential buyer may consider.”

Other amenities include:

  • Conference Center (40,000 sq. ft.), including a 15,000 sq. ft. ballroom, 16 breakout rooms, plus 50,000 sq. ft. of outdoor function space.
  • Casino (23,375 sq. ft.) with 25 gaming tables, 195 slot machines,
  • Destination Spa and fitness center (25,000 sq. ft.)
  • Two golf courses, including the Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Reef Golf Course
  • Four multi-surfaced tennis courts
  • Approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of retail space

Details on the Grand Lucayan Resort including the Sealed Bid Auction are available at

Source: HVS Capital Corp.

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March 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

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Fossil Group to Launch Wearables for Eight Brands and in 40 Countries in 2016

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-Fashion Approach to Consumer Electronics Products Increases Options and Updates

BASEL, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ — Chaps, Diesel, Emporio Armani, Fossil, kate spade new york, Michael Kors, Misfit and Skagen will each launch product in the wearables space in 2016, Fossil Group (NASDAQ: FOSL) announced today from its new European headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. More than 100 wearables products – which include display- and non-display watches and trackers – will be available in 40 countries and more than 20 languages by Holiday 2016. The category of wearables offered will vary by brand. Fossil Group will support the wearables with unique and branded apps across all brands, three product categories, and two operating systems. The 2016 launches are part of the company’s efforts to bring a fashion-first focus, innovation and an increased variety of products to the wearables industry.

“One of the distinct advantages of a fashion company over traditional consumer electronics manufacturers is our product cycle. We demonstrate remarkable speed to market, from development to launch, in order to meet the retail industry’s seasonal new product deadlines,” said Greg McKelvey, chief strategy and digital officer, Fossil Group. “The industry has been slow to adapt to growing consumer desires for new styles and options for wearables. With the diversity of major fashion brands we offer, customers will be delighted with the sheer volume of styles and options available when shopping for a wearable that fits their personal style.”

With the look, feel and fashion appeal of traditional watches, Fossil Group’s digital display watches and non-display watches leverage the company’s core competency in making beautiful, quality watches.

Since acquiring Misfit in November 2015, Fossil Group has increased capabilities for the development and production of the technology supporting its wearables products. The company’s wearable technology platform includes proprietary power management technology that enables coin cell battery-powered non-display watches and trackers to be deployed across the entire Fossil Group brand portfolio. Without the need for daily, weekly or even monthly charging, the new devices function much more like traditional watches and lifestyle accessories than as typical consumer electronic products that require daily maintenance.

Concurrent with the advancement of Fossil Group’s owned technology and research and development capabilities, the company continues its strong partnerships with third-party technology partners, including Google and their Android Wear™ platform, to deliver on the company’s short- and long-term wearables strategy.

Fossil Group will this week display Fall products – including wearables, watches, jewelry, leather goods and other accessories – to business partners and media in its new European headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, during the annual Baselworld marketplace show for the world’s watch and jewelry industry.

Fossil Group has been a proud member of the Swiss watchmaking community since 2002. Between the company’s European headquarters in Basel, a design, development and prototyping center in Biel, a movement manufacturing facility in Manno, Ticino, and a watch case and component manufacturing center in Glovelier, Jura, the company employs nearly 500 corporate staff members in Switzerland. Further, its employee-driven Fossil Foundation has supported more than 45 non-profits across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The new, 108,000-square-foot, seven-floor Basel facility was constructed with modern geometric architecture. Three floors of brand showrooms present brand-immersive experiences for each of the company’s 17 owned and licensed brands, and a large auditorium and event space provides employees and visitors sweeping views of the Swiss city.

About Fossil Group, Inc.

Fossil Group, Inc. is a global design, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer lifestyle and fashion accessories. The Company’s principal offerings include an extensive line of men’s and women’s fashion watches and jewelry sold under a diverse portfolio of proprietary and licensed brands, handbags, small leather goods and accessories. The Company’s products are sold to department stores, specialty retail stores and specialty watch and jewelry stores in the U.S. and in approximately 150 countries worldwide through 23 Company-owned foreign sales subsidiaries and a network of approximately 75 independent distributors. The Company also distributes its products in over 600 Company-owned and operated retail stores, through its international e-commerce websites and through the Company’s U.S. e-commerce website at Certain press release and SEC filing information concerning the Company is also available at

Source: Fossil Group, Inc.

Related stocks: NASDAQ-NMS:FOSL

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March 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

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Thuraya Launches M2M Service and First Terminal to Operate in North America

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates /PRNewswire/ — Leading mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications Company today launched a dedicated M2M service and terminal that is available across its extensive coverage area and for the first time over North America.

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The launch builds on the momentum of existing M2M solutions offered from Thuraya’s network of device and application development partners and is part of the company’s overall M2M strategy.

Thuraya’s strategy is founded on the fact that more than one solution is needed to address the requirements of all M2M applications in the future. Based on the growth of M2M and the coming explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), Thuraya is developing solutions to address low data rate (LDR), medium data rate (MDR) and high data rate (HDR) requirements for a range of market segments. The launch of this new service addresses the market requirements for the MDR tier of applications.

Working in partnership with ViaSat, Thuraya is expanding the reach of its coverage area to include North Americafor the first time. The robust IP-based, secure two-way communications M2M network already enables real-time M2M and IoT application deployment beyond the confines of traditional cellular networks. The partnership with ViaSat extends that capability into this key new geographical market.

Randy Roberts, Thuraya Chief Innovation Officer, said: “We are building a considerable M2M presence. As we develop Thuraya M2M further, we will be strongly positioned to benefit from exciting long term opportunities offered across the Internet of Things. With this new partnership with ViaSat, our network can reach places that are otherwise shut off, and now Thuraya reaches even more customers by expanding our coverage, for this service, over North America.”

Phil Berry, vice president and general manager, Mobile Satellite Services, ViaSat commented: “Through our partnership with Thuraya, we are bringing robust network functionality coupled with advanced device capabilities to bring real-time IP satellite communications to a greater portion of the M2M market. Thuraya’s FT2225 M2M device running over the reliable ViaSat L-band service will serve a broader class of M2M markets from traditional enterprise to new sectors in the unserved and underserved space.”

Mining and oil and gas customers need high security, low latency real time applications. Mining companies want reliable network connectivity for tracking assets and workers’ safety; high cyber-security and network availability appeal to government customers, while Thuraya also offers the network resiliency and low total cost of ownership sought by utility companies.

The Thuraya FT2225 (MDR) fixed terminal works on the Thuraya network and on ViaSat’s mobile satellite services network, leveraging ViaSat’s L-band high capacity satellite system.

The new terminal offers remarkably efficient bandwidth usage, low-latency IP networking, and high security levels. It reduces total cost of ownership, supported by a market-leading 99.9% service level agreement.

Thuraya’s range of third-party certified LDR M2M solutions currently includes SMC’s mobile asset tracking; Seven Technologies’ remote link for fixed M2M applications; the Ibexis telemetry data logger; and Digital Barriers’ seismic sensor mesh network.

Source: Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company

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March 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

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LNG Trading Network and Gastech Join Forces on the LNG Trading Leaders Forum Japan

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — LNG Trading Network and Gastech today announced their collaboration on the LNG Trading Leaders Forum Japan, an exclusive Forum for the LNG industry taking place in Tokyo in May.

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Both LNG Trading Network (part of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC) and Gastech (organised by dmg :: events) are subsidiaries of DMGT, whose international portfolio of businesses covers a wide range of industries.

The LNG Trading Leaders Forum Japan is a unique event focusing exclusively on the commercial challenges and opportunities of LNG trading, bringing together top-level executives from across the globe to provide invaluable insight into market conditions. Structured around Industry Think Tank panels and roundtable discussions, audience participation and free exchange of ideas forms the central pillar on which the Forum is run. By providing a media-free platform for bilateral meetings, knowledge sharing, and networking, the LNG Trading Leaders Forum Japan’s informal but effective atmosphere ensures the ideal conditions to facilitate business in the world’s largest market for LNG.

Confirmed speakers at the event include executive representatives from industry leaders such as JERA, Tokyo Gas, Shell-BG, Vitol, Engie, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry, among many others.

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About LNG Trading Network

LNG Trading Network is a new brand by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. LNG Trading Network is developing a series of unique events for the LNG industry, creating informal and exclusive platforms for industry leaders to network, facilitate business, and provide invaluable insight into market conditions. In addition, LNG Trading Network produces high-level training courses for LNG traders to stay ahead of developments in the industry.

About Gastech Japan 2017 (Organised by dmg :: events (UK) Ltd)

Gastech will be in its 29th edition and 45th year when it arrives at the Makuhari Messe Chiba in Tokyo, Japan, from 4 to 7 April 2017. The event will be hosted by the Japan Gastech Consortium made up of Japan’s top 10 energy companies. Connecting 22,000 technical innovators with commercial experts, the conference will draw 2500 conference delegates while its exhibition will provide a platform for over 750 international exhibitors. Its many features and dedicated business networking programmes will also cover 350 C-level and ministerial VIPs, as well as 250 young professionals.

For further information, please contact:
Ed Thatcher
Marketing Executive
LNG Trading Network
t: +44-20-7779-8688

Source: LNG Trading Network

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March 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

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iXBlue launches its brand-new inertial navigation system ROVINS NANO and revolutionizes ROV navigation

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-The whole offshore industry was impatiently waiting for it: specifically designed for ROV navigation, ROVINS NANO provides highly accurate positioning at all depths, including for Middle Water Station Keeping. With now a full range of subsea inertial navigation systems, from ROV navigation to offshore survey, iXBlue can help you everywhere you need it under the sea.

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — iXBlue, a global leader in navigation, positioning and imaging solutions, is launching ROVINS NANO, a state-of-the-art inertial navigation system designed for ROV navigation. Announced at Oceanology International trade show, the product was eagerly awaited by the offshore industry.

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Based on iXBlue’s ultimate performance fiber-optic gyroscope technology, ROVINS NANO has been designed for ROV pilots performing maintenance and construction operations. It offers the unbeatable stability and accuracy of the inertial position, outputting true north, roll, pitch and rotation rates. Paul Wysocki, iXBlue ROVINS NANO Product Manager, comments: “ROVINS NANO is able to directly transmit the ROV’s position with extreme accuracy thanks to its integrated INS algorithm capable of collecting acoustic data. This is now possible regardless of the depth at which it is located: it is therefore not just an evolution, but rather a revolution for the Middle Water Station Keeping.”

ROVINS NANO is now there to guarantee optimal navigation safety: even in “sparse array” LBL fields, the combination between ROVINS NANO and iXBlue RAMSES acoustic system enables to reach extremely accurate positioning data.

Besides its high level of performance, ROVINS NANO adapts itself to its user: the configuration, installation and product’s use have been considerably facilitated, while incorporating a system as complex as the INS. Moreover, thanks to its compactness and open architecture with all third-party sensors, ROVINS NANO is extremely easy to integrate. All of this, at a very affordable price: the product offers better return on investment and lower total cost of ownership.

Paul Wysocki is delighted: “We are very pleased to offer this unique system on the offshore navigation market. It does meet today existing needs and perfectly addresses the operator’s requirements in terms of reliability, ease of use and price.”

iXBlue is now offering an expanded range of proven subsea navigation systems, from ROV navigation to survey applications. Today, everywhere you need it under the sea, iXBlue is there to assist you with ultimate performance inertial equipment.

CONTACT: Claire André, 1-331-30088078,

Source: iXBlue
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March 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

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Novogen Receives R&D Tax Incentive Cash Refund

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SYDNEY  /PRNewswire/ — US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen Limited (ASX:NRT; NASDAQ:NVGN) today announced that it has received a cash refund of $2.8M from the Australian Taxation Office under the R&D Tax Incentive Program for the financial year ending 30 June 2015. This will support the Company’s preparations to progress Cantrixil (TRXE-002-1), its lead superbenzopyran (SBP) drug candidate, to Phase 1 clinical trial in 2016.

According to Novogen CEO, Dr James Garner, it was expected that the Company would continue to comply with the internationally competitive Australian Government tax incentive scheme and receive commensurate cash benefits in future years, enabling Novogen to continue to reinvest in early stage drug initiatives and product development opportunities.

“These funds reinforce the Company’s strong financial position as we move towards commencing a Phase 1 clinical trial for Cantrixil in the second half of 2016,” Dr Garner said.

“We have completed the necessary GLP toxicology program on Cantrixil to enable a first-in-human study. The final results of that program have been accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in April 2016. The accepted abstract will be available to view on the Novogen and AACR websites on 15 April 2016. We have also completed large-scale GMP manufacture of the API and the production of sterile drug product for clinical studies is well advanced. The Company continues to expect that these data provide a sound basis to move forward into the clinic. We are currently working with experienced clinicians and expert consultants to finalise the study design,” he added.

About the Cantrixil (TRXE-002-1) drug candidate

Cantrixil is a cyclodextrin-based formulation of the active ingredient, TRXE-002-1, which has shown in vitro and in vivo anti-cancer activity in a range of tumor types. The Company anticipates that, if approved, the drug product would be used as an intra-peritoneal chemotherapy, either alone or in combination with other agents, and in one or more cancers of the abdominal cavity (e.g. ovarian, uterine, colorectal and gastric carcinomas). A first-in-human clinical study is planned to commence in the second half of 2016.

About Novogen Limited

Novogen is an oncology-focused, Australian-US drug development company, traded on both the Australian Securities Exchange (NRT) and on NASDAQ (NVGN). Novogen has two proprietary drug discovery platforms, the superbenzopyrans (SBPs) and the anti-tropomyosins (ATMs), which have provided first-in-class agents with potential application across a range of oncology indications. The Company has three lead molecules Cantrixil, Anisina, and Trilexium, which are in advanced preclinical development for various cancer types, with the most advanced molecule, Cantrixil, slated to enter clinical trials in the second half of 2016. For more information, please visit

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company has tried to identify such forward-looking statements by use of such words as “expects,” “appear,” “intends,” “hopes,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “may,” “target,” “evidences” and “estimates,” and other similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to any statements relating to the Company’s drug development program, including, but not limited to the initiation, progress and outcomes of clinical trials of the Company’s drug development program, including, but not limited to Cantrixil, Anisina, Trilexium, and any other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties relating to the difficulties or delays in financing, development, testing, regulatory approval, production and marketing of the Company’s drug components, including, but not limited to, Cantrixil, Anisina, Trilexium, the ability of the Company to procure additional future sources of financing, unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of the Company’s drug compounds, including, but not limited to, Cantrixil, Anisina, Trilexium, that could slow or prevent products coming to market, the uncertainty of patent protection for the Company’s intellectual property or trade secrets, including, but not limited to, the intellectual property relating to Cantrixil, Anisina, Trilexium, and other risks detailed from time to time in the filings the Company makes with Securities and Exchange Commission including its annual reports on Form 20-F and its reports on Form 6-K. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various factions including those risks and uncertainties mentioned or referred to in this press release. Accordingly, you should not rely on those forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual future results.

Source: Novogen Ltd
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March 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

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HOYA Introduces All-New Sensity Light Reactive Lenses in Asia Pacific

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — In any given day we move seamlessly from role to role, place to place. Our active lives mean we need to adapt as quickly as possible to all the different situations our days present to us. Wouldn’t it be great to have just one pair of glasses for all climates, all seasons, and all light conditions?

HOYA is proud to announce its latest innovation in photochromic lenses — HOYA Sensity. Light reactive lenses that provide unparalleled performance and outstanding user comfort. The lenses adapt to their surroundings so your eyes don’t have to: they darken to sunglasses outdoors and quickly fade back to full clarity indoors.

Darken Outdoor Lighten Indoors. Are available in three stylish colours.
Darken Outdoor Lighten Indoors. Are available in three stylish colours.


The main wearer benefits:

  • Offer comfortable vision in all light conditions
  • Perform consistently in all climates, regions and weather circumstances
  • Darken swiftly to sunglasses outdoors faster than ever before  (up to 45% darker after 90 seconds)
  • Fade quickly back to full clarity indoors as soon as the ambient light intensity diminishes (up to 23% lighter after one minute)
  • Provide 100% UV protection
  • Provide excellent glare reduction & superior contrast
  • Are available in three stylish colours: bronze brown, silver grey and emerald green

HOYA has been active in the field of photochromics since 1969 and has always been striving to develop the best photochromic solution possible for every light condition. Sensity light reactive lenses take photochromics to a new level by incorporating all-HOYA technology to ensure quality and durability. It is available in a wide range of single vision and progressive lens designs.

Sensity provides the highest user convenience as well as the best protection. So whatever your day looks like, you’ll always have a solution at hand.

Try Sensity light-reactive lenses at your optician’s today.

About HOYA

HOYA is a Japanese multinational med-tech company and leading supplier of innovative and indispensable high-tech and healthcare products based on its advanced optics technologies. HOYA is active in two main business segments: The Life Care segment and the Information Technology segment. The Life Care segment deals in health care related products such as eyeglass lenses and operates retail shops for contact lenses, as well as medical related products such as intraocular lenses for cataract surgery and medical endoscopes. HOYA Group comprises of over 100 subsidiaries and affiliates and over 35,000 people worldwide.

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March 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

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Goodman Obtains 100% Ownership of Brazil Operating Platform

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Goodman Group (Goodman or Group) announces that it has secured 100% of its operating platform in Brazil. The Group and WTorre have agreed commercial terms to split their respective interests in the assets of their WTGoodman Brazilian joint venture. Goodman Brazil will operate under the global brand and will be strategically aligned with the Group’s platform covering 16 countries.

Key points:

  • The assets currently owned by the joint venture will be split between the two parties
  • Goodman will obtain:
    • 100% ownership of the operating management platform, and
    • 100% ownership of the 276,000 sqm of stabilised assets held in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and the recently secured 62,000 sqm development pre lease with a large US retailer in Betim.
  • WTorre will obtain 100% ownership in the remaining joint venture assets, comprised predominantly of cash and development land.

Goodman’s original capital commitment of R$340 million remains unchanged as a result of the new ownership structure. Funding for the future expansion of the real estate portfolio is expected to be in line with Goodman’s global capital partnering approach.

The Group is excited to be in Brazil and is confident of growing the Goodman brand on a 100% ownership basis by strategically aligning its local operations under the leadership of its CEO, Cesar Nasser, with the Group’s extensive global platform and resources. Goodman’s operations now include over A$33 billion (R$90 billion) of assets under management, equating to 17.8 million sqm of space under management for more than 1,700 customers in over 30 offices. The strength of its operating platform, quality of its international brand and access to significant global capital will continue to attract international customers and provide a range of opportunities for its Brazil platform over the long term.

Mr Danny Peeters, Executive Director Goodman commented, “We have built a stable operating platform in Brazil over the last 3 years and the opportunity to have complete autonomy in Brazil has always been contemplated by the Group. We acknowledge that Brazil is currently going through a difficult economic period and we will maintain a prudent approach to investment. However, Goodman maintains its long term commitment to the Brazilian market, given its growing middle class and the structural changes which are occurring in the logistics market. Obtaining 100% of the operating management platform at this opportune time ensures the consistent execution of Goodman’s global strategy”.

About Goodman

Goodman Group is an integrated property group with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, theUnited Kingdom, North America and Brazil. Goodman Group, comprised of the stapled entities Goodman Limited, Goodman Industrial Trust and Goodman Logistics (HK) Limited, is the largest industrial property group listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the largest listed specialist investment managers of industrial property and business space globally.

Goodman’s global property expertise, integrated own+develop+manage customer service offering and significant investment management platform ensures it creates innovative property solutions that meet the individual requirements of its customers, while seeking to deliver sustainable long-term returns for its Partners.

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Source: Goodman Group

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March 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm

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Discovering the Golden Ticket to Digital Success in the Travel Industry

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SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — Competition amongst travel companies online is hotter than ever. As a result, they are paying close attention to how to sell more online, and how digital communications can help them win and retain new customers. In this new digital environment, the most successful retailers will be the ones who leverage their business intelligence to build long-lasting relationships with their customers.

As part of the Digital Travel APAC conference that is to be held 12-14 April 2016 at the Amara Sanctuary at Sentosa, Singapore, a report is designed to offer an industry benchmark on how travel companies are responding to the expansion of travel retail online. It reveals key challenges, strategies and priorities faced by the industry, and demonstrates some of the solutions available. During the research phase for this report, the team behind the Digital Travel conference surveyed senior travel retail executives across the sector with job titles including: Vice President, Director E-Commerce, Vice President Marketing and Director Digital Marketing.

The report seeks to answer questions such as Travel companies’ biggest challenges in 2015; Data Analytics – is it working effectively for travel companies?; Booking online, what is working, and what needs improvement?; How effective use of your data could transform your travel business and much more. The rest of the report can be found on

With an attendance of over 200 senior representatives from APAC’s leading hotels, airlines and OTAs Digital Travel Summit APAC is the ONLY VP and Director level eCommerce and digital event focusing on how to personalise your customer engagement, leverage data analytics, capitalise on mobile and optimise your eCommerce platforms.

“I think you guys nailed the content mix perfectly – I came away very impressed by the show…” comments John Caine, VP, Marketing,

For more information about the event, visit or follow @digitaltravelap

The conference is supported by companies like Accenture, AccorHotels, ADARA, Adara Media, Adlift, AdLift, Inc., Adobe, Agoda, Air Asia, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, AirAsia Berhad, Airbnb, Appier, AppsFlyer, Apsis Asia Limited, Backpacker Deals Limited, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, (Singapore) Pte Ltd., Carlton Hotel Singapore, Cebu Pacific Air, China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, Cleartrip, Club Mahindra, Conrad, Ctrip, Dohop, DoubleClick Search, Dusit International, Expedia, Fiji Airways, Flexitech Solutions, FRHI – Fairmont Raffles Hotels and Resorts, Gigya, GlobalCollect Services Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Google, Grab Taxi, Grand Hyatt Doha, Groupon, HappyFresh, Homeaway, HotelQuickly, HotelsCombined, HRS, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, iClick Interactive Asia Limited, iFLYFlat, IHG, Indigo Airlines, InterContinental Bali Resort, iPrice Group, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jetstar Airways, Jumeirah Group, KAYAK, Kempin Siam Co.,Ltd., Kenshoo, Klook, Knorex Pte. Ltd., Kuoni Travel, L Hotels and Resorts and Shanti Collection, LateRooms, Limelight Networks, Mahindra and Mahindra, Mandarin Oriental, Mantra Group, Marriott International, Meritus Hotels & Resorts, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, MoEngage Inc, Neos Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Neos Ventures GmbH, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, NusaTrip, Oberoi Group, Okura Nikko Hotel Management, Oracle Corporation Singapore Pte Ltd, OYO Rooms, Padhaaro, Payvision Singapore Pte Ltd, Pearl International Hotel, Performance Horizon Group, Philippine Airlines, Pnhk media limited, PT. Citilink Indonesia, Regal Hotels International, Resorts World Sentosa, Revinate, roKKi, Roomorama, Saatchi & Saatchi, Samsu Suryati, Scoot, Shangri-la, ShopStylers Sdn Bhd, Skyscanner Pte Ltd, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa / Sofitel So Singapore, Sojern, Spotify, Starwood Hotels & Resorts , APAC, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide,, Sukosol Hotels, Switchfly, Syniverse, The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, The Oberoi Group, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., Tiger Airways, Travelstart, Travix International, Trip Advisor,, Virgin Australia Airlines, Webqem, Wego, Wiotto, Wyndham Hotel Group, Zalora Pte Ltd, ZenRooms, and ZUJI Travel Pte Ltd.

About Worldwide Business Research (WBR)

WBR is the world’s biggest large-scale conference company and part of the PLS group, one of the world’s leading providers of strategic business intelligence with 16 offices worldwide. Our conference divisions consistently out-perform their industry sector competitors on the quality of the events we produce and the relationships we nurture with both delegates and sponsors. To learn more visit, or call us at +65-6722-9455. You can also email us at

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March 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm

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Global Marketers Seek a New Model for Insights

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-Research identifies key changes required to make insights more effective partners in driving brand growth

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — New research from the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) highlights the need for a step change in the relationship between marketers and their internal insights teams.

The Future of Insights project, developed in partnership with the WFA’s insights partner, BrainJuicer, reveals a huge opportunity for insights transformation and for insights leaders to become drivers of brand growth.

Based on responses from more than 300 senior marketers and insights leaders across 94 of the world’s largest brand owners, representing a total annual marketing spend of US$75 billion, it shows how many marketers and insights team are not getting the best out of each other. The results are being presented today at the WFA’s Global Marketer Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Though half of the insights leaders surveyed feel positive about their role, 16% expressed negative sentiments about their function citing frustrations relating to too few resources, too many silos and seeing hard work getting wasted, poorly packaged and ultimately ignored.

33% of senior marketers reported that they were happy with their insights function but almost a quarter were negative. Senior marketers who were negatively predisposed reported that methodologies are too traditional, insights derived too obvious and difficult to action, and a perceived lack of passion and real business understanding amongst insights professionals.

However, this is far from the case for all companies. The report reveals that 50% of insights leaders and senior marketers see insights teams as efficient, expert, trusted advisors and educators, who build on ideas and push recommendations.

In these companies, insights and marketing are more likely to work in physical proximity, with a 15-point increase in positive sentiment in companies where this is the case.

Critically, The Future of Insights finds that senior marketers and insights leaders share a common aspiration to turn insights into an internal consultancy that delivers challenging, business-centric views and helps develop a strategic roadmap to achieve that.

For many companies, achieving this insights nirvana requires three practical steps:

  1. Closer integration between insights and marketing teams, both physically and organisationally;
  2. Broader adoption of new methodologies that create commercial advantage, and a spirit of open-minded exploration and experimentation around those which show promise but whose commercial value is not yet proven;
  3. Seizing the opportunity to challenge stale-thinking using the most up-to-date findings of marketing science about communications, branding, and consumer decision-making.

On both sides there is a clear mandate for new methods based on behavioural science and behavioural data, as well as recognition that methods that scrutinise, explain and ultimately influence real behaviour have the ability to deliver commercial advantage.

However while the two groups agree that new behavioural techniques such as Ethnography, Behavioural Science, Behavioural Data and Storytelling are worthy of further effort, marketers are significantly more in favour of biometrics, media monitoring and data analytics.

Insights teams tend to be much more sceptical, particularly where functions such as the social media “war room” or data analytics are separate. The solution is to develop a programme of experimentation, supported by rapid uptake of methods that prove their worth.

The Future of Insights project doesn’t always make comfortable reading for insight specialists. Yet we need to rise above any siege mentality and grasp the opportunity for leadership as our organisations go through dramatic transformation. This project can be a catalyst for change, a spark to have the confidence to review ways of working, methodologies and capabilities both within our own companies and as an industry, through organisations such as the WFA” said Elinor Bateman, Director, Insight & Research at Barclays.

“There’s an opportunity here for insights leaders to be bold, and become the kind of strategic consultants they want to be, ones that challenge assumptions and push a business forward. On the topics of consumer irrationality, emotional advertising, and brand-centric communications, our study shows these challenges should find a willing audience.” said John Kearon, Chief Juicer at BrainJuicer.

“Actionable insights are an essential part of great marketing. Firms that get their insights teams delivering new tools and insights that they can leverage across the business will be in a better position to deliver sustainable growth.” said Robert Dreblow, Head of Marketing Capabilities at the WFA.

The next stage of the project will involve a series of interviews with CMOs and Heads of Insights to explore the findings and reactions to The Future of Insights.

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The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) is the voice of marketers worldwide, representing 90% of global marketing communications spend – roughly US$700 billion per annum – through a unique, global network of theworld’s biggest markets and biggest marketers. WFA’s champions responsible and effective marketing communications worldwide. More information at

BrainJuicer® Group PLC – the world’s most innovative brand strategy and research agency – has challenged the traditional research paradigms and pioneered the application of Behavioural Science to improve the predictive power of market research and help clients do famous and commercially successful marketing.

The Company provides consumer-driven insight to 16 of the world’s 30 largest buyers of market research and other marquee clients in FMCG, food and beverage, retail, financial services, electronics, health and beauty, and entertainment. BrainJuicer specializes in helping clients with their innovation programmes, focusing on ideas, insights, concepts, communications and behaviour design. The Company’s innovative solutions have gained notice in the industry, which has come to regard BrainJuicer as a true thought leader and change agent.

BrainJuicer was founded by CEO and Chief Juicer, John Kearon, and has been traded on London’s AiM (Alternative Investment Market) since 2006. The Company is headquartered in the United Kingdom, and has offices in North America, Brazil, China, Singapore and across continental Europe.

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