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The Marini’s Group Wins Prestigious World Branding Awards Honours

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — The Marini’s Group, which prides itself on its luxury F&B and entertainment brands – Marini’s on 57, Marble 8 and M Marini Caffè – has been awarded national honours at the World Branding Awards 2016 for the third consecutive year.

Modesto Marini, Founder of The Marini’s Group
Modesto Marini, Founder of The Marini’s Group
This premier awards of the World Branding Forum annually sees some of the world’s best brands recognised for their work and achievements. London’s iconic Kensington Palace was the setting for the 2016 awards ceremony on 20 September which saw 210 brands from 30 countries named “Brand of the Year”; winners such as King Power, Apple, Louis Vuitton, and Rolex.

The Marini’s Group was Malaysia’s winner in the Restaurants category and received the National Award plated in 24k gold, which is presented to the very top brands in each participating country. Brands receiving the National Award are household names in their home country and have been judged to be truly exceptional based on brand valuation, public online voting and consumer market research.

“We are truly honoured to be recognised by the World Branding Forum for our offerings and efforts, and will continue to strive for excellence for our customers,” said The Marini’s Group founder and owner, Modesto Marini.

Visit The Marini’s Group and World Branding Awards 2016 at http://marinisgroup.com & https://awards.brandingforum.org respectively for more details.

About The Marini’s Group

Founded by restaurateur and entrepreneur Modesto Marini in 2012, The Marini’s Group prides itself on its luxury F&B and entertainment brands. Each prestigious establishment offers a unique dining and sensory experience.

Marini’s on 57

Malaysia’s most iconic rooftop destination sits 876ft above sea levels in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. A beacon for international celebrities, tourists, and socialites since its opening in June 2012 due to their unparalleled level of service, contemporary Italian cuisine, and unparalleled views of the city. The only luxury F&B venue in Malaysia to have release their own Sunset Hours compilation albums.

Marble 8 is the city’s premier steakhouse specialising in dry-aged beef where their signature cuts are treated in their own custom built dry-aging cellar.

M Marini Caffè is Malaysia’s first dedicated champagne and caviar caffé that provides the city’s most requested signature cold pasta offerings, champagne high teas and authentic Italian desserts in Suria KLCC shopping centre.

For further information, please contact:

Joanna Saw
The Marini’s Group
Marketing Manager
Tel: +60 12 935 6922
Email: joanna@marinisgroup.com

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20161010/8521606444

Source: The Marini’s Group
Related Links:
http://marinisgroup.com

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October 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm

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Malaysia Hosts Asian Retail Leaders At Retail Congress Asia Pacific 2016

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Asia’s premier information and networking event for retail leaders, Retail Congress Asia Pacific 2016 (RCAP 2016), is coming to Kuala Lumpur for the first time. The sixth installment of the region’s leading retail industry event — organised by World Retail Congress — will be held on 12 and 13 October 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Themed “The Evolution of Retail in Asia Pacific: Innovation and Disruption”, the Congress looks to prepare the region’s retail industry for a future in a connected and technologically advanced world. It will feature presentations and discussions on topics such as emerging retail trends and will examine innovations made to traditional brick-and-mortar retail and the advent of mobile and digital platforms.

Ian McGarrigle, Congress Chairman of RCAP, stated: “It’s a tremendous honour for RCAP to be held in Malaysia. With a clear commitment to retail transformation and healthy private sector participation, we could not have picked a better host country for the Congress. It is timely that RCAP 2016 is held in Kuala Lumpur given the Malaysian Government’s focus on the Wholesale and Retail sectors under the Economic Transformation Programme.”

He added: “RCAP 2016 comes to Kuala Lumpur at a significant time, as the region’s retail sector shows immense potential despite current economic challenges. This event will be crucial as the industry discusses innovative approaches to a rapidly shifting marketplace in Asia, especially in the face of disruptive digital technologies.”

This prestigious event will host more than 300 key decision makers who will play a crucial role in charting a new and dynamic direction for the retail market with CEOs, directors, innovation drivers and new industry disruptors sharing their knowledge and expertise. Prominent speakers for this year’s event include:

Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Google Southeast Asia and India
Gary Brown, CEO, 7-Eleven Malaysia
Tito Costa, Managing Director, Zalora
Andrew Gnananantham, Chief Marketing Officer, Lazada Malaysia
Tony Mampuk, Head of Government Relations, IKEA Indonesia
Ravi Thakran, Managing Partner & Chairman, LVMH Asia
Sylvia Yin, Co-Founder & Chief Operator, Shoppr
Jerome Cheung, Former CEO — Asia Pacific, Tom Ford
For further information, please visit https://www.retailcongressasia.com/retail-congress-asia-pacific-2016.

For Media Enquiries please contact:

Aaron Nair
Bell Pottinger
Phone: +603-2276-0990
Email: ANair@bellpottinger.com

About Retail Congress Asia Pacific

Retail Congress Asia Pacific is the only industry Director-level, pan-retail event in Asia. It is specifically designed for industry CEOs and Directors, those setting the retail agenda and leading business change. The agenda is put together through extensive research and in consultation with an industry leading Advisory Board.

Since its launch in Hong Kong in 2011, Retail Congress Asia Pacific has grown to be the premier event for retail leaders in Asia.

For further information please visit http://www.retailcongressasia.com.

Retail Congress Asia Pacific is organised by the World Retail Congress.

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October 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm

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International Design House Exhibition Set to Change Global Perception of Value of Design In Society

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-Mayor of Taipei City Ko Wen-je and other dignitaries open the World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Signature Event at Taipei’s historic Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
TAIPEI, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — To mark the grand opening of the International Design House Exhibition, which is expected to attract over 800,000 visitors, Mayor of Taipei City Ko Wen-je was joined today by the Minister of Economic Affairs Chih-Kung Lee; Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa, President of ICSID; and city representatives from Helsinki, Cape Town, Mexico City, Eindhoven, Kolding, and Phoenix.

Mayor of Taipei City Ko Wen-je opens WDC Taipei 2016 International Design House Exhibition opening press conference in Taipei, Taiwan on October 13.
Mayor of Taipei City Ko Wen-je opens WDC Taipei 2016 International Design House Exhibition opening press conference in Taipei, Taiwan on October 13.
The much anticipated International Design House Exhibition, which officially opened today, is the first of four major Signature Events to take place in October as part of World Design Capital Taipei 2016 (WDC Taipei 2016). The exhibition explores the WDC Taipei 2016 theme of Sisheng: Quality of Life and Health, Ecological Sustainability, Smart Living, and Urban Regeneration, and aims to ignite public discussion about urban development and the power of design thinking and social design projects to shape the future of cities.

During his opening speech, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je emphasised the value of the International Design House Exhibition in the future development of Taipei and Taiwan. “During this exhibition, we hope that we can show the world the strength of design in Taiwan,” Mayor Ko said. “If we want to change Taipei, then we have to start from changing our culture, and changing culture starts with design. Through design, we hope that we can make Taipei a prettier and more convenient city. This year, this design exhibition is only the beginning.”

“We hope that you have a chance to discover each and every one of the design exhibits on display here at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park until the end of the month,” said Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa, President of ICSID, the organizers of the World Design Capital designation, to an attendant audience. “May you be inspired by the many new design ideas and encouraged by the way design thinking is having a positive impact on the lives of people in Taipei and in different parts of the world. And may your interactions here today and in the coming weeks lead to tangible design-driven results.”

At the opening ceremony, seven cities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) following the City of Networks Meeting, one of WDC Taipei 2016’s four International Signature Events. The MOU aims to strengthen bilateral exchange and cooperation by enhancing the promotion of design and exploring export opportunities for the design industry. The signatory parties, which included Cape Town, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Kolding, Mexico City, Phoenix, and Taipei, agreed to facilitate collaboration in design exchange, the incubation of talent, industrial support, and research and development.

Representing Taipei at the Network of Cities Meeting, Mayor Ko Wen-je spoke of the continued commitment to changing the city through design. WDC Taipei 2016 is just the first step, he said, and promised to continue the activities started this year into the next five to ten years. Anne Stenros, who just last month took up the position of Helsinki’s Chief Design Officer, notes that the former WDC city will focus on finding innovative solutions to future problems, many of which are unknown at this time. Mayor Jorn Pedersen of Kolding, a city that exhibited as part of WDC Taipei 2016 earlier in the year, noted that despite their small population, they still find ways to implement design into education, city development, and business. In 2017, the city will hold its first Design Week.

The International City Pavilion of the International Design House Exhibition, Unfold Cities, with participants from 13 international cities, countries, and organizations — Austria, Beijing, Cape Town, Germany, Helsinki, India, the Netherlands, Osaka, Paris, the Philippines, Switzerland and Yokohama — presents an inspirational exploration of how global cities can use design to face the continuing challenges of urbanization.

Taipei Issuuuue, the theme of Taipei Pavilion II, curated by Agua Chou of Taipei-based studio Agua Design, showcases the results of innovative WDC Taipei 2016 projects, including the International Open Call and Designer in Residence programs, and explores the impact of public planning and design policies in Taipei City. In the Power of Taiwan Design Pavilion, curator Li Wei-Lang, the Creative Director for Afterain Design, presents an exhibition called Breakthrough that showcases innovation in Taiwanese design in the fields of science and technology, art and craft, and sustainability.

In Taipei Pavilion I, Page Tsou, celebrated visual artist and founder of Taipei-based studio Auspicious Design, presents Visual Taipei. This exhibition features over 300 works by renowned illustrators, graphic designers, and visual artists from around the world. Renowned Taiwanese contemporary calligraphic artist Tong Yang-Tze presents From Ink to Apparel: A Crossover between Calligraphy Art and Fashion Design. This collaborative exhibition features the works of six up-and-coming Taiwanese fashion designers, which interpret Tong’s art.

The International Design House Exhibition, located in the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, will be open every day from 10AM to 6PM, from Thursday, October 13 to Sunday, October 30, and is free for all visitors. A free shuttle bus service will be provided from Songshan Cultural Creative Park to three satellite exhibition areas around the city, including Yongkang Street, Zhongshan-Shuanglian District, and Wanhua-Dadaocheng District. For more information, visit: http://wdc2016.taipei/en/international-design-house-exhibition/.

Other major events in October include the International Design Policy Conference to be held on the weekend of October 15 and 16 at the Taipei International Convention Center; and the International Design Week Forum to be held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum on Tuesday, October 18.

About WDC Taipei 2016

“Adaptive City — Design in Motion” was Taipei City’s core concept in its 2015 application to host World Design Capital 2016. How can we apply innovative “design thinking” practices to overcome the constraints that limited resources place on our city’s development, pursue continual change in our urban governance, create happiness in the lives of our citizens–providing them with a better quality of life in a more livable, forward-looking city? These are the goals for Taipei City. 2016 marks the beginning of an evolution for Taipei, where we will take advantage of the potential in change by “Engaging Communities,” “Connecting Information,” and “Revitalizing the City.” For more information on WDC Taipei 2016, visit the official website http://wdc2016.taipei/en/, or follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/taipeidesign/.

About World Design Capital

World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated by Icsid every two years to recognize a city’s innovative use of design for economic, social and cultural development and to showcase effective design-led urban revitalization strategies that other cities can benefit from. Past cities to hold the WDC title include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, and Cape Town (South Africa) 2014. Taipei (Taiwan) is this year’s WDC, and Mexico City has just been named WDC 2018. For more information, please visit http://www.worlddesigncapital.com.

About the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) founded in 1957 that promotes the profession of industrial design. Icsid recently approved a name change, World Design Organization, to be implemented and celebrated during its 60th anniversary in 2017. Icsid advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging our more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international programming–World Design Capital®, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. Icsid has United Nations Special Consultative Status. For more information, please visit http://www.icsid.org/

Media Contact

Saskia Kerkvliet

International Media Liaison

+886 2 2311 7007 *406

saskia.kerkvliet@ddg.com.tw

Taipei City Government Contact

Olivia Hsu

World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Office

+886 2 2720 8889 *3657

bt-yunwei@mail.taipei.gov.tw

Taipei WDC Office Contact

Anne Chang

World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Office

+886 2 2745 8199 *410

anne_chang@tdc.org.tw

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20161013/8521606555

Source: World Design Capital
Related Links:
http://www.worlddesigncapital.com

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October 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

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Fragrance Du Bois Debuts at Parfumerie Tresor, Hong Kong

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Luxury French perfume house, Fragrance Du Bois, is proud to announce its debut in East Asia on the 5th of October 2016, at Hong Kong’s first and only artistic perfume boutique, Parfumerie Tresor.

Inspired by a ‘girl’s powder room’, Parfumerie Tresor is located in the heart of the bustling city’s Central district, at 28 Lyndhurst Terrace, and since its inception in 2014, has profiled and exhibited 23 niche, artistic brands such as Jovoy, Bella Bellissima, Xerjoff, Memo, Jeroboam and many others.

Parfumerie Tresor, Hong Kong’s first and only artistic perfume boutique.
Parfumerie Tresor, Hong Kong’s first and only artistic perfume boutique.
At the heart of all Fragrance Du Bois’ creations is the 100% pure, natural, organic Oud oil, which is sustainably produced on the brand’s own plantations.

Agarwood, from which Oud oil is derived, is no stranger to Hong Kong, and is the species of tree that originally gave Hong Kong its famous name. ‘Fragrant Harbour’ became the officially recorded name after the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, with the territory, and the port area in particular, serving as the Asian hub and the regional supplier and distribution centre for aromatic materials and ingredients.

Oud lends an extraordinary depth and longevity to a fragrance, and Fragrance Du Bois’ unique range of products has established the brand’s presence internationally in a remarkably short space of time, especially after its launch in Paris earlier this year, at the House of Jovoy, the ‘Embassy of rare perfumes’.

Fragrance Du Bois’ signature cloches at Parfumerie Tresor, Hong Kong.
Fragrance Du Bois’ signature cloches at Parfumerie Tresor, Hong Kong.
“We are beyond thrilled to debut in Hong Kong,” says Nicola Parker, Brand Director of Fragrance Du Bois. “Pauline and her team represent and embrace the same values and ethos as we do, and we couldn’t imagine a better partner than Parfumerie Tresor. Hong Kong is part of our strategic expansion plans to reach out to the Chinese people, who already have a deep understanding of Oud and agarwood. It’s been part of their history for thousands of years.”

She continued, “We are also looking to increase our range of products, to include wood chips, Oud oil and incense sticks in Hong Kong over the next few months. I look forward to this unique partnership with Parfumerie Tresor, and I am excited at the prospect of what it will bring.”

Pauline Lau, Founder and Managing Director of Parfumerie Tresor commented, “We are delighted to welcome Fragrance Du Bois to Hong Kong. As part of our commitment to creativity and uniqueness, we aim to introduce premium and luxury, independent perfume brands to Hong Kong and Asia’s patronage. With Fragrance Du Bois’ exquisite and luxurious perfumes, I strongly believe that the brand will bring a new, fragrant and sensory experience to our customers.”

Using only the finest, sustainably sourced and produced ingredients, Fragrance Du Bois has boutiques in Paris, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, with several more openings – Doha, Geneva, Milan, Marbella, New York and Los Angeles – being planned for the coming months.

For more information, please download at http://fdbo.is/HK-launch.

Notes for Editors:

For further information, please contact:

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

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche, luxury perfume house born from the richest essences of nature, crafted by fifth generation perfumers, from the 17th century French traditions of Grasse. At the heart of all Fragrance Du Bois’ creations is its signature Oud that exudes the ultimate in luxury, being both distinctive and unique. All the Oud used by Fragrance Du Bois is produced on its own sustainably managed plantations, and is guaranteed to be ethically and sustainably sourced.

About Parfumerie Tresor

Parfumerie Tresor brings creative and unique perfumers under one roof; you will not find many of these fragrances anywhere else in the city. Parfumerie Tresor is not only home to different brand stories and the independent spirits of these perfumeries, but will also be a creative space for cultural events that promote the art of fragrance. A perfect pairing of perfume and personality is an elegant way to express oneself to the world.

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20161010/8521606449-a
Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20161010/8521606449-b

Source: Fragrance Du Bois
Related Links:
http://www.fragrancedubois.com

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October 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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International Design House Exhibition Set to Change Global Perception of Value of Design In Society

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Mayor of Taipei City Ko Wen-je and other dignitaries open the World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Signature Event at Taipei’s historic Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — To mark the grand opening of the International Design House Exhibition, which is expected to attract over 800,000 visitors, Mayor of Taipei City Ko Wen-je was joined today by the Minister of Economic Affairs Chih-Kung Lee; Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa, President of ICSID; and city representatives from Helsinki, Cape Town, Mexico City, Eindhoven, Kolding, and Phoenix.
Mayor of Taipei City Ko Wen-je opens WDC Taipei 2016 International Design House Exhibition opening press conference in Taipei, Taiwan on October 13.
The much anticipated International Design House Exhibition, which officially opened today, is the first of four major Signature Events to take place in October as part of World Design Capital Taipei 2016 (WDC Taipei 2016). The exhibition explores the WDC Taipei 2016 theme of Sisheng: Quality of Life and Health, Ecological Sustainability, Smart Living, and Urban Regeneration, and aims to ignite public discussion about urban development and the power of design thinking and social design projects to shape the future of cities.
During his opening speech, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je emphasised the value of the International Design House Exhibition in the future development of Taipei and Taiwan. “During this exhibition, we hope that we can show the world the strength of design in Taiwan,” Mayor Ko said. “If we want to change Taipei, then we have to start from changing our culture, and changing culture starts with design. Through design, we hope that we can make Taipei a prettier and more convenient city. This year, this design exhibition is only the beginning.”
“We hope that you have a chance to discover each and every one of the design exhibits on display here at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park until the end of the month,” said Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa, President of ICSID, the organizers of the World Design Capital designation, to an attendant audience. “May you be inspired by the many new design ideas and encouraged by the way design thinking is having a positive impact on the lives of people in Taipei and in different parts of the world. And may your interactions here today and in the coming weeks lead to tangible design-driven results.”
At the opening ceremony, seven cities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) following the City of Networks Meeting, one of WDC Taipei 2016’s four International Signature Events. The MOU aims to strengthen bilateral exchange and cooperation by enhancing the promotion of design and exploring export opportunities for the design industry. The signatory parties, which included Cape Town, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Kolding, Mexico City, Phoenix, and Taipei, agreed to facilitate collaboration in design exchange, the incubation of talent, industrial support, and research and development.
Representing Taipei at the Network of Cities Meeting, Mayor Ko Wen-je spoke of the continued commitment to changing the city through design. WDC Taipei 2016 is just the first step, he said, and promised to continue the activities started this year into the next five to ten years. Anne Stenros, who just last month took up the position of Helsinki’s Chief Design Officer, notes that the former WDC city will focus on finding innovative solutions to future problems, many of which are unknown at this time. Mayor Jorn Pedersen of Kolding, a city that exhibited as part of WDC Taipei 2016 earlier in the year, noted that despite their small population, they still find ways to implement design into education, city development, and business. In 2017, the city will hold its first Design Week.
The International City Pavilion of the International Design House Exhibition, Unfold Cities, with participants from 13 international cities, countries, and organizations — Austria, Beijing, Cape Town, Germany, Helsinki, India, the Netherlands, Osaka, Paris, the Philippines, Switzerland and Yokohama — presents an inspirational exploration of how global cities can use design to face the continuing challenges of urbanization.
Taipei Issuuuue, the theme of Taipei Pavilion II, curated by Agua Chou of Taipei-based studio Agua Design, showcases the results of innovative WDC Taipei 2016 projects, including the International Open Call and Designer in Residence programs, and explores the impact of public planning and design policies in Taipei City. In the Power of Taiwan Design Pavilion, curator Li Wei-Lang, the Creative Director for Afterain Design, presents an exhibition called Breakthrough that showcases innovation in Taiwanese design in the fields of science and technology, art and craft, and sustainability.
In Taipei Pavilion I, Page Tsou, celebrated visual artist and founder of Taipei-based studio Auspicious Design, presents Visual Taipei. This exhibition features over 300 works by renowned illustrators, graphic designers, and visual artists from around the world. Renowned Taiwanese contemporary calligraphic artist Tong Yang-Tze presents From Ink to Apparel: A Crossover between Calligraphy Art and Fashion Design. This collaborative exhibition features the works of six up-and-coming Taiwanese fashion designers, which interpret Tong’s art.
The International Design House Exhibition, located in the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, will be open every day from 10AM to 6PM, from Thursday, October 13 to Sunday, October 30, and is free for all visitors. A free shuttle bus service will be provided from Songshan Cultural Creative Park to three satellite exhibition areas around the city, including Yongkang Street, Zhongshan-Shuanglian District, and Wanhua-Dadaocheng District. For more information, visit: http://wdc2016.taipei/en/international-design-house-exhibition/.
Other major events in October include the International Design Policy Conference to be held on the weekend of October 15 and 16 at the Taipei International Convention Center; and the International Design Week Forum to be held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum on Tuesday, October 18.
About WDC Taipei 2016
“Adaptive City — Design in Motion” was Taipei City’s core concept in its 2015 application to host World Design Capital 2016. How can we apply innovative “design thinking” practices to overcome the constraints that limited resources place on our city’s development, pursue continual change in our urban governance, create happiness in the lives of our citizens–providing them with a better quality of life in a more livable, forward-looking city? These are the goals for Taipei City. 2016 marks the beginning of an evolution for Taipei, where we will take advantage of the potential in change by “Engaging Communities,” “Connecting Information,” and “Revitalizing the City.” For more information on WDC Taipei 2016, visit the official website http://wdc2016.taipei/en/, or follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/taipeidesign/.
About World Design Capital
World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated by Icsid every two years to recognize a city’s innovative use of design for economic, social and cultural development and to showcase effective design-led urban revitalization strategies that other cities can benefit from. Past cities to hold the WDC title include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, and Cape Town (South Africa) 2014. Taipei (Taiwan) is this year’s WDC, and Mexico City has just been named WDC 2018. For more information, please visit http://www.worlddesigncapital.com.
About the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) founded in 1957 that promotes the profession of industrial design. Icsid recently approved a name change, World Design Organization, to be implemented and celebrated during its 60th anniversary in 2017. Icsid advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging our more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international programming–World Design Capital®, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. Icsid has United Nations Special Consultative Status. For more information, please visit http://www.icsid.org/
Media Contact

Saskia Kerkvliet
International Media Liaison
+886 2 2311 7007 *406
saskia.kerkvliet@ddg.com.tw
Taipei City Government Contact

Olivia Hsu
World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Office
+886 2 2720 8889 *3657
bt-yunwei@mail.taipei.gov.tw
Taipei WDC Office Contact

Anne Chang
World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Office
+886 2 2745 8199 *410
anne_chang@tdc.org.tw
Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20161013/8521606555

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October 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

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Ipswitch MOVEit(R) 2017 Offers New Levels of Compliance Support in Secure Managed File Transfer

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-New Features Added to Managed File Transfer Products Help IT Teams Protect Data When Most Vulnerable
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Ipswitch, the leader in easy to try, buy and use IT management software, today announced MOVEit® 2017 — the combined release includes new versions of its industry leading Managed File Transfer products MOVEit® Transfer, MOVEit® Automation and Ipswitch® Analytics. These new releases significantly enhance the ability of IT teams to ensure the secure exchange of sensitive data with external partners on a global scale and in compliance with data protection regulations such as HIPAA, PCI and GDPR. MOVEit® recently won the Secure File Transfer Solution award from NetworkWorld Asia Information Management Awards 2016.

In our information based economy, the daily exchange of data with external organizations has become a core process of businesses across a large number of industries. Healthcare providers and Insurers routinely share Protected Health Information (PHI) between themselves and regulatory agencies. Retailers and Financial institutions transmit payment card data. Organizations in multiple industries routinely exchange Personally Identifiable Information (PII). All of this data is protected by regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), GDPR (the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation) and others. PHI, PII and payment card data are the target of global cybercriminal activity. MOVEit® helps safeguard that data when it is most vulnerable — in transit, as well as when the data is at rest, with best in class encryption.

Ipswitch’s industry leading MOVEit® products help IT teams ensure these exchanges are secure, in compliance with data protection regulations, and automated to reduce IT overhead costs and meet internal and external Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

MOVEit Transfer 2017 provides enhanced language support and improvements to its user interface. MOVEit users can now externally transfer files in any language (including support for Japanese and Simplified Chinese) to anywhere in the world securely and in compliance with multiple data protection regulations.

MOVEit Automation 2017 includes new features that significantly extend IT team’s ability to automate core data exchange processes at high volumes while continuing to meet SLAs and reduce IT costs. These include improvements to its state-of-the-art web admin interface, the ability to manage files and resources in any language and SOCKS proxy support for SFTP hosts.

Ipswitch Analytics 2017 enables SLA and compliance reporting with new advanced data filters, and enhanced management of security keys, licenses and agents. Additionally, Ipswitch Analytics provides new agents for Microsoft Exchange that extend IT teams’ visibility to include data transfers that occur through email. This significantly enhances the organizations ability to assure regulatory compliance by providing first time visibility into an area of increasing concern — ad hoc file transmissions of sensitive data by employees.

“With many organizations implementing security policies to restrict manual file transfers, IT teams need a flexible, IT-approved solution that provides the ease-of-use that today’s employees crave combined with the security IT teams demand for protection and compliance,” said Austin O’Malley, Chief Product Officer at Ipswitch. “Thousands of companies in some of the most data-sensitive industries are using MOVEit 2017 to better manage data exchange processes from a central console that is understandable and easy-to-use.”

“In the Asia Pacific region, a number of governments are pushing for comprehensive data protection regulations, with new regulatory regimes coming into force,” said Alessandro Porro, Senior Vice President of APAC for International Sales at Ipswitch. “The new enhancements incorporated in MOVEit 2017 will help meet the requirements of these new regulations while protecting and monitoring the use and disclosure of extremely sensitive data to provide increased customer value.”

Editions and Pricing:

To make it easier for IT teams to buy a solution that meets their exact requirements while increasing the value they receive from their investment, MOVEit Transfer 2017 and MOVEit Automation 2017 are offered in Standard, Professional and Premium editions.

All MOVEit 2017 solutions — MOVEit Transfer, MOVEit Automation, Ipswitch Analytics and Ipswitch Gateway — are combined in the comprehensive MOVEit Complete package, which simplifies IT teams’ Managed File Transfer needs in Standard, Professional and Premium editions as well.

MOVEit has been reliably and predictably transferring files for thousands of customers and millions of users across several vertical industries — including banking, financial services, insurance, healthcare and retail. To learn more about MOVEit 2017, visit https://www.ipswitch.com/secure-information-and-file-transfer/moveit-mft-complete.

Register now to join the upcoming MOVEit 2017 Security and Compliance webinar on 18th October.

Conducted in English: Register here
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Today’s hard-working IT teams are relied upon to manage increasing complexity and deliver near-zero downtime. Ipswitch IT and network management software helps them succeed by enabling secure control of business transactions, applications and infrastructure. Ipswitch software is powerful, flexible and easy to try, buy and use. The company’s software helps teams shine by delivering 24/7 performance and security across cloud, virtual and network environments. Ipswitch Unified Infrastructure and Applications Monitoring software provides end-to-end insight, is extremely flexible and simple to deploy. The company’s Information Security and Managed File Transfer solutions enable secure, automated and compliant business transactions and file transfers for millions of users. Ipswitch powers more than 150,000 networks spanning 168 countries, and is based in Lexington, Mass., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, please visit http://www.ipswitch.com/, or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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October 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

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Sunway Reopens 4.5-Star Hotel on 3 November 2016 After a RM125 Million Renovation

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of property-construction conglomerate Sunway Group, announces the re-opening of its 4.5-star Sunway Pyramid Hotel (formerly known as Sunway Pyramid Hotel East) on 3 November 2016. The hotel will progressively open its guestrooms and suites after having undergone a RM125 million renovation exercise since it closed on 1 April 2016. Sunway Pyramid Hotel targets to operate on its full inventory of 564 rooms by end January 2017.

The new Deluxe Park View Room at Sunway Pyramid Hotel
The new Deluxe Park View Room at Sunway Pyramid Hotel
Located in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, adjacent to the 5-star flagship Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, the newly renovated Sunway Pyramid Hotel integrates the brand’s latest design elements, reflecting contemporary interiors and stylish ergonomic furnishings catering to the needs of the upbeat new generation of travelers. Guests will experience an upgraded stay in the hotel’s latest deluxe guestrooms which include the new purpose-built family rooms and suites.

The renovation increased the hotel’s room inventory to 564 deluxe rooms and suites from the previous 549, incorporating 21 new family rooms and suites, designed to accommodate a growing increase in family and leisure travelers to the integrated destination. The new family suites, ranging in size between 53 square-metres to 60 square-metres, will be amongst the Hotel’s largest rooms offering comfortable spaces, useful amenities, added extras like two bathrooms, a mini refrigerator, a microwave and bedding options accommodating up to six (6) persons.

Albert Cheong, CEO and Group General Manager of Sunway Hotels & Resorts said, “The re-opening of Sunway Pyramid Hotel brings a new level of energy and excitement; adding to the spectacular facilities and vibrancy in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur. With the full room inventory available by end of January 2017, the cluster of three (3) hotels in Sunway City including the new Sunway Pyramid Hotel, will offer guests a choice of over 1,400 guestrooms and suites within a single integrated destination; thereby affording guests with every conceivable choice and budget. We’re also making enormous strides in growing market share, leveraging on our recent opening of Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ Regional Sales Offices in Shanghai and Dubai as well as several newly announced all-inclusive getaway packages, available exclusively for those booking direct on http://www.sunwayhotels.com .”

Designed by Sunway Design Sdn. Bhd, each guestroom and suite in Sunway Pyramid Hotel focused on technology improvements with complimentary Wi-Fi and wired broadband internet access, smart lighting, bedside USB charger outlets, 42″ LED Smart TV with satellite news, sports and movie channels, flexible workspaces, high pressure walk-in shower, ample closet space and numerous other enhanced facilities and upgrades. The hotel transformation also included a complete make-over on the hotel’s main lobby, a new coffee lounge, lift landings, guest floor corridors, guestrooms and the back of house spaces.

BOOK DIRECT & SAVE: Sunway Pyramid Hotel is now available for immediate bookings at http://www.sunwayhotels.com , via telephone at +60 3 7492 8000 or by email to srhs.reservations@sunwayhotels.com for stays from 3 November 2016 onwards. Sunway Pyramid Hotel’s introductory rates start from RM380.00++ per room per night, inclusive of breakfast for two (2) adults, complimentary Wi-Fi and are valid for stays from 3 to 30 November 2016. Room rates are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) and are subjected to 10% Service Charge and prevailing Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Sunway Hotels & Resorts owns and manages 11 hotels and resorts in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam. The hotel group represents a collection of over 3,300 guestrooms, suites, serviced residences and villas. Its diverse portfolio of hospitality assets and services includes ownership and management of a cluster of hotels with large-scale convention centre, meeting and exhibition facilities in an integrated city, private villas, a wellness retreat and a range of distinctive 5, 4 and 3-star hotels in mixed-use developments.

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT: Farizal B. Jaafar, Group Director of Brand Marketing & Communications – Sunway Hotels & Resorts or Stephanie Yong, Publicity & Media Relations Manager at Tel: +60-3-7492-8000 or E-mail: srhs.media@sunwayhotels.com

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October 14, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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New Research from Hootsuite and LinkedIn Uncovers the Value of Social Media in Australia’s Financial Services Industry

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Companies with ‘Social Executives’ are more positively perceived, drive higher sales outcomes, appear more competitive and attract more talent

SYDNEY/PRNewswire/ — Hootsuite, the world’s most widely used platform for managing social media, has released a report today, in association with LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, highlighting the importance of Executive social media activity within Australian Financial Services Institutions.
The research, utilising Hootsuite’s solutions and LinkedIn’s proprietary Social Selling Index (SSI), found a strong correlation between the social media activity of executives and the performance of employee social activity across the Australian Financial Services Industry (FSI).
“Social communication has dramatically influenced the impact that executives can have on the company brand. Whether in financial services or any other industry, customers, employees and shareholders are demanding an authentic voice from their business leaders. In turn, the executive’s ability to influence their organisation’s brand through social engagement has never been greater,” said Mark Dick, Director, Sales Solutions, LinkedIn Australia.
Social Executives Leading the Way
With customer engagements becoming increasingly more digital, traditional business models are changing and with it, the role of executives within the industry. An analysis of social media activity on LinkedIn among 851 Australian organisations revealed that on average 42% of the organisation’s social media performance can be attributed to the activity of executives.
The findings reinforce the business impact of social media, echoing existing LinkedIn research which found that organisations with sales teams that embraced social are 51% more likely to reach quota, while 78% of social sellers outsell their peers who aren’t on social media.
“Digital is rapidly disrupting Australian banking and financial institutions. With the explosive growth of social, executives in the Australian financial services industry are in a unique position to proactively lead from the front, engaging and empowering employees and sales teams on social,” said Amy McIlwain, Global Industry Principal, Financial Services, at Hootsuite.
Huge Opportunity for Australian Executives and Organisations to Embrace Social
Analysing more than 340,000 posts across social from May to September 2016, Hootsuite established a Digital Perception Index (DPI) to provide an indication of public sentiment towards a company. The DPI showed that many consumers still have a negative perception of investment and wealth management institutions, likely a holdover from the global financial crisis.
The research establishes a huge opportunity for firms to increase the role of executives in their social media activity. Industry leaders who have been identified as ‘social executives’ can be a strategic force in improving customer experience and employee engagement, productivity, and retention.
“By 2026, Australians entering the workforce have lived their entire lives in a world with social media. No matter their industry, if organisations in Australia plan to remain competitive on a global scale, they need to engage customers at every touchpoint in their digital journey, this means mobile, real-time, and especially social,” said Patience Yi, Vice President Strategic Alliances, Hootsuite.
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Oliver Budgen
Mutant Communications for Hootsuite
oliver@mutant.com.sg
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October 14, 2016 at 11:29 am

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