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BroadcastAsia2017 to Feature New Drone and Virtual Reality Clusters and Bigger TV Everywhere! Zone

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — BroadcastAsia’s relocation to Suntec Singapore will see the event housed on expanded purpose-built exhibition grounds spanning 20,000 square metres across three levels from 23 – 25 May 2017. The extremely popular TV Everywhere! Zone, back for its third showing, is expected to grow by 50 per cent and act as a major focal point of BroadcastAsia2017. Brand new clusters for drones and virtual reality will also make their debut, rounding up the event’s immersive showcase of game-changing products for next-generation broadcasting and the latest end-to-end solutions needed to stay ahead of the curve.

“New technologies are expanding the broadcasting ecosystem and bringing forth exciting new possibilities to create and consume content, especially within Asia. We are therefore thrilled to be launching these new clusters to allow attendees to get first-hand experience using these technologies,” said Calvin Koh, Assistant Project Director of BroadcastAsia2017 from organiser Singapore Exhibition Services. “Last year’s BroadcastAsia saw more than 17,000 international trade attendees, so the relocation has come as a delight to many exhibitors and visitors as it will allow BroadcastAsia more space to grow and to accommodate more exhibitors and new technologies.”

BroadcastAsia stalwarts — the Cinematography/Film/Production Technology Zone and ProfessionalAudioTechnology — will also be back to showcase technologies for the audio ecosystem and a comprehensive range of production/post-production equipment and services. Industry names who have already confirmed participation at next year’s show include Accedo, Avid, Broadpeak, Harmonic, Hisilicon, IBM Cloud, Mirada, Mstar, Nice People At Work, SAM, Skyline, Skyworth and Wyplay, among others.

Exhibitors at BroadcastAsia2017

To help video providers address transformative change that is sweeping the media and entertainment industry, Elemental Technologies — an Amazon Web Services company and leader in software-defined video solutions — will highlight video production, distribution and monetisation advancements, both on-premises and in the cloud.

“Only flexible software-defined video solutions and scalable cloud solutions can assure content availability everywhere, leverage new formats like UHD and virtual reality, and allow media leaders to embark on new monetisation approaches,” said Dan Marshall, Senior Vice President Worldwide Field Operations at Elemental Technologies. “At BroadcastAsia2017, a premier industry event in Asia Pacific, we look forward to helping media companies see how they can employ these solutions to deliver value and drive momentum.”

Returning to the show, Hitachi Kokusai Electric will feature their innovative Outside Broadcasting (OB)-Box, a fully featured modular OB facility that can be mounted onto a vehicle’s chassis using a proprietary fixing kit. This approach significantly reduces the manufacturing and delivery time as it removes the need to source and ship an appropriate vehicle for each customer. Hitachi will also showcase its popular Mobile Communications Vehicle that integrates a number of advanced communications systems including satellite communication antenna, professional mobile radio and cellular communication networks for up-linking streaming video, among other uses.

”We had a very successful showing last year,” commented Koji Yuzawa, General Manager at Hitachi Kokusai Turkey. ”Being able to showcase our OB-Box and allowing attendees to experience its high quality build first-hand definitely influenced many purchasing decisions. We’re looking forward to having this opportunity again at BroadcastAsia2017.”

BroadcastAsia2017 International Conference

Beyond the exhibition, the BroadcastAsia2017 International Conference will bring together an unprecedented portfolio of top broadcast experts and industry influencers to discuss evolving industry trends, debate the best business and commercial strategies, and showcase breakthrough technologies.

Key trending themes will include OTT 2.0 and monetisation, optimising content and branding strategies, maximising experience on all screens, IP in broadcasting, UHD vs 1080p, HDR delivery for the future, broadcast standards, HBBTV 2.0.1 and hybrid delivery, workflow and automation, subtitling and captioning technology, and sportscasting and newscasting.

The CommunicAsia2017 and EnterpriseIT2017exhibition and summit will be held at the same time as BroadcastAsia2017 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Shuttle buses will take visitors between the Marina Bay Sands and Suntec so they can easily visit both shows.

SHOWS AT A GLANCE:

BroadcastAsia2017 Exhibition

Incorporating:

ProfessionalAudioTechnology2017

Date:

23 – 25  May, Tuesday – Thursday

Venue:

Level 4 & 6, Suntec Singapore

Opening Hours:

10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Admission:

Business and trade professionals only

CommunicAsia2017 / EnterpriseIT2017 Exhibition

Incorporating:

SatComm2017

Date:

23 May – 25 May 2017, Tuesday to Thursday

Venue:

Basement 2, Level 1, 4 & 5 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Opening Hours:

10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Admission:

Business and trade professionals only

Website:

www.communicasia.com | http://www.enterpriseit-asia.com/

Conferences at a glance:

BroadcastAsia2017 International Conference

Date:

23 – 25  May, Tuesday – Thursday

Venue:

Level 3, Suntec Singapore

Admission:

Registered delegates only

CommunicAsia2017 Summit

Date:

23 May – 25 May 2017, Tuesday to Thursday

Venue:

Level 4 & Level 5 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Admission:

Registered delegates only

Website:

http://www.communicasia.com/conference/conference-highlights/

ABOUT SINGAPORE EXHIBITION SERVICES

Singapore Exhibitions Services organises a portfolio of international tradeshows serving the Communications, Engineering, Machinery and Lifestyle industries.  Our events consistently attract a high level of overseas participation with foreign exhibitors accounting for almost 80% of the show floor. We are a member of Allworld Exhibitions Alliance, a global network with over 50 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit www.sesallworld.com.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

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Kelly Mancaruso / Rebecca Peel

Patricia Yee

Proactive PR

Singapore Exhibition Services

Tel: +44 1636 812152

Tel: +65 6233 6637

Email: kelly.mancaruso@proactive-pr.com  / rebecca.peel@proactive-pr.com 

Email: patricia.yee@sesallworld.com

 

 

Source: BroadcastAsia2017

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December 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm

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DHL Express Clinches Top Honors Again as One of the Best Employers in Asia Pacific

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— The latest string of accolades was awarded by Aon Hewitt, Top Employers Institute, and Great Place to Work(R) Institute
— The company consistently scored high marks for its excellent employee culture, policies, and practices

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, is proud to announce that it has been honored again as a leading employer and an excellent workplace in multiple markets across Asia Pacific by leading human capital organizations — Aon Hewitt, Top Employers Institute, and Great Place to Work® Institute. This year, DHL Express won a total of 28 awards, up from 24 awards in 2015. The string of accolades in 2016 underscores the company’s efforts in becoming an Employer of Choice.

Why is DHL Express one of Asia’s best places to work?
Why is DHL Express one of Asia’s best places to work?

 

“We are very proud to be consistently recognized with these awards which are testament to our dedication to providing the very best working environment and career prospects for our colleagues in Asia Pacific.  At DHL, we strongly believe that our motivated employees are truly our most valuable asset and that every individual’s contribution is integral to our success,” said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific. “It is our dedicated people who have enabled DHL to continuously stay ahead of the competition and strengthened our position as the industry leader in international express delivery.”

DHL Express received multiple honors from Aon Hewitt, including the Asia Pacific Best Employer 2016 award, conferred to companies which have won Aon Hewitt awards in at least three countries across the region. DHL Express has exceeded this achievement with a total of eight countries/regions, namely Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, for achieving the highest standards of excellence in employee conditions.

DHL Express was also recognized as an exemplary employer by the Top Employers Institute, for providing the optimal conditions for its employees to develop professionally and personally. Accolades awarded to the company include the Top Employers Award 2016 in Asia Pacific, as well as in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, for the second year running. DHL Express China and India were also awarded the Top Employers Award 2016 for the first time.

In addition, DHL Express was conferred the “Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia” 2016 Asia Pacific award by Great Place to Work® Institute. The company was recognized as an organization that is committed to providing and sustaining high-trust cultures for its employees across Asia.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a leading employer and an excellent workplace in Asia Pacific again. These awards spur us to continue striving towards our goal of becoming an Employer of Choice and motivates us to continue to deliver HR excellence across the region,” said A. Mateen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at DHL Express Asia Pacific. “Employee engagement remains our top priority and we are committed to continuously investing in employee development programs and practices, such as the award-winning Certified International Specialist (CIS) training program, and ensuring our employees realize their full potential.”

DHL places great importance in employee engagement and makes it a priority to create a positive work environment and improve employee satisfaction. DHL has put in place an extensive range of employee-focused initiatives — ranging from staff appreciation activities to comprehensive training programs and feedback sessions.

The company invests significantly in award-winning internal training programs, Certified International Specialist (CIS) and Certified International Manager (CIM), where over 90,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide have been trained — making it one of the largest corporate training programs ever implemented. Employees are trained on the company strategy, fundamentals of international and management skills such as ensuring respect and results while interacting with colleagues.

In addition to the CIS and CIM programs, DHL regularly organizes activities that celebrate and recognize employees’ dedication and cultivate employee engagements at all levels such as Staff Appreciation Weeks and Employee of the Year recognition events.

To encourage open dialogue, employees participate in the annual Employee Opinion Survey (EOS), a short and confidential questionnaire that all employees complete, to measure their engagement and satisfaction levels. Engagement scores in Asia Pacific in 2016 registered improvements for Employee Engagement, Future & Strategy, Teamwork, Job Fulfillment & Workplace, and Continuous Improvement — all of which were already above 90 percent. The strong employee engagement scores is testament to DHL’s belief that employees are the most valued asset and serve as the underlying strength of the company.

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Note to Editors:

The 28 accolades awarded to DHL Express Asia Pacific in 2016 include:

Aon Hewitt

  • “Best Employer” 2016 – Asia Pacific
  • “Best Employer” 2016 – Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan
  • “Best of the Best Employer” 2016 – South Korea
  • “Best Employer for Commitment to Engagement” – Malaysia

Top Employers Institute

  • “Top Employers Award” 2016 – Asia Pacific
  • “Top Employers Award” 2016 – Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore

Great Place to Work® Institute

  • “Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia” 2016 – Asia Pacific
  • “Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia” 2016 – Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka
  • “Great Place to Work Award” 2016 – Hong Kong, Japan and Sri Lanka
  • India’s Best Companies to Work For” 2016: Transportation | Package Transport Industry
  • India’s Best Companies to Work For” 2016: Top 50

DHL The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015.

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Source: DHL

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December 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm

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AdAsia Holdings expands mobile video offering with Parallax

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-Out-stream vertical video formats added to the AdAsia Video Network

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — AdAsia Holdings, an advertising technology company and creator of the AdAsia Digital Platform, is today expanding its’ video advertising offerings to include out-stream vertical video formats for mobile web.

The out-stream additions, collectively named Parallax, are nestled within a page or piece of content. The video ads are activated when the ad space comes into view on a vertically-held mobile device.

The formats include Vertical Video, Video + Background and Basic Video:

  • Vertical Video – A portrait-oriented video
  • Video + Background – A floating landscape-oriented video placed on top of a background
  • Basic Video – A simple landscape-oriented video ad

 

Vertical Video, Video + Background and Basic Video examples
Vertical Video, Video + Background and Basic Video examples

 

Parallax is added to the AdAsia Video Network’s existing out-stream, in-stream and rich media offerings for desktop and mobile.

Kosuke Sogo, CEO and co-founder of AdAsia Holdings said: “The large volume of mobile device usage in Asia means it’s important that marketers and advertisers reach their audiences through this medium – no matter how the user holds their device.”

“Marketers often have to source for multiple vendors across the entire video advertising process. We wanted to simplify and equip clients with a transparent end-to-end solution that spans actor casting and video production to ad placement and campaign reporting,” said Sogo.

Currently, clients have access to CastingAsia for the sourcing and hiring of video actors, and AdAsia Video Production for filming, video editing and conversion of videos into vertical formats. Placement of video ads across desktop and mobile device inventory, and campaign reporting, can be made through the AdAsia Video Network and AdAsia Digital Bidder. All these solutions are made available through the AdAsia Digital Platform.

About AdAsia Holdings Pte. Ltd.

AdAsia Holdings is one of the fastest growing advertising technology companies in Asia – launched in April 2016 by Kosuke Sogo and Otohiko Kozutsumi. AdAsia Holdings looks to enhance marketers’ prowess through a single platform. Headquartered in Singapore, AdAsia Holdings is a strong believer in localized support and has a strong Southeast Asian presence. The company plans to further expand into every market in Asia, localizing solutions to suit each market’s needs.

About AdAsia Digital Platform

The AdAsia Digital Platform is an integrated advertising platform capable of managing transparently, functions of programmatic buying and reporting, influencer marketing and video production in a single platform. Advertising agencies, marketers and advertisers can serve their ads on multiple advertising networks, AdAsia Video Network, and AdAsia Ad Network – an advertising network for Southeast Asia’s various local premium media and publishers. Future innovations will be integrated with the AdAsia Digital Platform, serving marketers and advertisers needs through a single tool.

Media Contact:

Chris Lu

Communications Manager

AdAsia Holdings

chris@adasiaholdings.com

+65 6809 2111

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Source: AdAsia Holdings

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December 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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Rekindling Retail Romance: 3 in 4 Singaporean Consumers Want More Personalised Rewards from Retailers

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-Most will buy more if there are better rewards, understanding, and communication, even though only 3% currently see themselves as being devoted to their favourite retailers

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Amidst Singapore’s retail doldrums, 3 in 4 consumers here indicate they will buy more from retailers if they are better rewarded for their loyalty, a study conducted by ICLP finds. This is despite the fact that many consumers are currently lukewarm about their relationships with brands and retailers, giving average to low scores in terms of passion (brand enthusiasm), commitment (loyalty), and intimacy (willingness to share information with a retailer). Out of 750 consumers surveyed, only 3% consider themselves to be devoted to their preferred retail brands, expressing willingness and desire to forge enduring relationships with them.

These findings come at a time when Singaporeans’ love affair with shopping and retail has been under strain. Even as retail sales show a modest year-on-year growth of 2% as of September 2016, there have been a slew of notable closures in the local retail landscape, most recently that of John Little, one of Singapore’s oldest department stores.

“What we are seeing from our research is that many Singaporean consumers still relate to brands and retailers at a transactional level, so when times are uncertain, they easily resort to the myriad of choices that are at their disposal, often literally at their fingertips now,” said Mr Bruno Tay, Country Manager of the global loyalty marketing agency ICLP, which conducted the survey as part of an international study across nine markets. “It’s not too late to turn things around, though. In fact, retailers now have a chance to truly stand out if they appeal to the heart too — by approaching communication, reliability, consistency, reward and recognition from a human perspective.”

The survey reveals underlying gaps in consumers’ retail experience here by modelling the brand relationships after the psychology of individual relationships with friends and romantic partners. Singaporean consumers were asked to rate their retail experience with brands on seven core relationship criteria, namely recognition, rewards, reciprocity, reliability, respect, trust and communication. These were then mapped onto a model based on Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love[i], in partnership with an expert on relationship dynamics Prof Ron Rogge at the University of Rochester in the United States.

Based on the three dimensions of a relationship — passion, commitment, and intimacy, the consumers’ experiences with brands and retailers are then further classified into six types. In increasing order of desirability, these range from empty, liking, casual, romantic, companionate to devoted.

Devoted consumers — who currently form the marginal minority in Singapore — are those most willing to share personal information, opinions and desires with their favourite brands, and are least likely to stray to competitors. Notably, 92% of customers that fall into this group would recommend a brand they are devoted to. This is a significantly higher proportion than for consumers in the other types of relationships with their retail brands. Only 12% of customers in a ‘liking’ relationship would recommend a retailer to others, 27% in a ‘casual’ relationship, 56% in a ‘companionate’ relationship, and 69% in a ‘romantic’ relationship.

Mr Tay added: “The rarity of devotion amongst Singaporean consumers underlines a sizeable gap and opportunity for local retailers and brands. Devoted consumers are keen to be advocates, so driving this pinnacle relationship can have tremendous effect on retailers’ business through word of mouth and social media sharing.”

The research findings suggest that in order to take their relationship with brands and retailers to the next level, Singaporeans do not just want traditional points-based reward programmes, but also personalised rewards. Much like in a relationship with friends and loved ones, they would engage more when they receive genuine gestures that surprise and delight them.

67% of Singaporean consumers will buy more if retailers use their data in carefully considered, contextual ways to better understand their individual needs and preferences. This suggests the need for retailers to better leverage data technology and put in place more robust customer relationship management practices. 61% of consumers also place an emphasis on the importance of better communication, indicating that they will buy more if brands communicate with them better, in ways that express reciprocity and shared passion.

Within the global context of the study, Singaporean consumers appear to parallel quite closely their counterparts in Hong Kong and Australia, where only 1% and 3% respectively are in devoted relationships with brands. This is in stark contrast with the 21% of consumers in India who are devoted to their preferred brands. However, across the nine markets surveyed, including United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, mainlandChina, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Australia, there is broad consensus that a well thought out loyalty programme can help deepen consumers’ connection with brands.

“Thinking about our own personal relationships, we know that people fall in and out of love and friendships — lured by ‘greener pastures’,” Mr Tay said. “Now we know that the same thinking can be applied to brand relationships that are dynamic and ever changing. Retailers looking to build and maintain devoted customer relationships should seek to truly understand the emotional factors that drive consumer loyalty.”

Methodology

*Deeply Devoted Research undertaken by Survey Sampling International across 750 Singaporean consumers, on behalf of ICLP, July 2016.  Random error on a sample of this size is +/- 2.2% at the 95% confidence level.

About ICLP

ICLP is a leading end-to-end loyalty agency that drives customer devotion for clients across multiple sectors including retail, travel and technology. ICLP transforms customer relationships into personalised, profitable and emotional connections. Blending data analytics, strategy, technology and creative expertise, ICLP delivers customer-centric engagement strategies that help brands to drive acquisition, repeat purchase and advocacy.

With over 25 years of experience and 26 global offices across Europe, the US, Middle East, Asia and Australia, ICLP drives devotion for global brands including Dunhill, Harrods, L’Oréal, Estee Lauder, The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Esprit, Cathay Pacific and Guess.

ICLP is part of the Collinson Group, a global leader in influencing customer behaviour to drive revenue and value. Collinson Group offers a unique blend of industry and sector specialists who together provide market-leading experience in delivering products and services across four core capabilities: Loyalty, Lifestyle Benefits, Insurance, and Assistance.

For more information, please visit http://www.iclployalty.com.

Additional Information:

  • Study parameters: The study was based on seven components of loyalty — recognition, rewards, reciprocity, reliability, respect, trust and communication, where primary data was combined with Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love, a prominent theoretical model in psychology and human relationships.
  • Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love: Sternberg describes eight types of human relationships which differ from one another based on the presence or absence of three main components — intimacy, passion and commitment. The combination of these components forms the following kinds of relationships:
    • Non-love: Absence of all three components of love
    • Empty love: Strong commitment, but no intimacy or passion
    • Liking: Intimacy, but no commitment or passion
    • Fatuous love: Passion, but no intimacy or commitment
    • Romantic love: Intimacy and passion, but no commitment
    • Companionate love: Intimacy and commitment, but no passion
    • Consummate love: Full combination of all three components

From these, we have extracted six key types of relationships with brands, which match the types (or a combination of types) of human relationships identified by Sternberg:

    • Empty relationship: Loyalty to the brand due to trust in the quality of products and services, but no engagement
    • Liking relationship: Consumers in this type of relationship like the brand or retailers because they offer consistent quality and value for money, but are not engaged and likely to switch when the next best offer comes along
    • Casual relationship: A little bit of passion, intimacy and commitment, and consumers in this type of relationship like the retailer, but are not overly excited about it and avoid getting too engaged
    • Romantic relationship: Consumers in this type of relationship are enthusiastic about a brand, but are not very loyal and will not shy away from shopping with other retailers on occasion
    • Companionate relationship: Consumers in a companionate relationship with their preferred brands or retailers are more loyal and willing to share information with the brand, but not out of passion — this is out of commitment
    • Devoted relationship: Enthusiastic about a brand or retailer, engaged, very loyal and strong advocates

Intimacy

Passion

Commitment

Empty

×          

×          

v   

Liking

v   

×          

×          

Casual

.          

.         

.          

Romantic

v   

v   

×          

Companionate

v   

×          

v   

Devoted

v  

v   

v   

Consumers’ relationships with brands are fluid, and can change from one type to another. It is also worth noting that these are not linear relationships.

  • Components of human relationships and how they relate to brand relationships:
    • Intimacy — Willingness to share information and interest to get information about the brand
    • Passion — Brand enthusiasm
    • Commitment – Loyalty

[i] Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love

Source: ICLP

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December 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Bali with Stunning Cliff-Top Getaway

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-Hilton Bali Resort Welcomes Guests in the Heart of Nusa Dua

BALI, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Bali Resort, which joins more than 4,800 distinguished properties across the Hilton (NYSE: HLT) portfolio located in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. Designed for travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Hilton Bali Resort brings breathtaking views, extensive recreation facilities and magnificent event space to the Nusa Dua beach enclave on Bali’s southern peninsula.

Hilton Bali Resort is situated atop a 40-meter cliff in the prestigious Nusa Dua area of Bali’s southern peninsula.
Hilton Bali Resort is situated atop a 40-meter cliff in the prestigious Nusa Dua area of Bali’s southern peninsula.

“Hilton Bali Resort is a significant addition to our flagship brand portfolio, bringing Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ renowned hospitality to one of the world’s premier island destinations,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “Hilton continues to deliver world-class service and product innovations that meet the changing needs of discerning travelers and Hilton Bali Resort is well positioned to deliver exceptional experiences to every guest, every time.”

Hilton Bali Resort is situated atop a 40-meter cliff in the prestigious Nusa Dua area of Bali’s southern peninsula. While offering direct access to one of the most picturesque beaches on the island, Hilton Bali Resort is also within 1.3 kilometers of the 18-hole Bali National Golf Course and various watersports centers, and 3.7 kilometers from the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center. Ngurah Rai International Airport and the Kuta shopping district are also approximately 15 kilometers from the hotel via the Mandara toll road.

Hilton Bali Resort is set within a lush 28-acre compound. Each of its 389 guest rooms and suites combine modern amenities with local Balinese charm and feature private balconies and terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean or hotel gardens. Guests may also choose to stay in one of 19 exclusive villas which feature a private plunge pool, gazebo, separate living area, round-the-clock butler service and access to the private Nusa Dua Villa Lounge, or an Executive Room, which has access to the Executive Lounge. Hilton Bali Resort’s extensive recreational facilities boast four interconnecting swimming pools including an adult-only pool, a sand lagoon, a 30-meter waterslide and a Jungle Kid’s Club with indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and a 360-degree observation deck. In addition, guests may enjoy a sun deck, sauna, hot tub and gym, as well as a Mandara Spa, three indoor tennis courts and a retail outlet.

“Hilton Bali Resort is testament to the confidence we have in this stunning resort destination and our deep commitment to serving the burgeoning market of Indonesia. This opening marks our fifth property in Indonesia and third in Bali alongside Conrad Bali and Hilton Garden Inn Bali – Ngurah Rai Airport,” said William Costley, vice president, operations, South East Asia & India, Hilton. “The location makes the hotel a great base for travelers visiting Bali, and positions us well to capture opportunities from Bali’s rising inbound and domestic tourism.”

The hotel also offers 8,470 square meters of versatile indoor and outdoor event space, perfect for meetings, conferences, banquets and weddings. Hilton Bali Resort’s two conference centers each feature a flexible, pillar-less ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests, as well as nine break-out rooms and multiple pre-function areas with glass walls affording spectacular sea views. Hilton Bali Resort also has seven outdoor venues including an amphitheater and two cliff-top wedding chapels for intimate ceremonies and the renewal of vows.

Hilton Bali Resort offers six exciting and innovative dining concepts:

  • Shiki Japanese Restaurant overlooks the Indian Ocean and features a teppanyaki counter, nabemono (hot pot) table, sushi and sashimi bar and five private dining rooms to serve up authentic Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner.
  • Shore Restaurant & Bar, a three-story seafood specialty restaurant designed to resemble a ship on stilts, is located right on the beach and offers a delightful array of international dishes that guests can savor alongside the unobstructed sea view. Guests can dine al fresco on the first level, with a beach bar and sunken pool bar, while the second and third level provide indoor and rooftop dining options, respectively.
  • La Terrazza whips up home-style Italian cuisine and globally-inspired dishes in an open air terrace.
  • Paon Bali Restaurant & Bar entices with an open kitchen concept and offers authentic Balinese cuisine, including the renowned babi guling (suckling pig), and specialty drinks at the bar.
  • Brasserie des Celebrites opens daily serving a buffet breakfast featuring a wide selection of Asian and continental offerings, as well as a Balinese corner to enrich guests’ breakfast experience.
  • The Delicatessen services all day breakfast with a fresh selection of freshly-baked light meals and delicacies to take away.

Hilton Bali Resort participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® on the same stay, with No Blackout Dates on reward stays. To mark the hotel’s opening, Hilton HHonors members who stay a minimum of three nights at Hilton Bali Resort by May 31, 2017 will earn 5,000 bonus points, along with instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that cannot be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital check-in when they book directly through preferred Hilton channels.

Hilton Bali Resort is located at Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Bali, Indonesia. For more information or to make a reservation, please call +62 361 773377 or visit baliresort.hilton.com.

Media may learn more about the hotel and download high-resolution images at news.hilton.com/bali. More information on recent and upcoming Hilton Hotels & Resorts openings is available at news.hilton.com/openings. To view an interactive map featuring the Hilton Hotels & Resorts development pipeline, visit 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 570 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, 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 receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,800 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with nearly 789,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. For 97 years, Hilton has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes 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, Tru 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 an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where Hilton 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 on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Source: Hilton Worldwide

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December 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

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Singapore Presents over 700 Hours of Compelling Asian Stories for the Global Market

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ —

OVERVIEW

  • Singapore makes a strong showing at this year’s Asia Television Forum and Market 2016 (ATF), with 65 local media companies showcasing their latest works. The ATF is part of the ongoing Singapore Media Festival.
  • The Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) presents a line-up of over 700 hours of compelling Asian stories through more than 50 film and television titles of various genres. They come from producers like BananaMana Films, Bert Pictures, Sparky Animation, and Sunrise Entertainment, as well as distributors like mm2 Entertainment, Ying Group, and Silver Wolf International.

Capturing the Asian Voice | Original formats and content with Asian appeal

  • Four up-and-coming Singapore directors, four love stories, all in one movie; each telling a tale about the journey of love across life’s various stages. 4Love is an omnibus film by M. Raihan Halim, Gilbert Chan, Sam Loh and Daniel Yam, and is presented and distributed by mm2 Entertainment. It made its World Premiere at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival, and was released in theatres on 1 December 2016.
  • Salam Ramadhan UK & Salam Ramadhan Korea follows the lives of Muslims living in the United Kingdom and Korea, and how they observe Ramadhan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. The info-edutainment presents the narratives of individuals from these local communities in an engaging and entertaining fashion, and is expected to be completed in 2017. Both series are produced by Monstrou Studio, in association with Clover Sky and distributed by Silver Wolf International.
  • City Buskers is a factual entertainment series that brings viewers on a musical adventure across eight Asian cities — each stop sees three vibrant musicians busk on the streets, immersing themselves in the city’s unique music. City Buskers is produced by Verite Productions and Third Floor Pictures, and is distributed by Ying Group.
  • From a Japanese island village where cats outnumber humans, to an Indian town famed for its Charlie Chaplin fans, hosts Joanne Peh, Allan Wu and Joanna Dong explore the hidden stories of Unique Towns in this ten-episode Mandarin television series. Unique Towns is produced by August Pictures.
  • In Big Food, host Greta Georges discovers what it takes to make, manage and move massive amounts of food. This larger-than-life television series, produced by The Moving Visuals Co., sees her travelling the globe in search of the giants of the catering world — from a paella competition in Spain, a free kitchen feeing 80,000 people a day in Punjab, to a wedding for 1,400 guests in Singapore! Big Food was recently nominated for Best Infotainment at the Asia Rainbow TV Awards.

Upcoming titles to look forward to | Singapore companies gear up for an exciting line-up of film and television in 2017 and beyond

  • Wonder Boy is the biopic of acclaimed Singaporean singer-songwriter Dick Lee, loosely based on Lee’s childhood years that led to the release of his first album. Set in early 1970s Singapore, the film centres on a musically-inclined social outcast who starts his coming-of-age journey after he forms a band — The Wonder Boys. Produced by Bert Pictures & mm2 Entertainment, the film is slated for release in August 2017.
  • Take 2 produced by J Team Productions and mm2 Entertainment sees four ex-offenders’ attempts to start anew, but instead wind up landing themselves in hilarious situations. The movie is scheduled for release during Chinese New Year 2017, and stars Maxi Lim (Ah Boys to Men), Ryan Lian (Long Long Time Ago), getai veteran Wang Lei, and Malaysian comedian Gadrick Chin.
  • Lucky Boy tells the story of a boy Lin Yu, who is constantly surrounded by misfortune, but countless could-have-been encounters with his first love might just turn his luck around. Lucky Boy is produced by Clover Films, mm2 Entertainment, J Team Productions, FOX Networks Group Asia Pacific and StarHub, and is helmed by Singaporean director, Boris Boo. The film captures the growth and experiences of the lead character — played by both Wang Wei Liang (Ah Boys to Men 3) and Chew Chor Meng (It’s a Great, Great World) — alongside the change and development of Singapore over the years.
  • Barangay 143 is an original animated series about a lost youngster in search of a father, and how he finds an unlikely family in a team of misfits. Set against the action-packed world of street basketball, this story on love and family is co-produced by August Media Holdings (Singapore) and Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc (Philippines), and is slated to be completed in 2017. Barangay 143 will be available for distribution in both English and Tagalog.
  • After a successful run of its first season, Jack — the human-like terrestrial from asteroid Beano — and his sidekicks CHIP and Rocket return to more adventures in Season 2. This animated series presented by Singapore-based Sparky Animation and PVP Jack Inc. hopes to stir the curiosity of 6-to-9 year olds and encourage children to have fun while learning Science.

Innovative storytelling and fresh genres | Diverse platforms to tell our stories in new ways

  • In the complex world of Mixed Martial Arts, a rising star, Kit, fights to take on blow after blow in the cage, as well as those from the numerous issues in her life. K.O. is a brand new Mandarin web-drama by Singapore-based Sitting in Pictures, and is scheduled for release in December 2016.
  • Jimami Tofu, a web telemovie by BananaMana Films, is a romance drama revolving around a Singaporean chef who finds himself in Okinawa, begging an old chef to teach him traditional Okinawan food, and a top Japanese food critic who travels to Singapore to discover Southeast Asian cuisine. Set to complete principal photography in December 2016, the film has already gained interest from international distributors around the world. [BananaMana Films will be making an announcement at the Singapore Pavilion on 8 Dec, 3pmSingapore time]

SNEAK PEEKS AT ATF 2016

  • Upcoming film and television content offerings from participating Singapore media companies will be showcased during a Sneak Peeks session on Wednesday 7 December, 2pm – 4pm Singapore time. It will be followed by Singapore Hour at 4pm Singapore time (on both 7 and 8 December) — a networking reception organised by IMDA, where guests will get to network with industry partners. Both events will be held at the Singapore Pavilion (E08, Level 5, Grand Ballroom, Sands Expo & Convention Centre).

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About the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will develop a vibrant, world-class infocomm media sector that drives the economy, connects people, bonds communities and powers Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. IMDA does this by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore’s ICT and media infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment. IMDA also enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, visit www.imda.gov.sg or follow IMDA on Facebook IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.

About the Singapore Media Festival

The Singapore Media Festival, hosted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority is set to become one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talents and content in Asia for Film, TV and digital media. Taking place from 23 November to 9 December 2016, the Singapore Media Festival brings together established media events such as the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS) and Asian Television Awards (ATA), as well as a new digital event SMF Ignite and associate events, the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting of Asia (CASBAA) Spotlight Series and ciNE65 by Nexus. For more information about the Singapore Media Festival, please visit www.sgmediafestival.com.

Source: Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)
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December 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

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Carmentix and the University of Melbourne Announce “Preterm Birth Biomarker Discovery” Initiative

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Carmentix Private Limited (“Carmentix”) and the University of Melbourne are proud to announce the “Preterm Birth Biomarker Discovery” initiative.

The aim of this collaborative clinical study is to validate novel biomarkers discovered by Carmentix and biomarkers previously discovered and validated at the University of Melbourne in a combined panel and to assess the risk for preterm birth as early as 20 weeks of gestation.

The retrospective study led by Dr. Harry Georgiou, PhD and Dr. Megan Di Quinzio, MD at the University of Melbourne will validate the statistical strength of the novel biomarker panel.

“Carmentix is excited to begin this collaboration, as we are keen to further develop the biomarkers discovered on our unique data mining platform,” said Dr. Nir Arbel, CEO Carmentix. “If validated, this new panel of biomarkers may shed hope to significantly reduce the number of preterm birth cases on a global scale.”

Clinical Obstetrician and researcher, Dr. Di Quinzio frequently sees mothers asking “why was my baby born prematurely?” There is often no satisfactory answer. “Preterm birth continues to be a global health problem but sadly, reliable diagnostic tools are lacking,” said Dr. Georgiou, scientific leader at the University of Melbourne. “This collaborative initiative with a strong commercial partner will help pave the way for a novel approach for better diagnosis and hopefully the prevention of preterm labour.”

About Carmentix

Carmentix is an Esco Ventures-backed startup company based in Singapore. Carmentix is developing a novel biomarker prognostic panel to significantly reduce the numbers of preterm birth cases by establishing biomolecular tools that will alert clinicians of the preterm birth risk weeks before symptoms occur.

Carmentix’s technology relies on a multiple pathway analysis utilizing a unique panel of biomarkers. This panel of proprietary markers will allow the prediction of preterm birth at 16-20 weeks of gestation, anticipating a high accuracy predictive algorithm due to its coverage of bottleneck molecular process involved in preterm birth. Carmentix’ goal is to achieve a cost-effective solution that would be robust and accurate, and will accommodate clinical settings worldwide.

About the University of Melbourne and its commercialisation initiatives

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s best and one of the world’s leading universities. As an R&D hub with world-leading specialists in science, technology and medicine, Melbourne undertakes cutting-edge research to create new ways of thinking, new technology and new expertise to build a better future.

World-class research, real-world solutions: The University of Melbourne embraces a culture of innovation — working with industry, government, non-governmental organisations and the community to solve real-world challenges. Our commercial partnerships bring research to life through collaboration in areas of bio-engineering, materials development, medical technology innovation, community capacity development and cultural entrepreneurship.

Some of the ground-breaking commercialised technology created at the University of Melbourne includes the cochlear implant, the stentrode (a device that delivers mind control over computers, robotic limbs or exoskeletons), and novel anti-fibrotic drug candidates for the treatment of the fibrosis (prevalent in such chronic conditions as chronic kidney disease, chronic heart failure, pulmonary fibrosis and arthritis).

The University of Melbourne is closely partnered with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, CSIRO, CSL, and The Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s and Royal Women’s Hospitals.

With over 160 years of leadership in education and research, the University responds to immediate and future challenges facing our society through innovation in research.

The University of Melbourne is No. 1 in Australia and 31 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016).

Carmentix Private Limited

Dr. Nir Arbel
CEO
Tel: +65 9150 2334
Email: nir.arbel@carmentix.com / contact@carmentix.com

Source: Carmentix Pte. Ltd

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December 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

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DHL Express Clinches Top Honors Again as One of the Best Employers in Asia Pacific

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— The latest string of accolades was awarded by Aon Hewitt, Top Employers Institute, and Great Place to Work(R) Institute
— The company consistently scored high marks for its excellent employee culture, policies, and practices

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, is proud to announce that it has been honored again as a leading employer and an excellent workplace in multiple markets across Asia Pacific by leading human capital organizations — Aon Hewitt, Top Employers Institute, and Great Place to Work® Institute. This year, DHL Express won a total of 28 awards, up from 24 awards in 2015. The string of accolades in 2016 underscores the company’s efforts in becoming an Employer of Choice.

Why is DHL Express one of Asia’s best places to work?
Why is DHL Express one of Asia’s best places to work?

 

“We are very proud to be consistently recognized with these awards which are testament to our dedication to providing the very best working environment and career prospects for our colleagues in Asia Pacific.  At DHL, we strongly believe that our motivated employees are truly our most valuable asset and that every individual’s contribution is integral to our success,” said Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific. “It is our dedicated people who have enabled DHL to continuously stay ahead of the competition and strengthened our position as the industry leader in international express delivery.”

DHL Express received multiple honors from Aon Hewitt, including the Asia Pacific Best Employer 2016 award, conferred to companies which have won Aon Hewitt awards in at least three countries across the region. DHL Express has exceeded this achievement with a total of eight countries/regions, namely Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, for achieving the highest standards of excellence in employee conditions.

DHL Express was also recognized as an exemplary employer by the Top Employers Institute, for providing the optimal conditions for its employees to develop professionally and personally. Accolades awarded to the company include the Top Employers Award 2016 in Asia Pacific, as well as in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, for the second year running. DHL Express China and India were also awarded the Top Employers Award 2016 for the first time.

In addition, DHL Express was conferred the “Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia” 2016 Asia Pacific award by Great Place to Work® Institute. The company was recognized as an organization that is committed to providing and sustaining high-trust cultures for its employees across Asia.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a leading employer and an excellent workplace in Asia Pacific again. These awards spur us to continue striving towards our goal of becoming an Employer of Choice and motivates us to continue to deliver HR excellence across the region,” said A. Mateen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at DHL Express Asia Pacific. “Employee engagement remains our top priority and we are committed to continuously investing in employee development programs and practices, such as the award-winning Certified International Specialist (CIS) training program, and ensuring our employees realize their full potential.”

DHL places great importance in employee engagement and makes it a priority to create a positive work environment and improve employee satisfaction. DHL has put in place an extensive range of employee-focused initiatives — ranging from staff appreciation activities to comprehensive training programs and feedback sessions.

The company invests significantly in award-winning internal training programs, Certified International Specialist (CIS) and Certified International Manager (CIM), where over 90,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide have been trained — making it one of the largest corporate training programs ever implemented. Employees are trained on the company strategy, fundamentals of international and management skills such as ensuring respect and results while interacting with colleagues.

In addition to the CIS and CIM programs, DHL regularly organizes activities that celebrate and recognize employees’ dedication and cultivate employee engagements at all levels such as Staff Appreciation Weeks and Employee of the Year recognition events.

To encourage open dialogue, employees participate in the annual Employee Opinion Survey (EOS), a short and confidential questionnaire that all employees complete, to measure their engagement and satisfaction levels. Engagement scores in Asia Pacific in 2016 registered improvements for Employee Engagement, Future & Strategy, Teamwork, Job Fulfillment & Workplace, and Continuous Improvement — all of which were already above 90 percent. The strong employee engagement scores is testament to DHL’s belief that employees are the most valued asset and serve as the underlying strength of the company.

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Note to Editors:

The 28 accolades awarded to DHL Express Asia Pacific in 2016 include:

Aon Hewitt

  • “Best Employer” 2016 – Asia Pacific
  • “Best Employer” 2016 – Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan
  • “Best of the Best Employer” 2016 – South Korea
  • “Best Employer for Commitment to Engagement” – Malaysia

Top Employers Institute

  • “Top Employers Award” 2016 – Asia Pacific
  • “Top Employers Award” 2016 – Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore

Great Place to Work® Institute

  • “Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia” 2016 – Asia Pacific
  • “Best Multinational Workplaces in Asia” 2016 – Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka
  • “Great Place to Work Award” 2016 – Hong Kong, Japan and Sri Lanka
  • India’s Best Companies to Work For” 2016: Transportation | Package Transport Industry
  • India’s Best Companies to Work For” 2016: Top 50

DHL The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015.

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December 8, 2016 at 11:43 am

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InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong Voted World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong has won the attention of the world elites at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016 held in Maldives, garnering the biggest recognition as World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel.

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong won three coveted 2016 World Travel Awards: World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel, Asia’s Leading Business Hotel and Hong Kong’s Leading Business Hotel
InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong won three coveted 2016 World Travel Awards: World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel, Asia’s Leading Business Hotel and Hong Kong’s Leading Business Hotel

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong has also taken home Hong Kong’s Leading Business Hotel for the third consecutive years and triumphed with Asia’s Leading Business Hotel accolade for the first time.

Mr. Alexander O. Wassermann, General Manager of InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, said: “We are grateful that our World Travel Awards collection now boasts five golden statues. To have won three significant awards at this year’s WTA is a testament to our commitment in providing guests with memorable and exceptional experiences, and enlivening our brand’s core purpose to create a ‘Great Hotel Guests Love’ which keeps guests returning time after time.”

“On behalf of the entire team, I wish to thank our business partners, guests and travel professionals from around the globe who voted for us. We are elated to have given the prestigious title of World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel, being recognised as the exemplar of the best luxury business hotel worldwide. The award is a great affirmation of our efforts to consistently deliver authentic hospitality. We will continue to strive for excellence in serving our guests and escalate the service standard to the next level,” Wassermann added.

The WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the travel and tourism industry and is now in its 23rd year. Heralded as the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s, the awards are decided based on votes by the public and travel professionals worldwide.

About InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

Nestled in the heart of the shopping, business and entertainment district of Tsimshatsui East, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong provides easy accessibility within the city and entry into China. Boasting 570 guestrooms that offer spectacular city or stunning Victoria Harbour views, the hotel provides four world-class dining venues, from famed Cantonese cuisine at Hoi King Heen, passionately Italian cuisine at Mistral, to contemporary international buffet at Cafe on M and Tiffany’s New York Bar with one of the largest whisky capacity in town. It also equips with an outdoor heated pool, 24-hour fitness centre and state-of-the-art meeting facilities.

For more information, visit www.hongkong.intercontinental.com.

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December 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

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The fifth SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Hong Kong ICC concludes with success

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Over 1,700 athletes scale stairs at Hong Kong’s tallest building for charity
Top runners compete for Vertical World Circuit championship

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The fifth SHKP Vertical Run for Charity — Race to Hong Kong ICC organized by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) took place yesterday. The race was also the grand finale of Vertical World Circuit and saw runners competing for world championship for the fourth consecutive year. HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration Mrs. Carrie Lam, Event Organizing Committee Co-chairman Mr. Edward Cheung, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service Chairperson The Hon Mr. Bernard Chan, The Community Chest Campaign Committee Chairman Dr. Simon Kwok, and SHKP’s Executive Director & Deputy Managing Director Mr. Mike Wong, Executive Director & Deputy Managing Director Mr. Victor Lui, Executive Director Mr. Adam Kwok and Executive Director Mr. Christopher Kwok officiated at the opening ceremony in International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in Hong Kong.

HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration Mrs. Carrie Lam said: “SHKP Vertical Run for Charity represents the spirit of exercising for good causes and has raised more than HK$25 million for child and youth services over the years. In addition to this event, SHKP also stages a wide range of activities to promote sports for charity. Doing exercise helps maintain a balance between physical and mental well-being and has a positive impact on individuals and the community at large. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage people to participate in sport to maintain physical health and add spice to life.”

SHKP Executive Director & Deputy Managing Director Mr. Mike Wong said: “This year sees the fifth SHKP Vertical Run for Charity and the number of participants of Race to Hong Kong ICC has risen again, reaching over 1,700. Taking into account the Race to Shanghai IFC, over 10,000 people have taken part in five years. This shows the rising popularity of vertical running and the great support of our Exercise for Good idea from the public. Proceeds from the event will go to support child and youth services as before, including a new project called Rainbow with KIDS by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service that helps relieve stress in children and young people under 18 subject to family crisis, violence or tragedies. The project will drive them to regain confidence to cope with new patterns in life for a positive mindset in future. Other proceeds will go to Mother’s Choice, Hans Andersen Club, Hong Kong PHAB Association and Suicide Prevention Services through The Community Chest. The Race to Hong Kong ICC integrates sport with charity, and we hope to contribute more to society in the next five years.”

24 international runners take on 2,120 steps

Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham from Australia win Elite races

A field of 24 top runners from 12 countries or regions took on the Race to Hong Kong ICC challenge from the crack of the starting gun. In the end, Australian runner Mark Bourne took the men’s category reaching the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck finish in 12 minutes and 12 seconds while Suzy Walsham, also from Australia, won the women’s category closely behind in 14 minutes and 25 seconds. Suzy Walsham also won the women’s 2016 Vertical World Circuit along with Polish runner Piotr Lobodzinski for the men.

High turnout shows great support of Exercise for Good

The Race to Hong Kong ICC included Elite, Individual, Team Relay, and two Fun Climbs. Fun Climb B allowed youngsters over ten to join with an adult so children and parents could feel the exhilaration of vertical running.

Vertical running is increasingly popular and the number of Race to Hong Kong ICC participants set a record this year with over 1,700 runners from 34 countries. About 90% were locals and the male to female ratio was 7:3. Runners ranged from 10 to 69 years and included some with hearing or visual impairments and amputees.

The student relay category saw the biggest increase in participants. Tin Ka Ping Secondary School Team A won the secondary student relay in 13 minutes and 38 seconds while Hong Kong Baptist University took the tertiary relay in 12 minutes and 12 seconds. There were 900 runners in the individual races to the 100th floor, taken by Su Hsin Kai for the men in 14 minutes and 34 seconds and Wong Yu Hung for the women in 19 minutes and 06 seconds. They will both get SHKP sponsorships for the 2017 Vertical World Circuit representing Hong Kong’s spirit of sport for charity.

The corporate relay also witnessed fierce competition as runners shed their suits for running gear and scaled 2,120 steps. Sun Hung Kai Properties Team A took home the title. SHKP executives also joined Fun Climb A for charity.

Artists, Wattbikes and Fun Zone at Vertical Run

The organizer had an array of activities to liven up the athletic atmosphere of the event. The Playright Children’s Play Association (Playright) had again worked with the organizer and offered a range of games for children and their parents. Guests could also take a spin on indoor Wattbike trainers and work out alongside the athletes. There were two caricature artists drawing runners to capture the moment with a playful twist.

About the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity — Race to Hong Kong ICC

The first SHKP Vertical Run for Charity was held in 2012 to promote healthy living in Hong Kong and initiate a culture of caring and giving. It became an international event as the grand finale of the Vertical World Circuit in 2013. The scale of SHKP Vertical Run for Charity was expanded in 2014, with the Race to Shanghai IFC being an additional contest to enable more people to participate in sport for charity. The event has so far attracted over 10,200 runners from around the world.

About the 2016 Vertical World Circuit

The Vertical World Circuit is an annual series organized by International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) with races at iconic skyscrapers around the world. There were nine races in 2016 taking contestants to Tower 42 in London, Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, One World Trade Center in New York, Tour First in Paris, Shangri-La at the Fort in Manila, Sydney Tower Eye in Australia, China World Summit Wing Hotel in Beijing and Shanghai IFC. The Race to Hong Kong ICC was the grand finale with the most stairs. ISF oversees all races on the circuit to ensure that they comply with international standards.

2016 Results
Vertical World Circuit — Overall Champion

Men Women
Champion Piotr Lobodzinski (Poland) Suzy Walsham (Australia)

Race to Hong Kong ICC 2016
Elite

Men Women
Champion Mark Bourne (Australia; 12 min 12 sec) Suzy Walsham (Australia; 14 min 25 sec)
1st Runner-up Piotr Lobodzinski (Poland; 12 min 20 sec) Alice McNamara (Australia; 15 min 21 sec)
2nd Runner-up Emanauele Manzi (Italy; 12 min 43 sec) Brooke Logan (Australia; 15 min 48 sec)

Individual

Men Women
Overall Champion Su Hsin Kai (14 min 34 sec) Wong Yu Hung (19min 06 sec)

Team Relay

Corporate Team
Champion Sun Hung Kung Properties Team A (13 min 02 sec)
1st Runner-up KMB Team A (14 min 01 sec)
2nd Runner-up PwC (14 min 24 sec)
Secondary Student
Champion Tin Ka Ping Secondary School Team A (13 min 38 sec)
1st Runner-up Sai Kung Sung Tsun Catholic School Team 1 (14 min 03 sec)
2nd Runner-up MKMCF Ma Chan Duen Hey Memorial College Team 1 (15 min 01 sec)
Tertiary Student
Champion Hong Kong Baptist University (12 min 12 sec)
1st Runner-up Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education Team 1 (17 min 01 sec)
2nd Runner-up The Chinese University of Hong Kong (18 min 41 sec)
Open
Champion Hong Kong Association of the Deaf Team A (16 min 59 sec)
1st Runner-up SW R.Team (17 min 09 sec)
2nd Runner-up Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd Retail Leasing (Shanghai) (19 min 46 sec)

Source: Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

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December 8, 2016 at 9:27 am

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