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Gaggan Crowned Best Restaurant in Asia at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — The list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was announced at an awards ceremony at the W Hotel, Bangkok.

The winning chefs and restaurateurs celebrate at the fifth annual Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.
The winning chefs and restaurateurs celebrate at the fifth annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.


For a third consecutive year, Chef Gaggan Anand (Gaggan, Bangkok) receives the dual awards for The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and The Best Restaurant in Thailand, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.
For a third consecutive year, Chef Gaggan Anand (Gaggan, Bangkok) receives the dual awards for The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and The Best Restaurant in Thailand, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.


Gaggan in Bangkok claims the No.1 spot for a third consecutive year and retains the titles of The Best Restaurant in Asia, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in Thailand, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

The 2017 list welcomes 10 new entries while China, Japan, Singapore and Thailand each count nine restaurants on the list.

Rising one place to No.2, Restaurant Andre retains the title of The Best Restaurant in Singapore, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

Amber (No.3) in Hong Kong is named The Best Restaurant in China, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

Narisawa (No.6) is named The Best Restaurant in Japan, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, for a fifth successive year.

Mingles (No.15) in Seoul is again The Best Restaurant in Korea while Indian Accent (No.30) is awarded The Best Restaurant in India for a third time.

RAW (No.24has won The Best Restaurant in Taiwan title, Ministry of Crab in Colombo (No.29) is The Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka and Gallery Vask (No.35) in Manila keeps The Best Restaurant in the Philippines honour.

Other award winners announced include:

Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Mekhong: Odette, Singapore
Chef Julien Royer’s restaurant at the iconic National Gallery Singapore debuts at No.9, the highest new entry in the history of the list.

Asia’s Best Pastry Chef: Kazutoshi Narita, Tokyo
At Tokyo’s Esquisse and Esquisse Cinq, pastry specialist Kazutoshi Narita combines the artistry of Japanese cuisine with the nuances of French pâtisserie.

Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Peroni: Dave Pynt, Singapore
Dave Pynt’s mastery of various cooking techniques has earned him the respect of his regional peers. This year Pynt is the recipient of the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Peroni.

The Art of Hospitality: Den, Tokyo
Rising 26 places to No.11, Den delights in surprising and entertaining its guests, making it a worthy recipient of the inaugural Art of Hospitality Award in Asia.

Highest Climber Award: Locavore, Bali
Locavore rises 27 places to No.22, earning the title of The Best Restaurant in Indonesia.

Chef-restaurateur May Chow of Little Bao in Hong Kong and Bangkok is named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2017.

TocToc in Seoul earns the Miele One To Watch Award while Italian chef Umberto Bombana of 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is the 2017 recipient of the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award.

How Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled

The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia. For the 2017 edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is once again working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner.

To see more details on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit

Notes to Editors:

William Reed Business Media

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is owned and published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in September 2013. William Reed Business Media is entirely responsible for the organisation of the awards, the voting system and the list.

Host Country: Thailand

Thailand has also become a gourmet’s playground with the best of the world’s cuisines represented. The nation’s kitchens and restaurants produce dishes traditional and innovative, local and global, but always delicious and everyone is welcome to sample its unique flavours.

Main sponsor: S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna

S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the main sponsors of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

Other partners

  • Diners Club International — Official credit card partner and sponsor of ‘The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award – Asia
  • Miele — Official kitchen appliances partner and sponsor of the ‘Miele One To Watch Award’
  • Peroni — Official beer partner and sponsor of the ‘Chefs’ Choice Award’
  • Mekhong — Official spirit partner and sponsor of the ‘Highest New Entry Award’
  • Lavazza — Official coffee partner
  • Penfolds — Official wine partner
  • Aspire Lifestyles — Official concierge partner
  • W Bangkok — Official hotel and venue partner

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February 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm

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Veritas and Microsoft Forge Global Strategic Partnership for Data Management in the Cloud

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-At One-Year Anniversary, Veritas Streamlines Path to Microsoft Azure for Enhanced Data Storage, Governance

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, and Microsoft Corp. today announced a multi-year global, strategic partnership to help organizations use Microsoft Azure to optimize for hybrid cloud environments and to host Veritas’ Enterprise management and governance service on Azure.

The partnership builds on the longstanding relationship between Veritas and Microsoft and includes collaboration to enable and jointly sell hybrid cloud storage solutions to mutual customers to provide a comprehensive, simple and cost-effective approach to managing data in the cloud. Such hybrid cloud storage solutions will enable customers to take advantage of the cloud to reduce their storage costs while increasing business agility, and to extract greater value from their data, once stored in the cloud, through the full suite of Azure cloud services, including advanced analytics and machine learning.

“Enterprises increasingly rely on cloud computing to advance digital transformation,” said Mike Palmer, executive vice president and Chief Product Officer, Veritas. “As Veritas embarks on its one-year anniversary as an independent company, today’s announcement marks a pivotal milestone towards accelerating cloud initiatives for our mutual customers, and it begins with more efficient ways to move their data to the Azure cloud.”

“Microsoft and Veritas customers have enjoyed the benefits of highly complementary technology offerings, focused on solving IT challenges in the data center,” said Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure team. “Today, our strengthened partnership delivers deeper integration, allowing customers to more easily take advantage of the flexibility and enterprise-grade reliability that Azure provides.”

New solutions aligned to customers’ journey to hybrid cloud

As part of the partnership, Veritas NetBackup 8.0, the company’s flagship data protection solution for enterprises, now supports storage tiering to Azure, improving data lifecycle management by optimizing the movement of data to Azure cloud storage. This provides enterprise organizations with lower costs and the increased operational benefits of Azure while reducing the need to deploy additional storage with a separate point product. For small and midsized businesses, Veritas Backup Exec 16 now supports the seamless movement of backup data to Azure, reducing time and costs and improving resource savings.

Veritas is also leveraging the power of Azure to drive greater efficiencies for its own workloads. Veritas has selected Azure as the cloud backend on which to run its Enterprise service. Enterprise provides policy-based information retention to streamline eDiscovery and helps Office 365 subscribers quickly find archived information when they need it. Enterprise will continue to deliver advanced productivity and compliance functionality. Veritas has been recognized, as a leader for its archiving solutions for on-premises and cloud, which include Enterprise, in the Garter Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving for 13 consecutive years[1].

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About Veritas Technologies

Veritas Technologies enables organizations to harness the power of their information, with information management solutions serving the world’s largest and most complex environments. Veritas works with organizations of all sizes, including 86 percent of global Fortune 500 companies, improving data availability and revealing insights to drive competitive advantage.

Forward-looking Statements: Any forward-looking indication of plans for products is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and are subject to change at the sole discretion of Veritas.  Any future release of the product or planned modifications to product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Veritas, may or may not be implemented, should not be considered firm commitments by Veritas, should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

Veritas, the Veritas Logo, NetBackup, Backup Exec and Enterprise Vault are trademarks or registered trademarks of Veritas Technologies LLC or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @Microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


Source: Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving, December 2016

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February 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Posted in Uncategorized Releases Hong Kong Property Market Perspective Survey

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ —

–  Hong Kong citizens continue to see local homes as overpriced and the cooling measures ineffective in stabilising property prices. Housing prices are expected to grow in 2017.

  The majority of respondents are unsatisfied with the housing policy last year and look forward to the new government to stabilise the property market with a new series of measures.

  Land shortage is the key factor for the rise of property prices. Hong Kong citizens expect the next Chief Executive to provide an effective remedy for this problem. Land development policy will be a major factor affecting the success of Hong Kong housing policy.

  Most of the respondents agree to the change of land use of industrial buildings, warehouses and brownfield sites to increase housing supply. However, opinions diverge on whether building public housing in country park land.

  Property price remains the most crucial consideration in home purchase. First -time buyers are turning to microapartments offered by developers.

  The supply of mid-priced secondhand properties is relatively sufficient, resulting in more room for bargaining and encouraging the transactions of mid-priced secondhand properties.

  Compared to last year’s survey results, the tendency and extent of rent increases are higher.

  Respondents are more interested in purchasing overseas properties. Australian property market is favoured while enthusiasm for Mainland China market has cooled down.

Hong Kong’s number one property platform today announces the results of Hong Kong Property Perspective Survey forecasting into the first half of 2017. Since 2012, has been conducting the Hong Kong Property Market Perspective Survey twice a year to analyse public opinion on Hong Kong’s property market trends. Over 2,800 respondents were interviewed and their responses were evaluated through an online questionnaire. The survey has been regarded as a prominent indicator for the market.

Survey Findings

1.      Hong Kong citizens continue to see local properties as overpriced, way beyond their level of affordability. Generally speaking, respondents don’t find the cooling measures effective in stabilising property prices and expect prices to rise continuously during the first half of 2017.

  • Views on property market trends: Nearly 90% (89%) of respondents believe that Hong Kong’s housing market is overpriced. When compared with results from 2013 to 2017, respondents who find property prices unaffordable have increased by 12%.  In the first half of 2016, those who expected property prices to edge down outnumbered those who believed it to grow; however, in the second half of last year, the gap had narrowed. According to the survey, over 50% (52%) of respondents say that property prices will continue to grow, which has increased by 16.4% as compared with the last survey (36%). Those who expect an upward trend (52%) have hugely outnumbered those who see property prices dropping (25%). Over 40% of respondents (42%) even expect property prices to increase by 5 to 10%. The promotion of microapartments since 2015 also contributes indirectly to the rise of price per square foot. It is expected that the supply of microapartments will grow in 2017.
  • In regard to the government’s cooling measures, over half of the respondents (52%) see the market as overpriced and the government should rein the rise. However, a majority (66%) of respondents convey that the cooling measures have not been effective enough in constraining property prices, nearly 80% (78%) of them strongly believe that the new cooling measures cannot stabilise property prices because the government fails to tackle the problem of land shortage, population rise and hot money from China. On the other hand, about 70% of respondents (68%) find the cooling measures responsible for boosting property and rental prices. According to the survey, most people believe that property prices will continue to increase despite the new cooling measures.
  • In retrospect, most respondents feel that the government’s housing policies in 2016 has failed to regulate market prices, while nearly 80% of them (78%) commented that the new cooling measures has not resolved the fundamental issues of the property market. Those unsatisfied with the housing policies of Chief Executive CY Leung outnumbered those who found them satisfactory. 16% of respondents rated his performance as 0 (very poor). Respondents hope that the new government in 2017 will stabilise the housing market with a new series of policies. Nearly 70% of them (69%) agree on making adjustments to the cooling measures: the allowed period for “one-for-one” property exchange should be extended from 6 months to 1 year; 70% support vacant property tax; 74% of respondents strongly agree the offering of various zero-interest home ownership schemes for first-time home buyers; nearly 70% (68%) support a ban on non-resident property purchase.
  • Most respondents agree to the development of brownfield for residential use (75%) and the amendment of town planning policies to allow for the change of use of industrial buildings and warehouses to residential units (76%). Over half of them (53%) oppose to developing country park land. Citizens have reservation towards any land development plan that would have a negative impact on the preservation of the ecosystem and environment. Respondents believe that the next Chief Executive should focus on the increase of housing supply, land planning and development.
  • In regard to RMB depreciation, 45% believe that it will cause property prices to rise while 33% believe that the price level will drop as a result.  Only 22% believe that the market will not be affected, reflecting that the mainland China factor remains strong in Hong Kong property market. As many as 65% express various levels of concerns towards the expiry of deeds by 2047, affecting their interest in property purchase.

2.      Primary market and developers: Price remains the most critical consideration for property buyers. Valuation of HOS units is too high, while developers tend to attract buyers with additional offerings on firsthand homes, contributing to the domination of firsthand private properties in the market.

  • Over 70% (73%) of respondents express their desire to purchase a home, recording a 7% drop compare with the last survey. 44% will consider buying a home after 2 years while 36% of them will consider doing so within 1 to 2 years. 45% will target properties priced between HK$3-5 million, and 16.1% those below HK$3 million.
  • Among those interested in the primary market, 34% of them express that they are attracted by the special offers and discounts provided by developers, reflecting that price remains the most crucial factor of consideration. 90% find cash rebate the most attractive option while 91% prefer a price cut. Others (24.8%) are inclined to the primary market because of its favourable investment value.
  • HKMC offers mortgage insurance schemes for home starters with a higher proportion of mortgage. Meanwhile, developers are offering different types of mortgage loans, special offers and discounts for first-time buyers, attracting them to opt for the primary market. Looking into the future, without many changes in the cooling measures and mortgage loans factors, starter homes in the primary market will continue to drive market transaction and starters will also see it as their top priority.  
  • The survey on microapartments in 2015 H2 revealed that 71% of respondents were unwilling to purchase a microapartment even if they could afford it. Nevertheless, in the recent survey, respondents resisting to purchase a microapartment have dropped to 62%, while 20% and 18% of them express their willingness to buy for investment or self-use respectively.
  • The findings indicate that property price remains the most critical consideration of buyers. Buyers are inclined to starter homes with lower entry costs, and first-time buyers now turn to microapartments offered by developers.
  • With increasing demand of first-hand residential properties, citizens will end up losing confidence in government’s housing policies. The next Chief Executive should respond to citizens’ appeals, and address policies to control the ration of public and private housing demand to protect the interests of society as a whole. Government should also stop first-hand home prices from soaring and to resolve the imbalance in the supplies of primary and secondary property markets.

3.      Secondary market and the adjustment in rent:  Sufficient supply of mid-priced units and increase in bargaining power encourage the transaction of secondhand mid-priced properties. The tendency and extent of rental increase have risen

  • Over 80% (82%) of respondents express that they will not consider selling their properties in the coming 6 months, while 17% claim they will consider, which shows a 5% increase from the last survey. 44% of them will target properties between HK$5-10 million while 31% will look for options at HK$3-5 million. A mere 13% will target properties below HK$ 3 million, reflecting a high supply in mid-priced secondary market. Most landlords (41%) will accept a bargain of 10%, a 4% increase from the last survey. Coming in second are those accepting no bargain (38%), which has dropped by 6% from the last survey. Buyers interested in starter homes below HK$3 million have dropped from 27% to 16%, while those eyeing for HK$5-10 million property have increased from 23% to 33%. Purchasing power of mid-priced flats is increasing, together with a sufficient supply and increased bargaining power, transactions in the secondary market are expected to rise. 
  • Most landlords (74%) are expected to increase rent during the first 6 months of 2017, 29% will increase by 5% of below, while 30% will increase by 6 to 10%. Comparing with the last 2 surveys, the number of landlords expecting to increase rent has increased by 43%, while tenants paying rent in the range of HK$15,001-20,000 have increased by 6% (20%) and those paying less than HK$10,000 have dropped to 34%. The results reflect that the overall rental level is climbing up, especially within the range of HK$ 15,001-20,000. The tendency and extent of rent increases are expected to rise.  

4.      Hong Kong buyers show growing interest in overseas property market with Australia becoming a hotspot

  • The US market has always been a property hotspot. Since Donald Trump assumed presidency, 75% of respondents believe that Hong Kong will speed up in the raising of interest rate, thus increasing the burdens of repayment instalment.  84% of them said that they would not consider buying properties in the US.
  • About 20% of respondents (17%) show interest in overseas properties, which increased by 4% when compared with the last survey (13%). The majority of them (54%) will consider purchasing Mainland or overseas properties below HK$3 million, recording a 16% drop from the last survey. However, those opting for flats between HK$3-5 million (27%) and HK$5-10 million (16%) increased by 9% and 8% respectively. Potential investment return of overseas properties (46%) remains the major consideration of respondents, while 37% of them show the desire to migrate or retire to the location.  Taking advantage of the robust US dollar, an increased number of respondents aim to profit from the exchange rate difference due to the depreciation of many currencies. In general, both interest in overseas property market and respective investment budget have slightly increased. We believe that investors are looking for a new way out in light of the cooling measures at the end of last year. Overseas property market shall remain the place to look for in 2017.
  • The Australian and British markets have always been popular among Hong Kong buyers. In the recent survey, Australian property market has become No.1 in terms of investment value. 33% of respondents have shown interest in making purchases there, while the traditionally popular Mainland market (29%) has dropped to No.2, ranking the same as the UK. Japan (25%) ranks third in this year’s survey.
  • According to the findings, respondents interested in the Mainland market have dropped by 6%. The slowing down of mainland China’s economic growth and the depreciation of RMB have caused the potential value of Chinese properties to decrease, thus also the interest in purchasing. The rising demand for Australian properties and the expected interest cut of Central Bank in Australia both stimulated the rise of property prices. We believe that Australia will remain a popular destination in overseas properties.

Ms. Carrie Law, Regional General Manager of iProperty Group (Hong Kong & Macau) stated that, “Since 2012, has been conducting the Hong Kong Property Market Perspective Survey twice a year to analyse public opinion on Hong Kong’s property market trends and housing policies. The results have long been well received and highly regarded by industry players in Hong Kong. Findings in this survey reflect that respondents are unsatisfied with the cooling measures in curbing property price rise; the market is expected to go upward in the near future. People are looking forward to the new government to stabilise Hong Kong property market with a series of new policies. On the other hand, developers will continue to provide special offers and discount for home starters, pushing the property plot to be dominated by primary market. In terms of the secondary market, the sufficient supply of mid-priced properties and the increase in budget and bargaining power will contribute to more active transactions in the mid-priced secondary market. Last but not least, investors are opted to head overseas for property purchase in view of the cooling measures launched late last year.”

About is Hong Kong’s No.1 online property platform, with focuses on providing value-adding property search for residential, commercial, serviced apartments, interior design projects and related information in Hong Kong and ASEAN countries since 1999.

The website outperforms other local real estate portals with the highest traffic, number of users and updated property listings, making it the most popular property portal for home buyers and property investors in Hong Kong. was named Marketing Magazine’s “Property Portal of the Year” in 2011, 2012 and 2013. And, it was also awarded “Best Property Developer Partner — Most comprehensive Property Website” by the Capital Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

About iProperty Group Limited (

iProperty Group operates Asia’s No.1 network of property websites under the umbrella brand. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Group, with the vision “Think Property, Think iProperty”, is focused on developing and operating leading real estate portals and delivering the most comprehensive set of related real estate services and project marketing across the region. It currently operates market leading property portals in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines that specially target consumers and service providers. iProperty Group is also the leading organizer of real estate exhibitions in Asia. In February 2016, iProperty was acquired by multinational property digital advertising company REA Group Limited CAN 068 349 066 (ASX:REA), which turned REA Group Limited and iProperty into the market leader in the online property advertising media sector in Asia-Pacific region.


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February 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm

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Macau’s Dr Stanley Ho Family Invested into BookDoc

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– Company earns backing of yet another strategic investor from the region

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — BookDoc, a healthcare technology start-up headquartered in Malaysia, has announced the latest investment round led by a family member of Dr. Stanley Ho, the Macau billionaire tycoon with a business empire spanning from entertainment to tourism, shipping, real estate, banking and air transport in multiple counties.

BookDoc welcomes the member of Dr. Stanley Ho’s family as its latest strategic investor after Prince Abdul Qawi, of the Brunei Royal family, who invested in BookDoc barely a year ago. The latest undisclosed investment values BookDoc at double-digit USD millions, and adds to its growing list of backers who bring along with them deep cross-border business networks and valuable multi-disciplinary experience from entrepreneurship, healthcare and IT to banking and insurance.

“We are really fortunate to have such illustrious strategic investors who can offer great insights into the unique business environment that BookDoc is operating in. We offer solutions at the confluence of healthcare and IT, and yet the potential business applications extend as far as HR, insurance and even retail. This is why these experienced individuals who hail from various business verticals with deep know-how on doing business in Asia are vital to BookDoc. It will help us penetrate markets faster and more effectively,” explained Dato’ Chevy Beh, Founder and CEO of BookDoc.

Since its inception in October 2015, in less than 18 months, BookDoc has expanded its presence from Malaysia to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. It has launched an integrated online ecosystem for health travellers, local and abroad, to search for and book appointments with healthcare professionals. The system integrates seamlessly with Uber, Grab, AirAsia, Agoda and TripAdvisor, and is the official partner of Social Security Malaysia, Foreign Workers’ Medical Examination Malaysia (FOMEMA), and the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. In addition, it launched BookDoc Activ, the latest module which rewards users for maintaining a high level of activity, and successfully partnered with more than 40 major retailers and service providers in 12 countries within 3 months of its launch.

BookDoc was honoured with Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Innovation Excellence Award in the Mobile Healthcare Technology Market in South East Asia.

“With additional funding, we will be in a stronger position to expand regionally in South East Asia, roll out more products and features targeting the B2B market, and form strategic partnerships in the region. It is more important to get it right than to rush into any opportunities that arise,” added Chevy Beh on the strategic direction of BookDoc moving forward.

About BookDoc

BookDoc, with presence in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand, is an online platform that operates across the healthcare continuum connecting patients to healthcare professionals anytime and anywhere, while incentivising all to stay active.

BookDoc has established an integrated online ecosystem for local and overseas health travellers. The ecosystem allows users to search and book healthcare professionals anytime and anywhere, and integrates seamlessly with navigation (Google Maps, Waze), transport (Grab, Uber, AirAsia), accommodation (Agoda) and recommendeds restaurants & attractions (TripAdvisor) for a hassle-free and enjoyable experience to healthcare appointments. In addition, through BookDoc Activ, it rewards users for maintaining a high level of activity by partnering with major retailers and service providers that offer users discounts for achieving reward tiers based on activity level.

The company is backed by a diverse group of investors from entrepreneurs to seasoned healthcare and insurance professionals, banker, regulators as well as ICT professionals. It has made records in achieving the highest pre-seed and seed valuation in Asia Technology Start-up history. It is available online at, App Store and Google Play Store.

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February 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

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Australia and Singapore Top Mainland China and Hong Kong with The Highest Paid Communications Practitioners

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ —

According to 2017 report released by Prospect and PublicAffairsAsia

According to the 2017 State of the Industry report launched today by Prospect (@PRProspect) and PublicAffairsAsia (@PAAGoldStandard), communications practitioners in Australia continue to draw the highest average salary (at US$199,000) compared to their Asia Pacific counterparts, followed by Singapore(US$151,000), mainland China (US$149,000), Hong Kong (US$133,000), Southeast Asia (US$95,000) and India(US$91,000) in descending order. Despite economic uncertainty and lower salary increases in the last year compared to previous years, predictions for salary increases within the APAC communications industry remain optimistic for 2017.

A third of all firms now offer their staff flexi time, encouraging in the communications industry popular with women, who often have to balance home-life with their careers. With the continuing struggle to find talent, firms need to trust their employees to work remotely, allowing for greater work-life integration.

In addition to salary and benefits, this study conducted annually by the PublicAffairsAsia network and Prospect identifies key reasons communications practitioners leave their companies, addresses issues facing the APAC communications industry, offers insights on growth opportunities and what communications practitioners must do to remain competitive in 2017.

Emma Dale, managing director of Asia and co-founder of Prospect, the global talent resource specialist for the communications industry, says, “There are opportunities in the fast-moving digital space, but also concern around budgets, talent retention and the lack of certain skills. Despite a challenging economic climate, salaries and bonuses are on the rise, and findings of our 2017 State of the Industry report give grounds for optimism in 2017 for our industry.”

Craig Hoy, executive director of PublicAffairsAsia, comments: “The growth in digital is by far the biggest industry shift seen in recent years. It has not, however, supplanted traditional media nor the need for direct Public Affairs engagement, which remain vitally important. Companies need staff with new skills, such as digital and content curation, but not at the expense of fundamentals such as good writing and credible story-telling capabilities.”

Data and insights from this 29-page report were gleaned from an online survey completed by 420 regional industry respondents, and interviews with 50 heads of communications and leaders of communications agencies across the Asia Pacific region during the last quarter of 2016.

Download a full copy of the 2017 Prospect and PublicAffairsAsia State of the Industry report here:

About PublicAffairsAsia (

PublicAffairsAsia is the network for senior government relations, corporate affairs and corporate communications professionals operating across the Asia Pacific region. We offer cutting edge insight through events, intelligence, publications, awards and our newly launched professional development programme PublicAffairsAsia Advance. We also connect corporations to their stakeholders through a series of online briefings and events: convening MNCs, governmental groups and NGOs on neutral platforms to debate emerging policy, regulatory and partnership-based developments.

About Prospect (

Prospect is a global talent resource consultancy within the PR and corporate communications sector with offices in London and Asia. Our long standing dedication to this field enables us to provide a truly insightful and value-added service to clients. In Asia, Prospect specialises in providing mid to senior level talent to global PR/PA consultancies and major corporates across the Asia Pacific region. With an office in Hong Kong and Singapore and a very strong network across the Asia Pacific region, Prospect is unique in its specialism of the PR and Corporate Communications industry across all sectors. From internal communications, government relations and media relations through to corporate affairs and CSR, Prospect has the knowledge and capabilities to advise on the trends in the Asia market, offering advice on recruiting and retaining staff and assuring the fit is right.

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Angela Poh | Senior Consultant, Prospect | | Tel: +65-9186-4377

Mark O’Brien | Vice President, PublicAffairsAsia | | Tel: +66-801-458697

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February 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

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Indonesia: Pharma Investment Forum at CPhI SEA In March

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-By invitation only, the forum matches international players interested in investing in the region with the key local pharma companies looking for reliable partners.

JAKARTA, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — In one month’s time, from March 22-24, CPhI SEA is set to open its doors at Jakarta International Expo, offering to over 260 exhibitors the only dedicated pharma trading platform for the region. Sign up today!

Indonesia: Pharma Investment Forum at CPhI SEA In March
Indonesia: Pharma Investment Forum at CPhI SEA In March

In fact, there are more than 200 drug makers in Indonesia, most of which produce only low-margin generics. While they control 95% of the market by volume, they only have a combined 75% share in value terms. At the same time, a much smaller number of companies operating in the country has been able to capture more profits by investing in innovative R&D and the development of higher-value products, often in partnership with international companies, in particular from Korea, Japan, and China.

An example is Kalbe Farma, Indonesia’s largest pharmaceutical company, which is shifting from being a maker of generic drugs to a high-tech pharma developer. Last year Kalbe agreed to establish a 60:40 joint venture with South Korean biotechnology company Genexine and initially invest 130 billion rupiah ($9.1 million) to develop biopharmaceutical products. Significantly, a lack of generic substitutes in these fields in Indonesia implies no government-set price ceilings, and therefore these products offer higher margins.

GP Farmasi, the Indonesian industry association, projects investment in the pharmacy sector to reach Rp 215 trillion (US$15.34 billion) by 2025. The sector itself had potentials worth up to Rp 700 trillion, which consisted of Rp 450 trillion for the domestic market and Rp 250 trillion in exports, by 2025.

IPMG members – including Novartis, Merck, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Pfizer – have invested more than USD $1 billion in Indonesia’s pharmaceutical industry over the past few years, particularity for the construction of factories and clinical research (source: AmCham Indonesia).

One of their members, Bayer, in 2016 alone invested EUR8.1 million in the expansion of its factory in Cimanggis (West Java). This factory produces multivitamins and medicines, about 75% of which is exported to 26 countries.

Such activities are taking place while Indonesian President Joko Widodo is pushing its universal health care program to cover the country’s projected population of 270 million by 2019, a leap from the 170 million currently covered. This year for the first time, government expenditures on health care reached the legally mandated 5% of the state budget. Health care spending is expected to grow 12% every year through 2020.

Tailored to suit this fast changing industry, the 6th edition of CPhI South East Asia taking place during 22-24 March 2017 in Jakarta provides the must-attend trade exhibition where the regional pharma industry meets to leverage connections, knowledge and insight to spur business.

Sign up now to attend!

Government supporters: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control

Trade and Professional Organization Supporters : Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association (GP Farmasi Indonesia), Pharma Materials Management Club (PMMC), International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (IPMG), International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI)

Regional Supporters: Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PReMA) — Thailand, Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers.

The CPhI series of events drives growth and innovation in the global pharmaceutical industry, with leading exhibitions and online communities covering every step of the supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage.

More than 100,000 visitors meet over 6,000 exhibitors at events in Europe, China, India, Japan, South East Asia, Russia, Brazil, Istanbul and Korea every year to exchange ideas, form alliances and conduct business on an international scale.


Ivan Ferrari
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February 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

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Experts to Discuss Political Choices and Global Trade Issues at the GFRC

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Political choices are reshaping the world and have an impact on how and where products, including fashion and footwear, are going to be manufactured and sold. Hard earned international trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal which has been abandoned by the new US administration are in jeopardy while new ones are being negotiated. What impact will these decisions have on employment and social situations worldwide? Will consumers benefit or suffer? These issues, as well as tax reforms, new trade and customs regulations and geopolitical influences will be explained and debated at the coming APLF Limited organized Global Footwear Retail Conference (GFRC) due to take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 30 March 2017.

GFRC 2016 – How Millennial consumers are transforming the international retail scene?
GFRC 2016 – How Millennial consumers are transforming the international retail scene?

Thomas Crockett, Director, Government & Regulatory Affair of the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA); Peter Mangione, Managing Director and Founder of the US-based Marketing consulting Global Footwear Partnerships LLC and representatives of international footwear brands will clarify and explain the current situation from the perspective of their respective organisation.

GFRC is recognised as one of Asia’s leading conferences in the footwear sector and has a track record of attracting the best experts from all segments of the footwear industry and academia, with high quality presentations and discussions on political, commercial and global trade issues affecting the production and the retail of footwear products; innovative retail technologies as well as footwear trends.

A model wears the Tommy Hilfiger VR headset in its New York store (Image: Tommy Hilfiger)
A model wears the Tommy Hilfiger VR headset in its New York store (Image: Tommy Hilfiger)

Disruptive digital technologies

Digital technologies have a tremendous impact on various aspects of the product value chain. Speedier wireless communications are giving retailers more bandwidth to tell their stories. HD video, virtual reality, live-streaming and fashion assistant apps are some of the marketing tools that feed omni-channel retail. What about 3D printing? Will we be able to have our shoes 3D printed in stores? Or even at home? These so-called disruptive technologies will also be explained and demonstrated by developers of apps and of innovative manufacturing processes.

Claude Eric Paquin, President of the French Federation of Footwear will summarise all these technologies and will explain how they are successfully applied in France.

Sergio Dulio, Manager of ATOMLab Research and Innovation unit of the Italian ATOM Group, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of shoe machinery, will describe brand new scenarios where the physical and virtual worlds as well as purchasing and manufacturing merge in a whole new format of retail.

Shirley Saylor, Vice President of International Business Development, Fashionmii will depict how digital platforms such as fashion mii, can help brands to tell their fashion story. Shirley is a well-rounded business leader in the Footwear industry who has held executive roles with Le Saunda, Mirabell, Skechers China, Caleres and Florsheim China.

Last but not least, GFRC’s experts will demystify new footwear trends from Athleisure to Smart shoes.

Featuring 3 main themes

For its third edition, a rich programme has been put together which includes three sessions featuring:

  • Political choices reshaping the world: what impact on the footwear retail industry?
  • Disruptive technologies in footwear retail: Virtual Reality, Live streaming, 3D printing. Will they bring customers back to the stores or keep them home?
  • Footwear consumer’s preferences: key trends from Athleisure to Smart shoes distilled by GFRC’s experts.

Please click here for the full programme and speaker profiles.

GFRC 2016
GFRC 2016

Media registration now open

Complimentary registration for members of the press is available here until 27 March. For media enquiries, please contact Ms. Kennise Pang, Senior Marketing Communications Executive at 

Also while you are there for the conference, take advantage of visiting the two major trade shows for the global leather and fashion industries  APLF-Leather & Materials+ & Fashion Access held concurrently from 29 – 31 March by registering here for a complimentary press badge.

For more information on the 2 trade fairs, please visit or

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Notes to Editors

About APLF Limited (
APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and UBM Asia. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.

About SIC Group (
SIC Group has been organising international professional events since 1926 for companies working in the leather sector. Its role is to support businesses in their development and offer them work platforms in areas of the world with high potential. With four shows organised each year, SIC Group and its partners can take advantages of expertise that is unique in the world.

About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Southeast Asia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 26 major cities with 41 offices and 1,600 staff who combine local expertise with a global industry network to provide high-quality events and the best customer experience for event attendees from all over the world. Last year over 1.5m people visited UBM Asia’s events.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in a wide range of market sectors with 250 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia was awarded ‘Asia’s Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award’ in Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

About UBM plc (
UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc and go to for more UBM social media options.

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Ms Perrine Ardouin, Director

For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Kennise Pang, Senior Marketing Communications Executive

APLF Limited
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26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2827-6211
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February 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

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