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Carlson Rezidor Appoints Sandy Russell as Vice President, Commercial Operations in Asia Pacific

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group today announced the appointment of Sandy Russell as Vice President, Commercial Operations, Asia Pacific. She reports directly to Thorsten Kirschke, President, Asia Pacific and will be a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee. In her role, Sandy will be responsible for driving revenue generation strategies in the region, across the disciplines of global and regional sales, revenue optimization, branding and marketing.

“We are delighted to have Sandy Russell join us in Asia Pacific, overseeing our commercial strategy which will see a greater focus on property performance and profitability for our 97 hotels. She will be a great asset to the team, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable as we move forward with our regional growth strategy,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Sandy has 21 years of experience in hospitality, of which 14 years were with Carlson Rezidor in sales and marketing roles including Senior Director of Revenue Generation, Director of Global Key Accounts as well as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. At Carlson Rezidor, Sandy founded and chaired the Canadian Revenue Generation Committee for five years. Following that, she initiated Carlson Rezidor’s global MICE advisory board. In recognition of her achievement, she was presented with the President’s Most Valuable Player of the Year Award in 2008 and the Innovation Award in 2007. She also received the Carlson Hotels Top National Sales Award in 2007.

Sandy studied Sales and Marketing at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. She has also served on several philanthropic boards including The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and is also a founding member of Be The Change, that provides rehabilitation for children sold into sexual slavery in Cambodia.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes more than 1,350 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning over 105 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor and its brands employ 88,000 people.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.

Contact details

Tracy Lui, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group I +65 9839 4095 I

Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-1418 or +1 (763) 212-8129 |

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Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

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September 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

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DHL Delivers Electric Racing Cars to Beijing for Inaugural FIA Formula E Championship

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— Cars delivered using DHL’s green logistics solutions with innovative lithium batteries management
— Blue Sky Transport Design Award to be launched in tandem with FIA Formula E Championship series

BEIJING, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, today announced the successful delivery of 41 electric racing cars and related equipment to Beijing for the FIA Formula E Championship. The delivery was made possible with the help of DHL’s industry leading logistics solutions and is an exciting step towards seeing the DHL-Formula E partnership come to fruition with the first championship race.

DHL and Formula E's Race to Beijing
DHL and Formula E’s Race to Beijing


DHL delivers Formula E's inaugural race in Beijing
DHL delivers Formula E’s inaugural race in Beijing


As a part of DHL’s commitment to sustainability, it has also launched the Formula E-inspired Blue Sky Transport Design Award — inviting professional and aspiring designers to submit creative ideas to shape the future of sustainable electric transport. This competition will have a prestigious judging panel to be chaired by world-class designer Paul Priestman and will also include experts from design, transport and Formula E. The winner will be presented at the final FIA Formula ePrix race in London, UK.

“With a commitment to provide sustainable and innovative solutions that deliver value for society, we at DHL are delighted to have this strategic partnership with Formula E,” said Ken Allen, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express. “Formula E have created a sport that pushes the boundaries of technology and which will inspire and educate people throughout the world to embrace sustainable technologies and practices. As a company that has pioneered green transport initiatives, our partnership with Formula E is a perfect platform to showcase our green logistics solutions globally and also to test and develop the solutions of the future.”

“The FIA Formula E Championship is the first of its kind, and it is a massive undertaking — spanning nine cities in almost 10 months. With DHL providing reliable and carbon efficient logistics solutions in delivering the cars and equipment to the race locations, we are able to deliver on the commitment we have made to deliver a sustainable, first class entertainment event to the world,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.

“Drawing on our global leadership in sustainable transportation solutions and over 30 years of motorsports experience, DHL successfully delivered Formula E cars to Beijing and will continue to bring them to eight other cities around the world,” remarked Fathi Tlatli, President Global Automotive Sector, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (CSI). “We met this large scale logistics challenge in our stride and are most proud of our DHL Global Forwarding Motorsports Team for finding efficient, seamless solutions to the challenge of delivering the large lithium-ion batteries, in particular, which require special handling and certification.”

“One of our present challenges is the need to respond to the very real concerns surrounding environmental sustainability — and DHL-Sinotrans is already strongly committed to the environment, providing greener logistics solutions. Carbon-neutral, sustainable transportation solutions are undoubtedly the key to success in China,” said Wu Dongming, Managing Director of DHL-Sinotrans and Executive Vice President of DHL Express Asia Pacific. “We have already made significant progress in our green initiatives in China, with our latest carbon accounting showing an improvement in CO2 efficiency of 17% in 2013 compared with 2012. We are committed to ensuring further carbon efficiency improvements in the future.”

DHL was the first international logistics company to introduce a measurable target for CO2 efficiency and has committed, through its GoGreen program, to generate 30% less CO2 by 2020 (versus 2007 levels) for every letter and parcel sent, every container shipped and every square meter of warehouse space used. DHL has launched a verified carbon neutral express product, available in over 60 countries, and has created its own climate protection project in Lesotho, Africa.

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DHL — The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics and CEP industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.


DHL-Sinotrans is a 50/50 joint venture established in 1986 between DHL and China National Foreign Trade Transportation (Group) Corporation. Combining DHL’s leadership in global air express industry and Sinotrans’ unrivalled local experiences in China foreign trade transportation market, DHL-Sinotrans has become the most experienced and best established world-class provider of international express services in China. Over the past 26 years, DHL-Sinotrans has developed the largest air express services network in China with over 6,000 professional and dedicated employees, covering 400 cities and 95% of China’s major population and business centres. International express service can be directly offeredin 131 cities. Every week, over 500 commercial and dedicated flights deliver our shipments from China and throughout the world.

For further information, please visit DHL China website:

Media Contact:

DHL-Sinotrans Corporate Communications
Woody Guo
Phone: +86-1087852010
Fax: +86-1067805799

MSLGROUP China (Beijing)
Xi Zheng
Phone: +86-1085730517
Fax: +86-1085730666

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September 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

ASEAN Integration to Top Agenda at Cambodia Business Conference

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cambodia’s economic prospects at the heart of the ASEAN Economic Community, which will come into existence in 2015, will top the agenda on a number of panels at the International Business Chamber of Cambodia (IBC) Investment Conference, which runs from October 6-7 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen will open the conference, which will also feature a keynote address by Prudential Asia Chairman Donald Kanak and panels and break-out sessions covering every sector of Cambodia’s economy.

Cambodia’s contribution to ASEAN will be discussed in a panel on Cambodia’s Digital Future covering Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) as well as a panel on the country’s financial sector.

Government ministers who have confirmed their attendance at the conference include Cambodia’s Minister of Commerce H.E Sun Chanthol, Education Minister H.E. Hang Chuon Naron and Minister
 of Posts & Telecommunication (MPTC)  H.E. Prak Sokhonn.

Representatives from regional blue chip companies are already expressing interest in attending what will beCambodia’s biggest networking event of the year.

Ministers, economists and business leaders will share their views on what ASEAN integration will mean forCambodia’s economy — with business leaders in the Kingdom upbeat about Cambodia’s potential to thrive in the 10-country economic community.

“ASEAN integration is coming at just the right time for Cambodia, which has enjoyed robust growth in recent years and will surely benefit from closer economic ties with its neighbors,” says IBC Chairman Bretton Sciaroni, senior partner at Sciaroni and Associates.

Cambodia has been a leading destination in ASEAN for foreign direct investment — which grew some 73% in 2012 and is likely to sustain double-digit growth as ASEAN integration draws near.

The Kingdom’s increasingly skilled workforce, ongoing economic and structural reforms and political stability are all proving attractive to a growing number of foreign investors in the country — mainly from ASEAN and the wider Asia-Pacific region, notably China and Japan.

Getting the inside track on who is investing in what will be a key feature of the networking events being planned for the IBC conference — which will allow delegates to mingle at cocktail receptions, lunches and a golf day ahead of the conference where relationships will be formed and business deals teed up.

Registration for the conference is open now at:

Julian Rake
Phone Number: +855-12324283

Source: The International Business Chamber of Cambodia (IBC)

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September 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Vietstock and Vietmeat 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support from CP Vietnam and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CP Vietnam Corporation, a major feed, livestock and meat producer in Vietnam, will participate in the Vietstock and Vietmeat 2014 Expo & Forum to share their experiences with other meat processors in the country and how the company maintains the high standards of quality and safety of its meat products from farm to table.

Mr. Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, President of CP Vietnam
Mr. Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, President of CP Vietnam
Dr Vu Tien Loc (second from left) posts with UBM Asia's team during a meeting at VCCI in Hanoi.
Dr Vu Tien Loc (second from left) posts with UBM Asia’s team during a meeting at VCCI in Hanoi.
VIETSTOCK AND VIETMEAT 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support From CP Vietnam And The Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
VIETSTOCK AND VIETMEAT 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support From CP Vietnam And The Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
VIETSTOCK AND VIETMEAT 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support From CP Vietnam And The Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
VIETSTOCK AND VIETMEAT 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support From CP Vietnam And The Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)

Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, President of CP Vietnam, said he would appoint a senior executive of the company to speak on this topic at a meat conference to be held at the event.

“Meat processors in Vietnam should collaborate with each other in order to set strong standards on quality and safety to ensure consumers are confident in our products. As we’ve been in the meat processing business for a long time, we’d like to share our experiences with our friends in the industry,” he said.

Fully integrated, CP Vietnam operates from grain planting to feed milling, livestock farming, meat processing and retailing.

“A main goal of our business in Vietnam is to support livestock farmers. Therefore, we will continue to expand our farming business and produce safe and quality meat products for the nation,” said Mr. Sooksunt.

He said CP Vietnam is also willing to be a business partner with fellow meat processors in Vietnam as a supplier of raw materials for them.

“Our farmers implement strict standards on food safety and we process their chickens with the state-of-the-art technology. So, we can ensure that you’ll consistently get raw meat that is safe and of high quality for further processing,” he said.

Mr. Sooksunt said meat processors in Vietnam should have a forum to discuss and tackle issues that could pose threats to the country’s meat processing industry.

He said the opening of markets among ASEAN nations under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 could result in massive imports of meat products into Vietnam and seriously affect the local meat processing industry.

“It’s a good idea that meat processors in Vietnam set up an association of their own. The Vietmeat forum would be a good place to discuss on this issue and I’m glad to host the discussion by myself,” said Mr. Sooksunt.

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) also agreed to support the Vietnam meat processing industry forum that will be held during Vietstock 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Dr. Vu Tien Loc, VCCI’s Chairman and President, said Vietnam is a huge market for processed meat products. The forum, which will bring together CEOs of key meat processors in the country, will be a starting point for the industry to collaborate in developing their products and markets in the future.

Vietmeat is a one-stop forum focusing on the needs of the meat industry – from production, processing and packaging, right to the plate.

Organised by UBM Asia, the Vietmeat forum makes its debut in 2014 and will be co-located with Vietstock 2014 – Vietnam’s Premier International Feed, Livestock and Meat Industry Show. The events will be held from 15-17 October, 2014 at the Saigon Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Don’t miss the Vietstock & Vietmeat 2014 Expo & Forum. REGISTER TO VISIT TODAY at

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About UBM Asia in ASEAN (

In ASEAN, we serve 13 market sectors with wholly-owned subsidiary companies and JV companies in seven offices in the major cities in ASEAN, including Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. We provide over 60 products in various categories: trade fairs, conferences and publications. As the leading B2B event organiser in the region, we are the largest exhibition organiser in Malaysia.

Our products serve tens of thousands of exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers, subscribers and corporations in the region and from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events and quality conference programmes presented by top-notch industry leaders. We have over 130 staff in six countries.

Sufian Zahari, +60-3-2176-8788,

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August 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm

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Carlson Rezidor Appoints Andreas Flaig as Executive Vice President of Development

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group today announced the appointment of Andreas Flaig as Executive Vice President, Development,Asia Pacific. Based in the Singapore office, Andreas reports to Thorsten Kirschke, President for Asia Pacific and will be a key member of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee.

In his new role, Andreas will be responsible for driving the development strategies for Carlson Rezidor in Asia Pacific to further grow its hotel portfolio and enhance its presence in this region. He will oversee the regional teams based in Singapore, China, India and Indonesia securing new management contracts as well as franchise and conversion opportunities.

“Andreas joins us at an opportune time as Carlson Rezidor steps up its momentum in emerging markets such asChina, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand and launches two new brands, Quorvus Collection and Radisson Red. With his excellent track record and strong reputation with owners and business partners across the region, Andreas will strengthen our development team and be an asset to the Asia Pacific leadership team,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Andreas has been in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years, of which 16 years were in Asia. His expertise is in hotel development, investment, and asset management and one of his key strengths is in development strategies including market entry into China and Indonesia. He joins Carlson Rezidor after more than eight years with Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Hotels and Hospitality Group where he held a dual role of Managing Director for both Advisory Asia and China, based in Beijing and Shanghai. During his tenure with JLL, he advised investors on the acquisition of hotel assets, portfolios and companies and successfully negotiated numerous hotel management and franchise agreements between owners and operators.

Prior to that, Andreas was First Vice President for Aareal Bank AG in Germany where he started the bank’s first hotel advisory and asset management practice and led its expansion in Asia with the establishment of the Singaporeoffice. As Senior Associate Director, Hospitality Consulting, Andreas led Arthur Andersen’s Hospitality Consulting practice in Asia, based in Hong Kong and Singapore. He also has extensive experience in hotel operations, having previously worked with InterContinental and Mandarin Oriental in Europe and Asia. Born in Germany, he has a Bachelor of Science with distinction from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes more than 1,340 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning over 105 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor and its brands employ 88,000 people.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.

Contact details
Tracy Lui, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group I +65 9839 4095 I
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-1418 or +1 (763) 212-8129 |

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August 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

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Battle for the $18 Billion US Smart Home Heats Up as Apple and Google Posture for Position says Strategy Analytics

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DIY Devices Becoming Cool as Over 5 Million Additional Households Adopt Smart Home Systems in 2014

BOSTON, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Spending on smart home systems and services in the US will hit $18 billion in 2014 and more than double to $39 billion by 2019 according to Strategy Analytics’ Smart Home Strategieslatest forecast. Apple, Google and Samsung are among the big consumer brands posturing for position in the market as ADT, Vivint, Comcast and AT&T drive growth in the interactive security market. The competitive dynamics shaping the market are described in “Handicapping the US Smart Home Horserace.”

Percentage of Total Consumer Spending on Smart Home Systems and Services (US Only)
Percentage of Total Consumer Spending on Smart Home Systems and Services (US Only)

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Key findings from the report:

  • Security service providers will drive revenue growth in the US market as ADT and Vivint run neck and neck in front with each having more than 800,000 residential subscribers and FrontPoint, the online reseller’s platform, not far behind.
  • Comcast’s Xfinity Home is likely to catch up with the frontrunners in 2014 with AT&T’s Digital Life also in the chase.
  • Lowe’s Iris self-monitoring and control system currently has a big lead on Home Depot for the DIY customer, but Staples, Amazon and Smartlabs, with Microsoft now selling INSTEON devices in its stores, will intensify the battle for DIYers.
  • Apple’s HomeKit caused a stir when introduced in June. It has perked up iOS devotees to smart home applications, but it remains a dark horse in the race.
  • Google’s Nest acquiring Dropcam adds another cool product to their portfolio and another point of “learning” about what goes on in homes for future Google/Nest applications.

Quote: Bill Ablondi, Director, Smart Home Strategies said: “Interactive security will take the revenue lead from professionally installed home control and entertainment systems in the overall US smart home market and Nest’s acquisition of Dropcam signals Google’s desire to become a disruptive force in this market.”

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Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise

US Contact: Bill Ablondi, +1 617 614 0700,

Source: Strategy Analytics

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August 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display, a New Indoor Attraction Set To Open at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Force will be coming to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort on 6 September as a brand new LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display opens in conjunction with the Resort’s second anniversary. The fully air-conditioned indoor attraction will be the first standalone complex of its kind in Asiawhere 2,000 LEGO models from the popular film have been recreated on a scale of 1:20 using more than 1.5 million bricks.

The themed attraction is housed in a uniquely shaped standalone octagon building and recreates seven of the most famous scenes — six from the beloved Star Wars™ films and one from the smash hit animated series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars™.

Inside the model display, guests will be able to experience a specially designed pre-screening area for a LEGO Star Wars™ movie, followed by a chronological walk through the Star Wars timeline featuring the planets Christophsis, Endor, Geonosis, Hoth, Kashyyyk, Mustafar, Naboo, and Tatooine before having a unique photo opportunity at the Hall of Fame starring main characters Chewbacca, C-3PO, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, R2-D2, Yoda and much more. The LEGO models are presented on raised platforms and stand 85cm high. There will also be life-sized LEGO models of C-3PO, Darth Vader and R2-D2 built with more than 80,000 LEGO bricks to greet visitors as they make their way into the model display.

Created by dozens of model designers and builders, animation technicians and specialist landscapers, the model display will also feature authentic Star Wars™ sounds, actions and lighting effects to create a realistic and enjoyable experience for the whole family. All the models for this project were built in various locations around the world including Malaysia, Germany and Czech Republic.

In addition to the amazing displays, there is also a retail store within the complex for guests.

“We are thrilled to present our guests something truly special for our second anniversary. This model display is one of a kind in Asia and we are confident that it will be an inspiring experience for both our guests and fans of the film,” said Mark Germyn, General Manager, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

According to Germyn, the attraction cost more than RM6 million to build and is the biggest development at the Park this year. As a catalyst project in Iskandar, the Resort will continue to grow stronger tourism and attract more international visits by adding a new element annually to ensure guests have exciting reasons to visit.

Throughout the month of September, various LEGO Star Wars™ activities have been lined up to commemorate the anniversary celebrations. Amongst this is free entry for children dressed up as their favourite Star Wars™ characters. The promotion will start on 6-30 Sept 2014. Additionally, Annual Pass holders will enjoy special preview periods from 1-5 Sept before the attraction opens to public. All valid Annual Pass holders will be required to sign up online for the preview. Visit or call the reservation office at +607-597-8888 for more details on the promotions, and keep up-to-date with our exciting activities on Twitter at and
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About LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort

The LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort brings together a LEGOLAND Theme Park, Water Park and Hotel in one LEGO® themed location. It is a family holiday destination with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions and designed for families with children aged 2-12. It is the first of its kind in Asia and will offer adventure, education and fun for action-packed day trips or as a short break destination.

About Merlin Entertainments

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 104 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 + employees. Merlin currently has eleven attractions in Asia including Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Wuhan, China; the fantastic LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort with its theme park, hotel and water park; world leading aquaria in Busan, Bangkok and Shanghai, – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator; and a LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Tokyo. Attractions are also in development in Shanghai and Singapore, Chongqing. for more information.

About Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd

Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Malaysian Government’s investment arm, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, was incorporated in June 2009 to develop, manage and operate theme parks and attractions in Malaysia, serving as a catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry and bringing premier international theme parks and attractions to the region. The theme parks include KidZania Kuala Lumpur, an indoor family education and entertainment centre, which offers an interactive learning and entertainment experience; LEGOLAND Malaysia – the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the very first in Asia, operated by the Merlin Entertainment Group; SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN, the first of its kind outside of Japan; The Little Big Club, a single themed attraction that is home to five popular global characters; and LAT’s Place, a themed restaurant with live animation based on the popular Kampung Boy (Village Boy) character by famous local cartoonist, LAT. Themed Attractions will also develop, manage and operate KidZania Singapore.

For further information, please contact: 

Deviga Doreraja
PR Manager
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
T: +607-5978819

Source: LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

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August 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

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“WTA Future Stars” Junior Tennis Tournament to Launch Across Asia-Pacific

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • WTA Future Stars will showcase top female junior talent
  • Nine countries participating in the Future Stars program, with more expressing interest
  • Finals to be played at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is to launch a “WTA Future Stars” Road to Singapore tournament series running from August through September 2014, with players fighting for a spot to compete in Singapore from October 17-20. The WTA Future Stars will be featuring competitions for young girls across Asia-Pacific with a vision to promote high-level athlete development, health, fitness, and empowerment of women through the sport of tennis.


Each regional WTA Future Stars event will include competition in two categories: Girls’ 14 and Under and Girls’ 16 and Under. Mainland China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Laos have since signed up to participate, with more countries/regions expressing interest. Top regional qualifiers will compete at the Kallang Tennis Centre on October 17-19, in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, with the finals being played on Center Court at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Monday, October 20. Players will gain a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of this year’s WTA Finals players and legends, as well as getting an all-access look into one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in Asia-Pacific.

“The introduction of the WTA Future Stars junior tournament series is aimed to encourage young girls throughout theAsia-Pacific region to become active through tennis,” said WTA Finals Tournament Director, Melissa Pine. “For more than four decades, WTA players have served as role models and inspiration for the future generation of young girls worldwide. We look forward to introducing the future stars to the stars of today and tomorrow at the WTA Finals inSingapore.”

WTA Future Stars is produced by Sport Singapore. Visit Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG) or Facebook ( to join the action on BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Staged at the state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub from October 17-26, 2014, the WTA Finals is a 10-day sports entertainment experience of competition, exhibitions and activities for tennis fans in Singapore and around the world. This is the first time Singapore, an Asia-Pacific city, has played host.

For more information, please contact

Source: Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)

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August 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm

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MySQUAR Launches Free Mobile Messaging App for Myanmar

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-MyChat Beta Launches Wednesday, August 27

YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, MySQUAR announced the beta launch of MyChat, a free mobile messaging app built solely for Myanmar. Available on Android devices, MyChat is completely tailored for the Myanmar market with localized language, authentic look and feel as well as emoticons and sticker sets. The customized experience connects users to existing friends while also introducing them to new ones through the innovative “Look Around” feature.

MyChat welcome screen, MyChat Myanmar stickers, MyChat message
MyChat welcome screen, MyChat Myanmar stickers, MyChat message

“MySQUAR’s chief mission is to connect Myanmar youth with experiences built just for them,” says Linda Lim, CEO of MySQUAR. “With MyChat, our goal is to provide a completely tailored messaging app optimized for the Myanmarmarket so youth can connect with their friends and find new ones easily.”

Completely Customized Experience

MyChat is built solely for Myanmar. With full profile options, users can upload a photo, set a status and create a display name to express their best selves. The app will be fast and efficient with performance optimized for Myanmar, allowing users to chat with friends and find new ones without delay.*

Myanmar Character Sticker and Emoticons Sets

Myanmar youth can now express themselves creatively with the help of iconic Myanmar character and toy stickers such as Pho Wa Yoke, Pho Thar Htoo or favorite friends U Shwe Yoe & Daw Moe. These customized sticker sets will keep conversations creative and colorful, with new stickers and emoticons being added on a continual basis.

Authentic Look and Feel

Designed with Myanmar in mind, the vibrant and colorful user interface pays homage to the culture of the “Golden Land” and the fully localized language allows users to express themselves in Myanmar language.

Innovative Friend Finder Technology

The innovative MyChat “Look Around” feature allows users to find and connect with new friends in the area. MyChat will highlight up to 100 potential new friends, ranked by proximity, allowing users to meet people both locally or abroad if traveling.

More To Come

This is just a sneak peak of what’s to come in MyChat. Stay tuned for more news including new sticker sets, features, sharing capabilities and more. To learn more about MyChat now visit

*The app relies on public network infrastructure; performance can be impacted by network quality (3G and Wifi).


MySQUAR is the first local-language content platform created to enrich the lives of Myanmar youth, through deep, accessible and rich online experiences. Our mission is to inspire creativity, entertainment and a better standard of living in Myanmar by offering world class consumer technology solutions that connect Myanmar youth with local businesses, products and each other. Guided by a seasoned leadership team with experience developing global communities through social media, gaming and eCommerce technologies, MySQUAR is forging new ground inMyanmar. MySQUAR operates out of Yangon, Myanmar and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For more information, visit us at

For more information about MySQUAR or MyChat, please contact

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August 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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Avis Launched Leasing of Audi Prestige Series

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Avis Car Rental launched the Audi Prestige Series a vehicle leasing program that offers top-of-the-line Audi models in Singapore. Audi cars will be available for lease across Singapore beginning end of July 2014.

With the new Audi Prestige Series, Avis customers can now lease Audi models such as A3, A4, A6, Q5, Q3 1.4 and 2.0 from one year up to five years. Avis offers leasing of a range of Audi cars at a reasonable rate, affordable terms, and down payment options to suit every lifestyle.

Transforming customer’s car lease option into an unforgettable experience, they can now drive an innovatively styled,revolutionarily engineered and progressively designed Audi cars at the lowest possible cost that fit their budget.

Avis offers prestige, luxury, style and comfort to their valued customers and long-term travellers in Singapore. With the new Audi Prestige Series Car Leasing program, customers can drive one of the best cars in the world hassle-free without worrying about open market value (OMV), registration fees, excise duty, goods and services tax (GST) and the certificate of entitlement (COE).

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About Avis Car Rental in Asia

In Asia, Avis Car Rental is a leading provider of vehicle rental, vehicle leasing and limousine/chauffeur drive services operating in more than 300 locations through a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensee agreements in 20 markets. Avis opened its first operations in Asia in 1970 in Hong Kong. Throughout the 1970’s Avis grew steadily in the region, with operations launched in Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia andIndonesia. More recently, Avis has launched operations in India, Mainland China, Vietnam, Taiwan and most recently, Laos and Cambodia.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit

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August 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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