As Myanmar’s New Oil & Gas Players Mobilize Operations, Service Partners Are Sought

17 July 2014
– SINGAPORE – As upstream operators mobilize and move into Myanmar, issues surrounding
production sharing contracts, the environmental and social impact of the
exploration operations need further discussion. The CWC Group is tabling these issues for
discussion at their 2nd annual Myanmar
Upstream Summit
in Yangon, October 28-30, 2014.

Three new operators,
Shell, BG Group and Ophir Energy have partnered with CWC for the conference.
Their participation is driven by a need to source and to partner with service
companies in the region. They are also attending to learn about best practice from
regional case studies presented by practitioners in the region.

The event is
a key platform for the Myanmar government and is supported by the Union
Minister for the Ministry of Energy (MOE), His Excellency U Zay Yar Aung. In a
keynote address, the Minister will deliver Myanmar’s Vision for Expansion and
Sustainable Development of the Oil & Gas Sector.

A discussion
showcasing new acreage holder’s and detail current operations, regional
experiences and development plans for upcoming projects will feature new
operators moving into the country. This session will be led by U Than Tun, the
Director (Offshore) for the Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE).

as to the extent of reserves in Myanmar will be led by U Tin Myint Aung,
Executive Geologist, Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE) and Craig
Macmahon, Head of Upstream Research, Wood Mackenzie.

A session on
the framework for fiscal and legal and responsibility, its opportunities and
challenges, will be presented by U Nay Htun, Former Assistant Secretary
General, UNDP and UNEP and Founder and Chairman, Green Economy Green Growth.

Ken Tun, the
CEO of Parami Energy Group of Companies will present an update and lead
discussion on local and international partnerships in Myanmar.

the conference, discussion panels will also centre on how to ensure the
development of Myanmar’s capacity, its future gas development, utilisation and
monitisation plans; what infrastructure is required to support the growth of
the industry. There will also be a technology and innovation showcase.

On the third
day, two half day workshops will occur:

  • Workshop A – Production Sharing Contracts
  • Workshop B – Developing Domestic and Export Gas

Additional speakers
confirmed at this early  stage include

  • U Than Min, Director (Planning), Myanmar Oil
    & Gas Enterprise (MOGE)
  • Daw Wah Wah Thaung, Executive Officer
    (Planning), Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE)
  • U Kyaw Soe, Exploration Geologist, Parami Energy
    Group of Companies
  • Craig Macmahon, Head of Upstream Research, Wood
  • Yasushi Sakakibara, Chief Representative- Asia
    Pacific Regional Office, Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd

Visit for more
information about the event, or to register. Contact the CWC Group if you would
like to discuss a partnership for the conference. 


The CWC Group
Roshan Jan-Mahomed
Senior Marketing Manager, LNG & Gas Portfolio
CWC Group
+ 44 207 978 0018

Press Contact
Illka Gobius
PINPOINT Public Relations
+65 9769 8370

Industry Leaders to discuss LNG at the 6th World LNG Series: Asia Pacific Summit

15 July
2014 – SINGAPORE – Investment in, demand for and distribution of LNG in Asia
Pacific will be discussed among leaders of from the LNG industry, representing
suppliers, investors and distributors at the 6th World LNG Series: Asia Pacific
Summit (LNG Asia). The conference takes place in Singapore from 23-26

speakers who will give an overview of the market, and their perspectives on the
outlook for LNG in Asia Pacific include:

  • Hon. Nixon Philip Duban MP, -Minister for
    Petroleum and Energy, Papua New Guinea
  •  Mr Seah Moon Ming, Executive Director &
    Group CEO, Pavilion Energy
  • Jérôme Ferrier, Senior Vice President
    Corporate, Total, and President of the International Gas Union

BP, ExxonMobil,
Shell and GDF Suez LNG will talk strategy of Asia Pacific’s LNG supply chain. They
will tackle the key issues underlying Asia Pacific’s supply demand balance to
2020. The panelists are:

  • Jonty Shephard, Chief Operating Officer, LNG,
  • Stephan Roeper, Vice President LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil
    Asia Pacific
  • James MacTaggart, General Manager- New Markets
    Asia and MENA, Shell
  • Philip Olivier, President, GDF Suez LNG

and trading trends – speakers will confer as to the pricing of LNG, spot market
trading of LNG, creating a trading hub for LNG in Asia and the risk management that
is needed to run cross-commodity exposures. Industry representatives who will
lead this discussion are:

  • Mark A. da Roza, Manager, LNG Trading &
    Origination, ConocoPhillips
  • Sid Bambawale, Director LNG, Citi
  • Eiji Yanagawa, General Manager, Global Gas
    Trading Department, Natural Gas Division I, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
  • Dr Anthony Barker, General Manager, BG
    Singapore Gas Marketing

current status of global LNG supply projects and their likely success in Asia
Pacific will be addressed by:

  • Don Althoff, President and Chief Executive
    Officer for Veresen Inc
  • Raj Goswami, Head of Gas & Consulting for
    Asia & Middle East, Wood Mackenzie
  • Nicolas Zanen, Vice President, Trading,
    Cheniere Energy
  • Masahiro Nakamura, Manager of Planning, Fuels
    Department for Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc

such as the extension of the Panama Canal, the technical difficulties of
bunkering, as well as the impact of the distribution of Western Shale Gas to
Asia will impact the shipping of LNG. Speakers who will discuss this include:

  • Debbie Turner, Senior Shipping Advisor, SSY
  • Waleed Hashim Al-Ansari, Head of Marine
    Terminals & Fleet Compatibility, Qatargas
  • David Colson, Commercial Vice President, GTT

In addition to the programme, King & Spalding and the Galway Group will lead two workshops the day prior to the conference (22 September 2014). 

  • The first, from 9.30am-12.30pm will be on Pricing.  The session addresses price reviews in LNG contracts led by Merrick White, Partner, King & Spalding (Singapore) LLP and Dan Rogers, Partner, King & Spalding LLP. 
  • The second training seminar will take place from 13.30-17.30pm. Entitled, ‘Managing Feedgas supply for LNG export facilities – balancing obligations and risks’, this session will be led by Galway Group 

Nominations for the CWC Asia Pacific LNG Innovation Award 2014, which celebrates excellence in innovation, are open for submission. Nominations close  August 15 2014. 

The conference is made possible by our sponsors; the Gold and Silver Sponsors include Pavilion Energy, SMBC, Trafigura, Cheniere, Oman LNG, Mozambique LNG and ABS. Bronze sponsors are ExxonMobil, BP, Conono Phillips, Gazprom, Jordan Cove, Galway Group, King & Spalding and GTT.

Registration for the conference is now open at

Notes to Editors
More information at  
Media are welcome to attend. Please register
with the press contact.
Images from the 2013 LNG Asia are available

The CWC Group
Roshan Jan-Mahomed
Senior Marketing Manager, LNG & Gas Portfolio
CWC Group

Direct tel: + 44 207 978 0018

Press Contact
Illka Gobius
PINPOINT Public Relations
m: +65 9769 8370

The CWC Group welcomes a PNG Delegation to the 6th World LNG Series: Asia Pacific Summit

11 July 2014 – SINGAPORE – One of the latest developments in the LNG industry today will be discussed at the CWC Group’s 6th World LNG Series: Asia Pacific Summit (LNG Asia), which will take place 23-26 September 2014 in Singapore. Papua New Guinea (PNG) recently exported its first LNG cargo to the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Japan. It is estimated that the PNG LNG project will produce more than 9 trillion cubic feet of gas over the next 30 years.

The first keynote session at LNG Asia will be delivered by the Honourable Nixon Philip Duban, MP – Minister for Petroleum and Energy for Papua New Guinea. He brings with him a delegation representing the PNG government. Decie Autin, the Project Executive for the PNG LNG Project for ExxonMobil is also confirmed to speak. Decie currently oversees the planning, development and execution of all aspects of the PNG LNG Project. Prior to this role she was the upstream project manager responsible for the construction, procurement and engineering portions of the PNG LNG project.

Representing Japan, Ryo Minami, Director of the Petroleum & Natural Gas Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry, Japan (METI) will also speak at the event. Other speakers from Japan include:

  • Masahiro Nakamura, Manager of Planning-Fuels Department, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. 
  • Yasushi Sakakibara, Chief Representative, Asia Pacific Regional Office, Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd 
  • Eiji Yanagawa, General Manager, Global Gas Trading Department, Natural Gas Division, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

The largest buyers of LNG in Asia are represented at the conference, along with investors, distributors and suppliers. Details about speakers, the program or registration for LNG Asia is available at

– ENDS –

Notes to Editors 

  1. More information about speakers can be found at
  2. CWC welcomes inquiries pertaining to Media Partnerships
    Media are welcome to attend the conference. 
  3. Please register with the press contact.
    Images from the 2013 LNG Asia are available here


The CWC Group

Roshan Jan-Mahomed
Senior Marketing Manager, LNG & Gas Portfolio
CWC Group
+ 44 207 978 0018

Press Contact
Illka Gobius
PINPOINT Public Relations
+65 9769 8370

playTMNTM achieves 1m consumer engagements

30 May 2014 – playTMNTM, a new media
space which produces meaningful consumer engagements right at the location
purchasing decisions are made, launched in Singapore in December 2013. By
displaying interactive apps based on gamified branded experiences, playTMNTM
is generating unheard of levels of consumer engagement at retail – reaching
over 1 Million interactions by the end of May 2014.

playTMNTM leverages the language of
games to create short interactive experiences that tie closely into existing brand
campaign elements. The games make the consumers interacting with them part of
the brand story. The engaging branded content is displayed in loop fashion on
internet-connected, remotely managed touch screen tablets which are deployed in
retail stores.

“Fulfilling the promise of an experiential retail
journey for shoppers is exciting” says Julian Corbett Founder and CEO of
PlayTMN. “By talking to digitally primed shoppers in a language they actually
enjoy, we are able to convey brand messages in far more memorable ways.“

To date, on a network of 200 screens across Health
& Beauty stores in Singapore, playTMNTM has clocked over 160k
engagements per month, with each engagement lasting about 57 seconds. 75% of
started experiences are completed. PlayTMN data driven solution ensures optimal
ROI and effectiveness for brands.

Unilever was early to adopt this new media and have
already run 6 campaigns on playTMNTM platform. More campaigns are
being planned. Suzanne Arfelt Director of Marketing for Unilever says “playTMN
interactive media space is a truly scalable solution for engaging customers at
point of purchase in exciting new ways. We are thrilled to have pioneered this
in last few months with them.“

By positioning brands on the playTMNTM
platform, the shopper feels greater brand affinity. The fact that they
physically involve themselves brings them closer to the brand, creates a
lasting impact and an opportunity for conversion as the consumer is within 3 feet
of the product.

By end of May 2014, playTMNTM surpassed
1 million engagements that generated over 16,000 hours of active consumer time on
the 200 screens. Corbett added that “to generate this number of clicks online would
require 1 billion impressions – but engagement is a step further than that as
most of those clicks bounce off the page. Customers actually spending a minute
or more actively engaging with the brand with the right content in the right
location is what PlayTMN enables.”

playTMNTM is now working with a wide
range of leading brands and retailers across Asia ahead of large scale
roll-out. Brands that are interested in the playTMN platform should visit

– Ends –

Notes to Editors:

1.  Brick and mortar space is an untapped
market when it comes to consumer engagement. The vast majority of transactions,
93% or $15 trillion annually, are happening in retail today1. 76% of
customers make their purchase decisions in the store2; 84% of
consumers prefer to buy products in person3 and 40% of customers
report spending more money than planned in retail store4.

2.  Gaming is an activity cuts across most demographics.
As a population, we play 3 billion hours of games every week5. It is
estimated that by end of 2015, about half a trillion apps would have been
downloaded6 and 70%-80% of the mobile apps downloaded are games7.

3.  playTMNTM
is a registered trade mark of Touch Media Network Pte Ltd


1.  The Future of
Retail Point of Sale (POS), Traditional and Mobile: An NCR White Paper

2.  POPAI’s 2013
Shopper Engagement Study

3.  Singapore
Business Review

4.  A.T. Kearney

5.  Ted Talk Jane Mcgonigal Gaming can make a better world



Web In Travel supports The Heritage Race

The first Heritage Race is co-organized in Singapore with the Ramada & Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park . To be held June 12, the half-day event  is designed to put “a rainbow” in the lives of the aged residents who live in the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home. Proceeds from the race, will go towards folks who are part of Singapore’s heritage. 

Held as part of the Singapore Tourism Board’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014, the Heritage Race will be supported by the STB as well as other industry partners including the National Heritage Board.

The race will begin at 12 noon at the Ramada Singapore ballroom where participants will convene and be briefed about the rules of the race. The race covers a route around the Balestier Heritage Trail and participants will have to uncover 20 identified heritage sites in the district. Each participant will be given a guide and a map. The key objective is to visit as many of the 20 heritage attractions identified in the Balestier Heritage Trail as possible and to collect stamps along the way as proof of visitation. (Details of the race will be announced closer to the date).

The race is open to anyone – travel industry professionals, locals or tourists – interested in uncovering local heritage stories in Singapore for a good cause.

You can sign up as individual participants (S$30 per person) or groups and you’ll be given passports with the 20 spots on the Balestier Heritage Trail, curated by Ramada and the National Heritage Board, and all you have to do is visit each stop, get a stamp and first three to finish win cash prizes.

The first three teams to finish the race with the most number of attractions visited win. The first prize will win S$1,800, second S$1,000 and third prize S$500.

the organizers are looking for volunteers and participants. So if you feel like being “a rainbow in someone’s cloud” on June 12, come join in. Get your companies to make it a HR day and let’s all learn about the rich heritage of Balestier and make someone else’s life richer as well.

WIT thanks sponsors and partners for coming onboard this inaugural race.

Sign up here

Learn about the race here.

Web In Travel is a community for anyone passionate about travel technology, distribution and marketing. This basically means if you love travel, and if you are a bit of a technology freak in terms of wanting to understand how technology is changing travel, you are one of us.

We provide news through our website and social feeds, and run events that are strong in content and different in style and delivery. We launched our first event in 2005 and have been spreading learning through events in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Our events include the flagship WIT Conference, WIT Japan, WIT Indonesia, WITX – Women Redefining Travel, WIT Bootcamp for start-ups and investors and WIT Summercamp, our coaching event for young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Our purpose is to take your mind to new places so that together, we can accelerate travel innovation.

CWC Group Announces Dates and Speakers for the 6th World LNG Series: Asia Pacific Summit

30 April
2014 – LONDON, UK – The 6th World LNG
Series: Asia Pacific Summit
will take place from 23-26 September 2014 at
the newly refurbished Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore.  

such as these are important to the LNG business in Asia,” said Patricia
Roberts, Associate Director, CWC Group Ltd. She continued, “We are seeing
several new LNG projects focusing their sales in the Asian market.  LNG
agreements committing long-term volumes to Asia are being signed by a variety
of established players as well as new inter-regional sellers.  The Asian
region is expected to grow strongly over the next decade and remain the
pace-setter of the global industry. That is why the inter-personal
relationships made at this Summit prove critical over the long term”.

In addition
to the conference and networking events, delegates are exclusively invited
to tour
the Singapore LNG Terminal (SLNG) – the first LNG terminal in
Singapore. This S$1.7 billion facility commenced operations in May 2013 and it
is a critical infrastructure that ensures the security of supply sources to
meet Singapore’s energy demand. The Terminal is designed to serve multiple users
and support the development of Singapore as an LNG hub for the region. 

confirmed for the event currently include:

  • Jonty Shepard, COO- LNG, BP
  • Philip Olivier, President, GDF Suez LNG
  • Stephan Roeper , Vice President LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil Asia
    Pacific Pte. Ltd.
  • Rajeev Mathur, Executive Director, GAIL (India) Ltd.
  • Yasushi Sakakibara, Chief Representative, Asia Pacific Regional Office, Tokyo
    Gas Co. Ltd
  • Martin Lambert, Senior Vice President, NWS Australia LNG
  • Andrew Seck, Assistant Director East of Suez Marketing, Qatargas
  • Masahiro Nakamura, Manager of Planning- Fuels Department, Chubu
    Electric Power Co.
  • Dr Anthony Barker, General Manager, BG Singapore Gas Marketing Pte
  • Rod Duke, Vice President Gladstone LNG, Santos
  • Joanna Hardinge, Director LNG Marketing- Asia, Gazprom Marketing
    & Trading Singapore
  • Asish Mohanty, Director, Galway Group
  • Sid Bambawale, Director LNG, Citi
  • Mark da Roza, Manager, LNG Trading & Origination, ConocoPhillips
  • Debbie Turner, Director- Senior Shipping Advisor, SSY Gas
  • Dan Rogers, Partner, King & Spalding (Singapore) LLP
  • Raj Goswami, Head of Gas & Consulting for Asia & Middle
    East, Wood Mackenzie
  • Pat Roberts, Associate Director – Gas, CWC Group Ltd
  • Merrick
    Partner, King & Spalding (Singapore) LLP

In 2013,
some 350 delegates attended the Summit. A larger number of delegates
representing at least 30 countries are expected this year.  Sponsors of the
event currently include Trafigura, Cheniere, Oman LNG, ABS, Exxon Mobil, BP,
ConocoPhilips, Gazprom, Galway Group, King & Spalding and GTT.


  • Media partners for the conference are sought. Download the brochure or contact Roshan Jan-Mahomed [] for details.
  • Media are welcome to register with Illka Gobius for complimentary attendance to the event, including the SLNG tour. The detailed timetable for the SLNG tour can be found here.


·  Images may be downloaded from this folder.

About the World LNG Series: Asia Pacific Summit

The summit is organized by The CWC Group, twice winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. CWC has a 15-year track-record in delivering energy events and training globally, focused on Oil & Gas Exploration & Production, LNG, GTL, Shale Gas, Local Content, O&G Logistics & Technology, Infrastructure and Water Management.The company has organized over 600 events in the past 15 years, to which they attribute their unparalleled wealth and depth of experience. CWC is the acknowledged market leader for events and training in the oil and gas industry. With representative offices and agents in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East and the Americas, CWC is supported by a team of 140 employees based at their headquarters in London, England.

Northstar Travel Media acquires Asia’s leading online travel content brand, Web in Travel

Secaucus, NJ USA – Northstar
Travel Media, the leading business-to-business information company serving the
travel and meetings industries, has acquired Web In Travel (WIT), a
Singapore-based multi-media platform content provider best known for its event
series related to online travel distribution in the Asia Pacific region. It
produces Web in Travel conferences in Singapore, Dubai, Thailand, Indonesia,
Japan and Australia.

The acquisition of WIT, which also
includes a news website, e-newsletters, blogs and video channels, expands
Northstar’s presence in Asia and follows the recent acquisitions of Travel
Weekly Asia, Travel Weekly China and Events China. Those brands and WIT are
part of the recently formed Northstar Travel Media Singapore Pte. Ltd.

The acquisition provides Northstar
with leading face-to-face events in Asia to complement the newly acquired
publishing brands serving Asian travel trade markets. WIT’s flagship conference
in Singapore is the premier event exploring online travel and the evolving
trends in marketing, distribution and technology in the Asia Pacific region.
Singapore Tourism Board recognized WIT as the Most Innovative Marketing
Initiative in 2009 and awarded it Trade Conference of the Year in 2010. 
Additional events include the just-concluded WIT Middle East, WIT Indonesia,
WITX: Women In Travel, WIT Hospitality Roadshow and WITNext, a mentoring
workshop for young professionals.

WIT’s Founder and Editor Yeoh Siew
Hoon, will become Editorial Director of Northstar Travel Media Asia and will
report to Bob Sullivan, Executive Vice President of Northstar Travel Media.
WIT’s General Manager, Gerry Pang, will continue to report to Siew Hoon, and
the WIT team will continue to run the business.

“The addition of WIT is an important
strategic move for our company and demonstrates our dedication to providing the
best information from all parts of the world,” said Thomas Kemp, Chairman and
CEO of Northstar Travel Media. “We’re delighted to have such smart, talented
people join our ranks and helping Northstar grow in the Asia Pacific region.”

“Joining forces with Northstar
Travel Media gives WIT wider reach, expanded resources and like-minded ambition
to expand the brand and take it to new places,” said Siew Hoon. “We are excited
to be united with Northstar Travel Media and optimistic that our partnership
will create a powerful new content and media business.”

About Web In Travel

Web In Travel is the forum for a community
passionate about travel technology, distribution and marketing. It is
headquartered in Singapore, with events in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia,
Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

As a multi-media platform content
provider, Web In Travel connects buyers and sellers through electronic
newsletters, blogs, video channels and conferences.


WIT Events:

About WIT:

Gerry Pang

General Manager

Web in Travel
+65 979 77730 / +66 87 887 6623

About Northstar Travel Media

Northstar Travel Media LLC is the leading
provider of news, information and data for the travel, meetings and hospitality
industries and parent of brands including Travel
Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, Business Travel News, Travel
Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Events China,
Incentive, TravelAge West, Family Getaways, Explorer, Your Travel Insider
and Luxury Cruise News.

Northstar’s electronic directories – Travel Weekly’s Hotel and Travel Index,
Official Cruise Guide, and M&C Facilities Search and Successful Meetings
Facilities Search – provide in-depth data on hotels, meeting and convention
properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally.

In addition to its directories and periodicals, Northstar publishes a number of
online subscription information resources, including The Beat, Travel42, STAR
Service Online, Intelliguide Corporate and BTP24.

Northstar produces more than 40 face-to-face events including The PhoCusWright
Conference, PhoCusWright Europe, CruiseWorld, Global Travel Marketplace,
M&C InterAct, Successful Meetings Universities, The Beat Live, Tech Talk,
Business Travel Trends and Forecast Forums and the Travel Weekly Leadership

Northstar also is an industry leader in marketing services, custom
communications, content licensing and database management serving the travel
and meetings industries through Northstar Marketing Solutions.

Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company
also has offices in New York, NY; Glen Ellyn, IL; Los Angeles, CA; and
Winston-Salem, NC.

Northstar Travel Media, LLC is a portfolio company of Wicks Group of Companies
LLC, a leading private equity investor in the information and business
services, communications, and media sectors.

ACI releases 2014 Asia Pacific Travel/Hospitality Industry Salary Report

In summary:

  • 68 per cent of respondents received a pay increase in the past 12 months
  • 22 per cent of respondents felt career opportunities with their present company were poor
  • 71 per cent of respondents rate career progression as important or very important
  • 12 per cent higher salary for male respondents than female respondents  

SINGAPORE – Speaking at the official launch event held at the Singapore Tourism Board and attended by HR and Travel & Hospitality professionals, ACI’s Founder & CEO, Andrew Chan said this year’s results showed positive signs for staff working in the Asia Pacific travel and hospitality sector, with 68 per cent of all respondents who participated in the survey indicating they had received a pay increase in the last 12 months.

“2013 proved to be an excellent year for international tourism which showed a remarkable capacity to adjust to changing market conditions, fuelling growth and job creation across the region, despite the lingering economic and geopolitical challenges.” Mr Chan said.

While salary continues to be an important factor for candidates, Mr Chan pointed to the increasing trend in the importance of career development on employee satisfaction. A total of 71 per cent of all respondents stated that career progression was either ‘extremely important’ or ‘very important’, with just 3 per cent saying career progression was unimportant.

Interestingly, employees appear more satisfied with their current prospects than they did in previous years, with just 34 per cent of those surveyed said they believed that their current employer offered ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ opportunities for career progression, compared with the 28 per cent seen in 2013, and only 22 per cent felt career prospects with their present employer were ‘poor’ or ‘zero’ compared to the alarming 35 per cent from the previous survey.

Mr Chan said one of the possible reasons was that the improved economic outlook has allowed companies to expand, creating new opportunities for existing staff in new areas of their business or sub-regions.

Launched in late January, the survey this year attracted over 800 respondents from 9 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

These range from company CEOs, managing directors and general managers through to middle management and front line staff.

The largest proportion of respondents (37 per cent) was based in Singapore with China (31 per cent), Hong Kong (17 per cent) and Thailand (4 per cent) also providing strong samples. 
Underlining Singapore’s reputation as one of the most expensive cities globally, average salaries from respondents grew by 16.1% according to the 2014 survey. This was followed closely by Thailand (11.5%) and China (9.8%). On actual highest average salaries from the survey, that once again belonged to Macau with (U$106,800), followed by Hong Kong (U$84,936) and Australia (U$81,939). Malaysia once again posted the survey’s lowest average salary (U$37,418).

For more information, contact Andrew Chan at

About ACI 

With over 50 years of combined management experience ACI is Asia’s leading specialist Recruitment, Executive Search and Professional Training firm dedicated to the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Lifestyle Industries.



Country Comfort® Reinvents Hotel Franchising with New Model

Fair and Transparent Model Offering Attractive Yields

20 March, 2014 – SINGAPORE – Country Comfort®, an upper midscale hotel brand of SilverNeedle® Hospitality,
is set to reinvent the hotel franchising business with a modern model
that is fair and transparent providing a compelling investment proposition. Based
on the simple principle of aligning its economic interests with those of its
franchisees, SilverNeedle® Hospitality as a franchisor will strive for an ideal partnership
with franchisees by being one of the few hotel franchisors to pass on
all savings from negotiating the lowest possible costs for all furniture, fittings
and equipment (FF&E) with its suppliers, directly to the franchisees.

“As franchising is one of the best ways for hotel owners and
investors to grow a hotel chain, we want to offer an attractive and cost-effective
model that stretches yields,” said Sean Flynn, Executive Vice President, Brands at
Singapore-based SilverNeedle® Hospitality. “As a franchisor, we take a long-term view of
aligning our economic interests with the franchisees’ so we will be one of
the few hotel franchisors that will not make any money off the franchisee’s capital

SilverNeedle® Hospitality aims to take the Country Comfort® brand,
already familiar in Australia and New Zealand, to other parts of Asia Pacific,
specifically Southeast Asia, North and South Asia. The group is in discussions with
interested franchisees in Japan, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam and Australia.

SilverNeedle® Hospitality’s team of franchising experts has also scoured the
globe for the best-quality FF&E at the lowest costs for franchisees,
thereby maximising their yields. The FF&E cost of a Country Comfort room will be
25% lower than the average FF&E cost of a midscale hotel room according to the
2013/2014 HVS Hotel Development Cost Survey.

“With a combined experience of 48 years in hotel franchising, our
team has learnt the best way to ensure a fruitful franchisor-franchisee
relationship is to help the latter enjoy the highest yield possible,” said Flynn. “With
quality fittings at a reasonable cost, franchisees stand to enjoy higher occupancy as
our offerings gain traction with the busy and budget-conscious business traveller.”

Quality fittings in the Country Comfort® franchise
include the SilverNeedle® DreamWeave Sleep System™ comprising the highest quality pillow-top
mattress with gel-infused memory foam, Egyptian Cotton 300 thread count per
inch linens and a selection of premium pillows. 

Guests will also enjoy an energising high pressure shower
experience, with limitless hot water and quality bathware from the high-end German
brand, Bravat. To top it off, a complimentary healthy continental breakfast will
leave guests refreshed to face the next day’s challenges in line with Country
Comfort®’s new brand promise: Rest Today for a More Productive Tomorrow.

By providing only what the guests need – the best in category
sleep experience, an excellent shower experience and nutritious breakfast at a
reasonable rate – and removing what they do not need and do not wish to pay for,
SilverNeedle® Hospitality is confident that occupancy will be greater than its
competitors because of the premium experience in a midscale segment. This, coupled
with the low FF&E cost, will make Country Comfort® a franchise that provides one of
the best yields. To view the Country Comfort® prototype, please go to:

SilverNeedle® Hospitality rebranded the 28-year old Country Comfort® in
October 2013 with a new brand promise and a refreshed brand identity and
introduced the Fair Value Promise™ that includes free Wi-Fi, free local calls and
great value on IDD calls, lobby retail products priced just 30% above local
convenience stores and laundry and dry cleaning at 20% above street pricing. 

To further enhance the brand experience, Country Comfort® has
created signature auditory and olfactory experiences with a standardised Country
Comfort® collection of playlists designed to suit the different moods of the day
together with an exclusive signature scent that will be diffused to the hotels’ key

For more information, please visit

For further information please contact:

Chia-Peck Wong
Director Corporate Communications
SilverNeedle® Hospitality
Tel: +65-6645-9405

About SilverNeedle® Hospitality:

SilverNeedle® Hospitality is an innovative and progressive integrated hospitality investment, management and development company, with a focus on mid to upscale hotels and resorts that are intelligently designed and operated for the professional and leisure needs of the business traveller. SilverNeedle® Hospitality currently operates more than 60 managed and licensed properties with three properties under development, together accounting for more than 4,000 keys in Asia Pacific. Headquartered in Singapore, SilverNeedle® Hospitality has regional offices in Bangkok, Sydney and Bangalore.

The Nadathur Group, an investment firm owned by Nadathur S. Raghavan, cofounder of NASDAQ-listed Infosys Technologies, founded SilverNeedle® Hospitality. For more information, please visit

Hospitality leaders share insights on revenue management and growth opportunities

month, Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality& Tourism
Management (CSHTM)

and its Institute for Hospitality and
Tourism Education and Research (IHTER)
released a white paper titled Revenue
management 2020: talent, tools & technology
. The paper
provides the hospitality industry with ideas on what can be done to shift the
perception on the integration of revenue management and to best capitalize on
growth opportunities.

The best practices analysis was authored by Gregory T. Bohan,
assistant professor at CSHTM; Simone Champagnie, executive director at IHTER;
and Christine Toguchi, managing director at MacroVision Network Pte Ltd and
project consultant for IHTER.The paper is a compilation of the
intellectual exchange that took place at the Visionary Leaders Forum in
Singapore last October, when industry leaders from around the globe discussed
revenue management leadership and talent; optimizing profits with total revenue
management; and revenue management in the digital age. The forum was presented
by: HSMAI Asia Pacific;
 IDeaS, A sas Company;  Travelport; and Trust

To download the white paper, please visit

For more information on IHTER and the whitepaper, please contact Simone Champagne at
or 305-919-4810.

About FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management:

Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in the U.S.. More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations, expert faculty, rich curriculum, and fast-track career opportunities in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries. In August 2006 FIU unveiled the first US School of Hospitality and Tourism in Tianjin, China. The Marriott Tianjin China Program is FIU’s largest international program, with a capacity for up to 1,000 students. For more information about Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, visit