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Call for Submissions – CWC LNG Asia Innovation Award

25 July 2014 – SINGAPORE – The CWC Group is calling for
submissions for the CWC Asia Pacific LNG Innovation Award 2014, which will be
awarded at a ceremony hosted at the 6th World LNG Series: Asia Pacific Summit (LNG
Asia) in Singapore, on Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

The CWC LNG Innovation Asia
Pacific Award
is awarded to a company operating in the Asia
Pacific LNG industry that has excelled themselves in the previous 12 months in
terms of commercial or technical innovation. The winner must be an active
member of the LNG industry in the Asia Pacific region.

Selection of the award candidates will be
based upon the company that has made a positive commercial or technical
contribution to the LNG business over the last year in one or more of the
following areas:

  • Innovation – through technical or commercial
    innovation, the organisation which has made a positive change to the industry
    in the Asia Pacific region
  • Activities – through activities, the
    organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to the industry and
    shown itself to be an industry leader in any specific part of the LNG chain in
    the Asia Pacific region
  • Knowledge – through development of people, the
    organisation that has expanded knowledge and learning within commercial or
    technical aspects of the LNG industry in the Asia Pacific region

In 2013, the honour was awarded to Singapore LNG (SLNG) and the Energy
Market Authority of Singapore (EMA). 

On receiving the award, Mr Neil McGregor, the former CEO of SLNG
stated: “It is indeed an unexpected honour for SLNG, and I believe for EMA as
well, to have been selected by our industry peers to receive this Award. The
development of the Singapore LNG Terminal, from conceptualization to commencing
commercial operations, has been an incredible journey and when we look back on
what has been achieved, it is not just a piece of infrastructure that we’ve
created but an unfolding story of the future of the LNG trade in Singapore and
this region”.

largest buyers of LNG in Asia are represented at the conference, along with
investors, distributors and suppliers. Details about the award, speakers, the program
or registration can be found at 

Notes to Editors

  • More information about the awards can be found
  • CWC welcomes inquiries pertaining to Media
  • Media are welcome to attend the conference.
    Please register with the press contact.
  • Images from the 2013 LNG Asia are available


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

Press Contact
Illka Gobius
PINPOINT Public Relations
+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

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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

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.

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

7 September 2011, SINGAPORE – Leading travel search company Skyscanner Ltd, which is headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, has opened its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Singapore this week.

Led by Ewan Gray, the newly appointed Director for Asia Pacific, Skyscanner expects to match the rapid growth trajectory achieved in Europe over the last two years, aiming to build the number of visitors to the site from Asia Pacific countries to 13 million per month within the same timeframe – generating downstream revenues for its airline partners of some US$2 billion per annum.

Gray says that Asia is already contributing to Skyscanner’s fast growth trajectory, which is currently 75% year on year. “To date our growth in Asia Pacific has been largely organic, but we are seeing exceptionally strong growth rates from Asia, with yearly increases in traffic of up to 90%. This growth has mainly been from Singapore, China, Indonesia, Japan, India and Malaysia. We expect that growth to accelerate considerably now we will have a presence in each of those markets.”

Skyscanner plans to enter 10 markets in Asia Pacific, and has already appointed market managers for China, Indonesia, the Philippines and India. Active recruitment for market leaders in Korea, Australia and New Zealand is underway. The other markets include Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. is currently available in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. Over the next few weeks, the website will be rolled out in five new languages, namely Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Vietnamese and Thai.

Skyscanner is presently the only resource in Asia Pacific where a user can compare flights from all low cost carriers in the region, as well as flagship carriers including Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Air China, and fares from online travel agents such as Zuji and Asia Travel.

He added, “The relationships we have with airlines and OTAs are incredibly important to us and are founded on sending them highly qualified referrals from customers who are happy they have found the very best flight deal available on Skyscanner. We’re looking forward to providing this region with dedicated support to capitalise on the massive potential it presents, building our position as one of the world’s leading travel search sites.”

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About Skyscanner
Skyscanner is a world leading travel search site providing instant online comparisons on millions of flight prices for over 600 airlines, as well car hire deals and holidays. Founded in 2001 by three IT professionals, Gareth Williams, Barry Smith and Bonamy Grimes, Skyscanner is based in the UK with a second office in Singapore. Traffic to the site comes from 244 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 15 million users per month, Skyscanner generates downstream revenues of nearly two billion dollars every year.

Notes to Editors:
1.    The CEO and Co-founder of Skyscanner Ltd is available in Singapore this week for interview. Please contact Illka Gobius to arrange an interview.