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The future of hospitality is that of mobility, reputation management and engagement

Singapore – The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association
International (HSMAI) Asia Pacific’s 10th Annual AsiaConnect
Conference was held in Singapore on September 3, 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands
Expo & Conference Center. The conference brought to bear insights about the
market and hospitality industry that benefited all participants.

Pin
Tsin Go, Territory Manager – Southeast Asia at TripAdvisor for Business
informed delegates that people are still making travel plans and that their
budget for travel is increasing globally by 9%. What’s important to travelers
is connectivity and along with affordability so that they can stay and spend
more during their travels. Therefore, price is key, but only when coupled with
a positive experience, which builds the online reputation of a property.
Moreover, pictures are essential – 73% of TripAdvisor users used photos from
other travellers to make a decision to book, and 75% of members were more
likely to use a business with a TripAdvisor endorsement

Go
said that only 1 in 4 hotels is taking advantage of TripAdvisor’s management
centre to help manage their property’s reputation online. Typically, the more
mature the property is, the better the reviews they receive. She also said that
reviews are typically positive. “48% of reviews receive a 5 bubbles rating and
30% a 4 star rating. The average review scorer is 4.12.”

Conference
delegates also learned the secret to the factors that influence a property’s popularity
ranking. The factors include the quality of reviews received (that is, how well
the property is rated), how fresh the content is and the quantity of reviews.

Peter
Ollerton, Director of Business Development – South Pacific and North Asia for
Nor1 shared his belief that hoteliers should develop mobile as an ancillary sales
tool to reach guests throughout the entire travel lifecycle.

“Mobile
represents ancillary revenue opportunities as it promotes last minute in-house
sales for F&B, spa or golf packages, for example”, observed Ollerton. “Travellers
spend 42% of their money before the trip and 58% during the trip.”

John
Mims, Chief Connector & Managing Partner of The Hunting Ridge Group, led a panel
to discuss “The voice of the customer”. Farin Salleh, GM of amcasia, Janet
Tan-Collis, CEO of East West Planners, John Bowen, CEO of MediaConcepts,
Laurens van den Oever, Global Director Travel & Tourism for GfK and Mike
Lee, VP of Sales for Marina Bay Sands participated in the discussion.

What
came out of the discussion was a clear need for technology to help minimize the
lead time and decision making that it takes to plan an event.

Janet
Tan-Collis said “Even a simple program for 10 people can take up to 50 emails
organize”.

The
panel discussed the need for transparency with venue bookings. For example, a
customer may book a venue or seek quotations from event organizers for the same
venue to compare prices.

John
Mims and Mike Lee said that as a venue sales manager, “You have to be careful
how you prepare the initial discussion. You might get the same query from a
variety of sources.”

“You
have to be transparent with the deal to win over both candidates and the end
user. Sometimes it is best to wait to quote until you really know who you are
dealing with.”

Asia
Connect is HSMAI Asia Pacific’s learning and networking event for hospitality
professionals that brings together senior representatives from
sales, marketing and revenue management to learn what’s trending and to discover new ways to
stay productive and be profitable.

Over the past 10 years 20 Asia
Connect events were produced in cities across Asia
including Bangkok, Beijing,
Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Singapore. A big focus for AsiaConnect 2014 was
on ‘Tapping the Growth of the Mobility Marketplace’, The Changing Dynamics of
‘The New Sales Professional’ and ‘The Convergence of Sales, Marketing and
Revenue Management’, which calls for greater collaboration across these 3
disciplines.

The
entire Asia Pacific Board of Directors was present to congratulate HSMAI Asia
Pacific’s outgoing Managing Director Bernadette Dennis, and welcome the
incoming President, Jackie Douglas. Special recognition was given to Bernadette
Dennis and Christine Toguchi for their dedication and effort over the past
decade since HSMAI Asia Pacific was first launched. Christine Toguchi was the
Founding Managing Director in 2005, and both Bernadette and Christine were
presented with a ‘Lifetime Membership in HSMAI’.

In
closing, Jackie Douglas, HSMAI Asia Pacific’s newly appointed President, shared
exciting new initiatives planned for 2015, which includes a monthly newsletter
to communicate industry news and original content created by HSMAI and their
partners, a revenue management certification program (CRME), the establishment
of a Advisory Board for Revenue Management for Asia Pacific and a Revenue
Optimization Conference (ROC) in Asia.

Partners
of AsiaConnect 2014 included Gold Sponsors Nor1 and TripAdvisor;  Table Sponsors Far East Hospitality
Management, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Tourism
Board, and TravelCLICK. Content Sponsors/Partners included Peak Hospitality
Solutions, Wiley, Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management, Sabre
Hospitality Solutions and Web In Travel (WIT).

About HSMAI Asia Pacific Founded in 2005, HSMAI Asia Pacific’s mission is to be the leading source for sales and marketing information, tools, insight, business development, and networking for professionals in the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry while operating as a leading voice for hotel sales, marketing and revenue management disciplines. Activities in the region are held in Greater China, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The region’s signature learning and networking event, AsiaConnect, has been produced in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong,  Macau, Shanghai and Singapore. For additional information, follow us on Twitter @hsmaiasia or on LinkedIn at HSMAI Asia Pacific. HSMAI AsiaPacific is a Region of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Global which is a federation of Regions committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members globally with a presence in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East. http://www.hsmai.org

Media Contact:
Jackie Douglas, HSMAI Asia Pacific M: +61 (0) 414 381 240
E: jackiedouglas@outlook.com

Christine Toguchi, AsiaConnect Events M: +65 9185 6168  E: chris@macrovisionnetwork.com 

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CWC announces New Speakers, Sponsors and Shortlist for the CWC LNG Asia Pacific Award

10 September 2014 – SINGAPORE – The 6th World LNG Series Asia Pacific
Summit
(LNG Asia) takes place 23 September in
Singapore. The organizers of the Summit, the CWC Group, have secured additional
speakers and sponsors for the event; as well as shortlisted 6 companies vying
for the CWC
Asia Pacific LNG Innovation Award 2014
.

Additional
speakers include: 

  • Dr Tavares Martinho, Commercial Director, ENH
  • Chris Wilshaw, General Manager, Shell Eastern
    LNG, Shell Trading
  • Don Althoff, President and Chief Executive
    Officer, Veresen Inc.
  • Steve Hoyle, Vice President – LNG Marketing
    & Shipping, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Didik Sasongko Widi, Vice President LNG, PT
    Pertamina
  • Masahiro Nakamura, General Manager of LNG
    Business, Fuels Department, Chubu Electric Power Co.
  • Decie Autin, Project Executive- PNG LNG
    Project, ExxonMobil Development Company
  • Frederik Smits van Oyen, Senior Director,
    Excelerate Energy
  • V.V. Rao, General Manager- US LNG, Toshiba
    Power Systems
  • Hal Miller, President, Galway Group

The
event has unprecedented support from the industry, with this year’s sponsors
including: Trafigura, Pavilion Energy, SMBC, Cheniere, Oman LNG, Mozambique
LNG, ABS, ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhilips, Gazprom, Jordan Cove, Galway Group,
Toshiba, Excelerate Energy, BRG, King &Spalding, GTT and Platts.

The CWC Asia Pacific LNG Innovation Award 2014 will be presented at the LNG Asia
Dinner, which will take place at the S.E.A Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, on the
evening of Wednesday, 24 September 2014. The evening is being sponsored by
Trafigura and has some great surprises in store for delegates that attend this
evening of networking and entertainment.

The
award is currently being judged by the CWC LNG Asia Summit Steering Committee. The
finalists for the awards are:

  1. Singapore LNG Corporation
    Security of gas supply for the Singapore market remains SLNG’s top priority. In
    the past one year, SLNG stabilized commercial operations at the LNG terminal,
    ramping up Throughput Services to cater to about 20% of the Singapore gas
    market. In September 2013, SLNG performed its first LNG ship cool-down
    operation.
  2. Mozambique LNG – Anadarko Petroleum
    Corp. (APC) has inked deals to sell gas from Mozambique at a hybrid price that
    combines Henry Hub and world oil prices and factors in costs for shipping and
    treatment.
  3. Yamal LNG – Owners have taken a
    final investment decision for Yamal LNG. The 16.5-million tonne/year
    liquefaction plant will be built on the Yamal Peninsula on the Kara Sea with
    first-train start-up set for around 2017 and the recent (world first)
    commissioning of 16 icebreaker tankers, each able to transport 170, 000 m³.
  4. Petronas – Reached final
    investment decision for its second floating LNG (FLNG) project. Meanwhile PFLNG
    1 is to be ready for start-up ready around end of 2015
  5. PNG LNG – Successful
    startup  of both trains – with a faster
    ramp up than expected and a move to full contract volumes before the end of the
    year and its maiden shipment to Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co.
  6. SEMPRA LNG – FID
    on 3 trains at Cameron using a successful project structure that led to 100% of
    the output sold and the single largest project finance deal in the United
    States history

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HSMAI to Reveal New Insights on Critical Skills for the Modern & Progressive Hospitality Sales Professional at the 10th Annual AsiaConnect Conference in Singapore

Singapore & Sydney (August 27, 2014) – The
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Asia Pacific’s
10th Annual AsiaConnect Conference will be held in Singapore on
September 3, 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Conference Center.

AsiaConnect
2014 will challenge traditional thinking and thinkers about the new role and
value of the sales professional in an online era of infinite connections and
opportunities. Reflecting on past practices and focusing on ‘Best Practices’
for the ‘Future State’ of the progressive sales organization, HSMAI
Asia Pacific will engage delegates throughout the day on various levels that
will address the need to ‘Raise the Talent Bar’ of the hospitality industry.

Robert Gilbert, Global CEO
& President of HSMAI, will reveal the new skills that sales people need to
be successful in the evolving world of hospitality sales.  This will be
followed by a panel session moderated by Lucas Peng, CEO of Peak Hospitality
Solutions featuring Carmen Lam, VP Sales & Marketing AP, FRHI Hotels & Resorts
and Andrew Chan, CEO – ACI HR Solutions, who
will share their insights on how you can adjust and recalibrate your sales
organization to transition to the modern sales professional.

Also headlining this year’s
program is Ani Bhalekar, a mobility solutions expert at Accenture Digital, who
will deliver a keynote address on ‘Tapping the Growth of the Mobility
Marketplace’, to help hospitality professionals stay ahead of the curve and be
profitable.

Other
key sessions include:

  • Presentation on ‘Ancillary Revenue, Upselling
    & the Mobile
    Platform’ by Peter Ollerton – Director – Business Development South
    Pacific & North Asia and Milena Schmidt, Asst. Director at Nor1
  • Panel on ‘Opportunities
    for Integrating Revenue Management into the organization’
    with  Moderator Maunik Thacker, SVP Marketing, Marina
    Bay Sands and Ben George, VP Revenue Management-Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide,
    Jeannette Ho, VP Revenue Management & Analytics, FRHI Hotels & Resorts
    and Jurgen Ortelee, VP Revenue Performance, Pan Pacific Hotels Group
  • Presentation on
    ‘Reviews, Reputation and ROI: Getting the most out of your online
    presence’
    by Pin Tsin Go, Territory Manager at TripAdvisor
    for Business
  • The ‘Voice of the
    Customer’
    panel moderated by John
    Mims, Managing Director of The Hunting Ridge Group with John Bowen, CEO of
    MediaConcepts, Laurens Van Den Oever, Global Director Travel & Tourism
    at GfK and Mike Lee, VP – Sales at Marina Bay Sands

Gold
Sponsors: Nor1 and TripAdvisor, Table Sponsors: Far East Hospitality
Management, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Tourism
Board, TravelCLICK, Content Sponsors/Partners: Peak Hospitality Solutions,
Wiley, Cornell-Nanyang Institute of
Hospitality Management, Sabre Hospitality Solutions and WIT.

*Registration fees: HSMAI Members
– SGD$195, Full-Time Faculty & Students – SGD$225, Sponsor’s Rate –
SGD$225, Non-Member Group (2 or more) – SGD$ 250, Non-Member Individual –
SGD$300, HSMAI Membership & Conference Package – SGD$480.

Register
online at: http://tiny.cc/vcdgkx
. For more information contact Chris Toguchi at email: chris@macrovisionnetwork.com

About HSMAI Asia Pacific

Founded in 2005, HSMAI Asia Pacific’s mission is to be the leading source for sales and marketing information, tools, insight, business development, and networking for professionals in the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry while operating as a leading voice for hotel sales, marketing and revenue management disciplines. Activities in the region are held in Greater China, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The region’s signature educational conference, AsiaConnect, has been produced in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok and Beijing. For additional information, follow us on Twitter @hsmaiasia or on LinkedIn at HSMAI Asia Pacific. HSMAI AsiaPacific is a Region of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Global which is a federation of Regions committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members globally with a presence in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East. www.hsmai.org

Media Contact:
Jackie Douglas, HSMAI Asia Pacific M: +61 (0) 414 381 240
E: jackiedouglas@outlook.com

Distributed by PINPOINT Public Relations on behalf of HSMAI Asia Pacific
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Leisurely Pleasure in Singapore – a 62’ crewed charter yacht is available for charter

For Charter – A 62’ (62 foot) sailing
catamaran, the Sunreef62 is able to accommodate up to 37 guests on a daytime
or evening cruise, and up to 8 guests on overnight or extended cruises. Managed
by Blue Star Yachting, the captain and 2 crew look after guests throughout the
cruise.

The yacht is nestled at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC), near Clementi.

Sailing options
include a Wine Appreciation Cruise, a Team Building exercise or simply to relax
and entertain clients. Cruises take place around Sentosa, Singapore’s Marina
Bay; or take your family and friends down the Singapore coast to its southern
isles for a BBQ. Longer journeys can take place for dive trips to Tioman or the
Pulau Islands for example.

 About Sunreef62

The yacht is
air-conditioned and features 2 en-suite Queen-size cabins and 2 en-suite double
cabins. It has expansive lounging areas across its aft deck, nets and fly
bridge. The spacious saloon area is ideal for entertaining and is fitted with
an impressive Harman/Kardon surround sound stereo system, complete with 2
outdoor loudspeakers, and a widescreen Samsung TV and DVD player. A fully
equipped kitchen can be found on board; it includes a fridge, freezer, ice
maker, oven and microwave.

The yacht is
equipped with inflatable floats, kayaks and snorkeling masks which can be used
to explore the surrounding waters when the yacht is anchored. Alternately,
guests may relax in the hammocks or on the nets on board with a cold drink.

Food & Beverages

Guests are welcome
to bring their own chosen food to the yacht or arrange for their own catering
to be delivered to the yacht prior to the cruise, but a self-catering fee* of
S$ 200 is applied, which includes use of the barbecue and kitchen equipment,
disposable cutlery and full service by the crew. The self-catering fee does not
apply to catering arranged by Blue Star Yachting.

Alternately guests
can choose from several BBQ menus, which also include hamburger buns, hotdog
buns, salad dressing, BBQ sauce, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and disposable
cutlery. The crew provides 3 large ice boxes for guests to use during the
charter.

Soon, Blue Star
Yachting will offer wine appreciation cruises in the evening. Boutique wines
from Australia and New Zealand, not available at retail, will be offered in a
casual setting for patrons to enjoy a glass while cruising. A wine connoisseur
will be on hand to talk about the wine and explain the craft of wine.

Sailing Itineraries

Singapore’s Southern Isles
(3-5 hours)

The Southern Islands
of Lazarus Island (Pulau Sakijang Pelepah), St John’s Island (Pulau Sakijang
Bendera), the Sisters’ Islands (Pulau Subar Laut and Pulau Subar Darat) and
Kusu Island (Pulau Sembakul) lie only a few miles away from Singapore and
create the perfect backdrop for a relaxing escape from the bustling city life.
Attracting over 100,000 visitors a year, these nuggets of paradise draw their
irresistible appeal from the lush greenery and fine sand beaches that grace
their shores.

Marina Bay (3-5 hours)

This journey takes
guests en route from the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club to the Marina
Bay area, cruising the beautiful
shores of Sentosa Island and Lazarus
Island on the way. Once
arrived at destination, we will anchor for a barbecue and a bit of partying
while you relax and soak in the sights. As we make our way back to the marina,
enjoy some truly stunning night-time views of the Singapore business district and
Marina Bay Sands. Guests may soak up views of Singapore’s spectacular skyline and
the daily light show from a unique vantage point of the yacht.

Pulau Tioman and the
Seribuat Archipelago (5 days, Mon-Fri)

Blue Star Yachting
is now offering luxury yacht voyages to Pulau Tioman and the neighbouring
islands of the Seribuat Archipelago. Whether a sun-seeker or a water-sport
fanatic, we have can offer custom-built holiday packages tailored to your needs
and create that personalized, once-in-a-lifetime experience for you.

Custom Itineraries

The crew of Sunreef 62
can advise you and help craft a customized itinerary. Ideas for such
itineraries include celebratory cruises for a birthday or anniversary, corporate
team-building events, or to find a spectacular setting for a photo shoot.
Customized cruises can be for any length of time up to a week. 

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Our passion is positioning brands through public relations, corporate communications, promotions and publicity. We work with consumer brands, as well as business to business. We pinpoint your target audiences and figure out the best way to communicate with them. We are not limited in our communications efforts – we do what it takes to make you succeed. 

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Vida Vino brings the essence of the Mediterranean to Keong Saik Road

About Vida Vino

Vida Vino, a chic space that echoes the 50’s in a vibrant way, reflects what Vida Vino stands for – meaning ‘Wine Life’ in Spanish. It is a place where the beauty and the vibrancy of Spain meets the classic elegance of the Mediterranean – an honest space that pays homage to bygone days.

Vida Vino offers a casual dining experience, yet has fine attention to detail. The tapas are served in a fun-to-share manner. It is situated right in the heart of Singapore’s vibrant food scene at 29 Keong Saik Road in Singapore. 

Food

The restaurant sources the highest quality, most fresh ingredients to produce its dishes. For example, the 5 Jotas Pure Iberico Jamon de Bellota, which is air flown weekly to Singapore from Jabugo in Spain; or clams that are flown in from France twice a week. These ingredients, prepared in a time-honoured tradition, give the savoury morsels produced in the Vida Vino kitchen their bona fide Mediterranean flavour. The dishes are creatively presented and the menu has a few modern twists, such as the Crispy Beer Tempura Courgette Flower, filled with Ricotta Cheese and Mint. On special occasions, you’ll be rewarded with something typical from the region – like Turron at Christmas time. 

Our Executive Chef

The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Victor Caballé Molina. 

Victor grew up in Spain and comes from a family of restaurateurs, sommeliers, pâtissiers and chefs. His grandfather, a great chef who cooked dishes from recipes handed down through generations, taught him to cook and pick fresh ingredients from his own garden. At 14, he learned to bake many variations of bread at a bakery owned by family friends. 

Victor honed his skills at some of the world’s finest restaurants. His professional development began under the tutelage of Chef John-Philippe Patruno from the three Michelin star restaurant Chez Nico on London’s Park Lane and the critically acclaimed Fino and Barrafina. He later worked at the 88-year old world renowned Quo Vadis on London’s Dean Street, as well as at the well known Jose Pizarro restaurant on Bermondsy Street and at the W Hotel’s Spice Market, before moving to Singapore. In Singapore, Victor reunited with Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno at Bomba. Most recently, he was the Head Chef of The Study restaurant (Keong Saik Snacks) – one of Jason Atherton’s famed eateries.  

The Wine Life

With wine in its name, the collection at Vida Vino spans from across the globe. Wines from Spain, Italy and France to New Zealand, Austria and California can be found here. The collection has been carefully selected with taste and quality in mind, featuring labels that may be off the beaten track yet are their wines are excellent, priced at great value.

The heavier reds pair fantastically with the Iberian ham platters and of course with the Iberico Pork Secreto. The light and crisp whites pair magically with the seafood dishes.

Even the drinks are special. The Vida Vino Sangria has proved very popular as it is loaded with liquor – Jack Daniels, Cointreau, Creme de Cassis, Cava – and fruits, including some coconut, which are blended together to make a ‘crystal clear’ Sangria. A Gin & Tonic is prepared using chardonnay to give it a crisp, refreshing taste. 

Our Sommelier

Cruise Yang is a wine enthusiast turned sommelier. He is a somewhat unorthodox in the discipline, as he believes that wine is much more than simply a drink – it is a lifestyle choice, a mood or it represents an idea. He breathes life into a wine menu with his romantic descriptions because his philosophy is that the mental impression of the wine is as important as the taste of the wines themselves. 

In 2009 Cruise opened a wine retail shop called “World of Wines”. In 2012 he partnered with Iconic Wines, Singapore’s largest Spanish wines distributor, to open ” E Plus Wine” at Dempsey Hill.Cruise is also the founder of “Man of wine”, a wine lover’s community where people are brought together, beyond our urban walls, one glass at a time.

Management

Aaron Olivera, El Presidente Vida Vino was conceived by Aaron Olivera, the Founder and President of the Vida Vino Group. Aaron is from Gibraltar, a UK colony on Spain’s southernmost tip. He has been travelling to Singapore for the past 15 years, working in different industries, from Training and Development, to Oil and Gas and Publishing. In 2010 Aaron decided to pursue his passion to create spaces that afford people with ultimate enjoyment. Aaron believes that life is too short to allow ourselves the luxury of living it badly, that life should be a party, a grand festival. At Vida Vino he ensures that the overall direction and ethos stays true to the core of helping to deliver happiness.

SoSoH Group – Investor & Operator

The principal investor and operator of Vida Vino is the SoSoH Group, a Singapore headquartered company, which is fast growing its lifestyle business group.  The SoSoH Group manages Vino Vido’s operations, finance and compliance. The intention is to develop and expand the brand across Asia while retaining an authentic Spanish experience for its patrons.  The SoSoH Group has interests in hotels, villas and restaurants in Bali and has plans to extend its lifestyle brand into Hong Kong, China & Taiwan over the next 2 years.

Vida Vino, 29 Keong
Saik Road, Singapore
089136

TEL: +65
6222 1963

EMAIL: hello@vidavinogroup.com

http://www.vidavinogroup.com/

High resolution food images can be downloaded here

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”.

The
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 http://asiapacific.cwclng.com. 

Notes to Editors

  • More information about the awards can be found
    at http://asiapacific.cwclng.com/award/
  • CWC welcomes inquiries pertaining to Media
    Partnerships
  • Media are welcome to attend the conference.
    Please register with the press contact.
  • Images from the 2013 LNG Asia are available
    here

Contacts

The CWC Group
Roshan Jan-MahomedSenior Marketing Manager, LNG & Gas Portfolio
CWC Group
rjanmahomed@thecwcgroup.com
+ 44 207 978 0018
www.thecwcgroup.com

Press Contact
Illka Gobius
PINPOINT Public Relations
illka.gobius@pinpoint-pr.net
+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
September.

Keynote
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,
    BP
  • 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

Investment
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

The
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

Developments
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
    Gas
  • 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 http://asiapacific.cwclng.com/.

Notes to Editors
· 
More information at http://asiapacific.cwclng.com/summit/2014-programme/  
· 
Media are welcome to attend. 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

Direct tel: + 44 207 978 0018
Email: rjanmahomed@thecwcgroup.com
Website: www.thecwcgroup.com

Press Contact
Illka Gobius
PINPOINT Public Relations
illka.gobius@pinpoint-pr.net
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 http://asiapacific.cwclng.com.

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Notes to Editors 

  1. More information about speakers can be found at http://asiapacific.cwclng.com/summit/2014-speakers
  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

Contacts

The CWC Group

Roshan Jan-Mahomed
Senior Marketing Manager, LNG & Gas Portfolio
CWC Group
rjanmahomed@thecwcgroup.com
+ 44 207 978 0018
Website: http://www.thecwcgroup.com

Press Contact
Illka Gobius
PINPOINT Public Relations
illka.gobius@pinpoint-pr.net
+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
http://www.playTMN.com.

– 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

Sources:

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

6. 
http://www.blogmost.com/smartphone-app-store-statistics/

7. 
http://www.blogmost.com/smartphone-app-store-statistics/

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.  

“Conferences
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. 

Speakers
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
    Ltd.
  • 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
    White,
    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.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • Media partners for the conference are sought. Download the brochure or contact Roshan Jan-Mahomed [RJanMahomed@thecwcgroup.com] 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

·  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.