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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.

WITfeed: http://www.webintravel.com

WIT Events: http://www.webintravel.com/content.php?c=205&desc=WIT+EVENTS

About WIT: http://www.webintravel.com/wit_about.php

 Contact:
Gerry Pang

General Manager

Web in Travel
gerry@webintravel.com
+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
Procurement,
PhoCusWright,
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
Forums.

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.

www.northstartravelmedia.com

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The Web In Travel (WIT) Developer & Designer Challenge Extends Deadline for Entries1 October

2013 – SINGAPORE – The 2013 Web In Travel (WIT) Bootcamp features a WIT Developer & Designer Challenge, a first-time initiative designed to encourage developers and designers to try solve travel’s problems as defined by the four Challenges put up by the Challenge’s sponsors. To allow time for teams to finish their submissions, the deadline for entries has been extended to October 14.

To date, several compelling submissions have already been received. A panel of judges will select a shortlist of teams from the submissions received to present their solutions at the WIT Bootcamp. Student teams are also involved in the Challenge. The Bootcamp also features a panel of investors and experts, representing 8capita, GREE Ventures, Jungle Ventures and Venture Republic, who discuss their interests in travel and the start-up trends they’re seeing in the region. 

In its fifth year, the WIT Bootcamp has become the must-attend event for travel entrepreneurs, investors and innovators as it gathers speakers from around the world to talk about what’s new in travel technology – from experts in augmented reality to specialists in tours and activities, a hot space right now in online travel.

Speakers at the Bootcamp include

  • Carl Shepherd, Co-founder & Chief Strategy & Development Officer, HomeAway, speaking on entrepreneurship
  • Dr Roy Davies, Co-founder, Imersia, New Zealand, who will speak about Augmented Reality
  • Bonamy Grimes, Co-founder, Skyscanner, who will discuss the transformation from Geek to King

Visit webintravel.com to apply.  The media are welcome to attend. 

ABOUT WIT

Web In Travel (WIT) is a successful conference and community that discusses distribution, marketing and technology in the travel, hospitality and tourism industries. WIT has a reputation of facilitating start-ups and innovation. The theme of the conference this year is “The Asia Factor” which will examine the trends that are changing travel and Asia, the new models that are emerging and evolving, the new players that are changing the game and space and the markets and customers that are emerging in what is the Golden Age of Asia Travel.  

Seven Start-ups to Pitch at Web In Travel’s (WIT) Bootcamp

01 Oct 2013 – SINGAPORE – Seven start-ups have been selected to pitch live at the Web In Travel (WIT) Bootcamp on October 21, 2013 for the chance to be crowned Web In Travel’s Start-Up of the Year 2013. The seven semi-finalists – Grata, Voyagin, BeMyGuest, Ikut Ikut, Trip38, Travelatus and CherryPickedTravel– were shortlisted by a judging panel from a record 20 entries received for this year’s start-up competition, now in its fourth year.

Say’s Yeoh Siew Hoon, WIT’s Producer, “It’s been encouraging to see the growth in interest in travel by both entrepreneurs and investors. When we first started our Pitch, it was difficult to convince entrepreneurs to one, even think of travel and two, to share their ideas in a public forum but in the last 24 months, we’ve seen a pick-up in momentum in interest, ideas and deals.”
She added “What is exciting is to see the confluence between the growth of travel and the evolution of digital in Asia and I believe the intersection of the two will open up new pathways and opportunities to the smart, bold and innovative.”

While last year’s Start Up Pitch attracted an abundance of social-based models, this year’s list is a mix of curated models, activities plays and mobile-only propositions; reflecting how travel is changing and demonstrating where entrepreneurs see an opportunity to insert themselves into the travel value chain.  

The semi-finalists originate from Australia, China, Indonesia, Singapore, India and Europe. Of the seven, three finalists will be picked at the WIT Bootcamp to go on to the Grand Finals on October 23, 2013 and pitch in front of an esteemed panel of judges at the WIT Conference. The winner will be announced at the closing of the event.

Start-ups that have made their debut at WIT over the years – among them, Singapore-based Flocations and Travelogy and last year’s Start-Up winner Trippiece, from Japan have had encouraging success. Each has received funding and now faces hard work to build up sustainable businesses. 

Last week, one of the WIT Start-Up alumni FlexTrip, a Tours and activities player was acquired by Nor1, Inc. the technology leader in upsell solutions in a move considered to be a nod to the growing interest in the tours and activities space. 

ABOUT WITWeb In Travel (WIT) is a successful conference and community that discusses distribution, marketing and technology in the travel, hospitality and tourism industries. WIT has a reputation of facilitating start-ups and innovation. The theme of the conference this year is “The Asia Factor” which will examine the trends that are changing travel and Asia, the new models that are emerging and evolving, the new players that are changing the game and space and the markets and customers that are emerging in what is the Golden Age of Asia Travel.