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Second Annual “Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia” Accepting Nominations for Extraordinary Recipient

SINGAPORE, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Drawing on the success of the inaugural award at last year’s Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific event, UBM, organizers of the show, are now accepting nominations for the second annual Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia.

This award will honor an individual who has made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the development of the cruise industry in Asia, distinguishing his or herself through dedication to, and passion for, the industry within the Pan-Asia region.

The award’s namesake, Rama Rebbapragada, embodied this dedication. During his quarter-century-long career with Royal Caribbean International, Rebbapragada created awareness of the potential of the Asia-Pacific cruise market to the international cruise community, while being a true friend to all who knew him all over the world.

The recipient will be chosen by a select group of industry leaders, and will be presented during Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific by Dr. Zinan Liu, Vice President, China and Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, who was a friend and colleague of Rebbapragada’s for many years. “I am so proud to have the honor of presenting this prestigious award in the name of my friend Rama, who was one of the most dedicated, loyal and passionate advocates for Royal Caribbean,” said Liu. “He made a particular mark in waking the world’s most populous region up to cruising. I look forward to sharing the stage with one who shares the same vision and aspirations as he did for the Asia cruise market.”

Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Made an outstanding contribution to the cruise industry in the Asia-Pacific region in 2014.
  • Served to significantly raise the profile, visibility and credibility of the cruise industry in Asia.
  • Represented the industry with dignity and professionalism

Nominations may be submitted to UBM by emailing christopher.dauer@ubm.com by October 15, 2014.

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific will take place November 20-21, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. For information about exhibiting or attending Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific visit www.cruiseshippingasia.com. Details regarding the Rama Rebbapragada Award may be found by clicking here.

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific is organized by UBM in partnership with Seatrade Communications and is exclusively supported by Cruise Lines International Association and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. Official Event Partner: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

WHERE: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.hkcec.com

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media credentials are issued to bona fide journalists covering the convention. Review the media policy, request a media registration online or contact Jennifer Rosen.

Media Contact: Jennifer Rosen, +1-212-600-3332, Jennifer.rosen@ubm.com

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About UBM
UBM connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,200 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 19 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About Seatrade
Connecting the global cruise community – www.seatrade-global.com  
Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects. Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst Seatrade Insider provides daily cruise news online at www.seatrade-insider.com   

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South-East Asian Leaders Discuss the Progress and Challenges with ASEAN Integration At The Economist Events’ South-East Asia Summit

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 27, 2014  /PRNewswire/ — Regional leaders from across government, business, academia, multilateral institutions and non-government organisations (NGOs) came together today at The Economist Events’ South-East Asia Summit to discuss the political, economic and strategic rationale for South-East Asian nations seeking a more integrated region. The event, held in Jakarta at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Mega Kuningan, brought together more than 160 high-level executives to explore how greater regional integration is affecting South-East Asia’s economic growth and its interaction and connections with the rest of Asia.

During the keynote panel discussion, Idris Jala, Minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department and Chief Executive Officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), expressed how South-East Asia was moving from a loose neighbourhood of states to a connected regional community, through greater political, economic and social integration and the growing importance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in the lead up to the ASEAN Economic Community 2015. However, Jala remarked on how ASEAN still faced many challenges.

“The first challenge is that ASEAN countries are at very different levels of development…There has to be a self-assessment of where each country is in terms of achieving goals set down by ASEAN. A consolidated assessment of where we are. We will then know where the gaps are…ASEAN was never intended to be like the European Union, nonetheless though, if we really believe in greater ASEAN integration, we need to move to greater compliance with ASEAN Economic Community obligations and commitments.

“If you want ASEAN to progress, we need to define the obligations for collaboration and then define the rules for competition. The private sector wants clear rules….There is tremendous opportunities for companies laying a footprint across ASEAN, but we need to lay down clearer frameworks for them.”

Visit the South-East Asia Summit website here, which includes the full programme and speaker details.

To select and download photos from the event, please click here: https://edelmanftp.box.com/s/btgy6la9vh378iyt8opj

Supporters of The Economist Events’ South-East Asia Summit include HSBC as the Lead Sponsor. Asian Institute of Finance and Deloitte are the Supporting Sponsors. Melbourne Business School is the Academic Sponsor. Edelman is the Official PR agency.

Media Contact
Edward Parker
Email: Edward.Parker@edelman.com 
Phone: +62-21-721-59000

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Government Ministers, Business Leaders and Economists Confirmed for Cambodian Investment Conference

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Agriculture, manufacturing, banking and real estate will be among the key business sectors to be discussed at the upcoming International Business Chamber of Cambodia (IBC) Investment Conference.

The conference will bring together senior government ministers, top economists and business leaders in Phnom Penh on October 6th and 7th.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen will deliver the conference’s opening address on the morning of October 6th.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Donald Kanak, the chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia — which is a leading sponsor of the conference.

Two major panels will follow the opening address and the keynote speech, both moderated by the renowned Wall Street Journal columnist Andrew Browne.

The first panel will look at Cambodia’s Economic Outlook and will feature Eric Sidgwick, senior country officer at the Asian Development bank (ADB), the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Cambodia representative Ahmed Faisal and Dr. In Channy, CEO of ACLEDA Bank who is also the Vice Chairman of the IBC and the chairman of the conference’s organising committee.

Another panel at the conference will discuss Cambodia’s Economic Advantage.

“The speakers and moderators list for the conference is looking very exciting and I am delighted to see the calibre of those who will be present for these important discussions,” says Dr. Channy.

“There are a number of government ministers already in attendance and we are expecting more to confirm in the coming days and weeks,” says Dr. Channy.

Government ministers attending the event will include Cambodia’s Minister of Commerce H.E Sun Chanthol, Education Minister H.E. Hang Chuon Naron and Minister
 of Posts & Telecommunication (MPTC)  H.E. Prak Sokhonn.

IBC Chairman Bretton Sciaroni, senior partner at Sciaroni and Associates, will chair a break-out discussion on Cambodia’s Legal Landscape for Investors which will feature Senior Minister H.E. Mr. Om Yentieng, Chairman of Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit.

“This will be one of the most important discussions at the conference — with investors constantly monitoring the political and legal situation in Cambodia as they make their investment decisions. The recent political breakthrough will be a big boost for investors who want to see similar breakthroughs in the legal landscape,” Mr. Sciaroni says.

Platinum sponsors for the IBC conference are Prudential Cambodia, Jardine Matheson Limited, Sciaroni and Associates, ACLEDA Bank and ANZ Royal. Gold sponsors include DFDL and Ezecom.

The South East Asia Globe and its sister publication Focus ASEAN are media partners of the event.

Those wishing to register for the IBC Investment conference should visit the IBC’s website at www.ibccambodia.com.

Media Contact:

Julian Rake
+855-12324283
julian@quantumpublicity.com

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World’s Largest Sourcing Event for Baby, Children and Maternity Products Industry, CBME China 2014 Closed with a Great Success

SHANGHAI, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The 14th Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China) closed its three-day run at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on July 24 with 75,106 trade visitors in attendance, registering a 26.7% year-on-year growth. 1,751 exhibitors (20.4% growth year-on-year) representing 2,428 brands (15.3% growth year-on-year) showcased their latest products across 166,680 square meters of exhibition space (20.8% growth year-on-year).

CBME China - The World's Largest Sourcing Event for Children, Baby and Maternity Products

CBME China – The World’s Largest Sourcing Event for Children, Baby and Maternity Products

A number of world-known brands participated including Babybubbles, Britax, CAM, Chicco, Cybex, Design Skin, Dr. Brown’s, Fiona’s Prince, Friso, Goo.N, Hallmark Babies, iCandy, Inglesina, Johnson’s Baby, Joie, Kiddy, les enphant, Mattel, Maxi-Cosi, Medela Micro, NUBY, NUK, OXO, Philips AVENT, Pigeon, Quinny, Richell, RODY, Teletubbies, Wyeth Nutrition and more, covering a range of children baby maternity products from healthcare products to food, strollers and toys, clothing and accessories and services.

Addressing the Industry’s Needs and Concerns

International Pavilions at CBME China once again drew huge crowds as more brands from Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Taiwan and other countries and regions presented their latest products and showcased the new brands to the mainland China market. Product range covered healthcare products to food, strollers and toys, clothing and accessories and services.

Michaela Altman of Obaby, who joined the UK Pavilion says, “We were delighted to be part of CBME China this year, with visitors from China and beyond keen to discuss business with us, many of which we do not have the opportunity to meet at European trade shows. We were extremely impressed with the quality of distributors and retailers that we spoke to and look forward to expanding our brand further into Asia.”

Another feature at CBME China 2014 that was a huge draw for visitors is the OEM/ODM Pavilions. 19 Chinese OEM/ODM suppliers joined this new pavilion, while the rest took up space in the main show floor. Wei Xiwen from Nishimatsuya Chain Co., Ltd said, “We targeted to find more OEM/ODM suppliers this year, we are happy to meet so many OEM/ODM companies at CBME China.”

Other prominent section at CBME China include the Licensing Zone which featured properties including Barbie, Thomas & friends, Doraemon, Despicable Me and more.

Private Buyer Meetings, a business-matching service for high-volume buyers, were organized to help buyers meet with pre-selected qualified suppliers in a private setting to discuss sourcing requirements and make sourcing easier and more efficient. Participants include more than 20 volume buyers from China and abroad covering big baby chain stores, online retailers, distributors, supermarkets and pharmacies and more. “The Private Buyer Meeting is very well organized and very helpful. We meet with suppliers one by one as pre-arranged by organizer according to my sourcing requirements. It is much more efficient than looking for them at the show floor,” says Nikola Kellhammer, Promotion Manager of Windeln.de, an online baby store from Germany.

Leading the Industry to a Brighter Future

Visitors and exhibitors who attended CBME China not only found new business partners and products, they also got an inside look at what’s happening in the industry through CBME China Conference Program. Over 5,000 visitors were able to learn from 18 industry experts who were invited to share their experience and industry outlook.

Baby First and Britax also provided hands-on tutorial, coupled with live demonstration on their car seats at the Interactive Car Seats Gallery. This also served as an educational platform where retail store owners and their personnel got hands-on training and gained industry know-how directly from manufacturers.

The revamped CBME Awards garnered huge industry support from the 100 member judge panel to the nominees, the winners and awardees. The CBME AWARDS Gallery, recognized not only the latest innovation in the industry with the Innovative Products Awards Gallery, but also the movers and shakers of China’s baby products industry. The Gallery featured the nominees for Lifetime Achievement Award, Top Retailer Awards, Top Brand Awards, the Innovative Products Awards and more. Michael Chua, Director of CKMJ Greenovation said, “We are looking for something new and different, something innovative to bring to the market. We found what we want at the Innovative Products Awards Gallery.”

Cool Kids Fashion, China’s first trade event for kids’ fashion, opened its doors to fashion industry players for the first time this 2014. Co-located with CBME China, Cool Kids Fashion brings together world-renowned brands, designers, media and key players of children fashion in an exclusive on-trend ambiance. Liang Shuyu, Asia Marketing Manager of Tutto Piccolo said, “Cool Kids Fashion is a very good international trade fashion event. We need a platform like Cool Kids Fashion for children’s fashion in China.”

CBME China and Cool Kids Fashion 2015 will take place from July 22-24 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. It will feature 1,900 suppliers representing 2,650 brands in 200,000sqm exhibition space. CBME China is perfect business platform for children baby and maternity product buyers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to meet and do business in one venue.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Louise Kathryn Yu
Marketing Director
Children, Baby, Maternity Industry Expo (CBME)
Tel: (+852) 2585 6101
louise.yu@ubm.com

About Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China) www.cbmexpo.com/en 

Held annually in Shanghai, the Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China) is the world’s largest sourcing event for baby, children and maternity products. This is the perfect venue for you to meet buyers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in the industry.

About UBM Asia www.ubmasia.com 

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

About UBM plc www.ubm.com 

UBM is a global events-led marketing and communications services business. We help organisations make connections, communicate their proposition and do business effectively. We help professional people in more than 20 countries around the world succeed by enabling them to connect with each other and with the markets they serve. And we do this by whatever means works best – at live events, through digital media or in publications.

Our 5,000 expert staff are deeply embedded in the many specialist communities we serve, bringing both an unusual depth of understanding and real know-how. We organise hundreds of live events each year and provide a range of related market-leading digital and print marketing and media products, and we support professional marketers and communicators through our targeting, distribution and monitoring services.

Our culture of innovation and collaboration brings our people together around common interests to create value, enhancing our ability to do exactly the same for UBM customers and the communities UBM serves. So, whatever their business and wherever they operate, our customers do better business through us.

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World-Premiere: The All-New Volvo XC90

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Months of speculation ended today after Volvo Cars unveiled its all-new Volvo XC90, delivering on its promise to introduce a visually striking, premium quality seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

The all-new XC90 on display at the world premiere launch event Artipelag in Stockholm, August 26-29.

The all-new XC90 on display at the world premiere launch event Artipelag in Stockholm, August 26-29.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7276259-volvo-XC90-world-premiere/

Three years in the making and part of a USD 11bn investment programme, the new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

“This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car but re-launching our brand. This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group.

The limited First Edition of XC90 includes 1,927 individually numbered cars that celebrate the year Volvo was founded and, for the first time in history, they will only be available for sale via digital commerce at http://www.volvocars.com from September 3rd at 16.00 CET.

“Those who want to be among the first ones to own the best SUV in the world have to act fast. The huge interest in the all-new XC90 indicates that the First Edition will sell out quickly,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group.

Fully equipped  

The First Edition cars, which have uniquely numbered tread plates and a distinctive badge on the tailgate, are powered by a high-performance petrol or diesel engine from Volvo Cars’ new four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family. The supercharged and turbocharged T6 has an output of 320 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm, while the D5 twin turbo diesel engine has 225 hp and 470 Nm. The engines are teamed with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Onyx Black exterior and 8-spoke, 21-inch Inscription wheels are combined with an interior featuring nappa leather seats in Amber, a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut inlays.

Volvo’s new face 

The new XC90 will be the first of its cars to carry the company’s new more prominent iron mark, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille.  Together with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights, the iron mark introduces an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo’s forthcoming generation of cars.

The XC90’s larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the tattoo-like, new rear lights are other important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range.

“The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish lifestyle: the generous space, the celebration of light and the focus on wellbeing,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

Note to Editors:

A picture/s accompanying this release is available through the PA Photowire. It can be downloaded from http://www.pa-mediapoint.press.net or viewed at http://www.mediapoint.press.net or http://www.prnewswire.co.uk.

Contact:

Stefan Elfstrom
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications
Volvo Car Corporation
Dept. 50250/PVH50
Goteborg
Sweden
Telephone +46-31-3251878

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GENIVI To Host “Connected Car Track” During Super Mobility Week

– A Key Track as Part of CTIA 2014™ Mobility Week’s “Money Event”

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The GENIVI® Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry association driving the development and adoption of an open In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform announced today that it will host the “Connected Car- Open Automotive Track” as part of CTIA’s Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas, Sept. 8-11, 2014, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

In conjunction with Mobility Week’s “The Money Event” which features panel discussions and demonstrations from some of the most successful experts in the mobile banking and commerce world, the Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will cover the latest innovations and enablers to provide commerce in the car, which itself is now increasingly connected, and in fact a mobile “device” in its own right.

As part its Open Automotive Series, GENIVI will host three sessions on Sept. 11: Collaborate or Die (United We Stand) focusing on the partnerships, alliances and other collaborative efforts that are facilitating major developments in the sector; Cars are Connected – Where are the Applications which will discuss how automotive applications are still missing from the digital devices passengers carry into their vehicles, and Inside Your Car, Your Mind and Your Wallet that will delve into the costs vs. consumer and key stakeholder benefits to bring loT into the vehicle.

“The Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will serve as an ideal venue for GENIVI, as an open source thought leader, to showcase current and future mobile innovations happening in the money and commerce ecosystems,” said Joel Hoffmann, director of Marketing for GENIVI Alliance. “This unique event will bring automotive industry leaders from across the globe to discuss how the connected car is literally becoming a vehicle for payments and commerce.”

GENIVI’s Open Automotive events are a series of one-day conferences that explore – with automakers, suppliers, automotive consortia and leading industry analysts – the relationship between automotive connectivity and the so-called “Internet of Things (IoT)”.  Later in the year, Open Automotive will appear in Detroit as well as live webinars hosted by Automotive World.  For future GENIVI events, visit http://genivi.org/events.

To register for The Money Event in conjunction with CTIA Super Mobility Week and receive a 30% discount on the price of registration, visit www.themoneyevent.com and enter discount code “ADITYA30.”

About GENIVI Alliance
The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI’s work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 170 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif.  Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

About The Money Event
The Money Event (www.themoneyevent.com) where the Mobile and Money ecosystems meet, make deals and create partnerships. The Money Event will offer an unprecedented experience to 40,000 attendees from 100 countries at CTIA 2014, with a combination of visionary presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions and company-specific demonstrations in 3 parallel tracks over 2.5 days of rich programming, all against the backdrop of mobile’s premier industry event, Super Mobility Week.

THE MONEY EVENT will run from September 9 -11, 2014 in Las Vegas.

About CITA
CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

Media Contact- GENIVI Alliance:
Craig Miner
248.840.8368
cminer@gelia.com

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Public Aquaria Set to Make a Splash at Aquarama 2015

SINGAPORE, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Aquarama is the leading biennial international ornamental fish, aquatic plants, invertebrates and accessories trade exhibition in the world (www.aquarama.com.sg). Throughout its history stretching back to 1989, it has attracted exhibitors, trade and public visitors from all corners of the globe. The 14th edition — scheduled to run from 28-31 May 2015 in its traditional home of Singapore, will be no different — with one important exception.

In addition to its usual complement of visitors from the international ornamental aquatic industry and the general public (numbering in the many thousands), it has always attracted a small number of visitors from the public aquarium world, as well as some exhibitors who supply both the ornamental and public aquarium sectors.

This is now set to change dramatically with the organisers (UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd) and a specially convened public aquarium committee launching a programme of sub-events aimed specifically at public aquarium personnel. This committee, consisting of Scott Dowd (Senior Aquarist at the New England Aquarium, Boston, USA), Ramon Barbosa (Senior Curator at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa, Singapore) and Rob Jones (‘The Aquarium Vet’ and veterinarian at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Australia) and co-ordinated by Aquarama Consultant, John Dawes, is devising a programme of activities tailored fairly and squarely to the needs of the public aquarium industry, as well as the fostering of closer links between the home aquarium industry and public aquaria.

Up to now, these links have only been modest. However, if developed to their full potential, this would undoubtedly benefit both industries. For instance, there are several livestock suppliers within the ornamental sector that already service public aquaria, but the room for expansion and improvement is considerable but, as yet, largely unexplored. The same applies to manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, foods, treatments, services, etc.

In order to address these issues, Aquarama is dedicating over 50% of its available seminar and meeting time slots to a number of activities aimed at bringing both industries closer together than ever before.

Round Table Discussion: Chaired by Aquarama Consultant, John Dawes, this will consist of a panel of invited experts, comprising the three above-mentioned committee members, government representatives, ornamental aquatic industry leaders, plus livestock suppliers. Under the theme: Engage, Influence and Collaborate: Maximising the Synergies of the Public and Home Aquarium Industries, attendance will be free and open to all Aquarama trade and public aquarium visitors and exhibitors, and will consist of a minimum of 1 1/2 hours of intense debate, action and Q&A’s.

Seminar: This half-day programme of presentations from leading figures from the public aquarium world will feature topics of exclusive relevance to the industry, such as: Artificial Reproduction Techniques in Sharks and Rays, Prolonged Transportation and Captive Husbandry of Manta Rays;The Initiative to Promote Conservation and Sustainable Management of Home Aquarium Fishes, led by the IUCN Species Survival Commission/Wetlands International Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG) and the Global Zoo and Aquarium Community; Initiative to Promote Socially and Environmentally Beneficial Home Fishkeeping, plus several other topics which are currently being finalised.

Strategic Development Meeting: This in-depth session will discuss the IUCN’s FFSG/public aquaria initiative set up to explore ways in which both industries can help drive environmental and socio-economic benefits, e.g. by identifying and promoting opportunities for sustainable management of wild populations of aquarium fishes that support livelihoods for communities living in regions of biological importance, thus fostering a powerful drive for conservation of these species as well as the habitats where they are found — achieved via well-informed consumer choices within the home aquarium industry. The team to explore this new, ambitious, and important initiative (under the chairmanship of committee member, Scott Dowd) will create a win-win-win scenario where the hobby gets an infusion of energy from zoos and public aquaria (which will showcase fish identified by IUCN’s FFSG as key species), thus promoting fishkeeping; zoos and aquaria will get a new instrument to achieve their goals of in-situ environmental protectionism; rural communities can receive sustainable economic returns for stewarding aquatic resources and watersheds, and the ornamental industry becomes a main actor in facilitating ethical supplies and helping alleviate poverty. This important meeting will last for a full afternoon (approximately four hours).

Too often, meetings of great importance such as this take place at international conferences. Important conclusions are reached by very well qualified specialists. Unfortunately though, those findings and discussed action plans fade away shortly after the meeting. In order to guarantee lasting outcomes from our Strategic Planning Meeting, we have retained the services of The Facilitators Network Singapore with trained experts to help us run the most efficient meeting, capture all information and produce a working document which will serve as a road map that will enable us to follow through and accomplish the goals we agree upon at Aquarama 2015.  

It is hoped that bringing public aquaria into Aquarama will benefit all parties, especially when added to the organiser’s efforts to attract exhibitors who supply public aquaria but are currently unaware of the trade benefits and possibilities that Aquarama undoubtedly offers.

It is also hoped that by attracting visitors and exhibitors from public aquaria, these will gain an invaluable insight into an industry which they may be aware of, but know little about. These visitors will, for example, be able to witness at first hand a staggering array of fish, aquatic plants, invertebrates and equipment which they may never have come across before. They will also, of course, be able to source supplies of equipment, services and livestock for their own establishments, be able to attend the free ornamental aquatic trade and public seminars which form a traditional part of Aquarama, join the highly popular fish farm tour and marvel at the more than 1,400 entries in the general fish competition, as well as the specialised crystal bee shrimp, betta, marine aquarium, marine nano cube, freshwater planted aquarium, freshwater nano, and dragon fish (Asian arowana/bonytongue) competitions, which have helped make Aquarama the ‘best ornamental aquatic exhibition’ on the planet.

In the words of Jennifer Lee, event manager for Aquarama: “The ornamental aquatic sector has always supplied fish, plants and invertebrates to the home aquarium hobbyist, on the one hand, and public aquaria on the other. It could be said to lie in the middle, with the two sectors at either end of the spectrum. It is our aim to bring both ends much closer together than they’ve ever been before and establish our event as a ‘must attend’ fixture in the calendar of all stakeholders.”

For further information on Aquarama, please visit www.aquarama.com.sg.

Notes to Editors

About UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd (www.ubmasia.com.sg)

A member of the UBM Asia Group of Companies, we organise events and conferences in a variety of industries, including aquatic and pet, cruise tourism, information technology, jewellery, paper and nonwovens, etc. The company stages leading events in its targeted industries across the world, attracting quality exhibitors, trade visitors, conference attendees and speakers from all over the world. These events are important business platforms where our customers can meet and network with their existing and new business partners face-to-face.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, and from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,600 staff members in 31 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and to work effectively and efficiently in their respective markets.

About the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG) (http://www.iucnffsg.org/)

The FFSG group was established in 2004 and is a joint partnership between the IUCN Species Survival Commission and Wetlands International. It is a diverse group of experts, spread across the world, working on the biology and conservation of freshwater fishes. The mission of the FFSG is to achieve conservation and sustainable use of freshwater fishes and their habitats through: generating and disseminating sound scientific knowledge; creating widespread awareness of their values; and influencing decision-making processes at all levels. The FFSG includes the newly forming Home Aquarium Fish Specialist Sub-Group, chaired by Scott Dowd.

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Aviation

Lineup of Leading Industry Speakers Announced for 2014 Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference

SINGAPORE, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As it enters its fourth edition, Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific will present  the most prominent voices in the Asia cruise market to lead the conference, slated for November 20-21, 2014.

This year’s conference will analyze the market potential and challenges associated with the emerging Asia cruise market as well as explore the infrastructure and itinerary development opportunities.

Beginning Thursday morning, November 20th, Zinan LIU, Vice President, China and Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, will open the event with the keynote address. Immediately following will be “The State of the Cruise Industry in Asia” featuring Michael HACKMAN, EVP — Cruise Operations, Genting Hong Kong Limited; Dominic PAUL, SVP International, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises and Managing Director, RCL Cruises Ltd; and Ann SHERRY, CEO, Carnival Australia, and Chairman, CLIA SE Asia.

Thursday afternoon will feature concurrent sessions “The Operating Environment in Asia” and “Focus on China.” Friday morning’s concurrent sessions include “How Asia Will Grow as a Source Market” and “Cruise Infrastructure Across Asia,” followed by “Itinerary Development Across the Region” and “Shipbuilding and Refurbishment in Asian Yards” running concurrently in the afternoon.

Spearheading the conference sessions are a plethora of industry leaders and innovators including:

Jeff BENT Managing Director, Worldwide Cruise Terminals

Ted BLAMEY Principal, CHART Management Consultants 

Dickson CHIN Managing Director, Wallem Ship Agency

Bruce KRUMRINE Vice President, Shore Operations Europe & Exotics, Princess Cruises

Krai PANYARACHUN Inbound Director, SEA Tours Co., Ltd and Immediate Past Chairman, ACSN

Isaac VIDALES Regional Operations Manager Asia, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services

Buhdy BOK SVP Pacific Asia & China, Costa Crociere SpA

Anthony H. KAUFMAN SVP Asia Operations, Princess Cruises

Ang Moo LIM EVP Sales, Marketing & Hotel Operations, Genting Hong Kong Limited

Steve ODELL President, Europe, Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Silversea Cruises Limited

Brett DUDLEY Founder and Chairman, ecruising Group of Companies

Masami MASUYAMA Managing Director, NYK Cruises Co., Ltd

Kelvin TAN Commercial Director, Asia Pacific, Celebrity Cruises

Ki-tack LIM President, Busan Port Authority

John TERCEK VP, Commercial & New Business Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited

Sarina BRATTON Chairman Australasia, Compagnie du Ponant

Robert W. GUY Managing Director — Singapore & Malaysia, Destination Asia

William HARBER Vice President, Market Development, Carnival Asia

PHAN Xuan Anh President, Viet Excursions Co Ltd

Paolo MORETTI General Manager Marine, RINA Services SpA

P.K. ONG Managing Director, Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd., & Deputy President, Sembcorp Marine Ltd

Stephen PAYNE Principal Consultant, PFJ Maritime

Conference session details can be found at cruiseshippingasia.com or by clicking here.

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific is organized by UBM in partnership with Seatrade Communications and is exclusively supported by Cruise Lines International Association and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. Official Event Partner: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

For information about exhibiting or attending Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific visit www.cruiseshippingasia.com

WHERE: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.hkcec.com

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media credentials are issued to bona fide journalists covering the convention. Review the media policy, request a media registration online or contact Jennifer Rosen.

Media Contact: Jennifer Rosen, +1-212-600-3332, Jennifer.rosen@ubm.com

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Additional news, information and announcements about Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific are available at www.cruiseshippingasia.com.  Find Cruise Shipping on Facebook, on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About UBM
UBM connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,200 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 19 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About Seatrade
Connecting the global cruise community — www.seatrade-global.com   
Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects. Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst Seatrade Insider provides daily cruise news online at www.seatrade-insider.com

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Food & Beverage

The “Winner” is Back!

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With a well-earned reputation as Asia’s leading event for the feed, livestock and meat industries since its inception in 2001, LIVESTOCK ASIA 2015 EXPO & FORUM is set to return once again at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 21- 23 September, 2015. The 2015 show is expected to attract over 7,000 industry professionals and top decision makers to get updates on the latest innovations, which includes a programme of informative seminars providing invaluable information covering the latest developments in the feed, livestock and meat industries.

From Left: Prof. Dr. Zulkifli, Dato’ Dr. Vincent, Dr. Raghavan, Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Mustaffa, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini, Jeffrey Ng and Rose Chitanuwat.

From Left: Prof. Dr. Zulkifli, Dato’ Dr. Vincent, Dr. Raghavan, Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Mustaffa, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini, Jeffrey Ng and Rose Chitanuwat.

Recognised as the Mother event for the Asian Livestock Series, the Steering Committee team that has been formed to make the event a great success and more prestigious are leaders in livestock industry. Moreover, the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) and World Poultry Veterinary Association (WPVA) of Malaysia will jointly organize a scientific conference during LIVESTOCK ASIA 2015.

The chairman of UBM Malaysia as well as the founder of the Livestock event, Tan Sri Dr. Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee, chaired the 2nd Livestock Asia Steering Committee Meeting held last week, making LIVESTOCK ASIA 2015 the most successful event to provide ongoing support to grow and develop Malaysia’s livestock industries. The members are:

  • Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee, Chairman, UBM Malaysia
  • Dr. Raghavan, Livestock Consultant
  • Dato’ Dr. Vincent Ng, President, Veterinary Association Malaysia (VAM)
  • Prof. Prof. Dr. Zulkifli Idrus, President, World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) Malaysia
  • Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris, President, World Poultry Veterinary Association (WPVA) Malaysia
  • Mr.Jeffrey Ng, Secretary General Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations of Malaysia (FLFAM)

Livestock Asia Expo & Forum presents the best opportunities for organisations to increase their brand exposure as they capitalize on special networking opportunities at this major event. To learn more about the show, please log on to http://www.livestockasia.com.

Notes to the Editor

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 70 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 60 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

About UBM Asia in ASEAN (www.ubmasean.com)

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

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

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For more information on Livestock Asia 2015 Expo & Forum, contact;

Ms. Rita Lau / Ms. Salmiza Salim
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15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu Closing Ceremony

CHENGDU, China, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu, known as ‘one exhibition for two periods’ for the first time, successfully wrapped up in Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center on 15th Jul. During the 8 day exhibition, the number of professional attendees and consumers numbered more than 260,000. As the deepening impact of international financial risk has not been eliminated, China’s domestic market, with its huge development potential, has become the focus of many enterprises.

In accordance with the introduction of Jiang Dan, the general manager of Chengdu New East Exhibition Co., Ltd – permanent organization of the committee, 15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu was divided into two periods. The furniture exhibition (1st period) was held from 3-6 Jul, and the exhibition of production equipment and raw materials (2nd period) was held from 12-15 Jul. The total exhibition space of both periods exceeded 170,000 square metres, with more than 10,000 booths. More than 1,100 enterprises participated in the exhibition. Total trade value reached RMB 13 billion.

Chengdu Furniture Exhibition is known as the “Preferred Platform in Internal Trade of Furniture in China’s Furniture Industry”. In the 2nd period of the exhibition, Germany HOMAQ, Power, Altendorf, Italian SCM, Korean KUKDONG and other top 10 global furniture equipment manufacturers exhibited at Chengdu Furniture Exhibition. Guan Jianhua, the general manager of Asian district of HOMAQ, said Chengdu is a strategic market which cannot be abandoned. Meanwhile, Chengdu has become one of the biggest furniture production places in China, which should be seized firmly. American Hardwood Export Council participated in the exhibition for the second time, and guided more than 10 enterprises to join in the exhibition, helping to garner a larger share of China’s domestic trade market.

Due to the prominent effect of the exhibition, more than 90% of the exhibition enterprises contacted the committee after the exhibition ended. Chengdu Furniture Exhibition will continue to adjust the district structure of the exhibition enterprises even further next year, and help increase the number of famous national furniture brands and enterprises participating in the exhibition. It will also work to improve the participation of international furniture brands and implement its ‘Chinese platform shared by the world’ exhibition plan.

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