Two islands in Viet Nam among The Telegraph's list of most pristine beaches
 
Oct 19, 2018
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Two small islands in Viet Nam have been named among a list of 10 beaches in Southeast Asia unspoilt by tourism suggested by a travel piece in the UK newspaper The Telegraph.

They are An Thoi islet off Phu Quoc Island in southern Kien Giang province, and Binh Lap island in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

Remarking on the “construction site soundtrack” that accompanies beaches on Phu Quoc, the article advises travellers to take a boat from the island’s port to An Thoi, which has “secluded coves and colourful reefs almost completely devoid of humans.”

Fifth on the list is Binh Lap Island in Cam Ranh Bay, which it describes as secluded and “more Seychelles than Southeast Asia.”

Two beaches each in Thailand and Malaysia, one each in Hong Kong, Cambodia and the Philippines are also in the list.

Interestingly, it includes an island in landlocked Laos, “which only materialises in the November to April dry season as the Mekong River recedes.”

To prevent these and other unspoilt beaches from being ruined by tourism, The Telegraph article advises visitors to “be responsible by removing all of your own rubbish, don’t abscond with seashells or sands and use an ocean-safe sunscreen.”

Source: VNA

 
 
Newly Renovated Hotel Indigo HSP is Now Open for Business in Taiwan’s high-tech hub - Hsinchu
 
Oct 08, 2018
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HSINCHU, TAIWAN – Hsinchu city is better known around the world as Taiwan’s Silicon Valley rather than its chic and trendy hotels. However, the city’s hotel and F&B landscape has just been injected with a shot of coolness, thanks to the recent grand opening of the new Hotel Indigo Hsinchu Science Park (“Hotel Indigo HSP”).

Riant Capital Ltd., and its affiliated company Tech Bright Ltd. worked in conjunction with InterContinental Hotels Group (“IHG”) to bring the first Hotel Indigo to Northern Taiwan. The Hotel Indigo HSP represents a new innovation in Taiwan’s hotel sector focused on lifestyle design and service catered to the global business travelers. Through the close collaboration with the world-renowned lighting consultant, UNOLAI Design and uber stylish furniture designer Stellar Works, Riant Capital brought together a world class team to skillfully create this one of a kind Hotel Indigo.

Riant Capital Ltd.’s chairman Mr. Aaron Chan notes “We are extremely proud to have opened Hotel Indigo HSP in just three months, since we took over the property from the previous operator Miramar Hotel. Not only was the hotel opened in record time, but we have also accomplished the rebranding and repositioning of the property with minimum construction work but with a lot of style.”

Catering to the large demand from international young high-tech professionals, Hotel Indigo HSP represents a new generation of business lifestyle hotel for the millennial traveler. The ground floor’s innovative design features a café, bar, games room and restaurant, all of which are specifically designed for today’s modern young business professionals.

Mr. Aaron Chan further adds “Every detail of this hotel was designed with the needs of our customers in mind and nothing was spared in providing our guests with a memorable stay. The smells, sounds, sights, tastes and textures were all carefully selected to enhance the guest’s overall experience.”

The Hotel Indigo HSP is conveniently located adjacent to the main freeway exit and just a few minutes by car from the Hsinchu Science park. The 140-key hotel features 9 executive suites, 12 studios, 78 superior rooms, and 41 standard rooms, all equipped with Sealy mattresses, AVEDA bath amenities, branded high end Bluetooth speakers, and Nespresso coffee machines. Each room also has its own yoga matt in case you wish to follow the in-room yoga programs available via on-demand television.

CHAR bar & bistro, IHG’s flagship F&B concept offers exceptional western dining experience for guests on the first floor of the Hotel Indigo HSP. The 240 ping 4-in-1 F&B concept including café, bar, lounge, and restaurant is the first of its kind in Taiwan and the fourth in Asia following Shanghai, Beijing and Bangkok. The restaurant is known for its exquisite cuts, cooking methods, and high-equality steak combined with trendy lifestyle décor. Items offered on the menu include (not often to be seen in Hsinchu items) grain fed quality steak, Normandy fresh oysters and Boston lobsters. The bar offers some of finest craft beers from Taiwan.

The Mayor of Hsinchu Mr. Lin Chih-chien noted while attending the grand opening of Hotel Indigo HSP “Hsinchu has traditionally been known as a technology innovation hub. I hope everyone can visit Hotel Indigo HSP so that they can see Hsinchu has the capacity to innovate beyond the technology sector”.

 
 
Building and Innovating For A Smart Future
 
Oct 02, 2018
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2 October 2018, Singapore --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Architecture & Building Services (ABS) 2018 series officially opened its doors this morning at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore Expo & Convention Centre. The massive three-day show which presents six key architectural and building services exhibitions and 14 industry conferences was officially launched by guest-of-honour Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance.

A timely exposition in view of the Industry Transformation Programme, ABS encompasses a special focus on the Built Environment, and the introduction of the many initiatives by the Government. This mega platform spanning across 10,000 square metres of exhibition floor space, showcases the solutions for Smart Nation building and serves the needs of the architecture and the building management industries.

Specialised Industry Showcases

ABS 2018 is helmed by ArchXpo 2018, along with 5 other important showcases – iFaME 2018 (International Facility Management Expo), LED & Light Asia 2018, Safety and Security Asia 2018, Fire & Disaster Asia 2018, and Work Safe Asia 2018. These exhibitions will make up a comprehensive and integrated mega platform for all building needs in Singapore and the region, under one roof. Visitors, delegates and key players from all facets of the industry including architects, builders, contractors, developers, engineers, facility managers, government agencies, housing developers, interior designers will see the latest solutions, technologies, and products which make up the building blocks of a Smart Nation presented by 239 exhibitors from 15 countries. ABS 2018 will host over 10,000 visitors and delegates.

Organised by Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS) and Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), ArchXpo 2018 is the 5th International Exhibition for Architecture & the Built Environment which serves as the addition to the key pillars of the Archifest series. ArchXpo 2018 is also a key gathering point for industry experts and talents who contribute towards architectural and the built environment design excellence, as well as an invaluable platform for the exchange of research and innovation in architectural design, practice, and education.

Smart Solutions at the Smart Pavilion

ABS 2018 will present its inaugural showcase of Smart Solutions at the Smart Pavilion which will simulate a commercial office building and township including a Smart Home. The commercial office building, features as a high security building where visitors will experience the ease of access of registered personnel without the hassle of carrying access cards. The pavilion also demonstrates how different devices can be controlled with a single application in the office.

Learning Hub

Apart from the 6 exhibitions, ABS 2018 boasts of 14 conferences, workshops and master classes fronted by industry experts, which are positioned to address new challenges and developments impacting Singapore’s ever-changing built environment. The three-day mega show plays host to the delegates of:

on Tuesday, 2 October 2018,
• Singapore Institute of Architects Conference 2018
• International Facility Management Conference (IFMC) 2018
• Society of Project Managers Seminar and Workshop 2018
• SIDS Symposium 2018

on Wednesday, 3 October 2018
• Security Industry Conference 2018
• Building Information Modelling (BIM) Symposium by Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore
• Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Council Forum for Facility Management Sector 2018 by Workplace Safety & Health Council
• IFMC Masterclass

on Thursday, 4 October 2018
• Security Industry Masterclass 2018 by Security Industry Institute
• Building Information Modelling (BIM) Symposium by Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore
• Fire Safety Managers’ Association Singapore (FSMAS) Fire Safety Workshop
• Work at Heights Forum by WSHC, IPAF& SISO
• REDAS BIM Masterclass 2018
• UAPS 3rd Lecture Series 2018

Prestigious Awards and Accolades
ABS 2018 will also host prestigious award ceremonies which are aimed at encouraging and giving due recognition to companies which are regarded as the captains of their respective industries. The two award ceremonies which will give accord due recognition to talents, innovations, and outstanding product designs are:

• Singapore Facility Management Awards 2018
• Merlion Awards 2018

The Singapore Facility Management Awards 2018 is held to give recognition to companies and organisations which are at the industry forefront, and have made positive impacts in terms of knowledge, practical application, and sustainable performance of the facilities management industry in Singapore. The Awards seek to identify the industry leaders, promote excellence, encourage innovation, and to raise the level of professional recognition in the sphere of Facilities Management, as well as in the building and real estate industries. This evening, the Awards will be graced by the presence of Mr Zainal Sapari, Assistant Secretary General, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Deputy Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower, Member of Parliament, Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC.

CEMS is proud to present the 11th Merlion Awards. The Merlion Awards serve to honour outstanding new designs and products in the field of security. Underlining the importance of innovation, the Awards give well-deserving companies the accolades of excellence and pride of place to showcase their exemplary products at the exhibition.

The Awards are divided into four categories, namely Surveillance Camera, Access Control, Alarm Systems and Mobility Technology, where awards are given to outstanding participants. Judged by a distinguished panel comprising of industry experts from academia and independent bodies, the Awards are recognition of the highest standards of product innovation excellence in the ASEAN region and beyond. The awards will be presented by Guest of Honour, Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower & Second Minister for Home Affairs at the official opening ceremony of The Security Industry Conference 2018 and Safety & Security Asia 2018 to be held on 3 October 2018 at Halls A, B and C of the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

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About CEMS Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd
Established in 1980, CEMS is a regional organizer with a global perspective. A key player in the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) industry in Singapore, CEMS has vast knowledge and experience in organizing and managing exhibitions, conferences and other special events for government agencies, associations and private enterprises, with business activities spanning across many countries in ASEAN including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, China in North Asia, and India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the South Asia. In October 1997, CEMS achieved the distinction of being the first professional conference and exhibition organiser in Singapore to obtain the ISO 9002 certification. For the past decade, CEMS has formed strategic partnerships with both local and international players to achieve mutually desirable goals in the MICE industry.

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Dubai can be hero city for global architecture and design sector, says experts at Index
 
Sep 24, 2018
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DUBAI, 24th SEPTEMBER --( ASIA TODAY )-- Modern outlook anchored in heritage and culture, and sustainability are key for the region’s architecture and interior design sector, said experts at INDEX. Co-located with the Hotel Show Dubai, Leisure Show, and FIM, over 30,200 people attended the event that took place over three days at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC).

BNC Network's GCC Construction Analytics report revealed that the urban construction sector has the highest number of projects (17,912), with their value estimated at $1.21tn. Given the robust number of construction projects in the pipeline in the GCC, that will soon be ready for the interior design and fit-out phase, industry stalwarts like Victoria Redshaw from UK Trend Futurists Scarlet Opus, Danish Design Guru Johannes Thorpe, Dubai based Pallavi Dean, Founder of Roar who spoke at, and attended INDEX, unanimously commented on design being modern while preserving the authenticity and sensibility of the region’s prolific culture and heritage.

According to the recent Middle East hotel construction pipeline report by Lodging Econometrics, “Hotels presently under construction are at 355 properties with 113,635 guestrooms, which is an all-time high”. According to Deloitte GCC Powers of Construction 2017, “Dubai, focused on Expo 2020 will continue to be event-driven markets”. Victoria Redshaw said, “Architectural structures and design should aim to be a statement of pride upholding the uniqueness and culture of this country especially with the number of visitors that will soon be pouring in for Expo 2020”.

Talking about 2019 trends, Victoria explained that biophilic design is the way forward for Dubai and other GCC countries. “Biotech is a diverse discipline that looks at how science and technology evolve and work with each other to push boundaries and move forward to achieve environmental improvements, health benefits, and super connect with future. Taking that as inspiration, Dubai as well as other GCC countries, which have a unique environmental position, has the opportunity to adopt biophilic design and be a hero city for biophilic design in the World if the city planners and architects integrate nature, sense of wellbeing, sustainability while addressing the resources within the architecture of this region”.

“The millennial generation in the region are best placed to turn what this great location can be into reality. The millennial designers in the UAE, and the wider Middle East understand and respect their culture and heritage, and also have a global outlook. They are educated abroad or owing to technology are aware of everything happening in the world. They want to bring that worldview home while preserving the culture and heritage of the land, and therefore are absolutely key for the future of the region’s design sector”, continued Victoria.

Redshaw concluded by saying, “We cannot put a price tag on our planet, we need to look after where we currently live. The UAE is leading the way in the region to incorporate sustainability at all levels. For example, sound rules and regulations have been instated to control food wastage. It will be ideal to see similar efforts taken to control glass and plastic wastage. For this, the region can look towards the west, and other parts of the world where post-consumer waste is converted to materials to be used within interiors, and the building industry”.

The increased focus on sustainability ahead of Expo 2020 in Dubai is evident in this official statement, “the 4,500 sqm ‘Opportunity Pavilion’ will be built using 2,500 tons of stone and organic materials including timber and over 100 kilometers of rope. All the materials that will be used in the pavilion’s construction are recyclable, with no concrete”.

Event director, Samantha Kane MacDonald said, “The response from exhibitors, visitors, and speakers at INDEX has been nothing but positive. We had 300 exhibitors at the Show from Europe to China, and all have reported three solid days of conducting business and networking. One of the key segments of the Show are the seminars at the Design Hub which were all well attended. I am thrilled that we had a successful Show and look forward to putting together the next edition of INDEX that will take place in September 2019”.

ENDS.

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About dmg events
dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business across multiple platforms.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 350,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry leading events such as the Big 5 construction shows and the ADIPEC and GASTECH energy events.

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT, www.dmgt.com), one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.

About DMGT
Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) an international portfolio of information, media and events businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange.

DMGT manages a diverse, multinational portfolio of companies, with total revenues of around £1.5bn, that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news and entertainment.

DMGT is also a founding investor and the largest shareholder of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC and ZPG PLC.

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Security and Collaboration for a Safer and More Secure Exhibition Industry
 
Sep 22, 2018
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Geneva, Switzerland, 29th August 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Strengthening relationships for a safe and secure exhibition industry at IELA Connect, Shanghai, 15th October 2018.

The safety of exhibitors, visitors and event staff is the highest priority of the exhibitions and events industry.

Since 2012, and as a reflection of new security challenges and concerns in the global logistics landscape, IELA has emphasized safety and security through multiple initiatives. These initiatives bring exhibition venues, show organisers and service providers together sharing best practices and establishing standards of Occupational Health & Safety as well as Security for the entire industry.

Developing Safety & Security Standards and spreading knowledge along education and training programmes, became indeed one of IELA’s passion.

Today, in the ongoing efforts delivering better service, IELA is proud to present the new IELA SECURITY GUIDELINES written in collaboration with Simon Garrett, MD of X-Venture Global Risk Solutions, and a leading security expert in the exh ibition industry.

Proactively strengthening safety & security standards, the IELA SECURITY GUIDELINES are essential for:

• Improving security awareness in the exhibition industry
• Contributing to venue security & exhibition safety
• Shouldering responsibility

IELA, as the industry representative of the global exhibition logistics, has launched a new eventto strengthen the connection between stakeholders of the industry, collaborate on securityissues and boost local awareness: IELA CONNECT.

IELA CONNECT is designed to build a bridge between IELA Members, organisers, venues, associations and press. The first edition will take place in Shanghai on October 15th, 2018 at 18:00 at the JW Marriott Hotel.

Safety & Security is also your priority? Join us and register now.
Let’s connect: Working together for a safer & more secure exhibition industry!

About IELA:
The International Exhibition Logistics Association is the global industry network that provides high-quality performance and expertise in exhibition logistics. IELA is a worldwide trade association dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the transportation logistics and freight handling segments of the exhibition & event industry. Currently, IELA has 171 members and 32 affiliates in 55 countries.

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Communications Manager
IELA
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With 1061 events and record attendance of 8 million HKCEC pledges to Breakthrough‧Advance Together
 
Sep 12, 2018
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(Hong Kong, 12 September 2018) --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) continues to be the preferred venue for international organisers staging world-class exhibitions and conferences in Hong Kong. During the fiscal year 2017-2018 (July 2017 to June 2018), a total of 1,061 events were held at the HKCEC, including 118 exhibitions and 166 international and local conferences, along with hundreds of corporate meetings, banquets and entertainment events. During the year, the HKCEC welcomed an attendance of over 8.2 million*, including exhibitors, trade buyers, conference and meeting delegates, event visitors, banquet guests and restaurant customers.

The 118 exhibitions and 166 international and local conferences cover diverse topics such as start-up, franchising, diving and resorts, technology for the elderly, finance, medical science, cloud technology, amusement and theme park, etc.

Seven new exhibitions and 69 new conferences were successfully held at the HKCEC, including Gourmet Asia 2018, and China Guardian (HK) 2017 Autumn Auctions, The 33rd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Annual Conference 2018.

The outstanding business performance is complemented by 23 awards and certificates, in recognition of service quality, community service, and environmental protection. These recognitions include Champion in the “Outstanding Venue Award” at the 2017 AFECA Asian Awards, organised by Asian Federation of Exhibitions and Convention Associations; “Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia-Pacific” in the 2018 CEI Readers’ Choice Award conducted by CEI Asia magazine; 15 Years Plus Caring Company logo by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service in 2018.

Ms Monica Lee-Müller, Managing Director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”), the professional and private management company of the HKCEC, commented, “We are proud of the results, but we would not rest on our laurels. We continue to look for opportunities to improve and share our success with our business partners, staff members and community at large. The commitment is reflected in the 30th anniversary slogan: Breakthrough‧Advance Together. A series of infrastructure and technological upgrade are already in progress.”

During FY2017-18 the HKCEC welcomed an attendance of over 8.2 million* and a total of 1,061 events, which included:
o 118 exhibitions:
 47 trade exhibitions, 25 trade and public exhibitions, 46 public exhibitions
 110 recurrent exhibitions, 7 new exhibitions, 1 returning exhibition
o 166 conferences or conventions:
 39 international conferences, 13 new to the HKCEC
 127 local conferences, 56 new to the HKCEC
o 51 entertainment and special events
 22 concerts, 4 film shows
o 355 banquets
o 371 other events, including corporate events, media conferences, seminars, and corporate meetings.

From its opening in 1988 through to 30 June 2018, the HKCEC has hosted 47,521 events and welcomed an accumulated attendance of over 112 million.

For further information, please contact:
Miss Gloria Fong
Senior Manager – Corporate & Marketing Communications
Tel:+852 2582 7918
E-mail: gloriafong@hkcec.com

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Govt of Maharashtra Supports Mumbai World Tea Coffee Expo 2018 For Its Efforts To Promote These Vital Sectors In Maharashtra
 
Sep 06, 2018
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Being held every year at Mumbai, the 2018 edition of World Tea Coffee Expo has received support from the Government of Maharashtra recognising its role is establishing Mumbai & Maharashtra as the pivotal destination for players in the Tea, Coffee & Allied industries to congregate and do business. Thanks to WTCE, Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India, has become the favoured location for national and international stakeholders to explore business and enhance trade opportunities. Country pavilions from Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and many others shall be a major feature at this expo.

The 6th edition of World Tea Coffee Expo, India’s only international trade fair focussed on the Tea, Coffee and allied sectors shall be held at a new venue namely Nehru Centre Worli Mumbai and shall be spread over 2 floors. With 90+ exhibitors from 8 countries including government pavilions and 4000+ trade visitors, WTCE 2018 shall be held from Thursday 29th Nov to Saturday 1st Dec 2018 and marks South Asia’s largest dedicated annual gathering of the Tea, Coffee and related segments. The Expo offers huge potential for appointing Distributors, Bulk orders, joint ventures, franchising, networking, knowledge-sharing, meeting government officials, marketing alliances, and overall branding.

WTCE showcases latest innovative products, machineries, packaging, technologies, vending solutions, flavours, sugar, stevia, flavours, Retail Chains, certifications, Premixes, government boards etc. IN 2017, WTCE had showcased products/technologies from over 70 exhibitors with Govt Pavilions from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal attracting 3700+ visitors. The 3-day trade fair at Mumbai had witnessed some major networking among business community in the form of bulk deals, joint ventures and alliances, franchise enquiries, appointment of agents and generation of versatile business leads. WTCE is visited by buyers from a host of countries including USA, EU, UAE, UK, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, China, Nepal, Iran, Russia etc alongwith with India.

Thanks to the proliferation of café culture phenomenon, market is growing rapidly with the entry of many local and regional players offering specific products for multiple end-users. With anticipated attendance from more than 4000 serious buyers from across the globe, companies participating at WTCE can substantiate their foothold in the market or enter newer markets. Since its launch in 2013, the expo has brought global industry players closer, enabled mega deals in addition to being the ideal launch pad for new products in the Indian markets especially for SMEs who don’t have large budgets who aspire for national / international expansion

Apart from representatives from the Hot Beverages Sector, the expo also attracts some major stakeholders from related sectors including Hoteliers and Institutional Caterers, Restaurateurs / Cafe owners / Resorts/ Caterers, Airlines representatives, Importers & Exporters, Hotel Suppliers Dealers, Mass Grocers, Supermarkets & Malls, Purchase Managers of large offices &retail chains, Packaging professionals, Dieticians / Nutritionists / Food Professionals, Chefs and cooking experts, Tea & Coffee Aficionados etc.

The Conference and Workshops impart deeper understanding of and appreciation for the trade especially the challenges of expanding online. For further information please log onto www.worldteacoffeeexpo.com or call on +912228625132 or email to info@worldteacoffeeexpo.com

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Seafood Expo Asia’s Three-Day Event Starts Today
 
Sep 04, 2018
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HONG KONG, 4 September, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Seafood Expo Asia opens its 9th edition today to welcome thousands of international seafood professionals. The three-day expo is the region’s leading showcase of the world’s latest and best live, fresh, frozen and value-added seafood products, satisfying buyers’ sourcing and purchasing needs. As an ideal business-matching platform, visitors have the opportunity to network with worldwide suppliers and learn about the latest seafood trends, join a series of interactive culinary demonstrations and watch the exciting annual Young Chef Challenge . Organized by Diversified Communications, Seafood Expo Asia takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this week from 4-6 September, 2018.

This year’s exposition features 224 exhibiting companies from 34 countries, including new participating countries Bulgaria, Fiji, Greece, Kiribati, Monaco, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Romania, Solomon Islands and Tonga. Twenty-one country and regional pavilions are represented this year, with new pavilions from China, Ireland, Korea, Japan and Solomon Islands, each showcasing their own unique, local premium products to the seafood community.

“Seafood Expo Asia attracts industry buyers from restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, catering services, importers and distributors looking to source new products and discover the latest market trends and demands,” says Event Director, Ms. Iris Kwan. “According to the 2017 visitor survey results, 84% of the respondents indicated that they would attend again in 2018. Buyers from over 65 countries in Asia, Oceania, North America, and Europe attend Seafood Expo Asia every year, which is a testament to the exposition’s prominence in the seafood industry.”

One of the ‘must attend’ areas on the exhibition floor is the Tasty Kitchen, a new event featured in the Product Showcase. The open and engaging market-style setting Product Showcase provides a one-stop sourcing platform with all kinds of new products and best sellers brought by international suppliers. Visitors have the opportunity to taste a variety of unique seafood products from Canada, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Romania and Thailand.

Among the products presented throughout the exposition, buyers can discover some of the latest and finest products highlighted in the Product Showcase and Tasty Kitchen.For the full Product Showcase and exhibitor listing, please visit www.seafoodexpo.com/asia/.

About Seafood Expo Asia
Seafood Expo Asia is a trade event where buyers and suppliers of seafood from around the world come together to network and conduct business in the lucrative Hong Kong and Asia Pacific markets. The event’s ninth edition takes place from the 4-6 September 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong. SeafoodSource.com is the exposition’s official media covering industry news year-round. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications and is co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong.http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia.

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. The company's global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit:http://www.divcom.com

Hong Kong
Ruby Cheung
Cred Communication Limited
Tel: 2110 3519
Mobile: 6742-9372
Email: ruby@credcommunications.com

USA
Christine Pedersen, Marketing Director
Diversified Communications
Phone: +1 207-842-5488
Email: cpedersen@divcom.com

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Finland comes to Singapore to Boost Collaboration in Start-Ups and Innovation
 
Aug 31, 2018
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More than 20 companies from Helsinki will be in Singapore to seek partnerships with Singapore companies - especially start-ups to develop
breakthrough AR and VR technologies and digital solutions in healthcare and wellness

SINGAPORE, August 30, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Come and experience Finland in Singapore. That is the theme of Finland's latest mission to Singapore from September 12 to 19, 2018.

Imagine looking up at the Northern Lights in the Arctic circle and being transported to the Finnish capital of Helsinki – dubbed by some as the coolest tech hub in Europe – without being physically there, thanks to the deployment of both virtual and augmented reality (VR & AR) exhibits at the Virtual Helsinki booth at Slush Singapore – the premier launch pad for start-ups in Southeast Asia which brings together investors and entrepreneurs and innovators across the globe.

Virtual Helsinki is created by the Finnish firm Zoan which specializes in interactive VR and 3D environments and the creator of Moomins (popular Finnish cartoon characters) in VR, as well as a number of real-estate projects and virtual experiences from Mars to Finland's nature. Also, on display will be a slew of digital VR and AR innovations used in healthcare and wellness environments. One of these is a mobile health game to aid chronically ill children during medical treatment by the Finnish start-up, Triumf Healthcare.

Triumf is part of the Finnish ICory consortium which partners include research institutions, hospitals, start-ups and other bigger corporations. ICory will be exploring collaboration with two hospitals in Singapore: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)and National University Hospital (NUH).

Her Excellency, Ms Paula Parviainen, Ambassador at Embassy of Finland in Singapore, noted, “In Finland, investments into start-ups has hit a record high of €349 million in 2017. A report provided by the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) and the Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA), highlighted that the most significant change has been the increase in the number of foreign investors in Finland, as foreign investments surged by 33% to €208 million while the number of foreign investment has increased tenfold since 2010.

These figures show that Finland is now a strong magnet for start-ups and investors. We are therefore keen to reach out to Singapore and the region to encourage their start-ups to partner our Finnish entrepreneurs and technopreneurs to come together to collaborate and develop more cutting-edge innovations and solutions and open new markets. We want to match make and nurture win-win partnerships between Finnish and Singapore companies."

One of the schemes that companies here can participate is the Finnish Start-Up Permit scheme which allows them to benefit from Finland's vibrant start-up ecosystem. The permit is meant for innovative start-up founders coming from countries outside the European Union.

Ms Marjo Ilmari, Executive Director, Start-up & Fast Growth at Business Finland, said: “At Business Finland, we create new growth by funding innovations and supporting companies to go global. Our role is to build up Finnish start-up community to the next level together with the stakeholders and investors. We identify digital innovations at a young stage and help them build scalable business models in various industries.

“To grow this community, we plan to attract both talent and investments to Finland and therefore we look forward to work with Singapore to expand our eco-system and network of start-ups and investors. We are showcasing in Singapore - several Finnish companies and their innovations at a series of events which include SLUSH 2018, the launch of the Nordic Innovation House, holding of HeathTech workshops and more."

With more than 140 Finnish companies based in Singapore, Finland hopes to strengthen its business and innovation links with Singapore, particularly in ICT (information. Communications & Technology) and healthcare sectors. Thanks to its robust talent pool and research expertise, combined with Finland’s leadership in IT and communications, form a vibrant med-tech industry in the Helsinki region, Finnish firms have become some of the early pacesetter in health-related digitalisation with Finland having the world’s highest number of digital health start-ups relative to the size of the country

Demand for VR and AR solutions is also rising rapidly. Between 2015 and 2016, the combined revenue of Finnish XR or extended reality companies in Finland increased by 94% and combined XRspecific revenue increased by 368%. XR initiatives can get funding and support from a new incubator programme - Nordic VR Start-ups (Source: TEKES - AR-VR Industry of Finland - 2017)

About Finland
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4 HKTDC August Fairs, Chinese Medicine Conference Conclude
 
Aug 20, 2018
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20 August 2018 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 29th Food Expo, the 10th Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the third Beauty & Wellness Expo and the fifth Home Delights Expo, as well as the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products which is jointly organised with the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd, concluded successfully today. The four HKTDC fairs attracted a record number of nearly 2,100 exhibitors and drew 510,000 visitors.

Targeting trade buyers, the Food Expo’s Trade Hall and the Hong Kong International Tea Fair opened from 16-18 August. “The HKTDC organised over 100 buying missions from 27 countries and regions to visit the exhibitions and source products. The atmosphere at the events was great, and a large number of trade buyers reported satisfactory results. The Food Expo’s Trade Hall attracted more than 21,000 trade buyers, an increase of 3.5% compared with last year,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau.

Ideal Business-matching Platform Creating Trade Opportunities

The Food Expo’s Trade Hall gave international buyers a one-stop sourcing platform. Sheik Rajena, the Regional Director of Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin Co. Pte Ltd from Singapore, said they had already placed an order with a Chinese mainland supplier for a shipping container of confectionery worth in excess of US$100,000. “Negotiation is underway with an Iranian exhibitor for a container of dried figs worth about US$120,000, and with a Hong Kong exhibitor for a variety of chocolates with an estimated value of US$150,000.”

This year, Thailand’s Department of Industrial Promotion organised a Thailand pavilion at the HKTDC Food Expo for the first time, bringing in 16 food producers. One exhibitor has received an order from a Singaporean buyer for a container of crispy chicken sticks. Another company secured orders for three containers of food from Japanese and Korean buyers. The responses were very encouraging.

Jerzy Szostek, a buyer from Poland, visited the Tea Fair and talked to more than 30 Chinese mainland tea suppliers at the fair. He planned to buy five to 10 containers of green tea and black tea a year from his favoured suppliers.

Beauty & Wellness Expo: Korean Products Sold out at “K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong” Pavilion

The third Beauty & Wellness Expo ran from 16-20 August. This year, the HKTDC teamed up with the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) for the first time to launch a “K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong” pavilion under the theme of “Stylish K-Beauty”. The pavilion featured a wide variety of products from 45 Korean brands, which were greatly welcomed by consumers.

Timothy Park, Overseas Business Manager of Manseok Tech Co. Ltd from Korea, said: “Since Hong Kong is a good market for Korean skincare products, we are participating at the Beauty & Wellness Expo for the first time. We hope to expand into the Asian market through the expo, to collect valuable customer feedback about our products and to look for distributors. Through the HKTDC’s business matching service, we have met with a few distributors from Hong Kong who are very interested in our products. Consumers also like our products; the oxygen moisturising cream and eyelash curlers were sold out at the expo. We estimate our sales at the five-day expo would reach HK$100,000.”

The concurrent Home Delights Expo was also welcomed by the public. ITSU World (HK) Limited participated as a first-time exhibitor this year, and its Operations Director Hei Ho noted: “We already sold more than HK$150,000 worth of massage chairs on the first day of the expo and we expect our sales turnover to hit HK$1.2 million by the end of the expo. The expo is a good place to promote our brand and do business.”

Pilot Food Container Lending Service and Cooperation with Charities in Food Waste Collection

To promote “plastic-free” living, an on-site food container lending service was pilot-run at the Food Expo this year. Visitors could borrow a reusable food container with wooden utensils at a cash deposit of HK$20, and reclaim the deposit by returning the used food container when leaving the fairground. The service was run jointly by the HKTDC, NWS Holdings Limited and social enterprise BottLess, with the wooden utensils sponsored by Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited.

“We are pleased to see positive responses from visitors to the food container lending service. Despite being a trial run this year, it has effectively raised environmental awareness among the public. Some visitors even brought their own utensils and food containers in support of the cause,” said Mr Chau. “We will learn from this year’s experience and will hopefully expand the scale of the lending service with enhanced promotion next year, bringing across the message of ‘waste reduction at source’.”

The HKTDC continued to cooperate with “food rescue” charities, Food For Good and Food Angel, to collect and recycle packaged edible food and food waste at the fairground, and to invite exhibitors to donate food to needy communities after the fair.

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