Boatbay Launches First Boat Rental Marketplace in Asia Pacific and Middle East

Boatbay Launches First Boat Rental Marketplace in Asia Pacific and Middle East

20th August 2014, Singapore – Boatbay ( announced the official launch today of the first boat rental marketplace in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Boatbay is a community driven website connecting boat and yacht owners, with people looking to rent, charter or crew watercraft of any kind. Boatbay’s focus is on people who wish to rent a boat located within Asia Pacific or the Middle East, which are massive growth markets for travel, leisure and lifestyle.

The average boat owner uses their boat 15 days a year, while spending a fortune in storage and maintenance fees with no way to offset these costs. Boatbay lets an owner earn money out of his or her boat, while making quality lifestyle boating affordable to everyone.

Tim Gundry, co-founder of Boatbay is all too familiar with the costs of boating, “the expenses really add up. The advantage of using Boatbay is that you can offset these expenditures while still enjoying boat ownership”.

Boatbay allows boat owners and boat charter companies to list their boat at no cost. All the boat owner has to do is to add some photos, a description, contact information and pricing. The owner can rent or charter their boat with themself as the captain; or select a captain of their choice or rent to someone with a boat license.

 Boat renters can browse listings across their chosen destination, find a boat they like, select dates and book. Boatbay takes a small commission on consumed bookings and the owner gets the rest. Boat rental rates vary according to the size of the boat ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

 “A wide variety of watercraft can be found on Boatbay” added Tim Gundry. “Boat renters can search and rent a luxury motor yacht in Sydney, a sports fishing boat in Dubai, a 1906 Danish built sailing yacht in Phuket or even a submarine in Bali”.

 “We are seeing an increasing amount of people taking to the water for a growing variety of reasons, such as hosting a corporate event or birthday party, fishing, water skiing, recreation and family holidays. Recreational boating is a $50 billion dollar industry and Boatbay enriches people’s lifestyles by enabling fresh social experiences. A 24 foot boat that costs $35,000 to buy is available on Boatbay for rent as little as $150 a day”.

Tim continues, “Boatbay not only improves industry efficiency, but enables transparency and reduces risk. We are building a peer-to-peer driven community which empowers people to write and post user reviews of boat owners, yacht charter companies, and those who rent or charter boats”.

He concludes “Boatbay is the airbnb for boating, yachting and people who want to experience a social activity on the water”.

For more information about Boatbay – visit or


Konica Minolta Redefines Document Security and Compliance with the Launch of Konica Minolta Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

Konica Minolta Redefines Document Security and Compliance with the Launch of Konica Minolta Enterprise Content Management (ECM)


18th August 2014, SingaproeKonica Minolta Business Solutions Asia is proud and excited to launch its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Solution, a dynamic system to help offices manage content across enterprise to maximise how data can be used, in Singapore and Malaysia.

Konica Minolta understands that as content continues to grow, enterprises need help to process the data securely and use it effectively. The company’s ECM Solution addresses the rising concern of security and compliance while optimising the process flow, making it productive and secure from the entire document lifecycle. The ECM Solution enables businesses to minimise risks, providing customers with a total visibility of the process, documents and information while reducing total cost. In addition, the ECM Solution also helps to capture, manage, process, distribute and centralise important business content in secure location without compromising compliance. It can help boost productivity while encouraging collaboration among users and allow for easy sharing of information, as users can work on the same document at the same time, eliminating non value-added tasks and saving time.

“Konica Minolta recognizes the changing needs that occur with the changes in how people work and mobility. With Konica Minolta ECM Solution, users have the ability to manage the workflow across departments and externally, and make faster decisions with optimized processes, resulting in improved productivity,” said Mr. Jonathan Yeo, General Manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia.

Konica Minolta leverages the power of technology with its bizhub Extended Solution Technology (bEST), where it is an open interface technology incorporated into Konica Minolta devices to serve as a shared platform for enhancing the work environment. With this, third party applications can be integrated into Konica Minolta devices and users can move information faster with integrated control at the touchscreen of the bizhub Multi-Function Printers. With Konica Minolta ECM solution, users just need to scan and let system do the work of auto capturing, indexing, foldering and initiating workflows for processing or approvals.

To manage the dispersed information, Konica Minolta Enterprise Content Management Solution captures the information right at the source regardless of the format and organises them in a unified system. In addition, by automating repeatable steps in the processes, it can reduce errors and ensure consistency and accuracy. Reports can be generated, providing users with full visibility to take control of the processes. Organisations are also able to define records retention policies while adhering to regulatory and legal compliance.

With ECM Solutions, organisations enjoy multiple benefits of reduction in operating costs, minimisation of risks and improvement of customer service as time and effort are saved in locating documents. The new product, supported by Konica Minolta’s top-notch customer service, is simply the perfect solution for organisations which would like to address the concerns of modern enterprises at the same time.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia
Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a leading company in advanced document management technologies and Managed IT Services for the desktop to the print shop, brings together unparalleled advances in security, print quality and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhub® multi-function products (MFPs); bizhub PRESS® and bizhub PRO® production print systems; magicolor® color printers; and pagepro® monochrome printers. Konica Minolta also offers software solutions and optimised print services to reduce document output cost, improve productivity and optimise office environment, backed by impeccable service and support team.

Konica Minolta adopts a proactive effort in reducing global environmental impact through its green product lifecycle.

In line with its core message “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta endeavours to respond to its customers’ needs across the world with relentless creativity, innovation and advance technology.

Konica Minolta is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. bizhub is a registered trademark of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.


Three Moms Get A Time Out in LIFETIME Asia’s First Original Production


18th August 2014, Singapore – LIFETIME debuts its new family reality series Mom’s Time Out on August 28, featuring three families from Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines as they undertake a role reversal social experiment. The three moms take a 5-day holiday in Vietnam together, leaving the dads to manage their kids and household. Premiering every Thursday at 9pm (SIN/HK), the five half-hour series showcases the interesting and sometimes funny results when these typically hands-off dads are left in charge.

“We wanted to explore the idea that being a mom is an attitude and not just a biological relation, so we tested this out on three fathers from Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. As our first original production for Lifetime it was a fun and relatable subject for us to cut our teeth on,” said Chris Humphrey, Director, Production for A+E Networks Asia.

Mom’s Time Out encourages the theme of family, a strong focus in Asian culture, and attracted brands such as Angsana Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam, KidZania Kuala Lumpur, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, The Little Big Club, and Huggies® Singapore to be part of the series.

Mom’s Time Out will bring to viewers an interactive second screen experience through a weekly parenting discussion. Viewers can stand to win a 3D2N stay for 2 at Angsana Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam when they download the ScanAd app on their Apple and Android devices. They can also participate in discussions such as managing a child’s social habits to handling a child’s tantrums.

“We are delighted to host the hardworking mothers of Mom’s Time Out. With breathtaking views of the East Sea and mountain landscapes, the chic and contemporary Angsana Lăng Cô is a fun-filled tropical getaway offering endless activities and relaxation options. We are confident that the moms will treasure their Time Out at Angsana Lăng Cô and really enjoy exploring Central Vietnam.” shares Jacqueline Kennedy, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Angsana Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam.

Themed Attractions and Resorts, which operates famed theme parks KidZania Kuala Lumpur, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, and The Little Big Club is proud to provide educational and recreational destinations for the families of

Mom’s Time Out. “Destinations which offer something relevant and useful to parents and kids give added value to family bonding and our attractions do just that by providing hours of quality family playtime,” Themed Attractions and Resorts Philip Whittaker, Chief Marketing Officer says.

“We have long been a companion of mothers and fathers in caring for their babies. Through the series, we hope to encourage more parents to choose only the best partner to cater to their baby’s needs,” adds Josephine Soh, Senior Brand Manager for Kimberly-Clark (Singapore).

Catch the amusing family adventures in Mom’s Time Out this August on LIFETIME. For more information, visit


LIFETIME™ is available on StarHub TV Ch 514.


Lifetime™ is an entertainment destination offering the highest quality dramas, movies and reality. A television network infused with passion and empowerment, it is the leading channel for women in the US. Lifetime™ reflects the full spectrum of the modern female experience, delivering top tier, female-focused entertainment that encourages co-viewing.

About A+E Networks™ Asia

A+E Networks™ Asia is owned by the award-winning, global media content company, A+E Networks™, which is dedicated to offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks Asia is comprised of Lifetime®, HISTORY®, bio.®, H2™ and Crime & Investigation

Network®. A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its portfolio in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.


A+E Networks_Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, Asia Pacific

12th August 2014, Singapore – A+E Networks® has appointed Prem Kamath as Deputy

Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, effective in August. The announcement was made today by Alan Hodges, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, to whom Mr. Kamath will report.

Based in Singapore, Mr. Kamath will provide leadership and strategic direction to the commercial, financial and operational functions of A+E Networks Asia, A+E Networks’ wholly-owned Southeast Asia business. He will also provide strategic support for A+E Networks’ portfolio of businesses throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Working closely with Mr. Hodges, he will be responsible for managing growth and ensuring financial goals are achieved.

Mr. Kamath will oversee A+E Networks Asia’s Ad Sales, Affiliate Sales, Operations, Programming and Marketing groups. He will have oversight of negotiations with affiliates, suppliers, clients, and institutions for the company’s portfolio of channels, including HISTORY, Lifetime, H2, Crime + Investigation and BIO.

As a key member of A+E Networks’ international leadership team, Mr. Kamath will also be involved in developing strategy for the division.

Mr. Kamath joins A+E Networks from STAR India Pvt. Ltd, where he was Executive Vice

President & General Manager, overseeing Channel V and Star Pravah. He took Channel V from the No. 8 channel in the youth entertainment space to the top spot and has kept it there for the past two years.

“Prem is a proven innovator with a stellar track record of taking international media brands and not only making them genre leaders but also expanding the genre in local markets,” says Hodges. “Prem’s strategic and operational experience will be crucial for driving growth and commercial development in this region.”

Mr. Kamath also held the top marketing post for all of the Star Network channels before becoming the business head for Channel V and Star Pavah. Prior to joining STAR, he held the position of Associate Vice President at Leo Burnett Worldwide in India.

About A+E Networks

A+E Networks, LLC. is an award-winning global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of A&E® Network, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, FYI™, H2™, HISTORY en

Español™, Crime + Investigation™, Military HISTORY™, Lifetime Real Women®, A&E

IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 160 countries. A+E Networks, LLC. is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

Big Blog Exchange 2014 – Vote for Us Now!


Big Blog Exchange 2014 – Vote for Us Now!


12th August 2014, Singapore – The Big Blog Exchange 2014 is run by Hostelling International and is an exciting and unique project where 16 passionate bloggers swap blogs and countries with each other simultaneously for 10 days – and share their experience with the world. The project was first explored in 2013 and was a great success engaging over 1200 bloggers across 100 countries.

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Japan’s Cable TV station to distribute branded content via Mynewsdesk


4th August, 2014, Japan – Hiroshima Prefecture is also home to more than more than 25,000 businesses in secondary sectors. It holds a huge potential of businesses seeking to expand globally. Prime for businesses producing miso and manufacturing of furniture, machine tools and radio control helicopters, the city of Fuchu holds a huge potential of businesses seeking to expand globally.

Cable TV broadcasting service in Fuchu, Hiroshima, Cable Joy has inked agency partnership with Mynewsdesk. They hope to provide global PR support for the local Japanese companies. Cable Joy is Mynewsdesk’s third partner in Japan and is also its first partner with a broadcast partner.

With a mission to support local Japanese businesses, Cable Joy Vice President, Keisuke Kitagawa, said, “We would like to offer Mynewsdesk to the local companies. Telling their brand stories would be the first step towards building their businesses globally. Cable Joy will support the local companies by providing our movie content creation and management services. Content will be branded, and it will be distributed via Mynewsdesk. ”

Cable Joy was founded in 1992 in Fuchu City, Hiroshima prefecture, providing cable TV broadcasting services in Shinichi Cho, Fukuyama City and Kamiishi Kogen Cho.

Mynewsdesk strongly believes in Cable Joy’s vision to help companies grow in the global market.

“As a platform that strives to provide the best possible technology for brands to tell their story in the most effective way, we are keen to see local businesses tap on Mynewsdesk as a springboard for international PR,” said Julia Tan, Team Lead, Asia.

For more information, please visit Mynewsdesk Japan’s newsroom or contact Mynewsdesk Japan( or Cable Joy (Cross Media Department,

About Cable Joy
Since 1992, Cable Joy started broadcast to the area of Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, Shinichi town, Fuchu-cho, Jinsekikogen. They provide provide broadcasting and re-broadcasting of terrestrial digital from broadcast and communications satellites, internet and communication services, community programs, and video production services.



日本事業部長 福井 麻里子

About Mynewsdesk

Mynewsdesk is the world’s leading all-in-one brand newsroom and multimedia PR platform. Over 5,000 brands as diverse as Costa Coffee, Volkswagen, Canon, UNICEF, Changi Airport, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines use their Mynewsdesk newsrooms to publish and distribute their content, achieve greater visibility across search and social media, connect with key influencers, and tell their stories.

aCommerce partners with Jericho Digital Communications for email marketing services

4th August 2014, Singapore – Jericho Digital Communications announced today that aCommerce, the Southeast Asia end-to-end e-commerce solutions provider, will integrate Jericho’s solution as its partner of choice into its current suite of platforms.

aCommerce, with over 250 staff across four of the region’s most robust markets, enables marketing, tech and logistics e-commerce capabilities for brands. The firm has serviced clients such as Blackmores, L’Oreal, HP, Groupon, Huawei and more across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and China.

According to aCommerce Group CMO Sheji Ho, working with Jericho aligns with regional expansion plans.

“To enable multi-national companies to effectively break into the Southeast Asian market we are continuously seeking top-tier partners with enterprise-level tech services,” said Mr. Ho. “With its strong understanding of digital marketing for e-commerce and one of the most capable platforms on the market, we believe that Jericho is an ideal partner.”

Jericho has been experiencing fast regional growth from its Singapore base. Including client wins such as Far East Hospitality, CellarMaster Wines and St George Bank and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

“Our regional team is looking forward to working with such a like-minded partner,” stated Paula Harrison, Group CEO at Jericho Digital Communications. “The combination of aCommerce’s leading e-commerce approach and our data-driven, customer centric communications platform will produce a unique e-commerce digital marketing offering for brands in the emerging online market.

“Online brands can boost their marketing effectiveness through transactional e-commerce communications with triggered one-to-one interactions and strategic campaigns via our single digital communications platform,” concluded Harrison.

The Jericho appointment is effective immediately.

About aCommerce
Having raised one of the largest Series A funding rounds of Southeast Asia, aCommerce is now rapidly expanding as the region’s leading e-commerce service provider. With over 250 staff and operations in Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore, aCommerce provides robust localized e-commerce solutions for global brands such as L’Oreal, LINE, HP, Huawei, Kiehl’s and more. The company offers end-to-end retail services, which includes e-commerce platform design and development, order fulfillment and warehousing, payment gateways, cross border management, localization strategy, delivery and logistics, customer service call centers, creative production and channel management. aCommerce was founded in May 2013 and is headquartered in Bangkok.