AYANA Launches New Holiday Promotion!

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Hong Kong, 22 February 2010 – It’s time to pop the Champagne at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, as the property approaches the first anniversary of its rebranding on 1 April and celebrates its latest award as the world’s best spa hotel. 


To mark the occasion, the resort has launched a 1st Anniversary Package from just US$239++ per night. Available for stays between 1 March and 15 June, the promotion allows guests to experience new features including the Rock Bar and the renovated Padi restaurant, and original highlights such as the Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool. The package also includes a signature AYANA gift for every guest upon check-in. 

Do look out for our coming pictorial feature for AYANA Resort! 

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BANGKOK: ADFEST is pleased to introduce an initiative called the ‘Lotus Salute’, which will reward two high-achieving young creative professionals in each Asia Pacific region with free delegate passes to ADFEST.


ADFEST is introducing the Lotus Salute to support affiliated advertising associations in the Asia Pacific, who share ADFEST’s mission to nurture young creative talent in the region.


‘Lotus Salute’ covers participation in all functions at ADFEST as well as Seminars, Award Ceremonies, Film Screenings, meals and coffee breaks, though it does not include travel or accommodation.


"Creative excellence is the raison d’etre at ADFEST and we believe the introduction of Lotus Salute will further encourage creative excellence in each country as well as encourage more participation with national advertising associations and events. At the same time, it would also foster better networking and the exchange of ideas between ambitious young creatives in the region,” says Vinit Suraphongchai, Chairman of the Working Committee at ADFEST.


Affiliated advertising associations can elect ‘Lotus Salute’ recipients however they choose. They might host a national creative competition, for example, or simply present the ‘Lotus Salute’ to young winners in the Grand Prix or equivalent categories at national festivals.


The ‘Lotus Salute’ strengthens ADFEST’s commitment to nurturing young local talent. For the past 8 years, ADFEST has also hosted The Young Lotus Workshop, a program that has proven highly popular and successful.


Organizations who are interested in participating in the Lotus Salute should contact:


The following associations have been invited to take part in the 2010 Lotus Salute program:


Advertising Association of Thailand (AAT)

Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI)

Korea Federation of Advertising Associations (KFAA)

Indonesia Advertising Agency Association (IAAA)

JAF (Japan Advertising Federation)

China Advertising Association (CAA)

Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As)

Vietnam Advertising Association (VAA)

Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore (4As)

Advertising Board of the Philipines (ADBOARD) (Creative Guild)

Taipei Association of Advertising Agencies (TAAA)

Accredited Advertising Agencies

Advertising Agencies Association of Bangladesh (AAAB)              

The Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of Hong Kong(HK4As)

Advertising Association of Pakistan (AAP)

Advertising Agencies Association of Nepal (AAAN)

AWARD (Australasian Writers & Art Directors Association)

Communications Agencies Association (CAANZ)


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BANGKOK: ADFEST is proud to announce it is partnering with one of the most esteemed creative educational organizations in the world – D&AD – to host the 2010 ADFEST+D&AD Academy in Thailand in March 2010.

The partnership will give creatives (aged under 30) in the Asia Pacific region the unprecedented opportunity to start working on their career ‘toolkit’.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the issues behind developing their own creative career, encouraged by inspirational talks from three advertising greats, Sir John Hegarty (Worldwide Creative Director at BBH, London), Paul Brazier (President, D&AD and ECD at AMV BBDO) and Akira Kagami (Executive Officer & Global ECD, Dentsu Inc).

“Since Day 1 almost 50 years ago, D&AD has been a passionate advocate of education, and many of the world’s most revered creative people have taken part in our programs either as students or as professionals to further develop their skills. We’re looking forward to our co-operation with ADFEST – it’s a step towards what we hope will be an increased presence for D&AD in the region,” says Tim O’Kennedy, Chief Executive at D&AD and former Managing Director at Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam.

D&AD is an educational charity that sets the benchmark for creativity during the annual D&AD Awards, which are the most coveted advertising and design awards in the world. D&AD is committed to fostering creative innovation, and invests its profit into its education programmes. This year, for the first time ever, D&AD will bring its educational expertise to Asia in an open session, giving creatives across the region the chance to learn from the world’s best.

“ADFEST has always been passionate about nurturing creative talent in the region, and our partnership with D&AD represents the ultimate opportunity for young creatives to learn from the world’s most knowledgeable advertising experts right here in Asia,” says Jimmy Lam, President of ADFEST.

O’Kennedy will host ADFEST+D&AD Academy, which will take place on Thursday 18 March and Friday 19 March from 10am – 1pm. He will also present a Seminar at ADFEST called, ‘It’s the End of the World as we know it… and I feel fine’ on Saturday 20 March at 11:15-12:00.

At the 2010 ADFEST+D&AD Academy, two different groups of 30 creatives will take part in each session. Enrollment is open on a first-come-first-served basis to all registered delegates at ADFEST 2010 who are aged under 30. The enrollment fee is 1,000 Baht per person.


Please note: To apply, applicants must fill in the Academy application form and submit proof of age along with their delegate number. Enrollment will be confirmed with a confirmation email from ADFEST. Payment must be made at the registration desk upon picking up delegate badges at the Pattaya Exhibition & Conference Hall on Thursday 18 March 2010.


For enquiries, contact:  

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S’pore to host regional marketing congress

S’pore to host regional marketing congress

(Straits Times, Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010)

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Singapore will play host to the first regional marketing conference that allows marketers to trade ideas and showcase their top campaigns.


The Asia Pacific Advertising and Marketing Congress will be held on June 3 and 4 at the Singapore Institute of Management Global Education headquarters in Clementi Road.


Organised by the Institute of Advertising Singapore (IAS), it will screen more than 100 of the most compelling advertising campaigns from 15 countries and territories, including India, China, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.


Each marketer will start with a four-minute video presentation, followed by a six-minute oral presentation drawing attention to key points of the presenter’s campaigns.


There will be a 10 minute session of rapid questioning from the floor.


The live presentations are designed to allow participants to review and discuss marketing trends. And they are expected to help draw about 1,120 participants to the two-day event, from fields including digital media, public relations and advertising.


Congress Chairman Goh Shu Fen hopes the inaugural conference will become the  "Cannes of Asia-Pacific for marketers".


Thousands of delegates from around the world attend the prestigious Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, held annually at the Palais des Festival in France, to view shortlisted work and attend seminars, workshops and masterclasses.


Ms Goh said that as growth rates start to taper off in the fast-growing economies of Asia, the region will need more "smart marketing" to allow companies and associations to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack.


"Singapore is already a regional marketing hub, with the majority of regional marketing heads already based here, including those of Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble," Ms Goh said.


"However, the Congress will definitely raise Singapore’s profile as a marketing and creativity hub."


To qualify to present at the Congress, campaigns must have attained a finalist position in any IAS-recognised award programme.


The IAS has formed an Advisory Council for the Congress comprising six industry marketing leaders.


They include Visa Worldwide’s head of marketing in Asia-Pacific, Mr Dee Dutta; Citigroup’s chief marketing officer in Asia Pacific, Mr Francesco Lagutaine’ and Singapore Airlines’ executive vice president, marketing and the regions, Mr Huang Cheng Eng.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Goh
+65 6220 8382





BANGKOK: ADFEST is excited to announce this year’s Fabulous Four directors, whose short films will premiere during ADFEST 2010.

The 2010 Fabulous Four are:

– Ant McPhail, Director, Luscious International, Sydney

– Pipat Siriruangsakul, Assistant Director at The Bandits, Bangkok

– Rahul Md. Alindib Akbar,, Director, Dhaka

– Yas Shimizu, Production Manager/Assistant Director, Camp KAZ Productions, Tokyo


Every year, ADFEST invites young directors, who have not directed more than 6 films in their film careers, from around the region to create a short film script based on a specific theme. This year’s theme is ‘REFRESH’, which is also the theme of ADFEST 2010, which takes places in Thailand on 18-20 March.

In total, 32 directors from around the Asia Pacific submitted scripts to this year’s Fabulous Four, but only four directors made the final cut after being judged by the region’s most influential and respected producers and creative directors. The identities of the new directors were kept anonymous from the jury members in the judging process.




Sydney director Ant McPhail initially studied Photography and Design before majoring in Digital Production & Post Production. His video art has been displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW.

In Bangkok, Pipat Siriruangsakul has a tremendous love for Asian culture, literature, photography, film, and music. He is an Assistant Director at The Bandits production house in Bangkok.

Rahul Alindib Akbar is from Bangladesh. He began his career as an advertising creative, and was a participant in Young Lotus 2007 and 2008 at ADFEST, where he discovered his passion for film direction.  

In Tokyo, Yas Shimizu is an aspiring director who left for the USA at age 16 and enrolled in Film Studies at the University of Utah. Here, he worked for Sundance Filmmaker’s lab as a production crew member and was devoted to making short films before moving to New York. In 2007 he moved back to Tokyo and started working for Camp KAZ Productions, led by Kazuyoshi Hayakawa, one of the most respected commercial directors in Japan.

This year’s Fabulous Four Short Film premier takes place on Saturday 20 March 2010 at 10am. Delegate passes to ADFEST are on sale at:


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