iBuy Group Ranked Number One E-Commerce Player in Southeast Asia

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24th June 2014, SINGAPORE iBuy Group, the parent company of DEAL.com.sg, has emerged as the number one e-commerce player in Southeast Asia, based on turnover, according to a ranking by Business Insider Singapore, the Singaporean edition of a leading business and technology news website.

iBuy Group, topped four other ecommerce sites to emerge as the winner in the ranking, with a turnover of S$153 million.

 

 

“Being the region’s favorite shopping site is indeed a significant achievement for us. We will continue to work hard to provide the most compelling online shopping offering to our customers in each of our six Asean markets,” said Patrick Linden, co-founder &CEO, iBuy Group.

 

 

iBuy Group specializes in flash sales as well as traditional e-commerce and is currently valued at S$164 million. The Group has operations throughout Southeast Asia as well as Hong Kong, through its eight digital properties: Beecrazy.hk, Deal.com.sg, Mydeal.com.my, Dealmates.com, LivingSocial.co.id, LivingSocial.com.my, Ensogo.com and Ensogo.com.ph.

 

 

This achievement comes closely on the back of Deal.com.sg’s move into the luxury goods space with the roll out of D’Luxe in Singapore, a dedicated platform that features mainly current season goods from premium luxury brands. Leveraging on its international sourcing network, D’Luxe, aims to deliver the widest variety of primarily current season goods from premium luxury brands at the best possible prices.

 

 

A new Redemption Centre is also slated to be opened in July and will be located at 2 Kallang Avenue, CT Hub, #03-01/02, Singapore S339407.

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About DEAL.com.sg

Founded four years ago, DEAL.com.sg has grown to become the largest flash sale platforms. In Singapore, DEAL.com.sg has consistently presented the largest collection of flash sale offers, as noted by independent market analysts. According to Alexa’s Traffic ranking, it is one of the top ten most visited Singapore-based sites, averaging over a million unique visitors every month.

Dealguru Holdings Pte Ltd, the operator of DEAL.com.sg, in December 2013 announced its merger with three other leading regional e-commerce players to form iBuy Group Limited. The company went on to raise AUD$37 million in an initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:IBY) on 20 December 2013, making DEAL.com.sg one of the fastest companies to go from startup to IPO in just over three years.

About iBuy Group (www.ibuy-group.com)

Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, iBuy Group Limited (ASX:IBY) owns and operates a network of leading e-commerce websites. Headquartered in Singapore, it has operations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. iBuy Group sells discounted branded consumer products online through the websites Beecrazy.hk, Deal.com.sg, MyDeal.com.my, ensogo.com,ensogo.com.ph, livingsocial.co.id and Dealmates.com. It connects over 600 million consumers to retailers by providing ‘best price’ volume discounts on a wide variety of goods. iBuy Group’s vision is to create Asia’s leading e-commerce groups.

GREY GROUP SINGAPORE RETAINS METRO CREATIVE DUTIES

Grey Group Singapore has been retained by Metro Pte. Ltd as their official creative agency to execute their strategic brand communication

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Singapore, 17 June 2014 – Grey Group Singapore today announced that the agency has been appointed as the agency of record for an integrated branding and communications plan for Metro Pte Ltd. department stores. This involves the development of master branding strategy for Metro as a retail brand, launch strategy for the new Metro Centrepoint store and the re-launch of Metro Paragon store with an implementation road map to increase broader consumer loyalty.

 

The win, which followed after a competitive 3-way pitch, sees Grey Group Singapore retaining Metro as a client, a relationship that started 5 years ago. This is one win that reflects the company’s outstanding strategic planning and cross-disciplinary capabilities.

 

Grey Group Singapore’s Chief Executive Officer, Subbaraju Alluri, said: “We are extremely excited that Metro continues to support and trust Grey Group Singapore to take the brand to the next level. Metro is an iconic brand in Singapore. Together with Grey Group, Metro will be setting a new standard in the retail industry – redefining what the department store should be.”

 

“Grey impressed us with their understanding of the Singaporean market, as well as their innovative ideas to revitalize Metro’s brand personality. We are confident their creative concept will inspire audiences to see a familiar brand in a new light. We look forward to working with the Grey team to offer shoppers a new experience every time they visit our stores” expressed David Tang, CEO Metro Pte. Ltd.

 

The scope of work will see Grey implementing strategic brand programmes and campaigns to refresh, revitalize and rejuvenate the Metro brand, by bringing forward the plethora of new and exciting offerings the brand has in store. Grey will begin campaign duties immediately.

 

GREY GROUP SINGAPORE

Grey is the global advertising network of Grey Group. Grey Group ranks among the largest global integrated communications companies. Its parent company is WPP (NASDAQ:WPPGY). Under the banner of “Grey Famously Effective Since 1917,” the agency serves a blue-chip client roster of many of the world’s best known companies: Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Pfizer, Canon, 3M, Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim and Allianz. Grey was featured in FAST COMPANY magazine’s “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World” issue in both 2010 and 2011. In the Asia Pacific region, Grey Group covers 28 cities in 16 countries. For information on Grey Group Asia Pacific, please visit: www.greygroupasiapacific.com.

 

METRO PRIVATE LIMITED

Metro Pte Ltd is a fully-owned subsidiary of Metro Holdings Limited. The retail arm currently operates a chain of four department stores, eleven specialty stores under the Monsoon, Accessorize and M2 brands in Singapore with another nine department stores in Jakarta, Bandung, Makassar, Surabaya and Solo, Indonesia.

The Metro shopping brand is an established household name in the retail industry and offers a wide range of merchandise over 1.4 million square feet of downtown and suburban retail space both in Singapore and Indonesia.

A team of more than 6,900 direct and indirect staff is employed to support its retail business, which has a turnover of more than $211 million as at 31 March 2013.

More information is available at www.metro.com.sg

Just in Time for Father’s Day and the World Cup SingTel Pays Tribute to Asian Dads in Emotional (Yet Manly) Campaign by Ogilvy & Mather Singapore

Produced by renowned Singaporean film director Eric Khoo, SingTel’s TVC and resulting digital and social media effort aim to celebrate and inspire connections among loved ones.

SINGAPORE – SingTel, Asia’s leading communications group, has launched a new TVC, digital and social media campaign by Ogilvy & Mather Singapore, to celebrate and pay tribute to dads across the nation, just in time for Father’s Day (June 15) and the kick off of the World Cup.

“Dads, and Asian dads especially, are not known for their declarations of love and affection. Instead, they convey their love in indirect or roundabout ways. We depict a moment where watching a football match becomes an opportunity for the dad to use his team as a metaphor through which he can express his pride in and love for his son who quickly catches on and reciprocates the compliment. Singaporeans are sure to recognize this emotional, yet undoubtedly masculine, scene as one that is close to their own hearts and families,” said Melvyn Lim, Executive Creative Director, OgilvyOne Singapore.

“Customers are at the heart of our brand. SingTel’s brand strategy is to engage and start dialogues with our customers and community. To connect with our customers on a more emotional level. With Father’s Day coming up, we want to thank our customers for their loyalty while also paying tribute to dads for the vital roles they play in their children’s lives. This video – and its insight into how dads tend to communicate – or sometimes not communicate – their feelings – creates a wonderful opportunity for Singaporeans to share their own stories and connect with their loved ones,” said Johan Buse, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at SingTel.

From late May-June 2014, the 60-second TVC runs on local Singaporean TV channels in the run up to the World Cup and Father’s Day, as well as in cinema chains across the island, on SingTel’s #DadsOwnWay campaign page, and on the brand’s social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

To further stimulate the conversation, SingTel’s YouTube page directs viewers to a dedicated campaign site where consumers are encouraged to tweet examples of how their own fathers show their love and affection. All tweets containing the #DadsOwnWay hashtag are then aggregated and appear directly on the campaign site. SingTel will reward the most interesting and unique stories to be posted by this Sunday, June 15, with special gifts. The video has already garnered more than 106,000 views on YouTube and nearly 4,000 likes on Facebook.

Internationally renowned Singaporean film director and producer Eric Khoo, said, “Being a father of four boys, I know how difficult it can be for me to reveal my love for my sons in a straightforward manner. Being a parent, especially with the younger generation, you’re not really sure how to reach out. But in this simple TVC, when I first read the script, I just felt ‘wow,’ this is the way to go. Sometimes less is more and that’s what we see in this piece. I’m honored to have been a part of it.”

View the SingTel TVC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6wclZa3xT0

#DadsOwnWay campaign page: http://www.singtel.com/fathersday

SingTel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/singtel/posts/10152889113156677

Credits

Project title: Dad’s Own Way

Client: SingTel

Brief: Celebrate and pay tribute to Singaporean fathers

Creative agency: Ogilvy & Mather Singapore

Chief Creative Officer: Eugene Cheong

Executive Creative Director: Melvyn Lim

Creative Directors: Stephen Kyriakou, Shawnn Lai

Art Director: Daphne Tann

Senior Copywriter: Martin Loh

Agency Producers: Cora Chee, Danli Lok

Managing Partner: Chee Yan Yi

Account Management: Cheang Yitshan

Media agency: MEC

Production house: Zhao Wei Films

Exposure: TV, cinema, social media

About Ogilvy & Mather

Ogilvy & Mather is one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. It was named both the Cannes Lions Network of the Year and the EFFIEs World’s Most Effective Agency Network for two consecutive years, 2012 and 2013. The company is comprised of industry leading units in the following disciplines: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; health care communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing; consulting, research and analytics; branded content and entertainment; and specialist communications. O&M services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 500 offices in 126 countries. It is a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY). For more information, visit http://www.ogilvy.com/, or follow Ogilvy on Twitter at @Ogilvy and on Facebook.com/Ogilvy.

Ceylon Paradise of Sri Lanka

Ceylon Paradise of Sri Lanka

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Depart: 6th Aug 2014, Wednesday
Return: 12th Aug 2014, Tuesday
Price: SGD1250 (Twin share) / SGD1550 (Single)
Group Size : 6 (min) / 16 (max)

Highlights:
Negombo known for its huge and old fishing industry
– World Heritage of Lion Rock at Sigirya
– Golden Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO site with the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in country
– The Grand Esala Perahera festival held in Kandy
– Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, the only two of elephant orphanage in the world
– Ceylon tea plantation at Nuwara Eliya
– Galle Fort in the Bay of Galle, built in 1588 by the Portugese
– Stilt fishing where the fishermen sit on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef

Day 1/ Singapore – Colombo (D)
Depart from Changi Aiport, arrive Colombo airport. Transfer to Colombo, check in hotel and rest. Morning visit Kelaniya temple where a dagoba (stupa) was built after Buddha visited the site at 5th century BC. After lunch, visit Colombo town and Fort Station, where it is the terminal of most intercity trains in the country. Busy activities of local commuters in this railway hub. Proceed to Galle Face Green for the sunset. Overnight at Colombo.

Day 2/Sigirya Lion Rock (B/D)
Morning visit to Negombo beach for the fisherman activities and boat ride along Dutch canal to experience the village life. After lunch, driver to ancient city of Sigiriya. Visit the World Heritage Lion Rock, a fortress of ruin capital was built on top of the mountian. Overnight at Sigirya.

Day 3/ Dambulla Cave  (B/D)
Check out and drive to Golden Temple of Dambulla, a cave temple dated 2nd centuries BC. Continue to visit Nalanda Gedige which is one of the remarkable archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. After lunch, arrive at Kandy, the center of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka and visit the handicraft village. Overnight at Kandy.

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Day 4/ Kandy (B/D)
Visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage,  a nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. Back to Kandy town for city walk at your own leisure. Late evening, proceed to location for the Esala Perahera festival. Overnight at Kandy.

Day 5/Nuwaraeliya (B/D)
After breakfast, drive to Nuwaraeliya the center of hill country. En-route visit a tea plantation to understand the manufacture of the world famous Ceylon tea. After lunch, drive to Galle Fort. Sunset at Galle fort and overnight at Galle.

Day 6/ Galle (B/D)
Sunrise over Indian Ocean from Galle fort. The fort was originally built by Portugese and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO. We will spend rest of the day to explore the city of Galle. Overnight at Galle.

Day 7/ Stilt Fishing (B)
Sunrise and witness the traditional tilt fishing at southern of Sri Lanka.  Proceed to airport in late morning.

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Package Inclusions :
Fully private tour in vehicle with extra seat for photography equipment
– 7 nights accommodation at comfortable hotel
– AC room and twin sharing basis
– All entrance fees and permit
– All meals as per itinerary above
– Xing Asia tour leader
– Photography guidance by Master Photographer (MPAUK)

Exclusions :
International flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Participants to purchase flight tickets only upon trip confirmation)
– Visa entry to Sri Lanka (if applicable)
– Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
– Additional beverages (including alcohol) not included in meals
– Any other incidental expenses incurred by participants
– Tips for both driver and local guide per person (voluntary basis)

Remarks
Weather :
– Colombo temperature : 32° / 24°
– Kandy temperature : 28° /  19°

Fitness :
Able to carry own photography equipment and personal chores

Gear :
Wide angle to tele range
– Graduated neutral density filter, Neutral density filter, Circular Polarizer (CPL), Tripod
– Suggest to carry another spare body, battery, and charger. If your equipment stops working during the trip for whatever reason, it is unlikely to find a repair shop or buy a replacement.

Suggested airline and flight detail as follow :
Airline : Emirates Airline
– Price : Promotion from SGD468 onwards
– Depart : Wednesday 6 Aug 2014 / 77W / 0050  0155
– Return : Tuesday 12 Aug 2014 / 77W / 1505  2135

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We differentiate ourselves by creating a platform for people to share and express their passion through immersing themselves in the local culture and lifestyles, befriending the locals and giving back to the community.

Our mission is to ensure that your photographic travel experience expands your soul, refresh your perspectives and rejuvenate your spirit.

Join us for a journey of new beginnings, friendships and an enriching experience! For more trips & information, Please visit www.xing-Asia.com

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Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa Launches New Meeting Facilities

– Leading meetings and events venue in Southeast Asia creates new spaces

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PHUKET, Thailand – June 10, 2014 –Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa today unveiled the new Andaman Room, bringing the total number of meeting and event spaces at the hotel to 16.

The Andaman Room is a versatile space that spans 180 square-meters and can accommodate 130 people in theatre-style seating. The room provides event organisers with a flexible space that can be divided into two rooms, Andaman 1 and Andaman 2. It also offers an adjoining 66 square-meter sheltered outdoor area that can be used for reception or refreshment breaks. The Andaman Room is conveniently located beside the Grand Ballroom and the hotel’s main reception area.

“The addition of Andaman Room will be welcome news to meeting and event organisers across the region,” says David Prince, general manager, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. “Thailand and Phuket remain popular destinations for regional Meetings, Incentive trips, Conferences and Events (MICE) activities. According to TCEB, there was a 5 per cent year-on-year increase in MICE visitors to Thailand in Q1 2014. With the addition of the Andaman Room, the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa is one of the most comprehensive MICE venues in Southeast Asia.”

In 2013, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa launched its renovated Grand Ballroom. The 850 square-meter space is one of the largest in Phuket.

Set on 75-acres along Phuket’s Karon Beach, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa can easily tailor indoor and outdoor areas for small, medium and large groups. It has a dedicated, award-winning MICE team that supports all occasions with event planning tools, tailored menus and creative ways to make events unique.

About Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa

Located in the heart of Karon Beach and just a short 10 minute drive to Patong Beach, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel on the island of Phuket featuring 665 guest rooms and suites encompassing three wings. All rooms have private balconies and a view of the glorious Andaman Sea or the resort’s lush tropical garden. The resort is also home to the finest Spa in the region with an exclusive sanctuary featuring 15 delightful treatment suites and captivating villas providing the ultimate spa experience. Complete your ideal tropical beach getaway with an extensive range of international and Asian cuisine at our exciting dining venues. For more information about our hotel, please visit http://www.phuketarcadia.hilton.com. Social media users can engage with Hilton Phuket

at http://www.facebook.com/hiltonphuket,www.twitter.com/hiltonphuket, and http://www.instagram.com/hiltonphuket.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Founded in 1919 as the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of savvy global travelers at more than 550 hotels across six continents. Hilton is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader in hospitality with Team Members shaping experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Access the latest news at news.hilton.com and begin your journey at http://www.hilton.com or http://www.hilton.com/offers for the latest hotel specials. View a list of official social channels at http://www.hilton.com/social. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market leading brands.

 

Baidu Appoints ihub China as an Authorised Reseller in 14 Countries Across Asia

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Singapore, 11 June 2014 – Baidu [NASDAQ:BIDU], the world’s leading Chinese search engine and developer of award-winning PC, Web and mobile products, has appointed ihub China – the newly formed Digital Agency arm of ihub Media headquartered in Singapore – as an authorised reseller for its online marketing services in 14 countries across Asia, covering all Southeast Asian countries, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives. With ihub China’s regional expertise and presence, advertisers will be able to access Baidu’s suite of online products and easily enter the fast-growing China market.

Presently, Baidu dominates 72% of China’s search engine market share*, and holds a market value of over USD$50 billion. Advertising on Baidu is thus an ideal online marketing solution for brands looking to enhance their online presence and sales in the Chinese market.

“The growth rate in China is exhilarating; people in China are increasingly affluent, and are looking for new ways to get goods and services in off-markets. These are exciting times, and we’re confident that our partnership with ihub will help extend our footprint with advertisers across Asia,” said Paul Chen, General Manager of Baidu Thailand.

“China’s digital landscape is distinct, complex, and requires specific skill sets necessary to scale. With market knowledge and an extensive coverage in Asia, we feel very confident that this partnership will be a win-win for both Baidu and advertisers. We are delighted with this privileged opportunity, and are ready to provide localised support in full force for advertisers looking to foray into the China market.” said George Foo, COO of ihub.

ihub China will bring its experience in performance-based search and direct-response digital campaigns to the Baidu platform, offering a full suite of services including contextual ads based on search queries, user behaviour-based display placement and more.

ihub China is authorised to resell Baidu’s online marketing services in the following countries: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, East Timor, Brunei and India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

* Data Source: Analysis International 2013 Q3

About ihub China

ihub China, a newly formed arm of ihub Media, is a Digital Agency dedicated to developing strategic, cohesive, end-to-end solutions for brands, navigating entry points and bringing its clients to the core of the Greater China Market.

ihub China also provides localised support on multiple digital platforms such as Baidu’s online marketing services, Weibo, WeChat marketing. Our services cover China market entry consulting, website, SEO, SEM, Display Advertising and Social Media Engagement to analytics services.

ihub China is authorised by Baidu to sell its online marketing services in 14 countries across Asia including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, East Timor, Brunei and India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

For more information, visit http://www.ihubchina.com.

About Baidu

Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider and developer of award-winning PC, Web and mobile products. As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find what they are looking for. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu’s ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “BIDU.” Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.

For more information, visit http://www.baidu.com

Singapore’s Anthony Chen Joins 2014 Asia Pacific Screen Awards International Jury

6th JUNE 2014, Singapore – Award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen will sit on the International Jury for this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

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L-R: Michael Hawkins, Philip Green, Anthony Chen, Cr Adrian Schrinner

The appointment was announced at a special event at the private residence of Mr Philip Green, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, and follows Anthony Chen’s 2013 APSA win for Achievement in Directing for his debut feature Ilo, Ilo, the first APSA win for a Singaporean film.

 

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are held annually in Brisbane, Australia, which is also the venue for the upcoming 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit.

 

Brisbane-based APSA Chairman Michael Hawkins said it was a great pleasure to announce talented filmmaker Anthony Chen would be a member of the International Jury for 2014.

 

“It is a special moment for APSA as Mr Chen is the first International Jury member to represent Singapore,” Mr Hawkins said.  “We look forward to his involvement in the event in Brisbane for the second year in a row.”

 

One of Variety magazine’s 10 Directors to Watch, Anthony Chen said APSA was held in high regard because of its discerning and uncompromising quest to recognise the best filmmaking the Asia-Pacific region had to offer.

 

“It is a real honour for me to return to Brisbane as a jury member and even more special to be judging alongside Jury President Asghar Farhadi, a filmmaker I admire and respect greatly,” Mr Chen said.

 

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr Adrian Schrinner also attended today’s event, along with APSA International Nominations Council member Mr Philip Cheah and members of the Singaporean film industry.

 

Cr Schrinner said this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards would be held on Thursday 11 December, a month after the city hosted the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit.

 

“The summit will be the most important gathering of world leaders ever held in Australia, with members representing around 85 per cent of global GDP, more than 75 per cent of global trade and two-thirds of the world’s population,” Cr Schrinner said.

 

“Brisbane is Australia’s new world city, a rising star in the Asia Pacific and a key economic development hub.

 

“It’s estimated that 4000 delegates and up to 3000 media representatives will descend on the city in November and for two days Brisbane will be the capital of the world.

 

“Already considered a world-class destination for business, tourism and education, the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit provides a once in a generation chance for Brisbane to step up and take its place among the emerging new world cities of the 21st century.”

 

As host city of the summit, Australia has invited guest countries including Singapore to participate in the G20 this year.

 

Brisbane and Singapore enjoy close ties, with Singaporean companies like Frasers Hospitality and Silverneedle Hotels currently developing hotel projects in the city’s central business district.

 

Silverneedle’s NEXT Hotel project in Brisbane’s Queen St Mall is on track to open shortly, in time for the G20 Leaders Summit, while Fraser’s Hospitality’s office tower-to-hotel refurbishment project will open early next year.

 

The 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards are presented by Treasury Casino & Hotel and will be held in Brisbane’s City Hall.

 

The awards are supported by Brisbane City Council and managed by economic development board Brisbane Marketing in a unique collaboration with Paris-based UNESCO and FIAPF–International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

 

They recognise and promote cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region: comprising 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people, and responsible for half of the world’s film output.

 

In 2013, 39 films from 22 countries and areas received award nominations.

 

Ilo, Ilo, written and directed by Mr Chen, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Camera d’Or for Best Debut Feature, the first award for a Singapore feature film at Cannes. It picked up over 30 other awards at festivals worldwide including four Golden Horse Awards.

 

Inspired by a real-life maid who worked for Mr Chen’s family when he was a child, Ilo, Ilo chronicles the relationship between a Singaporean family of three and their newly-arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who had come, like many other Filipino women, in search of a better life.

 

For more information on the awards visit www.asiapacificscreenacademy.com

For information on Brisbane, as the host city for the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit, visit www.choosebrisbane.com.au