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The façade focus continues as ALT Limited divulges the more-than 25 years of innovation that has led to it becoming Asian architecture’s one-stop consultancy shop

BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE

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KLAASEN LIGHTING DESIGN

Individual services in a niche market

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MEINHARDT LIGHT STUDIO

Developing lighting strategy and design philosophy

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ASIA In this month’s edition of Asia Outlook, we take a ‘lighter’ look at an industry that has dominated the publication over the past 12 months: construction. This certainly doesn’t represent a more half-hearted overview of the sector, however, rather a more literal look at two businesses pioneering the lighting sector across APAC. The first of which is Klaasen Lighting Studio, a business that has The façade focus continues as ALT Limited divulges the more-than 25 years of innovation that has led to it becoming Asian architecture’s one-stop consultancy shop gone from strength to strength in Asia-Pacific since its Founder, Martin Klaasen saw an opportunity to bring professional lighting services to Singapore in the early 1990s. The enlightening journey continues courtesy of Meinhardt Light Studio, kickstarting a trio of Meinhardt articles set to appear in Asia Outlook over the coming months. Meinhardt EPCM and Meinhardt Facades are yet to come, but the business’ Light Studio operations shine this June and Associate Director, Shaun Teo recalls the challenging, but worthwhile path to industry prominence. Deputy Editor, Phoebe Calver is responsible for both aforementioned, exclusive interviews, and continues to ‘see the light’ via the magazine’s most concerted business travel guide segment to date. Basking in the sunshine that the Maldives, Jakarta and Hong Kong has to offer, her overviews of each location’s proposition to the international community is compounded by my own return to Papua New Guinea where the country’s past 12 months of tourism and corporate progression are dissected. However, coming full circle, our headline act this month once again emanates from planet: construction, and signals a merge between recent façade focuses and a concentration on cladding. ALT Limited’s 25 years of experience has endeared itself to some of the world’s leading architects and building owners, contributing both strands of construction specialty to projects including the GT International Tower, RCBC Plaza, Rockwell Centre, One McKinley and Europe’s tallest residential tower, Landmark Pinnacle. “There are several exciting projects in the Asian region at present - particularly in China – and as we have strategic offices in China, Manila and Kuala Lumpur we are easily able to service the area accordingly,” affirms Company Principal, Joe Theodore Khoury, to turn the lights off at the end of another edition.

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BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE

The Maldives: A Vibrant Adventure Awaits

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KLAASEN LIGHTING DESIGN

Individual services in a niche market

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MEINHARDT LIGHT STUDIO

Developing lighting strategy and design philosophy

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JMS SINGAPORE PTE LTD

A futuristic approach to modern day treatments

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Air quality in Xuzhou was the worst of 74 major Chinese cities in the first five months of this year, according to data from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. The plant shutdowns in Xuzhou have left thousands of workers with only subsistence wages, disrupted businesses along the made the campaign against air The frontlines of China’s war on supply chain and those that rely pollution are moving beyond smog- pollution a national priority and plans on worker spending, according to to advance the drive across China, prone Beijing and surrounding company executives and workers in Xuzhou. cities, driven by an effort to improve expanding its scope to also include water, soil and waste treatment. air and water quality across the Workers in Xuzhou told Reuters It is unclear so far how the campaign that more than 20,000 people were country. will affect China’s economic growth Jiangsu, which boasts China’s out of work due to the shutdown. second-biggest provincial economy, target of 6.5 percent this year. The The Xuzhou Government did not drive has hit industrial output in the immediately respond to a faxed has become the next front in the north, but strong growth in other parts request for comment. battle to clean up the environment of the economy - like real estate and as Beijing seeks to head off public In Lianyungang, a port city next services - has helped soften the blow, discontent and accelerate a to Xuzhou, more than 200 chemical according to official data. transition to a greener economy. companies have been shut since The Xuzhou restrictions - which the February after an industrial zone In recent months, hundreds of Government said would be temporary was exposed on national TV for steel, cement, and coal-fired power for an unspecified period - followed plants, as well as petrochemical illegal sewage disposal. makers, in the major industrial cities a visit by President Xi Jinping in While the area smelled strongly December. During his visit, according of Xuzhou and Lianyungang have of chemicals during a visit by to the official Xinhua news agency, Reuters, locals said air and water been shut as local governments scramble to cut pollution, according he said “the new concept of green quality had improved since the development should be strictly to local authorities. closures, though some complained followed”. The Chinese Government has the measures were too extreme.

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Foxconn Investigating Labour Conditions at China Factory used for Amazon Contract manufacturer, Foxconn said it is investigating a plant in China that makes devices for Amazon.com Inc, after a US watchdog group criticised what it described as harsh working conditions at the factory. A 94-page report by New York-based China Labor Watch that followed a nine-month investigation cited excessive hours, low wages, inadequate training and an overreliance on “dispatch” or temporary workers in violation of Chinese law at the Hengyang Foxconn plant in Hunan province, which makes Echo Dot smart

speakers and Kindle e-readers. “We are carrying out a full investigation of the areas raised by that report, and if found to be true, immediate actions will be taken to bring the operations into compliance with our Code of Conduct,” Foxconn Technology Group said in a statement emailed to Reuters. Taiwan-based Foxconn, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and employs more than a million people.

Foxconn, which also makes Apple Inc iPhones, came under fire in 2010 for a spate of suicides at plants in China. Foxconn pledged to improve working conditions. China Labor Watch said its investigation found that about 40 percent of workers at the plant were dispatch workers, far exceeding the 10 percent limit under Chinese law. Dispatch workers were paid at the same rate for regular and overtime hours, rather than time and a half as required, said China Labor Watch Program Officer Elaine Lu.

summit in the port city of Qingdao was “full of enthusiasm and ambition”. “The key lies in that the Shanghai Spirit, featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development, echoes the theme of the era, in which unilateralism can hardly prevail,” it said. It said criticism of the G7 meeting and praise for the SCO summit marked “an important change”. In the Canadian province of Quebec

at the weekend, US President, Donald Trump threw the G7’s efforts to show a united front into disorder by leaving early, backing out of a joint communique and taking aim at Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The SCO meeting in China at the same time, meanwhile, set what the China Daily newspaper said was a good example for multilateral cooperation, offering a “new vision” for a more just and equitable world. “Against the backdrop of rising unilateralism and anti-globalisation, the SCO’s opposition to trade protectionism in any form is especially encouraging,” said the Englishlanguage daily in an editorial. In a separate piece, the newspaper made the case for a united front against Trump after the G7 debacle.

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Chinese Newspapers Contrast Security Summit Success with G7 Disarray State-run Chinese newspapers crowed about a weekend meeting of a regional security bloc hosted by China, painting it as a harmonious, anti-protectionist counterpoint to the G7 summit in Canada that was marred by acrimony. The Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper, the People’s Daily, asked why the G7 had “ended in disarray” while the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

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India Set to Miss Key Target for Japanbacked Bullet Train Project India is set to miss a December deadline to acquire land for a Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project following protests by fruit growers, government officials said, likely delaying one of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s most ambitious projects. Modi’s office is now monitoring

the project week-to-week, as Indian officials seek to reassure Tokyo that the hurdles can be overcome through intense negotiations with sapota and mango growers in the western state of Maharashtra. Protests, backed by local politicians, have flared up in recent months against attempts to secure sections of a 108-km (67-mile) stretch, which is around one-fifth of the entire bullet train corridor connecting Mumbai with Ahmedabad, the largest commercial city in Modi’s home state of Gujarat. Purav said he would sell his land only if at least one of his two unemployed sons was promised a government job.

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Rising Supply Results in Oil Price Falls Oil prices fell recently as concerns about surging US output and falling demand in China led to JP Morgan cutting its price forecast. In the past three weeks, prices have declined from three-year highs as the market has contended with supply concerns. On Friday, oil prices came under pressure after data suggested Chinese demand was waning and concerns lingered about growing US output. JP Morgan cut its 2018 crude forecast for WTI by $3 to $62.20 a barrel. The bank said geopolitical tensions and lingering risks of supply disruptions may push prices higher during the second half of 2018. It expects prices will head lower late in the year, and remain capped in 2019. The futures contracts dipped after the forecast was issued, and then pared losses. China’s May crude oil imports eased away from a record high hit the previous month, customs data showed, with state-run refineries entering planned maintenance.

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Hainan Airlines Plans to Buy Aviation Assets Hainan Airlines, China’s fourthbiggest carrier, plans to acquire aviation assets valued at 10.48 billion yuan in five firms to boost its route network and competitive edge. The carrier, affiliated with embattled HNA Group, said it would issue shares to up to 10 investors, including Singapore’s Temasek Fullerton Alpha Pte Ltd, to raise up to seven billion yuan to fund aircraft purchases and six other projects, such as engine maintenance and pilot training. Hainan Airlines hopes to upgrade its flight network and develop its aviation

expertise with the acquisitions. Hainan Airlines said the acquisition would result in an ownership change in the Company, which is now controlled by a Chinese provincial regulator. Hainan’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) controls the carrier through SASAC’s stake in Grand China Air Co Ltd. It said after the transaction, its owner will become Hainan Province Cihang Foundation, which is connected to HNA Group.

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India’s Modi Faces Revived Opposition After Setback in Southern State Indian opposition parties have joined forces to snatch power from the country’s ruling party in a big southern state, laying the stage for other such alliances in a direct challenge to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s re-election bid next year. A coalition of Congress and a regional group said they will establish a government in Karnataka state next week, after Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) failed to prove its majority T R AV E L & T R A N S P O R T

India Airlines Spreads its Wings to Escape Airfare War at Home Indian Airlines is turning turning to the international market in search of better returns as the intensifying fight for a bigger share of the world’s fastest growing domestic market - where price is king - drives down profits.

Fujifilm Could Walk Away from Xerox Deal Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp said it may have no choice but to abandon a $6.1 billion merger with Xerox Corp if there is no progress in talks with the US firm’s new board for about half a year. “I don’t have a specific deadline despite bagging more seats than any other party in a closely-fought election. in mind, but it should normally be Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the from several months to six months. If we have nothing by then, it can’t be Congress party - which has struggled helped,” Chief Executive, Shigetaka to make any major political inroads Komori, said in his first media session since Modi stormed to power four since the US photocopier company years ago - said his party will rally regional groups into a common front scrapped their merger deal. A spokeswoman later clarified this against Modi. meant Fujifilm could end merger talks. While global airlines’ profits have been strong since 2015 - though with wide regional variations - Indian carriers are struggling to remain profitable, despite filling nearly 90 percent of their seats and benefiting from a more than doubling of domestic passenger numbers over the past four years. “It is an incredibly tough domestic market, very price sensitive,” said Stephen Barnes, Chief Financial Officer of Singapore Airlines, which operates an Indian carrier, Vistara, in a joint venture with the Tata Group.

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Boeing to Team Up with India’s HAL and Mahindra for Fighter Jet Boeing will partner with India’s state-run Hindustan Aeronautics and Mahindra Defence Systems for local manufacture of its F/A-18 Super Hornet that it is offering for a large Indian fighter acquisition programme, said the US Company. India last week issued a request for information for 110 combat jets for the air force, marking the first step toward a long-delayed deal that could be worth more than $15 billion. The planes have to be built locally as part of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s Make-in-India drive to build a domestic industrial base. Boeing said it stood ready to build an aerospace manufacturing system in India along with its partners that will help India’s own aircraft manufacturing programmes.

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PNG 2018’s Papua New Guinea Petroleum & Energy Summit served as a perfect reminder of how far the country’s infrastructural development has come, and the prospects that still lie ahead Writer: Matthew Staff

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Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Peter O’Neill. He was joined by key ministry representatives to discuss continued project expansion in the energy infrastructure and oil & gas domain; focusing especially on exploration. “The outlook for PNG’s energy sector is positive, with attractive investment opportunities arising in the oil, gas and power markets,” a spokesperson for the event said. “As PNG develops its National Gas Commercialisation Strategy, the PNG Government considers how it can

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advance its financial infrastructure to gain intrnational investment and provide third party access regimes.” Set against this transitioning energy landscape, the 2nd Papua New Guinea Petroleum & Energy Summit 2018 took place from 19-21 March, 2018, held under the patronage of the Prime Minister and endorsed by the Minister of Petroleum, Hon. Dr Fabian Pok Mec Ph.D and Hon. Sam Basil, Minister of Communications, Information Technology & Energy. The Summit brought together senior government officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Communication, Technology & Energy, and all the major industry players working in PNG, to discuss current energy projects and the future strategies for expansion. Key issues addressed included the current opportunities and projects in PNG’s petroleum and energy industry: the current energy outlook and plans for PNG’s petroleum and energy regulator; the power sector’s progress


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in regards to reliability, affordability and access; the key operators and the exciting new projects within their portfolios; and new upstream exploration activities that are either planned or underway in the country. The Prime Minister was joined by representatives from international industry heavyweights including Kumul Petroleum Holdings, ExxonMobil, Oil Search, Total E&P and JERA - among others - as they built relationships, expanded business networks and identified sector opportunities. “The Summit was opened by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Rt. Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG and featured keynote speeches

‘...the 2nd Papua New Guinea Petroleum & Energy Summit took place at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby; attended by the man tasked with overseeing this ongoing development and appeal to the rest of the world – Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Peter O’Neill’

from Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Charles Abel; Minister of Petroleum, Hon. Dr. Fabian Pok; and Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy, Hon. Sam Basil,” the event reviewed. “ExxonMobil detailed the current status of operations at the PNG LNG project, in the aftermath of the recent earthquake, and remain confident of bringing the project back online within the eight-week timeframe given, a testament to the world-class facilities being operated in PNG.” Total went on to provide the latest details relating to the status of the PNG LNG project; outlining an overall confidence in FID for 2019. The event surmised: “There was a prominent focus on power and particularly an in-country electrification programme and projects that are being put in place to deliver this sustainably. “The Summit concluded with a keynote closing panel featuring Ministers, Hon. Dr.Pok, Hon. Sam Basil, Wapu Sonk (KPHL) and Carolyn Blacklock (PNG Power) who summarised proceedings and gave a positive outlook for continued, progressive development of the country’s petroleum and power sectors.

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Green Top Sino Group is working in collaboration with Hong Chi Association to support the less privileged through the adoption of urban farming Writer: Phoebe Calver

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produce is regularly harvested, and sold to tenants of the building at a scheduled marketplace at the tower. The proceeds generated are channelled to Hong Chi Association, and tenants are also encouraged to share with Hong Chi Association members on gardening experiences and tips. During the past 10 years, 12 trainees and more than 3,500 tenants have participated in this meaningful deed and more than 1,000 kilograms of vegetables have been harvested, generating more than HK$2 million of sales for Hong Chi Association.

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In celebration of this meaningful milestone, a kick-off ceremony heralding a series of festivities was held, officiated by Mr Sunny Yeung, Executive Director and Convenor of the Group’s Sustainability Committee. The ceremony was enthusiastically supported by the government, Hong Chi Association, tenants and respected partners. Officiating guests included: Mr Vincent M K Liu, JP, Deputy Secretary of the Environment Bureau (Energy and Sustainable Development Branch); Mr Edwin Lam, PDSM, General Secretary of Hong Chi Association; Ms Skye Chan, Ambassador of Hong Kong Associations; Mr Wai-To Law and Mr Hon-Man Cheng,


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trainee representatives of Hong Chi Association; Dr Rebecca Lee, the first female explorer having visited Mount Everest, the South Pole and the North Pole; Mr David Tse, Chairman of King of the King Group and Mr Stefan Ulrich, Finance Director of METRO Sourcing International Limited, both having lent great support to Mission Green Top and other green programmes. “I would like to commend and congratulate the team on this important milestone,” remarked Mr Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group. “Mission Green Top combines urban farming, supporting the less privileged and engaging the community. It breathes meaningful life into the rooftop space, turning it into a flourishing garden. This multifaceted programme brings benefits to our tenants as well as the community. It highlights what we strive to achieve with our CSR efforts -- working with our people, partners and customers to make our community a better place to live and work.”

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The Mission Green Top project brings green inspiration to commercial buildings. The 1,000 square foot roof area at Skyline Tower has been transformed into an organic farm with verdant plants and colourful flowers which tenants can refresh every time they visit the rooftop garden. The organic farm has been designed and cared for by Hong Chi Association members in conjunction with the Sino Green team. They take care of the full farming cycle, from preparing the field, to planting seeds, tending the crops and harvesting. Trainees are able to visit the garden once a week to irrigate plants, remove weeds and apply organic fertilisers, on sunny or rainy days. A wide variety of plants are grown, including seasonal plants such as Romaine lettuce, basil, beetroot, tomato, sweet potato and radish; herbs include lavender and rosemary.

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In addition to learning horticulture, Hong Chi Association members acquire etiquette and social skills under the tutelage of instructors. During the past decade, 12 trainees have been hired for the programme since launch, and half of them have found jobs in the open market. Mr Sunny Yeung, Executive Director of Sino Group and Convenor of the Group’s Sustainability Committee, who initiated the project in 2008, recalled fondly: “Mission Green Top, launched 10 years ago, has become a catalyst for other similar environmental projects. The pots represent the great work done by Hong Chi Association over the past 10 years, the big heart of our tenants and the collective contribution from the Group. In addition to supporting the community, our people benefit from supporting those in need

“This multifaceted programme brings benefits to our tenants as well as the community. It highlights what we strive to achieve with our CSR efforts - working with our people, partners and customers to make our community a better place to live and work”

ASIA too as we have seen personal growths in Hong Chi Association members as well as our staff.” Mr Edwin Lam, PDSM, General Secretary of Hong Chi Association, expressed his appreciation at the ceremony: “The Mission Green Top project has given a full play of our members’ talents. Gardening, which requires patience and regular cycles, is manageable for trainees with mild to moderate intellectual disability. Trainees’ communication skills, concentration, and EQ have significantly improved after joining the project.”

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To further promote green living, Sino Group announced the launch of Mission Green Academy, a structured programme to share green knowledge. Green-minded families will be recruited as Mission Green Ambassadors to spread the messages to residential areas, workplaces and the broader community. Shortlisted families will join a two-day-one-night camp at Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel in August, 2018, during which will they learn green tips,

go on visits and create an upcycled art piece for education and promotion. Yeung concludes: “Mission Green Top helps raise awareness of green living and social inclusion. It is well received by our people, tenants and the community, it will continue to sow the seeds for a green and caring environment for all. We look forward to many more milestones in the years to come.”

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uawei was recently awarded three prestigious titles, including, “Most Promising Smart City Infrastructure”, “Public Safety Solution” and “Cloud Infrastructure Solution” at the 2018 Information Management Awards organised by NetworkWorld Asia (NWA).

As a global leader in information and communications technologies development, smart consumer device innovation and smart city ecosystem creation, Huawei has applied these technologies and innovations to develop a proven smart city concept, anchored in the belief that fast, open, innovative and integrated solutions for

Huawei has been recognised for the creation of its innovative solutions, aimed at supporting cities in their development at the 2018 Information Management Awards Writer: Phoebe Calver

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cross-agencies data sharing and data exchange is key to building liveable and sustainable cities of the future. Frank Lu, Vice President of Solutions Sales, Huawei Southern Pacific Enterprise Business Group said: “Huawei believes strongly in leveraging technology such as cloud computing, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence to create a strong nervous system designed to enable informed decisions and intelligent actions for a truly smart and safe city. “We are honoured to be recognised for our commitment to be continuously innovative and be the leading digital partner to city administrators on their smart city journey. “From the votes garnered during the judging process, it is clear that Huawei is regarded as a leader in smart city solutions, encompassing technology in public safety and industry digital transformation,” said Victor Ng,


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Enterprise Group Editor, Questex Asia. “Growing recognition for its smart city solutions is testament to Huawei’s leading innovations in this space.” Huawei was awarded “Most Promising Smart City Infrastructure” for its innovative city dashboard and partnership approach towards building a sustainable smart city ecosystem. Its Intelligent Operation Centre (IOC) is a city dashboard, dubbed the “brain of smart cities”, for collecting, monitoring, and analysing data, and using it for managing and making decisions for city events, emergencies, security, transportation, and other services. Huawei has been championing the concept of safer cities through technology and IoT applications, working with cities worldwide to develop a safe city solution framework focused on data collection, aggregation, convergence, and applications. The Company’s Safe City Solution was awarded “Best Public Safety Solution” for its ability to enable integration, sharing and visualisation of city information resources to improve government service efficiency, cross agency collaborations and for rapid decision making.

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ASIA in partnership with its customers. The Information Management Awards, organised by NetworkWorld Asia (NWA), recognises Asia’s leading providers of data management, security and storage solutions for their huge advances made over the past few years. The 7th annual Information Management Awards bears testimony to the innovation and responsiveness of these solution and service providers in meeting the growing needs of end-user organisations due to the burgeoning adoption and application of big data, IoT, cybersecurity, the hybrid cloud and AI.

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THE MALDIVES The Maldives will provide you with an escape like no other, with picturesque beaches, an abundance of top-class resorts and an endless array of new experiences to discover Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Joe Palliser

he Maldives are famous for their coral islands, made up of an archipelago of 1,192 of them in the Indian Ocean

to be precise. When you take into account the popularity of the country as a tourist hot-spot in the present day, for the most part it was relatively unknown to the industry until the early 1970s. To highlight the scale of the tourism industry in the Maldives, only 185 of the islands provide homes for the

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300,000 inhabitants of the country. The vast array of islands provide a haven for those from all walks of life, while catering to a variety of holiday and travel needs. Now the country has truly tapped into its potential as a tourist destination, the formation of target segments has proven to be a pivotal selling point. For example, honeymooners and couples might want absolute privacy in their time away, while scuba divers and underwater enthusiasts would react to


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the portrayal of vibrant and colourful coral reefs and adventure. The Maldives is renowned for its beaches, held in high regard as possibly the best in the world and while some of them may provide you with a more pleasant experience underfoot than others, they are all equally idyllic. All of the resorts located in the Maldives are situated on their own private land, all of which provide a unique experience for the visitor meaning the only issue you will face is deciding which resort to choose.

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Languages: Maldivian Dhivehi, English Area: 300 square kilometres Population (2015): 427,756 Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa Time zone: UTC+5 Dialling code: +960 Internet TLD: .mv Climate: Hot tropical Highest recorded temperature: 36.8 degrees celsius

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THE SENSES AWAKENED. SEDUCTION, ENCHANTMENT. A dream. A world of fantasy. A secret waiting to be revealed. Huvafen Fushi exists beyond the bounds of reality.

North Malé Atoll, P.O. Box 2017, Republic of Maldives T +960 6644 222 E info@huvafenfushi.com www.huvafenfushi.com

ISLAND BLISS Discover an island of blissful serenity where nature roams free. Amilla is an idyllic escape full of rich experiences – a simply stunning home to call your own.

Baa Atoll, P.O. Box 2123 Republic of Maldives T +960 6606444 E info@amilla.mv www.amilla.mv


BORN TO PLAY Unique, unexpected and totally memorable, our chic, retro-inspired getaway guarantees glamorous indulgence on an unspoiled island nirvana.

Baa Atoll, P.O. Box 2123, Republic of Maldives T +960 660 8800 E wonder@finolhu.mv www.finolhu.mv

A LOYALTY PROGRAMME FOR MALDIVES AFICIONADOS We are proud to present the Maldives Aficionado programme to our valued guests. It is our goal to craft truly memorable experiences for those who stay with us, and we developed this loyalty programme as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for your belief in TSMIC. We hope to join you in creating many more special memories at our resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.tsmic.mv/aficionado or scan the QR code below to download the Maldives Aficionado app.


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The Business End T H E M A J O R I T Y O F the islands are used almost entirely for economic functions, and within that tourism and agriculture are dominant. On average tourism in the Maldives accounts for approximately 28 percent of the GDP, with more than 90 percent of the state government coming from both tourism related tax and import duties. In order to ensure that it is catering to the market's changing trends in

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tourism and specifically business tourism, new resorts have been established every year since the commencement of tourism in the Maldives in 1972. With thanks to the development of the tourism industry worldwide, the numerous resorts are implementing new and unique facilities to cater to the modern demands placed upon them. Despite the fact that the Maldives is promoted as a highly luxurious

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destination, it can cater to a wide range of different market segments. There are an array of hotels, resorts and guesthouses that are increasingly in demand as a top-end destination for business and leisure alike. Due to the tourism industry being the largest sector to contribute to the growth and development of the Maldivian Government, the planning and precision going into its development continues to be at the forefront of business in the country.


Reethi Beach, an idyllic private island escape, located in the UNESCO Biosphere of Baa Atoll on the tiny island of Fonimagoodhoo, measures just 600 x 200 metres. Known for its’ laid-back and familiar atmosphere and authentic natural surroundings, Reethi Beach is the perfect holiday destination to relax, unwind and explore the untouched beauty of Baa Atoll and the rich culture of its inhabitants.

Reethi Faru, their newly opened sister resort, located on the private island of Filaidhoo in Raa Atoll, measures 600 X 350 metres and is a stunning, tropical island paradise, where the glistening, crystal clear waters of the house reef meet the lush, tropical foliage of the coconut grove. Endless white coral sand, mangroves and the azure ocean gently lapping on the shore make this a magical lagoon getaway. Their captivating isle promises the perfect blend of an ethical and bio diverse luxury escape.

KEY FACILITIES: • 130 villas, • 5 restaurants, • 5 bars, • Swimming pool, • Health & sports centre, • Watersports centre, • Diving centre, • Coconut spa W: www.reethibeach.com | T: +960 660 2626 | E: info@reethibeach.com

KEY FACILITIES: • 150 villas, • 6 restaurants, • 6 bars, • Swimming pool, • Health & sports centre, • Watersports centre, • Diving centre, • Coconut spa W: www.reethifaru.com | T: +960 400 4000 | E: inquiry@reethifaru.com


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Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

SINCE FRUITION, THE Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation’s (MMPRC) mission has been to single-handedly promote quality and sustainable growth in the tourism industry of the Maldives. The Corporation has fostered a well utilised and financially healthy private sector industry, enabling it to deliver long-term economic, social and cultural benefits for the people of the Maldives. At the same time, it is contributing to enhancements within the Maldives’ unspoiled marine environment, benefitting the population and visitors alike. Acting Managing Director of

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MMPRC, Haris Mohamed, describes the many ways the country is developing and its extensive plans for the future. Asia Outlook (AsO): Since inception, how has MMPRC developed and progressed in terms of its key objectives and the messages it tries to get across? Haris Mohamed (HM): We were branded under the slogan ‘Maldives… the sunny side of life’ in 2003, and since its commencement it has been successfully promoted in that manner. In order to approach the different market segments, in 2005 we launched focused taglines to promote the

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diversified tourism activities and experiences that are available in the Maldives. These taglines included, 'Maldives... the romantic side of life', 'the colourful side of life', 'the spiritual side of life', 'the fun side of life', and finally, 'the Maldivian side of life'. AsO: To this end, how would you say the Maldives has developed in recent years as a business travel hub and what are the key reasons behind its growing appeal? HM: Over the years MMPRC - in line with the Government manifesto - set up a strategic marketing plan in order to achieve the objectives that have allowed the successful developments


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we see today. To this day an exponential growth has been recorded during recent years, with an increase of 1,389,542 tourist arrivals from all over the world by the end of 2017. To highlight these developments, the Government is undergoing a major project to expand the main international airport to accommodate the increase in airlines and flight frequency. AsO: Taking a more general industry stance, how would you evaluate the tourism sector in the Maldives now compared to its condition when the Company began? HM: During the 45 years of tourism in the Maldives, we have witnessed an incredibly successful growth of the overall industry. Due to the fact that the country is scattered over a thousand islands, accessibility has been a challenge.

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MMPRC industry, the Government is working towards infrastructural developments as well as the introduction of new products that will cater to the changing trends. As such the most recent products to be introduced include an ice skating rink which was opened in Jumeirah Vittaveli this year; following that will be the new underwater hotel residence in Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. It is innovative marketing ideas such as these that take the industry to a whole new level, providing an exciting glimpse of what is yet to come for the country. With the new developments every year, the Government is placing emphasis on eco-friendly practices in every property. Individual resorts are also implementing new strategies to adopt environmentally friendly alternatives, promoting sustainable

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tourism in the Maldives. In a recent bid to go green, Cocoon Maldives have lowered the use of water packaged in plastic bottles, to environmentally friendly water bottles in hopes of reducing the amount of disposed waste within the resort. AsO: Finally, looking forward, if we were to speak again in three-five year’s time, what progress and development would you hope and expect to be able to report back, both in regards to the MMPRC as an entity, and in regards to the business travel industry in the Maldives as a whole? HM: The Government together with major players in the industry will work towards the enhancement of sustainable tourism and open doors for further developments in the future. As one of the world’s largest economic sectors and the majority of that success coming from tourism, we believe that in the future the industry will deliver enormous

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"...the Government is working towards infrastructural developments as well as the introduction of new products that will cater to the changing trends" opportunity to further showcase the tremendous economic, social, cultural, environmental and heritage value that the sector can bring to the country. As an entity MMPRC together with the Ministry of Tourism will work towards to further strengthen marketing strategies to keep up with growing trends. Moreover, we hope to expand new marketing campaigns to target new and emerging markets to broaden the industry. Visit Maldives


Smile all the stay in the Maldives.

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Out & About THE MALDIVES HAS experienced extensive changes over the past decade in particular, making it a more approachable destination for those that wish to experience more than one of its islands during their time. Perhaps the most prominent aspect of the Maldives experience is its resorts, providing unforgettable escapes from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Although all will provide you with the ultimate feeling of relaxation, there are a wide variety of resorts to choose from, such as Reethi Beach Resort, located on the tiny island of Baa Atoll, or the more modern take on the Maldives that will be found early next year at LUX* North Male Atoll. Of course no Maldivian experience would be complete without testing your diving skills, with many resorts providing you with the training

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and equipment required at your convenience. Alternatively, if you have a specific area you wish to dive, numerous companies provide this service and will include your travel arrangements. If you are interested in seeing a slightly different cultural side, there are numerous markets and museums to enjoy and provide you with an insight into the beautiful country’s history.

'Perhaps the most prominent aspect of the Maldives experience is its resorts, providing unforgettable escapes from the hustle and bustle of everyday life’

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Smile all the stay in the Maldives.

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Outlook Recommends "Maldives… the sunny side of life" - Haris Mohamed, Acting Managing Director of MMPRC

HOTELS TSMIC (The Small Maldives Island Co.) TSMIC provides unforgettable unique island concepts in luxury resorts across the Maldives, operating as a specialist management company that focuses on resort management in particular. The Company’s success is easy to see, with the Coastline Group of Companies – comprising a total of 40 years of experience in Maldivian tourism – deciding to partner with TSMIC as their custodian. Its guiding philosophy has always been to focus on making the small details great, offering an experience that is easy, comfortable and with the natural style that is typically Maldivian. With endless seascapes and a world of luxury to explore, the Company provides a sanctuary for lovers of life from all over the world.

Reethi Beach Resort Reethi Beach Resort is located on the tiny island of Baa Atoll, reachable via a scenic 35 minute seaplane flight from Male. The resort will provide you with elegant and spacious villas that are both detached and semi-detached, to provide you with firstclass comfort in a unique and picturesque setting. All rooms within the facility are airconditioned and set amid a tropical

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RESTAURANTS backdrop that lines the long expanse of perfect beach.

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LUX* North Male Atoll

Fresh in the Garden

Set to open early next year, the LUX* North Male Atoll provides a penthouse luxury retreat, changing the face of Maldivian hospitality. The new penthouse villas are designed specifically as places to relax and retreat, while being located only a short distance from Male by speedboat. There will be a wide variety of opportunities for drinking and dining, ranging from the openly elegant to intimately luxurious, with something to suit everyone’s tastes.

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Lux* South Ari Atoll LUX* South Ari Atoll provides the perfect escape for those looking for a peaceful hideaway, or activity-filled adventure. With 193 private villas to choose from, a five-star dive centre, infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts and a Technogym fitness centre, you will never find yourself at a loss for something to do. Full of surprises, the resort provides impromptu screenings at cinema paradiso, as well as the chance to hang your hopes on its magical tree of wishes.

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DIVING Scuba Tours Worldwide Original Diving MARKETS Produce Market Fish Market in Male Himmafushi ART & CULTURE Grand Friday Mosque Kandhuvalu Mosque Kondey


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Sitting in North Male’ atoll, 7 km away from Velana International Airport, is Bandos Maldives. With excellent facilities for families and honeymooners, as well as business trips and conventions, the resort is surrounded by an amazing house reef. Including a fantastic dive facility with young professionals and a 24-hour in-house clinic which also sports a hyperbaric chamber for all Divers convenience. Along with the Orchid Spa, water sports centre and swimming pool, seven room types are available, comprising of 215 rooms altogether. The resort’s Clubhouse offers a range of activities to boost the island experience even more. Bandos has the capacity of providing a worthwhile holiday, known to many as the Island of Hospitality. T 00960 664 0088 | F 00960 664 3877 | E info@bandos.com.mv www.bandosmaldives.com

BEGIN YOUR MALDIVES ADVENTURE AND #LETUSGUIDEYOU Secret Paradise Maldives specialises in providing local experiences and guided tours that leave lasting memories. Travel the Maldives with any of our local guides and you are guaranteed to experience so much more on your journey. We offer day tours, guided multi day tours, SCUBA diving and guesthouse accommodation options. We are your Maldives local island experts!

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Transport Links ENTERING THE MALDIVES is remarkably easy, with a free 30day visa issued upon arrival into the country providing you are able to produce a valid travel document, a ticket out and proof of sufficient funds for your stay. Despite its beauty and worldrenowned tranquillity, finding your way around the Maldives can prove to be a stressful experience when left unplanned. Generally you will find that travel in the country takes three forms, by boat, sea planes (air taxis) and private yachts; when it comes to the Maldives, the boat will become your new taxi. It is advisable to plan well in advance if you intend to leave your resort during your stay, with air taxis and boats preferring not to operate at night. This is also applicable upon your arrival at the airport, as you may need to consider booking a night in the airport hotel at Hulhule if you are staying at a distant resort.

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‘Although private transfers are expensive, they are also an option to consider and something to discuss with either your resort or travel agent’ Although private transfers are expensive, they are also an option to consider and something to discuss with either your resort or travel agent. Transportation by water takes on four forms, which include public ferries, private ferries, scheduled speedboats and chartered speedboats, most of which are targeted at tourists. The public ferries – although cheap – are infrequent, so try to plan well in advance if you decide to use that method of travel.

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“The US$7.8 million Maldives National Museum, built and financed by the Chinese government and presented to Maldives on 10 July 2010, was officially opened two weeks later by President Mohamed Nasheed on Independence Day 26 July… The museum complex consists of two large buildings separated by Sultan's Park in the old palace grounds across Medhu Ziyaarai Magu (street) inland from the golddomed Islamic Centre (Grand Friday Mosque).” - maldivesculture.com

Old Friday Mosque

“Male' Hukuru Miskiy or Male' Friday Mosque is an ancient decorated mosque located in the city of Malé, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives. The mosque was originally constructed in 1658 AD under the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar I over two years time, and was constructed mostly out of coral stone.” - 360cities.net

China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

“This incredibly impressive piece of engineering connects Male to the airport island of Hulhule, but unlike most of the causeways connecting islands elsewhere in the country, this US$250m project goes over the open sea… Local opinion is divided about the bridge. While some argue that connecting the capital to its airport is an important infrastructural addition to Male, many people see the project as a huge waste of money and maintain that taking a ferry across the lagoon will always be faster and preferable.” - Lonely Planet

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PAPUA NEW Papua New Guinea’s stock in the global order of attractiveness continues to rise, both for adventure seeking tourists and business professionals Writer: Matthew Staff Project Manager: Ryan Gray

Background picture: View of Port Moresby from the hill, Papua New Guinea

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or hundreds of years, the concept of Papua New Guinea becoming a tourism hotspot, let alone a hotbed for international business travellers, was unthinkable, but while large parts of the country retain rituals and traditions oft-associated with centuries of old, pockets of the multi-island nation are becoming some of the most exotic and exciting places to visit. Driven by its motto, ‘unity in diversity’ it is this diversification into the modern day which has helped to kick-start more concerted realms of economic prevalence and tourism prowess; and for the lucky few who

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have been able to capitalise on the opportunity so far, the stunning scenery and hospitable people that await have made such a trip more than worthwhile. Epitomised by the growth of its capital, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally enigmatic countries in the world, boasting 852 languages across its more than seven million people. However, it is the country’s mystery and intrigue which have largely put it on the map, with massive parts still untouched by civilisation or even explored fully. “Lying just south of the equator, 160 kilometres north of Australia, Papua New Guinea is part of a great


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W GUINEA arc of mountains stretching from Asia, through Indonesia and into the South Pacific. With a vibrant and colourful Papua New Guinea culture, more than 600 islands and 800 indigenous languages, PNG is made up of four regions with 20 provinces,” explains Papua New Guinea Travel on its website. “Papua New Guinea is full of interesting attractions, magnificent natural scenery, and diverse cultural heritage. “Spend your Papua New Guinea holiday trekking remote jungle tracks, cruising the mighty Sepik river, surfing the waves of New Ireland, fishing around the fjords of Tufi, birdwatching our world-famous birds

of paradise in the Highlands, or diving amongst the coral reef coastline.” More than 820 different languages inevitably makes any visit you do have to PNG all the more challenging or

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exciting depending on your taste for the indigenous, but across each of the country’s four regions, business is expanding, and the business travel community is growing. Capital: Port Moresby Languages: Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin, English, PNG sign language Area: 462,000 square kilometres Population (2014): 8.08 million GDP (2017): $29.481 bullion Currency: Papua New Guinean kina (PGK) Time zone: UTC+10, +11 Dialling code: +675 Internet TLD: .pg

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Port Moresby

S I T U A T E D O N T H E Pacific Ring of Fire, the mainland of the country is the eastern half of the New Guinea island where Port Moresby and the country’s other large towns are located. By and large though, the country is divided into nine convenient reachable regions: Southern Papua New Guinea, Southwestern Papua New Guinea, Madang-Morobe, Highlands, Sepik, Milne Bay, New Britain, New Ireland and Manus, and Bougainville. And despite challenging climactic conditions across each of these areas, improvement from a business development and FDI perspective is evident. The unique customs of Papua New Guinea are now being

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softened by Western quirks to form a mutual respect between the two; thus paving the way for more and more opportunities for international expansion into the country. So from this business perspective, the outlook for PNG is bright. Despite being considered for LEDC status as little as 11 years ago, the International Monetary Fund has since described the country’s economy as “buoyant” and “stable”, with it now being earmarked as a developing entity: the sixth fastest in the world in 2011, in fact. Endowed with a rich plethora of natural resources and mining opportunities, it comes as no surprise that the majority of business travellers

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come from this international mining domain. Meanwhile, for the more humble areas of society, agriculture and farming also remain pivotal to the country’s sustainability. Underpinning this diverse array of fiscal contributors is the PNG Government’s long-term Vision 2050 which emphasises the need for further strings to the country’s economic bow. Striving to avoid the backlash that regions such as West Africa have endured to their own resource-rich booms, the necessity to spread the risk in the future will not only make the country’s economy more sustainable, but it will also lend itself more wholly to the business travel sector too.


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Out & About M O R E T H A N 1,000 different cultural groups exist in Papua New Guinea, inevitably making for a diverse and culturally encapsulating make-up, however, the cities in which most business is carried out are every bit as accomplished and ‘urban’ as counterparts in the rest of the world. Port Moresby in particular is now a hub of international repute with some of the most stunning hotels, apartments and lodges in the APAC region awaiting an ever-growing, highend, international clientele.

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Among the best is The Stanley Hotel & Suites which is a clear representation of the city’s urban evolution in recent years. The stunning, luxurious complex not only gives visitors a perfect resting, dining and comforting experience, but facilitates direct links to the city’s commercial centre and its integrated shopping complex. Bridging business and pleasure is the holy grail for all established four and five-star hotels of course, and is also achieved by the likes of Coral Sea

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Hotels whose compliment around the country bridges local values and indigenousness with globallycomparable comfort and attentiveness. As epitomised by Coral Sea, luxury and hospitality acumen is not just restricted to the capital, but for those looking to live among the natural, rather than the nurtured, there are a host of tour operators on hand to guide you into the wilderness. Country Tours PNG, Paiya Tours and Paivu Tours are just three established providers on hand to offer a friendly helping hand.


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leveraging the abundance of natural resources surrounding them - the locals adopt Mumu, a typical style of cooking vegetables in an underground It should be mentioned - for a more oven. Rice and starch is also very tourist audience - that many of these common with every meal. Of course, if hospitality and tour options can be quite expensive as the country looks fine dining is more your thing, then the major cities have looked to embrace to capitalise on the booming visitor numbers, but for the average business the very best of international cuisine, much in the same way as it has done traveller with a few spare days, the experience should be worth the outlay. from a hospitality point of view. When looking into day-to-day A note of caution across the board however, is to strictly avoid drinking activities while in the country, it tap water. may be more enjoyable to take a More time-specific pursuits revolve ‘when in Rome’ approach in order to around the country’s numerous achieve the full PNG experience; and Tupira Surf Club and PNG Highlands festivals such as the Sing-Sing Adventures represent two of the more performances at the annual Goroka and Mount Hagen shows. Geared up enticing options available if you do to demonstrate the local culture to choose to dive right into nature. visiting masses in a flamboyant display Wood carving on the Sepik River is also extremely popular while, from a of colour and beauty, it is not to be missed if the timing is right. food & drink perspective - evidently

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Discover Papua New Guinea with Paiya Tours

Paiya Tours Paiya Tours is 100% locally owned and offers pre-package and customized tours in the Highlands and costal Papua New Guinea. Tours centered on culture, adventures, ecology, sightseeing, filming and specials on Festivals.Paiya tours has been in the tourism business for the last eight (8) years and has great experience providing tours and accommodation meeting customer expectations. Apart from tourism it offers accommodation for backpackers, eco interest and private /self contained apartments. Paiya tours has nine 9 full time employees serving as tour guides, cooks, security, housekeeping, office girls and drivers. Everyone is taught to be friendly serving the interest of tourists and Paiya tours. The heritage diversities of cultures and natural beauties are so abundant that PNG is richly blessed and must not be exploited because of tourist’s dollar. Paiya tours focuses on preservation rather than exploitation and the community has high respect for the couple.

Paiya Tours, P.O. Box 160 Mt. Hagen 281, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. Mob: +675 7685 8183 Email: paiyatours.png@gmail.com www.paiyatours.com.pg


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Outlook Recommends “Papua New Guinea is full of interesting attractions, magnificent natural scenery, and diverse cultural heritage.” - Papua New Guinea Travel

HOSPITALITY The Stanley Hotel & Suites Based in Waigani, Port Moresby, The Stanley Hotel & Suites is one of the more stunning examples of the PNG capital’s evolution into a modern day metropolis, and the high-end visitors it now attracts. Subsequently set up in the commercial and governmental heart of the city, its appeal stems beyond just its comfort, relaxation and leisure and ventures into the business category via conference and meeting facilities that are second to none.

Coral Sea Hotels Dotted around the majority of major cities in Papua New Guinea, Coral Sea Hotels truly lives up to its vision to bring comfort and convenience to the entire country. Driven by its philosophy of meet, stay and play, the hotel once again bridges the business and pleasure elements of modern day ‘bizcations’ and was a resounding winner at the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards as a result of its all-encompassing approach.

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Mt Hagen Office Phone/Fax: + (675) 542-1603 Cell Phone: + 675 7676 5684 or + 675 73914353 Email: sales@countrytours.com.pg or countrytours@daltron.com.pg www.countrytours.com.pg


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Airways Hotel Port Moresby

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The Shady Rest Hotel Kumul Lodge McRoyal Hotel

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Offering you an exceptional executive experience everytime. ~ Enjoy our complimentary services including: wifi, parking, newspapers & use of our Fitness Centre

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Paivu Tours Ltd is a well-established inbound Tour Operator based in Rabaul, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. Have been operating for over 35 years with good track record to date, serving the incoming visitors on arrivals by planes or by cruise ships. PAIVU TOURS PRIORITIES ARE INFORMATIVE, QUALITY AND PROFESSIONAL LAND TOUR SERVICES.

For your booking enquiries: PAPUA NEW GUINEA P.O.BOX 40, KOKOPO, E.N.B.P MOBILE: (675) 7186 7374 / 7137 9849/ 7377 7455/ 7382 6376 E-mail: melly@paivutoursrabaul.com Website: paivutoursrabaul.com.pg Website: e-travelworld.cn/paivutoursrabaul


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Paiya Tours Paiya Tours looks to incorporate all facets of Papua New Guinean culture into its offering; leveraging the country’s “extraordinary variety”. Arts and crafts, religion, culture, business, tourism and events are just a few of the variables blended into the Company’s personable and intimate tour services.

Country Tours PNG Rather than simply imparting advice or a service, Country Tours PNG helps each visitor blend into the fabric of the local culture and feel. With “love and care” the Company encapsulates all that is good about the Melanesian way of life, and it all begins with a friendly smile.

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Villink Tours & Expedition PNG


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• SURFING • PADDLE BOARDING • FISHING • SNORKELING Tupira Surf Club (Tupira) is located on the North Coast of Madang Province, at the mouth of Ulingan Bay, 160 kilometers from Madang Town, Papua New Guinea.

Tupira Surf Club Ulingan Bay Bogia, Madang Province Papua New Guinea info@tupira.com.pg www.tupira.com

KINGFISHER LODGE ROOM RATES

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Outlook Recommends SPORT & LEISURE PNG Highlands Adventures

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Tupira Surf Club

Scuba Ventures - Kavieng & Nusa Island Retreat


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Paradise New Wewak Hotel P.O Box 20 Wewak East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea Ph: +675 456 2155 for Resevstions Fax: +675 456 1600 Mob: +675 70545623 Email: wewakhotel@y7mail.com

Hotel Kimininga One of the old and best hotels in Mount Hagen

Highlands Highway Kimininga, Mount Hagen | Call: +675 542 2399

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PNG is the perfect place to explore for those seeking adventure

A S T H E C O U N T R Y ’ S tourist infrastructure continues to improve, the routes and methods to enter the nation do too. Most foreign nationals who now wish to enter Papua New Guinea are required to obtain a visa, but many can do so, for free, for a six month period. Most EU countries, South America and Oceania are included within this ruling, while there are of course opportunities to obtain visas at a PNG embassy for many other countries. Once the logistics have been arranged and the necessary jabs have been completed, transport becomes all the more complex however. That’s not to say complex in a bad way, mind you. Anyone who truly wants to explore PNG to the full are presumably looking for a little adventure in any case, and with the country’s tricky, undulating,

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mountainous terrain, adventure is just what you’ll get. Bypassing mountains entirely, air travel is the most popular and important - mode of transport for both personnel and freight and even the two major cities - Port Moresby and Lae - can only be bridged via the skies. Located near the former, Jacksons International Airport provides the primary hub for travelling into the country, which you can do so via Air Niugini, Philippine Airlines, Qantas or Virgin Australia. Once in and settled though, there are choices to be made as to the best way to explore the islands. Land, air and sea are all viable options, although the former of the three is quite specific to the Highlands Highway which begins in Lae and connects to Mt Hagen, the coast and Madang. From there, the roads do fork

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and continue, but for all the effort that goes into plotting your route, it may be simpler to either take to the skies, or at least look to public transport to carry the burden for you. PMVs (public motor vehicles) and busses are the most common way to travel for locals, but to make sure, it is strongly advisable to gain advice from your hotel or lodge staff as to the best strategy. On the water, numerous ferries are available to interconnect the various port towns and this is still a credible choice, but as has always been the way in PNG, it’s usually advisable to travel as the crow flies. Nearly all major settlements are built around an airstrip and - to be honest - missing out on the views that can be encapsulated from soaring above the country’s terrain would be to not get the full PNG experience.


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Niugini Dive Adventures is an only dive shop in Madang. We operate several boats depend on amount of passengers and activity. Madang has beautiful island, reefs and passages, you can reach to there within 30min by boat. Dive site is not crowded, beautiful coral is alive, a lot of big school of fish is swimming. Untouched nature is here. Enjoy diving with your boat, your guide and your dive site!

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Landmark Attractions

Louisiade Archipelago

“The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of coral islands that trail off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea out into the Solomon Sea. Most of these islands are populated by Papua New Guinean natives who are typically English-speaking, educated, and friendly. They lead a classic idyllic tropical island lifestyle, living in coconut palm thatched single room houses built on stilts or ground supports. They live at a near subsistence level.” - Asia Pacific Boating

Mount Wilhelm

“Mt Wilhelm is the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea and Oceania and has rugged peaks with a well formed trail leading to its summit. The ascent crosses diverse and beautiful terrain with open grassland on the slopes and granite predominant in the higher levels. It is not a technical mountain to climb and takes three-four days to ascend.” - PNG Trekking Adventures

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The Kokoda Track/ Kokoda Trail Adventure

“The Kokoda Trail is one of the world's great treks, linking the southern and northern coast of Papua New Guinea, it is a challenge to be enjoyed by the fit bushwalker. The Kokoda Trail and Sogeri area have a history of bitter fighting between Australian and Japanese armies during the early days of the war in the Pacific in World War II. The 96 km Kokoda trail passes through rugged mountainous country of rainforest, jungles of fern, orchids, birds and clean mountain streams which tumble into steep valleys. The unspoilt villages throughout the Kokoda Track will welcome you and the Koiari and Orokaiva people will greet you with smiles and tempt you with seasonal fruit and vegetables.” - Kokoda Trekking


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New Britain

“New Britain is stunning. PNG’s largest island, it has a bit of everything you’ve come to this country for – think colonial history, remarkable traditional cultures and pristine wilderness (despite areas where there are logging and mining). The pièce de résistance? Volcanoes. The whole region is a rumbling, billowing string of cones and craters cloaked with virgin tropical rainforest.” - Lonely Planet

Madang

“Madang Province is the most popular location in Papua New Guinea for divers and consists of reef-fringed lowlands, backed by some of the most rugged mountains in Papua New Guinea and offshore volcanic islands. The colourful Madang Township has been called the "prettiest town in the South Pacific". Its peninsula setting is a show-place of parks, waterways, luxuriant sade trees and sparkling tropical islands.” - Papua New Guinea Travel

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JAKARTA Jakarta is establishing itself as a city of modern excellence, while developing its infrastructure in order to excel as a business travel hub in Indonesia Writer: Phoebe Calver Project Manager: Joe Palliser

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akarta is a city experiencing great change, building itself a new reputation as the perfect hub for business travellers and tourists alike. As the current Chairman of Jakarta Hotels Association, Richard Mau explains: “Generally speaking, I would say that the vast majority of our members would define a large proportion of their guests at present as business travellers, and this is showing no signs of slowing down.” Despite the fact that the city’s developments will bring about an incredibly exciting future, it is offering up some challenges to the current living conditions. At present the extensive construction work does not do Jakarta justice, however, if you take time to look beneath that you will see that the city offers up a plethora of surprises. Access around the city and out to the slightly quieter outskirts is abundant, meaning that you can enjoy the best of both worlds during your time in Jakarta. Depending on

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Climate: Tropical monsoon climate Languages: Indonesian, English Area: 661.51 square kilometres Population (2016 estimate): 797,765 GDP (2017): 10,000,000 Currency: Indonesian Rupiah Time zone: UTC +7 Dialling code: +62 Internet TLD: .id

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The Business End the city, particularly in recent years.” Other tourist attractions located around the city include Thousand Islands, Setu Babakan, Suda Kelapa, Ragunan Zoo, Atlantis Water Adventure and Dunia Fantasi. The vast majority of renowned international hotel chains now have a prominent presence within the city, ensuring that Jakarta can easily cater for all the varied requirements of its guests.

W I T H T H A N K S T O apps such as Instagram, Jakarta is ranked the eighth most posted-about city in the world. However, the city is yet to become a top international tourist destination, unlike its neighbouring Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Despite that fact, Jakarta is still ranked as the fifth fastest growing destination among 132 cities published by the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index - last year. On average 59.1 percent was for business, while the remaining 40.9 percent were travelling there for leisure purposes. Tourism is playing a huge role in the development of Jakarta, with an array of monuments, landmarks and museums located centrally around Merdeka Square and Jakarta Old

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In the broader macro-economic sense, Indonesia is currently ranked in the top 20 for global economies, as Mau goes on to add: “In the next 30 years, I would be surprised if we didn’t move into the top five global economies behind China, the US and India. “With this in mind, the future is bright for business travel accommodations and I believe that most hotel companies have long-term plans for the continuation of their growth and presence in Indonesia. In short I would say that there are excellent prospects for economic viability in the future.”


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will also find the majority of hotels catering to business clients will be able to provide you with a variety of dining options to suit every requirement. If you have time to take in some of the older cultural aspects found in Jakarta, there are an abundance of museums which include Museum Bank Indonesia, Galeri Nasional and Museum Sejarah Jakarta. In the modern Merdeka Square you will be treated to a glimpse of the future of Indonesia, with endless shops and restaurants that allow you to unwind and enjoy your free time in the middle of a truly cultural sensation.

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The Jakarta Hotels Association

THE JAKARTA HOTEL Association was established approximately 18 years ago, in a bid to bring together representatives from the various tourism-related industries in Jakarta, enabling them to network, exchange regulatory information that impacts their industry, gain updates on industry trends and pursue collaborative efforts in promotions, education and charitable initiatives. Mau explains: “While the different leaderships may have gone about it in different ways over the years, I don’t believe that the vision for the Hotels Association has changed since inception.�

messages it tries to get across? Richard Mau (RM): We have increased the number of leading Jakarta Hotels Association memberships and are optimistic that we will continue to see this rise, particularly with new properties coming onto the market. We have become more engaged with the Government and tourism ministries, hoping to be able to form more of a collaborative relationship over time. Our educational development programmes have also improved, providing more of an impact by working with global organisations such as Cornell University and the leading Indonesian educational Asia Outlook (AsO): Since institutions. inception, how has Jakarta Hotels Our charitable efforts continue to Association developed and progressed allow the Association to give back to in terms of its key objectives and the the community, especially through the

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use of our Food Rescue programme where our members donated more than 30 tonnes of food in 2017. This enabled us to avoid food wastage, feeding more than 500,000 families with two million meals. Through another of our initiatives named Habitat for Humanity, we have built homes for the less fortunate; however I would also like to point out that what we do as an association pales in comparison to the work that our members do on an individual hotel basis. Asia Outlook (AsO): Taking a more general industry stance, how would you evaluate the tourism sector in Jakarta now compared to its condition when the Association began? RM: Having been here for 10 years, I can say that Jakarta has made tremendous


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Bali, as well as Lombok, Lake Toba, Belitung, Labuan Bajo Komodo Island and many others.

Asia Outlook (AsO): Finally, looking forward, if we were to speak again in three-five year’s time, what progress and development Asia Outlook (AsO): What is in would you hope and expect to be able store for Jakarta Hotels to report back, both in regards to the Association over the course of 2018 Jakarta Hotels Association as an entity, and beyond to continue the good work and in regards to the business travel already commenced and to enhance its industry in Jakarta as a whole? reputation as a tourism and business RM: I would hope that in five travel hub further in the future? year’s time our membership would RM: Recently we have installed our have grown by approximately 15-20 new Executive Committee, comprising percent, however, I would be a little a group of incredibly talented and more conservative when it comes to experienced group of hoteliers and I am business volume growth. The more honoured to serve as their chairperson. our number of hotels increase, the When you take into consideration more competition will grow and that we all have full-time roles on top subsequently I believe that some of this responsibility, we are focusing hotels will do better than others, our energy on improving what is but overall in the long-term the already being done. general demand will continue to grow.

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Outlook Recommends "Most of our resources and efforts for leisure tourism were dedicated to Bali, but I have seen a change with the current administration to develop Jakarta’s leisure travel." - Richard Mau, Chairman, Jakarta Hotels Association

HOTELS

Aloft Jakarta Wahid Hadyim

Hotel Borobudur

Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel

Hotel Borobudur Jakarta – owned and managed by Discovery Hotels and Resorts – holds a prime location in the centre of the city, only a short journey from the business districts, shopping malls, museums and government offices. The Hotel provides the perfect place for you to sit back and relax after facing the hustle and bustle of a working day in the city, surrounded by 23 acres of tropical gardens with extensive recreational facilities, a conference centre with state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a brand-new wellness club, and seven varieties of dining outlets; all of which provide a relaxing oasis that enables you to escape the busy city. The hotel has received numerous accolades over the years, including the Global Luxury Green Hotel, Leading City Hotel and Leading Business Hotel.

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Plaza Senayan

RESTAURANTS Amuz Gourmet

MONUMENTS Jakarta War Cemetery

Monumen Nasional Namaaz Dining Altitude at The Plaza Osel

Monumen Irian Jaya Pembebasan MUSEUMS

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Museum Bank Indonesia

Senayan City

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Grand Indonesia

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W H E N I T C O M E S to entering the city, all international and most domestic flights will land at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, located at Tangerang, Banten. The airport has three terminals, all of which are located in the same building and easy to navigate upon arrival. Jakarta itself is notoriously problematic when it comes to finding your way around, often falling prey to horrendous traffic jams that will slow the city down to a crawl during the various rush hours throughout the day. At present there is a big push to alleviate the prominent congestion within the city, utilising public transport, however it is still inadequate in completely revolutionising the issue.

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‘... the city is attempting to use technology to its advantage in making transportation more efficient and ordered' Despite its transportation issues, the city is attempting to use technology to its advantage in making transportation more efficient and ordered. When using your smartphone, you can pre-

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book a moto-taxi with a calculated price, as well as using UberMoto, UberPool, UberX, UberBlack and UberXL services across the city. There are also equally popular local alternatives such as GoJek, which provides you with the option of a motorbike or car driver. The option of a rental car is readily available, however, unless you are familiar with the local driving practices it is far more advisable to stick with reputable taxis. Depending on your hotel destination, commuter trains are also a viable option, connecting the city centre with outlying regions such as Tangerang, Bekasi, Depok, Bojonggede and Bogor.


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Landmark Attractions

Museum National Indonesia

Merdeka Square

“The figurative if not the literal centre of Jakarta, Merdeka Square (merdeka means independence) is actually a trapezoid measuring almost one kilometres squared… It's always had an important role in local life. Today, once you've come to terms with the absurd fencing, you'll find a place where locals come to breathe.” – Lonely Planet

Istana Merdeka

“The National Museum of Indonesia houses prehistoric and historical items from all over Indonesia and Asia. Referred to locally as Museum Nasional, it is easily one of the must-visit stopovers for history buffs touring the large collection of historical sites spread throughout the capital city. It is hard to miss, just west of the ‘Monas’ national monument and right beside the Indonesian Ministry of Defence building.” – Indonesia-holidays.com

“The presidential palace stands to the north of Merdeka Square. It was built in 1879 and was Sukamo's official residence during his reign, although Suharto spurned it. On 27 December 1949, the Dutch flag was lowered for the last time and the red-and-white flag of independent Indonesia was raised. Hundreds of thousands of Indonesians gathered to witness the event and chant merdeka (freedom).” - Lonely Planet

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“This large Chinese Buddhist temple compound dates from 1755 and is one of the most important in the city. The main structure has an unusual roof crowned by two dragons eating pearls, while the interior is richly atmospheric: dense incense and candle smoke waft over Buddhist statues, ancient bells and drums, and some wonderful calligraphy.” – Lonely Planet

Fatahillah Square

“Fatahillah Square, also known as Old Batavia, is the historical district of Jakarta located in Kotas. During Dutch Colonial times in the 16th century, this was the heart of the walled city. Home to attractions such as the Jakarta History Museum and many colonial buildings, this area fills up with artisans, jugglers, and tourists on the weekends.” – TripAdvisor

Jakarta Planetarium and bservatory

“Planetarium and Observatory Jakarta is an educational tourism facility that presents performances / simulated show of astrology or celestial objects… Visitors are invited to wander in the universe to understand the conception of the universe.” – planetarium.jakarta

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HONG KONG repare yourself for an enticing combination of functionality and intriguing history that really epitomises the city’s essence; a streamlined and efficient way of life which makes it perfect for a productive business trip. Hong Kong’s historical entities are in plentiful supply, set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most significant financial centres that boasts the highest financial development index score recorded. Although the city is well-known for its history as a transition port, moving a significant volume of China’s exports to the rest of the world, a trip to Hong

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A trip to Hong Kong will provide you with an enchanting feast for the senses, as one of the worlds top business and culinary capitals, and a perfect balance of business and pleasure Writer: Phoebe Calver Project Manager: Joe Palliser

Kong will provide you with much more than just a harbour city view. After a long day rushing from meeting to meeting, you will find yourself in one of the top culinary capitals in the world, spoilt for choice amongst Sichuanese, Japanese, Cantonese and French dishes; with a culinary repertoire to match the best in the world. The intensity that emanates from the city’s vast population density and fast paced financial growth has had to be matched by infrastructural developments within the city, particularly the top class transport systems the city possesses on which 90 percent of the population travels.


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Beneath Hong Kong’s commercialised facade, you will be treated to an endless dynamic culture

Similar to that found in London’s underground with the Oyster card, Hong Kong has the Octopus Card - a prepaid contactless debit card - which enables you to get around the city with ease and is definitely a worthwhile timesaver.

You will quickly come to realise that Hong Kong will provide you with far more than your average business trip, with endless offerings to make your time away from home that little bit more special.

Languages: Cantonese, English Area: 1,092 square kilometres Population (2016): 7,346,248 Currency: Hong Kong dollar Time zone: UTC +8 Dialling code: +852 Internet TLD: .hk Climate: Sub-tropical climate

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The Business End

H O N G K O N G I S privy to sound economic strengths, including its renowned banking system, very little public debt, a strong legal system and rigorous anti-corruption measures which over time have secured its close ties with mainland China. Due to its world-class harbour, Hong Kong’s export industry is booming, particularly the re-export centre with the predominant amount of the city’s exports consisting of re-exported goods - products made outside of the territory, mainly in mainland China which are then distributed throughout Hong Kong. The main development of the city’s economy occurred between 1950 and 1990, where Hong Kong grew

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rapidly and became the first for the ‘Four Asian Tigers’ - the others being Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan when all of which underwent rapid industrialisation and continued to maintain exceptionally high growth rates - through the development of a strong manufacturing and financial base. In the present day the city is famous for its leading financial centre, with four main industries that include financial services, tourism, trading and logistics, and professional and producer services. Each of these industries have played a contributing role in the city’s economic growth, while providing a pathway that will encourage other sectoral growth.

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everyone, particularly if you wish to escape the more clinical style hotel and find yourself in a little piece of heaven, escaping the hustle and bustle after a busy day in Hong Kong. With such precious free time on business trips, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding how to spend your leisure time. If you wish to completely immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s culture, Old Town Central is a brilliant place to do so, home to Man Mo Temple and surrounded by beautiful art galleries and boutique shopping; perfectly showcasing the combination of old and new which

makes Hong Kong so individual. No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a trip to the iconic topping point of the city’s skyline, Victoria Peak. Standing at 1,811 feet, it has a commanding view of Victoria Harbour that makes it popular with locals and tourists alike. With so much to see and do, planning ahead is definitely advisable in order to make the most of everything Hong Kong has to offer in between working hours, and to enjoy the full potential of the city that will almost certainly have you planning your next trip back before you have even left.

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Outlook Recommends “Hong Kong welcomes with an iconic skyline, a legendary kitchen, and lush, protected nature where rare birds and colourful traditions thrive.” - Lonely Planet

HOSPITALITY

Hotel Jen

RESTAURANTS

The Murray

TRANSPORT

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Hong Kong Disneyland

Citybus

Old Town Central

Air India

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H O N G K O N G I S a very small place when taking into account the seven million inhabitants that are squeezed into the city, therefore transportation has to be top notch to keep it moving. This makes it the perfect setting when faced with a jam-packed schedule, while also providing you with plentiful opportunity to explore the city’s cultural offerings. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is the quickest and most modern way of navigating your way around urban destinations, however, if you have a little more time on your hands in between meetings and wish to take in more of the city on the way to your destination, this is perhaps not the most preferable option. Hong Kong comprises five underground lines, including the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island, Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O lines; three suburban rail lines including West,

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East and Ma On Shan lines; the Airport Express; and a complex network of modern tram lines in the North West New Territories. Generally as a visitor to the city, you will become familiar with the busy Tsuen Wan Line, which runs from Kowlook to the New Territories and it is important to note a few things before entering. Firstly and perhaps most importantly, the consumption of food & drink both on the trains and in stations is forbidden and if you are caught, you could be liable to incurring up to a $2,000 fine. Fares will of course depend on the

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Mong Kok is a rapid transit station on the Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan Lines of the MTR system

distance you are travelling and most ticket machines will not accept anything larger than $10, however, customer service points will provide change for you and you have the option to use your card on the Airport Express. When seeking a slightly more traditional mode of transport, the city’s double-decker trams have been servicing Hong Kong for more than a century, and although they are perhaps a slightly more bumpy and rustic way to travel, for a flat rate of $2.30 you have the opportunity to see a lot more of the city and get in a little sightseeing. Busses and taxis are also a perfectly good option for finding your way around Hong Kong, however, it is important to remember that those options will only be as practical as traffic will allow, so be sure to afford yourself plenty of extra time when faced with a busy schedule to avoid any hold-ups.


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Man Mo Temple

“The Man Mo Temple is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), both of whom were worshipped by ambitious students looking to succeed in the civil examinations of Imperial China. These involved rigorous systems aimed at finding the best administrative officials for the state. Man Mo Temple is part of a complex that also includes the areas Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor. t was listed as a Grade I historic building in 2009 and is preserved as a Declared Monument.” - Discover Hong Kong

Victoria Peak

“Victoria Peak is Hong Kong Island's highest point and a landmark of the Hong Kong skyline. At 1,811 feet or 552 metres high it has long been the address of choice for the Taipans of old and new. With the commanding views over Victoria Harbour, it is understandable why it is some of the most sought after real estate in the world.” - Hong Kong Traveller

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Championing LT Limited has been in operation for more than a quarter of a century in the curtain wall construction industry, advancing over time to become a one-stop provider and the leading consultant in Asia. The Company was founded in 1991 by Company Principal, Joe Theodore Khoury, and soon after it began its now extensive portfolio of work on a number of high-profile assignments. The initial projects included Taichung Tower in Taiwan, Seocho Fashion Centre in Korea and the Hong Kong Electric Company headquarters. Khoury begins: “Over the years we have established partnerships with the world’s top architects and owners, playing a vital role in the in the development of curtain wall systems for various celebrated landmarks around the world.” After a relatively short period of time in operation, ALT expanded its efforts into the Philippine market, with noteworthy projects that included the GT International Tower, RCBC Plaza, Rockwell Centre, The Manansala, One McKinley, One Legazpi Park and Pacific Plaza. A year later in 1998, ALT was awarded the most prestigious project in the Far East, the Taipei 101. Before the Burj Khalifa - another ALT project - was built in 2010, the Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world and perfectly supported the Company’s portfolio of 100-storey projects. These skyscraper

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developments include Shanghai World Financial Centre, International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen and Lotte Tower in Seoul. “The bulk of our projects are situated in Asia, due to the fact that our offices are set-up in Manila, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur,” continues Khoury. “This year we have worked to expand our reach through the opening of our Cebu City project, the second largest city in the Philippines that perfectly caters for the quickly expanding Visayas-Mindanao building construction. “Our expertise in the market stems from more than two decades of design and practical experience in façade consultancy, adopting a proactive approach and formulating viable solutions. We address the concerns and coordinate closely with clients before the design has the opportunity to evolve too far. “Our design team operate on state-of-the-art software in order to achieve accurate results in drawings and reviews, alongside utilising regular training and research to keep them abreast of the latest design trends,

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Championing LT Limited has been in operation for more than a quarter of a century in the façade consultancy industry, advancing over time to become a one-stop provider and the leading consultant in Asia. The Company was founded in 1991 by Principal, Joe Theodore Khoury, and soon after it began its now extensive portfolio of work on a number of highprofile assignments. The initial projects included Taichung Tower in Taiwan, Seocho Fashion Centre in Korea and the Hong Kong Electric Company headquarters. Khoury begins: “Over the years we have established partnerships with the world’s top architects and owners, playing a vital role in the development of facade systems for various celebrated landmarks around the world.” After a relatively short period of time in operation, ALT expanded its efforts into the Philippine market, with noteworthy projects that included the GT International Tower, RCBC Plaza, Rockwell Centre, The Manansala, One McKinley, One Legazpi Park and Pacific Plaza. A year later in 1998, ALT was awarded the most prestigious project in the Far East, the Taipei 101. Before the Burj Khalifa - another ALT project - was built in 2010, the Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world and perfectly supported the Company’s portfolio of 100-storey projects. These skyscraper developments include Shanghai World Financial Centre,

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International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen and Lotte Tower in Seoul. “The bulk of our projects are situated in Asia, due to the fact that our offices are set-up in Manila, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur,” continues Khoury. “This year we have worked to expand our reach through the opening of our Cebu City office, the second largest city in the Philippines that perfectly caters for the quickly expanding Visayas-Mindanao building construction, and soon we will be opening offices in Indonesia and Thailand. “Our expertise in the market stems from more than two decades of design and practical experience in façade consultancy, adopting a proactive approach and formulating viable solutions. We address the concerns and coordinate closely with clients before the design has the opportunity to evolve too far. “Our design team operates on state-of-the-art software in order to achieve accurate results in drawings and reviews, alongside utilising regular training and research to keep us abreast of the latest design trends, design engineering and technical management of cladding and wall systems.”


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One of the highest residential towers in London is currently under construction in Canary Wharf. The 239-metre skyscraper, developed by CPL Chalegrove Ltd and designed by London-based architectural practice Squire & Partner, is set to become a new landmark in London. The façade concept was the work of ALT Limited, one of the world’s leading façade consultants, whilst Schüco further developed the details of this unitised high-rise. The Schüco UCC 65 unitised façade system had to be modified as structurally bonded sliding doors form an integral part of the unitised façade. Outstanding work is being carried out by the Croatian/German façade fabricator KFK International, which is ahead of schedule thanks to the efficient modular design feature of the Schüco façade. All of the quality tests were passed successfully at the first attempt. The tower represents an outstanding collaborative effort by all those involved on the project: the client, the architect, the façade consultant ALT Limited, the façade fabricator KFK International and the system provider Schüco International KG. CONTACT: Benedikt Herweg Managing Director, Schüco Southeast Asia Schüco Singapore Pte Ltd 20 Anson Road, 16-04 079912 Singapur BHerweg@schueco.com Mobil +65 8511 9429

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LUACE CORPORATION is a premier contractor providing the construction industry with complete external glass and aluminium building enclosures for more than 15 years. The Company is a leading provider of custom designed curtain wall (stick & unitised), window wall, punch opening windows, high-performance operable windows and sliding doors, sloped glazing, canopies, and hi-span frameless shopfronts. Its team consists of in-house registered and licensed structural engineers and architects, as well as mechanical engineers, project managers, estimators and quantity surveyors, and quality/ safety inspectors. The Company provides a complete package from estimating/budgeting, systems design, material selection and production, prototype testing, site installation and project management which afirms our ability to partner with developers, architects, leading façade consultants and general contractors.

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At ALT the Company brings together the best minds, who are all well-versed in all aspects of the façade consultancy business in order to provide the best possible service.

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In its present form ALT’s operations are run by more than 100 personnel; half of which are highly experienced engineers and designers, and all of which hail from different countries and cover a variety of 10 languages. “The progression of our employees is incredibly important to us, and in order to monitor progress we carry out annual performance assessments for our employees,” explains Khoury. “We more often than not send our

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employees to training opportunities abroad, including visits to the latest technology and testing facilities available in the market.” Every employee within the Company works under the philosophy of accountability, which subsequently encourages a sense of ownership on each and every project they are involved in. Khoury adds: “We believe that hands-on experience in dealing with the projects is the best way to educate yourself, especially in the case of the complex world of façade design. In general our philosophy is to hire locally, which is predominantly due to the language, industry familiarity and at the same time local culture.”

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The Company also has worldwide procurement partners to provide a multi-faceted approach in tackling the aesthetics, performance and budget requirements required for design and construction of unique and signature building exteriors. All these capabilities are contained in more than 15,000 square metres of fabrication and assembly area located in Metro Manila, Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx Philippines.

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fischer: a brand and its promise to perform The increasing diversity of building materials, the changing principles of different materials and the everincreasing requirements with regard to processing all demand a constant development of our fixing systems. Our goal therefore will always be to provide you with the best technical solution for your current fixing job; quickly and with as much flexibility as possible. Our products range from chemical systems to steel anchors through to plastic fixings, and innovative façade systems; as well as special product ranges including sanitary, heating, ventilation and electrical installations, adhesives, sealants, firestop and foams. We have the ideal solution for every fixing problem. A whole host of our products are distinguished by comprehensive, upto-date and international approvals, in-keeping with our goal to be the best in our respective industries.

Sustainable emergence

ALT has built its foundations as a market leading company in façade consultancy, however, with the recent emergence of 3D-based platforms, sustainability and green building initiatives - as well as the growing popularity of façade access and maintenance strategies for buildings the Company has recently diversified its services. “Now we are BIM (Building Information Modelling) –ready, offering LEED and façade access consultancy, allowing us to take on more of a holistic approach to each of our projects when it comes to both design and construction,” continues Khoury. “Now our services are available for owners, developers and architects across façade, LEED and facade access

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consultancy services, design and engineering development, structural analysis of systems, value engineering and cost estimate, procurement and subcontractor selection, new material review study, peer review and due diligence studies among many more.”

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Over the years there have been three constant strategies that ensured success in every project undertaken by ALT: persistence, quality and experience and the continuation of education. “We have been privileged to work on some of the most prestigious projects in the world and are excited to work on a selection of new projects that are in the pipeline at present,” affirms Khoury. “These projects include

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With our own national subsidiaries, sales partners, qualified sales representatives and engineers providing technical advice, we have a particularly dense network for providing individual consultation and support globally; comprising 42 international subsidiaries and sales partnerships in more than 100 countries. We develop and produce a full range of bespoke, customisable products inhouse, placing great value Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx on innovation in each case. Qualified technical support personnel advise you on an individual basis and on location. We are also pioneers in the industry in terms of the digital environment, through the provision of modern software tools, such as the design and construction software FIXPERIENCE.

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the Benpres Redevelopment in the Philippines, Duo in Singapore and Landmark Pinnacle in London. “There are several exciting projects in the Asian region at present particularly in China - and as we have strategic offices in China, Manila and Kuala Lumpur we are easily able to service the area accordingly. “Utilising local representation has been key to all of our projects, not only those in the pipeline but also the current projects we are handling, making for the smooth coordination of both design and construction at all times.”

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Landmark Pinnacle

Landmark Pinnacle - launched by developer Chalegrove Properties Limited (CPL) - will be Europe’s tallest and most luxurious residential tower, located in Canary Wharf, with the best views in London. The building will be the final addition to the Landmark Trilogy, comprising the 45-floor Landmark East and 30-floor Landmark West. Through the combination of thoughtful design, spectacular views and world-class amenities, the ultimate living space has been created in one of London’s fastest growing areas. With Squire and Partners as the design architect, ALT designed the façade to be a fully-unitised system, complete with argon-filled, laminated insulated glass units (IGU); corrugated aluminium profiled metal spandrel panel, argon-filled laminated IGU sliding panels and a monolithic glass sliding door. Despite facing challenging design requirements throughout the project, ALT was able to customise its designs in order to attain the intent required by the developer.

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The conference is currently being organised in 20 countries in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia), South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines & Indonesia), Africa (Kenya, Morocco & South Africa), Greater China (Hong Kong), Europe (United Kingdom & France) & Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and the United States of America. The event attracts senior architects, developers, façade consultants, PMCs, façade contractors along with key consultants & decision makers. The event comprises keynote presentations and Pecha-Kucha sessions from premier speakers from the façade industry, engaging panel discussions and power networking, which offers opportunities to the delegates attending this conference to share and learn the latest trends and advancements in the façade industry, as we extensively believe in enhancing the power of knowledge for every attending delegate and organisation at our conference. The forum also pushes the creativity and challenges the solution providers to innovate and bring out the best services and products in line with the expectation of the designers. Our experience in organising events for the façade and fenestration industry for more than two decades makes us strongly believe that customer satisfaction is key to our success of our conferences, as we strive to deliver high quality, engaging and well attended events for the future. T +91 44 42959595 E info@zakgroup.com www.zakworldoffacades.com


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and business, housing the first luxury lifestyle Andaz Hotel in Southeast Asia and attracting multinational and Fortune 500 companies to relocate to DUO. Designed by the award-winning architect, Ole Scheeren, Duo is the newest and largest integrated development to be completed in the area and home to the only Grade-A office space in the precinct.

The development is a mixed-use building with two towers, providing space for office, retail, hotel and residential purposes. To bring Ole Scheeren’s design to life, the façade system designed by ALT is a fully-unitised creation with hexagonal and vertical fin patterns – serving as shade from the sun - located on the towers and the glass is highperformance with ceramic frits.

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igee Glass & Aluminum Co. was established in 2009 and has been providing complete facade construction design, supplies, and services since then. Our expertise revolves around supply, fabrication, and installation of all kinds of aluminum products ranging from medium sized, notable high-rise buildings to landmark projects in the Philippines. To accomodate greater demand for our services, Digee Glass & Aluminum Co. is expanding and is currently transitioning to Digeeglass Corporation. Henceforth, it is our commitment that we continue to provide our clientele with greater passion for excellence and innovation while taking care of the environment as well.

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angho Group, a large-scale multinational enterprise listed at MB A shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, is a provider of facade solutions which integrates R&D, engineering and design expertise, precision manufacturing, installation, consultancy, and product export for domestic and foreign markets. The Company is a high-end curtain wall manufacturer in China with the strongest technological capability and the greatest growth potential, as well as a leader and pioneer in the global curtain wall construction industry. Mr. Harry Li hao.li@jangho.com T +63-9162578898

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A number of challenges were encountered during both the design and construction stages, with the Singapore code limiting the outdoor reflectance of glass usage. Due to the fact that the design architect desired a metallic look to blend in with the hexagonal and vertical features, the winning combination of low-e coating and ceramic frit allowed ALT to meet the maximum reflectance.

Benpres Redevelopment

The Benpres Building - originally known as the Chronicle Building - is an impressive six-storey Filipino modernist building, built in 1971. With Don Eugenio Lopez’s commitment to building a world-class print media in those days, the Benpres Building was built to house the Lopez Group’s Manila Chronicle – one of the finest newspapers in Philippine

MBM METALWORKS LIMITED WELCOME TO MBM Established in 1967, MBM’s mission is to provide bespoke facade solutions while providing superior customer service, innovation, quality and commitment. Throughout the Company’s history, we have strived to achieve our mission with sensitivity and integrity – resulting in long-term relationships with many internationally renowned clients, architects and designers. MBM provides support and consultation during preliminary project phases and we look forward to forging new associations whilst retaining and developing existing relationships. T +852 2591 4812 F +852 2598 5766 E mailbox@mbmfacades.com

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Vitro is a world-leading producer of architectural, automotive and specialty glass products. With the acquisition of the PPG Flat Glass business and Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) Automotive Glass, Vitro now has a combined 240+ years of distinguished glass leadership and expertise. We are consistently operating on the leading edge of new technologies and solutions in the glass industry. Recognized for our high performance, solar control, low-e SolarbanÂŽ as well as the renowned StarphireÂŽ UltraClear Glass, we continue as a frontrunner of architectural glass products & services. Vitro is a streamline, efficient glass manufacturer. Combined with our eminent strength in research and development, it is our vision to continue to be a world-leading global glass producer!

Vitro Architectural Glass 400 Guys Run Road Cheswick, Pennsylvania 15024 USA T +1-412-820-4920 Website: www.VitroGlassHub.com

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history. As the family diversified into other businesses, the building also became home to First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPHC), the Lopez-owned holding company with interests in key industries such as clean energy generation, property, construction, and manufacturing, and its subsidiaries. As the first construction project of FPHC and as a testament to the Company’s commitment to sustainability, the building is being redeveloped with the intention of creating a highly energy-efficient office HQ building. This has been ensured through the close collaboration with KPF (Architectural Design Consultant), PRSP (Architect of Record), Meinhardt (MEPFS), SY2 (Structural), BuroHappold (Environmental/ Sustainability), and ALT (Façade Consultant). The project’s construction is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, followed by a fourth quarter unveiling in 2022.

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Grand Hyatt hotel and residences, Manila

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Technoglass Curtainwall Systems Inc. is a building façade contractor that specialises in the design, supply, fabrication and installation of curtainwall, windows, doors, and aluminium composite panel cladding for residential, high-rise construction and commercial developments. TCSI comprises of experts and site personnel in the glass and aluminium industry who have performed locally and internationally. We continue to strive for product innovation, in line with our thrust towards customer satisfaction, as we strive for our goal to become a leader in the glass and aluminium industry. • Website – www.technoglass.ph • Contact- (02) 696 0096|+632 696 0096 • Operations – benjamin.esguerra@technoglass.ph • Engineering – leo.butardo@technoglass.ph • Business Development – rv.gallego@technoglass.ph

Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects in terms of façade design for ALT was the north-south façade which features a slanting glass wall, including operable windows at the bottom of the unit. In comparison to the conventional flat and fullyunitised systems, the slanting glass required a thorough design of the vertical framing which included connectors or sleeves to make the panel work as one unit. Although the Company’s history is firmly cemented in the Asian region, it also has strong connections in the far east where ALT provides services to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt and Qatar, as well as Italy, the UK, the US, Argentina and Chile. “Despite the fact that we are independent and work towards remaining un-biased in the market, we also recognise that it is important to familiarise ourselves with all local manufacturers, suppliers and installers as buying local materials is

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far more economical than importing,” concludes Khoury. “It is a combination of our attitude, talent within the team and extensive industry experience that

has led to our success, and we hope that moving forward this will enable us to expand into other markets as a multi-discipline company.”

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in 2011 by the Director, Martin Klaasen, it has continuously adapted to these requirements, gaining market recognition over the years that has brought it to the present point of success as one of the leading architectural lighting designers in the world. “I began my career as a lighting designer at the Philips Lighting Design


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staff, providing me with invaluable experience that - alongside the Philips reorganisation in 1990 triggered my desire to start up my own business and saw the birth of Lumino Design.” Soon after the practice was created, it was landing projects that placed it firmly on the global stage, including the KLCC Petronas Twin Towers.

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In its present-day form, the Company is especially recognised for its ability to deliver quality work that surpasses the client’s expectations. Klaasen adds: “We realise that it is of crucial importance to put a smile on our clients’ face, creating lasting relationships for the future. Further to that, we are continuously looking for ways to re-invest ourselves in the delivery of our services, a factor that has been at the core of our vision and mission. “We have witnessed the evolution of both the quality and rendering techniques of our presentations; now we are able to present our clients with a walk-through video that will provide them with a realistic visualisation of what their illuminated environment will look like with our designs.” A core strategy of the Company is to deliver as promised and to a strict timeline, ensuring that deliverables “At present our portfolio has a leading margin of and budgets are mutually agreed high-end hospitality projects...” upon in advance. As a result of this attitude at Klaasen Lighting Design, it “Despite our ever-increasing is able to deliver in a reliable manner, portfolio where the sky seemed to be much to the delight of the project the limit, the Asean market crashed in manager’s planning. 1997 and with that the project offices The popularity and reliable we had built were hit hard,” continues reputation of the Company within Klaasen. “To make life easier and the market has allowed it to go from manageable, we moved our operations strength-to-strength in terms of to Perth, Australia, where I bought a new launches within its portfolio, share in a local lighting design practice for example the recent launch of its in order to merge my few remaining Lighting Design of Things platform. projects in the new Company named “This platform allows us to provide Lighting Images. our clients with an infrastructure “In the years following we carried that achieves the integration of IoT out some exceptional projects, features and data analytics through winning numerous lighting design the use of lighting systems as a host,” awards and with the economy on-track explains Klaasen. “We have been I was able to expand the Company able to achieve this through creating back into Asia by reopening an office strategic partnerships with IoT in Singapore. From this point we leaders within the industry, meaning began building towards the launch of that we were propositioned with Klaasen Lighting Design, launched on a unique opportunity for clients to 1 January, 2011 and we haven’t looked facilitate the integration of IoT and back since.” lighting in their projects.

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TECHNOLITE Technolite is an architectural lighting specialist recognised for empowering designers with an extensive range of cutting edge luminaires from the world’s best brands. The Company does a lot of amazing things, but behind every outstanding deliverable is a solid process that keeps true to their overall goal - making the world a better place through the art and science of lighting. The Technolite team comprises of creatives, planners, and problem solvers capable of delivering a wide range of general and technical services in the lighting field. From design support and interactive product illustrations to mock-ups and installations, complex programming and to on-site maintenance, all of the company’s services happen in-house and are focused on their clients’ goals. Today, Technolite is a bridge for designers and manufacturers all over the world, offering unique and innovative lighting solutions to inspire great ideas that incorporate the latest technology. It is through collaboration that the company is able to take a holistic approach to develop strong lighting design concepts and implement end-to-end solutions - eliminating any between “imagination” and “reality”. In Asia, the Company has completed notable projects such as Gardens by the Bay (Singapore), Changi Airport Jewel Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx (Singapore), Changi Airport xxxxxxxxx Terminal 3 (Singapore), Helix Bridge (Singapore), Legoland (Malaysia), Oasia Downtown Hotel (Singapore), and Disneyland Shanghai (China). For details on products and services, please visit www.technolite.global

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Klaasen Lighting Design today has become extremely well established with repeat projects from many of its clients. “We are not seeking to conquer the world, instead we have the perfect niche in Asia that ranges form China and Korea in the north, Australia and New Zealand in the South and the Philippines in the east and India in the West,” explains Klaasen. “However, we have also carried out projects in Africa, Russia and the Middle East, going as far as Tahiti more recently. “We place no geographical limit


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on our project location, but do not actively pursue these places as we like the majority of our work to be located within reasonable travel reach.” Due to a combination of the Company’s reputation and recognition within the market, it isn’t forced to pursue an aggressive project acquisition strategy, with approximately 80 percent of its projects achieved through wordof-mouth and referrals. The Director continues: “A lighting designer’s main commodities are time and knowledge, therefore we choose to invest in both the training and education of our staff. We achieve this

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At Meinhardt relationships are valued above anything else, treating both its customers and staff like family. “We work closely together with our staff and encourage open discussion when it comes to ideas for new design,” explains Teo. “In order to support these new ideas we upgrade ourselves with the latest technologies available whenever possible, following our philosophies of always learning to create, understand to design and design to achieve. “With thanks to our strong ethics and philosophies, at Meinhardt we have an exceptionally low staff turnover. We strongly believe in working as a family and as a company we will plan the career path with individuals so that the team will be motivated, improving themselves through the courses and training available.” Through its ‘learning to create’ philosophy, Meinhardt understands the latest technologies that will offer

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the best-available and most-suitable products for the project needs, that are most importantly energy efficient. Teo adds: “With that in mind, we are careful not to over design on a project, which means we are able to save time, energy and the budget of our clients on our projects. “However, before we reach this stage it is important to understand both the branding and outcome that our client needs, as well as what they

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want to achieve during the early stages of a project. Coordinating amongst the consultant teams and understanding the design direction are deemed incredibly important, enabling us to work together to understand the design direction that is required. “With thanks to these features we are able to design both iconic and unique lighting for each project, while ensuring that it is both feasible and buildable.”


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Over the years, Meinhardt has been working on projects in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Manila, Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Doha, Qatar, India and East Africa; ultimately looking to cover more regions that spread across the Asia-Pacific, including Korea, Japan and Australia. In order to meet with the demands of increasing its services, the Company makes regular updates to support

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its top-class standards. Alongside upgrading the team software to the latest BIM specialist options available, it has invested $20,000 on two high performance desktops for the aforementioned software. “We also ensure that our laptops and computers are upgraded for the fastest performance every two years,” continues Teo. “With such quality systems and staff to match,

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volving under different guises and stewardship since its genesis in 1965 the JMS Singapore Pte Ltd that exists today continues to thrive as a pivotal bridge across the country’s healthcare landscape. Helping Singapore mature into a first world healthcare domain, JMS’ acumen across areas of medical understanding and technological innovation has led to similarly reputed

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significance in the wider Asian market. “JMS Singapore was eventually established with its current manufacturing plant, manufacturing solely for Japan initially; transferring technology and a high-quality work culture to Singapore to enable JMS Singapore to likewise manufacture to first world standards,” recalls and introduces Sales and Marketing Director, Samuel Soh. “Eventually, blood bag manufacturing was transferred to Singapore, the mainstay


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ASIA units across blood management, haemodialysis and general hospital products; leveraging a never-ending research & development function that ensures continuous improvement across each strand. Small nuances and innovations are the order of the day, as epitomised by its ultra-sharp, high-quality venepuncture needles, and equally market-leading medical plastics. “The common perception is that products like these are such standard and commoditised technologies that there is little differentiation between manufacturers. Long-time users of these medical disposables, on the other hand, will have much to say about that,” Soh explains. “A healthy blood donor who is getting 16G venepunctures would find their 100th venepuncture as uncomfortable as his or her first. But using JMS needles significantly reduces the amount of pain experienced by these donors; while, concurrently, the plastic formulation used for our tubes and bags have been improved over and over again to give medical staff ease of handling through developing high levels of kink resistance and tube firmness.” Additional product suites have been evolved in each business unit, to better suit customers’ comprehensive array of needs. Soh sums up: “JMS Singapore is a globally-oriented, fully-integrated, world-class manufacturing plant, providing state-of-the-art healthcare products. A key strength of our setup is the ability to provide a range of customisable devices pertaining to the needs of our users. We listen attentively to the voices of our customers, observe their use of the product and subsequently develop a comprehensive range of products that are able to serve unique requirements.”

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JMS Singapore has been able to replicate the wider JMS Group’s strong reputation for productivity over the years, focusing especially on areas of operational excellence and manufacturing efficiencies. Initiating with the use of a lean, Kaizen-based ‘Best Production System’, the Company’s ability to enhance material flow and reduce operating costs results in consistency and sustainability that are synonymous with Japanese engineering principles. “As such, JMS Singapore handles changing business environments with an adaptiveness built upon these values and has implemented improvement activities over the years in areas such as lean control, continuous research and development to improve product specifications and production processes; while training and retraining staff to emphasise the importance of these values.” In an industry that is already moving towards automation, especially in Singapore, the Company is ahead of the curve and reacting accordingly; all the while placing patients’ health as a top priority. The commitment to

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And while its portfolio increases, so too does JMS’ footprint. The establishment of JMS Healthcare Philippines in 2012 will be complemented by JMS Healthcare Thailand in 2018, contributing fresh production lines, capacities, technologies, innovations, practices, and modernity. These plants, and simultaneous ventures alongside manufacturing partners, also facilitate easier access into numerous Asian markets, such as Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand where JMS will have direct contact with end users, understanding their needs and answering their requirements.

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Proactive expansion also lends to foreseeing industry trends ahead of time, as is being seen through developments in robotics, remote monitoring, analytics and the rise of occupational health. “Occupational health & safety has become a huge topic of importance considering the risks faced by healthcare workers when dealing with diseases, infections and contamination,” Soh affirms.

“The long-term experience of each healthcare worker is highly valuable and the last thing a medical institution would want is to lose these people to health risks, resignations and even worse, diseases caught from patients due to cross-infection. “On this front, JMS Singapore has been developing a whole range of safety innovations that can sheath needles immediately upon withdrawal from the patient, protecting all personnel from possible needle prick injuries. Our parent company also owns a range of closed-system products which allow drugs to be mixed or infused without getting exposed to the air. These products (such as NeoShield, a closed-system drug transfer device) would greatly reduce the poisoning risk faced by healthcare workers, and we are assessing how we can bring these innovations to other markets, prioritising the health & safety of healthcare workers in the midst of their work.”

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While the final, and most pressing trend addresses the aforementioned veering towards automation, this doesn’t make JMS’ approach to personnel enrichment any less considered. Soh notes: “Our approach to human resources employs a mix of training in best practices to equip and retain employees. JMS Singapore employs an active workforce of more than 600 dedicated and skilled employees, and more than 2,500 employees in our subsidiary plant in Batam. We hire a diversified workforce of both local and others from the region, bolstered by

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hospital staff and other patients from unnecessarily contracting diseases. On these fronts, JMS aspires to be a part of this healthcare restructuring, emphasising the importance of good quality medical products and therefore an advancement of the quality of healthcare across Asia. “To that end, we will remain stalwarts of our values, maintaining high standards of product integrity and enabling patients to access reliable and safe healthcare products.”

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Over a relatively short period of time, SVP has cemented its reputation as an organisation run by savvy businessminded and technical individuals who have helped to develop the Company into the reputed, fast-responding, time sensitive and innovative entity that is seen today. “SVP believes in doing what we do best, and then expanding from that,” Mohd Noor said in last year’s interview. “We develop a strong fundamental, technical business, and then expand from that strong core. “SVP also believes that the success of the Company depends on highly skilled staff, so there is a strong emphasis on programmes to help further develop our workforce.” The culminating result is an almost 70 percent market share dominance in the East Malaysian market, and

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CLIMATE CHANGE, THE depletion of natural resources and rapid urbanisation are fueling the demand for cleaner and more sustainable solutions. In Asia, Singapore plays a pivotal role as a talent hub for CleanTech test beds and solutions. Themed ‘Transforming Tomorrow’s Cities with Clean Environment Solutions’, the fourth biennial CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS), organised by the National Environment Agency, Singapore, will be held from 8-12 July, 2018, in conjunction with the World Cities Summit and the Singapore International Water Week. This is a global platform for industry and government leaders to identify, develop and share practical, replicable and scalable solutions to

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address environmental challenges in the context of the wastewater-energy nexus in tomorrow’s cities. CESS 2018 will deep-dive into the streams of waste management, cleaning, pest management, sustainable energy and pollution control. In-depth discussions and the sharing of global best practices will be facilitated through business forums and high-level plenaries, such as the Clean Environment Leaders Summit, Leaders-Experts Forum, Clean Environment Convention, and Clean Environment Regulators Roundtable. The City Solutions Singapore Expo and Innovation Pitch will showcase the latest innovations in environmental technology and solutions.


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India’s premier ingredients event EVENT DETAILS WHEN: 30 August – 1 September WHERE: Greater Noida, New Delhi WEBSITE: http://www.fi-india.com/2018

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FI INDIA & Hi is the only B2B event in the Indian subcontinent serving both the food and health ingredients and the processing and packaging industries. This year’s event will take place from 30 August – 1 September in Greater Noida, New Delhi, following a successful 2017 edition in Mumbai. More than 250 leading ingredient suppliers from 15 countries are expected to join Fi India 2018, making the show India’s premier ingredients event. For 12 years running, Fi India & Hi has been providing exhibitors with exclusive and unparalleled access to the Indian F&B retail market. Unlike other events, Fi India & Hi is exclusively

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dedicated to food and beverage ingredients rather than finished foods. This focus ensures that we provide exhibitors and businesses with tailored networking and learning opportunities – the necessary ingredients for your business to succeed. Our event makes it easier than ever to network with new and existing suppliers and gain insider knowledge about the latest industry developments as well as new technologies, products and services that help you develop and manufacture quality products. At Fi India & Hi 2018, you will have the opportunity to engage in various industry-leading discussions and events, including onsite live demonstrations and technical seminars by industry thought-leaders. We also offer a matchmaking service, helping you make the most of your visit by pairing you with the most relevant and qualified contacts that best suit your needs. No matter what your business objectives, Fi India & Hi 2018 is sure to offer you a recipe for growth. Join us at Fi India & Hi 2018 and put your business at the forefront of food ingredient innovation. We look forward to seeing you there! You can find out more and register for free at: http://www.fi-india.com/2018.


Join us at the must-attend event for anyone looking to grow their business in India Fi India & Hi is the only dedicated event for food & beverage ingredients in India. As an exhibitor at Fi India & Hi, you present your products to professionals in the Indian food & beverage industry.

30 Aug - 1 Sep 2018

This will certainly bring you new business opportunities.

Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR, India @FiGlobal Search for Food Ingredients

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Focusing on Vietnam’s emergence as a luxury hotel and resort market

EVENT DETAILS WHEN: 24-25 September WHERE: The Gem Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam CONTACT: maphi@briscaconsulting.com WEBSITE: https://bricsaconsulting.com/ event/2nd-annual-global-hotelsresorts/

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THE 2ND ANNUAL Global Hotels and Resorts is a two-day conference being hosted on 24-25 September, 2018 at the GEM Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. With economic growth topping six percent annually for more than 15 years, it’s no surprise that Vietnam’s cities are flourishing more than ever before. From Da Nang to Hai Phong, and from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, tourism is booming along with the country’s economic fortunes. Attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) has always been a key part of Vietnam’s external economic affairs. The conference focuses on Vietnam as an emerging market for luxury hotels and resorts. Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has come up with a masterplan as Vietnam Tourism Development 2020

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vision 2030 that includes boosting investment for tourism development and tourism management. They aim to increase GDP by 10 percent by 2020. This plan also highlights an insight into the development of seven tourism zones with specific tourism products: 46 national tourist areas; 41 national tourist spots; 12 tourist cities and other key tourist spots. This two-day conference gives a knowledge sharing platform to the delegates and sponsors to network with the speakers who are the Government officials. This is the platform where government authorities and industry leaders will get an opportunity to network. Some of the key highlights to be discussed include: • Identifying the significant market trends in the competitive hospitality market • Understanding the needs of a diversifying market and discussing ways to tackle it • FDI opportunities in Vietnam in 2018


24th-25th September|Gem Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

For further Details contact: maphi@bricsaconsulting.com


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international business opportunities. Our exhibitors represent leading brands worldwide, including BASF, Brenntag Ingredients, DKSH, Jebsen & Jebsen, and many more. With more than 91 percent domestic attendees, visitors have the unique opportunity to speak face-to-face with local industry-leading figures. Among our visitors, 61 percent represent C-suite professionals, offering exhibitors direct contact with seniorlevel executives and decision-makers. Asia’s role in the global food trade has been steadily growing for the past decade, meaning that there’s no better time than now to look to Fi Asia to grow your business. The ASEAN region has significant growth potential, with a population of 625 million consumers with constantly evolving tastes. Southeast Asia is recognised by leading market research as one of the major emerging markets for food ingredients, with Indonesia having the strongest growth in the region. Fi Asia has a proven track record of success, having grown by 25 percent annually over the past four events, for which reason this year’s exhibition will be offering a 40 percent expansion of exhibition space. FI ASIA IS the largest gathering of No matter what your business food ingredient suppliers in the ASEAN objectives, Fi Asia 2018 is sure to offer market, making it the go-to event for you a recipe for growth. Join us at ambitious, forward-thinking businesses Fi Asia 2018 and put your business looking to connect with key industry at the forefront of food ingredient professionals. innovation. We look forward to seeing Fi Asia is returning to Jakarta in you there! October, welcoming more than 18,000 You can find out more and register visitors and 750 exhibitors from all to attend for free at https://www. over the world. figlobal.com/asia-indonesia Bringing together domestic and international ingredient suppliers, distributors, and food and beverage manufacturers, Fi Asia attracts a quality audience from all over the food ingredients sector looking for innovative ingredient solutions and

Southeast Asia’s go-to event for the food ingredients sector

EVENT DETAILS WHEN: 3-5 October WHERE: Jakarta, Indonesia WEBSITE: https://www.figlobal.com/asiaindonesia

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Discover today's most innovative products Fi Asia brings together leading food and beverage professionals from all over the world. Held in 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with over 16,500 expected visitors and more than 700 exhibitors, Fi Asia is the perfect opportunity for you to discover the newest ingredient innovations in the ASEAN region. Meet industry leading experts, get insights into the South East Asian food market and find the solution to your business needs in only three days, all under one roof – saving you months of research, supplier meetings and travel costs!

3 - 5 October 2018 Jakarta, Indonesia 11 - 13 September 2019 Bangkok, Thailand @FiGlobal Search for Food Ingredients

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Asia Outlook - Issue 33  
Asia Outlook - Issue 33