YTL Hotels Expands Partnership with TravelClick as Business Booms

NEW YORK and KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — YTL Hotels, which owns a collection of unique luxury hotels and resorts in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and beyond, today announced an expanded partnership with hospitality solutions provider TravelClick. This long-term partnership will maximize transactions and drive revenue for ten of its world-class properties through the use of TravelClick’s market-leading iHotelier suite of reservations solutions.

Through the relationship, YTL Hotels’ properties will not only have access to TravelClick’s world-class iHotelier Central Reservations System (CRS), but the company’s entire suite of reservations solutions including TravelClick Channel Management, iHotelier Property Management System (PMS) Integrations, iHotelier GDS, iHotelier Web 3.0, and iHotelier Mobile. 

YTL Hotels first implemented iHotelier and TravelClick’s web reservations solution three years ago. Since that time, the booking engine has proven to be extremely instrumental in YTL Hotels’ growth strategy, enabling them to increase web bookings.

“TravelClick offers the most compelling and competitive solution in the industry, and there is no question they remain our CRS of choice among all the other competing technologies out there,” said Luke Hurford, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, YTL Hotels. “TravelClick’s solutions have ultimately helped to strengthen our digital brand and increase bookings through our ‘owned’ channels, and we’re pleased to expand our partnership with the company.”

“YTL Hotels has learned first-hand the impact iHotelier can have on their brand presence,” said Paul Southey, Vice President of Asia Pacific, TravelClick. “Because of the company’s collection of resorts in Malaysia and beyond, they require a sophisticated and robust distribution system that effectively allows them to market their services to discerning travelers. We’re thrilled to see that after three years, they have decided to expand their relationship with TravelClick. This is validation that our solutions have helped YTL Hotels to create a stronger brand and generate increased revenue.”

TravelClick’s technology solutions will be utilized at the following ten properties: Cameron Highlands Resort in Malaysia; The Majestic Malacca in Malaysia; Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia; Gaya Island Resort in Malaysia; Tanjong Jara Resort in Malaysia; The Green Leaf Niseko Village in Japan; Spa Village Resort Tembok in Bali; Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa in Malaysia; Vistana Kuantan City Centre in Malaysia, and Vistana Penang Bukit Jambul in Malaysia.

About YTL Hotels
YTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-winning resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, France and the UK, including Pangkor Laut Resort, voted the world’s best resort in 2003 by Conde Nast Traveller UK.

In 2012, the company added Gaya Island Resort – a luxury resort on the exotic tropical island of Borneo, and The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur – the second heritage jewel in the group’s Classic Hotels collection to the fold. In February 2014, the group revealed its fully refreshed Vistana Hotels. In July 2014, the group announced KASARA, its new brand of luxury accommodations offering bespoke, one-of-a-kind experiences in exotic locations.

With each new experience that it presents, the company strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings. YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of YTL Corporation Berhad. Visit www.ytlhotels.com for more information.

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For high-resolution images, please visit www.ytlhotels.com/mediagallery. For reservations and inquiries, please contact the YTL Travel Centre directly in Malaysia, call +60 3 27831000 or email travelcentre@ytlhotels.com.my                              

About TravelClick, Inc.
TravelClick (TravelClick.com) provides innovative cloud-based solutions for hotels around the globe to grow their revenue, reduce costs and improve performance. TravelClick offers hotels world-class reservation solutions, business intelligence products, and comprehensive media and marketing solutions to help hotels grow their business. With local experts around the globe, we help more than 38,000 hotel clients in over 160 countries drive profitable room reservations through better revenue management decisions, proven reservation technology and innovative marketing. Since 1999, TravelClick has helped hotels leverage the web to effectively navigate the complex global distribution landscape. TravelClick has offices in New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Barcelona, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, Melbourne, Orlando, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Follow us on twitter.com/TravelClick and facebook.com/TravelClick.

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TransCelerate Selects Cognizant to Develop a Clinical Trials Collaboration Platform

TEANECK, N.J., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) today announced that it has been selected by TransCelerate BioPharma Inc., a non-profit organization with membership representation from 19 major pharmaceutical companies, to develop a first-of-its-kind, subscription-based platform that will transform the way clinical sites collaborate with pharmaceutical companies on clinical trials. TransCelerate BioPharma Inc. is dedicated to making the research and development process more efficient across the pharmaceutical industry.                         

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The Shared Investigator Platform, which will be built as an ‘industry utility’, will enable the pharmaceutical industry to bring standardization and consistency to clinical trials. Investigator platforms are often deployed by each pharmaceutical company resulting in clinical sites using multiple environments, introducing complexity and risk. By bringing together clinical sites and sponsors spread across the world on a common platform, pharmaceutical companies can run clinical trials more efficiently and accelerate the development of new medicines.

The new platform will enhance organizational productivity by providing investigators and site staff with a central, single access point to clinical trial information, enhancing accuracy, and reducing study start-up time. It will also help pharmaceutical companies to improve quality, regulatory compliance, process visibility, and capacity, while reducing investigator efforts related to training, document exchange, and support. In the future, the platform may provide regulators with an efficient electronic audit process and better insight into clinical trials.

“This collaboration is an important part of TransCelerate’s strategy to improve clinical trial processes in order to bring innovative new medicines to patients faster,” said Jackie Kent, Senior Director, Clinical Development Information and Optimization, Eli Lilly & Co., and Shared Investigator Platform Leader, TransCelerate. “The Shared Investigator Platform will benefit sites by simplifying processes, and reducing time and effort spent on standard study activities. TransCelerate conducted a comprehensive selection process for this initiative and Cognizant provided the key attributes required for this unique partnership. We anticipate an overall improvement in the quality of studies and the data generated from the Shared Investigator Platform initiative.”

“We are pleased to partner with TransCelerate to build this first-of-a-kind platform, which will help maximize the potential of technology-based collaboration and provide better medicines to patients, greater efficiency to clinical sites, and superior business outcomes to pharmaceutical sponsors,” said Bhaskar Sambasivan, Vice President of Cognizant’s Life Sciences practice. “Streamlining the clinical trials process will enable TransCelerate’s member companies to not only speed up drug development, but also drive innovation in improving patient health. We are making a significant commitment and investment in this strategic relationship, and will leverage our industry expertise and technology capabilities to ensure that the proprietary platform, built as an industry utility, delivers optimal value. We will also seek inputs from end-users to continually enhance the platform.”

delivery.com Connects Merchants with Corporate Customers on Hong Kong’s First Major Local Delivery Network

 

HONG KONG, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — One of the U.S.’s leading online ordering platforms, delivery.com has expanded internationally for the first time with a Hong Kong debut. Soft launched this past spring, delivery.com Hong Kong (hk.delivery.com) is now publicly available to corporate customers to satisfy a hungry demand amongst corporate employees who wish to order meals from their favorite restaurants to their offices. The platform offers a user-friendly, online ordering experience that aggregates a curated selection of high-quality restaurants for corporate customers looking for high quality and healthier options for daily meals or large corporate meetings. In addition to restaurants, hk.delivery.com features a wide range of products, from desserts to cold-pressed juices, organic groceries and more.

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With the strongest online selection of premium and popular local merchants in Hong Kong, hk.delivery.com is rapidly expanding its merchant portfolio. The site makes menus from quality restaurants, such as Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort, Doppio Zero and Locofama, a few simple clicks away. During the workday’s peak hours, healthy and freshly prepared food is delivered to offices, serving as an excellent solution for team meals or boardroom meetings.

Selecting Hong Kong as its first international market was part of a strategic decision by delivery.com to establish a strong presence across Asia. According to a January Euromonitor study, there is much room for growth in Hong Kong’s delivery services sector; currently only 3 percent of the HK$65 billion revenue generated by full service restaurants comes from food delivery. Independent businesses face enormous overhead costs due to the premium real estate market and sky-high rents.

While food delivery is a logical way to maximize revenues, the technological investment is often beyond smaller independent operators’ means, making hk.delivery.com’s platform an attractive, investment-free and economical way for merchants to increase revenue. “delivery.com has been a great way for us to grow our customer base and explore a new market opportunity. Since joining delivery.com, our lunch orders have increased significantly and we expect to grow further by 20 to 30 percent. I also really love their user friendly website which makes our food look super yummy and enticing,” says King’s Taste operator Lily Hung. Many of delivery.com’s current restaurants in the U.S. can make up to 40 percent of their overall business from takeout and delivery, allowing them to generate significant income without having to increase their brick-and-mortar footprint in high-rent areas.

Furthermore, the Hong Kong corporate work culture mirrors New York and is well suited for major growth in online ordering. Hong Kong employees worked an annual average of nearly 2,300 hours at the office, the fifth-longest number of hours among all global cities according to a Price and Earnings Report by UBS in 2012. Time-pressed employees prefer home delivery/takeaway as a convenient, efficient and time saving way to enjoy meals.

delivery.com Hong Kong’s President (from hk.delivery.com), Didier Bensadoun said, “As a financial hub with a highly concentrated corporate center and residential footprint, Hong Kong is ripe for hyperlocal e-commerce. Long working hours, the growing popularity of team lunches, and an increasingly tech-savvy consumer support the need for a local online marketplace where customers can order high-quality, healthier delivery options, particularly during lunchtime’s peak hours.”

Bringing delivery.com’s decade of e-commerce expertise to Hong Kong, hk.delivery.com is serving a customer base of some of the leading corporate entities in key business districts. The two-sided marketplace allows merchants to list as many or as few dishes on their page, and create new offerings or meal sets according to their service capabilities. The merchant partner just needs to prepare and deliver orders received. “Since joining the delivery.com platform here in Hong Kong delivery.com has brought us plenty of new clients. They get the F&B business and understand how to make online sales work for us,” says James Fisher of Little Burro, Burrito restaurant in Causeway Bay and Sheung Wan.

To become a delivery.com merchant, the only requirement is a fax machine or phone with no upfront fees or investment needed. delivery.com is an attractive, economical and trouble free solution for restaurants looking to capture a larger share of the HK$65 billion food service market in Hong Kong without increasing their spend or square footage.

Initially available for corporate customers, but with future plans to expand into residential areas, the company currently focuses on serving the needs of Hong Kong’s financial and legal industries workers, which are its most active customer base. Hong Kong will have more than 260,000 such positions by 2016, eclipsing New York and London, according to London’s Center for Economics and Business Research.

delivery.com is currently adding more and more of the city’s corporate leaders as ordering clients every day. They can create an account online, enter their location and receive a list of merchants and services in their immediate area. They can then browse selections and order their meals.

About delivery.com

delivery.com empowers the neighborhood economy by enabling customers to order online from their favorite local restaurants, grocery stores, wine and spirits shops, and laundry and dry cleaning providers. Every day more than one million delivery.com customers explore their communities and order from more than 10,000 local businesses while at home, at work, or on the go. With headquarters in New York and a growing presence throughout the U.S. and internationally, delivery.com makes e-commerce an integral part of local daily life, helping customers shop, businesses grow, and neighborhoods thrive.

Notable delivery.com Hong Kong Merchants

Doppio Zero
Happy Cow Ice Cream
Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort
Koh Thai
Little Burro
Locofama
Maya Cafe
PizzaExpress
Noodlemi
Sugo Sushi To Go

WGSN Group Announces Launch of New WGSN.com, Combining the Best of WGSN and Stylesight Into A Single, Global Platform

LONDON, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — WGSN Group, the knowledge partner for the global style and retail sectors, today announced that the new WGSN.com service will launch on 4thAugust 2014. The product has been designed around the highly respected Stylesight technology which has been enhanced with additional features to create the new super-platform. The new product will be called WGSN and its visual identity reflects the coming together of these two market-leading trend services.

Based on robust customer research, the new WGSN.com will combine new technology with the world’s most talented, commercially creative people to make future trend forecasting as inspirational, accurate and commercially effective as it can be.

WGSN Group offers five pillars of content: consumer intelligence, trend forecasting, commercial product development, retail strategy and data analytics. Within trend forecasting, the new WGSN super-platform will provide technological innovations including fast search, tailored content, increased shareability and a professional design toolkit which will enable sophisticated high resolution zoom, clip functions and extensive print and download facilities.

From August, WGSN.com will also offer an increased scale and breadth of analysis to its 75,000 users. The single platform will offer the viewpoints of content experts from hubs in London, New York, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo, available in five languages.

Steve Newbold, Global Managing Director WGSN Trends, said:

“We are really excited to announce the launch of the new WGSN. We have listened to our customers and taken advantage of technology and innovation to deliver a truly market-changing product. The increased global reach and depth of content within the new platform elevates the value and strength of what WGSN can offer, saving our customers time, helping them collaborate more effectively and giving them even more certainty. Ultimately, it empowers their business to make better decisions and to be more competitive.

Carla Buzasi, who is joining WGSN in the newly created Global Chief Content Officer role, will lead the content strategy across WGSN.com. She will bring considerable content expertise and sound commercial and editorial judgement which will add a further dimension to the Group’s global operations. Carla will also ensure we constantly excel at bringing great content propositions to market which provide a brilliant customer experience,” Steve added.

Catriona Macnab, Chief Creative Officer WGSN, said:

“The strength of our global content experts ensures that our customers will continue to have the most trustworthy, innovative and experienced people giving them a creative and commercial point of view. The new, highly-intuitive, super platform is filled with deep local knowledge from all major regions, giving users fast access to whatever they need to grow their business.”

Isham Sardouk, SVP Chief Creative Officer Stylesight, said:

“Stylesight’s extensive understanding of the American market, the expertise of WGSN in Europe and our combined strength around the world will now come together with all the key features and services our customers need. Our Advisory, research and content teams have mastered the art of deciphering data and applying sharp judgement which helps our clients transform trends into successful creative business. Uniting WGSN and Stylesight will only create more amazing things.”

WGSN is a leading provider of global trend forecasting services. Over the past three years, more than GBP50m has been invested in WGSN Group, including in people, technology, infrastructure, content, innovation and acquisitions.

E-House Launches Home Price Ratings Website

SHANGHAI, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — E-House (China) Holdings Limited (“E-House” or the “Company”) (NYSE: EJ), a leading real estate services company in China, today announced the launch of its home price ratings website www.fangjiadp.com and related mobile app (“Fangjiadp“), both of which operate under the Company’s real estate information and consulting business unit, CRIC. The website and app currently cover more than 4,000 new residential developments in 21 cities, as well as more than 30,000 existing residential compounds in 5 cities in China.

Fangjiadp provides independent home price estimates, qualitative reviews, and ratings for primary and secondary market residential compounds. By entering an address (down to each individual apartment unit level) or compound name, consumers can instantly obtain the estimated market value of both new and previously-owned properties, as well as CRIC’s expert opinions on other aspects of the properties. Properties are rated as “strongly recommended buy,” “recommended buy,” “buy with caution” or “recommend waiting.” Once a consumer locates a property of interest, Fangjiadp will also list four similar properties in the area that are in the same price range so that consumers can compare estimated values and other aspects of the properties.

Xin Zhou, E-House’s co-chairman and CEO, said, “Fangjiadp is developed by highly experienced analysts with many years of industry knowledge and is backed by CRIC’s comprehensive and powerful real estate database. In addition to its wide and comprehensive coverage, Fangjiadp’s unique user interface allows consumers to conduct one-on-one conversations with CRIC’s home price analysts. We believe Fangjiadp brings a new experience and unique value to home buyers and sellers that has never before existed.  As part of our planned upgrade for Fangjiadp, consumers will be able to not only communicate with our home price analysts, but also write their own listing reviews while interacting with other consumers and industry experts to obtain relevant information and recommendations. For our CRIC unit, the launch of Fangjiadp represents the expansion of its customer base from what had historically been businesses and government entities to consumers, and illustrates its position as an independent and unbiased real estate information source.”

About E-House

E-House (China) Holdings Limited (“E-House”) (NYSE: EJ) is China’s leading real estate services company with a nationwide network covering more than 250 cities. E-House offers a wide range of services to the real estate industry, including online advertising, primary sales agency, secondary brokerage, information and consulting, offline advertising and promotion and real estate investment management services. E-House has received numerous awards for its innovative and high-quality services, including “China’s Best Company” from the National Association of Real Estate Brokerage and Appraisal Companies and “China Enterprises with the Best Potential” from Forbes. For more information about E-House, please visit http://www.ehousechina.com.

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This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “may,” “intend,” “confident,” “is currently reviewing,” “it is possible,” “subject to” and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release, as well as E-House’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. E-House may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed or furnished with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Forms 20-F and 6-K, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about E-House’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and are subject to change. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, either expressly or impliedly, in any of the forward-looking statements in this press release. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, a severe or prolonged downturn in the global economy, E-House’s susceptibility to fluctuations in the real estate market of China, government measures aimed at China’s real estate industry, failure of the real estate services industry in China to develop or mature as quickly as expected, diminution of the value of E-House’s brand or image, E-House’s inability to successfully execute its strategy of expanding into new geographical markets in China, E-House’s failure to manage its growth effectively and efficiently, E-House’s failure to successfully execute the business plans for its strategic alliances and other new business initiatives, E-House’s loss of its competitive advantage if it fails to maintain and improve its proprietary CRIC system or to prevent disruptions or failure in the system’s performance, E-House’s failure to compete successfully, fluctuations in E-House’s results of operations and cash flows, E-House’s reliance on a concentrated number of real estate developers, natural disasters or outbreaks of health epidemics and other risks outlined in E-House’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All information provided in this press release is current as of the date of this press release, and E-House does not undertake any obligation to update any such information, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries please contact:

In China:

Investor Relations
E-House (China) Holdings Limited
Phone: +86 (21) 6133-3937
E-mail: ir@ehousechina.com

Mr. Derek Mitchell
Ogilvy Financial, Beijing
Phone: +86 (10) 8520-3073
E-mail: ej@ogilvy.com

In the United States:

Mr. Justin Knapp
Ogilvy Financial, U.S.
Phone: +1 (616) 551-9714
E-mail: ej@ogilvy.com

Yongda Auto Embraces Oriental Yongda’s Fourth Anniversary and Commencement of Automobile Online Service Activities

HONG KONG, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — China Yongda Automobiles Services Holdings Limited (“Yongda Auto” or the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group“, stock code: 03669.HK), a leading passenger vehicle retailer and comprehensive service provider in China, is pleased to announce that Oriental Yongda, the only TV shopping automobile retailer in China created by Yongda and Oriental Shopping, officially launched the Car Exhibition on Oriental Shopping Website at its four-year anniversary. After four years’ operation, Oriental Yongda has cooperated with more than twenty well-known brands, including BMW, Audi, Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, Shanghai Volkswagen, Roewe and hundreds of models on its TV shopping platform, and has successfully broadcasted 300 series of automobile sales program. High-quality programs and high-value schemes have been recognized by the vast of car consumers. The automobile sales program created by Oriental Yongda has not only won the trust of many car consumers, but also gained the widespread attention and recognition from automobile industry and the media. Oriental Yongda has won the “Financial Innovation Award”, “The Most Influential Automobile Sales Platform”, “Best Marketing Innovation Award”, “Gold Award of the Greatest Marketing” and other honors by the China Automobile Dealers Association, the Shanghai Automobile Sales Association, Liberation Daily, China’s Famous Automobile Market and other well-known media and organizations.

The Car Exhibition on Oriental Shopping Website contains live car models, website exclusive offerings, used car exclusive sales and car rentals. The launch of the platform not only provides Oriental Yongda with strong Oriental Shopping TV platform, but also enables Oriental Yongda to step into e-marketing with the assistance of Oriental Shopping Website. The powerful combination of platforms overcomes the timeliness and limitations of TV programs, achieving the 24-hour uninterrupted online sales from 45-minute live show, and diversified development of the automotive services from single new car sales service. This time, Oriental Yongda has launched four business segments, which are used car sales, car rental and leasing, after-sales products, group buy of new cars, providing the vast of customers with a more comprehensive automobile-related services. Under the attention and care of the management from Oriental Shopping and Yongda Auto, Oriental Yongda will pay more attention to consumers’ experiences, constantly develop new products, actively improve service quality, gradually form the service system of car purchase, car maintenance and car upgrading, and to create an integrated automobile sales operators in the multi-media age.

For further information, please contact:

Porda Havas International Finance Communications Group

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