11th OGWA-SPE Exhibition & Conference from March 26 to 28
Feb 19, 2018

Muscat, Oman, 19 February 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )- Amid the current oil situation, the oil and gas sector remains optimistic about the prospects and the sector’s continuous growth and development and what these opportunities represent for oil and gas companies.

On Monday, executives from biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo, along with a distinguished panel from the oil and gas sector addressed the media in a press conference for its 11th edition of Oil & Gas West Asia (OGWA) Exhibition and Conference held at the Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel.

The panel included key industry individuals such as Dr. Sultan Al-Shidhani, Petroleum Engineering Manager of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and OGWA-SPE Technical Committee Chairman, Michelle Boyd, Director of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Middle East, North Africa and South Asia; Musallam Al Mandhari, CEO, Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), Shabib Al Maamari, Communication & External Affairs Manager, BP Oman, Murtaza Firoz, Executive Director, Vanguard Engineering & Oilfield Services, Hamza Qarooni, VP, Gulf Energy, along with Omanexpo general manager Nader Abbas.

Since its launch in 1998, the OGWA-SPE Exhibition and Conference has grown and known to become one of the most important and recognized oil and gas events in the region. In Oman, it has become the landmark event for the sector, playing a major role in helping boost government initiatives to open paths to viable alternatives to the current extraction and explorations techniques and technologies, provide a ready platform to present key projects and potential business and investment opportunities, and encourage trade.

The SPE EOR Conference, held alongside the OGWA exhibition, will feature a keynote panel session and an executive plenary session where distinguished industry leaders and

from the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Oman, will share their views of the industry’s successes and progress made in enhanced oil recovery in addition to enhancing the industry’s contributions to socio-economic developments. Technical sessions will cover the latest advances in chemical EOR, thermal EOR, miscible gas injection EOR and low salinity water flooding and much more.

Over the years, this event has become a hub for professionals from around the globe to meet in one place to share their experiences and discuss new technologies and advances in EOR.

This year, the exhibition will be held for the first time at the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre and will showcase over 300 companies representing 19 countries. Highlighting the exhibition are six country pavilions (China, Iran, Italy, India, Egypt and the SPE Technology Pavilion), and the ICV Riyada Pavilion, where with the support of Strategic Partner Business Gateways, it will present about 130 companies who will showcase their profiles at the Riyada JSRS e-marketplace and 10 stands at the exhibition.

The OGWA-SPE Exhibition & Conference 2018 will be held from 26-28 March and will be hosted under the auspices of the Ministry of Oil & Gas and supported by PDO and OPAL.

His Excellency Mohammad bin Al Zubair, Advisor to His Majesty for Economic Planning Affairs, will formally open the event.


Contact: Melissa Daleja
T: +968 24660122 l Mobile: +968 99471704
Email: melissa.daleja@omanexpo.com

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World Smart Energy Week 2018 : World's Leading Comprehensive Smart Energy Trade Show
Feb 15, 2018

Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd. will be holding the Japan’s largest comprehensive show for smart and renewable energy - World Smart Energy Week 2018 from February 28 - March 2 at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan. The show aims to provide a platform for professionals from across Japan, Asia, and the world to negotiate and network for the future of smart and renewable energy business. It will consist of 8 exhibitions and world-class conference sessions filling up Tokyo Big Sight - the largest exhibition center of the country. The show ranges from power generation, storage, saving, transmission to distribution technologies. The comprehensive business event is expected to welcome 1,580 exhibitors and 70,000 professional visitors.

The show will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony inviting 60 energy industry leaders from Japan and overseas as dignitaries. Ambassadors from Denmark and Norway, and senior representatives from major companies in Japan, such as Toshiba Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., and Panasonic Corp., many others will celebrate the opening of World Smart Energy Week 2018.

Date & Time: Feb. 28 (Wed) 9:30 am -
Venue: In front of Reception Counter, East 5 Hall

Also, Executive Party will be held on the first day to facilitate networking among executives of smart energy industries 800 executives from exhibiting and visiting firms, organisations, speakers from keynotes, and other conference sessions will be attending the reception party. A perfect opportunity to meet and carry out interviews with great influencers.
Date & Time: Feb. 28 (Wed) 12:30 pm -
Venue: Reception Hall, 1st floor of Conference Tower

During the show period, keynote and technical conference sessions will be held in parallel to the exhibitions at the Conference Tower of Tokyo Big Sight. Distinguished industry leaders from the 8 energy sectors share the outlook for their industries, the latest technologies, market trends, national and international energy policies, and various strategies for business and national/international energy policies. Throughout the show period, 220 sessions will be held in 2018. These will include a World Smart Energy Week keynote session led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), U.S. Department of Energy to discuss “Japan & US Smart Energy Strategies and Future Outlook” Many more interesting sessions you don’t want to miss in this year are published. Please check the details of all sessions via the following link.

Press Registration>>>http://www.wsew.jp/en/shuzai/?fm=preshow
Invitation Ticket Request (Free) >>>http://www.wsew.jp/en/inv/?fm=preshow
Exhibiting Information Inquiries >>>wsew@reedexpo.co.jp

The show has been expanding its scale and the profile of the show by attracting increasing attention from smart and renewable energy related professionals year by year. World Smart Energy Week 2018 is the best place to keep up with the changing conditions of the industry.

Conference Details:http://www.wsew.jp/en/seminar/?fm=preshow

The show has been expanding its scale and the profile of the show by attracting increasing attention from smart and renewable energy related professionals year by year. World Smart Energy Week 2018 is the best place to keep up with the changing conditions of the industry

World Smart Energy Week 2018
Dates: February 28 - March 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 18:00 (10:00 – 17:00 on March 2, 2018)
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, Japan (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
Organised by: Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.

Held inside World Smart Energy Week 2018:
FC EXPO 2018 - 14th Int'l Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo
PV EXPO 2018 - 11th Int’l Photovoltaic Power Generation Expo
PV SYSTEM EXPO 2018 - 9th Int’l Photovoltaic Power Generation System Expo
BATTERY JAPAN 2018 - 8th Int'l Rechargeable Battery Expo
WIND EXPO 2018 – 6th Int’l Wind Energy Expo & Conference
THERMAL POWER EXPO – 2nd Next-generation Thermal Power Generation Expo

Co-organised by:
Hydrogen Energy Systems Society of Japan (HESS) [FC EXPO]
Fuel Cell Development Information Center (FCDIC) [FC EXPO]
Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) [WIND EXPO]
Japan Woody Bioenergy Association / Japan Organics Recycling Association [INT’L BIOMASS EXPO]
Thermal and Nuclear Power Engineering Society [THERMAL POWER EXPO]

--------CONTACT INFORMATION----------------------------------------------------------------------

World Smart Energy Week Show Management
Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
18F Shinjuku-Nomura Bldg.,1-26-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0570, Japan
TEL : +81-3-3349-8576 FAX : +81-3-3349-8535
Email: pr-eng.wsew@reedexpo.co.jp

Chifeng WANG (Mr.)
Visiting Inquiries:
Email: visitor-eng.wsew@reedexpo.co.jp

Manami OGAWA (Ms.)
Exhibiting Inquiries:
Email: wsew@reedexpo.co.jp

Yasu MUROTA (Mr.), Mitsuru TAKAZAWA (Mr.),
Seungjoon BAEK (Mr.), Chifeng WANG (Mr.), Ryo MATSUBARA (Mr.)

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IFFS 2018 Hands CARTE BLANCHE to Chantal Hamaide & ARRO Studio
Feb 15, 2018

Singapore, 15 February 2018 — In exactly 21 days, trade professionals from the furniture, interiors, industrial design, architecture, hospitality, and lifestyle industries will be treated to a spectacular multi-faceted experience at the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2018 and its co-located shows, the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia 2018, held from 8 - 11 March at the Singapore EXPO. This year, in an inaugural collaboration with design consultancy TANKE.LONDON/, IFFS will present the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, curated by Chantal Hamaide, with scenography by ARRO Studio.

Fresh Content Through Strategic Global Partnerships

Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, said, “An integral part of our event’s vitality is in ensuring we deliver original content and exciting showcases to the audience. The team is always open to exploring new partnerships, and those familiar with IFFS may have noticed it’s very much a part of our DNA. We’re delighted to have TANKE.LONDON/ come on board this year, and I look forward to seeing the curator’s vision come alive at the exhibition.”

Located in the Piazza Hall, CARTE BLANCHE is an exclusive showcase of high-end, international brands presented in a creative and coherent manner. Comprising both renowned and emerging brands, this inaugural edition of CARTE BLANCHE will see Chantal Hamaide — founder of iconic French design magazine, Intramuros — team up with founders of ARRO Studio, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth, who will manage scenography and artistic direction.

Maiden Opportunity for ARRO Studio

Often remembered for their award-winning revamp of the Clarks Originals HQ in the UK, ARRO Studio is a creative, multi-disciplinary design agency based in Paris, with activities across the globe including the UK, USA, China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, and Morocco.

CARTE BLANCHE marks two ‘firsts’ for ARRO Studio — first ever exhibition in Singapore and first collaboration with Hamaide. Commenting on their experience so far, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth expressed, “Indeed, we are particularly glad about this opportunity! The ‘Little Red Dot’ boasts a vibrant design scene, and its fast pace and cultural setting have attracted our attention for some time now, so we were delighted when IFFS approached us. Also, we are lucky to collaborate with Chantal Hamaide. It’s an honour for us, as she has always been passionate about putting design talents in the limelight, and it’s been a pleasure to work with her.”

18 Prominent Brands to be Featured

Revolving around the theme of ‘New Traditions’, this edition’s CARTE BLANCHE will feature an outstanding selection of brands — most of them never-before-seen — hailing from China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and Spain. The participating brands hand-picked by the curator include:

  1. Bensimon (Maison & Gallery, France)
  2. Coédition (France)
  3. Colos (Italy)
  4. Designerbox (France)
  5. Elliptic Circle (Hong Kong)
  6. Grafunkt (Singapore)
  7. Maison Fragile (France)
  8. Maxdesign (Italy)
  9. Moustache (France)
  1. Petite Friture (France)
  2. Pierre Frey (France)
  3. Sammode (France)
  4. Sancal (Spain)
  5. Studio MVW (China)
  6. Studio GGSV x EGE (France x Denmark)
  7. Treku (Spain)
  8. Varian by Culture In (France)
  9. Versant Edition (France)

Sharing her thoughts on the eclectic ensemble of brands and items to be displayed, Hamaide declared, “In their diversity, all the selected pieces have something in common: a boundless creative streak and a tremendous amount of dedication, which each designer has put into the conception, unveiling some revered and specific know-hows. Beyond the trends and cultural expectations, this coherent body of work also evokes a dialogue between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. I believe this is the very dialogue that breathes meaning and strength into the global industry.”

Industry professionals keen on visiting IFFS to view the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, as well as other exciting and exclusive highlights, should pre-register before 23 February 2018 viawww.iffs.com.sg/register to enjoy free admission and to avoid waiting in line at the show.

For more information on the fair, please visitwww.IFFS.com.sg orwww.NOOKAsia.com.sg.


For more information, please visit:
IFFS 2018www.IFFS.com.sg
NOOK Asia 2018www.NOOKAsia.com.sg

For media enquiries on IFFS & NOOK Asia, please contact:

Asia Pacific, Americas & Rest of the World
Ms Gracine WEE
Red Bug Communications
+65 6220 4787

Europe and Middle East
Mrs Marilena PUPPI
OGS Organizzazione Gestione Servizi Srl
+39 0 2345 0610

Organiser’s Office – IFFS Pte Ltd
Ms CHUA Siew Bee
+65 6505 9176

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Malaysia truly Asia Announced Collaborative Initiatives to Drive Growth of 2.5 Million European Visitors by 2020 at Fitur 2018
Feb 14, 2018

At the recent 38th edition of FITUR 2018, a travel fair exhibition in Madrid, targeting Spanish countries in Spain and Latin America, country brand Malaysia Truly Asia received overwhelming response from trade buyers, medias and visitors.

The 15-member Malaysian delegation was led by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, accompanied by Deputy Secretary General (Tourism), Puan Haslina Abdul Hamid; Deputy Director General (Promotion) Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud; and Senior Director of Tourism Malaysia for International Promotions - America, Europe and Oceania, Dato’ Mohmed Razip Hasan.

Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri reaffirmed that collaborative partnerships and alliances with European trade partners will be one of the key drivers to spur growth of visitors to Malaysia in the run up to the Visit Malaysia Year campaign 2020. The delegation also included Tourism Selangor led by the Chief Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. The state tourism council participated for the first time at FITUR Madrid and aims at exploring more opportunities to promote Selangor to the Spanish travellers. The Chief Minister of Selangor was accompanied by the State Exco for Tourism, YB Ms Elizabeth Wong and General Manager of Tourism Selangor, Puan Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din.

At a press media briefing held on the 2nd day of FITUR, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri highlighted a list of significant marketing collaborations and developments for Malaysia in the European market, among them partnership with ECTAA (Confederation of European Travel Agents and Tour Operators Association) for Malaysia as its Preferred Destination Partner 2018; partnership with CEAV (Confederation of Spanish Travel Agents in Spain), represented by its President, Mr Rafael Gallego, and Mr Pedro Ferreira, President of Portuguese Travel Agent Association; Malaysia as Official ITB Country Partner 2019 in Berlin; marketing collaboration between Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airports Berhad Holdings with German-based Condor Airlines to commence three weekly flights from Frankfurt to Kuala Lumpur starting November 2018 and a new cruise programme with TUI (UK) Cruises 2018/2019, with potential capacity to welcome 7,200 passengers.

The PATA Travel Mart (Pacific Area Travel Association) 2018 which will see participation by about 2,000 global trade professionals will take place in Langkawi from 12 to 14 September. The event is jointly hosted by Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and Tourism Malaysia.

In 2016, tourist arrivals to Malaysia was 26.8 million, a growth of +4% and contributed about RM82.1 billion (17.8 billion euros) in tourism receipts, a phenomenal growth of 18.8% in revenue. Target arrivals for 2018 is 33.1 million with tourism receipts expected around RM134 billion (29 billion euros).

“Spain is an important market having reached an incremental growth of 28.4% with more than 40,000 arrivals in 2017. With the commencement of Qatar Airways’ three weekly flights from Doha to Penang commencing 6 February, Spanish travellers can now visit Penang direct from Madrid or Barcelona with a stopover in Doha, with opportunity to combine with other destinations in the country,” says Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri.

A special 11 nights/12 days travel package to Penang/Kuala Lumpur with extensions to other parts of Malaysia was launched at FITUR by Qatar Airways, Dimensiones Club, Penang Global Tourism and Tourism Malaysia. Tourism Selangor also launched #DiscoverSelangor latest video campaign with a tagline #TakeMeAnywhere.

A presentation seminar attended by select top Spanish travel agents was also organised by Tourism Malaysia and Qatar Airways. Also scheduled were one-to-one meetings with key decision makers from airline companies, confederations of tour operators and travel agencies and media interviews with travel trade magazines.

Among them were with Mr Michel de Blust, Secretary General of ECTAA; Mr Pedro Costa Ferreira, President of Portuguese Travel Agent Association; Mr Rafael Gallego, President of Confederation of Spanish Travel Agents (CEAV); Mr Gerardo Manzano of EuropAir; and Mr Neil Chernoff, Iberia’s Senior Vice President for Network and Alliances.

“All these developments are timely, especially in the run-up to our Visit Malaysia Year campaign in 2020 – a significant year in which Malaysia hopes to attract 36 million tourists worldwide,” the Minister said.

After the meeting with Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri, Mr Pedro Costa Ferreira, President of Portuguese Travel Agent Association and Mr Rafael Gallego, President of Confederation of Spanish Travel Agents (CEAV) agreed to organise their Annual General Meetings (AGM) in Kuala Lumpur next year.

Focusing on further strengthening the long haul European markets, Tourism Malaysia also organised a meeting attended by Tourism Malaysia’s overseas directors and marketing managers from stations from Almaty, The Hague, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Moscow, Paris, Istanbul and marketing representatives for Italian and the Scandinavian markets to strategise market action plans and directions for 2018-2020.

Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri also paid courtesy calls to the new Secretary General of UNWTO, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili at the UNWTO office in Madrid, accompanied by HE Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain, Mr Zainal Abidin Bakar, MOTAC’s Deputy Secretary General, Puan Haslina Abdul Hamid, Deputy Director General (Promotion) Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud and tourism senior officials.

Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri reiterated Malaysia’s strong support towards UNWTO and shall continue to assume active role by participating in UNWTO’s programmes and activities. As Malaysia will soon announce its Visit Malaysia Year campaign 2020, the Minister thanked UNWTO for giving Malaysia the permission to incorporate UNWTO’s tagline #TravelEnjoyRespect into the VMY 2020 branding campaign, in line with Malaysia’s continuous efforts to promote sustainable tourism.

Malaysia is set to achieve its goals to welcome 36 million visitors by 2020 with tourism receipts of RM168 billion (approx. 38 billion euros).


For more media releases, media info and media features on Malaysia’s tourism industry, kindly visit the Media Centre of Tourism Malaysia’s website athttp://www.tourism.gov.my/

MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. It focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia as a preferred tourism destination. Since its inception, it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene in 2016, Malaysia registered 26.8 million tourist arrivals, placing it among the major tourism destinations of the world.

Press contact:

Media Relations Unit:

Aliza Mansor, Senior Assistant Director, Corporate Communication Division
Tel: +603-8891 8789

Editorial Unit:

Anis Rozalina Ramli (Ms), Senior Editor, Corporate Communication Division
Tel: +603-8891 8759
Email: anisramli@tourism.gov.my

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Local Designers Launch New Collections at New York Fashion Week
Feb 14, 2018

Fashion Hong Kong Showcase Spotlights Hong Kong Creativity

14 February 2018 –The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) brought three Hong Kong fashion labels to launch their Fall/Winter 2018 collections at New York Fashion Week, on 9 February. The HKTDC also staged a Fashion Hong Kong runway show, which was attended by a packed audience. Apart from attracting more than 500 buyers, media representatives and fashion experts, the HKTDC streamed the event live on Facebook, allowing fashionistas from around the world interested in Hong Kong fashion to catch the show online.

Fashionistas at Fashion Hong Kong

The Hong Kong labels that took part at this year’s Fashion Hong Kong runway show were ANVEGLOSA, established by Annette Chan; Harrison Wong’s eponymous label HARRISON WONG; and HEAVEN PLEASE+, which was formed by the design duo of Yi Chan and Lary Cheung. Local fashion bloggers as well as international fashion media attended the Fashion Hong Kong runway show, including ELLE Italy, ELLE Spain, WWD, FashionWeekOnline.com and The Daily Front Row.

Several fashionistas and celebrities, including artists Philip Tabor, Masika Kalysha, Rydel Lynch and designer Genevieve Gorder, attended the event. Following the Fashion Hong Kong runway show, the HKTDC organised a B2B reception on 9 February at The High Line Hotel, to create networking opportunities for Hong Kong designers to meet fashion industry representatives. More than 250 buyers, industry players and media reporters were treated to a fashion presentation. Daniel Kadishson, Director of Economic Development, New York City Mayors’ Office for International Affairs, also came to lend the city’s support for the event.

Fashion Hong Kong Showroom facilitating buyer-designer interaction

A large number of fashion buyers visited the HKTDC Fashion Hong Kong Showroom at Showroom Seven, a professional B2B showroom set up during New York Fashion Week, from 7-20 February. In addition to the three runway labels, 13 other up-and-coming Hong Kong fashion brands: a o g p, BIG HORN, Ejj Jewellery, FAVEbyKennyLi, FREQUENT FLYER, Heritage ReFashioned, LAByrinth, L'impression du temps, LOOM LOOP, MASE, NICI HARMONIC, niin and SHOKAY, are also being showcased. Both Heritage ReFashioned and LOOM LOOP feature eco-fashion, with the former transforming upcycled vintage textile into sustainable fashion clutches; while the latter incorporating Canton silk, a traditional fabric that uses natural dyeing techniques.

Fashion Hong Kong is a series of international promotions organised by the HKTDC to raise the global profile of Hong Kong fashion designers and labels. Since 2015, Fashion Hong Kong has been staging world-class runway shows at major international fashion events, including at New York Fashion Week, Copenhagen Fashion Week and Tokyo Fashion Week, to showcase Hong Kong’s fashion design prowess.

Holistic Promotion Campaign

Fashion Hong Kong partnered with Klook, a Hong Kong travel start-up, to introduce Hong Kong’s unique fashion design to lifestyle travellers worldwide. Fashion Hong Kong also collaborated with local digital start-up VirtualCyte, to produce the first 360-degree video production on Hong Kong designers at New York Fashion Week. In addition, FashionWeekOnline.com, which is regarded as the insiders’ guide to international fashion weeks, launched a Hong Kong section to promote emerging Hong Kong fashion designers and HKTDC fashion events.

Fashion Hong Kong website:www.fashionhongkong.com

Media Enquiries:
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Sam Ho
Tel: (852) 2584 4569
Email: sam.sy.ho@hktdc.org

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Asia's largest commercial aviation event -- Meet Scoot, Vanilla Air, Spring Airlines, VietJet Air, Finnair and 100 more airlines and airports
Feb 12, 2018

SINGAPORE, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia's aviation industry is the fastest growing in the world, with big forecasts for the passenger numbers in the region. This presents big opportunities for the players in the aviation space, be it airlines, airports, technology and solution providers.

Aviation Festival Asia 2018 will bring you 150 expert speakers across 7 tracks: World Low Cost Airlines, AirXperience, Aviation IT, Air Retail, Aviation Marketing, Aviation Human Capital, and brand new for 2018, Airport T.EX, focusing on technology and experience for modern airports.

On 27 February 2018 at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore, Aviation Festival Asia 2018 opens with a series of Keynote Interviews by Bloomberg, followed by a boardroom level panel discussion on How can airlines guarantee future success? We welcome the following panelists for the morning session:

  • Joe Leader, Chief Executive Officer, APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association)
  • Skúli Mogensen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WOW air

    Day one of the premium conference will close with 2 panel discussions. Firstly, we present some of the top airlines in a discussion -- "India's aviation: Towards a sustainable growth". Moderated by Rahul Kapoor, Asia Pacific Transportation Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence, he will be joined by:

  • K Shyam Sundar, Chief Executive Officer, Air India Express
  • Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Bangalore International Airport
  • P. S. Nair, Chief Executive Officer, Corporate, Airports Sector, GMR Airports
  • Satyendra Pandey, General Manager, Strategy & Planning (CEO's office), Go Air
  • Bharath Mahadevan, India's Head, Scoot

    Secondly, we discuss on China's growing aviation industry and how its impact globally . Hosted by TravelDaily China, we will have the following experts speaking:

  • Shen Zeyou, Director, Marketing Division, China Southern Airlines
  • Yang Haijun, General Manager of Marketing & Sales Department, China West Air
  • Li Bing, Chief Finance Officer, Juneyao Airlines

    On 28 February 2018, the focus is on Low-Cost Carriers which are gaining increasing attention globally. The morning keynote session will be moderated by IATA and some of Asia's top players:

  • Stephen Wang, Chairman, Spring Airlines
  • Mio Yamamuro, Deputy CEO / Senior Executive Vice President, Vanilla Air
  • Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, Vice President, VietJet Air

    Across 2 days and 7 premium conferences, we will have over 150 speakers to discuss strategic issues on passenger experience, IT solutions, ancillary revenue, marketing and big data, human resource, airport management and low-cost airlines' business models.

    A small sample of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Dieter Vranckx, Vice President, Sales Asia Pacific, Lufthansa Group Airlines
  • Robecta Ma, Vice President of Marketing, Americas, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair
  • George Liu, Chief Marketing Officer, Hong Kong Airlines
  • Steven Greenway, Chief Executive Officer, reward-U, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, U-FLY Alliance
  • Gautier Parfait, Flight Operations Training Coordinator, British Airways
  • Anthony Doyle, Senior Director - Global Sales Corporate Development & Operations, Air Canada
  • Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Bangalore International Airport
  • Hervé Gueusquin, Chief Executive Officer, SAGA - Sahel And Gulf Airlines
  • Curtis Willmore, Manager - Distribution Corporate Strategy, United Airlines

    Besides the conference, the exhibition will see over 50 solution providers, 20 exhibiting airlines and an Airline University and Technology Showcase Sessions. Some of the exhibiting companies includes OpenJaw, MasterCard, Heineken, JR Technologies, Aeroprofessional, Airfree, KIU, Media Carrier, Moleskine, Conxxe, GoQuo and more. The exhibiting airlines and airports include Air Astana, Japan Airlines, Fiji Airways, Central Japan International Airport, Changi Airport, Turkish Airlines and more.

    The two-day conference and exhibition is expected to gather over 1,000 aviation stakeholders from Asia-Pacific and beyond.

    About Aviation Festival Asia 2018

    Date: 27 - 28 February 2018
    Conference opening hours: 09:00 am
    Exhibition opening hours: 10:30 am
    Venue: Level 4, Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

    Source: Terrapinn

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    Towards Consolidated Energy Technology Conference @ SETA 2018
    Feb 12, 2018

    Bangkok, 9 Feb. 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Spring-cleaning our energy not only benefits environment, it also improves jobs and economy. SETA - Sustainable Energy Technology Asia (SETA), brings its highly anticipated conference to its third edition to Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Bang Na Bangkok, Thailand from Mar. 21st to 23rd 2018.

    Conference is supported by remarkable speakers from government, influential public and private business entities, and industry top suppliers. Through intense and inspirational dialogue, the conference aims to present upcoming innovative renewable energy solutions, which includes energy production, distribution and consumption. It particularly addresses them in the key infrastructures of transportation, industry and city planning.

    Conference consists 4 parts:
    1. CEO Energy Forum “ Future Energy Outlook”
    • Energy Policy and Planning for the Next Decades
    • Future Energy Industry to Low Carbon Decade
    2. ASEAN Energy
    • Power Interconnecting Grids
    • Gas Pipeline ASEAN Map
    • Digi-Energy Outlook
    • Smart Grid
    3. Smart Urbanisation & Energy Storage Technology
    4. Innovative Renewable Energy Policies and Procurement

    The chair will be presided by Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, ACM Dr. Prajin Juntong, SETAASIA’s Conference 2018 affirms its prominent role in the industry. Together with Kingdom’s deputy prime minister., visitors will be greeted by Minister of Energy, Thailand - Mr. Siri Jirapongpan, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand - Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Transport, Thailand - Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan - Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, General Director of World Nuclear Association - Ms. Agneta Rising and many important figures.

    2018 edition is themed “ Towards Consolidated Energy Technology”. It expects over 7,500 professional visitors from over 50 countries to participate this year. Kicking off the conference with exhibition which demonstrates the inaugural idea to real old with “Smart Urbanization Simulation" with more 500 sqm such as smart condo, smart home, smart grid, smart retails, smart farm, SETA ASIA 2018 takes participants to sneak peek into revolutionary energy concepts of the future such as Smart Urbanisation , Future Energy and Fuel Cell Technology and many more.

    Register now at SETAASIA.com

    SETA 2018 details:

    When: 21 to 23 March 2018
    Where: Hall E103-104 of the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Bang Na, Bangkok, Thailand

    For more information, or to register your attendance as a member of the media, visitwww.seta.asia or contact:
    Email: marketing@gat.co.th; Tel No.: +66 2 6430744

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    An International Show-Going Experience to Explore in A Book Exhibition
    Feb 09, 2018

    It might be considered relatively smaller than book exhibitions held in other major Asian cities, yet given its dedication and vitality in the promotion of reading, international experience exchanging, and forums of the publishing industry, TIBE deserves to be titled as the most multi-featured international book exhibition in Asia.

    The 26th edition of the Taipei International Book Exhibition kicked off on Feb. 6th and will last until 11th 2018, at Halls 1 and 3 of the Taipei World Trade Center. Organized by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation under the auspices of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the book show is themed “Age of Reading” this year and features Israel­— which just celebrated its 70th anniversary—as guest of honor. During the six-day event, over 200 Israeli publications from comics and children’s books to history, literature, and lifestyle has been showcased in a venue inspired by the Hebrew Bible, giving the participants a taste of Israel’s robust publishing industry.

    Chu Jui-Hao, director of the MOC Department of Humanities and Publications, said at a press conference announcing the event that the gathering of heavyweight Israeli authors, food writers, and artists at this year’s TIBE will bring local readers a show-going experience like never before, praising the rich culture and history of the country. His sentiments were echoed by TBFF Chairman James C. M. Chao, who highlighted the felicitous combination of this year’s exhibition theme and theme country. Chao said that reading brings power to the people, which can be seen in the example set by Israel over the years, and the unique books, design and food exhibited at the press conference serve to illustrate this point.

    Israel’s official languages are Hebrew and Arabic, according to Rep. Asher Yarden of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, while most literary works are written in Hebrew. Thousands of new Hebrew titles are published a year, Yarden said, in genres ranging from essay to drama and poetry. Modern Israeli writers have racked up countless accolades all over the world. Samuel Josef Agnon, for example, became the first Israeli Nobel laureate in literature in 1966 with his unique and penetrating narrative style. Amos Oz, meanwhile, is one of the most internationally recognized Israeli writers of our time. His memoir was adapted into a critically acclaimed 2016 feature film “A Tale of Love and Darkness” starring Natalie Portman.

    There are three approaches to understanding the country, Yarden said. The first approach is through its history, culture, and heritage. The book Jerusalem: The Biography which is recommended by President Tsai Ing-wen, is a perfect guide for this approach. The two other approaches involve innovative technology and everyday life, and will also open up gateways into Israel and its rich assets. Therefore, the TIBE Israel pavilion will pave a path through Israel’s ancient history and cutting-edge technology using a wide array of publications to tell the country’s story. During the course of the show, the theme country pavilion will also host various food and wine tasting events, in addition to the screening of a documentary on bestselling writer Etgar Keret, plus a post-screening talk.

    Another highlight of the campaign is the meet-and-greet events given by Israeli writers, according to Israel Pavilion organizer Peini Beatrice Hsieh. 2018 TIBE will be graced with the presence of award-winning novelist Noa Yedlin, caricature portrait artist Hanoch Piven, bestselling YA author Yannets Levi, and Hebrew language revivalist and food writer Gil Hovav.

    An exciting lineup of activities, including author talks, signings, book launches, workshops, Hebrew calligraphy sessions, and Hebrew recitations, are planned on a daily basis at the theme country pavilion. Other shows on the schedule include the live performance of independent klezmer group Di Gasn Trio, in addition to Rummikub (Israeli mahjong) game sessions, and virtual reality tours of Israel’s technological innovations. Also, as the book fair coincides with the Lunar New Year holidays, the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei will offer participants limited-edition gifts, specially designed to combine the characteristics of the Hebrew and Mandarin languages.

    Multinational Pavilions to Explore

    According to the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF), the 2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) features 10 pavilions, 5 forums, and more than 500 events. In the presence of representatives from European Economic and Trade Office, Goethe-Institut Taipei, and the French Office in Taipei, Ms. Mei-Rong Deng (the deputy director of the Department of Humanities and Publications of the Ministry of Culture) and TBFF Chairman Mr. James C. M. Chao expressed gratitude to everyone who has supported the event along its 26 year history.

    EU Pavilion

    The Head of the European Economic and Trade Office, Ms. Anna Maria Madeleine Majorenko, pointed out that this year is the 6th anniversary for the EU Pavilion, and age 6 is when kids start to read on their own. Visitors for the EU Pavilion can leaf through books from Austria, Czech, Estonia, Greece, Italy, and Portugal in a venue taking inspiration from ancient Greek agora, and participate in cultural events every day from 14:00 to 16:00 while enjoying complimentary coffee.


    According to the director of the Goethe-Institut Taipei, Mr. Jens Rösler, the Germany Pavilion features 15 publishers and 250 award-winning books for teenagers and children of such themes as environment, design, and architecture. Three German writers have been invited to share their views with Taiwanese readers. Another highlight this year is the illustration exhibition LOOK!, which had been curated by Germany as the Guest of Honor at the 2016 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.


    The head of Culture, Education, and Science Section of the French Office in Taipei, Mr. Nicolas Bauquet, gave a special mention to guest speaker Ms. Leïla Slimani. She is the winner of France's top literary accolade, the Prix Goncourt, and was made France's emissary of the French language by President Macron. The France Pavilion will showcase 11 reading devices. Digital publication creators and producers will personally introduce their works and participate in the digital publishing forum, book signing sessions, as well as the first-ever VR presentation.

    Greek Section of EU

    A special selection of children’s Greek books is presented in the Greek section of the EU pavilion, organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. Warsaw Trade Office in Taipei would also like to present some of the most prominent books for children which have received many prestigious awards in Poland and abroad. Estonia will also present a selection of the best designed books and children’s books of 2016.


    This year, Belgium Pavilion features various titles from publishers, and a famous and talented illustrator invited by Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI). The Portuguese exhibit showcases 6 winning titles of 4 important Portuguese book awards. The Czech Republic is a small country located “in the heart of Europe” well known for its book writers and illustrators. The Italian Economic, Trade, and Cultural Promotion Office in Taipei (IETCPO) will exhibit both classical and contemporary literary works alongside their Chinese versions. Austria will present a selection of books from Austrian publishers focusing on architecture. The Trade Office of Swiss Industries are especially excited to present three books written by Taiwanese-Swiss authors who describe their views and experiences with the Swiss way of life. Central America Trade Office collects hardcover travel books from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, as well as the rare series of books on Central American literature to be demonstrated during the six days of event. Organizations from the UK include the Publishers Association—which is attending TIBE with 11 publishers for the first time in a decade—and the first-time exhibitor Book Depository, which offers free book delivery worldwide.


    The Japan Pavilion is showcasing replicas of the legendary Osamu Tezuka’s manga. Publishers of children's books from Japan and Taiwan can share their experiences in a newly-introduced event. In addition, a conversation will be held between two renowned illustrators Yūichi Kimura and Jimmy Liao. The Hong Kong Pavilion has prepared a star-studded list of speakers that includes Zheng-Yu Huang, Agnes Chan, Koon-Chung Chang, Po-Chung Chow, and Susanna Chui-Yung Cheung. Korean bestselling authors You-Jeong Jeong, Kang-Myoung Chang, and Won-June Tae will also give talks at this year’s TIBE.


    Organized by the Brazil Book Chamber (Câmara Brasileira do Livro), the Brazil booth showcases the winning titles of the 2017 Jabuti Awards (Prêmio Jabuti). Jabuti was created in 1958 and is Brazil’s most traditional and celebrated book award. The most important differential in relation to other literature awards is its reach: besides appreciating writers, the award highlights the work quality of several areas related to creation and production of a book. Publishing houses of several segments and independent writers apply annually hoping for the desired statuette and the recognition it provides. Winning a Jabuti is a desire by all of those who consider a book as an ideal of life. It is a distinction that gives to its winner much more than a financial reward. Winning a Jabuti represents to the book the ballast of the Brazilian intellectual community; it means to be admitted to a group of remarkable writers that are part of the national literature.

    Digital Publishing

    The 26th TIBE presents four exhibition pavilions: the Creative Comic Collection Interactive Digital Exhibition, the Taiwan Characters Carnival, the Digital Publishing Pavilion, and Make a Zine 2. The Creative Comic Collection Interactive Digital Exhibition brings together the comic book industry and the technology industry. The Taiwan Character Brand Licensing Association will bring their IP mascots to the venue. The Digital Publishing Pavilion allows readers to experience digital publications incorporated with AR and VR technologies, while visitors can design their own magazines in Make a Zine 2.

    Independent Organizations

    The section for literary, NGO, and independent publishers is organized by the Taiwan Association for Independent Bookshop Culture, Indie Publishers, and the Taiwan Labor Front. The three organizations are hosting small book fairs and over 20 talks in and outside Taipei to bring the power of reading to local communities.


    In the Children’s Pavilion at Hall 3, readers can find works from illustrators who had represented Taiwan in the Museum of the Fantastic at the 2017 Bologna Children's Book Fair. The organizer, Howard Chen, mentioned that Jimmy Liao, Chin-Lun Lee, and other artists will give talks at the newly-added Illustrator’s Salon. The “Where the Books Are” section welcomes young readers to play the role of detective, and investigate the animal kingdom. Stage plays are scheduled for the weekend to bring the joy of reading to children.

    TIBE 2018 also features the Rare Books Auction, where collectors Victor Wang and Wei Li will have a conversation on rare book collection.

    For more information please visit the official site of TIBE 2018.
    Edited by Sharon Tseng

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    Messe Frankfurt acquires Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Fair
    Feb 09, 2018

    Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd has acquired Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Fair to expand the worldwide portfolio of its Light + Building brand of trade fairs. Powered by Messe Frankfurt since their inception in 2015, the two fairs will now officially form part of the Light + Building family that totals 14 fairs around the globe. Messe Frankfurt will leverage its extensive international experience in growing trade fairs, while at the same time utilise its local organising partners' knowledge to propel the fairs forward as ASEAN’s leading trade fairs for lighting and building technology, design and solutions.

    Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Fair will be held from 8 – 10 November at Bangkok International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The 2018 edition is expected to welcome over 165 exhibitors utilising some 10,000 sqm of exhibition space.

    Mr Stephan Buurma, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt Group, commented on the acquisition: “The Light + Building brand of shows is well-recognised around the world for its high quality event format and its power to attract the best in the industry. Adding the Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Fair to this growing family will complement our existing shows by creating a synergy between the different lighting and building markets.”

    “With a combined GDP of over USD2.4 trillion, the region is collectively the sixth largest economy in the world and the third most populous. The acquisition will facilitate Messe Frankfurt to further develop our presence within the network of ASEAN countries. It will also allow us to expand and strengthen our portfolio in the ASEAN region. Our local partners ‒ The ExhibiZ and the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) ‒ have been instrumental in establishing the shows and we look forward to working together with them for many years ahead,” Mr Buurma added.

    Thailand serves as the gateway into the booming ASEAN region

    Messe Frankfurt has had a successful partnership for over 30 years with The ExhibiZ’s owner, Worldex G.E.C Co Ltd. An experienced organiser of trade fairs in Thailand, The ExhibiZ is eager to continue working alongside its seasoned international partner, explains Ms Pakwan Jiamjiroj, General Manager: “We are delighted to bring the Thailand Lighting Fair and the Thailand Building Fair into a new era thanks to the partnership with Messe Frankfurt. With their strong international reputation and some 800 years’ experience in organising trade fairs, we know that both shows have the potential to grow immensely. The lighting industry in Southeast Asia is already worth as much as USD5 billion, with the LED lighting industry accounting for over USD1.5 billion of that value. This healthy outlook demonstrates that the time to invest in Thailand and its neighbouring countries is most certainly now.”

    The PEA is a government enterprise that handles the generation, distribution, sales and provision of electricity to the business, industrial and general public sectors in Thailand. As a result of a number of pro-investment policies by the Thai government, the LED market in Thailand continues to expand. One such project currently being undertaken by the PEA is a three-phase project devised to completely replace Thailand’s streetlights with more energy-efficient LEDs. The Governor, Mr Sermsakool Klaikaew, said: “The Thailand lighting market is worth almost USD1 billion and has witnessed positive annual growth year after year. As we undertake such crucial nationwide projects to improve our infrastructure, it is vitally important that we continue to grow as an industry. By growing the international focus of the fairs, we will help to bring greater understanding and expertise from the international lighting and building communities directly to Thailand. We hope that this will foster innovation and continue to spur on the region’s exciting growth.”

    Messe Frankfurt has already established renowned lighting and building fairs across Asia in Guangzhou, Shanghai, New Delhi and Mumbai since the turn of the century. The shared expertise that has been gained in running these shows will benefit the Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Fair and should bring these diverse markets closer together. Indeed, significant trade connections already exist between Thailand and some of these nations whereby Thailand currently imports around 90% of its LED products from China and other countries.

    The two fairs will be held concurrently with Secutech Thailand, a premier platform that showcases the latest innovations in security, smart homes and fire and safety products. By hosting Thailand Lighting Fair, Thailand Building Fair and Secutech Thailand under one roof, the interconnected lighting, building and safety industries have an unrivalled one-stop sourcing opportunity. For more information, please visit www.thailandlightingfair.com

    Messe Frankfurt is present in 178 countries and hosts exhibitions and conferences in around 30 locations with its brands and brand families. The company has a considerable portfolio of lighting and building fairs across Asia, while the Light + Building family of trade shows is headed by the biennial Light + Building mother show in Frankfurt, Germany.

    For more information about Messe Frankfurt’s Light + Building fairs, please visit www.light-building.messefrankfurt.com

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    2018 Australasian Aid Conference Returns February 12-14
    Feb 08, 2018

    Canberra, February 6, 2018 — The Asia Foundation will present the 2018 Australasian Aid Conference (AAC) on February 12-14, in partnership with the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University (ANU). Taking place in Canberra at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, the conference keynote will be delivered by Nancy Birdsall, the founding president of the Center for Global Development. Australian Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, will deliver the opening address.

    Now in its fifth year, the Australasian Aid Conference will once again bring together researchers and development practitioners from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and beyond who are working on aid and international development policy issues, to share insights, promote collaboration, and help develop the research community. With over 500 people attending last year, AAC is the go-to regional forum on the latest trends and research in international development and aid policy.

    This year, the conference has expanded to include 35 parallel sessions, in addition to the opening address, keynote address, and three plenary sessions. The interactive sessions will cover a range of topics across the international development sector, including aid effectiveness, political economy and the politics of aid, gender, private sector engagement, humanitarian aid, migration and trade policy, and the international aid architecture.

    Among the conference presenters are senior staff from The Asia Foundation, including Gordon Hein, senior vice president of Programs; Anthea Mulakala, director of International Development Cooperation; William Stadden Cole, senior advisor for program strategy; and Sam Chittick, country representative, Philippines. Stay tuned for 2018 conference highlights in our In Asia blog.

    The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

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