- Comunicati pubblicati - Varie - Comunicati pubblicati - Varie Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:38:57 +0200 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.20 ( PRN: The Stars Group to Acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 Billion Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:02:54 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

The Stars Group to Acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 Billion


TORONTO, April 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Landmark Transaction Combines Two Leaders in Online Gaming 

The Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG; TSX: TSGI) ("The Stars Group" or "the Company") announced today that it has agreed to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming ("SBG") from CVC Capital Partners ("CVC") and Sky plc (LSE: SKY) ("Sky") in a cash and stock transaction valued at $4.7 billion. This combination will result in the world's largest publicly listed online gaming company.

"The acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming is a landmark moment in The Stars Group's history," stated Rafi Ashkenazi, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. "SBG operates one of the world's fastest growing sportsbooks and is one of the United Kingdom's leading gaming providers. SBG's premier sports betting product is the ideal complement to our industry-leading poker platform. The ability to offer two low-cost acquisition channels of this magnitude provides The Stars Group with great growth potential and will significantly increase our ability to create winning moments for our customers."

Mr. Ashkenazi concluded, "Following this transaction, The Stars Group will have significantly enhanced scale and a highly-regarded global brand portfolio. As a result, we are well positioned to realize our vision of becoming the world's favorite iGaming destination."

This acquisition will provide The Stars Group with multiple operational and financial benefits, including:

  • Greater revenue diversification and significantly enhanced exposure to sports betting, the world's largest and fastest growing online gaming segment, as the majority of SBG's revenues are generated by sports betting.
  • An increased presence in regulated markets, particularly within the United Kingdom, the world's largest regulated online gaming market.
  • The development of sports betting as a second low-cost customer acquisition channel, complementing The Stars Group's core poker business and enabling more effective cross-sell to players across multiple verticals.
  • Improved products and technology as a result of the addition of SBG's innovative casino and sports book offerings, and portfolio of popular mobile apps.
  • Identified cost synergies of at least $70 million per year.

SBG is currently home to the United Kingdom's largest active online player base and, with over 80% of revenues generated from mobile devices, is a leading mobile betting and gaming operator. In partnership with Sky, Europe's leading sports broadcaster and media company, SBG has developed some of online gaming's most well-known brands, most notably Sky Bet, Sky Vegas and Sky Casino. SBG's unaudited annual revenue was £624 million and unaudited adjusted EBITDA[1] was £202 million in the 12-month period ended December 31, 2017, representing compounded annual growth rates of approximately 46% and 51%, respectively, over the prior two years. SBG was the United Kingdom's fastest growing established online gaming operator over this period. Following the acq! uisition, The Stars Group's leadership will draw from two well-respected and highly experienced teams and SBG's Yorkshire base will operate as a major hub of the enlarged group.

"We are delighted to join forces with The Stars Group," said Richard Flint, Sky Betting & Gaming's Chief Executive Officer. "We have had a fantastic last few years and would like to thank CVC and Sky for supporting us in becoming a leading online operator in the UK. This transaction allows us to offer our best-in-class products to a truly global audience. We're excited about our future together."

Pev Hooper, Partner at CVC, said, "Richard and his team have done a fantastic job building Sky Betting & Gaming into one of the UK's largest and fastest growing operators. We have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with the team and our partners at Sky. This combination with The Stars Group opens a new and exciting chapter for SBG to accelerate its international growth, and we look forward to continuing the journey as a shareholder in the combined group."

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sky, said, "This agreement is an important milestone in SBG's growth story and a testament to what we and the whole SBG team have achieved. We look forward to the next chapter and continuing our long-term partnership with SBG as part of The Stars Group."

The Stars Group's announced acquisitions since the beginning of 2018 will significantly diversify the Company's revenue base. On a pro forma basis to include the anticipated acquisitions of SBG, CrownBet and William Hill Australia, the Company's 2017 revenue mix by product would have been 37% poker, 34% sportsbook and 26% casino[2]. On the same basis, 75% of The Stars Group's 2017 revenues would have been generated within locally regulated or taxed markets.

Transaction Details 

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement and based on the closing price of The Stars Group's common stock on April 20, 2018, the transaction has an enterprise value of approximately $4.7 billion, of which $3.6 billion is payable in cash and the remainder is payable in approximately 37.9 million newly-issued common shares. The new shares will represent approximately 20% of The Stars Group's issued and outstanding common shares giving effect to the transaction and the anticipated acquisitions of CrownBet and William Hill Australia. Substantially all of the common shares issued to the sellers will be subject to certain transfer restrictions for a minimum of six months, subject to customary exceptions. The transaction values SBG at a multiple of 12.8x unaudited adjusted LTM EBITDA, including expected run-rate cost synergies[3]. The Stars Group estima! tes that the transaction will be neutral to adjusted earnings per share on a diluted basis in the first full year following its completion and have a positive impact thereafter.

The Stars Group has obtained fully committed debt financing of approximately $6.9 billion including $5.1 billion of first lien term loans, $1.4 billion of senior unsecured notes and a $400 million revolving credit facility.  The funded proceeds of $6.5 billion will be used for the cash portion of the transaction consideration, refinancing the Company's existing first lien term loan and repaying SBG's outstanding debt.

The Stars Group's Board of Directors unanimously approved the transaction. The Stars Group currently anticipates completing the transaction in the third quarter of 2018. Completion of the transaction is conditional upon obtaining customary approvals from the Toronto Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and certain gaming and other regulatory authorities, as well as the completion of other customary closing conditions. Approval of the transaction by The Stars Group's shareholders will not be a requirement or condition to close.

The Stars Group will retain SBG's rights under certain commercial, licensing and marketing arrangements with Sky. Certain of these arrangements currently cover the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany, as applicable, and include a framework to cover additional mutually agreed upon regulated geographies in the future.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and PJT Partners LP acted as financial advisors to The Stars Group and its Board of Directors, and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC provided the committed debt financing. PJT Partners LP also advised The Stars Group on the debt financing associated with the transaction. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP acted as co-counsel to The Stars Group in connection with the transaction. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP acted as legal advisor to The Stars Group on the debt financing associated with the transaction.

Unless otherwise indicated, all references in this news release to "$" are to U.S. dollars and "£" are to Great Britain pounds sterling.

Investor Conference Call 

An investor conference call will take place at approximately 8:30 am ET, Monday, April 23, 2018.

To access via tele-conference, please dial +1 877-407-6169 or +1 201-689-8797 ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. The Conference ID number is 13679251.

The playback will be made available two hours after the event at +1 844-512-2921 or +1 412-317-6671. The Conference ID number is 13679193.

To access the webcast please use the following link: 

About The Stars Group 

The Stars Group is a leading provider of technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. The Stars Group directly or indirectly, including through its Stars Interactive Group division, owns gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, such as PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, and the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK live poker tour and event brands. These brands together have millions of registered customers globally and collectively form the largest poker business in the world, comprising online poker games and tournaments, sponsored live poker competitions, marketing arrangements for branded poker rooms in popular casinos in major cities around the world, and poker programming and content created for television and online audienc! es. The S tars Group, through certain of these and other brands, also offers non-poker gaming products, including casino and sportsbook. The Stars Group, through certain of its subsidiaries, is licensed or approved to offer, or offers under third party licenses or approvals, its products and services in various jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, both within and outside of the European Union, Australia, the Americas and elsewhere. In particular, PokerStars is the world's most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions.

About CVC Capital Partners 

CVC Capital Partners is a leading private equity and investment advisory firm. Founded in 1981, CVC today has a network of 23 offices and approximately 400 employees throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S. To date, CVC has secured commitments of over $107 billion from some of the world's leading institutional investors across its private equity and credit strategies. In total, CVC currently manages over $65 billion of assets. Today, funds managed or advised by CVC are invested in 50 companies worldwide, employing c.310,000 people in numerous countries. Together, these companies have combined annual sales of over $70 billion.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements 

This news release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable securities laws, including, without limitation, as it relates to The Stars Group's acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming as referenced herein, as well as certain expectations with respect to the same and certain future operational and growth plans and strategies. Forward-looking statements and information can, but may not always, be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intend", "could", "might", "would", "should", "believe", "objective", "ongoing", "imply", "assumes", "goal", "likely" and similar references to future periods or the negatives of these words and expressions. These statements and information, other than statements of historical fact, are based on management's current expectations! and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, including market and economic conditions, business prospects or opportunities, future plans and strategies, projections, technological developments, anticipated events and trends and regulatory changes that affect The Stars Group, its subsidiaries, and its and their customers and industries. Although The Stars Group and management believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements and information are reasonable and are based on reasonable assumptions and estimates as of the date hereof, there can be no assurance that these assumptions or estimates are accurate or that any of these expectations will prove accurate. Forward-looking statements and information are inherently subject to significant business, regulatory, economic and competitive risks, uncertainties and contingencies that could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Specific risks! and unce rtainties relating to the transaction described in this news release include, but are not limited to: (i) the completion of the proposed transaction may not occur on the anticipated terms and timing or at all, (ii) the required regulatory approvals are not obtained, or that in order to obtain such regulatory approvals, conditions are imposed that adversely affect the anticipated benefits from the proposed transaction or cause the parties to abandon the proposed transaction, (iii) the risk that a condition to closing of the transaction may not be satisfied, (iv) potential litigation relating to the proposed transaction that could be instituted against the parties or their respective directors, (vi) potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the transactions, (vii) risks associated with third party contracts containing consent and/or other provisions that may be triggered by the proposed transaction, (viii! ) negativ e effects of the announcement or the consummation of the transaction on the market price of The Stars Group's common stock, (ix) risks relating to the value of the The Stars Group shares to be issued in the transaction and uncertainty as to the long-term value of The Stars Group's common stock, (x) the potential impact of unforeseen liabilities, future capital expenditures, revenues, expenses, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition and losses on the future prospects, business and management strategies for the management, expansion and growth of The Stars Group's operations after the consummation of the transaction and on the other conditions to the completion of the transaction, (xi) the risks and costs associated with, and the ability of The Stars Group to, integrate the businesses successfully and to achieve anticipated synergies, (xii) the risk that disruptions from the proposed transaction will harm the parties' businesses, includin! g current plans and operations, (xiii) the ability of the parties to retain and hire key personnel, (xiv) adverse legal and regulatory developments or determinations or adverse changes in, or interpretations of, applicable laws, rules or regulations, including tax laws, rules and regulations, that could delay or prevent completion of the proposed transaction or cause the terms of the proposed transaction to be modified, (xv) the impact of the heavily regulated industry in which the parties operate and carry on business, (xvi) risks related to tax matters, and (xvii) management's response to any of the aforementioned factors. Other applicable risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those identified in The Stars Group's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2017, including under the heading "Risk Factors and Uncertainties", and in management's discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31,! 2017, including under the headings "Risk Factors and Uncertainties", "Limitations of Key Metrics and Other Data" and "Key Metrics", each available on SEDAR at, EDGAR at and The Stars Group's website at, and in other filings that The Stars Group has made and may make with applicable securities authorities in the future. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information. Any forward-looking statement or information speaks only as of the date hereof, and The Stars Group undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

[1] Adjusted EBITDA is net earnings before financial expenses, income taxes expense (recovery), depreciation and amortization, restructuring and certain other items.

[2] Excludes other revenues.

[3] Adjusted EBITDA of GBP213 million in the 12-month period ended March 31, 2018, and run-rate cost synergies of $70m.

For investor relations, please contact: Tim Foran, Tel: +1-416-986-8515,; For media inquiries, please contact: Eric Hollreiser,

Navigare - bilancio vincente Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:41:57 +0200 diana kuhne diana kuhne



Visitatori e vendite sottolineano il bilancio positivo

della edizione della manifestazione Navigare


  Al circolo Posillipo arrivano persino buyer e dealer esteri. La nautica in netta ripresa grazie a gozzi, gommoni e natanti. Ancora beneficenza dagli organizzatori dell’evento



Napoli, 21 aprile 2018 �“ Molti visitatori, ma anche tanta qualità, questo il vero bilancio della edizione del Navigare, organizzato dall’Associazione Nautica Regionale Campana. Sulle banchine del circolo Posillipo si sono visti anche dealer e buyer stranieri come olandesi, spagnoli e portoghesi e operatori dalla Grecia. Insomma la nautica respira come hanno confermato i cantieri Italiamarine, che ha ricevuto numerose richieste e venduto un gommone: il Positano 29 piedi, ma anche Nautica Salpa e Rio yacht nel segmento barche in vetroresina e Nautica Esposito per i gozzi.


Chiuderemo con un bilancio positivo, molte aziende hanno venduto qui al Navigare proprio nel segno della ripresa della nautica italiana �“ conferma il presidente Gennaro Amato -. Non bisogna dimenticare che proprio il segmento del natante, ovvero quello entro i dieci metri, è il vero motore della ripresa economica perciò gommoni, gozzi e piccole imbarcazioni sono il fulcro delle trattative di chi acquista”.


Domani, domenica 22, giornata conclusiva per l’esposizione di barche con prove in mare, intanto l’ANRC affronta anche i problemi del settore. Infatti se si registra una ripresa del mercato dall’altra restano gli atavici problemi che attanagliano la nautica da tempo, indipendente,mente dalle dimensioni e dalle disponibilità di portafoglio. Costi di servizi, di gestione come rimessaggio e ormeggio, ma anche di benzina sono ancora troppo alti per consentire ad un Paese come il nostro, con oltre 8.000 chilometri di costa, di sviluppare veramente la nautica.


E’ vero, abbiamo delle discrasie nel mondo della nautica che non hanno spiegazioni di sorta �“ conferma Gennaro Amato �“ i costi a mare si raddoppiano o quasi triplicano. Per questo motivo con la nostra associazione, che raggruppa l’intera filiera, stiamo studiando una serie di servizi da poter offrire attraverso nostri operatori tecnici per calmierare queste spese. Certo nulla possiamo sul costo del carburante che costa + 20% rispetto ad un distributore cittadino., un mistero che non trova alcuna spiegazione. Comunque l’ANRC, che presiedo, ci adopereremo per far si che la nautica lasci il concetto di lusso ed assuma il giusto significato: il piacere di andare per mare”.


Intanto durante la cena di gala, riservata gli associati ed espositori, che si è svolta nei saloni del circolo posillipino, l’ANRC ha donato ancora un assegno di sostegno al reparto onco-ematologico del Pausilipon. A ricevere la donazione il direttore della Fondazione Santobono-Pausilipon, Flavia Matriciano.

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PRN: New Data Show That High Quality Cleansing Improves Lesion Detection During Colonoscopy Compared to Adequate Cleansing[i] Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:40:24 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

New Data Show That High Quality Cleansing Improves Lesion Detection During Colonoscopy Compared to Adequate Cleansing[i]


AMSTERDAM, April 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Norgine B.V. today announced new data showing that there is a strong correlation between higher cleansing scores and increased polyp detection rate (PDR) and adenoma detection rate (ADR).

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The adenoma detection rate (ADR) is one of the primary quality measures of colonoscopy and an indicator of the likelihood of subsequent patient colorectal cancer.

The data were presented at the European Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) 2018, oral presentation, OP251, 21 April 2018, 11:36 to 11:48 am.

This post hoc analysis determined the relationship between BBPS* scores and adenoma and polyp detection rates in patients who had identical scores in each of the three colon segments, using pooled data from three similarly designed Phase 3, multicentre, randomised trials: NOCT, MORA and DAYB.

          Overall colon                                             High-       Odds ratio        lesion                                                   Quality:      Adequate :        detection         High-        Adequate    Low-Quality   Adequate     Low-Quality        rates                                                    (95% CI)      (95% CI)                      Quality(N=166)    (N=950)      (N=54)                                                                 [P-value]     [P-value]                                                                       1.60          0.90                                                                (1.14-2.24)   (0.50-1.60)        PDR, n (%)      91 (54.8)      396 (41.7)   22 (40.7)      [0.0067]      [0.7104]                                                                       1.97          0.75        ADR, n (%)      71 (42.8)      247 (26.0)   15 (27.8)   (1.39-2.80)   (0.39-1.43)                                                                   [0.0001]      [0.3829]       LR Analysis                of       Association           between                                    0.0239      Uniform BBPS       Score Group          and PDR,           P-value        LR Analysis                of       Association           between                                    0.0006      Uniform BBPS       Score Group          and ADR,           P-value 

Table 1. PDR and ADR by uniform BBPS score 

Similar results were shown with the use of the Harefield Cleansing Scale** - Higher Harefield Cleansing Scale Scores are associated with improved lesion detection: post hoc analysis of three randomised and central reader-assessed phase 3 clinical trials, oral presentation, OP249, 21 April 2018, 11:12-11:24 am.[ii]

Dr Cesare Hassan, Gastroenterology and Endoscopic Unit, Nuovo Regina Margherita Hospital, Roma RM, Italy said: "For the first time, the use of two independent, validated, cleansing scales demonstrate that higher segmental cleansing quality is associated with higher lesion detection rates. As a result, patients should use a high quality bowel cleanser to facilitate early detection and removal of abnormalities in order to prevent colorectal cancer."

Colonoscopy is a vital screening procedure to detect and remove adenomas and polyps that could otherwise lead to colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality in Europe, with over 447,000 new diagnoses every year.[iii] Colorectal cancer is largely preventable, with early detection being associated with a 90% cure rate.[iv]

*Boston Bowel Preparation Scale (BBPS) is a 10-point scale assessing bowel preparation after all cleansing manoeuvres are completed by the endoscopist.[v] 

**Harefield Cleansing Scale is a robust, reliable, and consistent tool that has the potential to improve the effective standardization of bowel preparation assessment in both clinical and research practice.[vi] 

View the media release in full

i. Hassan C. et al. High-quality cleansing improves lesion detection during colonoscopy compared to adequate cleansing: post hoc analysis of 1170 central-reader assessed patients in three randomised phase 3 trials. Oral Presentation. ESGE 2018

ii. Manning J. et al. Higher Harefield cleansing scale scores are associated with improved lesion detection: post hoc analysis of three randomised and central reader-assessed phase 3 clinical trials. Oral presentation. ESGE 2018

iii. Epidemiology of colorectal cancer in Europe. Source: GLOBOCAN 2012

iv. American Cancer Society. . Accessed 10 April 2018

v. Edwin J. Lai et al. The Boston Bowel Preparation Scale: A valid and reliable instrument for colonoscopy-oriented research. Gastrointest Endosc. 2009 Mar; 69(3 Pt 2): 620-625 [ ]

vi. Halphen M [ ].. Validation of the Harefield Cleansing Scale: a tool for the evaluation of bowel cleansing quality in both research and clinical practice. Gastrointest Endosc. [ ] 2013 Jul;78(1):121-31. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2013.02.009. Epub 2013 Mar 24.

Media contact: Isabelle Jouin, .

PRN: Rockschool's Revolution in Music Education Wins Queen's Award for Enterprise Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:40:23 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Rockschool's Revolution in Music Education Wins Queen's Award for Enterprise


LONDON, April 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

The company, which is the world's first rock and pop music exam board, has today been awarded the Queen's Awards for Enterprise. This prestigious award is a recognised Royal endorsement reflecting the success of Rockschool's international development.

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Founded by Chairman Norton York in 1991, Music graduate Norton York spent his teens playing in bands and felt pop music was ignored in mainstream music education, despite leading the world in innovation, creativity and profitability. He wanted young musicians who played drums, electric guitars and keyboards to be able to take exams and mark their achievements in the same way as their classical contemporaries. Rockschool now conducts exams in over 45 countries around the world. Over 400,000 aspiring musicians have already taken Rockschool exams. Famous alumni include 'Ed Sheeran', 'Jess Glynn' and emerging talent like 'Let's Eat Grandma'.

" Since we started Rockschool in 1991 we pioneered pop and rock music education - from our world firsts in establishing guitar, bass and drums grade exams to our vocational qualifications which have been taken by world beating artists and our most recent innovation in music production exams, Rockschool has always led the way in British music education. I am so proud and honoured that  our achievements in the past few years in establishing our exams as a global leader in our field in more than 40 countries has been recognised with this Queen's Award. Thank you to our staff and to all the young musicians who have come on this journey with us."

Norton York, Founder & Chairman RSL Awards (Rockschool ltd)

Not only do a Rockschool candidates go onto become global superstars, the qualifications also lead to full-time jobs working in the creative industries like stage crew, sound engineers, producers, and managers making Rockschool students the envy of the world.  

"Nurturing musical talent has been at the forefront of the company's endeavours from the very beginning. This is not only paying dividends for our candidates and Rockschool as a company, but the wider success of UK music as an international export." 

John Simpson, Rockschool's Chief Executive Officer

The export value of the UK Creative Industries is estimated at £19.8 billion or 9% of total export services. It is growing at 10.9% a year and accounts for 1.9 million jobs in the UK*. Rockschool is a rising star in this burgeoning export market and this performance has been recognised today with the granting of The Queens Award for Enterprise - International Trade

RSL( Rockschool Ltd)

In 1991- Rockschool created a unique set of products for a brand-new marketplace: recognised, graded qualifications for contemporary musicians. The instruments included in the original graded examinations were Electric guitar, Bass guitar and Drums. After the initial success with these instruments, the company developed syllabi in Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Ukulele, Theory and Music Production. Ongoing reissues keep the material up to date and relevant to the ever changing music world. The company has developed a full suite of additional qualifications including vocational qualifications and performance arts awards. Rockschool qualifications are recognised and regulated at the highest level by Ofqual, SFA, CCEA, Qualifications Wales and the Department for Education. The higher grades attract UCAS points helping students gain access to university places.  


More information available

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PRN: Reincubate's iPhone Backup Extractor Wins UK's Highest Official Business Award, Recognising Innovation in Giving Individuals Access to Their Own Data Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:40:27 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Reincubate's iPhone Backup Extractor Wins UK's Highest Official Business Award, Recognising Innovation in Giving Individuals Access to Their Own Data


LONDON, April 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

British tech company, Reincubate will receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise this year, for the second year running. The award will recognise the company's innovation in building leading iOS data recovery and access product, Reincubate iPhone Backup Extractor.

  • In a world with increasing concern around tech companies collecting and selling personal data, Reincubate's products empower individuals to access data held on them by tech companies
  • With Europe's GDPR data protection law pending, Reincubate have pioneered technology that companies are now required to build and adopt to safeguard personal data (and have opened their own technology for others to build on)
  • Reincubate iPhone Backup Extractor was the world's first consumer tool (2008) for accessing iPhone data, and subsequently the first to introduce encryption support, iCloud access, and an API
  • Through the feedback of millions of users, Reincubate are rated one of the UK's top 10 most loved software companies by TrustPilot, with a near-perfect 9.7 out of 10

Aidan Fitzpatrick, CEO and founder of Reincubate, said: "Receiving the Queen's Award for Enterprise is an incredible testament to the hard work of our team. Our business is centred around research and development, and we are proud to be recognised for our innovative work as world leaders in app data access."

"Having spent a decade working to unlock data owned by individuals, but otherwise inaccessible to them, it is wonderful to see more public attention paid to the treatment of such data. Ever since creating the first version of iPhone Backup Extractor to recover my own data, I've been a passionate believer that access to one's data is not something that should be reserved for a technical elite."

About the Queen's Awards for Enterprise 

The Queen's Award for Enterprise is granted to British businesses for outstanding achievement in one of four categories: international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility). They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses. Her Majesty the Queen grants the awards on the advice of the Prime Minister; they are announced annually on the 21 April, The Queen's birthday.

Winners of the award will meet The Queen and members of the Royal Family at a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace later in the year.

Research of International Trade winners between 2012 and 2015 carried out by the University of Strathclyde, showed that 73% of respondents directly attribute increased international sales to winning a Queen's Award for Enterprise.

About Reincubate 

Reincubate enables its customers to access data from their own apps and devices, which otherwise remains inaccessible. The company's mission is to democratise access to app data, so individuals and companies can do more with their own data on a transparent and ethical basis. Its vision is to help 10% of the world create value with their own data.

The company serves consumers, small businesses and law enforcement with the iPhone Backup Extractor. Reincubate's APIs for iCloud, iOS, and other mobile devices serve parental monitoring, CRM, insurance and compliance needs. The iPhone Backup Extractor allows users to examine data managed by Apple and many third-party apps (including Google, Facebook and Microsoft), both in the iCloud and on their device.

In 2017, Reincubate was awarded its first Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of its performance in international sales outside of Great Britain.

Contact information 

For more information about Reincubate's services and products, please visit

The free version of Reincubate iPhone Backup Extractor is available at

For press inquiries, please email

PRN: UnionPay International launches "Fly to the World" themed campaign Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:16:35 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

UnionPay International launches "Fly to the World" themed campaign


- 100,000 merchant locations outside mainland China provide up to 30%-off discounts for UnionPay cardholders

SHANGHAI, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Data from China's OTAs show that over 60% of Chinese tourists plan to travel outside mainland China during the upcoming May Day Holiday, and many white-collars prefer to have a long-distance trip by taking some days off. UnionPay International announced today the launch of its "Fly to the World" themed campaign, offering smoother and better payment experiences to the Chinese outbound tourists. UnionPay cardholders may enjoy exclusive offers at about ten thousand merchant locations in 20 overseas countries and regions.

Many UnionPay cardholders who have traveled prior to the peak may have already enjoyed the abundant discounts offered by UnionPay. To date, UnionPay acceptance network has expanded to 168 countries and regions, covering more than 23 million merchant locations and 1.64 million ATMs outside the Chinese Mainland. On the basis of its extensive acceptance network, UnionPay International continues to upgrade its card-using privilege system, collaborating with various types of merchants across Asia Pacific, Europe, America, Middle East and Russia to offer up to 30%-off discounts to UnionPay cardholders from now to June 20th.

The participating merchants of "Fly to the World" include airport duty free shops, famous department stores and brand stores, car rentals, restaurants, cruises, tourist attractions and communication service providers. UnionPay cardholders may enjoy online booking discounts when booking hotel rooms at OTAs like After returning home, they may get cash refunds from banks and airlines or card-using incentives from travel agencies.

According to the Annual Report of China Outbound Tourism Development (2017), more and more Chinese tourists prefer to spend more time to experience the local life and culture. With this trend, "Fly to the World" covers more car rental companies, restaurants, cruises and entertainment establishments (30% more than UnionPay's global campaign last year), offering better experiences to free-and-independent travelers.

Tourists may download the "UnionPay" App to enjoy more offers. For instance, cardholders may enjoy discounts paying with the "UnionPay" App by scanning QR code at merchants such as Kith Cafe, Bakery Cuisine, Pablo Cheese Tart and Itacho Sushi in Singapore. They may also download the e-coupons of "U Plan" with the App to enjoy instant discount at dozens of merchants, including Hertz in America, T Galleria in Australia and Tsuruha Drug in Japan.


PRN: Hainan offrirà ingresso senza visto a turisti di 59 paesi Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:20:30 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Hainan offrirà ingresso senza visto a turisti di 59 paesi


HAIKOU, Cina, 20 aprile 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- La Cina offrirà un ingresso senza visto a Hainan allargato ai turisti di 59 paesi a partire dal 1° maggio, una mossa in sostegno alle riforme e all'apertura nella provincia insulare più meridionale del paese, come annunciato mercoledì dall'Amministrazione statale per l'immigrazione. 

Con la nuova regolamentazione, i turisti individuali e in gruppo provenienti da 59 paesi, tra cui Russia, Gran Bretagna, Francia, Germania e Stati Uniti, possono visitare Hainan senza visto e soggiornarvi fino a 30 giorni a condizione che prenotino il loro tour con agenzie di viaggio.

Hainan ha offerto un soggiorno senza visto di 15 giorni a turisti di gruppo di 21 paesi fin dal 2000, ed ha aggiunto alla lista altri cinque paesi nel 2010.

"Nell'estendere la politica ai viaggiatori individuali e il soggiorno fino a 30 giorni, il governo punta ad attrarre più turisti internazionali, alimentare l'industria del turismo e soddisfare le esigenze dei cittadini stranieri," ha detto il vice direttore dell'Amministrazione Qu Yunhai.

L'ingresso facilitato senza visto per Hainan è parte dell'impegno della Cina per trasformare la provincia in "un porto di libero scambio con caratteristiche cinesi," come affermato nelle linee guida del sostegno a Hainan per approfondire le riforme e l'apertura, emesse sabato dalle autorità centrali.

L'isola è diventata negli ultimi anni una nota destinazione tropicale per i turisti stranieri, che sono stati oltre 1,1 milioni nel 2017, quasi il 50 percento in più dell'anno precedente.

L'anno scorso, Hainan ha accolto quasi 320.000 turisti da 26 paesi con ingresso senza visto, tre volte e mezza il numero registrato nel 2016. I turisti provenienti da Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malesia, Corea del Sud e Russia hanno rappresentato oltre il 90 percento del totale.

"La policy infonderà nuova vitalità a Hainan e ci avvicinerà di più al nostro obiettivo di diventare una destinazione di classe internazionale," ha detto Sun Ying, direttore della Commissione per lo sviluppo del turismo di Hainan.

L'associazione delle agenzie di viaggio di Haikou, capitale di Hainan, intende offrire formazione linguistica e culturale agli impiegati di oltre 200 agenzie di viaggio locali, a detta di Mai Weiwen, segretario generale dell'associazione.

Più voli diretti sono pianificati per i paesi con ingresso senza visto. Hainan ha già 57 voli internazionali per paesi come Germania, Malesia e Thailandia, con piani per almeno 16 nuove rotte internazionali entro quest'anno. Si punta ad avere almeno 100 rotte internazionali entro il 2020.

PRN: Abbott Extends Title Sponsorship of Abbott World Marathon Majors through 2023 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:50:11 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Abbott Extends Title Sponsorship of Abbott World Marathon Majors through 2023


LONDON, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) and the World Marathon Majors today announced the renewal of Abbott's title sponsorship. The partnership will extend into 2023, with the new four-year agreement beginning in 2019. Abbott became the first title sponsor of the series in 2015.

"At Abbott, we create life-changing technologies that help people live fully and accomplish their personal goals â€�“ like running a marathon," said Elaine Leavenworth, senior vice president, chief marketing and external affairs officer, Abbott. "We're pleased to extend our partnership with the Abbott World Marathon Majors, because they celebrate what's possible with good health."

"We are thrilled to continue what has been an incredible relationship with Abbott," said Tim Hadzima, general manager of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM).

"Our partnership has enabled the series to expand our horizons and look down the road at the great things we can continue to accomplish together. The support Abbott has shown and the affinity that Abbott has with the sport of marathon running has enabled us to enhance the race experience for everyone who takes part in these amazing events, from our world class runners to our Everyday Champions."

The AbbottWMM series consists of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo, B.A.A. Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City.

Elite runners and wheelchair racers compete and score points in these races â€�“ and any Olympic or IAAF World Championship marathons that take place in a series timeframe â€�“ with each series starting and finishing in the same city. Series XI draws to a close in London on April 22, 2018.

Since the partnership began, AbbottWMM has been able to launch new programs and innovations, connecting more people to the sport and sharing best practices across races. These enhancements include:

  • Adding a new recognition program by creating a Six Star medal. The Six Star Finisher program has become an amazing life goal for thousands of people, offering "Everyday Champions" the chance to earn the highly prized Six Star Medal and certificate for completing all six marathons in the AbbottWMM series. There are now more than 3,000 Six Star Finishers around the world.
  • Launching an elite wheelchair series in 2016, creating a global platform for the world's best wheelchair racers to compete.
  • Introducing a new charity initiative at the start of Series XI with US$10,000 awarded to causes nominated on behalf of each race winner across both the open and wheelchair divisions, bringing the Series total donations to $280,000.
  • Announcing further expansion of the series with the news that, with the help of a strategic partnership with Chinese company Wanda, a search for three new races to join the AbbottWMM would begin. That process, which began in 2017, continues with the ambition to bring the series to as yet unreached regions of Asia and Africa.
  • Introducing a new way to recognize age group champions. The start of Series XII in Berlin on September 16 also will kick off the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings, offering runners 40 years and older the chance to earn ranking points in a bid to qualify for the inaugural Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships in the spring of 2020.

"With Abbott's help, we will continue to push forward in pursuit of our goals, chief among them to promote the sport of marathon running throughout the globe," Hadzima said. "The first four years of our partnership is just the start, and with the new races and initiatives coming, the next four promise to be even more exciting."

"It's been exciting to participate in the growth of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series, and inspiring to watch our employees bring the sponsorship to life," said Leavenworth. "Hundreds of our colleagues and their families have energized Abbott Cheer Zones on race day or crossed the marathon finish lines themselves."

About Abbott World Marathon Majors:
The Abbott World Marathon Majors is a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo Marathon, B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon. The organizers of these events are united in their efforts to advance the sport, raise awareness of its professional athletes, and increase the level of interest in elite racing among running enthusiasts. For more information, visit

About Abbott:
At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world â€�“ in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals â€�“ that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Connect with us at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

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PRN: The 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Fans Have Ordered Half a Million FAN IDs Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:40:25 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

The 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Fans Have Ordered Half a Million FAN IDs


MOSCOW, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation has informed that the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ fans have ordered 500,000 FAN IDs.        

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50% of the FAN IDs were ordered by the citizens of the Russian Federation. The citizens of the United States ordered 22,500 FAN IDs, Mexico - 16,000, China - 14,500, Columbia - 14,200, Argentina - almost 13,000, Peru - 12,000, Germany - 10,600, Brazil - 9,700, Egypt - 8,000 with other countries to follow.

Out of the 500,000 people who have ordered FAN IDs 25% are women.

50% of the FAN IDs were ordered by fans of 25-44 years in age. 8% of the FAN IDs were ordered by spectators younger than 17 years of age.

FAN ID is a personalized spectator's card. It is a unique project developed by the Russian Federation especially for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. FAN ID is a personal document which is issued free of charge once for all of the tournament matches. Every spectator who has purchased a match ticket must get a FAN ID. In order to do this, one must fill in an application form at or register at one of the FAN ID Distribution Centers located in Russia. In combination with a match ticket, a FAN ID will ensure fast and convenient access to the stadium for all spectators.

Foreign citizens and stateless persons can enter Russia visa-free with a FAN ID during the period starting 10 days before the date of the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and ending on the date of the last match. Therefore, entry into Russia with a FAN ID is possible starting from 4 June through 15 July 2018. The FAN ID holders must leave the country no later than 25 July 2018. 

FAN ID also entitles spectators to free travel on additional trains connecting the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ host cities and on public transportation of the host cities on match days.

You can get a FAN ID at the FAN ID Distribution Centers in Russia, Rossotrudnichestvo's foreign offices, VFS Global Visa Application Centers worldwide or order postal delivery.

For detailed statistics by country on the number of FAN IDs ordered mass media representatives can write at  

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PRN: Jim O'Neill Elected New Chair of Chatham House Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:07:47 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Jim O'Neill Elected New Chair of Chatham House


LONDON, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Members of the Council of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, have elected Lord O'Neill of Gatley as its next chair.

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Jim O'Neill will lead the council in overseeing the operations and performance of the institute as well as contribute his substantial experience to support its mission to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. As Chatham House approaches the centenary of its founding in 2020, he will also work closely with council members, the institute's supporters and its director, Robin Niblett, to ensure that the institute continues to be at the forefront of debate, analysis and ideas on the most critical issues in international affairs.

Jim O'Neill will take over from Stuart Popham QC, who has served six years in the post, after the institute's AGM in July 2018. The selection was undertaken by a search committee led by Sir Simon Fraser, vice chair of Council and chair of the nominations committee, working alongside MWM Consulting.

Lord O'Neill said:

"I welcome this opportunity to lead the board of an institution that I greatly respect and that I believe will play a highly important role in the future. Uniquely, Chatham House combines the capacity to convene leading thinkers and practitioners on international affairs alongside deep knowledge on how to confront some of the most intractable global challenges of our time. I look forward to building on Stuart's legacy and to ensuring Chatham House addresses the risks and opportunities of the future with the same passion as it has in the past." 

The post of chair is elected by members of council who are drawn from and elected by the institute's individual and nominated members.

Jim O'Neill's previous roles include joint head of research at Goldman Sachs (1995-2000), its chief economist (2001-10) and chairman of its asset management division (2010-13); commercial secretary to the Treasury (2015-16); chair of the City Growth Commission (2014); and chair of the Review on Anti-Microbial Resistance (2014-16). He was created a life peer in 2015, and serves as a crossbench member of the House of Lords. He is also an honorary professor of economics, University of Manchester, and holds honorary degrees from the University of Sheffield, University of London and City University London. He received his PhD from the University of Surrey.

PRN: Steve Dodman Joins Richardson as Chief Sales Officer Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:40:32 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Steve Dodman Joins Richardson as Chief Sales Officer


PHILADELPHIA, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Richardson, a leading global sales training company, announced that Steve Dodman is joining the executive team as Chief Sales Officer.

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Steve brings 18 years of experience driving revenue, profitability, and performance in the professional services industry. At Richardson, Steve will lead the global sales organization, providing leadership, direction, and an executive vision to ensure alignment with the company's financial and strategic goals. As a member of the senior executive team, Steve will also help to set the company's strategy moving forward.

Recently, Steve remarked, "I'm thrilled to join the Richardson team as their Chief Sales Officer. Richardson is poised for continued growth as it builds upon its rich history and effective, tailored, and global delivery capabilities. Organizations today are under tremendous pressure to improve sales productivity and sales effectiveness. In addition, there are significant changes taking place with regard to the interaction between buyers and sellers, which is forcing sellers to think differently about how they approach the market. Richardson's programs provide sellers and sales leaders with the critical skills and competencies that enhance the dialogue between buyer and seller and enable significant improvements in revenue performance."

Previously, Steve held senior-level sales and marketing positions with SiriusDecisions, Technology Business Management Council, GBMP, and International Data Group. His experience includes defining and executing go-to-market strategies, building sales teams, and developing strategic partnerships. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in Global Business and Entrepreneurship from Babson College.

John Elsey, Richardson President and CEO, says, "We're excited to have Steve join our senior team during a period of significant growth and innovation here at Richardson. As we look to constantly reimagine solutions that address real business challenges for sales and leading leaders at the world's largest corporations, Steve's expertise in sales execution will help us improve our value proposition and deliver relevant and actionable insights to our clients to help them build competitive advantage."

About Richardson
Richardson is a global sales training and performance improvement company focused on helping you drive revenue and grow long-term customer relationships. Our market-proven sales and coaching methodology combined with our active learning approach ensures that your sales teams learn, master, and apply new behaviors when and where they matter most â€�” in front of the buyer. Get to know us and learn about how we help drive the world's most inspiring sales organizations to their next level of excellence.

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PRN: Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery Of Norwegian Bliss Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:10:19 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery Of Norwegian Bliss


Norwegian's newest ship debuts in Europe before commencing her inaugural tour around the U.S. and her official christening ceremony in Seattle, Washington

BREMERHAVEN, Germany, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 168,028-gross-ton Norwegian Bliss, from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, marking the conclusion of an 18-month building period.  In attendance were executives from Norwegian Cruise Line, including Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer, Harry Sommer, executive vice president of international business development, Robin Lindsay, executive vice president of vessel operations for the 16-ship fleet, representatives from Meyer Werft including Bernard and Tim Meyer, managing partners of t! he German -based shipyard, and the ship's captain and hotel director. Before cruising to Southampton, England to begin her transatlantic journey on April 21, Norwegian Bliss will showcase all she has to offer to her first guests during a two-day European inaugural preview cruise hosted by Andy Stuart and Harry Sommer.

Bernard Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft, Captain Karl Staffan Bengtsson, Andy Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line

Upon her arrival to the U.S. on May 3, the festivities for her U.S inaugural tour will commence with two-night preview events in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, and will conclude with a grand christening ceremony and sailing from her first homeport at Pier 66 in Seattle, Washington on May 30. Following a three-day inaugural voyage with a call into the port of Victoria, British Columbia, she will return on June 2 and will then embark on her first seven-day voyage to Alaska.

"Norwegian Bliss is one of our most highly-anticipated ships to date, and today marks another exciting milestone for the newest and most innovative ship of our young and modern fleet," said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "The Meyer Werft team, along with our operations teams, ship officers and crew members, has done an incredible job bringing Norwegian Bliss to life and we cannot wait for guests to experience all she has to offer."

"We're happy to deliver another ship to Norwegian Cruise Line," said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. "We are extremely proud of our partnership of over 15 years and are confident that the first ship custom-built for cruising to Alaska will exceed the expectations of their guests."

Norwegian Bliss, the third ship in the line's Breakaway Plus class, the most successful class in the company's history, is the first cruise ship specifically designed with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruising experience.  On board, guests will be able to experience their favorite amenities by Norwegian Cruise Line, plus some new first-at-sea offerings.  Norwegian Bliss will thrill and excite guests with the largest competitive race track at sea, a first for any North America-based cruise ship. The two-level electric-car race track sits at the top of deck 19, offering guests amazing views while twisting and turning at a speed of up to 30 miles per hour.  After a thrilling ride, guests can then test their agility at the open-air laser tag course, or race side-by-side on the Aqua Racer waterslide at the expansive Aqua Park, with two multi-story waterslides, one of which extends over the edge of the ship and loops down to the deck below. 

Aboard Norwegian Bliss, culinary enthusiasts can savor new exclusive specialty dining and bar concepts such as the debuting Texas smokehouse â€�“ Q, the cruise line's first full-service Starbucks® store at sea, and Coco's â€�“ a chocolate and sweet treats shop.  At The District Brew House, guests can enjoy a variety of craft cocktails and beers, including local Seattle favorites from Red Hook Brewery.

Continuing with Norwegian's commitment to offering incredible entertainment across the fleet, Norwegian Bliss features new programming that includes the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, and ¡HAVANA! â€�“ an original musical theater show created and produced specifically for Norwegian Bliss.  The creative group behind ¡HAVANA! include Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Warren Carlyle, Cuban-American design duo Isabel and Ruben Toledo and features original songs by Cuban-American, Grammy-winning singer â€�“ Albita. Norwegian Bliss also features a new theatrical cocktail hour experience, Happy Hour Prohibition â€�“ The Musical that will transport guests to a New Orleans speakeasy on the eve of the Prohibi! tion era. At The Cavern Club, guests can enjoy their favorite songs from The Beatles live with a talented cover band, in a setting inspired by the Liverpool Club where The Beatles famously performed countless times.

Guests on Norwegian Bliss can relax with a variety of accommodations including luxurious suites in The Haven by Norwegian®, studio staterooms for solo travelers with virtual ocean views, and plenty of connecting staterooms ideal for large groups and families. Two expansive observation lounges, one exclusively accessible for Haven guests, will offer cruisers uninterrupted views of the natural beauty of the sea and shore throughout their journeys. 

Beginning June 2018, Norwegian Bliss will spend her summer cruising seven-day voyages to Alaska, and fall season cruising to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles.  In winter of 2018, she will sail the Caribbean from Miami, and in the 2019 fall/winter season she will cruise from New York City to Florida< /span>, the Bahamas and Caribbean.

To book a cruise on Norwegian Bliss, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE(625-2784), or visit


About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising.  Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand's 16 ships.

Recently, the line was named "Europe's Leading Cruise Line" for the tenth consecutive year, "World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line" for the sixth consecutive year, the "Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line" for the fifth consecutive year, as well as "World's Leading Cruise Line" and "North America's Leading Cruise Line" both for the second straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian's next new build, the highly anticipated Norwegian Bliss, will be delivered in April 2018 featuring many firsts-at-sea for the global market including the largest race track at sea, award-winning Broadway entertainment, two observation lounges for guests to enjoy stunning ocean and glacier views and more.  Norwegian will introduce an additional new "Breakaway Plus" Class cruise ship in 2019 and has four additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022, w! ith an op tion to introduce two more ships in 2026 and 2027.

For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit; contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or follow us on the following social channels for the latest company news & exclusive content: Facebook, Instagram and Youtube: @NorwegianCruiseLine; Twitter and Snapchat: @CruiseNorwegian; and WeChat: @gonclcn. High resolution, downloadable images are available at

About Meyer Werft
Founded in 1795, Papenburg-based MEYER WERFT has been managed by the sixth and seventh generation of the Meyer family. This well-established company has approximately 3,300 employees. MEYER WERFT's extensive production program covers a wide range of ship types, from cruise ships, gas tankers, to car and passenger ferries. In order to stay successful in worldwide competition, production technology has been continuously improved and extended. Today, MEYER WERFT has the most modern production premises in the shipbuilding industry. For more information, go to

Seated at the signing table Marco Pastorino (IMA Holding), Stephan Schmees (Meyer Werft), Robin Lindsay (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings), Bernard Meyer (Meyer Werft), Andy Stuart (Norwegian Cruise Line), Dan Farkas (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings),Tim Meyer (Meyer Werft), Howard Flanders (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings), with the Norwegian Cruise Line international team.

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PRN: Hainan to offer visa-free access to tourists from 59 countries Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:05:07 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Hainan to offer visa-free access to tourists from 59 countries


HAIKOU, China, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- China will offer greater visa-free access for tourists from 59 countries to Hainan from May 1, in a move to support reform and opening up in the country's southernmost island province, the State Immigration Administration announced Wednesday.

Under the new policy, group and individual tourists from 59 countries, including Russia, Britain, France, Germany, and the United States, can visit Hainan visa-free and stay there for up to 30 days on condition that they book their tour through travel agencies.

Hainan has offered a 15-day visa-free stay for group tourists from 21 countries since 2000, and added another five countries to the list in 2010.

"By extending the policy to individuals and the stay to up to 30 days, the government aims to attract more international tourists, nurture the tourism industry and meet the needs of foreign individuals," said the administration's vice head Qu Yunhai.

The eased visa-free access to Hainan is part of China's effort to build the province into "a free trade port with Chinese characteristics," as stated in the guidelines on supporting Hainan to deepen reform and opening up, released by central authorities Saturday.

The island has become a famous tropical resort for overseas tourists in recent years, with the number of overseas tourists exceeding 1.1 million in 2017, up nearly 50 percent year on year.

Last year, Hainan received nearly 320,000 tourists from the 26 countries with visa-free access, 3.5 times the number recorded in 2016. Tourists from Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Russia accounted for more than 90 percent of the total.

"The policy will inject vitality into Hainan and bring us closer to our goal of becoming a world-class destination," said Sun Ying, director of Hainan Tourism Development Commission.

The association of travel agencies in Haikou, capital of Hainan, plans to offer language and cultural training to employees with more than 200 local travel agencies, according to Mai Weiwen, secretary-general of the association.

More direct flights are planned to countries with visa-free access. Hainan already has 57 international flights to countries including Germany, Malaysia and Thailand, with plans for at least 16 new overseas routes this year. It aims to have at least 100 overseas routes by 2020.

PRN: SBTech Wins Compliance Innovator of the Year Prize at the Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:28:54 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

SBTech Wins Compliance Innovator of the Year Prize at the Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018


LONDON, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Platform provider is rewarded for innovation and quality of implementation of regulatory frameworks across regulated markets

SBTech has once again strengthened its position as the leading provider of betting and gaming solutions in regulated markets by winning the prestigious Innovation of the Year prize at the Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018.

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Recognizing the most forward-thinking companies that are best prepared for the impact of new regulations, the award is a credit to the work SBTech has carried out in implementing innovative processes to enhance compliance across regulated jurisdictions and its operator network.

Andrew Cochrane, SBTech Chief Commercial Officer, commented: "As a company, we are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious prize, which honours the vital work our compliance teams carry out in regulated markets."

"It is also very satisfying to see our long-term strategy of providing the most innovative solutions and services in regulated markets recognized by the industry, as it represents a long-standing, in-depth effort on the part of the group. The quality and breadth of our offering is complemented by the unrivalled expertise of our legal and regulatory teams in achieving full compliance in every jurisdiction, with a current focus on recently and newly-regulated markets like Portugal and Poland and, of course, territories which we hope will soon be regulated, such as the US."

Ollie Wood, Chief Commercial Officer at Gambling Compliance, added: "It's great to see such a proactive and forward-thinking company named Compliance Innovator of the Year. Regulatory procedures are growing in importance every year and this award reflects the modern solutions and services that SBTech provides. We look forward to seeing the group develop its compliance services and to it being nominated for more awards at our 2019 event."

Key aspects of the SBTech solution recognised by the jurors included:

  • Full integration of all compliance features with the company's Chameleon360 iGaming platform
  • High scalability, allowing for the fast and uninterrupted transfer of vast amounts of information from SBTech databases to regulatory authority vaults and operator databases
  • Real-time display of the Risk Score report to give operators full visibility
  • AML and Social Responsibility triggers ensuring operators are automatically alerted to suspicious activity or potential problem gambling

More than 60 operators rely on SBTech's Regulation Services in over 15 regulated markets, with new features constantly strengthening the culture of compliance across the network.

About SBTech 

SBTech is a global leader in omni-channel sports betting and gaming, with over 1,000 employees in 11 locations worldwide. Since 2007, SBTech has developed the industry's most powerful online sports betting and casino platform, serving more than 50 licensees in over 20 regulated markets.

SBTech's clients include many of the world's premier betting and gaming operators, state lotteries, land-based casino and horse racing companies, and iGaming start-ups. The group supplies superbly flexible betting and gaming solutions to clients looking for speed to market and exceptional configurability, supported by the best business intelligence and reporting capabilities.

The SBTech offering includes its Seamless Sportsbook, the Chameleon360 iGaming Platform, Managed Services, and retail and omni-channel solutions that provide players with constant access to sports and casino products across all touchpoints: online, mobile and retail.

Backed up by unrivalled expertise in trading and risk management, regulatory compliance, AML and KYC procedures, acquisition and CRM, SBTech's partners consistently achieve rapid growth, enhanced brand loyalty and peak profitability.

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PRN: ICIS Launches This Year's Search for Best Chemical Industry Innovations Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:40:19 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

ICIS Launches This Year's Search for Best Chemical Industry Innovations


LONDON and NEW YORK, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

ICIS ( ), the trusted information provider for the global chemical and energy industries, today calls for entries for its 15th annual ICIS Innovation Awards (, designed to recognise outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical industry.

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ICIS is pleased to welcome BASF (, one of the world's leading chemical producers, as the overall lead sponsor for the Awards this year.

"As the most innovative company in the chemical industry, BASF has long been developing solutions for the biggest challenges of our time, and has enjoyed great success in doing so," says Detlef Kratz, Senior vVice President for Technology and Operational Excellence.

"We are continuously working on many more innovations to improve people's day-to-day lives and we would like to share this spirit with those who work on innovations in the chemical industry.

"For this reason, we are honored to support the ICIS Innovation Award for the first time and acknowledge the teams and people behind contributions for a sustainable future. We are optimistic that brilliant minds will come up with outstanding ideas. We wish all of them great success."

US chemical distribution company Maroon Group (, continues as a category sponsor, supporting the Innovation with Best Benefit for Environment and Sustainability category.

ExxonMobil Chemical ( continues its support by sponsoring the category for Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise, as does professional services company Accenture (, which is sponsoring the Best Product Innovation category.

John Baker, ICIS Innovation Awards Manager at ICIS, comments: "We are delighted to welcome BASF as overall sponsor and to have the continued support of all three category sponsors again, a sign that the Awards continue to be successful in their goal of highlighting the importance of innovation in the chemical industry.

"The awards continue to grow and gain industry support and last year attracted a high level and quality of entries. We once again look forward to highlighting the very best of innovation in the chemical industry."

Celebrating success 

The ICIS Innovation Awards enable companies to celebrate their success in the vital activity of innovation and the increasingly important areas of sustainability and environmental performance.

There are four categories to enter:

  • Best Product Innovation - sponsored by Accenture
  • Best Process Innovation
  • Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) - sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical
  • Innovation with Best Benefit for Environment and Sustainability - sponsored by Maroon Group

The ICIS Innovation Awards are open to entry from today, with a deadline for entries of 29 June 2018. The winners will be announced in October 2018.

For more information or to enter the awards, visit or call John Baker on +44-20-8652-3153.

For further information contact: 

John Baker

Global editor, ICIS

Tel: +44-(0)-20-8652-3153


Web site:

About ICIS 

ICIS is the world's largest petrochemical market information provider, with divisions spanning energy and fertilizers. Our aim is to give companies in global commodities markets a competitive advantage by delivering valuable information and analytics tools which enable our customers to identify and react to opportunities in markets which are constantly evolving. We have more than 30 years' of experience in providing pricing intelligence and news, forecast data, market analytics and independent consulting to buyers, sellers and analysts.

With a global staff of more than 600, ICIS has employees based in London, Houston, New York, Singapore, Dubai, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Mumbai, Tokyo, Karlsruhe, and Milan. ICIS' team of journalists is engaged in reporting market prices and news, and ICIS is fully committed to upholding the highest journalistic principles of verification, corroboration and authentication. ICIS has a compliance framework that along with its methodologies and business processes adheres to the requirements of the IOSCO PRA Principles.

ICIS is a division of Reed Business Information, part of RELX Group.

About Reed Business Information 

Reed Business Information provides information, analytics and data to business professionals worldwide. Our strong global products and services hold market-leading positions across a wide range of industry sectors including banking, petrochemicals and aviation where we help customers make key strategic decisions every day. RBI is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional customers across industries.

About Reed Elsevier 

RELX Group is a world‐leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs approximately 30,000 people of whom half are in North America. RELX PLC is a London listed holding company which owns 52.9% of RELX Group. RELX NV is an Amsterdam listed holding company which owns 47.1% of RELX Group. The shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX and RENX. The total market capitalisation is approximately £30.0bn|€34.4bn|$42.6bn

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world.

Our portfolio is organised into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of €64.5bn in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS).

For further information contact: 

Barbara Gerster

Tel: +49-621-60-59077


Web site:

About Maroon Group 

Maroon Group is one of the fastest growing specialty chemical and ingredient distributors in North America. Our operating verticals focus on end markets which include CASE, Plastics, Specialty Intermediates, and CARE. We leverage a common infrastructure of industry leading technology, value-add services, global sourcing & logistics network, and a commitment to Creating Customer Success®.

For further information, contact: 

Mike McKenna

Chief Operating Officer

Maroon Group

Tel: +1-440-937-1000


Web site:

About ExxonMobil Chemical 

ExxonMobil Chemical is one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Our unique portfolio of commodity and specialty businesses generates annual sales of more than 24 million tonnes of prime products.  We have world-scale manufacturing facilities in all major regions, and our products serve as the building blocks for a wide variety of everyday consumer and industrial products.

For further information, contact: 

David Woods

Opportunity Identification Manager

New Product Platforms

ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Tel: +1-832-625-4134 


Web site:

About Accenture 

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions - underpinned by the world's largest delivery network - Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders.

With approximately 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

For further information, contact: 

Guy Cantwell

Tel: +1-281-900-9089


Web site:

PRN: QIVOS Successfully Developed Two New Links of London e-shops in Greece and in the U.S. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:40:26 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

QIVOS Successfully Developed Two New Links of London e-shops in Greece and in the U.S.


ATHENS, Greece, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

The company reinforces its digital services portfolio through the implementation of new projects 

QIVOS marketing technology agency, announces the successful development of the two new Links of London e-shops in the Greek and the U.S market, a project that further reinforces its collaboration with the FF Group. The completion of the aforementioned projects integrates with the Digital & eCommerce Implementation services offered by QIVOS, with similar launches to follow in the near future.  

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The brand-new e-shops, were created in the framework of QIVOS' co-operation with the FF Group and were fully designed and developed by the experienced QIVOS team. Meanwhile, this project is the outcome of QIVOS' strategic partnership with Salesforce, the world's #1 CRM platform, and in particular with the Salesforce Commerce Cloud. This cloud platform functioned as the basis for the creation of the project and in combination with QIVOS' expertise, the new Links of London e-shops were developed, offering a unique digital experience to users both in Greece and the U.S.

QIVOS is soon to complete similar projects in other markets, with the continuous growth and strengthening of its services being of the outmost importance. The QIVOS team is already processing the new projects with a strong focus on providing high-quality services and in developing a friendly digital environment for today's consumers.  

As QIVOS COO, Ms. Fani Charmpi, mentions: "We are extremely proud for developing these two new projects on behalf of Links of London. The two new e-shops for the Greek and the U.S. market are indicative of QIVOS' technical know-how and aim in the creation of e-shops that will offer a new and upgraded digital buying experience to users and a high added value to our customers".  

More information about QIVOS:  

QIVOS is a marketing technology agency, member of FF Group. Founded in 2004, it has its headquarters in Athens. The company operates successfully in eight countries and its workforce consists of 70+ employees of high skills and knowledge. Following a customer-oriented approach, QIVOS implements loyalty reward projects, providing innovative and effective loyalty management services that actively contributes to the increase in sales and maintains customer database for each company. For more information, please visit

Contact Info:  

QIVOS, Chris Papandropoulos, e-mail:, +30-210-6083485

PRN: LIKE APP, A New Incubator for Uprising Social Stars Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:40:09 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

LIKE APP, A New Incubator for Uprising Social Stars


'Be Trendy and Catchy in A LIKE Way'

GUANGZHOU, China, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- LIKE APP is a new social video platform that has popped up in Russia during the last few months. Hundreds of thousands of teenagers and kids joined this app to show off their personalities in this "magic dreamland", as many Likers (fans of LIKE) call it. The app's success hasn't been limited to Gen Z, either. Many popular influencers on Instagram and YouTube are now LIKE users too. What's more, LIKE has proved itself as a perfect incubator for talented people.

Recently, Michelle Kennelly, a social star who just released her new song ПоколениеНиков, tested the water in LIKE by starting a #ПоколениеНиков challenge, which exceeded even her expectations: in only 2 days, more than 11,000 people joined her challenge and over 30,000 music videos were made with her song. Thousands shares of these videos on other social platforms made the song even more popular in Russia. According to Michelle Kennelly, she has discovered a new way to use her music to interact with her fans.

LIKE Challenge

LIKE APP is gaining attention for its stunning magic effects, and has topped the App and Google Play Stores of Russia and neighboring Kazakhstan and Kyrghyzstan, among others. A article entitled "What do children actually do when they are sitting on the Internet", described LIKE as one of "the most frequently used applications" where children are singing and dancing to entertain themselves and others.

As more and more users join LIKE APP and show their talents to the world, LIKE is proving itself as a new incubator for rising social stars. Those who have a talent can take a shot at becoming the next big social media star.

LIKE APP invites users to come and share their talents with over 40 million international users at


LIKE is a magic effects video app developed by BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD., a fast-growing Internet company established in Singapore. We focus on our video editing app, video broadcast and VoIP-related products which service the whole world. For more information please visit: 


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PRN: Interim Report for Duni AB (publ) 1 January - 31 March 2018 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:05:48 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Interim Report for Duni AB (publ) 1 January - 31 March 2018


MALM�-, Sweden, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Result on par with last year, despite high pulp prices

1 January â€�“ 31 March

  • Net sales amounted to SEK 1,080 m (1,004). Adjusted for exchange rate movements, net sales increased by 4.4%. 
  • Earnings per share after dilution amounted to SEK 1.22 (1.22). 
  • Underlying growth in all business areas. 
  • Record-high pulp prices exerted pressure on gross margins in the Table Top and Consumer business areas. 
  • Price increase compensation was a central activity during the quarter. 
  • Acquisition of Biopac UK Ltd, which as from February has been consolidated in the Meal Service business area.


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CEO's comments

"Sales in Q1 2018 amounted to SEK 1,080 m (1,004). Just over 2 percentage points of the increase can be attributed to the acquisition of Sharp Serviettes in New Zealand, which took place in Q2 2017, and of Biopac in UK this year. More than 3 percentage points of the increase is a result of positive currency effects. The underlying organic, currency-adjusted growth was, in other words, around 2% in the quarter, despite fewer sales days.  

Operating income was SEK 90 m (89). The income was affected negatively by the record-high pulp prices. The already announced price increases will compensate for these increased costs in primarily Q2. The income for the quarter was affected positively by currency effects.  

Pulp prices have continued to rise during the quarter. We follow the development closely and evaluate the ongoing need for further price adjustments.

Net debt at the end of the quarter amounted to SEK 987 m (887). Since Duni's net debt is mainly raised in foreign currency, the consolidated amount is affected by the weak Swedish krona. 

The Table Top business area reported net sales of SEK 534 m (511) and operating income of SEK 62 m (64). Sales increased in all significant markets, except in the Nordic region. The growth is driven by Duni's premium napkins, which continue to develop positively. The somewhat weaker result is mainly related to the high paper pulp prices. During the quarter, Table Top initiated a marketing concept for napkins to make it easier for the customer to find the right product for their specific occasion. 

The Meal Service business area increased its sales to SEK 178 m (162) and its operating income to SEK 6 m (2). The relatively high growth is driven by the acquisition of Biopac in the UK and the growth in Duni's ecoecho® environmentally-profiled range. The improvement in result from the previous year is a consequence of higher sales, and was also affected positively by improved procurement terms.  

The Consumer business area's sales increased to SEK 265 m (247), while its operating income increased to SEK 18 m (16). The period was affected positively by a successful campaign in Germany.

The New Markets business area increased its net sales to SEK 81 m (70), while its operating income fell to SEK 4 m (7). The sales increase was mainly related to the acquisitions in New Zealand and Thailand. The business area achieved several market investments and organizational improvements, to ensure continued strong organic growth. These investments explain the lower operating income during the quarter. 

Overall, a stable result showing some growth but with strong negative impacts seen in high raw material prices and yet, positive currency effects," says Johan Sundelin, President and CEO, Duni. 

For additional information please contact:

Johan Sundelin
President and CEO

Mats Lindroth

Helena Haglund
Group Accounting Manager

Duni AB (publ)
Box 237
SE-201 22 Malmö
Tel.: +46-40-10-62-00

Registration number: 556536-7488 

Duni is a leading supplier of attractive and convenient products for table setting and take-away. The Duni brand name is sold in more than 40 markets and enjoys a number one position in Central and Northern Europe. Duni has around 2,400 employees in 23 countries, headquarters in Malmö, Sweden, and production units in Sweden, Germany, Poland, Thailand and New Zealand. Duni is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm under the ticker name "DUNI". The ISIN code is SE0000616716. This information is information that Duni AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 07:45 CET on 2! 0 April 2 018.

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PRN: Truesight Consulting, LLC, and UK-based Marketscience Consulting, Ltd, Launch Strategic Partnership to Deliver New Unified Demand Analytics Solutions and Services to the Enterprise Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:40:16 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

Truesight Consulting, LLC, and UK-based Marketscience Consulting, Ltd, Launch Strategic Partnership to Deliver New Unified Demand Analytics Solutions and Services to the Enterprise


NEW YORK and LONDON, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, independent advanced marketing analytics firms, Truesight Consulting and Marketscience Consulting, jointly announced the launch of a strategic development partnership. Truesight was founded in late 2017 by marketing innovators David Dixon and Sebastian Shapiro to deliver advanced marketing analytics to large, global enterprise clients. Marketscience, a UK consultancy founded by Dr. Peter Cain in 2012, focuses on a fusion of economics, marketing and time series econometrics to bring clients the latest solutions in marketing analytics. 

The partnership is built upon a shared recognition of the unique needs of analytically-driven companies and the emergence of clients looking to implement advanced marketing analytics themselves on a Do It Yourself (DIY) model or on a Do It With Me (DIWM) model in close collaboration with external vendors. Both firms recognize the value of academically rigorous marketing analytics and have built close relationships with the academic community in the development of market solutions.

Together, the firms will deliver a suite of new unified demand analytics solutions and services to the marketplace for DIY and DIWM enterprise customers, as well as for the more traditional Do It For Me (DIFM) client. The new solutions will enable clients to predict, measure and optimize their demand generation efforts with greater accuracy, efficacy, and deeper insights than before. This is the first phase of a comprehensive, multi-year innovation strategy the companies are embarking on together.

"This new collaboration will provide complete access for clients seeking a fully transparent, yet rigorous, methodology for measuring marketing effectiveness," said David Dixon, co-founder and CEO of Truesight. "Our solid academic foundations and ability to scale teams for DIY, DIFM and DIWM enterprise clients is paramount in our combined focus."

Under the collaboration, the firms will maintain their brand names and identities with Truesight leading commercialization, consulting, implementation and scaling activities, while Marketscience will lead on R&D/innovation, product development, training, and management of academic relationships. Additionally, Truesight becomes the exclusive unified analytic solutions and consulting service partner to Marketscience; and, Marketscience becomes the exclusive advanced customer analytics and R&D/innovation resource to Truesight.

The partnership provides both firms increased scale, geographic proximity, and expanded resources. Together, they will have a full product pipeline with new product market introductions slated for the second half of 2018 and throughout 2019.

A key payoff of this commercialization venture, for clients and the market in general, will be an ability to answer new types of questions in a credible, fully transparent way.

"This development partnership is all about our clients. We're bringing the scale of Truesight to bear upon the academic rigor of Marketscience. Our collaboration builds on the combined power of our platforms and technical capabilities to help clients activate smarter business decisions and results," said Dr. Peter Cain, CEO of Marketscience Consulting.

"We are lifting the hood on MMM and so finally overcoming the black box issue, enabling clients to build their own models and optimizations. Using this fully transparent approach, clients will have the confidence, tools and know-how to own the results and lead this process," he said.

"The partnership between our firms accelerates our depth and breadth of services, while strengthening our position in the rapidly growing $19 billion marketing data and analytics market," said Sebastian Shapiro, co-founder and partner of Truesight. "Our clients will benefit from this immediately with new, innovative solutions and a greater ability to deliver at scale."  

Truesight and Marketscience are both founded upon principles of total ownership-independence, radical transparency, accountability and tailored solutions. Additionally, both companies employ a consultative approach to client engagements at each step of the project process, sharing details of modeling outputs and fully integrating client input.

About Marketscience Consulting

Marketscience Consulting is an award-winning independent consultancy specializing in advanced econometric modelling, statistical analysis and bespoke advice on traditional and digital marketing investments. Founded by Dr. Peter Cain in 2012, Marketscience works closely with clients to quantify the drivers of consumer demand and the financial return on marketing strategy at all levels of business.

Marketscience provides a comprehensive set of data-driven solutions for industries ranging from CPG, retail and consumer electronics, to financial services, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. The company is founded upon the principles of ownership independence, radical transparency and accountability, and tailored solutions. It employs a consultative approach to client engagements at each step of the project process, sharing details of modelling outputs and fully integrating client input. The firm won the prestigious RAR Award (Recommended Agency Register) for quantitative market research in 2016. It also won a "Leaders in Econometric Consulting, 2018" award from Worldwide Business Review. More information is available about Marketscience at

About Truesight Consulting

Founded in 2017 by industry veterans David Dixon and Sebastian Shapiro, Truesight Consulting combines and unifies technology, data, modeling and business intelligence solutions to drive significant improvements in results and revenue for its clients. The firm is an innovator in advanced marketing analytics and offers a full scope of marketing analytics services and solutions, including marketing mix modelling (MMM), multitouch attribution (MTA), customer data analytics, quantitative survey analytics, scenario planning and optimization, and marketing change management. The company is pioneering distinctive innovations in technology, IP, solutions delivery, and blue-chip academic and commercial partnerships. With fully independent ownership, Truesight is inherently transparent, unbiased and unencumbered by competing interests or P&Ls. Truesight is headquartered in New York City and has a team of more than 30 marketing and senior advanced analytics professionals. The firm has clients throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia in the consumer goods, B2B enterprise software, retail, telecom, media and entertainment, and financial services sectors. More information is available at

Note to editors: Bios for reference

David Dixon, Founder and Managing Partner, Truesight Consulting
David Dixon, 42, is founder and managing partner of Truesight Consulting. He brings more than 20 years of experience in advanced marketing analytics, management consulting and organizational leadership to the firm. Before launching Truesight, David was global CEO and managing partner of Ninah Consulting, Ltd., formerly a leading provider of MMM services owned by the Publicis Group. At Ninah, he was responsible for 10 years of profitable growth, revenues of more than $25 million and 70 full time employees. David established the US operations of Initiative Consulting, a spin-off of the Interpublic Group of Companies' Initiative Media, and following that, the Marketing Accountability Partnership (MAP), another IPG-owned analytics company. He brings significant experience working with blue-chip companies like Ap! ple, Intu it, Verizon, Kellogg's, Home Depot, Bank of America, Kohl's and others. David has a Masters' Degree of Economics from London University.

Sebastian Shapiro, Co-Founder and Partner, Truesight Consulting
Sebastian Shapiro, 44, is co-founder and partner of Truesight Consulting. He has over 20 years of global marketing, consulting and leadership experience within the marketing, sales and analytics field. Sebastian has built, and managed marketing and analytics consulting practices worth more than $15 million in revenue and has worked extensively in the management consulting industry. Prior to Truesight Consulting, Sebastian helped build and lead Ninah Consulting, where he was partner and managing director, from a 2-person team in 2006 to a leading global marketing analytics firm with over $20 million in consulting services revenue globally. At Ninah, he was responsible for client development, thought leadership, product development and overall firm management. Before that, he help! ed develo p and lead the Marketing Accountability Partnership (MAP), a marketing analytics company within the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG). He also had tenures with FutureBrand, where he led the brand analytics practice, and created a unique approach to brand valuation. He began his career at PWC in the M&A practice. Sebastian graduated from Harvard and holds an advanced degree in Economics from Aarhus University, Denmark.

Dr. Peter Cain, Founder and CEO, Marketscience Consulting
Dr. Peter Cain, 52, is founder and CEO of Marketscience Consulting, Ltd., an independent, UK consultancy focused on a fusion of economics, marketing and time series econometrics to bring clients the latest solutions in marketing analytics. He launched Marketscience in 2012. Dr. Cain is widely known for championing the use of dynamic modeling techniques to capture long-term brand effects that provide a complete measure of ROMI. He has more than 20 years of commercial and academic experience in economics and marketing science designing econometric business solutions for blue-chip companies and organizations. Dr. Cain is deeply experienced consulting in the financial services, CPG, retail, telecommunications, consumer and enterprise high tech, pharmaceutical and not-for-profit sectors, and writes extensively on economics and econometrics in mark! eting. Dr . Cain regularly publishes in top peer-reviewed journals. A few of his titles are, "Brand Management and the Marketing Mix Model" in Journal of Marketing Analytics (2014); "Modeling and forecasting brand share: A dynamic demand system approach" in International Journal of Research in Marketing article (2005); and "Marketing Mix Modeling and Return on Investment" (2010) that covered the entire MMM process. Before marketing research, Dr. Cain was in academia, specializing in monetary economics and econometrics. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Economics from the University of Warwick, and PhD in Monetary Economics from the University of Nottingham.

Contact Information:
Michael Draznin for Truesight and Marketscience 
+1 917.921.1039 tel


PRN: MSL expands footprint in ASEAN countries by rebranding operations in Malaysia and Indonesia Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:40:11 +0200 PR Newswire Turismo PR Newswire Turismo

MSL expands footprint in ASEAN countries by rebranding operations in Malaysia and Indonesia


Highlights commitment to fast-growing region

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia and JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MSL, in conjunction with Publicis One, announced the expansion of the MSL brand to Malaysia and Indonesia with the renaming of existing Publicis-owned PR units as MSL. The new units join other MSL offices in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in Southeast Asia, giving MSL the most complete and consistent network of wholly-owned and branded PR agencies in the region. 

MSL's PR operations in Malaysia and Indonesia are both part of Publicis One, the global communications enterprise that unites all of Publicis Groupe agency brands' capabilities and expertise under one roof in a number of markets around the world.


In Malaysia, effective today, Leo Burnett / Arc PR Worldwide has rebranded as MSL.  The unit, with more than 20 professionals, half of whom are social media experts, is led by Director of PR Sharmila Ramanath who reports to Kien Eng Tan, CEO of Publicis One Malaysia.  The broad PR offering includes corporate and crisis communications, influencer marketing, digital/social media strategy and execution, internal communications, media relations, media training and advocacy.  Alibaba Group, Samsung, Dutch Lady, Alcon, and YTL Land & Development are among the operation's key clients.

Kien Eng Tan, commented, "With the creative heritage of Leo Burnett, the Arc PR team has been transforming to provide more integrated solutions to deliver positive impact on our clients' business. Now powered by MSL, an award-winning industry leader in Asia, we are better positioned as an integrated communication powerhouse with all Publicis Groupe agencies together providing end-to-end, PR advisory and interdependent solutions to our clients."


In Indonesia, Leo PR will rebrand to MSL on May 3.  Industry veteran Eugene Laksono, Head of Public Relations, leads the PR unit in Jakarta, reporting to Brian Capel, CEO of Publicis One in Indonesia.  MSL has a dozen staff members in Indonesia conducting consumer marketing, corporate reputation management, issues and crisis communications, and social activation work for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Samsung, Lixil Water Technology, KraftHeinz ABC and L'Oreal, among others. 

Brian Capel said, "As the eighth agency brand under the Publicis One platform in Indonesia, MSL brings new depth to the comprehensive service offering with state-of-the-art global tools such as crisis simulation training, influencer and content creation and amplification, and MSL thought leadership initiatives, all of which will help us build influence and deliver impact for our clients." 

Southeast Asia Growth

Glenn Osaki, President, MSL Asia-Pacific, explained the firm's strong commitment to PR in the region.  "Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region in the MSL global network, with more than 40 percent growth achieved in the last year alone.  By investing in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, and adding them to our footprint, we are able to offer our clients the most complete coverage across ASEAN. This in turn will create scale, efficiency, best practice sharing, skills training, and access to the top talent."

The 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations include several of the world's fastest expanding economies and represent a consolidated growth rate of 5.3%. With a combined population of over 620 million (trailing only China and India) and an economy of $2.6 trillion, about the size of the UK's, the World Economic Forum predicts the region will have the world's fifth largest economy by 2020. The regional GDP has expanded "from a mere $37.6 billion in 1970." (Source: Bloomberg )

In addition to its six offices in Southeast Asia, MSL also maintains a major presence in Greater China, India, Australia, Japan and Korea, rounding out an APAC network that is among the industry's largest and most awarded.

MSL Expansion

As part of the Publicis Groupe structural transformation announced in late 2015, the PR operations in many countries have been integrated into other local Publicis operations.  By also tying these PR capabilities to MSL, the only global PR network in Publicis Groupe, it is easier for local clients to tap into MSL's vast global resources and access to the broader footprint.  "In this sense, we have simplified the access of our clients to the resources they need through local integration and to all we have to offer as a top-notch global PR network," said Guillaume Herbette, Global CEO, MSL. 

In the last two years, MSL has converted existing operations around the world from Arc Worldwide and Leo Burnett to the MSL brand, including in Sri Lanka (Jan. 2016), the Philippines (June 2016), Thailand (Dec. 2016), Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE in the Middle East (September 2016) and the Czech Republic (Nov. 2017). 

About MSL
MSL is Publicis Groupe's public relations and integrated communications network, one of the world's largest. It provides strategic counsel and creative thinking while championing its clients' interests through fearless and insightful campaigns that engage multiple perspectives and holistic thinking to build influence and deliver impact. With more than 3,100 people across more than 110 offices worldwide, MSL is also the largest PR network in Europe, and the fastest growing in China and India. | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedI n | YouTube | Slideshare | Pinterest

About Publicis One
Publicis One is a global communications enterprise that operates across small and medium size markets, unifying all of Publicis Groupe agency brands and expertise under one roof. Built with clients' interest at the center, Publicis One recognizes the simultaneous need for specialization and integration in marketing today. Led by Jarek Ziebinski, Global CEO, Publicis One operates across Publicis Groupe's four Solutions: Publicis Communications (Publicis Worldwide with MSL, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi and BBH), Publicis Media (Starcom, Zenith, Spark Foundry, Blue 449, Digitas), Publicis.Sapient (SapientRazorfish, Sapient Consulting) and Publicis Health (Digitas Health, Publicis LifeBrands, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness). The Publicis One operation, with over 7,000 employees in 39 countries, is spread across Latin America, Euro pe, Middle East, and Asia. We are united behind Publicis Groupe's ambition to deliver on the value of "The Power of One" to clients. For more news on Publicis One, please follow us on Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

 For further information and media contacts:  

Michael Echter,, +1 646 500 7914

Karen Lim,, +33 1 44 82 45 53

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