Best Western International to Open First Hotel in Shah Alam, Malaysia

Bangkok (PRWEB) August 13, 2014

Best Western International will arrive in yet another fast-growing Malaysian city later this year, with the launch of its first hotel in Shah Alam.

Strategically located in the heart of this up-and-coming city, BEST WESTERN i-City Shah Alam will be a modern midscale hotel, offering optimum comfort, convenience and connectivity for both business and leisure travelers.

As the capital of the state of Selangor, Shah Alam is a key economic hub in Malaysia. Located just 25km from Kuala Lumpur and 30km from KLIA, the city is at the heart of the countrys development, and provides an ideal setting for Best Westerns new generation of contemporary hotels, said Glenn de Souza, Best Western Internationals Vice President of International Operations for Asia & Middle East.

I am delighted to be able to introduce the BEST WESTERN i-City Shah Alam, bringing our famous international standards to yet another exciting city of Malaysia, he added.

Scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2014, BEST WESTERN i-City Shah Alam will combine modern design and amenities with the traditions of service excellence for which both Malaysia and Best Western are famous.

The hotel will feature a total of 216 contemporary guest rooms and suites, all equipped with such modern amenities as 32-inch LCD televisions, minibars, working desks and tea and coffee making facilities. And as with all Best Western hotels worldwide, high-speed Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Guests will be able to sample local and international dishes at the hotels Coffee House restaurant, while the corporate market is well catered-for with a choice of three meeting rooms, able to handle up to 120 delegates.

Malaysia is an incredibly exciting market for Best Western International. With four hotels already open in the country and a further ten in the pipeline, we look forward to serving the needs of ever more Malaysian and international guests in future, Mr. de Souza concluded.

BEST WESTERN i-City Shah Alam will join Best Western Internationals existing collection of midscale and luxury hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.

Currently, Best Western has a portfolio of more than 200 hotels across Asia. And the company expects to increase its regional collection to 300 properties in the next few years. Best Western first launched in Asia & the Middle East in 2001 and now covers 27* countries in the region.

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Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,000* BEST WESTERN

Remote Lands Launches Private Expeditions to Son Doong the Worlds Largest Cave

Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) October 10, 2013

Remote Lands, the worlds leading ultra-luxe Asia travel designer, is delighted to announce the launch of its new Explore Son Doong, the Worlds Largest Cave itinerary.

Located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province of central Vietnam, Son Doong was known only to a handful of local farmers until 2009, when a British caving team discovered it. Upon further exploration and survey, the cave turned out to be the worlds largest, with its largest chamber measuring 200m high by 150m wide.

The cave is now open to a limited number of visitors every year, and Remote Lands has put together a thrilling 7-day programme for travellers wishing to explore this incredible new landmark. Beginning in the town of Phong Nha, just north of Vietnams ancient capital city Hue, travellers will trek through the areas beautiful countryside to reach the cave, spending a night camping in the forest before spending the next few days exploring the cave on foot and, if water levels permit, by boat. Travellers will even get to pitch camp within the cave itself. A team of guides, safety experts and porters is also on hand to ensure comfort, security and a high level of service throughout the expedition. The expedition is available as a stand-alone trip, or as the centerpiece of a longer itinerary taking in other areas of Vietnam.

Its unusual for a natural wonder of this magnitude to remain undiscovered for so long, says Tim Russell, Remote Lands Director of Sales & Marketing, and were delighted to be able to offer our clients the amazing experience of not only exploring the worlds largest cave, but also eating and sleeping there too!

For more information about the Explore Son Doong, the Worlds Largest Cave itinerary, visit the Remote Lands website or email info(at)remotelands(dot)com.

About Remote Lands, Inc.

Remote Lands, Inc. creates highly personalized, ultra-luxe holidays in Asia, optionally by private jet or yacht. Based in New York and Bangkok, we specialize in extraordinary experiences that are difficult to arrange and require privileged access to important people and exclusive events, drawing upon our relationships with remarkable people around Asia. We distinguish ourselves with our white-glove service, creative itineraries and extreme attention to detail.

Remote Lands has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Departures, Travel + Leisure, Cond

The Cabin Chiang Mai Alcohol and Drug Rehab Selected as a Centre of Excellence by the Islamic Science University of Malaysia

(PRWEB) October 16, 2013

The Cabin Chiang Mai, Asias leading alcohol and drug rehab centre, will play host to a group of graduate students from The Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) on the 26th of October 2013. The contingent, who are from the universitys Masters Programme in Special Programme for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselling, are on an educational field trip to inspect organisations that the faculty deems centres of excellence in handling drug-related issues in Southeast Asia.

In Thailand, The Cabin was selected for its highly effective, evidence-based treatment model and its commitment to sharing knowledge and research within the addiction industry as well as the wider community. The other organisation is Chiang Mai Universitys Centre for Substance Abuse Research

At The Cabin, the group of 32 students and three professors will begin with a tour of its primary care facilities stretched across sprawling riverside lawns, they consist of group therapy rooms, a medical infirmary, an outdoor fitness centre, communal relaxing areas, swimming pools and a restaurant.

The contingent will then receive a lecture on The Cabins unique all addictions treatment model. The Cabin treats both substance and process addictions using a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and secularised 12 Step techniques within a 3 Circle Recovery Plan that is enhanced by Mindfulness and exercise therapy an advanced addiction treatment method proven effective across different cultures.

The 3 Circles is an addiction counselling model, which The Cabin asserts suits the Asian cultural context better than traditional techniques employed by Western alcohol rehabs and drug rehabs. 3 Circles allows for a less religious take on traditional methods like AAs 12 Steps whilst still retaining the effective psychological processes of 12 Steps. This is appropriate amidst cultures which are predominantly Buddhist, Islamic and Confucian with respect to religion and community attitudes.

3 Circles not only treats addictions more comprehensively but can be conducted in a shorter time frame than 12 Steps, which often takes 6 months to complete. With traditional drug and alcohol addictions, as well as somewhat newer addictions such as gambling, food and sex, growing across Asia, this is a major leap forward in cost effective addiction treatment.

For more information please contact The Cabin Chiang Mai directly or their PR representative Edelman Healthcare at:

The Cabin Chiang Mai

Reeya Chaicharas, PR Manager

+66 (0) 80446 8850


Edelman Healthcare

Christie Galloway, Account Manager

+61 (02) 9291 3368, Christie(dot)galloway(at)

About the Cabin

The Cabin Chiang Mai is Asias most respected inpatient drug and alcohol treatment centre, with two facilities and a secondary treatment Sober House located in Chiang Mai. Since 2009 the Cabin has treated over 600 men and women from around the world with a programme completion rate of 96% and a recovery rate amongst the highest in the world.

The unique programme at The Cabin uses 3 Circles, which combines CBT, a secularized version of 12 Steps, mind mapping, mindfulness therapy and physical exercise therapy. A fully inclusive 28 day programme at The Cabin Chiang Mai costs $ 12,900, about a third of the cost of private rehabs in countries such as Australia.

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Runners Run for Their Lives to Outrun Drones in 100PLUS Outrunner Race Event

Putrajaya (PRWEB) January 28, 2015

100PLUS, Malaysia’s leading isotonic beverage brand, is experiencing a series of firsts with its new campaign, 100PLUS Outrunner, a running event which comprises three races.

100PLUS Outrunner held in Putrajaya today is the first time 100PLUS is hosting its very own race event, and promoting an event solely on a digital platform. A total of 10,000 participants signed up for the three Outrunner races in a short span of two weeks 7,000 for the 9km and 12km competitive races and 3,000 for the Race Against the Machines (RATM) fun run which led to registration closing ahead of the one-month deadline.

Distance running always challenges the physical limits of a runner and 100PLUS has taken that to a new level by pitting man against machine in this unique running event. The 6km RATM, which is the first ever running event in the world to feature drones as an active part of the race, resembled a real life video game its participants had to dodge, hide from and outrace airborne drones which had been set loose to hunt them down in the dark of the night.

The RATM fun run, along with 9km and 12km events in the competitive segment. were flagged-off from the Palace of Justice in Precinct 3, which had a carnival atmosphere for the day.

Runners who signed up for this exhilarating 6km run were each given a barcode instead of race numbers for their race bibs, and three Lives. The objective: to cross the finish line with at least one Life remaining not an easy task with four drones chasing after them.

Each drone was armed with powerful searchlights and high definition video cameras, with six electrical-powered propellers to help it accelerate up to 57km/h when airborne. Runners who got their barcodes scanned or captured during the race ended up losing a life each time while those who carried the 100PLUS New Grip Bottle throughout the race were given a bonus Life.

The 100PLUS Race Against the Machines had 3,000 participants at the event, with additional 2,800 active participants at home those who signed on for the role of Drone Master.

Drone Masters were given the chance to operate the on-board cameras of the drones in Putrajaya from the comfort of their homes. The Drone Masters had 25 shots each to fire the bot cameras or scanners at the runners and take as many clear snapshots of the barcodes printed on the runners shirts as they could.

The first 100 runners to finish the race alive received medals, certificates and special rewards while the top 30 Drone Masters were rewarded as well.

100PLUS has continuously pushed the envelope in getting Malaysians to step out of their comfort zones, to outdo themselves by going beyond the limits. For the 100PLUS Race Against the Machines, we decided to give our participants a one-of-a-kind race by having them literally run for their lives, and from airborne drones to boot, in a specially-designed course, said Leong Wai Yin, 100PLUS Marketing Manager.

We are indeed grateful to our consumers for their overwhelming response and support for this event. We hope they enjoyed the experience and we look forward to possibly holding similar events in the future, she added.

100PLUS is the first isotonic beverage to be launched in Malaysia. It is a thirst-quenching, caffeine-free isotonic drink specially formulated to help restore what the body has lost during physical exertion and rehydrate the body to its optimal hydration balance. Its unique formula combines fluids, carbohydrates and electrolytes for quick and efficient absorption of fluids into the body.

Recently, the brand introduced the 100PLUS New Grip Bottle. Designed for active lifestyles, the bottle is engineered to be slimmer, with a new grip design to fit the hand more naturally, and also lighter by using 17% less plastic.

100PLUS is one of the leading brands under the F&N flagship in Malaysia. It is produced and distributed by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd, the largest soft drinks distributor and manufacturer in Malaysia. For more information on the 100PLUS Outrunner and Race Against the Machines, please log on to

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New York, NY (PRWEB) October 01, 2014

A stellar showcase of marketer, media, technology and agency excellence from around the world was presented tonight at the 2014 MMA Global Smarties Gala at the Highline Stages in New York City, where the winners of the coveted Global Smarties were revealed.

As mobile technology and capabilities advance, creativity, innovation and impressive results in mobile marketing set the stage for a future of whats possible. The winners of the Smarties represent those who are blazing new trails, exhibiting bravery and innovation across the sizzling and competitive mobile marketing ecosystem.

This years most prestigious Best in Show was awarded to Hindustan Unilever and PHD for their Kan Khajura Tesan campaign in Bihar, India. This campaign leveraged the uniqueness of mobile by creating a new media channel to reach a rural population of 137 million who suffer from daily power cuts, but where 86 percent of the population owns a mobile phone. By delivering free, on-demand and always-on entertainment, Unilever was able to build a new loyal consumer base for a number of products to what has been an unreachable audience.

Khan Khajura Tesan was a beautiful campaign that proves that marketers are only limited by their own imagination regarding whats possible in mobile, said Sheryl Daija, chief strategy officer at the MMA. This was truly a groundbreaking campaign where Unilever courageously leveraged the power of mobile. Many of the winners of the 2014 Smarties exhibited that while mobile is most global of media, it is also the most local.

In addition to recognizing mobile creativity and effectiveness, the Smarties also revealed a number of companies who received accolades for being industry trailblazers and disruptors. The Industry Awards were handed to an impressive group of companies including:

Marketer of the Year: Unilever
Marketer to Watch: Ford Motor Company
Media Company of the Year: Facebook
Agency of the Year: Razorfish
Unilever was honored as Marketer of the Year for their leadership and commitment to mobile on a worldwide basis, said Greg Stuart, CEO, at the MMA. Their work and investment in mobile is a great example of how a brand is transforming their business through mobile. This year we received more innovative and inspiring entries than ever before, a sign that marketers are really thinking outside the box as the mobile space continues to evolve.

In conjunction with the announcement of the Smarties Winners, the MMA also launched a Smarties Trend Report highlighting strategies behind some of the best practices framework based the winning campaigns. Some of the key trends included:

1. The Gateway to Dynamic Personalization

one to one engagement allows marketers to provide more personalized content.
2. The Consumer-Needs Compass

20% of campaigns used location enabling brands to reach the right person at the right time, with the right message in the right place with the right mindset
3. The Always on Brand-Station

40% of winning entries provided always on brand experiences provide entertainment or a specific service to their consumer
4. The Campaign Engagement Link

mobile-centric campaigns that harness mobile technology to amplify other channel efforts
5. The Mobile Social Influence

33% of the winning campaigns show how brands are taking advantage of existing social platforms, and their users, to grow their brands in more organic ways.
6. The Internet of Things

product is now becoming a conduit of the message and brand experience.


Best In Show

Hindustan Unilever and PHD India

Kan Khajura Tesan





Hindustan Unilever and PHD India

Kan Khajura Tesan



Mercedes-Benz USA and Razorfish

Take the Wheel




KIA “Game On”




Mercedes-Benz USA and Razorfish

Take the Wheel








Mercedes-Benz USA and Razorfish

Take the Wheel



Qol Devices, Inc. and R/GA





Virgin Mobile Australia and Starcom Australia in partnerships with OGB & Havas Worldwide

Virgin Mobile Game of Phones



Old Navy and A2G

Tweet For Your Feet



Unilever / Elidor (Sunsilk) and Manajans / JWT

Catch Pink If You Can




DeVry Brasil and PorQueN

Vetter Software Reports Record 2014 Results

Santa Clara, California (PRWEB) January 21, 2015

Today Vetter Software, the leading cloud veterinary healthcare company, announced record results for 2014, marked by an increase in clinic count of more than 500 percent as compared to 2013 and continued adoption of its practice management software.

In 2014 we extended our leadership position in the cloud veterinary healthcare space, said Sagi Solomon, founder and CEO of Vetter Software. Our success continues to be driven by an unwavering commitment to the success of our clients. In 2015 we will accelerate our disruption of veterinary healthcare by delivering innovative solutions that help our clients improve the health of their patients and businesses, partnering with industry leaders and continuing to hire the best people to deliver on our vision.

Highlights from Vetter Softwares 2014 results include:

Grew clinic count by more than 500 percent as compared to 2013
Platform adoption, measured as the total number of patients managed, increased by more than 300 percent as compared to 2013
Continued global expansion with clinics in 25 countries including the United States, and opened an Asia-Pacific office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Entered into a number of strategic partnerships with leaders in veterinary healthcare including Intacct, LifeLearn, Victor Medical Company and Embrace Pet Insurance
Introduced product innovations including an integration with Antech Diagnostics, SMS reminders, support for international currencies and languages and a wizard for creating custom medical note templates
Continued growing its customer-focused and passionate team, doubling in size as compared to 2013

About Vetter Software

Vetter Software is the leading cloud veterinary healthcare company. Our mission is to deliver innovation that helps coordinate and improve the care and health of the world’s animals. Vetter Software was founded in 2011 and is based in Santa Clara, California. To learn more about Vetter Software, please visit Follow us on Twitter @vettersoftware and like us on Facebook at

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South Korea Medical Tourism Market and 2018 Forecasts New Research Study Now Available at

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

South Korea is set to become the most important medical tourism destination in Asia, as it has the necessary healthcare infrastructure. The global reputation of Korea in plastic surgery attracts foreigners, as it provides them better treatment at low cost. Chinese patients made up the largest group, followed by those from the United States, Japan, Russia and Mongolia. Medical tourist arrival from Russia is also steadily increasing and Russia is expected to replace Japan as the 3rd biggest sender country by 2015. The Korean government is very instrumental in supporting the industry and has designated the Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) to handle the majority of its promotional responsibilities. As a result South Korea is expecting to triple its medical tourism market by 2018 from its current market in 2013.

Complete report available @

The report titled “South Korea Medical Tourism & Forecast” provides a comprehensive analysis of the South Korea medical tourism market covering in detail various aspects such as medical tourists arrivals and spending from top 14 countries.

This 72 page report with 60 Figures and 2 Tables provides a complete analysis of top 14 countries medical tourists visited South Korea for medical treatment. All the 13 countries in the report have been studied from 2 viewpoints.

I. Medical Tourists Arrivals in South Korea from the year 2009 – 2018

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Kinabalu View Lodge is located at the town center of Ranau District in Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo.  Ranau sits 108 km east of Kota Kinabalu and 227 km west of Sandakan and is on the highway connecting Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.  The town of Ranau is just 20 kilometers away from Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site - Kinabalu Park and it is one of the gateways to the National Park, Poring Hot Springs and Sabah Tea Garden.