Category: FIN

iSoftStone Announces Closing of Merger

BEIJING, August 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — iSoftStone Holdings Limited (“iSoftStone” or “the Company,” NYSE: ISS), a leading China-based IT services provider in the People’s Republic of China, announced today the completion of the merger (the …

New MT4 WebTrader Platform Available with FxPro

LONDON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FxPro Group Ltd (FxPro) has just launched its own proprietary browser-based trading platform that allows clients to trade using their MT4 accounts. By logging into FxPro WebTrader with only their FxPro Direct login details, clients can access all their MT4 accounts, real and demo and easily switch between them without re-authenticating or reloading the page.

Built in the latest HTML5 technology, the new FxPro WebTrader is easier to use and faster than most other browser-based platforms. This means that latency is exceptionally low, affording clients the best possible trading experience from anywhere in the world.

In terms of functionality, an all-new charting platform has been built with powerful drawing tools and an abundance of indicators. The expansive charting package also allows clients the ability to trade and manage orders directly from the chart.

“By listening to our clients and using their feedback we have delivered a product that offers all the benefits of the MT4 platform, but with extra added functionality and the fast execution you would expect from a desktop platform. With the majority of our clients using MT4 for forex trading, this new browser-based platform gives them the ability to trade as securely and reliably as they would do normally from any device enabled with a web browser.” Charalambos Psimolophitis, CEO at FxPro.

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Hyatt Regency Suzhou Opens in Eastern China

SUZHOU, China, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hyatt Regency Suzhou today announced the opening in Suzhou, one of the most important economic, cultural and historic cities of Eastern China, neighboring Shanghai.

VIPs at the Grand Opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou

VIPs at the Grand Opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou

 

Charity Donation from Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Jinghope, the owning company of the hotel

Charity Donation from Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Jinghope, the owning company of the hotel

 

29-floor high atrium at Hyatt Regency Suzhou, the highest in the city

29-floor high atrium at Hyatt Regency Suzhou, the highest in the city

The city of Suzhou, known as “the Venice of China,” is renowned for its ancient canals, stone bridges and UNESCO-listed classic gardens. Hyatt Regency Suzhou provides contemporary comfort and high-tech amenities to business and leisure guests in the thriving heart of this historic city.

“We are thrilled that Hyatt Regency Suzhou is now part of this vibrant community. The opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou is a strategic step for Hyatt as we grow our brand presence in China,” said Christopher Koehler, vice president of operations – China, Hyatt. “We believe that the authentic hospitality and care delivered by our colleagues will be well received by the hotel’s guests and the community. We look forward to fostering meaningful connections among business and leisure travelers around the world.”

Strategically nestled in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) with a subway station at its doorstep, Hyatt Regency Suzhou is part of Jinghope Plaza, a new complex project that includes a luxury shopping mall, entertainment venues and two Grade-A office buildings.

Hyatt Regency Suzhou is a key connecting point between Suzhou and Shanghai, offering easy accessibility to visiting guests. It takes just 25 minutes by train to reach Shanghai, one hour by car to reach Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, and 10 minutes by car to reach Suzhou SIP Railway Station, the transportation hub of Yangtze River Delta region. Neighboring the picturesque Jinji Lake, Suzhou Culture and Arts Center, Suzhou International Expo Center and the Ferris Wheel Park, Hyatt Regency Suzhou will also provide a convenient blend between the ancient Suzhou city and new district.

The hotel offers 355 spacious guestrooms and suites plus a Regency Club. There are five restaurants and lounges, more than 15,000 square feet of innovative meeting, event and wedding venues, and spa and wellness facilities.

The refreshing, contemporary design by LTW Designworks features a breathtaking 29-story triangular atrium topped with a glass roof. The interior design is inspired by Suzhou’s classic gardens offset by large-scale contemporary artworks and abstract patterns that reference the modern face of Suzhou.

“We are delighted to introduce the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature world-class dining, hospitality and amenities to one of China’s most historic cities,” said Gary Chan, general manager of Hyatt Regency Suzhou. “As the first Hyatt hotel in Jiangsu province, Hyatt Regency Suzhou will be an inspiring place to connect, dine, meet, celebrate and relax in the city. With an energetic team of expert planners and passionate hoteliers, we are ready to welcome our guests from the neighborhood and around the world.”

Contemporary Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Suzhou’s 355 contemporary guestrooms encircle an eye-catching 29-story atrium, offering impressive city views from every room. The bright, modern design incorporates Suzhou stylistic influences – from a large black-and-white mural featuring snapshots of classical architecture and garden images to woven cane lanterns and an abundance of natural woods and textures.

Starting at a spacious 430 square feet, all guestrooms offer premium amenities, including: a large-screen LED TV with satellite channels and free on-demand movies; coffee and tea sets; individually controlled air conditioning; and complimentary high-speed broadband/Wi-Fi Internet access. An oversized table is equally comfortable as a work desk and dining table. Bathrooms feature a deep-soaking tub, spacious shower and separate toilet, plus all-natural bath products.

Regency Suites, starting at 968 square feet, feature a separate living/dining area, a coffee machine and freestanding window bathtub. The Regency Club provides the highest level of personalized services, including exclusive access to the 28th floor’s Regency Club lounge, serving complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails. Guests can also enjoy the Regency Club boardroom, express check-in/out and dedicated receptionist and concierge services.

Destination Dining

Hyatt Regency Suzhou brings Hyatt-renowned dining experiences to Suzhou with five destination restaurants and lounges. The hotel offers both international flavors and authentic local dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.

Ascending the grand staircase from the lobby, the second floor’s Hua Chi 88 is a vibrant Chinese dining restaurant serving authentic Suzhou and Huaiyang cuisines, Taihu Boat cuisine from nearby Tai Lake, and the city’s finest Peking Duck roasted over fruitwood in the traditional duck oven. Live show kitchens throughout the dining room add to the theatrical atmosphere. Six private dining rooms feature large windows and private bathrooms.  

The Fireplace on the third floor is an international grill restaurant with a sophisticated European bistro-style ambience. The open kitchen serves up Italian pizzas and grilled specialties. Wood-paneled walls, mounted animal heads and peacock blue, semi-circular booths make it a destination to impress. The Fireplace also features a mosaic and marble bar with a Manhattan vibe, ideal for relaxing before or after dinner with an artisanal cocktail, such as the signature Whisky Sour.

Tea House on the ground floor combines the conviviality of a traditional Chinese teahouse with a modern style, and it serves light snacks, beverages and cocktails. By day, it’s a great place to work, meet and socialize with free Wi-Fi. By night, Tea House transforms into a relaxed bar.   

Beneath the magnificent 29-story atrium, The Atrium is an elegant spot for informal meetings and gatherings. Market Café occupies a second-floor space with double-height windows where guests can eat out of the pan, off the grill and out of the wok. The freshest ingredients are used to create a la minute dishes from across China, Asia and the world, plus a delicious dessert selection.

Innovative Events and Weddings

Hyatt Regency Suzhou is the place for every occasion with more than 15,000 square feet of innovative meetings and events space.

The Residence is a new-concept events venue comprised of four multifunctional rooms with large French windows, hosting up to 360 guests. The rooms feature versatile sliding screens that open onto a large foyer, and a dedicated Loft Kitchen is fully equipped for creative dining experiences. The Residence is ideal for conferences, meetings and cocktail events. It is also a great choice for wedding parties and family gatherings.

Designed in contemporary style, the 6,240-square-foot Regency Ballroom can host up to 450 people for a cocktail event and 340 for a private dining event. The ballroom can also be divided into two rooms for smaller gatherings. A large VIP/Bridal Dressing Room and lounge are available. All venues are appointed with advanced technology and communications systems as well as complimentary wireless Internet connectivity. A private street-front entrance provides exclusivity.

Spa and Wellness Facilities

Yue Spa at Hyatt Regency Suzhou is designed to restore and maintain the natural equilibrium, or “yin yang,” which is critical to human wellbeing. Six private spa suites plus two reflexology areas provide a full range of body and facial treatments. Spa guests can enjoy the hydrotherapy facilities featuring Roman-style baths and an oversized steam room.

Signature treatment combines traditional Chinese techniques with using a choice of aromatherapy or therapeutic oils. Authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments are also available in Yue Spa, together with a certified TCM doctor and Tai Qi master ready for consultations and movement practice.

The hotel also features a 25-meter indoor swimming pool on the third floor with floor-to-ceiling city views. As an added artistic touch, the pool is framed by intricate mosaic artworks featuring scenes of old Suzhou canal. The 24-hour fitness center offers the latest cardio and strength equipment, which enables guests to share their workout stats via social media apps.

About Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency brand is an energizing hotel brand that connects travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 140 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who take care of every detail. For more information, visit hyattregency.com

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of June 30, 2014, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 563 properties in 48 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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Frost & Sullivan: Colombian and Peruvian Contact Center Outsourcers Focus on the Americas

— Spain’s dwindling contribution to the offshoring segment has compelled market participants to alter their geographical strategy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A mix of quality and competitive costs ensured that the contact center outsourcing services markets in Colombia and Peru were among the most dynamic markets in Latin America up until last year. Since 2013, the market has lost some of its pace as competitive pressures have intensified with the entry of many participants. To navigate the transformed landscape, contact center outsourcing service providers will have to keep up with new entrants’ world-class practices, which have elevated quality standards in both countries.

Sebastian Menutti, ICT Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan

Sebastian Menutti, ICT Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Colombia and Peru Contact Center Outsourcing Services Markets 2014, finds that the Colombian market earned $1,045.6 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $2,206.2 million in 2020. Peru’s market revenues stood at $385.4 million in 2013 and this is projected to go up to $647.3 million in 2020.

“In the Colombian contact center outsourcing services market, domestic business still accounts for more than 70 percent of the revenues. However, revenues from the offshoring segment are growing at a faster rate than those from domestic business as a result of multiple deals with the United States,” said Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Industry Analyst Sebastian Menutti. “Meanwhile, in the Peruvian market, nearshoring from South American countries such as Argentina and Chile is bringing in new business.”

In 2013, Spain once again emerged as the main destination that offshored work to contact center outsourcing service providers in Colombia and Peru. Nevertheless, offshoring revenues generated from Spain in 2013 decreased in Peru and suffered from a growth slowdown in Colombia, owing to the recent Spanish economic crisis. 

“Consequently, several Colombian and Peruvian contact center outsourcers were forced to refocus their business models and direct their commercial efforts either to domestic businesses in the high-performing local economies or businesses in other countries likely to avail offshoring services,” noted Menutti. “Prime targets for developing the offshoring segment have been South and North America, which are expected to become the dominant regions driving this segment by 2020.”

For more information on this study, please email Francesca Valente, Corporate Communications, at francesca.valente@frost.com.

Colombia and Peru Contact Center Outsourcing Services Markets 2014 is part of the Contact Centers & CRM (http://www.contactcenter.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Latin American Contact Center Systems Market 2014, Brazilian BPO and Contact Center Outsourcing Services Market 2014, Argentine and Chilean Contact Center Outsourcing Services Markets, and Mexico and Central America and the Caribbean Contact Center Outsourcing Services Markets. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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