Hong Kong, December 20, 1999
— chinadotcom corporation's web solution arm announced today that two of its clients' web sites, the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) and the Hong Kong Arts Festival, have won "Best Public Sector Site" and a finalist ranking, respectively, in the UUNET / South China Morning Post (SCMP) Business Web Sites of the Year Awards in Hong Kong. Both web sites were developed by the Web Connection, chinadotcom corporation's e-business solution company.
Peter Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer of chinadotcom corporation, said, "When creating these sites, the Web Connection considered what the organizations needed to accomplish - which was to communicate simply and clearly about the events and activities they were planning and to provide entertaining content to drive repeat traffic. It was critical that we develop sites that help users find the information they need quickly and easily, but also give them an insight to the potential true-life experience, be it visiting Hong Kong or attending an Arts Festival event."
The judging criteria for these awards were based on business transformation, innovation, communication, measurable business benefits, and user appeal. Emphasis was placed on to what extent the web site increased operational efficiency, improved customer service and communications, and whether the Internet was used as a strategic tool in business growth.
The Hong Kong Tourist Association site (located at www.hkta.org), which offers content in eight languages, six web cams over Hong Kong, an e-card development capability, and free downloading of 200 photographs of Hong Kong, asks users to enter their home location and provides customized information according to the location and demands of the user.
Operating under the theme, "City of Life", the site also provides an e-zine, personalized Chinese horoscopes, interactive stories, as well as virtual tours for potential Hong Kong visitors.
chinadotcom corporation, through its subsidiary the Web Connection, partnered with the HKTA to re-launch the site in December 1998 and since that time traffic on the site has increased four-fold, and now logs an average of 12 million hits a month, and recently registered 1 million hits a day for two consecutive weeks.
The Hong Kong Arts Festival site, (located at www.hk.artsfestival.org) a finalist among the considered sites, was developed to allow users to review programmes, use a booking guide to make reservations and purchase tickets, get information on venue locations and facilities, and search for performances according to title and category. A "Browse Program" function features QuickTime real video clips for users to review shows in advance of making bookings.
The site also lets users register for an email notification of updated performance information as well as register friends to receive an email informing them of festival activities. Additionally, for the first time the Web Connection designed interactive screen savers that link directly to the site as well as an interactive VCD/CD.
It is very exciting to see web sites designed by the Web Connection winning such awards. These sites are a true demonstration of the creativity and expertise that we have within the chinadotcom corporation. The teams that have worked and partnered with HKTA and the Arts Festival deserve great recognition for their hard work and stellar efforts," added Hamilton.
About chinadotcom corporation
chinadotcom corporation is the first pan-Asian integrated Internet company listed in the United States (NASDAQ: CHINA). The company provides a full range of Internet services that; 1) build e-commerce strategy and solutions (the Web Connection), 2) distribute content via its portal network (china.com, cww.com, hongkong.com, and taiwan.com), and 3) sell services through online advertising (24/7 Media Asia). chinadotcom corporation is committed to enabling digital communities to realize their full potential, thereby facilitating the development of the Internet in China and across Asia. The company has over 800 employees in 21 offices across 10 Asian markets. In Mainland China, the company has five offices and over 200 employees. Major corporate shareholders include America Online Inc., Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Nortel Network Corporation, Sun Microsystems Inc., New World Infrastructure Limited and 24/7 Media Inc.
About The Web Connection
Established in 1995, the Web Connection, a chinadotcom corporation [NASDAQ: CHINA] subsidiary, offers strategic Internet solutions for major corporations and dot-com startups that recognise the power of the Internet as a business platform and customer relationship management channel. The Web Connection brings together a rare blend of core competencies - digital strategy, technology integration, creative design and integrated marketing - which represent the core ingredients of a winning e-business solution.
Major clients include HSBC, Hong Kong Tourist Association, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, KLM, IBM, General Motors, Samsung and Cisco Systems. The Web Connection has over 350 staff across Asia with offices in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
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