Hong Kong, December 28, 1999
— chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA), a pan-Asian integrated Internet company providing a full range of solutions that "Build, Distribute, and Sell" Internet services, has capped off 1999 with a 450 percent staff increase and over 20 web design awards.
chinadotcom corporation began the year with 175 staff members in 10 offices across Asia. The number of employees has since multiplied to over 800, and the offices have expanded to cover 21 locations across 10 Asia-Pacific markets.
chinadotcom corporation's web solutions arm, the Web Connection, has won 18 web awards this year, more than the number won in 1998 and 1997 combined. Those awards, recognizing innovative content and creative strategies in developing client web sites, include the Gold Award for the Best Business Site of the Year at the first Annual Click! Awards in Taiwan, a competition that attracted more than 230 entries this year, and three Standard of Excellence prizes at the 1999 WebAwards. Sponsored by the US based Web Marketing Association Inc. (WMA), an independent organization in the Internet industry, the annual WebAwards evaluates and recognizes excellence in corporate web sites on the World Wide Web.
Commenting on the awards, Steve McKay, Senior Vice President, Web Solutions of chinadotcom corporation, said, "They are further proof of chinadotcom corporation's outstanding capability and experience in developing quality, customer-focused sites that strategically position our clients to win in the digital economy."
Separately, chinadotcom corporation was the web developer for the award-winning official web site for the Heineken Open Shanghai ATP Tournament. The web site provided seamless media operations for the Heineken Open, and the event's communications efforts have been acknowledged with the Award of Excellence for Best Media of ATP Tournaments 1999 at the ATP Annual Conference in Hanover, Germany.
chinadotcom corporation's portals have also been recognized for their content variety and creativity. The Hong Kong and Taiwan portals, hongkong.com and taiwan.com, both received the Standard of Excellence Award from the 1999 WebAwards. In addition, hongkong.com received another Standard of Excellence Award for its Haunted School 4 entertainment feature, a suspense-filled interactive game set on an Internet
campus, as well as a "Shock Site of the Week" award from Macromedia for interactive games featured during Halloween.
"Combined with the dramatic growth in public popularity of our portals, these 1999 WebAwards also recognize the rich mix of relevant content and innovation that is present on our online network," said Vicky Hung, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Development of chinadotcom corporation. "In addition, we are very happy about the awards won for the Halloween web site features. On top of the warm response received from kids who have enjoyed these interactive activities, these awards further validate our efforts to create fun and youth oriented initiatives that are relevant and tailored for the local cultures."
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, including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mainland China, and Singapore. 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.
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