Web Connection Continues Winning Streakwith Four More Internet Awards

Hong Kong, May 4, 2000

Web Connection, Asia's leading e-business integrator, has picked up four more industry honours to add to its trail of successes in creating award-winning e-business sites for clients. The latest accolades include the Web Marketing Excellence Awards organised by IDG World Expo and the International Web Page Awards.

At the IDG World Expo 2000 Web Marketing Excellence Awards last month (http://webaward.hongkong.com), the Web Connection was recognized for its efforts for the IBM China/Hong Kong web site which won a Web Marketing Merit Award (Corporate Group), the Hong Kong Tourist Association which won the Web Marketing Excellence Award (Non-Commercial Group) and the Hong Kong Arts Festival site which won the Web Marketing Merit Award (Non-Commercial Group).

More recently at the International Web Page Awards (www.webpageawards.com), a prestigious event rated by Wired Magazine as one of the Top 5 Internet awards in the world, Web Connection kept up the momentum by winning the "Best of Category" site for Literature. The Web Connection's winning entry was for a Japanese web site for client, Shikosha, called Ehon Artbook. Based on the concept of an art gallery displaying the artwork in a children's book, the web site creates an aesthetic environment of tranquility and inspiration for both children and adults alike. It is the first online endeavor for this 50-year old Japanese institution.

With these new additions, the Web Connection has won a total of 25 awards within the last five months - a record for the company.

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"We are pleased that our commitment to creating online businesses and online marketing campaigns, that help our clients succeed in generating revenue, operating efficiencies or stronger customer relationships, continues to be recognised," said Steve McKay, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Web Connection. "Our winning formula for success stems from our unique ability to blend technical expertise and creativity and match this with our in-depth understanding of client needs, which results in such award-winning projects."

It is not the first time that these sites have been recognised for their exceptional design and functionality. The IBM China/Hong Kong and Hong Kong Arts Festival web sites were also recognised in the "Outstanding Web Site" category at last year's WebAwards, an international event organised by the US-based Web Marketing Association in December 1999.

Also, the Hong Kong Tourist Association has won multiple awards around the world, including "Best Public Sector Site" at the UUNET/South China Morning Post Business Web Sites of the Year Awards in Hong Kong announced last December, as well as Macromedia's "Site of the Day" (USA), Enlaweb's "Site of Month" (Spain) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association's "Best Tourism Site" in 1999.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The award-winning web sites mentioned in this release can be found at:

Hong Kong Arts Festival: www.hk.artsfestival.org

Hong Kong Tourist Association: www.hkta.org

IBM: www.ibm.com.hk

Shikosha: www.ehon-artbook.com


About Web Connection

Established in Hong Kong in 1995, the Web Connection, a chinadotcom corporation [NASDAQ: CHINA] subsidiary, offers Internet strategies and 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 online marketing - which represents the core ingredients of a winning e-business solution. Major clients include HSBC, Cathay Pacific, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, KLM, IBM, General Motors, Samsung and Cisco Systems. The Web Connection has over 700 staff across Asia with offices in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and USA. Visit the Web Connection at www.twc-asia.com.

About chinadotcom corporation

chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA) is a leading pan-Asian Internet company offering web solutions, portal and online advertising services. Through its three business units, chinadotcom is able to provide a full range of Internet services around the Asia Pacific region that; 1) build e-business strategies and solutions (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).

Fuelling the growth of each of these three business units is a synergistic investment strategy that leverages on chinadotcom's existing operational and cost infrastructure.

By partnering with companies that have proven and successful track records, such as Agence France Presse, AOL, Softbank and Trans Cosmos, chinadotcom is well-positioned to create long term shareholder value through its investments.

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 1300 employees in 24 offices across 10 Asian markets, including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. In Mainland China, the company has 12 offices and over 350 employees. Major corporate shareholders include America Online Inc., Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Nortel Network Corporation, New World Infrastructure Limited and 24/7 Media Inc. For more information about chinadotcom corporation, please visit www.corp.china.com.

Released on behalf of the Web Connection by Burson-Marsteller.

 

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