NWS Holdings garners the Award of Public Affairs in the Asia Pacific PR Awards 2004


(19 November 2004, Hong Kong) NWS Holdings Limited (“NWS Holdings” or the “Group”; 0659.HK) has received the Award of Public Affairs in the Specialist and Technique category of Asia Pacific PR Awards 2004 organized by Media Magazine. The award recognizes the Group’s effective communications during the realignment exercise of its transport businesses.


NWS Holdings and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited announced the plan to realign their local transport as well as related services in Mainland China in December 2003. As the realignment would place all bus services on Hong Kong Island under a single management company, this situation raised concerns over service quality and public interest. Addressing common fears and public misunderstanding, the Group adopted a proactive communications approach to convey clear messages that helped alleviate these concerns. Among the core messages explained to various stakeholders were the benefits of the realignment such as improved operational efficiency and higher quality service. The realignment eventually earned positive comments from stakeholders and won approval from shareholders and the regulatory authorities.


Mr C F Kwan, General Manager - Corporate Communication of NWS Holdings, said, “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award. The realignment has now proved to be a win-win-win situation for the community, passengers and shareholders. We will continue to maintain a high standard of corporate transparency with open and constant communications with stakeholders.”


Organized by Media Magazine, Asia's number one media, advertising and marketing publication, the annual Asia Pacific PR Awards recognizes best practice across the entire spectrum of the public relations industry in the Asia Pacific region. This year, there were more than 200 entries from 15 countries or cities. The panel of judges comprises leading in-house and consultancy talent, media experts and communication specialists in Asia Pacific. The award presentation ceremony was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong, on 18 November 2004.


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NWS Holdings Limited

NWS Holdings Limited (“NWS Holdings”, Stock code: 0659.HK), the flagship servicing company of New World Development Company Limited (Stock code: 0017.HK), embraces a diversified range of businesses in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. These businesses can be broadly grouped under three main divisions: Service, Infrastructure and Ports. Its Service division comprises Facilities (Urban Property, General Security and the management of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre), Contracting (Hip Hing Construction and NWS Engineering), Transport (New World First Bus, Citybus and New World First Ferry), Financial and Environmental. The Infrastructure portfolio includes roads and bridges, energy and water treatment and waste management projects. For Ports, NWS Holdings is principally engaged in container handling and logistics and warehousing.

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NWS Holdings Limited
Ms. Maria Cheung
Tel : (852) 2131 8394
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Email: mariacheung@nwsh.com.hk