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Lights, Camera...Asia

Hollywood is often seen as the epitome of the global film industry as it is the primary source of some of the world's most commercially successful films. When it comes to quantity, however, Asia's film industry tops the table. It is home to more than a third of the world's population with a growing appetite for entertainment, as well as being the source of thriving film industries such as those in India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. By far the biggest producers of films in Asia are
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Delayed marriages have major implications

Asia traditionally has been characterised as having universal marriage -- defined as fewer than 5% of the population having not married by age 50 -- but rapid economic development has led to changes in the trend in some regions. "More and more people are beginning to delay marriage," said Gavin Jones, a former professor of sociology and director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre at the Global Asia Institute at the National University of Singapore. "Marriage was traditionally se
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Hotels hone digital strategy

The digital revolution is challenging the hospitality industry on many fronts, from changes in the way people plan and book travel to the technology needs of guests. The impact of disruptive technologies such as Airbnb may dominate the headlines but many more changes are taking place behind the scenes as hotels refine their digital strategies to stay fresh and relevant. This major transformation reflects the fact that travel research, planning and booking is now done almost entirely online for
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R&D Race

Asian economies have been stepping up their spending on research and development (R&D) considerably in recent years with the aim of improving economic performance and competitiveness. Governments in the region are encouraging businesses to invest more in R&D in the belief that innovative companies last longer, create more jobs, earn more money and pay more taxes. The combined R&D budgets of Asian economies are increasing by almost 1% per year, according to the 2016 Global R&D Funding Forecast b