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iPad muscles into corporate Asia

Apple’s iPad – initially viewed as a Web entertainment gadget for consumers – is quickly making inroads across businesses in Asia as wedding planners, luxury hotels and airlines hook up to the tablet computer.

In Japan, wedding service firm Novarese Inc. is using iPads to help customers choose a wedding dress at its flagship store in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district, and plans to adopt iPads at seven other stores and its wedding ceremonial halls.

InterContinental Hotels is equipping concierges at centres – including Hong Kong, London and New York – with iPads to provide guests recommendations of restaurants, performances and local destination videos.