SINGAPORE, 4 October 2017: Singapore has successfully secured hosting for eight large congresses and tradeshows this year.
The events will draw an estimated additional 20,000 visitors to the city. The first one, Tea and Coffee World Cup, was hosted at the end of September, while the remaining seven events will be hosted through to 2024.
From world congresses to regional exhibitions and conferences, most of the events will take place for the first time in Southeast Asia or Asia.
Singapore Tourism Board, deputy chief executive Melissa Ow said: “We look forward to welcoming more event owners and business travellers to Singapore to network and grow their business.”
Bids were successful to host five major world congresses from the medical and industrial solutions sectors.
Three of the events are prominent medical congresses set to take place for the first time in Southeast Asia through to 2024.
In 2022, Singapore will host the 20th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE). The ICE 2022 will gather more than 4,000 endocrinologists from over 70 countries.
Further down the road, the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 2024 will welcome 8,000 anaesthesiologists for its congress in Singapore
The industrial solutions sector is also represented by two world congresses making their first forays into Southeast Asia with events in Singapore.
The world’s largest technical professional association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), will bring engineers, computer scientists and allied professionals to the city state for two of its flagship events.
In 2020, the 46th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) on industrial and manufacturing theory and applications is expected to receive around 1,300 overseas attendees.
In addition, the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), is expected to host around 2,000 international industry professionals in 2022.
There are also headliner tradeshows heading Singapore’s way.
On the exhibitions and conferences front, Singapore has secured various tradeshows this year, with themes ranging from travel and technology to F&B.
2018 will see two headliner events take place for the first time in Singapore.
Making its debut from 21 to 24 May 2018 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre is the International Luxury Travel Mart (ILTM) Asia-Pacific.
An evolution of ILTM Asia, which is traditionally held in China, the tradeshow aims to reach out to the growing luxury travel market in Asia Pacific and is expected to receive around 1,400 visitors.
In July 2018, Campus Party – the world’s largest technology-based festival – will also come to Asia for the first time. Set to take place at the Singapore Expo, Campus Party has already held more than 60 editions across Europe, Latin America and America.
Campus Party Singapore will bring in around 1,000 visitors to Singapore.
Last week, Singapore also saw the return of the Tea & Coffee World Cup, which held its last edition here in 2013. The only international tradeshow to feature the entire supply chain of the tea and coffee industries, the 22nd edition of the annual Tea & Coffee World Cup introduced a new component – cocoa. The symposium and exhibition took place at the Singapore EXPO from 26 to 28 September with an attendance of 2,000 coffee, cocoa and tea industry experts and enthusiasts worldwide.
2017 sees Singapore maintain its international standing as the leading business events destination in Asia Pacific once again.
The city state was crowned 2016’s top international association meetings city in Asia-Pacific and Middle East by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for the 15th year running.
It was also named the second “Top International Meeting City” of 2016 by the Union of International Associations (UIA).