Skift skips into Singapore

SINGAPORE, 29 September 2017: Singapore will host the first ever Skift Forum Asia edition in 2018, according to the Singapore Tourist Board.

Skift Inc a US-based business information company linked to travel and STB made the announcement, Wednesday, during the Skift Global Forum in New York City.

This marks the first time that the Skift Global Forum, dubbed the “TED of travel” by the industry, will take place in Asia with Singapore as the home to this inaugural edition.

Skift Global Forum is a prominent business gathering in the global travel industry attracting top-notch speakers and attendees include influential marketers, strategists and technologists.

“When considering our expansion into Asia, Skift selected Singapore in recognition of its vibrant ecosystem of travel companies and access to the region, said Skift CEO and founder, Rafat Ali.

“We have witnessed a growing number of travel and tourism companies from the US selecting Singapore to be their gateway io Asia, be it for new events or business expansions,” said STB Chief Executive Lionel Yeo.

This will make Singapore an even more inspiring and ideal platform for the travel industry to meet, collaborate and take full advantage of the possibilities spurred by Asia’s travel boom”.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Southeast Asia is expected to sustain growth at 5 to 7% per year over the next 10 years, with some of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

Singapore is  located at the heart of Asia’s sea and air routes, and some of the world’s largest hotel groups and travel brands currently have their regional headquarters in Singapore, including Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide.

Travel heavyweights such as China’s leading online travel service provider, Ctrip, has its Southeast Asian regional headquarters in Singapore, and Expedia have also launched its first Asia Pacific Innovation Lab in Singapore with the goal of understanding Asian travellers. Singapore is also a prime launch pad for a growing number of successful tourism events, such as the ITB Asia, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Asia Pacific and Web In Travel.

Skift Global Forum currently has a North America edition in New York and a Europe edition. Past speakers at the forum included leaders from major public corporations such as Glenn Fogel, CEO of the Priceline Group; Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton; Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises.