Global travel industry intelligence Skift Inc. and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have announced at the Skift Global Forum in New York City that Singapore will host the Skift Forum Asia edition in 2018.
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 host to this inaugural edition. This conference attracts top-notch speakers and attendees including influential marketers, strategists and technologists.
On this decision, Rafat Ali, CEO and Founder of Skift, said, “When considering our expansion into Asia, Skift selected Singapore in recognition of its vibrant ecosystem of travel companies and access to the region. Singapore’s focus on innovation and its strong knowledge economy also provide an ideal platform for the forum.”
Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of STB, attributed Skift’s choice for Singapore to the growing number of travel and tourism companies from the U.S. that have selected Singapore as their gateway to Asia, be it for new events or business opportunities.
“This has further added to the confluence of ideas and exchanges in Singapore, and 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,” said Yeo.
Travel heavyweights such as China’s leading online travel service provider, Ctrip, has its Southeast Asian regional headquarters in Singapore, and Expedia has also launched their 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.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Southeast Asia is expected to sustain growth at five to seven percent per year over the next 10 years.
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 D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. There were also speakers from travel and hospitality icons such as Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group; Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Airbnb.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Maritz Global Events signed a partnership agreement aimed at meeting planners on the exciting possibilities of planning business events in Singapore. (read more)
Singapore has successfully secured eight large congresses and trade shows in the first half of this year, further augmenting its lineup of business events as it estimates to welcome an additional 20,000 corporate visitors to the city. (read more)
The 2017 Singapore MICE Forum recorded the highest number of participants in its seven years of history, with about 48 percent of those who attended holding senior management positions.(read more)
Singapore – Nu Skin Japan brought 250 of its regional sales leaders for a well-deserved travel incentive to Singapore(read more)
Singapore – A new Helsinki-based “hotel without bedrooms” event venue concept has made its way into Singapore. Here’s a sneak peek inside Huone Events Hotel before its February 23 opening and why it is bound to disrupt the local meetings industry.(read more)
You might be doing it wrongly if you have been offering product details that fail to go beyond venue spaces and capabilities. (read more)
Direct from IMEX America 2016 in Las Vegas –Timo Kiuru, CEO of The Unthinkable, started the knowledge session with a statement, “Welcome to the death of event experiential marketing.” Kiuru, recognised by Connect Corporate Magazine as...(read more)
Singapore – Set to open in the second quarter of 2017, the 222-room Sofitel Singapore City Centre has announced the appointment of Freddy See as Director of Sales & Marketing. (read more)
Singapore – HotelAsia, one of Food&HotelAsia’s pioneer specialised trade shows will feature an impressive host of brands, showcase new equipment and technology and unveil a Singapore Pavilion for the first time. (read more)
Singapore – October is set to be the busiest business events month as Marina Bay Sands welcomes the highest number of major events in a single month since its opening in 2010.(read more)
Isn’t it time to realise that the world will end if this industry does not support the media that works for them!(read more)
Join our mailing list