Singapore has successfully secured eight large congresses and tradeshows that are estimated to bring in an additional 20,000 visitors to the city in the coming years. Most of these events will be taking place for the first time in Southeast Asia or Asia, further cementing Singapore’s position as one of the world’s top business events destination.
World congresses testament to Singapore as thought leader
Over the past year, Singapore won bids to host five major world congresses. Three prominent medical congresses will take place for the first time in Southeast Asia – the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) Annual Meeting in 2021, which will attract 1,200 visiting physicians and healthcare professionals; the 20th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE) in 2022 which will gather more than 4,000 endocrinologists from over 70 countries; and the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 2024 that will welcome 8,000 anaesthesiologists.
Two industrial solutions world congresses will also be making their first forays into Southeast Asia. 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, while the world’s most comprehensive technical conference on signal processing and applications, the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), is expected to host around 2,000 international industry professionals in 2022.
Headliner tradeshows in 2018
Singapore also secured various significant tradeshows for 2018. 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 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, featuring speakers and luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak and Paulo Coelho. Campus Party Singapore will present a wide range of activities, talks, competitions and workshops, and is expected to bring in around 1,000 visitors to Singapore.
Consistently recognised as a leading international meetings city
2017 saw Singapore maintain its international standing as the leading business events destination in Asia Pacific once again, being 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, and also named the second “Top International Meeting City” of 2016 by the Union of International Associations (UIA).
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