Singapore Tourism Board has reported securing eight large congresses and tradeshows in the first half of this year. These events are estimated to bring in an additional 20,000 visitors to the city.
From world congresses to regional exhibitions and conferences, most of these events will be taking place for the first time in Asia.
Melissa Ow, deputy chief executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “These event wins attest to Singapore’s strength as a trusted partner to deliver event success. Beyond our infrastructure and empowering business environment, Singapore’s attractiveness as a business events destination is bolstered by our distinctive multi-cultural lifestyle experiences and the dedication and support of our local associations and industry partners. We look forward to welcoming more event owners and business travellers to Singapore to network, collaborate, and grow their business events to new heights.”
Over the past year, Singapore has won bids to host five major world congresses from the medical and industrial solutions sectors.
Singapore is confirmed as the host city for the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) Annual Meeting in 2021, which will attract 1,200 physicians and healthcare professionals.
The following year, Singapore will host the 20th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE).
The ICE 2022 will gather more than 4,000 endocrinologists from over 70 countries.
While, further down the road, the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 2024 will welcome 8,000 anaesthesiologists from around the world to discuss areas of anaesthesia, pain medicine and intensive care.
Associate Professor Chan Yew Weng, chairman of the WCA 2024 Bid Committee and winner of the 2017 Singapore Tourism Awards’ Best Business Event Champion said: “I was inspired when I attended my first World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 1996, and thus wanted to share my passion for anaesthesiology and do something impactful for this field in Singapore.
“Having successfully secured the WCA for Singapore after several attempts, I look forward to fulfilling this dream of hosting it here in 2024. Singapore is rapidly growing to be a thought leader in the medical sector in personalised medicine and big data analytics, and I believe the knowledge and insights shared during this congress will further advance anaesthesia care in Singapore and around the world.”
The industrial solutions sector will also see two world congresses making their first forays into Southeast Asia.
The world’s largest technical professional association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), will be bringing 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, 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.