The Lion City has secured eight large events over the course of 2017, set to bolster its standing as a leading business events hub in Asia. From world congresses to regional exhibitions and conferences, most of these events will take place for the first time in Southeast Asia or Asia.

Singapore Tourism Board deputy chief executive, Melissa Ow, says: “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.”

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In the past year, Singapore has won bids to host five major world congresses from the medical and industrial solutions sectors—this includes three prominent medical congresses set to take place for the first time in Southeast Asia.

Singapore was recently confirmed as the host city for the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) Annual Meeting in 2021, which will attract 1,200 healthcare professionals; the 20th International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE) in 2022, where more than 4,000 endocrinologists are expected to attend; and the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 2024, which is set to welcome 8,000 delegates.

The industrial solutions sector is also going from strength to strength with 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 bring engineers, computer scientists and allied professionals to Singapore for two of its flagship events—the 46th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) in 2020, and the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in 2022.

A number of new exhibitions are also set to take place in Singapore next year.

International Luxury Travel Mart (ILTM) Asia-Pacific will make its debut in May (21-24) at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 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, Campus Party, the world’s largest technology-based festival, will also come to Asia for the first time. Held at Singapore Expo, Campus Party has already held more than 60 editions across Europe, Latin America and America, featuring luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak and Paulo Coelho.

Campus Party Singapore will present a wide range of activities, talks, competitions and workshops for 72 hours straight (round-the-clock for three consecutive days).

Campus Party Singapore project director, Daniel Ch’ng, says: “SingEX is extremely honoured to launch Campus Party in Singapore. The objectives are aligned with the nation’s drive for greater innovation and creativity to solve real-world problems.”