Global travel research company, Skift Inc., will launch the first Asia edition of its Global Forum in Singapore in 2018.

Dubbed the “TED of travel”, the Skift Global Forum, which currently has a North America edition in New York and a Europe edition in London, is a leading business gathering for the global travel industry, attracting 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," Skift founder and CEO, Rafat Ali, says.

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"Singapore’s focus on innovation and its strong knowledge economy also provide an ideal platform for the forum.”

Singapore Tourism Board chief executive, Lionel Yeo, says: “We have witnessed a growing number of travel and tourism companies from the U.S. selecting Singapore to be their gateway into Asia, be it for new events or business expansions.

"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.”

Travel heavyweights such as online travel service provider, Ctrip, has its Southeast Asian regional headquarters in Singapore, while Expedia recently launched their first Asia Pacific Innovation Lab in Singapore. The Lion City has also proved a prime launch pad for tourism events such as 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 per cent per year over the next 10 years, with some of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

Main image: Skift Forum Europe 2017