Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award winner Janet Tan-Collis celebrates her accolade with Min Iswaran (right), Singapore's minister for trade and industry, and her husband Digby Collis (left)

Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award winner Janet Tan-Collis celebrates her accolade with Min Iswaran (right), Singapore's minister for trade and industry, and her husband Digby Collis (left)

Erik Juul-Mortensen (left), president of the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) and Dr Chan Yew Weng (right), chairman of the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) 2024 Bid Committee, were honoured for their contributions to securing large-scale events for Singapore

Erik Juul-Mortensen (left), president of the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) and Dr Chan Yew Weng (right), chairman of the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) 2024 Bid Committee, were honoured for their contributions to securing large-scale events for Singapore

UBM SES took home 2017's Best Exhibition Organiser Award

UBM SES took home 2017's Best Exhibition Organiser Award

The awards ceremony underway at Shangri-La Hotel's ballroom.

The awards ceremony underway at Shangri-La Hotel's ballroom.

Ace:Daytons Direct International went home with 2017's Best Business Event Service Provider Award

Ace:Daytons Direct International went home with 2017's Best Business Event Service Provider Award

PMG Asia-Pacific celebrating their Best Meetings/Incentives Organiser Award

PMG Asia-Pacific celebrating their Best Meetings/Incentives Organiser Award

Lionel Yeo, Singapore Tourism Board's chief executive, addresses the audience at Singapore Tourism Awards 2017

Lionel Yeo, Singapore Tourism Board's chief executive, addresses the audience at Singapore Tourism Awards 2017

This year's Best Association Conference Organiser Award went to Kranji Countryside Association

This year's Best Association Conference Organiser Award went to Kranji Countryside Association

The Best Business Event Venue Award was granted to Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre

The Best Business Event Venue Award was granted to Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre

Unbound was honoured with the Best Trade Conference Organiser Award

Unbound was honoured with the Best Trade Conference Organiser Award

Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award winner Janet Tan-Collis celebrates her accolade with Min Iswaran (right), Singapore's minister for trade and industry, and her husband Digby Collis (left)
Erik Juul-Mortensen (left), president of the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) and Dr Chan Yew Weng (right), chairman of the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) 2024 Bid Committee, were honoured for their contributions to securing large-scale events for Singapore
UBM SES took home 2017's Best Exhibition Organiser Award
The awards ceremony underway at Shangri-La Hotel's ballroom.
Ace:Daytons Direct International went home with 2017's Best Business Event Service Provider Award
PMG Asia-Pacific celebrating their Best Meetings/Incentives Organiser Award
Lionel Yeo, Singapore Tourism Board's chief executive, addresses the audience at Singapore Tourism Awards 2017
This year's Best Association Conference Organiser Award went to Kranji Countryside Association
The Best Business Event Venue Award was granted to Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Unbound was honoured with the Best Trade Conference Organiser Award
Early adopters, futurists, nation builders and an exciting curation of the city’s best MICE performers were celebrated at this year’s Singapore Tourism Awards.
 
Now onto their second year after rebranding, the prestigious awards recognise organisations and individuals who have played a part in delivering outstanding experiences to the MICE industry. The awards are organised annually by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
 
A focal point at this year’s ceremony was Janet Tan-Collis, who took home the Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award. With almost 40 years as the CEO at East West Executive Travellers, Tan-Collis is a one-of-a-kind talent who has helped move her industry, and her city, forward. In Tan-Collis’ own words: “Singapore has been my lifelong inspiration. I always take on a can-do spirit, to be the best that we can be, with no compromise on quality.”
 
When asked about her expectations for Singapore’s events industry, her outlook was optimistic: “The MICE landscape is ever-promising. The country has all the important infrastructure that businesses today count on—easy access by air, land and sea, safety and sustainability consciousness, a range of accommodation and meeting venues, F&B outlets, and many more pluses.”
 
Meanwhile, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre took home the Best Business Event Venue Award, with judges praising the venue’s “conscientious creativity”, which helped transform existing facilities and spaces into a unique experience for clients, was “phenomenal”.
 
The Best Exhibition Organiser Award went to UBM SES for Food&HotelAsia 2016 (FHA2016), where the group unveiled a Halal supermarket, organised self-guided trails for attendees, and saw strong, steady growth in both exhibitors and visitors.
 
Using apps for event management is nothing new but PCO Ace:Daytons Direct International took this to the next level during Singapore MICE Forum (SMF) 2016, and subsequently took home this year’s Best Business Event Service Provider Award.
 
PMG Asia-Pacific nabbed the Best Meetings/Incentives Organiser Award for their work at Aruba APAC Atmosphere 2016, breaking a Guinness World Record for most selfies in a three-minute period in the process, and staging a Tech Playground with five industry-specific experience zones.
 
The Best Association Conference Organiser Award went to Kranji Countryside Association for their accomplishments at the 27th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference. KCA turned Singapore’s size into a strength, with delegates able to visit the four Kranji farms during the conference itself. Judges said KCA deserved to win for its perseverance and ingenuity.
 
 

The award for Best Trade Conference Organiser was granted to unbound for InnovFest unbound 2016. Delegates from over 50 countries gathered at the event, with close to 7,000 registered participants. Alongside keynote sessions and panel discussions, the organiser implemented a visually-impactful main stage and exhibition settings, a start-up pitch stage and corporate innovation programmes.
 
The awards for the Best Business Event Champions rightfully went to Erik Juul-Mortensen, president of the Tax Free World Association (TFWA), who was instrumental to Singapore securing the bid for TFWA Asia-Pacific Exhibition and Conference from 2018 to 2022, and Dr Chan Yew Weng, chairman of the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) 2024 Bid Committee, who was a key driver in directing and winning Singapore’s bid to host WCA in 2024.
 
Take a look at the full list of winners and nominees below, and learn more about the awards at www.singaporetourismawards.com.
 
And the nominees were...
 
Best Association Conference Organiser
  • Kranji Countryside Association for 27th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for ISMRM 24th Annual Meeting & Exhibition
  • Siow’s Clan Guild Association for 10th Global Siow’s Clan Symposium cum 70th Siow’s Clan Guild Association Anniversary
Best Business Event Service Provider
  • Ace:Daytons Direct International for Singapore MICE Forum (SMF2016)
  • I-Promo for World Lottery Summit 2016
  • Pico Art International for Singapore Airshow 2016
Best Business Event Venue
  • Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
  • Grand Hyatt Singapore
  • Resorts World Sentosa
Best Exhibition Organiser
  • UBM SES for Food&HotelAsia2016 (FHA2016)
  • Aviation Week Network for MRO Asia-Pacific Conference & Exhibition
  • Reed Exhibitions for Asia-Pacific Maritime 2016
  • SingEx Exhibitions for FinTech Conference and Exhibition 2016
Best Meetings/Incentives Organiser
  • PMG Asia-Pacific for Aruba APAC Atmosphere 2016
  • Hong Thai Travel Services for Eli Lily (China) Top Sales Performers Incentive Travel Programme 2016 Incentive Trip
  • Unicity Singapore for Global Convention 2016
  • World Express for Morinda Incentive—Singapore 2016 
Best Trade Conference Organiser
  • unbound for InnovFest unbound 2016
  • Halldale Group for APATS 2016
  • HRM Asia for Smart Workforce Summit
  • Millennial 20 20 for Millennial 20/20