The Centre showcases a strong line up with its annual 88 Key Events announcement
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre has unveiled its annual 88 Key Events for 2017 as it comes off the back of another outstanding year. In 2016, the Centre hosted 1379 events and won 12 awards. With the Centre gearing up for a busy calendar in 2017, the roster of key events will feature large international and local exhibitions and conferences across a vibrant mix of sectors. A number of these events will be held in Singapore for the first time and have selected Suntec Singapore as their venue of choice.
Influential events held in Singapore for the first time include the 9th WCA Worldwide Conference, the most important global freight forwarding event that draws over 2,500 logistics professionals, BirdLife International World Congress 2017 that brings together the top 800 global conservation leaders from over 120 countries, and UFI Open Seminar in Asia 2017.
Mark Cochrane, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, remarked, “Singapore has long been established as one of the key exhibition markets in Asia. Singapore’s MICE industry is recognised around the world for its high standards of professionalism and for its world-class infrastructure. Suntec Singapore plays a key role in that well-deserved reputation. Suntec Singapore is known for its strong management team, its excellent facilities and its awarding-winning catering. For all of these reasons, UFI is very pleased to be bringing the 2017 edition of the UFI Open Seminar in Asia to Singapore.”
Well known for its outstanding and wide range of F&B choices delivered by its award-winning team of chefs, Suntec Singapore has always provided the perfect backdrop to host F&B shows. Speciality & Fine Food Asia incorporating Speciality Chocolate Asia, UK’s biggest gourmet trade show, will be launching its inaugural Asia edition in the Centre. “We will bring the vibrancy and excitement that buyers love about our London event to Southeast Asia. The team of professionals at Suntec Singapore with their impeccable service and appreciation of our business gives us great confidence of a partner who can help us achieve our goals,” said Christopher McCuin, Group Business Development Director, Montgomery.
As one of the most technologically advanced MICE venues, Suntec Singapore will once again feature core technology events like SEAMLESS Asia, the largest regional event on cards and payment with 7,000 tech and e-commerce professionals, and BroadcastAsia2017, the premier and largest broadcast and media technology show in the region.
With more than 17,000 attendees and 650 exhibitors expected, Mr Calvin Koh, Assistant Project Director (Communications Events), Singapore Exhibition Services – organiser of BroadcastAsia, remarked, “We have chosen Suntec Singapore for its outstanding facilities that is powered by cutting-edge technology deployed at the Centre. We are very impressed with the venue-wide, free high-speed WiFi and the comprehensive network of interactive digital screens that offer us the opportunity to better design the way we communicate with our visitors on way-finding and the daily show programmes.”
With about 60 medical and healthcare related events held at the Centre annually, Suntec Singapore, which is PhRMA-code compliant, continues to be a key regional hub for new and returning medical shows such as the 32nd Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress 2017, Asia Hospice Conference 2017, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2017, Asia PCR/Sing LIVE, and ESMO Asia 2017.
Prof Wong Tien Yin, Congress President of the 32nd Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress 2017, commented, “Suntec Singapore has very flexible spaces that we are able to customise and configure to create ‘venues within venue’ for our programme, which require concurrent session rooms, exhibition halls and socialising areas. Being a vertically-stacked building, our delegates will always be close by the rooms that they need to be at.”
Completing the well-balanced mix of events are the consumer lifestyle, technology and entertainment events. These range from the well regarded Singapore Contemporary Art Show, the highly popular Singapore Motorshow, the unique Anime Festival Asia to the perennial crowd-pulling tech events of COMEX 2017 and ITShow 2017, and family-oriented shows like BookFest 2017, Baby World 2017 and Rise and Shine 2017. Rounding out the roster are live concerts which include world class acts like the Bryan Adams Get Up tour.
“We value the confidence placed in us by new and repeat clients who have chosen Suntec Singapore as the preferred place to meet,” said Arun Madhok, Chief Executive Officer, Suntec Singapore. “Suntec Singapore leads the industry through innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence. We have successfully combined the ideal location, flexible meeting spaces, new technology, culinary excellence, and our team of dedicated service professionals to offer a seamless, customised experience for our clients and their guests,” he explained.
In 2016, the Centre had introduced a slew of innovations that helped organisers reap efficiencies. These included the private online accommodation booking service, the ImmersiveAV Suite with panoramic screens and holographic technology that transform audience experiences, and event traffic intelligence using WiFi data analytics to help organisers make data-driven decisions. In 2017, Suntec Singapore will expand its collaboration with strategic partners with the right expertise to deliver new value-added services that can help organisers significantly improve the dynamics of how experiences are created at the Centre.
“Suntec Singapore received 12 prestigious industry awards in 2016, including the ‘Asia’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ from the World Travel Awards. We are delighted to be recognised by our clients and peers for our efforts and achievements, and heartened by their strong continued support which has resulted in the outstanding line up of events for 2017,” Arun remarked.
About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre, located at the heart of Asia’s most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With great versatility featuring 42,000 m² of flexible customisable space, free WiFi, digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of service experts, this award-winning facility can cater to events from 10 to 10,000 persons.
Only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Suntec Singapore is conveniently located in the Central Business District and just minutes from the city’s entertainment and cultural attractions. Suntec Singapore offers direct access to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.