Singapore has been named as the host city for the inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific, part of IBTM’s global portfolio of meetings and events industry trade shows.
Set to take place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in 2020, the event will see the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) partner with IBTM Asia Pacific to curate thematic tours, local experiences and networking opportunities for hosted buyers. This will take place before and during IBTM Asia Pacific, which will be held from April 6-8, 2020.
Together with IBTM Asia Pacific, STB will host interested buyers for a pre-event familiarisation tour, taking place on April 4-5, before IBTM Asia Pacific commences. The tour will showcase interesting local experiences and new, unique venue offerings for business events. In addition, STB will offer complimentary tours – on a first-come-first-served basis – on the evenings of the show days from April 6-7 for interested buyers to discover a range of experiences in dining, nightlife and entertainment, or to participate in innovation tours in Singapore. Hosted buyers are invited to reach out to IBTM to register their interest.
Divisional director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Nick Pilbeam commented: “As a group, Reed Travel Exhibitions has a long-standing and much valued working relationship with the Singapore Tourism Board. I’m absolutely delighted that we have cemented that through this partnership for IBTM Asia Pacific. Strategically, the event is a key addition to IBTM’s, and indeed the group’s portfolio, and is an exciting new addition to the industry calendar for the region’s business events market.”
Meanwhile, executive director, conventions, meetings and incentive travel, STB, Dr Edward Koh said: “We are delighted that IBTM Asia Pacific has chosen Singapore as the destination for its inaugural Asia Pacific edition. As a global hub, Singapore has unrivalled connectivity to the region and also offers strong infrastructure and MICE expertise for meeting planners and exhibitors who are looking to host their event here. We look forward to welcoming the attendees to Singapore in April next year and also invite them to experience our vibrant lifestyle offerings through familiarisation tours and networking events.”
IBTM Asia Pacific will bring together a high calibre group of international, Asia Pacific and local meeting planners and exhibitors for two days of pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings, education and networking. The event will be under-pinned by IBTM’s sophisticated, industry-leading Hosted Buyer programme, which creates personalised appointment diaries for Hosted Buyers and exhibitors to ensure that delegates only meet people with whom there’s a very good chance of doing business.