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NEWS 7 Senior figures from Berlin and Singapore open ITB Asia 2019 An artist impression featuring a bird’s eye view of the developments on Sentosa and Pulau Brani, under the Sentosa- Brani Master Plan. Landmark masterplan will transform Sentosa and Brani islands into Singapore’s trendiest leisure destinations Michael Müller, The Governing Mayor of Berlin, and Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education, Republic of Singapore are guests of honour for this morning’s official opening conference and ceremony at ITB Asia. Accompanied by Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH, the senior government figures are set to tour the show floor, which this year has evolved from previous editions onto two levels, expanding to include the MICE show, and a new registration zone. Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board will also be also present for the opening. The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, who has travelled to Singapore for the opening of ITB Asia. The first key milestone of Sentosa Brani Master Plan has been recently unveiled, which will reinforce Sentosa Island as Singapore’s largest leisure destination. Sentosa Island and the neighbouring island of Brani, currently a loading area for cargo, is due to be turned into an enhanced leisure and tourism destination, according Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC). “The Sentosa-Brani Master Plan will position Singapore as a leading destination for the next few decades. Sentosa Sensoryscape is the first project under this Master Plan, it will complement the expansion of Resort World Sentosa and subsequent infrastructure enhancements on Sentosa and Brani. Our tourism industry has plenty of scope for further growth and rejuvenation,” said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, Mr Chee Hong Tat. The Sentosa-Brani Master Plan will be rolled out in phases over the next two to three decades. It will see SDC leveraging the islands’ ridgeto-reef attributes to bring in world-class attractions as well as new night-time offerings. The new spaces will reflect authenticity and sustainability – including rejuvenated beaches and nature trails through five distinct zones – Vibrant Cluster, Island Heart, Waterfront, Ridgeline, and Beachfront. The new 30,000 sqm Sentosa Sensoryscape will link Resorts World Sentosa in the north to Sentosa’s beaches in the south through a multi-sensory experience. Work will start by the end of 2019 and will be completed in 2022. Sentosa Sensoryscape will feature a series of novel, picture-worthy vessel-like structures, measuring some 25 m wide and 13 m tall. Each of these will be framed by unique architectural features, based on the five senses through various elements such as polyphonic water features, mist as well as fragrant flowers and plant species. While works are ongoing for Sentosa Sensoryscape, guests will still be able to access and enjoy Sentosa’s diverse array of leisure experiences. However, the giant Singapore Merlion statue will be demolished to give way to the new build STAND F18 - BASEMENT 2 Both Berlin and Singapore have been experiencing an extraordinary economic and social evolution over the past decades. The two destinations are also rejoicing Seoul continues to be a popular venue for MICE and conferences. The recently hosted International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference is the latest example of one of several major global organizations utilizing the city’s popular PLUS SEOUL support programme for meetings. The IBA event attracted at COEX, Seoul’s largest meeting facility, some 5,000 professionals from 120 countries. Recently, the city played host to the International Standards Organization (ISO)’s TC258 Plenary Meeting by welcoming 60 ISO representatives from 38 countries. On 29 October, Seoul ICCV Expo 2019 will also welcome the Computer Vision Foundation (CVF) and IEEE Computer Society. ICCV 2019 will also receive 5,000 delegates in the field of computer vision. this year, with the German capital celebrating 30 years since the fall of the wall, and Singapore celebrating the bicentenary of Stamford Raffles’ arrival here INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES ENJOY KOREAN AUTUMN COLOURS Upgraded for 2019, PLUS SEOUL provides a wide range of support for international conferences from bidding to highly-customized hosting as well for add-on features. Seoul ranks in third place worldwide for the number of meetings hosted, according to the latest UIA International Meetings Statistics Report – a position it has now held for four consecutive years STAND H38 - BASEMENT 2 The IBA event took place at COEX in Seoul ITB ASIA NEWS • Wednesday 16 October 2019