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ITB Asia News 2019 Day 2 Edition

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2 NEWS PREFACE Richard Barnes Editor-in-chief Welcome to Singapore – Asia’s thriving events hub Yesterday’s yet again strong participation by Singapore’s leading political and DMO figures in the opening ceremony of ITB Asia underlined the nation’s determination to foster major events here. And what better time to launch a bespoke MICE event at ITB Asia than when more and more eyes are turning to Singapore as a stable, safe place to host a global event. Singapore welcomed over 2.9 million MICE visitors in 2018, a growth of 12.1% from the previous year. Over the same period, tourism receipts rose 7.2% to reach USD3.41 bn in 2018. The city state is set to host notable events and meetings such as Vidcon Asia, Home Delivery Asia, Deloitte All Hands Meeting and Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure Conference in 2019. Vidcon is the largest event for the global community of online content creators and will host the inaugural Asia edition of the show in Singapore. The CWT Meeting & Events Trends Report 2019 expects global demand for meetings and events to increase between 5-10% as events are considered a key channel to facilitate face-to-face engagement, discussions, conversations and networking. Together with local businesses in Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board has curated a selection of group experiences under the new “INSPIRE” programme. These range from dining to social networking, from attractions to thematic tours, as well as unforgettable team building experiences, all tailored with the MICE visitors’ profile in mind. These incentives have been designed to complement groups’ itineraries and provide exclusive experiences that showcase the best of what Singapore has to offer. It’s just one more reason to enjoy your stay here in this incredible Asian “garden state” as part of your “ITB Asia experience”. ITB ASIA NEWS is a CLEVERDIS Publication. 65 av. 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If any of these risks or uncertainties materialises or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the expectations outlined in these statements. Cleverdis assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements during the period of publication. Photo Credits and Copyright: All Rights Reserved. (from left to right) Michael Müller, The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education, Republic of Singapore, and Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin, touring the show floor after the opening press conference ITB Asia 2019: tourism at the heart of world peace and freedom The 2019 edition of ITB Asia kicked off with a press conference at the Marina Bay Sands, at which the importance of tourism for peace and freedom were underlined. Michael Müller, The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, and Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education, Republic of Singapore, were guests of honour for the official opening conference, ceremony and stand tour. Dr Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin, organisers of the event, thanked Mr Chee for the support, hospitality and cooperation the Singapore government has shown for the past decade: “I can say that we feel at home here, we feel welcome here, and you truly make doing business a very passionate affair.” The Minister outlined major moves by Singapore’s tourism authority in moving the industry forward, and that Singapore was looking for opportunities to develop and optimise twinning strategies with cities in the region as part of efforts to attract new sources of tourists: “It is not a zero-sum game with cities in the region. We are not just competing with each other for tourists; what we actually can do is to win together and offer tourists who come to Southeast Asia multiple destinations that they can visit,” he said. Meanwhile, Mr Chee said the state’s initiative to introduce “Passion Made Possible Privileges” (PMPP) with Alipay this year has resulted in a major rise in spending by Chinese tourists in Singapore. “Based on early results, tourists using PMPP spend three times more than the average Alipay user in Singapore.” The Governing Mayor of Berlin spoke about the importance of tourism as an industry to his city, and to the world at large. With his city celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he underlined the importance of freedom of speech and freedom of travel as key civil liberties, and the fact that the people of Berlin fought to gain back these rights and to keep them into the future ITB ASIA NEWS • Thursday 17 October 2019 www.itb-asia-news.com