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ITB Asia News 2019 Review Edition

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2 NEWS EDITORIAL Richard Barnes Editor-in-chief Looking into the crystal ball In this review edition, our editorial section is dedicated to looking forward in time, with a brief preview of great things to come next year. Great interest is already being expressed for ITB Asia’s 2020 edition, with more than 3,500 square metres of exhibition space already booked for next year’s show. Among others, exhibitors will include Korea Tourism Organisation, Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, Singapore Tourism Board, Spain Tourism Board and Visit Finland. Progressing into its 13th year, ITB Asia will again be the premier meeting place for the travel trade industry for forging new partnerships and strengthening existing business relationships with the most important players in the region. MICE Show Asia will also see its second edition taking place at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 21-23 October 2020, colocated with ITB Asia. MICE Show Asia is where the incentive travel, meetings and events industries come together to connect and build the future of MICE. Meanwhile, the first ever Travel Tech Asia 2020 will take place alongside these shows at the same venue. Organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, the inaugural three-day conference will feature leading travel brands and innovative start-ups to attendees from all levels of seniority across a wide range of disciplines and sectors in the travel industry. Travel Tech Asia will provide the travel tech community with a platform to connect, create and enhance the way people travel, meet and do business, with technology. The exhibition will be colocated with ITB Asia 2020 and MICE Show Asia 2020. 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. MICE Show Asia’s first edition drew major interest from industry professionals from around the region, and the world Top brass smiling after highly successful ITB Asia 2019 Senior executives from Messe Berlin, organisers of ITB Asia, are all smiles after an excellent 2019 edition of the show. Dr Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer, Messe Berlin said: “After 12 years, ITB Asia experienced strong growth again. This new record clearly demonstrates that the show is well accepted by the industry around the world as the must-attend event in Asia. Messe Berlin is delighted to continue the strategic partnership with Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) from 2020 to 2022. We very quickly realised that not only could we benefit from the extension, but that the whole of the global travel industry stood to benefit as well. I am also pleased to know that every year the team and all partners involved work hard to design ITB Asia to go right to the heart of the industry. At ITB, we build unforgettable emotions that link our industry with its people. Attendees can walk away with new inspiration, cultivating relationships and tangible takeaways.” Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “Since its inaugural show in 2008, ITB Asia has strengthened the travel industry in Asia. It has introduced new ideas, challenged prevailing mindsets, and provoked countless important connections and discussions. The travel industry in Singapore and throughout Asia has benefited immeasurably from ITB Asia. With the extension of our partnership with Messe Berlin (Singapore), STB looks forward to growing ITB Asia even further and making it even more relevant to Asia’s travel trade.” Marina Bay Sands will see a renewal of its partnership with Messe Berlin (Singapore) as the show’s official partner hotel while the extension of the relationship with STB will see Singapore as the host country for ITB Asia for the next three years of the show. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands, said: “Building communities is core to what we do at Marina Bay Sands. We are privileged to have contributed to the success of ITB Asia, which has been staged at Marina Bay Sands since 2014. We look forward to another three years of partnership with Messe Berlin, offering creative solutions and flexible venue spaces to elevate the show experience and to enable deeper engagements for all delegates” ITB ASIA NEWS • Monday 28 October 2019 www.itb-asia-news.com