Exhibition World Issue 5 - 2018 - Page 18

WHERE GREAT MINDS CONVERGE, CONNECT AND COLLABORATE Singapore is the cradle of innovation in Asia Pacific. It has a bustling business community, collaborative start-up culture and a robust R&D sector, spurred on by the spirit of experimentation and transformation. A renowned regional destination for business events with proven strengths in various industries, the vibrant city- state regularly attracts international thought leaders, high-level government officials and business decision makers to exchange their ideas and insights. Located within a seven-hour flight radius to other cities in Asia Pacific, Singapore is linked to more than 300 cities in 70 countries by over 100 airlines. Dynamic, connected and efficient, it is well- positioned to help businesses gain access to the fast-evolving market of more than 4.5 billion people in the region. Established track record of hosting world-class events in knowledge-driven industries While new clusters are emerging which give rise to new opportunities in exhibitions such as Advanced Manufacturing, FinTech and Logistics, there are still gaps to be filled in the more matured clusters such as aviation and aerospace as Singapore continues to serve as a nexus and marketplace for the Asia Pacific region. “Opportunities continue for the hosting of new events in vertical sectors with niche content. Singapore remains a key regional marketplace that serves as an attractive meeting-place for attendees from throughout a range of countries in an economically important part of the world. Singapore is a haven of stability, safety and security. It’s a pleasure to do business in the country and, supported by a robust MICE ecosystem, there is growth potential for events in various industries. For example, Singapore added to its line- up of aviation shows with the introduction of Mack Brooks’ Inter Airport Asia. With Asia Pacific poised to become one of the world’s largest aviation markets, Singapore provides a great regional center for this event, with excellent infrastructure, ease of access and great support from the local venue and events services sector,” said Stephen Brooks, Chairman, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. A home-base for innovation and thought-leadership Singapore is also seen as Asia’s thought leader and a city where new possibilities can be realised for a better future. The city hosted the first-ever Women’s Forum Singapore in September 2018. Themed “Bridging Worlds for Inclusive Innovation”, it welcomed close to 1,000 leaders from across the world to discuss women’s leadership. Organised by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, the forum was among a series of events held as part of the Singapore- France Year of Innovation, offering a fresh perspective on social progress and economic impact in the region. Looking forward, thousands of decision makers and influencers from a wide range of industries will continue to gather in Singapore to discuss what th