Singapore selected for Skift's inaugural Asia forum

By BEA Reporter on 11/10/2017

Global travel industry intelligence Skift Inc. and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have announced at the Skift Global Forum in New York City that Singapore will host the Skift Forum Asia edition in 2018.

This marks the first time that the Skift Global Forum, dubbed the “TED of travel” by the industry, will take place in Asia, with Singapore as the host to this inaugural edition. This conference attracts top-notch speakers and attendees including influential marketers, strategists and technologists.

On this decision, Rafat Ali, CEO and Founder of Skift, said, “When considering our expansion into Asia, Skift selected Singapore in recognition of its vibrant ecosystem of travel companies and access to the region. Singapore’s focus on innovation and its strong knowledge economy also provide an ideal platform for the forum.”

Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of STB, attributed Skift’s choice for Singapore to the growing number of travel and tourism companies from the U.S. that have selected Singapore as their gateway to Asia, be it for new events or business opportunities.

“This has further added to the confluence of ideas and exchanges in Singapore, and will make Singapore an even more inspiring and ideal platform for the travel industry to meet, collaborate and take full advantage of the possibilities spurred by Asia’s travel boom,” said Yeo.

Travel heavyweights such as China’s leading online travel service provider, Ctrip, has its Southeast Asian regional headquarters in Singapore, and Expedia has also launched their first Asia Pacific Innovation Lab in Singapore with the goal of understanding Asian travellers.

Singapore is also a prime launch pad for a growing number of successful tourism events, such as the ITB Asia, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Asia Pacific, and Web In Travel.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Southeast Asia is expected to sustain growth at five to seven percent per year over the next 10 years.

Skift Global Forum currently has a North America edition in New York and a Europe edition. Past speakers at the forum included leaders from major public corporations such as Glenn Fogel, CEO of the Priceline Group; Christopher Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton; Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. There were also speakers from travel and hospitality icons such as Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group; Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Airbnb.

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