A physical ITB Asia about to return
SINGAPORE, April 29, 2021: ITB Asia will prepare to resume its physical salon format in October, but with strict preventive measures for Covid-19.
Messe Berlin Singapore, the show’s organizer, has confirmed the return to an in-person format scheduled for Singapore from October 27 to 29 based on current Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
More than 600 international exhibitors have already registered for the annual three-day B2B fair and convention, showing their confidence in the industry’s recovery.
Singapore has seen a remarkable recovery from Covid-19 with cases reduced to an average of 25 over seven days, mostly imported. Overall, Singapore’s cumulative number is 61,063 infections with just 30 deaths since mid-January 2020.
But for ITB Asia to attract strong footfall from business visitors, the Covid-19 outbreaks in neighboring countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and India must be brought under control.
ITB Asia will be co-located at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore with two other exhibitions MICE Show Asia and Travel Tech Asia, all organized by Messe Berlin Singapore.
Now marked as an in-person event, organizers hope to bring travel industry professionals back for meaningful business, networking and learning through face-to-face interactions. The organizer promises that the show will adopt strong and secure management measures to provide a safe environment for all attendees of ITB Asia.
Just six months away from opening its doors, the show attracts international exhibitors from tourism organizations, hospitality and travel technology companies.
They include the Azerbaijan Tourism Board, Inspired by Iceland, the Korean Tourism Organization, the Malta Tourism Authority, the Moscow Project Office for Tourism and Hospitality Development, the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Penang Global Tourism, Saudi Arabian Tourism Authority, Shizuoka Prefecture Government, Singapore Tourism Board, Visit Finland, Visit Maldives, Visit Monaco and the Zagreb Tourist Office.
Bangkok Airways, BWH Hotel Group, Juniper, Meliá Hotels International, Oakwood Worldwide Asia, Open Destinations, PKFare, Qtech Software, Traveloka Services, Trip.com Group and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts are also on the program.
“More and more signs of the industry’s return are emerging. With the global rollout of vaccination, the industry has reason to be optimistic. After ITB Asia went completely virtual for the first time last year, we’re returning to an in-person event in October. Building on lessons and past experiences, the ITB Asia team will ensure a trade fair with strong security management measures in place for all ITB Asia attendees, ”said Katrina Leung, Managing Director by Messe Berlin Singapore.
Providing a safe and convenient format will involve the Singapore Tourism Board to facilitate the entry of short-term MICE international travelers to attend ITB Asia 2021 in Singapore.
Under current Department of Health guidelines, certain groups of travelers are permitted entry for essential business, official or business purposes and will not be required to serve a Stay at Home (SHN) notice. However, they are required to undergo Covid-19 testing during their stay, including pre-departure and upon arrival, and to follow a strict and controlled itinerary, limiting interactions with the wider community for the first 14 days. .
Main secure management measures * in place at ITB Asia 2021:
- Dedicated transportation provided for overseas participants upon arrival and departure at Changi Airport and between sites on the event itinerary.
- All participants must download the TraceTogether mobile app for contact tracing and secure entry.
- They must practice at all times a safety distance of one meter between individuals.
- Temperature projections will be made on the premises and at the entrances to the event.
- All participants are required to wear a face mask at all times, except when eating and drinking.
* The above guidelines are subject to change as the Covid-19 situation evolves around the world.
(Source: News ITB Asia)