Mack Brooks Exhibitions Asia, organiser of inter airport South-east Asia, has reported that half the available space at 2019's edition has been booked, barely two weeks since the conclusion of this year's event.
Exhibition director Michael Wilton told TTGmice that inter airport South-east Asia 2019, scheduled for February 27 to March 1 in Singapore, will include an "exciting new outdoor area, which will enable displays of some of the larger pieces of equipment that airports require".
The 2017 edition, held from February 15 to 17 in Singapore, had also boasted new features, such as increased opportunities for networking, pre-planned one-to-one meetings between professionals and additional educational content including new talks delivered by the Singapore Aviation Academy and Indonesia’s Angkasa Pura (Indonesia state enterprise that manages local airports).
Wilton said: "We have seen that the 2017 edition had further enhanced the opportunity for airport suppliers and the regional industry to build their relationships in order to develop world class airports for South-East Asia."
He pointed out that the "2015 edition was billed as the return of inter airport to the ASEAN region after a 14-year hiatus".
The international tradeshow, held once every two years, brings together leading airport equipment suppliers from over 27 different countries.
When asked how exhibitions like inter airport help with furthering the progress of the air travel industry, Wilton said: "For a buyer looking to enhance their airport, the ability to come and see demonstrations and examples of that product in a face-to-face environment enables them to make better decisions on the products they use."
He added that "industry events in general, and especially tradeshows, play a vital role in the procurement and development of any industry".
"The face-to-face nature of industry events not only allows better business discussions to take place but also enables greater understanding of the product and the industry. The quality of learning and the ability to achieve your goals are vastly improved by having a tangible experience," he emphasised.