Skift picks Singapore for inaugural Asian forum

US-based Skift will inaugurate its Skift Forum Asia edition in Singapore in October 2018 in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), joining Skift’s North America and Europe shows.

“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,” said Rafat Ali, CEO and founder of Skift.

Lionel Yeo, chief executive of STB, commented: “We have witnessed a growing number of travel and tourism companies from the US selecting Singapore to be their gateway into Asia, be it for new events or business expansions. This has further added to the confluence of ideas and exchanges in Singapore, and will make Singapore an even more ideal platform for the travel industry to meet, collaborate and take full advantage of the possibilities spurred by Asia’s travel boom.”

Moreover, some of the world’s largest hotel groups, travel brands and OTAs have regional headquarters and presence in Singapore, including Marriott International, China’s Ctrip and Expedia, STB said in a statement.

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