Changi Airport Group recognises airline partners at Changi Airline Awards 2018


Singapore Airlines named Partner of the Year

Singapore Airlines named Partner of the Year

SINGAPORE, 30 April 2018– Changi Airport Group (CAG) celebrated another year of strong partnership with its airline partners earlier this evening at the Changi Airline Awards 2018 held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) & Second Minister for Transport, was the Guest of Honour at the annual awards event which honours airlines for their contribution to the Singapore air hub.

A total of 25 awards were presented to the airlines who contributed most significantly to Changi’s air traffic in 2017. They comprise the following categories –Top Airlines & Airline Groups by Passenger Carriage and Cargo Carriage, Top Airlines by Absolute Passenger Growth andAbsolute Cargo Growth, and Partner of the Year.  A list of all the award winners can be found in Annex A.

Partner of the Year

The Partner of the Year award was presented to Singapore Airlines, in recognition of its efforts in recent years to enhance Singapore’s global air hub status and network connectivity. This included the airline’s recent delivery of the Boeing 787-10 with its new regional cabin products, as well as the new A380 aircraft fitted with state-of-the-art cabin products. Singapore Airlines has also expanded its route network to include links to Canberra, Dusseldorf, Stockholm and Wellington. It also launched daily non-stop services to San Francisco.

Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines Limited said, “Singapore Airlines is honoured to be recognised as Partner of the Year at the Changi Airline Awards 2018. The SIA Group is committed to growing Singapore’s network connectivity for thebenefit of our customers and we look forward to continuing our close partnership with CAG in support of the further enhancement of Singapore’s position as a leading aviation hub.”

Top carriers at Changi

The top five passenger carriers operating at Changi Airport in 2017 were the Singapore Airlines Group, Jetstar Group, AirAsia Group, Cathay Pacific Airways and Lion Group.   The Singapore Airlines Group continued to head the list of top cargo carriers with the highest cargo volume, followed by Cathay Pacific Airways, FedEx Express, China Airlines and EVA Air.

Investing in the future with Changi’s partners

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of CAG said at the awards ceremony that it is vital for Changi Airport to have sufficient capacity to support airline’ growth plans. This includes infrastructure investments in new development projects, as well as finding ways to unlock capacity by enhancing existing infrastructure for higher operational efficiency.

Ahead of the completion of Changi East, CAG will be working with airline and airport partners to optimise use of existing resources and capacity at Changi Airport. These include the Airport-Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) initiative and the revamp of Terminal 2.

Mr Lee said, “Changi A-CDM is a fascinating combination of hardware and process integration, data analytics and innovative technology. It has delivered promising results since its launch about two years ago. We have effectively reduced the average runway queuing time for departing flights by 90 seconds in the first year, and a further 30 seconds in the second year, translating to fuel savings for the airlines.”

He added, “Apart from achieving greater efficiency through optimising processes, we will also be adding capacity through the revamp of Terminal 2, which will increase its handling capacity by about 3 million passengers per annum. Besides harnessing new innovations and learnings from T4, the revamp will also entail an upgraded baggage handling system and improvements to the Skytrain service. Upgrading works will take about four to five years, and as with the case for past upgrading exercises, we will place a strong focus on minimising impact to T2 operations and passenger experience.

2017 was a positive year for Changi Airport, with a record-breaking 62.2 million passengers passing through its gates – a robust 6.0% year-on-year growth, and with air cargo throughput surpassing the 2 million tonne mark for the first time in a calendar year.

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Flying higher, Changi Airport crosses 60-million milestone in 2017

SINGAPORE, 18 December 2017 – Changi Airport Group (CAG) today celebrated the crossing of yet another milestone in Changi Airport’s history, recording 60 million passenger movements in 2017, a first in a calendar year. This achievement underpins Changi as one of the world’s major air hubs.

Milestone celebratory event

A celebratory event was held in the transit area of Terminal 2 this afternoon with passengers on Scoot flight TR7 from Gold Coast, Australia – identified to be carrying the 60 millionth passenger for Changi Airport this year. The event was attended by representatives from Changi Airport Group, Scoot and other airport partners.

Prizes were given out to six lucky passengers on board TR7, who participated in a quiz game upon arrival in Changi Airport. These prizes were selected from Changi’s wide range of retail offerings, and included brand names like Apple, Bottega Veneta, Cle de Peau, La Prairie, Lee Hwa, Omega, SK-II, Sony and Tumi. The winners also each received a pair of round-trip tickets to selected Scoot destinations, including Honolulu and Athens. The flight’s passengers were treated to a buffet spread and received goodie bags (including a $60 Changi Gift Card.

Ms Ang Bee Leng, a Singaporean, was the fastest of the six participants and won the prize of her choice – a set of Apple products. Back from a family holiday to Gold Coast with her family of five, the housewife was exhilarated with her win. “I was nervous on stage just now, but I am really happy to have won what I wanted.  My family travels frequently on Scoot, but I had never thought I would win anything like this from a trip. I will be sharing the additional prize of the pair of air tickets to Jaipur with my husband for our next trip out!
Ms Karen Willis, who is currently residing in Australia, turns 50 tomorrow and is visiting Singapore with her husband to celebrate her birthday. Ms Willis was thrilled and all smiles when she shared, “While on our flight here, I was praying that I will be chosen as one of the six participants. I am so grateful for my win – this is the best birthday present for me.  I love Changi Airport and while my husband and I have transited here separately many times, this is the first time we are spending time together in Singapore. This is indeed a lucky and special trip for me!”  Ms Willis won for herself a pair of matching Men’s & Women’s Constellation Omega Co-Axial watches, and a pair of round-trip tickets to Honolulu.

Result of hard work and dedication of airport community

Changi Airport Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Seow Hiang said, “We commemorate an important milestone in 2017 with record passenger traffic of more than 60 million. It is a proud moment for all of us in the airport community and is the result of years of hard work and dedication to grow the Changi air hub to what it is today. It was only in 2012 that we marked our 50 million milestone. Five years on, we have increased annual traffic by 20 per cent or 10 million.

“We share this achievement with our airline partners who have shown their strong support for Changi Airport, adding capacity to their Singapore routes and expanding connectivity from Changi. We will continue to work closely with them to grow their business and operations in Singapore.

“With the new Terminal 4, and our upcoming development projects such as the expansion of Terminal 1, the Changi East project as well as a new passenger terminal at Seletar Airport, we are ensuring that our country’s airports continue to have sufficient capacity to meet the region’s demand for air travel in the decades ahead, and contribute to Singapore’s economic success in the long run.”

Scoot’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Ng Chee Keong said, “Incepted in November 2011 as the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines, Scoot’s network has expanded rapidly to over 60 destinations spanning 17 countries. This year alone, we launched five new destinations, three of which – Athens, Harbin and Honolulu – are new passenger links from Changi Airport. We also plan to add Kuantan and Berlin to our network next year. Scoot congratulates Changi Airport Group (CAG) and we commit to working alongside our strategic partners such as CAG to progress our network to boost Singapore as a hub of choice.”

Changi Airport plays a key role in Singapore’s economy

With more than 60 million passengers now passing through Changi Airport yearly, the aviation sector will continue to be a key contributor to Singapore’s economy. It provides more than 160,000 jobs, and contributes 6 percent of Singapore’s GDP[4]. The steady growth in aviation is expected to continue, with Asia as the centre of aviation growth in the next 20 years.

Since Changi Airport’s opening in 1981, four terminals have opened to cater for the airport’s growth, with Terminal 4 commencing operations on 31 October this year. Passenger traffic has increased steadily in the last 36 years. By 1986, Changi was already serving more than 10 million passengers per annum (mppa), and this increased to 20 mppa in 1994, 30 mppa in 2004, 40 mppa in 2010 and 50 mppa in 2012. In April this year, the airport recorded its 1 billionth passenger since opening.

Operating Indicators for November 2017

For November, Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.17 million passenger movements, a 8.1% year-on-year growth.There was a10.7%increase in airfreightthroughput to191,680tonnes, while aircraft movementsrose 4.8% to 31,140 landings and takeoffs.

Passenger traffic for all regions grew at least 6%. All of Changi’s top 20 country markets recorded positive growth. Countries which achieved double digit growth include China, Myanmar, United Kingdom and United States. Among Changi’s top 20 routes, Phuket (+19%), Bangkok (+17%) and London (+14%) were the fastest growing.

As at 1 December 2017, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 380 cities in about 90 countries and territories worldwide.  With more than 7,000 weekly scheduled flights, an aircraft takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 seconds.

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Fully booked premiere: ITB China debuts in Shanghai

Over 10,000 pre-scheduled appointments between exhibitors and hosted Chinese buyers secured prior to the show – Partner destination Europe – travel leaders to share latest ideas at ITB China Conference – 700 buyers from more than 300 companies


ITB China 2017 source: @pr_messeberlin

Shanghai/Berlin, 10 May 2017– The ITB brand has finally arrived in China: Around 600 companies, destinations, organisations and travel service provider from nearly 70 countries and territories will be represented in China’s new three-day business to business travel trade show. ITB China will take place annually on the grounds of the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Centre in a partnership with TravelDaily China, China’s leading online news portal and event organiser for the travel industry.The 12,000 qm area of exhibition space has been sold several months ahead of the event.ITB China is the Chinese off-shoot of annual ITB Berlin, the World´s Largest Travel Trade Show ®, and its sister show, ITB Asia, in Singapore.
The inaugural event has attracted around 600 exhibitors among which 28% are offering MICE products, 34% leisure, 31% Corporate and 7% travel technology solutions. More than one third of the exhibitors made their way from all over Asia and China to the first ITB China. Around 40% coming from European countries, 10% from the Middle East and some 10% from the Americas.

Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin, said: “This is an opportune timing for the tourism industry to seize the prospects offered by China’s vibrant economic growth. ITB China has come at the right time. Our new marketplace for China’s travel industry creates an international platform with a strong focus on Chinese buyers and sellers and covers everything the industry has to offer – MICE, NTOs, business travel, tour operators, OTA’s and travel tech companies.”

Today Dr. Martin Buck, Senior Vice President, Messe Berlin; Eduardo Santander, Executive Director, European Travel Commission;Rungang Zhang, Secretary General & Vice President of China Tourism Association and Jane Sun, CEO, officially opened the first edition of ITB China during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Top-quality buyers to be present

ITB China’s exhibitors will engage with 600 top-quality buyers from China.They are coming from all over the country to visit ITB China in Shanghai and represent more than 180 different Chinese companies eager to discover the product range of the show’s exhibitors. The list of confirmed buyers companies contains some of China’s biggest travel industry players, such as Ctrip, Caissa, Utour, Alitrip and many more.More than 10,000 buyer-seller appointments have been pre-scheduled before the event.In addition, ITB China expects some 100 international trade buyers adding the event’s buyers numbers up to around 700 from more than 300 companies.

Strong inaugural partner line-up

Europe is ITB China’s partner destination and sets the focus on showcasing the variety of the continent’s touristic products. A dedicated Europe Pavilion will feature a multitude of national presences paired with strong individual attendances of major European destinations.

Eduardo Santander, Executive Director, European Travel Commission said: “European destinations acknowledge the need to remain competitive in China. Only through deeper cooperation with Chinese authorities and an increased commitment of the European tourism sector supporting targeted joint public-private marketing initiatives like the partnership with ITB China, Europe will succeed in fostering more travellers from China.”

The European presence on the show floor is flanked by The World Bridge Tourism project (WBT), which is co-located with ITB China 2017. The WBT is a project jointly organized by the European Travel Commission (ETC) and the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) matching 150 European tourism suppliers from all over Europe with the corresponding number of Chinese travel product buyers. The Europe Pavilion and the World Bridge Tourism are projects supported by the European Union as preparatory actions towards the EU-China Tourism Year in 2018.

China Eastern Airlines, being one of China’s top three airlines, is ITB China’s official partner Airline and will be granting exclusive air fares to ITB China’s attendees. The strong partner line-up is rounded up with the Jin Jiang International Hotels, one of the world’s biggest hotel chains, being ITB China’s official partner hotel will have its brands presented on the ITB China show floor.

Powerful conference programme

Attendees of ITB China 2017 can look forward to an exciting conference programme. The ITB China Conference is the platform where newest trends and innovation of Chinese and the global travel industry are presented. It runs parallel and will be jointly organised with TravelDaily China. One of the highlights is the speech of Mr. Rungang Zhang, Vice-Chairman and Secretary General of CTA- China Tourism Association, China’s biggest travel industry association. The impressive keynote line-up on the opening day of the conference will be furthermore enriched by a keynote held by Mr. Friedrich Joussen, the CEO of TUI Group. An exclusive CEO interview of Ms. Jane Sun, CEO of Ctrip, will be held by the founder of Phocuswright Inc., Mr. Philip Wolf providing in-depth insights on China’s biggest online travel agency.

Meeting place for digital community: eTravel World China

The eTravel World China is connecting established, start-up online focussed and travel technology companies with buyers looking for the best technology solutions:Trade visitors can find out more about innovative products and apps for tour operators, the hospitality industry and destinations at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. Globally renowned companies such as Amadeus, Expedia and and many more are among the confirmed participants presenting their wide product range to ITB China’s attendees.

The exhibtion segment is flanked by a dedicated Online Travel and Travel Technology Day (May 11) at ITB China Conference providing attendees with exclusive developments on this area. In addition, companies have the chance to present their newest travel solutions to the audience at destination showcase slots to be held at a separate on-floor presentation area.

About ITB Berlin and ITB Asia

First launched 51 years ago, ITB Berlin is recognised as the most successful trade show for the global travel industry. Some 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries regularly attend this event. Every year in October for the last eight years Messe Berlin has successfully organised ITB Asia in Singapore. Boasting 760 exhibitors from 73 countries, ITB Asia in Singapore has established itself as one of the leading travel trade shows in Asia. As the second show in Asia, ITB China will take place in Shanghai, one of the leading industrial cities in the People’s Republic of China, and with a population of around 23 million one of world’s largest cities. In contrast to ITB Asia, which reflects tourism in Asia as a whole, ITB China focuses entirely on the Chinese travel market.

About ITB China and the ITB China Conference

ITB China 2017 will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 10 to 12 May, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. ITB China is a three-day business to business travel trade fair that focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry. The ITB China Conference will take place parallel with the show and is co-organised by the leading conference organiser TravelDaily (

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Singapore to host TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference for another three years

As plans for this year’s TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference gather pace, the leading trade body has confirmed that this key event in the duty free and travel retail calendar will remain in Singapore for at least the next three years. The new agreement will see the conference and exhibition staged in Singapore until at least 2020, with the option to extend this arrangement for a further two years. TFWA managing director Alain Maingreaud said; “The TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference has gone from strength to strength at the stunning location of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. This success was recognised when TFWA was named Best Exhibition Organiser for 2015 by the Singapore Tourism Board. As one of the region’s most lively cities with a highly developed economy, it is clearly ideally placed to host prestigious international events. We are delighted to be returning to Singapore for the next few years.” TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference will be held from 7 th to 11th May 2017. For more information and a full review of the 2016 event, please visit

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Smarter customer segmentation, greater transparency and flexibility key to navigating through change

“Our industry’s reaction to the changes affecting us here in Asia Pacific will define its fortunes over the next 10 to 15 years.”

In his opening address at the 2016 TFWA Asia Pacific Conference, president Erik Juul-Mortensen said that while the duty free and travel retail business has enjoyed phenomenal growth in the Asia Pacific region, new realities were creating new challenges and the sector is coming under pressure.

Juul-Mortensen cited a number of macro factors that are affecting how the industry is perceived by passengers, as well as their attitudes to travel and tourism. The first of these is financial, stemming from volatility in exchange rates. Shifts in the relative values of key currencies are affecting retailers’ ability to offer value and in some places, damaging the perception of brands in duty free stores.

The geo-political equilibrium in Asia Pacific is undergoing a slow but perceptible shift towards more regional self-assertion of territorial influence. Meanwhile, the threat of terrorism is causing huge problems for tourism. According to Forward Keys, for example, the recent attacks in Brussels prompted a 21% drop in planned international arrivals in Paris globally, a figure which rises to 23% in travellers from the US, and 41% in Chinese travellers. More burdensome, timeconsuming and costly airport security could well be introduced to combat this threat, reducing precious airside dwell-time. The industry also needs to recognise the importance of Millennial travellers.

The strong growth the industry has enjoyed will only be revived if we adapt to the expectations of a new, very different generation of travellers. Conspicuous consumption is not for them, and they are immune to the power of the brand logo. They are influenced by their peers, not marketing. This raises questions about how to make our offers relevant to them.

For the first time since 2009, global duty free and travel retail sales fell. According to preliminary figures from Generation Research, sales in 2015 totalled US$62 billion, which was 2.3% down on the previous year. Asia Pacific did however buck the trend, and the region performed just ahead of the global average. At just over US$25 billion, sales were up 2.6% compared with 2014. However that figure contrasts sharply with the high growth of 25.5% recorded in 2011. Airports remain the biggest duty free channel worldwide, accounting for over half of all sales.

The picture is the same in Asia. Noteworthy is the fact that the only channel to record growth in Asia and across the globe is the ‘other’ category, which includes downtown, border shops and cruise. The industry’s failure to capitalise on passenger growth is a concern. In Asia Pacific, passenger numbers were up 9.1%, but airport sales fell by 1%, indicating that spend per passenger is significantly down. The response to the challenges that are having a negative impact on the business is crucial.

The industry needs to take a more sophisticated approach to segmenting and targeting, harvesting better data, and using that data in a more sophisticated way. There must also be greater transparency and improved dialogue between brands, retailers and landlords, alongside the flexibility in those relationships to adapt to sudden change. Although there will always be an appetite for luxury brands, we need to remember that for the millennial traveller, luxury is also about service, experience and individuality.

Juul-Mortensen believes that the efforts made by the duty free industry can only be effective if underlying prospects for travel are positive and there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. He quoted recently published statistics from PATA – the Pacific Asia Travel Association, that showed that foreign visitor arrivals into the 38 Asia Pacific destinations they analysed will exceed 550 million in 2016. If achieved this would be a 5.4% increase over last year.

The World Tourism Organisation’s projected rates of growth for Asia Pacific while not forecast to be as strong as the past five years, are also still positive, while there also are many plans for airport development across Asia Pacific. In conclusion, Juul-Mortensen said that slower growth may now be the norm as the Asia Pacific market reaches maturity, and the time when the industry could rely on the region to deliver higher sales may be gone. It is however the way the industry reacts to the changes affecting it in Asia Pacific that will define its fortunes in the coming years.

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Singapore Airshow 2016: Riding on emerging opportunities, dialogues and technologies

SINGAPORE, 14 February 2016– The Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, has evolved and expanded since its first edition in 2008 to become a key platform to tap into emerging opportunities, engage in dialogues and showcase technologies. The event returns from 16 to 21 February 2016 with a renewed focus on driving global aviation industry trends and developments, while serving as the key gateway for global players looking to tap into the fast growing Asia Pacific region.

Emerging Opportunities

The event will see the participation of an impressive list of top global aerospace and defence companies. 75% of the more than 1,000 participating companies from some 50 countries are returning exhibitors, including 65 of the top 100 global aerospace companies. France has been designated as the Feature Country for Singapore Airshow 2016, given its thriving aerospace and defence sectors.

Country representation is robust at this year’s edition, featuring 20 country groups and pavilions, of which the Philippines and Indonesia country pavilions are participating in the Singapore Airshow for the first time. Returning country groups and pavilions include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Switzerland, Romania, United Kingdom and USA.

In addition, the Singapore Airshow is pleased to welcome new exhibitors including Aviage Systems, BSB Aviation, CWT Defence Services, Dornier Seawings, the Eurasia Partnership of Aerospace Cluster, Roketsan – the first exhibitor from Turkey in the show’s history and SLM Solutions.

The Singapore Airshow also continues to stay relevant by addressing industry demands through the popular Business Forums – where the buyers get a chance to share their perspectives. This year, the Business Forums will focus on the following areas: Emerging Technologies, Training & Simulation, Asia market trends as well as the collaboration opportunities between France and Singapore.

Inspiring the Next Generation – Education Day & the Singapore Airshow Aero Campus (SAAC)
Singapore Airshow 2016 will see the launch of the inaugural Singapore Airshow Aero Campus (SAAC) as part of our Education Day which is held from 18 to 19 Feb 2016. Organised by Experia Events, with the support of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Association of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS), the SAAC is a new initiative designed to foster deeper interest and provide insights, from exploring higher education to embarking on rewarding careers, in the aviation field.

Emerging Dialogues 

The Singapore Airshow offers a unique platform for thought leadership through its high-level conferences, forums, and co-located events. It brings together leading industry players, government and military chiefs to engage in dialogues, exchange ideas, and seek solutions and strategies to advance the interests of the global aerospace sector. These include:

  • The Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS), which is the definitive global aviation conference in Asia that offers a unique platform for industry players to engage government officials in an exchange of ideas to advance the strategic interests of the aviation sector.

o SAALS brings together key stakeholders in aviation, including top government representatives, civil aviation authorities and senior executives of airlines, airline operators, aircraft manufacturers as well as the heads of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) to exchange valuable insights, network and strengthen the nexus between governments and the aviation industry.

o SAALS is jointly organised by the Singapore Ministry of Transport (MOT), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), IATA and Experia Events.

  • A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum 2016

o The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will host the Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum 2016, the fourth of its series, in conjunction with Singapore Airshow 2016.

o The Forum will see leaders from major aerospace companies convene for an inspiring R&D-leadership forum in Singapore. Eminent speakers from leading commercial aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, systems and components houses and aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies will share their insights on the challenges and directions of research and development.

  • Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC) 2016

o SATEC is the premier aviation conference that is held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow. It is a platform for researchers, aviation operators and practising aviation engineers to present and discuss key developments and advancements in aerospace technology and engineering

o SATEC 2016 is jointly organised by Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE) and Air Engineering and Logistics Department (AELD) of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)

Emerging Technologies

The Singapore Airshow has become a venue where some of the most anticipated and latest developments in aerospace technologies will be showcased. This year, visitors can expect to experience some of the innovations and specialised solutions in expanded as well as new zones.

  • The new Aerospace Emerging Technologies Zone is a platform for exhibitors to showcase their products and offerings in two broad categories – Aerospace Manufacturing and Aerospace IT. This is a timely initiative as companies increasingly seek innovative breakthroughs in technologies and industrial process improvements to stay ahead in this fast-changing business environment.
  • The Training and Simulation Zone is an expansion of the Aviation Training Zone which was launched in 2014. The zone will showcase education, training and simulation technologies for pilots, flight-deck and cabin crew, aerospace and maintenance engineers, technicians and air traffic controllers

“The continued support of returning and new exhibitors, together with the range of new programme elements to nurture the next generation will reinforce the Singapore Airshow’s role as the strategic platform of choice for key industry players to tap on emerging markets, showcase their latest products and technologies, and forge partnerships in the thriving Asia Pacific region,” said Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director, Experia Events. “We are continually working to ensure that the Singapore Airshow will remain relevant as a must-attend event on the global aviation calendar, and are looking forward to an even more exciting edition this year.”

A Spectacular Show in the Sky

In 2014, close to 100,000 public visitors attended the Singapore Airshow during the public days to soak in the excitement of the spectacular performances by the flying display performances and view some of the latest aircraft from around the world on display at the event. This year’s programme promises to be just as exciting and highlights include:

  • The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s integrated aerial display team, comprising an F-15SG fighter jet and an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, will perform 11 exciting manoeuvres at the Singapore Airshow 2016, showcasing precision and coordination between two different aircraft types of different manoeuvrability and capabilities. Their mesmerising routine includes the Vertical Punch, a new manoeuvre that will be performed for the first time.
  • In addition, the Black Eagles from the Republic of Korea Air Force, known for their jaw-dropping aerobatic stunts, will be back to thrill the crowds with three more manoeuvres added to their 2014 repertoire.
  • Visitors can also expect to see the France Air Force’s Dassault Rafale, the U.S. Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster III and F-16C/D Fighting Falcon, and the Sukhoi Su-30MKM from the Royal Malaysian Air Force, engage in the adrenaline-fuelled flying displays

Static Aircraft Display

The RSAF will also showcase 11 military assets, including a Black Knight F-16C aircraft in its familiar red and white paint scheme incorporating the national symbols of the crescent moon and five stars, which will be on display at the Singapore Airshow for the first time.

Other key highlights of the static aircraft display include two USAF F-22 stealth fighters on display together for the first time at the event, and the Airbus A400M – a modern military transport plane using the latest fly-by-wire flight control system – which is making its debut at the Airshow.

Visitors will be able to see luxury business jets from Bombardier and Embraer, as well as Gulfstream’s newest flagship, the G650ER, on display, while new helicopter models including the Airbus H145 and Bell 505 will be taking part in the show for the first time.

In addition, Finmeccanica will showcase its Project Zero, a hybrid tilt-rotor technology demonstrator; the electric-powered aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter but fly like an airplane; while the Royal Australian Air Force’s Alenia C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft, which is being deployed outside of Australia for the first time, will also be making an appearance at the Airshow.

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About Singapore Airshow

Singapore Airshow, a global marketplace and networking powerhouse for the world’s aviation community is a must-attend event in the international aerospace and defence calendar. Organised and managed by Experia Events, the biennial event is also a platform for high-level conferences dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry with the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) as well as co-located events – the A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum and the Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC).

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About Experia Events Pte Ltd

Experia Events specialises in organising and managing exhibitions and conferences of strategic interest, fostering industry development and thought leadership. It has built a strong portfolio in aerospace and defence with the highly successful Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event, as well as key events such as IMDEX Asia, Asia Pacific’s flagship maritime defence show and Rotorcraft Asia, the premier dedicated event for the global civil helicopter industry.  Experia Events’ expertise also extends to the government and lifestyle sectors, through key events such as the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.

With a proven track record underscoring its aspirations to stage events that influence, Experia Events aims to diversify its range of strategic events globally.

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ITB Asia partners with COTRI to offer insights on China’s booming outbound travel market

Inaugural conference session will feature findings from the COTRI Market Report

Singapore, 9 April 2015 – ITB Asia, the ‘Trade Show for the Asian Travel Market’, has announced a partnership with the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute or COTRI to jointly develop a conference session focusing on China’s growing outbound travel market. COTRI is the world’s leading independent research institute for information, training, quality assessment, research and consulting relating to Chinese travellers.

As part of this partnership, COTRI will deliver a half day industry briefing titled ‘Capturing the Chinese Outbound Tourism Market’, for up to 100 delegates at the show. The eighth instalment of the leading regional trade show, organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore), will take place from 21 – 23 October 2015 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands.

“This partnership reflects our commitment to taking our conference programme content to the next level focusing on the importance of the Chinese outbound travel market. COTRI is renowned for its strong research and in depth understanding of the Chinese market and we look forward to working closely with them to bring quality, relevant and timely content to our delegates,” said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore).

COTRI will present an in depth view on the development of the Chinese outbound tourism industry with leading experts discussing the different segments of the market and the different channels to reach the right kind of Chinese potential customers.

“COTRI has been working with ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Congress for many years now and partnering with ITB Asia is the next step for us. We will also be launching our second edition of the ‘COTRI Market Report’ at the show this year which will provide detailed insights into the Chinese outbound tourism industry,” said Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt, Director, COTRI.

COTRI Market Report provides expert insights into the worldwide developments of China’s outbound tourism market by offering the latest available data, statistics, and information on travellers’ profiles and trends. The report highlights the travel and consumption patterns across the different segments of the Chinese outbound market, consideration factors influencing the current and future Chinese outbound environment and best practises to attract these travellers.

ITB Asia expects to have a strong-line up of conference sessions this year and also recently announced that CAPA – Centre for Aviation, a leader in global aviation knowledge, will also hold an industry outlook forum at the 2015 event. With a range of high calibre speakers expected to attend the session, the CAPA briefing will examine the latest change drivers essential to understanding the future of the aviation industry.

Last year’s show attracted close to 750 exhibitors from 76 countries, as well as 850 buyers from 62 countries. ITB Asia is a partner event of TravelRave, a mega travel and tourism festival week organised by the Singapore Tourism Board.

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Changi Airport Group and Singapore Tourism Board ink largest strategic marketing deal to date

Two-year partnership aims to build stronger affinity towards Singapore in key markets

SINGAPORE, 1 April 2015 – Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Singapore Tourism
Board (STB) are investing a combined S$35 million to boost awareness of and
visitorship to both Singapore and Changi Airport. The collaboration is the largest
strategic partnership between CAG and STB to date.

The two-year partnership will see both organisations embark on joint marketing
campaigns – globally and within mutually-aligned key markets – aimed at building
greater affinity and emotional ties with travellers. This initiative aims to shape and
enhance long-term global perceptions of both Singapore and the award-winning
Changi Airport as destinations in their own right and thereby driving tourist traffic to
and beyond Singapore.

A line-up of exciting programmes

Local as Focal: Rethinking the airport experience
One of the cornerstones of this partnership is to inject more local flavour to the inairport
experience, with plans to showcase local brands, visual installations of local
cultures and other Singapore-inspired displays across all terminals. Together with
the amenities and facilities currently offered, these displays would make Changi
Airport a must-see attraction in itself in Singapore.

Experiences as Core: Creating lasting impressions throughout the region
CAG and STB have previously embarked on various overseas joint marketing
campaigns, from a micro-movie collaboration with local film-maker Royston Tan for
the China market to an editorial partnership with Condé Nast Traveller Magazine in
India. Riding on the momentum of these efforts, the two organisations will deepen
their marketing efforts across the Asia-Pacific region, including key markets such as
Australia, Indonesia, China and India. These collaborations will boost both parties’
efforts to shape a regional appreciation of Singapore as an ideal holiday and lifestyle
destination. Joint campaigns will also be augmented by close collaboration with
trade partners such as travel agents, airlines and cruise liners to curate relevant
packages and itineraries for travellers to experience the allure of Singapore.
In the months to come, CAG and STB will also partner with Singapore Airlines to
develop and market products that would provide visitors more compelling and
enjoyable experiences in Singapore.

Content is King: Connecting emotionally with a global audience
CAG and STB also plan to work with established media partners with a global reach
to better engage today’s increasingly discerning traveller through a myriad of cocurated
content. Complementing these media partnerships are branded content
opportunities that CAG and STB are jointly pursuing, such as MasterChef Asia. The
Asian edition of the hit reality series, slated to air in the second half of 2015, will
profile Singapore’s colourful and rich culinary heritage – which has made us a dining
hotspot among many visitors – through a highly popular TV series, showcasing our
multi-faceted city to a global audience.

Mr Lionel Yeo, STB’s Chief Executive said: “Changi Airport is a key gateway into
Singapore and the premier aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific region. CAG is thus an
important strategic partner for STB in promoting a quality experience for today’s

“Singapore and Changi Airport are known for efficiency. There are many other rich
aspects about Singapore as a destination that we would like visitors to know more
about and experience for themselves. Hence, this collaboration is a tremendous
opportunity for us to shape global perceptions by showcasing memorable facets of
Singapore, and help generate a desire for the Singapore experience,” explained Mr

Timely and valuable partnership

Against the backdrop of a challenging market environment, this partnership
represents the collective determination of both organisations to work towards
sustainable annual growth in visitor arrivals of 3-4% over the next decade1.

CAG and STB have worked closely over the years through various initiatives. Recent
programmes include on-going joint initiatives such as CAG’s Growth and Assistance
Incentive programme, MICE programmes, as well as fly-cruise partnerships with
cruise operators Princess Cruises & Costa Cruises.

Leveraging the collective synergy, this latest collaboration will feature several
initiatives tailored for a diverse range of audiences. As today’s travellers are
increasingly discerning and selective, this partnership is timely in raising efforts to
differentiate Singapore as a compelling destination.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CAG’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Singapore and Changi
Airport have to rise to the challenge of a highly competitive tourism landscape. This
partnership will enable CAG and STB to pool our resources and enhance our joint
marketing programmes to better capture greater mindshare among tourists to this

“CAG is proud to work with STB to promote Singapore and Changi Airport as Asia’s
finest gems, bringing to travellers Changi’s signature first-class experience.
Together, we aim to continue to grow visitor arrivals to Singapore and passenger
movements at Changi Airport.”

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Outstanding individuals and organisations honoured at Tourism50 Gala Dinner and the Singapore Experience Awards 2014

Singapore, 31 Oct, 2014 – 25 outstanding individuals and organisations were recognised and honoured at the Singapore Experience Awards 2014 for their contributions and dedication towards delivering extraordinary experiences. This year’s edition of the Singapore tourism sector’s most prestigious award platform was held in conjunction with the Tourism50 gala dinner organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to celebrate 50 years of tourism development and industry partnerships. The event was graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and attended by industry leaders, stakeholders and front-liners of the travel and tourism community.

Since the establishment of the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board in 1964, Singapore’s
tourism sector has grown by leaps and bounds. The strong collaboration between industry players and STB has helped to transform Singapore into a cosmopolitan destination with world-class tourism offerings and strong local character.
STB Chief Executive Mr Lionel Yeo says, “Tonight we celebrate the remarkable journey that Singapore’s tourism sector has taken in the last 50 years. The transformation in our tourism landscape would not have been possible without the people in our tourism industry; their passion, dedication and hard work have been key to the success of Singapore tourism.

Hence, by combining the Tourism50 celebrations with this year’s Singapore Experience
Awards, we honour and recognise the best, but we also show our appreciation for the
support and efforts from all in the tourism sector. ”

Five recipients for top awards
Three individuals and two organisations were conferred top honours under the Outstanding Contributions and Special Recognition award categories.

The evening’s highest accolade, the Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism went to veteran tourist guide and mentor, Mrs Geraldene Lowe-Ismail. In her career of close to 60 years in the tourism sector, she has pioneered walking tours in Singapore and has helped to train countless tourist guides. Till this day, Mrs Lowe-Ismail remains a mentor and a source of inspiration for many tourist guides.
Ms Yeoh Siew Hoon, Founder and Editor of Web In Travel (WIT), was named Tourism
Entrepreneur of the Year. Under her leadership, WIT has become an important content and community platform for travel professionals keen to harness technology for their businesses.

Besides expanding WIT to various countries in the Asia Pacific region, Ms Yeoh has also been nurturing young talents and helping charitable causes through her business platforms.

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TravelRave 2014: Pushing the boundaries of tourism in Asia

Asia’s premier travel and tourism week introduces new offerings, including a mobile  application

SINGAPORE – 28 October 2014 –  The fifth edition of TravelRave, Asia’s premier
travel and tourism week, returns this week. This year’s event, running from 27 to 31
October, sees a host of new offerings aimed at enhancing the experiences of
delegates on top of the strong line-up of Asia for Asia focused events.

For the first time, TravelRave is launching RaveOn! Tours, a series of immersive
experiences aimed at providing delegates with memorable moments at a business
event. These specially curated tours will give delegates a glimpse Singapore through
its notable precincts such as Little India, Sentosa Harbourfront and Singapore River.
“Asia has been seeing a wealth of opportunity over the last few years. The travel and
tourism industry thus needs to come together to explore these opportunities and
foster regional collaboration, and TravelRave is a great platform to do so,” said Neeta
Lachmandas, Assistant Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
“Through our RaveOn! Tours, we are pleased to make it even easier for our busy
business delegates to take in the sights and sounds of what the destination has to
offer,” added Ms Lachmandas.

Delegates will also have access to on-demand destination information and event
updates, through Goru, a soon-to-be-launched mobile application by StarHub. As
business travellers, including conference and exhibition delegates, often need
information at their fingertips, both STB and StarHub have collaborated to test-bed
the application at TravelRave. With highly curated content, Goru will provide delegates
with an immersive and differentiated digital experience.

“Travellers today are mobile savvy, and they increasingly use their smartphones in
accessing travel information and when buying travel products and services,” said Mock
Pak Lam, StarHub’s Chief Technology Officer. “To empower travellers to create their
own bespoke adventures on-the-go, StarHub is developing Goru, a traveller-friendly
app that integrates the best localised booking engines, travel guides and other
services. Goru will also create an ecosystem for industry players to work together to
better serve travellers. We are very pleased to partner STB to enhance travel
experience in Singapore for both business and leisure visitors with Goru.

Driving thought leadership in the travel industry 

Kicking off the week, the Web in Travel Conference will explore the potential of the
internet and its impact on the travel industry. Into its 10th year, some of the key topics
discussed will include Online Travel Agents, Search as well as Marketing and

“The New Reality” will serve as the theme of this year’s Asia Travel Leaders
Summit. This annual by-invite only event organized by the Singapore Tourism Board
will see the attendance of key tourism industry players who will convene to discuss the
pivotal trends that are impacting the tourism industry, in turn causing the emergence
of this new reality.

ITB Asia, an anchor event of TravelRave, will also feature a Business Travel Day this
year in conjunction with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). This will focus
on the education aspect of business travel management, where one of the highlights
will centre on the Business Travel Index Report.

The Hotel Management Summit Singapore is a new event under TravelRave
2015. Organized by Questex, the summit will address operational and management
challenges faced by hotel executives. This event will be co-located with the Hotel
Technology Conference, which is into its fifth year.

Into its 7th annual edition, Aviation Outlook Asia will delve into issues and
challenges faced by the aviation industry. Over 300 C-level aviation executives are
expected to participate in strategic discussions on new market opportunities.

Celebrating the best in travel

The TravelRave Leaders Gala will once again celebrate the best in the Asian travel
industry. Featuring highlights from ATLS, the Gala will include “The CNBC
Conversation”, with Emirsyah Satar, President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia, who was
crowned the winner of 2013’s CNBC Travel Business Leader Award. The 2014 winner
of the CNBC Travel Business Leader Award will also be crowned at the event.
To conclude the week, the prestigious Singapore Experience Awards (SEA) will be
held on 31 October to recognise the exceptional individuals and organisations who
have positively contributed to delivering the best-in-class customer experience. This
year’s event will be held in conjunction with the Tourism50 gala dinner to celebrate 50
years of tourism development in Singapore. The event will be graced by Prime Minister
Lee Hsien Loong.

About TravelRave

TravelRave, Asia’s premier travel and tourism week, will take place from 27 to 31
October 2014 with an exciting line up of quality events featuring thought-provoking
content, influential speakers and the chance to network with some of the leading
names in the travel and tourism industry. Leveraging Asia’s growing potential,
TravelRave 2014 will provide a dynamic platform for business leaders and industry
professionals to convene, share knowledge and insights, network and discover new
business opportunities and celebrate Asian tourism at its best.

About the Singapore Tourism Board

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is a leading economic development agency in
tourism, one of Singapore’s key service sectors. Known for partnership, innovation and
excellence, the Board champions tourism and builds it into a key economic driver for
Singapore. STB aims to differentiate and market Singapore as a must-visit destination
offering enriching experiences through the “YourSingapore” brand. For more
information, please visit and

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