Informa Markets on Thursday (5 November) announced that Sea Asia – Asia’s anchor maritime and offshore event organised with the Singapore Maritime Foundation – will be held from 21-23 September 2021 at its usual venue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
The event was originally set for 20-22 April 2021 during Singapore Maritime Week (SMW).
The decision to reschedule has been made amid challenging market conditions partly due to efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 which resulted in reducing business travel and ongoing border restrictions globally, it said.
Together with key stakeholders and partners in the maritime industry, Informa Markets made the decision to move the dates of Sea Asia, concluding that staging a large-scale event in the second half of 2021 would be more appropriate.
This point was supported by in-depth customer and industry research and hence, the company said they are acting on the direction as provided by the market.
Since its inception, Sea Asia has been a key event in SMW and the current change in dates only apply for 2021. SMW, which has a different profile, will occupy its traditional April position. The full alignment of Sea Asia with SMW will resume from 2023 onwards, said Informa Markets.
To uphold its ongoing commitment to drive greater value and business opportunities for participants, the company added that Sea Asia in September will also be a hybrid event and incorporate in-person and virtual elements.
The virtual experience will continue to enable participants, especially those who are unable to attend physically, to connect seamlessly with the community-at-large, network and establish business contacts, as well as access content anytime, anywhere.
“Over 13 years, Sea Asia has built a strong network and many meaningful relationships in the maritime industry. The decision to reschedule the event is testament of our top priority, that is to deliver a successful Sea Asia without any compromise on event experience and customer return on investment,” said Andrew Williams, President of Maritime Vertical, Informa Markets.
“To raise the bar on bringing a high-quality experience, we will run the event in accordance to local government authorities’ guidance as well as Informa’s AllSecure enhanced health standards.
“We are immensely grateful to our stakeholders, customers and partners for supporting our decision. While being able to meet many of you virtually during this unprecedented period, we are counting the days until we can all meet face to face again.”
“Sea Asia is a major event for the international and regional maritime community. As co-organiser, we support the decision to postpone the event and will continue to work with the Sea Asia team to provide a fruitful and enjoyable experience at the next edition” said Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation.
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Published: 5 November, 2020
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