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Published on : Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Singapore will host several prominent medical congresses coming to Southeast Asia for the first time – two of these events are also making their Asian debuts. These events are tipped to bring in approximately 16,000 visitors and some $34 million in tourism receipts. They also attest to Singapore’s strengths as a MICE destination, while boosting the Lion City’s ambition to be a prominent thought leader in the respective fields.
Besides coming to Asia for the first time, the European Society for Medical Oncology Asia Congress and SpineWeek 2016 also mark the first time both entities are organising an event outside of Europe. In between these events is the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s annual meeting and exhibition .
An estimated 2,700 international attendees are set to attend the inaugural ESMO Asia Congress. The congress has been endorsed by 11 of the most important and influential Asian oncology associations in the region, including that of Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand and Singapore.
Esteemed international specialists within the field of oncology like ESMO president Professor Rolf A. Stahel, and respected authorities Professor Tony Mok, chairman of the Hong Kong Cancer Therapy Society, and Professor Stanley B. Kaye who is a member of the ESMO advisory council and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*Star) Novel Agents Committee for Cancer, are slated to speak at the December conference.
Professor Stahel said, “Singapore is a perfect fit for the first-ever ESMO Asia Congress, with its geographical location that makes it a convenient travel hub for international delegates. Coupled with the state-of-the-art event facilities, I’m confident hosting the ESMO Asia here presents an optimal opportunity for the exchange of expertise across Asian and European cultures and help elevate the field of oncology further.”
International congresses bring with them many opportunities for education as well as international networking and collaboration. Ms Jeannie Lim, Executive Director Conventions, Meetings and Incentive Travel at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), said, “We are honoured that ESMO chose to host its first Asian congress in Singapore. With a strong biomedical hub and a knowledge-driven economy, Singapore continues to hold strong relevance for medical congresses and meetings. The quality content of such events enrich the knowledge of both international and Singapore delegates, promising the inspiring meeting experience that Singapore strives to offer.”