Venue and events provider SingEx, Resorts World Sentosa and Herbalife Nutrition's Amy Lim led a stellar cast of business events industry winners at the annual Singapore Tourism Awards on Thursday.
The ceremony, held at The Ritz Carlton Millennia Singapore and organised by Singapore Tourism Board (STB), recognised contributions across the spectrum of business events.
Among the big winners was SingEx, which scored a hat-trick of awards in areas ranging from venue experience to exhibition and trade conference organiser.
But the two most significant accolades of the evening celebrated significant milestones in Singapore's business events industry.
Food&HotelAsia (FHA) by UBM Singapore, a longstanding event on Singapore's business events calendar, won a Special Recognition award for hosting the conference's largest edition in Singapore last year, with more than 80,000 participants from 105 countries.
The mega-event has grown from its humble beginnings in 1987, when it operated out of the carpark of Grand Hyatt Singapore.
Herbalife Nutrition's Amy Lim (left) received the award for Best Business Event Champion from STB's chairman Chaly Mah (right).
Herbalife Nutrition's director of events, Asia Pacific, Amy Lim was crowned the Best Business Event Champion for her role in anchoring key events in Singapore, such as Herbalife South East Asia Extravaganza. The event has been held in Singapore five times over the past decade with more than 10,000 attendees turning out.
Lim spoke highly of Singapore's connectivity, security and mix of quality attractions, shopping, food, and clean environment.
"Venue and hotels plays a big part. Having a venue big enough to hold large-scale events is one consideration, but the readiness of the venue support team is the driving force behind a successful event. Having sufficient hotel rooms across different price ranges offers attendees more options when travelling to Singapore for events", said Lim.
Resorts World Sentosa took home the award for Best Meetings/Incentives Organiser for hosting the Amway India Incentive Movement in 2018.
In the meetings and incentives category, Resorts World Sentosa sailed home with an accolade for hosting the Amway India Incentive Movement, scoring highly for its "highly-customised" prorgramme.
Almost 3,500 delegates attended the five-day programme, which included elements such as a grand speedboat entrance at Universal Studios Singapore for its senior representative and a VIP dinner at the S.E.A. Aquarium.
In the Best Business Event Venue Experience category, Singapore Expo and Max Atria bagged the award for the second consecutive year.
SingEx Holdings' CEO Aloysius Arlando called the win a "strong validation from our industry peers".
"It is imperative that event venues meet the specific demands of clients, and events must transform to offer seamless onsite-to-online platforms, multi-sensorial experiences and varied networks of companies and communities to ensure attendees benefit from maximum return on engagement", Arlando remarked.
Its events arm, SingEx Exhibitions, together with Deutsche Messe, were also jointly awarded for their work on Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific 2018.
Winning the Best Trade Conference Organiser award was the trio of organisers of Singapore Fintech Festival, the world's largest fintech event that drew over 45,000 attendees last year. The massive five-day event was a joint effort between Monetary Authority of Singapore, The Association of Banks in Singapore and SingEx Exhibitions, and generated investments of over US$6.2 billion.
The award for Best Association Conference Organiser was presented to the organisers of RCOG World Congress 2018, who included Ace:Daytons Direct (International) Pte Ltd, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists & Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Singapore.
Events technology company Jublia took home the award for Best Business Event Service Provider.
STB chief executive Keith Tan said the awards recognise the efforts of industry partners in making Singapore "an attractive and vibrant city with a diverse range of experiences and attractions for visitors and locals".
"I am very encouraged by the strong competition and the impressive line-up of recipients and finalists, which underscores the industry's continual push to excel and provide outstanding experiences", he added.