WiT conference makes a comeback, live in Singapore

Travel technology event will mark the biggest physical reunion of the industry in APAC since the pandemic.

The WiT Travel Roadshow, a hybrid series also at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, which will be its home for its flagship conference this October.
The WiT Travel Roadshow, a hybrid series also at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, which will be its home for its flagship conference this October.

The leading travel technology conference in Asia Pacific, WiT (Web in Travel), will return to its biggest physical format in two years when it takes place at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre on 19-20 October.

The conference, part of the Northstar Travel Group, will mark the biggest physical reunion of the Asia Pacific travel industry since the pandemic.

WiT was the first travel conference to stage a hybrid edition for 50 delegates last October and, a year on, is preparing to host up to 250 fully-vaccinated physical delegates and a virtual audience of up to 1,000. This is in line with Singapore’s latest guidelines for MICE event pilots.

Into its 13th edition, WiT Experience Singapore 2021 will field a cast of speakers from leading global travel brands, including airlines, hospitality companies, cruise lines, tourism boards and Online Travel Agencies.

The two-day hybrid event will also host the WiT Startup Pitch, an annual competition to name the most innovative travel startup. The competition comes with up to US$250,000 worth of AWS credits and technical support through the AWS Activate programme. The winner will have the opportunity to present in person at The Phocuswright Conference in Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood, Florida, on 15-17 November, 2021.

“We are excited to host this physical gathering at a significant time in travel’s history. While most of us have stayed home and borders closed, particularly in Asia Pacific, much has happened in terms of huge technological shifts that will impact the industry. The pandemic has also changed traveller behaviour considerably,” said Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder, WiT.

“It is important for the industry in Singapore to gather physically under one roof to commune and debate. Most of all, we want to underscore the power of physical events in forging human connections, cementing relationships and building networks."

Singapore Tourism Board Executive Director, Exhibitions and Conferences, Poh Chi Chuan, added: “The needs and expectations of travellers have changed significantly, and platforms like WiT are important to kickstart key conversations among leaders in the travel and tourism sector.

"As we move towards a Covid-resilient state, we will continue to work with industry partners such as WiT to resume MICE events in a safe and innovative manner, which will pave the way for the strong recovery of MICE in Singapore.”



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