15 March 2019
Convention & Exhibition Business: Market Trends
The SmartBiz Expo was an event where small- and medium-sized businesses seeking opportunities that were innovative, creative and utilised the latest tech and design. This year the expo was divided into several themed zones: Techtopia (featuring latest applicable technologies), Envision Lot (focusing on global invention), Hatchey (presenting worldwide innovation and technology startups), Pathfinder (helping SMEs in overseas trade) and Boosters (offering solutions for enhancing competitiveness). These zones offered opportunities for international vendors to see what are emerging and gain new business. It attracted more than 520 exhibitors from 40 countries and 12,000 visitors this year.
The Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference 2018 brought together some 70 global industry experts and over 2,100 business delegates from over 30 countries and regions, with government leaders and officials. ASEAN's connection with Hong Kong and the rest of Asia was mentioned in the keynote address. With greater inter-regional connectivity, opportunities are emerging from technologies like blockchain and hyperloop. The forum featured many speakers from the aviation and maritime industries, with seminars and networking opportunities.
Eco Expo Asia 2018, a fair of innovative green technologies and products, attracted some 340 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. Some 97 buying missions, comprising more than 2,300 corporate representatives from 25 countries and regions, were organised to visit the expo. Carrying the messages of green synergy, low carbon emission and smart city theme, it featured nine thematic zones like Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, Waste Management and Recycling. Eco Expo included the Eco Asia conference, business matching and the Startup Zone.