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Sea Asia 2009 proves 'an outstanding success'

Sea Asia 2009 proves 'an outstanding success'

Singapore: Sea Asia 2009 ended on a high note last week as organisers Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation confirmed that more than 10,000 people attended the three-day event at Suntec Singapore.

SMF chairman, Mr SS Teo said: "Sea Asia 2009 has been an outstanding success by any standard. Not only has the show managed to attract a total of more than 10,000 attendees, it has established itself as one of the key maritime events in the global shipping calendar."

"The Asian Voice theme has clearly chimed with the mood in the region," said Seatrade director Andrew Callaghan. " To achieve the figures we have seen across these past three days, in the current economic climate, shows the resilience, enthusiasm and adaptability of the Asian maritime community. They augur extremely well for our next event in 2011."

The conference drew over 650 delegates and the 4,500 net square metres of exhibition space ?" a 60% increase on the launch show two years ago - attracted  almost 200 stands comprising close to 350 companies, including seven national pavilions.

Exhibitors professed themselves more than happy with both the quantity and quality of visitors. Mr Tian Wei, deputy general manager of the China Classification Society, said: "If there is any maritime event to showcase our company in future, it is Sea Asia - we shall definitely be coming in 2011."

Violet Tan, manager, marketing and communications at telecoms specialist Thuraya, said: "It's been a successful show for us and above all Sea Asia 2009 has generated a number of genuine business leads for us to follow up. The local component of Sea Asia was very strong and we were impressed by visitor numbers."

Nick Roper, manager, Advisory Services, DNV Singapore said: "Sea Asia 2009 was a great opportunity for good quality meetings with owners at our stand. The show offered us the chance to have close co-operation with the international and Singapore media. The conference programme and the activities around the show were very positive and well done."

The next Sea Asia will take place April 12-14, 2011.  [26/04/09]