The event was originally set for 20-22 April 2021 during Singapore Maritime Week (SMW).
The decision to reschedule has been made amid challenging market conditions partly due to efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 which resulted in reducing business travel and ongoing border restrictions globally. Informa Markets, with key stakeholders and partners in the maritime industry, made the decision to move the dates of Sea Asia, concluding that staging a large-scale event in the second half of 2021 would be more appropriate. This point was supported by in-depth customer and industry research and hence, we are also acting on the direction as provided by the market.
Since its inception, Sea Asia has been a key event in SMW. The change in dates now being announced means that, for only 2021, Sea Asia will take place on different dates from SMW, which, with its different profile, will occupy its traditional April position. The full alignment of Sea Asia with SMW will resume from 2023 onwards.
In its ongoing commitment to drive greater value and business opportunities for participants, Sea Asia in September will also be a hybrid event and incorporate in-person and virtual elements. The virtual experience will continue to enable participants, especially those who are unable to attend physically, to connect seamlessly with the community-at-large, network and establish business contacts, as well as access content anytime, anywhere.
The 2019 edition of Sea Asia was held in conjunction with SMW. Over the course of three days the event saw close to 15,000 participants from 80 countries and regions, 440 exhibitors and more than 40 industry think-tanks presenting throughout 11 conference sessions. Since its inception in 2007, the event has grown to be a trusted platform that brings together world Maritime leaders to discourse on major trends and developments impacting Asia’s maritime industry amid a rapidly changing business landscape.
Mr Andrew Williams, President of Maritime Vertical, Informa Markets said, “Over 13 years, Sea Asia has built a strong network and many meaningful relationships in the maritime industry. The decision to reschedule the event is testament of our top priority, that is to deliver a successful
Sea Asia without any compromise on event experience and customer return on investment. To raise the bar on bringing a high-quality experience, we will run the event in accordance to local government authorities’ guidance as well as Informa’s AllSecure enhanced health standards. We are immensely grateful to our stakeholders, customers and partners for supporting our decision. While being able to meet many of you virtually during this unprecedented period, we are counting the days until we can all meet face to face again.”
“Sea Asia is a major event for the international and regional maritime community. As co-organiser, we support the decision to postpone the event and will continue to work with the Sea Asia team to provide a fruitful and enjoyable experience at the next edition. We look forward to hosting participants in Singapore in due course.” said Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation.
For more information on Sea Asia, please visit www.sea-asia.com.
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