VETERAN DMC and boutique travel specialist Janet Tan-Collis, managing director of East West Planners Singapore, has been elected president of SACEOS, a post which, in the history of the association, has always been held by the head of an exhibition company.
SACEOS itself stands for the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers, but appears to have all but dropped the acronym and built in a tagline to indicate it covers the wider Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions.
Tan-Collis described her election as a ‚Äúdefining and refining‚ÄĚ moment for SACEOS.
‚ÄúDefining‚ÄĚ because ‚ÄúSACEOS could be the private sector MICE platform in Singapore to engage with‚ÄĚ for the development of the whole industry, she said, and ‚Äúrefining‚ÄĚ because the exhibitions industry ‚Äúrequires a certain amount of refinement ‚Äď it cannot continue to compete on price and could perhaps create more of its own content with the Singapore branding‚ÄĚ.
Tan-Collis aims to champion both causes as well as groom the next-generation leaders to head SACEOS in the future. Half of her exco, she said, comprised younger people.
‚Äď Over Coffee With Janet Tan-Collis, TTGmice, August 2013