STB dishes out award for largest association convention


The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) awarded Chew Ghim Bok, Singapore’s bid chair for the Rotary International Convention 2024, with Best Business Event Champion at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2018 on Tuesday evening.

Awarded under the Experience Excellence (MICE) category, Chew was recognised for playing a key role in securing Singapore’s bid for the Rotary International Convention 2024. The event is set to be the largest association convention to be hosted in Singapore, with more than 25,000 Rotary members from around the world expected to attend.

Chew Ghim Bok

“Our bid was flexible in that we didn’t just present one venue. We suggested having the main event at one venue, and the plenary and breakout sessions at a nearby hotel or convention centre. Singapore is so small, so this mix-and-match element was also very attractive to the organisers,” said Chew.

He added that Singapore also enjoys strong “regional support”, in terms of having a good reputation among its neighbours, who spoke highly of the country’s safety and efficient immigration at the meeting.

“The support from STB has also been tremendous,” he shared.

The next challenge for the convention is in acquiring sufficient volunteers to execute and manage the event, Chew said.

The Experience Excellence (MICE) award category awarded a total of eight recipients for their achievements in Singapore’s MICE industry.

Read more about the MICE industry winners at this year’s Singapore Tourism Awards here.

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