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Business travellers will never get bored in Singapore. And even if time does not permit for leisure activities, the options for business entertainment are numerous. First the festivals to take note of. Enjoy the colourfully lit streets during the festive seasons of Christmas, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya etc. Or indulge in gourmet delights during the Singapore Food Festival in April. Shopping fever hits Singapore in June during the Great Singapore Sale.

If you want to add some zest to your business entertainment, fine dining and elegance can be found in places such as The Lighthouse at the Fullerton, the newly launched Equinox at the soon to be renamed Westin Stamford and, of course, the famed Raffles Hotel. The alternative is to throw off the business suit, dress down and head for the outdoor food stalls at Smith Street in Chinatown or relax over drinks at one of the many clubs and pubs at Mohammed Sultan Road.

Arts and entertainment events also make great alternatives for meeting with clients after work. Events to look forward to in 2002 include: Allegria by Cirque du Soleil (Feb 28-Mar 24), Singapore International Comedy Festival (Mar 14-Apr 6). Tickets can be purchased through the hotel concierge.

Some of the major upcoming international fairs are:

International Furniture Fair Singapore 2002/19th ASEAN Furniture Show, March 1-5, 2002, Singapore EXPO

For more than a decade, the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), held in conjunction with the ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS), has been the largest and most established furniture event in the region that boasts a strong representation of 75 per cent from ASEAN/Asian countries. Of the 50,000-square-metre exhibition space available, an encouraging 94 per cent has already been committed by some 607 companies from 30 countries. The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), organiser of IFFS/AFS, hasnot encountered any cases of exhibitors pulling out of the show because of concerns about safety and security in Singapore. Judging from the response, SFIC expects more overseas companies to sign up and participate in the event as the date draws closer.

Bert Choong, president of SFIC said: “We would like to assure all the people that Singapore is still a safe place to visit, as the authorities here take security very seriously and have put in place a system of vigilant security measures to ensure safety is not compromised. The show has always enjoyed a reputation among industry leaders as Asia’s most prestigious furniture show and we are confident of delivering value even in these times of economic slowdown and tight budgets. We have full confidence that next year’s event will be very well-received, not only by experts from industry and commerce who use it as a marketing vehicle, but also by decision-makers from the specialised trade as a networking and information platform.”

For more information, contact Anthony Chan at (65) 569 6988 / Fax (65) 569 9939 or email at enquiry@iffs.com.sg. Visit the website www.iffs.com.sg

GLASSTECH ASIA 2002, CERAMIC ASIA 2002, STONE TECHNOLOGY ASIA 2002, March 6-8, 2002, Singapore EXPO

GLASSTECH ASIA 2002, organised by Singapore Glass Merchants & Glaziers Association (SGMGA) and Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS), will return for its third presentation in Singapore. Hailed as Southeast Asia’s premier trade exhibition for the international glass products, glass manufacturing, processing & materials industry, this exhibition and conference will present excellent opportunities for industry leaders and players from both public and private sectors to tap into Asia’s huge vibrant glass industry.

In 2000, the exhibition occupied 6,000 sqm of gross exhibition space inclusive of three national pavilions from Italy, UK and USA. GLASSTECH ASIA 2000 had over 240 principal exhibitors and agents from 33 countries. GLASSTECH ASIA 2002 anticipates even better results with a target of 25 per cent increase in gross area, 24 per cent increase in trade visitors, and 35 per cent increase in the number of exhibitors taking part despite the current economic downturn.

Leading industry bodies that support and endorse GA 2002 include:

*Building & Construction Authority (BCA), Singapore
*Singapore Institute of Architect Building Centre (SIABC), Singapore
*Trade Development Board (TDB), Singapore
*Italian Trade Commission (ICE), Singapore/Italian Institute for Foreign Trade
*Italian Association of Glassprocessing Machinery and Accessory Suppliers (GIMAV)
*Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF), UK
*National Glass Association (NGA), USA
*Peninsula Malaysia Glass & Mirror Dealers Association (PPKCSM)
*Australian Glass & Glazing Association (AGGA)

GLASSTECH ASIA 2002 will provide an attractive one-stop market place for flat glass users to source for finished and semi-finished glass products, related components and supplies. Leading names in glass such as Dupont, Glassrobots Oy, Siglam, Tamglass, Uniglass to name a few will also make their impressive presence at this show.

GLASSTECH ASIA 2002 will be held concurrently with CERAMIC ASIA 2002, the 2nd International trade show for Ceramic Products, Ceramic Manufacturing, Processing & Materials, and STONE TECHNOLOGY ASIA 2002, the 2nd International Trade Show for Natural Stone Products and Stone Processing Technologies. Both CERAMIC ASIA 2002 and STONE TECHNOLOGY ASIA2002 are jointly organised by Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd and Nurenberg Global Fairs (NGF), a subsidiary of the NurenbergMesse. Together, the three events reinforce each other to present a synergised event unparalleled for the glass, ceramic and stone industry.

Aiming to attract more than 5,000 trade visitors - consisting of builders, contractors, architects, engineers, automobile makers and other flat glass dealers - the organisers are looking forward to the participation of buyers from Singapore, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Buyers are encouraged to plan early to participate in this tradeshow.

For more information, contact Daniel Chan at (65) 278 8666 / Fax (65) 278 4077 or email at info@cemssvs.com.sg. Visit the website www.glasstechasia.com, www.cemssvs.com.sg/CERAMIC.HTM and www.cemssvs.com.sg/STONE.HTM

ASEANPLAS 2002, Incorporating ASEANRUBBER 2002, March 12-15, 2002, Singapore Expo

ASEANPLAS, Southeast Asia’s foremost international trade fair for plastics and rubber, returns to the Singapore Expo from 12 to 15 March 2002. Since its inception in 1995, the fair has continuously proven and established itself as Asia’s No. 1 regional platform for plastics and rubber. Around 300 international exhibitors including Arburg, Battenfeld, Borouge, Chevron Phillips Chemicals Asia, Demag Ergotech, Dow Chemical Pacific, Enge Plas Automation, ExxonMobil Chemical Asia Pacific, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik, Netstal Machinery, Nissei ASB, Reifenheuser, The Polyolefin Company (Singapore) and Wittmann will be participating while Austria, Germany, Italy and Malaysia will be organising national groups. The organiser is expecting some 7,000 trade visitors.

A project of AFPI - ASEAN Federation of Plastics Industries and hosted by the Singapore Plastic Industry Association, ASEANPLAS 2002 is endorsed by the Singapore Trade Development Board and supported by:

*EUROMAP - European Committee of Machinery Manufacturers for the Plastics and Rubber Industries;
*JPM - Association of Japan Plastics Machinery;
*Korea Plastic Association;
*K Dusseldorf, the world’s leading plastic and rubber trade fairFor more information, please contact See Lay Eng at Tel (65) 3329620, Fax (65) 3374633, email at aseanplas@mda.com.sg or visit the website at www.aseanplas-singapore.com. Visitors are invited to pre-register their visit at myregtool.com/aseanplas

PATA Travel Mart 2002, April 9-12, 2002, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Organised by PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) and managed by Reed Travel Exhibitions, PATA Travel Mart serves as a business networking platform for travel buyers and sellers to meet and contract in the Pacific Asia region. The Mart will be celebrating its 25th presentation since inception, with its 5th edition to be held in Singapore. Delegates can look forward to a broad spectrum of travel sectors represented including adventure travel.

As part of the event’s highlight, Nepal and Adventure Travel will be the Feature Country and Feature Product next year respectively. This promises to be an exciting look at Nepal as a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Travel delegates can take advantage of the unique ‘2-in-1’ destination package where they get to experience fascinating pre- and post-tours to Singapore and Nepal. In addition, PATA Travel Mart 2002 will incorporate an educational element essential for both buyers and sellers to keep themselves up to date with modern travel trends and the adventure clinics organised featuring adventure experts giving talks and practical insights.

For more information, contact Cynthia Ng at (65) 434 3685 / Fax (65) 338 7395 or email at cynthia.ng@reedexpo.com.sg. Visit the website at www.patatravelmarket.com/page.cfm

Exhibitions Ahead in 2002
Asia Money Fair 2002 Mar 15-17 www.asianmoneyfair.com
- Customer Contact World Asia 2002 Mar 20-22 ccworldnet.com
- AdTech World Asia 2002 Mar 20-22 www.adtech-world.com Food & Hotel Asia 2002 Apr 9-12 www.foodnhotelasia.com
- Cards Asia 2002 Apr 16-18 www.cards-worldwide.com


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