by Lee Xin Hui | August 02, 2017
Janet Tan-Collis, president of SACEOS, at ABM 2017
The inaugural Asia Business Meet, held July 25-26 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore, has been deemed a success, and organizers have begun plans for next year's event. Designed to foster long-term relationships between major Asian MICE representatives, ABM brought together pre-qualified buyers from Europe, North America and Asia and leading Asian suppliers of meeting and incentive travel for pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, dynamic team-building exercises and nonstop networking.

"With ABM, we are very focused on buyers who have a future or current wish to see what is happening in Asia, in view of their clients' business growth," said Janet Tan-Collis, president of the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers, which is co-organizer of the event along with Northstar Travel Group, M&C's parent company. "We were very happy with the turnout."

Delegates interviewed by M&C Asia spoke positively about the event.

"ABM was a lot more than I expected," noted Agostino Barrasso, congress manager of the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology. "I had appointments with plenty of NTO/CVBs and suppliers and spoke to many fellow buyers from around the world. I thought it was great that the sessions were not just focused on Singapore."

Sapneal Rao, CEO of India-based SSR Holidays, said that even though there are many travel suppliers in Asia, buyers like him do not get to meet them often enough unless an event like ABM comes up.

On her expectations for the next year's event, Tan-Collis said she will be looking for "even more quality buyers" to meet with suppliers and get some business onto the books.