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Seafood Expo Asia Organizer Says ‘Goodbye Hong Kong, Hello Singapore’

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The 2020 edition of Seafood Expo Asia has been rescheduled and moved to a new location. The event is set for November 18-20 in Singapore at the Singapore EXPO, Hall 2, and will be co-located with Asia Fruit Logistica.
The new dates and location were carefully considered by the organizer, Diversified Communications, and factored in feedback from exhibitors, visitors and partners, as well as the findings of a third-party independent research study.

Last year’s edition of the show, set for September 3-5 in Hong Kong, was cancelled just two weeks before its slated kickoff date due to political protests punctuated by rising social unrest. Millions of protesters took to the streets to demand greater democracy in the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, situated on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary. Rail and air travel was impeded, scuffles broke out and police dispersed tear gas during crowd control actions.The move to Singapore is intended to reinforce Seafood Expo Asia’s positioning in connecting international seafood suppliers and Asian buyers in the epicenter of the robust fish business. Singapore is an important business hub for global trade, connecting 400 cities worldwide.

“There is more clarity on the effectiveness of Covid-19 measures and we are currently seeing some countries starting their plans to reopen their economy. Hosting the event later in the year, and as the Asian economy re-opens, presents the opportunity for seafood suppliers and buyers to capture year-end business and prepare for the year ahead,” said Liz Plizga, group vice president of the Diversified Group.

She continued: “You can continue to expect the same high level of event management, modern facility, vendor services and accommodation options. Seafood Expo Asia will feature networking and educational opportunities, including a conference program covering the most relevant industry topics in Asia, business matching program, product showcase and the signature Young Chef Challenge.”

Andrew Phua, the Singapore Tourism Board’s executive director of exhibitions and conferences, commented: “We are pleased that Diversified Communications has chosen Singapore to host Seafood Expo Asia in 2020 and are committed to working closely with them towards a successful event. Singapore has a strong reputation as a preferred destination for business events and we are confident in the long-term prospects of the industry.  We look forward to welcoming the delegates to Singapore in November.”

The 10th edition of Seafood Expo Asia will be co-located with Asia Fruit Logistica, which is promoted as the leading trade show for Asia’s fresh produce business. During the last running it attracted more than 12,000 trade professionals from all over the world to meet and do business in fresh fruits and vegetables with over 800 exhibitors from 40 countries.

As both events target the perishable food sector, the co-location provides a convenient one-stop sourcing platform for international buyers in Asia looking for global suppliers of all types of seafood as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Asia Fruit Logistica has a strong reputation in the Asian market and the organizers share the same high standards for health and safety.

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