We thank Dr Patrick Liew Siow Gian for his feedback ("Advance tourism with cause-related global events"; Sept 22).
Dr Liew's comment that Singapore should develop proprietary as well as cause-related events to advance tourism is aligned with the efforts that the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has pursued in business events.
Our meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions industry has spearheaded several home-grown events that have evolved to become signature Asian events.
Prime examples are Food&HotelAsia, which started in 1978 as a small trade exhibition and is today Asia's most comprehensive food and hospitality trade show; and the Singapore Airshow, the largest aerospace and defence event in Asia today.
The Singapore International Water Week, World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore are also platforms conceptualised by the Government to bring together government leaders and industry experts from around the world, to address sustainable city challenges, co-create innovative urban solutions and forge high-level partnerships.
Earlier this year, Singapore won the bid to host the Lions Club International (LCI) Convention 2020, one of the most coveted events on the congress circuit.
LCI, the largest service club organisation in the world, is renowned for its service to the blind and visually impaired.
It will be exploring opportunities to collaborate with the Singapore National Eye Centre to work towards a "20/20 Vision" eye-care model.
And, for the first time, Singapore will also be hosting the 28th World Federation of the Deaf Regional Secretariat for Asia Meetings and Asia Conference next year, led by the Singapore Association for the Deaf.
To maintain our competitive edge, STB will continue to support industry partners to create more quality events, as well as seek out those that have a positive impact on the community.
Neeta Lachmandas (Ms)
Assistant Chief Executive
Business Development Group
Singapore Tourism Board