Singapore has won the provisional bid to host Rotary International Convention 2024, which is set to be the largest association congress hosted by the republic.
The event will be held for five days at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre and will feature workshops, forums, breakout sessions, entertainment and other meetings.
More than 25,000 Rotary members from around the world are expected to converge on Singapore, where event was last held in 1999, when about 19,000 people attended.
“Singapore’s vibrant knowledge economy and focus on innovation make it the ideal platform for Rotarians to exchange ideas and spark off new possibilities on how to transform the world,” Lionel Yeo, chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board, said.
The winning provisional bid was led by Rotary regional leader Chew Ghim Bok, and supported by Rotary clubs from Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. In addition to Singapore Tourism Board, various public agencies and business event industry stakeholders also contributed to the successful bid.
Chew said: “As dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship, the Rotary family in Singapore is excited to welcome and connect with our fellow Rotarians from around the globe. We are also pleased to offer our guests multiple opportunities to discover our City in the Garden, and to experience the best that the region has to offer.”
Rotary International president Ian Riseley said: “As a leading global business and knowledge hub, Singapore is an excellent venue for one of our annual conventions.
“Given our international scope and commitment to cultural diversity, our conventions are often described as a ‘mini-United Nations’ where our global network of volunteers connect to address lasting solutions to local and global humanitarian challenges.”
As part of Singapore’s bid to host a convention that makes a lasting difference, the Rotary Clubs of Singapore plan to champion a legacy project striving towards sanitation progress and hygiene awareness by 2025.
“This is testament to SingEx’s expertise and track record in managing large-scale international conventions,” Aloysius Arlando, CEO of SingEx Holdings, said. “We will definitely make the most of Singapore’s service and infrastructure offerings, and collaborate closely with STB and industry partners to deliver a memorable event experience for attendees at the 2024 Rotary International Convention.”