Singapore hosted the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in 2009 which saw a turn-out of more than 10,000 delegates at the week-long event. The forum brings together leaders of APEC’s 21 member economies located around the Pacific Ocean in an annual summit focused on economic growth, free trade and investment.
The APEC Singapore 2009 meetings culminated in three main events – the APEC Leader’s week in Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SSICEC), the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM) held at the Istana and the APEC Gala Singapore Evening held at The Esplanade Concert Hall and Waterfront.
For the leader’s meeting conducted at Suntec Convention Centre and the Istana, temporary facilities and offices including a media centre and a transport/operations hub was created to support a series of key meetings. To provide all delegates with a positive and memorable ‘Singapore Experience’, the APEC Gala Singapore Evening showcased Singapore’s creative talents and her unique blend of leisure and entertainment offerings. A concert and multimedia show themed “Our World, One World”, featured a total of 376 local artistes in a 30-minute musical extravaganza while the Waterfront Dining Experience, set against Singapore’s iconic architecture and waterfront landscape, presented delegates with gastronomical cuisines unique to each ethnic group in Singapore.
The highly well-received event won the ‘Best Business Event Service Experience Award’ at the Singapore Experience Award 2010, organised by the Singapore Tourism Board.
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