SACEOS was set up in 1979 to be the voice and champion of the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry, to help those in the business to develop and prosper, and to work closely with the government to meet the objective of making Singapore the best venue in Asia. Training has been and continues to be a cornerstone of SACEOS and it is a strategic pillar for the association to help members as Singapore and Asia grapple with greater competition from other regions, fight for talent, as well as manage and retain talent.
To raise professionalism in the exhibition industry, SACEOS in 2001 became the first MICE industry association in the world to launch a set of technical references.
Since it was set up, SACEOS has developed and strengthened its international MICE industry network which provides global networking and business opportunities for its members.
In Singapore, government agencies SACEOS works closely with include the International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore) and the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB), a division of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
SACEOS achieved a milestone in this area in 2014 by bringing professional courses with international accreditation, only available in Europe and the US previously, to Singapore and accessible to MICE practitioners throughout Asia.
To be the leading MICE association to enhance Singapore’s position as a premier global hub for the industry.
Aloysius Arlando is the Chief Executive Officer of SingEx Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore investment company, Temasek Holdings. SingEx Holdings comprises several entities focusing on the venue management and events development businesses. They include SingEx Venues Pte. Ltd., which manages the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, the largest purpose-built MICE venue in Singapore; and SingEx Exhibitions Pte. Ltd., the event management arm which develops and manages exhibitions, conferences and other business events relating to key industries of the future economy.
Since taking over the helm in 2010, Aloysius has built up a portfolio of MICE-related ventures, both regionally and globally, as well as developed its suite of business event solutions and venue management services to new standards. Singapore EXPO was awarded Best International Venue 2016 by UK’s Exhibition News (EN) and Best Business Event Venue 2018 by Singapore Tourism Board. SingEx now provides venue management and consultancy services in Asian markets. Through her head office in Singapore and subsidiaries in Delhi, Guangzhou, Jakarta and London, SingEx stages a portfolio of over 25 proprietary trade events in India, China, Indonesia, South Africa, UK, US and Singapore.
Prior to SingEx, Aloysius spent 18 years in various leadership positions in Singapore’s public sector. While he was at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Ministry of Trade & Industry, he advanced Singapore's tourism, business travel and MICE industries. He was a key member of a multi-agency committee responsible for Singapore’s Integrated Resorts projects, where he oversaw the MICE development aspects. He also served in the Ministry of Manpower where he spearheaded lifelong learning and workforce development efforts.
In 2004, Aloysius received a Public Administration Award in recognition of his achievements. Aloysius capped off his stint in the public sector as the Assistant Chief Executive of Business Travel and MICE in STB, where under his watch, Singapore emerged as the Top International Meetings City and Asia’s Top Country and City for Meetings by the Union of International Associations for the first time. He was also concurrently serving as the Executive Director of the organising committee for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Singapore 2009 high-level meetings.
In line with his role at SingEx, Aloysius was nominated in 2014 as the Vice-Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) and Vice-President of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) in 2015. Aloysius is now the President of SACEOS (Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers) and President of AIPC, the first Asian to assume the association’s presidency.
Chief Executive of East West Planners and President of SACEOS with over 35 years in the Meetings, Incentives, Congress, Events Industry.
Actively involved in the industry in Asia, having expanded East West Planners with offices in China and Malaysia, growing from a destination management company to a full service experiential solutions provider with specialization in meetings, incentives, conferences and events, in addition to leisure travel catering to a very niche market.
Harnessing Technology, mid 2015 East West Planners launched their own Interactive, Web Management Portal serving the B2B audience. Users have access, to current content and pricing with the ability to, customize, book, arrangements covering the Asia regions. Future plans are to include more Asian destinations.
Other areas of her work encompasses, business tourism development & consultation, working closely with major industry players, National Tourism Boards locally and overseas.
Training and Speaking Engagements – As early as 1990’s Janet’s commitment to training takes her throughout Asia where she facilitates, teach, shares and lectures to industry practitioners and students. Recognized as a MICE Industry expert, her speaking engagements span across locally, regionally and internationally.
Throughout her career, Janet has won several accolades for the company as well as for herself. She was bestowed the PCMA 2016 Global Meetings Executive of the Year Recipient together with other prestigious DOM Benedictine Working Mother of the Year Award, 1990 and the travel personality of the Year for Asia Pacific at the EIBTM Show, Geneva, Switzerland, 1995.
Her key aspiration is to contribute to the future growth and progress of the “Meetings, Congress, Incentive and Events” industry in Asia Pacific by mentoring and nurturing young talent to be leaders and champions of the future. She lives by example where her personal curiosity and passion for the business drives her to continued personal growth. She has finished her ACTA professional training course to equip herself to further champion her cause for ‘Service Quality’ and ‘Service Management’
Janet firmly believes in work life balance and whenever possible she spends time with her family who lives abroad. In addition she enjoys, travelling, dining and music and feels these exposures adds to enriching her personal life and well-being.