Singapore, 9 March 2012 — The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2012/29th ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS 2012), Deco Asia 2012 and The Hospitality Show 2012 opened today to much fanfare, with guest of honour, Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade & Industry gracing the occasion. Through 12 March, the trilogy of shows will reinforce its status as Asia’s premier, design-led furniture sourcing platform for the industry. Of particular significance are two brand new programmes — the Hospitality.Design.Furniture CONVERGE Asia Conference and ‘SingaPlural’, the inaugural Singapore Furniture Design Week — that bring the latest in furniture and design to trade professionals and consumers alike.
Mr Tony Pang, Chairman of Show Advisory Panel for IFFS, commented, “For many years now, IFFS/AFS has carved for itself a niche as a global furniture hub with an edge, and it continues to do so today, with the launch of the two new and exciting segments. The show boasts of a steady stream of visitors from over 100 countries, and has developed into a unique platform within the Asian show circuit, one that is top-of-mind for furniture companies who offer creative design and innovative ideas to differentiate their products.”
This year, attendees have access to 512 companies from 26 countries at IFFS/AFS 2012, Deco Asia 2012 and The Hospitality Show 2012. A breakdown of the exhibitor composition figures is indicative of Asia as the main driver of the economy, with over 80% of exhibitors from the ASEAN region and Asian countries. Many exhibitors from the ASEAN/Asian contingent have also chosen to launch new collections at IFFS/AFS