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Sphere Exhibits to host "SmartKids Asia" in Singapore - the world's largest educational kids fair

Singapore, 6 March 2013 – Sphere Exhibits, the events and exhibition arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), will add “SmartKids Asia”, a children educational and enrichment fair, to its stable of trade and consumer events here in Singapore. 

This follows its recent acquisition of several major events and exhibitions from Expomal International, one of Malaysia’s leading exhibition and conference organisers. The projects acquired are the “Malaysian International Food & Beverage Trade Fair” (MIFB); the “Golden Bull Award”, which honours Malaysia’s top performing small and medium enterprises (SMEs); and “Smart Kids”, an education and lifestyle expo targeted at parents of children 3 – 16 years old. The Smart Kids event is currently running in both Singapore and Malaysia. 

The inclusion of SmartKids Asia into its Singapore portfolio will enable Sphere Exhibits to further strengthen its position in consumer events catering to children and families. Currently, Sphere Exhibits owns “The Kidz Academy” – a successful five-year child educational event focusing on enriching young minds - and “Baby Baby” – a baby market event which will be held in July for the second consecutive year. 

The “Smart Kids” Expo was first started in Malaysia in 2002, and was held in Singapore for the first time last year. This children educational, lifestyle, health and family-focused event engages parents and children through exciting entertainment and programmes. Last year, the inaugural “SmartKids Asia” event held in Singapore attracted 162 exhibitors and more than 93,000 visitors over three days. In Malaysia, the event has attracted over 130,000 visitors annually throughout its 11-year history. The success of the event is reflected in the event clinching a place in the Malaysia Book of Records under categories such as “Malaysia’s Largest Synchronised Virtual Painting” and “Malaysia’s Largest Family Colouring Contest”.

Set up in 2008, Sphere Exhibits has organised and managed more than 22 events and exhibitions in Singapore, attracting more than 750 exhibitors and over 1.5 million visitors annually. This new acquisition is a major milestone for Sphere Exhibits which aims to establish a stronger presence in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. Its portfolio of trade and consumer events includes “Asian Masters”, “Gourmet Japan”, “Franchise Licensing Asia”, “Singapore Gifts and Premiums Fair”, “BuildTechAsia”, “COMEX”, “IT Show”, “World Food Fair” and “Asia Pacific Food & Beverage Fair”.

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits, said: “Sphere Exhibits is focused on building our footprints in Singapore and across Asia. This assets acquisition is a timely development following our successful foray into Myanmar. We are optimistic of the potential of MICE events in Asia and this will give us a foothold as we grow our business presence as a key player in Asia’s MICE landscape.”

Ms Elaine Chia, General Manager of Sphere Exhibits said: “We are proud and excited to have Smartkids Asia as part of our event line-up and are committed to strengthen the event further through synergies with SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms and the backing of our dedicated team. We are confident of growing the appeal and interest of SmartKids Asia in Singapore with a vision of building this event across other cities in Asia. With Sphere Exhibits’ core value of quality programming, strong marketing and public relations as drivers, we strongly believe SmartKids Asia will be a market leader.” 

Mr Chin William Caffrey, Managing Director of Expomal Singapore Pte Ltd, said: “We are confident that with Sphere Exhibits’ leadership and experience in managing trade and consumer events, SmartKids Asia Singapore will be able to meet the enrichment, health and family bonding needs of the future - our children.” 

This year’s “SmartKids Asia” event will be held on 15-17 March at the Singapore Expo Hall 5. Close to 200 exhibitors will be on show offering over 100 enriching and learning activities in academia, health and family bonding. There will be three days of stage performances such as meet-and-greet sessions with cartoon characters; stage activities and workshops for parents and caregivers and trial classes for children to try out interactive games and activities. For more information, visit the website at 
www.smartkidsasia.com



Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E 

For more information, please contact:


Ms Mandy Wong
Business Director (Consumer)
Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
Tel: 
+ 65 6319 2150
Email: 
mandyw@sph.com.sg

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Tel: 
+65 6319 1586
Email: 
yeosc@sph.com.sg


About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd 


A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for 
"SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. 

Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy.

Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.



About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd


Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.


Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, 
omy.sg and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPad and smartphone applications. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

Broadcasting

In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.


Properties

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg.