Singapore has won the rights to host the 26th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress 2019.
2. Mr Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said, “We are honoured to be chosen to host the ITS World Congress in 2019. With Singapore moving towards being a Smart Nation, we are well placed to host this prestigious event. We will take this opportunity to showcase how we have been able to use smart technology and other innovative ways to transform our land transport systems and, in turn, improve travelling experience of all users.”
3. The ITS World Congress is an international event held annually since 1994. It is a platform for government transport agencies, industry players and academic/research institutions to exchange information, share views, as well as to review and showcase the latest global ITS products, services, plans, technological achievements and upcoming trends. This conference typically attracts about 5,000 participants from all over the world annually.
4. The host of the ITS World Congress rotates among three major geographical regions - America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Hence, it is held once every three years in the Asia-Pacific (AP) region. Melbourne will host the next ITS World Congress in the AP region in 2016, and Singapore will host the following ITS World Congress in the AP Region in 2019.
5. Since 2014, LTA has worked in partnership with the Intelligent Transportation Society Singapore (ITSS) and with the support from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore) to put up the bid proposal. A formal presentation of the bid proposal was held on 6 September 2014 at the 21st ITS World Congress in Detroit, USA.