Getting connected at KOMA

The 2019 Marina Bay Sands networking night was held on Wednesday evening at Singapore’s striking new KOMA restaurant – a new concept from TAO Group. Buyers from around the world attending ITB Asia, some for the first time, were treated to an extensive spread of sushi and sashimi, along with succulent Wagyu beef. We asked just some of the guests how they felt about the evening – and the ITB Asia show at large… 


Mike Lee, Vice President of Sales, Marina Bay Sands

“It’s very busy… a great opportunity to connect with our key partners globally. This is my first time here, and for my colleague Jon as well. As House of Travel is the largest solely New Zealand owned travel company, it is important for us to network.” – Maria Stephens – Pricing and Distribution Manager, House of Travel, New Zealand – accompanied by Jon Gwin – Product Manager Asia.

“This is my sixth time at ITB Asia. This year there is a new MICE segment, which is useful. We do a lot of high-end corporate travel. It’s the first time the evening event has taken place here at the KOMA, and I think it’s a very nice choice. Especially as I love the Japanese food.” – Joseph Sze – Project Director – TravelKreator – a brand owned by Siam Express Pte Ltd, Singapore.

“It’s my first time at ITB Asia. First impressions are excellent. We’re here looking for new venues, and I have seen some fabulous venues. I’m so excited. This evening event is great for networking. I have met people here that I wouldn’t normally meet. I’ve been able to exchange ideas, I’ve made new friends. And this is a fabulous restaurant.” – Virginia McCarthy – Business Development Manager – CVBS, Sydney, Australia.



(l. to r.) – Sergey Kovalskiy – Travel Manager – LAD, ITB Asia News journalist Luc Citrinot, Maxim Chepukhalin, Fonder LAD concept bureau

“This is my first time to ITB Asia and I find it fairly well managed. I had a full schedule with 10 appointments, principally to evaluate and meet hotels in Vietnam and Cambodia. But I also looked for European products”. – Alicia Coote – Evergreen Cruises and Tours, Sydney. “We are looking after VIP travelling and this is my second time to ITB Asia Singapore. My first visit last year translated into an increase of 30% of my business and the opportunity to enjoy the city.” – Maxim Chepukhalin, Fonder LAD concept Bureau.