Opening Forum

  • ILTM Asia Pacific Opening Forum: The FUTURE of...

    Monday 21st May | 18:00 - 19:00 | The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

    “We are all time-travellers, journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit”. These words by Stephen Hawking are our inspiration for this year’s ILTM Asia Pacific.

    Continuing our look into the future and in an everlasting aim to keep the world moving, we are bringing to the first edition in Singapore, a future you will want to experience and share in person.

    Our ambitious opening night programme features three futuristic topics that will delight, inform and entertain in equal measure.

    We will show how design is becoming a destination in its own right. The latest urban architectural super structures, with their unique spatial experiences, provide both an opportunity to tell a new story, but also to connect with local cultures through the beauty of craft and place.

    Our very first food futurologist will wow us with a look into the future experiences your customers will encounter such as touch, mouth feel texture and scent. An inspiring and surprising session not to be missed.

    And, we enlighten you with insights on how the next generation of luxury travellers in Asia Pacific behave and what they want. You’ll leave inspired on how the future of food and the future of design as a destination will shape the itineraries and desires of this new generation of explorers.

    Surprising at times, this year’s Opening Forum is an event we promise you will not want to miss. Come along and enjoy an evening of intelligent entertainment, finishing with a glamorous opening night party outside under the jaw dropping, futuristic skylines of Singapore, we’ll see you there!

  • The future of design as a destination


    In the era of millennials and social media - experiences are viewed as more desirable than possessions, “creative” is a noun, and “influencer” is a job. In this context, the value of design is now greater than ever - in particular to the luxury travel market. Immersive, authentic experiences have been the talk of the luxury travel industry for some time now, but within an industry that tends to focus on interiors - how does the future of architectural design in Asia respond to this paradigm shift?


    I will discuss insights gained from over a decade of experience leading the design of novel hospitality, retail, and lifestyle projects in the Asian region. I will explore how changes within contemporary consumer culture, the emergence of social media, the integration of nature, and an appreciation of “digital craft” can inform thoughtful and unique designs that are inspired by local cultures. By leveraging bespoke design as an opportunity to challenge convention, architecture has        the ability to provide memorable one-of-a-kind urban experiences that make design a destination worth travelling to.


    Alvin Huang, AIA is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an Associate Professor at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. He is an award-winning architect, designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice. His work spans all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to temporary pavilions and bespoke furnishings.

    His work has been published and exhibited widely and has gained international recognition with over 30 distinctions at local, national, and international levels including being selected of as one of 50 global innovators under the age of 50 by Images Publishing in 2015, being featured as a "Next Progressive" by Architect Magazine in 2014, and being named one of Time Magazine's 25 Best Inventors of 2013. He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, India, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and China.

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  • The future of food and eating


    As a Food Futurologist, I look at how fashion, culture, economics, politics and design all impact what and how we will eat in the future. For most companies, from the perspective of the present, the future is often hard to predict and always a challenging concept. It can often appear incongruent, unrecognisable and hard to plan for, which is why I try to put context around future trend predictions.


    Graphs and charts can only forecast based on past and current trajectories, trend forecasting is often not a linear process. Using an edible, sensory cue, the ILTM Asia Pacific attendees will be asked to contemplate some future trends while experiencing new textures and flavours for themselves.

    We will explore how the future will be disrupted and how our sense of beauty will change. I will talk about how we will start to perceive ‘realness’ and ‘goodness’ and if we can really trust the things we’ve taken for granted, such as water. We’ll go on a whistle-stop journey of what to expect in years to come and how we can prepare for an extraordinary changing time.


    Dr Morgaine Gaye is a Food Futurologist and director of bellwether: Food Trends, the first food trend research compendium. She has her own health-food product range of functional food blends called Dr Gaye, which are sold globally on-line. Her work involves running ideation sessions, consulting to food companies, developing new products and ideas; writing articles/trend reports for PR and ad agencies; giving public, university and corporate lectures on specific food trends, developing new ideas for food-related TV and radio programmes and doing research on all elements of the eating experience from mouth-feel to olfactory perception.

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  • The future of APAC luxury travellers


    Luxury is normally defined as something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity. Luxury travel today is no longer about exuberant prices and badge value; we must redefine luxury in modern terms. Luxury travel today is defined by the richness and uniqueness of the experience that goes beyond to deliver a level of social bragging value that represents individual travellers.


    I will explore the shifting travel market by revealing the findings from our latest whitepaper, Luxury, not as you know it, available for download after the Opening Forum. Growth is not all about China; an exponential rise from Southeast Asia will reshape this category. Consumer behaviour will continue to blur the lines between mass and affordable luxury and between business and leisure travel. A generation of affluent travellers are coming of age with very different demands and needs; these are the ones driving the trends and shifts in consumer behaviour.

    Ultimately, my talk (and our report) will answer the question: How can agencies and brands reimagine themselves in this shifting luxury travel landscape?


    Lucy McCabe, President, Asia Pacific for OgilvyRED has over 20 years’ marketing experience. She specializes in identifying growth opportunities for brands, driving marketing transformation, and wrestling complex problems into simple solutions. With a marketing background that started in the early days of digital with roles in consulting and at Vodafone, she has always been at the forefront of transformational change in the industry. At Ogilvy, she has created transformational strategy for Global Brands including American Express, Diageo, Ericsson, Nokia, GSK, Levi Strauss, and Unilever. Lucy has been based in Asia for 15 years and loves creating teams that bring together different skillsets and cultural experience to deliver solutions that can work across markets.

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