GRIT Series - IP in the Tourism and MICE Sectors

GRIT Series IP and Tourism

Global travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted Singapore’s Tourism and MICE industries, forcing businesses to rethink their operating models and find alternatives in the online space.

Digital and hybrid platforms present new opportunities to monetise content and reach out to new audience. According to a survey conducted for 400 event and marketing professionals by Bizzabo last year, 60% have pivoted their events to virtual formats due to COVID-19 while 80.2% of event organisers have been able to reach a wide audience with virtual events.

At the same time, businesses may face challenges in collaborating with partners (both local and overseas), monetising their content or differentiating themselves from their online competitors. How can they also better protect and monetise their intangible assets and IP, like copyright for their content and trademarks for their brands?

Join this webinar to gain insights on how others have navigated their IP in this new environment, and tips on how you can better position yourself on online platforms and expand your footprint. Also, find out about the different types of branding as well as the relevant government schemes available to you, and be part of the revival and growth of Singapore’s tourism industry.


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Panel Speakers


Trina Ha

Ms Trina Ha
Chief Legal Counsel & Director, Legal, IPOS

Aloysius Arlando

Mr Aloysius Arlando
Chief Executive, Venues, SingEx-Sphere Holdings Pte Ltd and President, Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS)

Jean Wang

Ms Jean Wang
Founding Member and Current Chairman, Society of Tourist Guides (Singapore) (STGS)

Lorraine Tay

Ms Lorraine Tay
Partner, Bird & Bird

Winston Chan

Mr Winston Chan
Group Managing Partner, FT Consulting

Speaker Profiles


About Ms Trina Ha

Ms Trina Ha is the Director of the Legal Department at IPOS where she manages the legal affairs of the IP office including supporting IP policy reform and advising on IP issues in international agreements. Prior to joining public service, Trina was in private practice where she specialised in matters involving the protection, management and exploitation of intellectual property rights, particularly in the media and entertainment sectors. During her time in legal practice, she was ranked annually since 2007 in the intellectual property and TMT industries by the Asia Pacific Legal 500. She is currently listed in the 2020 edition of the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists guide.

About Mr Aloysius Arlando

Mr Aloysius Arlando is Chief Executive (Venues) of SingEx-Sphere Holdings, a merger of MICE players SingEx and Sphere Exhibits, and owned by Temasek Holdings and Singapore Press Holdings. Prior to the merger in 2021, Aloysius was Chief Executive Officer of SingEx.

Under his leadership, Singapore EXPO, Singapore’s largest purpose-built MICE venue was temporarily converted into a Community Care Facility in support of the nation’s COVID-19 containment efforts. He also oversees SingEx-Sphere Holdings’ role as a key partner in Connect@Changi, a short-stay facility located within Singapore EXPO for the safe business exchange between international travellers and Singapore residents. He is an active member of the Tourism Recovery Action Committee and the Emerging Stronger Taskforce, which are public-private sector efforts to restart Singapore’s tourism and business travel & MICE industries.

Aloysius is also the President of SACEOS (Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers) and President of AIPC, the first Asian to assume the association’s presidency. Amid the current Covid-19 situation, SACEOS led the MICE community in its recovery efforts through the development of the world’s first operational guide for the industry - the Event Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR). In partnership with public agencies such as Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), the IRR aims to build resilience and pave the way towards recovery of the MICE industry during these challenging times.

About Ms Jean Wang

Ms Jean Wang is the Founding Member and current Chairman of the Society of Tourist Guides (Singapore). She is licensed by Singapore Tourism Board to guide tourists in English and Spanish and has more than 40 years’ experience in the tourism industry. She is a founder member of the Society of Tourist Guides (Singapore) which was established in 2003. Jean has attended WFTGA Tourist Guide Conventions in Cairo, Bali, Tailin, Macau, Prague, and Tehran. Jean is involved in training local tourist guides and is also an International Trainer and conducts Hands on Tourist Guiding courses in Singapore and overseas. She co-creates tours with other guides for STGS. She represents the Society in the Tourism Recovery Action Taskforce created by STB. Recently, she joined other Industry partners in building the Tourism Sector Capability Development Roadmap.

About Ms Lorraine Tay

Ms Lorraine Tay is the joint managing partner of Bird & Bird ATMD, and head of its Intellectual Property Group in Singapore. With more than 20 years’ experience, she has honed a deep familiarity with international and cross-border issues involving IP commercialisation and brand management. As an IP advisor, she believes in being involved with legal and business teams both in-house and external to map out and execute strategic IP protection and risk management initiatives, thereby bringing tangible value to her clients. Lorraine also often leads on global matters involving international clearances, IP due diligence and audits, and multi-jurisdictional negotiations in IP disputes. Lorraine is also consistently ranked as a leading IP lawyer by industry indices including the Legal 500, Chambers, Managing IP, World Trademark Review, Who’s Who Legal, Asia IP Experts, Expert Guides. Client Choice Awards and Asia Business Law Journal.

About Mr Winston Chan

Mr Winston Chan is the Group Managing Partner of FT Consulting. Listed in “IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists” since 2018, Winston has been actively involved in franchising, technology transfer, strategic planning, branding, innovation and IP management projects across countries for almost 2 decades. Before joining FT Consulting, Winston was asset manager with CapitaLand - one of Asia’s largest real estate companies. He had also previously held a management position at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), where he played a key role in overseeing the organisation’s enterprise engagement team. He is currently appointed board director of IPOS International – IPOS’ wholly-owned subsidiary housing experts across diverse IP fields, including Singapore’s Patent Examination Unit and the IP Academy.