Singapore — More than 57,000 ocean enthusiasts crammed the exhibit aisles at Suntec Singapore April 15–17, for ADEX 2016. Attendance has more than doubled in 5 years time at the Asia Dive Expo; In this past year (2015 to 2016), attendance increased 41% pointing to a growing youth-driven Asian market that is focused on all things ocean.
ADEX 2016 dedicated this year’s theme to the majestic seahorse. The show featured featured numerous talks and activities designed to educate the public about the issues that threaten these delicate animals. ADEX attendees learned how they can do their part to help protect seahorses and their habitats.
Seahorse expert Dr. Amanda Vincent was onhand to explain the important role of the seahorse in the ocean. Dr. Vincent gave attendees an insider’s view of Project Seahorse, where divers have become citizen scientists on a quest to protect this iconic species.
This year’s show featured a Book Festival, Film Festival, Art Exhibit, TekDive Conference, Trade 360 Business Forum, Photo Video Zone, Kids Zone, Try-Dive Pool, Free Dive Workshop, Mermaid Pool, Voice of the Ocean underwater photo and video competition, seminars, and more than 240 Exhibitors.
Blue Ocean Network was on deck with two presentations at the 2-day Trade 360 Business Forum: Founder Laurie Wilson shared two profound takeaways gleaned from the 56 Ocean Visionaries and Changemakers during Blue Ocean Summit 2015. In “The Elephant in the Ocean” attendees heard what Dive Industry Leaders are saying about ocean issues and the industry’s role in being part of the solution. In “Change Is Sweeping the Scuba Industry,” Wilson shared some fundamentals of the Blue Business Model that is showing the way forward for dive and marine-based tourism businesses.
Successfully organised by Underwater360 (UW360), year over year for the past seven years, ADEX has been attracting stronger crowds of trade exhibitors and industry icons, drawing enthusiasts who want to meet and mingle with the professionals, and learn about the latest gear and dive trips, and see the work of some of the industry’s most creative people in underwater photography, video and art.
With a 21 year track-record, ADEX remains the biggest and longest-running dive expo in Asia. As one of the industry’s “must-‐attend” events it brings together from across the globe, distinguished VIPs and speakers, business owners, dive operators, marine conservationists, and everybody with a passion for the underwater world.
Photo: Courtesy ProjectSeahorse.org, Fran Otero/iSeahorse.org
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