The Pest Summit conference and exhibition is held every other year and is now Asia’s biggest pest control event. This year, it was held at the International Convention Centre on the island of Bali in Indonesia. Previous conferences have been held in Langkawi, Malaysia (2003) Singapore (2006) and Bangkok, Thailand (2008).
The three day event is organized by the national pest control associations of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines and they certainly know how to put on a good show. This year’s theme was “Enhancing the quality of life through sustainable pest management”.
The convention centres chosen to host the event are able to seat all the delegates at tables in classroom style and the stage must be big enough to cope with the opening and closing presentations involving traditional dance and music.
The opening presentation was given by the Indonesian Minister of Health, who spoke about the increase of communicable and non-communicable pest-borne disease and drew attention to the need to control the vectors of disease whilst protecting the environment and changing people’s behavior.
Particularly impressive is the level of support and enthusiasm shown by member companies of the various trade associations. Over 700 delegates from 20 countries registered and the presentations were always well attended, as was the exhibition.
Apart from speakers from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, there were also presentations from the USA, Japan, Australia and Poland.
Among the 50 stands in the exhibition were a number of international exhibitors including Sumitomo, Bayer, BASF, Du Pont and Killgerm/PestWest.