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IT&CM Asia and CTW 2019 new highlights and re-designed programme – Silvija Travel Tips

The IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019, re-designed 2019 programme features new engagement sessions: Say Hi To Everyone, Brand Showcase Presentations, Exhibition Walkabout and Meet-The-Corporates.  ww.itcma.com

Take-up of new activities by close to 20 brands: Dubai Business Events, India Tourism, Japan National Tourism Organisation, Japan by JTB, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, MICE Excellence Center, Royal Orchid Holidays, Taiwan, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau and more.

Branded and sponsored targeted functions to remain popular, with more invited exhibitors this year

Multiple space expansions at largest Asia-Pacific MICE showcase.

IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019 will feature a re-designed programme with proven engagement activities aimed at fostering new avenues of lead generation between suppliers and buyers beyond one-on-one business appointments. Following a successful roll-out during the China event staged in March 2019, new initiatives such as Brand Showcase Presentations, Exhibition Walkabouts and Meet-The-Corporates have seen adoption by close to 20 brands that have chosen these activities to supplement their business appointments and enhance their outreach to niche buyer segments during the upcoming show.

Brand Showcase Presentations: For the first time, 10 brands including Dubai Business Events, Japan by JTB, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, Royal Orchid Holidays, Taiwan, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Thai MICE Cities, will be sharing their latest highlights and developments first-hand at these 20-minute sessions open to MICE, Association and Corporate buyers and media.

Exhibition Walkabouts: Targeting association buyers and media, up to 10 featured destinations comprising India Tourism, JNTO, TCEB and more will get to make quick introductions and exchanges with these sought-after delegates at their own pavilions/booths during these 4 x 1-hour guided sessions over 2 days.

Meet-The-Corporates: Conducted in a speed-dating format, up to 12 IT&CM Asia exhibitors like Dubai Business Events have opted to meet and connect with attending CTW corporate travel/procurement professionals over 2 x 1-hour sessions over 2 days.

Promoting the event Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President of Dubai Business Events said  “IT&CM Asia continues to be an important event on our annual calendar of activities in key markets, and we are excited about returning as an exhibitor at this year’s edition. In addition to our one-on-one meetings, we have chosen to take advantage of the Brand Showcase Presentation and Meet-The-Corporates platforms to further highlight our city’s appeal, explain the support Dubai Business Events can offer and build new connections with the wider business events community, and especially corporate buyers,”

Another newly added segment to the show this year is Say Hi to Everyone. Formatted as an interactive ice-breaker and helmed by MICE Strategist and Hospitality Consultant Mr David Barrett, this session allows all delegates to get a sense of who’s who at this year’s show and to identify profiles they would like to meet across both events, kick-starting connections before business days begin.

More Brands Engaging Target Segments Beyond One-On-One Appointments 

In line with the strong take-up of new initiatives, more brands have also opted for captive engagement sessions this year with an extensive line-up of sponsored events to date.

TCEB will be presenting a “Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand” networking mirroring the new “Meet-The-Corporates” format, featuring up to 48 Thai suppliers, and attended solely by corporate buyers over 2 days.

Mrs Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau said “Our new branding Thailand Redefine Your Business Events inspires us to find every window of opportunity to create value and enhance return on investment and return on time for MICE stakeholders. Our partnership with IT&CMA in launching Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand initiative is a perfect match with our new branding. We are excited to see the Thai suppliers and Corporate Travel Managers leverage on this new initiative and deepen their interaction in an exclusive setting”.

The CTW Asia-Pacific front, sponsor CWT will be fronting the light-hearted interactive session for all CTW delegates over coffee and tea in a corporate networking exclusive.

New exhibitor and sponsor OMT Group joins the line-up of luncheon, cocktail and dinner hosts that presently include Accor Bangkok & Hua Hin Hotels, Conrad Bangkok, Japan By JTB, Marina Bay Sands, TCEB and more. Hosting not one but two functions, this ASEAN-based DMC is aiming to promote their MICE-based itineraries through their Networking Lunch Europe Cruise Preview and Networking Chao Phraya River Cruise Dinner. The latter is also open to invited exhibitors.

As a strategic partner, TCEB will continue to host the perennially anticipated Opening Ceremony and Welcome Dinner, pre-show city tours of Bangkok and post-show tours to Ayutthaya and Khao Lak.

Multiple Space Expansions At Largest Asia-Pacific MICE Showcase 

JTB’s space expansion of 250%, Seoul Tourism Organisation’s and Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia’s booth increase of 120% alongside Royal Cliff Hotels Groups’ doubling in space has bolstered the event’s already largest MICE showcase of Asia-Pacific destinations, products and services.

Mizuho Hara, Manager of Events & Promotions of JTB Asia Pacific Headquarters on their decision for expansion said “New business leads and conversion to actual business gained through our participation last year was the push factor for our return this 2019. JTB’s primary objective this IT&CMA is to meet new MICE and Association buyers and help facilitate international tourism to Japan.”

Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media said “The encouraging space expansion of returning exhibitors attest to continued confidence that IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific delivers across all fronts, internationally and locally. As the show continues to evolve, we progressively put in our best to cater to the ever-changing needs of our suppliers and buyers.”

Present onboard destination pavilions, corporate and association brands include Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Dubai Business Events, EventsAir, India Tourism, International Association of Professional Congress Organiser (IAPCO), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Jeju Convention & Visitor Bureau, Japan National Tourism Organisation, JTB, Korea MICE Association (KMA), Korea Tourism Organisation, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Marshall Cavendish, MEET TAIWAN, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, OMT Group, Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Pattaya MICE City, Philippines Tourism Promotions Board, Resorts World Sentosa, Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Sampran Riverside, Seoul Tourism Organisation, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), Taipei City Government, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Thai Airways, TCEB, Worldwide Cruise Associates, World PCO Alliance (WPCOA) and more.

Other revitalised event highlights include:

Sticky Awards – IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific’s very own appreciation programme for top-performing delegates – comprising a new awards list and voting format.

Attractive lucky draw incentives for good performing buyers.

Expanded knowledge programme with a Sustainability theme that ties across the various sessions at the extended Asian MICE Cruise Conference, Keynote Lecture, Association Day forums, ASEAN MICE Forum and CTW Asia-Pacific Conference.

App-centric event that reduces the use of printed materials and increases connectivity between delegates.

If you would like to procure, network and learn at IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019, join us from 24 – 26 September 2019 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. The leading MICE event is co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific.

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About IT&CMA 2019 

24 to 26 September |2019 Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand 

Established in 1993, IT&CMA is at the forefront of fostering MICE growth opportunities for the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Its multi-faceted programme engages regional and international industry suppliers and buyers in the realms of business, education and networking. IT&CMA also features dedicated platforms designed around the interests of valuable MICE niche segments, enabling the event to consistently deliver a delegate profile that is both relevant and dynamic. IT&CMA remains uniquely positioned as the only global event with the largest exhibition showcase of Asia-Pacific MICE suppliers. The show is part of the IT&CM Events series.

Co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific, IT&CMA is part of the IT&CM Events series organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media. IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific is Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel. Both events have been co-locating since 2004, offering its delegates an unparalleled platform to do business, learn and network.

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Charo Trabado, CEO, MITM Events, Lady of the Knightly Order of “El Camino de Santiago-Silvija Travel Tips

Charo Trabado, CEO of MITM Events, was invested as Lady of the Knightly Order of “El Camino de Santiago” along with thirty-one others that were awarded the honour of becoming part of one of the oldest and most recognized knightly orders in the world. 150 participants from 11 countries attended the event (Angola, Spain, USA, Cuba, Costa Rica, Italy, Philippines, Mexico, Paraguay, Portugal and Switzerland).

With a Master in tourism, Charo Trabado began her professional career in 1985 with Grupo Convenco, becoming the Co-Founder of GSAR Marketing. A global sales company, marketing and communication specialized in the representation of international companies in the tourism sector. Charo has held important positions in a number of companies represented by GSAR Marketing, including Grupo Taca, American Airlines and Copa Airlines among others. Since 1997, Charo Trabad organizes the B2B trade shows MITM Events, worldwide pioneers in the meetings tourism (MICE) and cultural sector. 50 plus events in 37 cities and 18 countries. Charo has worked with numerous international and governmental entities, institutions, associations and corporations during her 30-year car career making her one of the most recognized professionals in the industry.

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Eight Spanish hotel chains will participate in MITM Americas 2019 – Silvija Travel Tips

Eight Spanish hotel chains will participate in MITM Americas, the pioneer and most influential meetings and congresses trade show, that will be held in the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana, 14-17 October 2019. Coinciding with the 500 year anniversary of the city.

MITM Americas has consolidates itself as a must not miss event for professionals in the meetings tourism, congresses and business travel industry. Thus, becoming a benchmark for business generation in the sector. Thanks to the strict vetting process, that buyers must go through the ROI is guaranteed.

Meliá, Iberostar, Barceló, Be Live, Riu, ROC, Evenia and VP Hotels will be the representatives of Spanish hotel chains for this important MICE tourism event. Spanish hotel groups have over 2,000 hotels worldwide, which has greatly influenced their positioning with five of the best hotel chains in the world (Meliá, NH, Riu, Barceló and Iberostar). Seven Spanish hotel chains in the TOP 100 worldwide In the ranking published in 2018 by the World Tourism Organization, four Spanish hotel chains: Meliá, NHm Barceló, Riu placed among the top 50 worldwide. To these four, three more in Eurostars, H10 and Iberostar are among the top 100 largest, in a number of hotels.

The MITM System: MITM Events has implemented the MITM System to organize trade shows since 1997 with 50 editions in 37 cities of 18 countries. The MITM System, a strong business-generating tool, guarantees the ROI thanks to an exceptional networking program and the quality of the buyers it provides: which makes it so appointments are met within a 99.99% guaranteeing the exhibitors investment.

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MITM Americas, 14-17 October 2019 –Silvija Travel Tips

The 23rdedition of MITM Americas will be held from the 14-17 October 2019 in the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, coinciding with the celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the city of Havana, and with the sponsorship of the Ministry of tourism of Cuba, Gran Caribe Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

MITM guarantees an agenda of up to 30 pre-established appointments with TOP MICE international buyers and a productive networking program to establish strong business ties among participants. Out of all registered buyers only 20% are approved to participate, thus ensuring that only the ones with the highest business potential make it through our strict vetting process.

GSAR Marketing has employed the MITM System in its 50 trade international trade shows organized in 37 cities of 18 countries. Over 10,000 companies corroborate the success of this system, confirming the great benefits obtained during the business program.

Which hosted buyers attend this edition? Decision makers from a corporate companies, incentive agencies, international associations, meeting planners, congresses organizers, luxury tourism, wedding planners, or tour operators with a MICE department.

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First Asian MICE Cruise Conference Launches At IT&CMA 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

IT&CMA 2018 will debut the region’s first-ever Asian MICE Cruise Conference on 18 September as part of the show’s 3-day business, education and networking programme.

Confirmed key opinion leaders taking the stage include:

Dream Cruises’ President and Crystal Cruises Asia’s Managing Director, Thatcher Brown

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Managing Director Angie Stephen

Worldwide Cruise Associates’ Co-founder and President, Steve Bloss

Genting Cruise Lines’ Senior Vice President – International Sales, Michael Goh

Silversea Cruises’ Vice President, Corporate & Incentive sales, Freddy Muller

Princess Cruises’ Southeast Asia Director, Farriek Tawfik.

Karen Yue, Editor of TTGmice and Group Editor of TTG Travel Trade Publishing said, “The cruise industry is booming and MICE is undoubtedly the next big thing for the sector. Market leaders are already capitalising on the potential, while many are still coming into the game. TTGmice is proud to put forth this first and only platform of its kind in the region – an open conversation with the world’s leading cruise executives.”

Kicking off IT&CMA’s education highlights on its first day, the half-day event will run from 0830 to 1430 hrs at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. The event will feature a CEO Cruise panel discussion and an experts’ exchange on making the case for MICE cruises, among other sessions. There will be networking opportunities at a hosted breakfast, coffee break and luncheon.

Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media said, “As a pioneer in the MICE industry, TTG is always at the pulse of key developments impacting the profession. Cruise offers a huge playing field for its many stakeholders, where its potential rests on the immense collaboration between the private and public sector across verticals and geographies to ensure that the right policies, infrastructure, facilities, producs and services are in place.”

Organisers expect 400 regional MICE stakeholders relevant to the cruise sector to attend, with at least half of attendees comprising of buyers covering corporate incentive, meetings and events, incentive trips, luxury travel, associations and academics. Hotels, resorts, airlines, destination management companies, government representatives from national tourism organisations, convention visitor bureaus and ports, and media professionals will form the remaining audience profile.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) 2017 Asia Cruise Trends, cruise capacity across all metrics (number of ships, voyages, operating days and passengers) has increased significantly since 2013 with greater uptrend expected in the foreseeable future. Asia remains at the heart of this growth with passengers from this region quadrupling over 5 years. Last year, passenger capacity was estimated at 4.24 million.

While leisure cruise demand has seen a revival, the concept of cruises as an appealing and viable option for business events is still relatively new. Shared panelist Tawfik of Princess Cruises, “Today, there is low awareness among organisers and companies that MICE events can be organised easily and held successfully onboard cruise ships. As a possible budget-saving, all-inclusive alternative to hosting a meeting at a luxury resort, cruises also offer plenty of interaction and teambuilding opportunities, as well as a unique experience to give delegates that “wow” factor, such as waking up in a new country every day while only needing to pack and unpack once. The advantages of a MICE event at sea are endless.”

Bloss of Worldwide Cruise Associates echoes the perspective that greater exposure is needed for MICE cruises, he said, “As a collective, we strive to foster understanding of what a modern cruise ship is, and make purchasers aware of how to buy cruises while embracing cruises’ different terms and requirements. Today, there are over 55 cruise lines, some 400 ships plus 100 new ships in the pipeline. It is possible to have an unbiased all-in-one cruise shopping experience with options that extend globally.” In addition to being part of the inaugural conference’s panel, the organisation is also exhibiting under IT&CMA’s cruise cluster.

IT&CMA 2018 will be held from 18 – 20 September 2018 at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. It is co-located with the CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific.

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