Bangkok, 19 September 2018 – Day 1 of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific’s Exhibition component commenced today, with a total of 316 exhibiting organisations eager and ready to do business with over 450 buyers in attendance. 2018 features the largest contingent of National Tourism Organisations, Convention Visitor Bureaus, and corporate exhibitors in the show’s history and a monumental 35% growth in booth take up and expansion across the floor.
Tourism Promotions Board Philippines’ Officer-in-Charge, Sales and Accounts Management Division, MICE Department, Karem E. Miranda, elaborated on their significant expansion this year, “The Philippines welcomes its biggest delegation so far with 28 private sector companies. We have seen a marked increase in business for all sectors of MICE, owing to the quality of buyers IT&CMA brings in.”
Exhibitors who have significantly increased their space this year include Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (60%), Pattaya MICE City (50%), Worldwide Cruise Associates (50%), Tourism Promotion Board Philippines (33%), and Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau (33%). Seoul Tourism Organisation exhibits independently this year after their newfound status as a government-funded foundation. 6 Global MICE Cities from Japan – Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kobe, Nagasaki, Osaka, and Sapporo – JTB Corporation’s Asia-Pacific headquarters, JTB Thailand and Kobe Convention Bureau are also exhibiting alongside in the largest display of Japanese support.
Other new and returning destinations and corporates on board at IT&CMA include Busan, Cambodia, Dubai, Indonesia, Jeju, Korea, Lanna, Macao, Malaysia, NYC & Company, Switzerland, Taiwan, as well as Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Desaru Coast, EventsAIR, Marshall Cavendish, Princess Cruises, Radisson Hotel Group, Resorts World Sentosa, Royal Caribbean, Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Sampran Riverside, Hong Kong Ucloudlink Network Technology, Thai Airways, and more.
First time MICE buyer from Poland, Managing Director of Planet Escape, Piotr Molicki, complimented, “The event was very smooth and well-organised for me, especially since I could pre-schedule meetings ahead of the show. There are many hotels and DMCs from around Asia represented here, providing us with the opportunity to explore new partnerships with. MICE is moving away from mass markets to more tailor-made trips and we are eager to work on these connections to craft better itineraries for the European market.”
Returning Association buyer and Philippines Council of Associations and Association Executive’s (PCAAE) CEO, Octavio B. Peralta said, “The highlight of IT&CMA for me is the Association Day programme. There is high educational value in the forums and presentations that we can bring back to our association and members to let them know what is happening outside our country.”
The next edition will be coming soon:
IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019
Date: 24 to 26 September 2019
Venue: Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand