Till date, over 700 MICE, Corporate Travel, Luxury Travel, Association and Corporate buyers have registered to be at this event in Bangkok – the World’s top destination hotspot according to MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2013.
The city surpassed even London, Paris and New York with total international visitor arrivals reaching close to 16 million, and is the only city among the top 5 to demonstrate the highest growth at about 10% for the year.
Largest Show To Date With 35% New Exhibiting Organisations For 2013
Come 1 to 3 October 2013, a total of some 600 buyers are expected to source at the event that boasts the largest showcase of Asia-Pacific MICE and Corporate Travel suppliers with an added luxury travel dimension.
The World’s Only Doublebill Event In MICE and Corporate Travel will be celebrating its 10th year of co-locating IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific with the largest show to date, where delegate numbers are expected to cross the 2,800 mark. This year’s event will also be featuring 35% new exhibiting organisations on board.
Said returning buyer Ben Gosman, Managing Director of Free Style from the Netherlands – who has participated at more than six IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific events, “I look forward to discussing and exploring new experiences and business opportunities each time I attend. The promise of new exhibitors like with this year’s show, and the ease of touching base with existing partners justifies why IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific is a must-attend event for me.”
Debuting CVBs include India Tourism, Fukuoka CVB, Sapporo CVB and Tourism New Zealand, while first-time corporates include Federal Hotels International, Fujita Kanko, Globewerks Confex, Melia Hotels International, Panorama Convex, Safaris Adventures Travel and Cargo, Sentosa Leisure Management, Solar Empire and Winsor Suites Hotel Bangkok, amongst others.
Proven Sourcing Platform
Buyers who had attended the past IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific events have consistently given the show top scores for its quality exhibition showcase as well as the high quality of business appointments.
But even to new buyers such as Joost de Meyer, Chairman & CEO of First Incentive Travel from USA, the reputation of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific drew his attention to the show. He remarked, “IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific is the best show in this part of the world, and I must be here.”
This sentiment is mirrored by Bernard Daly, Owner of B.D. Incentives from Ireland. “This will be my first participation at IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific and I am certainly looking forward to it as I have heard from my colleagues that it is the biggest and best in Asia!”
A survey conducted in April this year (6 months after the 2012 event), proved the event’s efficacy as a sourcing platform where close to 70% of 2012 buyers confirmed purchases with exhibitors thus far. Over USD45 million of sales were confirmed as a result of the 2012 event at the point of the survey, with the aggregate procurement value estimated at USD 120 million.
The Largest Buyer Hosting Programme In The Region
IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific also boasts the largest buyer hosting programme in the region to ensure the event attracts the crème of the buying crop.
While most of the 500 buyer hosting places have already been allotted, limited hosting positions with privileges that cover air fare and accommodation during the event, are still available. Hosting criteria include but is not limited to the relevance of the buyer’s profile to the event, potential procurement value, past procurement and track records at any IT&CM event organised by TTG Events.
For the first time, buyers will be able to take advantage of up to 100% appointments that can be scheduled prior to the event, thus optimising their business productivity even before the show begins.
Other buyer benefits such as privileged access to exclusive hosted luncheons and dinners for buyers and media only; complimentary use of the buyers lounge, entry to the inaugural association day and IT&CMA seminar sessions; and a chance to experience Bangkok during complimentary pre-show tours and other Thailand destinations with post-show destination tours at special rates, continue to add to the value of the event’s buyer programme.
20 eligible Luxury Travel buyers in particular will have the chance to be part of the all new luxury dual-tour to Chiang Mai and Bangkok. This exclusive post-event luxury tour, is in addition to the perennial post-show tour line-up and aims to showcase Thailand’s appeal and ready offerings that cater to international clients looking for luxury experiences. “The enhancement to the show’s Luxury Travel programme will enable luxury suppliers to showcase their services beyond the exhibition ground, and allow luxury buyers to experience first-hand a luxuriously crafted itinerary. This will enable delegates to maximise the outcome of their participation.” Said Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media.
IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific is scheduled to take place from 1 to 3 October 2013 at the Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld. All interested buyers can register here:
while association buyers in particular should send in their application here: http://eventscrm.ttgasia.com/ttg2013/itcma/buyer/itcmbuyer_asso.asp