Larger Representation By Thailand, Philippines, Pattaya, India; Seoul Heightens Presence With Independent Pavilion; Significant Japan Cluster
Riding on the success of last year’s anniversary show, IT&CMA continues to showcase the largest congregation of Asian MICE CVBs and NTOs. In addition, exhibitors have significantly increased their space this year, namely Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (60%), Pattaya MICE City (50%), Worldwide Cruise Associates (50%), Tourism Promotion Board Philippines (33%), Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau (33%), and India Tourism (12%), welcoming even bigger participation across the board.
Said Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media, on IT&CMA’s glowing reputation and expertise in MICE, “IT&CMA continues to be at the forefront of shaping Asia-Pacific’s business events market potential for all stakeholders. The labours of our accumulated efforts over two decades have clearly imbued a sense of confidence through the success of our anniversary show last year. This is a testament to the quality of sellers and buyers IT&CMA consistently brings to our shows, with this 26th year being even bigger and better.”
Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), “TCEB is proud to be a long-standing and active strategic partner and host. IT&CMA is a vital part of our business events calendar in leading meaningful growth for the Thai MICE industry and local economies. Our continued commitment to nurturing this demand will bring in even more uniquely Thai organisations with our substantial expansion.”
IT&CMA’s largest Japan display to date welcomes 6 Global MICE Cities Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kobe, Nagasaki, Osaka, and Sapporo eager to charm MICE and Association buyers. JTB Corporation’s Asia-Pacific arm is also exhibiting alongside the significant Japan cluster, showcasing their extensive DMC capabilities for MICE and business travel management.
Meanwhile, Seoul Tourism Organization (STO) looks to boost their MICE competitiveness with renewed focus on Asia-Pacific since formally becoming a government-funded foundation, debuting an independent pavilion this year to further promote their PLUS SEOUL Package, an all-in-one MICE support initiative.
Keen to tap on Asia-Pacific interests, Dominique Oi, MICE Manager South East Asia, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau, shared their excitement to leverage on IT&CMA to reach out to incentive planners and buyers, “Switzerland is a leading incentive destination for the premium market and we want to promote our hidden incentive gems. Our new MICE Planner, created specifically for meeting planners, incorporates the highest standards in quality and hospitality, and is optimised to deliver the best experience to our Asia-Pacific clientele.”
Other new and returning destinations and corporates on board include Chiangmai, Indonesia, Jeju, Korea, Lanna, Macao, Malaysia, NYC & Company, Taiwan, as well as Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Centara, Desaru Coast, EventsAir, Krung Kavee Golf Course & Country Club, Marshall Cavendish, Princess Cruises, Radisson Hotel Group, Resorts World Sentosa, Royal Caribbean, Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Sampran Riverside, Shenzhen Ucloudlink Tech, Slickbooth Cambodia, Thai Airways, and more.
All in all, IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2018 expects more than 3,000 delegates in attendance, including over 800 exhibitors from some 300 exhibiting companies and 450 hosted buyers, to do business, networking, and educate over 3 action-packed days. Delegates can also look forward to an intensive education programme and hosted social functions by partners and sponsors.
If you would like to meet these destinations and organisations at IT&CMA 2018, join us from 18 – 20 September 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.