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IT&CMA celebrated its 25th Anniversary in style

October 4, 2017 Headline News, Trade Events No Comments Email Email

Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) has lavishly celebrated its 25th installment and anniversary with an opening ceremony & welcome reception on 26th September 2017 at the well-known Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel themed “Still on my Mind: A celebration of unforgettable moments.” Hosted by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Guest-of-Honor was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Tanasak Patimapragorn. Some 2,500 invited delegates enjoyed an evening filled by musical acts and a cocktail reception menu that was catered with premium ingredients of the Royal Projects.

IT&CMA together with Corporate Travel World (CTW), the leading MICE double bill event in Asia, was successfully organized by TTG Asia and TCEB during September 26-28, 2017 at Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand. Supported by THAI as the official airline and CENTARA GRAND as official hotel, the program featured a pre-show tour in Bangkok on September 25, ASEAN MICE Forum, an official Press Conference and the keynote address “The Next Wave of Growth for the Asia Pacific MICE Industry” http://www.lagunaphuket.com/events/event.php?event=3moderated by James Latham on behalf of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) at the opening day. The next two days saw “Association Day” and “Campfire” presentations, while for the international media some 10 press briefings slots were reserved as follows:

  1. TCEB: Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of TCEB, introduced “Thailand Connect”: A Vibrant Journey of Business Success, decoded with compelling chapters of possibilities. Fascinating destinations, business empowerment and professional passion makeThailandthe best place for exhibitions and conventions in the ASEAN countries (www.businesseventsthailand.com).
  1. Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau: Ashwin Gunasekera, Chief Executive Officer, introduced the Malaysianislandof Penang with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town. Experiences unfiltered make Penang the ideal choice for business events and redefining MICE (www.pceb.my).
  1. Tourism Promotions BoardPhilippines: Raquel A. Tria, OIC, Events Services & Marketing Division, introduced thePhilippines as Southeast Asia’s a-rising MICE destination. Metro Manila, Cebu & Bohol, and Borocay are the favorite places to go, but more other MICE facilities development throughout the country sees continuous growth (www.tpb.gov.ph).
  1. Bay Hotels & ResortsSingapore: Jamie Chua, Marketing & Communications Manager, introduced massive expansion plans in work. Since the opening of Bay Hotel Singapore in 2012, the brand has expanded intoHo Chi Minh City and Da Nang and will also open in the capital of Laos – Vientiane (www.bayhotelsingapore.com).
  1. Taiwan: Paul Wang,Secretary General, Taiwan Convention & Exhibition Association, introduced exciting events happening, especially in Taipeiand Kaohsiung. Also, Taiwan has 16 indigenous tribes, which are waiting to get explored (www.taiwan.net.tw).
  1. Thai Airways International: Bryan Ernest Banston, Vice President, Sales Department, introduced the launch of its renewed Bangkok-Vienna service, which is central to accessing key commercial centers aroundCentral Europe. Thus,Vienna will become next to London, Paris and Frankfurt another gateway to reach Thailand for MICE events (www.thaiairways.com).
  1. Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM): Irene Va Kuan Lau, Executive Director, introducedMacaoas the centre of MICE activities in the southeastern part of China and focused on trade and investment (www.ipim.gov.mo).
  1. Perth,Western Australia: Tracey Cinavas-Prosser, Executive Director Stakeholder Relations, introduced Perth becoming an important centre of MICE activities in Western Australia (www.pcb.com.au).
  1. FCM Travel Solutions: Bertrand Saillet, General Manager,Asiaintroduced the emerging company, which is the corporate travel business of the Flight Centre Travel Group. The company is headquartered in Brisbane and operates a network spanning over 90 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas (www.fcm.travel).
  1. Dream Cruises and Star Cruises: Michael Goh, International Sales, Senior Vice President, and Naresh Rawal, Vice President, introduced the itineraries of the exciting Star Cruises and its newest Dream Cruises (www.starcruiseline.com and www.dreamcruiseline.com).

Actually, there were nearly 500 buyers from some 50 countries, nearly 100 local and international media representatives, as well as some 300 exhibiting companies and organizations as sellers to offer their various tourism products.

The compact exhibition floor plan was perfectly laid out and the buyers could easily walk around at the exhibition booths to meet their appointments, starting with Macao, Philippines, Lanna, Pattaya, Indonesia, Perth, India, Dubai, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and last not least Thailand among others.

The 3-day event ended with the 16th Sticky Awards Lunch & Travel Marketing Excellence 2017, followed by the IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2017 Media Feedback Session, where Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia, noted down improving remarks from the media for the next show on September 18-20, 2018.

Furthermore, there was an opportunity to join post-show Thailand Tours to Chiang Mai and Trang, as well as a post-show Asia-Pacific Tour to the Philippines.

For further information, please go to the website: www.itcma.com

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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