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Supported by TCEB (Thailand) and other partners, IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific maintain the undisputed leader in MICE and Corporate Travel Exhibition and Conference in the region. This year’s Central Theme: Sustainability – Pacific Knowledge Series permeate across all knowledge tracks during the 3-Day Event, with more than 40 moderators, presenters and opinion leaders to deliver over 20 knowledge sessions and including 5 educational tracks and components.

New initiatives includes 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.

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*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.

“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.” said Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President of Dubai Business Events.

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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.

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.

“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” said Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.

Meanwhile on 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.

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.

“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.” Said Mizuho Hara, Manager of Events & Promotions of JTB Asia Pacific Headquarters on their decision for expansion.

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.

“Business objectives remain the main focus of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific in providing MICE and Corporate Travel-centric opportunities for all our exhibiting suppliers and buyers to achieve their goals for the region.

The advocacy of knowledge-based sharing is also a key pillar at our events in advancing the intellect and innovation within our growing industry and we are happy to see so many destinations and brands take up captive social functions to personally get to know their audience.” Said TTG Asia Media MD, Darren Ng.

The education front of Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event continues to bring leading influencers and experts to share expertise and inspire the industry. Different facets of Sustainability, in addition to other hot topics, will be explored across all educational tracks, allowing for deeper, relevant and focused perspectives within each attendee segment.

Asian MICE Cruise Conference – 24 September 9AM to 3:10PM

The Second Edition, following the First Edition at last year’s ITCMA, of the expanded Asian MICE Cruise Conference will see thought leaders on stage from leading cruise players:
*Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA),
*Crystal International Asia,
*Dream Cruises,
*Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings,
*Royal Caribbean Cruises,
*Silversea Cruises,
*Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection & U River Cruises and
*Worldwide Cruise Associates

Developed by the editors of TTG Travel Trade Publishing, the full-day conference that doubled its number of sessions from last year, will tackle topics such as:
-Cruises’ ability to support business events;
-The state of luxury cruise development in the region and its impact on incentive programmes;
-The role land programmes play in providing a complete reward trip;
-The lure of luxury river cruising as a cruise and incentive concept; cruise companies’ commitment to sustainable efforts; and more.

Key Note Address: Sustainability – Future Proofing Your Business
24 September 3:20PM to 4:20PM

Organised in collaboration with Chiang MICE, and moderated by Sustainability Advocate, MICE Strategist and Hospitality Consultant, David Barrett, the compelling push for Sustainability is told through the eyes and perspectives of four iconic professionals from diverse backgrounds:

*Richard Jones, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Human Resources and Sustainability of Indorama Ventures
*Marissa Jablonski, USAID FFP Environmental Advisor, USAID Washington DC Office

*Supawan Teerarat, Senior VP Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

*Pairach Piboonrungroi, Director of MICE Excellence Centre, Faculty of Economics of Chiang MICE University.

The engaging session will explore the multiple angles of Sustainability and their indelible significance on future proofing businesses for the long term. Talking points include Digitising businesses for the future, Environmental conservation, Community-based tourism, and Investing in sustainable businesses.

Association Day Forums 25-26 September 9AM to 10AM Daily

The ever-popular Association Day Forums return with four intriguing sessions helmed by leading industry associations and experts:

*Association Development – Investing in a Sustainable Future. Hosted by GainingEdge

*Keeping International Association Meetings Relevant Hosted by IAPCO

*Face Off: Should CVBs And PCOs Work Together For Greater Success?
Hosted by ICCA & WPCOA

*The Future of Incentives – 10 Things You Need to Know. Hosted by SITE

Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media said, “The Association Day forums continue to advocate awareness and prevalence of the Association Meetings, Conventions and Management scene – a critical economic driver to the business events and MICE industry that IT&CMA has invested over several years. More importantly, it provides a platform for our key association partners and delegates to engage and advance ideas.”

“The Association Day Forum allows us to share the commonalities of the issues faced by organisations and discuss the key components on how delegates can approach the fundamentals of having a successful international meeting.”  Martin Boyle, CEO of IAPCO

ASEAN MICE Forum – 26 September, 1040AM to 3PM

Aimed at elevating ASEAN’s position as a MICE hub, the return of the half-day ASEAN MICE Forum draws top honchos across top regional MICE institutions and beyond to learn from one another.

“Building A Sustainable MICE City” and “SMART Cities – Leveraging MICE to Diversify and Support Economic Growth” are part of this year’s conversations led by notable speakers and moderators from:
-GainingEdge, Indonesia Convention and Exhibition Bureau
-Meetings International, MICE Excellence Centre – Chiang Mai University
-Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau, and more.

“The upcoming forum this IT&CMA will discuss the various ways destinations can align their MICE industries with governments’ key economic growth strategies and the maximum benefits destinations can achieve from that. As a predominant factor across ASEAN region, delegates should attend this forum with an open mind and adopt the best practices available“, commented Mike Williams, Senior Consultant and Partner of GainingEdge.

CTW Asia-Pacific Conference – 25 and 26 September, 0150PM to 6PM Daily

CTW Asia-Pacific corporate travel professionals will have their very own dedicated conference to facilitate knowledge-sharing on corporate travel management trends and best practices such as cybersecurity risks, effective supplier relationships in travel procurement, travel policy disruption – managing compliance and traveler satisfaction, and duty of care – blurring the lines in bleisure travel. 

 22nd Edition of Corporate Travel World Asia-Pacific (CTW APAC) Reveals Re-Designed Programme, New Segments, Advisory Panel and Trending Topics

*Reformatted CTW APAC 2-day programme with mornings dedicated to the business component, featuring the new Meet-The-Corporates and Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand. Afternoons are set aside for conferences and networking

*Community-led event for Corporate Travel and Procurement Professionals

*Content consultation with CTW APAC advisory panel comprising of experienced practitioners from Accenture, Amway, HerbalLife, Luxoft, NTT Global Sourcing and Osram.

*Topics for Corporate Travel Managers include 2020 Asia Pacific Business Travel Market Outlook; Cybersecurity Risks – Are We Doing Enough?; Ensuring Effective Supplier Relationships In Your Travel Procurement; Strategic Management Meetings (SMM): Making Technology Work; Travel Policy Disruption – Managing Compliance and Traveller Satisfaction; and Duty Of Care – Blurring The Lines in Bleisure Travel.

*Longer business sourcing and appointment time via IT&CM Asia

IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific co-locating since 2004, offers delegates an unparalleled platform to do business, learn and network with industry players from around the region and beyond. This year 2019 will see the 27th and 22nd installment of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific respectively.

Beyond One-On-One Business Appointments

Beyond the usual one-on-one business appointments, these new initiatives that aim to connect corporate buyers with destination pavilions and corporate brands from IT&CM Asia include:

*An interactive ice-breaker segment, Say Hi to Everyone, helmed by MICE Strategist and Hospitality Consultant Mr David Barrett, allow delegates to identify profiles and network ahead of the show days

*Meet-The-Corporates will be conducted in a speed-dating format over 2 x 1 hour sessions across 2 days where CTW corporate travel/procurement professionals can meet IT&CM Asia exhibitors from Dubai, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and more.

Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand partnered with Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) will feature up to 48 Thai suppliers in a close-knit yet engaging style. The new initiatives not only secured attendance of long-time corporate buyers of the show but also attracted new buyers from Citigroup Inc., Ferrari, Huawei, IBM, LVMH Asia Pacific and many more.

“We really look forward to Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand, an initiative of our partnership with event organisers, which serves as a platform for co-exhibitors of Thailand to meet Corporate Buyers. This will enhance the opportunities for business ties. The initiative responds well with our new branding Thailand Redefine Your Business Events where we assume new roles as a partner in finding creative MICE solutions, co-creator of business opportunities and thought-leaders in introducing new ideas for business.” Commented Mrs. Nichapa Toswee, Senior Vice President – Business of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.

CTW APAC Conference

Aside from the business component, CTW APAC corporate travel professionals will have their very own dedicated conference to facilitate knowledge-sharing; a community-led event that discusses a variety of corporate travel management practices.

Delegates can look forward to an impressive speaker line-up from esteemed organisations such as Accenture, Amway, Ariston Thermo China, ATNS, Cvent, CWT, HerbalLife, JTB, Kseven Industries, Luxoft, Michelin Hungary, MovieInSync, NTT Global Sourcing, Nxp India Technology Solutions, Osram and Park Hotel Group, and a comprehensive educational agenda that covers topics ranging from the industry updates and outlooks, cybersecurity risks, effective supplier relationships in travel procurement, strategic management meetings (SMM), travel policy disruption – managing compliance to traveler satisfaction, and duty of care – blurring the lines in bleisure travel.

Topics are endorsed by a hand-picked CTW APAC Advisory Panel comprising of industry practitioners such as Geremi Ton, Travel Lead of Accenture, Jeannie Techasiriwan, Special Events Assistant Director of Amway, Pulak Bhaumik, Head Global PMO of NTT Global Sourcing, Maciej Olbert, Corporate Travel Manager of Luxoft and more. The participation of industry practitioners representing reputable corporate brands reinforces the credibility and quality of CTW APAC’s conference content.

In particular, one of this year’s conference sessions – Strategic Management Meetings (SMM): making technology work – is made possible in partnership with JTB-CVENTThe interactive topic will showcase success case studies, enabling delegates to explore and understand the benefits of SMM and why companies should consider implementing it.

Said Pulak Bhaumik, Head Global PMO of NTT Global Sourcing, “Travel Managers are on the constant lookout to attend conferences that help develop both their professional and personal growth. Knowing your audience is essential when choosing the topics and being in the industry plays a huge role.

Along with other CTW APAC advisory panelist, conference topics are taken into review and aimed to be relevant yet interesting to peak their interest.”

To kick start CTW APAC 2019, Director of CWT Solutions Group, Asia Pacific, Elis Kodra, alongside APAC Sourcing Manager for Corporate Travel, Sales and Marketing of HerbalLife International Singapore, Jeremy Lin; Marketing Manager of HP Hungary, Monika Mantuano; and Global Procurement Manager of Nxp India, Sunil Gupta, will discuss the outlook of the 2020 Asia Pacific Business Travel Market during the Keynote. This keynote will shed insights on the allocation of spending and resources in the year ahead along with the significance and impact it has on travel managers.

The keynote provides an opportunity for Corporate Travel Managers to gain the latest insights and receive solutions on travel expenses” commented Jeremy Lin, APAC Sourcing Manager for Corporate Travel, Sales and Marketing of HerbalLife International Singapore. 

Hosted Functions and Engagement Activities

Meanwhile, global brands are also leveraging on CTW APAC platform to make an impression on corporate buyers with sponsor-backed highlights and activities.

First-time sponsor Al Jazeera Media Network will be hosting a captive networking luncheon for selected corporate buyers while CWT will host all CTW APAC delegates to a light-hearted cohesion over coffee and tea and interactive activities.

The whole CTW APAC experience is further strengthened with new engagements presented by EZ-Link and Resorts World Sentosa where Corporate Travel Managers get a chance to walk away with prizes including hotel stays, attraction passes, Tokidoki Merlion STP Charms, and more.

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.

As 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.

For more information, log on to http://www.corporatetravelworld.com/apac | www.itcma.com

(Source TTG: Singapore)        

Thailand Conventions, Exhibition Bureau      

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. “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” said Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.

As 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.

 

The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific Launched in 1998, CTW Asia-Pacific is dedicated to cultivating Travel and Entertainment (T&E) best practices among Asia-Pacific’s corporate travel professionals. Influencers, planners and decision makers of corporate travel functions in their organisation attend the annual conference and exhibition to keep themselves abreast of the latest trends and knowledge that enable them to get the most out of their T&E decisions.

Co-located with IT&CMA, CTW Asia-Pacific is part of the CTW 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.

(Source: TTG Asia Media, Singapore)

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