The first IT&CMA was held in 1993 in Hong Kong, which hosted the event until 1996. Malaysia was the host from 1997-2001, before the event moved Thailand in 2002, where the event has now been hosted for 12 consecutives.
Every year, IT&CTW Asia-pacific is committed to enhancing the value that it delivers to all delegates and stakeholders. The industry is extremely dynamic and so are we. This is a common theme that have been highlighting annually for the last 21 years since IT&CMA’s inception. Though this year, the event’s accomplishments to raise the benchmark as a leading international MICE and Corporate Travel show is certainly one of our best yet.
- “7 reasons for success of your business events.”
- 1. World Class Access / City of ‘QOL’ (Quality of life)
Fukuoka City is appointed in Japan Convention Statistics as Japan’s No.2 International Convention City second to Tokyo since 2010. This metropolis has been playing the role of focal point of cultural exchange and trade in East Asia since the 7th century. There are direct fights connecting to major Asian cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Busan, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Manila. Honolulu and Amsterdam are also conveniently connected by direct fights. (KLM direct flight inaugurated in 2013)
Our pride ‘QOL’ (Quality of life)
As a metropolis surrounded by beautiful sea and hills, good local food and quality life are also the know traits of Fukuoka City attracting many visitors throughout the year. Fukuoka City ranks world’s 12th in the list of top most livable cities by English business & culture magazine “MONOCLE” in 2012. Our pride ‘QOL’ (Quality of life) is also guaranteed for Business Travelers and MICE Delegates.
- 2. “Knowledge Center” of East Asia
21 universities and colleges concentrate in the Greater Fukuoka Area and more than 10,000 foreign students study in Fukuoka Prefecture. There are three Science and Research Parks operating within the prefecture. Various studies and their seeds researches are underway and their practical application is promoted.
- 3. The Hub of Business and Culture in East Asia
The population of Kyushu is 15 billion, and the population within a radius of 2000 km from Fukuoka city is over 1 billion. This area encompasses Asian crucial cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, and Busan Osaka, and Tokyo. Fukuoka City strives to be a business hub with an easy access to these crucial cities. There are 17 honorary consulates including UN-HABITAT regional office and 5 national consulates, trade centers from Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Thailand.
- 4. Superb Venues Realize “Easy MICE”
Fukuoka welcomes all kinds of MICE / Business Events with superb facilities. Not only modern Congress Center, exhibition zone, but MICE hotels are also at your choice from largest Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk with Yafuoka Dome available for over 10,100 plenary events to small resort hotel The Luigans Suitable for 100 persons.
- 5. Team Fukuoka produces WOW!
We consider “WOW!” is one of the most important factors required for business events. “Team Fukuoka”, consisting of members from City Government, FCVB and affiliated members, are committed to providing the best solutions for your event and eliciting your “WOW!” response.
- 6. Fukuoka CVB’s Services
Fukuoka Convention and Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is non-profitable tourism and business events promoting organization established by Fukuoka City Government, supported by the members who represent various private enterprises in the region. FCVB offers a variety of services for successful outcome of the events.
- 7. Tourist Attractions
Most of major tourist attractions of Fukuoka are located within a 20 minutes drive from the convention zone. Delegates can enjoy time in the business intervals easily. Traditional heritage as old shrines, temples, merchant house, and Japanese gardens are also easily accessible. Half day tours featuring both traditional and modern faces of the city are highly recommended for accompanying persons. Dazaifu, a quaint little town with 1300-year history, is also worth visiting.
Written by : Nattiya Hadsud