IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2013 Event Set To Be the Largest Installment To Date With 35 Percent New Exhibiting Organisations

By | 2013, Press Room

With just a month away till registration close on August 23, buyer applications to IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2013 remain in full swing with over 700 MICE, corporate travel, luxury travel, association and corporate buyers have registered to be at this event in Bangkok.

Bangkok even surpassed London, Paris and New York with total number of international visitor arrivals reaching close to 16 million, and is the only city among the top five to demonstrate the highest growth at about 10 percent for the year.

Come October 1 to 3 this year, a total of some 600 buyers are expected to source at the IT&CMA and CTW that boasts the largest showcase of Asia-Pacific MICE and Corporate Travel suppliers with an added luxury travel dimension.

The world’s only double bill event in MICE and corporate travel will be celebrating its 10th year where delegate numbers are expected to cross the 2,800 mark. This year’s event will also be featuring 35 percent new exhibiting organisations.


Participating for the first time at the event are India Tourism, Fukuoka Convention Bureau, Sapporo Convention Bureau and Tourism New Zealand, and from the corporations 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.

In a survey conducted last year of the event, over USD45 million of sales were confirmed, with an aggregate procurement value estimated at USD120 million. Close to 70 percent of 2012 buyers confirmed purchases with exhibitions.

Introduction of New Range of Hop-On-Hop-Off City Tour Bus

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Sightseeing Kuala Lumpur on a bus is the fastest and easiest way to discover the city’s iconic and historical buildings, as well points of interest.  Kuala Lumpur’s hop-on-hop-off city tour bus runs a continuous circle of the city daily from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm at intervals of 30 minutes. The bus covers the shopping area of Bukit Bintang, China Town at Petaling Street, Central Market Craft Centre, Little India, KL Sentral station, national museum, the national palace, Tun Abdul Razak Botanical Garden, national mosque and Dataran Merdeka.

Two new models of buses have just been introduced to upgrade its services, and a ticketing counter is now opened at the centre of the city’s commercial district, the Dataran Merdeka.

Krabi Adventure MICE of the Andaman

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Located on the west coast of southern Thailand, the town is fast growing as an adventure destination. Krabi has several top notch venue created for yachting, scuba diving, snorkeling, rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing. It helps that the town, faces the Andaman sea that provides the backdrop for a number of the adverture activites. Thailand Convention Bureau (TCEB) organised a familiarisation tour of Krabi for a group media from Asia, Europe, Russia and America to experience, and showcase the town. There are endless MICE possibilities in Krabi for team building activities, theme dinner events, pre and post prgorammes for delegates.

Tourism is an important industry in Krabi with an international airport that has direct flights from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It also has the feel of a true countryside, with several national parks, and more than 80 smaller islands ideal for adventurers to pursue their passion.

ITE & MICE Hong Kong 2013 drew More Quality Visitors

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The expo this year recorded, 6.6 percent bigger in scale, and occupied 16,000 square meters with a record number of: 680 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions; 5.8 percent more visitors; 6,055 travel agents and tour operators. All in all, the two trade days drew 11,872 buyers and trade visitors, with 72 percent coming from Hong Kong, 20 percent from China and 8 percent from around the world, while the last two public days drew 73,200 visitors which were up 3.9 percent.


ITE & MICE 2013 has again maintained its international profile of exhibitors with 86.5 percent from outside Hong Kong. Out of 46 exhibiting destinations, nine are considered new, with 41 percent from Asia, 28 percent Europe, 11 percent the Americas & Oceania and 20 percent Africa and the Middle East. Expansion of some repeating pavilions contributed to the growth in the overall scale of the expo.

This year, the show continued highlighting travel themes of cruise, honeymooning and overseas weddings, sport tourism (which is new) study tours, travel photography and wellness. The second trade day on June 14 is designated to MICE corporate day with a series of related seminars.

Organised by TKS Exhibition Services Ltd., ITE & MICE is supported by China National Tourism Administration, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong and Macau Government Tourist Office, trade associations of travel agents and event industries from Hong Kong and in the region.

The next ITE & MICE will be held from June 12 to 15, 2014 at Halls 1A to 1E at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The Largest and Most Established Travel Exhibition in Vietnam and the Mekong Region is back

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The 9th edition of ITE HCMC 2013 is set to cover 5,000 square metres at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, and will be held from September 12 and 14. The first two days of the exhibition are open only to trade visitors, with public visitors welcome to join the event on September 14.

It will showcase over 300 exhibitors from over 50 destinations with more than 18,000 international, regional and local trade and public visitors. The event provides a platform to launch inbound and outbound travel businesses in Vietnam and the Mekong region. This year, the exhibition returns bigger and busier with more regional and international exhibitors, housing more seller companies and attracting a wider range of travel products and services.

Country and city pavilions participating include: Visit Berlin – Germany; Korea Be Inspired; Wonderful Indonesia; Taiwan the Heart of Asia; Amazing Thailand; It’s More Fun in the Philippines; Sabah Best of Borneo – Malaysia; Cambodia Kingdom of Wonder; Laos Simply Beautiful; Mystical Myanmar; and Vietnam Timeless Charm.

“ITE HCMC has also become a recognised platform for destinations and organisations from the Asia Pacific region and beyond to promote tourism and business exchange for their respective countries,” said Vice Minister H.E Ho Anh Tuan of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

This only national travel event with international standing in Vietnam, is also proud to announce that Thailand, will be joining the Mekong Tourism Alliance together with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnnam – this endorses ITE HCMC 2013’s theme of: Five Countries a Single Destination.

Organising committee of the event comprises of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, VINEXAD and Informa Exhibitions.

Lights Out in Kuala Lumpur on Earth Hour

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Millions around the world from 152 countries spanning 7,000 cities from Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Manila, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Delhi to Paris, Vienna and Kiev join in, to turn off lights for Earth Hour 2013 – sending a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.

‘I Will If You Will’ – uniting the people to protect the planet at precisely 8.30 pm everywhere on March 23. The skyline of Kuala Lumpur darkened with all lights out including the city’s iconic Petronas Twin Tower Buiilding. Kuala Lumpur city celebrates with a live concert in support of this movement. Malaysians from all walks of life gathered at the base of the Twin Tower for the countdown to mark the hour with the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur “switching off the light”. Taking up the challenge of ‘I Will if you Will’ the mayor, cycled to work (Kuala Lumpur City Hall office) from his home.

The city of Kuala Lumpur without lights to mark Earth Hour at 8.30 pm on March 23.

Discover KL By Cycling

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‘Kuala Lumpur BY Cycle’ is the latest tourism programme developed under VisitKL initiated by Kuala Lumpur City Hall. Visitors and tourists to KL, can now rent a bicycle to explore the sites of the city within the designated cycle zone which covers the nature route of the heritage zone around the Dataran Merdaka, and the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park.

Tourists have the option of the free & easy cycle package for the flexibility and freedom to explore on their own the city’s heritage sites with stops at the Perdana Botanical Garden. While the guided cycle tour, the first of its kind in Malaysia, are conducted in groups of 8 to 12. Each rider is provided with a set of headphones to listen to a running commentary of the sites as they cycle.

Rental fees for the bicycle are at RM 30 for the free & easy package for the first four hours, and RM 5 for subsequent hours. The guided tours are at RM 45 and tourists can, continue to ride after the tour is over. The bicycles are available at the Kuala Lumpur BY Cycle Centre located at the KL City Gallery with a refundable deposit of RM 250 payable when collecting the bicycles.

Hong Kong Travel Fair Highlights Sport Tourism

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Reflecting on the growing demands of travelling abroad for sports like cycling, diving, golfing, hiking and skiing, a Sport Tourism Pavilion will be staged at the ITE & MICE show this year.

The pavilion is set up to help visitors in finding information, service providers and products of sport tourism from travel agents, specialists, tourism boards, hotels and resorts. For easy identification, the pavilion will have its own colour scheme, banners and posters, and an information stand with lists of exhibitors, as well as seminars. To promote further this industry, ITE & MICE will publicise and have advertisements on sport tourism.

There were already sport tourism exhibitors in previous ITE & MICE such as on skiing in Japan, cycling in Taiwan, and destinations that are popular for golfing, hiking and adventures. This year the pavilion hopes to attract even more related exhibitors.

ITE & MICE exhibition is from June 13 to 16 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall Celebrates Chinese New Year with a Cultural Festival

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This year’s Chinese Lunar New Year was celebrated by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall with tourists, visitors and members of the media. A cultural festival at the historical Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) with a number of activities ranging from a dragon dance, lion dance, drum beating, acrobatic act and the tossing of the “Yee Sang”. The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib was present to usher in the Year of the Snake.

Organised by the Tourism Unit of Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.

Discovering the Wonders of Jeju Island MICE

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A warm welcome at the Jeju International Airport by representatives of Jeju Tourism Organization headed by Ms Song Ha-Young of the convergence and strategy department.

Row 1: Visit to a folk village with houses of grass roofs and dol hareubang stone statues which resemble old grandfathers.

Row 2: Feast of Korean dishes and the famous tangerine from Jeju.

Row 3: Make-up and hair demonstration at Hanyang University’s beauty department. Trip to the Art Center for a lesson on tie and dye.

Row 4: Tour of the Jeju International Convention Center.

Row 5: Winter snow on volcanic Mount Hallasan.

Row 6: A sprawling resort of traditional Korean style rooms overlooking the sea with tangerine trees well lighted at night.

Row 7: Hello Kitty suite of the Lotte Hotel.

Row 8: Hanwha Aqua Planet, the biggest aquarium in Asia covering an area 25,600 square metres that holds 10,800 tons of water – showcasing 48,000 aquatic animals of 500 species of marine life.

The Jeju Tourism Organization recently organised a familiarisation tour of Jeju Island for media from Malaysia and Singapore to learn about meetings and conventions, as well as incentives available there.

MICE in Asia would like to thank Ms Song Ha-Young and her team for arranging the trip.