IT&CMA and CTW Asia Pacific 2019 concluded with delegates expressing positive experiences across the board. Notable highlights, aside from the 12,000 business appointments, were the popular Brand Showcase Presentations and the Meet-The Corporates and Exhibition Walkabouts.

The 10 Brand Showcase Presentations saw a full house across the10 sessions over 2-days with participating exhibitors sharing their latest destination highlights and features they offer.

T&CMA Passionate Breakfast By ICCA and TTGmice. This was thhe 2nd of thhe event an an opportunity to sets the stage for stories on how our industry can be positive agents of change for the communities they operate in. A panel of inspiring speakers talked about their efforts and how the organisations they represent have made efforts to uplift communities and improve the environment they are part of.

Panelists included:
Ailynn Seah, Vice President of Sales – MIC & Association, Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Arrut Navaraj, Managing Director, Suan Sampran
Nusheena Mohd Shahimi, Membership Development Executive Asia Pacific, ICCA
Patcharaun Peamsomboon, Regional MICE Manager, Discova

Featured destination, Japan National Tourism Organization was involved in the Exhibition Walkabout and shared their experience connecting with Association Buyers and Media through this session.

Walter Ng, Manager, Sales & Event Services of Setia Convention Centre commented “Say Hi To Everyone, the first day’s opening ice breaker, was a highlight for many. “Say Hi to Everyone was an excellent networking session where we got to know new buyers who were at the show this year. This new initiative is a good opportunity for business,”

Business appointments during IT&CMA 2019 Exchanges at Meet-The-Corporates Delegates saw 20+ sponsored luncheons, coffee breaks, dinners and cocktails by participating exhibitors and sponsors. Sponsors included Accor Bangkok and Hua Hin Hotels, Al Jazeera Media Network, AP MICE Solutions by JTB, Conrad Bangkok, CWT, Marina Bay Sands, OMT Group, Philippine Tourism Promotions Board and Visit Nepal Year 2020.

The networking luncheon organised by Visit Nepal Year 2020 Secretariat during IT&CM Asia 2019 was an opportunity to showcase the country as one of the perfect MICE destinations of choice and to promote Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign.

Asian MICE Cruise Conference Keynote included a presentation by Michael Goh, President, Dream Cruises, and Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines. As one of the pioneering companies of Asian leisure cruising, Genting Cruises has also been the first to recognise the business potential of MICE cruises. Its latest luxury cruise line, Dream Cruises, has a fleet of ships that are built with corporate usage in mind.

The expanded Asian MICE Cruise Conference, established Association Day forums, reintroduced ASEAN MICE forums, and CTW Asia-Pacific Conference received positive reviews from delegates who attended these knowledge sessions collectively presented by over 60 speakers.

Noor Ahmad Hamid, Regional Director (Asia Pacific) of ICCA, “IT&CMA said “has always been a great platform for sharing and having discussions with like-minded peers”. The lingering question of whether sCVBs and PCOs should work together for greater success was discussed during one of the Association Day Forums.

The 18th Sticky Awards luncheon on the final day saw a new voting and live poll format rewarded the innovative efforts of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific delegates who stood out at the show. Strategic partners and host country Thailand took home the awards for the Stickiest Destination – Overall, Stickiest In-Booth Experience, and Stickiest Function for the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, was delighted to receive the awards. “I am extremely pleased that our efforts were recognised by fellow peers. It is an encouragement for us to do our best for the industry in the future. We will continue to be a strong partner for our stakeholders and the best for our industry.” This year’s 20 winners included Korea for winning Stickiest Destination – Exhibitor Services for their professionalism and hospitality during the show and Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau for Stickiest Destination – Marketing & Promotion and Stickiest Social Sharing for their marketing Winners of 20 Sticky Award Titles efforts. Maciej Olbert from Luxoft won Stickiest International Corporate Buyer and Rodney Yew from Discover Holidays (Asia) took home the Stickiest International MICE Buyer title. Inspired by Terengganu house architecture, Malaysia Convention & Exhibitor Bureau walked away with the Stickiest Destination Pavilion Design award. “We based the pavilion design by taking reference from Terengganuhouses with wooden carvings. We are extremely happy that we won this award,” said Tan Lay Teng, Sales Manager – Corporate & Incentive. Third time attending Namwisate Wanwisa, Regional MICE Manager of Buffalo Tours MICE was happy at his unexpected win as Thai MICE Buyer “It is a great honour to win the Stickiest Thai MICE Buyer as my efforts are appreciated by the organisers and exhibitors.

Lynn Zeng, Head of Conferences & Events, Asian Local Search and Media Association (ALSMA) said “The one-to-one appointments and networking functions provided me with valuable takeaways, and I will continue to do my best at IT&CMA and look forward to attending next year.”

ASEAN MICE Forum, Building A Sustainable MICE City – What We Need To Do To Get It Right? Three speakers on the challenges destinations face in creating sustainable business models, and what they must do to be able to go beyond leisure travel and attract business event planners in the long term. What makes a destination city successful for business events now and long into the future? Why are some destinations not building a sustainable MICE city?

Asako Shiomi, Manager, Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau
Bert van Walbeek, Managing Director, The Winning Edge
Hosea Andreas Runkat (Andre), Vice Chairman, Indonesia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (INACEB)

IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019, took place from 24 –26 September in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is the leading MICE and corporate travel management event centred around the Asia-Pacific region. Unravel Travel TV .looks forward to returning for IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2020,

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