Twenty plus knowledge sessions will take place across the 3-day IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019 event. The dedicated discussions are targeting various interest groups, featuring more than 40 moderators, presenters and opinion leaders, the education element.

Asia-Pacific’s Only Double bill for MICE and Corporate Travel continues to bring the leading influencers and experts together to share expertise and inspire the industry.

The Sustainability theme takes centre-stage in response to increasing conversations within the business events community and beyond to spearhead initiatives towards collective change. Hot topics will be explored across all educational tracks, allowing for deeper, relevant and focused perspective.

The Asian MICE Cruise Conference element will take place on the 24 September 2019, 0900 to 1510hrs. The Asian MICE Cruise Conference will see leading cruise companies take to the stage. The line up includes 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 WorldwideCruise Associates, take the stage. The editors of TTG Travel Trade Publishing has doubled the number of sessions this year one-day cruise conference.

This year topics will include:
– Cruises’ ability to support business events.
– The state of luxury cruise development in the region. and its
– Cruising’s 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.

Returning speaker Angie Stephen, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Royal Caribbean Cruises, and panellist of the sustainability topic “Leaving Minimal Trail Behind” shared, “As a collective, cruise lines have a huge role to play in reducing their environmental footprint, given the revitalisation of cruise appeal and demand. Royal Caribbean Internationalis firmly committed to reducing waste and emissions of greenhouse gases in favour of sustainable practices. We are eager to share our current initiatives and work more closely with multiple stakeholders to make a more positive impact.

”Keynote Lecture: Sustainability – Future-Proofing Your Business 24 September 2019, 1520to 1620hrs
Organised in collaboration with Chiang MICE, and moderated by Sustainability Advocate, MICE Strategist and Hospitality Consultant, David Barrett.

The session will cover the compelling push for Sustainability told through the eyes and perspectives of four iconic professionals.
– 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 Vice President of 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.

Keynote moderator, David Barrett, Sustainability Advocate, MICE Strategist and Hospitality Consultant, said “The prevailing notion of sustainability in industry practices are underwhelming. Recognising that incorporating sustainability takes time and substantial effort to cultivate, the very first step is to be heard and understood. A good platform with decision-makers and industry players from MICE and corporate travel is essential and IT&CMAand CTW Asia-Pacific is just that.

”Association Day Forums 25 and 26 September 2019, 0900 to 1000hrs Daily. The ever-popular Association Day Forums return with four sessions helmed by leading industry associations and experts:
– Association Development –Investing in a Sustainable Future Hosted by Gaining Edge
– Keeping International Association Meetings RelevantHosted byIAPCO
– 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.“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.”In addition to the association hosts, headlining speakers of these sessions include: Ace: Daytons Direct (International), IME Consulting, Sarawak Convention Bureau, The International Convention Department of Congress Corporation and more.

Martin Boyle, CEO of IAPCO, who will be moderating his session, said, “Keeping international association meetings relevant is challenging yet necessary. At IAPCO, our main purpose is to raise the quality standards in the global meetings industry. 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.”

ASEAN MICE Forum 26 September 2019, 1040 to 1500hrs 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 mindand adopt the best practices available“, commentedMike Williams, Senior Consultant and Partner of Gaining Edge.

CTW Asia-Pacific Conference 25 and 26 September 2019, 1350 to 1800hrs 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 leisure travel.

Supported by the CTW Asia-Pacific Advisory Panel comprising of experienced industry practitioners from Accenture Philippines, Amway Thailand, Herbalife Singapore , CBRE –MCR India, Luxoft Poland, Byte Dance China, and Osram China, this community-led event also features collaborative sessions in partnership with CWT, JTB and Cvent.

Tying It All Together Other concurrent educational highlights taking place at IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific:
The IMEX-MPI-MCI IT&CMA Future Leaders Forum 2019 (24 and 25 September) welcomes students from across the country to a 1.5-day programme that nurtures and inspires the next generation of industry professionals through conversations and game challenges.

IT&CMA Passionate Breakfast By ICCA and TTGmice, back for a 2nd consecutive run, gives early risers a dose of motivational goodness amid a networking breakfast.“Every year, our knowledge programme is carefully curated to support the educational goals of different delegate segments and interest groups.

For the first time, the conversations that take place across distinct tracks will come together as part of this year’s overarching theme on Sustainability, lending both cohesion and integration to a common talking point,” said Cheryl Tan, Head of Events, TTG Asia Media.

Apart from the knowledge sessions, delegates are invited to look out for other sustainability spotlights taking place at the show, such as thedaily complimentary coffee by Philippine Tourism Promotions Board, featuring a special line of blends from La Trinidad, Benguet, sourced from suppliers practising Fair Trade as part of the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee (FSCE) programme.

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