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Mice Net : August 2009
it&cma it&cma inspiration at The 17Th IT&CMA and 12th CTW Asia-Pacific is anticipating a big year in Bangkok this October. S outh East Asia’s premier tradeshow for the business event and business travel industries – IT&CMA (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia) and CTW (Corporate Travel World) Asia-Pacific are serving up the region like never before with exciting show specials, new partnerships and expanded delegates’ profiles. The combined events will be held at the Bangkok Convention Centre (BCC) at CentralWorld, Thailand, from October 6 to 8, 2009. Into its third year in hosting the event, BCC is located in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district, complete with a luxurious hotel annexe and grand shopping and entertainment wing. Managing director of show organisers, TTG Asia Media, Darren Ng, says the 2008 show was once again a huge success with more than 2000 delegates who benefited from the array of opportunities present at the tradeshow. “We are committed to growing IT&CMA and CTW as the leading business and education platform in the Asia-Pacific, which showcase MICE destinations, new products and services and enhance knowledge for all participants,” he said. The 2009 doublebill event, themed “Feast on Asia!”, is expected to attract more than 2000 leading industry professionals from throughout the Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world. “Once again, delegates can look forward to savouring a banquet of events, from the business, education, social and networking aspects. The newest, hottest and best destinations, products and services in the Asia-Pacific region’s meetings and business travel sectors will be served up in the highly-anticipated 2009 doublebill,” Mr Ng said. New attractions this year include the “Green Showcase”, reflecting the growing trend of organisers and meeting planners adopting green practices; a “Meetings & Events Technology Showcase”, initiated by the rising demand from meeting/event planners and travel/hospitality operators for reliable market intelligence and analysis to meet their business needs; and a “Gifts and Premiums Showcase”. 24 mice.net Into their 17th and 12th years respectively, IT&CMA and CTW are staying strong with continued support from the industry. Corporate exhibitors and country pavilions from China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand have confirmed their participation. More than 350 exhibiting companies and organisations from 35 countries are expected to exhibit. More strategic partnerships have been forged with industry players in the MICE and business travel sectors. As a result, IT&CMA and CTW 2009 will see an increase in MICE and corporate travel buyers from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Mexico and Spain. Organisers estimate more than 500 MICE buyers and corporate travel managers/planners from 40 countries will attend the event in 2009. Safety first Delegates attending the event can be assured of the highest level of order, peace and security. In a public statement by the host committee, TCEB (Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau), said Thailand “will continue to be vigilant and ensure peace and order as well as safety of the public, including foreign visitors in Thailand. MICE travellers can therefore be assured that their business events will be managed smoothly, to the highest professional standards, and value for money that they can enjoy the diverse leisure opportunities, shopping and culinary pleasures that Thailand offers, along with the timeless and legendary Thai culture and hospitality.” IT&CMA and CTW are once again privileged to receive support from partners of the host country, Thailand. They include TCEB, TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand), TICA (Thailand Incentive and Convention Association), TCT (Thailand Tourism Council), AOT (Airports of Thailand) and national carrier THAI (Thai Airways International). To learn more visit www.itcma.com.sg or www.corporatetravelworld.com.