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Mice Net : December 2009
mice.net 85 IT&CMA report asia update The 17th Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia opened its doors in early October with an increase in attendance and exhibition space. More than 2000 industry professionals from the Asia Pacific attended the event which also included the Corporate Travel World exhibition. The exhibitions were located at Bangkok Convention Centre (BCC) at CentralWorld with the theme of 'Feast on Asia'. And delegates certainly did just that at the series of functions during the two day program. TTG Asia Media MD Darren Ng said buyers and exhibitors in key markets have maintained their support and even expanded in several areas even though there's been a tough economic environment. "The implementation of strategic marketing and partnerships with industry partners has led to an increase in the number of MICE and corporate travel buyers from Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Mexico and Spain," he said. Mr Ng also said the doublebill event included new buyer delegates from Qatar, Romania and Tunisia. There was a strong contingent of 435 buyers, which was a 28 per cent increase from last year in the corporate travel managers and planners' segment. This was a result of hosting privileges that extended to corporate travel professionals outside the Asia Pacific for the first time. In total there were 2127 pre-registered delegates for the double bill exhibition, 330 of which were MICE planners and buyers. What they said Hosted buyer from the International Association of Prosecutors, Henk Scholtz said it had been worthwhile attending the show. "I've had some hectic days but it's been very good. I've done a lot of business and [have] made some very good contacts," he said. And what was the most memorable destination? "Bangkok has been a stand out destination for me, and we're looking at holding an event here next year. I had some very good offers and made a lot of progress. It's only when you are on the ground that you can really see what it can offer. And I had the chance to do some short site inspections at some local hotels which have been very useful." IT WAS ALMOST exactly a year since the stock market took a tumble which sent shock waves worldwide, and yet this year's annual IT&CMA exhibition opened to a sold out show. ABOVE: Thailand was once again 'hostess with the mostest' at the 17th IT&CMA. STORY BY JOHANNA MCKINNON