In view of the recent spike of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong and the tightening of social distancing by the government which severely restricts number of participants at public events, the ITE Hong Kong leisure travel and MICE exhibition scheduled in August 2020 will be cancelled!
Its next edition, ITE Hong Kong 2021, will be held from June 17 to 20 next year. It comprises the 35th ITE (Leisure) and the 16th ITE MICE. The Organiser of the event is looking into arranging an online marketing platform between now and next June to facilitate sellers and buyers in maintaining contacts, while details of next year's ITE will be announced in due course.
Messe Berlin (Singapore) announced that ITB Asia, MICE Show Asia and Travel Tech Asia will go virtual from 21 to 23 October 2020. Originally scheduled on the same dates, the annual travel trade show will instead be held on a virtual platform, due to the uncertainty over continued global travel restrictions and safe distancing measures.
The Organizer for IT&CM Asia has announced the dates for its 2020 virtual event, as well as the 2021 physical event:
Virtual | 16 to 20 November 2020
Physical | 28 to 30 September 2021, Bangkok, Thailand
More information will be released in due course. Save the dates and stay tuned for more information.
Covid-19 has caused IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2020 physical events to be deferred to 28-30 September 2021. A virtual event is being planned in fourth quarter of this year. For updates, visit: https://itcma.com/
The continued uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, causing travel restrictions and limited aviation options, as well as other related reasons, have led to the deferment of this year’s show at this critical juncture in the event’s timeline.
A survey conducted in June by the Organiser of ITE Hong Kong travel fair received 1506 replies from respondents. The survey asks where respondents would be interested in visiting after travel restrictions are lifted, and the results show strong pent-up demand for travels.
The findings based on these 1506 replies are compared, whenever appropriate, to a similar survey held in June 2019 with similar respondent profiles.
IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific is partnering ICCA, IMEX, PCMA, and SITE – four of the industry’s biggest associations and trendsetters for its brand new learning festival DDFI.
Slated as the first knowledge segment of the 3-day doublebill event, the inaugural festival features four parallel themes close to the hearts of industry professionals, each helmed by one of its content partners. Themes will run concurrently over 3 hours - across different locations at official venue Bangkok Convention Centre from 0900 to 1200 hrs on 22 September 2020.
ITE Hong Kong 2020, comprising the 34th ITE (Leisure) & 15th ITE MICE, has been postponed to August 6 to 9, 2020. Designated as the Recovery Edition, ITE will be the first travel fair held after outbreak in Greater Bay Area, which includes China's top cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, other Guangdong cities and Macau with a combined GDP comparable to the world's 13th largest economy.
ITB Asia 2019, which ended on 18 October 2019, attracted a record number of 13,000 attendees from 132 countries and territories. The show saw strong participation this year with over 1,300 exhibitors and more than 1,250 buyers. The three-day exhibition also saw more than 27,000 business appointments made, a 7.4% year-on-year growth.
Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer, Messe Berlin said: “After 12 years, ITB Asia experienced strong growth again. This new record clearly demonstrates that the show is well accepted by the industry around the world as the must-attend event in Asia. Messe Berlin is delighted to continue the strategic partnership with Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) from 2020 to 2022. We very quickly realised that not only could we benefit from the extension, but that the whole of the global travel industry stood to benefit as well. I am also pleased to know that every year the team and all partners involved work hard to design ITB Asia to go right to the heart of the industry. At ITB, we build unforgettable emotions that link our industry with its people. Attendees can walk away with new inspiration, cultivating relationships and tangible takeaways.”
ITB Asia 2019 officially opened on 16 October at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. From 16 - 18 October 2019, organisations from across the travel industry gathers to establish high-quality contacts and conduct business.
ITB Asia 2019 opening ceremony was graced by guests-of-honour: Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, Republic of Singapore; Mr Michael Müller, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany and Dr Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Messe Berlin GmbH. In his speech, Mr Chee reiterated the importance of leisure travel and business travel/MICE markets. He also elaborated on Singapore's three pronged approach to maintaining its competitiveness in the tourism industry by continuously refreshing existing attractions and offerings, using big data in tourism marketing and management, and collaboration with educational institutions in preparing the industry for the ever changing business landscape.
IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2019 took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 24-26 September this year. In total, there were 345 new and returning exhibitors, along with 474 MICE, association and corporate buyers. According to the organiser, returning exhibitors have increased their space take-up with TCEB helming the largest pavilion of 600 sqm followed by Tourism Promotions Board, Philippines of 210 sqm.
However, it was not difficult to notice that the exhibition was relatively small, with glaring absence of exhibitors from China and the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Despite the size of the show, delegates expressed positive experiences overall, citing more intimacy and opportunities to network through a variety of newly introduced learning and social activities.
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