The 31st IT&CM Asia and 26th CTW Asia-Pacific 2023 which concluded on 29 September 2023, brought back the in-person event with more buzz on the show floor. Aside from business and knowledge components, this year’s programme featured a wide array of activities, in and outside of booths, including targeted networking and knowledge sessions.
The show welcomed more than 240 new and returning destinations and brands along with more than 400 MICE, Association and Corporate Buyers from over 50 countries/territories, who took advantage of the bountiful procurement and networking opportunities.
A New Start at IT&CMA and CTW Asia Pacific
Before the start of the show, Asia Ability brought the delegates together during the “Say Hi to Everyone” ice-breaking activity which led to new meetings and deeper connections.
Delegates also had a chance to view Bangkok with a tour around The Chaopraya Charming and Saneh Bangkok. Pre-registered delegates were also treated to a fun time at Topgolf Megacity.
The Opening Keynote by Mr Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, President of Sustainable Tourism Development Foundation; Adviser of Phuket Tourist Association shared insights on the positive impact of tourism / MICE partnerships that improves the livelihood of rural Thai communities. Bringing communities together to support tourism and MICE Partnerships was one of the key foci of the event this year.
The evening of day one culminated with the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception, co-hosted with by destination partner, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). The extravaganza featured a variety of Thai delicacies accompanied by performances by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) traditional dance troupe and The SwingKings jazz band.
Exhibition and Appointments
Destinations and organisations displayed experiential elements at their booths with activities, giveaways, and entertainment. The highlights included food tasting from MEET TAIWAN; a Lion Dance Performance, destination showcases and lucky draws by Macao Trade And Investment Promotion Institute & The Economic Development Bureau of Hengqin; Augmented Reality by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); and a Lucky draw by The Mulia Hotel & Resort Bali.
Initial delegate feedback indicated that the multiple networking and education opportunities combined with targeted scheduled meetings were key highlights for many. The expanded appointment sessions allowed delegates greater flexibility and time to visit the different conferences, knowledge sessions, brand engagements, and showcases, as well as the various booths.
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