TCEB, hi light, october, 2013

Politically, the last year has been quite tumultuous for Thailand and especially for its capital city, Bangkok. Both event organisers and local businesses will therefore be pleased to see the return of the meeting industry calendar’s annual staple, the double bill IT&CM Asia and Corporate Travel World (CTW), being held at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld from September 30th to October 2nd. Delegates will also be very happy to see the event come into view on their calendar horizon, especially so as it has done a ramp-up of its line-up to ensure that 2014 promises to eclipse the standards set in 2013 and be the best event yet.

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T&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2014 Preview Reception

First on the radar of change is that the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (Site) has been drafted in to bolster the supporting association framework and bring a wealth of additional education, publicity and delegate support options to the event.

“We are thrilled to have Site on board and we are confident this collaboration will add on new dimensions to our tailored educational forums,” said Ooi Peng Ee, General Manager of TTG Events. “Our commitment to elevate the sophistication of the Asia-Pacific region’s corporate professionals will serve to broaden our industry’s horizons.”

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to align the Site brand with IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific as the leading association in the region, combining what we do best with what they do best in bringing together buyers and sellers,” added Kevin Hinton, Chief Staff Officer of Site. “We see this as another step in our relationship with IT&CM Events, whom we have partnered with in the past, and are excited about this new expansion of our relationship.”

With relationship-building filling the air as well as broadening the educational content, this year’s event also sees the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) join the partner line-up, giving extra focus to the corporate travel dimension of the show and taking its education aspects to new and giddy heights.

“This significant milestone collaboration for both ACTE and IT&CM Events will further strengthen and nurture the knowledge of corporate travel executives,” said Benson Tang, Regional Director of ACTE. “Only through knowledge transfers and best practices sharing can our corporate travel industry reach new horizons.”

“IT&CM Events is proud to welcome ACTE on board as a valued education partner and we are confident that our collaboration will contribute significantly to IT&CM’s mission of providing relevant and meaningful education and engagement for corporate travel professionals,” added Ooi Peng Ee. “Our delegates are always eager to participate in the latest talking points facing the industry and, most of all, learn from experts and peers who share similar challenges and have deep insights on solving them. Keeping interest high among our participants is something I am confident ACTE will bring to the relationship.”

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Even in advance of ACTE’s involvement, a high level of interest in this year’s event has already been signalled through the early bird booth sign up, recording its best ever results – booth space being snapped up within three months following the 2013 event by organisations including Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Taiwan Convention & Exhibition Association, amongst a number of others – and all hinting very early at a bumper show in store for 2014.

“The 2013 show was our best IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific to date, where we delivered on a high buyer-to-exhibitor ratio, fresh procurement opportunities with new buyers and dynamic and relevant buyer profiles,” said Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media.These early registrations [for 2014] undoubtedly evidence the value of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific for our exhibitors.”

Kongres will be attending IT&CMA and CTW and in our next issue will be reporting back on how one of Asia’s premier meeting events, successfully celebrating its 22nd year once again in Bangkok, Thailand, continues to go from strength to strength.

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