Mart promotes India’s northeast states

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 1 December 2017:  The 6th International Tourism Mart will be hosted in Guwahati, Assam from 5 to 7 December, organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

The country’s northeast states are backing the travel mart due to be hosted in Taj Vivanta with the official opening precided over by the Governor of Assam, Shri Jagdish Mukhi.

The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, that is part of a wider initiative to work closely with the 10-nation ASEAN bloc and East Asia namely China, Korea and Japan. Read more

India to host MICE event

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia

BANGALORE, 14 November 2017: A major gathering for specialists in the events planning market will be hosted in Mumbai, May 2018, for the first time under the banner of Mice Conclave India.

Hosted 24 to 25 May, 2018, in Mumbai, the inaugural event will underscore the robust growth in the business travel market in India.

From being one of the world’s top 20 business travel destinations less than a decade ago, India has steadily climbed to join the top 10 league. Read more

Trade show headaches for newcomers

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 13 November 2017: You could say the travel industry is spoilt for choice, but the vast array of trade shows vying for our attention could be a nightmare for new players.

Just imagine you have opened a small resort, based on your confidence that the boom in travel will make it a profitable venture, only to learn your competitive set list is as long as your arm.

Better sign up for a trade show fast, but which one? Read more

Record ITB Asia unfolds in Singapore

October 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 30 October 2017: ITB Asia 2017 has completed its milestone anniversary event with record-breaking numbers, the organisers claimed in their closing media release.

The trade show’s management failed to keep their appointment with media attending the event by cancelling the opening press conference for the first time in the event’s 10-year history. It set the tone for the  largely deserted media centre during the rest of the event.

The wrap up of the show was dispatched to the media by email on the closing day. Read more

TRAVEX to rigorously check buyers

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 8 September 2017: The Tourism Authority of Thailand has pledged to make the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Chiang Mai a success, by improving the quality of TRAVEX buyers. claiming ASEAN destinations earn millions of dollars in business transacted during the three-day trade show.

To add credence to that claim, TAT says it will abide by strict guidelines to scrutinise buyer registration at the show to ensure only decision makers who are empowered to negotiate contracts can attend.

The show in recent year has been criticised for a poor turnout of quality buyers. Critics claim there are too many buyers who view ATF as an annual paid holiday, or reunion with buddy tour operators. Read more

Korea partners with ITB Asia

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 10 August 2017: ITB Asia has secured a partnership with the Korea Tourism Organisation of Singapore.

The memorandum of cooperation with Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, organiser of ITB Asia, looks to boost Korea’s appeal as a key destination for leisure travel in Southeast Asia.

“ITB Asia has been chosen as the key platform of choice for KTO in bridging more visitor and buyer connections, and boosting awareness of Korea’s thriving tourism industry,” said Messe Berlin (Singapore) executive director Katrina Leung. Read more

ATTA plans big presence at TTM

May 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 May 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents will join the forthcoming B2B international event, Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017, to be hosted 14 to 16 June in Chiang Mai.

ATTA’s vice president, Virat Chatturaputpitak, said attending TTM+2017 this year is the first activity for the association’s new committee to raise its profile and support its members.

“TTM is the country’s most important event for inbound tourism organising annually… it’s a priority for us,” he said. Read more

AMITE 2017 meets in Bangkok

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 7 March 2017: The Asia Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange 2017 will be held at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 10 to 12 July.

A boutique event that features appointments between MICE buyers and suppliers, AMITE 2017 is the industry’s only one-to-one event held in private suites at a five-star hotel in Asia.

AMITE is organised by event organiser Questex Travel Group. Read more

ITB: Faster networking takes shape

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

BERLIN, 31 January 2017: ITB Berlin is organising two speed dating events, 9 March, that will enable buyers as well as bloggers to contact exhibitors, worldwide, in the shortest possible time.

In the morning,  9 March, the members of the ITB Buyers Circle can meet national and international exhibitors at ITB’s so-called Speed Networking event.

In the afternoon, at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event, bloggers can make use of eight-minute time slots to talk to representatives at the table-top session. The new ITB matchmaking tool is the latest effort to increase communications and networking during ITB Berlin to add value for exhibitors. Read more