Premier International MICE Event and the only Double Bill Event in Asia-Pacific
Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) and Corporate Travel World (CTW) Asia-Pacific is Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel. Both events have been co-locating since 2004, offering its delegates an unparalleled platform to do business, learn and network with industry players from around the region and beyond. This year 2019 will see the 27th and 22nd installment of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific respectively.
“The encouraging space expansion of returning exhibitors attest to continued confidence that IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific delivers across all fronts, internationally and locally. As the show continues to evolve, we progressively put in our best to cater to the ever-changing needs of our suppliers and buyers.” Darren Ng, MD, TTG Asia Media.
This year’s Central Theme on Sustainability permeate across all knowledge tracks during the 3-Day Event, with more than 40 moderators, presenters and opinion leaders to deliver over 20 knowledge sessions and including 5 educational tracks and components.
The education front of Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event continues to bring leading influencers and experts to share expertise and inspire the industry. Different facets of Sustainability, in addition to other hot topics, will be explored across all educational tracks, allowing for deeper, relevant and focused perspectives within each attendee segment.
Asian MICE Cruise Conference – 24 September 9AM to 3:10PM
The Second Edition, following the First Edition at last year’s ITCMA, of the expanded Asian MICE Cruise Conference will see thought leaders on stage from leading cruise players:
*Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA),
*Crystal International Asia,
*Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings,
*Royal Caribbean Cruises,
*Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection & U River Cruises and
*Worldwide Cruise Associates
Developed by the editors of TTG Travel Trade Publishing, the full-day conference that doubled its number of sessions from last year, will tackle topics such as:
-Cruises’ ability to support business events;
-The state of luxury cruise development in the region and its impact on incentive programmes;
-The role land programmes play in providing a complete reward trip;
-The lure of luxury river cruising as a cruise and incentive concept; cruise companies’ commitment to sustainable efforts; and more.
Key Note Address: Sustainability – Future Proofing Your Business
24 September 3:20PM to 4:20PM
Organised in collaboration with Chiang MICE, and moderated by Sustainability Advocate, MICE Strategist and Hospitality Consultant, David Barrett, the compelling push for Sustainability is told through the eyes and perspectives of four iconic professionals from diverse backgrounds:
*Richard Jones, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Human Resources and Sustainability of Indorama Ventures
*Marissa Jablonski, USAID FFP Environmental Advisor, USAID Washington DC Office
*Supawan Teerarat, Senior VP Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)
*Pairach Piboonrungroi, Director of MICE Excellence Centre, Faculty of Economics of Chiang MICE University
The engaging session will explore the multiple angles of Sustainability and their indelible significance on future proofing businesses for the long term. Talking points include Digitising businesses for the future, Environmental conservation, Community-based tourism, and Investing in sustainable businesses.
According to moderator, David Barrett: “The prevailing notion of sustainability in industry practices are underwhelming. Recognising that incorporating sustainability takes time and substantial effort to cultivate, the very first step is to be heard and understood. A good platform with decision-makers and industry players from MICE and corporate travel is essential and IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific is just that.”
Association Day Forums 25-26 September 9AM to 10AM Daily
The ever-popular Association Day Forums return with four intriguing sessions helmed by leading industry associations and experts:
*Association Development – Investing in a Sustainable Future. Hosted by GainingEdge
*Keeping International Association Meetings Relevant Hosted by IAPCO
*Face Off: Should CVBs And PCOs Work Together For Greater Success?
Hosted by ICCA & WPCOA
*The Future of Incentives – 10 Things You Need to Know. Hosted by SITE
Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media said, “The Association Day forums continue to advocate awareness and prevalence of the Association Meetings, Conventions and Management scene – a critical economic driver to the business events and MICE industry that IT&CMA has invested over several years. More importantly, it provides a platform for our key association partners and delegates to engage and advance ideas.”
In addition to the association hosts, headlining speakers of these sessions include:
-Ace:Daytons Direct (International),
-Sarawak Convention Bureau,
-The International Convention Department of Congress Corporation – and more.
Martin Boyle, CEO of IAPCO will be moderating this session. He said, “Keeping international association meetings relevant is challenging yet necessary. At IAPCO, our main purpose is to raise the quality standards in the global meetings industry. The Association Day Forum allows us to share the commonalities of the issues faced by organisations and discuss the key components on how delegates can approach the fundamentals of having a successful international meeting.”
ASEAN MICE Forum – 26 September, 1040AM to 3PM
Aimed at elevating ASEAN’s position as a MICE hub, the return of the half-day ASEAN MICE Forum draws top honchos across top regional MICE institutions and beyond to learn from one another.
“Building A Sustainable MICE City” and “SMART Cities – Leveraging MICE to Diversify and Support Economic Growth” are part of this year’s conversations led by notable speakers and moderators from:
-GainingEdge, Indonesia Convention and Exhibition Bureau
-Meetings International, MICE Excellence Centre – Chiang Mai University
-Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau, and more.
“The upcoming forum this IT&CMA will discuss the various ways destinations can align their MICE industries with governments’ key economic growth strategies and the maximum benefits destinations can achieve from that. As a predominant factor across ASEAN region, delegates should attend this forum with an open mind and adopt the best
practices available“, commented Mike Williams, Senior Consultant and Partner of GainingEdge.
CTW Asia-Pacific Conference – 25 and 26 September, 0150PM to 6PM Daily
CTW Asia-Pacific corporate travel professionals will have their very own dedicated conference to facilitate knowledge-sharing on corporate travel management trends and best practices such as cybersecurity risks, effective supplier relationships in travel procurement, travel policy disruption – managing compliance and traveler satisfaction, and duty of care – blurring the lines in bleisure travel.
Supported by the CTW Asia-Pacific Advisory Panel comprising of experienced industry practitioners from:
CBRE – MCR India
ByteDance China, and
This Community-Led Event also features collaborative sessions in partnership with CWT, JTB and Cvent.
Having all the ducks in a row – other concurrent educational highlights taking place at IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific:
• The IMEX-MPI-MCI: IT&CMA Future Leaders Forum 2019 (24 and 25 September) welcomes students from across the country to a 1.5-day programme that nurtures and inspires the next generation of industry professionals through conversations and game challenges.
• IT&CMA Passionate Breakfast By ICCA and TTGmice, back for a 2nd consecutive run, gives early risers a dose of motivational goodness amid a networking breakfast.
“Every year, our knowledge programme is carefully curated to support the educational goals of different delegate segments and interest groups. For the first time, the conversations that take place across distinct tracks will come together as part of this year’s overarching theme on Sustainability, lending both cohesion and integration to a common talking point,” said Cheryl Tan, Head of Events, TTG Asia Media.
Apart from the knowledge sessions, delegates are invited to look out for other sustainability spotlights taking place at the show, such as the daily complimentary coffee by Philippine Tourism Promotions Board, featuring a special line of blends from La Trinidad, Benguet, sourced from suppliers practicing Fair Trade as part of the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee (FSCE) programme.
Other Revitalised Event Highlights include:
*Sticky Awards: IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific’s very own appreciation programme for top-
performing delegates – comprising a new awards list and voting format
*Attractive lucky draw incentives for good performing buyers
Expanded knowledge programme with a Sustainability theme that ties across the various sessions at: the extended Asian MICE Cruise Conference, Keynote Lecture, Association Day forums, ASEAN MICE Forum and CTW Asia-Pacific Conference.
App-centric event that reduces the use of printed materials and increases connectivity between delegates.
TCEB will be presenting a “Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand” networking mirroring the new “Meet-The-Corporates” format, featuring up to 48 Thai suppliers, and attended solely by corporate buyers over 2 days.
“Our new branding “Thailand Redefine Your Business Events” inspires us to find every window of opportunity to create value and enhance return on investment and return on time for MICE stakeholders. Our partnership with IT&CMA in launching Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand initiative is a perfect match with our new branding. We are excited to see the Thai suppliers and Corporate Travel Managers leverage on this new initiative and deepen their interaction in an exclusive setting” said Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.
As strategic partner, TCEB will continue to host the perennially anticipated Opening Ceremony and Welcome Dinner, pre-show city tours of Bangkok and post-show tours to Ayutthaya and Khao Lak.