Bolstered by untiring efforts from the IT&CM China organizers on several fronts including strong educational sessions and industry partnerships, more than 600 international and domestic buyers can be expected at the 2015 show. These initiatives not only have secured the participation of long-time exhibitors but also attracted new players, such as Berlin Tourismus & Kongres GmbH and Business Events Australia.
“The Chinese market is becoming more and more important for the Berlin Incentive and Congress business. Our goal is to develop and expand our network in China and to promote Berlin’s diverse offers – the modern hotel landscape, the city’s exceptional incentives and high-class restaurants. With its good networking options, IT&CM China 2015 will be a great opportunity to intensify our cooperation with Chinese partners,” said Heike Mahmoud, CMP, director conventions, Berlin Tourismus & Kongress.
Echoing her agreement is LC Tan, regional business director – Greater China, Business Events of Business Events Australia.
“Trade events like IT&CM China have strategic importance to deepen and strengthen Australia’s relationship with Chinese buyers and business partners as well as create awareness for its trade engagement program and tailored tools for the Chinese market. In addition, the business appointment facilities and one-on-one business meetings enable us to reach out to quality Chinese buyers,” said Tan.
At the 2014 event, over 600 international and Chinese buyers were in attendance, with close to 490 coming from the various regions of China. This surged the ratio of Chinese buyers to an all-time high of 70 percent of the buyer delegation.
“‘The results reflect the strength of the organizers’ network and resources to reach valuable segments that both our international and domestic exhibitors desire,” commented Ooi Peng Ee, general manager, TTG Events, one of the show’s three co-organizers.
Returning exhibitor Bobby Ong, vice president, sales & marketing – Greater China of Accor Hospitality revealed their motivation to return.
“The Chinese market is important for Accor. There is a lot of demand in the second and third tier cities in line with business growth and travel, and hotels are predominately catering to the Chinese market. IT&CM China allows us to build brand exposure for our new hotels where we can secure new leads and businesses from the one-to-one appointments we have with these buyers,” stated Ong.
Vichaya Soonthornsaratoon, director of Meetings, Incentives and Conventions Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau mirrored his sentiment.
“China has been one of Thailand’s top three market sources for MICE travelers for the past five years. In 2013, it rose to claim the No. 1 spot. With such a strong performance record and bright prospects, we need to deepen our focus on China. Through our continuing participation at IT&CM China, we will also create more opportunities for our Thai MICE suppliers to meet Chinese MICE buyers.”
IT&CM China 2015 will take place from April 14-16. For more information on IT&CM China, visit www.itcmchina.com.