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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
news IT&CMA ignites Story by Johanna Mc kinnon The ThreaT of Travel warnings didn’t keep delegates at home for the 2008 show. convention centre, 300 exhibitors and 360 hosted buyers from 40 countries met to discuss future events. Between appointments attendees made the most of the large array of seminars on offer, which included discussions about the business tourism forecast for 2009, environmental issues and the global credit crunch. The double bill show, which shares the stage with Corporate Travel World’s Asia Pacific Conference, was on all counts successful with feedback from attendees positive. Hosted buyer Eileen Hair from Spinergy said making the journey to Bangkok from Singapore was worthwhile. “The main focus for me was to get to know more DMCs and hotel contacts and I think 80 per cent of that I’ve achieved,” she said “I’ve met DMCs from Istanbul, South Africa and Vietnam and these were the three I am seriously looking at right now. Meeting these contacts will definitely help me with future events.” From an exhibitor’s perspective many said appointments were full and the buyers were of a high quality. Furama Resort Danang Vietnam’s Nguyen Duc Quynh said he wasn’t expecting such a successful show. “I was surprised because this show was much better than last year. The quality was better, the number of appointments has improved, and it’s been quite successful. Many sellers didn’t come this year because last year wasn’t very good,” he said. IT&CMA will be hosted in Bangkok’s CentralWorld again next year and organisers are already promising a bigger and better show. T hailand’s capital was fraught with unrest and protests leading up to IT&CMA, but this didn’t keep delegates from attending the annual event. In the safety of the Bangkok CentralWorld vox pops Pankaj Sen GuPta Al-TAyER TRAVEl AgENCy DuBAI “I’ve been attending IT&CMA for the past six years and I’ve seen it improving every year - quality buyers, more focused and they do listen to our feedback which is fantastic. It has been very good for me because we do a lot in the far east and I’ve found there are a lot of new people coming so that gives us even more opportunity to send more MICE groups into this part of the world.” ChriS robLeS BRuNEI TouRISM pic coming “These events are a way to touch base to create an idea, and sometimes it can materialise years later. In a way it’s better to be here and put yourself on the shelf and with a bit of luck and perseverance the business will materialise. I think it’s important for destinations to continue to attend shows like this and meet with buyers.” miceAsia.net 17