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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
tradeshows AIME 2008. Republic, having taken up a large joint space. There will also be diverse private sector offerings from Mongolia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Peru and Egypt. “Most of our varied list of exhibitors know and trust us from ITB Berlin,” says director of Mess Berlin (Singapore) Dr Martin Buck. “Through ITB Asia, we are now in a fortunate position to help them secure a share of the rapidly expanding Asian market. It’s a logical expansion of our already successful relationship from ITB Berlin.” Hotting up in China As if TTG doesn’t have enough to contend with, the group also has another competitor in China, with Reed Travel Exhibitions’ CIBTM (China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition), scheduled for 2009. Reed Travel Exhibitions decided to defer its 2008 offering because of the Beijing Olympics, but it will most definitely be back next year. TTG runs IT&CM – Incentive Travel Conventions & Meetings in Shanghai – with the next one being held between April 15 and 17, 2009. This will be the third year of the event, which was deemed quite positive by the majority of exhibitors and hosted buyers. Already Reed Travel Exhibitions is declaring CIBTM as “the largest meetings and incentives gathering in China”. In 2007 it recorded 3,869 trade buyers and visitors, including 262 hosted buyers from within China and elsewhere. IT&CM’s 2008 event recorded 211 exhibiting companies from 26 companies, 300 buyers from 32 countries, 90 media, and 2000 delegates. Only time will tell which event is favoured by exhibitors and whether both will survive amicably in a highly competitive market. Key dates IT&CMA and CTW Asia Pacific October 7-9, 2008 Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld Bangkok, Thailand ITB Asia October 22-24, 2008 SUNTEC Singapore AIME 2009 February 17-18, 2009 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Melbourne, Australia IT&CM China April 15-17, 2009 Shanghai-Mart Expo CIBTM September 8-10, 2009 China National Convention Centre miceAsia.net 31