SHANGHAI, China – Next year’s IT&CM China will return to the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, from April 17-19, 2013. More than 70 percent of exhibitors at IT&CM China 2012 have already signed up to be part of next year’s showcase. A number of exhibitors have also upped their participation by investing in larger booth space. Noteworthy among these is Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) who have almost doubled their space to 128 square meters.
Among international NTOs exhibiting at the 7th IT&CM China, are Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Indonesia, Jeju Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Seoul Tourism Organization. Leading corporate exhibitors such as Marco Polo Hotels, and Millenium and Copthorne Hotels have also signed up to be part of next year’s showcase.
Chinese exhibitors have also registered early, with names such as Club Med, Ocean Spring Hotels, Langham Hotels, Wuzhen Tourism, Jinjiang International Hotel, and Mission Hills Golf Club already on board.
Mr. Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media, said: “We are very pleased with the quality of exhibitors that has signed up for IT&CM China 2013. The feedback from this year’s delegates has been extremely encouraging, and the early registrations are clear evidence of the value they see in IT&CM China.”
Delegates at IT&CM China 2012 expressed confidence in meeting their MICE and business travel objectives for the year. Said buyer Patrick Lee, Owner at Best Travel Deals: “I am eager to source for new venues and destinations this year. Considering the number of new exhibitors, I am very confident of meeting my objectives.” First time buyer, Mr. Thomas Amiconi, Managing Director of Amiconi Consulting, added, “The quality of the show and the exhibitors makes me confident of meeting my goal to discover new markets.”
Exhibitor Ms. Yuki Pu, Senior Sales Manager at InterContinental Hotel Group said, “I think this (IT&CM China 2012) is an effective business platform due to the consolidated presence of hotel brands in one location.” Ms. Jennifer Ong, Industry Service Manager at Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau remarked, “This is one of the most professionally-organized shows targeted at the China business travel events market.”
The show’s education component also delivered high value. The Professionals Association Executive (PAE) course, by the Australasian Society of Association Executives and the Canadian Society of Association Executives, held at IT&CM China for the first time, was well received by the association professionals that participated. Said participant Mr. Zhong-Kang Liao, Deputy Secretary General, Shanghai Bath Association, “What I got out of this course is that associations in China must become more market-oriented and work harder to develop their own competitive advantages and membership power rather than depend on government support.”
The Fundamentals of Business Travel Management Course by Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) received positive reviews from the 60 participants that attended. Said Mr. Welf Ebeling, Regional Director Asia-Pacific for GBTA: “We are very pleased that the intake for the Fundamentals course has doubled since its introduction last year. GBTA will announce the details of the Global Travel Professional Certification by 2013, and we are in the process of finding a suitable institute in Asia to partner the manager and leader certification levels.”
For more information on the event, please visit www.itcmchina.com .