WTM Connect Asia is due to open its doors for the first time in 5 weeks, marking World Travel Market’s arrival in Southeast Asia. The “pod” event will be taking place in Penang, known as the cultural melting pot of Malaysia.
During the three days of WTM Connect Asia from May 18-20, suppliers of international travel product will meet with Chinese, South East Asian and international Hosted Buyers for pre-scheduled business appointments, inspiring education content, networking functions and cultural evening events.
The Hosted Buyer Program offers carefully selected leisure travel buyers from all over the world the chance to attend and make new business contacts. China’s outbound leisure travel market is now the largest single travel market in the world and continues to grow. Taking this into consideration, WTM Connect Asia is hosting a number of key outbound Chinese leisure travel buyers providing more business opportunities for exhibitors.
Beijing Luxtrip Holding Ltd, Mudianjiang Youth International Travel Agency Co. Ltd , Ctrip, Beijing Huantao Information & Technology Co. Ltd, GZL International Travel Service Limited, Chongqing Guangda International Travel Ltd Co, China Chongqing Holiday International Travel Service Co. LTD, 6renyou Trip are some of the Chinese buyers confirmed to attend.
Iris Lu, Senior Operations Manager, Ctrip says: “WTM has a good reputation in China. I believe WTM Connect Asia will provide new opportunities for my company to develop in new markets and source new products. I’m looking forward to the business appointments and education sessions.”
Jojo Jin, Coo, Beijing Huantao Information & Technology Co. Ltd also explains why she will be at the event: “WTM Connect Asia will be a great opportunity for me to meet with international suppliers, let them understand our business model and build long term business relationships.”
In addition to the Chinese Hosted Buyers at WTM Connect Asia there will also be buyers attending from South East Asia and the rest of the world, providing a strong offer for exhibiting companies. Some of these buyers are Interpark, Cathay Pacific Holidays, APT, Gate 1 Travel, Tidesquare/ Privia Travel, Pacific Leisure Group, and CBS Travel Asia.
WTM Connect Asia has an equally strong mix of exhibitors lined up including Missing Italia, INCOTOUR GROUP Oy, JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc, Cox & Kings, Helidubai , Olympia Europe LTD, Travallanda, Let’s Travel, C Hotels
Tourico and Kaimoo Travels & Hotel Services Pvt Ltd.
Annamarija Paula, Tour Operator Overseas Department, Via Hansa Tours LTD highlights why they will be joining their industry colleagues in Penang: “Via Hansa Tours LTD see an increased interest for our destinations from the Asian market and we are confident that World Travel Market with its strong branding and professional organisation is the right market place for creating new contacts in Asia.”
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