# Asia’s Leading MICE and Corporate Travel Event #
IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022 First-Ever Hybrid Edition Wraps Up Successfully!
Singapore, 12 October 2022 – The 30th IT&CM Asia and 25th CTW Asia-Pacific 2022 delivered an unforgettable edition, marking the events’ first-ever hybrid edition with a buzzing show floor of activities and entertainment by major pavilions, increased demand for targeted networking sessions, and added knowledge sessions.
Welcoming over 1,200 validated and qualified unique in-person and remote delegates over 3-days, the 2022 show saw 363 exhibitors from 27 new and returning Territories / Countries like Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and many more. Including the 414 MICE, Association and Corporate Buyers and over 60 Media, who took advantage of the bountiful procurement and networking opportunities.
Meeting and exchanging contacts for potential business in the Asia-Pacific regions and garnering fresh perspectives was the highlight for Team Umbrella Events’ Mi Anna Karin Johnsson, who attended for the first time.
IT&CMA and CTW APAC 2022 Previews An Immersive Line-Up of Activities
Navigating the post-pandemic landscape is one of the key focuses of the event this year. The Opening Keynote presented by Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) shared insights on critical ways the MICE industry have and should progress, emphasising on the continued value of “phygital” – a blend of physical and digital events; embedded wellness; and inclusive events that are universally accessible for a diverse audience.
The distinguished keynote panel included Max Boontawee Jantasuwan, President of SITE Thailand Chapter; Waikin Wong, Regional Director Asia Pacific of ICCA; and moderated Karen Yue, Group Editor of TTG Travel Trade Publishing, explored the various changes the business events and travel industry had to face during the pandemic, and discussed the strategies moving forward into the future.
The first evening culminates with the ever-popular Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception, co-hosted with our strategic destination partner and host country, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). The two-hour extravaganza features a delectable variety of foods accompanied with a dazzling performance by The SwingKings.
Throughout the 3-day event, delegates can also look forward to other education components like the IT&CM Asia MICE knowledge sessions, CTW Asia-Pacific conference sessions and partner event Future Leaders Forum, emphasised a forward-looking theme, helmed by leading industry partners and experts, to deliver their expertise.
2-Day Exhibition and Appointments Open at IT&CMA and CTW APAC 2022
Opportunities were boundless for delegates to meet new people and reconnect with familiar faces after a 2-year long of meeting virtually. Arunroj Phitthayapruek, Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) shared with event organisers, “You can expect an appetising array of business and networking activities at this event. It’s a valuable source for corporate, agency and association buyers that need the Asian connection. This event also put us in touch with everything from buyers and suppliers to services, conferences, seminars, pre-show city tours and post-show incentive trips.”
Delegates also had the chance to obtain first-hand information from NTOs such as Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), MEET Taiwan, Tourism Promotions Board, Philippines (TPB), Promotion Bureau of the Principality of Monaco – Asia, Korea Tourism Organisation, Incheon Tourism Organisation and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization on their latest highlights and development during the Brand Engagement sessions over the 2 days. Over 30 shortlisted buyers had the opportunity to hear about the Thailand’s latest MICE updates during the 20-minute Exhibition Walkabout by TCEB. Prizes were also given away at the end of the session.
Destinations and organisations also displayed experiential elements at their booths with activities, giveaways and entertainment. The highlights included taking selfie with the Magic Thailand AR Graffiti and receiving “Thai Dessert Soap” at the Thailand booth, DIY handicrafts at the Taiwan booth along with a virtual reality experience showcasing Taiwan in 360°.
The networking and educations opportunities did not end there as the event continued on the virtual platform, EventsAir till October 5th that was extended from September 28th due to overwhelming requests. Exhibitors and buyers were still able to conduct business appointments at the 3D Virtual Exhibition and Walk-in meets and watch the on-demand content including knowledge sessions, brand engagements, buyer procurement showcases.
To see more of the happenings at the IT&CMA and CTW APAC 2022 show, check out the highlights on the TTG Events YouTube channel
If you would like to procure, network and learn at IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2023, join us from 26 – 28 September 2023 at Bangkok, Thailand. The leading MICE event is co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific.
snapshots 20-21-22 September
Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines are back in business
After a two-year hiatus, IT&CMA was once again a physical exhibition. However, with - logically - fewer exhibitors and fewer buyers. Nevertheless, 325 exhibitors were still present to provide update information to the 387 hosted buyers. And not to forget: 64 media representatives.
Thailand with co-organizer Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), however, was prominently present and naturally with the largest stand. Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Jakarta and, to a lesser extent, Japan were also strong players.
TCEB, Taiwan, the Philippines and Korea (with the new destinations Incheon and Gyeonggi) provided extensive brand presentations. And with Monaco as a striking newcomer. After all, the mini-state is a popular destination for Asians and wants to profile itself even more strongly as a MICE destination on the Asian market.
Thai Airways International was and still is the official carrier for IT&CMA, but was unable to fulfill that role this year for obvious reasons. Due to the forced sale of half of the fleet (from 82 to 41 aircraft), a number of destinations were lost and the number of routes is currently limited to 31. Destinations such as Brussels and Oslo were sacrificed. But according to Pornsri Chotiwit, head of sales agencies, there is a good chance that flights to Brussels as the seat of the EU and NATO will resume next year. Subsidiary Thai Smile remains an important player on the domestic and regional market with 20 aircraft.
Given current figures, TCEB expects to close at 6.13 million MICE travelers by the end of September (at the end of this fiscal year). With some major events as eye-catchers: the Global Summit of Women (June 2022), the Unicity Global Conference and the PATA Destination Marketing Forum (August) The key word for the policy to be followed for the next 5 years is sustainability. And all with the new brand slogan "Thailand MICE - Meet the Magic"
As always, a number of seminars and conferences were scheduled for this IT&CMA-CTW. TCEB President Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya was the guest speaker during the opening keynote, which was followed by a panel discussion with Karen Yue (TTG)n Max Boontawee Jantasuwan (SITE Thailand), Supanich Thiansing (TCEB) and Waikin Wong (ICCA Asia Pacific). A first MICE seminar dealt with the organizational changes and its impact on talent management. With Waikin Wong (ICCA) and Kate Sarasin (Kasetsart University). A second seminar was hosted by the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO). Mathias Posch (president & chairman, International Conference Services) took a closer look at the current challenges facing the MICE sector. Such as the consequences of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the reduced interest in Ukraine's neighboring countries, the tensions between China and Taiwan, the military coup in Myanmar, the COVID restrictions in China, the expensive plane tickets. For example, a conference planned in Prague has been canceled because the congress center was occupied by refugees. After the COVID pandemic, there is also a lack of professional staff. And finally the choice between physical or online or hybrid meetings and conferences.
Two conferences were scheduled as part of Corporate Travel World (CTW). A first with the theme Vision of Value in Business Travel and a second with the theme Walking on the Sustainability Talk.
IT&CMA and CTW 2023 will take place from September 26 to 28 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.
IT&CM Asia-CTW Asia-Pacific 2022
Wide Array of Sponsor-Backed Engagements to Look Forward This Year
With a lot of more buzz on this year’s show floor and programme, delegates can look forward to a compelling IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022. Aside from business and knowledge components, this year’s programme features a wide array of sponsorbacked engagements such as the opening ceremony and welcome reception, brand engagements, entertaining in-booth activities, and lucky draws.
The show is delighted to welcome 312 in-person and remote Exhibitors from 132 exhibiting companies and organisations from 23 countries/territories along with 387 in-person and remote MICE, Association and Corporate Buyers from 56 countries/territories.
As the tourism industry gears towards recovery, Exhibitors from Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong SAR, Japan and South Korea helms the largest exhibiting pavilions to showcase what they have to offer.
Captive Outreach In-Person
Kicking off IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022 is Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)’s hosting of the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception at the Bangkok Convention Centre on the evening of the first event day, aimed at showcasing Thailand’s vibrant, creative and
inspiring art scene. To share their latest brand highlights and developments with MICE, Association and Corporate buyers and media, NTOs such as Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), MEET Taiwan, Tourism Promotions Board, Philippines (TPB), Promotion Bureau of the Principality of Monaco – Asia, Korea Tourism Organization, Incheon Tourism Organization and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization will share during their 30-minute sessions Brand Engagement slots on 21 and 22 September.
Exciting In-Booth Activities and Buyers’ Incentive
All delegates, especially buyers, can look forward to a buzzing show floor, filled with an extensive line-up of in-booth activities.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau
o CustoMICE: Discover MICE Destination as your style with photo gimmick
o Magic MICE Destination: Take selfie with the Magic Thailand AR Graffiti and receive “Thai Dessert Soap”
Experience DIY craft time with Taipei City Government and get a special token by filling up a questionnaire. Win lucky draw prizes sponsored by Arcadia Travel Co., Ltd in the booth.
Taiwan Tourism Bureau
o Join in on their ribbon-cutting ceremony
o Experience Taiwan in 360° with a virtual reality experience
o Listen why Taiwan is the perfect place for MICE and stand a chance to get a special gift
o Get crafty or try your luck with a variety of fun activities and games
Collaboration with established brands has played a significant role to ensure that attendees are actively engaged during the show. Upon completing their fulfillments and utilising the event app to rate their appointments, all buyers get a chance to walk away with reward prizes including hotel
stays in Bangkok, Philippines, Hong Kong SAR and more.
If you would like to procure, network and learn at IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific, join us from 20–22 September in Bangkok and 20–28 virtually. The leading MICE event is co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific, the Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific
IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022 knowledge programme revealed
Committed to strengthening and enhancing the 18th edition of Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel to its delegates, IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022 has announced an exciting line-up of conference and seminar sessions for this year’s event. With the focus of emerging stronger in the post-pandemic world, the knowledge sessions are designed to provide tangible learnings and innovative solutions for attendees in a post-pandemic world. Leading industry partners, thought leaders and experts to share their expertise and inspire the industry, helms this year’s topics.
Opening Keynote: Onwards and Upwards
20 September 2022, 1600 to 1700hrs
Kicking off the knowledge session is the Opening Keynote titled “Onwards and Upwards”, presented by Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) with panellists Max Boontawee Jantasuwan, President of SITE Thailand Chapter and Waikin Wong, Regional Director Asia Pacific, ICCA. The talk will be moderated by Karen Yue, Group Editor, TTG Travel Trade Publishing.
The engaging session will explore the various changes the business events and travel industry had to face in the past two years of the pandemic, and discuss the strategies moving forward into the future.
IT&CM Asia MICE Knowledge Sessions
21 and 22 September, 0930 to 1030hrs
What the future holds for conferences, especially in the wake of a global pandemic, is the main topic of the seminar titled “Meetings After COVID – How Conferences Have Changed And What’s In Store For The Future”, hosted by International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO) and presented by Mathias Posch, President & Chairman, International Conference Services. He will explore the driving forces behind the economic recover of the meetings industry in Asia and COVID’s impact on the meetings of the future.
“Organizational Changes and its Impact on Talent Management” is a session hosted by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and moderated by Waikin Wong, Regional Director Asia Pacific, ICCA, will explore the need for organization changes during the pandemic and look into the strategies to overcome the huge talent and skill crisis as organizations embark on the road to economic recovery.
CTW Asia-Pacific Conference Sessions
21 and 22 September, 1100 to 1200hrs
CTW Asia-Pacific corporate travel professionals will have their own dedicated conference to facilitate knowledge sharing on corporate travel management trends on “Vision of Value in Business Travel” and best practices on “Walking the Sustainability Talk”.
Said CTW Asia-Pacific Conference Sessions moderator, Karen Yue, Group Editor, TTG Travel Trade Publishing, "The CTW Conference this year will tackle two topics that are important in all current corporate travel conversations – sustainability and cost of travel. We will have experienced individuals with influence over corporate travel decisions joining us on the panel sessions, providing valuable insights on their approaches to responsible travel and trip ROI management."
Attendees will get to hear from panelists Ajaay Kapur, Vice President & Head Procurement, Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Akshay Kapoor, Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, CWT and Manish Raj, Vice President – Global Sales & New Initiatives, Moveinsync Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd. discussing on the topic of “Vision of Value in Business Travel”. This segment focuses on “How are companies managing their travel expenses and ensuring strong trip ROI” in a post-lockdown world with an increasing appetite and rising cost of travel.
The theme on Sustainability takes centre-stage at the CTW APAC Conference Sessions in response to increasing conversations within the corporate travel community and beyond to spearhead initiatives towards collective change. “Walking the Sustainability Talk” will be explored with Amarnath Lal Das, Vice President – India Travel, Meeting & Events of Accenture Solutions Pvt. Ltd., India as well as Barbara Ewals, Executive Director for Initiative for Global Resilience and Chooleng Goh, General Manager, The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel.
If you would like to procure, network and learn at IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022, join us from 20 – 22 September at the Bangkok, Thailand and 20 – 28 September virtually. The leading MICE event is co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific.
IT&CMA en CTW opnieuw als fysieke beurs
In de Thaise hoofdstad Bangkok vindt van 20 tot 22 september de 30ste editie van de vakbeurs Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia plaats. Tegelijk met een aantal conferenties van Corporate Travel World Asia-Pacific. Na twee jaar als Virtual Networking Event is het dit keer opnieuw een In-Person Event. Maar tegelijkertijd loopt IT&CMA-CTW van 20 tot 28 september ook nog als een virtueel event.
Deze beurs is al jarenlang het leidinggevende internationale MICE event in de Asia-Pacific regio. IT&CMA werd in 1993 voor het eerst georganiseerd. Vanaf 2004 vindt tegelijkertijd ook CTW plaats, een reeks van seminaries, meetings en conferenties. Als doublebill event is de combinatie IT&CMA en CTW uniek in de wereld voor het samenbrengen van MICE en corporate travel. En sinds 2012 bestrijkt de beurs ook het segment luxury travel.
Beide events hebben nu al 15 jaar een vaste stek gevonden in het Bangkok Convention Centre in het Central World complex. IT&CMA en CTW worden georganiseerd door het in Singapore gebaseerde TTG Events, in nauwe samenwerking met het Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).
Travel Express Benelux is dit jaar voor het eerst media partner van dit doublebill event, waar traditioneel ook een aantal Belgische buyers aan deelnemen.
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About IT&CMA 2022
20 to 22 September | Bangkok, Thailand
20 to 28 September | Virtual
Established in 1993, IT&CMA is at the forefront of fostering MICE growth opportunities for the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Its multi-faceted programme engages regional and international industry suppliers and buyers in the realms of business, education and networking. IT&CMA also features dedicated platforms designed around the interests of valuable MICE niche segments, enabling the event to consistently deliver a delegate profile that is both relevant and dynamic. IT&CMA remains uniquely positioned as the only global event with the largest exhibition showcase of Asia-Pacific MICE suppliers. The show is part of the IT&CM Events series.
Co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific, IT&CMA is part of the IT&CM Events series organised by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media. IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific is Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel. Both events have been co-locating since 2004, offering its delegates an unparalleled platform to do business, learn and network.
About CTW Asia-Pacific
The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference For The Asia-Pacific
Launched in 1998, CTW Asia-Pacific is dedicated to cultivating Travel & Entertainment (T&E) best practices among Asia-Pacific’s corporate travel professionals.
Influencers, planners and decision-makers of corporate travel functions in their organisation attend the annual conference to keep themselves abreast of the latest trends and knowledge that enable them to get the most out of their T&E decisions.
Knowledge Sessions Revealed
Navigating the post-pandemic landscape has transformed the business travel industry and shifted its focus on the recovery strategies that companies are applying in this ever-changing travel climate. The knowledge sessions will also cast a spotlight on the issues surrounding sustainability and its impact on business travel as well as how suppliers can help meet responsible objectives.
Organisers of IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022, TTG Events are welcoming speaker nominations to be part of the line-up for the knowledge sessions which will be held on 21 and 22 September from 0930 to 1030 hrs (GMT+7).
More details available at https://itcma.com/programme-in-person-event/#knowledge-sessions.
Pre- and Post-Show Tours
Pre- and post-show tours continue to be a highlight for many delegates, allowing them to experience what each destination has to offer in terms of cultural, gourmet, sustainability / wellness and multi-faceted appeal.
These opportunities to showcase destinations, MICE services, and ancillary products and solutions make such tours perfect platforms.
The organisers are also pleased to invite readers to nominate and to invite suitable industry companies to submit a proposal to work as partners to organise the pre- and/or post-show tours.
For enquiries on speaking at the event or to partner in organising the pre- / post-show tours for IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022, please email email@example.com.
If you would like to procure, network and learn at IT&CM Asia and CTW Asia-Pacific 2022, join us from 20 – 22 September at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld and 20 – 28 September virtually. The leading MICE event is co-located with CTW Asia-Pacific – The Leading Corporate Travel Management Conference for the Asia-Pacific.