Category Archives: Exhibitions

MITT 2019 comes to a close with Russian Deputy PM’s visit

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The 26th Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition(Mitt) 2019, was held from 12–14 March 2019 at the Expocentre, Moscow, Russia. It was attended by Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Zarina Doguzova, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism. The exhibition has been a great success, with 12,191 professionals attending on the first day alone. Exhibitors from more than 54 countries presented new destinations, routes and tourism products ahead of the 2019 season. The honored guests paid particular attention to the Russian Pavilion, where new tourist products from more than five dozen regions of Russia were presented. Exhibiting companies shared their prospects and plans for the future, as well as unique offers for Russian and international tourists with the VIP guests. The visit was organised by Dmitry Zavgorodniy, Director General of MITT organisers ITE Expo, and MITT Exhibition Director Artyom Chernyshov, who shared their plans for the development of the exhibition. In 2020, MITT will move to a new venue – Crocus Expo – the largest exhibition centre in Eastern Europe. The venue move will improve the quality of services provided to exhibitors, enable the show to use large-scale pavilions, and improve the event for visitors.

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ITB India to be held in Mumbai in 2020

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Messe Berlin has announced that it will be organising the inaugural ITB India in 2020. The three-day B2B travel trade show and convention will be held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from April 15-17, 2020. The show will bring together key travel industry leaders and buyers from cities across India, and international exhibitors from the MiCE, leisure and corporate sectors. ITB India will also have a Hosted Buyers’ Programme that will cater to buyers from first, second, and third tier cities in India. The Indian travel industry is expected to be valued at US$56 billion by 2020 with UNTWO, the World Tourism Organization, predicting that there will 50 million outbound travellers by then. ITB India represents a major opportunity for National Tourism Organisations (NTOs), travel, and hospitality companies to be part of this dramatically expanding market opportunity. “In recent years we have given the ITB brand an increasingly international dimension,” said Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin. “From a global and regional perspective, India is a vast source market for the travel industry with a huge growth potential. We are delighted that ITB India will in future complement the trio of ITB Berlin, ITB Asia and ITB China, making it a quartet and strengthening the global ITB brand.” India’s economic growth means that its citizens are earning more disposable income to spend on travel. India’s outbound travel expenditure increased 7% on average year-on-year between 2006 and 2016 and saw an even higher growth rate of 8.5% in travel expenditure from 2015 to 2016. This rate was considerably higher than growth rates seen by other major countries including China, Indonesia, and Brazil for the same period. “Having …

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ITB creates a new platform for Virtual and Augmented Reality

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On Thursday, 7 March at 10.30 a.m., Michael Faber of Tourismuszukunft will have information on VR trends in the travel industry. Afterwards at 11 a.m., Prof. Dr. Cornelia Zanger, chair of the Marketing and Commercial Business Studies at TU Chemnitz, and David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin, will discuss ‘Digitalisation at trade fairs and events with a special focus on AR and VR’. At 11.30 a.m. in her lecture on ’Augmented Reality Games meet Tourism’, Anne Beuttenmüller, head of Marketing EMEA, Niantic Inc., will show how Ingress Agents and Pokémon GO Trainer can be used to travel the world with AR games, and how the tourism industry can learn from this. At 2 p.m. Johannes Berdin, CEO, Urban Timetravel S.A, Urban Time Travel, and Guy Breden, project manager of VR-Timetravel Luxembourg, will illustrate how the city of Luxembourg has integrated VR and AR in its Smart City concept. At 2.30 p.m. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wünsch, consultant and former founder and president/rector of Berlin hdpk, Congruens GmbH, will talk about ‘Immersion – delving into a virtual environment’. Wünsch will explain the non-technological side of immersion and why our brains want to be entertained. Events on Friday, 8 March will kick off at 11.30 with a lecture by Sebastian Plesch, research associate of Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin. Plesch will provide an overview of the latest developments in VR/AR and interaction technology as well as its possible uses in the tourism industry. At 2.30 p.m., taking Beethoven VR as an example of tourism promotion in Germany, Thomas Bedenk, director of Immersive Media at Agentur für Digitale Transformation Exozet, will talk about VR destination marketing. Concluding the event at 2.30 p.m. Andreas …

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IT&CM China and CTW China unveil redesigned programme

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Committed to strengthening and enhancing the 13th edition of China’s only double-bill event in MiCE and corporate travel to its delegates, IT&CM China and CTW China 2019 features a re-designed programme that centers on initiatives for business leads beyond one-on-one appointments, avenues for MiCE innovation, closer interaction between IT&CM China and CTW China, as well as the event’s stellar industry support. Beyond Business Appointments Recognising that lead generation is important for both exhibitors and buyers, the enhanced Exhibition Walk-About, newly created Meet-the-Corporates and improved Brand Presentation Showcase are additional formats beyond one-on-one business appointments, to explore and create business potential. Targeted at association buyers, the Exhibition Walk-About comprises four one-hour guided sessions to featured destination pavilions and booths. Each guided session is kept small, allowing featured exhibitors the opportunity to efficiently make quick introductions and connections within a short time. By the end of the show, featured exhibitors would have met all attending association buyers. Meet-the-Corporates fulfils a similar objective for IT&CM China exhibitors wanting to meet attending corporate travel managers/ procurement buyers from CTW China via a speed-dating format. Exhibitors go around tabled groups of corporate buyers to exchange business cards and make simple introductions. Sessions are organised to allow exhibitors to meet all attending CTW China buyers within two one-hour sessions. Exhibitors with more to share can take advantage of the 20-minutes Brand Showcase Presentation slots open to all buyers and media. Previously limited to just destination brands as part of the Association Day programme, these sessions are for any participating exhibitor to supplement their publicity and brand outreach efforts. Consequently, the new brand showcase presentation will also replace media briefing sessions. An avenue for MiCE innovation Unveiling another new …

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AIME begins today in Melbourne

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Taking place in Melbourne from February 18-20, Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME) brings together the right buyers with the right exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region and across the world. After a year of meticulous planning, AIME has finally opened its doors, showcasing the reimagined event to the global meetings events industry. With the countdown commencing, 2019 promises to deliver a new AIME experience, challenging established expectations and honing its focus on measurable commercial outcomes. “With a rich history spanning 27 years, AIME has been at the heart of the business events industry in the Asia Pacific region. For many, the event was the start of their careers, in a transformative industry that touches so many of us. AIME 2019 is the start of a new journey, and we are looking forward to welcoming business event communities from all over the world, in what is sure to be a prosperous year ahead,” said Jay Martens, Event Director, Talk2 Media & Events. Evolution of the AIME Knowledge Program, sponsored by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), now sees it be the largest and most comprehensive Business Events education program on any single day in Australia. 500 participants will engage in a variety of sessions specifically curated in partnership with AIME’s strategic education partner, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). “The planning and reshaping of AIME 2019 has been a momentous journey with Talk2Media over the last 12 months. The business events industry has been vocal about what they’d like to see at AIME and Talk2Media have worked with us closely to build an event that will be significantly different than previous editions. I’m looking forward to seeing it all come to life,” …

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ITCM China to take place from March 19-21, 2019

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The event is slated to take place from March 19 to 21, 2019 at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing Shanghai, China. Since 2007, IT&CM China has established itself as China’s leading international Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) business, education and networking event, dedicated to “Promoting China to the World and the World to China”. Bringing together Chinese and International MICE exhibitors and buyers in one dynamic marketplace, IT&CM China is the platform for international and leading Chinese players in the MICE industry to explore business opportunities on all fronts – inbound, outbound and domestic. Delegates to the 3-day event receive the best return on their investment in business, education and networking through structured business appointments, exhibition showcase, seminar sessions, official networking functions and tours. Co-located with CTW China as China’s only doublebill event in MICE and Corporate Travel, IT&CM China is part of the IT&CM Events series. This event is co-organised by CITS International M.I.C.E. – a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITS (China International Travel Service), and MP International.

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Focus on digitality and the ‘human factor’ at the ITB MICE Forum 2019

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For the first time the MICE Forum will take place over two days and occupy its own hall along with Business Travel.  Concentrated expertise and the ’human factor’ as a theme heading at the ITB MICE Forum: qualified experts from the industry such as Nicole Brandes, intl. management coach, author and partner of the Zukunftsinstitut and Felix Rundel, head of Programmes and International Development, Falling Walls Foundation, will be examining a range of topics, including what those involved in the meeting and event industry can do in the future to ensure that creativity and expertise become more valuable resources. From 6 to 10 March 2019 MICE and Business Travel Management will join ranks at ITB Berlin. For the first time the MICE Forum will take place over two days together with the Business Travel Forum, on Wednesday, 6 March from 10.45 a.m. to 2.45 p.m. and on Thursday, 7 March 2019 from 3 to 5.45 p.m., under the same roof in Hall 7.1a. The Association of Event Organisers (VDVO) is the official partner of the MICE event. On Wednesday, 6 March 2019 at the ITB MICE Forum the focus will be on the human factor. After an introduction by Bernd Fritzges, CEO of the Association of Event Organisers, Nicole Brandes, intl. management coach, author and partner of the Zukunftsinstitut, will examine the topic of  ’Digitality and humanity: how, due to the visionaries who have the courage to exploit technology and benefit humankind, the digital transformation makes the human factor even more important’. Felix Rundel, head of Programmes and International Development, Falling Walls Foundation, will look at ’Participant Experience Design – how do we organise meetings that really move people?’ In …

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ITB China to be held from May 15 to 17

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  ITB China — the largest exclusive B2B marketplace for the Chinese travel industry and will take place from May 15 to 17, 2019 in Shanghai. Recently, ITB China Buyers Circle launched its first offline event on customised and personalised outdoor activities designed for island trips in Wanning, on Hainan Island. The show also announced that it will launch the ITB China Buyers Circle in 2019, followed by the first of a series of offline events focusing on different key topics. Island trips is also one of the key topics of ITB China’s focus on “Customised and Themed Tours”. The event attracted more than 50 top buyers from the ITB China Buyers Circle to share their knowledge.

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Fitur 2019 to focus on MICE

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Being one of the most efficient global meeting points for tourism professionals, leading travel trade fair FITUR is looking to raise the bar in 2019. Organised by IFEMA at Feria de Madrid, FITUR is scheduled from January 23 to 27. According to Ana Larrañaga, Director, FITUR, 880 companies will be taking part this year — an increase of 9 per cent from last year. She is expecting that the number of attendees will surpass the last year’s numbers, when 251,000 delegates turned up for the show. Sharing her expectations and targets from the show, Larrañaga says, “Apart from this increased participation, we expect that the call for professionals will also be a complete success, in line with the improved figures for the tourism sector both in Spain and worldwide. To achieve this, we are also promoting initiatives like strengthening the programme for international buyers, especially in highly-specialised sectors such as MiCE, for which we are organising the new FITUR MITM – MiCE & BUSINESS B2B space. Talking about the theme of the show, she said that sustainability is one of the main themes of FITUR this year. “We are working hard to enrich and increase its content, both domestic and international. One of the most innovative initiatives will be the FITUR Cine/Screen Tourism space,” she emphasises. Commenting on the growth of inbound tourism in Spain and the traffic from India, she says, “The latest data indicates that more than 82 million tourists visited Spain in 2017, and in 2018, we expect to break the record again. Regarding the source market, as with other destinations, European countries are the leaders because they are closer and have easier transport connections, and within …

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ITM 2019 to be held from September 29-October 1

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The India Tourism Mart (ITM), organised by the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and the Ministry of Tourism (MOT), will be tentatively held from September 29 to October 1, 2019, announced Subhash Goyal, Secretary General, FAITH. He also told that these dates are tentative, considering that any other inbound travel show like KTM as well as the National Tourism Awards would not clash with the same. This year, ITM had around 250 foreign buyers in attendance with an equal number of exhibitors. He also revealed that they are expecting around 500 buyers to come for the next year’s edition as they will have enough time to plan the event unlike this time, when they organised it within 2.5 months.

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