To celebrate its 15th year milestone, the International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC) is introducing a bundle of new features and special highlights to make the annual event an even more spectacular one for the expected record-high attendance.
What’s more, public visitors can now enter the show to shop for the best travel packages from 4pm onwards on the first and second day, and the entire day on the third. In previous editions, public visitors visited the show only on the last day.
ITE HCMC—to be held on 5 till 7 September at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC)—features services and products for both inbound and outbound markets, allowing leading brands in the tourism and hospitality sectors to showcase their latest products and services, source for quality agents and distributors, and expand their business into Vietnam and the Mekong sub-region.
*Newly Added: Corporate Travel Forum
Another special highlight not to be missed for is the Corporate Travel Forum, organised by Corporate Travel Community, which will be held on 4 September, 2pm-4pm at the SECC.
Bespoke speakers in the regional corporate travel community will cover topics like the Relationship Between Corporate Travel and MICE; An Introduction of Strategic Meetings Management Programme; and The Myths of Corporate Travel Management.
*Newly Added: Tourism Start-Up Pavilion
The Tourism Start-Up Pavilion is especially relevant today as both travellers and tourism operators alike rely even more on technology and the Internet to plan their trips and conduct their daily business operations.
This year, as a special feature in the 15th anniversary show, exhibitors will offer services such as better security for travellers and their transactions, better payment models for merchants and consumers, automation in hotels and resorts, as well as personalisation of the travel and hospitality experience.
Staple Show Features
This year’s edition of ITE HCMC will continue with its staple show features that have become hallmarks of the event.
These include the International Hosted Buyers and Hosted Media Programme. This year, there will be more than 250 international buyers who are outbound travel agents from over 40 countries and territories, especially in the four key areas of North America, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Western Europe, as well as 50 outbound Vietnamese buyers.
There will also be 40 hosted media (online, trade, and travel media and bloggers) from 14 countries such as Australia, China, Dubai, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
In addition, the complimentary Online Matching System will be opened one month before the event for buyers and exhibitors to find the best matches and schedule B2B meetings in advance.
ITE HCMC Awards 2019
To thank exhibitors for their support and to add a fun element to the event, the organisers will hold the ITE HCMC Awards, giving out tokens of appreciation and commendation in three categories.
The ITE Partner Recognition Award will be given to tourism businesses that have contributed to and supported the International Buyers and Media in the event. The ITE Exhibitor Award will be given to local and international government organisations that participated in the event. The Best Booth Design Award will be given to exhibitors with the most impressive booth design.
Insightful Seminars On Wide-Ranging Topics
An extensive range of astute and concise seminars targeted to keep industry players updated with the latest news and trends will also be held over the three days of the show.
Some of the seminars and forums include:
– Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta Tourism Connection Forum: Conference on investment promotion into culture, sports and tourism infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City and 13 provinces in the Mekong;
– Start-up Tourism Forum;
– Seminar on Medical Tourism;
– Forum on Corporate Travel Trend;
Strongly Endorsed by Countries in the Mekong sub-region
ITE HCMC is organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, VINEXAD Trade Fair & Advertising JSC, and Informa Markets, and it is the only travel event endorsed by the Tourism Alliance of all five countries in the Mekong sub-region.
It also has the strong support from the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia; the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR; the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism, Myanmar and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand. It is also endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Vietnam.
ITE HCMC Event Details
Dates and Hours:
5-6 September 2019
9.00am – 4.00pm (For trade visitors)
4.00pm – 7.00pm (Travel Fun Fair, for trade and public visitors)
7 September 2019
9.00am – 7.00pm (Travel Fun Fair, for trade and public visitors)
Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh Street, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam