This week’s IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2015 concluded in Bangkok on Thursday, and feedback from delegates at the events, which featured more than 100 business, education and networking sessions, was largely positive.
Returning exhibitor Edward Kwek, Tourism New Zealand’s business events manager for South & Southeast Asia, commented; “We obtained fantastic leads with these buyers. The ability of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific to connect us with such buying potential is the reason why we chose to return to the event because this is the platform that enabled us to achieve our business targets.”
Paul Counihan, cluster director of sales & marketing for the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort and Avani Bangkok Riverside Hotel, was also impressed with the business leads he gained at the exhibition. “We met with some interesting leads over the last two days; in total we had 37 business appointments. Hopefully we will be able to convert these leads into concrete businesses.”
On the education front, delegates expressed their satisfaction with this year’s line-up of topics and speakers. First-time association buyer, Dr Edathil Vijayan, president & Emeritus Professor of Society for Biotechnologists India (SBTI), said the expertise and relevance of the speakers were very important. “The speakers were very articulate, and I gained new knowledge from each session I attended, which I can apply to my association.”
Corporate travel manager Maria Theresa Toralba, of Convergys Philippines Services Corp, shared similar sentiments. “This is my first visit to CTW Asia-Pacific, and I am hugely impressed with the quality of speakers and the topics they presented. I will be able to implement what I’ve learnt on this trip, and share it with my colleagues.”
MICE-focused IT&CMA launched in 1993 while knowledge-sharing forum CTW Asia-Pacific started in 1998. The two events have been co-locating since 2004, and now share a common home at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.