WTM Portfolio enters Asia and China with WTM connect brand

The Eastern Oriental Hotel, Penang
The Eastern Oriental Hotel, Penang

The WTM Portfolio, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, is to enter Asia and China in 2016 with the launch of two events under the new WTM connect brand.

The new events will offer a one-to-one format targeted at the Asian and Chinese leisure travel markets, allowing exhibitors to exclusively meet with hosted buyers.

All WTM connect Buyers will be carefully selected based on industry relevance, expertise and purchasing responsibility, replicating the qualification process seen at many other WTM Portfolio events.

WTM connect will attract buyers from the world’s leading tour operators such as Cox and Kings, Kuoni Travel, China Ctrip and China U-Tour to network, negotiate and sign business deals with these growing markets.

Alongside the one-to-one meetings, a full program of events will be scheduled offering panel debates, discussions and educational content.

WTM connect will offer the perfect platforms for the Asian and Chinese travel industries to conduct business

The WTM portfolio this year facilitated more than $7 billion (£4 billion) in industry deals. The Portfolio’s spring events, which include WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market, witnessed a 30% increase in senior industry buyers attending.

Furthermore, niche B2B ski exhibition, International Ski Travel Market will be re-branding to WTM connect Ski and will take place in Austria from 14-15 March 2016.

WTM connect Asia will take place at the Eastern Oriental Hotel, Penang, Malaysia on 18-20 May, and WTM connect China will be held at the Renaissance Sanya Resort and Spa, Hainan Island, China on the 23-25 May.

Craig Moyes at WTM Lat AM
Craig Moyes at WTM LatAm

WTM portfolio director, Craig Moyes, commented: “We are delighted to be able to take the WTM Portfolio to Asia and China, with the launch of the brand new WTM connect brand.

“WTM connect will offer the perfect platforms for the Asian and Chinese travel industries to conduct business and firmly establish themselves as the fastest growing and most important regions in the global tourism marketplace.

“WTM connects are targeted events for exhibitors to meet with especially hand-picked buyers. The WTM Portfolio will help facilitate more than $7 billion in travel industry business deals in 2015, the WTM connect events in China and Malaysia will see this figure increase further in 2016.”

Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, director general for Tourism Malaysia, WTM connect Asia host country explains: “We are pleased to be partnering with Reed Travel Exhibitions, the world’s leading travel exhibitions organizers, to host the inaugural WTM connect Asia 2016 in Malaysia.

“Tourism Malaysia looks forward to delivering an exceptional Malaysian experience for hosted buyers.”

Mr. Kuan Zhao, Secretary General, Sanya Tourism Association, the host destination for WTM connect China commented: “I am glad to be the official partner of WTM connect China and supporter of this event in the beautiful destination of Sanya.”

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