The tourism industry of Vietnam is set to host the 13th edition of the International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC) from September 7 to 9 at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC). It is one of the key annual international tourism events in Vietnam, and the largest event of its kind in the Mekong sub-region for both inbound and outbound markets.
Recognised as Vietnam’s one and only National Tourism Event by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, it is also the only travel event endorsed by the Tourism Alliance of all five countries in the Mekong Region. The first two days of the event are catered to trade professionals, and the third day to trade visitors as well as the public; special promotions, travel packages, stage activities and performances will especially enthral the latter with wanderlust.
Global tourism industry under one roof
Following the success of last year’s edition, and the positive positioning of Vietnam as the latest tourism hotspot, the Organisers of ITE HCMC 2017 are expecting an overall increase of 20 pc in participation from last year.
This year’s event will host a multitude of national pavilions, and current confirmed participation include those of Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.
The confirmed exhibitors currently include airlines, hotels and resorts, tour companies, and travel representatives from countries like Australia, Cambodia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and Vietnam.
Companies like Ben Thanh Tourist, Berlin Tourismus and Kongress GMBH, Fidi Tour, FLC Group, India Tourism, Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization (KTPO), Lien Hoa Group, Medical Excellence Japan, Ministry of Tourism Cambodia, Ministry of Tourism of Republic Indonesia, Minor Hotel, Muong Thanh Hospitality, enang Tourism, Plumeria Maldives, Prince Hotels, Saigon Tourist, Taiwan Tourism, Thailand Authority Tourism, Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tour Diamond Travels & Tours, Tourism Promotion Organization for Asia Pacific Cities (TPO), Traveltek, TTC Hospitality, Turkish Embassy Tourism and Information Office, Union of Myanmar Travel Association, Vietravel, endy Tour and more, will also be present at the event.
Seminars, Industry Networking, & Business Exchange
ITE HCMC is more than just an exhibition; apart from an array of networking events, it will also host a series of high-powered seminars on topics relating to emerging travel and tourism, like tourism sustainability, travel technology, social media for tourism and hospitality, investment tourism development, and more.
Special business matching services, online pre-appointments, and buyer-seller meetings will provide exhibitors a greater exposure and buyers more opportunities to discover the special tourism boost that they are aiming. More than 3,600 meetings were conducted between buyer and sellers last year, and the Organisers expect the number to grow 15 pc this year.
Explore more of Vietnam
The tourism sector will continue to be an important part of the Vietnam’s economic plan, with the country actively joining tourism promotion and cooperation activities abroad. ITE HCMC presents the best opportunities for buyers and exhibitors to jump on this rising tourism wave and bring their businesses to higher levels.
Bui Ta Hoang Vu, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, says: “Last year’s event was a spectacular one with more than 26,000 trade and public visitors, and 3,633 meetings arranged between buyers and sellers. There was a diverse variety of travel destinations and options available to both trade professionals and the public.”
“We are certain this year will be no different, if not more rewarding. Vietnam is an emerging tourist haven with new destinations and attractions promoted each year, and Hosted Media and Hosted Buyers can expect to explore more of Vietnam through the pre-show and post-show tours. We look forward to introducing our traditional Vietnamese warmth and hospitality to our international friends and guests,” he added.
Bringing the World to Vietnam
Jack Wei, General Manager of Informa Exhibitions and Co-Organiser of ITE HCMC, adds: “ITE HCMC’s stellar performance record throughout the decade is further strengthened by the success of the 2016 edition, and this has resulted in more exhibitors and buyers participating in this year’s event. My team and I are very excited to meet our new and old exhibitors, buyers and media friends, and we will extend all assistance and support to them.
“In addition, Vietnam’s booming tourism industry is reaching even greater heights. According to an announcement by the United Nations World Tourism Organization that’s reported in a recent VietnamTourism.com article, Vietnam was ranked seventh in the list of the world’s top 20 fastest growing travel destinations. The country saw a 24.6 pc surge in the number of foreign visitors in 2016 compared to the previous year. “This is an extremely encouraging trend that we believe will be sustained, and ITE HCMC will be the bridge to bring the world to Vietnam and vice versa.”
Event Details & Pre-registration
Date: September 7 & 8 (Trade Visitors)
September 9 (Trade and Public Visitors)
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC)