HCM CITY — The 8th edition of the International Travel Expo (ITE) will be held at the Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre in HCM City from September 13-15 this year.
The first two days of the exhibition will be opened only to trade visitors, which include hosted buyers and sellers. Public visitors are welcomed to join the event on the last day.
ITE HCMC 2012 expects to gather over 200 participating companies from more than 30 countries and anticipates 18,000 to 20,000 international and regional visitors.
Organisers said that the exhibition sought to provide a unique platform to launch inbound and outbound travel businesses in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. It would also present an excellent opportunity for avid travelers to enjoy massive promotions and discounts extended especially for the event.
The organising committee, comprising the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, VINEXAD and IIR Exhibitions, has put together a series of new and exciting features and programmes for the exhibition, catering to tourism industry professionals, dignitaries, ministries and the general public.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a ministerial conference will be held for the first time to congregate top ministries and tourism experts to share their insights on inbound and outbound tourism through face-to-face dialogues.
The conference will expose participants to thought-provoking sessions, presenting them with the knowledge they require to penetrate their potential markets.
Along with the conference, there will be seminars on interesting topics pertaining to current trends and the future of tourism, which are bound to attract buyers and sellers.
La Quoc Khanh, director of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said: "We are proud to present ITE HCMC 2012, which promises to deliver a balanced emphasis on both inbound and outbound tourism, showcasing key exhibitors from the industry, interesting activities and promotions for visitors."
He said several programmes had been developed to provide invited buyers and sellers with the opportunity to obtain knowledge of recent developments and understand the business potential within the region.
In addition to national pavilions, the exhibition will also feature themed ones focusing on the luxury travel segment, golf tours, cruise services, special attractions and education and medical tourism. These pavilions will be among the main highlights at ITE HCMC as they are key segments within the tourism industry of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS).
Other key features returning to the event include FAM trips, Hosted Buyers' Programme, Hosted Media Programme, lucky draws, special performances and the Tourism Alliance Awards (TAA). — VNS