ITB Asia and WIT-Web In Travel
are joining forces in an agreement that will see one of Asia’s leading travel distribution and
marketing conferences held in conjunction with the ITB Asia, taking place in Singapore.
2008 will be held on October 21-22, 2008 while the inaugural ITB Asia will
run between October 22 - 24. The two events will be held at Suntec City,
“It makes sense for the two events to come together,” said Ms Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of WIT. “ITB Asia needs a strong focus on what is
the largest growing segment of the travel industry – travel technology and the online travel space – and it is the right time for WIT to have a
larger platform which the brand ITB, with its international clout and solid track record, will provide.
“WIT will bring to ITB Asia a strong Asian flavour and focus in what is its first foray to the region while ITB Asia will bring to WIT a global
reach and international reputation for staging successful events.”
WIT was launched in 2005 with foundation support by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), which is also instrumental in bringing ITB Asia to
Singapore. In 2007 the event attracted close to 300 delegates from 18 countries and nearly 30 sponsors and partners. ITB Asia
is a premium
B2B event, offering a platform for exhibitors of the leisure, technology, corporate and MICE industry.
Dr. Martin Buck, Vice President of Travel&Logistics at Messe Berlin, organisers of
the mammoth ITB Berlin, taking
place annually in March in Germany, and ITB Asia, who attended WIT 2007,
said, “We are more than pleased about our cooperation with one
of the leading know-how providers for the Asian travel industry.
Asia is the strongest growing travel market world-wide. Growth means change, change means learning and learning requires insight into
crucial trends and developments. We want to assist Asian travel entrepreneurs to gain the knowledge for being successful and benefit from
the opportunities the Asian travel market is offering. Our vision to make ITB Asia the leading travel trade show of the continent, requires a
strong convention, which will be generated by the cooperation between WIT and ITB Asia.”
Dr. Buck, who’s also been making his rounds in the region to assess the market, said there was strong interest in ITB Asia and that booth
sales were going well. “More than a hundred exhibitors have already confirmed their participation, which is the best proof of concept. We
will not only introduce our exhibitors to a high number of qualified buyers in terms of purchasing power at very competitive prizes but also
provide an exhibition platform for small and medium sized enterprises that contribute innovative products.”
Under the agreement, WIT will be responsible for running its own event and will retain control and creativity over its programming and
management. It will work with ITB Asia to market ITB’s Travel Technology pavilion to potential exhibitors.
WIT’s strategic partner PhoCusWright Inc has been a strategic partner at ITB Berlin since 2006, offering delegates a one-day travel
distribution conference called PhoCusWright@ITB, which takes place this year on March 6.
ITB Asia is aiming to attract 5,000 overseas delegates to its inaugural event in Singapore. More than 500 exhibitors from over 50 countries
are expected to participate.
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