Singapore’s travel trade festival - TravelRave -
will return for its fourth consecutive year from 21 to 25 October
2013, with a substantial amount of new content.
TravelRave is a unique annual platform for
leaders in the travel and hospitality industry to exchange
insights, discover new opportunities, and celebrate the
achievements of Asian tourism in a week-long festival.
in the industry will take centre stage this year, as Asian travel leaders
commit to initiatives focused on grooming the next generation of
leaders at the Asia Travel Leaders Summit.
Also new to the
TravelRave calendar is the Union of International
Associations (UIA)’s first Associations Roundtable in Asia.
TravelRave 2012 brought together over
10,700 attendees (up 12% growth from 2011) from the entire
spectrum of the Asian travel and tourism industry to network,
exchange knowledge and share experiences over 6 events.
Ms Neeta Lachmandas, Assistant Chief Executive,
Singapore Tourism Board, said, “The forward-looking insights
shared at past editions of TravelRave have generated lively
discussions on the future of the Asian travel and tourism
industry. TravelRave 2013 aims to continue harnessing collective
Asian insights from the industry’s top leaders, uncover more
business opportunities and provide a highly relevant platform for
leaders to network with other professionals from across the
First UIA Associations Roundtable in Asia
Traditionally held in Europe since 2006, the 2013 UIA Associations
Roundtable will strengthen participation from international
associations at TravelRave.
Serving as a platform to facilitate the work of
international associations, the Roundtable will provide education
and networking opportunities to more than 100 international and
local association representatives.
Specifically, the programme will cover topics of
relevance to international associations: membership management and
retention, sponsorship negotiations, community engagement, and
communications tools and strategies with emphasis on subjects of
immediate and current interest.
The presentations and workshops
are designed to offer practical skills and information of use to associations
in their work, featuring speakers and trainers with direct
experience in working with international associations.
Grooming the Next Generation of
With Asia becoming a growth engine for the
global tourism industry, there is a critical need to attract and
groom the next generation of talent through strategic partnerships
and carefully tailored talent programmes.
The Asia Travel Leaders
Summit, an intimate dialogue among business leaders with strong
interests in the development of Asia’s travel and tourism
industry, will take a closer look at talent development at
Business leaders from the region including
Thomas Cook India, Patina Hotels & Resorts, TAUZIA Hotel
Management, Panorama Group, Pan Pacific Hotels Group and Dusit
have committed to lending strong support to further build on the
talent development theme and explore how businesses can provide
accessible and customised development programmes for employees.
Leaders will also delve deeper into the strategic functions of
companies such as exploring how Human Resources can be shaped to
influence service delivery, to more effectively serve the unique
needs and demands of the fast growing Asian travel community.
Buoyant growth seen in emerging economies in
The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) outlook for 2013
expects the Asia and Pacific region to lead international arrivals
globally, with an expected growth rate of 5-6% for
2013. This is well ahead of the global growth rate of 3-4%.
In addition, according to a PhoCusWright study, Asia Pacific is set to continue to
lead as the world’s fastest-growing travel region in 2013,
reaching US$357 billion, a 64% increase over 2009.
ITB Asia 2013
the continued growth expected in Asia, ITB Asia 2013 will return
with an expanded show that will take up two floors of exhibition
space at the newly refurbished Suntec Singapore Convention Centre
from 23 - 25 October 2013.
“ITB Asia is
committed to TravelRave’s objectives in delivering high quality,
relevant Asian content that will be relevant to delegates. We will
continue to work with the relevant partners to grow ITB Asia into
a leading knowledge platform,” says Nino Gruettke, Executive
Director of ITB Asia.
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