Business Travel Expo Hong Kong 2003, Asia’s first business to-business
travel show, is on target for record-breaking attendance and its biggest-ever
turnout of exhibitors at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on
Following the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural two-day event,
which attracted more than 1,200 buyers, managers and arrangers of corporate travel, most main exhibitors are returning – and many new
exhibitors have booked stands.
A conference and seminar programme titled ‘Make Your Travel Budget Go
Further’ focusing on how to cut corporate travel costs in today’s challenging
global economy is proving especially appealing to travel professionals, says
Event Director Paul Robin.
“There’s never been a more appropriate time to learn how to efficiently
manage corporate travel budgets,” he notes. “Even small companies can
save a lot by managing their travel more efficiently.”
Keynote speaker is Tony Hughes, President and CEO of the global travel
agency consortium, Radius Travel Group who will fly in from New York to
deliver global perspectives on best practice in international travel management.
Other expert speakers will explain such issues as utilising low-cost carriers,
finding the best accommodation for your money, getting better value from
small budgets, online booking, cutting overall travel costs and saving benefits of corporate credit cards.
Returning exhibitors this year include American Express, Cathay Pacific,
P&O Travel, Singapore Airlines, Galileo, KCRC, Marriott, Shangri-la, BTI
Westminster, Swire Travel, TQ3, Regal Hotels, Abacus and Swiss International Airlines.
Additional exhibitors making their debut at the expo include Dragonair, Hyatt
Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels, US Airways, Continental Airlines,
Mastercard, Carlson Hotels and Deerjet (Air Charter), to name just a few.
New travel products being launched include the ABACUS
‘GetThere’ direct-user booking engine that streamlines the travel management process,
the newest hotel from newly named Hong Kong-based hotel group, Langham Hotels International, Cathay Pacific’s new ‘same day’ flights
to London, five new Accor Hotels & Resorts in the Asia Pacific
region, a ‘new world
of comfort’ aboard Dragonair, and a new online booking system being introduced by Raffles International Hotels & Resorts.
The Expo is once again supported by HATA (Hong Kong Association of
Travel Agents) and ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives).
“This year’s 2003 event is on target to be even bigger and better than our
first expo last year,” notes Mr Robin.
“We’ve secured greater participation by exhibitors and expect an even larger
attendance by travel professionals looking for new and more cost-effective
Among other top travel suppliers exhibiting in 2003 are: Accor Asia,
American International Travel, BTI, Carison Wagonlit Travel, Eaton Hotel
Hong Kong, Farrington American Express, OAG, Pan Pacific Hotels &
Resorts, Raffles Hotels, Six Continents Hotels, SRS-WORLDHOTELS, Star Alliance c/o Austrian Airlines, Manchester Swire Travel c/o
Rosenbluth, The Leading Hotels of the World and Travel Plus Magazine.
The show is organised by UK-based Centaur Exhibitions which stages the
highly successful Business Travel Show London and other leading corporate travel events in Europe.