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Battle of tour operators in China – old versus new, who will triumph?

August 15, 2017

Battle of tour operators in China – old versus new, who will triumph?
Hear from Utour Group, IPP Travel Group, CYTS and Tempus Tour Group at the 2017 TravelDaily Conference, to be held in Shanghai (Sep 13-14).

Established online travel players in China continue to target new areas of expansion and this includes foray into the packaged tour segment via an offline presence.
In case of Ctrip, in conjunction with Traveling Bestone, the OTA is targeting customers based in second-tier and third-tier cities. Late last year Ctrip chose to acquire a controlling stake in Traveling Bestone, an organization with over 5,500 offline franchise stores in 23 provinces and municipalities across the country. Ctrip’s packaged-tour revenue in Q1 rose by 26% increase over the same period last year, due to an increase in volume growth of organized tours and self-guided tours.
Jane Jie Sun, Ctrip’s CEO, during the company’s Q1 earnings call in May, mentioned: “These stores are generating healthy profits.” She added, “We plan to open 1,000 more off-line franchise stores nationwide. In 2017, our packaged tour team will invest further in procurement, distribution, product development and service innovation.”
This means the existing operators need to gear up for this aggressive plan by Ctrip, even though they themselves have been buoyed by China’s growing outbound travel demand and rising tourism expenditure.
Outbound tour operator Utour Group’s operating revenue was up by 21% to RMB 10.1 billion last year.
HNA Group’s HNA-Caissa Travel Group also witnessed their operating revenue going up by 34% to RMB 6.64 billion in 2016.
Considering that Utour and Caissa are also investing in online platforms to improve their customer acquisition, an intriguing battle is shaping up in this segment.
So will OTAs’ foray into offline business be a game changer for the sector?
What kind of transformation will this online-offline integration bring about?
A session featuring top players in this segment is scheduled to take place at the upcoming 2017 TravelDaily Conference, to be held in Shanghai (Sep 13-14).

Speaker:
● Bin Feng, Chairman, Utour Group
● Ivan Huang, President, IPP Travel Group
● Hellen Luo, CEO, CYTS
● Jin Shi, President, Tempus Tour Group

Moderated by:
● Dongjie Guo, Chairman and CEO, Huayuan International Travel
The two-day TravelDaily Conference is a must-attend annual event for anyone associated with the travel industry in China.
The 2017 TravelDaily Conference is conducted in both English and Chinese – simultaneous interpretation is available.
Early-bird pricing expires Aug.16 (save $100 off the regular registration price of $980).

Sep.13-14, 2017
The Yuluxe Sheshan
Shanghai, China

Contact:
Registration Inquiries: Rain Wang
Tel: +86 20 2882 9750 • register@traveldaily.cn


#CYTS #HNAGroup #TravelGroup #TravelDaily #MICEmedia #MICEnews #China #ChinaTours #Ctrip

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Discover the Latest Event & Corporate Travel Options Available Now in Asia

May 5, 2017

Discover the Latest Event & Corporate Travel Options Available Now in Asia

Destination Asia’s executive team of meeting and incentive professionals will be attending IMEX Germany, at the Messe Frankfurt, from 16-18 May. Our team will be on hand to share innovative itineraries and corporate travel experiences available now in Asia. Join us to expand your business opportunities with Asia’s leading destination management company.

We want to meet with you at IMEX to share our latest, unforgettable tailor-made incentives; reveal the cutting-edge venues opening in our destinations and present some exceptional gala-dinner options in some of Asia’s most iconic – and hidden locations.

In 2017 we continue to expand our online presence. A dedicated events website offers specific destination resources for each of our eleven destinations in Asia, including; Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos.

The interactive events website offers our clients a wide range of downloadable and visual content, including HD virtual tours of previous events and destinations – empowering partners with the ultimate sales tools. Our highly valued clients have access to image galleries, event brochures, fact sheets, 3600 virtual tours, hotel portfolios, program overviews and access to our own destination presentations.

Our team will be happy to discuss the extraordinary opportunities for incentive travel in Asia and explain the Destination Asia protocol in delivering seamless experiences from the moment your clients arrive.

Let’s meet in Frankfurt to discuss how we can take your business to the next level. Destination Asia executives attending include:
Nicolas Mulley, Chief Operating Officer (on Global DMC Partners stand, D010)

Wanchai Thavornthaveekul, Assistant Managing Director, Thailand (on TCEB stand, B150)

Katie Buxton, General Manager, Hong Kong (on MEHK stand, B350)

Xavier Chua, Senior Project Manager, Singapore (on STB stand, C350)

Andrea Lee, Area Director, Malaysia (on MyCEB stand, B200)

Guam Visitors Bureau Buoyant about MICE Growth

October 19, 2016

Guam Visitors Bureau Buoyant about MICE Growth as new Convention Center Wraps Successful First Year

The island of Guam, a US Territory, is generating increasing interest and business in the MICE industry as an emerging destination among organizations in North America and Asia — particularly following the opening last November of the new Convention Center at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort.

With 9,450 hotel rooms on the island as a whole and several venues capable of hosting everything from small groups to conventions with up to 4,000 delegates, Guam offers a fresh alternative for meetings, conferences and incentives.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization & PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) 2016 Annual Summit were held in Guam earlier this year, while the World Health Organization Conference in 2015 and MetLife & Toyota events highlight the world class organizations that endorse Guam’s meetings credentials.

Pilar Laguana, Director of Global Marketing of the Guam Visitors Bureau commented: “We’ve seen a notable rise in enquiries and bookings from the meetings and incentive travel sector in the last 12 months. The Convention Center and our investment in dedicated MICE sector marketing such as exhibiting at IMEX America for the first time in 2015 have significantly boosted awareness and interest. We have especially had more incoming contacts from China, Korea, and North America and expect this growth to continue following IMEX America 2016.”

Guam combines unspoiled natural beauty, superb traditional food and culture, and meetings capabilities with technology. Having been able to build up a tech infrastructure from a clean slate, the island offers strong wifi connectivity, and the Guam Visitors Bureau is creating a Guam meetings planner portal, as well as developing a Smart Guam strategy to help delegates leverage mobile devices and the Internet of Things.

Pilar Laguana, Director of Global Marketing sums up: “Guam is well equipped to accommodate a wide variety of conferences, incentives, team-building and networking events for any industry sector.

“The growth in the MICE sector follows a significant increase in overall visitor numbers to the island which have doubled in recent years and we expect MICE industry business also to grow substantially in the next few years.”

http://www.visitguam.com/mice/

https://www.guamvisitorsbureau.com/marketing/business-marketing/mice

The Magnificent Himalayas

October 19, 2016

The Magnificent Himalayas

Breathtakingly dramatic, the awe-inspiring Himalayas pull at the hearts of those with a penchant for adventure, the unknown or the sacred. Stretching through Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan plateau, the range is home to the planet’s highest peaks, whose slopes stretch down into China, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and India.

Besides drawing the outward-bound, the Himalayas are a gateway to the fascinating cultures and histories of these diverse countries – from the palaces and charming old colonial villages of Kashmir to the natural wonders of Nepal, with its lakeside cities and wildlife-packed parks packed with tigers, snow leopards and one-horned rhinos. Soaring over the plains below, the range has enormous significance to the nations that lie in its shadow and foothills, and the Himalayas attract devotees of Hinduism and Buddhism, who consider the peaks and the temples nestled within them sacred.

Begin your pilgrimage into the mystic Himalayas; get in touch at info@remotelands.com or call +1.646.415.8092 (US) or +66.2260.7584 (Asia) and let us help you scale the heights of adventure.

Nepal – Visit Eight Base Camps by Helicopter
Is there any experience more coveted by adventurous travelers than the thrill of the view from Everest Base Camp? Perhaps only the chance to soar across the Himalayas and stop at the base camps of each of its highest and most stunning peaks can top it. Climb aboard a helicopter from Kathmandu to fly up among the snow-capped peaks of the awe-inspiring Himalayas. Over ten days, gaze across the glacial plateaus from Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Makalu and Annapurna Base Camps accompanied by an expert mountain sherpa. From the lofty heights of the rocky vantage points, venture down into Nepal’s lush foothills to experience the true extent of her natural wonders. Wander the lakeside markets of scenic Pokhara and explore the jungles and forests of Chitwan on elephant-back on river safari for the rare one-horned rhino, before pausing in the nation’s ancient capital to discover Kathmandu’s historic and sacred wonders.

India’s Heights: Kashmir & The Himalayas
Take an unforgettable journey of discovery through the Himalayas by way of beautiful Kashmir in India. Two weeks take you from the art, culture and buzz of New Delhi, up into the cooler mountain climes and delicate airs of Leh, the capital of the former Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh, staying at the Ultimate Traveling Camp’s Chamba Camp, Thiksey. Explore museums and monasteries steeped in the history of eras past and cruise by sunset on the lake of Srinagar, also known as the crown jewel of Kashmir, before retiring to the Vivanta by Taj. Lose yourself among the fragrances and delights of floating markets and 17th-century Mughal gardens, and venture into the hills for hiking horseback riding, water-skiing and fishing. Before you ascend back down to Delhi, check into the Oberoi Wildflower Hall and take time to appreciate the colonial architecture and the pine, oak and rhododendron forests of picturesque Shimla.

Tibet: A Spiritual Journey to Mt Everest Base Camp on the Tibet Side
Make your own personal Himalayan pilgrimage on a ten-day spiritual journey through Tibet. Take your time to meditate on the unique treasures in Lhasa and beyond. From your base at the Shangri-La Hotel, explore Potala Palace, the palatial one-time home of the Dalai Lama and Samye – Tibet’s oldest Buddhist monastery – and hike around the holy lake of Yamdrok, framed with soaring mountainous peaks. Follow the Yarlung-Tsangpo River to ancient Shigatse and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. Crown your Tibetan adventure with a hike to Everest Base Camp, stopping for a blessing at Rongbu – the world’s highest temple. Spend the night in the shadow of the formidable peak and awake early to catch the sun rise over the tallest mountain on the planet. Continue your adventure by driving over the border into Nepal, and fly home from Kathmandu.

The Ultimate Himalayan Adventure China, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and India
There’s a reason they call it a mountain range; with its foothills tumbling down into a wide spectrum of diverse and fascinating cultures from China to Bhutan, it can be impossible to decide which angle to explore the Himalayas from. Instead, discover them all on a 22-day exploration from China to Tibet, through Nepal and Bhutan. Gaze down at the snowy peaks from the air as you fly from Beijing, with its ancient wonders and world-famous Great Wall, to Lhasa with its sacred sites. Uncover the storied old-quarter of fascinating Kathmandu, nestled in the foothills of Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. Continue to immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of Nepal at Pokhara with its great lake; trek or cycle through the surrounding hills and venture onwards to Chitwan in whose national park endangered elephants and tigers abound. Spend your final week in mystic Bhutan where the peaceful monasteries and dzongs of Thimphu, Gangtey and Punakha await, all easily accessible from your choice of Amankora, Uma by Como lodges, or the Six Senses lodges which open in 2017. Make the climb to the ancient Tiger’s Nest and gaze out over the Himalayan landscape from a truly sacred vantage point. 

NASHVILLE ROCKS IBTM AMERICA 2016

June 21, 2016

NASHVILLE ROCKS IBTM AMERICA 2016

ibtm america held last week at Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort Nashville, exclusively connected the US and international meetings industry through a mix of business, education and networking. Kicking off with Discovery Day, where over 500 attendees experienced downtown Music City and the legendary Honky Tonks, the private event continued at the Gaylord Convention Center with some 5000 one-to-one mutually matched business appointments and 18.5 hours of networking opportunities over 2.5 days.

Tailored to the US market, the event was dominated by North America, Mexico, Canada and Caribbean suppliers that included hotel brands, convention centers, incentive destinations, CVB’s, NTO’s, Cruise Lines and tech suppliers. Each exhibitor has an all inclusive, uniformed Meeting Pod, which just requires their own branding so that clients just show up, sit down and start their business meetings.

First tier cities this year included NYC & Company, Greater Miami CVB, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and Detroit Metro CVB as well as Great Fort Lauderdale the destination for ibtm america in 2017. Some 2/3rd of exhibitors returned from their success at last year’s event.

Alex Michaels, Director of Sales for Virginia’s Blue Ridge “loved the privacy of the meeting pods” adding “We have been non-stop since Wednesday. I have really had a chance to have enough time with each buyer to explain about us and who we are and all in private. The mutual match has given me real appointments and planners who are already interested in us. I really believe I have met some great contacts for my business”.

This year’s international exhibitors included Costa Del Sol Convention Bureau, Valencia Region Tourist Board, Busan, Visit Flanders (Belgium), India Tourist Office, Turespana and Dubai Business Events.

Ishrat Alam – Tourist Information Officer, India Tourism confirmed the success of the event: “We have attended every year since the beginning of this event. Last year we picked up many leads but 2 of them will definitely turn into business in 2017. We know that any MICE business leads can take up to 2-3 years to make happen, but this has always proved to be a great ROI and it has given us the opportunity to really explain our experiential high end incentive and meetings products face to face. The mutual match appointment system is very good indeed.”

The Hosted Buyer program included 86% domestic USA and 14% international, (based on the research among exhibitors) including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UAE and UK.
Exhibitor’s had requested planners from the corporate sector, as well as incentive planners as their priority – the first time this sector was at the event – associations and agency made up the rest.

Thomas L Fagan, Jr, PE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) said of his attendance: “We are the world’s largest not for profit association. In 2015 we had 1300 meetings worldwide. I am here looking at various hotels, venues and CVB’s and have found a number of opportunities. I had 18 serious appointments of which some will wind up getting business placed. We are looking at events up to 5 years ahead – it used to be 10 years but the lead time has now shortened. I have been to ibtm america for the past 3 years – it works for me”.

The top 5 products of interest identified by Hosted Buyers for their appointments this year were Conference and meeting venues, resorts and spas, destinations and non-hotel special event venues. Planners represented blue chip companies such as American Express, Colgate-Palmolive, National Association of African American Studies, Global Cynergies, Wells Fargo, The International Ecotourism Society, Herballife International, Maritz and many others.

The show floor had new features this year with a focus on Technology, displayed around a central hub that also enabled more connections to be made over breaks in the appointments schedule, the TechCollective showcased latest and emerging technologies, from start-ups and entrepreneurs highlighting new ideas for the industry through live demonstrations.

“Building a community for this industry is a key ingredient to the success of ibtm america and this year Nashville bought everyone together for a southern style US meetings experience. The mutual match system of appointments was refined still further to produce the highest quality of real business prospects, resulting in some great praise from our exhibitors and buyers. Designing a system that allows both buyers and suppliers to choose who they want to meet with from the outset of their journey with us, and then making this happen has produced some remarkable results and 100% of appointments that each party wanted to have for their diary – nearly 30 over the 1.5 business days”.

Continuing to rotate ibtm america to the country’s top meetings cities, The Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale will be the home of the event next year. Having received top honors from TripAdvisor and Orbitz, the property was also named a top 100 Meeting Hotel by Cvent.

ibtm america will take place from June 14 – 16 2017

#ibtm #ibtmameric #MICE #MICEnews #IEEE #CVB #NTO

Selina Chavry Appointed Pacific World Global Managing Director

October 13, 2015

Selina Chavry Appointed Pacific World Global Managing Director

Pacific World (www.pacificworld.com) the integrated global DMC and Event Management organisation, which operates in 30 countries, announced today extension of its leadership with the appointment of Selina Chavry as Global Managing Director, based in Singapore.

Concurrently, Pacific World announces a new phase of development into Latin America, North Europe, the Mediterranean, India and China in the coming months, together with investment in the Event management space globally.

Selina Chavry, was previously Regional Director, Asia for Pacific World. Over the past 15 years, she developed her career in the Business Events industry in London, Sydney and Singapore. She has a track record of building market leadership through innovation in the Events, DMC and Strategic Meetings Management areas in various parts of the world.

In parallel, Herve Joseph-Antoine takes the role of Chairman for Pacific World and expands his responsibilities within Pacific World parent company Hotelbeds Group as Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, Destination Management.

Selina commented, “I am really excited to take the lead of Pacific World. In the past 4 years, the company has transformed to a top global and forward-thinking market player. Together with Herve, we want to continue leading the way. Constantly challenging our business models is a must in an industry that is transforming so much.

Herve commented, “Selina is a well-respected, high-caliber and next generation leader of our industry. She is bringing a set of new ideas and a track record of making transformation happen. She is the best leader to drive the new expansion we are investing into new major geographies and stronger event management capabilities.

For more information on Pacific World please visit: www.pacificworld.com

BEIJING SET TO WELCOME MEETINGS INDUSTRY PLANNERS FROM LEADING GLOBAL BRANDS

June 11, 2015

BEIJING SET TO WELCOME MEETINGS INDUSTRY PLANNERS FROM LEADING GLOBAL BRANDS
“We believe that ibtm china provides the most effective platform to support our business and meet international buyers.”

Hosted Buyer registration for ibtm china 2015 (www.cibtm.com/en/Hosted-Buyers) is now open with senior meetings industry planners from some of the world’s leading global brands and companies already confirmed including Estee Lauder, Bank of Commercial, UCB Pharmaceutical, L’Oreal Paris, Mercedes-Benz China, Volkswagen, Walmart, China Textile Association, The International Ski Federation, Nike, China Ford Motor Company, Michelin, Prudential Life Insurance, Samsung, HelmsBriscoe and Engineering Conferences International.

Hosted Buyer, Hao Wang, Head of Meetings, Groups and Events, HRG Jinjiang China, commented: “I firmly believe that ibtm china gives us the best platform from which to meet international suppliers. The show also gives attendees relevant education and news about MICE development. Our objectives for the show are to look for advanced and creative MICE services, to source qualified partners in countries where we have business, and to enlarge our knowledge base on both destinations and resources.”

Cici Chen, Senior Project Manager, ibtm china commented, “Early response to our Hosted Buyer programme shows the high level of interest in China from companies who clearly have business to place here. We know that they are looking to meet hotels, venues, destinations, technology suppliers, business travel, event services providers that represent the MICE sector. With over 400 exhibitors from China, Asia and beyond expected, they won’t be disappointed. The programme not only offers Buyers face to face meetings but also pre-show Beijing fam trip options to experience the city and surrounding sights, valuable knowledge and education sessions, and numerous networking events and opportunities.”

Buyer, Cennic Koh Hiong, Executive Director, CITS Group Shanghai Co Ltd, commented: “Our overall objective for the show is to get more supplier information to strengthen our business. We believe that ibtm china provides the most effective platform to support our business and meet international buyers.”

To find out more about the Hosted Buyer programme and to apply to be hosted, please visit: http://www.cibtm.com/en/Hosted-Buyers.

Companies targeting new business from China and Asia who are interested in benefiting from access to a global network of powerful meetings industry buyers and exhibiting opportunities should contact jonathan.vis@reedexpo.co.uk or for further information, please visit www.cibtm.com

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