ASEANTA to partner with WTM Connect Asia 2017

Join Connect Asia’s exclusive club and capitalise on the region’s outbound travel boom 

WTM Connect Asia – the newest event in the WTM portfolio and the most exclusive hosted buyer event in the region – has signed up several leading global travel companies for its second edition, which takes place in Penang, Malaysia, on 17-19 May 2017.

Against a backdrop of a boom in Asia outbound travel, confirmed exhibitors that have signed up to the unique one-to-one showcase include Cox & Kings, Visit Berlin, JacTravel, Marriott Vacation Club Asia Pacific, My Way Tourism LLC and Sceneryretreats Investment Ltd. 

The list of pre-qualified buyers includes GTA Travel, E2Trip, Thomas Cook China, Tuniu Corporation, Cox & Kings, Hanatour andmany more.

Following a successful debut event in 2016, WTM Connect Asia 2017 will facilitate over 2,000 quality pre-scheduled meetings between buyers and suppliers at the Straits Quay Convention Centre, while also providing unique networking opportunities.

WTM Connect Asia has been designed for travel companies to help maximise their budget and time with a dedicated Hosted Buyer and networking event that focuses 100% on doing real business. Exhibitors and buyers meet in a private setting for pre-scheduled business meetings, education settings, networking events and interactive evening functions.

Exhibitors and visitors can:

     •Secure up to 30 pre-scheduled appointments

     •Generate new sales leads in an exclusive, closed community format

     •Meet high quality buyers and sellers from SE Asia, China and the rest of the world

     •Network with industry peers

In partnership with Penang Global Tourism, MyCEB, Tourism Malaysia and Discovery Overland, the event programme will offer attendees the opportunity to forge new business partnerships while also discovering everything Penang has to offer during the FAM trips and the Gala Dinners.

Ralf Ostendorf from Visit Berlin said: “We’re returning to WTM Connect this year as the 2016 event was a positive experience with many interesting meetings with well qualified hosted buyers in a very professional intimate atmosphere. It also served the purpose to get market updates and in-depth market knowledge.”

Charlie Cracknell, Senior Exhibition Manager, Reed Travel Exhibitions, added: “Asia is the fastest growing outbound travel market in the world and WTM Connect Asia provides a unique opportunity to bring together key players in the region. The interactive event programme, along with the closed door, one-to-one buyer-supplier format, means the event is unlike any other currently on offer and we’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning attendees to the 2017 edition.” 

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