13th edition of ITE HCMC foresees to be the game changer for the Asian tourism market

The International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC), is excited to return for the 13th year from September 7- 9, 2017 at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC). The annual ITE HCMC is the key international tourism event in Vietnam and the largest event of its kind in the Mekong sub region for both inbound and outbound markets. Recognised as Vietnam’s one and only national tourism event by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism; it is also the only travel event endorsed by the Tourism Alliance of all five countries in the Mekong Region.

The theme for International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC) 2017 is ‘Your Gateway to Tourism in Asia’.  The first two days of the event are catered to trade professionals and the third day to trade visitors as well as the public. Following the success of last year’s edition, and the positive positioning of Vietnam as the latest tourism hotspot, the organisers of ITE HCMC 2017 are expecting an overall increase of 20% in participation from last year.

Stating his views on this year’s edition Bui Ta Hoang Vu, Director, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, said, “Last year’s event was a spectacular one with more than 26,000 trade and public visitors and 3,633 meetings arranged between buyers and sellers. There was a diverse variety of travel destinations and options available to both trade professionals and the public. We are certain this year will be no different, if not more rewarding.  We look forward to introducing our traditional Vietnamese warmth and hospitality to our international friends and guests.”

Jack Wei, General Manager of Informa Exhibitions and Co-Organiser of ITE HCMC, added, “In addition, Vietnam’s booming tourism industry is reaching even greater heights. The country saw a 24.6% surge in the number of foreign visitors in 2016 compared to the previous year. This is an extremely encouraging trend that we believe will be sustained, and ITE HCMC will be the bridge to bring world to Vietnam, and vice versa.”

This year’s event will host a multitude of national pavilions. Current confirmed participation includes Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand and many more.  The confirmed exhibitors currently include airlines, hotels and resorts, tour companies and travel representatives from countries like Australia, Cambodia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam.

Companies like Ben Thanh Tourist, Berlin Tourismus and Kongress GMBH, Fidi Tour, FLC Group, India Tourism, Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO), Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organisation (KTPO), Lien Hoa Group, Medical Excellence Japan, Ministry of Tourism Cambodia, Ministry of Tourism of Republic Indonesia, Minor Hotel, Muong Thanh Hospitality, Penang Tourism, Plumeria Maldives, Prince Hotels, Saigon Tourist, Taiwan Tourism, Thailand Authority Tourism, Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tour Diamond Travels & Tours, Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia Pacific Cities (TPO), Traveltek, TTC Hospitality, Turkish Embassy Tourism and Information Office, Union of Myanmar Travel Association, Vietravel, Wendy Tour and more will also be present at the event.

More than 3,600 meetings were conducted between buyer and sellers last year, and the Organisers expect the number to grow 15% this year.  Hosted Buyers & Media Programme Organisers of the ITE HCMC will also invite and host at the event 300 international and regional travel buyers from 50 major markets like Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, US and many others.

ITE HCMC is organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT); HCMC Department of Tourism; Vietnam Trade Fair & Advertising Joint Stock (VINEXAD); and Informa Exhibitions Pte Ltd. It is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia; Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR; Ministry of Hotels & Tourism, Myanmar; as well as Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand; and endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Vietnam; and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.

Event Details & Pre-registration

Date: September 7 & 8 (Trade Visitors)

September 9 (Trade and Public Visitors)

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC)

Pre-registration for the event can be done at www.itehcmc.com