The 14th edition of the International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC) was held from 6-8 Sep 2018 at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center. As the largest and most established annual international travel trade event in the Mekong sub-region, it connected more than 300 local and international travel companies and brands with 300 carefully selected inter-national hosted buyers from 35 countries to drive the thriving inbound and outbound tourism industry.
Visitors and buyers were spoilt for choice with a wide array of travel destinations and options from the exhibitors, which include the Department of Tourism for various Vietnamese provinces, National Tourism and Tourism Promotion Organisations from top travel destinations in Asia, as well as exhibitors from over 10 countries as far-flung as Australia and South Africa.Its estimated around 5000 B2B meetings were held during the exhibition period.
Over 30 DOTs from Vietnamese provinces and cities participated in this year’s ITE HCMC, like Ben Tre, Binh Dinh, Danang, Daklak, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Gia Lai, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Hue, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong,Long An, Ninh Binh, Ninh Thuan, Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Vung Tau.
There were booths from India Tourism; Japan National Tourism Organization; Korea Tourism Organization; Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board; Ministry of Information, Culture and Tour-ism, Laos; Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia; Ministry of Tourism of Republic Indonesia; Myanmar Tourism; Nagoya City; Penang Global Tourism; Taiwan Tourism Bureau Bangkok Office; Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Tourism Authority of Thailand
Companies from the tourism hot spots of Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, made their way to the exhibition. Twenty five international hosted members of the media and bloggers from prominent travel, lifestyle, tourism, and broadcast platforms were present. There were several buyers from India with the India Tourism booth receiving much attention
The event also provided attendees ample opportunities to build contacts, foster new relation-ships, and discover new business leads through activities and networking opportunities like the glitzy Opening Ceremony, Interactive Seminars, Presentation on Hot Destinations in Vietnam and the Gala Dinner, which was held at the Sheraton Hotel. Attending the gala dinner were leaders of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and Central Agencies, leaders of 36 provincial and municipal People’s Committee and Departments of Culture, Sports, and Tourism officers of Ho Chi Minh City.
Organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Ho Chi Minh City, Department of Tourism and VINEXAD Trade Fair & Advertising JSC, the showpiece was endorsed by the Tourism Alliance of all five countries in the Mekong sub-region- , Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Thailand. It is also endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Vietnam; and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.
Organized by Informa Exhibitions, the event was a great success. According to Jack Wei, General Manager Informa Exhibitions Asia, the hosted buyer and media numbers are testimony to the attractiveness of Vietnam as a travel destination and to the caliber of this event.
There were several volunteers, mostly local students, who tirelessly helped all the guests to make their stay in Ho Chi Minh most enjoyable. They truly did a great job and deserve a big thank you from everyone.