Although dwarfed by the booths of neighboring countries, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) won silver in the “Stickiest National Pavilion” award during the double-bill events of the 21ST Incentive Travel and Convention Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) and the 16TH Corporate Travel World Asia-Pacific (CTW) held on October 1-3, 2013 at the Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World Bangkok in Thailand.
With a booth size of only 72-square meter raw space and with the design theme, It’s More Fun In The Philippines, the Philippine participation was optimized by the supervision of Pepper Vizconde and Jeannie Sudario, two officers from the TPB’s MICE Business Development and Investment Promotion Office.
Host Thailand’s pavilion occupied 374 square meters while those of Malaysia and Macau had 168 square meters each.
“Our continuous presence in Asia-Pacific’s premiere MICE show is important for us to re-connect with the global MICE and luxury travel buyers and corporate travel managers as well as to maintain our position as a diverse and fun MICE destination,” TPB Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III.
Organized by TTG Events, a business group of TTG Asia Media, the Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) and Corporate Travel World (CTW) Asia-Pacific is the world’s only double-bill event in MICE and corporate travel.
There were Filipino co-exhibitors from 12 DOT-accredited and MICE-related private establishments, corporations, and organizations, who networked and participated in business-to-business meetings.
For 2013, a total of 2,657 delegates from 57 countries and territories participated, specifically 887 exhibitors, 542 quality buyers and corporate travel managers from the trade, corporate, and association sectors, 174 conference delegates, 142 media, and 912 trade visitors and special guests, among others.