Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Jack Wei at the opening of the 12th International Travel Expo (ITE HCMC) in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam


Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

The International Travel Expo (ITE) 2016 is back in Ho Chi Minh for its 12th edition. The most established travel event in Vietnam is expecting a record 30,000 strong crowd this year at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Travelife Magazine is now here in Ho Chi Minh live at ITE.



On the eve of the ITE, Jack Wei, General Manager, Informa Exhibitions, the co- organizer of the ITE as well as the Mekong Tourism Alliance Awards (MTAA) answered a few questions for us.

What are your expectations for the ITE in 2016?

Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

Every year, we hope to bring in more buyers to our sellers, not just in terms of quantity, but also quality. This year, we have achieved more than what we have set for both buyers and sellers.

Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

We are hosting over 300 buyers which is more than 40% higher than last year. We have also concluded our results with a more than 15% increase of sellers this year.

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Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

We are very pleased to announce that over 3,100 pre-scheduled appointments have already been made between the sellers and buyers for meeting during the two trade days of ITE 2016. This is our highest record so far.

How many sellers are attending ITE 2016 and from which countries?

Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

This year, ITE2016 has 280 exhibiting companies including airlines, hotels and resorts, tour companies and travel representatives from 22 countries like Cambodia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh
31 provinces in Vietnam are also represented: An Giang, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Ca Mau, Can Tho, Da Nang, Dak Lak, Dong Thap, Gia Lai, Ha Noi, Ha Giang, Hai Phong, Hau Giang, Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Kontum, Lam Dong, Long An, Ninh Binh, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Tien Giang, Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien Hue, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, and Vinh Long.

How many buyers are attending ITE 2016?

Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

We are hosting more than 300 buyers from 34 countries this year. The international buyers come from countries like Australia, Austria, China, Czech, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and the United States.

There are also regional buyers, including those from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

What are the major changes that have taken place over the 12-years of ITE?

Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

ITE has grown since its inaugural. At the first ITE, we only had two international pavilions from Thailand and Cambodia - most were local exhibitors during the time - and 65 buyers


Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

Today, ITE HCMC is recognised as the most established international travel event in Vietnam for NTO’s, tourism authorities and the travel industry, who want to promote their country destinations and travel products and services not only to the Vietnamese market, but also to the Mekong region countries.

Live from ITE HCMC 2016 in Ho Chi Minh

Every year, ITE HCMC also brings together international and regional buyers to meet our exhibitors for outbound and inbound businesses here. 

The strong participation from the international pavilions and countries, as well as the buyers, has only increased exponentially. This testimony speaks strongly of ITE HCMC in term of its progression over the last few years. 


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