Wednesday, January 2, 2019
IT&CMA 2018 will unveil its first-ever Asian MICE Cruise Conference on 18 September, 2018 as part of the show’s 3-day business, education and networking programme.
Confirmed key opinion leaders taking the stage include Dream Cruises’ President and Crystal Cruises Asia’s Managing Director, Thatcher Brown; Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Managing Director Angie Stephen; Worldwide Cruise Associates’ Co-founder and President, Steve Bloss; Genting Cruise Lines’ Senior Vice President – International Sales, Michael Goh; Silversea Cruises’ Vice President, Corporate &Incentive sales, Freddy Muller; and Princess Cruises’ Southeast Asia Director, Farriek Tawfik.
Said Karen Yue, Editor of TTGmice and Group Editor of TTG Travel Trade Publishing said that the cruise industry is booming and MICE is undoubtedly next big thing for the sector. The market leaders are already capitalising on the potential, while many are still coming into the game. TTG MICE is proud to put forth this first and only platform of its kind in the region – an open conversation with the world’s leading cruise executives.
Kicking off IT & CMA’s education highlights on its first day, this half-day event that will run from 08:30 to 14: 30hrs at the Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World will feature a CEO Cruise panel discussion and an experts’ exchange on making the case for MICE cruises, among other sessions, as well as networking opportunities at its hosted breakfast, coffee break and luncheon.
On the motivation behind this conference, Darren Ng, Managing Director of TTG Asia Media said that AS a pioneer in the MICE industry, TTG is always at the pulse of key developments impacting the profession. Cruise offers a huge playing field for its many stakeholders, where its potential rests on the immense collaboration between the private and public sector across verticals and geographies to ensure that the right policies, infrastructure, facilities, producs and services are in place.”
Organisers therefore expect 400 regional MICE stakeholders relevant to the cruise sector to attend, with at least half of attendees comprising of buyers covering corporate incentive, meetings and events, incentive trips, luxury travel, associations and academics. Hotels, resorts, airlines, destination management companies, government representatives from national tourism organisations, convention visitor bureaus and ports, and media professionals will form the remaining audience profile.