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22ndEdition ofCorporate Travel World Asia-Pacific (CTW APAC) Reveals Re-Designed Programme,New Segments,Advisory Panel and Trending Topics

Sep 13, 2019

Reformatted CTW APAC2-dayprogrammewith mornings dedicated to the business component, featuring the new Meet-The-Corporates and Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand. Afternoons are set aside for conferences and networki

- Community-led eventfor Corporate Travel and Procurement Professionals
- Content  consultation  with  CTW  APAC advisory  panelcomprising  of experienced  practitioners from Accenture, Amway, HerbalLife, Luxoft, NTT Global Sourcing andOsram.
- TopicsforCorporate Travel Managers include2020Asia PacificBusiness Travel Market Outlook;Cybersecurity Risks –Are We Doing Enough?;Ensuring Effective Supplier Relationships In Your Travel  Procurement;StrategicManagement  Meetings  (SMM):  Making   Technology  Work;Travel Policy Disruption –Managing Compliance and Traveller Satisfaction;and Duty Of Care –Blurring The Lines in Bleisure Travel
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The  22ndinstalment  of  CTW  APAC presentsa  reformatted  2-day programme with new segments added tofullyengage attending Corporate Traveland Procurement Professionals.

Apart   from   focusingon   education   sessions,   this   year,   Corporate   Travel   and Procurement  Professionals  will  be  exposed  to  adifferentCTW  APAC  experience. With  mornings exclusively dedicated   to the businesscomponent   withappointments   and   business   meetings, afternoons are set aside for CTW APAC conferences,the education componentdelivered by industry practitioners, as well as networking.More  than  100  international  and  ThaiCorporate  Buyers areexpected  with 80% hailing from  Asia-Pacific.  The  Corporate representatives’ core function and responsibilities rangefrom  corporate incentive buyers, travel managers, meeting and events managers to procurement professionals from around  the world.  Registrations  have  spiked over  the  past  few  months,spurred  by  the  demand  for business  travel and hosting of international corporate  meetings and functions, as well as the newly added experiential components of the show. Beyond One-On-One Business AppointmentsBeyond  the  usualone-on-one  business  appointments,  these  new  initiativesthat  aim to  connect corporate buyers with destination pavilions and corporatebrandsfrom IT&CM Asia include:

Aninteractive  ice-breaker  segment,Say  Hi  to  Everyone, helmed  by  MICE Strategistand Hospitality Consultant  Mr David Barrett, allowdelegates to identify profiles  and network ahead of the show daysMeet-The-Corporateswill be conducted in a speed-dating format over 2x 1 hour sessions across2 days where CTW corporate travel/procurement professionals can meet IT&CM Asia exhibitors from Dubai, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and more.  Corporate  Exchange,  Exclusively  Thailandpartnered  withThailand  Convention  and  Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) will featureup to 48Thai suppliers in a close-knit yet engaging style.The new initiatives not only secured attendance of long-time corporate buyers of the show but also attracted new buyers from Citigroup Inc., Ferrari, Huawei, IBM, LVMH Asia Pacific and many more.“We really look forward to Corporate Exchange, Exclusively Thailand, an initiative of our partnership with event  organisers,which  serves  as  a  platform  for  co-exhibitors  of  Thailand  to  meet  Corporate Buyers.    This  will  enhance  the  opportunities  for  business  ties.  

The  initiative  responds  well  with  our new  branding  Thailand  Redefine  Your  Business  Events  where  we  assume  new  roles  as  a  partner  in finding   creative   MICE   solutions,   co-creator   of   business   opportunities   and   thought-leaders   in introducing new ideas for business.” Commented Mrs. Nichapa  Toswee,  Senior  Vice  President –Business of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.CTW APACConferenceAside  from  thebusiness  component, CTW APACcorporate  travel  professionals  will  have  their  very own  dedicated conferenceto  facilitate  knowledge-sharing;  a  community-led  event  that  discusses  a variety ofcorporate travel management practices. Delegates  can  look  forward  to  an  impressive  speaker  line-upfrom  esteemed  organisations  such  as Accenture,  Amway,  Ariston  Thermo  China,  ATNS,  Cvent,  CWT,  HerbalLife,  JTB,  Kseven  Industries, Luxoft,  Michelin  Hungary,  MovieInSync, NTT  Global  Sourcing, Nxp  India  Technology  Solutions, Osram  and  Park  Hotel  Group, and  a comprehensive  educational  agenda  that  covers  topics  ranging fromthe industry updates and outlooks, cybersecurity risks, effective supplier relationships in travel procurement,strategic   management   meetings   (SMM),travel   policy   disruption–managing compliance to traveler satisfaction,andduty of care –blurring the lines in bleisure travel.

Topics are endorsed bya hand-pickedCTW APACAdvisory Panelcomprising ofindustry practitioners such  as  Geremi  Ton,  Travel  Lead  of  Accenture,  Jeannie  Techasiriwan,  Special  Events  Assistant Director  of  Amway,  Pulak  Bhaumik, Head  Global  PMO  of  NTT  Global Sourcing,  Maciej  Olbert, Corporate   Travel   Manager   of   Luxoft   and   more. The   participation of   industry   practitioners representing reputable corporate  brands reinforces  the credibility  and  quality  of  CTW  APAC’s conference content.

In  particular,  one  of  this  year’s conference sessions –Strategic Management Meetings  (SMM): making technology work–is made possible in partnership with JTB-CVENT. The interactivetopic will showcase  successcase  studies, enabling  delegates  toexplore  andunderstand  the  benefits  ofSMMand why companies should consider implementing it. Said Pulak Bhaumik, Head Global PMO of NTT Global Sourcing, “Travel Managers areon the constant lookout to  attend  conferences that help  develop both their  professional  and  personal  growth. Knowingyour audience is essentialwhen choosing thetopics and being in the industry plays a huge role.Along  withother CTW  APAC  advisory panellist, conference  topics  are  taken  into  review  and aimed to be relevant yet interesting to peak their interest.”To kick  startCTW APAC2019, Director  of CWT  Solutions  Group,  Asia  Pacific, Elis  Kodra,  alongsideAPAC  Sourcing  Manager  for  Corporate  Travel,  Sales  and  Marketing  of HerbalLife  International Singapore,   Jeremy   Lin;   Marketing   Manager   ofHP   Hungary,   Monika   Mantuano;   and Global Procurement  Managerof  Nxp  India, Sunil  Gupta, will  discussthe  outlook  of  the  2020Asia  Pacific Business  Travel  Marketduring  theKeynote.

This  keynotewill  shed  insights  on the  allocation  of spending  and  resources  in the  year  aheadalong  with  the  significance  andimpact it  has on  travel managers. “As   companies   are   growing   rapidly   and   venturing   overseas,   travel   expenses   are   increasing significantly.  Resource  distribution  is  vitalto  better  manage  travel  spend.Thekeynote provides an opportunityforCorporate Travel Managers to gain the latest insights and receive solutions ontravel expenses”commentedJeremy   Lin, APAC   Sourcing   Manager   for   Corporate   Travel,   Sales   and Marketing of HerbalLife International Singapore.Hosted Functions and Engagement ActivitiesMeanwhile, global brands are also leveraging  on  CTW  APAC  platform  to  make  an  impression  on corporate buyerswithsponsor-backed highlights and activities.

First-time  sponsor Al  JazeeraMedia  Networkwill  be  hosting  a  captivenetworkingluncheonfor selected  corporate  buyers  while CWTwill  host  all  CTW  APAC  delegates  to  a  light-hearted  cohesion over coffee and tea and interactive activities. The  wholeCTW  APACexperience  is further  strengthened withnew engagements  presented  by EZ-Linkand Resorts World Sentosawhere Corporate  Travel Managersget a chance  to walk away with prizesincluding hotel stays, attraction passes, Tokidoki Merlion STP Charms, and more.Conference  Delegate  passes  are  selling  fast.

Join us  from  24 –26  September  at  the  Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorldto experience the immersive highlights of CTW Asia Pacific. Gain insights from industry practitioners and network withfellow industry peersat the leading corporate travel management conference. For more information, log on towww.corporatetravelworld.com/apac|www.itcma.com


By: MC Media Group International Global Office Berlin | Editor-in-Chief Werner Kreis

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