Understandably, big differences between pre and post pandemic editions of ITE!
The first post pandemic ITE in 2021 drew 2544 buyers and trade visitors, which as anticipated far fewer than in a normal year for reasons which include (a) lost all from outside Hong Kong who account for nearly 40% of all trade visitors; (b) many staffs in local travel agents still on no pay leave or changed jobs; and (c) a greatly reduced participation from abroad also affected attendance.
What’s important, we in effect kept two trade days in ITE 2021! In the first one and half days, admission open only to registered visitors who will be issued badge valid for unlimited access in the first two days; and travel trade and professionals invited to apply online to pre-register for free admission. For the remaining two and a half days, visitors can pay fee at entrance for admission. Also held were MICE and trade seminars jointly with trade association or organization.
Below are based on ITE 2019, so pre-pandemic which tells what to be expected in a normal edition.
Strictly for Travel trade and professionals, ITE’s two trade days require visitor to register for admission. Present are over 11000 regional Buyers & Trade visitors (+35% from abroad) to meet the nearly 700 international exhibitors (local 15%), and/or attend Concurrent Trade Forums, Travel and MICE seminars which total around 30.
|Interest in Destinations||%|
|Africa / Middle East||15.3%|
|The America (US, Canada, S&C America)||21.5%|
|Australia / New Zealand / S. Pacific||19.8%|
|Asia||Japan / S. Korea||28.0%|
|South & South-East Asia||42.4%|
|Central & West Asia||13.1%|
|MICE / Corporate visitors Interested in following Suppliers (Top 5)||%|
|Hotel /Accommodation/ Venue||53.3%|
|Tourism Organizations / Government bodies||47.5%|
|Travel Agents / Tour Operators / Online Travel Agencies||47.4%|
|Attractions / Parks / Entertainment||38.0%|
|Transport Suppliers / Airlines / Airport Services / Car Rentals||32.4%|
Business matching for quick-dating with Buyers, speaking opportunity in organizer’s seminars or our assistance to hold your own seminar and concurrent trade events! Or our pre- / post-show online seminars! Some are free and some optional.