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ITB Asia News 2019 Review Edition

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16 SEEN @ ITB ASIA 2019 FEEDBACK FROM THE SHOWFLOOR Evija Gavrilko Leisure Sales Manager, Baltic Travel Group Representing Latvia for ITB Asia, Evija Gavrilko is working for Baltic Travel Group, a DMC which represents the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The tour operator was created in 2000 and is one of the most important travel companies in the Baltic States. “This is a very well-organised show and we will certainly be back, especially if we also get the support from our government. We had a good show here as we consider ITB Asia as the best place to meet all the buyers from Asia and Australia who cannot come to Europe. We met many buyers from Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. We received a lot of interest as Latvia and the other Baltic countries are relatively new destinations for Asians. Generally, travel to our three countries are done in conjunction with Finland and Poland but also sometimes with Denmark and Sweden” Matthew Zattho Vice President of Tourism, Asia-Pacific, ADARA ADARA works with NTOs by providing a value-based understanding of their relationship with travellers thanks to the company’s comprehensive travel database analysing travel patterns, trends and behaviour from more than 850 million monthly unique traveler profiles across more than 200 of the world’s top travel brands. “I have come to ITB Asia for the past five years and I think that the most interesting part of the show is the large range of conferences looking at technology and development trends. There are more and more leaders coming for those events which are turning ITB Asia into a real platform of global exchanges. At the show itself, I would love to see more innovation in the way the travel market is presented. It would be great to see tech companies doing demonstrations of what they actually bring to the travel industry and explaining their purpose in the market” Wirote Phaimuanghung Chief of ASEAN 1 (ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Market Division), Tourism Authority of Thailand The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) led a strong delegation of private and public participants to ITB Asia 2019. The Thai Pavilion comprised 30 sellers. Of these, 26 were hotels and resorts and the rest consisted of tour operators and tourism-related agencies. “Thailand came here with 30 sellers to meet buyers looking mostly at seaside destinations, which remain extremely popular. We had many hotels this year and will try to bring more DMCs to participate next year. We will also continue to promote the inclusion of more secondary destinations to buyers. We already see a shift with circuits being organised beyond Phuket to Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang. We had good feedback and demand for culinary tourism all across the country, including to Isan or Central Thailand” ITB ASIA NEWS • Monday 28 October 2019

SEEN @ ITB ASIA 2019 17 STAND OUT STANDS A selection of some of interesting and attractive stands at ITB Asia 2019 FAR EAST HOSPITALITY Far East Hospitality has a portfolio of over 13,500 rooms under management across close to 90 hotels and serviced residences in seven countries. In Singapore, it operates 22 hotels and serviced residences. GENTING CRUISE LINES Genting Cruise Lines comprises three distinct cruise brands – Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises – providing a range of products from contemporary cruises to ultra-luxurious vacation experiences. MOSCOW Moscow City Tourism Committee implements projects on extending external and internal trip flows, maintains a strong brand and creates a positive image of Moscow as a tourist centre in Russia and all over the world. INDONESIA Indonesia was busy this year with a clear message to focus its tourism development efforts on five super priority destinations. In the last five years, Indonesia has been heavily promoting itself to entice more tourists to visit the world’s largest archipelago. SEOUL Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB) is a division of Seoul Tourism Organization representing the city in MICE industry to boost business and association events in Seoul, using various means of content to show the worldclass venues and services. SENTOSA A landmark masterplan plans to transform Sentosa and Brani islands into Singapore’s trendiest leisure destinations. Some 19 million Singaporeans and tourists visit the 500-hectare resort island annually. ITB ASIA NEWS • Monday 28 October 2019