Conventions and Exhibitions
Record crowds are expected at the 31st annual International Trade Expo, which opens to the trade on 15 June 2017 for four days and to public on 17 and 18 June. ITE offers a great chance to get travel ideas for your next holiday or trip.
More than 650 exhibitors from roughly 55 travel destinations around the world will showcase their wares at the 31th International Travel Expo.
Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai on Hong Kong Island, the fair will offers a great chance for potential holiday makers to "preview" potential travel destinations from the four corners of the globe.
The fair, which will open on 15 June 2017, will be accessible exclusively to the trade the first 2 days, 15 and 16 June. It will be open to the public on 17 and 18 June, 2017.
A total of more than 12,000 members of the trade and upwards of 90,000 members of the public are expected to attend the event.
Attendees will include a large number of affluent travelers from Hong Kong, who rank among the world's biggest spenders when they travel.
The World Tourism Organization ranked Hong Kong as the third larget outbound market in terms of tourism expenditure in 2016. The SAR is the 10th largest outbound market globally.
There will be 120 travel seminars hosted by popular travel writers and travel bloggers, cultural performances, special offers, and a lucky draw, with a grand prize worth HK$45,000.
The admission fee will be HK$30 on Saturday and HK$25 on Sunday.
Targeted at members of the travel industry, travel seminars be held on the first two days of the expo, running from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Travel seminars will cover a range of topics. Most of them will be put on by exhibitors introducing their travel destinations.
A few of them will cover other topics such as ocean cruises, traveling by rail, air travel, cycling, and food.
Most of the travel seminars will be held in Cantonese. Many will be held in Mandarin. Only a very small handful will be held in English.
Unfortunately, one of the seminar that I would really like to attend will be presented in Cantonese: travel photography.
A handful of cultural performances will be presented on the Grand Stage during the first two days of the expo, beginning at 5 pm on 15 June and 12.15 on 16 June.
Targeted primarliy at the general public, a full schedule of cultural performances will be put on on the Grand Stage, running from 11 am to 5.30 pm on 17 June and 11 am to 4.30 pm on 18 June.
The following countries will be represented: China, Guam, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
I don't want to miss the Muay Thai martial arts demonstrations at 4.00 to 4.30 on 17 June and 2.00 - 2.30 on 18 June.
Other highlights should include the Guam Chamorro Cultural Performance, an Indonesian Cultural Performance from Bali, and a Korean B-Boy performance.
International Travel Destinations
Among the 650 exhibitors are 80 official tourism boards from travel destinations far and wide.
The largest pavilions will be from China and Japan, which will have 80 booths each.
Korea, which has gained growing popularity with Hong Kong travelers in recent years, will double its presence to 40 booths.
Macau, which is a 60 minutes' jetfoil ride from Hong Kong, also will also have a sizable presence at the fair.
Taiwan will increase its presence to 50 booths at ITE Hong Kong 2017. It will also put on cultural performances at the travel expo.
Indonesia will increase its presence to 10 booths at ITE Hong Kong 2017. It will also put on cultural performances at the travel expo.
Guam and Penang, Malaysia, will also double their presence. Guam will also put on a highly anticipated cultural performance.
ITE Hong Kong is global in scope, with 85% of exhibitors coming from abroad, representing 55 travel destinations. Half of them are from outside Asia.
New this year will be 14 overseas travel destinations that did not participate in last year's faire: Argentina, Barcelona (Spain), Egypt, Peru, Israel, Jordon, Kenya, Maldives, Namibia, Palau, Philippines, St. Petersburg (Russia), and Vienna (Austria).
The fair will offer Hong Kong's affluent travelers a great chance to get travel ideas for their next vacation or holiday.
MICE Travel Expo
The 12th annual MICE Travel Expo will run concurrently with the event. It will focus on events planners and other corporate visitors.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre can be reached on foot from the Wanchai MTR station on the Island line.
It is a short taxi ride from Central, Causeway Bay, North Point, Happy Valley, Lan Kwai Fong, Hollywood Road, and other points on Hong Kong Island.
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