IT&CM Asia and CTW APAC goes virtual

One more event falls to COVID. The world renowned double-bill trade event, IT&CM Asia and CTW APAC will go virtual but debut with new features and a virtual format that weaves in 24-hour access to the exhibition, flexible meetings and buyer showcases, among others.

Organiser TTG Asia Media has created 24/7 virtual and interactive exhibitions booths that buyers can access round the clock; flexible business meeting arrangements that allow for mutually requested scheduled slots and walk-ins; destination and corporate brand presentations and mini-roadshows; insights into buyers’ procurement motivations; daily themed knowledge sessions and networking activities.

Qualified buyers can join with no registration fees and full event access as well as unique incentives upon completion of event sessions and missions. On the other hand exhibitor booth packages start from USD 2500.

Buyers will be able to discover MICE and corporate suppliers from across the Asia-Pacific and the world anytime during the event week with 24/7 round the clock access. There will be 2 ways to optimise buyers one-on-one business meeting potential: (1) mutual request Scheduled Meet (SM) slots (2) anytime Walk-in Meets (WM), for maximum lead generation throughout the event. Each exhibitor or buyer receives up to 24 x 20-min schedulable meeting slots over 4 days. Mutual request for meetings can be done from 9 November, right up to the 5 actual event days, inclusive.

In addition to scheduled meets, anytime walk-in meets can take place throughout the 5 event days, subject to the Exhibitors’ preferred booth opening hours and Buyers’ online availability. Buyer / seller can directly request for a “walk-in” meet anytime without a prior appointment.

Exhibitors and Buyers also have the added convenience of pre-arranging a meet based on mutual availability anytime during the event, including times outside the business day of 9am to 6pm (GMT+8).

There will be Brand Showcase Presentations, Buyer Procurement Showcase , Mini Destination / Brand Roadshows, Daily Themed Knowledge Sessions, Daily Themed Networking Sessions and much more.

The five-day event will be held from November 16 to 20, 2020.

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HKTDC 9-in-1 virtual trade exhibition goes online

In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has acted swiftly to change its strategy, migrating the nine physical exhibitions originally scheduled to be held by the end of July onto an online platform. In addition, an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled business matching service is being introduced to help suppliers and buyers close more deals. Organised by the HKTDC, Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE runs until 7 August. This 9-in-1 virtual trade exhibition has attracted more than 1,300 exhibitors, featuring lighting, electronics, information and communications technology (ICT), medical and healthcare, houseware, fashion, home textiles and furnishings, gifts, printing and packaging products. This brand-new online exhibition platform will help global buyers to replenish supplies and assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in exploring new business opportunities during a difficult time.

Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director said, “Although the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting huge challenges for businesses globally, it also offers the prospect of online business opportunities for enterprises. The HKTDC has initiated various online promotions, including the Spring Virtual Expo in April and the Summer Virtual Expo in late June and July, to assist SMEs and international buyers overcome the challenges during this difficult period. Now, to further boost business connections between global exhibitors and buyers, we are launching Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE, an advanced online virtual exhibition that runs for 12 days starting from today and features the AI-enabled Click2Match business matching platform to help SMEs forge more connections and opportunities.”

He further added that Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE is one of the HKTDC initiatives helping to expand the e-commerce capabilities of Hong Kong businesses. “The HKTDC is actively equipping SMEs to embrace the digital economy. In addition to strengthening cooperation with a number of technology partners to provide Hong Kong companies with more cost-effective digital solutions, the interface and functions of our hktdc.com Sourcing online marketplace will be further enhanced and relaunched later this year, utilising a variety of new technologies to improve business matching efficiency.”

Online seminars unveil future technologies and lifestyle trends
The Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE portal highlights featured products and details of the nine fairs for participants’ easy reference. The Intelligence Hub introduces various webinars, including “Tech Trends Symposium 2020 – The Future of Intelligent Connectivity” (28 July), which will address the impact of the artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT), the smart home, 5G technology applications and other related issues. Elsewhere, representatives from WGSN, the global authority on consumer and design trends, will share their views in “WGSN Presents: Lifestyle & Interiors Trends Presentation S/S 2021” (29 July), while the “Asian Lighting Forum 2020 – Shaping the Future of Lights” (30 July) will analyse the prospects of smart lighting from a human-centric perspective. The “Trendwatcher – The Reshaping of Retail Landscape” seminar (31 July) will feature representatives from internationally renowned market research agency Euromonitor International and local branding consultancy REALLY DESIGN.

  1. Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE official website: https://ssw.hktdc.com/
  2. Seminar registration: https://bit.ly/32AdZVf
  3. Summer Sourcing Weeks | Go ONLINE promotion video: https://bit.ly/2ZYiwiG
  4. HKTDC Media Room: http://mediaroom.hktdc.com

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JW Marriott Hotel Pune - Ballrooms to reflect “Social Distancing”

Globally banqueting is going to face huge challenges once COVID-19 pandemic gets under control. Keeping this in view JW Marriott Hotel Pune has taken some great initiatives. "The whole concept of banqueting is going to change as Social Distancing will be the need of the hour and we will be one of the few hotels well prepared for that. While working in concurrence with the guidelines laid by the local authorities we have reworked on the seating capacity of our meeting rooms and ballrooms to reflect Social Distancing," said Girish Sehgal, General Manager, JW Marriott Hotel Pune. All the MICE venues have been restyled into numerous seating arrangements.

Meeting Room Setup

  1. Cluster Style Seating - 16 Guests
  2. Theatre Style Seating - 36 Guests
  3. Classroom Style Seating - 12 Guests

One Part of Ballroom Setup

  1. Cluster Style Seating - 48 Guests
  2. Theater Style Seating - 100 Guests
  3. Classroom Style Seating - 24 Guests

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ATM rescheduled to May 16-19 2021

Arabian Travel Market (ATM), one of the leading travel shows organised by Reed Exhibitions have decided to postpone the show in light of the changing global situation relating to the COVID-19 virus. Their press release stated, "We have continued to monitor the impact it is having not just on our industry, but on society in general. Many meetings took place with the Dubai World Trade Centre and we reviewed other options to organise an event in the last quarter. However, after consultation with our key stakeholders and after listening to our industry, ultimately it became apparent that the best course of action, and with everyone’s best interests in mind, is to postpone the event to 2021."

The release further added that “We appreciate that this is disappointing news, however everyone’s health and safety is our top priority. We are fully aware of the important role that ATM plays for industry professionals right across the Middle East region and beyond, and we believe it is our responsibility to deliver a safe and successful event when we are able to do so.”

ATM will now be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 16-19 May 2021, following the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid Al Fitr celebrations. But plans are afoot to run an ATM Virtual Event from 1-3 June 2020. It will have webinars, live conference sessions, speed networking events, one-on-one meetings.

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