The occasion officially opened on Wednesday 18 May at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Nick Pilbeam, divisional director of Reed Travel Exhibitions, which arranges the WTM occasions, invited all the purchasers, exhibitors, main visitors and media, in addition to Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, director general of Tourism Malaysia.
The Malaysian tourist board was one of a number of national and regional tourist organizations represented at WTM Connect Asia, along with Penang Global Tourism, MyCEB and the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau. They were signed up with at the event by the Philippine Department of Tourism, Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, Jordan Tourism Board and Visit Berlin.
Among the keynote speakers at the opening event was Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the child of Tenzing Norgay, who was among the very first individuals to scale the peak of Mount Everest.
Today was a really interesting day for Reed Travel Exhibitions and the WTM Portfolio, stated Craig Moyes, portfolio director of the World Travel Market. We invited exhibitors and Hosted Buyers from China, Southeast Asia and the rest of the world for what proved to be a really successful very first day of WTM Connect Asia.
We had fantastic speakers who truly influenced our delegates, and we finished off with an excellent networking function in the evening. I’m anticipating the continuing to be two days of WTM Connect Asia where the major company discussions take place, he added.
The very first day of event concluded with a welcome supper at Khoo Kongsi, which is set in a grand, standard Malaysian house. The three-day WTM Connect Asia advances Thursday and Friday, 19 and 20 May.
And WTM s Asian expansion will continue next week, with the launch of the inaugural WTM Connect China occasion in Sanya, which runs from 23-25 May 2016.