Top Speakers from major travel companies, such as Ctrip, one of the biggest online travel agencies in China, as well as Google, Expedia Affiliate Network, VisitFinland, Wyndham Hotels, Tencent, Meituan, China Tourism Academy will provide exciting insights into their expanding markets at the second edition of ITB China Conference (16 – 18 May 2018 in Shanghai). The Chinese travel think tank will be co-hosted by TravelDaily and with its wealth of up-to-date information will provide key insights relating to seven distinct areas: ‘Destination’, ‘Travel Tech’, ‘Corporate Travel & MICE’, ‘Online Travel’, and - for the very first time - will also feature sessions on ‘Unique Travel’, ‘Business Travel’ and ‘Education & Job’.
The first edition of the ITB China Conference in 2017 registered high levels of attendance. A total of 2,700 attendees took part in the lectures, discussions and keynotes, given by 70 industry speakers. The keynotes proved to be major visitor attractions. This year, again leading travel organisations and tourism officials active in the Chinese market will be expected at the ITB China Conference. Other top companies who will be sending speakers to ITB China conference are CITS American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and BCD Travel , Merlin Entertainment, Mafengwo, Lushu, Abercombie & Kent.
ITB China Conference Day 1
The first day of ITB China Conference is dedicated to sessions dealing with ‘Destination’ and ‘Unique Travel’. Top speakers from Google, Meituan and Mafengwo, Lushu and Merlin Entertainment will focus on high-end travel which has become a huge growth market lately and offers enormous prospects for the global tourism industry. More than half of high-end travelers have taken advantage of customized/individual tailored travel services and high-price trips grew almost double than average travel over the past years, according to Hurun’s Chinese Luxury Traveler 2017 report.
China is the world's second largest source market for high end travel with 10 million foreign trips in 2016. This is the result of a special evaluation of the World Travel Monitor®, conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin. More and more Chinese are able to fulfill their ultimate travel dreams. Interest for “theme travel” products to meet the diverse demand of Chinese market (e.g. sports/ adventure travel, educational trips, health care trips, wedding trips etc) is rising steadily. 61 percent of Chinese outbound high-end travelers travel in business or first class with an average in 3.3 trips per year.
ITB China Conference Day 2
‘Corporate Travel’ and MICE’, ‘Travel Tech’, ‘Online Travel’ and ‘Business Travel’ will be on the agenda for the second day of ITB China Conference. The latter will be a new area of focus. According to a new report by Travelport and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), business travel spending has advanced rapidly in many emerging markets in the past five years. Why business travel may offer excellent prospects for the global tourism industry, will be discussed by top speakers of leading Chinese Online Travel Agencies (OTA).
ITB China Conference Day 3
The third day is given over to the new area ‘Education and Job’. ITB China will constitute the last day of the ITB China Conference to a dedicated ‘Education & Job Day’ in partnership with Fudan University & Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Wide ranging podium discussions and informative lectures, such as one-hour sessions on travel education awaits visitors at the Education & Job Day on 18 May 2018. Newcomers can gain an overview of University degree courses in tourism and will be provided tips on how to find work and degree courses abroad. Applicants can meet employers from big companies for an elevator-pitch and might land the job of their dreams at ITB China 2018.
Trade visitors may register for ITB China 2018 at here.