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ITB Asia Conference agenda: ‘Bold Thoughts, Bold Moves’

By Netpal Travel Bureau

ITB Asia is set to deliver another year of thought-provoking content to industry practitioners as part of its conference programme.

Themed ‘Bold Thoughts, Bold Moves‘, the conference will bring together thought leaders from across the MICE, Leisure, Corporate, and Travel Tech sectors for high-level discussions on the trends that are galvanising change in the travel industry.

Across the three days of the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to experience over 100 sessions featuring insights from more than 260 speakers.

‘ITB Asia is bringing together key industry players, who are shaping the future of travel. This is the opportunity not just to identify the clearest opportunities, products, services and technologies, but to debate and collaborate on how to maximise their potential, for the benefit of providers and travellers alike,”

said Katrina Leung, Managing Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia.

Knowledge Theatre to host ITB Asia 2019 keynote discussions

‘Bold Thoughts, Bold Moves’ will feature a wide range of themed sessions, including Corporate Travel, Travel & Tech, Destination Marketing and Muslim Travel. Keynote discussions will be held in ‘Knowledge Theatre’, ITB Asia 2019’s main stage.

On Day One, speakers from American Express Global Business Travel (AMEX GBT), CTrip, CWT, Sabre and Traveloka will assess the future of technology, sharing insights on innovations that will shape the travel ecosystem and how consumers’ mindsets and travel behaviour will be affected by them.

Day Two will include a keynote session on the future of travel distribution. Speakers from Agoda, Hotelbeds, KAYAK and TripAdvisor will outline how they innovate to remain competitive in a fast-evolving industry.

Day Three features representatives from companies like Booking.com, OYO Hotels & Homes and Thomas Cook China who will be uncovering the potential that Chinese travellers’ evolving preferences will offer to businesses, brands and retailers.

Corporate Travel track to uncover new paths in business travel and management

Catering for the growing number of corporate participants, the show floor of ITB Asia’s ‘Bold Thoughts, Bold Moves’ will include a Corporate Travel showcase for industry experts to discuss breakthrough developments in business travel.

In addition to the business travel trend-setters featured in ITB Asia’s conference line-up, corporate partner, Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), will again be organising its exclusive Corporate Travel Day on Day Two of the show.

Travel & Tech track to explore cutting-edge technological developments

Maintaining ‘Bold Thoughts, Bold Moves’ focus on the future, leading travel players will identify the trends and cutting-edge technologies that are driving the travel industry.

The Travel & Tech track showcase will also dedicate an entire series to trends in hotel technology.

Shining a new spotlight on MICE this year

‘Bold Thoughts, Bold Moves’ themed sessions are part of a varied programme of events designed to make this year’s ITB Asia the largest in its twelve-year history. For the first time, ITB Asia will share the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at the Marina Bay Sands with its co-event, MICE Show Asia.

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