International Travel Expo HCM City underway

A performance opening the 13th International Travel Expo HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The 13th
International Travel Expo HCM City (ITE HCMC), entitled “Your gateway to
tourism in Asia”, opened at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) on
September 7.

Jointly held by the Vietnam National
Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the city’s Department of Tourism, the three-day
event brings together more than 700 foreign tour operators from with 40
countries and territories, including the US, the UK, France, Italy, Germany,
China, Japan and Southeast Asian countries.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Director of
the municipal Department of Tourism Bui Ta Hoang Vu said the fair is an
important event to promote Vietnamese tourism among international friends and
enhance cooperation in developing the tourism industry among countries.

Apart from an array of networking events, it
hosts a series of high-powered seminars on different topics, including those
relating to major tourism markets in 2017 and the development of MICE
(Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) tourism in HCM City.
Business matching event, online pre-appointments, and buyer-seller meetings
also take place.

This year’s event features ITE Awards for the
first time to honour travel companies who have made significant contributions
to the expo. 

Launched in 2005, the annual ITE HCMC is a major
international tourism event that connects five lower Mekong countries including
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam for both inbound and outbound
markets.

In 2016, the expo attracted 270 exhibitors from 17 countries and territories
worldwide as well as 32 Vietnamese localities. More than 26,000 people visited
the event while over 3,600 meetings between sellers and buyers took place.-VNA



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