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In-depth research ahead of IT&CM China, April 2015

Roundtable discussions in key Chinese cities

TTG Events carries out detailed research in depth in advance of the major MICE event it holds annually in Shanghai. IT&CM China & CTW China 2015 will be held from April 14 to 16 at Shanghai Exhibition & Convention Center of International Sourcing. This will be the 9th year of an occasion that promotes ‘China to the World and the World to China’. As many as 3,000 MICE professionals will attend, including DMCs, PCOs, corporate travel managers and associations and 400 hosted delegates. There will be over 10,000 business appointments as well as over 60 business, education and networking sessions.

In advance of the event, TTG Events and partner Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China have held Corporate Travel Roundtable discussions in various parts of China. They have been supported by venue sponsor Frasers Hospitality.

The seventh edition of the Travel Roundtable was held in Beijing on 19 September 2014, attended by twelve travel managers from local, state-owned and multinational companies. They represented the sectors of airlines, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, financial services and international trade industries. The series of roundtable discussions has been held in different Chinese cities every two months since 2013 April.

It is an important testing ground for the opinions of travel executives in advance of the annual April event. Representing Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China, Ms Ruby Guang, Head of Program Management (China) shared the results of their 2014 China travel managers’ survey. This market-specific research complements the travel management company’s global annual survey by involving the opinions of local travel managers.

Ms Erin Ji, who manages the travel programme for a private equity firm based in Beijing, joined the roundtable with the intention of exchanging pointers with her industry counterparts. She commented: ‘I’m keen on learning about global industry trends, how these apply to China and how I can leverage these ideas to advance travel management in my firm. It has been a very rewarding experience.’

This clear need for the localisation of industry knowledge affirms the decision of TTG Events, which has organised Corporate Travel World Asia-Pacific for some 17 years, that China deserves its own edition.

The conference programme will focus on the specific needs of the Chinese market. Topics like the impact of the legislative and regulatory environment on travel management, redesigning travel policies and optimising the use of travel technology are being planned. At the same time, the conference will also address the key issue of cost savings with a dedicated track that will delve into supplier relationships in the air, ground and hotel segments. Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China also intends to reveal the results of its 2015 China survey during the conference.

The inaugural Corporate Travel World China will be held from 14-16 April 2015 in Shanghai. In the lead-up to the conference, TTG Events and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China will host another corporate travel roundtable in Shanghai in November.

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