Malaysia Hosts Inaugural WTM Connect Asia

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Malaysia is proud to be the host country of the inaugural World Travel Mart (WTM) Connect Asia on 18 to 20 May 2016 in George Town, Penang. The event is expected to offer a unique one-to-one format targeted at the booming Asian travel leisure market, allowing exhibitors to exclusively meet with elite international hosted buyers.


This vibrant trade event aims to bring together exhibitors and buyers in a private setting of pre-scheduled business meetings, education sessions, networking events, and interactive evening functions. WTM Connect Asia is a part of Reed Travel Exhibitions WTM Portfolio, along with WTM London, Arabian Travel Market, World Travel Market Latin America, World Travel Market Africa and International French Travel Market.


Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said, “The WTM brand is well-established for being among the leading tourism trade exhibitions in countries such as the United Kingdom, Africa and Latin America. Naturally, we are excited that Malaysia has been chosen to host the inaugural edition of WTM Connect Asia.


“As host country, we welcome all buyers and sellers of WTM Connect Asia to Malaysia. Malaysia is a multi-cultural and diverse destination that offers the perfect combination of business and leisure experience to all visitors.”


According to Datuk Seri Mirza, “Penang’s vibrant culture and heritage, delicious food, beaches, unique architecture and UNESCO World Heritage site attraction in the capital city of George Town will showcase the Malaysia Truly Asia brand perfectly and will certainly be a charming and wonderful introduction to the rest of Malaysia for the delegates of WTM Connect Asia.”


WTM Connect Asia will take place at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in George Town, Penang, from 18 to 20 May 2016. It is organized by Reed Exhibitions and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Tourism Malaysia and State Tourism of Penang.





 World Travel Market


The WTM Portfolio, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, will enter Asia and China this year with the launch of two events under the new WTM Connect brand, leveraging on the growth of these two markets.


WTM Connect will attract top quality buyers from the world’s leading tour operators such as Cox and Kings, Kuoni Travel, China Ctrip and China U-Tour to network, negotiate and sign business deals with these growing markets.


Alongside the one-to-one meetings, a full programme of events is scheduled, offering lively panel debates, discussions and education content, providing delegates with a fresh and current perspective on the destinations.


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