Friday, 23 February 2018
TOURISM, CHINA: PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN EUROPE ASIA GLOBAL LINK EXHIBITIONS AND ETOA
Shanghai, February 28th, 2018 - EUROPE ASIA GLOBAL LINK EXHIBITIONS (EAGLE),
a recently established joint venture between Italian Exhibition Group and VNU Exhibitions Asia, and ETOA - European Tourism Association
, the leading Trade Association for Tour operators and Tourism suppliers, have signed an agreement to strengthen the international presence of their respective platforms. The partnership includes a set of promotional activities and special incentives for ETOA members to explore and increase business opportunities in the Chinese tourism market.
EAGLE, headquartered in Shanghai, is the organizer of two important tourism exhibitions held in China, Shanghai World Travel Fair, scheduled for 24th-27th May, 2018 (the 15th edition) and Travel Trade Market (TTM) which will make its debut for the first time from 5th- 7th September, 2018 in Chengdu, Sichuan. These two China based tourism events together with TTG TRAVEL EXPERIENCE, the main marketplace in Italy organized each October in Rimini by Italian Exhibition Group, create a global tourism network that facilitates the communication within the world tourism industry.
´We are thrilled to join forces with ETOA in order to build new platforms to shorten the distances for doing business in China and the Far East and give European tourism professionals a direct path to do business in these regions.´ – said Mr. Corrado Facco, Managing Director of Italian Exhibition Group and Chairman of EAGLE. Mr. David Zhong, President of VNU Exhibitions Asia and Vice Chairman of EAGLE
added: ´With over 10 million Chinese tourists visiting Europe each year and the increasing trend, these type of partnerships are crucial in today´s dynamic and fast changing environments. In particular, our newly launched exhibition in Chengdu, will give ETOA members the opportunity to tackle down the needs of Central and Western cities in China that show a continuously growing appetite for tourism services.´
´ETOA is involved in such EU-funded projects as World Bridge Tourism and Partnerships in European Tourism. These support tourism businesses wishing to expand their businesses into the Chinese market. We are happy to continue in this work facilitating business relationships between China and Europe. We hope this partnership will enable members to establish good contacts with the Chinese travel trade, and increase the amount of business in China and the Far East.´ – said Mr. Tom Jenkins, CEO, ETOA.
More than 500 international exhibitors and over 13,000 trade visitors and buyers, mainly from East parts of China, are expected to gather together at the 15th edition of Shanghai World Travel Fair (SWTF)
scheduled to take place from 24th – 27th May 2018 in Shanghai, China. The show is a B2B and B2C format that focuses mainly on the growing demand for outbound tourism from China. Whereas, Travel Trade Market (TTM)
will open its doors for the first time in Chengdu, Sichuan from 5th- 7th September 2018 as a pure B2B event that covers both INBOUND and OUTBOUND tourism sectors in China. It gives international exhibitors the opportunity to meet the most qualified tourism buyers of the second and third tier cities located in the Central and Western parts of China and at the same time puts together the Chinese destinations and inbound tourism operators with buyers from all over the world.
For more information about the shows visit:
Shanghai World Travel Fair: www.worldtravelfair.com.cn
Travel Trade Market: www.ttmchina.com.cn ABOUT EAGLE
EAGLE – EUROPE ASIA GLOBAL LINK EXHIBITIONS was established in 2017 in Shanghai, China as a joint venture between two important European trade fair organizers, Italian Exhibition Group and VNU Exhibitions Asia. The partnership was born as a joint strategy to serve the internationalization mission of both enterprises with the purpose to create strong exhibitions and promotional links between Europe and the Chinese and Far East markets. The joint venture´s business plans aim to support the expansion process of companies of different sectors, with already launched projects in the tourism, hospitality and wellness sectors.ABOUT ETOA – European Tourism Association
ETOA was founded in 1989 as an association for tour operators who sold Europe as a destination in long-haul origin markets. It has evolved since those early days to embrace regional operators, online intermediaries, wholesale travel companies and any commercial player who is interested in selling themselves as part of a pan-European product. It now numbers over 900 members, including intermediaries and European based suppliers.
Website: www.etoa.orgABOUT ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP SPA
Italian Exhibition Group Spa, the company created by the merger of Rimini Fiera and Fiera di Vicenza, is presided over by Lorenzo Cagnoni, with Matteo Marzotto as Executive Vice President, Corrado Facco as Managing Director and Carlo Costa as Vice President.
IEG is currently Italy´s second largest trade show organizer in terms of turnover volume, with 60 products in its portfolio (including the Food & Beverage, Green, Technology, Entertainment, Tourism, Transport, Wellness, Jewellery and Fashion, Lifestyle & Innovation sectors) and boasts over 200 events and congresses. The Group, which has a workforce of 280 experts, also has branches in Milan, Turin, Dubai and São Paolo.
The Company´s priority is to promote the internationalisation of these sectors and help them fly the flag for beautiful and well-made products around the world. The group already has a solid base in the international market, with a joint venture in the United Arab Emirates, notable presence in the USA, China and India and South America. IEG is also the leading Italian company in the conference and congress sector.