Travel expo returns bigger than ever

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The 9th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City 2013 (ITE HCMC) will be staged at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center from September 12 to 14.

More than 300 exhibitors from 50 countries and territories as well as 21 Vietnamese provinces and cities of Vietnam have registered for this year's show, jointly organized by the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) with guidance from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee.

The exhibition will have thirty percent more floor space compared to last year, according to a press conference on Monday in the city.

Besides the promotional activities of the participating countries like Egypt, England, Korea and India, the show will highlight the message "5 Countries, 1 Destination" with the consensus of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to connect and promote tourism-based development cooperation among the Mekong sub-regional countries.

Over 180 international travel firms (buyers) from 33 key and potential markets and 100 regional buyers from the Tourism Alliance countries have booked for ITE HCMC 2013, which is expected to welcome more than 18,000 domestic and overseas visitors to maintain its reputation as one of the fastest growing travel shows in the region.

The program for the event includes a series of conferences including a ministerial conference, Lower Mekong Sub-Region Tourism City Mayors' Conference, Russia-Vietnam Tourism Business Networking Seminar, UAE-Germany Source Market Introduction Workshop; and India Source Market Introduction Workshop educating tourism enterprises on how to tap into the Indian market.

There will also be series of attractive performances of the participating countries' art delegations such as Malaysia Night on September 11 at the New World Hotel, Cambodia Night on the 12th at the Rex Hotel and Korea Night on the 12th at the Inter Continental Asiana Saigon Hotel.

A Travel Fun Fair for the public will be held on September 14 with interesting activities such as travel tour promotions and lucky draws with big prizes including 3D/2N tour in Bali-Indonesia, 3D/2N stay for 2 at Nagaworld 5 Star Hotel, 3D/2N stay at Princess D' Annam Resort & Spa and many more. There will be attractive programs from the exhibitors offered to public visitors, consisting of full tour, air ticket and cheap vouchers.

The Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center is located in the Phu My Hung area of District 7.

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