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The first installment of Corporate Travel World (CTW) China will launch in Shanghai April 14-16 at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing.

Organized by TTG Events and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China, the inaugural event will open with 11 tailored topics centered on Corporate Travel Fundamentals and Corporate Meetings & Events for the China market. Together, the educational sessions will form a comprehensive knowledge suite that cover industry updates, trending issues, first-hand case studies and even supplier-perspective topics.

The trending topics include Cost Saving approaches, Corporate Cards, China’s legal landscape, Travel Technology and Strategic Meetings Management while one of the two case studies featured will provide a first-hand account into China’s anti-graft campaign, the challenges posed to corporate MICE meetings and how corporates are succeeding in this climate. The other case study will focus on travel cost savings.

Supplier perspective sessions are also in place to shed knowledge on the different aspects of a managed travel program. The two supplier topics will be dedicated to the air and hotel components. A much anticipated topic “Do business meetings and incentive travel belong in the corporate travel program?” aims to underscore the benefits of looking holistically at corporate travel, corporate events and incentive travel as well as how and why they should be managed as a whole.

Some 100 Corporate Travel professionals comprising of 20 International and 80 Chinese delegates hailing from various industries – airline, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, financial services and international trade are expected to attend. About 60 percent will be hosted to the event.

Sharing her thoughts on being one of the first participants of CTW China, Emily Tang, Business Travel Category Sourcing Manager of Norvatis Pharmaceutical, China said, “I had a positive experience at the corporate travel roundtable series organized by TTG Events. With CTW China, I believe I will have more opportunities to understand from the various MNCs on the latest trends of corporate travel management and best practices such as how to procure effectively to attain higher cost savings strategies for the organization.”

Stephanie Ye, assistant marketing manager of Philips Healthcare, China concurred, “I look forward to sharing my corporate travel experience with fellow industry peers, and at the same time I gathering insights on challenges and solutions on corporate travel issues.”

“The feedback garnered through a series of roundtable sessions that had been held over the year in various Chinese cities for the Chinese corporate travel professionals affirms our decision that there is a clear need for the localization of industry knowledge to suit attendees. The CTW China conference program will focus on the specific needs of the Chinese market,” expressed Ooi Peng Ee, general manager, TTG Events.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, China’s managing director, Albert Zhong agreed, “We believe CTW China will reinforce our reputation and credibility in the marketplace. Being one of the first-movers in this aspect gives us the opportunity to grow alongside the industry.”

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