A new travel industry event in Asia called Arival will take place at The Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel in Thailand from June 24-26. Arival has been launched for the creators and sellers of tours, activities and attractions throughout the Asia region and beyond.
The new Arival event in Bangkok follows similar successful launch events in the USA and Europe followed by the Bangkok edition, in Orlando from October 28-31, 2019, and in Berlin from March 1-3, 2020.
Arival helps tourism activity operators navigate fast-moving changes in digital marketing, distribution, OTA relations, the rise of travel experiences, and personalisation. Foodie tours, theme parks, museums, golf trips, sporting events, and eco-adventures are just a few of over 100 in-destination activities making up the 400+ attendees targeted to attend from the region and around the world.
At the Bangkok event operators will interact with enablers such as TripAdvisor Experiences, Klook, BeMyGuest, Ctrip, Veltra, Google, iVenture Card, Changi Recommends, GlobalTix, and others.
The in-destination sector is worth an estimated US$170 billion a year, says Arival. It is the third largest part of the travel industry after aviation and accommodation.
Arival in Bangkok will feature a conference component, technology workshops, and sponsored demo labs. There will be exclusive research on how Asian and APAC travellers are booking tours, activities and attractions, what they expect, and what they are most interested in doing on their trips.
Arival’s COO, Bruce Rosard, a 35 year travel industry veteran including decades as a tour operator, says that Arival attendees at the new event will hear about the latest travel tech and booking insights from outbound markets such as China, Japan, Korea, Europe and North America.
Workshops will be led by presenters based on their market knowledge, says Rosard. Sponsored demo labs will demonstrate the latest tech and distribution platforms to operators who are searching for an online travel seller.
“Day tour operators, activity and experience providers, attractions, parks, events, ground transportation, destinations — if you play a role in shaping the travellers’ experience when they arrive in-destination across Asia Pacific, then Arival in Bangkok is for you,” says Rosard.