6 reasons why you simply must come back for EPEX@WOW, next year

If you were amongst the lucky lot who visited WOW Awards & Convention Asia 2016 with an all-access pass, you must’ve heard of the Experiential Planner Expo. For the first time ever, WOW opened its doors to the Experiential Planner Expo, welcoming not 3 or 4 but 16 DESTINATION PARTNERS under one roof! What followed was a slew of networking opportunities, itinerary and incentive planning & creative exchange of ideas. Here are 6 statistics for EPEX 2016 that WILL make you revisit The Experiential Planner Expo next year!


1) Multiple, Unique, Off-beat destinations and products from across the globe, under one roof!

Clearly variety is the spice of life if you have 16 fabulous destination partners to choose from. From the action-packed incentives at South Africa, to Krishna Valley, Hungary’s stellar corporate training workshops to Hong Kong’s bustling MICE scene, to Swiss Voyages’ willingness to plan your Swiss Alps retreat, EPEX boasted of a stellar lineup of destinations, to choose from.

The 16 destination partners for The Experiential Planner Expo 2016 were Vienna Convention Bureau, Barcelona Turisme Convention Bureau + Pullman Barcelona Skipper Hotel, Zagreb Convention Bureau + O-Tours (DMC Eastern Europe), Dubai Business Events, Blue Marble Destination Services (DMC Malta + South Italy), Swiss Voyages – Swiss Travel Bureau (DMC Switzerland), Monaco Government Tourist Bureau, Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK), Convention Bureau Italia, Tuscany for Weddings, Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau, Krishna Valley Hungary, The Rail Journeys, RENT-A-RESORT + RENT-A-CRUISE, Scandinavian Tourist Board, Pacific World India (Global DMC Network), all looking to focus and cater to the Indian market and its growing MICE and destination-event potential.

2) The advantage of a minimum pre-scheduled meetings clubbed with the opportunities in walk-in meetings…

No middlemen. No bottlenecks. 16 destination partners from around the world at your disposal. Ask them the minutest of details and you will find most of your larger-than-life planning problems fade into oblivion. Attendees took home some super cool merchandise & informative brochures to aid planning their next incentive/event. EPEX 2016 saw a minimum of 20 pre-scheduled meetings per partner, +meetings with other buyers at EPEX during available slots. That makes an Average 30 meetings across 2 days for each of the 16 partners. (WOW!)

3) An exclusive EPEX Hosted Corporate Programmes that featured, over 32 representatives from across 25 corporations representing the full width of industries investing in MICE

EPEX 2016 saw 32 representatives from 23 corporate companies from across various industries including, Media (1), Consumer Durables (2), Cement (3), Personal Care (1), Insurance (5), Financial Services (2), IT (2), Telecom (1), Automobile (1), Electrical (2), Pharmaceuticals (2), Real Estate (1).

Commenting on the occasion, Mukesh Jain, GM – Marcom, Havells, said, “Good learning, though the time was less but good place for networking and learning, thoughtfully organized event.”

Equally impressed with the expo, Sonika Chopra, Assistant General Manager – Marketing Services, Hero MotoCorp, said, “EPEX had a good mix of destinations, tourism boards & hotels, wherein you could get the right knowledge of that location which helped us to analyze our requirement of a conference or an incentive in that location. This was like a reference point where we could start the working for our next project.”

Adding further, Kamal Sehmbi, Senior Channel Marketing, Microsoft Corporation, said, “Overall a very well managed event. The exhibit comprised of exciting product offerings across the globe. I see this event scaling new heights year on year and it will be great to understand how Corporates and Clients leverage this knowledge to manage an up-to-date MICE and Events business within their organizations. Look forward to an even more innovative and eventful event next year.”

Speaking on the occasion, Akhil Rampal, General Manager- Marketing & Communications, Hathway Cable and Datacom Limited, said, “EPEX@WOW 2016 is a great platform to engage with stakeholders from the Events, Experiential Marketing and MICE industry and as a corporate, it was a fulfilling experience to meet new destination & MICE partners, key influencers from the Marketing & Event space, which would add a lot of value in taking our plans forward.”

4) 63 representatives from 40 agencies! Harness the power of influencers and decisions makers from amongst the industry…

EPEX 2016 saw 63 representatives from 40 agencies, across Travel (12), Event (15), Wedding (13).

Speaking on the occasion, Darshan Shroff, Co-Founder, Momente Wedding Planners, said, “Thank you very much for the great organization of EPEX@WOW. It was of great help to have pre-scheduled appointments & I appreciate that. All the destination partners were very enthusiastic & eager to bring Indian weddings to their countries & it was a great platform for both parties to understand each other needs and requirements & to come to a common ground to execute a wedding.”

Adding further, Gaurav Batra, Motwane Entertainment & Weddings, said, “EPEX @ WOW was not just a step, but a mighty leap in the right direction. It is a smart platform to bring together companies with complementary interests. Well-designed and executed, informative and buzzing with energy. People were there to make things happen. I’m most confident, they will build it from strength to strength and make it an overall, most delightful and engaging experience.”

Arun Prakash, National Sales Coordinator (Outbound MICE), Cox & Kings, added, “The summit for trade bodies held by EVENTFAQS was a well executed platform to bring together industry professionals and the end user to communicate and understand the evolving needs. It also showcased new upcoming destinations like Croatia and Malta. To sum it up, the event was professionally well executed.”

5) Expert sessions, knowledge exchange, featuring over 100 top professionals and experts in the domain on MICE, Experiential Marketing, Weddings, Entertainment Events and more!

For those who needed a break from their set of meetings, heading out to attend one of our destination workshops, hosted by some of our partners themselves, surely helped! EPEX 2016 saw the likes of Vienna & Barcelona host some fabulously informative workshops. There were also a host of interesting knowledge-exchange sessions on “Dissecting Destination Weddings of the year” with eminent panelists from Malta & Firenze, that made sure attendees made the most out of their visit to WOW.

6) Networking across events with a total of 900 registered delegates at the WOW Awards and Convention Asia 2016, through 2 full days of the convention, 2 evening awards ceremonies and 1 WOW Gala!

We event industry people thrive to network, build a strong contact base, broaden our existing network and tap into shared networks. That is EXACTLY what happened at EPEX @ WOW. Planners met destinations, planners met other planners and planners with the prestigious all-access pass met industry stalwarts at various knowledge-exchange sessions. With the entire industry under one roof, basically any spot was a solid networking and brainstorming spot. With a total of 900 registered delegates at the WOW Awards and Convention Asia 2016, attendees networked through 2 full days of the convention, 2 evening awards ceremonies and 1 WOW Gala!



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