ITA 2019 Conference Program

Subject to Change

Sunday, September 22nd

08:45 – 15:30
Sunday Outing – Sites of Shanghai
Join the ITA for a half day tour of famous sites in downtown Shanghai
  • 08:45 Assemble in Marriott Hotel Lobby
  • 09:00 Departing Marriott Hotel, Main Hotel Entrance
  • 09:45 Shanghai Tower Observation Deck
  • 11:00 The Bund
  • 12:15 Shanghai Dumpling & Chinese Lunch with Chinese Tea
  • 13:30 Yuyuan Garden Tour and Shopping Bazaar
  • 15:30 Approximate Return to Marriott Hotel
About Shanghai Tower:
The Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre (2,073 ft), 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, and is the tallest building in Shanghai. It shares the record (along with the Ping An Finance Center) of having the world's highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m, and the world's second-fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 metres per second (74 km/h; 46 mph).
About Yuyuan Garden:
This ancient property owned by a Ming dynasty official is the only Ming garden in the northern part of the Old City. Built in 1559, the 2-hectare garden has been around for over four centuries. It boasts over 40 ingeniously conceived, well laid out ancient buildings, which have interesting names like Iron Panther, Moon Tower and Hearing-Waves Pavilion. With its pavilions, artificial mountains and ponds, it’s widely advertised as a gem of classic Chinese gardening and an oasis of calm marooned in the urban bustle. It is not only a tourist attraction, but also a worth-a-dedicated-trip shopping destination where trinkets, local products and famous snacks attract those ready to shell out.
18:30 – 21:30
ITA Annual Conference Welcome Reception
The Welcome Reception will be in the Marriott Hotel Winter Garden located adjacent to the main hotel lobby.

Monday, September 23rd

09:00 – 11:00
ITA General Assembly (Executive & Associate ITA Members only)
(Junior Ballroom – 5th Floor)
Note: Meeting Agenda & Documents to be distributed in the Assembly meeting room
11:15 – 11:30
ITA Membership Committee Presentation (Prospective New Members)
(Junior Ballroom – 5th Floor)
12:00 – 13:15
Conference Luncheon (Open to all Conference Delegates)
(Shanghai City Bistro – 3rd Floor)
13:00 – 15:00
Annual Conference Session I (Open to all Conference Delegates)
(Junior Ballroom – 5th Floor)

Conference Opening & Welcome Remarks, Mr. Tim Bart, President, ITA

Anti-Trust Guidelines, Mr. Saqib Ishaq, Esq.

15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break (Junior Ballroom – 5th Floor)
15:30 – 17:30
Annual Conference Session I continued (Open to all Conference Delegates)
(Junior Ballroom – 5th Floor)
18:00 – 22:00
Conference Dinner – Aboard Oriental Pearl 2 – Huangpu River Cruise
  • 17:45 Assemble in Marriott Hotel Lobby – Main Hotel Entrance
  • 18:00 Depart Marriott Hotel
  • 18:45 Board Oriental Pearl 2
  • Cocktails and Dinner to be served from 19:00
    View the skyline along Shanghai’s Huangpu River
    Entertainment by traditional Chinese String Trio
    Enjoy paper cutting artist during the cruise

  • 21:00 Approximate Return to dock
  • 21:45 Approximate Return to Hotel

Tuesday, September 24th

08:30 – 10:00
Annual Conference Session II (Open to all Conference Delegates)
(Junior Ballroom – 5th Floor)
10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break (Junior Ballroom – 5th Floor)
10:30 – 12:00
Annual Conference Session II continued (Open to all Conference Delegates)
(Junior Ballroom – 5th Floor)
12:00 – 12:15
Conference Concludes, ITA Board
12:15 – 13:30
Conference Luncheon (Open to all Conference Delegates)
(Shanghai City Bistro – 3rd Floor)
18:00 – 22:00
Evening Entertainment – Chinese Acrobat Show at Shanghai Centre Theatre
  • 18:25 Assemble in Marriott Hotel Lobby – Main Hotel Entrance
  • 18:30 Depart Marriott Hotel
  • 19:30 Chinese Acrobat Show at Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel
  • 22:00 Return to hotel
About Chinese Acrobats:
Acrobatics is a performing art, which includes many difficult physical capabilities like balancing, agility or motor coordination. Any performance involving the movement of the whole body is considered acrobatics. Acrobatics evolved from the Western Han Dynasty in China. They were activities to celebrate harvests then. It further development in the prosperous Tang Dynasty when it was presented in court. With a history of more than 2,000 years, you will truly be touched when watching a Chinese acrobatic performance. Shanghai is the best place to enjoy Chinese acrobatic shows. They are held every night and last for approximately 2 hours. An acrobatic show should not be missed for tourists in Shanghai. You can enjoy acts like contortion, juggling, unicycle, chair stacking, and plate spinning, among other.

Spouses’ Program:

On Monday, September 23rd, the ITA has planned an exciting trip for registered spouses and guests to attend. The group will travel from the Shanghai Marriot Hotel to Zhujiajiao Watertown for an exciting walking tour including shopping and lunch. The tour will conclude with a gondola ride through Zhujiajiao.
  • 08:45 Assemble in Marriott Hotel Lobby
  • 09:00 Departure by bus from hotel – main hotel entrance
  • 15:30 Approximate return to hotel

About Zhujiajiao

Zhujiajiao (Chinese: 朱家角; pinyin: Zhūjiājiǎo; literally: 'Zhu Family Corner'; Shanghainese: Chukakoq) is an ancient town located in the Qingpu District of Shanghai. The population of Zhujiajiao is 60,000. Zhujiajiao is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago. Archaeological findings dating back 5,000 years have also been found. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and many ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today.