– Connecting The Global Meetings Industry at ibtm world

Hundreds of new exhibitors, thousands of pre-scheduled business appointments already planned, a new dynamic and inspirational education programme, and the best in industry networking will make Barcelona the centre of the global meetings industry when ibtm world (formerly EIBTM) opens on the 17th of November 2015.

Trade visitors still have time to pre-register online and save money in order to access everything that the event has to offer the professional meetings, incentives and event planner.

This year some 3,000 exhibitors representing more than 150 countries will include many new destinations, venues, event services and other industry suppliers. Add to this entertainment, DMC’s and some of the newest technology on the planet and the face-to-face experience is dedicated to increasing the visitor’s business opportunities for 2016 and beyond.

Just some of the new names to the show this year include Dorchester Collection, Ibiza, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, Luxembourg National Tourist Office, Meetings and Events by Club Med, Ministry of Tourism of The Republic of Bulgaria, Prague City Tourism, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, Sardinia Region, National Secretariat of Tourism of Paraguay (SENATUR), Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

Key highlights this year include; The Innovation Zone, a dedicated area on the show floor that will showcase the latest technology products identified to impact and change the industry today and in the future. This area will also include the Top 10 Innovations shortlisted through the Technology and Innovation Watch Award and education sessions.

Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, ibtm world comments, “The industry tells us that they primarily come to the show to find out what’s new and this year we should truly satisfy this objective. Inspiring people is one of the things we love doing most and so we have created a show stopping programme for everyone this year.”

There will also be over 100 networking events taking place around ibtm world. Barnett says, “ibtm world is the annual meeting place and that means networking and fun is part of the week. So this year we not only have the favourites like Club Night and the Welcome Party and Networking Hour, but many other events taking place around the show and the city – after all, connections mean everything in this industry.”

The ibtm knowledge programme delivers an “impressive speaker line up” says Erica Keogan, Associations and Education Manager, ibtm events. “With over 100 sessions confirmed to take place, we have an incredible line up of industry experts who will be sharing advice, knowledge and experience. We’ll also be welcoming back some familiar faces and bringing new names to the show this year.”

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