A meeting of great minds

THE BUSINESS Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) is all set to kick off today at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company Centre (ADNEC).

By Layla Haroon (Contributor)

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Published: Tue 8 Apr 2008, 12:08 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:43 PM

Organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions, this year’s event promises to showcase a line up of exhibitors with international markets.

In what ways does GIBTM differs from other business meets?

GIBTM, staged annually in Abu Dhabi, brings the crème de la crème of the business industry in one place to benefit from the best networking and education opportunities, and, essentially, do business.

What’s the event’s significance to Middle East?

The meetings industry in the region is booming and we hope to see this reflected at GIBTM now and in the future. We want to ensure that time spent out of the office at GIBTM is valuable from a business perspective, but also a fruitful experience in terms of networking and personal development thanks to our education programme.

Do you think the 2007 GIBTM met its expectations?

The inaugural was judged by many as a major success; and has now provided the Gulf region with its own annual dedicated meetings industry event for the future. Delivering education, business and networking opportunities throughout the three days, the statistics clearly justify its success. In 2007 GIBTM had a total attendance of 1,168 that included 218 regional and international ‘hosted buyers’ from 50 countries, plus 734 exhibiting personnel from over 200 companies representing 32 countries. Overall feedback for buyers and exhibitors was extremely positive and our success is measured by what others gain from the show.

Which international market has a stronger presence at this year’s show?

Europe. With exhibitors including Maison de la France, Tourism Ireland, Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, Czech Tourism and Visit Britain. The Monarch Dubai, Barclay’s Group Travel, DMC from Tunisia, Argentina Travel Partners as well and Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau will also for the first time be present at the show.

Event Details

What: GIBTM 2008

Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company Centre

When: Today, April 8 - 10



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