Top venues sign up for business travel expo
Abu Dhabi, February 10, 2010
Some of the world’s most important destinations and venues have signed up for an upcoming international event for the business travel and meetings industry in Abu Dhabi.
The fourth edition of GIBTM will be held from March 29 to 31 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Recent signings to GIBTM, which is set to attract the largest gathering of meeting professionals in the Gulf in 2010, include Visit London, Dragonfly Africa, Beijing Tourism Administration, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia, Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, Turkey, Cape Winelands District Municipality, Rotana Hotel Management, Yas Hotels and Tourism Ireland.
Both Jumeirah and Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority have increased their stand space from 2009, a statement said.
"This is the second time that Visit London has attended GIBTM and we're extremely excited about continuing to understand the market,” said Zanine Adams, head of event solutions and UK sales, Visit London.
“Last year was so successful and we hope to build on that momentum and gain further industry contacts and strengthen relationships we made this time last year,” Adams added.
“For GIBTM 2010 our key message is the new content that London has to offer - major business benefits such as ExCeL phase two opening and the wealth of new hotels such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, The Jumeirah Hotel at Beetham Tower in Blackfriars and the eagerly anticipated Shard of Glass with the new Shangri - La.”
“We will also be sharing information of London's luxury Michelin starred restaurants and shopping venues such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, whilst highlighting the major business objectives and hospitality offerings for London both pre and post 2012 Olympics,” Adams said.
Eric Bakermans, marketing manager meetings and conventions, Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, said: “In our business, it’s not about quick wins. It’s about gaining trust, especially in this part of the world. When we first exhibited at GIBTM, we knew this was not going to be just for one year.”
As first timers to the event, Robin Mcleod, Dragonfly Hotels said: ‘We at Dragonfly have heard good reports about the quality of hosted buyers at GIBTM, buyers that would not necessarily attend other shows. This show forms part of our global marketing plan to investigate new emerging markets.”
Graeme Barnett, GIBTM exhibition director said: “Over the past three years GIBTM has established itself as the pivot of the MICE industry in the region as exhibitors are continuing to recognise the importance GIBTM plays in maintaining, developing and attracting regional and international business.”
“This year’s exhibitor list is a testament to the event’s growing influence and reputation,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service
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