ibtm world 2015 (formerly EIBTM) is the new name for the leading global event for the meeting and events industry, following an overall re-brand for the global portfolio of events last year. The event, which will take place from 17-19 November at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, is expecting over 15,500 MICE industry professionals for three days of focused business opportunities, thought provoking professional education and networking to drive the attendees business into the future.
As one of this year’s key new initiatives, ibtm world will be delivering a fresh approach to the ibtm world knowledge programme, introducing new content created around 7 global themes; Connections Mean Everything, Putting Meeting Design into Practice, Tools for Planner Productivity, Industry Engagement, Inspiration from Outside, Innovative Events and Leading Lights for Leading Events. Individual sessions will be ‘linked’ to one of these themes, providing a more ‘sculptured’ program. The knowledge programme will be led by an exciting line up of influential industry experts on the many and diverse topics facing the industry now and in the future. www.ibtmworld.com/speakers
This year will also see all of ibtm world’s education delivered on the show floor, located within the newly created ACS Knowledge Village, consisting of four purpose built and themed theatres. Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, ibtm world commented: “The concept of the ACS Knowledge Village is to provide a single ‘learning hub’ on the show floor, making it more accessible to visitors, Hosted Buyers and exhibitors. This is a bold and exciting move for ibtm world and reflects our desire to implement principles of meeting design to ensure both the content and environment is world-class and demonstrates our commitment to education. We are delighted to be working with such a creative and solutions-driven partner in ACS audiovisual solutions who have helped us deliver the vision of the ACS Knowledge Village, which is something I am really excited to see at the show.”
For further information on the ibtm world Knowledge Programme, please visit www.ibtmworld.com/knowledge
In addition to the Knowledge Programme are a large number of networking and informational events taking place throughout the show including; the official ibtm world Welcome Reception taking place onsite on Tuesday 17 November and the popular ibtm world Networking Hour on Wednesday 18 November which is aimed at allowing exhibitors to organize their own receptions and social activity on their stands for all attendees. This networking hour takes place prior to the ibtm world Club Night, which will again be hosted at Opium Mar – probably considered one of the annual industry social events (www.opiummar.com). For more information and updates please visit www.ibtmworld.com
Every year, ibtm world welcomes over 3,000 exhibitors from 150 countries, representing destinations, hotels, venues, and technology and event services. 2015 will see the largest number of new exhibitors attending the event, including exciting brands and destinations. Just some of them include Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria; Secretaria Nacional de Turismo de Paraguay; Commune di Napoli; Ministere de l’Economie Direction Generale du Tourisme, Luxemburg; Ibiza Convention Bureau; Prague City Tourism; India Tourism; Basque Country Tourist Board – Basque Tour; Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria; Sri Lanka Convention Bureau; Dorchester Collection; Europalco; GOAPP; Sandals and Beaches Resorts; Etud Event Technologies; TapCrowd by etouches and World Hotels.
ibtm world is also expecting some 4,000 Hosted Buyers from associations, major corporates and MICE agencies, who will make more than 78,000 pre-scheduled appointments during the three days of the show. Just a few companies attending this year include International Society of Nephrology (ISN), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), Wheeling Around the World (WAW), The Association Specialists and America Urological Association, European Society of Cardiology, Goldman Sachs, Alstom, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Microsoft, Atkins, Britvic Soft Drinks, Peugeot Citroen, GlaxoSmithKline, Fossil, Arcor, Merck, Lamprell, FedEx, L’Oreal and Unilever.
Trade visitors are encouraged to register online before the show in order to benefit from free fast-track entry, flexibility to arrange personal schedules, discounted travel and accommodation, opportunities to attend a range of networking events and education sessions and pre-show information updates that will enable registered attendees to effectively plan their visit.
To find out more about the benefits of attending ibtm world as a trade visitor and to register, please visit: www.ibtmworld.com/visit2015
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