Beijing. Over 350 exhibitors are set to attend this year, up 40 per cent compared to 2018. They will meet with 335 hosted buyers, which is an increase of 18 per cent compared to 2018, for an event that includes a raft of new initiatives designed to increase opportunities for connection and learning among delegates. These include the Business Travel Digital Innovation Summit, an in-depth exploration of the latest issues facing business travel managers; and an interactive and educational Technology Zone. This is in addition to over 30 new product and destination presentations taking place at the event, as well as a packed Knowledge Programme.
IBTM China 2019 will also feature new networking and cultural activities, including a Happy Hour on day one in the exhibition hall. Also new this year is a post-event Hosted Buyer tour of China’s capital and MICE hotspot Beijing. Taking place on 30th August, the day-long tour of this ancient and yet modern city will include a visit to the Forbidden City World Heritage Site, an inspection of the stunning five-star PuXuan Hotel and Spa, and entertainment from Peking opera.
Hosted Buyers at this year’s event include BMW, Daimler, Danone, HSBC, Geely, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Lenovo, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Osram and UBS. Cissy Zhao, Senior Manager, Global Procurement Department, Novo Nordisk, says: “IBTM China is a must attend show for Novo Nordisk each year. We find, not only new resources, but also ideal suppliers through this platform.”
Exhibitors include Air Canada, Okinawa Japan, Fiji Tourism, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Sydney Conference and Training Centre, Salam Management Services, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, Shanghai New International Expo Centre and Tourism Administration of Guangzhou Municipality. Over 3,500 trade visitors have registered to attend.
Nicole Ci, Event Manager, IBTM China, says: “It’s a year of firsts for IBTM China 2019. We’ve listened to our customers and added several exciting new features that we know they are keen to see, including opportunities to experience cutting-edge technology, discuss pressing issues with peers, and more activities for social connection away from one-to-one meetings.”
Nicole continues: “China is a buoyant and fast-maturing market, and the show is going from strength to strength. The IBTM China team has worked incredibly hard on the event over the last year and we can’t wait to experience the buzz on the show floor.”
The number one event for the region’s MICE industry, IBTM China is set to gather over 4,000 global meetings industry professionals together for two days full of pre-scheduled business meetings. The event uses IBTM’s bespoke ‘matchmaking’ software to provide each Hosted Buyer with a pre-arranged schedule of meetings to ensure that buyers only meet with people with whom there’s a great chance they’ll do business.