GIBTM 2013. Following the record number of Hosted Buyers who attended GIBTM 2012, this year’s Hosted Buyer registration and qualification process has gone live. Meetings industry professionals interested in attending the show with Hosted Buyer status can register for qualification at www.gibtm.com/hosted.
GIBTM has already sold 90% of all floor space with regional exhibitors including Bahrain Ministry of Tourism, Etihad Airways and Jordan Tourism Board doubling the size of their exhibition stands for this year.
Lois Hall, GIBTM Event Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions commented, “This representation on the show floor is a positive indicator that the region’s meetings’ industry professionals are upbeat about economic prospects for 2013 and beyond. Last year we saw more than 270 Hosted Buyers attending GIBTM with high spending power from across the globe who undertook some 7,672 pre-scheduled appointments. This year we expect to see an increase in international Hosted Buyers attending to show to explore opportunities for their outbound MICE events.”
Over the past few years, corporate meetings and events held in Abu Dhabi has grown substantially and is expected to generate a direct economic impact of around $1.4 billion by 2020. Industries which are utilising the wealth of facilities in the region and key to the economic growth plans include energy, petro-chemicals, metals, aviation, defence, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, tourism, healthcare, education, transport, media, financial services and telecommunications.
GIBTM 2013 takes place on the 25th – 27th March, 2013.