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September 5, 2017

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – After-Race Concerts
For the ninth time, this year the UAE capital hosts F1™’s only twilight race. In addition, this November’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix features GP2 and GP3 as support races.

Off-track, the event’s rich entertainment offering shows Abu Dhabi at its most glamorous, making this weekend the uncontested social and sporting occasion of the year.

Yasalam, the favourite race-host city festival is back to celebrate the #AbuDhabiGP weekend by blending motorsport with a multitude of music and community events.

Abu Dhabi has the WOW! Factor
An exhilarating celebration of motorsport, music and community, the Yasalam Festival is the largest city-wide entertainment program by any F1™ host city.

Yasalam, meaning ‘wow!’, was first staged in 2009 to celebrate the inaugural race in Abu Dhabi. Since then, over 2 million people have enjoyed Yasalam Live Across the City, Live on the Corniche and Live on Yas Island – and it is still one of the most highly anticipated annual entertainment festivals in the region.

This year’s program promises Abu Dhabi residents and visitors yet another exciting mix of music, sport, community and motorsports events across the UAE capital.

One lucky fan received VIP treatment over the 2016 race weekend including exclusive backstage access, VIP tickets, a chance to meet their favourite artists, plus an unmissable trip to London courtesy of Nirvana Travel and Tourism.


#Yasalam #AbuDhabi #YasIsland #cityfestival #Yasalam2017 #GDF2017 #F1


January 6, 2016


This year ibtm arabia 2016 will take place from 9th to 11th of February at The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers on the famous promenade of Abu Dhabi with views of the Arabian Gulf and Cityscape.

The Jumeirah is an iconic development showcasing some of the best meetings facilities that Abu Dhabi has to offer. The luxurious 5-star hotel offers prestigious features such as exquisite hotel rooms, fine dining, a health club and Talise Spa and two levels of boutique shopping at the podium. The property will create the perfect setting for bringing together meetings industry professionals from across the globe.

Shinu Pillai, Exhibition Manager, ibtm arabia, comments, “The industry in the Gulf region is growing and certainly Dubai 2020 is having an impact on international buyers looking to place business at ibtm arabia. But the focus of this event is about creating a community, providing a one-to-one ratio of buyer to supplier and to mutually match the appointments, which means both buyers and suppliers can select who they want to meet“.

“ibtm arabia creates a true industry community, where participants stay in the same hotel and attend the same activities, from meetings to lunch, drinks to dinner. This enables genuine ongoing relationships to develop which leads to real business. ibtm events are not about the size of an event, it is about making that event 100% valuable to all attendees.

ibtm arabia 2016 has seen an increase in the total number of buyers attending, as well as an increase in corporate and regional buyers. This year’s event will feature an impressive line up of new, fully Hosted Buyers, including Egyliere (Egypt), Helen Holidays (Egypt), Pomalo Travel (Jordan), Dakkak Holidays (Jordan), Piece of Cake (Lebanon), Belair Travel & Tourism (Lebanon), Kanoo Travel (Saudi Arabia), Allama Company (Saudi Arabia), Expotrade Global (UAE), Abbott (UAE) and QnA International (UAE).

All Hosted Buyers are handpicked, personally invited and verified against a strict qualification criteria, which requires that they are senior level decision makers with proven budget and business to place internationally. 80% of the Hosted Buyers confirmed to attend ibtm arabia 2016 have a budget over $5 million and organise a variety of events; 90% organise conferences and meetings, 80% incentive travel, 71% business travel, and 59% luxury travel. Confirmed Hosted Buyers this year have also indicated a variety of product interests: 88% indicated an interest in hotels, 80% in Destination Management Services, 66% in conferences/meeting venues, and 63% in attractions and entertainment.

ibtm arabia will also feature a number of new exhibitors, including Fairmont, Raffles & Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, Alpha Destination Management, Attikos Ilios S.A., Europe Hotel LLC, Golden Tours, Hill MICE Saudi Arabia and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. All exhibitors at ibtm arabia will have access to the pre-scheduled appointment system, which gives exhibitors access to the world-class corporate, association, agency and incentive buyers at the show.

Exhibitors will be able to pre-schedule appointments with the Hosted Buyers that they identify as relevant to their business interests with a diary of up to thirty appointments. Last year saw over 3,000 appointments between Hosted Buyers and exhibitors at ibtm arabia, which we expect to increase in 2016.

The ibtm arabia 2016 experience will also include a ‘Discovery Day‘, combining a dedicated Knowledge Forum with networking and activities around Abu Dhabi which will invite buyers and exhibitors to discover the region and specifically its leading MICE products and services while enjoying exclusive networking events.

The Knowledge Forum will feature world-class keynote speaker, Carol Talbot, who sets out to empower professionals and help them think differently about their approach to work. Her objective is to support professionals towards creating and delivering a vision for themselves, which will ultimately accelerate them towards succeeding in this industry. Carol will highlight the difference between those who attract success and those that don’t. She will also share some of her top leadership tactics, which will provide attendees with useful tips around how to influence people.

The combination of the pre-scheduled appointments and nine networking opportunities at ibtm arabia 2016 including Discovery Day, a Welcome Reception and Gala Evening ensures valuable touch points for everyone to help make meaningful connections.

Post show research from 2015 confirmed that 95% of both exhibitors and Hosted Buyers were satisfied with the event and the business they did. So, this year ibtm arabia plans to deliver the same experience, which will continue to deliver maximum return on investment for all suppliers and buyers participating.

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September 14, 2015

The event for ‘serious high profile buyers and suppliers’ to connect

ibtm arabia (, the leading event for the Arabian meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry has already seen a strong line up of regional and international buyers register to attend. The exclusive one-to-one event will take place at the 5-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi (9–11 February).

Companies represented by buyers looking to attend the show include Peugeot & Citroen (Russia), Cognizant (UK), Conference Direct (USA), The International Association of Public Transport (Belgium), Tata Capital Financial Services Limited (India), Google (UK), Abbot (UAE), Society of Petroleum Engineers (UAE), Prisme International (UAE), Moelis & Company (UAE), Land Division at KCA Deutag (UAE), HSBC (UAE), OiLibya (UAE), International Live Events Association (UAE) and Nova IVI Fertility (UAE) as well as interest from a variety of other countries in the Middle East and beyond.

Shinu Pillai, Exhibition Manager, ibtm arabia commented: “This year is very much about building on the success of last year’s event. Following the 2015 event we received so much positive feedback. We’ve secured a number of returning exhibitors already, including Arsenal Football Club, Meliá Hotels International, Matrix Audio Visual & Entertainment, Rovos Rail Tours Ltd as well as newcomers Hill MICE Saudi Arabia and Golden Tours Egypt“.

Part of the success of the new pod show format is the mutually matched, pre-scheduled appointments system. Added to this is the quality of buyers that we hand-pick to attend. Hosted Buyers are invited based on their purchasing authority, where they place MICE business and the volume of business placed.”

David Escolar Díez, Regional Director of Sales – Middle East, Meliá Hotels International, who exhibited at this year’s show and will be returning next year commented: “ibtm arabia 2015 was very well organised and provided us with a platform to meet good quality buyers which led to some business leads. We are looking forward to being back in 2016 to continue to develop our international brand awareness to build the Meliá Hotels International profile in the Middle East. We will also be updating our business prospects with news regarding the new opening status of our properties within the region – ME Dubai, INNSIDE JLT Dubai, Meliá Dubai Residences and ME Doha.

Bilal Al Barmawi, Managing Director, Hill MICE, who will attend the show for the first time, commented; “We are looking forward to exhibiting at ibtm arabia this year as it will provide us with many opportunities to connect, network, explore and partner with global MICE leaders. ibtm arabia is the perfect platform to meet with the industry’s finest MICE buyers, build relationships and grow our business.”

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Hosted Buyer applications will be going live from Monday 21st September. For further information, please visit

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Die größte IMEX in Frankfurt, die es je gab

May 15, 2015

Die größte IMEX in Frankfurt, die es je gab
Nächsten Dienstag, den 19. Mai 2015 öffnet die IMEX ihre Pforten

Die diesjährige IMEX, die “worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events”, die vom 19. bis zum 21. Mai 2015 in Frankfurt statt findet, wird die größte IMEX seit Beginn der Messe 2003 sein.

Unter den 3.500 Ausstellern auf der IMEX sind auch 55 neue Messestände aus allen Kontinenten der Erde und aus jedem Bereich der Veranstaltungsbranche. 45 der wiederkehrenden Aussteller haben größere Stände gebucht, darunter Abu Dhabi, China, die Niederlande, Aserbaidschan, Peru und New York City.

Die Beliebtheit des Hosted Buyer Programmes wächst kontinuierlich, so dass dieses Angebot in diesem Jahr noch weiter vergrößert wurde und nun fast 4.000 Hosted Buyer umfasst. So werden mehrere hundert neue Hosted Buyer, viele darunter aus Ferndestinationen, in diesem Jahr in Frankfurt erwartet.

Das Aus- und Weiterbildungsprogramm findet ab diesem Jahr direkt im Messebereich am „Inspiration Hub“ statt und präsentiert 170 Sessions, darunter 30 deutschsprachige Einheiten, in zehn verschiedenen Themenbereichen. Neu in 2015 sind die Einheiten morgens zu den Themen „Business Networking“ und „Building Confidence“. Weitere neue Formate wurden für Nachwuchskräfte, die maximal drei Jahre Berufserfahrung haben, und Fachkräfte mit mindestens acht Jahren Berufserfahrung, entwickelt.

Neu ist auch der „Creative Thursday“ mit vielen interaktiven Einheiten zum Aufbau von geschäftlichen Beziehungen bis zu kreativem Event Design.

Die Keynote Rede auf der IMEX Eröffnungszeremonie am Dienstag früh wird Bill McDermott, CEO von SAP, halten. Er ist ein passionierter Unterstützer der Veranstaltungsbranche und schätzt den Mehrwert, den Veranstaltungen als Innovations- und Wertetreiber im geschäftlichem Umfeld bieten.

Fachbesucher der Veranstaltungsbranche können sich vorab online registrieren oder sich direkt vor Ort kostenfrei anmelden.

Aus- und Weiterbildungsprogramm

IMEX in Frankfurt 2015 will be biggest ever

May 12, 2015

IMEX in Frankfurt 2015 will be biggest ever

Show opens on Tuesday 19 May
IMEX in Frankfurt 2015, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, will be the biggest since its launch in 2003 when it opens its doors next week.

55 new stands from every continent and from every meetings market sector will be among the 3,500 exhibiting companies who represent over 150 countries at Messe Frankfurt from 19 to 21 May. 45 established exhibitors have booked larger stands from as far afield as Abu Dhabi to China, the Netherlands to Azerbaijan and Peru to New York City, making this year’s show the largest in its history.

With demand from hosted buyers continuing to strengthen year-on-year, hundreds of new hosted buyers, many of them from long haul destinations, will be arriving in Frankfurt as part of the almost 4,000 strong programme.

The IMEX educational programme, now based around the Inspiration Hub on the show floor, will offer 170 education sessions, with 30 of these in German, providing a comprehensive wide ranging choice. There will be new early morning sessions on Business Networking and Building Confidence. Two new session formats will be geared specifically towards Young Professionals – for anyone with up to 3 years industry experience – and Senior Professionals – for anyone with 8 years experience or more.

Also new this year within the education programme is Creative Thursday featuring engaging interactive sessions such as how to form effective partnerships with suppliers and advice on event design.

At the IMEX Opening Ceremony on Tuesday morning, the keynote speaker will be Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company who is a passionate advocate of the value and power of meetings in building business.

Trade visitors and buyers can still register for IMEX online in advance, or in person from at the show from May 19th – May 21st. Registration is fast and free.

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To find out who is exhibiting
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Abenteuertag, Kinderland und Kinderkino – Familien sind auf der ITB Berlin herzlich willkommen

February 18, 2015

Abenteuertag, Kinderland und Kinderkino – Familien sind auf der ITB Berlin herzlich willkommen
Große Abenteuer für kleine Entdecker – Auf der weltgrößten Reisemesse verbringen Eltern und Kinder am 7. und 8. März einen erlebnisreichen Tag – Eintritt für Kinder unter 14 Jahren frei

Berlin, 18. Februar 2015 – Spiel, Spaß und Reisefieber: Einen spannenden Tag mit Eindrücken aus der ganzen Welt erleben Familien auf der diesjährigen ITB Berlin. Große und kleine Besucher können am 7. und 8. März 2015 auf der weltgrößten Reisemesse fremde Kulturen entdecken, im Hochseilgarten klettern, auf Schatzsuche gehen oder mit Pippi Langstrumpf Geburtstag feiern. Über 10.000 Aussteller aus mehr als 180 Ländern und Regionen sind zu Gast auf dem Messegelände unter dem Berliner Funkturm. Dort gibt es umfangreiche Informationen und Inspirationen für den Familienurlaub. An zahlreichen Ständen lässt sich sogar die nächste Traumreise direkt buchen.

Lustige Mitmach-Aktionen und spannende Kulturen erleben
Gleich am Eingang Süd überrascht das Offizielle Partnerland Mongolei die Besucher mit einer Original-Jurte. Ausführliche Informationen über das noch relativ unbekannte Land und seine jahrtausendalten Kulturen gibt es am Mongolei-Stand in Halle 26c. Auf der Bühne in Halle 4.1 nehmen Auftritte von Pferdekopfgeigenspielern, traditionellen Sängern sowie Schlangenmenschen die großen und kleinen Zuschauer mit in die Weiten des Landes von Dschingis Khan.

Samstag ist Abenteuertag. Auf der kleinen Bühne in Halle 4.1 lesen Bloggerinnen aufregende Reisegeschichten aus aller Welt vor. Über Reiseerfahrungen mit Kindern berichtet Patrick Valentin von Globetrotter. Langweilig wird’s in Halle 4.1 bestimmt nie. Kletterbegeisterte können ihre Künste auf dem fast sechs Meter hohen Kletterturm zeigen oder im Hochseilgarten die Technik des Klettersteig-Gehens lernen. Am Stand von Camp Adventure können kleine Gäste nicht nur ein Baumhaus besuchen, sondern auch eine eindrucksvolle Zaubershow bestaunen. Kleine Forscher können auf dem Globetrotter-Stand die Steppe der Mongolei ergründen oder sie begeben sich auf Schatzsuche nach einem Karabiner im Sand. Sie können entdecken, wie ein Arctic Truck aus Island funktioniert. Lustige Mitmachaktionen sowie coole Bastel- und Malstationen sorgen auch bei Radio Teddy für jede Menge Spiel und Spaß.

Märchenhafte Gewinnspiele und kostenlose Kinderbetreuung
Mit großem Tamtam, Gesang, Tanz und einer Torte feiert Schweden (Halle 18) den 70sten Geburtstag von Pippi Langstrumpf. Kleine Künstler sind eingeladen, beim Malwettbewerb mitzumachen. Die besten Bilder werden mit Pippi-Puppen belohnt. Popcorn und Drehorgel läuten am Stand der Hansestadt Bremen (Halle 6.2) den traditionellen Freimarkt ein. Die fröhliche Volksfeststimmung gipfelt mit tollen Preisen am Glücksrad. Auch am Stand von Hessen (Halle 7.2c) verspricht die Märchenfee sagenhafte Gewinne rund um die Geschichten der Brüder Grimm.

Im ITB Kinderland (Halle 26c) wartet ein wahres Mitmach-Spektakel des Labyrinth Kindermuseums und ein großer Basteltisch auf die jüngsten Messebesucher. Erstmals können Eltern ihren Nachwuchs auch im ITB Kinderkino (Halle 2.1) in die Obhut professioneller Hände geben. Kurzfilme aus 20 Ländern flimmern über die Leinwand. Außerdem gibt es Anleitungen zum Jurten-Basteln und Kinderschminken. Die Kinderbetreuung ab vier Jahren ist sowohl im Kinderland als auch im Kinderkino kostenlos.

Erwachsene können ihr Ticket gegen ein Gewinnspiellos eintauschen. Da heißt es Daumendrücken. Denn beim großen ITB Berlin-Gewinnspiel werden attraktive Preise im Wert von rund 60.000 Euro verlost, darunter Reisen auf die Malediven, nach Abu Dhabi, Estland, Luxemburg, Irland, Italien, Mallorca, Malta, Andalusien, Toskana, Hamburg und Türkei, sowie Flusskreuzfahrten durch Europa oder Erlebnis-, Städte- und Wellness-Reisen. Als Hauptpreis winkt eine achttägige Reise in die Mongolei. Die Verlosung findet auf der großen Bühne in Halle 4.1 am Samstag und Sonntag jeweils um 13 Uhr und 16 Uhr statt.

Vergünstigte Tickets online bestellen
Die ITB Berlin-Publikumstage sind am Samstag und Sonntag, 7. und 8. März 2015. An diesen Tagen erhalten die Besucher vergünstigte Eintrittskarten online sowie an allen S-Bahn-Verkaufsstellen und in Kundenzentren der BVG. Ein Tagesticket kostet hier 12 Euro statt 15 Euro an der Tageskasse. Diese reduzierten Tickets lassen sich unter bequem bis 8. März 2015 von zu Hause buchen und sind bei der BVG sowie der S-Bahn Berlin bis 8. März 2015, 12 Uhr erhältlich.
Kinder unter 14 Jahren haben in Begleitung eines Erwachsenen freien Zutritt. Schüler und Studenten erhalten ein ermäßigtes Tagesticket zum Preis von acht Euro. Das Last Minute Ticket für den 8. März ab 14 Uhr kostet an der Tageskasse acht Euro. Erwachsene können ihr Ticket gegen ein Gewinnspiellos für ein Riesengewinnspiel mit Reisen rund um den Globus eintauschen. Die Öffnungszeiten der ITB Berlin sind jeweils von 10 bis 18 Uhr. Für die bequeme An- und Abreise wird die Nutzung des öffentlichen Nahverkehrs empfohlen.

Weitere Informationen und Tourenvorschläge für die ITB Berlin 2015 finden Interessierte unter
Über die ITB Berlin und den ITB Berlin Kongress
Die ITB Berlin 2015 findet von Mittwoch bis Sonntag, 4. bis 8. März, statt. Von Mittwoch bis Freitag ist die ITB Berlin für Fachbesucher geöffnet. Parallel zur Messe läuft der ITB Berlin Kongress von Mittwoch bis Samstag, 4. bis 7. März 2015. Er ist weltweit der größte Fachkongress der Branche. Mehr Informationen sind zu finden unter Die ITB Berlin ist die führende Messe der weltweiten Reiseindustrie. 2014 stellten 10.147 Aussteller aus 189 Ländern ihre Produkte und Dienstleistungen rund 174.000 Besuchern, darunter 114.000 Fachbesuchern vor.


February 16, 2015


“It’s been excellent for us, we have some very strong leads and a very positive response”
“Chic, classy, sophisticated, I love the way it has been put together”

Press Release: 16 February 2015 – ibtm arabia which closed last Thursday in Abu Dhabi, created the first all-inclusive 5 star MICE event in the Middle East for international and regional suppliers and buyers.  It also brought them together as a community to do business and network over 3 days.

“Judging by the enthusiasm of our exhibitors and Hosted Buyers we feel very confident that this new event format has been a huge success. Our strategy to mutually match the quality of both buyers and suppliers ensured their compatibility with each other. We also wanted to create a memorable experience and a strong community in addition to the valuable pre-scheduled appointments and that has been key to the success for everyone involved,” said Lois Wilcox Exhibition Manager ibtm arabia.

The only MICE event in the region to bring international and regional Hosted Buyers and exhibitors in a one-to-one ratio format, ibtm arabia delivered more than 3000 mutually matched and pre-selected appointments over the 2 days of business meetings. “The combination of the pre-scheduled appointments and nine networking opportunities have provided more touch points for everyone to help make meaningful connections,” commented Wilcox.

Zdenek Giormani, Director of the Czech Convention Bureau, was delighted with the new concept. “It’s a good way to do business, it’s more personal, I prefer it and the value of my meetings has also been very good.”

Similarly, Lee Ford, Head of Operations for QNCC said: “It’s been excellent for us, we have some very strong leads and a very positive response. It’s also been great for networking, no time wasters, even with other exhibitors, we have been able to catch up on everything going on in the MICE industry in this region, I am sure we will be back.”

Nicoletta Paphitou, Cyprus Convention Bureau, added to the enthusiasm of exhibitors. “I think this is the most effective exhibition that I have every participated in.”

Carole O’Connor, Marketing MICE Division for Rovos Rail in South Africa, added that the value to her company was outstanding. “This has been a very different event.  Chic, classy, sophisticated, I love the way it has been put together. We have had good quality appointments and two very interesting incentive opportunities – of course we will be back.”

Marwan Haddad, Director of Sales & Marketing for Marriott Doha, said that the new appointment system and the fact that the event was “closed” to trade visitors worked well. “This has worked! The appointment set up where everyone moves after 15 minutes was right.  The mutual match was also perfect and we have had concrete enquiries – we will be back next year.”

Ronar Nammour from Iktissadevents, UAE, was a Hosted Buyer for the first time. “It’s been very helpful to my business. We work for corporates as well as the public and government sectors and I am sure we are going to generate business. We are looking for opportunities for our clients in Europe including Spain and Switzerland as well as the GCC, many contacts I had not been able to reach, but I have now met with in person!”

Next year ibtm arabia (previously called GIBTM) will celebrate 10 years in Abu Dhabi. “Its importance to the region has been fundamental to the emergence of the MICE sector. When the event was launched there was very little infrastructure that supported meetings, conventions, events and incentives, but that has all changed,” added Wilcox.  The number of meetings in the Middle East has grown even quicker than in other regions – in fact they have more than tripled over the last decade, according to Euromonitor’s International, MICE and Business Travel.

“Over the next five years we anticipate that the importance of the MICE sector will grow so that it will be the key to providing long term sustainability to the sector in Abu Dhabi” said Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, partners and official hosts to ibtm arabia. “The Mice industry contributes to the emirate’s tourism particularly since business visitors tend to have a larger disposable income than leisure visitors, we are confident that the success of the new style ibtm arabia will result in new business for our partners.”

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ibtm arabia delivers new format MICE event for the Gulf Region

February 13, 2015

ibtm arabia delivers new format MICE event for the Gulf Region

International Hosted Buyers from 36 countries representing key and influential planners of MICE business have descended on Abu Dhabi for an exclusive closed door one-to-one meeting format in a revamped ibtm arabia (formerly GIBTM).

Opening at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi today, the event will be the only one in the region to introduce international buyers from Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East, all representing leading corporations, associations, and agencies, to a mix of suppliers from the region and overseas.

With twice as many exhibitors as GIBTM 2014, 24 will be participating for the first time. There will also be 5 new countries represented including Scotland, Ethiopia, Japan, Mexico and Canada.

“ibtm arabia’s successful introduction is an endorsement of the strength of Abu Dhabi’s MICE proposition and proves we have evolved an established industry event to make it more relevant for delegates, buyers and exhibitors,” said Mubarak Al Shamisi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a division of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

The new exhibition format provides a platform for Abu Dhabi’s MICE sector to introduce new products and services, and present their products to industry experts specialising in a number of diverse fields such as international corporate groups and the expanding local wedding business, and promote packages to the local and GCC markets.

The “new” event brings everyone together for three days during which they will participate in “Discovery Day” where both buyers and suppliers get a taste of Abu Dhabi, and the experiences it offers for the MICE industry, followed by the opportunity to attend the ibtm arabia Knowledge Forum giving inspiration from two thought provoking speakers. Two days of business will follow, where over 3000 appointments will be held between buyers and suppliers with a diary of up to 30 appointments for each of them, plus networking and social events will bring everyone together.

“The significance of ibtm arabia is fundamental to the continuing growth of the MICE sector and has been built on the success of GIBTM. This new format however, creates a community for this industry, and for the first time everyone will work, learn and network together giving endless opportunities to meet, connect and do business as well as make new friends. ibtm arabia offers real exclusivity and with the quality of both buyers and suppliers, matched to have real influence on each other, we believe this new formula can enhance the experience of all our attendees,” said Lois Wilcox, Exhibition Manager ibtm arabia.

Highlights of ibtm arabia include: Discovery Day, Knowledge Forum, Pre-scheduled appointments, 9 networking events.

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Top 10 Meeting Destination Istanbul at IBTM Arabia

February 13, 2015

Top 10 Meeting Destination Istanbul at IBTM Arabia

IBTM Arabia, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

10-12 February 2015 (stand F09) 

LONDON (11 February 2015) – The Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) is promoting Istanbul as a venue for meetings at IBTM Arabia (10-12 February) for the first time ever, being held in Abu Dhabi at the five-star St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. 

IBTM Arabia, formerly GIBTM, is the leading international, exclusive event for the Arabian meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry. It is where meetings, events and incentives industry decision-makers meet for global business adventures. This year IBTM Arabia brings a fresh new format with quality meetings and an exclusive one-to-one ratio closed community experience for elite exhibitors and hosted buyers who do business in Arabia.

ICVB is representing Istanbul on its own stand with one-to-one meetings taking place over the three days in pre-booked sessions. Detailed information is being given to participants re meetings and incentives in Istanbul as well as promotional material and gifts being handed out. With its full itinerary of workshops, meetings and other activities during the fair, ICVB is promoting Istanbul to its fullest.

IBTM Arabia will be host to MICE buyers from 30 countries around the globe this year. Fifty per cent of the visitors originate from the Middle East, whilst Europe and Russia comprise 25% and both America and the Asia Pacific 10%, making it a truly global event.

As a historical meeting point between East and West and spanning two continents, today’s Istanbul is a top MICE destination offering unique and exciting venues. The city has the capacity to host every type of event, from bespoke incentives to meetings for up to 30,000 for corporate and leisure visitors alike. Combined with Istanbul’s historic venues, palaces, cisterns and the like, it offers meeting planners a variety of remarkable options to create truly outstanding events. Easily accessible from around the world, Istanbul is served by nearly 300 international airlines at its two airports and accommodation is both numerous and offers a selection across the spectrum. 



November 17, 2014

Pacific World (, the integrated global DMC and Event Management organisation, are set to showcase some leading technology tools that could be integrated into different kind of events, meetings and incentives, at their stand (K36) whilst exhibiting at EIBTM 2014, which takes place from 18-20 November in the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona.

They will be running three interactive sessions at their booth in Barcelona, including a Reactable demonstration that will take place on Tuesday 18 from 17.00 – 18.00 and two sessions with Google Glass, on Wednesday 19 from 16.00 – 18.00 and Thursday 20 from 10.00 – 14.30.

Reactable is an electronic musical instrument with a multi-touch tabletop interface. Patricia Silvio, Global Marketing Manager, Pacific World commented, “Reactable is a trendy tool that until now has been used for alternative and electronic music festivals. This creative technology is now jumping over into the corporate world, thanks to the potential it has to reinforce branding and corporate culture during an event.”

Reactable connects attendees of an event to the music in a completely different way. It turns every performance into a memorable experience where guests can interact with and create music. It is also visually impactful and is suited to all types of spaces and events.

“This audiovisual instrument could help to enhance the brand experience during an event. Could also help to transmit specific brand values in a different and creative way”, says Silvio.

Google Glass, which launched in 2012, has also received a great deal of interest amongst technology lovers within the meetings industry. The cutting edge technology offers huge potential within the meetings and events industry, as it is suited for a number of applications including team building apps and speaker prompts during conferences.

Silvio explains, “Clients will be able to try and discover a bit more about how Google Glass can be integrated in an event through live demonstrations at our stand. Some examples of how to integrate Google Glass into an event includes run a contest during a conference where attendees participate through taking their own photos and videos and uploading them directly from Google Glass to platforms including our Facebook fan page or Instagram account.”

Meetings industry professionals interested in placing outbound business into destinations including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia (Bali), Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam Europe: Spain, Italy, England, France, Greece, Monaco, Portugal, Scotland Middle East: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman Southern African region: South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe North America (In Global Alliance with ACCESS Destinations Services) should visit Pacific World (K36) at EIBTM to find out more.

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