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GIBTM SET TO DELIVER ENHANCED FOCUS ON EUROPE

December 10, 2013

European Pavilion and Market Focus Networking Event will serve increasing demand for outbound business from Middle East into Europe.

GIBTM (www.gibtm.com), the Middle East’s dedicated business platform for the region’s inbound and outbound MICE and Business Travel industry, is set to incorporate a dedicated European Pavilion and Market Focus Networking Event to the show programme this year.

The enhanced focus on Europe will be delivered as a direct result of post show feedback which revealed that Hosted Buyers who attended GIBTM 2013 from countries including UAE, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, specified a direct interest in placing outbound business there.

IBTM Middle East Meetings Industry Report 2013 confirmed that ‘the forecast for the year ahead is even more positive as can be seen from the 69% of locally based buyers predicting more events for the next 12 months. In addition, 59% of Middle East buyers are forecasting increased budgets for the next twelve months and 30% say budgets will remain the same as last year’.

Lois Hall, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Exhibition Manager, GIBTM commented “The Middle East is rich with opportunities for outbound business and last year, GIBTM saw 251 Hosted Buyers attend with 67% placing orders in excess of US$650,000 each.

“Last year, GIBTM attracted top-level regional buyers from major global organisations including Bank of Beirut – Lebanon, Carlson Wagonlit Travel – Egypt, Saudi Aramco – Saudi Arabia, American Express Egypt Travel Service – Egypt, Mobily – Saudi Arabia and Capital Market Authority – Saudi Arabia.

“For 2014, we are set to increase our offering to 300 targeted buyers as demand continues to grow for quality interaction with leading industry suppliers, and the new GIBTM event programme will build on previous show floor successes to allow us to continue to push outbound business from the region.”

Exhibiting in the European Pavilion at GIBTM will enable suppliers to meet with a highly targeted audience of buyers and achieve fast market penetration, which will be facilitated through the power of face-to-face meetings. Exhibitors will also be able to obtain competitive intelligence whilst establishing their company as a key player in the meetings and events industry.

The show programme will also include a Market Focus on Europe networking event, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 25 March from 8:30am – 10am on the show floor. The session will facilitate business opportunities between exhibitors from Europe and Hosted Buyers who have business to place in Europe.

Hall concludes, “We are encouraging any European exhibitors who are interested in participating to contact the GIBTM Team by telephone on +44 (0) 208 910 7098 or email them at gibtmteam@reedexpo.co.uk”

GIBTM 2014 takes place on the 24-26 March 2014. To find out more about the specialist pavilions at GIBTM please visit www.gibtm.com/specialist Join GIBTM on Linked in, Twitter and Facebook.

EUROPEAN EXHIBITOR PRESENCE QUADRUPLES FOR GIBTM 2013

March 5, 2013

EUROPEAN EXHIBITOR PRESENCE QUADRUPLES FOR GIBTM 2013
GIBTM 2013 (www.gibtm.com), the leading event for the meetings, incentives and business travel industry in the GCC Region, has witnessed a substantial increase in European exhibitors signed up to take part in the show.

The increased presence in suppliers attending from Europe has been supported by the introduction of a specialist European exhibitor pavilion and ‘Market Focus Spotlight’ networking sessions, which will take place on 26th March at 8:30am.

New European exhibitors already confirmed to attend GIBTM include Serbia Convention Bureau, Circuito Ascari, The Marmara Collection, Adile Sultan Sarayi Palace, Athens Convention Bureau, Georgian National Tourism Agency, Madrid Convention Bureau, and Cnidus.

Hungarian National Tourist Office who will also be attending, returning to the show for their third year commented, “We have exhibited at GIBTM since 2011 and it has given us the perfect introduction to key stakeholders from both the Gulf region and from Asia. Through GIBTM we have been able to arrange quality meetings, which have resulted in us introducing Hungary as a new destination to MICE industry professionals in the Middle East. We are very much looking forward to attending GIBTM 2013,” concluded Aniko Ferenczy, Director, Hungarian Tourism PLC.

Recent research conducted by Reed Travel Exhibitions confirmed an increase in the number of Middle Eastern buyers, who specified a direct interest in placing outbound business into Europe. In addition to this 65% of MENA buyers surveyed also reported an increase in events placed over the next 12 months, and 54% reported an increase in budget.

Lois Hall, GIBTM Exhibition Manager, Reed Travel Exhibitions commented, “We are delighted with the level of interest from European buyers this year. Exhibiting at GIBTM provides the perfect platform for European exhibitors to build profitable relationships with MENA buyers and showcase themselves in this sector of the industry. We already have a significant number of European exhibitors singed up for GIBTM 2013, most of which are attending the show for the first time.”

“Air links between the Middle East and Europe are also improving, making Europe a much more feasible destination for Middle Eastern meeting planners. Direct flights are available from Abu Dhabi to several European airports including; London Heathrow, Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt, Berlin, Amsterdam and Geneva,” Hall concluded.

GIBTM 2013 takes place on the 25th – 27th March, 2013. More information on the event, exhibitors, hosted buyers’ required qualifications, partners, networking and educational opportunities is available at http://www.gibtm.com

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40% of GMENA Buyers placing business in Asia

February 25, 2013

MIDDLE EAST BUYERS CONFIRM DEMAND FOR OUTBOUND BUSINESS INTO ASIA

40% of GMENA Buyers placing business in Asia
Recent research conducted by Reed Travel Exhibitions has confirmed that 40% of Regional Hosted Buyers attending GIBTM (www.gibtm.com), the leading event for the meetings, incentives and business travel industry in the GCC Region, have confirmed a direct interest in placing outbound business into Asia.

Lois Hall, GIBTM Event Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions commented, “Things are looking very positive for next year with 65% of MENA buyers from our survey also reporting an increase in events placed over the next 12 months with Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Japan being specified as top destinations to place future business. Further to this, we have also seen a substantial increase in regional Hosted Buyers registered with a 30% increase expected to attend the show.”

Paul Bryan, MICE Manager, dnata – Gulf Ventures commented, “Attending GIBTM as a Hosted Buyer provided a platform for me to meet with specifically with South East Asian exhibitors as 30% of our business is outbound. It was especially useful as I was able to meet directly with suppliers from China, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan”.

Bryan continues, “GIBTM is a well organised show with high quality exhibitors – making it a very worth while show to attend. GIBTM is a key show in the region in terms of networking with both regional and international exhibitors. The show is a must attend event for major players in this part of the world”.

As a direct result of the increased demand for outbound business into Asia, GIBTM has created a specialist exhibitor pavilion on the show floor, providing a dedicated area for exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region. The new Asia pavilion will provide a meeting area for exhibitors to showcase their products to regional and international visitors as well as Hosted Buyers.

GIBTM 2012 saw a rise in high-quality senior buyers especially from the Middle East and Asia, as well as a 100 percent increase in buyers from Saudi Arabia compared to 2011.
More information on the event, exhibitors, hosted buyers’ required qualifications, partners, networking and educational opportunities is available at http://www.gibtm.com

GIBTM 2013 takes place on the 25th – 27th March, 2013.

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