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ISTANBUL CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU – ICVB HOSTS INTERNATIONAL PRESS IN ISTANBUL

March 30, 2015

ISTANBUL CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU – ICVB
HOSTS INTERNATIONAL PRESS IN ISTANBUL

LONDON (30 March 2015) – The Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) works hard to bring the most important conventions and meetings in the world to Istanbul as its promotional work continues to gather pace. The ICVB has brought together high profile editors and journalists from the highest circulating and most read publications around the world within the convention, event organisation and incentive sector to Istanbul; to showcase and demonstrate the city’s huge business potential in the international meeting and convention market.

14 International Media Representatives from the USA, Europe and Asia met in Istanbul for the first time, hosted by ICVB between 25 and 28 March.

Commenting on the 4-day press visit Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz, General Manager of the Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau, said: “We are focussing our promotional activities with the aim of Istanbul reaching the pinnacle of the international arena. The majority of the visiting press who participated on our tour were travelling to Istanbul for the first time, expressing how happy they were to be here. Istanbul is a unique and excellent location for the convention and meetings sector due to its accessibility and its dynamic and distinctive atmosphere.”

Editors and journalists from the USA, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia and India from a total of 14 convention, event and incentive publications were hosted as part of the press tour programme between 25 and 28 March by ICVB. The representatives of the most prominent magazines in the sector mainly explored convention centres, together with various hotels, arts and cultural centres, as well enjoying the city’s wining and dining. They also explored Istanbul’s historical quarters and discovered the city’s natural beauty while meeting colleagues from the sector.

Chaired by Ibrahim Caglar, President of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, and including representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, THY (Turkish Airlines), TÜRSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies), TUROB (Touristic Hotels and Investors Association), TYD (Tourism Investors Association) and SKÅL Istanbul and managed under the umbrella of TUGEV (Tourism Development and Education Foundation), the Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau is continuing its dynamic promotion of Istanbul on the international stage.

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. 

 

EIBTM 2014 ends year on a high

November 28, 2014

EIBTM 2014 ends year on a high

Business boom returns to the show floor
New show name for 2015 – ibtm world

EIBTM closed last Thursday with over 15,500 (8% increase on 2013) industry professionals onsite for the three days of the show. With over 80% of attendees (excluding exhibitors) coming from Europe, the trend underlines the American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Forecast presented to over 200 global industry thought leaders on the eve of the first day of the event. The report indicated that the number of meetings in Europe is predicted to increase.

At the same time, trade visitor numbers are also up by nearly 8%. EIBTM attracted nearly 70% of trade visitors from Spain supporting the country’s positive economic recovery which was highlighted in the same report. Some 78,436 pre-scheduled appointments and, for the first time, self select were made between Hosted Buyers and exhibitors, a 20% increase over last year.

Association planners are also forecasting an increase in their meetings activity, and this year’s show has seen the highest number of independent Association planners attending with 67% of the 271 planners coming from individual associations and societies, overall the event saw an increase of 12% in attendance by Association Hosted Buyers helped by the launch of a more flexible approach to this year’s Buyer programme, with the introduction of My Association | My Club.

Jeton Iseni, European Project Manager, European Huntington’s Disease Network, who participated in the Association programme commented; “I am very pleased with the new flexibility for Association Buyers this year, especially around our appointments diary. The difference is that it has given us a great opportunity and time to meet with others in the industry, share knowledge and network.”

Business optimism across the show floor was also reported by exhibitors, many of whom rated EIBTM as their best trade show of the year.

Jim Hensley, CEO, Global DMC Partners; “EIBTM is the strongest and busiest show in our trade show calendar. We´ve had more appointments each day here than we have had in entire trade shows. The buyers we have seen have been good quality and most importantly ready to do business with proposals in place, rather than general enquiries. We are very optimistic about the future business we will place thanks to EIBTM.”

David Chalmers, Marketing Director Europe for Cvent inc; “We have been oversubscribed on appointments this year making it our best ever EIBTM. All members of our sales team have fed back on the fantastic quality of buyers whom they have met with and a significant amount of business has been made here as a result of that.”

In Rob Davidson’s annual Industry Trends Report, he highlighted the optimism of the mood in the U.S. meetings market as “very positive according to various studies”. Supporting this trend for business, Deanne Boynton Grupp, VP Tourism for Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau commented; “it’s been the best EIBTM for many years in terms of number of appointments, quality and the diverse nationalities of buyers wanting to do business with us.”

This year’s new EIBTM concierge service was also recognised as an important initiative: Isabel Agrelo, Communication Manager, Global Sales Division, Accor; “We have been extremely busy at EIBTM with over 800 appointments across the three days. We have met with some very interesting sales leads and there will be some positive contracts to come. The new concierge service provided by EIBTM this year has been extremely useful to us, helping us find a solution to every problem straight away. We can´t wait to return in 2015.”

Newcomer to EIBTM, The Faroe Islands was looking to find business from the event and Annleyg Lamhauge, Marketing Manager – MICE, Visit Faroe Islands commented: “It has been our first time exhibiting at EIBTM and we have been very popular with a lot of interest in our stand. We are finding there is a demand for smaller meetings groups and this works well with our destination. There is a trend to visit the Nordic countries and the surrounding islands. We have met with a lot of good quality buyers at EIBTM and are looking forward to 2015.”

“You really couldn’t miss the buzz on the show floor this year which I hope was a result of not only economic confidence but also from new initiatives such as the fact that this year exhibitors could top up their diaries with appointments they had requested with buyers – the first time we have trialed this,” commented Graeme Barnett, EIBTM Senior Exhibition Director.

Finally from the close of this year’s show, EIBTM is to be rebranded as ibtm world – where connections mean everything. Ibtm world will join its sister events ibtm arabia, ibtm Africa, ibtm america, ibtm china and ibtm india under the ibtm events umbrella along with AIME in Melbourne and the recently announced ICOMEX in Mexico.

Announcing the new name for EIBTM, Graeme Barnett said; “We’ve emphasised the fact that it’s a global show. Whatever markets our clients are looking to connect with, we’ve got most of the globe covered”. Together the events in the newly branded ibtm portfolio annually provide access to more than 5,000 suppliers from 100 countries, 19,000 event organisers and more than 110,000 pre-scheduled meetings take place.

** All EIBTM attendee numbers will be independently verified and audited post show

ibtm world will take place in Barcelona from 17-19 November 2015.

AIME 2012 shortlisted for Excellence award

November 21, 2012

AIME 2012 shortlisted for Excellence award

The Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) has been named as a finalist in the Exhibition and Event Association of Australia’s (EEAA) 2012 Awards for Excellence, cementing its position as an industry leader.

AIME, the largest annual exhibition in Australia for meetings, incentives, business travel and events, is one of four finalists in the category for Best Trade Show over 10,000m2 and the only finalist from the MICE industry to make the final cut.

Winners will be announced at a special gala dinner on 4 December, 2012 at Melbourne’s stylish National Gallery of Victoria, which will be attended by the owner of AIME, the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau.

With an eight per cent increase in award entries, the EEAA Awards for Excellence judges stated that they found a strong field of entrants especially, in best show and marketing related categories.

For more information about AIME 2013 visit www.aime.com.au

AIME 20th anniversary

March 14, 2012

20th anniversary and still going from strength to strength

21 February 2012: The organisers of the 20th anniversary Asia-Pacific Meetings & Incentives Expo (AIME), which opens today at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), are expecting a successful two-day event with preliminary figures looking positive.

With more than 500 Hosted Buyers set to attend AIME 2012, organisers are expecting at least a 15% increase compared to 2011 and 51% of these buyers will be new to AIME in 2012.

Sally de Swart, Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) Director for AIME, said that this is a good result for the show and great news for exhibitors who regularly attend AIME.

“We have a number of exhibitors who return to AIME year after year and it is important for them to establish new contacts and renew their ongoing relationships. The overall numbers are strong and we are pleased that we have brought so many new Hosted Buyers to AIME 2012,” Ms de Swart said.

Figures released yesterday are positive with 3736 pre-registered visitors set to attend AIME 2012 which will be an increase on last year’s figures.

Ms de Swart said that while the numbers are impressive it is too early to tell what the final results will be and reminded exhibitors to make sure they reach out to visitors and make the most of all opportunities to establish new contacts at AIME.

“These figures are preliminary, but we are expecting a good turnout of quality visitors. AIME is a busy time for all exhibitors but I would recommend remaining open and aware of visitors on the show floor because a valuable contact may drop by your stand at anytime,” she said.

“This year we have added the Exhibitor Networking Drinks to the Tuesday afternoon program and this is another good opportunity for exhibitors to mix with buyers and visitors in a more relaxed atmosphere.”

779 exhibitors are booked to attend AIME 2012 and the show floor will be larger, taking up 5,778 m². There are 206 new exhibitors this year including big brand names such as Marriott Hotels and American Express Meetings and Events.

Sally de Swart said that she is looking forward to a successful event and expects the show floor to be buzzing throughout the two-day show.

AIME, which is owned by the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) and run by RTE, will take place on the 21 and 22 February 2012 at the MCEC.

For more information about visiting AIME 2012, visit www.aime.com.au


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