When it comes to the travel and hospitality business, IBTM remains the top names in the industry. This year it surpassed all the previous records with over 77,650 pre-scheduled business meetings took place over the three-day event in Barcelona.
More than 150 countries participated in this three day travel event with major names taking stands for the first time. With an overwhelming response form the buyers across the world Nelly Mukazayire, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Convention Bureau shares her experience at this year’s event, “IBTM World has been really successful. This is our fourth year here; we started four years ago with a booth of 9sqm and with two partners, but now we have 56sqm, with 10 partners. This year we’ve had brilliant meetings and appointments and have got several tangible leads for meetings, incentives, conventions and events in Rwanda.”
This year the highlife of the event were some new exhibitors including Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, Macau Trade and Investment Institute, Rosewood Hong Kong, Plus DMC, Regal Hotels International, San Francisco Travel Association, SIXT GmbH & Co, Global Passenger Network, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism, Development Hong Kong Tourism, Alternative Athens, Tourism New Zealand, Standard Hotels and creative technology company Codemodeon.
The IBTM world 2018 ended at a very positive note with a great footfall across the country which definitely was a positive point for the exhibitors. On such a great response David Thompson, Exhibition Director, IBTM World, said: “We set the bar high ahead of this year’s event, breaking our previous record for pre-matched appointments, so it was extremely exciting to hear first-hand how happy our customers are with the quality, as well as the volume of the meetings they have had.
IBTM World 2019 takes places from 19 – 21 November 2019 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. Here are some of the highlights of the three day even in Barcelona this year. Enjoy the pictures directly from the place.