ibtm arabia has shed light on a new, one-day attendance option for buyers from the UAE that are attending the 2018 event.
The event will be taking place at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi from February 5-7, and is set to welcome an additional 30 UAE-based corporate and agency event planners on the final day, to assist them in consolidating their meetings and focus on building connections with international exhibitors.
The group have the opportunity to connect with a number of international suppliers and organisations, such as the United Nations Conference Centre, Interprefy, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Events-Case, the Georgian National Tourism and Tourvest IME (Incentives, Meetings & Events).
Head of buyer programmes, ibtm events, Marco Balia stated: “Following feedback from hosted buyers and suppliers, we are delighted to introduce this new attendance option for UAE buyers, to allow more flexibility for their diaries and connect them to suppliers during ten one-to-one business appointments.
“They will also gain invaluable insights during the day’s Knowledge Programme, delivered over lunch, as well as network with suppliers and peers from across the globe at the event’s closing reception,” he added.
The leading event for the Middle East’s MICE industry provides all hosted buyers with a personalised schedule of one-to-one meetings with a hand-picked selection of leading suppliers.
ibtm arabia’s innovative ‘pod’ format, combined with its bespoke ‘matchmaking’ software, creates a diary of mutually matched, pre-scheduled appointments for each hosted buyer. More than 2,100 pre-planned meetings took place during the three-day event in 2017.
This year will also see the launch of an enhanced hosted buyer programme across the ibtm portfolio. The ibtm events team now pre-selects and qualifies hosted buyers, allowing them to be fast-tracked through the process.