IBTM Arabia has unveiled the first details of the networking programme for its 2019 event, which will take place at Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi from March 25-27.
This year, the event’s renowned ‘Discovery Day’ will entail a morning of educational sessions, followed by an afternoon of cultural activities and sightseeing. Taking place at a choice of either the Emirates Palace and Park Hyatt, or YAS Hotel and YAS Circuit, all attendees will be able to network in a relaxed setting to build relationships ahead of their formal business meetings.
Following this, a welcome dinner and drinks reception for around 150 hosted buyers and exhibitors will be held at the Chill’O Terrace at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Moving on, the event’s White Party gala dinner will return in 2019 and will take place at the five-star Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas. It will feature an open networking event with a variety of food and beverage options.
Exhibition director, Reed Travel Exhibitions Middle East, Danielle Curtis disclosed: “One of the highlights of IBTM Arabia is its strong focus on open networking and cultural events, so we are delighted to announce this year’s varied networking programme, which allows attendees to forge relationships in a relaxed setting ahead of their formal business meetings. This is a vitally important aspect of doing business anywhere, but one that is especially important in the Middle East.”
Confirmed exhibitors include Galaxia Group; Atlantis Hotels; Georgia Convention Bureau; Matrix Audio Visual & Entertainment; Czech Tourism Authority; Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC; Cyprus Tourism Organisation; Radisson Hotel Group; Nassima Royal Hotel Dubai; Occidental IMPZ Dubai Conference; and Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, among others.
Curtis concluded: “As well as this, the event provides an opportunity for organisations keen to market their brand, destination or services to a highly targeted international buying audience, as well as creating tailored Knowledge Programme content for international event planners keen to learn more about the region.”
IBTM Arabia is an exclusive one-to-one format which mutually-matches hosted buyers and exhibitors using IBTM’s bespoke ‘matchmaking’ software, ensuring meetings take place between people with whom there is a great chance of doing business. The event features a full programme of pre-planned business meetings, as well as an insightful series of Knowledge Programme sessions presented by experts and educators on the latest industry developments.