Kicking off next week and running from February 9-11 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, ibtm arabia is gearing up to welcome 65 regional exhibitors from the UAE and Bahrain alone, who have signed up to capitalise on the many business opportunities that the event delivers.
Those attending the event include Yas Viceroy Hotel, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), Radisson Blu Hotel – Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), MCI Middle East, Emirates Palace, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort – Abu Dhabi and Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas – Abu Dhabi as well as a host of suppliers from Bahrain. These include The Ritz-Carlton – Bahrain, Mathias Tourism Company, Gulf Hotel Bahrain, At Bahrain and Kingdom of Bahrain – Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Adding to this, ibtm arabia 2016 will be welcoming support from a number of other suppliers in the Middle East from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar, as well as a strong international contingent.
With more than 95 per cent exhibitors and hosted buyers reporting a fruitful ibtm arabia 2015, this year’s event has witnessed heightened levels of interest.
Thus, international buyers from leading companies have confirmed their attendance. These include: Coca-Cola, Peugeot Citroen, Abbott, Maersk Line A/S, Cadillac, Cognizant, Provident Global Capital Group, Tata Capital Financial Services Ltd, Kuoni MICE & Special Groups, QNA International, Belair Travel & Tourism and Eagle Travel.
Event manager, ibtm arabia, Shinu Pillai enthused: “The GCC’s $1.3 billion meeting, incentive, conference and event (MICE) industry is set to experience further robust growth according to a recent Alpen Capital report. The number of international association meetings taking place in the region has more than tripled over the last 10 years, earning for the Gulf global prestige as a popular meeting and incentive hub.”