IBTM World Virtual taking place from December 8-10

IBTM World Virtual

IBTM Events has unveiled details of the very first IBTM World Virtual, which is scheduled to take place online from December 8-10, 2020.

The event will entail three full days of one-to-one business meetings, a comprehensive programme of content and many of the key features of the live event. Both exhibitors and hosted buyers will benefit from IBTM’s bespoke appointment system, matching buyer’s business needs with supplier’s services to ensure fruitful business ventures.

Trade visitors, who can register for the online event, can access education sessions and event features, and can request ‘walk-up’ meetings with exhibitors via a chat function, with the option of converting the correspondence into a video call.

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Event director, IBTM World, David Thompson declared: “While we’d all hoped we would be able to meet face-to-face in Barcelona, we’re very excited about what we have created with IBTM World Virtual. The online event will deliver not only the high quality business opportunities for which IBTM is renowned, but also a programme of content that will provide attendees with tangible learnings that they can apply to their business as we evolve and rebuild our industry.

“As well as business meetings, we are adapting many of our regular event features to take place online, including exhibitor destination presentations, live online pitches and the graduation ceremony for our mentoring programme Event Business Accelerator, the Tech Watch Awards and targeted content streams for event planners. We’re looking forward to sharing more detail in due course,” Thompson added.

Throughout the duration of the event, a range of gated and live content will be available. Day three of IBTM World Virtual will include a full schedule of live and pre-recorded education sessions taking place on ‘IBTM TV’, available to all registered attendees. Speakers will include: keynote Pancho Campo, who will speak about ‘The future of events: Lessons learned from working with Barack Obama’; CEO, European Society of Cardiology, Isabel Bardinet, who will deliver her thoughts on ‘going digital: lessons learnt and going forward’; managing director EMEA, BCD M&E, Mikael Ek, whose session will cover ‘state of the industry: unexpected trends for the future of meetings and events’; and senior regional director, head of Asia Pacific, American Express Meetings & Events, Patrick Rush, who will host a session on ‘2021 Global Meetings & Events Trends’.