Meeting about meetings opens in AD

Abu Dhabi's Gulf Incentives, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition starts on Tuesday.
Meeting about meetings opens in AD
By Melissa Hancock
Tue 13 Mar 2007 12:12 PM

The inaugural Gulf Incentives, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM), a three-day event for the global meetings and incentives industry opens today at the new Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

GIBTM is being organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) and will feature over 175 international suppliers from more than 25 countries, over 250 hosted buyers and with some 3,500 pre-arranged appointments already set.

His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), will be touring the exhibition accompanied by RTE's Chairman, Tom Nutley.

"This five year initiative has got off to a great start with encouraging international support. It is a specialised showcase for one of the most lucrative segments of the tourism sector," said Sheikh Sultan.

GIBTM's exhibitor line up includes airlines, destinations, conference and convention bureaus, hotels, destination management services, international associations, technology providers and travel agencies.

"The launch of GIBTM gives the UAE capital an opportunity to showcase its new ADNEC to some of the most influential buyers in the world of business tourism," said Sheikh Sultan. "With an exhibitor footprint that spans the Middle East, Europe, Indian Sub-continent, Australia, Africa and the Far East, the UAE capital will be on show to the world."

GIBTM will also feature a professional education programme bringing together leading international industry speakers on a range of subjects, including how to bid and win international association business. The free-to-attend seminars will run at GIBTM from 9am each morning.

The event will also disclose findings of the Gulf's first major MICE industry research study produced by GIBTM in association with MICE International.

"The outlying objectives of the survey were to measure the inbound and outbound flows of business from the supplier and buyer markets, addressing the current gap in market information and lifting the lid on the region's potential," said Nutley.

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