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Quality guaranteed for GIBTM exhibitors

Buyers wishing to attend the inaugural Gulf Incentives, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM) exhibition in Abu Dhabi next month will be subjected to strict qualifying criteria, according to organisers, Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE).

Buyers wishing to attend the inaugural Gulf Incentives, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM) exhibition in Abu Dhabi next month will be subjected to strict qualifying criteria, according to organisers, Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE).

They will have to prove their purchasing power to be selected as one of the 300 hosted buyers at the event, which takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) from March 13 to 15.

“Quality of the buyers attending is essential; this is key to the success of GIBTM as the exhibitors will not accept anything less,” explained Paul Kennedy MBE (pictured), group exhibition director of the meetings and incentives events division of RTE.

“A key aspect of the hosted buyer programme is that the appointments are buyer driven, an initiative the we feel our exhibitors will be greatly in favour of.”

According to Kennedy, hosted buyers will comprise a balanced mixture of visitors from the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. They will join 1500 additional visitors who are expected to attend from across the Middle East.

A seminar programme running concurrently with the show will cover topics such as technology in the meetings industry, how to win international association business, crisis management, the importance of recognition of the meetings professional, and a session on measuring the economic importance of the meetings industry.

“Our aim is for GIBTM to become a debating chamber for the sector in the Middle East,” Kennedy explained.

“GIBTM will bec-ome the pivotal point for the meetings and incentives industry in the Gulf and wider Middle East .”

Social events will take place on every evening of the three-day exhibition, starting with an “ice-breaker” on the first night, followed by an ADNEC-sponsored event on the second evening, and an Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA)-sponsored function at the Emirates Palace on the final night.

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