The largest number of visitors and hosted buyers (subject to ABC audit), topping 6,900, attended the three day show, which represents an increase of over 20 per cent compared to last year´s show.
Feedback from the show has been positive particularly about the quality of buyers, the number of appointments and the business generated. The networking events held alongside the event were also well attended.
Paul Kennedy, MBE, group exhibition director Reed Travel Exhibitions said, “Our success is only reflected in the comments and testimonials of our exhibitors, visitors and hosted buyers. To see the number of business appointments already planned prior to the event hitting a record of 41,500+ we knew that this year´s show was set to be very busy, but we could not have predicted the huge increase in business opportunities for everyone with more than 6,900 people attending over the three days.”
“We can also report that in many of the seminars we reached full capacity and attendance was over and above our expectations. Finally, we have also been overwhelmed by the number of exhibitors re-booking onsite for 2008 – it doesn´t get much better than this.”
An onsite poll conducted during the show optimistically forecasted growth in 2008 with 74 per cent of professionals expecting to increase their business targets. The same poll showed emerging markets will have the biggest impact on the global industry sector, influencing choice and budgets with Brazil, Russia, India and China now achieving greater awareness for their products and services.
This year Kennedy announced the extension of the agreement with Turisme de Barcelona and the Fira de Barcelona to be the host city and venue for EIBTM for the next five years. The new contract will start running in 2009 until 2013.
EIBTM 2008 will take place from 2 to 4 December, in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via.