GIBTM 2009 features education programme
Via a professional education programme GIBTM 2009 will focus on addressing global and regional issues as well as social networking.
The exhibition, which will take place from March 31 to April 2, 2009, will include representation from national tourist organisations, destinations, convention bureau, destination management companies, hotels and hotel groups and specialist service providers representing the Gulf and Middle East region, south and south east Asia, Europe,
Graeme Barnett, exhibition director for GIBTM and CIBTM said, “GIBTM 2009 is already 40 per cent ahead on exhibitor bookings from 2008. Business tourism is an emerging market in this region and we are expecting to see an overall 30 per cent growth from last year.”
The GIBTM 2009 hosted buyer programme will see over 275 buyers and planners from the Middle East, Europe and
Barnett also stressed the importance of educating participants on the meaning of the meetings industry and its economic value, and strongly believes that this will help the exhibition to grow in size. “The first three editions of any exhibition is still in its launch phase and from our point of view the show, now in its third year has huge growth potential,” he said.