HOSTED buyer registrations are now being taken for the biggest Mice event in the region.
Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) is inviting meeting planners, incentives buyers and decision makers to apply for hosted buyer status at the event to be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in March.
The hosted buyer programme provides exclusive business meeting opportunities for more than 300 international and regional senior-level buyers and decision makers who are looking for new ideas and venues for their meetings, incentive programmes, events and conferences.
To assist in the recruitment of senior-level buyers, GIBTM is working together with group coordinators from associations, agencies, publications and hotel groups from around the world who commit to bring 10 or more buyers to the show and a number have already confirmed their participation including The DMC Group, Expert Avis, Fore Representations & Travels, HelmsBriscoe, HPN Global, InterContinental Hotel Group, MeetMe, Moulden Marketing and TTN.
Lloyd Kenyon, exhibition manager, explained that attending as a hosted buyer includes a number of VIP benefits.
“Hosted buyers receive complimentary return economy flights on Etihad Airways (if required and route permitting) and accommodation in a four- or five-star Abu Dhabi hotel. There are also free transfers from the airport and official hotels to the venue, as well as access to the exclusive hosted buyer lounge onsite.
“In addition, they get priority appointments with exhibitors via our buyer-driven pre-scheduled appointment system allowing up to 10 one-on-one meetings with suppliers per day, as well as access to a personalised online diary. Our group co-ordinators also benefit greatly from the programme, as they too have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with top clients, receive VIP treatment and enjoy complimentary travel and accommodation when bringing a qualified group of 10 or more.”
And to add extra interest for overseas buyers, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority will be hosting an ‘Abu Dhabi Day’ prior to the exhibition offering an opportunity to explore the city of Abu Dhabi.
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
Published monthly by Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group, the region’s foremost trade publisher, TTN is aimed at professionals in the industry, from travel agents to airline and hotel personnel.
TTN provides in-depth and extensive coverage of relevant issues in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in other parts of the world. Travel related news, analysis, and new appointments together with information on up-coming exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns are presented in an innovative and striking colour tabloid.
Every issue also contains a collation of international and regional news and topical features of interest to readers.