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Bigger numbers expected at BTS 2008

BUSINESS travel companies continue to see the value in investing in corporate travel, meetings and incentives, despite the global credit crunch, according to organisers of the Business Travel Show Dubai due to take place from October 20 to 21.

Regional and international travel companies are seeking prime exhibitor spots at the show, now in its second year and set to take place at Madinat Jumierah.
“We have been receiving an even greater number of enquiries from companies looking to secure space at the show, and are confident that the second edition of the Business Travel Show Dubai will show a marked increase on last year’s figures,” said Sally Maltby, event director for show organisers Centaur Exhibitions.
A recent MasterCard Survey conducted in the UAE showed that residents have no plans to curtail travel plans, especially when it comes to business travel. 95 per cent of those surveyed said that they would spend more on business travel in 2008, compared with 80 per cent of respondents in the previous year.
The general consensus points to growth in the business travel industry in 2008, albeit slighting slower growth than that enjoyed in previous years.
As a result, more travel bookers are expected at this year’s Business Travel Show, as corporations look to spend travel budgets wisely in 2008 and 2009.