Airline

GIBTM Exhibition opens in Abu Dhabi

His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan – Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority opened the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition 2011 – GIBTM – in Abu Dhabi today, which over the next three days is playing host to the largest annual gathering of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) professionals in the Gulf and wider Middle East.

Lloyd Kenyon, GIBTM’s Exhibition Manager, reported that this year’s edition of the show had attracted over 275 exhibitors, which was a significant increase from 2010 which had 228 companies taking part. New exhibitors include BSL, Fujairah, Lebanon, Syria, Indonesia, Bahrain, MSC Cruises and Costa Do Sauipe. Those who have increased their stand space for 2011 include the Turkish Culture & Tourism Office, Argentina – INPROTUR, Jumeirah and Movenpick.

266 senior level Hosted Buyers, who are hoping to find out what’s new within the industry from both an inbound and outbound business perspective, will have more than 7,000 pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors over the three day show. A 12 percent increase in pre-registered visitors for this year’s edition of GIBTM demonstrates the growing interest in the region’s MICE industry.

“Exhibitors represent all aspects of the meetings industry from destinations, convention centres, hotel groups and airlines to cruise companies, DMCs and technology suppliers,” said Kenyon.

“Since its inception five years ago, GIBTM has firmly established itself as the region’s premier event for the meetings industry. It is the only international exhibition in the Middle East region dedicated entirely to the business of meetings and events; and it provides the perfect business platform for both international and regional venues, hotels, destinations and suppliers to meet with local, regional and international meeting planners, incentive travel buyers and those involved in the global meetings and events industry.


“One of the other mainstays of GIBTM that is featured yet again this year is our educational programme. We will be staging a diverse range of subjects that underline the event’s commitment to raising industry standards and encourage learning and development among the MICE sector community. Of particular importance this year is our targeting of the private sector since there are still many who are not aware of the excellent deals and opportunities that there are out there.”

Lloyd Kenyon also previewed a presentation of the Middle East meetings industry research, which is commissioned by GIBTM in association with meetme each year for the show, saying that the results would yet again be presenting a positive and encouraging reflection on the future of the meetings industry in the region. The results from 555 buyer respondents are optimistic on the volume of events forecast for the year ahead,” he concluded.

GIBTM 2011 runs for a further two days – Tuesday 29th March and Wednesday 30th March – at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. Registration onsite is free of charge for business professionals.

More Airline
Big jump in international passengers for Saudi Airlines
flydubai will fly to Tashkent from 11 March 2019
New Istanbul airport starts operations
Latest Travel News
Jazeera Airways launches flights to Kara...
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals...
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - fa...
Featured Sights To See
Irma Stern Museum

Irma Stern Museum

Cape Town, South Africa

Irma Stern is arguably South Africa’s most celebrated artist. The museum opened in her house pays homage to her by exhibiting her work depicting African people and their lives the continent over, and her collection of African artifacts from the same region.   Timings: Tues- Sat 10 A.M- 5 P.M Admission: R 10 Address: Cecil Road, Rosebank Tel: 021-685-5686  ...

Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace

Vienna, Austria

Complex of 18th century castles and gardens. Expansive spaces, truly magnificent views, and astounding architecture. ...

Bab Zuwayla

Bab Zuwayla

Cairo, Egypt

The Bab Zuwayla is a gate that was built in 1087 by three Armenian monks to protect the then Fatimid city from invasion. The name Fatimid is given to the ancient Shia Dynasty which ruled North Africa from about 900-1200.   Importance is attributed to this gate because it is the only artifact that remains from the Fatimid city. Also, superstitious beliefs state that the gate has heali...

CN Tower

CN Tower

Toronto, Canada

This is the tallest freestanding structure in the world. Walking on the glass floors 113 stories above the ground is exhilarating-like walking on air! The sky pod raises you another 33 stories up. Timings: Daily 9AM-11 PM Admission: C$ 21 [Adults] C$ 14 [Children] Address: 301 Front St. W Tel: 416/868-6937 Website: www.cntower.ca ...