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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
GIBTM and adnEC Year two of the event, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre, saw an increase in buyers and sellers, most particularly a pre-audited growth in visitor numbers by a whopping 41 per cent. As is the case with all Reed Travel Exhibition business event tradeshows hosted buyers were flown in and put up for the benefit of exhibitors. And evidence suggests that there were plenty of buyers clambering to get to Abu Dhabi - yet another Middle Eastern hotspot for MICE business. The United Arab Emirates is investing hugely in business tourism as a future revenue stream. It was thus a strategic move for the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) to form a mutually beneficial relationship with a number of foundation partners including Reed Exhibitions and IIR. After just two years GIBTM is being touted as the leading exhibition dedicated to the meetings, incentive and business travel industry in the Gulf and wider Middle East region. It brings together regional and international buyers and suppliers for three days of business, networking and professional education and aims to be the driver behind the development of the meetings industry across the region. GIBTM forms part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions portfolio of global meeting and incentive events along with EIBTM (www.eibtm. com), CIBTM (www.cibtm.travel), AIME (www.aime.com.au), and the ICCA exhibition in association with the ICCA Congress (www. iccaworld.com). Group exhibition director of Reed Travel Exhibitions, Paul Kennedy, said the aim at GIBTM, and for the rest of the RTE portfolio of meeting events, is to bring buyers and sellers together in a professional way. 20 miceAsia.net forEvEr The second Gulf IncenTIve, Business Travel & Meetings exhibition in Abu dhabi earlier this year recorded strong growth in visitor and exhibitor numbers. miceAsIA.net’s Tanya de Groot was in attendance. “They want to see an ROI from the event for their financial and time investment,” he said. Exhibitors from Malaysia, India, South Africa, and Thailand attended amongst others. The professional development program consisted of a number of small group seminars exploring topics such as culture and the importance of authenticity to successfully connect people and attract business tourism. US-based Joshua Grimes presented a useful paper on contract issues in the Middle East which appears to require special attention when finalising the terms of an agreement, especially the cancellation clauses. The Middle East Meetings Industry Research Global Survey Results report findings were also presented. The event also provided many networking opportunities including the welcome reception sponsored by ADNEC and held in one of the function spaces within the centre. The gala evening reception sponsored by ADTA and Al Raha Beach Hotel was a culinary and visual feast on the sprawling pool and garden space adjacent to the beach. Vanessa Mae provided the entertainment on a purpose-built stage on the beach. As the event is still very new and the meetings industry is only in its infancy in the Middle East, there were a large number of first timers attending, many who were deciding whether they would participate in 2009. Feedback was varied. Some said they would wait another few years before participating while others felt they would definitely be back to ensure they were kept abreast with activities in this dynamic region. GIBTM in 2009 will be held from March 31 to April 2.