The 30th anniversary edition of Ibtm World 2017 closed at the 30 November with over 74,000 appointments (up 23% compared with 2016) having taken place during the three-day event, setting a new record for the show. Some 3,000 exhibiting companies from over 150 countries were joined by 3,463 buyers and thousands of visitors for a packed schedule of meetings, networking and educational sessions. “Ibtm this year has been really good for us. We’ve had an amazing number of appointments - close to 1,000 have taken place over the three days. In addition, we’ve had more than nine group presentations with approximately 100 Hosted Buyers and we hosted a client event last night in an off-site venue in Barcelona with more than 100 Hosted Buyers in attendance, so the engagement that we’ve experienced this week has really been tremendous”, said Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events & City Operations. Hosted Buyers were equally positive – Srdan Elakovic from Aurora Maris Travel, commented “The show is going very well; the contacts are good and high quality. Excellent”. Ricardo Gomes, Dynamize Experiences & Events, said: “It is my first time as a Hosted Buyer, but I have been coming to the show since it was in Geneva. The show is different this year and has been re-imagined well.” www.ibtmworld.com
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