The EIBTM Hosted Buyer Programme provides over 4,200 high level buyers and planners with the opportunity to attend the show (fully hosted) where they will be able to conduct international business with a selection of 3,100 venues, hotels, destinations, technology, business travel and event services providers representing over 150 countries.
Charlotte Hegarty, Conference Manager, The Conference Collective who attended EIBTM 2012 as a Hosted Buyer commented, "It’s been very good, very busy; lots of appointments which is fantastic because you don’t normally get the opportunity to see so many people in one go. We’ve found information out about venues that we didn’t know about before and the convention bureaux we’ve met too have given us some tips for holding future events in their countries which has been good.”
Justin Thomas-Butler, Manager, Meetings, Incentives and Events, Arabian Adventures comments, “This week has been incredible: we’ve had a lot of appointments. We’ve seen a huge percentage of clients from a lot of new markets and this is why the show is so fantastic, because it just opens up so much opportunity.”
EIBTM have also introduced EIBTM Knowledge to the show this year. Erica Keogan, Associations and Education Manager, IBTM Events Portfolio, Reed Travel Exhibitions, “EIBTM Knowledge is the newly branded education programme. Knowledge provides learning for everyone attending EIBTM from Hosted Buyers through to trade visitors, we will be working with some of the leading industry Associations including including Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Meetings Professional International (MPI), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Society for Incentive Travel Executives (SITE)”.
EIBTM Hosted Buyers will also benefit from tailored Education Programmes, designed to meet their specific business needs. EIBTM Knowledge will comprise dedicated education streams tailored for the Association, Corporate, Business Travel and Agency sectors. To find out more visit http://www.eibtm.com/hosted/Dedicated-Programmes/
This years show is also set to kick off with The EIBTM Forum, taking place on Monday 18th November (4:30-6:45pm), which will set the tone for three preceding days of business ahead. The line-up for the EIBTM Forum is set to include a cutting edge keynote speaker from the business world as well as the second presentation of the EIBTM Lifetime Achievement Award. The Forum will be followed by an exclusive invitation only networking event held in the centre of Barcelona. Registration information will be available in summer 2013.
Hosted Buyers who are successful in the application process for the EIBTM 2013 will receive:
• A personalised diary of pre-scheduled appointments with international exhibitors of their choice
• A tailored professional education programme suited to individuals needs
• Complimentary return flights from an extensive choice of airports
• Complimentary accommodation in one of Barcelona’s best 4/5* hotels
• An invitation to the EIBTM Forum
• Access to a number of networking even
• Complimentary transfers to and from the exhibition, networking and events
• Access to VIP lounges situated on the show floor.”
To find out more about the Hosted Buyer Programme, please visit: www.eibtm.com/hosted and to apply for your place, please visit www.eibtm.com/hbreg
EIBTM 2013 will take place from 19th – 21st November, a week earlier than in previous years. The EIBTM Forum will take place the day before the exhibition on 18th November.