IBTM World Virtual 2020 all set to go online 8-10 December

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IBTM World Virtual 2020 all set to go online 8-10 December

Organisers of IBTM World Virtual expect 10,000 meetings to take place over the three days of the event, which this year is online only and runs 8-10 December.

The virtual event aims to bring together online the world’s best-known destinations and suppliers with hosted buyers from global corporations, associations and agencies, as well as offering a comprehensive programme of education sessions.

Organisers say a third of buyers this year will be new to the event. The association buyers list includes those from the European Society of Urology, the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), World Confederation for Physical Therapy, The International Ecotourism Society, International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy, Research Quality Association (RQA), The Linux Foundation, and The European Society for Medical Oncology.

Major corporations set to attend include: Jones Lang LaSalle, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Bain & Company, IBM, Michelin, Dell, Novartis International AG, Boston Consulting Group, Real Madrid C.F., Deloitte, Cook Medical, NIKE, Leroy Merlin, BBVA France, Puma Brazil, Mundipharma International Limited, Hyundai, HORIBA Medical, and Schlumberger.

The content programme will include sessions focusing on leadership through change, technology and sustainability.

There will be new bespoke content this year for those running experiential events, in the Exceptional Experiences stream. Hosted buyers will have their own tailored content and the IBTM Inspire Masterclass stream will offer an on-demand track available from the 10 December – with sessions for associations, corporates and agencies. That is sponsored by Korea Tourism Organisation.

On 10 December, IBTM TV, sponsored by MeetEngland and Monaco Convention Bureau, will stream live and on demand content from expert speakers direct to attendees’ screens. This will include a variety of panel sessions, keynotes, trend reports and awards ceremonies.

Highlights include a keynote presentation from Pancho Campo who will present a session about his experience working with former President of the United States Barack Obama, and how his learnings have impacted his approach to the future of events.

Social Technologist and Futurist Cecilia MoSze Tham will explore the future of human connectivity and what that might mean for innovation in the events industry; and founder and managing partner at Storyminers and former e-visionary at IBM, Mike Wittenstein, will present ideas to help leaders gain support for their boldest ideas and strategies.

The recently announced fourth keynote speaker Philippe Legrain, who is senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute and the founder of international think-tank Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), will deliver a talk titled: Prospects for 2021: Recovery, Resilience, Reinvention.

David Thompson, event director, IBTM World, said: “While we’re disappointed not to be able to meet in person this year, we’re excited to bring the industry together this December at IBTM World Virtual. We look forward to being able to get together in person again from the 30 November – 2 December in Barcelona 2021.”

For further information, visit: www.ibtmworld.com


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