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Giant iTab recharged as event technology supplier for MWC Barcelona

Mobile network operator association GSMA, organiser of MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress), has re-appointed Giant iTab as a recommended ‘event technology’ supplier for its 2020 and 2021 events. MWC Barcelona is the largest mobile event in the world, and gathers some of the leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 companies at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona and attracts over 109,000...

International Convention Centre of Barcelona increases turnover by 11.5%

The International Convention Centre of Barcelona (CCIB), managed by GL Events, has broken its previous turnover record, with €37.2m in 2018. The figure represents an increase of 11.5% over 2017, and a 3.1% increase compared to the 2007 record, improving on pre-crisis levels. The CCIB claims loyalty and internationalisation are the reason for the exceptional results. More than 50% of clients return...

In pictures: IBTM World 2018

IBTM World wrapped up in Gran Via, Barcelona, at the end of 2018. The show saw more meetings than ever and destinations and venues brought colour and interaction to the show floor. A selection photographs from the event can be found below:

New publication:  Business Events, by Dr Rob Davidson

Business Events, a new book by Dr Rob Davidson, managing director of MICE Knowledge and professor of MICE Management in four European universities, was launched at IBTM World in Barcelona. The 450-page book brings together for the first time a complete analysis of all the principal sectors of the business events industry: corporate meetings, incentive travel, association conferences, political eve...

IBTM World announces DCT Abu Dhabi as Premier Partner for 2019

Organisers of the IBTM trade show brand have announced that the Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will be its Premier Partner for IBTM World 2019. The deal marks the first time in IBTM World’s 31-year history that it has taken on a Premier Partner. DCT Abu Dhabi will use the agreement to gain access to a highly engaged global audience of meetings professionals. ...

Trends Watch report unveiled on opening day of IBTM World

IBTM’s traditional World Trends Watch report was unveiled at the Barcelona show, 27 November. The general overview again paints a picture of a changing world but one with myriad exciting opportunities for the meetings and events world to seize. The report did bring in a new chapter this year dedicated to tech trends, which explored the new industries likely to converge with technology. The report ...

Estonia set to ‘Go Wild’ at IBTM

The Estonian Convention Bureau and Visit Estonia will be rolling out their new marketing concept for the country, ‘Go Wild, Choose Estonia!’ at the IBTM World trade fair in Barcelona, 27-29 November. The campaign is designed to highlight the novelty of Estonia as a meetings destination as well as the many nature-related experiences available there. For many Europeans, the small Baltic state is mos...

IBTM Trends Watch highlights importance of tech

An early preview of IBTM’s annual IBTM Trends Watch report has revealed that, despite ongoing economic and geopolitical instability, the future of the meetings and events industry looks bright, thanks in part to the relentless march of technological innovation. Indeed, a new section has been added to the report this year, focusing on global technological innovation and its impact on the events ind...

Asia expands its presence at IBTM World

IBTM World has revealed a 23% increase in space taken by exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region ahead of its 2018 event, which will take place from 27-29 November 2018 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. The growth is a result of several new exhibitors taking stands this year, as well as some long-term exhibitors taking larger spaces. Amongst the new exhibitors from Asia Pacific were Macao Trade and I...

Organisers claim rise in first-stage appointments for IBTM World 

Organisers of IBTM World, Reed Travel Exhibitions, have announced that first-stage appointments for exhibitors are up 7% against last year, with over 3,500 more business meetings booked than at the equivalent stage in 2017. The meetings have been facilitated using an appointment system which pairs exhibitor and buyer preferences to ensure that meetings are arranged between people with whom there i...

PCMA gets disruptive with Knowledge Exchanges

Global industry association PCMA is placing disruptive technologies at the heart of its two upcoming European Knowledge Exchange events in November. The events in London and Barcelona will feature industry leaders discussing how the business events industry can leverage disruptive technologies and create event experiences that drive economic and social progress. The ‘Brand Purpose & Experience...

United Nations representatives to promote sustainability at IBTM World

Representatives from various UN bodies will be attending IBTM World this year, with the intention of learning about the meetings and events industry and promoting sustainability. IBTM World 2018 takes place from 27–29 November at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. This year the event will welcome around 3,000 exhibiting companies from 150 countries, over 3,500 buyers. The initiative comes on the back of ...