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IBTM World 2019 announces second keynote speaker

IBTM has announced that Lucy Bloom, award-winning business expert, author and international master communicator, will be the second keynote speaker at IBTM World.

Thailand cave rescuer announced as keynote speaker at IBTM World 2019

IBTM has announced that John Volanthen, the world-record holding British cave diver who played a major role in the astonishing 2018 Tham Luang Thailand cave rescue of the youth football team, will be the first keynote speaker for IBTM World 2019, which takes place at Fira Barcelona from 19-21 November. John will deliver a session at IBTM World as part of the event’s Knowledge Programme. John’s tal...

IBTM World accelerates into mentorship programme

IBTM World has launched an investment and mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs, ‘Event Business Accelerator’.

Mash Media announces Graeme Barnett as COO

Leading events industry publisher and exhibition organiser Mash Media has announced the appointment of Graeme Barnett as Chief Operating Officer of Mash Media, effective 1 April. Barnett has been working in a consultant/advisory capacity on International Confex since October but has been increasingly focusing on the operational aspects across all segments of the publishing, exhibitions and events ...

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 winners of 2018 Tech Watch Awards

IBTM World has announced Zenus and Fielddrive as joint winners of its Tech Watch Award and Kubifyas the new ‘Tech Watch People’s Choice Award’ winner during the event at Fira Barcelona. A panel of industry experts judged Zenus and Fielddrive as the overall IBTM World Tech Watch Award winners from a shortlist of nine finalists, for their pioneering and impactful work in bringing facial recognition ...

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 ...

How do you ensure wellbeing at work?

Wellbeing and stress management are hot topics these days, and it’s no surprise – studies are consistently showing the link between wellbeing and productivity, happiness and job satisfaction. This year’s IBTM World features a section of the Knowledge Programme dedicated to ‘professional development, recruitment and wellbeing’, allowing delegates to take home practical ideas to help better ma...

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...

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...

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