New Ideas and Inspiration EIBTM 2010 Means Business
Monday 22, November 2010
With just two weeks to go, EIBTM 2010, taking place from 30 November – 2 December in Barcelona, is set to deliver dozens of new initiatives to maximise business for both suppliers and buyers.
This year, there will be more than 35 new exhibitors, from destinations to hotel companies, venue services to conference organisers. In addition, eight companies that did not exhibit in 2009 are returning this year, and over 48 exhibitors have increased their stand size to accommodate more partners, wider product ranges and greater choice for the event’s Hosted Buyers and Trade Visitors.
Professional Education Initiatives
EIBTM’s cutting edge professional Education Programme comprises a comprehensive and diverse series of seminars, workshops and conferences, addressing the latest issues and meetings industry hot topics, which underlines the event’s commitment to raising industry standards and encouraging learning and development. All sessions in the EIBTM Education Programme are CMP accredited, increasing personal development and allowing delegates to earn CEU (Continuing Education Units) points.
This year, over 50 sessions are available, covering subjects such as Women in Business, Brand Development, Focus on China, Bringing your Meetings to America, and a special look at South Africa post the FIFA World Cup. As usual, there will be specific Association, Corporate and Agency programmes available to all Hosted Buyers.
A new 150 seat Lecture Theatre has been built on the show floor to enable visitors to “drop in” to the Technology Hour sessions, the Spanish Seminars, and also attend the presentation of the annual Industry Trends Report – the familiar annual research presentation by Rob Davidson that takes place on Day One (repeated on Day 3). This year, the report also includes a unique piece of up-to-date research undertaken with meeting planners, national and city CVB’s.
Sustainability is top of the agenda and EIBTM is leading the way in the industry with its CSR programme and BS8901 accreditation. A new feature of the show, the Green Room, incorporates an entire day of seminars focusing on sustainability with nine dedicated sessions, taking place on Wednesday 1st December. There is also a stand made entirely of 100% recycled cardboard, a scheme to incentivise exhibitors, and the EIBTM Green Team will be available at the close of the show to help recycle unwanted items left behind by exhibitors. All donations will go to the Catalan Federation of Volunteers, to benefit 285 local charitable groups.
CEO Summit, new independent Chair
Created in 2005 to bring together C level industry leaders, the EIBTM CEO Summit will deliver a new format this year in order to become a global meetings industry thought leadership group. Designed to discuss major issues and challenges affecting the industry, the CEO Summit will now benefit from the appointment of industry professional, Jeremy Garbett, as the new independent Chair. This appointment is part of a re-engineering of the CEO Summit, which will look to widen its global membership and provide a valuable resource for not only the RTE portfolio of events, but also to harness issues and debate within the industry on a year-round basis. This year, three top international speakers will present topics covering the Global Economy, the Power of Live Events, and the Impact of Social Media.
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