Ibtm arabia has announced the first details of its 12th edition, taking place at Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, on 5-7 February 2018. The exclusive one-to-one format event will this year see the introduction of ibtm events’ enhanced hosted buyer programme.
Shinu Pillai, exhibition manager at ibtm arabia, said: “We’ve worked hard since the last edition to understand how we can further enhance the programme to ensure it’s as productive as possible for our attendees. We’ve added several new opportunities for exhibitors, including the chance for them to hold destination presentations in our central hub area, as well as panel sessions where they can discuss and debate some of the industry’s most pressing issues.”
For the first time this year, domestic hosted buyers will be able to attend solely on the third day of the event, rather than for the entire duration, in order to ensure that meeting time is used as efficiently as possible. The format of the event has been designed with networking and relationship building in mind, with more than 10 networking events held over the three-day-long show.
Discovery Day, which takes place on the first day of the event, gives hosted buyers the chance to network while also experiencing the local culture of Abu Dhabi. The updated process to attend requires hosted buyers to produce three supplier references; one of business placed in the previous 12 months and two being proof of future business. They will be accommodated in a five-star luxury seafront resort for three days while they meet with their matched suppliers.