GIBTM opens in Abu Dhabi

GIBTM officially opened its doors today, with
its most international representation ever.

Two hundred and twenty companies are
exhibiting at the Reed Travel Exhibitions’ gulf incentive, business travel and
meetings exhibition at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC), with
representation from 12 new countries.

Oman,
Argentina,
Malaysia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Turkey, China, India, Thailand and Korea
are all represented at the show. Cape Winelands District Municipality, Dragonfly Africa, Turkish
Culture and Information Office, Beijing Tourism Administration and Ministry of
Culture and Tourism of Indonesia, are among the new sign-ups to the
show.

The show has also welcomed more than 280
hosted buyers, an increase on 2009.

GIBTM exhibition director Graeme Barnett
says: “I am looking to the next 12 months with optimism and excitement.

“The increased recognition of destinations
across the region has created an enormous opportunity for the Gulf to become a
major player in the meetings industry. It is ideally located between East and
West and has created world-class facilities and
infrastructure.”

The success of the show will not be judged on
numbers alone, according to Barnett. “Satisfied exhibitors, Hosted Buyers and
visitors are all key,” he says.

GIBTM continues until March
31.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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