Demand for serious buyers
Bali-based Smailing Tour´s managing director Justina Puspawati has attended the show for many years, but is exhibiting for the first time.
"This year I found that, when a serious buyer arrives I am talking to someone who is more casual in their approach. It would be very useful if EIBTM organised sheduled meetings with corporates so that we can be guaranteed a dialogue. This would help us decide whether to book again," she said.
She added that she has noticed a decline in UK MICE interest over in Indonesia over the past few years.
Enough demand to revisit
Italian DMC Time said that, although it had a slow show this year, there has been enough interest to consider returning.
"The show could benefit from being more compact, and have more serious buyers. Next time we would consider improving our signage to improve our visibility," Time organiser Merve Sakman commented.
Meeting the MICE market
Hard Rock Cafe said its debut was a great success, praising the show as the best way to meet the MICE market.
"We liked it and I think we´ll come back. We wanted to market our venues internationally to the MICE market, which overlook us as just a restaurant," said Hard Rock sales and marketing co-ordinator Nina Jolevska Magnusson.
She added that the stand´s outward facing position was not ideal.