In pictures: EIBTM 2013

More than 65,000 appointments will take place this week at EIBTM, according to Reed Travel Exhibitions' Graeme Barnett, who believes this signals a rise in business confidence.

Patrick Delaney picks up lifetime achievement award at EIBTM
Patrick Delaney picks up lifetime achievement award at EIBTM
  • MCI Group vice-president of industry relations Patrick Delaney was presented with the EIBTM 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

    MCI Group vice-president of industry relations Patrick Delaney was presented with the EIBTM 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

  • C&IT's News Editor Alison Ledger tries out Google Glasses on Moove's exhibition stand

    C&IT's News Editor Alison Ledger tries out Google Glasses on Moove's exhibition stand

  • C&IT's annual dinner took place at My Way restaurant in Barcelona

    C&IT's annual dinner took place at My Way restaurant in Barcelona

  • The EIBTM Forum kicked off the trade show on Monday (18 November)

    The EIBTM Forum kicked off the trade show on Monday (18 November)

  • EIBTM's leadership summit returned in 2013

    EIBTM's leadership summit returned in 2013

  • The EIBTM welcome reception took place last night (19 November) at the Fira Exhibition Centre

    The EIBTM welcome reception took place last night (19 November) at the Fira Exhibition Centre

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Barnett, who is senior exhibition director at Reed, said: "Around 60% of buyers are actively seeking appointments via the online diary, taking the average appointments made per buyer from 13 last year to 14.5. This shows that EIBTM is a serious business event and perhaps confidence, as well as budgets, are increasing."

Some 40% of visitors this year are first-time attendees and there are 35 new exhibitors. More than 150 countries are represented at the trade show, including visitors from Cuba, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic.

In June, Reed launched IBTM Africa to rival Meetings Africa. IBTM will take place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre on 28-30 April 2014, as part of Africa Travel Week.


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