Taking place from 5-7 February in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, IBTM Arabia welcomed buyers, planners and exhibitors from all over the world to come and talk business, make new contacts and see some of the sights of Abu Dhabi.
Day one included a keynote speech by author and futurist Rohit Talwar as well as a ‘discover day’ trip to Yas Island where delegates were given a choice of go-karting or a drag racing experience. After that, we all headed over to nearby Ferrari World for a go on the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, which has a top speed of 150mph.
The day ended with a welcome reception at the Yas Viceroy Hotel, situated in the middle of Yas Marina Circuit, with the soundtrack of the occasional racecar flying through the corners and accelerating onto the straight.
Day two was when the meetings really got underway, then in the afternoon attendees were taken to the newly opened Abu Dhabi Louvre for some art and culture, followed by a white-themed party at Beach Rotana.
The meetings continued into day three and after lunch Albert Dias gave a talk on intelligence in business travel. Then, in the afternoon, members of the press were taken to Emirates Palace for what must be among the world’s most indulgent coffees – a cappuccino sprinkled with 23 carat gold flakes.
After three days of industry meetings and conversations, IBTM Arabia 2018 was rounded off with drinks at Jumeirah's poolside bar, before the many attendees (including this one) headed off for an overnight flight home.
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