RTE cancels awards evening

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) has cancelled the evening ceremony for this year’s EIBTM awards in favour of a presentation during the show. The awards will now be presented on stage at Geneva’s Palexpo at 2pm on Thursday 22 May. EIBTM show director Debbie Jackson cited the economic climate for the downgrade. “We recognise our partners are faced with difficult marketing decisions and felt it was inappropriate to host a dinner,” Jackson said. She stressed the change in format did not undermine the validity of the awards and the recognition they bring agencies. “It is still important to salute the valuable work of the industry – we are delighted at the superb quality of many of the entries this year,” she added. She confirmed that RTE is currently considering whether to hold a formal awards dinner in December 2004, when the show moves to Barcelona.

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