Buyer numbers climb 7% at EIBTM

The number of hosted buyers at this year's EIBTM was up 10% to 2,750 on the 2005 event, according to unaudited figures taken at 1pm today. EIBTM, held this week in Barcelona, saw the total number of visitors increase by 7% to just over 6,000 across the three days against last year. Fully audited figures for the event are scheduled to be released in January. “This year there have been more than 34,000 appointments at the show and it's very clear from the early figures that the overwhelming majority have been kept,” said Paul Kennedy, group exhibitions director for the group meetings and incentives portfolio at Reed Trade Exhibitions. “EIBTM is run on a pre-scheduled appointment basis and we are very stringent in sticking to that. Last year, attendance rates came in at 97.6% and I am confident we will at least match that this year.” Kennedy also announced today that Reed/EIBTM will continue its relationship with industry association SITE, backing its annual conference for at least the next two years in Barcelona this year and Montreux in 2007. In return, SITE will continue to officially promote EIBTM, Australia's AIME and GIBTM, taking place in Abu Dhabi next year, to its members.

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