Barcelona keeps EIBTM until 2013

EIBTM – which claims to be the world´s biggest meetings industry show and is running this week in Barcelona – is to stay in the city until at least 2013, it was confirmed this morning by organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE). “I am delighted to announce that the winner is Barcelona,” said RTE chairman Tom Nutley. “It was a simple decision, due to the venues on offer, the city itself and, perhaps more importantly, the partnerships we have here.” It is thought though that the decision was based on a review of how Barcelona has served as the show´s home since taking over from Geneva in 2003, rather than RTE looking elsewhere. Asked which other cities were considered, group exhibition director Paul Kennedy would only say: “We held a strategic review.” Asked separately why RTE didn´t opt for Madrid to increase accessibility, Kennedy replied: “If it ain´t broke don´t fix it. Barcelona is seen in the meetings industry as being very well connected and has a strong positioning and proven track record as a meetings destination. We´re maintaining growth and quality, so we´re not going to change.”

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