With three weeks remaining until the event opens in Barcelona, 37,000 hosted buyers have confirmed their attendance.
The number of association buyers taking part in the hosted buyer programme has risen to more than 255 and audiences at EIBTM seminars are also expected to be greater than in 2008.
EIBTM hosted buyer programme manager June Clark said: "We are absolutely delighted with these pre-show figures. This year, we have seen particular interest from Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Russia, as well as long-haul destinations such as Argentina, Brazil, China, India and North America. It is clear that, in challenging times for the industry, top international buyers recognise the value and return-on-investment of attending EIBTM."
More than 3,000 exhibitors from over 90 countries have booked stands. New additions to the line-up include the Oberoi and Tiara hotel groups and business tourism representatives of Mozambique, Venezuela and Senegal.