ibtm events Announces Landmark 30th Edition of ibtm world

ibtm events Announces Landmark 30th Edition of ibtm world

i Jul 26th No Comments by

ibtm events have announced a series of new initiatives and elements for its milestone 30th anniversary edition ibtm world event, which takes place in Barcelona from 28 – 30 November 2017.

The focus of the edition will be on the next 30 years and beyond, with ibtm world using its legacy as a springboard to support the future of the industry. The market leading Knowledge Programme will include two globally renowned keynote speakers, enhanced technology awards, topical panel sessions and engaging networking events.

This year also will see the rollout of an enhanced Hosted Buyer programme which will now see ibtm events pre-selecting and qualifying Hosted Buyers allowing them to be fast-tracked through the process. This will allow ibtm events to be even more targeted in ensuring the highest calibre Hosted Buyers are invited to attend the event. The programme also has been designed to deliver added value for exhibitors, by targeting buyers matched according to exhibitor needs.

A select group of elite invited Hosted Buyers will benefit from a new VIP service which will include limousine transfers to and from the airport, access to an exclusive VIP lounge for the three days of the event, 5-star accommodation and a more flexible diary of appointments.

Additionally, as a result of research indicating a requirement for more appointments from both exhibitors and Hosted Buyers, this year Hosted Buyers will commit to 10 pre-scheduled appointments per day, in doing so creating more appointments and therefore more opportunities to do business.

Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, comments: “As a brand we have a long and incredibly successful legacy to build on and we’re excited to celebrate our 30th anniversary this year in Barcelona. However, as a team our focus is very firmly on the future. We have a number of very exciting changes and new elements for this year’s event, more of which will be announced in coming weeks, all aimed at driving connections and doing great business. Plus we’ll be throwing a spectacular 80s-themed Welcome Party to celebrate our anniversary.

Kerry continues: “ibtm events has always looked at ways to innovate through every aspect of our business to ensure that we remain ahead of the curve in terms of our offer and that we continue to deliver the very best service for our customers. Testament to the event’s relevance and impact in the sector is the fact that it continues to grow year-on-year.

“We’re completely committed to ensuring ibtm world retains its position as an unmissable event and continues to provide an inspirational backdrop and forum for the meetings and events industry.”

ibtm world 2017 will take place from 28 – 30 November 2017 at Fira Barcelona. In 2016, almost 15,000 delegates attended ibtm world and over 67,000 pre-scheduled meetings were arranged over the three-day show.

London: the best-connected city for events

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With no less than 6 international airports and 336 direct flights to destinations around the globe, plus the option of getting to London by train, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bringing your delegates to the capital.

Transport improvements and enhancements are constantly being made in London. From 2018, the £15 billion Crossrail project, forty years in the making, will completely transform travel around the city improving connections, increasing capacity and radically reducing the time it takes to get across and around the city (the journey between Heathrow and ExCeL London will now be 44 minutes). Great news for anyone wanting to bring their event here!

With iconic red double-decker buses, black cabs and river boats, transport can also be part of the event experience and a great way for delegates to discover what the city has to offer.

Whether you are planning an incentive trip, a conference or a bigger congress, your delegates will get here quickly and smoothly to make the most of London.

Discover more about London transport for the events industry on the London Convention Bureau website and in our new video.

Jackie Mulligan designated Visiting Enterprise Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Jackie Mulligan has been designated Visiting Enterprise Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University to support the University to develop new ways of engaging with the events industry.

Mulligan, founder of her own digital start-up ShopAppy.com and strategic director of Game Republic, the largest games industry in the North, will be working with MMU’s Events Management team to develop events outside London. ShopAppy.com was featured on BBC’s The One Show in January.

She says: “Whilst London is obviously a hub of activity, I am based up North and there are lots of companies and amazing venues and events right here that would benefit from more opportunities to engage with others and each other. At Game Republic, we stage regular sell-out events for our networks and with our tech partners outside London in venues across the region and in the Midlands. More needs to be happening outside London to support our incredible and dynamic industry to widen and grow.”

Head of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Events Management course Shaun Litler adds: “We already work with our industry partners on our annual Connect conference, but Jackie is a great advocate for industry and academia working together and will be supporting us to strengthen our own event business networks, our own staff and students to grow.”

Mulligan will also be helping shape some new courses designed to provide more industry-ready graduates. She adds: “I am joining the Manchester Metropolitan University Events team at a very exciting time. Recent appointments have further strengthened this very popular course and I am looking forward to engaging with industry to discuss the new opportunities that lie ahead.”

Want to WIN More Conference Business? The new MPI Venue Sales Certificate Programme has just launched.

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Looking for better ways to sell your hotel or venue and generate great revenue results? Are you familiar with how Planners buy?  How they make decisions on which hotel or venue to book and what they expect from the sales process? It’s all about three things: Pitch. Position & the Proposal – created from the Planners point of view instead of the traditional way most hospitality sales programs are taught.

MPI member and thought leader Ciara Feely (the instructor on this programme) focuses on three foundational areas of your sales process to discover how to create high impact, powerful sales tools that position your venue for more WINs. The instructor is Ciara Feely – author of “Steps to WIN in the Meetings Market”.

Programme participants generally see a return on investment of £250,000+ within a few months of implementing the steps in this programme. Upon completion of this course and related activities, participants will receive a Venue Sales Certificate and Continuous Education points.

Grow, master and be recognised for your expertise in this industry.

This instructor led course runs online from August 21-October 2, 2017 (with access to a training website & weekly Q&A webinars) and is just £1,190 approximately for MPI Members.   Or an on-demand/self-paced version is available straight away.

More details are here:  http://www.mpiweb.org/MPI-Academy/vsc

IACC – New Meeting Room of The Future Report Just Released

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For the second year in a row, IACC is pleased to present a ground-breaking report that combines research and insights into the top issues facing the global meetings and conference industry.  The IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ report brings together insights from global meeting planners, IACC members and industry experts on the trends and issues that will impact the future of meetings and conferences.

More than 180 meeting planners from around the world provided their insight, allowing IACC to identify and deliver key trends on what will be required in meeting rooms of the future.

This year’s report highlights several key findings:

  • Experience creation continues to be a key driver of meeting planning
  • Incoming generations are changing the dynamic of meetings (more technology, more collaboration, and shorter sessions)
  • Planners are increasingly looking for outside and off-site activities to supplement their meetings

Download the full report here

MPI UK & Ireland are looking for a student photographer to support our events programme; this a great opportunity to build your event photography portfolio!

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The MPI UK & Ireland Chapter is looking for an event student or recent graduate interested in photography to support our forthcoming programme of live events for senior event professionals.

 The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on projects at a professional level, taking in the experience of working on a range of event projects and developing your own event photography portfolio, whilst getting paid travel expenses. Images will be featured on the MPI UK&I Chapter website (http://mpiuki.org/), social media platforms and, potentially, in industry press publications. In addition, you will make plenty of useful contacts with professionals within the meetings and events industry, allowing for more positive feedback and references from potential employers, as well as increasing your chances of ultimately finding permanent employment.

Students members interested in the opportunity should send a covering email, along with examples of work (if available) to Deborah Kelly on dkelly@londonandpartners.com

CWT Meetings & Events partners with Meetingsbooker.com for new booking platform

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CWT Meetings & Events, a division of global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has announced the summer 2017 launch of a new meeting room booking platform for the UK & Ireland. Powered through a new partnership with Meetingsbooker.com, the world’s leading meeting room marketplace, the new platform has been designed specifically to greatly expand CWT Meetings & Events’ offer in the small meetings business.  “We want to simplify and enhance the booking experience for our customers,” said Ian Cummings, Vice President, CWT Meetings & Events EMEA. “In partnering with Meetingsbooker.com on this new platform we will not only do that, but we will also save them time and money – a true win/win solution.” Ciaran Delaney, CEO Meetingsbooker.com added, “We are helping the world meet by making it easier to book great venues. Like us, CWT Meetings & Events has identified a growing client need for a faster way to book favourite venues. We look forward to delivering this for them and further driving the digitalization of meeting bookings in business travel.”

Further details of CWT Meetings & Events’ new meeting room booking platform for the UK & Ireland will be announced at its formal launch in due course.


MPI UK&I launches Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme

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MPI UK & Ireland, the local chapter of the largest global meetings and events association, has announced the launch of the MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme.

The new scheme is designed to provide grants of up to £2,500 to events industry employers who take on apprentices through the new Government-backed Trailblazer standard. The grant includes funding for external training from an accredited provider, annual MPI membership for the apprentice and their mentor, plus registration costs and expenses towards attendance at MPI UK & Ireland’s educational events for one year.

To qualify, employers should provide documentation to confirm that they have employed the apprentice to be supported. The apprentice must be paid at least the national minimum wage and have successfully passed an initial three-month probationary period. Applications will open annually, with initial applications to be submitted between 1 July and 1 September 2017.

The scheme is backed by the MPI Foundation, who will raise funds in the UK later this year through Post Show Charity Party at The Meetings Show. The fundraising event will take place at The Hand and Flower pub opposite London Olympia from 5.30pm-9.30pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017. Tickets are £50+VAT each and include complimentary food and drink, plus entertainment and networking with hosted buyers and show visitors from across Europe.

Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, said: “MPI UK & Ireland is committed to helping the industry’s next generation of talent to join our growing sector. Alongside MPI Connects, our recruitment programme for graduates, this new MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme will make it easier and more cost-effective for employers to hire and train promising candidates choose not to take the university education route.”

Tony Fundaro, Senior Director, MPI Foundation, said: “One of the key missions of The MPI Foundation is to fund education that drives the success of meetings professionals. The new Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme launched by MPI UK & Ireland does exactly that so we are proud to support it. All proceeds from the Post Show Charity Party at The Meetings Show will go directly to this scheme so we encourage the industry to register. Not only will it support the industry’s future talent, but it offers attendees a fantastic networking opportunity with hosted buyers and visitors from across Europe.”

Registration for the MPI Post Show Charity Party is here: http://www.mpiweb.org/Events/post-show/charity-party

Employers looking to register for more information about the MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme should contact Hamish Reid, Commercial Director on hamish@mpiuki.org.


CWT Launch International SOS Service

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CWT Meetings & Events has launched the only global corporate meetings and events service to include International SOS services as part of its core customer offering.

For the first time, while travelling to and attending meetings and events, CWT M&E customers can now access best-in-class pre-travel advice and integrate further International SOS Services such as Event Medical Support Plan into their programme.

“This is a groundbreaking safety and security offering – which in today’s changeable times is of paramount importance to everyone, wherever they are,” said Cindy Fisher, senior vice president and global head, CWT Meetings & Events. “By collaborating with International SOS, we have created a new gold standard for the rest of the industry to aim at.”

Inntel recognized by the London Stock Exchange

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Inntel, one of the UK’s leading, independent meetings management companies, has been recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group’s top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report, officially launched on 10th May 2017, has run for four years and celebrates SMEs who have shown great potential for innovation, fast growth and dynamism therefore, resulting in a list of the UK’s most inspirational companies. This is more good news in what has already been a very good month for Inntel, which was recently placed at number 3 on the Buying Business Travel (BBT) Top 50 list of ‘travel management companies on the fast track’, which is defined by calculating new business as a percentage of total sales.