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September 29, 2014

What to Expect at EIBTM in Barcelona

EIBTM, set to run from November 18 – 20 in Barcelona, will have several new and notable elements this year. Take a look...

Appointment Requests

For the first time, through the new Hosted Buyer platform, exhibitors will be able to self-select appointments with hosted buyers. Once the buyers have made their appointment preferences and the buyer appointments have been matched, exhibitors will be able to browse and request appointments with more buyers to fill their diaries. Exhibitors will also be able to block appointment slots for private meetings that have been arranged outside of the EIBTM appointment system.

Spanish Hosted Buyer Program

The Spanish National Hosted Buyer Programme qualification criteria has been amended this year to allow buyers from Spain to be accepted onto the EIBTM Hosted Buyer program, even if they place only domestic business. (Previously they had to prove that they had business to place outside of Spain before they could qualify to join the EIBTM Hosted Buyer Programme.) 

RELATED: Registration Opens for EIBTM 2014 in Barcelona

My Association | My Club 

This year will also include the launch of a brand new initiative for EIBTM’s Association Meeting Planners. My Association | My Club is designed to facilitate flexibility and individuality, giving freedom of choice as the priority for their time at the show. 

Benefits include: 
My Time: A flexible schedule with the time and freedom to explore and discover new suppliers and innovations 
My Schedule: Flexible attendance options to suit the schedule 
My Meetings, My Choice: A personalised diary of pre-scheduled appointments with over 3,000 international exhibitors of the Association Hosted Buyers’ choice 
My Networking: Opportunity to connect with contacts and meet other international association peers at exclusive networking events, including networking breakfasts, luncheons, dinner and cocktail parties 
My Knowledge: Own selection of education sessions, to hear from industry visionaries and attend the seminars and workshops that suit Association Hosted Buyers’ needs 
My Hub: Exclusive access to the dedicated business style Club Lounge on the show floor with complimentary refreshments and lunch, Wi-Fi and space to meet with contacts and peers along with daily ‘Huddles’ to share knowledge and expertise 
My Support: A simple registration process with dedicated ‘Hub Helper’ to make Association Hosted Buyers’ participation as simple and effective as possible 
My Travel: Complimentary flights, rail travel and transfers 
My Hotel: Four- and five-star dedicated association accommodation

Meetings Leadership Summit – New Venue and Project Manager

The second EIBTM Meetings Leadership Summit will take place at a new venue: the restored Hospital de Sant Pau complex on Monday evening, November 17. The invitation-only event offers a global forum where 150 senior executives can discuss insights and trends that affect and influence businesses (both now and in the future). BBC Journalist and professional presenter Nadine Dereza will host.

New-look Innovation Zone

The Innovation Zone will be re-designed for 2014 with a new look and feel. New features include Innovation in Action – a digital showcase of leading meetings industry innovations in action as they are applied in real situations and 20, TED Talk style presentations focusing on key innovations. 

Education Sessions for Exhibitors

This year, EIBTM will add new Knowledge sessions for exhibitors. Sessions confirmed so far are: Neuromarketing for the Event Industry, where Wenda Kielstra, CEO of Consumatics, shares her experiences and will show how neuromarketing and subconscious behavior can be applied in the hospitality and events industry; and It’s Not All About Size: Passion Wins, presented in partnership with IAPCO, with speakers from European Cities Marketing (ECM) and IAPCO who will showcase their experience, respectively as a destination representative and a PCO. These case studies focus on how smaller destinations could improve their efforts in attracting meeting planners, and how PCOs could influence the decision concerning the destination choice for their clients.  

On Tuesday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m., Rob Davison, managing director of MICE Knowledge in London, will present the CIBTM MICE Buyer Behavior Report 2014, a compilation of surveys conducted in the region of both venues and buyers which demonstrate the factors that are most important to meeting planners when they are deciding where to locate their events. The survey will also reveal how those planners prefer to interact with destination and venue marketing staff who are trying to win their business.

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