The show formerly known as EIBTM, now IBTM World, is offering a new take on the traditional hosted buyer program, organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) announced yesterday: In addition to full hosted buyer status, it said, it also will offer for the first time "semi-hosted" and "appointment-only" programs.
"We understand how much pressure the demands of a busy work schedule can put on meetings planners as well as varying company compliance requirements so we've introduced these alternative attendance options which will allow buyers to integrate IBTM World into their schedule in a way that will work for them," said IBTM World Hosted Buyer Manager Joanna Liberman.
Semi-hosted buyers will receive complimentary accommodation as well as the full event program, including seven pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors of their choice per day of attendance at IBTM World. Appointment-only attendance, meanwhile, will give buyers who pay their own travel and accommodation access to all of the show's hosted buyer benefits, including the hosted buyer appointment system.
"In addition to this, we're offering flexible travel departure ports and we'll match the number of nights' accommodation to maximize appointment time on the show floor," Liberman continued.
IBTM World takes place Nov. 17-19 in Barcelona. For more information, visit www.ibtmworld.com.