Next week I am attending EIBTM for the first time (see www.eibtm.com). I believe EIBTM stands for European Incentive and Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition. EIBTM is the global expo for the meetings and events industry, taking place 19th-21st November in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. There will be 3,100 exhibitors present, representing over 150 countries and 15,000 meetings industry professionals are expected to attend. I am lucky enough to be attending as a hosted buyer.
I understand from EIBTM veteran Paul Cook of Planet Planit that it can easily take 20 minutes to navigate from one end to the other of the vast exhibition hall. Paul sagely advised that comfortable shoes are a must! I think my high heels will definitely be left behind in the UK. It is worth noting that Paul Cook will be found in the Hybrid Event Genius Zone at the show this year (19th November, 1 – 3pm) – a must attend if you have any questions about hybrid events.
I am particularly looking forward to visiting the Innovation Zone which is new to the exhibition this year and I have some great appointments scheduled in throughout the show.
According to Julius Solaris of the Event Managers Blog EIBTM is a powerful networking event if you are in tech and like to do events differently, so it sounds like I will be in event heaven and come away feeling really inspired. (Julius has posted his 10 Reasons to Attend EIBTM).
There are lots of interesting speakers and topics as part of the Education and Knowledge Programme. I hope I will get some time for these presentations somehow within my busy schedule of meetings!
I will be sure to report back about the show in a future blog post.
Are you attending EIBTM 2013? Have you attended the exhibition in the past? What are your top tips for me to get the most out of the show?