ibtm Arabia 2016 has seen an increase in the total number of buyers attending, as well as an increase in corporate and regional buyers. This year´s event will feature new Hosted Buyers, including Egyliere (Egypt), Helen Holidays (Egypt), Pomalo Travel (Jordan), Dakkak Holidays (Jordan), Piece of Cake (Lebanon), Belair Travel & Tourism (Lebanon), Kanoo Travel (Saudi Arabia), Allama Company (Saudi Arabia), Expotrade Global (UAE), Abbott (UAE) and QnA International (UAE).
All hosted buyers are personally invited and verified against qualification criteria, which require that they are senior level decision makers with proven budget and business to place internationally. 80% of the hosted buyers confirmed to attend have a budget over $5 million and organize a variety of events; 90% organize conferences and meetings, 80% incentive travel, 71% business travel, and 59% luxury travel.
The event will also feature a number of new exhibitors, such as Fairmont, Raffles & Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, Alpha Destination Management, amongst others. All exhibitors will have access to the pre-scheduled appointment system, which gives exhibitors access to corporate, association, agency and incentive buyers. Last year saw over 3,000 appointments between hosted buyers and exhibitors at ibtm Arabia, which we expect to increase in 2016.