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Press conference line-up at ibtm world 2015

Press conference line-up at ibtm world 2015 ( This year at ibtm world 2015 (November 17-19 in Barcelona) we have a packed schedule of press conferences from some of the world's biggest industry brands. Continue reading to find out more about what's in store for this year's show.


Tuesday, November 17

12:45- 13:15
ibtm world Press Conference
Presented by Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, ibtm world, Reed Travel Exhibitions and Sallie Coventry, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, Reed Travel Exhibitions, this opening conference will share news from the global brand.

13:30- 14:00
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau
Mr. Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of TCEB will present an update on the Thailand & European Business Events Industry, Thailand’s promotional campaign for EU MICE travelers, and Thailand's new branding campaign : Thailand CONNECT… Our Heart Your World.

14:15- 14:45
Dorchester Collection
Dorchester Collection, with its 10 iconic hotels in Europe and the US, is increasingly focusing on the MICE market. Paula Mercieca, Global Director of Sales, and Julia Record, Director of Communications will give further details of how Dorchester Collection can ensure meetings and events are able to provide long-standing memories #dcmoments.

14:45- 15:15
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
The World Obesity Federation and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre are expected to make a joint major announcement on the Healthy Venues initiative. These organizations share a global intent to make conferences and events as healthy as possible for delegates, visitors and staff.

15:30- 16:00
Atout France
In 2016, France will welcome many new tourism opportunities and will shape its tourism strategy to ensure the country remains as one of the world's top MICE destinations. The presentation will also focus on the city of Leon— the second largest MICE destination in France— as one of 10 host cities for EURO 2016, sharing news of the city's main venues, as well as new hotels and new gastronomic experiences set to open across the year

16:15- 16:45
Club Med
Based on their unique product offer, Club Med have launched a new worldwide name “Meetings & Events by Club Med” and rolled out a new design concept to embody the Club Med Spirit for business events.

17:00- 18:30
Rob Davidson & Tony Rogers Book Launch
Rob Davidson and Tony Rogers will officially launch their exciting new book, 'Marketing Destinations and Venues for Conferences, Conventions and Business Events'. This book is relevant to everyone who is involved in marketing any type of conference venue and for people employed in convention bureaus and other destination marketing organizations.

Wednesday, November 18

11:15- 11:45
South Africa Tourism
The Minister of Tourism in South Africa, Derek Hanekom will attend ibtm world for the first time to speak about some of the plans that the South African government has in investing and growing the greater tourism industry in South Africa. Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer and geographical member for Africa to the ICCA Board, will also be in attendance.

12:00- 12:30
American Express Meetings & Events
Gain insight into trends on a global and regional basis for 2015 and learn about the key macro trends impacting 2016's meeting industry. Representatives from American Express Meetings & Events will explore the implications and recommended actions for meeting owners to make the most of these trends.

12:45- 13:15
International Association of Professional Congress Organizers
Are you standing on the EDGE of the future? What is EDGE? An exciting new educational program from IAPCO: Experts in Dynamic Global Education.

13:30- 14:00
Four Points by Sheraton Sydney
Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbor is undergoing a $200 million redevelopment, spearheading the revitalization of Sydney's Darling Harbor precinct as the leading meeting destination in Australia and Asia Pacific.

15:00- 15:30
Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp
Introducing the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp (FMCCA), part of the world’s best kept 19th century ZOO right next to a true international railway cathedral. At FMCCA you will experience a magical connection that only happens during live encounters.

15:45- 16:15
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre
Join the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre as we highlight the strengths and positioning of the Sultanate of Oman as a world-class knowledge hub. We reveal the secrets behind the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre as a serious contender for hosting future global conventions, meetings and business events.

16:30- 17:00
XING EVENTS as a 360° ticketing & promotion partner for the special needs of trade fair organizers. XING EVENTS has developed innovative products and tools that enable a direct communication with the relevant target group via social media while getting greater coverage, less advertising wastage and better acceptance in the relevant target group.

Thursday, November 19

10:30- 11:00
European Cities Marketing
European Cities Marketing is going global, now exporting its ECM Summer School outside Europe. The first edition of the so-called ECM Academy will be organized in Johannesburg, South Africa from February 19-22, 2016. Like its sister the ECM Summer School, the ECM Academy will be the bridge for African professionals to build a successful career in the Meetings Industry.

11:15- 11:45
Hyderbad Convention Visitors Bureau
Hyderbad will host the world's largest Infectious Disease conference in 2016. The congress traditionally brings 3,000 delegates; in India, organizers are expecting over 4,500, a large number from India's enormous pool of specialists.

12:00- 12:30
Kyiv Convention & Visitors Bureau launched in 2015 with Kyiv Meetings & Events Representation as the main operation. Not even a year old, they have already received first RFP for a big Event for 2019. That means not only a resurrection of Meetings & Incentives, but a full Ukrainian come-back to the Meetings & Events World Industry.

12:45- 13:15
EventMobi is partnering with Queen Margaret University and various industry influencers to create and share an event technology curriculum for event management programs around the world. By connecting with students and event planners through grassroots programs, they are elevating the importance of face-to-face events across North America and Europe while helping professionalize underdeveloped regions.

All press conferences scheduled above will take place in the media center (located on the show floor) sponsored by Club Med.

To register and for a full outline of benefits, travel discounts and offers available for media please visit:

MEDIA CONTACTS: Colette La Pointe, Tel: +44 (0) 208 334 4005, Email: ; Pamela Wils, Tel: +44 (0) 208 334 4006, Email:

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