IBTM China 2018 closed on a high earlier this month (September 12-13), with more than 6,600 pre-scheduled meetings taking place during the two-day event.
More than 300 exhibitors from 20 countries and more than 280 hosted buyers gathered at the China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing for meetings, networking and educational sessions.
First-time exhibitor, Hubertus Funke, executive vice president & chief tourism officer at San Francisco Travel, said: “We are excited to be here this year. San Francisco is a very popular destination for Chinese tourists. We received over 500,000 visitors this year and we hope to grow this number next year… This is a great opportunity for us to connect with buyers.”
Kin Fun Michael Chow, corporate development and staff affairs at Hong Kong’s Provident Travel Group, has attended IBTM China for five years and applauded organisers.
“The arrangement of the show and the organisation is done really well. I have found some great suppliers and hotels for the Chinese market which is so important, and also discovered new regions in China outside of the main hubs,” he said.
Hosted buyers included representative from brands such as IKEA, DBS Bank, Carrefour China, Lenovo, NTUC Income, Philips, and Infinitus China.
Exhibitors were a mix of domestic and international companies, including Accor hotels, Business Events Canada, Melia Hotels International, Floating Island Seoul, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Beijing Exhibition Centre, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), and Shanghai International Convention Center.
IBTM China event manager, Nicole Ci, said: “In a dynamic market such as ours, there’s always a real buzz on the event floor and this year’s event was no exception. Reports from exhibitors and hosted buyers were that their meetings were extremely productive.
“As always, there will be lots of learnings for us to takeaway and analyse to ensure that we evolve our event going forward. It’s important that we continue to deliver experiences that help our attendees make valuable new connections and access inspiring educational sessions to help them stay on the cutting edge of industry developments and deliver their own show-stopping events.”