ibtm america 2016 recently opened its Hosted Buyer applications for the upcoming event taking place from June 15-17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. With Hosted Buyers pre-registering for the event since the fall, a number of elite, senior-level decision makers from Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the UK are expected to attend – all of whom have indicated an interest in placing business in the US.
Jaime McAuley, Event Director, ibtm america commented: “This year we’re focusing on our unique 100% mutual match process which creates compatible business appointments between buyers and suppliers. Exhibitors and Hosted Buyers will have complete control over their appointment schedules. All in attendance will benefit from being part of a community over 2.5 days in Nashville. Everyone participating will work and play together creating the perfect business environment to connect and build relationships. Being part of the biggest global organizer of trade shows for the meetings and events industry, we are also able to tap into a worldwide database of buyers as our portfolio unites international and regional communities from five continents around the world.”
Last year the importance of being an exhibitor at ibtm america was highlighted by Kent Eliot, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, who commented, “The Hosted Buyers have been very well qualified, and matching up of the buyers was fantastic. Having them all here makes it so much easier to do business. I was hoping to meet with the financial market groups, which I have, and I was hoping to meet with pharmaceutical groups, which I have.”
Eric Domitrovits, Director of Sales, Mohonk Mountain House, who also attended ibtm america as an exhibitor commented, “This was our first time at an event like this. We have had a great quality of buyers and appointments. I do think we will get some business from this as we saw both international and US buyers. We also loved the idea of the ConnectZone common area for networking, I would say yes to returning to ibtm america next year.”
Just some of the international Hosted Buyers confirmed to attend ibtm america 2016 include Montreal Event Planner, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, Decast Group, Informa PLC, Strategic Events, ABB Industries, Conference Contacts Ltd, Smartfocus, Ultima Media, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Voyages Aller-Retour, and What If The Conference.
Exhibitors at ibtm america 2016 will work and play hard. “With 100% mutual match business appointments rolling out this year, the focus is really on making this a quality event that offers a truly personalized experience to attendees. We want to make sure that every moment of their time is accounted for, whether that’s connecting with industry peers at Discovery Day, meeting potential partners at one of our networking events, or attending business appointments with the buyers or suppliers they have identified as relevant to their business objectives,” added McAuley.
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