Reed Travel Exhibitions appoints new group exhibition director for global meetings and events portfolio


Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) has announced the appointment of Craig Moyes as its new Group Exhibition Director (GED) for the global meetings and events portfolio.

Moyes was previously exhibition director of World Travel Market (WTM), a position he has held since 2006. Prior to this, he also directed and managed events for Informa PLC and Brintex Exhibitions Ltd. and has had an international career in the exhibition and events industry for more than 15 years, working in South America, Asia, and Europe.

Commenting on his appointment, Craig Moyes said: “As exhibition director for WTM, RTE’s flagship event, Europe’s biggest travel trade event and arguably the UK’s largest b2b event of any kind, I have worked on every continent with the travel industry and all its stakeholders. This strategic experience, coupled with the sheer size and scale of WTM, is a critical factor in working with the meetings and incentives team on the future development of their portfolio of events.”

Moyes’ role as GED will be to manage teams in five continents and oversee the continuing development and expansion of the international portfolio of events that include EIBTM in Barcelona, Spain; GIBTM in Abu Dhabi; CIBTM in Beijing, China; AIBTM in Baltimore, USA (2011); and AIME in Melbourne, Australia.

Commenting on the appointment, Vanessa Cotton, chair of the meeting and events portfolio, said: “The appointment of Craig adds considerable weight to our leadership. We now have a superb group exhibition director with unrivaled international operational experience, business background and contacts, an experienced executive team at our headquarters in the UK, and regional meetings industry professionals in Asia, Middle East, USA, and Australia. I am looking forward to working with the extended team and developing the RTE meetings and events portfolio.”

As a further demonstration of the Reed Travel Exhibitions’ commitment to the portfolio and the meetings market there has been a restructure of the management team.

Mandy Torrens, who has served for many years with EIBTM, most latterly as exhibition director, is promoted to the new role as head of marketing and buyer programs for the entire portfolio – responsible for the management of the marketing of all the events to maximize RTE’s global reach and market presence. She will also spearhead the development of the educational and association relationships, essential to RTE’s deepening involvement with the meetings industry, as well as integrating and improving the buyer programs across the portfolio.

Coinciding with Mandy’s appointment, Graeme Barnett will be moving across from exhibition director from CIBTM and GIBTM to EIBTM. He will also take on responsibility for delivering a world-class sales strategy for the portfolio.
Further announcements will also be made about senior positions for AIBTM, GIBTM, and CIBTM over the coming weeks.