IBTM World 2020 will be a fully virtual event | The Planner

IBTM Events has announced that IBTM World 2020 will take place online from 8 – 10 December 2020, due to the unpredictable travel restrictions that COVID-19 has caused worldwide.

“We’re very excited about what we have created with IBTM World Virtual.”

David Thompson, IBTM World Event Director

“Whilst we have been planning positively for a live event in December, and we know that people want to get back to meeting face-to-face, the situation across Europe and the wider world remains very changeable. Therefore, even though the show is still some months away, we believe we have a responsibility to provide clarity to enable our partners, exhibitors, buyers and visitors to plan for the future,” said David Thompson, IBTM World Event Director.

The online event offers many of the key features of the live event, carefully adapted to take place online. This includes IBTM’s bespoke appointment system for exhibitors and Hosted Buyers, matching buyer’s business needs with supplier’s services to ensure they meet with strong prospects for future business. There will be one-to-one business meetings throughout the three days, as well as a comprehensive programme of education sessions.

Thompson added, “We’re very excited about what we have created with IBTM World Virtual. The online event will deliver not only the high quality business opportunities for which IBTM is renowned, but also a programme of content that will provide attendees with tangible learnings that they can apply to their business as we evolve and rebuild our industry.

“As well as business meetings, we are adapting many of our regular event features to take place online, including exhibitor destination presentations, live online pitches and the graduation ceremony for our mentoring programme Event Business Accelerator, the Tech Watch Awards and targeted content streams for event planners. We’re looking forward to sharing more detail in due course.”

Speakers and their topics include:

  • Keynote Pancho Campo‘The future of events: Lessons learned from working with Barack Obama’
  • Isabel Bardinet, CEO, European Society of Cardiology – ‘Going digital: lessons learnt and going forward’
  • Mikael Ek, Managing Director EMEA, BCD M&E – ‘State of the industry: unexpected trends for the future of meetings and events’
  • Patrick Rush, Senior Regional Director, Head of Asia Pacific, American Express Meetings & Events – ‘2021 Global Meetings & Events Trends’

For further information, visit www.ibtmworld.com.