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GIBTM - the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition takes place annually in Abu Dhabi and is the only dedicated international event for the Meetings and Incentives Industry in the Gulf and Middle East region. The aim of GIBTM is simple; to provide a three day event in the Middle East for over 240 exhibiting companies including venues, hotels, destinations and technology providers to meet face- to- face with around 2,500 business travel professionals, event organisers and those involved in the Meetings and Incentives industry. GIBTM is the only event dedicated to the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events industry in the Gulf and Middle East, which brings together professionals both from the region and across the world. Playing an integral part in Gulf Meetings Week, GIBTM offers unparalleled opportunities for business, networking and professional development, underpinned by a global Hosted Buyer ® Programme, leaving attendees feeling inspired with new ideas for their next event. " GIBTM is an effective forum for us to gain access to incoming as well as outgoing business. Exhibitions like GIBTM open doors to a specialised market, help us liaise with event planners of an international calibre and expand our client base." Guy Epsom, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Hilton Hotels " This is my first time in the UAE and at GIBTM. I have met some very useful contacts, discovered new destinations and made new partners. I hope to be here again next year." Maria Eshbaeva, Head of Business Development, BSI Group, Russia. To find out more about how to exhibit at GIBTM 2010, or to register to attend as a visitor or Hosted Buyer, go to www. gibtm. com/ cmw

34www. c- mw. net Conference+ Meetings WorldMarch 2010 PHOTO RANGE PetroCongress opens As plans for a major new multi- million dollar convention centre outside St Petersburg are being driven by the ExpoForum company, the governor of St Petersburg, Valentina Matvienko, and president Medvedev's personal representative in Russia's North- West, Ilya Klebanov, were two of the VIP guests attending the gala opening of the city's new PetroCongress conference and business centre. The new building is the brainchild of leading Russian organiser Restec. The Northern Art Nouveau building designed by chief architect Igor Shaposhnikov now has pride of place at the Restec St Petersburg HQ. PetroCongress offers a multifunctional congress hall with capacity for 300 delegates, as well as 15 meeting rooms and a VIP zone. There is a total of 1,800sqm of conference and meetings space and a similar amount of office space. Some of Restec's international partners also attended the opening and, although the organiser has many energy sector conferences, the ' PetroCongress' name has its roots in the name of Peter's city - St Petersburg. Top row: Journalists come to hear about the new PetroCongress conference facility and try out its main hall for the presentation. Middle rown: Restec's Indian partners came to see the new venue for themselves and congratulate the Restec team, including chief architect Igor Shaposhnikov ( receiving an award of thanks on stage, right). Bottom row: The Restec caterers had their chance to impress both VIP politicians and clients with a celebratory gala dinner.