October 2010Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net33PHOTO RANGECIBTM reviewOrganiser Reed Travel Exhibitions claims this year's China Incentive Business Travel and Meetings exhibition (CIBTM 2010) in Beijing was the "largest ever" in terms of floor space, hosted buyer numbers and exhibitors.The show's hosted buyer programme signed 275 industry buyers including 105 from Beijing. This represented a 19 per centincrease on 2009's levels. Here we offer a photo flavour of from the show. Top left:Ready for GIBTM? Chinese buyers take a break from their meetings to adopt a traditional arabic dress. Top centre:The total floor spaceof CIBTM increased year-on-year by 20 per cent, to over 7,000sqm. International exhibitors came from 26 countries and 310 from China. Topright:Chinese buyers take a closer look. Middle left:Ex-CIBTM and GIBTM Exhibition Director and now EIBTM Exhibition Director, Graeme Barnett,says the Chinese meetings industry is at the embryonic stage with its stakeholders eager to learn from international practice. Middle, centre left:Group exhibitor Dubai increased its presence at this year's show. Middle, centre right:The Right Solution's MD Sally Greenhill presenting thefourth CIBTM Industry Report 2010. Middle right:All seminar content was translated between Chinese Mandarin and English. Bottom left:GroupExhibition Director for RTE's meetings portfolio, Craig Moyes, at the launch of proceedings. Bottom centre top:Beijing Tourism Associationofficials at the CIBTM opening ceremony. Bottom centre lower:CIBTM Exhibition Director, Jeffery Xu, reads out a welcome message. Bottom righttop:International buyers raise a glass to a prosperous and profitable CIBTM 2010. Bottom right lower:University of Westminster's professor ofevent management and Conference Newscolumnist, Rob Davidson, delivers a key part of the show's growing education programme.
34Conference+Meetings WorldOctober 2010PHOTO RANGEA grand opening for the Celtic tigerThe Convention Centre, Dublin (CCD) officially opened for business on 7 September after 40 months of development. Ireland's first purpose-built conferencecentre can host events for up to 8,000 people and management says 150 eventshave already been secured worth ?110m (£90m) in economic benefit for the city.Top left:The completed convention centre sits proud on the banks of The Liffey. Top middle:A close up view of the CCD, which has 22 meetingspaces, including a 2,000-seat auditorium and 4,500sqm of exhibition space. Top right:The glass dome gives a new meaning to the phrase'natural daylight'. Middle left:The opening gala dinner gathered 870 international meetings professionals and media, including CMW. Middle, right upper:National tourism body, Failte Ireland, held its annual Meet in Ireland networking event in the CCD during the opening week.Middle, right lower:Irish boy band, Westlife, performed for the crowd. Bottom, left upper:Irish-born, USA-based, architect Kevin Roche explainsthe design thinking. Bottom left lower:Irish and international meetings professionals test the CCD's break out facilities. Bottom middle:Thevenue's Chief Executive Nick Waight. Bottom right:Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen (left) gets a handle on the Dublin icon with Kevin Roche.