Ray Bloom Bids Farewell They stopped him everywhere, dead in his tracks: on the escalators, in the jammed aisles, as he rushed from presentation to presentation. They questioned him about his plans, assured him that he would be missed, shook his hand for good luck, even hugged him. For Ray Bloom, European Incentive & Business Travel & Meetings founder, the May show could not have been a more emotional farewell.

But with a new owner at the show's helm, and his daughter, Natalie, to carry on the show's programs, including the groundbreaking Greening of Business Tourism campaign, it's time for Bloom to move on.

"My greatest hope is to maintain what we've built--the partnerships, the hosted buyer programs, the campaigns. And that as the show size increases, we maintain the same quality," Bloom says .

This year's EEIBTM Exhibition, held May 17 to 19 at Palexpo in Geneva, was the largest ever, with 3,250 attendees from 40 countries and 2,500 exhibitors from 112 countries. Overall, the number of show attendees was up 7 percent from 1998.

Bloom will shift his time to managing two trade shows in his native United Kingdom and a new magazine he has launched there called Incentive Business.