Barcelona has been chosen as the venue for the 17th EIBTM (European Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition), to take place November 30 to December 2, 2004 and the following four years. EIBTM has been held since its inception in 1988 in Geneva at the Palexpo in May. The final Geneva show will be held May 20 to 22, 2003.

The announcement came on the heels of another by Meeting Professionals International, which said it has joined forces with former EIBTM organizer Ray Bloom, who is launching a new European travel and meetings show, IMEX, next April in Frankfurt. MPI and IMEX will co-market their European events with the goal of driving attendance to the MPI 2003 Professional Education Conference — Europe, slated for April 4 to 6 in Berlin, and to IMEX, April 8 to 10 in Frankfurt. IMEX will feature 2,000 exhibitors and is projecting 5,500 attendees, including 2,500 hosted buyers.

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