63 agency buyers and 33 venue and destination suppliers networked in appointments to learn more about exciting developments and new offerings. Innovative interaction included virtual site visits, presentations, a top trumps game and a quiz, as well as a highly popular event app and the Awards Dinner.
Leigh Cowlishaw from Capita Travel and Events and HBAA Chair commented “This great weekend event allowed The Association to demonstrate its international reach and strengthen relationships with its partners. With over 2600 venues now signed up to the HBAA International Charter, which is a simplified version of the HBAA Code of Practice, all parties are provided with business guidance and support. The event led to new agencies signing up to the HBAA membership; AOK Events and its first overseas agency, Conference Hotel Group, which is fantastic news.”
Steve Ockerby, HBAA International Chair commented “Yet another fabulous event which everybody thoroughly enjoyed and I know business will happen as a result. Thanks go to all who made the journey, to Barcelo Asia Gardens, to Heike and her team at Active Life and especially to our Partners, DBF Events, for magnificent organisation.” ￼
Michiel Foutin, DBF Events commented “Last year’s event was a great first, and through responding to the feedback we’ve been able to build on that to deliver an even more successful event, with two clients per supplier. The event gave us two worthy winners of the "All About People Awards" Anne Marie Gildea from Barcelo and Fiona Marshall from CCD Global Events. We will now be looking at how we are going to top this next year.”