by Michael J. Shapiro | December 02, 2009

The 21st annual European Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition opened yesterday in Barcelona, Spain. More than 3,300 suppliers, representing 80 countries, are at the event; 3,800 hosted buyers, from 71 countries, registered to attend. A record 54,255 appointments between suppliers and hosted buyers were prescheduled, a 4 percent increase over last year's show. For the first time, the Convention Industry Council selected the event for an additional CMP exam location and is awarding accredited points for educational sessions. The total "trade visitors" reported on Day 1 last year was more than 7,500; this year it "topped 6,300."