by Michael J. Shapiro | December 09, 2009

The European Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition wrapped up its annual event in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday and reported a record number of hosted buyers and prescheduled appointments. According to unaudited figures, 3,791 hosted buyers attended, a 2 percent increase over 2008; 54,255 prescheduled meetings were organized over the course of the event, representing a 4 percent increase over the previous year. Overall attendance was expected to hit 8,000, according to the organizers. Last year's event attracted a record 8,131 attendees.