Having left the sunny delights of Melbourne and AIME here I am now in the even sunnier Abu Dhabi finalising plans for GIBTM in 4/5 weeks time.
There are some immense iconic buildings round the world and as hotels go my current location, the Yas Hotel, takes some beating, surrounded as it is by the Marina and Formula 1 track it certainly is unique.
I know we didn't plan it this way but it seems many of our IBTM Meetings events seem located in cities that have Grand Prix racing. Well nearly four of them do. Baltimore has it's first street based Grand Prix in September and whilst not being a Formula 1 event, it is never the less hugely prestigious within the US. Beijing may not have the Grand Prix, that being in Shanghai, but it did have the Olympics and of course built the iconic Bird's Nest.
Melbourne, Barcelona and Abu Dhabi are all Formula 1 locations. All big international cities like these seek these hugely prestigious live public events with numerous objectives in mind. In our own modest way AIME, GIBTM, AIBTM, CIBTM and EIBTM make their own contribution to putting these wonderful cities on the map for Business Events/ Meetings.