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“MIBEXPO Russia is one of those events that continuously strives and achieves levels of excellence. Now in its 4th year, MIBEXPO is the most important event in the meetings industry in Russia and the CIS countries. Since the first MIBEXPO in 2005, the event has continued to grow, confirming the enormous public interest and potential for further development of the meetings industry in Russia.”
Patricia Semprebene Bongiorno
IAPCO President

MIBEXPO RUSSIA 2008 – International Exhibition and Conference

Russia’s premier event for the meeting and business travel industry was held successfully from 23rd to 25th of September at IEC Crocus Expo in Moscow.

The fourth MIBEXPO session again proved its worth as the most important event for the meetings industry in Russia and Eastern Europe. Offering a comprehensive platform for new business opportunities, exchange of know-how and professional education, the exhibition has been a meeting venue for international and Russian professionals as well as key market players.

Being organized by Euroexpo (Russia), a member of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), and Euroexpo Exhibitions and Congress Development GmbH (Austria), MIBEXPO is supported by the following associations: Business Travel Agencies Association of Russia (BTAA), Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE), Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO).

During the three days of the exhibition, MIBEXPO 2008 offered its visitors from Moscow and Russian regions a wide range of services and provided contacts with professional conference organizers, event management companies, destination management companies, incentive and business travel companies and hotel chains, as well as national and regional convention bureaus.

160 companies from 32 countries participated in MIBEXPO 2008. The international portion was represented by companies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Great Britain, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Laos, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Myanmar, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Vietnam.

The organizing company was delighted to welcome as exhibitors at MIBEXPO 2008 the famous players of the business travel and MICE industry, such as ITTA Tours (Egypt), Kuoni Destination Management (International), Adriatic Tourism and S.T.O.K. Tourism (Turkey), STB Tours (Russia), Support International (Norway), TRIME Center (Ukraine), Visit Tunisia (Tunis) and many others.

New objectives were presented for the first time at MIBEXPO by @dmire (Belgium), Cantata (Austria), Elite Voyage (Mauritius), ISCRA (Italy) and Montenegro Stars (Montenegro).

Corporate departments of several big tour operators, such as S7, Academservice, VKO Group, Vladinvesttour, Coral Travel, Mouzenidis Travel, Pegas Touristik, RZD Tour, Russian Express and Uzhniy Krest, participated in the exhibition.

The largest part of the exhibition was occupied by these conference hotels and business centers: International Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts, Iberostar Hotels, Sheraton Hotels (Italy), Best Eastern Hotels, Azimut Hotels (Russia), Corinthia Nevskij Palace (Russia) and others.

The annual increase in the number of Russian participants indicates the meeting industry's active development in Russia. This year companies and authorities from the following Russian cities and Regions were represented at MIBEXPO: Velikiy Novgorod, Vladivostok, Vladimir, Gelendzhik, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow Region, Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Ugra and Yaroslavl.

While the number of exhibiting companies offering the organization of corporate meetings and incentives has increased, the number of companies offering associated services and technological projects also rose. Examples of the latter are: Sky Team Company, which presented the Global Meetings programme; Dexter Company – air taxi services; X Route Company – new technologies for teambuilding all over the world and the newcomer, MICETER – a unique Internet resource for the business travel and MICE industry.

Over 8,500 companies took part in MIBEXPO Russia 2008, including business travel operators, incentive travel companies and MICE suppliers. A record number of corporate buyers visited the exhibition, including companies like Bella Vostok, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Epson, HP, Ipsen, Mary Kay, Miele, Novartis, Roche, Sanofi Aventis, Shell, WASCO, Gedeon Richter, Eurofinance, KMB Bank, Metinvest Holding, SeverStal Resource and many others.

MIBEXPO Russia 2009 Conference with Well-Known International Experts

The 4th International MIBEXPO Conference was again perceived as a highlight of the event, where delegates had a unique chance to meet International and Russian experts during the two conference days. The conference was moderated by Mr. Jury Sarapkin, Vice president of the Business Travel Agencies Association of Russia (BTAA). Renowned speakers contributed to the success of MIBEXPO and offered seminars, master classes and round tables to the delegates. The excellent international speakers were Michel Neijmann (Head of International Affairs, AIM Group), Richard Lewis (Chairman, Richard Lewis Communications), Ian Epps (Director of Partnership Relations, ITP), Tasso Pappas (Representative of The Society of Incentive and Travel Executives, SITE) and Kristina T’Seyen (Deputy Director, DMAI).

Because of the success of MIBEXPO Conference 2007, a round-table session was organized for Russian professionals on the second day of the conference. The purpose was to provide a platform where experts could exchange their know-how and discuss the future development of the meeting industry in Russia with other professionals.

Furthermore, the organizing companies would like to point out that it was the first time that such a number of different associations appeared together in Russia at an MIBEXPO Conference.

The conference was visited by 120 delegates from Moscow, the Russian Regions and neighbouring countries.

Both exhibitors and visitors appreciated the online appointment system offered for the second time in Russia as well as the exhibition structure with clearly defined Russian and international areas.

The organizing companies of the “MIBEXPO Russia 2008” exhibition and conference thank all their partners, speakers, exhibitors and visitors for their support and contributions to this trade fair.


5th International Meeting Industry and Business Travel Exhibition and Conference
MIBEXPO Russia 2009 will take place
from 22 – 24 September 2009
at IEC Crocus Expo in Moscow.