Last week, part of the Hotels for Hope Crew descended on Orlando for 2014 IBTM America. For those unfamiliar with the event, IBTM provides an exclusive and private event where 250 exhibitors and 250 premier meeting planners are carefully selected based on their industry relevance, expertise and business they have to place resulting in an all-important 1 to 1 ratio.
H4H was fortunate enough to send Michael Shannon, Mary Meath, Veronica Lee and Ricky Robichaud as part of the event’s Hosted Buyer program.
We’ve taken a step back from the action packed meetings, networking and trade show floor to provide our insights on the event…
“AIBTM was a wonderful opportunity to allow us to network and share our story of this amazing company with the industry. As this was for me, my first conference as a member of the CREW of H4H, I wanted to ensure that I was able to maximize the opportunity to develop some key partnerships in the experience. With both a goal of meeting as many vendor partners as we could, and also spreading the story to perspective clients, we were all kept quite busy.
“Last week’s AIBTM was my first travel expo. It was a great opportunity to introduce Hotels for Hope to even more people- hoteliers as well as planners! We met a lot of planners who were very interested in learning more about our services and our mission.
It was also a great opportunity to learn more about new technology that is available out there for our groups from live streaming keynotes to apps that help attendees maneuver through conference schedules, speakers, and even handouts at your fingertips. The same app can also create a social media portal where attendees can post discussions like a dedicated conference Facebook.
Our team covered so much ground while at the convention that people started to recognize our name! It was a great feeling!”