Thailand, 29 June 2015 - Swift action taken by the Thai health authorities has restricted the number of confirmed cases of MERS to a single individual, with no more cases being reported as of 22 June, 2015. Meanwhile, all visitor arrivals are flowing normally via all international gateways and the travel and tourism industry remains in full operation.
According to Thailand's Ministry of Public Health, the first case of MERS-CoV infection was confirmed on 18 June, 2015, a 75-year-old patient from Oman. He was quickly moved from Bumrungrad Hospital to a quarantine room at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute. All those who had come into contact with the patient, including his relatives and hospital personnel, were also immediately checked and cleared.
Today, this Omani man who became the country’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been declared free of the virus.
In the latest test result, the Ministry said they did not find the MERS virus in the patient, adding that man’s condition has gradually improved. He is now being treated for his heart conditions, the original reason for him to travel to Thailand.
The man’s three relatives who travelled with him to Thailand were also free of the virus, but will remain in the 14-day quarantine.
The Ministry is still monitoring 20 people who were exposed to Thailand’s first and only MERS patient, including 14 passengers on the same flight, two taxi drivers, and four medical personnel. All are in good health with lab test showing no MERS virus.
(News release from Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Leading Association Meetings Destinations (confirmed by latest ICCA rankings) including Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Berlin and Barcelona are all confirmed to attend ibtm world 2015, formerly EIBTM, supporting the notion that the event plays a vital role in their business development and marketing strategies.
The event, which is set to take place in the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona will provide an international platform from which over 15,500 MICE professionals will come together to conduct their annual business meetings.
Christoph Tessmar, Director of Barcelona Turisme Convention Bureau commented, “We’ve been exhibiting at ibtm world since the very beginning and the show has gone a long way towards supporting us to position ourselves as a major international meetings destination for Associations. Each year we generate a vast amount of business from the show which has also contributed towards positioning Barcelona as one of the most popular Association Meetings Destination globally.”
This year’s show is set to bring together over 4,000 top level Hosted Buyers who will be able to schedule face-to-face meetings with suppliers of their choice, thanks to the mutual match appointment system. Many exhibitors who attended last year’s show are also set to return this year to take advantage of the targeted business opportunities.
ibtm world - formerly EIBTM - the leading global event for the meetings and events industry, is set to offer Technology and Event Service providers with further ‘Flexible Stand Options’ for the 2015 show taking place in the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona.
Graeme Barnett, ibtm world’s Senior Exhibition Director, commented, “Providing our customers with flexible exhibiting opportunities has always been key for us and this “space-only” option will allow our customers to design their stand in line with their branding and show objectives.
“We have already seen a significant interest in this booking option which comes as no surprise as the enhanced visibility enables companies to be more creative in terms of their marketing approach and how they present themselves on the show floor.”
The dedicated area of the show floor, which has witnessed rapid growth over the past few years has become the go-to area for event planners who are seeking to source new solutions and access technology and mobile app providers which has potential to enhance their events.
Companies who have already signed up to exhibit in the Technology and Event Services area this year include: Europalco, Centium Software, Cvent, etouches, evenium, Goomeo, PSAV as well as Padcelona, Konduko and Etud IT (NB) who will be attending the show for the first time.
Nádia Dias, Project Manager at Europalco, who have booked a space only stand at the show this year commented, “We attended ibtm world last year and it provided so much value for our business, that we have chosen to return to the show again this year. ibtm world allows us to profile our company as a global services partner to international events companies and allows us the opportunity to demonstrate our unique services to a global audience of top level meeting industry buyers.”
Companies providing event services or technology solutions, interested in a stand and benefiting from access to a global network of powerful meetings industry buyers should get in touch with the ibtm organiser.
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