FIEXPO Latin America celebrated ten years as the key business space for the continent’s meetings industry at Santiago de Chile in the first of the three-year cycle as host city.
With unanimous compliments of exhibitors, hosted buyers and trade visitors for its remarkable growing undisputed success in the meeting industry, FIEXPO Latin America proved once more to be the most powerful link between premium destinations, the most outstanding international buyers and Latin America and the Caribbean tourism government officers and private companies.
Along the two-day fair, exhibitors from 16 countries - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Uruguay - showed their offer to visitors and hosted buyers (which increased 24% from last year) through meetings that increased 28% compared to 2016 edition in Lima, Peru.
Latin American Political Forum on Meetings Tourism
Proposals were presented and debated in a forum for the exchange of ideas and projects to focus attention of tourism ministers, secretaries, directors and senior officials on the potential and economic relevance of the meetings industry.
Top international speakers
Among the speakers who gave keynote lectures and shared constructive options applicable to Latin America, were Nina Freysen-Pretorius, president of ICCA, Rajeev Kohli, president of SITE, Anne Wallin Rodven, director of InspirAR and responsible for the creation of the Norwegian Bureau of Conventions and Daniel Palomo, ICCA’s third vice-president and sales director of Houston Convention Bureau.
A black tie party marked FIEXPO Latin America’s milestone of ten years celebration with a gala dinner to honor influential contributors to the continent’s meeting industry. Awards were granted to acknowledge presentation of the stands at the fair: Guatemala won the first prize and Costa Rica was recognized as best ecological stand, while Peru, Colombia and Chile received special mentions.
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