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Claude Blanc to Manage IBTM Events Portfolio

Reed Travel Exhibitions announces that Shane Hannam is stepping down from his position as Portfolio Director of IBTM Events after almost three years in the role. As a result, the IBTM Events portfolio will now be managed by Claude Blanc.

Blanc says, “While the past few months have been incredibly challenging and a huge test of our industry, once again we have proved just how adaptable, resilient and creative we are. I’m really looking forward to continuing to support the IBTM global community on the road to recovery and beyond. I’d especially like to personally thank Shane for the exceptional job he has done leading the IBTM team and wish him all the very best with his future plans.”

Blanc has spent more than 25 years in the travel industry, with extensive experience in both the leisure and business events sectors. His new role will ensure that the current IBTM strategy will continue with its customer-focused approach for exhibitors, hosted buyers and partners, and he will manage the new portfolio as part of his current role as portfolio director for World Travel Market.

Shane Hannam IBTM Commenting on his move, Hannam (pictured left) says, “While I’m sad to be leaving Reed Exhibitions, it’s been a great experience, both professionally and personally, and I’m incredibly proud of what the IBTM team has achieved. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented and knowledgeable people in an industry I have a real passion for. I’m excited about the new opportunities ahead of me and wish the team, our customers and partners the very best on their path to recovery post pandemic.”

IBTM World Virtual will take place Dec. 8-10 at www.ibtmworld.com

IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is one of the world’s leading showcases for the meetings and events industry (also known as MICE) with a portfolio of events and products providing business solutions on five continents. They include IBTM World, IBTM Africa, IBTM Americas, IBTM Asia Pacific, IBTM Virtual and IBTM Connect. For more info, visit www.ibtmevents.com  

World Travel Market (WTM) Portfolio comprises six leading travel events, an online portal and a virtual platform across four continents, generating more than $7.5 billion of industry deals. For more info, visit www.wtm.com

Reed Travel Exhibitions is one of the world’s leading travel and tourism event’s organizers with a growing portfolio of more than 20 international travel and tourism trade events in Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Their events are market leaders in their sectors, whether it is global and regional leisure travel trade events, or specialist events for meetings, incentives, conference, events (MICE) industry, business travel, LGBTQ+ travel, luxury travel, travel technology as well as golf and spa travel. They have more than 35 years’ experience in organizing world-leading travel exhibitions. For more info, visit www.reedtravelexhibitions.com/

Reed Exhibitions is a leading global events business. It combines face-to-face with data and digital tools to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at more than 500 events in almost 30 countries across 43 industry sectors, attracting more than 7 million participants.  Their events, organized by 35 global offices, leverage industry expertise, large data sets and technology to enable their customers to generate billions of dollars of revenues for the economic development of local markets and national economies around the world. Reed Exhibitions is part of RELX, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. For more info, visit www.reedexhibitions.com

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