In a joint statement seemingly intended to deflect previous criticism of Telecom World events, the ITU and the State of Geneva have promised improved facilities for participants at and visitors to next year's global ICT event, ITU Telecom World 2009.
ITU Telecom World 2009 promises to be the biggest-ever ICT showcase, and both ITU and the State of Geneva have agreed through an MoU on improved facilities for visitors and participants. The event will be held at the Palexpo exhibition centre, Geneva from 5-9 October 2009, and nearly 1,000 exhibitors are expected.
"ITU Telecom World 2009 will be the biggest, most spectacular ICT exhibition and forum ever," said ITU head Dr Hamadoun Touré. "Riding on the wave of innovation unleashed by the ICT industry to meet the ever-growing demand for new products, services and applications, Itu Telecom World 2009 will capitalise on new growth centres in the world of ICT. Developing countries, which have been recording the highest growth rates in the world, will fuel growth in the ICT industry by providing new business opportunities."
Dr Touré added that Geneva offers excellent prospects for all interests: manufacturers, service providers, policy makers and, not least, the discerning public. "I am confident that Geneva will provide the best facilities for the record numbers of exhibitors and visitors who are expected to attend this landmark ICT event. ITU Telecom World 2009 will establish a unique networking platform for the top names in the ICT industry to interact with global leaders and, at the same time, showcase their products to the world at large," Dr Touré said.
More specifically, the management of next year's event are promising improvements beyond conditions for stand-hire, namely exclusive availability for ITU Telecom World 2009 guests of 6,000 hotel rooms at set prices, removal of minimum-stay requirements for these rooms, and the implementation of an administrative control system on the hotel rooms. The signing ceremony took place in the historic Alabama room of the Geneva State Hall, where the International Committee of the Red Cross was born 145 years ago.