The 25th annual Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) officially opened its doors on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, bringing together event professionals from over 20 countries on an exciting exhibition show floor.
Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau said that this anniversary is a great representation of the strength, creativity and diversity of the business events industry.
“We wowed delegates at the AIME Welcome Event last night in the stunning Carousel by food&desire which showcased Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Lake. The event dazzled attendees with a creative blend of classical and contemporary entertainment and food,” she said.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, AIME has launched two awards this year recognising exceptional achievement by industry members.
The winner of the Rising Star award, which recognises upcoming business event talent, was Jessica Abbey, Leverage Marketing and Events.
The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Sue Calwell, who as an industry stalwart is celebrated for her dedication and commitment to the business events industry over several years.
Mr Ian Wainwright, Event Director – AIME, Reed Travel Exhibitions expressed his delight with day one of the show.
“The high calibre of exhibitors and attendees is indicative of the industry’s excitement and commitment to AIME. The show floor is awash with colour and movement, with many exhibitors sharing new offerings and products to the delegates.
“We are thrilled with how everything has come together and the energy on the show floor, all the exhibitors have produced outstanding stands inspiring business connections,” said Mr Wainwright.
The AIME Knowledge Program by Saxton Speakers Bureau provided insights into the future of the industry with high calibre speakers such as Ita Buttrose, Marita Cheng, Chris Riddell, Kirk Pengilly, Michael Carr-Gregg, Cosentino, Holly Ransom, Brad Seymour and Andre Eikmeier.
Other highlights from the show floor included a visit from Matt Wright the Outback Wrangler, who visited the Northern Territory stand from 3pm on Tuesday to discuss the appeal of the NT for business travellers.
As the largest show of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, AIME is renowned for bringing together important MICE industry leaders, decision makers and influencers at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) annually for a jam-packed program. Day two of the show continues from 10am Wednesday, 22 February 2017.