AIME organisers is launching a program entitled My Association | My Club designed to connect association event planners with a tailored program to maximise the value of their attendance at the event (February 21-22, 2017).

Benefits for the hand-picked planners include a flexible schedule to enable them to explore the show floor; a range of hosting options including complimentary flights, accommodation and transfers; a personalised diary of pre-scheduled appointments with national and international exhibitors; exclusive association networking events; a comprehensive program of educational sessions; access to the dedicated Hosted Buyers lounge and much more.

AIME event director, Ian Wainwright, said by tailoring a program to meet the specific needs of association event buyers “we are looking to grow this important segment’s attendance at AIME,  giving both the buyers and exhibitors new opportunities”.

“My Association | My Club emphasises flexibility and convenience while creating a sense of community and facilitating peer networking. When every minute counts and has to be justified by our buyers, this initiative gives them so many more options, they just have to choose what is best for their schedule.

“Attendance of association buyers at our sister event, ibtm world in Barcelona, has grown 20 per cent year on year since the initiative’s introduction in 2014. We expect significant numbers of association buyers to take up this stronger and more flexible offering for AIME 2017.”

Association event buyers will have the opportunity to meet with a range of diverse exhibitors on the show floor of AIME 2017 including airlines and cruise line, attractions and entertainment, conference and meeting venues, event support services, hotels, resorts and spas, incentive destination, technology providers, national tourism organisations, travel management companies and convention and visitors bureaux.

Association event planners will be able to apply for the My Association | My Club program from September 27 and become members of My Association | My Club – free to all who qualify via www.aime.com.au/hosted-buyers