Organisers of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) have begun a global search to bring more event planners to Melbourne to meet with hundreds of exhibitors and network with thousands of people.

For the 25th anniversary, enhancements have been made to the Hosted Buyer program, simplifying the process from application through to the onsite experience. The appointment system features upgraded matchmaking software optimising relevant appointments that are scheduled with exhibitors, based upon pre-established buyer preferences and availability.

AIME is partnering with BI WORLDWIDE to deliver a seamless process for hosted buyers, from initial travel consultation and flight bookings, through to onsite transport and logistics.

Qualified hosted buyers will experience industry-leading education programs, peer-to-peer networking sessions, the opportunity to book appointments with event suppliers from across the globe and unique Melbourne City experiences, supported by complimentary travel and luxury accommodation.

“Our objective for AIME 2017 is to increase the number of quality hosted buyers in attendance. To achieve this we have implemented numerous enhancements to our communication tools, application process, qualification strategy and onsite program, making the hosted buyer offering for 2017 the strongest it’s ever been,” explains AIME event director, Ian Wainwright.

“With AIME reflective of the global events industry, we are looking to attract more international event organisers and have teams on the ground in London, New York, Mexico City, Abu Dhabi, Sydney and Beijing, who are actively seeking event organisers to be part of the AIME hosted buyer program.”

Online applications to attend AIME can be found by clicking here. AIME 2017 is being held in Melbourne on February 21 and 22.