AIME organisers are calling out for hosted buyers to register to attend, and have unveiled new initiatives for 2014.

Australia’s leading international business events exhibition is just around the corner and the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) is calling out to event buyers to submit their applications for the Hosted Buyer Program.

Taking place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on February 18 and 19, 2014, more than $250 million of potential business is up for grabs as 3500 attendees are expected to attend and over 12,000 pre scheduled appointments are due to take place over the two days.

AIME’s Hosted Buyer Program is reportedly 90 per cent larger than any other event in Australia and for the 2014 show, the target for Australian hosted buyers has been increased by 25 per cent.

Successful applicants will receive complimentary return flights, 4-5 star accommodation in Melbourne, pre touring opportunities in Melbourne and regional Victoria, the choice of a post tour in Australia or overseas, complimentary tickets to all social functions and importantly, the opportunity to make valuable industry connections and place business with Australian and international suppliers.

The Hosted Buyer Program also offers a personalised diary of pre scheduled appointments to meet with preferred exhibitors.

“AIME gives you the opportunity to experience and shop around for the best business meetings options available from around the globe all under one roof,” said Jacqui Timmins, exhibition director of AIME and CIBTM (China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition).

”This year we received great feedback with 99 per cent of hosted buyers agreeing that AIME was a good use of time for their business.

“We’re currently preparing for what we expect to be a fantastic year at AIME and strongly encourage those interested in applying for the Hosted Buyer Program to do so soon so they can be considered for the 2014 event.”

To be considered for the Hosted Buyer Program, applicants must be responsible for planning, organising or influencing decisions around corporate meetings and events, business and incentive travel, conferences, exhibitions or association meetings.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts and confirmed within four weeks for Australian buyers.

Buyers also have the option to attend the 2014 event as a visitor. The AIME website (www.aime.com.au) is accepting visitor registrations now. Everyone who pre-registers as a visitor will be able to attend the event at no cost. Otherwise it is $25 at the door.

New initiatives

To ensure the event continues to meet the requirements of attendees, the AIME team has a range of new initiatives lined up for 2014, which will give buyers access to a range of high quality suppliers offering the very best options for unforgettable events.

The Asian and European Pavilions will gather the best event and travel companies from the regions in two convenient locations, while the Events and Services Pavilion will be the go-to venue for all event logistics requirements.

After its overwhelming success in 2013, the A LIST Open House will return to AIME for the second consecutive year. The A LIST Open House provides an opportunity for attendees to meet face-to-face with the best event suppliers and boutique venues to get a real taste of how these specialist providers can enhance their events. The space will also showcase suppliers such as caterers, photographers, entertainers and stylists.

To complement the event, AIME has established a blog for those who organise business events, giving the community a platform to stay connected year-round with innovations and relevant industry news. The blog has a strong focus on providing another avenue for audiences to stay connected with their peers, whilst keeping up-to-date with issues facing the business events industry.

To apply for the Hosted Buyer Program or register as a visitor and to view the AIME blog visit www.aime.com.au. m

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