The annual Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) kicks off next week, with a revamped program that features new networking opportunities, a gala dinner, and a redesigned show floor.

Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on February 24 and 25, this year’s show is being touted by event organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions, as ‘the most inspiring and interactive event yet’.

Exhibition director, Jacqui Timmins, said the new initiatives will reinvent the traditional format of exhibitions.

“After 23 years, it was time to shake things up a bit and we are very excited with the developments we’ve made to the show.

We are committed to ensuring we provide the absolute best in terms of imagination, innovation and interaction for our attendees.

“We closely listen to the feedback of our attendees each year and have therefore totally refreshed the show floor, expanded the knowledge program and added networking opportunities into the social programs.”

AIME 2015 new additions include:

New Community Hub: A state-of-the-art and interactive networking centre situated at the heart of the show. The 600sqm hub will include four key areas relating to business, education, inspiration and networking.

New show floor: The show floor will now be grouped into specific categories such as geographic regions, hotels, venues, and products and services.

New Movers and Shakers Event: An additional networking event to take place on Tuesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm (after the Australia Speaks showcase). The traditional networking hour on Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm will again be part of the program.

AIME Gala Dinner: Moving to a new event style of a sit-down dinner, theming and entertainment, the AIME Gala Dinner will be held at Central Pier at the conclusion of the two-day event and will replace the Welcome Reception, which traditionally opened the show.

AIME Knowledge: The AIME Knowledge program will cover topics such as business technologies, industry trends, leadership and creativity and include presentations from Craig Davis, Carolyn Miller, Vinh Giang, Wendy Mak and James Adonis.

50 years of Saxton: Australia’s first and foremost speakers’ bureau, Saxton will celebrate 50 years with Australia Speaks at AIME 2015. The showcase takes place on Tuesday evening and will feature more than 20 of Australia’s most renowned and influential speakers, including Ita Buttrose, Mark Bouris, Layne Beachley, Tim Cope, Megan Quinn, and Rachel Botsman.


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