The roundup: what went on at AIME this year
Exhibitors and delegates gathered for the second day of the jam-packed Asia-Pacific Incentive and Meetings Expo (AIME) program, after a night of events in and around Melbourne which saw people networking and doing business well into the night.
Initial feedback from the exhibitors was that the quality of the hosted buyers and the delegates was exceptional, with some exhibitors seeing their return on investment after just one day.
Nerissa Worwood, Business Development Manager at Pan Pacific Hotels Group who exhibited on the Perth Convention Bureau stand, said that the quality and opportunities to connect with hosted buyers and delegates has been fantastic.
“We have received a good number of real business leads with good quality events. It has definitely been worthwhile for us to be here at AIME this year,” said Ms Worwood.
Highlights from day two included:
- Tourism New Zealand hosted a VIP breakfast on its stand for 100 delegates to give them an experience of NZ at the show. Jan Tonken, founder of The Conference Company and President of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers gave a first-hand account of the value of hosting conferences and events in New Zealand.
- Geoff Donaghy, CEO, International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney revealed the outcomes of the first events held at the new venue where the logistics, technology and catering teams were tested across the Theatre, Convention and Exhibition halls. 100% of clients in their test events rated their event planning experience as very good or excellent.
Ian Wainwright, Event Director – Reed Travel Exhibitions, said AIME has experienced a successful two days, bringing together a diverse and quality-centric place for exhibitors and buyers to meet and do business on the show floor.
“The 25th anniversary of AIME has gone off splendidly. We have had some really engaged exhibitors, buyers and visitors. We enabled the right buyers to connect with the right exhibitors, generating positive and meaningful business conversations.
“I am thrilled with the results from the past two days, everyone involved in AIME has shown us why Australia is so equipped to hold events. Having had 25 successful AIMEs, we look forward to the 26th show in 2018,” said Mr Wainwright.