Opening night at AIME 2017

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The 25th annual Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) officially opened its doors on Tuesday 21 February 2017, bringing together event professionals from over 20 countries on an exciting exhibition show floor.

Karen Bolinger, CEO Melbourne Convention Bureau, said that this anniversary is a great representation of the strength, creativity and diversity of the business events industry.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary, AIME launched two awards this year recognising exceptional achievement by industry members.

The winner of the Rising Star award, which recognises upcoming business event talent, was Jessica Abbey, Leverage Marketing and Events.

The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Sue Calwell, who as an industry stalwart is celebrated for her dedication and commitment to the business events industry over several years.

The AIME Knowledge Program by Saxton Speakers Bureau provided insights into the future of the industry with high-calibre speakers such as Ita Buttrose, Marita Cheng, Chris Riddell, Kirk Pengilly, Michael Carr-Gregg, Cosentino, Holly Ransom, Brad Seymour and Andre Eikmeier.

Other highlights from the show floor included a visit from Matt Wright the Outback Wrangler, who visited the Northern Territory stand from 3pm on Tuesday to discuss the appeal of the NT for business travellers.

At the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on Monday 20 February 2017, AIME announced new research and insights driving the meetings and events industry.

The Right Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, remarked on Melbourne’s position as Australia’s sporting capital and the world’s most liveable city for the sixth consecutive year, plus the city’s friendly and down to earth charm.

Karen Bolinger, CEO, Melbourne Convention Bureau outlined the future of the meetings and events industry in Australia, sharing findings from The Future of Business Meetings Industry Report by McCrindle on the expectations and changes to the industry.

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