The award winners for AIME 2011 were announced this morning recognising excellence in stand design and presentation, as well as one individual who has contributed to the success of the meetings and incentives industry.
This year Martin Lewis was acknowledged for his commitment to the industry receiving the Outstanding Contribution Award which recognises best practice and overall commitment and contribution to the industry.
Martin Lewis is the Managing Director of CAT Publications and has an extensive career within the meetings and incentive media. Martin also contributes to charity, running the annual CAT fund raising night at the annual ICCA conference, among other things.
Three stand awards were also presented for Best Stand Under 30m², Best Stand Over 30m² and Best New Exhibitor Stand.
The stands are judged on a list of criteria including originality and creative input by Margaret Crichton, General Manager at EEAA, Linda Gaunt from MEA and Noor Ahmad, Regional Director Asia Pacific at ICCA.
The Best Stand Under 30m² was awarded to Sydney Olympic Park for the creative use of colour and space.
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau took out the Best Stand Over 30m² with their magnificent presence on the floor which really captured the essence of Thailand with exceptional design, stand staff and wonderful catering.
Harry the Hirer was recognised as having the best new exhibitor stand by designing a stand that really took advantage of the vertical space available with a fun, innovative design.
AIME also recognises exhibitors who have gone the extra mile to make their stand environmentally friendly. This year AIME awarded The Byron at Byron the Best Environmental Stand for their efforts in creating a stand with limited impact on the environment. This award is judged by Caitlin Findley and Seamus Balkin from Ecovantage and Danielle Johnson from Climate Positive.