The Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) has announced the winners of the AIME Awards for 2014, which celebrate Exhibitors at the event who have shown excellence in stand design and presentation on the show floor.
Industry Person of the Year was awarded to Joyce DiMascio, Chief Executive of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) during the AIME CEO Summit.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Director for AIME and CIBTM, Jacqui Timmins, said Ms DiMascio was a terrific advocate for the business events industry, whose passion for moving the industry forward makes her a formidable force and one of the sector’s most driven leaders.
“Joyce’s determination to see the business events industry evolve, and the way in which she works closely with events such as AIME to highlight the vital contribution exhibitions and events make to our sector, means she is a fitting recipient of this year’s prize,” said Ms Timmins.
The Best Environmental Stand award went to Townsville Convention Bureau due to their careful attention to detail on factors such as energy efficiency, a low carbon footprint and use of environmentally friendly products.
ExpoNet took out the award for Best Innovative stand, while the AFTA Best Business Travel Award Stand was awarded to American Express Meetings & Events.
Best New Stand was awarded to Haycom, and Best Stand over 36sqm was awarded to Business Events Sydney.
Best Stand under 36sqm was awarded to Decorative Events with judges noting that the space was beautifully used with unique factors such as styling workshops adding another special element to their offering.
Finally, the winner of the People’s Choice Award goes to Disney Destinations International was decided by AIME attendees and Exhibitors.
Ms Timmins said it was important to acknowledge the effort that Exhibitors put in to make their stands look inviting.
“Our panel of industry judges found these weren’t easy decisions to make. All of our Exhibitors are showcasing amazing stands and the level of creativity and imagination on display simply blew the judging panel away.”