For the final time, Reed Travel Exhibitions have organised the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), welcoming 250 quality Hosted Buyers to experience Melbourne and access over 300 exhibitors from 20 countries around the world.
Over 4,500 meetings took place during two jam-packed days of AIME, with Konduko tracking a massive 8,774 digital handshakes on the show floor.
Angela Sciacca, Project Manager, AIME, commented on the quality of the Hosted Buyers at AIME 2018 and the team’s performance.
“Quality was our focus and goal. The acquisition program for 2018 attracted a massive 39 percent of new Hosted Buyers to AIME and Australia. Delivering a range of quality Hosted Buyers to the AIME exhibitors in our final year is a testament to the team’s dedication to ensuring a seamless and successful show, I am proud to have been a part of AIME for so long and look forward to it continuing to flourish,” said Ms Sciacca.
Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau, recognises the growth and engagement of the business events industry in the Asia-Pacific.
“AIME provides us with the ability to showcase all the great aspects of not only Melbourne, but of the Asia-Pacific. AIME welcomes delegates from 23 countries to connect and do business, with a commitment to quality and positive commercial outcomes for both exhibitors and buyers.
“I thank Reed Travel Exhibitions for the last 18 years of organising AIME, and once again this year, they have delivered another outstanding show. It has been an incredible journey to watch this show grow into what it is today. We are excited for the next chapter of AIME,” said Ms Bolinger.
AIME recognised Jo-Anne Kelleway, Founder of Info Salons, as this year’s 2018 Industry Person of the Year, for her significant contributions and innovations to the events industry. While exhibition stand winners included, Northern Territory Convention Bureau – AIME 2018 Best Stand over 36sqm, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts – AIME 2018 Best Stand under 36sqm, Madhya Pradesh Tourism – AIME 2018 Best First Time Exhibitor Stand.
This was the last time AIME will be managed by Reed Travel Exhibitions for show owners Melbourne Convention Bureau. AIME 2019 will be managed by Talk2 Media and Events.