Three BestCities bureaux, Dubai, Singapore and Vancouver will join, fellow partner and host city, Melbourne to celebrate the 20th anniversary of AIME – the AsiaPacific Incentives and Meetings Expo on 21-22 February 2012.
As the owner of the event, the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) has grown AIME from humble beginnings into what was, and still is, the industry’s ‘must attend’ event.
Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer MCVB said the milestone recognises the success of the region’s most productive and long-standing meetings and incentive show. “This is a significant achievement and one that we are extremely proud of, especially as we are the only convention and visitors bureau in the world to own such an event,” said Ms Bolinger.
In congratulating MCVB on their success with AIME over the past 20 years, Jerad Bachar, Board Chair, BestCities said: “The close cooperation shared across the BestCities network extends to our partners’ involvement at industry events such as AIME where they not only gather to showcase their individual cities, but to also fly the BestCities flag.”
As well as celebrating AIME’s milestone, the four partners have reason to smile with a host of significant bid wins and achievements to add to their, already, impressive portfolios.
Vancouver has not only been voted ‘Best Destination in Canada’ for the 9th consecutive year by US trade publication TravelWeekly, but they have also scored a hat trick of medical congress bid wins for 2015 including the World Congress of Dermatology (15,000 delegates), the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (1,000 delegates) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics World Congress (7,000 delegates).
Dubai’s credentials as one of the top meeting destinations in the Middle East helped them to win four International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conferences to be held in the last quarter of 2012. As the UN specialised agency for telecommunication and ICT, the conferences will attract up to 7,000 delegates including Heads of State, ministers, telecommunication regulators and CEO’s of major multinationals.
Melbourne’s reputation for, and expertise in hosting major medical conferences has been further reinforced with recent bid wins including, the 2013 World Diabetes Congress – following on from Dubai in 2011 – (12,500 delegates), the 2014 World Cancer Congress (2,000 delegates), the 2014 World Congress of Cardiology (9,000 delegates) and the 2014 International AIDS Conference (14,000 delegates).
Singapore’s future also looks strong as they add to their collection of awards and bid wins. Ranked the ‘Top International Meeting City’ and ‘Top Meeting City in Asia’ by UIA, Singapore will host, amongst others, the 15th World Congress on Tobacco or Health in 2012, the 21st International Congress on Genetics in 2013, and the World Congress on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology in 2015.