Reed Travel Exhibitions and the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) have announced the addition of three new tours to the AIME 2011 Pre Touring Program. Pre touring is available to participants of AIME’s Hosted Buyer Program with tours commencing on 11 February 2011, prior to the start of AIME.
Approaching its 19th year, the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) will be held on 15 and 16 of February 2011 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
Available in half-day, full-day and two-day options, AIME’s Pre Touring Program for 2011 comprises 12 tours in total, including the addition of three new exciting touring options:
Aboriginal Heritage Walk – Half Day
Journey into the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture on this award-winning walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. Witness a traditional smoking ceremony with Indigenous Guides and discover the traditional use of plants for food, tools and medicine.
‘Golden Mile Guided Walk’ – Half Day
Walk ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ and learn how the discovery of gold shaped the city. View the majestic architecture and hear stories from a professional guide about the colourful characters of early Melbourne. Visit Gothic buildings – hear the stories of the characters behind boom town Melbourne – from prima donnas and prime ministers to bushrangers and builders. Explore alleyways and arcades, showcasing the retail splendour of both the past and the present.
‘Go Wild in Melbourne’
Explore the vast Great Western Plains of Victoria and see Australia’s native animals in the wild. Spot koalas above in the gum trees whilst walking in the Australian bush, discover wetlands rich in native birdlife and see the You Yangs as they rise from the volcanic Werribee Plains and keep a look out for kangaroos and emus too. Enjoy traditional billy tea and visit Clyde Park Vineyard by the meandering Moorabool River for wholesome wood fire pizzas and delicious wine.
Sandra Chipchase, MCVB’s CEO, says that AIME’s Pre Touring Program is a highlight of the AIME program for many international and Australian buyers and MCVB are excited to be able to expand the touring offering in 2011.
“Melbourne and Victoria has an established reputation as one of the world’s leading Business Events destinations and MCVB and our partners are delighted to add to the touring options available to AIME’s buyers in 2011,” Sandra said.
“The three new pre touring options will further showcase the diversity of products and services for international and Australian buyers to choose from in Melbourne. They are a welcome addition to the already popular Pre Touring Program.”