AIME gears up buyer programme

MELBOURNE, 5 October 2018: Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) announced Thursday it intends to attract more quality buyers to attend the 2019 exhibition and is targeting a 60% buyer registration from outside of Australia.

The event is schedule for 18 to 20 February 20129 in Melbourne.

In a first, all expressions of interest will initially undergo a rigorous and thorough vetting process from the AIME hosted buyer manager to check preliminary suitability.

AIME 2019 has already confirmed over 200 quality buyers from 32 countries, with 42% having never attended AIME before.

To qualify, all buyers must provide examples of budgets they manage, past events they have organised and details of scheduled events that will take place in the next five years. Additionally, they must pass up to four compulsory industry reference checks.

“Through rigorous curating, we are committed to bringing buyers and exhibitors from across the whole Asia Pacific so that AIME reflects the diversity and depth of the region. It’s about the right people, selling or buying, being on the show floor ready to do business”, said Talk2 Media & Events CEO Matt Pearce.

“The new buyer vetting process was seamless while also being highly personalised. It was great to have AIME’s hosted buyer manager contact me directly to advise that I had been successfully selected for the programme. said Brooke Cowdroy, Manager, Account Operations Asia-PAC at Experient, Microsoft. “I’m looking forward to seeing what AIME 2019 has to offer and how it can help drive more business outcomes”.

The new vetting process also has added flexibility, allowing buyers to attend AIME 2019 in two ways; as either a hosted buyer or as a pre-registered trade buyer, both providing a clear and measurable return on investment.

The hosted buyer programme includes return flights and four to five-star accommodation, located close to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Hosted attendees will be required to commit to 32 pre-scheduled appointments (PSAs) and attend all formal networking events, as well as Melbourne Convention Bureaus’ Uncover Melbourne Programme.

For a moderate fee, pre-registered trade buyers have the option to select the number of PSAs they wish to make, attend all the networking events, and have the flexibility to attend one, two or three days at AIME 2019.