Aime 2015 round-up

Reed Exhibitions, which manages Aime – the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo – are reported to be reviewing changes to the show after fending off critics of the February event in Melbourne.

Despite an enhanced Knowledge Program, an innovative gala evening hosted by Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Bureau and an even more innovative Plenary Hall showcase by Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre as part of the city's Business Events Week, exhibitors such as those on the TCEB (Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau) stand complained of a lower number of appointments with buyers among other gripes. Others pointed to the clash in dates with the Chinese New Year holidays seeing resulting in fewer China buyers and the price of tickets to the gala evening, the date of which had been switched to final evening of Aime.

Elsewhere at Aime:

  • Adelaide won the bid to host Dreamtime 2015 helped by the city's new events precinct, Oval cricket ground and food and wine offerings. To read more, click here.
  • New Zealand plans facilities in four cities order to secure bids for large convention groups from Asia. To read more, click here.
  • ICC Sydney presents an impressive drone-flight animation showing how the new Darling Harbour facility may look when it opens in late 2016. To see more, click here.
  • Andrew Hiebl, executive director of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, cites auditors report on importance of business events.



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