“AIBTM offers a priceless opportunity for Hosted Buyers, and we are thrilled to officially open the application process to top industry buyers. With key elements of AIBTM revamped for 2012, the event will be bigger, better and more engaging than ever,” said Steve Knight, AIBTM Project Director. “For AIBTM 2012, we expect to have 20,000 pre-scheduled onsite appointments and we have a 50% spike in Group Coordinators over last year. Additionally, 85% of our current exhibitors signed on are returning from 2011. Of those, 30% have increased floor space significantly for 2012.”
Qualified AIBTM Hosted Buyers will have the opportunity to pre-schedule appointments with exhibitors of their choice, receive complimentary travel and accommodation, attend exclusive Hosted Buyer networking events, participate in pre-show and post-show city tours and enjoy other VIP benefits. AIBTM Hosted Buyer applications are reviewed and accepted based on the number and size of meetings, events, incentives and annual conferences, individual purchasing authority, annual budgets for meetings, events and incentives, amount of business conducted and potential for future business in the meetings and business travel industries.
AIBTM’s close relationships with the industry's major associations inspired AIBTM Education Day, comprised of dynamic conferences, panels and workshops that will kick-off AIBTM 2012. “AIBTM is proud to partner with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE), the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) to deliver the latest and most comprehensive education to the industry,” Knight said. “We believe these partnerships will be invaluable for Hosted Buyers.”
Multiple concurrent events ensure there are relevant educational tracks for AIBTM 2012 Hosted Buyers and all attendees. PCMA will deliver Education Powered by PCMA, Executive Edge and the State of the Industry Panel. ACTE will present an education track on the importance of face-to-face meetings in the context of business travel while utilizing new technology to best enhance the business experience. ICCA will present the ICCA Global Meetings track, consisting of roundtable sessions and clinical topics on how global destinations can penetrate the U.S. market. Additionally, SITE will deliver invigorating education tailored to the incentive market as well as host the SITE Young Leaders Program, focusing on the next generation of motivational leaders.
To apply for the AIBTM Hosted Buyer program, visit: http://www.reedexpovip.com/
The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition (AIBTM) is the leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry. The newest addition to the Reed Travel Exhibition’s global portfolio, AIBTM delivers individually qualified Hosted Buyers and eligible Trade buyers from the U.S. and around the world. Tailored to the U.S. market, AIBTM serves and guarantees the attendance of top level decision makers. The exhibitions provide time and business efficient matching services for buyers and sellers through unique Hosted Buyer Programs. To join AIBTM, or for more information,please visit www.aibtm.com.
About Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel, business travel and the meetings and incentives industry.
The 13 events are; World Travel Market (WTM), Arabian Travel Market (ATM), International French Travel Market (IFTM), La Cumbre, International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), International Luxury Travel Market Asia (ILTMA), Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) (owned by Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau), Global Exhibition for Incentive, Business Travel, and Meetings (EIBTM), Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM), Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (AIBTM), China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (CIBTM) and Business Travel Market.
April 2013 will see RTE launch World Travel Market Latin America in São Paulo.
RTE is a business unit of Reed Exhibitions. In 2011, six million participants attended RE’s 500 events in 39 countries covering 44 industry sectors from aerospace and aviation to beauty and cosmetics to sports and recreation.
Reed Exhibitions is owned by Reed Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of professional information and online workflow solutions.