Baltimore will welcome an international parade of tall ships and Navy warships that will anchor, launching the national Bicentennial of the War of 1812 on June 13. Star-Spangled Sailabration features seven days of free entertainment, lasting until the start of AIBTM, including ship tours, a Blue Angels air show, patriotic fireworks, memorial ceremonies and much more. With more than three dozen ships hailing from around the world, vessels will offer free, daily tours from June 14-18.
AIBTM 2012, which kicks off on June 19, will feature AIBTM Education Day, comprised of a series of conferences, forums and workshops in conjunction with AIBTM’s Association partners, including the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).
The Hosted Buyer program is a highlight of AIBTM 2012, where 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. There is expected to be 20,000 pre-scheduled, on-site appointments, with a mix of new and returning buyers.
“We are so excited to be coming to Baltimore as these amazing festivities and cultural celebration have been affecting the area,” said Jaime Rosov, Marketing Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions. “It is an amazing opportunity to visit Baltimore for the Star-Spangled Sailabration and stay for AIBTM. Not only will individuals be able to get a true taste of the city but they will experience all that AIBTM has to offer.”
“As the city of Baltimore, we are thrilled to be hosting these two large scale events,” said Sara Warfield, Director of Public Relations, Visit Baltimore. “From our Inner Harbor, offering breath-taking views of the city, dining, cultural experiences and exciting nightlife, to our historical neighborhoods, AIBTM is a great time to explore the city.”
Additional features of AIBTM include a street themed Visit Baltimore Welcome Party at the Power Plant Live near the famed inner harbor for all visitors and exhibitors, networking events, Future Events Experience Area, a “Show Your Badge” Program resulting in discounts at local restaurants, and so much more.
For more information about AIBTM 2012, please contact: Jodi Bannerman – 1.212.871.3020 x. 107, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit AIBTM on Twitter @AIBTMEvent or Facebook.
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About Reed Travel Exhibitions
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.
In 2011 RTE 13 events were the catalyst for $4.4 billion worth of travel and tourism business deals.
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.
About Star-Spangled Sailabration
Star-Spangled Sailabration is the national launch of the War of 1812 bicentennial. An international maritime and air festival in the Baltimore region and the Chesapeake Bay, this week-long event will feature dozens of tall ships and naval warships; unveiling of public art; the premiere of a new symphonic work; and the Star-Spangled Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. To learn more, visit www.starspangled200.com.
Star-Spangled Sailabration is presented by Star-Spangled 200 Inc., the U.S. Navy and Operation Sail Inc. in partnership with the city of Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore County, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Sail Baltimore, and Visit Baltimore. Founding sponsors to date include Papa John’s Pizza.