AIBTM 2012 Educational Program

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May 30, 2012 - PRLog -- (May 29, 2012)  The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition (AIBTM) has doubled the number of sessions that will be delivered to the meetings industry in conjunction with leading associations, as part of AIBTM’s Americas Meetings Week.  AIBTM 2012 is Reed Travel Exhibitions’ premier provider for the U.S. meetings, incentive, business travel and events industry.   The three-day networking event, held June 19 – 21 in Baltimore will feature a full day of education, followed by two days of exhibitions.

AIBTM’s educational program will feature 30 concurrent sessions over the course of the event, delivering ground breaking industry topics, updates on global economic challenges, inspiration through personal motivational anecdotes, discussions on social media implications and an investigation into the positive impact of meetings.

Alexander Blass, an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur will kick off AIBTM’s Education Day with his keynote session: ‘Priceless Strategies from an Innovator – How to thrive in challenging times’.  Through his motivational approach, Alexander will share his passion, vision, vividly enriching life and business experiences while reflecting on the continuing global economic challenges, how they may impact the meetings industry and what implications this may hold for business leaders in the future.

Digital innovation will also be a key component in this year’s program. Led by digital event specialist Michael Doyle, Executive Director of the Virtual Edge Institute, the VEI’s track will feature two sessions during AIBTM’s Education Day. Executive Director of the Virtual Edge Institute, Michael Doyle comments: “We are thrilled to offer an educational track at AIBTM 2012. We look forward to providing corporate, association and government planners with practical methodologies for planning and executing new technologies and strategies. ”

AIBTM Education Day will also feature a series of tracks covering topics such as “Event Productivity and the Power of Connection” and “Transforming Teams into Customer Care Crusaders” from which attendees can learn how to make the most out of meetings and events as well as effective time management tips from the experts of the industry.

Based on recent headlines involving "AIG Effect", "Don't go to Las Vegas!” and "Lavish GSA Conference" Roger Rickard, Partner & Chief Advocate, Revent, LLC and Founder of Voices in Advocacy™, is set to moderate the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Meetings Significance Forum at AIBTM 2012. His session will discuss the significant impact that face-to-face meetings have on the economy, business, science, technology, diplomacy and all forms of socio-economic relationships at the local, national, or international level.

Concluding the AIBTM Education program will be a motivational speech from renowned Director of the Brain Tumour Surgery Program at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa.  Better known today as Dr. Q, he will share his insight into what it takes to get ahead and beat the odds.

The content for AIBTM’s Americas Meetings Week and AIBTM’s Professional Education Program for 2012, will be driven by the industry’s international associations including, PCMA, SITE, ACTE, ICCA and MPI. For further information and for a full Education Program outline please visit

For more information about ways to attend AIBTM and to make the most of all of the education opportunities available as part of AIBTM’s Americas Meetings Week, please visit

Apply for the Hosted Buyer attendance option by filling out the registration form -    

Alternatively, choose the Flexible Choice Option and attend as a Trade Buyer, which will permit you access to all education, business and networking opportunities taking place over the course of the show -

AIBTM takes place from June 19- 21, 2012.  Join AIBTM on Linked in, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

For more information about AIBTM 2012, please contact:  Jodi Bannerman – 1.212.871.3020 x. 107,  Visit AIBTM on Twitter @AIBTMEvent or Facebook.  

About AIBTM’s Americas Meetings Week
The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition ( 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.  Visit AIBTM on Twitter @AIBTMEvent or Facebook.

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.

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.

2012 sees the launch of two exciting new events with The Spa & Wellness Summit taking place in Austria Tyrol (10-12 September) and ILTM Americas launching in Mayakoba, Mexico (1-3 October).

Furthermore, April 2013 will see RTE launch World Travel Market Latin America in São Paulo, Brazil (23-25 April).In 2011 RTE’s 13 events were the catalyst for £2,807 million worth of travel and tourism business deals.  RTE is a business unit of Reed Exhibitions.
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