AIME 2019 curates international buyers list to ensure quality

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced its commitment to bringing more quality buyers from across globe, with 60 per cent of buyers originating outside of Australia.

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.

One of the exhibition days at AIME 2018. Photo credit: Facebook @AIMEMelbourne

To qualify, 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.

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.

The Hosted Buyer Program includes a fully curated experience, return flights and four- or 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 Program.

Whereas 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.

Four months before the industry event commences (February 18-20, 2019), AIME 2019 has already confirmed over 200 buyers from 32 different countries, with 42 per cent having never attended AIME before.

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