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REGISTRATION FOR AIBTM 2014 HOSTED BUYER PROGRAMME IS OPEN

February 20, 2014

REGISTRATION FOR AIBTM 2014 HOSTED BUYER PROGRAMME IS OPEN
Meeting Industry Professionals can apply for Hosted Buyer status via http://www.aibtm.com/Hosted-Buyers

Press Release: 20th February 2014 – AIBTM (http://www.aibtm.com), the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition, have announced that Hosted Buyer applications are now being accepted online for AIBTM 2014 which takes place 10th – 12th June at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The Hosted Buyer programme provides top-level buyers with the opportunity to meet exhibitors of their choice for focused one-to-one business appointments.

Michael Lyons, AIBTM Exhibition Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions commented “AIBTM brings together the world’s leading meetings industry suppliers and allows them to showcase their products to an audience of senior level buyers. The feedback we have received from our award-winning Hosted Buyer Programme last year has been extremely encouraging, with 97% of Hosted Buyers reporting that they were satisfied with AIBTM 2013, and 92% of Hosted Buyers identifying the appointment system to be very important when deciding to apply for the show.”

Qualified AIBTM Hosted Buyers will have the opportunity to pre-schedule appointments with exhibitors as well as receive complimentary travel and accommodation, coordinated by AIBTM’s dedicated Hosted Buyer team. In addition to this, Hosted Buyers will also be invited to attend exclusive networking events and complimentary CEU-accredited education sessions designed specifically to meet the needs of association, corporate, agency and business travel professionals.

Shari Chesser, Director of Marketing and Commercial Sales Strategy, Aspen Contracting who attended AIBTM 2013 as a Hosted Buyer commented, “I’m always impressed by the number of vendors and the variety. Last year I placed business as a result of my time at AIBTM. I always have an epiphany and last year it was Puerto Rico. This year I know I’ll find it again.”

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.

To apply for the AIBTM Hosted Buyer programme visit: http://www.aibtm.com/Hosted-Buyers

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About AIBTM
The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) is a leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry. 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. For more information, please visit http://www.aibtm.com. AIBTM takes place from June 10-12, 2014.

INDEPENDENT SURVEY CONFIRMS CHICAGO AS FAVOURED LOCATION FOR US MEETINGS & EVENTS TRADE SHOW

September 24, 2012

INDEPENDENT SURVEY CONFIRMS CHICAGO AS FAVOURED LOCATION FOR US MEETINGS & EVENTS TRADE SHOW

Following on from a successful AIBTM (www.aibtm.com), Reed Travel Exhibitions conducted an independent survey amongst over 6,000 buyers and suppliers within the IBTM Global Events Portfolio database to identify trends for the US as a destination for a trade show for the meetings and events marketplace.

When asked to consider the most important criteria for exhibitors to attend an event, the overwhelming majority said that quality of buyers and the reputation of the event were the priority. Those surveyed in the trade visitor category confirmed that the subject matter of the tradeshow and the quality of exhibiting companies are the two most important reasons for attending a tradeshow.

Hosted Buyers who attended AIBTM 2012 showed some of the highest satisfaction levels of the event so far, with 90% indicating they are likely to return in 2013 to Chicago. 93% of attendees expected to place business as a result of their attendance and 97% felt that the pre-scheduled appointment system (a new introduction to the US exhibition industry) matched their business requirements and is now an important factor of AIBTM.

Craig Moyes, Portfolio Director, IBTM Global Events Portfolio, Reed Travel Exhibitions commented, “as the world’s leading event organizer for this industry, our core brand values are based on our reputation in delivering quality Hosted Buyers and this remains the key to our success. Equally to ensure there is total transparency, we also have our events independently audited so that our stakeholders can see exactly how many Hosted Buyers attended rather than rely on an organizer claiming the numbers”.

Additional post show research undertaken to find out the reactions to AIBTM 2012 and the move of the event to Chicago identified that 80% of trade buyers are likely to attend AIBTM 2013 and 92% would recommend the event to a colleague. Satisfaction levels by exhibitors were some of the highest recorded with 90% of exhibitors happy with the event, and 88% likely to return when it moves to Chicago. 90% were satisfied with the quality of buyers from the US and the same percentage confirmed that they generated sales leads and inquiries as a result of their attendance.

Michael Tarr, CMP, Vice President, Convention Sales, Choose Chicago comments on the new location for AIBTM in 2013, “We are confident that Chicago’s premier convention facility, in conjunction with the city’s unparalleled dining scene, exceptional cultural attractions, shopping and endless nightlife options will ensure AIBTM’s success next year and in years to come”.

Over 50 exhibitors re-booked onsite and immediately after the show including Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, Philadelphia CVB, Jamaica Tourist Board, Visit Orlando, AMResorts, Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau & Sports Commission, Hello USA!, Sonesta Collection, IHG-InterContinental Hotels Group, Greater Boston CVB, Marriott International, Cvent, Experient, Dominican Republic Tourism Board, Moscow Exhibition and Convention Agency and more.

AIBTM 2013 will take place at McCormick Place, Chicago from June 11th through June 13th, 2013 and will be hosted by Choose Chicago. Companies interested in exhibiting at AIBTM 2013 should contact Nancy Walker, Sales Director for AIBTM.


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