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AIBTM, RecertTrack Partner to Bolster Career Development

April 16, 2014

AIBTM, RecertTrack Partner to Bolster Career Development
‘Official Education Tracking Service’ Offered in Orlando

The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) has teamed with RecertTrack to support meeting professionals in continuing their career education and will showcase the first-ever “Official Education Tracking Service” during AIBTM 2014 in June. Through its Association & Meeting Professional Advancement Portal, RecertTrack (www.recerttrack.com/assn-meetings) is the only provider globally to offer centralized tracking, storage and delivery of re-certification documents online.

As a Web-based platform, RecertTrack is able to track, update and hold education information, as well as remind users when recertification is due, effectively providing Certified Meeting Planners (CMPs), Certified Exhibition Managers (CEMs) and Certified Association Sales Executives (CASEs) and the like with a framework for managing their professional development.

“Career advancement for certified professionals in the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry is highly dependent on education, and keeping track of continuing education unit (CEU) documentation is vital,” explained Michael Lyons, Exhibition Director for AIBTM. “The industry has been in need of automated re-certification tracking for a long time, and AIBTM is pleased to join with RecertTrack to offer the Association & Meeting Professional Advancement Portal in Orlando.

“AIBTM is the first entity in the meeting industry to partner with RecertTrack and offer online document management and automated recertification tracking solution to meeting professionals,” said Cedric Calhoun, founder and chief executive of RecertTrack. “As a premier MICE organization, AIBTM understands that continuing education and certification is part of a greater need for better structure in career development.”

Calhoun will head the “To Certify or Not to Certify” education session that will focus on the importance of continuing education and the career path structure that is provided by certification programs. It will also highlight recent research studies on the MICE industry and how it impacts the future progression of the individual meeting planner and overall industry. This session will take place June 10 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. as part of the AIBTM professional education program.

To apply for the AIBTM Hosted Buyer program or register to attend AIBTM as a Trade Visitor go to: http://www.aibtm.com/Visiting/. Join AIBTM on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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.

AIBTM and IAEE Renew Strategic Partnership to offer Hosted Buyer Program and Education

February 17, 2014

AIBTM and IAEE Renew Strategic Partnership to offer Hosted Buyer Program and Education

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) and the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) announced a renewed partnership to offer a Hosted Buyer programme for IAEE members to attend the event as well as an education session in the AIBTM Learning Theatre to be held 10th – 12th of June in Orlando, Florida.

“Our initial success at AIBTM last year was very promising, and we are once again proud to partner with AIBTM on this industry event,” says IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “This renewed collaboration confirms IAEE’s strategic initiative to engage organisers and planners who are exploring global opportunities.” DuBois will be a part of an educational panel that will take place during Education Day on 11th of June 2014.

IAEE, which was founded in 1928 to represent the interests of trade show and exhibition managers, represents over 8,500 individuals who conduct and support exhibitions around the world. Over 50% of its members are directly involved in the planning, management and production of exhibitions.

“AIBTM is delighted to renew its partnership with IAEE again this year,” said Michael Lyons, AIBTM Exhibition Director. “We share a common mission and values: to provide stakeholders in our industry with information and resources that will advance the industry’s success through a focus on growth and relationship-building. By establishing successful partnerships like this one, AIBTM is able to achieve its goal of delivering strong ROI to all the industry professionals who attend AIBTM in June in Orlando.”

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Site Extends its Strategic Partnership with The IBTM Global Meetings and Events Portfolio

February 25, 2013

Site Extends its Strategic Partnership with The IBTM Global Meetings and Events Portfolio and Looks Forward to Continued Collaboration on Education and Global Networking Opportunities

As Site, the global association for the motivational events and incentive travel industry, celebrates its 40th anniversary year in 2013 it is only fitting that it also celebrates one of its longest standing industry partnerships with Reed Travel Exhibitions. Today, operating under the banner of The IBTM Global Meetings and Events Portfolio, this partnership has endured and expanded based on like-minded values and commitments to industry education and global networking.

David Sand, Site President 2013 and CEO of Uwin Iwin Incentives stated, “It is evident through Reed’s generous contributions to Site that they understand the responsible role their organization plays in giving back to the associations and professionals in the industry. Each of the IBTM events offers a unique value proposition for conducting business and Site members strongly participate as either hosted buyers or with investment in tradeshow stands. The IBTM Global Meetings and Events Portfolio has a global footprint just like our membership base and this synergy helps both organisations visions for growth tremendously. We are proud that the Site India Chapter is involved with IBTM in the launch of its new IBTM India event this year.”

Craig Moyes, Portfolio Director for Meetings and Events at Reed Travel exhibitions added, “We have always valued the commitment Site has made to our global portfolio of events through education programs and look forward to continuing to build upon this relationship in the future…”

The six IBTM Global events provide access to 5,000 suppliers from 100 countries and 17,000 meeting planners. More than 100,000 pre-scheduled appointments are generated ensuring that the IBTM events providing a significant return on investment. In the 2013 partnership, Site will once again be supporting the hosted buyer program for AIBTM that is being held in Chicago, Site headquarters hometown.

In addition to being significant supporters of industry education and research initiatives, the IBTM Global Meetings and Events Portfolio continues to invest in specialised communities within SITE. Both AIBTM and EIBTM serve as home to the Site Academy for Young Leaders. In addition, many of the IBTM events provide a platform for Site Chapter Leader meetings and sponsor the annual Chapter Excellence award program.

Meeting industry professionals can apply for Hosted Buyer status via www.aibtm.com/Register-Today

February 25, 2013

REGISTRATION FOR THE AIBTM 2013 HOSTED BUYER PROGRAMME IS OPEN

Meeting industry professionals can apply for Hosted Buyer status via www.aibtm.com/Register-Today

AIBTM, The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (www.aibtm.com), have announced that Hosted Buyer applications are now being accepted online. The Hosted Buyer programme is a highlight of AIBTM 2013, which takes place June 11th – 13th June, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, giving top-level buyers the opportunity to meet with exhibitors of their choice for focused one-to-one 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 pre-scheduled one-to-one buyer driven appointment system allows each of these buyers to select meetings with prospective suppliers, which will in turn ensure that they gain the very most out of their time invested at the show. This is the first year that AIBTM will take place in Chicago and we are looking forward to a successful show.”

Qualified AIBTM Hosted Buyers will have the opportunity to pre-schedule appointments with exhibitors of their choice as well as receive complimentary travel and accommodation. Hosted Buyers will also be invited to attend exclusive Hosted Buyer networking events and dedicated Hosted Buyer CEU-accredited education sessions.

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.

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

EIBTM LAUNCHES HYBRID EVENT

November 21, 2012

EIBTM LAUNCHES HYBRID EVENT

Live sessions streamed across the globe
IBTM Knowledge Virtual Centre will provide education on demand following shows

EIBTM (http://www.eibtm.com), the leading global event for the meetings and event industry, is set to launch its first Hybrid Conference at the show this year. The virtual conference will stream five key education sessions on Wednesday the 28th November from 9am (CET) as they happen live at EIBTM, allowing virtual delegates to join over 150 physical attendees for a dedicated interactive experience.

In addition to the live-streamed education sessions, The Hybrid Conference will also feature a virtual exhibition hall, resource centre and networking lounge.
Participants joining the live streamed keynote and interactive panel discussions will be able to ask questions live to the conference hall via a virtual MC, network real time with other participants within the communications centre and earn CEU credits for each seminar they attend.

The virtual event centre will be available to access for 12 months following the show. Participants will be able to view sessions on-demand, network with other participants and gain access to various white papers, which have been produced through research in association with EIBTM. In addition, content from the other IBTM events – AIME, GIBTM, CIBTM, AIBTM and BTM will all be available in the centre after each show.

The Hybrid Event will commence with a session delivered by Doug Keeley, CEO & Chief Storyteller, The Mark of a Leader, (9:00am EST). Keeley will use live storytellers and powerful videos, referring to case studies including Cirque du Soleil, Dabbawala, Zappos and the Shackleton’s Endurance to inspire meetings industry professionals and demonstrate that new strategies and innovative plans are needed, in times of great uncertainty and change.

At 11:00am (EST), Sally Greenhill, Managing Director, The Right Solution and Rob Davidson, Senior Lecturer – Event Management, Greenwich University will combine forces in the The IBTM Research findings: A discussion. This dynamic session will take the existing global research findings one step further by providing a summary and interactive discussion platform of the industry-wide research.

The Hybrid Event will also include a session dedicated to Making Digital Events Happen at 1:45pm (EST). This session will commence with an outline of key building blocks essential for hybrid events, Presented by Paul Cook, Managing Director, Planet Planit. The session will then provide an interactive forum for both the physical and remote participants discussing what creates comfort at a hybrid event.

The last segment of this session will include an ‘on the couch’ question session facilitated by Paul Cook, Ruud Janssen, Founder, The New Objective Collective (TNOC) and Mike Clanton, Head of Global Corporate Event Solutions, My Meeting Professional (MMP) as they share some of their observations and experiences of what happens next with developing digital content, how to make the most of it and where your social media/communications strategy needs to go next.

To view the full programme or register for the EIBTM Hybrid Conference please visit http://engage.vevent.com/rt/re~ibtm or go to the EIBTM website http://www.eibtm.com. Participants can log in to the event from 8:30am (CET) on November 28, 2012.

Rush of Bookings for Chicago 2013

July 11, 2012

AIBTM 2012 The Americas Meetings Week Closes With a Rush of Bookings for Chicago 2013
Exhibitors from around the world and across the United States reported that business was brisk with Hosted Buyer appointments, group presentations and drop-in traffic at this week’s AIBTM 2012 in Baltimore.

The structure of this year’s AIBTM Americas Meetings Week kicked off with a day of education and more than 2,250 people in attendance, over 50% up on the previous year. The number of exhibiting companies on the show floor also increased, up from 183 to 194 including 55 new to the event this year, and all resulting in a 5% increase in overall growth of the event.

Education was a highlight with a variety of speakers, sessions and keynotes. Supported by all of the major industry associations including PCMA, ICCA, Site, ACTE, MPI. Taking place pre-show enabled both exhibitors and Hosted Buyers to attend sessions that included PCMA Executive Edge, Site Young Leaders Program, MPI’s Practitioner Series and many others. Research also formed part of the continuing program including the delivery of MPI’s updated BVOM and Eric Rozenberg, non-exec Chair of RTE’s global meetings and events portfolio presented the first US regional version of the AIBTM Global Meetings Research findings (www.aibtm.com). New this year was a number of keynote sessions which kicked off each day with innovation, motivation and inspiration as the lead topics. Speakers included Roger Rickard, Partner and Chief Advocate of Revent LLC, Peggy Duncan, Personal Productivity Expert and Alfredo Quinones aka Dr Q among the many.

Commenting on one of the live panel discussions on public policy and the meetings and travel industry, Lindsey Lassiter, Navy League of the United States said “I work for a military meeting association, so most of our events include active-duty personnel. It is helpful to know if we are going in the right direction or need to go in another direction. We work closely with a lot of legislative folks, so it is good to know we are doing the right thing”.

The second CEO Summit welcomed some 30 industry leaders from the US and around the world who had anticipated the stream of knowledge and opportunities the private event would offer. “For me, I look forward to the opportunity to hear trends and projections on the future of the meetings industry and business in general”, said attendee Michael Owen, CEO and managing partner of EventGenuity LLC in Nashville. “But as important as anything else is the peer connection and in my view after attending maybe half a dozen EIBTM CEO Summits this was the best ever. It was provocative and it gave me inspired thought that I can apply directly and immediately to my business”. He added.

The first “Market Focus SPOTLIGHT on Europe” debuted on the final morning with a turnout of approximately 162 Hosted Buyers and some 15 European exhibitors conducting open-market style appointments and mixing with each other to discuss business in Europe. The one hour session had been organised as a direct response to the AIBTM 2011 post-show research, which confirmed that 60% of US Hosted Buyers have a direct interest in placing business internationally.

This year’s Hosted Buyer programme had representatives from 29 countries. “First, I really like AIBTM because I can meet with so many different vendors in one place,” said Samantha Friedman of Resort Meetings Consortium in Chicago. “I also like booking my appointments so I get a mix of what I want. I have been to other Hosted Buyer programmes where there are too many appointments in a day, so you are exhausted at the end. I have seven today and I can spread things out so I can attend some education sessions and look around the exhibits that are interesting”.

Packing in even more appointments into her day was Maggie Johnston, with Assurex Global in Dublin, Ohio who attended AIBTM last year. “When I come to a show like this, I like the Hosted Buyer programme” she said. “I have 15 appointments today, more than scheduled last year, so I can meet with the people I need to talk to. I like getting into a routine and I get a lot of business done as well as connecting names to faces.”

Donna Hunt from HelmsBriscoe summed up her experience simply. “I am very much impressed with the exhibits. I have been to other shows where you walk around and you can’t always get the information you want, so I like this format”.

By the close of play the show floor had already booked over 50 exhibitors for Choose Chicago which will be the next host city for AIBTM from June 11th – 13th 2013. Those already signed include; Las Vegas Meetings by Caesars Entertainment, Event Ready, Greater Raleigh CVB, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Long Beach CVB, Philadelphia CVB, PSAV Presentation Services, Star Travel DMC, Visit Charlotte, IHG, Hyatt Hotels, Dominican Republic, Canada, Greater Miami, Marriott, Melia Hotels, Moscow Exhibition & Convention Agency, Nassau, Napa Valley, NYC & Company, Philadelphia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, MGM Resorts, Myrtle Beach, Vienna, Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, The Peabody Orlando, San Francisco Travel Association, Rosen Hotels & Resorts and Hello USA.

“Two years on and it’s great to see that AIBTM has established itself in the US. The quality of education, business concluded and networking achieved gives us a positive close to this event and a great launch pad for our move to Chicago.” said Craig Moyes, Portfolio Director, IBTM Global Events Portfolio, Reed Travel Exhibitions.

Finally, it was announced during the show that AIBTM will rotate starting with 2013 in Choose Chicago at McCormick Place and in 2014 at Orlando Florida and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). The dates will be:

Choose Chicago: June 11th – 13th 2013

Orlando, Florida: June 10th – 12th 2014


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