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AIBTM SIGNS UP NEW EXHIBITORS AND HOTEL PARTNERS FOR LAUNCH IN CHICAGO

November 21, 2012

AIBTM SIGNS UP NEW EXHIBITORS AND HOTEL PARTNERS FOR LAUNCH IN CHICAGO

Following AIBTM’s announcement that the show will relocate to Chicago in 2013, the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (www.aibtm.com) has received unprecedented levels of interest, with a significant number of new and returning exhibitors signing up early to secure their place at the show.

New exhibitors to the show this year include: Experience Grand Rapids, Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission, Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orient-Express, Visit Anchorage, United Airlines, Travizon, Dayton/Montgomery County CVB, Snowmass Tourism, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, Bloomington MN CVB and Sonesta Collection.

“AIBTM is an important show for Sonesta Hotels to reach national meeting planners as we continue to expand our presence in the U.S. market,” said Carol Bullock, Vice President of Sales for Sonesta. She continued, “the format of the show aligns with our desire to maximize our visibility and exposure and many planners have shared with us that this is a marketplace where business will get done.”

Michael Lyons, Reed Travel Exhibitions, AIBTM’s recently appointed Exhibition Director commented, “I am delighted to have joined the team at such an exciting time for the show. Chicago is one of the world’s top destinations for meetings, incentives, conventions, and events and we are pleased to be bringing together over 3,500 meetings industry professionals from across the globe for three days of intensive business, world class educational sessions and numerous opportunities for networking”.

AIBTM has also partnered with a number of hotels in the city including Hilton Palmer House, InterContinental Chicago, Renaissance Blackstone, W Chicago – Lakeshore, Hyatt Regency Chicago and Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. These partnering hotels will provide 4/5 star accommodation for over 1,000 meetings industry professionals who are expected to attend as part of the 2013 Hosted Buyer Program.

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. Please email nwalker@reedexpo.com or call 203 840 5862.

REED TRAVEL EXHIBITIONS APPOINTS MICHAEL LYONS AS NEW AIBTM EXHIBITION DIRECTOR

October 2, 2012

REED TRAVEL EXHIBITIONS APPOINTS MICHAEL LYONS AS NEW AIBTM EXHIBITION DIRECTOR
Reed Travel Exhibitions has recently announced the appointment of Michael J. Lyons as the new Exhibition Director for AIBTM (www.aibtm.com), the Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition.

Lyons, a well-known and respected figure in the meetings and events community for more than 30 years, will lead AIBTM’s efforts to enhance its position as the premier global exhibition for the U.S. meetings, events, incentive and business travel industry.

“We are delighted to welcome Mike to the Reed Travel Exhibitions family”, said Craig Moyes, Portfolio Director, Meetings & Events Portfolio. “His diverse experience, background and connections will complement the accomplished team we have in place and we expect great results as we take AIBTM to the next level”.

Lyons brings a wealth of experience to his new position. His background includes senior level positions with some of the hospitality industry’s best-known names, including Global Events Partners, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and Rosenbluth Travel (now American Express).

He has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB) and ADME (Association of Destination Management Executives); is actively involved in numerous hospitality industry organizations such as MPI and PCMA; and has been honored by the Philadelphia Chapter of MPI as its Supplier of the Year, among other awards he has earned. He is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Temple University in their Event Management Executive Leadership Program.

“I am very pleased to join forces with the talented professionals at Reed Travel Exhibitions”, says Lyons. “I have attended many Reed-managed exhibitions through the years and have always admired their business model and leadership position. They are committed to producing the finest shows in the industry and I am delighted to join the effort to expand AIBTM’s growth opportunities and reputation”.

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