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Welcome to a new AIME tradition

February 7, 2015

Welcome to a new AIME tradition

It will be a night of firsts as Hosted Buyers, Media and Exhibitors get together at the inaugural 2015 Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Gala Dinner.

Attendees will be treated to an entertaining and fun night out at a distinctly Melbourne, yet-to-be-revealed waterfront events hub, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) CEO, Karen Bollinger revealed today.

For the first time, the showcase social event will follow AIME on Wednesday, 25th February, rather than precede the show, which is all part of the new AIME experience.

“Those who have attended AIME in the past will notice a few changes this year, and our Gala Dinner is no different,” said Bolinger.

“We’ve shaken things up and refreshed the entire social and networking program, with a view of creating the most valuable experience for our AIME attendees.”

“Holding our major networking function at the end of AIME means buyers and sellers can continue the conversations and relationships developed during the previous two days.”

The new style of event, Bolinger continued, also provides a more intimate and relaxed environment for guests.

“In true Melbourne style, both the venue and the entertainment promise to reflect the city’s reputation as an energetic, vibrant and creative place of hidden gems,” Bolinger said.

“While both the location and the format are, for the time being, a well-kept secret, I can tell you that the 2015 AIME Gala Dinner will be strictly ‘wow’ and a not to be missed show.”

“I’m looking forward to an exciting evening filled with dazzling entertainment and fabulous food, at a unique and surprising venue – all of which is to me, very ‘Melbourne’,” she said.


AIME 2012 shortlisted for Excellence award

November 21, 2012

AIME 2012 shortlisted for Excellence award

The Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) has been named as a finalist in the Exhibition and Event Association of Australia’s (EEAA) 2012 Awards for Excellence, cementing its position as an industry leader.

AIME, the largest annual exhibition in Australia for meetings, incentives, business travel and events, is one of four finalists in the category for Best Trade Show over 10,000m2 and the only finalist from the MICE industry to make the final cut.

Winners will be announced at a special gala dinner on 4 December, 2012 at Melbourne’s stylish National Gallery of Victoria, which will be attended by the owner of AIME, the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau.

With an eight per cent increase in award entries, the EEAA Awards for Excellence judges stated that they found a strong field of entrants especially, in best show and marketing related categories.

For more information about AIME 2013 visit

AIME Awards 2012

February 10, 2012

Last chance to nominate for AIME Awards 2012

08 February 2012:
With the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) less than two weeks away, nominations for the highly coveted AIME Awards will close this week, giving attendees one last chance to nominate potential winners.

Attendees are able to nominate in two categories: Best Environmentally Sustainable Stand and AIME Industry Person of the Year.  Three additional awards will also be judged at the show to acknowledge excellence in design for new exhibiting stands, stands under 36 square metres and stands over 36 square metres.

For the first time, presentation of the awards will take place at AIME’s new Nightcap Networking event, which is taking place from 9pm-11pm on the evening of Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Southbank.

Sally de Swart, Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) Director for AIME, said the awards are an important aspect of the show and that great work in the industry needs to be acknowledged.

“This year we’re excited to be presenting the AIME Awards at our new Tuesday night event to ensure presentation of the five awards is a main event in our program,” Ms de Swart said.

“We are welcoming nominations for the Industry Person of the Year award in order for our attendees to have a voice in recognising one person’s best practice, overall commitment and contribution to the industry.  We will also be recognising an exhibitor’s efforts and dedication to becoming environmentally friendly with the Best Environmentally Sustainable Stand award, and are asking exhibitors to nominate themselves and highlight the steps they have gone to, to decrease their stand’s carbon footprint.”

The awards will be judged by industry specialists Linda Gaunt of Meetings & Events Australia (MEA), Joyce DiMascio of Exhibition & Event Association Australasia (EEAA) and a representative from the International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA).

The five AIME Award categories are:

* Best New Exhibiting Stand (all new exhibitors will be judged on-site in this category)

* Best Stand Under 36 square metres (all stands under this size will be judged on-site)

* Best Stand Over 36 square metres (all stands over this size will be judged on-site)

* Best Environmentally Sustainable Stand

* AIME Industry Person of the Year

Nominate now on the AIME website The deadline for nominations is Friday, 10 February 2012.

AIME, which is owned by the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau and run by RTE, will take place on the 21 and 22 February 2012 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

For more information about visiting AIME 2012, visit

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