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AIME Awards celebrate stand excellence and innovation

March 5, 2013

AIME Awards celebrate stand excellence and innovation

The 2013 winners of the coveted Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Awards have been announced, recognising excellence in stand design and presentation, and acknowledging Roslyn McLeod for her significant contribution to the industry.

Craig Moyes, Portfolio Director for Reed Travel Exhibitions and Karen Bolinger, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, presented Roslyn McLeod, Managing Director of Arinex with the Industry Person of the Year Award at the AIME CEO Summit yesterday.

While presenting the award, Craig Moyes acknowledged Ms McLeod’s position as an international leader in the field of business events and praised her contribution to the industry in Australia.

“Roslyn McLeod was one of Australia’s first professional conference organisers when she established Tour Hosts, and as Managing Director of the company now branded Arinex, she remains a key player in the industry,” said Mr Moyes.

“Throughout her long career Roslyn has always shown a real dedication to contribute to the industry and through her involvement in a number of bureau-led bids, she has contributed to millions of dollars’ worth of event business being won for Australia.”

Other awards presented this year included Best Stand over and under 36m², Best New Exhibitor Stand and Best Environmentally Sustainable Stand, as well as a new award for Best Innovative Stand.

Adi Ben-Nesher, Managing Director of Event Skills, judged the best innovative stand and was looking for exhibitors that included originality, efficiency and effective use of space. The winner of the inaugural award was Business Events Sunshine Coast.

“Business Events Sunshine Coast really created engagement and interaction with their effective use of the space. It felt intimate and visually appealing, they really used the area in a smart way,” Mr Ben-Nesher said.

The Best Stand 36m² and Under was awarded to Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges for taking the concept of luxury hotels to the next level with a visually exciting stand and a team who committed to the theme by dressing in luxe bathrobes.

India Tourism took out the Best Stand Over 36m² Award, recognised for creating a welcoming and eye-catching display that captured the essence of the country and product.

Best New Exhibitor Stand went to City of Sydney for their bright and impressive backdrop which stood out from the competition as well as the overall atmosphere of the stand inviting visitors to engage with the highly professional team.

AIME also recognised exhibitors who have gone the extra mile to make their stand environmentally friendly. For the second year in a row, the award for Best Environmentally Sustainable Stand was presented to Accor Asia-Pacific for their efforts in creating a stand with limited impact on the environment. The materials on the stand are 100 per cent reusable and its flooring system has a lifespan of 10 years or more, with a certified structural base from Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA).


July 25, 2012

Sign up now to secure your place at China’s leading meetings, incentives and business travel exhibition

With only seven weeks left until CIBTM ( and the show floor almost sold out to full capacity, Reed Travel Exhibitions are urging prospective Hosted Buyer and trade visitors to register to attend the show, which will deliver unrivalled business, education and networking opportunities for all participants.

CIBTM 2012 will bring together over 400 exhibitors from 29 countries, over 300 international and regional Hosted Buyers, over 20 key industry figures who will deliver thought provoking education content and a host of networking opportunities which will take place as part of China Meetings Week 2012.

Exhibitors signed up to take part in the biggest CIBTM to date include; Silversea Cruises, Rotana Hotels, London and Partners, Marriot International, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Barcelona Convention Bureau, China Star, Air China Limited, Japan National Tourism Organisation, Tourism Australia and Pacific World. For a full list of exhibitors participating in CIBTM 2012 visit

Jeffrey Xu, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Exhibition Manager CIBTM comments, “CIBTM provides a dedicated three-day business platform focused on the rapidly expanding and developing Chinese market. The growth of the show is a testament to the considerable interest in the sector, both inbound and outbound, as local Chinese corporations and the world’s leading industry players focus on this part of the world and its significant growth prospects. I would encourage anyone involved in the planning and staging of meetings, incentives, events and business travel throughout the region to register and secure their Hosted Buyer or visitor place.”

The rise of technology and its application in the MICE sector will be a hot topic at this year’s show. Industry professionals including Jens Thraenhart, Co-Founder & President, DragonTrail and Chair, PATA China Chapter/PATA Technology Committee and Ewan MacLeod, Founder of Mobile Industry Review will be presenting sessions dedicated to informing meetings industry professionals about an industry which is developing at an exponential rate.

CIBTM will also provide the launch platform for the results of the 2012 China and Asia Meetings Industry Research report, which will be presented onsite by Sally Greenhill from The Right Solution on the 12th September (2:30-3:30pm) and again on 14th September (12-1pm). The research report provides valuable insight into the meetings and incentives industry in China and Asia as well as up to date market information on the latest trends and developments over the past 12 months. For more information about the full CIBTM Education programme, visit

There are also a number of networking events planned to take place as part of China Meetings week which will be free for all Hosted Buyers and trade visitors attending CIBTM. The Annual SITE conference will take place directly after CIBTM, offering an extended education platform for those attending. The CIBTM Welcome Reception, Hosted by CNCC will take place in China National Convention Centre on Wednesday 12th September (5:30-7:40pm) and the CIBTM Gala Evening will be held at Juyongguan Great Wall on Thursday 13th September. For a full outline of networking opportunities available at CIBTM, visit

For full event details and to apply for free Hosted Buyer or visitor status logon to

CIBTM 2012 takes place on the 12th-14th September 2012.

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