Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, which was scheduled to be hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and online in March.
Event organisers Talk2 Media & Events have said that like many other event organisers, the event faced challenges brought about by international and domestic travel restrictions despite healthy interest for the event from exhibitors and buyers.
“As the past year has shown, it’s difficult to predict if border closures will be required to slow the spread of future outbreaks,” said Matt Pearce, CEO of Talk2 Media & Events.
“As difficult as it is to cancel, we cannot in good conscience stage an event that devalues the quality of experience or accessibility of AIME in delivering meaningful interactions for exhibitors and visitors, alongside subsequent appointments with our international networks.
“The business events industry is facing many challenges and the entire Talk 2 Media & Events team will be there to support our community, until we meet again at AIME 2022.”
With support from the Melbourne Convention Bureau, AIME has begun contacting attendees, including those who have already registered, to manage existing bookings and arrangements, as well as event refunds.
“The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly supportive of our difficult decision, as the team at Talk2 Media make their way through contacting every single one of AIME’s buyers and exhibitors to update the latest developments and provide support in managing arrangements,” said Julia Swanson, CEO of Melbourne Convention Bureau.
“It’s a real testament to our industry and we’re looking forward to delivering an even bigger and better show in 2022.”
AIME’s upcoming event will take now place on 21–23 March 2022.