AIME hosted buyer program opens early

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has launched the 2020 Hosted Buyer Program.

With over 100 buyers having already lodged expressions of interest, the bespoke Hosted Buyer Program is now open ahead of schedule to ensure the most relevant buyers are meeting with the increased variety of exhibitors at AIME 2020.

AIME has committed to deliver up to 50 per cent more buyers to the February 2020 event. This new wave of buyers will ensure a strong mix of inbound and outbound Australian buyers, as well as Asia Pacific and international buyers who are looking to organise events in the region.

Building on vetting processes developed in the lead up to the reimagined AIME, the program will see additional requirements introduced for approval as a Hosted Buyer in 2020.

These include a tightening of event delegate numbers and budgets and will retain the individual reference checking of every single buyer. At this year’s event, over half of all Hosted Buyers were new to AIME with a substantial increase in international buyers.

AIME 2020 has seen significant growth in exhibitor sales with figures almost surpassing 2019 and expects to grow the show by at least 30 per cent.

More international destinations are committing to the show and expressing interest in seeing buyers from the Asia Pacific region.

“Active buyers are always looking for new destinations, venues, and suppliers, and balancing the right buyers and the right exhibitors takes time and careful curation,” said Talk2 Media & Events CEO, Matt Pearce.

“So, it makes absolute sense to launch our Hosted Buyer program earlier this year. We are looking for a substantial increase in Hosted Buyers to meet exhibitor demand.”

Buyers interested in being hosted in 2020 must submit a thorough online registration form.