Hospitality heavyweights from throughout Asia-Pacific will converge on Melbourne in February for a convention designed to showcase the region’s best event spaces and destinations.
The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced a stellar line-up of major players among the attendees confirmed for the Australian-hosted conference.
Exhibitors will include Melbourne and Olympic Parks (M&OP) previewing a new function centre opening in 2022; the NSW government showcasing the state’s diverse range of venues; and Tourism New Zealand highlighting the most appealing function spaces in Aotearoa – found in some of the most scenic locations on the planet.
“New Zealand’s business event offering continues to grow, with two new world-class convention centres under construction in Auckland and Christchurch and one announced for Wellington last week,” said Anna Fennessy, Tourism New Zealand’s global manager for business events.
“The range of activities and experiences available in New Zealand are varied and unique, offering conference delegates a memorable experience. We are excited to showcase this at AIME 2019.”
M&OP, home of the Australian Open tennis tournament, will demonstrate their range of venues located on the edge of the Melbourne CBD, including the new function centre at the heart of a $1 billion redevelopment.
“We’re incredibly excited to unveil our state-of-the-art function centre at AIME – offering delegates the opportunity to be the first in the world to book their business events for 2022,” said M&OP’s Lara Burnes.
“Attendees will be treated to a host of event spaces all within a stone’s throw of the Melbourne CBD, and with flexibility to cater for everything from bespoke intimate dinners to large scale conferences and events.”
The NSW government, meanwhile, will represent some of the state’s most iconic destinations, venues and “hidden gems” from its largest-ever stand at the annual event.
State minister for tourism and major events, Adam Marshall, said AIME will provide a platform to encourage event planners to visit the Meet in Regional NSW website, a one-stop shop that promotes more than 330 venues for those looking to host their next event.
“Next year will be the first time we’ve had 24 co-exhibitors from across regional NSW participating at AIME, so it’s fantastic to have this opportunity to shine a bright light on our incredible conferencing destinations and venues,” Mr Marshall said.
“The conferencing industry is currently worth $173 million in overnight visitor expenditure to rural and regional NSW, and we look forward to growing this number even further as a result of our presence at AIME 2019.”
With two months to go before the industry event, AIME 2019 has confirmed attendance by exhibitors from across 20 different countries, reflecting the Asia Pacific region’s many and varied destinations and cultures.
It will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 18 – 20 February.