MCEC takes AIME with the return of Australia’s biggest conference

MCEC is excited to welcome the return of APAC’s largest business events gathering for the Asia Pacific Incentive and Meetings Event (AIME).

MCEC takes AIME with return of Australia’s biggest conference

 

21/03/2022

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is excited to welcome the return of APAC’s largest business events gathering for the Asia Pacific Incentive and Meetings Event (AIME) this week (March 21-23).

Pre COVID-19, business events contributed around $36 billion to Australia’s economy, and the leading industry bodies put that figure globally at $2.5 trillion.

AIME is the first tradeshow to welcome international delegates since the pandemic hit, MCEC will welcome international visitors from our key trading partners across APAC including New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

This flagship event showcases MCEC’s unique ability to host international events of this scale as we host 225 exhibitors and as well as 342 hosted buyers. MCEC has hosted the event since inception and MCEC is proud to facilitate the key stakeholders in the industry to network, transfer knowledge, foster learning and realise the power of connection and community.

Over the three days, AIME will facilitate over 14,000 meetings, matching buyers needs with the destinations and services on offer. 1,500+ visitor buyers and visitor suppliers are expected to attend the tradeshow where MCEC will host a zero waste cafe, and an immersive experience to illuminate blue sky thinking, with botanical cocktails and sweet treats developed by Executive Pastry chef, Alessandro Bartesaghi.

Pre COVID-19, the business events sector was a strong performer for Australia with 1.04 million arrivals, spending $4.5 billion, making international business events visitors the second largest yielding market for Australia.

According to the Tourism Australia’s International Visitor Survey 2019, business events visitors spend on average 74% more per night compared to leisure visitors.

MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said MCEC is thrilled to welcome back its largest business industry event and all it has to offer.

"With international borders now open, AIME will be a celebration of the resilience of our industry and a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and welcome people back to Melbourne and MCEC," he said.

In Australia, an average of 440,000 business events are delivered annually, making a direct contribution to the economy and supporting 230,000 jobs, AIME is a chance to ensure this continues and expands” he said.

The show includes two options: a 3-day in-person event and a 5-day virtual platform called AIME Online for those unable to attend in person. Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) is owned by Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and managed by Talk2 Media & Events.

Read more about the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event.

ABOUT AIME

AIME brings together the right buyers with the right exhibitors from across the world and delivers the forum for connecting with a wide range of buyers and exhibitors, brought together with a common spirit of curiosity and desire to do great business together.

ABOUT MCEC

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is the home of unconventional. At MCEC we do things a little differently. We bring fresh ideas and imagination to every event. We happily turn concepts on their head to make each experience momentous. We welcome events of all shapes and sizes, from meetings and conferences to exhibitions, concerts and galas, whether in-person, virtual or hybrid. And our city is our inspiration. Melbourne is on show at MCEC – in architecture and design, food and hospitality, location and views. Discover the difference at MCEC.