AIME 2004 breaks the records(1)


Organisers of AIME 2004 painted a bright picture for the Asia/Pacific meetings and incentive industry.

AIME exhibition manager Rosemarie Sama said exhibitor and buyer numbers were well up on last year – exhibitors increased by 16 percent to 750 (103 more than in 2003) while hosted buyers were 390 (59 more than last year).

Next to Australia, Asian exhibitors occupied the largest space at AIME 2004, said Sama.

Hosted Buyer numbers were also up on the previous AIME. This year 375 buyers from 21 countries attended the two-day show, an 13.5 increase on last year’s 351.

Tom Nutley, chairman of Reed Travel Exhibitions, said with AIME a barometer of the industry’s health in the Asia Pacific the record numbers reflected a general air of industry optimism.

“Asia/Pacific is a growth sector post-SARS, with credit due to the huge amount of effort from the tourist boards and convention bureaus,” said Nutley.

“Their response to SARS and their resilience have been lessons to us all about our strategic response to issues we face in this era of uncertainty.”

On the trade show floor, the upbeat mood was palpable with both exhibitors and buyers kept busy with appointments. Most rated AIME 2004 highly for the quality of attendance and organisation.

Connie Jalet from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority called it the best trade event we’ve been to in five years”.

Rick Taylor from Cape Town Convention Bureau said, “There is a lot of confidence and a general feeling of renewed excitement. We are going away with around 40 keen proposals to translate into business. Our expectations have been more than exceeded.”

Two new exhibitors, Argentina and Brunei, said they would return next year.

“AIME has been fantastic. There has been enormous interest in our country and we are very pleased to have so many appointments – around 150,” said Dra Elena Boente, vice presidente, Camara Agentina de Turismo.

Jean Christophe Robles Espinosa from Brunei Tourism, said Brunei would definitely be back next year with a bigger stand and more co-exhibitors.

Said AIME exhibition manager, Rosemarie Sama, “After two difficult years for the industry, exhibitors at AIME 2004 reported a resurgence in interest in
new destinations and in immediate, short-term business. Exhibitors are reporting good, sizeable business, not just enquiries.”

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