Australian exhibitors gear up for AIME 09

MELBOURNE - The Australian business events industry is gearing up for next year's Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo, AIME 09, determined to increase inbound business. "We know many people around the world aspire to visit Australia. With the international release of the movie 'Australia', Tourism Australia's aligned marketing campaign, and the fall of the Australian dollar, we believe we are in a good position to attract even more business events," said Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB). AIME's acting event director, Elizabeth Sarian said that many of Australia's convention bureaux will have larger stands and more co-exhibitors than previously. According to Chipchase, Melbourne's meetings infrastructure continues to grow with the new Melbourne Convention Centre to open in 2009, along with the adjoining Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and the third Crown hotel current being constructed. To the north of Australia, the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) will open in July 2009. The Australian-owned Toga Hospitality will showcase its two new hotels in Darwin: Medina Grand Darwin Waterfront and Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront; which are scheduled to open in February. Business Events Sydney (BES), formerly Sydney Convention & Visitors Bureau, has significantly increased its space at AIME and will be using the exhibition as a platform to introduce a number of new services and tools for event planners. More than 40 co-exhibitors from Sydney and New South Wales will strengthen the state's push to win more business events. The Perth Convention Bureau also plans to launch its new business events brand at AIME 09. AIME will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Australia, on February 17 and 18, 2009. For further information visit:

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