With less than 7 weeks to go before the events industry reunites at AIME, Hosted Buyer Manager Jackie Caldwell give us the inside scoop on what’s new for the #AIME2022 show.
What can hosted buyers expect from AIME 2022?
Firstly, the format of the show for 2022 has changed and includes the option to attend AIME either in-person or virtually. The in-person event runs 21–23 March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the five-day virtual program takes place from 28 March to 1 April via AIME’s online platform. We have a jam-packed program which means no matter where you are in the world, you will benefit from attending AIME.
As an AIME hosted buyer, you will also enjoy the convenience of pre-scheduled appointments with your preferred exhibitors, as well as return flights, accommodation, meals, tickets to all AIME events, and exclusive access to the Hosted Buyer Lounge – a chance to rub shoulders with industry colleagues.
Not only that . . . who could forget the hottest party of the year – the AIME Welcome Event – and for 2022 we’re thrilled to be working with the Centrepiece at Melbourne Park team to kick off festivities.
What are some new features hosted buyers will experience at AIME 2022?
Firstly, we’ve partnered with tech-leaders GRIP, whose diary management system gives buyers and exhibitors a seamless process for organising their pre-scheduled appointments (PSAs).
GRIP’s platform uses AI-powered matchmaking technology, which means stress-free networking (who doesn’t love tech when it makes our lives a little easier)!
Secondly, we know that choice and flexibility are two things our buyers value, so we’ve created a new Semi-Hosted program for those who like to have more freedom over their time at AIME.
Also, if you’re lucky enough to visit AIME in-person, you’ll find a new ‘ACTIVATE’ area on the floor which will showcase lots of new products and suppliers who can help up-level your events.
For those who are unable to attend AIME in person – what can they expect from the Virtual Buyer program?
Virtual buyers and exhibitors will connect on our new AIME Online platform.
Any buyer or exhibitor joining us online will have access to the Knowledge Program sessions on-demand and an open diary to schedule additional meetings. For those buyers who complete their 20 PSAs, they will be among the first international buyers considered for the AIME 2023 fully hosted in-person buyer program (subject to government regulations of course).
The structure of the AIME 2022 show really does offer something for everyone and we can’t wait to welcome you to AIME – be that in-person or virtually.
Hosted Buyer Registrations close 28 February 2022.
Register here and you’ll go in the draw to win a fabulous trip to New Zealand.
Connect with Jackie Caldwell, Hosted Buyer Manager on email