Meetings and Events Industry focus on the new AIBTM for 2011

| February 23, 2011

Τhe launch of AIBTM (Americas Meetings and Events Exhibition) in Baltimore in June will be the first opportunity in 2011 for the industry to meet with over 3,000 meeting professionals, 2,000 of whom will be individually qualified corporate, agency, incentive and association Hosted-Buyers.

With four months to go, over 90% of space has been sold. Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts join Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group), Fairmont-Raffles-Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Preferred Hotel Group and Langham Hotels International among other major and boutique players in the hotel industry at this new event.

In the past two weeks alone, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Germany, China, Moscow have all committed to attend AIBTM and Argentina has increased their space due to demand. From within the US, Sonoma Tourism Board, Freeman, Experient, Visit Newport Beach and Wyoming Travel and Tourism add to the already broad array of destinations and technology companies exhibiting at the event in June.

“The opportunities to drive business during AIBTM and America Meetings Week are endless as there are a whole host of valuable networking functions to choose from (Monday, June 20th to Thursday June 23rd),” says Steve Knight, AIBTM’s Project Director. “A welcome reception exclusively for AIBTM Hosted Buyers, the CIC Hall of Leaders Gala and the Visit Baltimore Welcome Party are just a few of the networking events happening this week.”

The leading industry associations including PCMA, CIC, MPI, ICCA, and JMIC are also committed to AIBTM and America Meetings Week as they prepare to deliver a high-level Education Programme. AIBTM 2011 opens with the AIBTM Education Day, a day solely dedicated to professional education, on June 21st. Education sessions running from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. will precede the opening of the event on both June 22nd and June 23rd allowing exhibitors, Hosted Buyers and trade buyers to have access to education without impacting their ability to conduct business on the show floor.

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