AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo) has been named the Best Exhibition in the annual Australian Event Awards (AEA) 2014, further cementing its standing as the leading business events industry exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere.
Established in 2006, the Australian Event Awards is Australia’s premier awards for honouring excellence in the events industry.
The awards receive hundreds of entries from organisations of all sizes and from all over Australia each year to make the list of just four finalists in the category. Joining AIME in the running for Best Exhibition was Australian Tourism Exchange 2014 (Tourism Australia), Taste of Sydney 2013 (Taste Festivals) and PAX Australia.
The category of Best Exhibition is judged on a company’s innovation in relation to techniques, knowledge and practices, its long term benefits to the industry and the degree to which the event delivers outcomes for not only its attendees, but exhibitors and key stakeholders too.
Jacqui Timmins, Exhibition Director at AIME and CIBTM, said AIME was honoured by the accolade, and that the win was testament to the organisation’s determination to constantly innovate to remain a relevant and compelling event for the industry.
“At AIME we’re committed to constant innovation to ensure we provide for the industry’s evolving business needs, and this award is further testament to our dedication to stay at the forefront for the last 23 years. Our team is passionate about ensuring we stay on top of worldwide trends to provide attendees with the latest insights, information and opportunities out there,” Timmins said.
AIME is the largest international business event in Australia attracting more than 700 exhibitors from across five continents. The annual event provides the best platform in the industry for suppliers and buyers to connect, do business and share knowledge.
Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, which owns AIME, said winning these awards strengthens AIME’s position as a globally renowned, world-class event, attracting high volumes of business and interest from overseas.
“AIME is a cornerstone of Australia’s highly successful business events industry and contributes substantial economic benefit to the local industry and economy each year. This award highlights how we continue to be the most relevant, must-attend event in this space, showcasing industry best practice.”