INDUSTRY ECONOMIC STRENGTH CONTRIBUTES TO EXHIBITOR PARTICIPATION
ORLANDO — The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM), a leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry, has confirmed that major industry players have announced their participation at the 2014 show set to take place June 10th – 12th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to AIBTM Exhibition Director, Michael Lyons, industry confidence coupled with strong exhibitor feedback on the business value of AIBTM is contributing to fervent exhibitor participation again this year.
Several new exhibitors will make their AIBTM debut in 2014 including: Universal Orlando Resort, Canon USA, Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Digitell, Mobile Bay CVB, eventPower, Jumeirah Group, Loews Hotels & Resorts, Charleston South Carolina CVB, Hamburg Convention Bureau, St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Busan Metropolitan City and many more.
Among the returning exhibitors participating in AIBTM 2014 are: Bloomington MN Convention & Visitors Bureau, Choose Chicago, Visit Florida, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Peninsula Hotels, Philippines, Sony Premium Incentives, Travizon Corporate Travel and Worldwide Travel & Cruise, and Dominican Republic Tourism Board.
“We are proud to support AIBTM, a great show that generates business,” said Daniel S. O’Neill, Vice President of Strategy and Sales of the Bloomington MN Convention & Visitors Bureau.? “Our twenty-minute appointments were filled throughout each day and we had successful discussions with meeting planners about choosing Bloomington for their next meeting or event. Congratulations to AIBTM and their continued success. See you in Orlando.”
Buyers can also expect to see several international exhibitors on the show floor who are aiming to capture an increased spend from domestic buyers pursuing meeting and events options in the global market.
“North America is the number one market for business visitor spend in England,” said Simon Gidman, Head of Business Visits and Events of VisitEngland. “It is essential that England establishes a strong presence in North America and continues to raise the profile of some of our leading events destinations, particularly those with direct access, such as Manchester and Birmingham. The AIBTM tradeshow provides an excellent platform to reach buyers from across North America.”
First time exhibitor, Hamburg Convention Bureau’s Thorsten Kausch, CEO , states: “By participating in AIBTM for the first time, our objective is to familiarize ourselves more with the United States’ meetings and events industry and also present Hamburg as a quality location for conventions and events within Germany. Beyond this, we would also like to take this chance to establish contacts with international event organizers and to bring international congresses and events to the city of Hamburg.”
Many returning exhibitors have also acknowledged confidence in improved industry spending and have therefore increased their booth size: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Los Angeles Convention Bureau & Tourism Board, Detroit Metro CVB, Hello DMC! and Panama.
Shasha Cruz, Representative Mid-Atlantic USA of Dominican Republic Tourism Board and returning exhibitor commented, “AIBTM is a fantastic opportunity to promote our destination not only nationally, but internationally through face-to face connections which is very important to doing business. Also, AIBTM is one of the most important trade events targeted to qualified meeting planners and the quality of the attendees is outstanding.”
“Post-show research last year indicated that 90% of our exhibitors felt that AIBTM delivered the right audience,” said Lyons. “Couple this with increased industry confidence and that’s why we are seeing and expecting a strong exhibitor turnout again this year.? Our continued focus on delivering high-level education and a quantifiable return on investment through targeted and relevant business connections are lining up to make AIBTM 2014 another very fruitful show year for exhibitors.”
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