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December 13, 2016

Association News: AIME's City Experiences, Prague's Congress of Congresses

AIME and the ICCA lead this week's meetings industry association news. 

AIME Launches New City Experiences

For its 25th anniversary year, the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) will launch 10 Melbourne City Experiences as part of its 2017 Hosted Buyer program. 

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has partnered with a selection of venues, accommodation and attractions across the broad business events sector, emphasizing unique products and services that best showcase Melbourne to international and domestic event organizers, AIME said. 

Each tour will visit three locations, allowing hosted buyers to choose from a range of Melbourne experiences. Examples include sampling local coffee at a riverfront brunch. designing a meditation journey for delegates at the Novotel on Collins; going behind the scenes at Luna Park to design their own ride; flying a scenic loop around city landmarks in a helicopter; or exploring the MCG on a custom tour of the arena. 

AIME will take place February 21 - 22, 2017, offering hosted buyers education programs, peer-to-peer networking sessions and appointments with event suppliers, as well as complimentary travel and accommodation. 

Visit www.aime.com.au/hosted-buyers

Prague to Host Congress of Congresses

In event news, Prague has been named the host destination for the 56th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), which will take place November 12 - 15, 2017. 

The Prague Convention Bureau and other Local Host Committee representatives received the formal handover from the 2016 Congress hosts during the Congress Closing Ceremony on November 16 this year, in Kuching, Malaysia, symbolised by the passing over of the ICCA Congress flag. 

Disney Business Solutions to Host 100th M&I Forum

Finally, Disney Business Solutions has announced that the 100th edition of its M&I Forum will take place March 28 to April 1, 2017, at Disneyland Paris

Some 360 fully hosted buyers, each selected for the size of their investment budget, will be attending. Over four days they will meet with more than 150 global MICE suppliers, including hotels, groups, conference centers, DMCs and CVBs. Organized by Worldwide Events, the M&I Forum offers daytime business meetings, cocktail receptions, gala dinners and activities to promote professional networking.

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