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June 10, 2013

IMR On Location: What to Expect at AIBTM 2013

International Meetings Review is on location in Chicago, ready to kick off AIBTM in style tomorrow. We will be attending sessions and talking to attendees on the trade show floor to find out the latest trends in the meetings and events industry.

The event brings together qualified hosted buyers, trade buyers, exhibitors and industry professionals from around the world.  Through 2016, it will rotate annually between Chicago and Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme is “Defining the Future of Meetings…Together,” and many of the sessions will focus on navigating the new normal of the meetings and events industry.  

What’s New this Year?

Welcome Luncheon Keynote Speaker: J. Walker Smith, Tuesday, June 11 11:30AM – 1:15PM 

J. Walker Smith, principal of The Futures Company, will kick off AIBTM’s 2013 exhibition on Tuesday, June 11, presenting data and insights that demonstrate the continued value of face-to-face relationships in the current “kinship economy.” 

Day 2 Keynote Speaker: Seth Mattison, Wednesday, June 12 8AM – 9AM

Seth Mattison, Expert on the Millennial Generation, will present a timely and relevant presentation on Wednesday, June 12 on generational dynamics in the workplace. His message includes a new perspective on the future of work, talent, innovation and the complexities between today’s multigenerational business environment. 

New industry partnership with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) to co-produce educational content. This is in addition to continuing partnerships with PCMA, SITE, ACTE, ICCA, and MPI.

New Lecture Theater on the Show Floor:  The show floor will have new learning experiences in the Lecture Theater including “Fast Track Learning” and National Speakers Showcase.

New ExhibitorsUnited Airlines, Monaco Government Tourist & Convention Authority, Sustainable Travel/Namibia Tourism, Visit Anchorage, Sonesta Collection, Savoya, Experience Grand Rapids, Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau & Sports Commission, Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orient Express, Travizon, Dayton/Montgomery County CVB, Snowmass Tourism, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, Bloomington MN CVB, Visit Savannah, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Madison Avenue Signs, Park City CVB, The Breakers, Spot Me, among others.

Increase in Hosted Buyer Group Coordinators

Participation from both exhibitors and Group Coordinators (GCOs) has already surpassed last year’s show numbers – with GCO signups showing an increase of 40%. AIBTM expects to pre-schedule over 15,000 appointments between exhibitors and Hosted Buyers on the show floor during the June exhibition. These appointments guarantee that Hosted Buyers, whose combined annual budget is over $10.7B, will get the most out of their time by meeting with exhibitors in their areas of interest.


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