Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Becoming Hosted

To become a Hosted Buyer at AIME 2011 you need to qualify.

Applications for the AIME 2011 VIP Hosted Buyer Program are NOW OPEN! http://www.aime.com.au/en/hosted-buyers/Become-a-Hosted-Buyer/

So what is a VIP Hosted Buyer?

The VIP Hosted Buyer Program is reserved for key decision makers, organisers, managers or influencers in event organisations who are involved with:

o Special events
o Business travel
o Conferences
o Meetings
o Exhibitions
o Incentive travel

As a VIP Fully Hosted Buyer you will receive:

Complimentary Travel and Accommodation: Return flights, 4/5 star accommodation and transfers for fully Hosted Buyers residing outside of Victoria.
Personalised Appointment Schedule: A personalised appointment schedule with exhibitors over the 2 day event.
Online Diary: Allowing Buyers to make additional appointments with exhibitors prior to AIME.
Social Events: Complimentary access to a variety of AIME social functions, including: the official AIME Welcome Reception, Daily Networking Hours, AIME Club Night and many more.
Complimentary Pre Touring: Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau provides an excellent program for Hosted Buyers, showcasing Melbourne and the State of Victoria's attractions, venues, infrastructure and event services.
Post Touring: Hosted Buyers can extend their stay and see more of Australia's wonderful attractions, meeting and incentive products. Choose from several different post touring destinations around Australia.
Business Events Forum: A high profile forum bringing together industry leaders from around the world
Hosted Buyer Lounge: Exclusive access to the VIP lounge, for Buyers to relax, network or catch up on email
Crown Pamper Zone: Hosted Buyers have exclusive access to the luxurious Crown Pamper Zone, located on the show floor to relax and rejuvenate in between appointments.

Qualification Criteria

To qualify for AIME there are a series of questions that you will need to complete, have a look at the questions below…

The questions asked as part of the Hosted buyer application form are:
1. What type of company do you work for
2. Have you visited AIME in the past
3. How would you describe your position in the company
4. What level of responsibility do you have for the venue / event
5. What type of events do you organise
6. Which industries do you work in
7. Is your business focus primarily – Australia / International
8. In which geographical areas are you interested in
9. Number of events organised per year
10. Average number of attendees per event
11. Annual budget for your events
12. In which product areas are you interested in
13. Are you member of any of the industry associations
14. What would you like to achieve at AIME?

The buyers must provide examples of 3 previous events and 5 future events in the Asia Pacific region. If a buyer is unable to provide information on Asia Pacific events, they can provide details of other events they manage worldwide.
There are 2 categories in the hosted buyer program

Fully Hosted
Fully hosted buyers must attend AIME for the entire AIME program. It is the highest category of hosting which includes complimentary flights, accommodation, transfers, seminars and social functions.

Semi Hosted
Semi hosted buyers can choose to attend AIME on 1 or both days of the event and have fewer appointments per day. Semi Hosted Buyers have accommodation, transfers, seminars and social function costs covered by AIME.

Early Bird! Register now and be qualified before Friday 29th October and you will receive a 10% saving on your registration fee.

AIME really is the must attend event for event organisers – so its worth the effort to apply!

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