The Americas Meetings and Events Exhibition (AIBTM) has announced that starting in 2013 the show’s location will rotate between the cities of Chicago, Ill., and Orlando, Fla.
Choose Chicago will host AIBTM from June 11-13, 2013, at McCormick Place. In 2014, AIBTM will move to Orlando, Florida, and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) from June 10-12, 2014.
In 2013, AIBTM will be at McCormick Place in Chicago.
“We want to acknowledge and thank the great city of Baltimore for its invaluable contribution to AIBTM, said Craig Moyes, portfolio director, IBTM Global Events Portfolio, Reed Travel Exhibitions. “We want to especially extend our gratitude to Tom Noonan and his team at Visit Baltimore who have helped drive this event since its launch. We look forward to our continuing relationship with the City of Baltimore.”
The move and rotation of AIBTM will offer all stakeholders access to new business opportunities in two cities that are themselves major hubs of the meeting industry. The core brand values of AIBTM will remain the same: business and education will continue to serve as the key drivers and will be supplemented by peer-to-peer networking events over a three-day period.
“Following the lead of many associations in the U.S. that move their events to a different place each year, we will now have the flexibility to maximize the enormous potential delivered to AIBTM by both Chicago and Orlando,” said Moyes.
Chicago offers more than 35,000 hotel rooms in the downtown central business district, as well as world-class cultural attractions, and is served by two international airports. McCormick Place is considered one of the country’s leading convention centers. Chicago is also home to many sectors of industry from manufacturing to transportation to IT with some 400 major corporate headquarters and 260,000 businesses on its doorstep.
Orlando is also one of the country’s leading meetings destinations, with the award-winning facility of Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) recently nominated as the No. 1 convention center in the U.S. by Business Review USA. The OCCC, with a national reputation for its green and sustainability initiatives, is the second largest convention facility in America and attracts more than 200 events annually.