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U.S. hosted buyer applications for AIBTM 2013 surging ahead of last year

The Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) 2013 has seen a substantial increase in U.S. registrations received for the Hosted Buyer Program, a unique feature and business catalyst for AIBTM, which is scheduled for McCormick Place in Chicago from June 11-13.

The show has confirmed attendance from the American Pharmacists Association, HelmsBriscoe, HPN Global, ConferenceDirect, ITA Group, Global Access Meetings, Ultimate Incentives and Travel, North South Travel and Premier Meetings Services among others.

“Making the most effective use of my time at industry tradeshows is critical to providing value to my clients and industry partners alike,” said Paul Miller, HPN Global.  “By attending AIBTM, I am able to learn from and share information with the brightest minds in the meetings industry, and in a very efficient format.  Furthermore, I am able to meet face-to-face with experts from destinations that should be on my radar screen.” 

Qualified AIBTM Hosted Buyers will have the opportunity to pre-schedule appointments with exhibitors of their choice as well as receive complimentary travel and lodging. Hosted Buyers will also be invited to attend exclusive networking events and accredited continuing education sessions.  

“We are delighted to confirm the increase in U.S. buyers attending AIBTM this year,” said Michael Lyons, exhibition director, AIBTM. “We will be providing a platform where they can make the most of every business opportunity. We have also introduced features such as the Market Focus sessions on Europe, Asia and Latin America to facilitate attendees reaching new suppliers in international markets.”

AIBTM hosted buyer applications are reviewed and accepted based on the number and size of meetings, events, incentives and annual conferences that an applicant organizes. Individual purchasing authority, annual budgets for events, amount of business conducted and potential for future business in the meetings and business travel industries are also reviewed.

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