AIBTM Heads Out of Baltimore in 2013 for Chicago, Orlando Rotation

June 14, 2012

Reed Exhibition’s The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition (AIBTM) launched last year in Baltimore and is on tap for the second time June 19-21 in the Maryland-based city, but will head out of town next year to start a rotation between Chicago and Orlando.

Choose Chicago, the Windy City’s convention and visitors bureau, will host AIBTM June 11-13, 2013.  

In 2014, the event that pairs suppliers with hosted buyers will move June 10-12 to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.

“We want to acknowledge and thank the great city of Baltimore for its invaluable contribution to AIBTM,” said Craig Moyes, portfolio director of the IBTM Global Events Portfolio for Reed Travel Exhibitions.

He added, “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."

Orlando was ranked the second busiest city in the U.S. for trade shows on the 2011 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show list with 26 shows, and Chicago was ranked third busiest with 21 shows.

“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,” Moyes said.

The core values of AIBTM, business, education and peer-to-peer networking, will continue to be the main focus of the three-day event, according to show officials.

With this year’s show less than a week away, AIBTM’s showfloor looks to be filled with old and new exhibitors.

"  … We're absolutely delighted with the demand we have had from both new and returning exhibitors from all over the world," said Graeme Barnett, event director for Reed Travel Exhibitions, AIBTM (Baltimore) and EIBTM (Barcelona).

He added, "Approximately 33 percent of exhibitors that are currently signed on are new to AIBTM. We are excited for the new opportunities these exhibitors offer to our 2012 attendees."

In addition, following AIBTM's inaugural event in 2011, approximately 67 percent of exhibitors that are currently signed on are returning from last year and, of those, 26 percent have increased their floor space for this year’s show.

A few thousand hosted and trade buyers also will have the opportunity to check out speakers and education sessions organized by the Professional Convention Management Association.

"By partnering with PCMA, AIBTM ensures attendees will get the best of both worlds - innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance their organization's face-to-face connections, as well as a show floor featuring over 1,000 global and domestic companies,” said Deborah Sexton, president and CEO of PCMA.

Here are just a few of the speakers on tap:

Carolyn Pund, CMP, CMM, senior global strategic meetings manager of Cisco Systems, will share her insight and knowledge when it comes to developing Strategic Meetings Management Programs (SMMP) in the session "SMMP Beyond Theory: Foundational Elements of Partnerships and Policy".

Brendan McLoughlin, chief marketing officer of Learner's Digest International ,will deliver a structured seminar, "Medical Societies: Enduring Content Expands Reach and Generates Non-Dues Revenue", which will explore a strategic planning approach to identify opportunities for generating additional value from your meetings and a roadmap on how to implement them.

"Delivering Meetings that Meet Your Organization's Strategic Plan" will be a panel debate moderated by Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE, president and CEO of Talley Management Group, in which association CEOs will partner with their meeting professionals for a discussion of successes and challenges.

Besides PCMA, the content for AIBTM's America Meetings Week and AIBTM's Professional Education Program for 2012 will be delivered in conjunction with other leading industry associations, including SITE, ACTE, ICCA and MPI.

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