AIME plans an ‘entertaining’ exhibition

Crocodiles, pirates, a Showgirl direct from Las Vegas, one of Australia’s
leading female vocalists and a range of prizes valued up to $5,200 are just
some of the unique attractions and entertainment on offer at the AIME 2008
exhibition in Melbourne later this month.Visitors to Asia Pacific’s premier show for the business events industry can
expect a lot more than solutions to their meetings, conferences, special
events or exhibitions.

A dazzling array of entertainment will be on hand during the event at which
millions of dollars of business is booked for the business events industry.


AIME Event Director, Rosemarie Sama says that the annual Melbourne event is
this year bigger than ever before, covering 13,500 square metres of space.



“This year we’re seeing a real influx of new exhibitors and a wider range of
exhibiting companies. We’ve also noticed that this year exhibitors
themselves are going to new heights to entertain and engage visitors,” she


Capricorn the crocodile will be greeting visitors to the Capricorn Tourism


Used as the organisation’s mascot, the croc is from a working croc farm on
the Capricorn Coast near Rockhampton in central Queensland.


On the Las Vegas stand a Las Vegas Showgirl is being flown in especially for
the event and will be handing out game cards for a draw to win a $500 prize.


From Queensland, Tall Ship Sailing Cruises will have a roving pirate on its
stand and is running a competition for a trip for two to the Gold Coast.


Novotel Melbourne St Kilda is running a promotion for a trip for two people
to Mt Buller for five nights at the Mt Buller Grand Chalet with ski passes
and lessons included, valued at more than $5,200.


If you prefer sun to skiing then the Sunshine Coast Convention Bureau’s
stand could be your ticket.


Simply put your business card in the bowl on its stand and you could be
basking in the sun at three separate resorts, with free entry to local


Norfolk Island Tourism is also holding a business card draw for a return
airfare and five nights’ accommodation at the South Pacific Resort Hotel.


For a taste of Melbourne, head to the city’s booth area where each afternoon
you’ll be able to taste some decadent morsels of local cuisine and wine from
regional Victorian vineyards.


According to Sandra Chipchase, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention
+ Visitors Bureau, Melbourne is where the action is at AIME.


“We have the largest stand at AIME and, we believe, the most to offer
business event visitors in terms of variety of food, wine, venues,
attractions and accommodation,” she said.


While Melbourne showcases its fine food and wine, Sydney has unveiled plans
for an exclusive cocktail party featuring Australian singer Deni Hines.


Fresh from her latest national tour, Hines will perform on the Sydney stand
at an invitation-only event.


AIME 2008, 16th Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo, will be held at the
Melbourne Exhibition Centre on 19 & 20 February. AIME is organised by Reed
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