Top insiders to headline Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo


The Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Master Class seminar program, a drawcard for many visitors to the show, includes a new hard-hitting Business Event Forum on the event’s first day.

A stellar line-up of “insiders” will expose recent trends, insights, and unravel the future direction of the conference and events industry with the forum’s “Event Insider,” David Grant, the first to take the stage.

David Grant has worked on more than 3,000 events around the globe such as the US SuperBowl, International Olympic Committeem and Olympic sponsored-events and recently added his role as “The Critic” on the Channel 9 series, “The Chopping Block” to his Australian TV series appearances.

Cisco Australia and New Zealand vice president Les Williamson , billed as the forum’s “Virtual World Insider,” will explore the take up of technologies within corporate and non-profit organizations and share his predictions for the next generation of meeting technology.

The 25-minute “Industry Insiders Panel” will conclude the forum with the UK Meetings: Review editor, James Latham, interviewing president and CEO of Professional Convention Management Association USA, Deborah Sexton, and CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association, Martin Sirk .

The Business Events Forum facilitator, Elizabeth Rich, says the forum will take a hard look at the direction of the conference and events industry.

“‘The Insiders’ Business Event Forum aims to look behind the market pressures and trends over the past year and ask some of the movers and shakers of our industry what changes we are likely to encounter in the coming year,” Elizabeth said.

AIME event director, Rosemarie Sama, said: “The seminar program has long been popular with AIME visitors for its practical advice, best-practice sharing, and learning opportunities. The Business Events Forum is the ideal opener for the program with international speakers coming together to unravel the global scene and the issues facing us all.”

The Business Events Forum will take place in the AIME Auditorium of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday, March 2 from 8:00 am – 9:45 am.

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