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The 2019 iteration of Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) came to a close last week, after four action-packed days of meeting and networking in Melbourne.

With new organisers Talk2 Media and Events at the helm, the show was highly anticipated by the industry, who were keen to experience the “reimagined” show. Here are A LIST Guide‘s highlights from AIME 2019:

Uncover Melbourne famils

A series of hosted buyer and media tours took place on Sunday 17 February, where delegates experienced the best of the city and beyond thanks to Melbourne Convention Bureau.

A LIST Guide took part in an art-themed tour, which kicked off with a site visit and art class at Richmond venue Butler Lane by Peter Rowland.

Butler Lane by Peter Rowland

But this wasn’t just any ordinary art class – it was a life drawing class, where we were tasked with drawing two models who stood before us (with barely any clothes on!).

While it was an unexpected start to the day, we all left the venue with a memorable experience and first-hand knowledge of how versatile the contemporary warehouse venue can be.

Next we visited the Arts Centre Melbourne, where we explored the venue’s event spaces, including the Members Lounge, The Pavilion and the Amcor Lounge. After enjoying lunch at the pop-up Argentinian restaurant outside the Arts Centre, we made our way to Batman’s Hill on Collins where we ended our tour with a mini sports challenge.

The famils culminated in a networking party hosted at Melbourne’s newest event venue, The Timber Yard, where hosted buyers and media celebrated the start of AIME 2019!

Knowledge program

The following day, AIME’s reinvented Knowledge Program kicked off, with around 5oo delegates attending the sessions covering everything from technology talks to interactive experiences.

We took part in a Dialogue in the Dark session by Guide Dogs Victoria, where we pushed our boundaries and expanded our thinking about accessibility and inclusivity in events. You can read about our experience on our sister publication Spice News.

Watch all the highlights from the Knowledge Program here:

The trade show

Delegates got down to business at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for two full days of meetings on 19 and 20 February.

Surf’s up at the Sunshine Coast stand; Delegates at the Ideas Academy

The show floor centred around AIME’s brand new atrium, which became a meeting place for all delegates to continue networking throughout the day.

Tourism New Zealand hosts breakfast in The Atrium; Delegates get down to business at AIME

Check out all the highlights from the show floor here:

The networking

Two major networking events took place at AIME 2019, starting with the highly anticipated Welcome Event on Monday night (18 February), which took place at Peninsula at Docklands, an Atlantic Group venue.

With food stations offering up dishes from Asia Pacific regions, a floating dessert table and live entertainment throughout the night, guests hailed the event a huge success.

Here are some of the highlights from the Welcome Event:

On Tuesday night (19 February), delegates continued the networking at South Wharf Promenade, where Showtime Event Group transformed the space into an Asian-inspired street food festival.

The lively atmosphere offered guests the perfect environment to network, while enjoying delicious Asian food from the various stalls dotted around the venue.

Delicious street food-inspired dishes were on offer

The celebration continued at the Showtime Events Centre for the after party sponsored by The Event Ecosystem, who provided live entertainment that had guests dancing well in the night (and morning!).

Showtime Event Group pulled out all the stops for this event, with loads of positive feedback from attendees about the venue, theming and overall atmosphere.

The networking night was a stand-out event

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