Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) will return this February with a refreshed Knowledge Program that will be attended by both buyers and exhibitors.
The programme, which offers streams for various levels of experience and seniority, was created with input from key partners Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), and Meetings & Events Australia (MEA).
Delegates can look forward to plenary talks, intensive workshops - including AIME's first Hackathon - and collaborative case study-based workshops.
"We understand the value in knowledge sharing and we are thrilled to be able to provide more opportunities to forge new connections and share industry experience. We want people to leave AIME and not only be able to measure a positive return on investment, but also having upskilled their professional and personal development," said Matt Pearce, CEO, Talk2 Media & Events.
ICCA's integral Business Exchange will now be anchored at AIME, and the organisation will also deliver sessions debating a number of topics, including the role and relevance of professional conference organisers (PCOs). Furthermore, SITE will present results from an industry-wide survey of the incentive travel industry.
Other sessions include the invitation-only Leaders Forum for C-suite executives, and MEA's two-day event management workshop program open to current students and the broader AIME community.
The event will be hosted by renowned community builder and entrepreneur Fabian Pfortmüller, who believes the open-source framework will help the business event industry from across the Asia Pacific region grow.
"AIME Knowledge will look at engagement beyond mere content - from ideas on how to challenge the meeting norms and create a culture of innovation, to recognising our unconscious biases and building meaningful communities with ongoing connections. All of this is representative of an industry that is ever evolving and I'm excited to help showcase this at AIME 2019", said Pfortmüller.
Full Knowledge Program details will be available this month. AIME is the first business event to kick off 2019 proceedings globally and will run from February 18 to 20.