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Expectations remain hopeful at AIME 2020

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Last year's event drew 350 hosted buyers

MELBOURNE - Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) AIME 2020 will continue as planned at the Melbourne Convention and Centre despite the global coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers are expecting travel restrictions to have a small impact on the number of hosted buyers, exhibitors or visitors from mainland China travelling to the event from Feb 17-19 in Melbourne this month.

AIME 2020 is expecting more than 330 exhibitors, 270 hosted buyers and over 2000 visitors. Organisers have issued a statement promising to monitor the situation closely and to work to ensure appointments are filled for the event.

"We have seen a year-on-year increase in AIME visitor registration, which highlights the opportunity the event presents to offset some of the impact of both the bushfires and recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus. This further emphasises the resilience and desire to get on with business by the industry."

Last year, AIME drew 350 hosted buyers and nearly 300 exhibiting companies, 700 visitor buyers, and 32 matched pre-scheduled appointments. Since the imposition of Feb 1, 2020 travel restrictions by the Australian Federal Government, travellers arriving from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents are unable to travel to Australia.