by Matt Alderton | February 01, 2013

Exhibitors at the next Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) are signing up as group coordinators (GCOs) at a record pace, according to organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), which announced yesterday that GCO signups are up 40 percent over January 2012.

Among the GCOs — companies that will sponsor a group of meeting planners to attend the show as hosted buyers — are United Airlines, Worldwide Cruise Associates, Certain Inc., Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Wyndham Hotels, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Dolce International, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group, HelmsBriscoe and Melia Hotels International, among many others.

"Our years of experience in hosting exhibitions tells us that exhibitors also want to invite their network of buyers to join them at the show," says AIBMT Exhibition Director Michael Lyons. "Our GCO program lets them host their planners on AIBTM's behalf. It's a huge benefit for our exhibitors and they are thrilled to take advantage of this added value."

During the third annual AIBTM — taking place June 11-13 in Chicago — RTE expects to schedule more than 15,000 appointments between exhibitors and hosted buyers. For more information, visit

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