AIBTM 2012 Now Accepting Hosted Buyer Applications

If you're a meeting planner who wants to attend the next Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition (AIBTM) as a hosted buyer, now is your chance: Organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is now accepting hosted buyer applications for AIBTM 2012 through the event's website, it announced this week.

"AIBTM offers a priceless opportunity for hosted buyers, and we are thrilled to officially open the application process to top industry buyers," said AIBTM Project Director Steve Knight. "With key elements of AIBTM revamped for 2012, the event will be bigger, better and more engaging than ever. For AIBTM 2012, we expect to have 20,000 pre-scheduled onsite appointments and we have a 50 percent spike in group coordinators over last year. Additionally, 85 percent of our current exhibitors signed on are returning from 2011. Of those, 30 percent have increased floor space significantly for 2012."

AIBTM hosted buyers are approved based on the number and size of meetings, events, incentives and annual conferences they plan; their individual purchasing authority; the annual budgets for their meetings, events and incentives; the amount of business they've conducted; and their potential for securing future business in the meetings and business travel industries.

In exchange for pre-scheduling appointments with exhibitors of their choice, qualified planners who are chosen as hosted buyers will receive complimentary travel and accommodations, attend hosted buyer-only networking events, participate in pre-show and post-show city tours, and enjoy other VIP benefits.

To submit a hosted buyer application for AIBTM 2012, visit the AIBTM website.