The event has announced a series of partnerships with companies set to champion sustainability at the 2019 event and, will see the green initiatives showcased at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) which is the host venue.
As the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star environmental rating, MCEC has placed sustainability at the core of their business priorities. Over the past three years, the centre has reduced carbon emissions per square metre by 16 per cent, and is on track to achieve its target of 30 per cent by 2021 against 2015 levels.
“We replaced over 600 light fittings to energy-efficient alternatives and have eliminated the use of all plastic water bottles in catering. These initiatives demonstrate that we are going far beyond a ‘tick box’ approach by implementing unique and innovative measures, which benefit Melbourne, the local community, and more directly, AIME’s environmental impact”, said Leighton Wood, chief operating officer, MCEC.
DE&E and their award-winning design team have created ‘The Embassy Suite’, a new sleek and stylish stand concept designed for AIME. The Embassy Suites are built with natural materials such as timber, which can be reused and recycled with ease. As part of the event, the DE&E team will also pack down the suites and store for exhibitors as they can be reused at AIME for three years. If exhibitors choose to not reuse the stand, the team will reuse, repurpose, rehire and reupholster to minimise waste.
The 2019 event will also see Harry the Hirer ensure environmental sensitivity by minimising wastage and recycling materials at every available opportunity. This includes opportunities when building the infrastructure and also when taking it apart.
According to the Global Destinations Index, Melbourne ranked number one as a sustainable city for business events in the Asia-Pacific region. Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) who are proprietors of AIME, are excited to showcase the city’s innovative offerings to the event’s interstate and international delegates.
World-class Luxury Experiences to Showcase at AIME 2019
Exhibitors confirmed to lead the premium line-up include: One & Only Resorts, Daydream Island Resort and the Belmond. Other luxury travel exhibitors attending the 2019 event include Galaxy Macau, The Ritz Carlton Hawaii and Maverick Helicopters.
“We’re extremely excited to be welcoming some of the finest high end services in the industry. Our 2019 event will be a true representation of the growth of luxury travel, as well as the perfect platform to showcase some magical locations and venues available. From intimate resorts to wilderness wonders – there’s a an experience waiting to be discovered that can truly elevate your next event,” said Matt Pearce, director, Talk2 Media & Events.
AIME 2019 has to date confirmed exhibitors from across 20 different countries, broadening the event to reflect the Asia Pacific region and its unique destinations and cultures.
Running from 18–20 February, AIME is the first event to kick off the 2019 MICE calendar and is held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
To register to attend AIME 2019 as a visitor please visit aime.eventsair.com/aime-2019/visitor/Site/Register, or for more details please visit aime.com.au.