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Orlando Hosts AIBTM For First Time

2014 Show Welcomes 3,000+ Meeting Planners To Region

Orlando will host the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) for the first time this year. A leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry, AIBTM delivers the highest concentration of North American Hosted Buyers of any MICE exhibition. There are 18,000 pre-scheduled appointments between buyers and exhibitors expected to take place June 10-12 at AIBTM 2014, a 20% increase from 2013.

"Orlando is one of the top meetings and convention destinations in the world," said George Aguel, president & CEO, Visit Orlando. "We have an incredible diversity of hotel and resort properties, a world-class convention center recognized annually for its services and amenities, and hospitality that is second to none. Our team at Visit Orlando is working with Reed Travel Exhibitions to ensure a successful meeting for attendees this year."

"AIBTM is delighted to bring our show to Orlando this June where we expect record attendance from both buyers and exhibitors," said Michael Lyons, exhibition director for AIBTM.  "Working closely with the team at Visit Orlando, we are introducing a number of exciting new features and networking events that will please all attendees. Coupled with show floor enhancements and CEU-accredited education sessions, we believe the AIBTM experience in Orlando will be a can't-miss experience for those who attend."

Planners and exhibitors alike will see many changes to the landscape of Orlando with new hotels, restaurants and attractions that have opened recently. Beginning next year, AIBTM will rotate between McCormick Place in Chicago and the Orange County Convention Center. Orlando will host again in 2016.

Kathie Canning, executive director of the Orange County Convention Center, said, "We are honored to host the AIBTM trade show. We have enjoyed an outstanding relationship with AIBTM and are excited to show their exhibitors, attendees and guests all of the amenities that our center and our community have to offer."

AIBTM and Visit Orlando have partnered with B.B. King's Blues Club, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, The Pub, and Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar for the welcome party at Pointe Orlando, one of the city's popular hot spots. Hyatt Hotels in Orlando will host a post-event tour highlighting their properties in this popular meetings and incentives destination.

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